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Ecobank Kenya launches innovative digital product

Ecobank Kenya launches innovative digital product

Technology
Ecobank Kenya launched Ecobank Mobile App in Nairobi as part of the fifth iteration of launches of the product over the past four months. IT Web Africa reports that, the app integrates many functions, including Masterpass QR, a mobile payment solution designed and operated in partnership with MasterCard. Ecobank Kenya is the first bank in the country to launch the Masterpass QR.  The mobile banking app is already available in Nigeria where its was first launched in October 2016, followed by Ghana, Burkina Faso and Tanzania last week Wednesday. Ecobank says the mobile app enables customers to send and receive money instantly across 32 other African countries, in addition to Kenya. According to TechMoran, it opens up huge opportunities for customers by allowing them to shop, transact and d
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
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...
LG picks Nairobi as pioneer Africa hub to launch its latest products

LG picks Nairobi as pioneer Africa hub to launch its latest products

Technology
LG, the global electronics giant, has chosen Kenya as one of its pioneering African markets where it intends to launch its latest technological innovations. The South Korean company says it is planning to introduce its latest technology products in Nairobi. Janghoon Eric Chung, the company’s managing director for Africa Logistics said that they are looking to launch our new products in Kenya because it has an ever-increasing middle and top class. LG considers the country quite stable and with an ever-improving service industry underpinned by sound infrastructure. He added that although LGs’ products were primarily tailored for the high-end market, the company perceived the Kenyan market as one of a few in Africa with a strong inclination for modern technology and the latest electro
Communications Authority of Kenya denies phone spying claims

Communications Authority of Kenya denies phone spying claims

Cyber Security, Mobile, Technology
Technology has brought great advances and conveniences, but it also comes with the cost of privacy. Government spies can take total control of your smartphone to look at your browser history, see emails and texts and listen to conversations. The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has denied plans to use the yet to be installed Device Management System to carry out phone spying on its users after various media platforms reported so. According to the CA, the Device Management System (DMS), which comes into effect on 21 February, will be able to detect counterfeit devices in the country and stop SIM Box technology which is illegal in Kenya. However, reports in local mainstream media suggest that the system will be able to tap into user's information and the government will have the powe...