Author: Nasha Harper

Taxify Launches TaxifyGO and Taxify XL features to attract Kenyan Cab clients

Taxify Launches TaxifyGO and Taxify XL features to attract Kenyan Cab clients

Business
Taxify, Europe’s and Africa’s fastest-growing ride-sharing platform, has launched its TaxifyGO and Taxify XL features on the app in Nairobi. TaxifyGO is Taxify’s economy category with pocket friendly fares. The fleet consists of  smaller 4-seater cars with 1300cc engines suitable for everyday commuting. TaxifyXL is a tailor-made category for larger groups with a sitting capacity of six passengers. The move to bring these additional vehicle types on board as new application features arises from a need to cater for a more diverse customer base which now includes groups who wish to use the larger capacity vehicles such as vans and multi purpose vehicles (MPVs). Attributed to large space, well-equipped cabin and power-packed performance, these cars are comfortable for large familie
EU Court Approves France Ban of Uber Service Without Informing Brussels

EU Court Approves France Ban of Uber Service Without Informing Brussels

Business, Governance
The EU’s top court on Tuesday dealt another blow to US taxi hailing  giant Uber by backing the right of France and other member states to ban an illegal taxi service without notifying Brussels regulators. The European Court of Justice ruled in favour of a French ban of the UberPop service that links amateur drivers with customers through a smartphone application, four months after taking a similar decision over a case in Spain. The Silicon Valley firm has been left with its UberX service, which uses licensed professionals, in France and Spain as well as most other European Union countries. In a conciliatory tone, Uber said it is “appropriate to regulate services such as Uber” and pledged to “continue the dialogue” with authorities in European cities where it has met fierce opp
Truecaller Sets Up Sub-Sahara Headquarters in Nairobi

Truecaller Sets Up Sub-Sahara Headquarters in Nairobi

Business, Mobile, Technology
Truecaller, unwanted texts and phone calls filter firm has set  up its Sub – Saharan Africa office in Nairobi led by Zakaria Hersi as Director of Partnerships for Africa. Hersi will be spearheading Truecaller’s expansion plans in the region as the firm aims to drive its numbers. Truecaller has more than 50 million users in Africa and identifies more than half a billion calls a monthly in the region, and 50 percent of SMS received are spam. In Kenya the application blocks and filters more than 4.4 million calls and 14 million spam SMSes per month. Late last year Truecaller launched its Developer Program with Truecaller SDK its mobile identity product for digital start-ups and app developers, they will be doubling down on their monetization initiative, and introduce its Truecaller
Self-Proclaimed Bitcoin Inventor Accused of Swindling $5 Billion of Cryptocurrency

Self-Proclaimed Bitcoin Inventor Accused of Swindling $5 Billion of Cryptocurrency

Business, Internet, Technology
Wright, who claimed in 2016 that he created the computer-based currency under the pseudonym Satoshi ‎Nakamoto, allegedly schemed to use phony contracts and signatures to lay claim to bitcoins mined by colleague Dave Kleiman, another cryptocurrency adherent, who died in 2013, according to a lawsuit filed by Kleiman’s brother. Kleiman’s family contends they own the rights to more than 1 million Bitcoins and blockchain technologies Kleiman mined and developed during his lifetime and that the assets’ value exceeds $5 billion, according to the Feb. 14 filing in federal court in West Palm Beach, Florida.  “Craig forged a series of contracts that purported to transfer Dave’s assets to Craig and/or companies controlled by him,’’ lawyers for Kleiman’s family said in the complaint. “
Google launches new job search experience in Africa

Google launches new job search experience in Africa

Startups
Google, at a press conference held on 1 March 2018, has announced a new job Search experience that aims to help job seekers find employment opportunities. For the first time, when someone uses their phone or computer to search on Google for a job, they will see a streamlined experience letting them explore, research and find relevant, local job postings. This launch builds on Google’s existing commitment in Sub Saharan Africa to improve economic opportunities for job seekers and employers, demonstrated through its Grow with Google initiatives. The Digital Skills for Africa program, Google’s commitment to train 1 million African youth between April 2016 and March 2017, was achieved and surpassed. In July 2017, this program was extended to see 10 million youth trained by 2022 as well