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Ugandan start-up Matibabu to showcase at biggest tech expo in the World

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 13:06

If anything is to go by, 2017 is a year that will mark the opening of good prospects for Ugandan start-ups and more in tech. The latest is a fine exposure for Matibabu a start-up done in Uganda by young brilliant Ugandans that is slated to feature at one of the biggest trade show in the United States of America.

According to ThinkIt Limited’s Moris Atwiine; Matibabu is a non-invasive diagnostic kit used to detect Malaria qualified as the final participant in TechCrunch‘s Hardware Battlefield 2017. Their participation in the battlefield gives the team a chance to showcase at the consumer electronics show(CES). CES is an annual trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association, held January at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

The event typically hosts presentations of new products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry. The team being represented by Brian Gitta and Josiah Kavuma will have a chance to showcase all their hard work onstage in front of the expert panel of judges today 1:00AM-Friday.

The brain team behind Matibabu

This year, those experts include Noramay Cadena, co-founder and managing director, MakeInLA; Jeff Clavier, managing partner, SoftTech VC; Helen Greiner, founder and CTO, CyPhy Works; Brian Krzanich, CEO, Intel; Jen McCabe, director, Foxconn; Greg Revelle, CMO, Best Buy and many more.

Good Luck to the boys in Las Vegas, Go Make Uganda Proud!

Source: enStartup

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Open Signal names Africell the fastest network in Uganda for the second time

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 16:09

Open Signal has published its latest research into the performance of the East Africa’s big telecom networks again, with Africell leading the Uganda segment. Africell has been declared the number one telecom in Uganda two years in a row when it comes to mobile data speeds. Africell has been declared the best over mobile network in the country.

“Africell come off as Uganda’s best mobile network of 2016. Both on 3G and 4G, Africell impressed at all tests than any other network. Africell was the fastest network with excellent average and peak scores in data speed tests” read part of the released results by Open Signal. Open Signal- is a top app that continually runs tests to measure the real world experience users receive.

The research focused on two key metrics: download speed and web browsing performance. Uganda’s fastest 3G and 4G network Africell Uganda performed better than other networks in 3G scoring 5.9 Mbps.

Overall, Africell came out on top when it comes to both web browsing speed and download speed, with an average page load speed of five seconds, a 98% successful loading rate, 15Mbit/s average download speed and 92% speeds over 4Mbit/s.

Africell also came off with a high performance of HSPA 3G network and the internet tests clocked average Africell 3G speeds at 5.9 Mbps and the closest rival MTN Uganda followed closely at 5.2 Mbps.

The final metric that was tracked was network latency, which measures the reaction of a network. A lower latency connection means data makes the round trip between a smartphone and the network much more quickly, enabling more responsive internet browsing and producing less lag time in communications apps. Africell won the 4G latency award with an average response time of 237 milliseconds. 

Note: This is a Press Release from Africell Uganda

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WhatsApp may soon let users revoke, recall or edit messages

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 16:34

Giant messaging platform WhatsApp looks like it is set to let users revoke or edit messages that they have already sent. WhatsApp since late last year according to Express is rumored to be adding the ability to edit and revoke messages and has already been sent as part of a feature that is currently

The feature that is only available in WhatsApp Beta is ready for iOS only users and it can be accessed to the early release WhatsApp beta software.

Reports from users with access to the beta software indicate that the feature is disabled by default with users having to enable it through the WhatsApp settings menu men. Once enabled, a user can press and hold on a sent message within the Apple iOS version of WhatsApp, and they will then see two new options in the small menu that pops up – edit and revoke.

As is relatively self-explanatory, the edit option will let a user change the content of the message, while the revoke feature lets a user recall the message from the recipient’s phone, effectively deleting the message. There is a slight catch though, a user can only revoke the message if the recipient hasn’t read the message.

Those with access to the early beta release say the feature is disabled by default, meaning users have to know of its existence, and seek it out within the settings menu to enable it.

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Samsung bounces back after the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 demise

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 14:36

After their demise of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung went back to the drawing board in a bid to overcome the horror of a smartphone that had turned ugly.  Samsung announced on Monday a batch of cheaper, water-resistant smartphones that marks the company’s first product unveiling since the disaster that befell them.

Samsung will launch three new versions of its Galaxy A smartphone, the low cost alternative to the flagship Galaxy S line. As of now, the devices are set to launch in Russia and expand to other markets thereafter.

The Galaxy A3, A5, and A7 — differentiated by screen size — the devices are water and dust resistant for the first time. The phones will also include a new 16-megapixel camera, including a “selfie mode” that lets you tap anywhere to take a photo.

The A3 features a 4.7-inch display, while the A5 clocks in at 5.2 inches, and the A7 is 5.7 inches.

The A series resembles Samsung’s high-end Galaxy S line and features a fingerprint sensor, metal frame and a 3D glass backing (available in black, gold, blue and pink). However, the inside of the phones pack less processing power than Galaxy S phones and and max out at just 32GB of internal storage, without an external SD card.

Pricing has not yet been announced, but the Galaxy A series devices — which debuted in 2014 — typically start at under $400 for the smaller-sized models. Samsung’s Galaxy S line starts at $800.

The update to the line comes as the company looks to move past the Note 7 recall that cost the company billions of dollars last year. Samsung has reportedly finished its investigation into what caused some devices to catch fire, but it hasn’t publicly revealed the findings.

It’s next big smartphone launch isn’t expected until February, but the company will show off some of its new technology at CES 2017 on Wednesday.

Source: CNN

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Outbox partners with UNFPA to promote innovators in the sexual repoductive space

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 12:50

Outbox, a technology innovation hub in Uganda and UNFPA launched the Up Accelerate initiative on 10th November 2016.
Up Accelerate is a one year program seeks to support young entrepreneurs (18 – 30 years) addressing challenges in sexual reproductive health with seed funding of up-to $10,000 per team, 4 months of business and technical training, mentorship and access to networks. You can submit your solution at http://upaccelerate.co.ug


The first call for proposals opened on 10th November 2016 and is closing on 22nd December 2016 at midnight. It is focused on supporting innovators that seeking solutions on:

  • Improving access to essential medicines and health supplies in maternal health
  • How open data can be used to improve health care planning, monitoring and delivery
  • The goal is to provide you with a platform that enables you realise and scale your innovation.

Some tips on a successful submission include;

Make sure you follow the guidelines for submission on the UpAccelerate website. Addition of extra documentation on your project such as a business Modal Canvas will guarantee more chances of qualification.

Make sure you take your time to check for minor errors so as to improve the quality if your application.


We hope you hand in your submission at http://upaccelerate.co.ug before midnight tonight.

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Uganda Breweries partners with Uber to curb drunk driving throughout the festive season

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 17:13

Uganda Breweries under the “Red Card Campaign” has today announced a partnership with Uber where their consumers will receive free Uber rides to encourage zero tolerance to drink driving. The Red Card campaign is an initiative of Uganda Breweries that seeks to sensitize consumers about the dangers of irresponsible consumption of alcohol on the individuals themselves and the diverse consequences to their communities.

In Uganda, it is estimated that about 5% of all road accidents are due to drunk driving. That number more than doubles during the festive season.

Speaking at the launch of the event, Uganda Breweries Corporate Relations Manager, David Onyango says statistics have shown that drunk driving accidents peak during the festive season and other holidays. “We recognize that the danger to our consumers during the festive season more than doubles.

Our Responsible Drinking Campaign is therefore geared towards ensuring the safety of everyone; the consumers who drink our brands, road users they might encounter, and the broader society they interact with.”

Whereas we continuously encourage our consumers to practice responsible drinking throughout the year, we have rolled out this initiative as a way to discourage any driving for people who have been drinking especially during this season. “The heightened activity during the festive season alone has been known to cause many accidents, so this is our way of curbing any more accidents that may be related to drunk driving” he said.


“We shall have our people on the ground in bars and other entertainment venues. The rides will be available through interactive engagements with our teams to consumers who wish to enjoy a night out without having to drive home.”

For existing Uber users, UBL activation teams will carry out activations in select bars in and around Kampala sensitizing consumers on responsible drinking. During the activations, consumers will be engaged and stand a chance to win free rides. These activations will run from January to June 2017.

Speaking on behalf of Uber, Aaron Tindiseega, Operations Manager Uber Uganda said that the Uber model is one of the most foolproof ways of monitoring behavior of drivers because it is a mechanic that is controlled purely by the users. This coupled with their screening process means that the Uber drivers are some of the most reliable in the world.

“Our strict policies mean that you can be sure that with our drivers, you will reach home safely. Our drivers are vetted and continuously assessed to ensure that they are always in control both mentally and physically. Our rating system calls upon consumers to be vigilant and to give feedback that allows us to continue to monitor our drivers. Like Uganda Breweries Limited, we have a zero tolerance to drunk driving and we continue to engage with our drivers to ensure total compliance with our guidelines”, said

Note: This is a Press Release from Uganda Breweries

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Facebook adds group video chat to Messenger

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 20:48

Facebook today announced a new addition onto its Messenger app making it capable of performing group video calls. Only six participants can see one another, but as many as 50 people can still add voice to the chat and interact with emojis and GIFs.

Facebook says the update is rolling out today globally for both iOS and Android. While video chatting, the company stresses that Messenger’s other functions remain intact. So you can still send texts, stickers, and other animations while video and audio are transmitting. There is also one notable iOS-only feature: live masks.

Similar to Snapchat filters that animate a visual overlay over your face in real time, Facebook’s live masks will go one step further and augment the live video chat with whatever goofy animation you’d like to place on the screen. The company says the feature should be arriving on Android soon.

The addition of video chat follows an April update that first added group calling to Messenger. Prior to that add-on, Facebook’s app was only capable of making one-on-one audio calls.

Source: The Verge

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Infinix Note 3 Review: The battery power horse

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 18:57

Infinix Mobility officially launched a few months back with the Hot 3 and Note 3 smartphones onto the Ugandan market. The Infinix Note 3 has the best battery life of any smartphone I’ve ever used. It’s so good and so superior to the competition that this — the phablet of the Infinix family is one to reckon with and this just became my top recommendation if battery life is your most important criteria in choosing a smartphone.

I have never been as much honest on a gadget battery like the way the Infinix Note 3 4500mAh battery wooed me. It’s a fine one. A few weeks when we did the unboxing of the Infinix Note 3, little did we know what awaited us even more. But well I have beyond a battery life to be reviewed and why not ‘rip’ this baby apart and see what it has done for me in the past two weeks.

The Infinix Note 3 specs in a nutshell:

Display: 6.0 inch Full HD Screen

Battery: 4500mAh battery with aerospace cooling tech

Camera: 13MP Back camera with Dual LED flash, 5MP front camera with LED Flash

Connectivity: 3G only model

Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Processor: MT6753 Octa-core 1.3GHz

Memory: 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory Micro SD up to 128 GB

Make and Build-up of the Note 3

 

I love big phones because they serve me the best display whenever I’m using the phone. Well the Infinix Note 3 comes off with a fine 6.0inch full HD screen with curvy edges. It’s a double sim card carrier enabling you to ball on two networks and also comes with a memory card slot too. The battery is inbuilt, so really i have nothing to add to it’s physical sight. The body is metallic making it a little durable but for the times it has slipped from my hands, it has had a few scratches.

The Body

 

Infinix Note 3 running on XOS Android, What’s this anyway

The Infinix Note 3 runs on its customized XOS which comes with quite a remarkable XUI as its home based theme and of course based on the based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It’s a fine one and with the Xlauncher can be your default launcher as it is really good. Furthermore the XOS comes with X apps that will definitely woo you like the XShare, XAccount, XCloud, XManager, XPower, Xtheme, and Xweather.

To make sense of this all, the Infinix Note 3 comes in a 2GB and 3GB RAM variant and this allows you enjoy a fine feel of Multi-tasking. Using a 2GB RAM, there was mild lag when i tried to multitask but i none the less had a fine feel of the ability of the phone. The phone is fast and the processing speed is good. I could swiftly switch between apps with no lag which made my experience a better one.

I really don’t know why Infinx would give me small RAM and internal space. Humble request, give me more RAM and less ROM, we shall buy our own Micro SD cards. I can proudly say this owing to the fact that they’ve made it possible for upto 128Gb Micro SD of expandable phone space. Why wouldn’t I swag.  
The Battery Life

For me this is the best gift Infinix gave us along with the Note 3 Phablet. The battery life of the infinix Note 3 is greatly remarkable and charges up way faster. On a single charge i was well able to run for a whopping three days without charging. The monster 4500mAh battery helps me go about my work, multitask and still enables me use my phone without a worry. This is a tick for the fellas at Infinix.

 

Life Through the lenses of Infinx Note 3..

I love photos, I love to try out as many new things with a fine camera and yes i did try out many things and surely this can’t say i’m a fully happy soul after using the Infinix Note 3 cameras

Coming off with a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP for the selfie camera, I can’t say both made me happy after a few shots i tried out with the Note 3. For the rare camera, the pictures didn’t really make it feel like i was using a 13mp camera but then again i really didn’t like what i saw. I was disappointed.

Random shots using the Rear Infinix Camera

Talking Selfie-wise, the 5MP camera surprisingly gives a clearer shot and has impressed most of the times I’ve used it during the snapchat moments and other random selfie moments. “I love it’s selfie camera”, a user confessed sometime back

Fingerprint Scanner

 

It’s fast and swift i must say. Have you tried it, i literally want to shove it in everyone’s face for whoever asks for my phone to either take a selfie or make a call. I emphasize the feel of using a fingerprint scanner to open the phone.

The Infinx Note 3 Fingerprint Scanner

The security detail gives you up to five fingerprints and yes, it also scans the prints on your toes so why not. The slim feature at the back is fast and an instant swipe opens the phone. Aside from the scanner being able to keep your phone secure, it can also be used to approve purchases from Google Play Store.

GOOD STUFF

Amazing battery life
Nice display
Fast everyday performance

Fingerprint Scanner

BAD STUFF
Weak camera
Design can feel unwieldy
Good luck with software updates

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Introducing Snapchat Groups, get snappy with up to 16 friends

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 18:37

SnapChat has today announced a Christmas gift to its users and always strives to get better together. The yellow app has today announced Groups, a new way to communicate with up to 16 friends on Snapchat.

Even though Snapchat has quickly become a huge communication platform, there are still basic features it lacks, like group messaging which has been answered in it’s new update and addition.

How Snapchat Groups Work

Groups can be created while sending a Snap, or when you’re making a new Chat. When your friends are present in a Group Chat, their names show at the bottom of the Chat. Simply tap their name to start a 1:1 Chat, and then easily return to the Group in one swipe! We call this Quick Chat, and it’s the fastest way to keep the conversation going with one friend without spamming the entire Group.

Groups are also joined by two new tools: scissors and paintbrush. The former will let you turn Snaps into stickers from the preview screen. While the paintbrush will apparently turns Snaps into “artistic masterpieces.” Whatever that means.

It’ll let you start group chats with up to 16 of your Snapchat friends. And, as you’d expect, the conversations will disappear after 24 hour. Recipients will also only be able to view Snaps sent to the group once.

Snap says you’ll be able to create group chats either when sending a new Snap or starting a new chat. You can also tap onto your friends’ names at the bottom of the screen to hop into one-on-one chats.

Snapchat Users can create a group while initiating a snap or when starting a new chat. You can also start one-to-one chats, called “Quick Chats,” from within a group by tapping the person’s name, and you can subsequently switch between the two conversations.

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East Africa’s Largest Solar Plant in Soroti Starts Operations

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 14:37

Honorable D’Ujanga Simon, Minister of State for Energy, together with representatives of Access Power, EREN RE and donors celebrated today the inauguration of the solar power plant in Soroti. Made up of 32,680 photovoltaic panels, the new 10 megawatt facility is the country’s first grid-connected solar plant and will generate clean, low-carbon, sustainable electricity to 40,000 homes, schools and businesses in the area.

The project was developed under the Global Energy Transfer Feed in Tariff (“GET FiT”), a dedicated support scheme for renewable energy projects managed by Germany’s KfW Development Bank in partnership with Uganda’s Electricity Regulatory Agency (ERA) and funded by the governments of Norway, Germany, the United Kingdom and the European Union. The GET FiT programme helps renewable energy sources become more affordable and therefore more accessible in Eastern Africa.

The US$19 million Soroti Solar Plant is in part funded by the European Union – Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund through the GET FiT Solar Facility equivalent to 8.7 million euros in the form of result-based premium payments per kWh of delivered electricity. The project is financed by a mix of debt and equity with the senior debt facility being provided by FMO, the Netherlands Development Bank, and the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF)

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Uganda’s Minister of State for Energy, Ambassadors from the EU, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as key stakeholders from Access Power and EREN RE; TSK, the contractor who built the plant; FMO and Private Infrastructure Development Group company The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) as financiers, and other key officials.

Located on a 33 acre plot of land in Soroti District, the power plant has the potential to increase its net output capacity by a further 20MW of solar energy. At peak construction the plant had over 120 local workers involved, including engineers recruited and trained by Access Power and EREN RE.

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All you need to know about MTN Game+, the new unlimited games

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 16:54

MTN Uganda has today launched a new gaming platform named MTN Game+, offering great fun and excitement to customers accessible on Android and Feature phones. MTN Game+ is a result of a partnership between MTN and Huawei. Customers can access the MTN Game+ either through a portal or via a mobile app that they can download from the MTN Site.

“Mobile Content is the cornerstone of the efforts by MTN to digitize the customer’s’ lifestyle. We are delighted to launch a platform that will not only enhance the experience of our smartphone customers, but also offer the same content to customers with the entry-level phones as well,” said MTN’s Chief Marketing Officer Mapula Bodibe.

“MTN Game+ is specifically designed to offer gaming options across various categories including sports, action and strategy. It is our hope that customers will find the games exciting as we continue to enable them to do more with their mobile phones,” she explained.

She also revealed that MTN will host a gaming tournament for customers on 17th December at MTN offices on Jinja Road (former BAT).

“Next week on Saturday, we are going to host a gaming tournament, and we are looking forward to offering more excitement to our customers, with a lot of prizes to be won,” concluded.

Games on the MTN Game+ platforms are available to customers through daily, weekly or monthly subscription packages. When a customer subscribes to the service, they can download as many games as they want.

MTN does not charge customers for the data used while browsing the portal for the customer as they try to make a choice of game to download. Similarly, downloading games is free during the subscription period. This means there are no data charges for downloading games while the customer is subscribed to MTN Game+.

While games are only available to the customer while their subscription is valid,customers can alternatively opt for outright purchase of the preferred game. Currently, there are three subscription packages; the Daily at UGX 270, Weekly at UGX 1100 and Monthly at UGX 3200/=.

Payments for MTN Game+ are currently made using airtime.

Note: This is a Press Release from MTN Uganda

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Star Times unveils inbuilt ready to use LED flat-screens

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 12:57

Star Times has upped their Pay Tv business after they introduced in-built ready to use flat screens . The new slick TVs that come in 40 and 32 inch size have an inbuilt ready to use StarTimes decoder with provision for external antenna connection besides satellite wiring.

Speaking at the unveiling night yesterday at hotel Africana,  Aldrine Nsubuga, the vice President of marketing at StarTimes said; We do not want to be a company that simply enhances your viewing experience but rather take you to the whole other level, to inspire Ugandans and revolutionize the industry.

StarTimes boosts of being the current leader in the digital TV pay market with over 850,000 clients base with 64% market share makes this innovation timely with a potential market.

The announcement brings a huge leap for StarTimes into the consumer electronic market marking a positive step into ease of access to pay TV service provision, star times being the only pay TV to offer such a device to the public.


The digital TV also boosts of its lower power consumption and friendly low radio with several unique interface to maximize clients usage. According to Aldrine Nsubuga, the new product is going to transform the TV viewing experience for not just their clients but for all Ugandan there.

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Signup for WhatsApp beta testing today

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 20:30

You must be really tired of those annoying forwarded messages in all the whatsapp groups asking you to invite people to activate a feature let’s say video calling and two-factor authentication. This stuff doesn’t work like that. You personally have to head over to the Playstore or Appstore depending on whichever platform is supported by your handset, Android, Windows or iOS, whatsoever.
Signing up for Beta testing gives you a previllage of testing out features Whatsapp or any other application you sign up to test, is rolling out in the future. Case in point, personally we at Guru8 were using video calling weeks before it was made public. Pretty cool, right?
You have to be consious though, not all Betas are stable. Besides, that’s the whole point of a Beta.

Allowing a few people to test out a feature or an app before it it public helps the developers notice features or modules that are not as intuitive as they planned them out to be in the functional requirements elisted.


Professional Beta testers are actually paid to test apps and features. You can actually become one in case job hunting hasn’t been good on your side. These professionals also greatly influence the final app. Imagine having a feature in Whatsapp that was suggested by you. Pretty stud, right? That can be a way you can contribute to society.
Now that you know, go out and try out the features whatsapp is rolling out and be the updated ninja in the crew. Here is a link to join the testing program. In case you find these things are not meant for you, scroll to the bottom of the page and click ‘Leave program’ or just unsintall the Beta and download the regular one version your house maid uses.
For iOS users, if you dont have a jailbroken iPhone, you are totally out of luck. On a jailbroken iPhone, you’ll need to add this source –> cydia.angelxwind.net/ to Cydia repository. Once this is done, install ‘AppSync Unified’ from the source and reboot your iPhone. Now, after your iPhone is rebooted, open this website on Safari browser and on the link that says “Tap here to install.” It will download and install the beta version while replacing the existing App Store version.
That’s it, proceed with caution as these Betas are meant for Testers not house maids, they are normally riddled with bugs which the testers are suppoesed to iron out.
Peace

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Uber issues riding safety tips for the festive season

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 13:51

As the party season kicks off, we are faced with the perennial challenge: how are we going to get home once the celebrations are over?

Although it is much easier to be responsible, many people still drive under the influence. We have covered the basics of getting around over the festive season, so you can always make the safe choice.

Plan ahead
Think your after-work drinks may include a few more glasses than expected? Plan in advance and take an Uber to work. You can even schedule your ride in advance so you don’t have to worry about breaking the festivities until your driver comes. Or, if the party takes you by surprise, rather Uber home, leave your car at the office and pick it up over the weekend. While this may seem like extra work at first, it is a lot less costly than compromising your safety and the safety of others by drinking and driving.

Know that you’ll get a driver, even in peak times
Over festive periods, there is often a fear that there won’t be enough drivers to go around. As an ever-growing and evolving platform, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Uber runs a successful model called dynamic pricing, which allows users to get a ride when they need it most – especially during the busiest nights of year, like New Year’s Eve or after a big sporting event.

During times of peak demand, it is important that there are enough driver-partners on the platform to accommodate those looking for rides. For this reason, Uber increases fares to encourage more drivers to come onto the platform.

The dynamic pricing algorithm automatically increases prices to encourage more driver-partners to come onto the platform and cater for the demand. When demand and supply are in line, prices quickly return to normal. You will know when dynamic pricing is in place, because you will be notified from the moment you open the app, and reminded as you request your trip. Dynamic pricing ensures there are cars available whenever you open the app.

Safety features
We are committed to safety and want everyone to feel confident that Uber is a reliable choice this festive season. Our technology makes it possible to make safety improvements that were never before possible prior to Uber. When a driver-partner accepts your request, you see his or her first name, photo, and license plate number. All rides are tracked using GPS and you can share your ETA allowing loved ones to see your trip in real time (even if they don’t have the Uber app themselves).

Cash is safe
Don’t have a card? No problem! You can still ride with us and pay in cash. Simply choose the CASH option, take a ride and pay the fare directly to your driver at the end of the trip. All trips with Uber are GPS tracked and we know your location throughout every trip to ensure safety for both sides. We have also encouraged them to do regular deposits and keep as little cash on them as possible (by using their cash to pay for fuel and supplies). To date we have not seen any increase in targeted crime in any countries running a cash payment options.

Need help? We’re always here for you
We know there may be times when you need to get in contact: a purse left in a car or possibly an incorrect fare. Now, getting in touch is as simple as using our platform. We’ve created a global network of support centers to provide 24/7 support. Our simple, easy to use in-app Help function answers all your questions. Just tap “Help” and all the information you need is right there at your fingertip.

Have fun, without worrying about your ride
When it comes down to it, the festive season is all about being carefree. It’s about taking care of the little things so you can have a good time. By taking advantage of ride-sharing options at your disposal, you don’t have to worry about parking, tipping the driver (our partners  keep most of the fare), being ‘over the limit’ or how you’re going to get home. When it is this fun, easy and available, there is no reason not to make the responsible choice.   

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Apple Music hits 20 million subscribers

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 19:33

Apple Music has been picking up subscribers at a rather fast past. Eddy Cue confirmed to Billboard that the streaming service has crossed the milestone of 20 million paying subscribers.

Apple said it had 17 million subscribers three months ago, 13 million in April, and 11 million in February. However,  Spotify is still significantly ahead with over 40 million users, but let’s not forget that  Apple Music has only been available for a year and a half.

Over 50 percent of Apple Music users are outside the US, and over 60 percent of them have never bought anything on the iTunes store in 12 months or more; Apple services SVP Eddy Cue says that “the vast majority are new customers.” Apple Music saw a major revamp alongside iOS 10 this fall.

“Of course we want more and we want it to go faster — we’re hungry!” Cue adds. “We can’t forget that, as an industry, we still have very few music subscribers. There are billions of people listening to music and we haven’t even hit 100 million subscribers. There’s a lot of growth opportunity.”

We will keep you updated on the growth of the music streaming industry.

Source: The Verge

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Liquorstate wants to be your one-stop online liquor store

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 19:27

Ugandans drink too much. Uganda has more bars than churches and we are not about to dispute that since we have been ranked among the top five countries with the most drunkards. We love our beers in plenty, cold or warm, whenever and at anytime. We always find an excuse to drink and never let down any opportunity to drink pass us by. Yes we drink.

The festive season is here, the laze is high and what pretty much occupies people’s minds so stress-free programs and schedules. As we ushered ourselves into December, a group of fellas and developers wanted to turn it to a fresh DrinkCember and introduced a profound online liquor store dubbed Liquor State.  

Liquor State is an online e-commerce liquor store where a users buy all sorts of drinks and beverages from. The fellas also do deliver the stock that has been ordered off the site to your home, party or area of convenience.

Vision a happy you sitting by your laptop and browsing Liquorstate making a few orders and all your drinks are delivered right at your location, isn’t that cool? Well the fellas at Liquor State want to give you precisely that.

Turning your December into DrinkCember, the makers of Liquor State are bringing their signature Happy hour to life and you will be able to get 4 beers and sodas for the price of 3 at given date.

“Our prices are freaking cheap and anyone can afford buying off liquor state,” a team member joked.  

Off Liquor State, variety of drinks can be ordered off the site ranging from alcoholic drinks, non-alcoholic, wines and spirits and all these are at discounted prices.    

In mention of convenience, Liquor state delivers all orders in a space of 60 minutes and you should quenching that third when you order for your drink. Currently areas of coverage are over 15 location within the metropolitan Kampala.

If you are intending to grab yourself a cold beer at your office, Liqour state is open for business on Monday – Friday:09am to 10 pm and Saturday & Sunday:08am to 11pm

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Netflix rolls out video previews worldwide on it’s Tv App

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 19:59

Netflix is rolling out a new user interface for its app for televisions and streaming media players which will now include video previews, instead of still images. The previews will appear when you’re browsing through the library looking for something to watch, and pause on a specific title.

Netflix describes the video previews as being different from traditional trailers, as they’re shorter in length and also more focused on offering a synopsis of the content by highlighting the story, characters or tone and they only begin playing when a user stops browsing for a moment to read more about a title.

Netflix said that it found people watched more of story when it tested video previews, and they browsed less, which is why it made the decision to roll out the feature to its worldwide audience.

However, video previews are only live on the Netflix TV experience – not on smartphones or tablets where it could be more cumbersome.

The video previews are launching worldwide on Netflix beginning today, and will reach eligible devices over the next few weeks. This includes most game consoles, Roku devices, and other smart TVs, the company said.

Source: TechCrunch

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Instagram update finally lets users disable comments on posts

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 19:13

Instagram has today added a tool that’ll let you remove comments entirely from your posts along with a number of tools that have been rolled out by Instagram and the company says all the new features will be available in the coming weeks.

When creating a new Instagram post, you’ll find an “advanced settings” menu where you can turn off comments for that image. You can also reverse course and turn commenting back on if you so choose. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like you can shut off comments globally in your account; hopefully Instagram will add that option next.

Instagram isn’t just shutting down comments, though — it’s also adding the ability to “heart” a specific comment in the hopes that it’ll “show support” for users and “encourage positively throughout the community.” Hard to say if this will make a difference, but it’s good to see Instagram proactively try and make comments a happier place.

The next new privacy feature is focused on private accounts. If you have your account set to private, you’ll have to approve new followers, like always. But now you can actively remove individual followers if you change your mind about who you let see your photos. Previously, you had to take the more aggressive move of blocking someone to get them off your followers list. Instagram says that people you remove from your private followers list won’t be notified when you flip that switch.

Lastly, there’s a new option to anonymously report what Instagram calls “self-injury” posts. If you see a post from someone you’re following that makes you worry for their well-being and think they might harm themselves, this feature lets you flag the photo for review. Instagram says it has a team working 24/7 that will then reach out to the user and connect them with resources that can offer help.

It’s an interesting feature, but it also feels like something that trolls could potentially use to harass others. We’re reaching out to Instagram to see how the company plans to keep that from happening and will update this post with more details if we hear anything.

Source: Engadget

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UCC warns broadcasters over broadcasting Kasese incidents

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 18:57

Uganda Communications Commission has issued a directive to all televisions and the public at large of the continued broadcasting of Kasese Incidents as the case is judicial matter and a typical violation of the law.

In the recent weeks, Ugandans were shocked with the killings in the Rwenzori region of Kasese sending media into a wide ‘explosion’ as the main front runners in the media tussled it out to bring the news and action straight to your screen. This has seemingly not gone on well with the judicial process and the regulatory body.

UCC is seemingly not happy with the way televisions are the violating the code of conduct and laws governing broadcasting.

In a letter shared by UCC on their official social media pages, the body stresses that the media have been reporting on the incident and the prosecution of Charles Mumbere which is directly prejudicial to the rights of the victims, the suspects and in direct contravention of Section 41 of the Penal code Act Cap 120, and the principle of sub-judice.

The detailed notices reads;

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SimbaPay launches mobile money transfer service to Uganda and Ghana

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 10:13

SimbaPay a London based digital money transfer provider today announced the launch of its money transfer service to Ghana and Uganda.

Using the SimbaPay app or website, Ghanaians and Ugandans living in Europe can now send money to mobile phones in Ghana or Uganda instantly.
“This is the perfect Christmas gift to Ghanaians and Ugandans living in Europe who have been asking when SimbaPay will expand coverage to their home countries” said Nyasinga Onyancha, CEO for SimbaPay.

“By delivering money via existing mobile money wallet services, many recipients who previously could not access formal financial services can now do so”.

Ghanaians and Ugandans living in Europe (UK & European Union countries) with a bank account, debit card or credit card will be able to use the SimbaPay app from any mobile phone, tablet or computer.

Transfers made using SimbaPay are credited within seconds to recipients’ mobile money wallets such as MTN Mobile Money. This eliminates the inconvenience of queues and old school paperwork.

This is the perfect Christmas gift to Ghanaians and Ugandans living in Europe who have been asking when SimbaPay will expand coverage to their home countries
SimbaPay also delivers money transfers via mobile money and bank account to other African countries such as Nigeria and Kenya with more destinations and partners being sought for addition in 2017.

How SimbaPay Works

To send money via SimbaPay, Africans living in Europe with a bank account or debit card simply download the SimbaPay app from the Apple AppStore or Google Play. App users can then proceed to securely make money transfers straight from any smartphone, tablet or computer.

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