• JTL Revises Up Faiba Business Plans Prices, Home Plans Remai...
    The Finance Act of 2018 brought about sweeping changes to how some products and services were taxed and this includes Internet services. Fiber services are included in this new tax regime where the excise tax was increased from 10% to 15% plus 16% VAT. This has led to the operators… ... more
    Techweez7 hours ago
  • Zuku Hikes Fiber Prices But Absorbs Tax For New Customers
    Zuku is the leading fiber to the home provider in Kenya has increased the cost of their internet products. The ISP is facing stiff competition from other players who want their sweet market share, and a price increase just heaps onto their challenge acquiring and keeping customers. The Finance Act… ... more
    Techweez7 hours ago
  • “Brother Nature” Problematic Old Tweets Resurfaced, Twit...
    If you’re on Twitter and you don’t know Brother Nature, you are maybe in a cave or something. Brother Nature, or his government name Kevin Peña, has become quite the celebrity on Twitter thanks to his loveable videos he posts on Twitter about animals he interacts with. We have seen… ... more
    Techweez8 hours ago
  • Safaricom to Refund Airtime Spent on Mashujaa Day, 2018
    Safaricom has a lot of products for its millions of users. Most of them are data-centric, and while voice is still the telco’s primary money-maker, more people are transitioning to chat apps that have made data a lucrative product for telecom operators. Also, it is not every day that these… ... more
    Techweez3 days ago
  • Safaricom to Refund Airtime Spent on Mashujaa Day, 2018
    Safaricom has a lot of products for its millions of users. Most of them are data-centric, and while voice is still the telco’s primary money-maker, more people are transitioning to chat apps that have made data a lucrative product for telecom operators. Also, it is not every day that these… ... more
    Techweez3 days ago
  • From Hackathons to Meetups, My Journey as a Woman in Technol...
    Two years ago I joined a closed Facebook group dubbed “Ladies who storm hackathons”, which brings women in technology together from all over the world to share upcoming opportunities, their stories and experiences in the technology industry. The most exciting part when I first stumbled on this group is how… ... more
    Techweez3 days ago
  • The Glooming Effects of Kenya’s Finance Act 2018 on Cost o...
    When President Uhuru Kenya signed into law the Finance Act 2018, Kenyans did not anticipate the vast implications of the bill. On the surface, the government had reduced the proposed fuel tax by half and instead implemented excise duty of 15% on mobile data, SMS and Voice Calls and 15%… ... more
    Techweez3 days ago
  • Summary of Telkom Kenya’s Stand in Telecoms Based on CA’...
    Kenya’s ICT watchdog the Communications Authority (CA) released sector statistics for the fourth quarter of the financial year 2017/2018. As usual, the report highlights the performance and trends of the communication sector in the country. Owing to the dynamic nature of the industry, the CA releases quarterly reports based on… ... more
    Techweez3 days ago
  • Telkom Kenya Eyes 5 Million Subscribers as Mobile Money Slac...
    Kenya’s ICT watchdog the Communications Authority (CA) released sector statistics for the fourth quarter of the financial year 2017/2018. As usual, the report highlights the performance and trends of the communication sector in the country. Owing to the dynamic nature of the industry, the CA releases quarterly reports based on… ... more
    Techweez3 days ago
  • Huawei Y9 (2019) Unboxing and First Impressions
    The Huawei Y9 (2019) is a budget smartphone that brings a lot of juice without the baggage of a huge price tag. On top of the generous specifications, this is the best looking Y-series smartphone we have ever seen. Speaking of generous specifications, here’s a quick rundown of what you… ... more
    Techweez3 days ago
  • The Huawei Y9 (2019) is Easily the Best Mid-Range Smartphone...
    The Huawei Y9 (2019) has been announced today with a pre-order open for those who wish to grab the phone before anyone else. At first look, the Y9 (2019) looks like a beast of a phone, especially going with the recommended retail price of Kes.24,990, but there’s more to the… ... more
    Techweez4 days ago
  • Safaricom Home Fiber Prices Go Up Significantly After Revisi...
    Safaricom announced a revision of their rates on various service yesterday, which included voice, SMS and data and also it includes another service: Fiber. The company quoted new rates in terms of our local currency for the voice, SMS and data offerings, but for fiber, it was a bit different.… ... more
    Techweez4 days ago
  • Safaricom’s New Prices for Calls, SMS and Mobile Data
    Yesterday, Safaricom announced that they had reviewed their prices for services that they offer which was due to the Finance Act 2018 which added a number of provisions. This Act increased the excise duty tax on voice, SMS and data to 15%, up from 10% and now we got to… ... more
    Techweez4 days ago
  • How Safaricom’s Masoko Plans to Heighten E-commerce Penetr...
    The telco business in the Kenyan market has been a success story especially for market leader, Safaricom. The company has never shied away from augmenting its trade with new products, and has, for some time now, been integrating a variety of new services to its offerings. One of the most… ... more
    Techweez5 days ago
  • Safaricom Increases Voice, Data, SMS Cost Following Finance ...
    Safaricom has formally announced that they have reviewed their prices for various services they offer thanks to the recently passed Finance Act of 2018. In the Finance Act 2018, excise duty tax applicable on voice, SMS and Data services was increased to 15% from 10% and this is on top… ... more
    Techweez5 days ago
  • Nokia 6.1 Plus Brings its “All-Screen” Notch Design to K...
    The Nokia 6.1 Plus, also known as Nokia X6 in China, was the first to bring the notch to Nokia smartphones. As much as HMD Global made a lot of noise regarding the design of the phone, the truth is, its just a notch like any other and that could… ... more
    Techweez5 days ago
  • Samsung’s First Triple Lens Smartphone Starts Selling in K...
    The Samsung Galaxy A7 will go down in history as being the company’s first ever smartphone with a triple camera setup on the back. As much as the glory quickly faded when the quad-cam Galaxy A9 was announced. Both phones are coming to Kenya but as we await the landing… ... more
    Techweez5 days ago
  • Huawei Mate 20 Phones Unveiled: In-Display Fingerprint Senso...
    Huawei has finally announced their latest flagships in their Mate series of phones, the Mate 20 and the Mate 20 Pro and they quite stand out. The new phone has a new design with a glass front and back like other flagships but now houses a square-ish location at the back that houses the… ... more
    Techweez6 days ago
  • Online Abuse in Kenya Up by 1155%, Kenyan Companies Still Us...
    The Communications Authority of Kenya recently released their Q1 2018 Sector Statistics Report and it has some interesting tidbits. First is the section about the National Cyber Threat Landscape. The National KE-CIRT/CC detected over 7.9 million cyber threats, which was a 25% drop compared to the previous quarter. The most interesting tidbit… ... more
    Techweez6 days ago
  • Internet Solutions’ New Product Bills Customers For Data C...
    It is undisputed that businesses, whether small-scale or otherwise cannot survive without robust connectivity solutions. Often, connectivity services are not consumption-based; rather, an ISP provides a variety of plans that can then be purchased based on the requirements of a business. However, IS Open Network (ISON) plans to bring this… ... more
    Techweez6 days ago
  • Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen is Dead at 65
    Microsoft’s co-founder Paul Allen has passed away. Allen, who died from complications from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system, had before been treated of the disease twice; in 1982 and 2009. The disease made a return a fortnight ago and was sadly not combatted successfully… ... more
    Techweez6 days ago
  • USSD Codes for Safaricom, Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya
    USSD codes is one technology that is used widely in Kenya. We use it for a host of things that range from buying airtime to subscribing for data plans and even for mobile money transactions. It is a very powerful tool that we use everyday as Kenyans and as such,… ... more
    Techweez6 days ago
  • Xiaomi Pocophone, Mi Max 3, Mi TV Box Now on Pre-Order in Ke...
    Towards the end of last week, Xiaomi Kenya announced a special sale of their old-model Mi TV box for Kes.5,000 limited to 100 units which sold out within a few hours, you’re welcome Xiaomi. Today, the company has announced that pre-orders for a number of new Xiaomi devices are open… ... more
    Techweez7 days ago
  • Facebook’s Portal is a Privacy Breach in Waiting, Microsof...
    Facebook Portal is the social media giant’s entry into the hardware realm. Facebook launched both Portal and Portal+, their new voice-controlled, video-calling device that comes in-built with Amazon’s Alexa and pre-orders start today. It supports media streaming through Spotify and Pandora, plays videos through Facebook Watch and you can scroll… ... more
    Techweez1 week ago
  • Safaricom Quietly Introduces Unlimited Data Pass for Apps Do...
    The past year has seen lots of developments in terms of how telcos are curating mobile data plans for their esteemed customers. The three Kenyan mobile operators’ relentless need to appeal to subscribers will be here for a long time, and that is a good thing because competition fuels innovations… ... more
    Techweez1 week ago
  • How to Check If Your Facebook Account Was Affected by the Da...
    Last night(East African Time), Facebook released more info about the data breach that affected its users. The massive security breach was worse than initially thought. Here’s what they know so far: The attackers used the profiles of 400,000 people as their gateway to the 30 million users affected which is… ... more
    Techweez1 week ago
  • Xiaomi’s Android TV Mi Box Goes on Sale for Kes.5,000 in K...
    The Xiaomi Mi Box is an Android TV box by Xiaomi, obviously. When the company launched the Mi Box back in 2016, it was well-received thanks to its considerably beefy specs. The Android TV box run on Android TV 6.0 but that should not darken your hopes. Despite being a outdated,… ... more
    Techweez1 week ago
  • Here is What Business Analytics Firm SAS Thinks of Kenya’s...
    We caught up with David Cosgrave, who serves as the Pre-Sales Director of SAS in Africa. Mr. David was in a group of other top management members of SAS at the primary launch of their intelligence and business analytics trade in Kenya at Kiambu’s Windsor Golf Club. The staging of… ... more
    Techweez1 week ago
  • Safaricom Ranked 67th As World’s Best Employer Out of 500 ...
    This year has seen Kenya’s largest telco by subscriber numbers stand on the spotlight as one of the best company’s to work for. Earlier this year, the company was named Kenya’s best company to work for overall by Brighter Monday after a voting process conducted by current and former employees.… ... more
    Techweez1 week ago
  • Research Firm Finds 10% of Kenyans Over 50 own a Smartphone
    Internet connectivity has sure changed how we live in the world and in Africa, we are not too far behind. We can communicate easier via phone calls, text and even through instant messaging services over the Internet. Pew Research Centre decided to conduct a study on 6 sub-Saharan African countries… ... more
    Techweez1 week ago
  • Samsung’s Crazy 5 Camera Smartphone, Galaxy A9, Making its...
    Two smartphone trends have really taken off in 2018, notches and cameras. It seems like every manufacturer out there is adding a notch to their device. Well, Samsung decided to go the other route and add cameras instead. The company’s latest device boats of a total of 5 cameras. Having… ... more
    Techweez1 week ago
  • OPPO Find X Review – We Found X, She’s Beautiful but Not...
    I know you have been waiting for this one, a review of the OPPO Find X. The Find X is a very controversial device that has taken the conversation away from whether brands should be selling devices at such high prices to whether you should spend Kes.100,000 an OPPO. The truth… ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • Telkom Kenya is Negotiating an Undersea Cable Landing Agreem...
    Telkom Kenya rounded up the media for a business review report that was made official at the telco’s primary offices. Presented by its CEO Aldo Mareuse and Telkom Enterprise Managing Director Mr. Kris Senanu, the meet highlighted the company’s gains as it now targets to hit the 5-million mark in… ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • Huawei Y9 (2019) Specifications and Price in Kenya
    The Huawei Y9 (2019) is a budget smartphone targetted at the young and brings a stylish design with a gradient coloured back on top of a majestic battery that is said to give up to 10 hours of gaming. The Y9 (2019) also comes with a notched display, AI-powered camera… ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • Damu-Sasa, A Digital Blood Services Firm, Partners with Amre...
    The Presidential Digital Talent Program (PDTP) was an ambitious program that went live back in 2015. Over time, the platform has seen the graduation of several youth groups that have successfully leveraged its offerings to grow into full-blown and serviceable digital businesses. One of PDTP’s success group announced a key… ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • Google Announces the Pixel 3, New Notch, Dual Selfie Cameras...
    It is October and it has become a tradition of sorts for Google to announce their latest Pixel branded phone and now we have the new generation. Google has finally unwrapped the Google Pixel 3 and this was one phone that got the lion share of the leaks this year.… ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • Huawei Mate 20 Lite Specifications and Price in Kenya
    Huawei 2018 Mate series is one that has shaken the smartphone world. First on the lineup is the Huawei Mate 20 Lite that packs a total of 4 cameras – just like it’s predecessor. On top of this, we get a new design, larger battery and arguably better cameras. Below… ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • Telkom Business Review: T-Kash is Growing as Carrier Pushes ...
    Earlier today, Telkom Kenya hosted a couple of the country’s top media houses in a one-on-one session that also served as a stage for the telco’s business review discussions. Investments in Telkom’s brand and networks From the event, it emerged that the carrier is targeting to expand its Fiber to… ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • M-Pesa to Airtel Money Transaction Charges
    Since Mobile Money Interoperability was launched in Kenya, we have seen great improvements and even lower prices to send money from one network to another. Airtel Money and M-Pesa have been interoperable for a while now, however, the method of sending money across these two networks is not as easy… ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • Airtel Money to M-Pesa Transaction Charges
    Since Mobile Money Interoperability was launched in Kenya, we have seen great improvements and even lower prices to send money from one network to another. Airtel Money and M-Pesa have been interoperable for a while now, however, the method of sending money across these two networks is not as easy… ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • M-Pesa to T-Kash Transaction Charges
    Since Mobile Money Interoperability was launched in Kenya, we have seen great improvements and even lower prices to send money from one network to another. Telkom recently announced their interoperability with Safaricom’s M-Pesa and to encourage T-Kash users to use the service, Telkom has been awarding T-Kash users an amount… ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • T-Kash to M-Pesa Transaction Charges
    Since Mobile Money Interoperability was launched in Kenya, we have seen great improvements and even lower prices to send money from one network to another. Telkom recently announced their interoperability with Safaricom’s M-Pesa and to encourage T-Kash users to use the service, Telkom has been awarding T-Kash users an amount… ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • 5 Smartphone Features Phone Manufacturers Should Hype More
    Thanks to Apple, smartphone manufacturers have keynote addresses where they reveal to the world the new features of their latest and greatest phones. They usually touch on specific features like how good the display is, the processor, its operating system, the camera, the design and the battery life. That is how… ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • Google Shuts Down Google+ Due to Privacy Breach
    Google today has announced that they are shutting down Google+, its social network that was launched over 7 years ago as a competitor to the likes of Facebook and Twitter. The reason that the company has decided to finally put the nail to the coffin on the largely unpopular social network… ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • How Huawei’s Smart Innovations Are Driving its Growth
    Huawei is one of the most recognizable smartphone brands in the industry and it is one of the leading smartphone manufacturers in terms of sales. Back in August this year, they over took Apple to take the second spot in global smartphone sales which is no mean feat by any… ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • We Took the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to Concours d’Elegance
    I just recently discovered my love for cars, it’s almost as big as my love for smartphones. I may not be able to sit among car enthusiasts and argue about torque, horsepower and tell the difference between a Subaru STI and a WRX but at least I know what dynamic… ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • Xiaomi Redmi 6 Impressions – See What Xiaomi Packs for Kes...
    The last time we had a Xiaomi device on our review desk, it was the Xiaomi Redmi 6A. Priced at Kes.10,000, the phone sold like hotcakes and it was easy to see why thanks to this review put together by Kenn Abuya. This time around, we have the older sibling,… ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • Xiaomi Redmi 6 Specifications and Price in Kenya
    The Xiaomi Redmi 6 shares a lot with the well-received Redmi 6A. The device, however, offers better processing power, more RAM and more storage. The Redmi 6 also swaps up the cool face unlock with the old but reliable and more secure fingerprint scanner biometrics. Below you will find a… ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • Amazon, Apple Deny Hacking Claims, Instagram Gets a New Boss...
    Early last week, Bloomberg Businessweek wrote a bombshell report on how Chinese spies had used tiny rogue chips embedded in Super Micro servers that are used by 30 major US companies including Amazon, Apple and the US government to infiltrate their networks. Bloomberg cited senior insiders at Apple and former… ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • Your Guide to Cashless Payments in Singapore
    When PM Lee Hsien Loong made his speech during the National Rally Day last year, he touched on the need to switch to cashless payments. Going cashless will mean not needing to carry too much cash or having to provide exact change. There are several cashless options offered that cover… ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • How Telkom Kenya is Innovating Around the Customer
    Telkom Kenya's journey to a customer centric brand and the impact this has had on customer experience. Read On Web → How Telkom Kenya is Innovating Around the Customer ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • Lisbon Closes Ten Year Deal to Host Web Summit Tech Conferen...
    Web Summit, one of the biggest tech conferences in the world announced that Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, will remain the host city of the conference for the next decade. This is thanks to a new $128 million deal where Web Summit will receive $12.8 million per year from Portugal. This deal is… ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • poa! internet Acknowledges Service Outage in Kawangware, Pro...
    Only a handful of Kenyan internet service providers can pride themselves in offering a mostly robust and consistent connection. This sharp contrast among leading ISPs and upcoming companies that want to take a bite at Kenya’s growing internet penetration cases is obvious as different users report varying experiences. For the… ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • White Box, a Government-sponsored Innovators’ Hub, is Live
    For the better part of 2018, the Kenyan government and the Ministry of ICT have been in the process of creating a platform or an incubation hub to support innovation and the communication of ideas that can be applied to boost government service delivery. Dubbed ‘White Box’, the platform was… ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • Here’s Why You Have Cents On Your M-Pesa Balance
    The other day, a Twitter bushfire was lit when one Kenyan going by the handle @ItsMutai tweeted asking Kenyans to pay attention to their M-Pesa balances that end in cents and ask big questions to Safaricom, “If your balances end with CENTS, you need to find out why,” read part… ... more
    Techweez2 weeks ago
  • Nokia 7.1 Announced With a HDR display and a Notch At a Budg...
    HMD today has announced their latest Nokia branded smartphone which is the Nokia 7.1 and it has some juicy specs for a relatively ‘budget’ smartphone. Starting off with the design, the notch has now been poached over to the Nokia phones and now the 7.1 has it. The Nokia 7.1 has a… ... more
    Techweez3 weeks ago
  • Kenya Government Plans to Monitor Headteachers Phones in Bid...
    Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has announced that the government plans to monitor the phones of headteachers who will also be taking up the role of exam centre managers in the upcoming national examinations in Kenya. This was during a meeting with the curriculum steering committee at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum… ... more
    Techweez3 weeks ago
  • Pegasus, A Government-Sponsored Smartphone Spyware Traced in...
    Pegasus, a mobile phone spyware suite that is produced and sold by Israel-based “Cyber Warfare” vendor NSO Group has made it’s way to Kenya if reports by Citizen Lab, a digital rights watchdog at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, are anything to go by. Pegasus has in the… ... more
    Techweez3 weeks ago
  • Reduced T-Kash/MPESA Integration Transaction Fees Are Now Li...
    Telkom and Safaricom announced the integration of their mobile money products a couple of days ago. The integration development means that sending or receiving cash from the two platforms will be simplified (previous interoperability exchanges were more of a voucher-based system where recipients were required to redeem the transaction at… ... more
    Techweez3 weeks ago
  • The Best Apps for House Hunters Out There
    How do you find your perfect home? Thankfully, it’s not like it used to be. There’s an app for everything these days, including finding the house of your dreams, whether it’s among the homes for sale in Charleston, SC or anywhere else. Speaking of Charleston, its latest inventory included 4,598… ... more
    Techweez3 weeks ago
  • Connected Kenya 2018 Summit to Precede Blockchain Taskforce...
    Earlier today, ICT Authority staged a breakfast meeting with the media that was graced by the institution’s Acting CEO Mr. John Sergon and the PS for The Ministry of ICT and Innovation, Mr. Jerome Ochieng’. The groups met to echo the benefits of technology in complementing the implementation of the… ... more
    Techweez3 weeks ago
  • Facebook Partners With Africa Check and AFP to Fact Check Ne...
    Facebook today has announced that they are launching third party fact checking in Kenya to help assess the accuracy of news being disseminated in its platform. The company will be working with two third party partners as the fact checkers in this program. This includes Africa Check, Africa’s first independent fact… ... more
    Techweez3 weeks ago
  • Kenya Wins Bid to Host the 6th International Open Data Confe...
    Kenya has won the bid to hold the bi-annual International Open Data Conference (IODC), which is the first time for an African country. This announcement was made during the closing ceremony of the 5th International Open Data Conference which was held in Buenos Aires in Argentina from September 27th to… ... more
    Techweez3 weeks ago
  • 8 Major Features To Check Out in The New Windows 10 October ...
    There is now a new Windows 10 update and it has followed a new trend of expecting a new major update on Windows 10 every 6 months. The new update is called Windows 10 October 2018 Update  and it is currently rolling out right now. (Mine is downloading as we speak). Microsoft… ... more
    Techweez3 weeks ago
  • Microsoft Refreshes Surface Lineup, Matte Black Finish Steal...
    Yesterday, Microsoft had their scheduled keynote address where we expected the refresh of some devices and interesting enough, we had a surprise announcement which we will get into in a bit. Surface Lineup refresh and a surprise Microsoft decided to refresh their Surface lineup starting with the Surface Pro, Surface Laptop… ... more
    Techweez3 weeks ago
  • KRA Starts Mobile Money and Bank Data Corroboration to Nab T...
    The other day, we learned that the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) was planning to hone it tax-collecting practices by digging into mobile money data. We have confirmed that this development, while lacking in terms of legislation, will see the light of days as the Government has started collecting and analyzing… ... more
    Techweez3 weeks ago
  • Safaricom Moves to Secure Estates Through Fibre to the Home ...
    Safaricom has been working hard to expand its fibre to the home network, which is said to have now passed through 90,000 households. The company has announced a partnership with Kenya Alliance of Residents Association (KARA), that would see Safaricom use its existing fibre to the home network and its cloud… ... more
    Techweez3 weeks ago
  • How to Safeguard Your Facebook Account After the Data Breach
    Last Friday, Facebook announced that they had experienced a data breach and attackers had collected information from over 50 million accounts via “access tokens” that could potentially give them access to sensitive information from your Facebook profile. The attackers used the tokens to access websites or services that use the… ... more
    Techweez3 weeks ago
  • Kenya HIgh Court Extends Suspension on Controversial Section...
    Today, the High Court has confirmed the continued suspension of the controversial 26 sections of the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act 2018 as reported by BAKE. Judge Wilfrida Okwany threw out the application filed by the Attorney General which seeked to have the initial suspension of the 26 sections in… ... more
    Techweez3 weeks ago
  • Elon Musk’s 420 Tweet Costs Him and Tesla $20 Million Each
    Elon Musk hasn’t been one to shy from controversy. The brainchild of Tesla has more than once been associated with more than one actions that have landed him in trouble with his investors and even the media. From smoking weed on a live show to accusing a Thai cave rescuer… ... more
    Techweez3 weeks ago
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