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This Trevor Noah tweet is heartbreaking to Ugandans

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 17:02

Popular comedian Trevor Noah of the Daily Show fame has broken the hearts of Ugandans on Social Media with only a single tweet.

News going around indicated that Trevor Noah was to be in the country to have a major performance and this had sparked some excitement ahead of his rumored visit. However, for those that had their hopes up high to having a ‘date’ with the comedian its sad that you have to learn he’s not aware of any plan in Uganda as of yet. In what should have been as a confirmation tweet for his ‘anticipated landing’ in Uganda, the South African born instead sent out a heartbreaking tweet that left most of his fans in the pearl of Africa greatly disappointed.

“This is a scam, I’m not coming to Uganda”, he tweeted

This is a scam, I'm not coming to Uganda. https://t.co/fAh8EUdtO7

— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 23, 2017

Trevor Noah and legendary duo Chaka Demus and Pliers were reportedly set to perform at a Ugandan show slated for November but all excitement is back in the mud after the tweet.

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Digital Audio Broadcasting is coming to Uganda. Are we ready for it though?

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 15:31

With a seemingly successful migration from analogue TV to digital terrestrial TV broadcasting, Uganda Communications Commission(UCC) the chief regulator is preparing grounds for yet another digital migration for audio broadcasters. UCC today held a dialogue session to present on the findings of a survey that was carried out to show if Digital Audio Broadcasting is something Uganda can fully embrace and upgrade to.

Digital audio broadcasting (DAB), also known as digital radio and high-definition radio, is audio broadcasting in which analog audio is converted into a digital signal and transmitted on an assigned channel in the AM or (more usually) FM frequency range. DAB offers compact disc (CD)- quality audio on the FM (frequency modulation) broadcast band and to offer FM-quality audio on the AM (amplitude modulation) broadcast band.

In Africa, only Tunisia and South Africa have conducted DAB trials and Uganda Communication Commission believes that Uganda too is steadily ready to welcome the idea of a DAB transition.

In a survey that was presented this morning at the UCC house in Bugolobi, a team led by Dr Roselyn Akol in collaboration with Makerere University, Ndejje University and International University of East Africa showcased a detailed study on Uganda’s readiness for Digital Audio Broadcasting and all these proved that Uganda is not yet ready for Digital Audio Broadcasting migration.

Uganda currently has 292 FM radio stations but the MHz band is overloaded (up to 99%), leaving no more space for new FM radios. In many countries, the FM spectrum is full resulting in interference & poor quality strength making it hard for new radio stations to spring up. Could Digital Audio Broadcasting be the solution to combat this, definitely Yes!

Even with a struggling Digital TV Migration environment, is Uganda ready for Digital Audio Broadcasting transition.

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Why it’s not fair that you miss the StartUp Grind Kampala Dialogue

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:55

Outbox Hub, one of Uganda’s leading innovation hubs is organizing an entrepreneur dialogue this Friday at Outbox for all those interested in blossoming their businesses. The dialogue features main speaker Julie Muiruki, a founding member of the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance – a network of highly educated young African entrepreneurs spearheading high impact social business ventures across Africa.

Are you an entrepreneur based in Uganda? Looking for ideas to boost your business? Join @StartupGrindKla at Outbox https://t.co/M6LLJJuKpq pic.twitter.com/D0OSUF494O

— Outbox (@OutboxHub) March 22, 2017

The dialogue is seamlessly aimed at empowering young minds that have started up business ideas or simply are planning to start on how to overcome the obstacles that may arise.  Regardless of the business idea that one bears, the dialogue is aimed at harmonizing all business ideas in one go and making broad resolutions on how to tackle the innovation lag.  

This edition of StartUp Grind Kampala will take place at Outbox Hub on Friday 31st March from 5:30pm to 8pm. Participation fee is 5,000 Uganda shillings. It’s not fair that you miss a dialogue this insightful and yet cheap.

 

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Infinix Uganda unleashes the Zero 4 at fans hangout

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:20

Infinix Uganda one of the latest smartphone entrants in Uganda celebrated yet again with their fans during the second Infinix hangout last week at the Uganda Information Communication and Technology Institute (UICT), Nakawa as a way of giving back to their fans. In usual norm a bunch of games were conducted but that is not the juicy part at all.

Infinix fans take part in the numerous games that were at the Hangout

Infinix took the opportunity to tease and show off their latest smartphone on the local market, the Infinix Zero 4. The Zero series is somewhat Infinix’s most expensive and most premium phone they have available.The zero series is usually for professionals who who work on the go and need bigger ram and need high quality pictures for work or leisure.

Lino Zhang Head of Marketing of Infinix Uganda announced the Zero 4 yet to be launched and assured that it’s the finest from Infinix that people will ever get. “We are delighted to bring you our latest Infinix brand that you will definitely love”, he noted

The Infinix Zero has already made amazing sales in most parts of Africa and is having a late release in Uganda in a few weeks time. Mr Lino Zhang further mentioned that there will be a new product that will be launched at the same time with the zero 4 which mainly focuses on the dual front cameras.

A group photo of the Fans and Infinix team at the Hangout.

Furthermore at the Infinix hangout, The X Club a platform that enables Infinix users learn about their devices, table issues and get advice on how to fix the devices was introduced along with Infinix Offline Shops. The forum comes pre-installed in Infinix phones but it can as well be accessed on Google Play Store or on the web and on there, xgold points gained are actually redeemable at any Xshop around the world for an infinix gadget on offer.

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Meet the RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus, Apple’s Special Edition

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:50

Apple introduced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition in a vibrant red aluminum finish, in recognition of more than 10 years of partnership between Apple and (RED). This gives customers an unprecedented way to contribute to the Global Fund and bring the world a step closer to an AIDS-free generation. The special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone will be available to order online worldwide and in stores beginning Friday, March 24.

“Since we began working with (RED) 10 years ago, our customers have made a significant impact in fighting the spread of AIDS through the purchase of our products, from the original iPod nano (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition all the way to today’s lineup of Beats products and accessories for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The introduction of this special edition iPhone in a gorgeous red finish is our biggest (PRODUCT)RED offering to date in celebration of our partnership with (RED), and we can’t wait to get it into customers’ hands.”

“Apple is the world’s largest corporate donor to the Global Fund, contributing more than $130 million as part of its partnership with (RED),” said Deborah Dugan, (RED)’s CEO. “Combining the global reach of the world’s most loved smartphone with our efforts to provide access to life-saving ARV medication in sub-Saharan Africa, customers now have a remarkable opportunity to make a difference and contribute to the Global Fund through the purchase of this new beautiful (PRODUCT)RED iPhone.”

(RED)’s critical work provides access to life-saving HIV/AIDS programs in sub-Saharan Africa, which is home to more than two thirds of the world’s HIV-positive population. One hundred percent of all money raised by (RED) goes directly to Global Fund HIV/AIDS grants that provide testing, counseling, treatment and prevention programs with a specific focus on eliminating transmission of the virus from moms to their babies. Since it was founded in 2006, (RED) has generated more than $465 million for the Global Fund, with more than $130 million from Apple alone.

Pricing and Availability

  • The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition will be available in 128GB and 256GB models starting at $749 (US) that is 2,694,902UGX from apple.com and Apple Stores, and from Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary). The special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone joins iPhone 7 finishes in jet black, black, silver, gold and rose gold.
  • Both special edition models are available worldwide beginning Friday, March 24 and start shipping to customers by the end of March in the US and more than 40 countries and regions by Apple. The iphone Red will be here in Uganda in April

This is a Press Release From Apple

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Internet Society set to hold first ever Africa Regional Internet and Development Dialogue

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:08

 

The Internet Society today announced that it will hold the first ever Africa Regional Internet and Development Dialogue from 8-9 May 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda, in partnership with UNESCO and Republic of Rwanda Ministry of Youth and ICT.

The two-day meeting will bring together experts including government and inter-governmental organization officials, business and educational leaders from throughout the continent to discuss how Africa can use the Internet to advance education, innovation and job creation.

The event aims at gathering various organizations working on Internet and development across the region to identify synergies and create opportunities for coordination and collaboration.

“One of the key topics of discussion will be what needs to be done for Africa to benefit from the transformational opportunities of the Internet for the benefit of the African economy and education,” explains Dawit Bekele, Regional Bureau Director for Africa at the Internet Society. “While there are many challenges, we know it can be done. Countries such as Kenya and Rwanda have created policy environments that enable innovation and they are now seeing the benefits of the Internet economy. Universities throughout the continent are also using e-learning opportunities to increase their reach as well as to give flexibility for their students.”

“Africa is on an unstoppable move toward digital transformation. However, the room for increasing speed and impact is limitless,” says Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Rwanda’s Minister for Youth and ICT. “This can only be achieved if we are able to harness effectively the power of partnerships. We therefore welcome and are pleased to co-host this dialogue which is a great platform for advanced partnerships ahead of the transform Africa Summit that Rwanda will host from May 10 to 12, 2017.”

The Africa Regional Internet Development Dialogue is an opportunity for key stakeholders to:

  • discuss not only the challenges, but also the achievements in building the Internet economy and education in Africa;
  • review the successes and setbacks of various initiatives throughout the region and share lessons-learned;
  • identify the next steps different stakeholders need to take to build the Internet economy and improve education in Africa.

“I am honored to participate in this very meaningful event. UNESCO is committed to working with all stakeholders to harness ICTs in a way that serves the interests of learners and the larger teaching/learning community,” said Indrajit Banerjee, Director, Knowledge Societies Division, Communications and Information Sector, UNESCO.

This conference is part of a global series of Internet development conferences organized by the Internet Society with the aim of furthering the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) that aim at tackling the world’s main development challenges by 2030. Regional Internet Development Dialogues were held last year in Asia Pacific, hosted by UNESCAP, and in Latin America & Caribbean in partnership with Inter-America Development Bank and hosted by the Government of Argentina.

This is a Press Release Distributed by APO on behalf of Internet Society (ISOC)

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Uber wants to start renting car

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:29

Question: Would you rent your car on Uber for a weekly rental fee?

Answer: Yes, Maybe.

Question: Like other than parking your car, would you rent it out to someone and they pay you?

Answer: That is fine considering I don’t use it for the greater part of the day when i am at work. So i can rent it out.

Imagine renting your car out to Uber and being paid every week. Uber is soon rolling out a program that will enable you rent your car for an agreed period of time and be paid for the time that the car is being used. There are people that have “idle cars” and would love them to make them some money, well Uber is rolling out a program that will earn you some money when you rent your car out to them

According to a reliable Uber source, the program is still being surveyed and being discussed by is definitely mature and shall be rolled out soon.

“We are opening up a program where you can rent your car out and expect your money. We have controls on how to manage this.”, the source intimated.

After introducing an offer for about 100 free rides last week, Uber is seeking to expand it’s network across the country.

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Tecno flagship Camon CX wants to revolutionize Smartphone Photography

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:39

Just when we thought Tecno was giving us a C10 from the Camon Family, well they spi9ced it up and are naming their latest yet to released flagship Camon CX. The Camon family as we know it is a masterpiece at camera and forever wants to perfect their artistry when it comes to cameras for its smartphones.

A sneak Peak of the Tecno Camon CX

Interestingly, recently leaked pictures of the next Camon flagship, the Camon CX is about to create a paradigm shift in smartphone design and photography experience. The Camon CX camera comes of with a 16mp and dual flashlights. This camera focuses on objects moving with great speed and captures stunning high-resolution photos just the way they are – beautiful and colorful.

Under extreme low light, the dual flash ensures that the CAMON CX still captures sharp and bright images. Upon its release, the CAMON CX is expected to be the best low light Selfie camera.

With an anticipated 120-degrees wide-angle capacity, group Selfies can effectively capture everyone just the way they are arranged. The CAMON CX comes off with a wide-angle mode that enables it to effortlessly squeeze several people into a single frame. By simply tapping anywhere on the screen or using the fingerprint scanner, you can capture moments on the device as fast as in 0.1second.

The back look of the Tecno Camon CX yet to be released

The CAMON CX cameras are designed to reduce visual distortion that looks like grains usually present in pictures taken under low light. Its 16MP rear camera has a 0.1second focus that makes capturing moving object possible without the images being blurred. Also, the ring flash positioned just beneath the rear camera combines four bright flashes to increase background light by 100% when compared to regular flash and casts evenly over darkness.

These set of ring flashlights do not only prevent users from having to recognize their friends in the photos using their eyeballs and teeth however, it also helps capture every color in the environment clearly.

The Camon CX comes with a 5.5” Full HD IPS screen, with high pixel density to make sure that every detail on the screen is clear and sharp. Whether under direct sunlight or under your blanket, the CAMON CX super-bright screen delivers vibrant displays all day long. The CAMON CX camera has seamlessly addressed problems with photography under low light and could just empower smartphone photography.

This is a Press Release From Tecno Uganda

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UCC condemns the broadcasting of gruesome images of Slain officer AIGP Felix Kaweesi

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 17:14

Ugandans woke up today to tragic news of the assassination of the country’s police spokesperson and Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr Andrew Felix Kaweesi along with his bodyguard CPL Erau Kenneth and his driver Mambewa Godfrey. The trio was this morning murdered in cold blood by unknown assailants as they left for work in Kulambiro a city suburb.

Social media was raided by gruesome images of the dead bodies of the late and these made rounds on Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, a number of websites and more sadly, the photos were broadcast on local televisions. Uganda Communications Commission has this afternoon come out to condemn the act of broadcasting the gruesome images to the general public. In a letter that was issued by the UCC ED Mr Godfrey Mutabazi, he warns of the act by broadcasters to desist from the act of sharing these graphic images. The letter reads as is below;
The commission has received complaints about the repeated broadcast, on various televisions of gruesome images of the crime scene, including the dead bodies of the later AIGP and his colleagues that are causing distress to some members of the public.

Whereas it is the duty of a broadcaster to inform the public through news and current affairs programming, the commission would like to remind you that it is your obligation to ensure that such broadcasters are neither sensational nor unnecessarily alarmist. With respect to gruesome images, especially of dead bodies, extra decorum must displayed taking into consideration the feelings of; the beavered; the psychological impact of such imagery on some members of the public; and being respectful of the dead. Repeated broadcasting of the morbid imagery of dead bodies is contrary to the above mentioned duty and obligation.

Further, Broadcasters are required to ensure that the re-use of any material in a news and current affairs context, including the use of archive material, does not create unfairness, result in inaccuracies or cause distress to the public or bereaved family members.

The Commission hereby directs all broadcasters to refrain from the repeated broadcast of the gruesome images, including those from this morning’s unfortunate incident, amongst others.
May their soul Rest In Eternal Peace.

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Urb App wants to help you Better Your City

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 16:01

Imagine a scenario where you have to not only complain about a poor infrastructural service delivery but go ahead and report about it. Imagine being able to upload a photo of that miserable road or well or trench on an app that calls for action on these issues. Imagine you having the ability to “Better Your City”.

Well Urb App (Short form of Urban) is a new app that lets you report and share the issues that directly affect you and your neighborhood for a better, smarter city. If your area has potholes, if your area doesn’t have fine trenches, if the infrastructure is not stable, Urb app wants to give you the platform to report any issue. You can also visit the Urb web portal

Urb makes cities smarter by providing a platform for citizens to set the agenda for dialogue around change in their communities. Citizens are able to report and share issues affecting their neighborhoods. Authorities and service providers can respond to issues in real-time. This fosters collective action and accountability by encouraging community participation, community policing, civic engagement and local governance.

The look of the Urb App

The Urb App seeks to give real-time access and instant response to issues in your community,faster engagement with authorities and service providers through dialogue via social-media integration, Immediate receipt of important notifications from authorities and providers and transparency and a voice for community.

When logging into the app, you only need a phone number or your twitter logins to be able to access the application. Since twitter known for real time breaking news and quick reporting, the app has twitter as it’s base to access information.

Urb is free to use and you can download it here.

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Ugandan Embassy in Berlin acquires e-immigration system to ease visa applications

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 18:08

The Uganda Embassy in Berlin has been equipped with the e-immigration system that will now make it possible for visa applicants to electronically personalize visas in Berlin. A team of officials from the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control, Ministry of Internal Affairs, were at the Chancery to install the equipment and train staff.

The Government of Uganda introduced an online visa/permit application system with effect from 1st July 2016. Since then, all persons intending to travel to Uganda for holiday, tourism, business, study, visit, and/or medical are required to apply and obtain a visa online.

During the training, Ms Margaret Kabugho Bwambale, Senior Immigration Officer said, “E-visas and e-permits are centrally approved but can only be personalized at Point of Entry. Now that the e-immigration equipment has been installed, Berlin will now be considered as a Point of Entry.”

Mr. Anthony Oliam, Ms Margaret K. Bwambale Mrs Margaret Otteskov

The application process includes the following steps:

  • Step-1: Choose the application type (Visa or Permit), category (Ordinary, Multiple-Entry, Diplomatic and Official, Transit, East Africa Tourist Visa), subcategory (single-entry, multiple-entry for 6-12 months, 12-24 months or 24-36 months)
  • Step-2: Fill the electronic form
  • Step-3: Add documents (Copy of recent passport size photograph, Copy of passport bio-data page, Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate, Recommendation letter, Police clearance, etc.)
  • Step-4: Submit

Mr. Anthony Oliam, Immigration Officer, said that once an application is submitted it will be studied by an Immigration Officer (or Embassy Consular Officer) who may or may not ask for additional information. The new required information can be submitted electronically.

Upon submission, one receives a notification with an application number which he/she can use to track the application. The decision taken on the application will be sent electronically through the email provided by the applicant. If approved, an approval letter will be sent as an attachment to the email provided. The applicant is then required to print it out and present it together with a valid passport /travel document of not less than 6 months validity at the port of entry.

This travel authorization does not guarantee entry into Uganda. Travellers will be subjected to secondary verification where necessary before personalization.

Source: Uganda Embassy, Berlin

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Airtel Uganda launches Wewole a credit service platform for Airtel Money users

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 10:56

Airtel Uganda has this morning launched Wewole a micro-credit solution that provides a convenient way for Airtel Money customers and agents to access loan facilities. Wewole which has been available on the Airtel Menu has not been active and has been on the pending list but the service has gone live today officially.

Wewole (To mean borrow money) is a service to extend credit services to Ugandans via the Airtel Money platform. Uganda has a large unbanked population and Airtel comes in to ensure that users have access to the best products.

The service allows customers to borrow between 8,000 and 500,000 shillings and Airtel Money agents between 100,000 and 1,000,000 shillings.

Unlike MTN’s Mokash where you need to first save, Wewole does not require customers to save or provide Collateral to be able to borrow & is seamless between the Wewole & Airtel Money account.

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UCC Executive Director Mutabazi urges Ugandans to create their own Social Media Platforms

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 16:07

Today in Jinja, Uganda Communications Commission along with various media houses and telecommunication companies convened at the Civil Service College Uganda to commemorate the World Consumer Rights Day. The Consumer Parliament is a UCC initiative that is aimed at providing a leveled platform for consumers, service providers, policymakers and regulators to interact and debate issues and challenges, and agree on a way forward for
the communications sector.

Themed “The media we want”, various media houses and stakeholders were present at the dialogue to discuss on ways to better the content circulated in the media.While speaking at the dialogue, UCC Executive Director Mr Godfrey Mutabazi urged Ugandans to create their own social media platforms instead of relying on foreign social networking sites that are not managed by ourselves.

“Social media is fashionable now, everyone is on Whatsapp. But when shall Africans end these platforms controlled by Americans and Chinese?. We should come up with our own social media platforms. In 2 years, we must be able to have users both in Uganda & worldwide”, said Mr Mutabazi

In so saying, Mr Mutabazi believes that with locally made social networking apps in play, the commission can ably regulate them and the information shared on them. Mr Mutabazi also believes that local apps should be up and running in about one or two years.

“In a year or two we will have Ugandan Social Networking Apps that we can easily regulate from here like the Chinese”, he noted

The Consumer Parliament is one of the key initiatives of the Uganda Communications
Commission in fulfilment of its Consumer protection mandate in Uganda.

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FINGERS CROSSED! The Original Whatsapp statuses could be coming back

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 16:10

Whatsapp recently scrapped off their original statuses and changed them to cloned Snapchat stories look-alike. Forget short text and emoji blurbs, now you were supposed to share photos and images with others and follow minute-by-minute to see who snooped on your image and, more importantly, who didn’t. Because they want to make a point and prove they don’t care enough about you.

According to Android Police, while the Status tab is still there and unremovable, the regular old text-based statuses are back in the latest beta for those of us who aren’t hip or interesting or vain enough to share a new image every day. Just like before, you can find your own status and edit it under your profile settings at the bottom in the About and phone number section. And you can see the statuses of other users in their profile page in the same place.

Whatsapp Beta for old status.

 

I’m back to being a “Government authorized drug dealer” (read: pharmacist) and that makes me giddy. To enjoy these simpler times, grab the latest WhatsApp beta 2.17.95 from APK Mirror.

Source: AndroidPolice

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Payit rebrands to Og Money in a bid to transform digital transaction solutions in Uganda

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 14:26

One Global a leading technology company has officially re-branded the common payment application PayIt to Og Money. In a letter released recently by Mohammed Sh. Al-Rashidi the Executive Chairman of One Global, the flagship application Payit has been re-branded to Og Money and shall soon be rolled out  onto the market,

“We’ve decided to launch new re-brand and move from payment driven platform into complete digital financial platform. We’ve re-branded Payit to Og Money”, read a snippet from the letter from the Executive Chairman

One Global (Og) is launching its iconic brand Og Money as a transformational move beyond payments to offer mCommerce, virtual stores, in-store payments experience and digital banking services starting by offering virtual accounts via its digital wallet “My Money.”

Related: Og Money app launches in Uganda

Og money, a single, secure digital transaction platform is simplifying and transforming digital transaction across Africa and the Middle East. Ever since its re-branding from Pay-it, and moving from a payment driven to a complete digital financial platform, the Android and IOS based application has seen tremendous growth in its number of subscribers to over 900,000 within just a few years.

The application is a product of One Global, a global tech company strategizing to capitalize on the over $45.75 Billion mobile transactions in East Africa. The company has vastly improved their new product packaging in Og money and rapidly grown its list of services and merchants. The Ugandan branch of the company now  provides several services broken down as follows;

Telecoms: Africel, MTN, UTL, Airtel, Vodafone, Smart,

Universities: Kyambogo, MUK and MUBs

Utility: NWSC and UMEME

Pay TV: DSTV, ZUKU, StarTimes and GOTV

Vouchers: Facebook, iTunes US, Google Play US, eBay, Xbox, Playstation and Amazon

Tax: KCCA

Recharge: Viber

The latest version of the application will feature Donations and Events with the notable event from the test version, Og Global has partnered with the Buganda Kingdom to provide simple and easy access to the event’s tickets using the Og Money payment platform.

“Og Money opens up a world of opportunity for people without credit facilities, while also connecting businesses with vast, untapped customers in emerging markets. That’s why we have engineered Og Money to be the most secure, reliable, user friendly and convenient one-stop- shop app for facilitating digital transactions and boosting the cashless economy,” said Mr Al-Rashidi, One Global, Executive Chairman.

The catch in this application is its capability to synchronize the different platform and give Ugandans a stop shop to carry out all their transactions without the limitations of dealing with one network. The application is now available on both Android and IOS, the download link is as below

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Og Money app launches in Uganda

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 13:56

One Global has launched a mobile app today as a single, secure platform for all digital financial services across the Middle East and Africa. The Og Money platform, formerly known as PayIt, already has 900,000 customers across the region. Og Money is the next evolution of digital financial services, going beyond digital payments to provide users with mobile wallet capabilities, banking, merchant and checkout facilities, virtual stores and turnkey dealer solutions.

“Og Money serves the banked, under-banked and unbanked with a full suite of mobile and digital financial services. It allows users to receive remittances, wages, and government subsidies, make purchases at stores, provide funds for vouchers and gift cards or pay utility bills and school fees,” One Global Founder and CEO Mohammed Al-Rashidi said.

“Og Money acts as a seamless platform to connect consumers, banks, telecommunication operators, foreign exchange providers and merchants, all via the convenience of a mobile phone. Broadening access to financial services through digital platforms like Og Money can help boost trade, reduce poverty, empower women and unlock societal-wide economic benefits.”

Almost 470 million people and small businesses in the Middle East and Africa transact exclusively in cash and they have no secure method to save money. This lack of access to credit prevents individuals from engaging in economic activities that could transform their lives, something that is taken for granted in more established economies.

A September 2016 report by the McKinsey Global Institute quantifying the economic and social impact of digital finance in emerging economies found widespread adoption and use could increase the GDP of all emerging economies by six percent or $3.7 trillion by 2025.

Mr Al-Rashidi founded One Global in 2004 and has helped grow Og Money into one of the leading digital payments platforms available in the Middle East. It currently has more than 900,000 regular users, thousands of merchants on the platform and manages millions of dollars of transactions every day through the app.

“Og Money opens up a world of opportunity for people without credit facilities, while also connecting businesses with vast, untapped customers in emerging markets. That’s why we have engineered Og Money to be the most secure, reliable, user friendly and convenient one-stop- shop app for facilitating digital transactions and boosting the cashless economy,” said Mr Al-Rashidi.

One Global is a Microsoft partner and Og Money has received official authorisation and compliance certification from the Central Bank of Bahrain, Kuwait Finance House, Warba Bank in Kuwait, Bank Misr in Egypt, Tadhamon International Islamic Bank in Yemen and many other banks across the region. It’s also PCI/DSS compliant and maintains the highest security level within the financial services industry.

Og Money consumer is available for download from the Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Android market. More information is available here
Note: This is a Press Release from One Global

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Government to answer in court for shutting down Social Media in Uganda

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 13:15

Remember the Social Media blockade that rocked Uganda last year during and after the 2016 Uganda Presidential elections? Well there is a group of people that didn’t have a nice ride with the way the government infringed on the right of Ugandan internet users by blocking social media.

During that time, Ugandans were blocked from accessing popular social media platforms Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter in what was referred to as a case of national security. However, this prompted some section of Ugandans to use Virtual Protected Networks (VPNs) to by-pass this blockade

Unwanted Witness- Uganda a civil society organization that seeks to create secure uncensored online platforms for activists, citizens, bloggers, freelance journalists and writers to strengthen dragged the government to court over the infamous social media blockade without set guidelines which was not only illegal but a violation of citizens’ fundamental right to freedom of expression, speech and opinion.

In the latest development, High Court in Kampala has set May 22, 2017 as hearing date for an application in which Unwanted Witness-Uganda, is challenging the dual internet shutdown and social media blockage in February and May last year.

Ugandan policemen arrests a protester on February 19, 2016 in Kampala, as presidential and parliamentary votes were disrupted in the capital by the late arrival of ballot boxes and papers, angry demonstrations by frustrated voters and police using tear gas.
Ugandan police stormed opposition party headquarters and arrested top presidential challenger Kizza Besigye on February 19, as early results showed veteran leader Yoweri Museveni enjoyed a solid lead in the country’s chaotic elections. / AFP / Isaac Kasamani (Photo credit should read ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

According to Unwanted Witness Uganda, the decision by the presiding judge Waswa Basaza kick started what looks to be a hefty legal battle involving ten (10) respondents including the Attorney General, the chief legal advisor to government, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), the telecom regulator and eight telecom companies operating in Uganda. This means, telecoms; MTN, Airtel, Vodafone, Africell and other telecoms are also set to appear in court to answer to these charges.

Through its lawyers, Rwakafuzi & Co. Advocates, Unwanted witness argues that the dual internet shut down without set guidelines was not only illegal but a violation of citizens’ fundamental right to freedom of expression, speech and opinion.

However, court stayed the consideration of amicus curiae application by article 19 in which the international organization seeks to become a party to the main application. The stay follows an extension request by UCC, to enable the regulator ample time to scrutinize affidavits that had been submitted to court late by some respondents.

The judge therefore, gave them until March 17 to finish with whatever they think is requisite in moving the matter before the court and then set March 30th as the date to deliver her ruling on amicus curiae application by article 19.

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Google Finally kills Captcha

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:40

The Captchas are really irritating if at all you have come across them although are a necessary evil. This Captcha is a system that is supposed to ensure that you are actually a human but not a robot when logging into or signing up for something. Well, machines have gotten significantly better at reading text than humans and the entire thing has to be rethought through. With the latest iteration, Google claims you will no longer have to input anything at all.

Invisible Captcha’s as they have been called are the latest development in the “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”. FYI, Google acquired reCaptcha way back in 2009. In 2013, it updated the system to allow for the “I’m not a robot” checkbox that stormed the Internet. This version would determine a user’s humanity through noticing their clicking style – which was significantly different from the way robots click I presume.

Fast forward to Invisible CAPTCHA, this has the ability to recognize that a user is not a bot or robot simply by analyzing their browsing behavior. Am pretty sure the engineers ruled out the fact that robots don’t surf robot porn.

The whole concept is being powered by a combination of machine learning and advanced risk analysis that can adapt to new and emerging threats.

Now you must be asking, what is in it for Google?

When Google acquired reCaptcha, it was actually for the purpose of integrating into its giant book scanning project. The tech was way ahead and would be used to digitize books that were illegible to Google’s transcription system. Although, it is still unclear what Google gains by continuing to improve the Software. Many experts have come out to say that Google is possibly improving its machine learning capabilities through your behavior.

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It’s not ‘Holy Rice’ If it won’t save your smartphone

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 17:16

Smartphones are fragile and have taken most of our ‘little times’ in pursuit for our handling with care. I would imagine how many people would rather drop a glass of drinking water instead of their smartphones. Holy Rice is the talk of town and everyone is still astonished at how someone can dub rice, holy! Well i did and for as long as smartphones can be brought back to life thanks to rice, then there is ‘Holy Rice’

On a recent rendezvous in the mid-week, i was faced with a saga and the myth that rice brings smartphones back to life, came true.

When i waited for my Uber to drop me back home after a few rounds of drinks with my friends, i grew impatient and jumped onto a boda-boda to roll back home in the wee hours of the night. Hardly had i moved a few blocks from the bar i was when it started raining heavily, I was doomed, there was no shelter and i was tipsy. I said to myself, whatever! I told the cyclist to simply go on in the rain, it had already gotten me wet.

On reaching home, my phone was soaked up in water, my pants were soggy and was literally dripping. My phone was no more, it blinked and never moved again. It was dead, the sensor would not work, i received calls and calls but couldn’t swipe to receive the call. It was as good as useless.

I posted, I was disgruntled. My phone had gone.

My Reaction on Facebook after the Phone died and the ‘savior’ comment

In my comment section of my Facebook post, there was a sarcastic comment. On here, a friend advised that i put the phone in a sack of rice that it would dry up. I didn’t mind her, i ignored her. When i got home and all hope was lost, the comment came ringing back and i gave it a try.

In my cupboard, i had a half sack of rice. I took my phone and dipped it in there for about an hour with little hope the trick actually works. However, after a few minutes of dipping my dead Infinix Hot 4 in a sack of rice, i was all surprises and smiles to see the dead sensor back on again and actually working fine and perfect. Is this ‘holy rice’? i thought to myself.

In an article run by The Verge about a few years ago, Regardless of the evidence, the rice trick endures because it sounds right, even if it isn’t: rice absorbs water; absorbing water is key to saving a phone; so rice will save your phone. And every time a phone falls into a toilet or sink, the trick is transmitted anew, from parent to child, from friend to friend. Countless testimonials speak to the efficacy of rice. I have my own: I’ve personally dried my phone in rice a number of times — once, I used quinoa. It worked every time. Every time I repeat these stories, which I do freely, I contribute to the rice trick’s myth.

The rice trick does have one unique and very powerful property. The worst thing you can do to a wet phone is to power it up before it dries completely — doing that is cell phone homicide in the first degree. Unlike leaving the phone on a sunny windowsill, the rice trick places the phone out of sight, and maybe out of mind.

The grain may not guard the device from the destructive powers of water, but the trick does temporarily remove a much more dangerous element: us, and our impatient, tech-driven neuroses. Spending 12 hours, 24 hours, or even a few days — depending on the instructions you follow — without your phone can be hard. Having it sit in plain view makes it harder. We’re tempted to power up too soon, and kill the very thing we crave.

But if we believe in the rice trick, we give it time to work its magic — time that maybe would have saved the phone with or without the rice. In effect, the rice trick only works because we believe it does.
My Infinix Hot 4 is now back and running as it was.

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FERO Mobile introduces mid-range smartphones onto the Ugandan Market

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 16:29

The battle of mid-range smartphones is one that is not about to come to an end as they seem to be a smartphone launched onto the market now and then. In the latest development The UAE-based Midcom Group new mobile brand, FERO has launched smartphone models, from entry-level feature phones through to sophisticated premium smartphones targeting the top end of the market.

In a low-key event that was held at Golf Course Hotel this morning, the team at FERO Mobile introduced two new mid-range feature smartphones along with other smartphones in Uganda. FERO Mobile launched the EYE-conic IRIS smartphone that has got an inbuilt Iris scanner making you be able to unlock the phone by simply scanning your eyes without using your hands. The bio metric authentication feature provides top-of-the-line security to the device.

The Fero IRIS

“We bring to Uganda a smartphone technology that has not been here before and we ware sure the Ugandan market will love this gadget that we are launching”, noted Vickram Goaal the Business head as he launched the IRIS.

The Fero IRIS takes its name from its IRIS scann

er functionality where users can unlock the phone using their eyes. The FERO Iris a 4G enabled budget smartphone with a 1280 x 720 resolution on a 5 inch IPS display, an 8MP camera. I has 1GB of RAM and all this is powered by a 2500 mAh battery. The form factor is small and it comes with a blend of premium looking body

“Users no longer have to worry about how secure their device is. You just use your eyes to unlock your phone” Vickram Goaal the Business head of FERO Mobile said.

Vickram Goaal the Business head of FERO Mobile

Trying out the feature was Sidarajju the Head of Sales and Marketing who held a brief demonstration of how the feature works. It takes about 3 seconds to unlock the phone.

Fero also launched another mid-range smartphone dubbed Royale A1 that comes with a voice command prompt to unlock it. The Royale A1 device also features a 5000 mAh battery. Yes you are probably smiling about this. The A1 comes with with 8megapixel back camera, 5 megapixel front camera with flash, Xensation glass with enhanced display protection, Quad-core processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory.

The Royale A1 shall be sold at only 370,000/-

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