Tag: Nairobi

Nairobi Bitcoin firm partners with Airtel after cutting Safaricom links

Business, Internet
Nairobi-based bitcoin trading platform BitPesa has partnered with Airtel to offer bitcoin payments and trading services in the country, barely three months after Safaricom terminated M-Pesa links to the firm. BitPesa indicates on its website that it is offering bitcoin payment and trading services in four African countries including Kenya (through Airtel), in Uganda (Airtel and MTN), Tanzania (Airtel and M-Pesa) and Nigeria through Quickteller and Paga. It is not clear whether the deal with Airtel was signed with its Indian parent group or with the Kenya office. The Business Daily could not establish the nature of the partnership between BitPesa and Airtel, with Elizabeth Rossiello, chief executive of the bitcoin trading platform, saying she could not comment on the matter at thi...

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella launches Windows 10 in Nairobi

Business, Mobile
Microsoft will launch a new version of their popular operating system Windows on July 29th. The new operating system, dubbed Windows 10, will be available as a free upgrade for those with licensed Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 operating systems on their devices. It will cost $199 for the pro version for new users & $199 for the Home version. Users wishing to upgrade to the Pro version will have to pay $99. Microsoft  announced plans to host live celebrations around the world when its Windows 10 product launches on 29 July. The events will celebrate the role its five million ‘Windows Insiders’ played in the development of the software. Events have been planned in 13 locations: Sydney, Tokyo, Singapore, Beijing, New Delhi, Dubai, Nairobi, Berlin, Johannesburg, Madrid, London, São Paulo and New

American online taxi service Uber sets Sh500 as minimum fare for Nairobi Kenya cab service

Business, Internet, Mobile
In Summary Riders will be required to download the Uber app onto their smartphones or register online to access taxis operated by the San Francisco-based company. Customers will be charged at a base rate of Sh100 plus a charge of Sh4 per minute spent on the ride and an additional Sh60 per kilometre. UberX said it would be using Toyota Corollas, Fielders and equivalent car models for customer rides. American online taxi service firm Uber has set a minimum charge of Sh500 for its upcoming Nairobi operations. This could make some of its shorter rides costlier than those offered by less prominent Kenyan rival MaraMoja. However, their pricing is tied to time spent and distance covered unlike the fixed charges favoured by MaraMoja and traditional cab companies, raising the possibilit...

Kenya’s BRCK raises $1.2M to connect the last mile to the internet

Broadband, Internet
July 9, 2014 Nairobi, Kenya Ushahidi spinout BRCK Inc. announced today that it has closed a $1.2 million seed round. BRCK is solving last-mile connectivity problems with a device that can bring seamless internet connection to the most remote areas of the world. Invested Development, an early stage impact investor, led the round for the Nairobi-based technology startup. Invested Development, Omvestments, Urban.us, Cheryl Heller and Gary Scheft of CommonWise LLC, Synergy Growth, and other investors were attracted to this opportunity because of the cross-sector impact it will have in Africa and beyond. World Bank data shows that for every 10% increase in broadband penetration there can be as much as 1.4% GDP growth. Currently, only 24% of people in the developing world are connected to t...

How Africa tweets

social media
  Communications agency Portland has looked at tweets from Africa to determine what languages are used the most and what issues drive the conversation.   Johannesburg was the most active Twitter city in Africa in the last three months of 2013, according to a new study called "How Africa Tweets". Johannesburg had 344 215 geo-located tweets, followed by Ekurhuleni with 264 172, and the Egyptian capital Cairo with 227 509, communications agency Portland said in a statement on Wednesday. Durban followed with 163 019 tweets and Alexandria, also in Egypt, was closely behind with 159 534 tweets. The study also found that cities in South Africa and Egypt were the most active on Twitter, and activity in Africa peaked on the day former president Nelson Mandela died. "The day of Nelson

Safaricom Launches Free Matatu Hotspots

Broadband
Safaricom has partnered with PSV operators in an initiative that will see passengers access free internet in more than 200 matatu’s and buses by September this year. A total of 46 PSV vehicles plying the Buruburu, Langata, Rongai, Umoja, Githurai, Dandora, Kiambu and Kenyatta University routes have already been fitted with subsidised Wi-Fi routers in the Kshs.7 million initiative which is part of the Telco’s on-going effort to grow its data footprint. More