Tanzania passes law to force local telecos to list in the bourse

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

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) – Tanzania has passed a new telecoms law making it mandatory for mobile phone companies to list on the country’s stock exchange in the next three years, a senior government official said on Monday. Parliament approved the Electronic and Postal Communication Bill 2009 late on Friday, compelling telecommunication firms. 

Kenyans turns Social Media into a powerful activism tool

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

Kenyans are actively using facebook, Google groups and other social media as powerfullactivism tool. From political, sports, social to religious activism, you will find it now common. The hot news now is the case of the Kenyan player, MacDonald Mariga who has just missed an assignment with top English Premier League side, Manchester City, because of the. 

Equity Bank installs cutting edge EMV card system to deter fraudsters

By Tech Mtaa | On Monday, February 1st, 2010 - No Comments »

Equity Bank has installed Europay-Mastercard-VISA (EMV) Technology in all its ATM and ATM cards. EMV chip-based payment cards, also known as smart cards, contain an embedded microprocessor, a type of small computer. The microprocessor chip contains the information needed to use the card for payment, and is protected by various security features. Chip cards. 

Tanzanian Government websites suffer from massive hacking attacks

By Tech Mtaa | On Sunday, January 31st, 2010 - No Comments »

The Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has become the latest casualty in a growing trend in which hackers  calling themselves the UAH-Crew attack sites. The website was shut down for repairs yesterday by the Tanzania Telecommunication Company which hosts it. Tanzanian Revenue Authority and Bank of Tanzania have had their websites hacked before. 

Africa Union 14th summit of Heads of State to focus on ICT

By Tech Mtaa | On Saturday, January 30th, 2010 - No Comments »

The 14the African Union Summit will be held here under a theme “Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities for Development”. African Union is spearheading a continental programme to interconnect capitals and major African cities with ICT broadband infrastructure and to strengthen connectivity to. 

Squatting on Kenyan celebrity social media accounts common

By Tech Mtaa | On Saturday, January 30th, 2010 - No Comments »

How many pages and groups have the name Churchill Live? See them here or here. Cyber squatting is becoming more common each and everyday in Kenya. Its not limited to Churchill who is the most successfull comedian here. Its also happening with Government officials like Ministers, Prime Minister, Vice President and MPs. Even the good old Baba Jimmy (President. 

You want to commit Social Media death? Here is a suicide machine

By Tech Mtaa | On Saturday, January 30th, 2010 - No Comments »

Do you need to disappear from Facebook, Linkedin andTwitter? You can completely delete yourself from the Internet with Web 2.0 Suicide Machine, a nifty service that purges your online presence from the social networks. Launched in Dec. 19 launch, Suicide Machine has assisted more than 1,000 virtual deaths, severing more than 80,500 friendships on Facebook. 

Orange Kenya engages Safaricom in Internet price wars

By Tech Mtaa | On Saturday, January 30th, 2010 - 1 Comment »

Orange on Friday released a new unlimited bundle for their CDMA based internet broadband connection. The connection which is apparently faster than the much touted Safaricom broadband connection is now being charged at Ksh 990 for unlimited download and uploads. The only downside to the offer is that Orange waiting until Safaricom had to offer one and it. 

Why all the us didnt see that we needed an iPad

By Tech Mtaa | On Thursday, January 28th, 2010 - No Comments »

Ipad has just landed and the computing world has just again been wowed with an innovation from Apple. When will apple dissapoint? You know Google tried to wow the tech world with Nexus One. The problem is that it fell straight on their face and after the event one week later, google had sold only 20,000 devices. Google even had to suspend their China launch. 

Safaricom Unlimited Internet Offer too less too late

By Tech Mtaa | On Thursday, January 28th, 2010 - 13 Comments »

Safaricom yesterday responded to the broadband price reduction call by introducing a unlimited internet offer promotion which looks like a test promotion. The offer looks like a test because it only lasts upto 8th February from 26th January. Thats 14 days test which will make them know whether their network can handle that. I find that something like a. 

A new hi-tech insurance to cover livestock in Kenya against drought launched

By Tech Mtaa | On Monday, January 25th, 2010 - No Comments »

A new insurance scheme has been launched in northern Kenya which offers herdsmen a chance to protect their livestock against drought. The initiative uses satellite technology to check the pasture available for the herders. Arid northern Kenya suffered a severe drought last year and hundreds of thousands of animals died. Until now insuring herds of livestock. 

Homeboyz produces children animation series for BBC and Disney

By Tech Mtaa | On Sunday, January 24th, 2010 - 1 Comment »

Home Boyz Entertainment has produced a children animation series, Tinga Tinga for BBC and Disney world. Through their prduction arm, Tiger Aspect, they hired 200 local designers, animators, musicians and writers to work on the show, which will be shown on the Disney Channel and, in the UK, CBeebies. Fifty per cent of the show’s profits will be put. 

Zain Tanzania clients can now pay for fuel using their phones

By Tech Mtaa | On Friday, January 22nd, 2010 - No Comments »

Zain customers in Tanzania can now pay for fuel with their mobile phones at Oilcom petrol stations via Zap without necessarily having to carry cash, thanks to a partnership between Zain and Oilcom. According to a press statement issued on Tuesday, the new service will take effect from today. The Zain Tanzania Chief Commercial Officer, Chiruyi Walingo, said. 

Sybase 365 pursuing Pan-African 
mobile-commerce vision

By Tech Mtaa | On Friday, January 22nd, 2010 - No Comments »

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.