Business Software Alliance and IDC study shows software piracy rate hits 83% in East & Southern Africa

By Tech Mtaa | On Thursday, May 20th, 2010 - 9 Comments »

Kenya’s software piracy rate fell by one-percentage point last year to settle at 79-percent according to the seventh annual global software piracy study released by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), an international association representing the global software industry, in partnership with market research firm International Data Corporation-IDC. According. 

The human factor

By Aireni | On Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 - 5 Comments »

There isn’t a patch for human fallibility and there’s no patch against human ingenuity. I attended an ISSA-UK event at Bletchley Park last Thursday and the contribution the men and women who worked there made to the war effort cannot be overstated – it’s estimated the codebreakers of Bletchley shortened WWII by 2 years. The principles. 

Kenyan Advertisers Finally Embracing Social Media and Mobile

By Tech Mtaa | On Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 - 4 Comments »

This is a guest post by Yvette Randa The latest web-based trend in transmission of information and communication across the globe is the next frontier in the advertisement world even as the most efficient internet connectivity hits Kenya’s mainland. Advertisement platform in various World Wide Web (www) and search engines are gradually threatening. 

M-Kesho: “Super Bank Account” from Safaricom and Equity Bank

By Tech Mtaa | On Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 - 34 Comments »

Kenya’s leading bank byclients base Equity Bank and leading intergrated telecommunications provider Safaricom have launched an ultimate bank account that lets customers transfer money to and from their M-PESA accounts via their mobile handsets while enjoying other benefits that come with the bank account. Speaking at a launch which was presided over. 

Microsoft Steps Up Fight Against Software Pirates

By Tech Mtaa | On Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 - 2 Comments »

In their fight against software piracy, the Kenya Copyright Board (KCB), Kenya Revenue Authority and Kenyan Police managed to break up a software counterfeit ring responsible for the distribution and sale of more than KSh 800,000 worth of counterfeit Microsoft software. With Microsoft’s support, the Kenyan authorities led several months of investigation,. 

OWASP Kenya

By Aireni | On Saturday, May 15th, 2010 - 3 Comments »

Further to my previous post, Secure coding nirvana, I would like to engage with individuals who are committed to the establishment of a Kenyan chapter of OWASP. While OWASP has several chapters around the world, there are only two chapters in Africa, in Egypt and Nigeria. Kenya can be the third country on the continent to have one. I have been made aware. 

Secure coding nirvana

By Aireni | On Friday, May 14th, 2010 - 2 Comments »

Our operating systems are hardened; unnecessary services stopped, unused accounts disabled and the latest patches installed. The signature files for the anti-virus, IDS and IPS are up-to-date. The firewalls, load balancers, routers and switches are securely configured. So with all these safeguards implemented, this must mean our systems are secure, right?. 

White House Offers $1 Million Innovation Prize

By Tech Mtaa | On Friday, May 14th, 2010 - 2 Comments »

The Obama administration is said to be offering up to $1 million in prize money to entrepreneurs that can come up with innovative ways to commercialize new technology. The U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship’s i6 Challenge is offering the prize money to six winners who invent what judges think are the most innovative. 

Zain Kenya Cuts It’s Caling Rates by Upto 50%

By Tech Mtaa | On Thursday, May 13th, 2010 - 7 Comments »

Zain Kenya has today announced a  reduction in its off-peak calling rates. Following the move, Zain has slashed calls to other networks by upto 50%. Customers will now pay only Ksh. 3 for Zain to Zain calls and Kshs 6 to call any other network during certain periods of time, everyday of the week. The new rates will apply for calls made between 6pm and. 

E-Voting Welcome, Especially If It Will Re-Integrate the Diaspora

By Tech Mtaa | On Thursday, May 13th, 2010 - 3 Comments »

This is a guest post by Dr Shem Ochuodho whom we call as the father of internet in Kenya. He is Co-Convenor, New Vision Kenya (NVK-Mageuzi) and Former Chairman, Computer Society of Kenya (CSK) It is commendable of the Interim Independent Electoral Commission of Kenya (IIECK) to have introduced electronic voting as a sign of readiness to change with. 

We are Simply Being Punished For Being Successful, Michael Joseph

By Tech Mtaa | On Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 - 2 Comments »

Nairobi Star Business reporter James Mbugua of Nairobi Tech spoke to Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph to get to the bottom of the trouble Kenya’s leading mobile telephone company is having with the Communication Commission of Kenya. Why are you making such a fuss over regulation? Is regulation a bad thing? Regulation is not a bad thing and we are not making. 

EAC Countries Unites to Fight Cyber Attacks

By Tech Mtaa | On Saturday, May 8th, 2010 - 3 Comments »

East Africa Communications services regulators are up in arms against cyber attack on their equipment in the region.  This was disclosed by Patrick Mwesigwa who is the executive director of Uganda Communication Commission. Apparently the EA states something they call Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERT) whose main goal will be to detect and deter cyber. 

Facebook Rumoured to Be Introducing Location Based Services

By Tech Mtaa | On Friday, May 7th, 2010 - 3 Comments »

Facebook could be set to start the roll out location based features within the next ,month or so according to Adage website. It is being reported that the social media giant will be integrating location based information like Foursquare which was once rumoured to be on target of acquisition by facebook. McDonalds are said to be already showing interest. 

Egypt Goes Live With First Arabic Domain Names

By Tech Mtaa | On Friday, May 7th, 2010 - 2 Comments »

The first non-Latin script domains are now online courtesy of ICANN with Arabic script now being allowed. Egypt’s Ministry of Communications site at http://موقع.وزارة-الأتصالات.مصر/ already has taken advantage of the changes. You will be able to see and open the arabic websites if your browser allows IDN support. Upto now, only.