Google awards Africa PR job to Africa Practise

By Tech Mtaa | On Thursday, February 11th, 2010 - No Comments »

Google has awarded Africa Practice a contract to handle Google’s PR in Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and South Africa. The assignment comes as Google attempts to fight bad publicity, promote the usage of internet and google products as well as fight for internet penetration in the continent Africa Practise Clients The Google Africa account will. 

KDN Launches Internet Payment Gateway

By Tech Mtaa | On Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 - No Comments »

KDN on Wednesday launched what it billed as a “system which will set the pace for flexibility and security in financial transactions”. The gateway is a multi-channel solution which will turn mobile phones into a means of secure electronic transaction platform. It looks to solve the problem of phobia or non-penetration of cards in Africa. The. 

Kenya Data Network to launch Mobile and Internet payment system

By Tech Mtaa | On Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 - 1 Comment »

The competition on mobile commerce or M-Commerce is heating up locally with KDN, the largest data provider calling journalists to a coacktail dinner today at Serena Hotel. It will be a launch party for an M2M and Mobile POS system called MObipay. KDN seems to have teamed up with some spanish company to localise the already existing system. This comes after. 

Google looks to “Buzz” the social networking scene

By Tech Mtaa | On Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 - No Comments »

After fumbling with the Gwave and Orkut,  Google on Tuesday 9th February announced the launch of their new product, Google Buzz. The  product aims to compete with facebook on the social media scene as it intergrates status updates and photo and video sharing. It will be available on Mobile with Google Buzz for business to follow. The tagline according. 

Some men are against Valentines and its a hit in Facebook

By Tech Mtaa | On Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 - 2 Comments »

I browse through groups which my friends are joining in facebook and I meet this one titled “Men Against the Valentines Initiative (M.A.V.I)”. Now there is no problem with being against anything but MAVI is a very dirty word in Swahili. It translates more to wastes from the body which seems to be what the grou thinks Valentines is. The group. 

Dell launches worldwide “Social Innovation Challenge”

By Tech Mtaa | On Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 - No Comments »

University of Texas RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service and Dell have launched a Social Innovation Challenge which expects to spur innovation by students throughout the world. The challenge whose goal is to provide a vehicle for taking student innovations from idea to reality, Dell’s Social Innovation Competition is a real-world exercise. 

Kalahari’s mother company buys into polish “facebook”

By Tech Mtaa | On Monday, February 8th, 2010 - 1 Comment »

Naspers / MIH group is, according to Polish newspaper reports, the largest Internet group in Western Europe, is conducting checks on assets belonging to  Forticom owned by Digital Sky Technology. Naspers Group and DST already together own the largest Russian online portal Mail.ru If it goes through, the deal would see Naspers/MIH and DST merge their Polish. 

Unsigned artists resort to the internet to market themselves

By Tech Mtaa | On Monday, February 8th, 2010 - No Comments »

You know that is now very common that without a good friend in the right places in entertainment industry in Africa, its very very hard to break into the market. Artists struggle walking from one radio station to another just to try to deliver their work without much success. But the internet is offering them a lifeline with many now releasing their singles,. 

Tata Communications sister company’s website hacked

By Tech Mtaa | On Sunday, February 7th, 2010 - 1 Comment »

You know Tata Communication as the company which signed a pact with Access Kenya to establish a Tier 1 Internet Point-of-Presence (PoP) for Tata Communications in Nairobi, Kenya.  Well its part of the Tata Group which has companies like Tata Consultancy, Tata Motors and Tata Tea among others. Well Tata Consultancy’s website got hacked today. It has. 

Less clean web content in Nairobi now dirty content takes over

By Tech Mtaa | On Saturday, February 6th, 2010 - 2 Comments »

I am starting to fear the unlimited broadband services from Zuku, Zain, Safaricom and Orange. Its becoming addictive especially when you can afford it. When online, I am either facebooking, digging, tweeting, reading news or browsing the very many social media blogs out there. While chatting on Gtalk with a friend who is a web designer, I got an alert of. 

Bitly.pro goes live

By Tech Mtaa | On Saturday, February 6th, 2010 - 1 Comment »

Sometime back Mashable and other social media blogs were wash with the idea that bit.ly was launching a a customised URL service. Well that service has just gone live with the url Bitly.Pro. You need to register your domain which you will use instead of the bit.ly url if you so desire. This move ups the game in the short url service as google, facebook. 

Safaricom launches “Go SMS Crazy” promotion

By Tech Mtaa | On Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 - No Comments »

Kenya’s leading mobile network, Safaricom has launched a massive sms campaign dubbed “Go sms Crazy”. After complaint from subscribers from exploitation, Safaricom is now focusing on the low end market with such promotions. In the sms promotion, you can have 5 sms for Ksh 5 which is less than Ksh 1 per sms. The mobile phone service provider. 

Google announces its own Focused Research Awards

By Tech Mtaa | On Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 - No Comments »

Google has announced that they are introducing the focused research awards. The awards will be are for two to three years, and the recipients will have the advantage of access to Google tools, technologies and expertise. The awards announced through Google Facebook page and corssposted with google research blog, has been initially awarded to 12 projects. 

Safaricom and others resort to high voltage lines to deter vandals

By Tech Mtaa | On Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 - 2 Comments »

There is news that Safaricom, Jamii Telecomms and Wananchi Group will be leasing Fibre optic line from Kenya Power Lighting Company (KPLC) pair running the 500 km Mombasa – Nairobi. KPLC says that they have for the rent of the fibre optic, the Nairobi Mombasa route is $32 (Sh2400) per pair per kilometre per month which for 20 years translates to $.