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Thuraya X5, World’s First Android Satellite Smartphone Unveiled

Thuraya Telecommunications Company has finally unveiled what it calls "the world's first satellite smartphone", Thuraya X5, at a media conference in Dubai. The Thuraya X5-Touch which runs on the Android Operating System and has a 5.2" full HD touchscreen targets users who frequently move in and out of terrestrial...

iHub CEO Mary Gicharu Sent Home, Nekesa Were Takes Over

iHub CEO Mary Gicharu was sent on compulsory leave on Friday after she questioned transactions which have been going on between iHub, Ushahidi and BRCK. Reporting on the sacking, iHub sources indicates that Mary Gicharu was sent on leave by Erik Hersman who still calls the shots as...
Passwords

Tanzania To License Bloggers, Jail Those Who Don’t Put Passwords On Phones

The government of Tanzania has a passed a law requiring that mobile phones should have passwords. The regulations stipulate that failure to have a mobile phone password would land someone in prison for one year or liable for a fine of Tsh. 5 million. The regulations also state...

LG TWINWash Washing Machine Launched in Kenya

LG Electronics (LG) has launched its TWINWash washing machine into the Kenyan market. This new washing machine has the ability to simultaneously wash two separate loads of laundry. The TWINWash also boasts a premium design that exudes elegance and style that features a striking white, ergonomically designed exterior and tempered...

Safaricom Signs Deal Allowing PayPal to M-Pesa Direct Withdrawals

M-Pesa to PayPal withdrawals are now possible courtesy of a deal between the two payment solutions providers. Facing strong accusations over unfair dominance in the market, Safaricom has responded in its usual way, Paypal users in Kenya can send their money directly to their M-Pesa accounts without passing...

SwahiliPot Hub Announces Pwani Innovation Week 2018 Schedule and Agenda

Swahilipot Hub has announced Pwani Innovation Week that will provide opportunities to learn, showcase and experience innovation in action as well as provide a forum for discussions about a regional innovation strategy. “Our agitation for a regional innovation strategy signals our intention to build an innovation ecosystem focused...
Drones

Kenyans To Freely Operate Drones Under The Authorization Of KCAA – Gilbert Kibe

Drones can now be freely operated in Kenya as long as the remote controlled piloted aircraft users abide by the regulations set by the Kenya civil aviation authority. "Any person who wishes to import, own or operate an RPAS in Kenya shall apply to Kenya Civil Aviation Authority...

You Don’t Save on Your Power Bills if you Buy Tokens in Bulk – Kenya Power

Kenya Power is advising consumers against believing that they are saving anything when they make huge payments for their pre-paid meter tokens in bulk. According to sources at Kenya Power, the pre-paid meter billing is tiered in such a way that from 0 to 50 units are charged...

Data Mining Firm Cambridge Analytica Admits to Working in the Kenyan Elections

The disgraced British data mining company Cambridge Analytica has admitted to an undercover team of journalists that it was behind the Jubilee PR campaigns in Kenya in 2013 and 2017. In a taped interview screened on UK's Channel 4 News on Monday, Cambridge Analytica Managing Director Mark Turnbull...

Gionee S11 Lite Smartphone Launched in Kenya, Retailing at Ksh 27,000

Phone vendor Gionee has unveiled its fourth handset, the S11 Lite premium smartphone, in the market. Targeted at the budget buyers, the S11 Lite which boasts a full-screen which offers wider viewing area for watching movies videos and playing games. Gionee S11 Lite which is retailing at Ksh26,999, is dual...

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