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

Today I walked into Zain Koinange and to have the dashboard software for my Huawei E220 Modem replaced. I found a very disturbing scenario in the shops. First the lady I met there who I was reffered to by a Zain employee and was said to be the pro, didnt have much info on how to operate the modem. I wanted to flash the modem so that I can have it work with Ubuntu 9.10. I was taken round round and round until I got tired. I called the friend working with Zain for help and he called the Koinange…

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Good news around for Gadget lovers in Kenya. Safaricom through Vodafone UK is bringing the Nexus One phone to Kenya soon. Sources tells Techmtaa that the gadget might be landing in Kenya as early as end of January or February. And Safaricom also has special arrangement with google through the Data services where you could get a safaricom.com email address. At the Nexus One launch yesterday, Google announced that it will be selling the CDMA version through Verizonin US and Vodafone UK. Though Safaricom is running a GSM network now, that arrangement alone might signal things to come.

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Have you recieved a message as below: hey there I was just talking to Abednego and they asked me to show you this BINSSERVICESTODAY .INFO The message is the latest in a serious of SPAM messages we are getting from Facebook. Its an hijack on a user account and then it creates a message to send to close to 10 facebook users at once. The link sends you to “Financial Journal” which promises you lots of money when you work from home.

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Google new idea on the Net, Nexus One phone, had the support page up and running today morning. It has been taken down but not before someone took a screenshot and spread it around. It confirms the secret google has been holding with Android having a press Conference later today.

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Good news at long last. But why didnt Amazon announce it for all to hear. Its not yet even on Amazon Blog and Press release link. Anyway all in all its a great news for us. I got this alert from Engadget of the availeability of Kindle DX to the global book lovers. When I logged into my Amazon account and checked, I have found out that I can now buy Amazon Kindle DX and ship it and use it in Kenya.  Amzon Kindle was running Whispernet Wireless system which was only availeable in USA.

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Kenyan e-commerce are definitely coming of age. The new entrant in the scene is Kalahari which has integrated even m-pesa as a payment method in their website. The website sells Books, Electrnics, Aparels and other goods. The only problem with most of the local e-commerce sites is that you cannot do an online purchase 24/7 and the time spent from order to delivery is actually longer than taking a bus from Mombasa to Nairobi to go and pick the stuff from a physical shop.

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Wakubwa Shikamoo wadogo hamjambo! Word has it that KDN has entered the Tanzanian Data market with impending launch very soon. KDN has been setting up its centre in the seaside town and is expected to unveil its services and products in the mid January or later in the month.

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I dont know why it is that Kenyan Media companies have no given ICt or social mediathe kind of dedicated channel it requites. Nation Media Group gives is very shallow coverage with those journalistscovering ICt stories not having much info about ICT leave alone social media. How can a journalist talk about twitter while he/she has doesnt have even a twitter account and so doesnt know much about the social media vocabularies and trends. I had a chance to read Daily Nation of 30th December and saw a headline reading “Website Launched” on top of a photo of KENIC boss…

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Why is is that the Kenyan Web Developers have Blogs which are shoddily done and are not worth a look at? What lacks in the training. An example is Moses Kemibaro which is a Blog by the CEO of DotSavvy, one of Kenya’s premier Web Development firms.

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In the proud tradition of the CueCat the street is finding its own use for the Nook, adding Facebook, Pandora, and Browser apps to the ereader. Nookdevs have already rooted the Android-powered ebook and programmers have succeeded in installing multiple apps that have been ported to the version of the OS running on the Nook. What does this mean? Not much, yet. However, it’s fun to watch this thing get torn up and made into something more than the sum of its parts. The images of the hacked Nooks, above, are pretty blurry but there are also screen caps from…

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Israeli airport security, clearly always on high alert, shot the hell out of a young woman’s laptop at the airport. Incredibly the HDD survived. I went inside to check on my bag. I had left it unattended, where they instructed. It was still there so I went back outside. Moments later a man came outside and introduced himself as the manager on duty. And then, “I’m sorry but we had to blow up your laptop. “ What….all my client case notes and testimony, writing, pictures, music and applications. Years of work. NO!!!! What?? Are you insane?? What were you thinking?…

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What do you get when you combine two of the hottest electronic trends like mini netbooks and touchscreen smartphones? The answer would be Nokia’s new N900 phone and its custom-made operating system, Maemo. Designed as a loose follow-up to Nokia’s N97, the Nokia N900 has a bit of an identity crisis between a smartphone with a desktop OS, or a portable computer with telephone capabilities. Either way, this search for identity has created an excellent entry in what could easily be a new cell phone subgenre. Although the price is still shrouded in mystery, this drool-worthy gadget will start to…

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While Nokia’s Ovi Store still has a ways to go to even consider competing with Apple’s App Store (although recently-revealed plans for a complete revamp in spring 2010 sound exciting) the Finns are busy beavering away in-house at bringing some interesting applications to Nokia users. In a show of openness that other manufacturers could learn from, Nokia sticks all its work in progress apps up for free public consumption – and comment – on its Beta Labs site. These are split into two categories, Beta Applications (serious stuff on a fast track to graduate to a commercial Nokia offering in…

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