AfyaPaP App Launched To Help Manage Diabetes And Hypertension

AfyaPaP App Launched To Help Manage Diabetes And Hypertension

Kenyans suffering from diabetes and hypertension can now receive regular personalised information on how to manage their conditions thanks to a new mobile application called AfyaPap. AfyaPap which has been developed by United Kingdom based technology company Baobab Circle collects subscribers’ personal health data and provides them with customized education. “The unique aspect of this tool is that it relies on user data to generate regular alerts which cuts out the need to perform searches…

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How East Africa can unlock Big Data

How East Africa can unlock Big Data

In this era of Big Data, characterized by radical customization, constant experimentation; unique business models are the new hallmarks of achieving competitive advantage. Organizations that analyze huge volumes of data have the edge. East Africa should not be left behind; below are recommendations that companies within the region should pay attention to. Increase the variety of data collected by your company but start with questions and be aware of the mountains of data available in your…

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Nine startups improving services in East Africa today.

Nine startups improving services in East Africa today.

Introduced below, with information compiled by Kate Hanford, co-founder and COO of Unreasonable East Africa, are the five startups from Kenya, three from Uganda and one from Tanzania are poised to tackle the region’s most pressing problems. Bidhaa Sasa Although infrastructure in Kenya’s cities continuously improves, the rural lifestyle remains a chore. Families use nauseating kerosene for a little light at night, cook on smoky open wood fires, and rely on unsafe water. Products to…

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What is the best cloud platform for mobile back-end as a service (MBaaS)?

What is the best cloud platform for mobile back-end as a service (MBaaS)?

Cloud computing has emerged as a game changer in building mobile applications especially in the provision of mobile back-end as a service. The cloud combines many fields of computing that provide great flexibility and potential cost benefits for mobile developers and start-ups. Cloud computing is rooted in the delivery of services, software and processing power over the internet which reduces cost, increases storage and automation. However, the realisation of these benefits is far from being…

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Project Management Essentials

Project Management Essentials

What is a project? A project is a unique endeavour with a specific goal that has a beginning and an end with a budget (constraints such as resources and time). Project management can be summed up into a few crucial questions: What problem are you solving? How are you going to solve this problem? What is your plan (resources needed and how much it takes)? How will you know you are done? How do you…

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Stepping into the minefield of Requirements engineering.

Stepping into the minefield of Requirements engineering.

One of the biggest problems facing the IT industry is poor customer service that is mainly rooted in delivering unsatisfactory products. The root cause is the failure to discern exactly what the stakeholder really wants and this  turns requirements engineering  into a minefield.    Poorly analysed customer requirements have been variously cited as leading to poor or inappropriate products, the inability to perform functions not to mention leading to failure, unreliability, and by no means least, extra…

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First Digital inCloud launched

First Digital inCloud launched

Huawei has launched Africa’s first Digital inCloud Eastern and Southern Africa regional centre at the 5th Annual VAS Africa summit. The Digital inCloud centre will introduce more digital services to Africa through the cooperation of operators and local and global partners. The localised operation enables African carriers and partners to compete globally by developing digital products and services. Currently, Huawei is partnering with MTN in South Africa and Safaricom in Kenya. Local service partners include…

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Big gains for Uber in SA

Big gains for Uber in SA

The company has facilitated more than 2m rides in South Africa in the first half of 2015. Transport network company Uber has enjoyed explosive growth in the past year in South Africa, with local users of its application logging more than 2m trips in the first six months of 2015. That compares to a total of 1m trips taken in the whole of 2014, sub-Saharan African GM for Uber Alon Lits said on Wednesday. Most…

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Transfast enters tight remmitence market

Transfast enters tight remmitence market

Transfast, an online and mobile phone cross-border money transfer service, has launched a new electronic banking service that allows Africans in the Diaspora to send money via direct bank deposits. Transfast’s propitiatory payout network, believed to be the largest in Africa, delivers remittances directly from a sender’s bank account to a receiver at partner banks across 23 African countries within 24 hours. The company said the electronic bank-to-bank transfer system is efficient, and more cost…

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Mobile subscription over 900 million

Mobile subscription over 900 million

The total African mobile subscription for the first quarter of 2015 stands at 910 million with 21 million new subscriptions added in the quarter, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report. The report noted that in markets such as Africa there is multiple ownership of mobile numbers bloating the total number of subscriptions. “The number of subscriptions exceeds the population in many countries. This is largely due to inactive subscriptions and multiple device ownership, for…

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