Author: Lynn Wandia

Kenya marked Literacy Day with focus on digital world

Kenya marked Literacy Day with focus on digital world

Internet
As the world becomes increasingly digital, being to able to access technologies such as the internet and mobile phones comes with a set of new possibilities and challenges when it comes to literacy. According to UNESCO, "literacy is now understood as a means of identification, understanding, interpretation, creation, and communication in an increasingly digital, text-mediated, information-rich and fast-changing world". Kenya Friday joined other UNESCO member States in marking the 51st International Literacy Day (ILD). The Director of Adult and Continuing Education in the Ministry of Education, Irreneous Kinara said the day will be celebrated across the world under the theme of ‘Literacy in a digital world.’ National celebration of the event is being conducted at Isinya Mult
Uber, Little, Taxify & MondoRide Drivers in Kenya set to strike on low wages

Uber, Little, Taxify & MondoRide Drivers in Kenya set to strike on low wages

Business, Technology
Drivers attached to online taxi service providers have said they will down their tools on Monday to protest reduction of their wages. The drivers allied to Uber, Taxify, Little Cab and Mondo Ride say the management decided to lower their rates without consulting them. They said the strike was prompted by the improper management of their service providers with their services not to be availed until further notice. In a phone interview with Digital Taxi Association of Kenya’s (DTAK) Chair Mr. David Muteru, he echoed the above stating, “We are differing on pricing, because the prices are just not fare. The service providers commission is still high but they keep lowering the fares to accommodate customers.” When asked about the impending strike, the chair stated that they will be pre
Facebook to start making money off WhatsApp by charging businesses

Facebook to start making money off WhatsApp by charging businesses

Mobile, social media, Technology
Facebook, the biggest social networking giant, has decided to finally make money from WhatsApp by charging businesses that want to conduct customer support in the app. The social media platform snatched up WhatsApp in 2014 for a whopping $22 billion, but the popular messaging service still isn't making Facebook much cash despite WhatsApp's 1 billion daily users. The app used to charge users a $1 per year subscription but dropped the fee in early 2016. WhatsApp co founder Jan Koum has long been a staunch opponent of traditional advertising and has promised that the app will never show ads. WhatsApp's program for businesses will charge large companies that want to be verified and have access to a suite of automated tools for helping and responding to customers, the Facebook-owned ap...
Technological Trends; why Africa has to move quickly

Technological Trends; why Africa has to move quickly

Internet, Mobile
The rapid growth of the African tech sector was mainly due to the expansion of mobile technology and driven entrepreneurs seeking to find answers to some of the main challenges facing the continent. In three key tech ecosystems of Kenya, Nigeria and, to a lesser extent, South Africa, innovation has been fuelled by necessity. GSMA's 2017 report into the mobile economy in Sub-Saharan Africa noted that the number of unique mobile subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa will grow to 535 million or 50% of the population in 2020 – making it the fastest growing region in the world (in terms of mobile subscriptions) over the five-year period. However, according to recent analysis by IDC, Africa's smartphone revolution is showing signs of a slowdown, with feature phones singled out as being lar
Tecno launches Spark Series smartphones in Nigeria

Tecno launches Spark Series smartphones in Nigeria

Mobile
Tecno Mobile, has unveiled its latest device, the Spark Series smartphones. Targeted at millennial youths and varsities students in Nigeria, who mostly have to live on a budget, the Techno Spark is a new line of photo-focused. Speaking at the launch of the smartphones in Lagos, the Deputy Marketing Manager, Tecno Nigeria, Attai Oguche, said: “We at Tecno are proud to say that this is another great camera device; the next generation android smartphones designed mainly for an impressive camera and style. Anyone who experienced the TecnoCamon CX, and who by now understand the amazing camera features Tecno devices flaunt will easily relate with what I am talking about.” According to him, the TecnoSpark stays true to the revolutionary pixel sensor and denoising camera technologies of la