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The Good and Ugly of M-shwari

The Good and Ugly of M-shwari

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November 2012, Safaricom and CBA launched a mobile platform that allowed M-PESA users to save and borrow money on their phone. At that time, I was preparing for the end of semester exams and I did not give the product much thought. Unknown to me, the product would come…

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Understanding your Electrical Power Consumption

Understanding your Electrical Power Consumption

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I once met a reasonable fellow who was concerned that charging his mobile phone overnight was the reason why his electricity bills were skyrocketing. This may sound funny, but it is not funny that most people do not know what appliance is an electricity guzzler and which one is…

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KeNIC Adjusts Domain Registration and Renewal Prices

KeNIC Adjusts Domain Registration and Renewal Prices

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The .ke domain registry KeNIC has moved to harmonize the registration and renewal price of the third level .ke (such as .co.ke) and the second level .ke domain extensions. The prices which affect Kenyan domain registrars will see the .ke going for KShs 2500 and the .co.ke domain at…

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Beware of this WhatsApp Scam

Beware of this WhatsApp Scam

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A socially engineered attack is taking over WhatsApp accounts. In the scam that is now going round in Kenya, WhatsApp users receive an SMS from WhatsApp with a code, then a WhatsApp message from one of their contacts asking them to send them the code which they ‘sent to…

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The Evolution of Electricity and Home Appliances

The Evolution of Electricity and Home Appliances

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In 1879, Thomas Edison had a light bulb moment – literally. He invented a working light bulb. It was a major disruption to a world that was used to expensive and dirty oil lamps. Only the rich could afford to stay up late at night burning the mid night…

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The Huduma Namba

The Huduma Namba

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Huduma Namba has been a running theme in Kenya for almost two years now. This is a biometric digital identification system for Kenyan Citizens, technically known as the National Integrated Identification Management Systems (NIIMS). It was aimed at creating a single source of person’s identity in Kenya with the…

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When it Comes to Data, The More, The Merrier

When it Comes to Data, The More, The Merrier

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What if I gave you a list of all the phone numbers that are registered in Kenya? What would you do with this information? Nothing much, unless if you wanted to blindly text every Kenyan. Perhaps, you could if you are running a presidential campaign, or sell Kensalt which…

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Reasons Why People opt for Solar Energy

Reasons Why People opt for Solar Energy

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Almost everyone is switching to solar. That’s not true, but it is a common statement today. The world is talking about renewable energy and for most people, solar comes to mind. If you want to join the bandwagon, perhaps you need to figure out if it is suitable for…

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The Dirty Side of Solar Energy

The Dirty Side of Solar Energy

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When it is time to go green, solar power becomes a favorite source of energy. Many people and institutions continue to adopt this source of energy that is essentially free and available in many places especially along the equator. But it comes at a cost. There are two matters…

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2020: A Lesson on Resilience

2020: A Lesson on Resilience

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I don’t need to introduce the year 2020 to anybody on planet Earth because the year has done a pretty good job of announcing its presence. The rich, the poor, the famous, the obscure, the healthy, the sickly, the employed, the unemployed and every possible group of people has…

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