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Why Kenyans Rely On Mobile money Services

Why Kenyans Rely On Mobile money Services

Mobile
PAYING for a taxi ride using your mobile phone is easier in Nairobi than it is in New York, thanks to Kenya’s world-leading mobile-money system, M-PESA. Launched in 2007 by Safaricom, the country’s largest mobile-network operator, it is now used by over 17m Kenyans, equivalent to more than two-thirds of the adult population; around 25% of the country’s gross national product flows through it. M-PESA lets people transfer cash using their phones, and is by far the most successful scheme of its type on earth. Why does Kenya lead the world in mobile money? Before we look into the intricacies of this question, it is apparent that the Kenyan economy is deeply integrated with Mpesa services and in extension, our lives in general. In order to assess the depth of this dependence, there is need t
Mobile service provider undergoes a network breakdown that affects millions

Mobile service provider undergoes a network breakdown that affects millions

Mobile
Customers of the biggest telecom firm in the region, Safaricom, were unable to make calls on Monday, April 24, after the company experienced a technical fault on its network. The outage on the Mobile service provider services were disrupted countrywide following the glitch that affected all its voice calls, SMS, internet connectivity and the popular mobile money transfer M-Pesa. The technical problem affected subscribers countrywide with the company saying it is working to resolve the issue. “Sorry we are having a slight technical fault with the network services countywide but the issue is being resolved,” the company posted on its Twitter account. Data from Communications Authority of Kenya shows that Mobile service provider has the highest number of mobile
Hackers Can Steal Your Passwords by Monitoring SmartPhone Sensors

Hackers Can Steal Your Passwords by Monitoring SmartPhone Sensors

Cyber Security, Mobile
An average smartphone these days is packed with a wide array of sensors such as GPS, Camera, microphone, accelerometer, magnetometer, proximity, gyroscope, pedometer, and NFC. According to a team of UK scientists , hackers can potentially guess PINs and passwords – that you enter either on a bank website, app, your lock screen – to a surprising degree of accuracy by monitoring your phone's sensors, like the angle and motion of your phone while you are typing. The danger comes due to the way malicious websites and apps access most of a smartphone's internal sensors without requesting any permission to access them – doesn't matter even if you are accessing a secure website over HTTPS to enter your password.  Smartphone apps usually ask your permissions to grant them access to sensors lik
Twitter app becoming slicker with new features

Twitter app becoming slicker with new features

Mobile, social media
Twitter has been adding new features which allow users greater control over their Twitter account. The application now has new features that better its usage. Its now possible for users to Mute offensive posts and people on the platform. This new feature allows users to mute any words, phrases, usernames or hashtags from their timeline for a given time period (between 24 hours to 30 days) or forever. Users can also choose to not receive notifications for posts by people they are not following.  The invention of the lite app is another positive feature for users. The Twitter Lite is  more data-friendly for mobile users. offers a scaled down user interface with limited elements in comparison to the native Twitter app. So you can watch and upload photos and videos in your timeline, send d
Android devices could be at risk of total takeover

Android devices could be at risk of total takeover

Internet, Mobile
Originally developed as a digital camera platform, Android has definitely come a long way. It just surpassed Windows to become the most popular operating system for Internet usage in the global digital realm. The latest threat has come into the light through the work of a Google’s Project Zero researcher, Gal Beniamini. The security issue is targeted on Android mobile devices which can be taken over through malicious Wi-Fi signals. These attacks were introduced through Broadcom’s Wi-Fi chipsets used in many Android and iOS devices. Attackers can easily access these chipsets to allow the execution of their malicious code over Wi-Fi signals, without prompting the device user to take any action. The issue was disclosed to Broadcom and, eventually, Apple was swift enough to release a patch t