Radio Africa Group Should Not Buy Ghafla Just Yet

By Tech Mtaa | On Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 - 1 Comment »
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I got hold of the whole strategy of the Radio Africa group for 2014. The strategy detailed many changes in the company including a plan to launch a serious online undertaking. First is the launch of the Shambamba.Com website which will be a portal for all local and regional news. In the plan was also and idea to acquire (buyout) the struggling entertainment blog/website, Ghafla. Already. 

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Google Now Offering Women Grants to Attend Tech Events

By Tech Mtaa | On Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 - 1 Comment »
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Female techies from Africa, Europe and the Middle East who are interested in attending tech events/conferences can apply for a grant sponsored by Google. The Google Women in Tech Conference and Travel Grants for female computer scientists is part of the search giant’s program to encourage women to pursue tech. Google will reimburse the attendees up to €1000 spent on travel and accommodation. 

President Uhuru’s Social Media Team Not Travelling With Him

By Tech Mtaa | On Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 - No Comments »
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President Uhuru Kenyatta is in China for an official visit. But it seems that the head of state left his social media team in Kenya. His Facebook posts on a day when he was supposed to be arriving in China show that he was somewhere in Nairobi. Calling President Uhuru’s social media director, Itumbi, his phone rings like he is around but he doesn’t pick. Others who are close. 

Kenyan Government to Consolidate All ICT Departments Under the Ministry of ICT

By Tech Mtaa | On Friday, August 16th, 2013 - No Comments »

Ministry of ICT Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiangi After the much publicised President Uhuru’s directive in June that all ICT authorities (bodies) in the country be merged into a single entity, now Kenya ICT Board, Directorate of eGovernment and Government Information Technology Services (GITS) are collectively going to be under the newly created Kenya ICT Authority, under the Ministry. 

Help Identify This Serial Laptop Thief Targeting Nairobi Offices

By Tech Mtaa | On Friday, August 16th, 2013 - No Comments »
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A consultant Engineer in Nairobi stepped out of his office this week, when he came back, he found his laptop with key projects missing. His office in Cianda House didn’t have a CCTV but the corridors in the building are well covered with the CCTV cams. The man is seen walking into the office and grabbing the laptop before fleeing. The CCTV video shown on NTV website and TV stations. 

Airtel Money Users to Make Calls at Lower Rates From Today

By Tech Mtaa | On Thursday, August 15th, 2013 - No Comments »
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In a bid targeted at furthering the use of Airtel Kenya’s mobile money facility (Airtel Money), the mobile services operator has today announced a an offer to its Airtel Money users that enables them to make calls from their Airtel number to any network in Kenya at only Kshs 2.00 per minute. By transacting Ksh 100 or more on Airtel Money, the pre-paid subscribers access the low call. 

N-Soko Deals Goes LIVE, Offers Products at More Expensive Rates

By Tech Mtaa | On Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 - No Comments »
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Nation Media is doing what it does best, copy-paste and hope that they some magic will make the venture succeed. They launched their N-SOko classifieds website sometime back but it is lagging behind everyone else because of strategic blunder. Money can’t buy everything. They have now forayed into the daily deals business hoping to earn some returns with a business which is globally. 

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UAP Insurance Unveils a Mobile and Web App, AfyaImara

By Tech Mtaa | On Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 - No Comments »

UAP Insurance has launched a mobile app where potential and existing individual medical insurance clients can access its range of offerings. The AfyaImara the mobile application is free and available on the Android platform and can also be accessed via the USSD code *827#. It is also available on personal computer as a web application. UAP Insurance Managing Director explained that the firm. 

North Korea Launches its “First Smartphone” Called Arirang

By Tech Mtaa | On Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 - No Comments »
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspects 'Arirang' smartphone at the May 11 factory, on August 11, 2013 - AFP

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspects ‘Arirang’ smartphone at the May 11 factory, on August 11, 2013 – AFP North Korea is reporting that it has produced its first home-grown smartphone. But pundits are disputing the origin of the phone with many claiming that it might just be a Chinese knock-off. They argue that the secretive communist state has no capability to produce. 

Telkom SA to Unveil Innovators’ “Mega Challenge” at Sandton Summit

By Tech Mtaa | On Monday, August 12th, 2013 - No Comments »

South Africa’s leading operator, Telkom, is set to announce a “mega challenge” to all South Africans at the 6th annual Innovation Summit taking place at the Industrial Development Corporation in Sandton from August 27-29. The operator will launch its first ever “open innovation” challenge at the summit which is targeted at South Africa’s renowned innovators, academics. 

#JKIAFire: Some Kenyans Now Selling JKIA on OLX

By Tech Mtaa | On Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 - No Comments »

Kenya’s International airport, JKIA, was gutted by a huge fire this morning. The fire which consumed the whole of International Arrivals unit also cause damages to other sections of the airport including part of the air bridge. Kenyans took to Twitter to share breaking news and stories as well as experiences. Two hashtags were mostly used to report on the JKIA fire. These are #JKIAFire. 

Orange Money to Launch VISA Services Throughout Africa, Starting With Botswana

By Tech Mtaa | On Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 - No Comments »

Orange has announced a new set of mobile payment services in conjunction with Visa for Orange Money subscribers. Botswana will be the first country to benefit from the new program which will allow access to funds 24 hours a day, bringing new point-of-sale, online and ATM transaction options to consumers. Currently, Orange Money allows customers to use their mobile phones to transfer. 

Kenyan Government to Switch Off Analogue TV Signals from 13th December 2013

By Tech Mtaa | On Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 - No Comments »

A committee comprising of various media stakeholders has today reached an agreement to fast track digital TV migration. After a long meeting, the Digital Television Committee has agreed that digital migration will start from December 13th, 2013 where analogue signal will be switched off. The second phase will be on March 30th 2014 where the analogue signal will be switched off Mombasa, Malindi,. 

Vodafone May Be Forced to sell $1B Airtel stake

By Tech Mtaa | On Monday, August 5th, 2013 - No Comments »

According to reports appearing in the Indian press, Vodafone Group may be forced to sell its 4.4 per cent stake in rival Bharti Airtel in order to comply with new rules about cross ownership among mobile operators. The stake worth over $1 billion might soon be up for grabs soon. With the new regulations published on Friday, no carrier can be allowed to hold a direct or indirect stake in. 

999 Emergency Line Finally Restored, Police Already Complaining of Abuse

By Tech Mtaa | On Friday, August 2nd, 2013 - No Comments »

Kenya Police has finally restored the defunct 999 emergency response line albeit in Nairobi. The move follows an order issued by the High Court through Judge David Majanja after a successful application by activist Okiya Okoiti Omtatah. The court ordered CCK and Kenya Police Service to activate the lines by end of July so as to enable citizens to report emergencies. Kenya Police has announced.