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Uber raises taxi prices in Kenya

Uber raises taxi prices in Kenya

Technology
Taxi-hailing app company Uber has increased its fares, giving in to pressure from their drivers and MPs. The company has suffered many attacks the biggest battles being the final surrender in China, the CEO’s apology after a rant to a US driver-partner, and an announcement that drivers matter, after they went on strike asking for better rates. The drivers and legislators had said higher fares would be beneficial to its thousands of independent contractors and level the playing field for other players. The firm had in July last year lowered its prices by 35 percent in a move to encourage more riders on the road, to help increase trips for drivers, but according to drivers, the prices were not sustainable. The firm now says it realizes it only works when both riders and driver-partner
Uber rebuilt its navigation app for drivers convinience

Uber rebuilt its navigation app for drivers convinience

Technology
From providing accurate ETAs to navigating the fastest path to your destination, maps are at the heart of the Uber experience. Anyone who frequently uses ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft knows the frustration that can come from a driver and rider trying to find each other. Sometimes the driver is on the wrong side of the street, or misses their turn and sometimes the rider gives terrible directions over the phone. Uber will introduce a redesigned navigation experience built around drivers’ needs. The ride ailing company says that they've completely revamped navigation on iOS and are introducing in-app navigation on Android for the first time. Now, with one-tap, turn-by-turn directions start right away, saving time and eliminating the need to juggle multiple apps. The newly develo

Why Uber is under attack.

Startups, Technology
The San Francisco based ride service Uber has experienced explosive growth since its founding in 2009 and the growing popularity of the service has prompted a backlash from taxi organizations in many its operating regions across the globe. The company which is valued at over $60 billion has been suffering a barrage of attacks and criticisms about its modus operandi. From accusations of blatantly flouting laws governing taxis, to benefitting from allegedly stolen data, Uber’s executives and legal team are bracing themselves for a tough time ahead. TechMoran reports that several factors have led the taxi hailing company straight to war. The prejudiced corporate culture in the organization is the first threat towards the company success. Susan Fowler, a reliability engineer at Uber

Youngster unlocks Africa ’s greatness with logical mathematical intelligence

Technology
Across Africa, mathematics is often viewed as an impractical, ivory tower pursuit but not to a 13 year old, Jemal Abraha from Eritrea Africa. The sixth grade boy is has been nick named afters the Ancient mathematician Archimedes after developing a mathematics theory that associates a person’s phone number to generate their age. The formula is an incredible solution which incorporates various mathematics equations on a person’s phone numberwhich ultimately generates their age. This creative innovation has triggered Apple, one of the biggest tech giant in America, to respond in full support of Jemal’s education and a fulltime work opportunity after graduation. How encouraging. As a continent, we’ve sweated over underdevelopment, dissected underperforming schools, gutted standards an
Kenyan University takes lead in innovation, to make Kenya tech hub

Kenyan University takes lead in innovation, to make Kenya tech hub

Technology
In Kenya, innovation and entrepreneurship are intertwined. Nairobi has become the tech hub of Africa, a niche that could be worth more than a billion dollars in the next few years. The ICT sector aswell is set to contribute up to 8% of the country’s GDP by 2017, according to the Kenya ICT Authority’s ICT Masterplan. Daily Nation reports that Kenya will soon be a technological hub following University of Nairobi’s move to support development of new innovations. The chancellor has identified specific projects and programmes that are aligned to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Further, the university has also started the Bicycle Sharing initiative that will transform urban mobility and reduce over-reliance on motorised transport. The university has a 10-years-trategic plan on in