Author: Lynn Wandia

Kenya’s Cooperative Bank to briefly shutdown banking services for weekend IT upgrade

Kenya’s Cooperative Bank to briefly shutdown banking services for weekend IT upgrade

Business, Technology
Cooperative Bank of Kenya will switch off banking services over the weekend for IT upgrade. In a notice published on the dailies on Thursday, the bank notified its customers and the general public that it will be upgrading its IT network to improve system performance and provide faster banking services. “All our banking services will be switched off from 10.00pm Saturday 8th June to 8.00am Sunday 9th June 2019,” the lender said. On the affected days, customers will be unable to use the bank’s ATM, mobile banking, VISA Card, agencies, Saccolink, account to Mpesa, Kenswitch, and all other services.
Huawei phone users will be ‘significantly impacted’ by the latest Google block

Huawei phone users will be ‘significantly impacted’ by the latest Google block

Cyber Security, Mobile
Huawei users have been warned they will be “significantly impacted” by Google restricting the Chinese firm’s access to its Android software. The block is the result of an executive order from US President Donald Trump last week which prevents “foreign adversaries” from accessing US technology without government approval. Industry expert Tristan Rayner, senior editor with the Android Authority news website, said the block means security updates to Huawei phones from Google will stop, and that buying a Huawei phone is now a “real risk”. “Existing Huawei device owners will be significantly impacted,” he said. Whether it’s someone with a brand new Huawei P30 Pro, which was unveiled last month, or the owner of an older Huawei Mate device that’s a few years old, it’s now clear that the
Are all IPOs Created Equal? Jumia called a Fraud. Citron Exposes the Smoking Gun Equity is Worthless

Are all IPOs Created Equal? Jumia called a Fraud. Citron Exposes the Smoking Gun Equity is Worthless

Business, Internet, Startups, Technology
Andrew Left, Founder of Citron Research, has released a report stating that they have a "smoking gun" which proves that JUMIA is a fraud and that the stock is worthless. JUMIA shares, at the time of publishing, were down 20% on the day on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).The e-commerce company which operates across several African markets and is popularly (or infamously, depending who you ask) known as the "Amazon of Africa", listed on the NYSE earlier in 2019 to much fanfare and a $1 billion valuation."In order to raise more money from investors, JUMIA inflated its active consumers and active merchants figures by 20-30% (FRAUD). The most disturbing disclosure that JUMIA removed from its F-1 filing was that 41% of orders were returned, not delivered, or cancelled. This was previously dis...
International calls traffic from Kenya hit an eight-year low due to WhatsApp and Skype

International calls traffic from Kenya hit an eight-year low due to WhatsApp and Skype

Internet, Mobile
International mobile phone call traffic from Kenya shows a continued downward spiral, hit an eight-year low on increased use of Internet-based platforms like WhatsApp and Skype, fresh data shows. Official Economic Survey data shows that the traffic fell by 3.4 per cent in 2017 to 437.8 million minutes last year — the lowest since 2010. Internet-based platforms are gaining popularity as subscribers turn to affordable and quality options to the traditional mobile calls. “The total international traffic has been declining in the last three years partly due to availability of Over the Top (OTT) communication platforms that allow users to make free voice and video calls, following the removal of regulatory barriers,” the report says. OTT are platforms that rely on the internet to make c
Kenya counts on innovation to boost health, agriculture

Kenya counts on innovation to boost health, agriculture

Technology
Kenya is exploring the use of technology in health and agriculture to build infrastructure and create sustainability in the two sectors. The government has already begun the adoption of technology in the Universal Health Coverage as well as in the agriculture data centre to be opened by the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (Kalro). “Technology plays an important role in issues of universal health coverage (UHC), telemedicine, and distribution of drugs using drones,” said Principal Secretary ministry of ICT, Jerome Ochieng. Mr Ochieng, who was speaking during the Dell Technologies Regional ICT Conference, said uptake of the new technology will pave way for precision agriculture, which is key in food sustainability. “Precision agriculture is whe