Author: Cyrus

Respected Kenyan blogger, tech evangelist, and social justice activist. Cyrus is known for his hard-hitting articles and opinions disseminated through his Twitter handle @Kahawatungu or Facebook page (www.fb.com/Kahawatungu). Email: Editor@Kahawatungu.com

Enterprise and mobile software company Sybase 365 is currently driving a project aimed at the formation of a single Pan-African mobile-commerce (mCommerce) portal through partnerships that will join up to seven different regional projects, together using a common Sybase technical platform and financial product bouquet. Sybase 365 director of mCommerce business development in sub-Saharan Africa Shaun Campbell says that the company 
is assisting the regional portal projects to build footprints and roll out to new countries. 
This is carried out by supplying the transaction process 
engines and technologies for the different types of interfaces with mobile handsets, point-of-sale terminals, automatic…

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Global young innovators stand to win $ 1 million as part of Nokia’s “Growth Economy Venture Challenge’’ . Nokia’s global Calling All Innovators 2010 competition targeting innovators, with  participants expected to create a mobile product or service that raises the standard of living or enhances the lives of the local people . The global challenge is not limited to hardware or software and will reward innovations geared towards enhancing the standards of living and return on the million bucks investments. The submissions can also expand beyond the mobile phone.

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Avatar: Its the most expensive movie now and also the first 3-D movie. But it has side effects which are lethal. A 42-year-old man in Taiwan has died of a stroke likely caused by over-excitement from watching the 3-D blockbuster epic Avatar. The man, identified only by his last name Kuo, is said to have had a history of high blood pressure. During the screening, in the Taiwanese city of Hsinch, Kuo reportedly began to feel unwell; by the time he reached the hospital he was unconscious. A scan showed that his brain was hemorrhaging. Kuo died 11 days later.…

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Dating in Kenya is now going fully online. This is s phenomenon which was only limited to Kenyans visiting a few foreign dating sites like Afroromance, Afrointroductions and Match.com. You know facebook brought with it some kind of over the table dating not that kimya kimya type. People would go to facebook, make acquintances and end up dating though with real IDs. But ow there is a Kenyan dating site by Kenyans for Kenyans. The Lovefindme site comes at a time when Kenyans spend alot of time in social sites like facebook and tagged looking for love. SOme also have…

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As we reported earlier, Nation Media Group has now corrected the errors on their new Beta website called Africa Review. The website runs on the same script Daily Nation, The East African and Business Daily is running on. The website domain was created in February 2009 so its something which Nation planned for a long time. Apparently Nation owns also 20 other domains which they might be using to launch other products. The website seems to be hosted at Network Solutions as opposed to Daily Nation which is hosted at UUNET and 365 Digital Primedia servers in South Africa have…

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The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) in partnership with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and corporate organisations, have launched the Haiti Disaster Fund to raise funds towards a humanitarian appeal to assist millions of people affected by an earthquake that hit Haiti, claiming more than 50,000 lives and living millions of others homeless.

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In what might be considered to be a milestone in South Africa, Arthur Goldstuck, MD of World Wide Worx says that South African internet users reached the 5 million mark in 2009. He also projects the number to reach 6 million by December 2010. In a research conducted by South African analyst house World Wide Worx, in conjunction with Cisco, shows that local Internet penetration has increased to 10%. Speaking to ITWeb this morning, research lead and World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said this figure is a significant milestone in SA’s Internet space.

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Huawei, a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, has announced that its UMTS900 solution has been successfully deployed in the MTN Ghana network. This represents the first time in Africa continent that UMTS has been successfully conducted for voice, video and data in the 900 MHz frequency band. The network are based on Huawei’s 4th-generation 3900-Series Node B, which combines advanced technology with high efficiency to boost operators’ productivity. The system supports a bandwidth of just 4.2 MHz to provide UMTS service while working seamlessly with the existing GSM network. Together with HUAWEI, MTN…

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Zuku seems to be the lesser evil in a POLL we carried between Zuku Broadband and Orange Broadband Nyumbani. Majority, more than 70% of our readers think that Zuku offers better service and delivers better customer care. Thats a big wake up call to Orange which has been there long enough and has bigger financial muscle to compete effectively in the market.

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Netbooks are gaining ground in the IT consumer market in Kenya. When HP East Africa introduced a few laptops including the Vivienne Tam and Acer followed later with others, we didn’t take it seriously. Infact we thought that the laptop will fade out the way the PDAs went down. We were wrong, The Netbooks are here to stay and are increasing in variety. Most of them are running the Atom processor (1.6Ghz) and most boast of 10.2″ screen size apart from the few with 13″ and 8.9″. Kenya Data Networks just unveiled another brand, MSi U100 which they advertise as…

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Finally the USA Consumer Electronics show 2010 is over. I can now say what I read. Remember I am in Nairobi and the event occured thousands of miles away. But it seems I was there. What with the greap photos from Engadget, Gizmodo and PCMag. What with the blog posts from Techcrunch and Mashable. I got all the breaking news thanks to Snaptu for the wonderful application in my so old Nokia E50 (I cant just let the phone go). But for East Africa, I think we can draw many lessons from the event. Do we even have a Consumer…

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Watching her makes you be wowed with simple expertise she does it and the way she is defying old age is simply out of this world. Thats the story of the Granny who won the Spanish Talents show. She has been nicknamed the Salsa Granny and the video is gaining popularity in youtube and the internet.

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By Shem Ochuodho Media freedom is one of the most fundamental rights any civil state must uphold. However, rights have also to come with responsibility. Before making substantive comment on this matter, my contribution would better be informed by reading the statute itself, not by media reports. As a major stakeholder in this, the media will report in a slanted matter. I have to confess as an ICT Professional I don’t have much respect for the PS, and I rarely agree with his points of view. However, this is one of the rare instances when I seem to agree with…

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I doubted the media when they wrote the article about Kalahari in Standard and Nation. I read another article on Star today and decided to get hold of David Aoll who is the Country Director of Kalahari.co.ke and he is representing the part of Nasper’s Group of companies which includes Technology, Online Companies, TV and newspapers and Magazines. The company owns Nimbuzz in Netherlands, Irdeto, Multichoice, Allegro, Mweb and Paarmedia among others.

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Rwanda’s leading communication company by market share, MTN, has deployed a technology called Aradial Authentication, Authorization, Accounting (AAA) that will provide wireless services in Kigali. MTN entered a deal with Aradial to provide Internet Protocol services and others including Wi-Fi, WiMAX, VoIP, IPTV and mobile data. MTN’s Senior Marketing Executive, Yvonne Makolo, revealed that the operator has rolled out Wi-Fi services in Kigali but have not yet commercially launched but is still doing the final tests. The technology solution integrates with access controllers to manage Wi-Fi base stations. Aradial’s deployment operates with Ericsson’s intelligent network over MTN’s provisioning infrastructure to…

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