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MTN Mobile Money ATMs installed in Uganda

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 18:09

According to a tweet shared by Amarante Consulting, their team is laying out several Mobile Money Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) to enable MTN subscribers withdraw money without the use of agents in Uganda.

Much as the ATMs are branded MTN, they support Interswitch cards from banks such as CBA, NC Bank, GT Bank, DFCU and others. Meaning customers of these banks will be able to withdraw from their accounts using the feature called “Instant Cash.” When you take a closer look you will realise that the Mobile Money ATMs have a slot for traditional ATM cards.

This means that one would be able to withdraw money without an agent especially during hours when agents are not available. A good number of mobile money agents close earlier due to security reasons and such machines should come in handy for users. The customers who don’t enjoy the attitude or social conduct of some agents will also bare smiles on their faces.

This project is being implemented by Amarante Consulting, a boutique consultancy firm specialized in Digital Financial Services (DFS) across emerging markets. Unfortunately we’re unable to establish from Amarante or MTN on the exact number or location of these ATM machines. All we know is there is one at Nyonyi gardens.

We will keep you posted when we have more details on the number of ATMs and locations.

Credit: EnStartup

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Why Uganda’s Standard Gauge Railway will be a Class One Railway

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 17:46

Uganda later this year will kick off the construction of what will be the Standard Gauge Railway running from Kampala to Mombasa. Uganda has opted for a Class One (1) railway which will be powered by electricity as opposed to Kenya’s which will run on diesel. This alone has been the subject matter in the public as regards the hefty sums that will be spent compared to other countries.

In response, the team handling the Standard Gauge Railway invited members of the media to talk about the progress to respond to a Ugandan parliamentary committee that demanded a complete review of the Uganda-Kenya Standard Gauge Railway Project.

Construction of the Ugandan leg of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) system will commence fully soon after Kenya starts construction of the Naivasha-Kisumu- Malaba stretch.

Project coordinator Eng. Kasingye Kyamugambi, the Senior Civil Engineer in charge of Design Eng. Kabogoza and Diana Apio the Head Public Relations & Corporate Affairs Standard Gauge Railway Uganda on today explained the costs of the Ugandan project can’t be the same as that in Kenya or Ethiopia.

They revealed that Uganda chose electricity trains because they have been assured of adequate power from the ongoing energy projects at Karuma and Isimba. The decision to go electric was also based on the factor that after completion, the long term costs of operation and maintenance are cheaper than diesel. Uganda’s Class one, with electrical trains, Kenya’s currently with diesel engines, and Ethiopia’s Class 2, with a mixture of diesel and electrical engines.

The Malaba-Kampala project goes through many major urban centres, calling for major sub-construction of viaducts to avoid disrupting traffic, in addition to a 1km bridge of River Nile that on its own will cost $300million to construct. Because of the high speeds of the trains, travelling up to 120km per hour, most of the old rail route is not conducive, and redesigns have had to be made to many sections.

The other three routes will be; Kampala to Mirama Hills (on Tanzania border), Tororo to Nimule (on South Sudan border) and Kampala to Mpondwe (on DRC border).

The 1,740km (1,081 miles) of the entire SGR project is expected to cost $12.8bn, the Ethiopian-Djibouti line, which opened in October, cost $3.4 Billion for 656km while the Ugandan leg of 273km will cost $2.3bn. Kenya’s 472km stretch will cost $3.4billion. All this shall be funded by a China’s Exim bank and built by a Chinese construction company. It is set to open in Kampala in late 2020.

“Cost variances are due to unique project needs and ground conditions for infrastructure set up,” said  Eng.Daniel Kabogoza, the Senior Civil Engineer in charge of Design.

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#SID2017: Facebook rallies partners to unite for a safer, better Internet

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 15:19

Today is Safer Internet Day (SID) and Facebook has launched a series of initiatives to help make the Internet a safer and better place for people across Africa, especially children and the youth. Facebook is partnering with public sector agencies and non-governmental organisations from across Africa under the rallying call “Be the change: unite for a better Internet”.

“Nothing is more important to us than the safety of the people who use Facebook. Every day people come to Facebook to connect with people and issues they care about, and they should be able to do so in a safe, secure environment,” says Akua Gyekye, Public Policy Manager Facebook, Africa.

Facebook builds products that empower the community to stay in control, support each other during crises and stay safe online. Every Facebook product has privacy and security built into it to protect your information.

Worldwide conversation

Over 100 countries are participating in an effort to start conversations and help people think about the small steps they can take to stay safe online. The initiative is coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe and beyond.

In Africa, Facebook is working with partners such as: Watoto Watch in Kenya, The International Center for Leadership Development and the Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre in Nigeria, South Africa’s Film and Publication Board, JOXAfrica Association in Senegal, TechWomen Zimbabwe as well as J Initiative and Ghana Internet Safety Foundation from Ghana to ensure the safety and education of their communities and address the needs of vulnerable people.

Facebook is providing financial and marketing support for them to use to raise awareness about online safety. Facebook is also hosting an event in Johannesburg, South Africa and Nairobi, Kenya to promote the importance of online safety to students, teachers, parents and policymakers.

Everyone has a part to play

Gyekye says: “This is an opportunity to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. We are proud to work with young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, and policymakers to create a better Internet.”

Facebook has redesigned its Safety Center, an engaging resource to help people get the information they need about controlling their information and staying safe. It walks you through the tools Facebook offers to control your experience as well as numerous tips and resources for safe and secure sharing. It is available in over 50 languages, is mobile friendly and includes step-by-step videos.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Facebook.

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How to tell you can really do without a Flagship Smartphone

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:33

They are the kings. They sit comfortably at the state of the art. They are the bad boys. They are the pride of the high-profile electronics companies that make them. They are the most popular handsets on the market. And all that media hoohaa and hype coupled with newest tech and the best available hardware makes these beasts so wanted, and yes, very expensive.

The Smartphone industry has evolved and these are good times for the buyer. New entrants in phones hardware manufacturing have cropped up and created competition with the previous big boys. Now there are lots of mid range devices that are flying below the radar of casual  consumers and power users alike.

It’s true, Flagship handsets feature some the best displays, multiple core processors, several gigabytes or RAM and storage, high camera pixel count and probably some of the best designs on the market. But the question is— do you really need a Flagship for a smartphone or you can actually be without it? Here are some of the indicators that show you don’t really need a flagship smartphone.

You don’t store your multimedia on your phone.
Flagships are spacious enough to load movies, shoot HD videos, and enough room to install install so many apps. Well, if your not an “app-aholic” or multimedia junkie, you can still be safe with just a mid ranger. Today some mid range devices come with a decent 8 or 16 GB of space. That’s  just enough memory space to install your favorite apps.

You specifically want the “phone” part of the smartphone.
For some one who just needs calling and sending messages, you can go ahead, with a lot of comfort and skip the Flagship buzz. Actually just a feature phone is good enough for you. Other wise you can just get a cheaper mid-range phone since it delivers on that case as good as a flagship does, just more cheaply.

You don’t have LTE supported in your area.
Devices in the Flagship category pack high speed connectivity hardware, that is 4G LTE. These blistering speeds may not be available in your area due to poor coverage. This renders the extra money spent on the flagship wasted since you derive no benefit from the full capacity of the phone. A mid-range device is your best buy since most of them offer the most widely available 3G, which is pretty fast too. Mid rangers these days also come with LTE.  It’s better to get information from your carrier about the network coverage before you spend your hard earned money though.

You are not much mobile phone gamer.
Flagships come packed with top of the shelf chip sets. Most people buy these phones since they run seamlessly with most tasks presented to them, for example 1080p games such as Asphalt 8. But if you don’t play games on your smartphone, or perhaps you play simpler games like Solitaire, Talking Tom, or Candy Crush, a mid-range device good for you since it can run these with ease.

You need a smaller phone.
Screen size has increased over the past few years. Now 5 inch screens are the new normal screen sizes. But that might just be bigger than what you require. Most flagships have between 5 and 6 inches of real estate.  If you need a smaller phone, then the mid-range section offers lots of options.

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Viber introduces “Secret Messages”

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 20:18

Viber the ‘seemingly forgotten’ Messaging platform has introduced a new feature called Secret Messages.

The new feature allows you to set a self-destruct timer for your messages.

It works pretty simple – you take a photo and if you think it shouldn’t stay forever, you tap on the clock and decide how many seconds should the picture be alive.

It sounds a lot like Snapchat – once the other person sees the picture, it’s gone forever. There’s no backsies or several previews like in Instagram Stories or Messenger’s My Day.

When you post the picture at first it’s blurry to you and the other side and when it’s opened and previewed – it’s gone from the other’s person chat and you see just a trace of the image. Viber says it “lets you decide what should and shouldn’t be a permanent part of your conversation history”.

Another feature that Viber got is Instant video messages – just tap and hold the instant video icon to capture the moment with 30-second videos and when you release the button, the video is on its way.

The update is already available on Google Play and App Store.

Source: Viber

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Uber introduces Upfront pricing and authorization holds on your trips

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 19:36

Away from the woes Uber is facing worldwide, that has not deterred them from introducing better ways for riders to enjoy their services. Uber Uganda has announced that they’re rolling out upfront fares in Kampala.

In an official statement that was shared on the Uber Website, riders can no the exact price for your trip hence enabling you plan your trip.

With upfront fares, all you have to do is enter your pickup and drop-off locations, and this new feature will show you the price for that trip. Upfront fares are calculated using the expected time and distance of the trip, traffic conditions, as well as the availability of driver-partners. This way, you can always decide what works for you and your budget.
Simply set your pickup and drop-off locations, and view the guaranteed fare displayed in the app. Once you successfully complete a ride, you will then receive a receipt reflecting your upfront fare. If you have multiple stops or have to change your destination mid-trip, don’t worry! Fares will simply fall back to the original time and distance rates.

With the launch of upfront pricing, you will see some changes. Similar to how hotels charge their guests, Uber now authorizes your non-cash payment method for every trip requested, to the amount of the Upfront Fare. At the start of a trip, Uber may place a temporary authorization hold for the upfront fare of the trip on your payment method. This will show up as a “pending” charge on your account.

When the trip completes, this hold is converted to a charge for the final trip fare. If the trip has been cancelled or the total fare is different than the upfront price, the original authorization hold should disappear from your account, but depending on your bank policy this might take up to a few days.

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Microsoft partners with GrowAfrica to empower East African emerging entrepreneurs

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 14:50

Microsoft together with GrowthAfrica have launched #Insiders4Good East African Fellowship a programme aimed supporting emerging entrepreneurs turn their ideas into prospective businesses and amazing innovations.

This initiative is a new partnership between Microsoft and GrowthAfrica, designed to empower East African entrepreneurs with mentorship and technology, and amplify their voice through the Windows Insider Program, a global community of millions of Windows users using tech to make a lasting impact upon the world.

The #Insiders4Good East Africa Fellowship will be awarded to 25 entrepreneurs from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda who have innovative social business ideas with the potential to improve their communities, the East African region, and the world.

#Insiders4Good Fellows will receive a suite of Microsoft hardware and software, plus six months of tailored technical and strategic mentorship from local and international leaders.

“Thousands in East Africa are creating extraordinary solutions that change the way communities and businesses solve problems and improve people’s lives,” said Microsoft Director of Software Engineering Bambo Sofola.

“Innovation is in the DNA of all Windows Insiders. We see East Africa as a key region where exciting new ideas are growing.  We’ve been impressed and heartened by the progress made already by the first 25 #Insiders4Good Fellows in Nigeria, and we’re thrilled to expand the #Insiders4Good Fellowship into East Africa.

East Africa is well known as a hotbed of innovation. We look forward to deepening our relationships with these exceptional entrepreneurs across East Africa and to supporting their goals with this Fellowship.”

Patricia Jumi, Managing Director and Co-Founder of GrowthAfrica, noted that access to technology and a community of likeminded individuals have been key success factors for many of the start-ups supported by GrowthAfrica’s acceleration programme.
“Bolstered by technological resources, expert advice, and out-of-the-box thinking, I’m excited to see East African entrepreneurs continue to create solutions that can provide benefits globally, as well as locally,” Jumi said.

According to Sofola, “the #Insiders4Good Fellowship aims to recognize visionary entrepreneurs, enable them with technology and expert support, and unlock opportunities for them through the global network of Windows Insiders, the world’s largest community of people using technology to solve problems.  The Fellowship aims to accelerate their journeys toward achieving their goals.

The deadline to apply for the #Insiders4Good Fellowship is March 31, 2017, 23:59 p.m. East Africa Time. However, applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of the deadline. Applicants can visit for full information and the application form.

Source: Tech City.

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Here is the $5.4m EC145 Helicopter that the Speaker of Parliament wants

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 13:23

The Speaker of the 10th Parliament Hon Rebecca Kadaga recently tabled a request to the parliament seeking for about 19.5Billionshs to acquire an helicopter to ease movement around the country. As usual, the country was in much awe for such an ‘outrageous’ request from the speaker.

Well we are not about to add onto the banter that has already been spilled about the entire saga but we shall have a keen eye at the EC145 Airbus she seeking to have procured for her and her deputy Hon Jacob Oulanya at a whooping $5.4million (19.5Billion UGX).

The helicopter in question that is reportedly meant to ease the speaker’s travels across the country is a top of the class chopper that’s in the medium-sized, twin-engine helicopter category, incorporating Airbus Helicopters’ advanced cockpit design, avionics and a sophisticated electrical system.

According to the Airbus website, the chopper is a member of the proven EC145/BK117 family, which today has logged more than 4.3 million flight hours with its fleet of around 1,250 aircraft worldwide.

The EC145 is equipped with two Turbomeca Arriel 1E2 engines that deliver outstanding performance and vital power reserves – even in one-engine-inoperative (OEI) scenarios.

Its reliability is further enhanced by a completely separate fuel system, a tandem hydraulic system, a dual electrical system and redundant lubrication for the main transmission. It is certified for single pilot VFR (visual flight rules) day and night operation.

The humble question to the Speaker of Parliament, isn’t this state of the art Helicopter too much too ask off tax payers money?

Image Credit: Airbus Helicopters

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Smile Telecom trolls selves in ‘new advert’ and they nailed it!

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 12:11

Smile Telecom could be setting the new pace and trend in advertising their 4G Internet. Breaking the normal, Smile in their video clip they shared on Facebook seek to differ from other telecommunications with a touch of humor and pomp.

Smile Telecoms creatively crafted out small video clip picked off Dictator Adolf Hitler’s movie changed it to seem as the re-edition of the greatest dictator speaking about their unlimited internet. There are few trolls about Smile Telecom comparing other networks but on closer observation, the video clip is a heap of praises on Smile’s 4G internet connection plus their VoLTE calls.

The new advert seems one that many telecoms have not tried out but anything is to go by, this advert could earn some amazing mileage.

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Google Translate now allows you translate your Whatsapp messages without a hustle

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 19:51

Google has rolled out an update on the Google Translate app that now let’s you translate anything in any app on your Android phone.

In the lattest Google Translate update, modifications on chating have been eased owing to the fact that many people frequently connects with people from other countries for work or studies or anything else.

Because of language barrier while chatting, you you’d have to open the Google Translate app every time to enjoy its functionality however with the new update, that has been made less of a burden now.

With the Android 6.0 Google introduced a standout feature the “In-App-Translation” which lets you translate any text in any app or website with just a simple tap.

Until today, the feature was only limited to devices running Android 6.0 and higher but the good news is that with this new update, Google is bringing it to any Android device running 4.2 and higher, and that should include majority of the active Android smartphones.

To use this feature, you just have to select and copy the text you want to translate and a translation-floating-button will pop up right there in the app you’re using (be it WhatsApp or Opera) and then just convert it to the language of your preference.

This tap-to-translate feature works with 103 languages (including most of the Indian languages like Punjabi, Marathi, Bengali etc).

What’s more? Google Translate’s “Word-Lens” feature which lets you translate text from images, now supports traditional and simplified Chinese translations to and from English.

Way to Go Google!

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Facebook is reportedly building a TV streaming App

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 13:02

When a friend once told me that Facebook literally wants to do everything, i made sense out of that really fast owing to the fact that the giant social networking site is coming with as many things as possible.

Reports indicate that the social network has been rolling out new video and products and according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, Facebook is going all-in on TV and developing its own app for streaming TV boxes.

With Apple Tv, Google Chromecast and many more making a killing from TV Streaming ventures, Facebook is also seeking penetrate on these possibilities.Although the report is short on specifics for the new app, the Street Journal notes that it would prioritize video content rather than simply act as a big-screen portal into your news feed.

Facebook is also reportedly in talks with media companies to license a variety of long-form, TV-style content ranging from scripted shows to sports and entertainment. Naturally, the app would be a platform to distribute this new content alongside TV-style advertisements that can fetch a higher asking price than display ads on the news feed.

It’s currently unclear how user generated video will factor into the TV platform, but according to the Journal’s sources, a Facebook TV app has been in development in some form or another for years. The latest incarnation got a boost when Facebook execs renewed their video efforts in 2016 and while there’s no word yet on which streaming boxes Facebook will be coming to, the Apple TV was named as the obvious starting point.

Source: Engadget

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Uganda Telecom assures customers that they will still receive/ make calls to Airtel

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 15:45

Uganda Telecom Ltd board chairperson, Stephen Kaboyo, has responded to Airtel Uganda directive to disconnect calls from UTL, saying customers will continue receiving and making calls to any network operator in the country.

“Uganda Telecom would like to assure its customers that every effort is being made to ensure no interruption in connectivity between Uganda Telecom and Airtel,” Kaboyo said.

“Customers can continue making and receiving calls from their Uganda Telecom lines to any network operator in the Country. Uganda Telecom remains committed to meeting its service obligations to its customers and business partners,” he added.

Airtel Uganda recently warned that effective February 3, Airtel customers will not be able to make or receive calls from UTL due to wrangles emanating from breach of inter-connection agreements between the two telecommunication companies.

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Chap Chap Review! Making your payments smooth while you earn

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 14:19

Paying bills has not been any easier with payment apps because of number of reasons however there are few still springing and as the module is, online payments need patience to capture attention.

Chap Chap, the new payment app that allows you to Pay bills, top-up airtime, data and even shop online seeks to differ from the many similar apps. Chap Chap( To give you a quick feel of handling your payments) is currently available only on Android with a planned build for iOS coming soon.

Nowadays carrying cash around town is a risky game. Perhaps it’s time to swap the system again; this time with something you’ve always been carrying around: your Smartphone.

Chap Chap comes in the mix with a convenient way to make your payments and other transactions possible with a less hustle. Put an end to going to stores at strange times, transact from the comfort of your couch ( or bed). What really makes it a gem is that you save and earn instant cash backs as you transact, which can be used even to purchase more (halle-freaking-lujah).
How Chap Chap Works

Setting up Chap Chap is straightforward; Download the 13Mb app from the Google Play store or Apple Store and then launch the app. You’ll need to sign up with the necessary details such as an email address, your name and a password.  Sign up as a customer or an agent. The app design is very intuitive, built with a focus on great user experience.

Once you’re signed up, you’ll need to buy stock. This is by choosing the buy stock option on the app main menu. Buying stock converts mobile money (app currently supports MTN Mobile Money and Airtel Money) into chap chap stock.

It’s this stock that you use during transactions while of course getting instant cash backs from it. To buy stock, you need to have money on your MTN or Airtel Money number. Then in the app, click buy stock, select a respective  payment option (either mtn or airtel money), choose an option from the available packages and the confirm your transaction from your MTN or Airtel Money number. Thankfully, you can redeem your stock at anytime.

You can get even more cash bonuses when you recommend friends to join and sign up for Chap Chap. Provide them with your referral code as they sign up. They will earn cash backs like you do. However you’ll also get cash bonuses when they transact from the app, without in any way diminishing their own cash backs.(Cool? Nah, super cool).

Chap Chap is cross network. It may currently support only MTN and Airtel mobile money but once that is converted to chap chap stock, it can be used to top up airtime, buy data across all other networks. There is an option to review a list of your past transaction for you to keep trace of your expenditure. Chap chap strives to achieve “king of mobile payments” status but still lacks on the amount of services you can spend on. Wish stores and super markets start accepting chap chap payments, that would definitely make it the ultimate “King”.

The Twist 

Chap Chap may not be the most compatible or innovative mobile payment app, but it’s raising the competition with the available methods in terms of security and convenience.

Security is paramount and personal information is encrypted and confidential. It will still be sometime until a complete opinion can be made of the service, but its design and initial functionality position it nicely within the mobile payments arena.

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6 tips on how to keep your smartphone with longer battery life

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 16:57

Smartphones get their names from the diverse range of capabilities and multi-functionality running on the mobile OS (read: platforms) that are packed at the heart of these pocket-sized computers that can fulfill almost every whim.

The OS that these smart blocks of glass and metal (plastic, mention all material) pack (such as google’s android, Nokia’s Symbian, Apple’s iOS e.t.c) enable functions such as playing games, snapping pictures, listening to music, accessing the Internet, streaming videos and lots more. These all put a lot of stress on the batteries that fuel their operation making it necessary to juice up daily or after two days if you are to keep your handset powered up.

Manufacturers are still having trouble developing batteries that are small enough to fit in the smartphones and strong enough to keep you off the charger for a long time. Until that time arrives, we can simply resort to conserved and effective battery usage.

Dim the screen.

A smartphone requires you to light up the screen each time you are to use it. The display consumes a lot of power. Reducing the brightness reduces the rate at which the battery is drained, keeping you going that extra hour till your next charge. Also shorten the screen timeout.

Charge the battery the right way.

Batteries have a lifespan (just like humans). Wrong charging (like poor feeding for humans) degrades their capacity to hold power. Leaving the phone plugged into the charger for long hours after its full degrades the lithium battery if done over and over again. (this is worse if your charger isn’t smart enough to cut off power once the battery hits 100%)


Keep your phone cool.

Okay don’t put your phone in the fridge! Just keep it cool. Avoid leaving it in direct sunlight or in hot places (like leaving it in a car packed in the sun). Your lithium battery is good enough in cooler environment. Hot environments degrade the battery no matter whether the phone is being used or not.

Switch off Bluetooth, WiFi, Data Connection, GPS when not needed.

Your smartphone constantly seeking for a connection drains the battery faster. Putting Bluetooth or WiFi on when they are not available makes the phone search over and over again to gain connection. It’s therefore sensible to turn these features off when you don’t need them.

Don’t vibrate.

Vibration are good to notify you of calls and notification when your phone is in silent (say meetings) or in a noisy place where you can barely hear your ringtone (say club or concert). If you are not in any of those places, and you are  particular about having your battery taking you on longer, disable vibration and just use a ringtone or notification tone. Vibration shakes the entire weight of the phone as compared to the tiny vibrations of the speaker a ringtone makes.

Stop unwanted notifications.

Newer versions of android OS allow users to stop notification for apps they don’t need. This is good news since notifications are a power-sucker and you only want to receive for the most relevant apps such as messages or Whatsapp.

You can also close the apps you no longer need to prevent them running in the background and use up battery, switch off your phone or put it in airplane mode. And please, don’t use up all your battery playing candy crash or temple run.

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Bharti Airtel refutes Africa exit rumors

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 16:25

After a recent gossip spread of their slated exit, Airtel Africa has come out to refute the allegations that they’ll be leaving anytime soon.

The company maintains it is committed to competing in various markets in Africa through further investments to ensure consistent delivery of quality and value for money services to customers.

Airtel Africa revenues for the quarter accelerated by 6.0 per cent Year on Year, the highest over the last 9 quarters.

Responding to the recent human resource changes that may have fueled the exit speculations, Managing Director and CEO of Airtel Africa Raghunath Mandava says the steps taken have been geared towards readying the company to grow efficiently and sustainably.

“The company remains committed to competing in various markets and providing more choice to customers through further investments to ensure consistent delivery of quality and value for money services to our customers. We are also accelerating our investments in new data networks and to modernize our existing networks. We are committed to launch 4G in multiple countries.”

Airtel Africa’s recent 3rd quarter results accelerated by 6.0 per cent Y-o-Y, the highest over the last 9 quarters, with

Mandava adds that talks about mergers and acquisitions are the norm in multinationals, “and they affect all global organizations in equal measures as and when they happen.”

In a statement, Airtel Africa said it is open for opportunities to acquire or merge in companies that are operating in a fragmented market structure with too many players in a small market.

“Last year, Airtel and Orange reached a mutually beneficial agreement on the assets in Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso. Similarly, Airtel also acquired assets in Uganda, Congo Brazzaville and Kenya in recent times. The agreements brought together the strengths of Airtel, Warid and Essar. This has offered benefits to customers in the form of a superior and wider network, affordable voice/data services and better customer care.”

Data consumption and revenues grew by 91 per cent and 24 per cent Y-o-Y respectively with EBITDA margin expansion of 4.5 per cent Y-o-Y.


This is a Press Release from Bharti Airtel.

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EXCLUSIVE: Airtel Uganda to terminate calls from/to Uganda Telecom

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 09:18

In a bid to continue resisting the woes they are facing, Uganda Telecom seems to be falling more hot soup each day that goes by.

The latest indicates that Airtel customers will no longer make calls or receive calls from Uganda Telecom customers.

The announcement that was made today comes in after the agreement that binds the two parties was terminated.

In a communication that was published by Airtel Uganda in a local daily newspaper, the Bharti owned company Airtel Uganda has terminated interconnection agreement and interconnection services between the two parties.

The announcement by Airtel Uganda that appeared in a local daily newspaper

It’s not clear why the two parties have parted ways this bitterly but effective Feb 3rd, Airtel-UTL calls and vice versa will be no more.
This is a developing story… .

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Meet the only Ugandan who’s verified on Instagram

Sun, 01/29/2017 - 21:40

Social Media verification (getting the Blue Badge) is something that has spread like a wildfire and has had many conversations springing up here and there.

However, Instagram a fast growing platform for sharing photos and short videos has over been on a rapid growth here in Uganda but users have since failed to attain the verification badge easily as yet.

Uganda’s lone BET Award winning singer Edrisa Musuza alias Eddy Kenzo is still having the shine and stride as Uganda’s only verified Instagram.

Singer Eddy Kenzo was verified last year after having a very successful career both at home and internationally.

When a background check was made on Uganda’s social media ‘Bigwigs’ and influential Ugandans, no one had a verified Instagram account unlike Eddy Kenzo. To the dismay of many, even the President of Uganda wasn’t verified on Instagram.

“What is more embarrassing is that not even the President of  the Republic of Uganda HE Kaguta Museveni has been verified on Instagram making his media team look nothing but a bunch of unserious fellows.” a local self-proclaimed Social Media expert ranted

Brands that include Telecom companies, media publications, celebrities, socialites, companies have since not gotten the blue badge on Instagram making their platforms only significant because of their outstanding following!

Eddy Kenzo who rose to fast fame because of his ‘Sitya Loss’ single that saw him become Uganda’s most sought after musician was verified last year late December and remains among Uganda’s most influential social media personality because of his huge following.

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Airtel to reportedly exit Uganda and 13 other African countries

Sat, 01/28/2017 - 14:27

Bharti Airtel has announced that it will be exiting 14 African countries within a year; Guru8 has learnt.

According to Mobility Arena a Nigerian Website, Airtel is reportedly faced with poor performance across those markets. Two years ago, when Airtel began talks to sell off its operations in Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Brazzaville and Sierra Leone to Orange, the company had stated that it wouldn’t be exiting Africa.

The affected countries where Airtel is reportedly set to exit include; Chad, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

However when Guru8 contacted the Airtel Uganda PRO Faith, she refuted the reports.

“That is false!”, she affirmed!

Struggling Home And Abroad

Apparently, Airtel’s foray into Africa hasn’t paid off so well. Back then, the sale of those operations was done to reduce the company’s debt portfolio. It seems clear that things haven’t worked much any better for them in other African markets since then.

In Airtel’s home country, India, Reliance Jio is giving them a big run for their money and messing things up for everyone.

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EABS introduces ‘pure’ Unlimited Internet For Homes

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 12:21

For a while now the ISPs (Internet Service Providers) that have promised to deliver unlimited internet to Ugandans have somewhat betrayed our trust in them by constantly capping the FUP (Fair Usage Policy) and consequently scraping off the unlimited internet bundles. Vodafone and Smile Telecom have been at the forefront of hurting customers in the past times this way.  

East Africa Broadband Services (EABS) is however promising Ugandans to deliver internet to both your offices and homes that is ‘purely unlimited’ and doesn’t have FUP capping issues. In their new offer that was launched on Monday, EABS is offering users the ability to transfer the capacity of unlimited internet you do not use at night while at office to your home and you will be able to enjoy the high speed connectivity for your live feeds in your house.

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If you are using EABS internet at office, it shall be also connected to your home to help you access part of the internet package. Internet access and usage in Uganda has been growing exponentially. In the last decade, the Commission has licensed several major operators including EABS, who provide Internet among other services.

EABS CEO Mr. Peter Mardadi said Ugandans should prepare for the most reliable and affordable internet in their lifetime. “The capacity tends to be redundant after the offices have closed and therefore we shall be able to send it to their homes for the families to enjoy,” he added.

EABS has done this successfully in Rwanda and seeks to penetrate the Ugandan market that has greatly expanded with skyrocketing internet usage.

However we can’t fully say we shall be the happiest as there are still a number of challenges as far as access, cost, and usage of Internet are concerned. Whether the unlimited internet comes at a pocket friendly cost or not, that something we can’t tell.

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Uganda Police wants shs7Billion to procure a tracking app

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 22:23

Ugandan Police Force is seeking for shs7Bn from the government to procure a special mobile phone app to help the police track down motorists who commit traffic offences and default on paying fines in the bank under the express penalty scheme.  

According to the New Vision, Police is seeking for sh7bn in the financial year 2017/2018 to enable them procure a special app that will help them curb motorists who default on their payments.

Rogers Muhirwa the Undersecretary Police Force, accompanied by the Police public relations officer Andrew Felix Kaweesi, told the parliamentary committee that the automated phone app will automatically issue the receipts, preventing the traffic officers from cancelling the receipts.

According to Muhirwa, procuring this app will also double the revenue collected to sh12bn annually from sh3bn annually. Mr Muhirwa further explained that the Express Penalty System App will be put to execution along with Uganda Revenue Authority in order receive all data relating to a particular vehicle.

Police is now using a special mobile phone app to track down motorists who commit traffic offenses and default on paying fines in the bank under the express penalty scheme.

According to Muhirwa, the traffic police officer has to key in the registration number of any vehicle and that officer will receive details about the car from the Uganda Revenue Authority. The app can also track driving permits and be used to issue an express penalty ticket to the driver.Muhirwa told the MPs the app is still a pilot project in Kampala Metropolitan Area but it will be introduced countrywide if the funds are available.

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