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Visa and Pesapal announce partnership for connected digital payments in Africa

Visa and Pesapal announce partnership for connected digital payments in Africa

Business, Mobile, Technology
Pesapal will become a Visa Principal Member driving small business acquiring and issuing. Nairobi, April 27, 2020 – Visa (NYSE: V), the global leader in digital payments and Pesapal have today announced a strategic partnership to drive connected digital payments to consumers and businesses in Africa. Pesapal will now become a Visa Principal Member driving small business acquiring and issuing. Pesapal has created Africa's only payments ecosystem that offers Ecommerce, Point of Sale and Consumer applications on one platform. Pesapal recruits and supports businesses to be able to digitize payment collection securely while integrating to business internal systems such as POS, ERP, Accounting and Billing systems. By integrating businesses, Pesapal is then able to drive consumer paym
World turns to Mobile Money in response to COVID-19 Outbreak

World turns to Mobile Money in response to COVID-19 Outbreak

Business, Mobile
Kenya’s largest teleco, Safaricom, will implement a fee-waiver on East Africa’s leading mobile-money product, M-Pesa, to reduce the physical exchange of currency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The company announced that all person-to-person (P2P) transactions under 1,000 Kenyan Schillings (≈ $10) would be free starting Tuesday for the next 90 days. The move came after Safaricom met with the country’s Central Bank and per a directive from Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta “to explore ways of deepening mobile-money usage to reduce risk of spreading the virus through physical handling of cash,” according to a release provided to TechCrunch from Safaricom. To encourage the use of digital payments over cash, the East African telecom will also allow SMEs to increase their daily M-Pe
Lenovo has introduced world’s smallest desktop

Lenovo has introduced world’s smallest desktop

Business, Mobile, Technology
Lenovo has introduced the world’s smallest desktop, the ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano to the South African market, designed to support diverse workplaces with the power of a full-size desktop and the space-saving convenience of a laptop. “The ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano is further proof of Lenovo’s commitment to helping small businesses drive efficiency in their operations,” says Thibault Dousson, General Manager at Lenovo South Africa. “In South Africa, SMEs make up a third of the country’s GDP and play an integral part in boosting the economy and creating jobs. Lack of capital, investment, resources or support are among the major challenges faced by our country’s entrepreneurs. Lenovo wants to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses through giving them better access to critical tools and se
Gas Refill can now be done using mobile phones

Gas Refill can now be done using mobile phones

Business, Mobile
Gas refill can now be done with a press a button on your phone. Safari Clean Gas is turning into a ‘Uber’ of gas supply, removing consumers’ hassle in refilling gas cylinders. The firm delivers their products from 8am to 10pm within Nairobi. A report by the Ministry of Energy and the Clean Cooking Association of Kenya says some consumers travel as far as 5km to reach service centres. “Households using LPG must travel nearly twice as far (5.3km) on average than kerosene users (2.9km) even though twice as many households nationwide cook with LPG compared with kerosene,” says the study dated 5 November 2019. Supa Gaz’s filled 6kg gas cylinder retails at Sh 2,200 if purchased from the USSD technology that automatically connects customers to their authorised, verified people. Need to refi
Bookings Africa Launched its new app

Bookings Africa Launched its new app

Business, Mobile
Bookings Africa launched its new mobile app, which is believed to revolutionize the pan-African marketplace for the Gig economy. Bookings Africa is a leading pan-African marketplace that leverages technology to disrupt and revolutionize how talent in the lifestyle, entertainment & media industries across Africa is sourced. Founder and CEO, Fade Ogunro, announced the launch of the app and the successful completion of the company’s latest fundraising round. Bookings Africa’s mission is to unlock the earning potential of young entrepreneurial Africans and monetize their latent skillset. Through the app, users can search for a variety of talent, compare their transparent prices, book online, pay securely and provide ratings and reviews for services across Nigeria, South Africa and Keny.
How technology has revolutionized Kenyans lives

How technology has revolutionized Kenyans lives

Internet, Mobile, Technology
Over the past 10 years, technology has revolutionised our daily interactions, transactions and even how we think. It has progressed in almost every field imaginable, with the creation of amazing tools and resources that put vital information at our fingertips. “If there is anything that has had an enormous impact on the lives of Kenyans, then it is the smartphone. It has revolutionised everything. “Education, health, banking, media, agriculture, transport, communication and e-commerce all depend on the ubiquities of the smartphone to impact lives,” says Lilian Wanzare, a computer science lecturer at Maseno University. In 2010, only a few Kenyans owned an Android-powered smartphone, despite its launch two years earlier, with the majority of the middle-class bragging to own ‘high-en
PortableVoices has announced partnership with Afripods

PortableVoices has announced partnership with Afripods

Internet, Mobile, Technology
Kenyan based Media production and podcast start-up PortableVoices has announced a podcast distribution partnership with Afripods, an African focused platform for podcasters with head office in Nairobi. Under the new agreement, Afripods will distribute podcasts produced by Portable Voices Podcast Network as well as co-produce future “Afripods Original” podcasts through Afripods platform and all other distribution channels available pan-Africa and internationally. Allan Niongira, Portable Voices Founder said; ‘‘We’re excited about this new partnership with Afripods.’’ Adding; “Podcast consumption is really growing in Kenya and across Africa, this new partnership allows us to continue producing more local podcasts. With Afripods as our distribution partner, we will be able to reach more
Gmailify: Experiencing Gmail Features Without A Gmail Address

Gmailify: Experiencing Gmail Features Without A Gmail Address

Internet, Mobile
  You might have considered getting a Gmail address for a while now but the hassle of switching from  your Yahoo! or Outlook makes you reconsider. Now, Google has fixed that. They have launched Gmailify that allows you to experience Gmail features from your Yahoo! or Outlook email addresses. From their official blog, Gmail said: "For the last year, you’ve been able to access your email from other providers, like Yahoo! Mail or Outlook.com, in the Gmail app on Android. And we’ve been getting lots of great feedback from those of you that do. Many of you would like more of Gmail’s powerful features, like spam protection and inbox organization, on these accounts—but don’t want to go through the hassle of changing your email address. We agree. So starting today, if you use Yahoo! Mail o
Ongoing Elections In Uganda Lead To Blocked Access To Social Media

Ongoing Elections In Uganda Lead To Blocked Access To Social Media

Governance, Internet, Mobile, social media
Access to social media networks such as WhatsApp and mobile money  has been blocked in Uganda over what the government claims to be "national security" concerns. Sources speaking to the Daily Nation  however state that the shutdown that was ordered by top officials in the ruling party is meant to curtail the massive amounts of messages that are being shared against President, Yoweri Museveni. The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), director of corporate affairs, Fred Otunnu said that the shutdown was only temporary due to the sensitive nature of the elections period. While this goes on, there are concerns about the poor internet bandwidth but the UCC maintained that that was not related to the ongoing elections. The Ugandan Presidential and Parliamentary elections begun this mornin

Tech Milestone as Both WhatsApp And Gmail Reach The 1 Billion Users Mark

Mobile, social media
It is a great week for technology as two tech giants reach the I Billion users mark. Google announced that Gmail, its email service had 1 billion monthly active users. Gmail joined the list of other Google platforms that have also gathered 1 billion users namely, Google Search, Android, Chrome, YouTube et.al. Gmail had hit the 900,000 user mark sometime before May 2015. This was followed by Facebook’s announcement that WhatsApp had reached the 1 billion mark. This meant that the WhatsApp figures had more than doubled since Facebook acquired it two years ago. The announcement came after WhatsApp announced that it would be made completely free and remain ad free. An overjoyed Mark Zuckerberg took to Facebook to share his joy in a post that read: “One billion people now use WhatsApp. Congr