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This is the new Nokia 3310 : Check out the specs, pricing and more

Techjaja - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 20:32

Just as promised, Nokia has resurrected its once best seller into the modern times — the Nokia 3310 sold 126 million of its original 3310 phone since it was first introduced back in September, 2000. These were good old days before touchscreens became very popular, and Nokia ruled with popular handsets that let you play simple games like Snake. The nostalgic return of the 3310 thanks to Nokia-branded phone maker HMD comes with a few features. It runs, Nokia’s Series 30+ software, with a 2.4-inch QVGA display, a 2-megapixel camera, and even a microSD slot.

Its true, that the specs are still very basic by today’s modern phone standards, but for a feature phone there should be no fuss about specs.  The new modern variant is a little smaller, thinner, and lighter all round. It’s also a lot more colorful this time around, with glossy yellow and red colors, and matte grey and dark blue models.

The Nokia 3310 Battery life for days

The phone comes pre-loaded with Opera Mini which enables users to enjoy a basic web surfing experience. But just like the olden days  the real selling point is battery life. The phone has a standby time of 31 days, alongside a talk time of 22 hours. That’s a massive amount of battery life. HMD is planning to make the new Nokia 3310 available in Q2 this year for 49 euros which is about UGX 190,000 (this is of course minus taxes).

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The new all-screen LG G6 flagship takes us back to the smartphone basics

Techjaja - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 16:25

Today, LG has announced its 2017 flagship smartphone the LG G6, at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, turning away from its gimmicky modular G5 flagship of 2016 to a straight forward sleek and solid design.

The G6’s kicks of the latest wave of how high-end phones for 2017 will look and feel and the design is all about large screens with as much less bezel as possible. Following the trend set by Chinese phone maker Xiaomi last year with the MI Mix, LG has also reduced the bezels surrounding the screen. The 5.7-inch LCD has a resolution of 2880 x 1440, giving it a taller 18:9 aspect ratio which is it’s exactly twice as tall as it is wide.

By increasing the height of the screen rather than just stretching it diagonally, LG has created a phone with very manageable width that doesn’t sacrifice the ability to display a lot of content at once. The display’s corners have also been rounded off, evoking the softer edges of the device itself, although the curves don’t match exactly. The G6 is dominated by this screen, with the small bezels allowing 80 percent of the front of the device to be given over to the display.

The power button and fingerprint sensor are both located at the back of the phone. The G6 is made of a solid metal and glass construction with a mix of 3 different types of corning’s Gorilla glass. It comes in at 7.9mm thickness, and designed to be water- and dust-resistant, rated at IP68.

Two 13 Megapixel cameras at the back When it comes to camera layout, like the G5, the G6 has two cameras on the rear of the device, one with a normal lens and another that shoots at a wide angle.  The front facing camera is a 5 megapixel set up. Unlike the G5, however, the G6’s wide-angle camera is getting nearly equal treatment — both modules use the same 13-megapixel sensor, meaning that image quality from each should be much closer.

The camera is one of the areas LG has focused on with the G6’s software, dubbed “Fullscreen UX.” They have redesigned the camera app to suit the user’s needs. The G6 will also be one of the first major phones to ship with the Google Assistant, which has previously been limited to Google’s own Pixel phones.

The Internal Hardware

The G6 has a few items on its spec sheet that might turn heads. The battery is a non-removable 3300mAh battery that and can charge to 100 percent in a speedy 96 minutes. LG has decided to embed the battery this time round in order to cater for the necessary for water resistance.

It comes with the latest version of Android, 7.1 Nougat running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 processor, as opposed to the brand-new 835. LG said that this decision was taken because its engineers are more familiar with the design and therefore able to make the phone more reliable; the company also worked with Qualcomm to adapt an 835 feature that simulates smooth optical zoom between two camera lenses to the 821.

Samsung’s S8 will most probably outgun the G6 in terms of performance, and a lot of people will be waiting to see how LG’s great local nemesis strikes back following the Note 7 debacle. And Chinese giant Huawei will be looking to make a further global impact this year after 2016’s encouraging P9.

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Former Nabisunsa student Gets Married in Form Six Vacation

PC Tech - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 13:45

By Staff Writer

Tynae, a 19-year-old s.6 vacist got married off to a young man a few weeks back. It was not so much of a wedding but rather looked like an introduction that was done to seal-off their engagement.

Rumors have it that she was seeing her boyfriend for quite a long time and sometimes she could meet him without the consent of her parents back home. She later got herself pregnant as many of her former classmates seemed not to have a single piece of information related to her life.

She has unfortunately entered the world of marriage at a very tender age where one is expected to be discovering herself and completing her education with several relationships affair tries.

But as we wish her the best of luck and she should know that marriage is a little difficult but can be managed as it requires some patience from both parties.

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10 Areas Where Uganda Is The Number One In The World 

PC Tech - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 12:36

Despite all the negativity that is spewed allover Uganda, the country is a world leader in many areas. We’ve compiled all the different things where Uganda leads the rest of the world. And many of these will shock or surprise you.

  1. Uganda Is The World’s Most Hospitable Nation

According to InterNations, Uganda ranks number one for friendliness in the world. Uganda is most welcoming nation in the world. InterNations is a global community network that sampled over 14000 expats living around the world, most chose Uganda as the number one destination for the most amicable and welcoming people.

2. Uganda Is the Best Place For One To Be A Refugee

Uganda is currently the third-largest refugee hosting country in the world, but it trumps all others in giving refugees a place to call home. UNHCR reports that Uganda’s open refugee policy is next to none in the entire world. Here refugees are given land, education, free healthcare and access to work. A world bank article notes; “Uganda’s 2006 Refugee Act, considered one of the most progressive and generous in the world, provides free healthcare and education in refugee settlements and permits refugees to move freely in the country.”

3. Uganda Is The Most Ethnically Diverse Nation On Earth

Harvard University researchers spent 11 years compiling data on the most ethnically diverse countries, Uganda came out in first position. “Academics at Harvard University’s Institute for Economic Research spent a painstaking 11 years studying 650 different ethnic groups across 190 countries. Using data from sources including national censuses, Encyclopedia Brittanica, the CIA, Minority Rights Group International and a 1998 study called ‘Ethnic Groups Worldwide’, scientists gave each country. Using that data, they worked out an ‘ethnicity rating’ for each country based on the question: If you picked two people at random in any nation and asked them their ethnicity, what are the chances that they would give a different answer?” In Uganda, there is a very minimal chance that two people sampled will belong to the same tribe.

4. Uganda Is Named The Most Entrepreneurial Country

Uganda has an entrepreneurship rate of 28 percent, almost double the second country on the list, Thailand. This 28 percent represents the percentage of a Uganda’s adult population who own or co-own a business that has paid salaries for more than three months, but less than 42.

Here are the other things where Uganda tops in the World according to the World Country Awards.

5. Most Beautiful Capital City in the world: Kampala

6. Best Food in the World: Ugandan World

7. Smartest People on the planet: Ugandan People

8. Most Handsome men in the world: Ugandan men

9. Most Beautiful Women in the world: Ugandan women

10. Most Humble Human beings on planet: Ugandans

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How to limit who sees Whatsapp’s new SnapChat like status updates

Techjaja - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:51

Well, Status updates launched with Whatsapp recently and the feature borrows a lot from SnapChat stories just like other apps in the Facebook eco-system namely Instagram and to a smaller extent Messenger and the main Facebook app.

Whatsapp introduced a new tab called status where anyone with the updated app can tap to add photos or videos for his desired contacts to enjoy only viewable for 24 hours.

The caveat though! All people in your contact list can view the shared stories by default which is rather annoying. Whatsapp doesn’t use handles like SnapChat but instead uses phone numbers in your contact lists by default. So any Tom, Dick and Harry with your contacts can view your status updates not forgetting the controlling parents.

And Parents are the reason we migrated to SnapChat in the first place, right?. Away from jokes, with SnapChat, someone asks to follow you and you only choose so if you deem it appropriate for them to follow you. In other words you have control on who follows you but Whatsapp’s stories are so far in default mode that anyone with your contact can follow you.

How to solve this menace?

In your new Whatsapp status window, tap the drop down menu button at the extreme upper right corner and then choose Status privacy.

Whatsapp will greet you with who can see your status updates. My contacts is chosen by default but this window displays two other options:

My contacts except……. Here you can exclude contacts that  you don’t want to see your cool status update.

Only share with……. This allows to choose whom amongst your contacts who should see your status updates.

However Whatsapp warns that changes to your privacy settings won’t affect status updates that you’ve sent already. So you might have to reconsider visiting these status privacy options before you tap the send button of your status updates.

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Samsung reiterates its commitment to advancing access to technology in education across Africa

Techjaja - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:26

In keeping with Samsung’s goal to enrich and transform lives through digital technology, the electronics giant today reiterated its commitment to advancing access to technology in education across Africa.

Speaking at the Samsung Africa Forum 2017, Ms. Sthembile Shabangu, head of Public Relations and Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics, Africa Office notes: “In today’s digital era, any community, especially disadvantaged areas, will benefit from hands-on experience with technology. Our aim is to make sure that every African child has access to education, no matter where they are – be it in a rural area lacking infrastructure or perhaps in an existing infrastructure that lacks educational resources – by providing access to technology.”

As a global citizen, Samsung uses its education technology to give back to society in two ways: by creating new learning opportunities so that young people can enjoy access to better education; and by supporting youth employment through vocational training and skills development.

To date, Samsung have launched 10 Digital Villages, 33 Solar-Powered Internet Schools (SPIS), 27 eLearning Centres, 22 Smart Schools, 12 Engineering Academies and 8 Digital Libraries across Africa and plans to establish more this year.

In an eco-system: collaboration takes you further
Samsung is at the forefront of using its resources and expertise with efforts to help the continent achieve its Sustainable Development Goals. “Work of this nature can never be achieved in isolation. Collaboration with communities, governments and NPOs become critical in making sure that any Corporate Citizenry efforts move that much further. We are encouraged by the sustainable partnerships we have with UNESCO, KOICA and KERIS to name a few.”

Samsung works with educators around the world to improve learning experiences through the use of technology, facilitating a limitless classroom environment that gives students access to a world of knowledge from their desks or on the go. This is made possible by solutions designed with Africa in mind, namely the Solar Powered Internet Schools, Smart Schools and E-Learning Academies, which provide solutions that deliver on this vision and improve the quality of learning, enhance teaching effectiveness and allow administrators to run institutions more effectively.

Samsung’s Engineering Academy and Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Academy provide free, intensive, hands-on training to graduates. The Academies seek to develop skilled young African leaders who are adequately prepared for the world of employment. The programme forms a core part of Samsung’s vision to fast-track the entry of African youths into the electronics job market and to reduce the shortage of scarce skills in the IT industry.

“Investing in the skills of the youth also benefits Samsung, The more young people we can develop in the electronics industry, the better it is for us and our customers who can be assured of our ability to provide excellent service,” adds Shabangu.

Samsung uses its talents, skills and technologies to make a positive impact on the world, helping to shape a smart, sustainable future for all. Its products and solutions give consumers and businesses alike new ways to connect and experience the world. From connected classrooms that take learning to new digital heights, to providing world-class technology in remote places, Samsung is addressing some of the most basic and complex challenges of today.

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Ffuna Size yo: How MTN’s My PakaPaka compares to Airtel’s My Pakalast

Techjaja - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 10:31

When MTN’s PakaPaka voice bundle originally launched, it was safe to assume that it was going directly for Airtel’s Pakalast since it offered 30 minutes on-net calls for just UGX 1000. It has since evolved to My PakaPaka now that the amount of voice calls given are commensurate of one’s usage behavior and average spend more or less like once again, Airtel’s My Pakalast, that employs a similar rewarding mechanism. Only that it combines data, voice calls and SMS.

So it is safe to take the two for a fight in a comparison test owing to their similar nature.

How to activate both?

One needs to dial *160*1# to access My PakaPaka and on the other hand, they have to dial *149*1# to access My Pakalast.

What is on table?

Whereas My PakaPaka strictly gives you 3 unique on-net voice bundles valid for 24 hours, My Pakalast juices it up with data and SMS on top of the 3 unique on-net voice bundles offered, also valid for 24 hours.

How they’re both calculated?

They’re both calculated basing on one’s average spend and usage behavior of each telco’s services. If you trade in high volume mobile money, airtime and data purchases, you stand to gain more should you subscribe to either My PakaPaka or My Pakalast.

Is this a fair fight?

It would be if MTN’s My PakaPaka incorporated both data and SMS into the voice bundles but unfortunately it isn’t the case. These other bundles are offered separately from My PakaPaka.

Anyway, the whole point we’re comparing the two is because of their mechanism in determining who gets what and what not?

And the winner is…….

It really depends on what you are looking for, since brand loyalty for carriers is strong in Uganda, so our opinion may not sway you much. Personally, I feel Airtel’s My Pakalast gives you more value addition since it includes data and SMS besides voice calls.This can entice to opt for My Pakalast instead of My PakaPaka.

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Microsoft launches Skype Lite, designed to work with slow speed 2G networks

Techjaja - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 16:17

Microsoft has today launched Skype Lite, a new cut down version of the video and voice-calling app designed for the emerging markets. The android app weighs in at 13MB, and the app is designed to work better on slow 2G or unstable connections, but don’t get excited yet the app is only available for the India market.

According to Microsoft, Skype Lite will consume less battery power and run smoothly even on old Android phones, and there’s a mode that reduces data usage in video calls. The app works with SMS, too, and is available in nine languages.

Microsoft is also integrating Aadhaar, the 12-digit national identification number system widely used in India, directly into Skype Lite as a way for people to securely identify themselves. The data can be accessed for verification during a call and deleted once it’s finished.

Skype Lite comes as many tech giants are focusing their efforts on emerging markets, which are potentially huge growth market.

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How the smartphone camera evolution took over our lives

Techjaja - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:09

(15 minute read)

Do you remember your first camera phone? How good was it? How many megapixel did it have? Well, I need not describe what a smartphone camera is, since the definition is right there in the name. First, they don’t look like normal cameras and so one would essentially say that a camera phone is that part of a smartphone that many of us own and carry around in our pockets or bags.

The Advent of camera phones

The smartphone camera trend really started in the late 1990s as digital cameras were starting to become a thing in the consumer sense of it. Some companies started to try and put cellular radios in those cameras so that you could connect them to things. This was not successful at the time since none of the technology like the camera sensor technology was in existence. In the early 2000s, all of a sudden everybody started to own a cellphone and digital camera companies were racing to make the sensors smaller and cheaper to be able to make digital cameras a thing.

Cellphone companies were able to take advantage of this on the extreme low-end and take the smallest and cheapest that weren’t really good but were good enough to prove the concept  of a camera on your phone. This eventually became a thing– putting cameras on people’s phones.

At the time, Nokia was probably the biggest phone maker, in the early 2000s they started putting cameras in every phone line-up. Every camera was an incredible leap from the one before it to a point that before the company was bought by Microsoft for $7.2 billion in 2013, they had phones with 41 Megapixel cameras on them. At this point I was like “Okay this seems like its past the limit of  what is necessary”

The iPhone Era

When we are talking about a smartphone camera and how much it has trended, it should be noted that back then, when you took a picture with your phone, there wasn’t a lot you could do with those photos. Before 2004, there was no Facebook, no WhatsApp, no Twitter, no Snapchat nor Instagram where you could post them to. May be the few people like bloggers and those who were using the first gen social-networking sites like  Myspace and Friendstar would take advantage of such photos, but the quality was very poor.

In 2007, came the iPhone, the gadget that single handily pushed the smartphone camera into the new generation and Nokia really doesn’t really get enough credit for this since it is now some weird bastardized brand that few people want worldwide. But, those two phone makers really got the idea of getting a camera in most people’s hands and also getting increasingly good cameras within just a couple of years  into everybody’s pockets.

DSLR Vs Camera phone

There are people who have never come into contact or seen a DSLR camera ( digital single-lens reflex camera)– mainly used by semi-professional and professionals, they undoubtedly also take great photos. DSLRs are old film cameras, and used by people who are more into photography. The advantages of DSLRs over camera phones include;

  • You can change lenses on it according to your desires. From super-wide angle lens, or one that zooms really crazy in that you can take the picture of the moon that fill up the frame.
  • Tonnes of manual controls on DSLR cameras as opposed to smartphone camera and you can dictate how the camera takes the picture. On a smartphone you can’t do as mush manual control– the focus is fixed. So if you are say a meter away from a subject, the things behind that subject will also be in focus which limits its usage as a professional camera.
  • In most DSLRs these days you have a digital image sensor that is slightly smaller than the actual of a 35 mm frame of film and also a lot of DSLRs have full-frame sensors, which is the exact same size of a 35mm piece of film, all that meaning you get a lot better resolution than the tiny image sensor that would be in a smartphone camera.

Smartphone cameras also typically have a fixed focal length, so you have what is a pretty wide angle view not super wide like a Go-Pro wide but wide enough to capture a scene. So phone companies have sort of settled on that as a standard for smartphone cameras.

iPhone camera setup Smartphone camera Popularity

Truth be told, any camera that you are carrying is better than a great camera that you are not carrying. Now days the iPhone and Samsung have dominated the smartphone camera phone space. At first these phones started with 2 Megapixels and 5 Megapixels (in the iPhone 4) cameras but as we have seen with time, Megapixels don’t determine everything  about a camera but the sensors were really small. But the iPhone and Galaxy phones were the things that made people really love to start buying smartphones because they have cameras on them an idea that we were already pretty comfortable with.

With these companies popularizing the idea of a smartphone camera, it was the clearest path to the school of thought that “What if you had a great camera on this powerful pocket computer”. Apple and Samsung were some of the few companies running with this idea and by the time we got to the iPhone 4 and Galaxy s3, they actually has incredible camera with all these things considered. And, this partly why these companies have dominated the smartphone industry.

The Power of Software in Camera phones

Apple doesn’t make the image sensors in their phones, they buy from companies like Sony. Sony makes almost half of all the images sensors used in any digital cameras and they just sell them to those companies. Apple and Samsung are so good at using the processors they put in their phones and writing the right kind of software to make the best of that image sensor that they’ve bought and put in their phones. So that’s what has helped these two companies keep that lead. The companies do more with the image sensors and camera components than any body else has up until this year when Google  put out a phone that competes with the dual, producing images that are as good or probably better in some situations than the iPhone 7s and the Galaxy s7.

Google’s Pixel phone is a great example of the power of software in a camera phone. One wonders how important the hardware and software components in making use of all the data that the hardware is collecting. Well, they are super important.  The biggest iPhone competitors in the last couple of years have had like really comparable hardware that make up the cameras on their phones.

The reason why the iPhone and the latest Galaxy phones are held up as an example unlike HTC’s phones that lag behind when you compare the two cameras, is in really how they implement the whole thing together. The camera app should be fast and easy to understand, the base-level software like what they do with the processor on the phone to interpret that data from the image sensor is so its super important.

Google’s Pixel phones use full-time HDR (High Dynamic Range) trickery to bet its competition. The traditional way of using HDR is by taking multiple images while exposing different parts of the scene and later merge together the shots to create the final photograph. Google uses a different method with the Pixel, they do HDR by taking a bunch of images at once and they are all under-exposed. They thereafter use algorithms to take all the data from the under-exposed photos and bring out the shadows. The idea that a camera on a phone is doing that alone is mind-blowing compared to where the whole smartphone camera evolution started. While we know that smartphones are not as capable like a DSRL, there is some really crazy stuff that is happening on phones nowadays.

The Google Pixel Phone

It is terrifying that the big companies like Apple, Samsung and now Google are rich enough to throw money at any problem that could in theory buy out most of these traditional camera companies. Truth be told, they are now in direct competition with phone makers, these have taken over the camera mass market business and left the traditional camera makers with the niche market.

The Top camera smartphones

With the anticipation of the Galaxy s8 and iPhone 8 later this year, the current top smartphone cameras are no doubt the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, the Galaxy s7 and s7 edge and the Google Pixel. According to most experts who have held and reviewed these phones extensively always praise Google’s Pixel phone’s image quality. But, they also note that the difference between them all is very slight and some are better in some situations than others that like its almost a draw.

The Dual camera craze

With the launch of the iPhone 7s plus, Apple unveiled its first phone with a dual lens camera lens (Note: It wasn’t the first phone to have a dual camera lens set up). Rumor has it that the competition with follow suit this year. One of the cameras is just a wide angle camera that is on the iPhone 7s or any other kind of phone and then next to it is a whole different group of material. Meaning it has another sensor with another lens set up. It’s a whole separate camera next to the main one. The difference is that the second camera is what Apple calls tele-photo, its not quiet what hardcore camera users would consider tele-photo since it doesn’t zoom like crazy but it zooms optically about two times (2x) what the standard lens does so you can get a little bit close to subjects without actually having to get closer to your subjects.

Digital zoom is something that most smartphones have, and its essentially enlarging the image you took in real-time. So its no different from putting it on your computer and just blowing it up. Whereas the second lens on the iPhone 7s plus is actually building a camera that can  see things a little bit closer. As I said before Apple is not the first to do this, as a couple of other phones have implemented dual-camera systems Nokia had one , HTC’s Evo 3D also had one. These implementations are still no where near a DSLR or point and shoot camera, but it’s heading down that path. If phone companies put more varied camera on the back of the phone if they can find space for it, then they will start to bridge that gap up to a “real camera” that is more versatile with 20x optical zoom and ability to change lens.

Should one buy a professional camera?

The obvious answer to the above question there is a resounding NO. But, should one buy if they can afford and they really into photography? Of course yes, especially if its within in your means. Even if smartphone cameras are good, they don’t tell the whole story when it comes to image quality. Frankly I would prefer to take photos of the important things in my life with a digital camera, but its too expensive to own.  Will I regret it in the future? Most probably I will. Since in 10 or 15 years down the road from today, they might not look the same as technology keeps changing at a fast pace including both the screen and camera technology which will be different in the future.

The image you shoot today with an HD (720p) camera will look different from on the screens that we shall be using 10 years from now say on a 12k (24 times HD) screen or even Virtual Reality. They will look like the photos you took with your olden first smartphone camera.

We take selfies at events, nights out with family and the like, but apart from sending them and sharing them on social media, what next? Its better to preserve the moments in a higher fidelity than what we use now.

How has you smartphone camera changed your life? You can leave a comment below to share your experience.

 

 

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WhatsApp’s up coming feature to drain your data bundle Snapchat style

Techjaja - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 08:21

WhatsApp’s official birthday is on February 24. The company is celebrating it today by rolling out a new feature called, Status, that’s reminiscent of how it got its start. The new feature is similar to Snapchat and Instagram’s Stories features, WhatsApp status messages last 24 hours and then disappear, and you can add to them throughout the day. For instance, you could post eight status messages chronicling your day of sightseeing in a new place. Anyone who views your status will see all eight.

Given that both Snapchat and Instagram have seen their Stories features become phenomenally popular—and even Facebook is testing a version of the idea—it’s not a shocker to see WhatsApp offer its own take.

Unlike Snapchat, messages sent with WhatsApp, status messages are end-to-end encrypted. The app uses phone numbers rather than user names to connect people, so by default, your status messages are viewable to anyone whose number you have saved in your phone. But you can also set your privacy settings on a per-status basis, so one of those eight messages could just be viewable by just your best friends.

Get ready for data bundle hog

With the upcoming feature, get ready for a higher data bill something that will benefit the telcos and IPS more than anything else. For a vivid WhatsApp user who has over 100 friends sending their status stories with video content, would be a killer data hog for an average user.

When the feature rolls out, it will use an algorithm to determine which status messages you’re likely to want to open, so it can automatically download their content and make it ready to view as soon as you open a message.

WhatsApp currently has 1.2 billion monthly active users who send a over 50 billion messages a day. Last year, company had a mere 1 billion monthly active users which signifies a dramatic growth and by then, these users were sending 42 billion daily messages. All those users are also sending 3.3 billion photos, 760 million videos, and 80 million GIFs each day. Over the past year, the number of photos shared on the service has doubled and videos have tripled, a trend that encouraged the company to look at bringing these elements to status messages.

When will you get it?

Status launches today on Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone. The feature will initially be available in beta in France and the Netherlands, followed by the U.K. and Spain on the February 21, and Italy, Israel, and Saudi Arabia on February 22. A global rollout—including the Uganda—will follow those tests.

 

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Galaxy S8 design teased by Samsung app

Techjaja - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 18:50

With just a few months to the launch of Samsung’s new flagship phone, rumor-mill is high on how the phone will look like. A leaked version of Samsung’s Secure Folder app for the Galaxy S7 has been making its way around the internet today. The app offers fingerprint security for a specific folder of apps and contacts, but it seems the same app might have also confirmed the design for Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8, as spotted by SamMobile.

The leaked image seems to confirm the various rumors about the S8, albeit in the broadest way possible — we expect to see a phone with small bezels, no buttons on the front with a curved display. This is the first time we are seeing any official images from Samsung even if we have seen several hardware leaks of the alleged device already online.

The app would also seem to indicate that Samsung is planning to bring the Secure Folder feature — previously exclusive to the now defunct Galaxy Note 7 — to the S8, in addition to the S7. The Galaxy S8 is expected to be released toward the end of March, when we’ll presumably find out more on the design and software of Samsung’s next flagship.

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PesaLink is the banks solution to Mobile Money in Kenya. Could it be on its way to Uganda?

Techjaja - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 10:43

PesaLink is a real-time interbank switch from Integrated Payment Services Limited(IPSL). IPSL is an affiliate of the Kenyan Bankers Association. PesaLink is more or less like mobile money and it is seen as a direct reply to the latter.

Just like mobile money, PesaLink enables mobile phone users to send and receive money from each other while also sending money to their respective bank accounts without any intermediaries involved. Previously, the intermediary has been mobile money but it is now out of the equation.

The Kenyan Bankers Association is an umbrella body of Kenyan banks and financial institutions currently with a membership count of 47, some of which have cross-border operations in Uganda like Equity Bank, KCB, DTB, Bank of India, Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Citi Bank, Eco Bank, GTB among others.

It should be noted that Mobile Money has cannibalized the would-be bank customers owing to its ease and non-bureaucratic nature. It is for this reason that mobile money has more registered accounts than the whole conventional banking industry in most East African countries.

PesaLink is seen as a solution to address this while keeping bankers (previously excluded by telecoms) within the fold. It allows its users to send money from as low as Ksh 10 (UGX 350) up to Ksh 1,000,000 (UGX 35,000,000). PesaLink can be accessed through different avenues like mobile banking (USSD & Mobile applications), Internet Banking, ATMs, POS terminals, Bank branches and through agency banking.

Agency banking is reminiscent of the mobile money branch chain where mobile money operators license agents to do business on their behalf. It is this that has upheld mobile money over traditional banks since you can easily find agents in every corner of the country.

However, costs associated with PesaLink shall vary across different banks as is the case with sending mobile money to non-mobile user accounts. PesaLink, for now, will only allow P2P transfers while transfers to bank accounts will roll out in the nearby future.

While our Kenyan Banking brothers are looking to keep mobile money in check, could their Ugandan counterparts or affiliates borrow a leaf and innovate fast with the same solution? Similarly, mobile money has disrupted the Ugandan banking industry to an extent that some of the giants in the industry have had to partner with telecoms to offer mobile payments solutions.

If they’re armed with a similar solution like PesaLink, the intermediaries (read telecoms) will be thrown out and in return, it will keep costs down for the end user which might increase their customer base.

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UberChoma: How to order for free Nyama Chyoma in Kampala today

Techjaja - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:47

After teasing the service on their website and mobile app and also successfully launching it in Kenya. Today, Uber launches a new service called UberChoma, for meat lovers in Kampala. You can now order a stick or two or your favorite meat using the new service.  Uber has partnered with a local restaurant called Choma Zone Bar and Grill to deliver free Nyama Choma.

This has been seen as a move to directly to compete with Jumia Food. Jumia food is currently the leader of food delivery services in Kampala and are able to overcome the traffic clogged city by the use of two wheelers commonly known as “Boda Bodas”.

Uber has partnered with a local restaurant Choma Zone Bar and Grill to see this promo through.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS
  • Open the Uber app between 12PM (noon) – 2PM on Friday, February 17 in Kampala
  • Tap the UberCHOMA banner at the bottom of the screen
  • Request an UberCHOMA
  • If your request is successful, a driver will arrive at your location with free Nyama Choma
SOME TIPS
  • Be sure to go outside when your request is accepted. This will make it easier to connect with your driver and help ensure a quick drop-off
  • Demand will be high –so don’t be discourage, just check back and try to request again if your initial request is not successful
  • Remember that requests can only be made between 12PM (noon) – 2PM on Friday, February 17 in Kampala
  • There will only be one order delivered per request

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Makerere University Graduation List Out [Download Here]

PC Tech - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 17:18

By Staff Writer

The academic registrar has today released a list of 260 students who are to be conferred with first class degrees during the #67thMAKGrad ceremony next week.

The overall best student was NAMBOOZO Sarah (13/U/18455/EVE) from MUBS
who got a CGPA of 4.92 in Degree of Bachelor of Science in Marketing (BSMT)

The Second overall best student and best in sciences was
MUKALELE Rogers (13/U/21067/EVE) who got a CGPA of 4.91 in Degree of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BITE)

Download full First Class list from https://news.mak.ac.ug/2017/02/graduation-lists-67th-mak-graduation-ceremony and check Downloads section,

Or click on this direct link: https://news.mak.ac.ug/sites/default/files/downloads/Makerere-AR-67th-Graduation-Feb2017-First-Class-List.pdf

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Manna: Prophet Kakande Selling Holy Rice at UGX 50,000 Per Kilogram

PC Tech - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 13:49

Prophet Samuel Kakande of the Synagogue Church of Nations at Mulago is not new to controversy. Last Sunday, the Prophet introduced another assortment under his holy retail. This time round it is Holy Rice that goes for UGX 50,000 per kilogram. According to the Prophet, the followers only have to use a few of the pellets from the holy rice while cooking their normal rice in order to release God’s blessings. He also cautioned followers against listening to words of naysayers.

This is not the first time the Prophet is selling Holy merchandise. At his Church, he sells holy handkerchiefs, holy pens, holy water among other things. The Prophet is one of the richest landlords in Masindi where he owns acres and acres of land and practices some modern agriculture. Loyal followers are given a chance to offer their services at the farm for free in exchange for God’s blessings.

The only free things are the portraits, of his source of power-the late prophet John Obiri Yeboah-tightly hanged on the walls. Kakande adores Yeboah as a father, a mentor and the source of all.

The life history of Yeboah rubberstamps the fact that Kakande may have inherited this aura of mystery from the man he praises for anointing him through Nana. He made his mark during his stay in Uganda in the seventies. Yeboah first came to Uganda in 1972 and claimed that he had powers to raise the dead. It was at the famous White Nile in Katwe that Yeboah showcased his bouquet of miracles, signs and wonders. It was Yeboah that established the first association of Pentecostal churches-National Fellowship of BornAgain Churches.

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The UberChoma promo could be a pilot for UberEats

Techjaja - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:12

On Friday Uber has a Nyama Choma promotion for its users within Kampala. Users using the app between 12pm – 2pm will have an option of requesting for free Nyama Choma after tapping the UberChoma option instead of the proverbial UberX option (This will still be available for those seeking to hail a ride). Nyama choma will thereafter be delivered to your destination by an Uber, free of charge.

Uber has partnered with a local restaurant Choma Zone Bar and Grill to see this promo through. A similar undertaking has just been concluded in Kenya and results are painting the whole process a success. It has now been extended to the Kampala workaholics and residents.

While UberChoma is reminiscent of UberEats, the former is limited to Nyama Choma steaks while the latter delivers a variety of meals. It has since branched from the main Uber app into a standalone app but the food delivery service  is only live in a few cities in Sub-Saharan Africa like Johannesburg and Pretoria. It is safe to assume that this as a pilot study for the much larger UberEats that offers a variety of meals besides meat steaks as is the case with UberChoma.

Similarly, UberEats uses the same model of partnering with local restaurants within a given radius while delivery is accomplished by Uber drivers. However, it has a slightly larger menu displayed from which to choose from. The final price one pays is a combination of both the food and delivery costs which is displayed in the app.

UberEats users are advised to schedule their orders prior to their preferred meal time just like you would schedule a ride. If implemented, it will be a direct reply to Jumia Food that has enjoyed considerable success in terms of food delivery.

Jumia food is currently the de-facto leader of food delivery services in Kampala and are able to overcome the traffic clogged city by the use of two wheelers commonly known as “Boda Bodas”. Uber on the other hand uses traffic prone cars for its services which might give a lead advantage to Jumia food should UberEats launch. But until they launch a fully fledged UberEats service, we shall remain being speculative of their coming but once they do, cost, ease and quality of service will be determinant of who will win this battle.

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UCC cracks down on illegal “Bizindaalo” broadcasters in Kampala

Techjaja - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 10:31

This week the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has been busy. Together with NEMA’s environmental protection Unit and the Uganda Police the telecom regulator is cracking down on notorious noise polluters and illegal broadcasters in Kampala and surrounding suburbs.

The Uganda Communications Commission Act 2013, section 26(1), provides that “A person shall not or operate a television station, radio station, or any related broadcasting apparatus without a license issued by the commission”. A broadcast is any sound, video or data intended for simultaneous reception by the public.

The commission and the Uganda police have been cracking down on illegal broadcasters who use apparatus such as “Bizindaalo” or outdoor community broadcasting stations. The crack down has began in areas of Makindye, Wabigalo, Nsangi, Kyengela, Nabbingo, Kayunga,Nansana,Naluvule,Yesu Amala and Mukono.

Operation also affected those who use “Bizindaalo” preaching (especially born again christians), an act that was seen by the public as the state “fighting God”.

The war on Bizindalos continued today in Mukono. #StopIllegalBroadcasts #NoisePollutionIsACrime @UCC_Official pic.twitter.com/h2ntlYlw09

— NEMA UGANDA (@nemaug) February 15, 2017

#Bizindaalo location 3; Wakiso covering areas like Kayunga,Nansana,Naluvule,Yesu Amala.@omuluuka all is well,enjoy the peace and quiet. pic.twitter.com/ZgNDpqM8jr

— UCC (@UCC_Official) February 14, 2017

Day 2 of #Bizindaalo operation got us to Wabigalo radio,in Wabigalo they had 7 trumpets!@Pamankunda @nemaug @ugandaupf @ChimpReports pic.twitter.com/7Jzw6T59zD

— UCC (@UCC_Official) February 14, 2017

On Wednesday last week, the regulator sent out a public notice in the print media warning of this operation sighting that these operations were illegal and a public nuisance. UCC also noted that they infringe on rights of citizens of peace and quiet in areas where bizindalos operate. In the notice UCC ordered all these illegal broadcasters to cease operations before the crackdown begins.

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Facebook challenges developers in Africa to create the smartest Bots for Messenger

Techjaja - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:29

Facebook  is challenging developers in Africa to create innovative bots in the Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge. This aligns with Facebook’s commitment to promote innovation on the continent by providing developers and start-ups with the tools they need to build, grow, monetize, and measure products and services.

Facebook grew out of a hacker culture and thrives by promoting innovation on new platforms. That’s why Facebook is launching the Bots for Messenger Challenge, a contest to recognize and reward developers who are able to create the most innovative new bots on Messenger.

Developers, in teams of up to three people, are invited to create bots in three categories: gaming and entertainment; productivity and utility; and social good.

Prizes

Finalist Teams
The 60 finalist teams (10 per category in each region) will win a Gear VR and mobile phone, one hour of Facebook mentorship and tools and services from FbStart, a Facebook program designed to help early stage mobile start-ups build and grow their bots.
All student teams who make it to the finals will win an additional $2,000 (students will be verified against their registration via their government accredited school email accounts).

Runner-Up Teams
For each region, three runner-up teams (one from each category) will win $10,000 and three months of Facebook mentorship.

Winning Teams
For each region, three winning teams (one from each category) will win $20,000 and three months of Facebook mentorship.

Dates

Submissions open: 15 February at 09:00 GMT
Deadline for entries: 28 April at 11:59:59 GMT
Finalists announced (30 teams each in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East/North Africa): 19 May at 09:00 GMT
Deadline for entries from finalists: 2 June at 11:59:59 GMT
Winners announced: 19 June at 09:00 GMT (three winners and three runner up teams in the Middle East and North Africa; three winners and three runner up teams in Sub-Saharan Africa)

Enter and see the rules of the competition here  and join the Facebook Group to keep connected.

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BoU warns on use of digital currencies in Uganda

Techjaja - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 08:37

The Bank of Uganda (BoU) has warned Ugandans who deal in any form digital currencies that they “are taking a risk in the financial space”. The warning has come at time when a new firm known as One Coin Digital Money a company which is not licenced by the BoU under the Financial Institution Act 2004, is conducting its business illegally in the country out side the regulatory scrutiny.

One Coin Limited is a Dubai based Cryptocurrency company with offices here  in Uganda at Mukwano Courts , Buganda Road in Kampala. According to BoU  it is still under formative stages. The company is reportedly aggressively encouraging Kampala dwellers to buy digital money promising high returns and rewards on a first-come-first-served basis.

Officially Saying NO to Bitcoin in Uganda

The Bank has come out warn Ugandans and said in a public notice that ;”whoever wishes to invest their hard earned saving in Cryptocurrency from such as One-coin, Bitcoin, Ripple, Peercoin, Namecoin, Dogecoin Litecoin, Btyecoin, Primecoin, Blackcoin or any other digital forms of currency is taking a risk in the financial space where there is neither investor protection nor regulatory pureview.”

The Bank has further gone ahead to encourage Ugandans to only do business transactions with only licenced financial institutions. You can find a full list if approved institutions here.

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Meet Ruganzu Bruno, Uganda’s Coolest Lecturer; Takes Selfies With Students

PC Tech - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 21:54

It is surprising that Uganda’s coolest Lecturer is from Kyambogo University. It is none other than Bruno Ruganzu, a lecturer of Industrial Art and Design. On 17th April 2012, in Doha, Bruno Ruganzu was announced winner of the TEDx competition TED Prize for City 2.0 at the TEDx Summit in Qatar earning him a cash prize of 10,000 USD. He is also the founder of ECO ART Uganda where he recycles trash and makes trash out of it, saving the environment but also adding beauty to the world.

Sometimes when the sun is scorching the earth, he takes his lectures outside, under the mango trees. After all, nature is inspiration for the artists.  He doesn’t regret taking selfies with his students. He notes; “Blame me: I take selfies with my students. I am Ruganzu. I have taught at Kyambogo University since 2010 and there is nothing as students seeing you as a friend and mentor.”

 

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