Author: Lynn Wandia

Users Can Now Add Their National Flag to Facebook Profile

Users Can Now Add Their National Flag to Facebook Profile

social media, Technology
Facebook has added nearly 200 flags to its Profile Frames feature, which lets you overlay imagery filters atop your profile photo. Facebook first launched profile frames for sports teams in 2015, and started letting people submit their own frames last year. However, in December last year, they also begun letting people submit their own frames. It’s this “us versus them” ideology that Zuckerberg rails against in his 5,000-word manifesto, but that is somewhat propelled by these profile flags. According to Tech Crunch, While this might be a minor launch meant to just be fun and patriotic, it outlines the potential concerns with Facebook’s leader taking an outright stand on world issues. Rather than simply maximizing for user engagement, shareholder value and its basic mission to connect pe
Kenya’s taxi Cab Little set launch in Nigeria next year

Kenya’s taxi Cab Little set launch in Nigeria next year

Technology
Little , a Kenyan taxi hailing service, will commence its expansion drive across the continent by launching in Nigeria in the first quarter of 2017, according to reports. Little, a Safaricom backed app was created in partnership with Kenyan Fintech Company, Craft Silicon. It waslaunched in July 2016 to rival Uber and all other taxi hailing service in the country. The firm charges KSh30 per kilometre and KSh4 per minute with no flat-base charge or price surges during peak hours or heavy traffic jams. Its drivers make an average of 2,500 rides daily. To compete favorably, Littlecab introduced a slew of superior offerings such as in-car WiFi, secure payments via Lipa Na M-PESA, cheap fares (with no price surge), Lady bug, cars manned by lady drivers, and ride hailing via USSD. Accord
Microsoft Launches Skype Lite for Android Low-End Smartphones

Microsoft Launches Skype Lite for Android Low-End Smartphones

Mobile, social media
Microsoft Corp. has followed the footsteps of social messaging platform, Facebook Inc. on building/designed lighter version of their apps like skype lite that can support low-end smartphones. Recently, Facebook was celebrating having 200 million monthly users on their Facebook Lite mobile app. According to online reports, Microsoft CEO; Satya Nadella announced a new version of the company’s popular VoIP/messaging app Skype dubbed ‘Skype Lite‘ optimized for 2G and unstable network connections, so you can stay connected with friends and family, during the company’s two-day Future Decoded Conference that is being held in Mumbai, India. Despite having nearly all the regular features of the standard Skype, reports claim that the Skype Lite is less than 13MB in size and works very well on
African internet users need to get ready for an online privacy challenge

African internet users need to get ready for an online privacy challenge

Internet, Technology
While many challenges remain towards more affordable and widespread internet access, connectivity is in motion in many African countries. Quartz Media reports that Facebook has become one of the most powerful media platforms in the world. It’s not simply because its users can easily share and spread information far and wide. It’s also because a lot of its power lies in the knowledge it has about those users. As a result, some African governments are showing signs they also believe the internet giants know more than they do. Like with internet shutdowns, the governments say their concern is national security. When it comes to privacy, African governments poking and prying in the affairs of private citizens on social media would be doing no worse than some of their Western counterpa
Uber driver partners in Kenya on strike demanding higher rates

Uber driver partners in Kenya on strike demanding higher rates

Technology
Uber driver partners in Nairobi are on a strike demanding for higher rates so as they earn from their services like their metered counterparts who charge nearly triple Uber prices in Nairobi. Uber announced a 35% fare reduction last week in hopes of boosting demand. Uber, which is in now in 10 sub-Saharan markets, has been facing more competition from local and outside taxi hailing apps across the continent. In Kenya, rivals have been offering cheaper rates and customized services like boda boda, or motorbike, rides. Safaricom, the dominant telecom in the country, has also launched its own taxi hailing app, Little Cabs. In response to the rate cut, a group of Uber and Little Cab drivers have organized their own union, the Kenya Digital Taxi Association. About a hundred protesters b...