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Mobile Based App Services for Motorists Disrupts Insurance Broker Jobs

Mobile Based App Services for Motorists Disrupts Insurance Broker Jobs

Business, Internet, Technology
A mobile-based insurance app is threatening to drive brokers out of town. The service allows clients seeking motor insurance to log onto a firm’s platform to apply, pay and get cover from anywhere and at any time. Upon purchasing a policy, a client receives an electronic version of the policy document via the app. The online car insurance app, the brainchild of tech firm Griffins, eliminates the need for brokers and salespeople who have been blamed for taking payments but not submitting them to insurers, exposing clients to risk. Griffin Insurance Company founder Jihan Abass and her team of technology experts created the insurance app to ease the woes customers encounter in dealing with brokers. “The current insurance process is like using a feature phone
SMEs give hope to the unemployed in Kenya

SMEs give hope to the unemployed in Kenya

Business
More than three quarters of small and medium-sized companies in Kenya are planning to hire more workers in the near future, an annual survey has found, partly pointing to increased sales and optimism that the economy will recover. The Top 100 SMEs survey conducted by KPMG and the Business Daily found that 77 percent of the 186 firms that fulfilled all the vetting requirements were either very likely (37 percent) or likely (40 percent) to employ more workers. This is an improvement from 68 percent in 2018, according to the findings released Wednesday during a breakfast meeting ahead of the annual gala during which the winners will be unveiled in Nairobi Thursday evening. The findings come in the wake of a generally rising optimism in Kenya’s growth prospects after the nation
Kenya: Fourth African country to have a Space Agency

Kenya: Fourth African country to have a Space Agency

Technology
Although many countries claim to have a space programme, only only three per cent of the world’s countries have an active space agency. Kenya is the fourth country in Africa to have one after Algeria, Nigeria and South Africa. Though not known to many, Kenya  has a space agency, which is the successor to the National Space Secretariat. The Kenya Space Agency was established by President Uhuru Kenyatta through a March 2017 gazette notice. However, space activities in the country began in the 1960s, with the establishment of a Satellite Launching and Tracking Base in Malindi. It was a collaboration between Kenya and Italy. Over 20 sounding rockets and nine satellites have been launched from the facility over the years. Some of the world’s biggest space agencies include NASA (the Americ
Safaricom Weekend Network Hitch

Safaricom Weekend Network Hitch

Business, Internet
Safaricom subscribers were not pleased with the Networks' shortcomings during the weekend. The telecommunication subscribers could not use the popular M-pesa services or make calls. Data service was also affected cutting many from online communication and transactions. Safaricom did acknowledge the problem without mentioning the root cause. Other services affected included the internet, which blocked thousands from accessing services online or communicating through the popular social media platforms such as the WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and twitter. “We are experiencing intermittent network challenges affecting several services in our network including voice and data for some customers. We are working to restore all services as soon as possible,” reads a statement from Safaricom Pl
An innovators desire to Understand using gloves

An innovators desire to Understand using gloves

Mobile, Technology
When the motivation behind an invention is family and the love you have for them, nothing can stop you from making it happen. 25 year old Kenyan innovator, Roy Allela, can be used as an example. Roy earned global recognition with his invention of a Smart Hand Gloves which are capable of converting sign language movements into audio speech. He says the need to communicate with his 6-year-old niece, who was born deaf, inspired him to build the technology. According to Allela, his niece encountered difficulties while communicating with members of her family since none of them is conversant with sign language. The smart gloves – dubbed Sign-IO – have flex sensors that are placed on each finger and have the capacity to quantify the bend of a finger and process the letter being signed. Using