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  • Nairobi Data Science Meet-up: Saving Lives with Living Data
    Since mid-2014, our  Data Science Lab has been honoured  to host local data scientists at informal monthly meet-ups. These have been fantastic ways for us to get to know the exciting projects going on in the community, provided new opportunities t…
    4 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 5:38am
  • Announcing OCSDNet’s Round 1 Grant Awardees
    Open and Collaborative Science (OCS) is a movement that aims to change the traditional culture of research by making the production and dissemination of scientific evidence inclusive and publicly accessible. Open approaches to science include increa…
    19 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 2:28pm
  • EADC Opens its doors to the Kenyan Tech Community
    Following last December’s  tour of the East Africa Data Centre (EADC) the following features and facilities of the dat  centre are being offered to Kenyan tech startups, developers and entrepreneurs. Floor Space: Tier 3 data centre with 2,000m ac…
    2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 1:07am
  • JANUARY 2015 ENTREPRENEURS FORUM & THE LAUNCH OF NEGAWATT NAIROBI!!
    Saturday, January 17th,  was an exceptional day at the iHub. With approximately 150 people in attendance, the very first Entrepreneurship Forum of the year kicked off. The theme for the forum was Energy and Energy Efficiency. The official speaker o…
    4 days ago 24 Jan 15, 4:02am
  • HTML/CSS workshop at Moringa School
    Guest Post By Moringa School  Have you ever dreamed of building your own website but don’t know where to start?  Come to Moringa School’s one-day workshop on the 31st of January  and we’ll teach you how!  We’ll take you from the very ba…
    5 days ago 23 Jan 15, 9:21am
  • Negawatt’s Challenge Definition Day
    iHub is proud to host the very first Challenge Definition Day of the World Bank’s Negawatt Challenge on January 29th (9:00 to 15:00). Negawatt is an open-innovation challenge competition that will leverage Nairobi’s rich ecosystem of entrepreneu…
    6 days ago 22 Jan 15, 1:30pm
  • Why Uber Will Be Africa Challenged
    The other day I was in Europe for the holidays and there, for the first time, I experienced the joys of the technology innovations Uber and AirBnB. Fascinating, interesting and definitely a must try. How with a mobile app, you have a place to stay,…
    6 days ago 22 Jan 15, 7:53am
  • The Ability to Fight; Able Wireless’ Resilience Pays Off as Things Take an Upswing
    For some time last year, the first thing you saw when you visited the website of a company called Able Wireless was a documentary titled The Internet’s Own Boy. The film tells the story of Aaron Swartz, who has been described as a programming prod…
    6 days ago 22 Jan 15, 6:50am
  • Applications open today- Tigo’s tech incubators
    Guest Post By think After a first successful intake, Tigo and Millicom’s tech incubator in Rwanda, think, opened applications for the 2nd cohort. think calls for high-potential, Africa-focused technology companies to apply for a 6-month accelerat…
    6 days ago 22 Jan 15, 4:29am
  • Syngenta Design challenge announcement
    Syngenta is one of the world’s leading companies with more than 28,000 employees in 90 countries dedicated to the purpose of bringing plant potential to life. Syngenta teamed up with Microsoft in 2014 to create a better way to train farmers in rur…
    6 days ago 22 Jan 15, 4:26am
  • Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi
            Guest Post By Flat6Labs Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi is a global hub for digital innovation that will support a generation of entrepreneurs from the UAE and abroad to launch digital businesses in Abu Dhabi and scale to regional and global markets.…
    6 days ago 22 Jan 15, 3:57am
  • University Students In Kenya: Apply Now for the Intel Student Partner Program
    We’ve had a very successful first year with the Intel Student Partner Program, which is an opportunity for students to act as liaisons between Intel and their universities. This program is designed to enable students at leading universities acros…
    8 days ago 20 Jan 15, 7:53am
  • Going Digital? The impact of the internet on Kenya’s Economic Growth
    World Bank World Development Report 2016 (WDR) Consultation Breakfast Hosted at the iHub, Bishop Magua Centre, Ngong Road, Wednesday 28 January, 0900-1100   It is unquestionable that the world has experienced a digital evolution over the last decad…
    9 days ago 19 Jan 15, 12:21pm
  • CopyrightX: 2015 – Call for Applications
    Guest Blog: CODE-IP Content Development & Intellectual Property (or “CODE-IP”) Trust is a Kenyan nonprofit organisation established to promote an enabling environment for local content development and its intellectual property protection. Among…
    9 days ago 19 Jan 15, 9:28am
  • Top 10 list of most disruptive technologies in Kenya in the last 5 years
    The technology scene in Kenya has grown rapidly over the 1st half of the decade.  Behind this steady growth lies the emergence of tech hubs, government support and of course the emergence of different technologies. The emergence of tech hubs and l…
    9 days ago 19 Jan 15, 1:00am
  • Get trained to be a Windows developer
    Last year, m:lab East Africa conducted a training sponsored by Microsoft 4Afrika on universal apps (Windows Phone and Windows 8) and Windows Azure development, which run for six weeks at the m:lab East Africa training facility. This year, from 9th…
    9 days ago 19 Jan 15, 12:07am
  • The Lessons I Learnt at Startup Sauna
    Late last year, two members from Totohealth, Felix Kimaru, the Founder and Executive Director, and Malele Ngalu, the Marketing Lead  traveled  to  Finland to take part in one month acceleration program under Startup Sauna. Startup Sauna is an ini…
    12 days ago 16 Jan 15, 11:43am
  • [Session] Wanna scale your business?
    Have you developed an app that solves a real world problem? Do you want the chance to make it grow for use beyond Kenyan borders? Then please sign up here and join us for a talk with Jessica Berlin, founder of Berlin Bridge, at iHub 4th floor at 5:…
    19 days ago 9 Jan 15, 11:07am
  • Take part in the BBC Connected Hackathon
    Guest post by Laura Harrison (BBC Connected Studio) xxx BBC Connected Studio have been working with BBC World Service on a project to help grow reach to young audiences in Africa. Our project is split into a few separate areas but all are looking a…
    19 days ago 9 Jan 15, 9:42am
  • [RECAP] ENTREPRENEURS FORUM WITH SU KAHUMBU
    On Saturday, 29th November 2014 Dr. Ndemo hosted iCow‘s Su Kahumbu at our monthly entrepreneurs forum. According to Su, one of the biggest problems we’re having globally is that farming communities are ageing. In Kenya, the average age of the fa…
    20 days ago 8 Jan 15, 6:31am
  • Certificate in Mobile Development for the Android platform
    Guest Post iLabAfrica We have the pleasure to inform you that at @iLabAfrica, Strathmore University is organizing a 2 months Certificate in Mobile Development for the Android platform. The program will run from Jan 19–March 19 2015. The cour…
    20 days ago 8 Jan 15, 6:19am
  • Practitioners & Scholars together create Kenya’s first management book
    Guest Blog The editors, Dr. Bitange Ndemo and Tim Weiss, seek to enhance and invigorate together with practitioners and scholars the dialog surrounding business environments and entrepreneurship in Kenya. The book is strategically positioned to cont…
    21 days ago 7 Jan 15, 8:26am
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  • Who Wants to be a Tech Millionaire? Intel x She Leads Africa Workshop for Female Tech Entrepreneurs: Apply Now!
    Got a cool idea? Interested in technology? Want to upgrade your business skills? Intel Corp has just signed a partnership with She Leads Africa to host educational workshops for tech  entrepreneurs in cities across the continent. The series of work…
    23 days ago 5 Jan 15, 7:52am
  • The Calm Before the Storm
    At lunch the other day with a really good friend and colleague we were talking about what it means for us now that 2015 is finally here.     To sum it up in one word: ‘anxiety’. I mean, it’s easy to sit in 2014 and make plans to be executed…
    24 days ago 4 Jan 15, 2:31pm

TechCrunch

  • Zimride Is Closing Its Public Ride-Sharing Service To Focus On Corporates And Students
     Zimride, the long-distance ride-sharing service in the U.S. which spawned Lyft, is closing down its consumer-facing business to focus on business and university customers. Read More
    3 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 6:11am
  • Indian Messaging App Hike Rolls Out Free Voice-Calling Before WhatsApp
     Just three weeks after announcing the acquisition of Zip Phone, India-based messaging app Hike has updated its Android app with a voice-calling feature. When Hike bought Y Combinator-backed Zip Phone, which allows users to make Wi-Fi-enabled phone…
    6 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 3:38am
  • Nintendo Halves Its Annual Profit Estimate Despite A Solid Christmas Period
     Nintendo is moving towards a slim profit for its current financial year. The Japanese games giant just went public with its Q3 2014 numbers: total revenue came in at ¥271,521 billion ($2.3 billion), of which ¥45.2 billion ($383 million) was net…
    6 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 3:25am
  • Data From Alibaba’s E-Commerce Sites Is Now Powering A Credit-Scoring Service
     Alibaba Group affiliate Ant Financial Services has unveiled a new credit-scoring system that uses data from the e-commerce giant’s sites to gauge users’ creditworthiness. Dubbed Sesame Credit, the new service is an example of how Alibaba’s r…
    7 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 2:29am
  • Senator Al Franken’s Concerns About Uber’s Privacy Policy Linger
     U.S. Senator Al Franken today sent another letter to Uber’s Travis Kalanick, probing the embattled CEO to provide more information about the company’s privacy policies. Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, first contacted Kalanick about the car ser…
    12 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 8:42pm
  • Omniref Adds JavaScript To Its Code Annotation Platform
     YC-backed Omniref gave its code annotation and reference platform a big boost this week with the addition of support for JavaScript, the popular programming language used to make interactive browser-based apps and backend server code using librari…
    13 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 8:08pm
  • Hands On With Windows 10
     TechCrunch went hands-on with Windows 10 to show you the best of the latest build of Microsoft’s new operating system. To make it extra pure, we put Windows 10 through its paces on a Surface Pro 3. Windows 10 is Microsoft’s effort to build an…
    14 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 7:01pm
  • Europe Gets A Cyber Security Incubator
     London’s crowded startup accelerator scene is getting a new addition. Not fintech-related, this time — rather the focus is cyber security. The Cyber London (CyLon for short) 12-week program, has been co-founded by Alex van Someren of VC firm A…
    14 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 7:01pm
  • Marissa Mayer Pretends “MaVeNS” Isn’t A Silly Acronym, Says It Represents Yahoo’s Future
     Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been talking for a while now about how mobile, video, native advertising, and social are the company’s key growth areas. Now she’s come up with an interesting way to refer to them — MaVeNS.I don’t know how you…
    15 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 6:25pm
  • HelloSponsor Connects Brands With Local Events Looking For Sponsorships
     While programmatic ads continue to reshape the web advertising landscape, the market for advertising at public events still lags behind. HelloSponsor, which just launched after going through AngelPad’s accelerator, is looking to modernize event…
    15 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 6:16pm

IT News Africa

  • Telecom Namibia to complete phase 1 of fibre grid in Q1
    Telecom Namibia has stated that plans are at an advanced stage to construct a fibre-based network to connect all regional capitals in the country. Telecom Namibia’s senior manager of corporate communications, Oiva Angula, said that the construction…
    1 hour ago 28 Jan 15, 7:42am
  • Ericsson to drive e-waste disposal and recycling in Benin
    Ericsson and MTN Benin have partnered under their Ecology Management Program, to launch the first electrical and electronic equipment waste (e-waste) collection and awareness drive in Benin. According to both Ericsson and MTN, the campaign is geared…
    3 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 5:51am
  • Lenovo unveils cutting-edge YOGA line-up for South Africa
    Lenovo has revealed the launch of the multimode YOGA 3 Pro, YOGA Tablet 2, and the YOGA Tablet 2 Pro. According to the company, these additions to the YOGA line-up aim to redefine the computing experience and address users’ desires for stylish devi…
    5 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 4:29am
  • Facebook denies social network hack
    On 27 January 2015 social networking platforms Facebook, Instagram and Tinder suffered an hour long outage. The outage resulted in Facebook and Instagram users within Africa, as well as the rest of the world, being unable to connect to these services…
    6 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 2:46am
  • Twitter unveils group messaging and mobile video experience
    Social networking giant Twitter has unveiled the roll-out of two new services: group messaging and a new mobile video experience. According to Twitter, the following features will be available in Africa as well as globally once the roll-out commences…
    7 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 2:21am
  • Power shift in BI and analytics will fuel disruption
    Traditional business intelligence (BI) and analytics models are being disrupted as the balance of power shifts from IT to the business, according to Gartner. The rise of data discovery, access to multi-structured data, data preparation tools and smar…
    8 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 1:36am
  • MTN set to empower African businesses
    MTN Group today announced it would be the first African company to offer Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect to business customers across multiple countries on the continent. The new service will leverage the extensive footprint of MTN’s Globa…
    1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 4:53am
  • Kenya: Microfinance institution to expand beyond tea sector
    Greenland Fedha Limited (GFL), a microfinance institution for small-scale tea farmers in Kenya, has implemented a new software solution to improve its efficiency and remain competitive in the market. According to the institution, it had chosen the Mi…
    1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 4:43am
  • Ghana: Social network LoveRealm rebrands
    LoveRealm, the Christian social network based in Accra, Ghana has revealed that it has rebranded its current landing page. Speaking to the press, Yaw Ansong Jnr, CEO of LoveRealm stated that: “The essence of the redesign of our landing page is to a…
    1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 3:45am
  • Facebook & Instagram go down
    Social media users across the African continent, as well as the rest of the world, have been trying to connect to popular social media services – Facebook and Instagram. While the WhatsApp service is still running, the reasons behind the outage hav…
    1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 2:32am
  • Dying Light launch trailer revealed
    Dying Light is almost upon us. Experience an all-new story of survival set in a city devastated by a mysterious infection. Play as Kyle Crane, an undercover operative sent to the quarantine zone with the mission to locate a high-ranking military offi…
    1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 1:51am

lifehacker

  • Get Rid of the "Positive Posse" to Find Better Feedback
    It's only natural to want to surround yourself with people who believe in you. If you only allow people with positive things to say to get close, however, can result in choosing your friends based on how they make you feel, rather than ones who cha…
    42 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 8:30am
  • Avoid Email Overload by Simply Ignoring Some (Unimportant) Email
    Inbox Zero is a noble, if difficult, goal. If you only receive a few emails a day, traditional strategies like only replying a couple times a day are fine. But if you get dozens or hundreds, you need a harsher strategy: just ignoring some of them…
    1 hour ago 28 Jan 15, 8:00am
  • Define an Emotional Intention to Make Difficult Conversations Easier
    Confronting someone about a problem or concern is hard from the start. If you come at it from a standpoint of venting your own emotions, though, it will just get harder. Before you have the talk, define the emotional goal you want the conversation…
    2 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 7:30am
  • Four Basic Writing Principles You Can Use in Everyday Life
    Writing starts way before you put letters to a page. It involves processes like critical thinking, communication, and creativity. Even if writing feels like pulling teeth, you can apply the principles of writing to many facets of your day-to-day li…
    2 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 7:00am
  • The DIY, Clutter-Free Photo Editing Workspace
    London-based portrait photographer Tom Barnes has built himself one impressive, massive desk. It's as functional and clutter-free as it is unique.Read more...
    13 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 8:00pm
  • Silence a Loud-Clicking Mouse with a Little Memory Foam
    The repetitive, clicking sound of a mouse can become pretty irritating. If you want to silence your mouse for your own peace —and the peace of others around you—a little memory foam can do the trick with no soldering required.Read more...
    14 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 7:09pm
  • When Time Tracking May Not Save You Any Time at All
    Your productivity can largely be determined by how you spend your time, and that makes tracking your time seem like a big help. It can also be a trap that eats up more time than it saves.Read more...
    15 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 6:00pm
  • Build a Hidden Compartment in a Fake Potted Plant to Hide Valuables
    Hidden compartments are fun and you know it . If you're looking for a way to hide some of your smaller valuables while brightening up your place, this potted plant compartment is perfect.Read more...
    16 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 5:35pm
  • Career Spotlight: What I Do as a Comic Book Artist
    So many of today's popular movies began humbly on the printed page—not in novels, but in comic books. There's a distinct appeal to the illustrated format's ability to tell both large, complex stories without compromising the intimacy of the narr…
    16 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 5:00pm
  • Deadspin Whatever Happened To The Ripken Kidnapping Case?
    Deadspin Whatever Happened To The Ripken Kidnapping Case? | Jalopnik Here Are The Four Legal Ways To Import A Car To The United States | Jezebel A Note to Chait: Dissent Isn't Suffocation, Internet Isn't Real Life | Kotaku My First Few Hours With…
    16 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 4:47pm
  • TodayRemote Controls Your Mac's Music from the iOS Notification Center
    Mac/iOS: Apple has a handy remote for controlling iTunes from your phone, but it's limited to iTunes and requires you to actually open it. TodayRemote works from the Notification Center, and controls Spotify, Rdio, VLC, or Vox. Read more...
    17 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 4:30pm
  • Movecheapr Compares Prices Between Moving Trucks
    Finding a cheap moving truck requires a bit of finesse , but a hackathon project dubbed Movecheapr makes comparing those prices a bit easier by scanning for truck prices in your area and giving you all the results.Read more...
    17 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 4:00pm
  • Stanford's Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift Course Is Now Available
    If you're looking to get into iOS app development, you have a lot of free options available to you , but few are better than Stanford's online courses. They've just released their newest course, which tackles Apple's new Swift programming language…
    18 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 3:30pm
  • How Not to Be Wrong When You're Talking About Smartphone Displays
    A lot of amazing engineering and design goes into making your smartphone. And smartphone displays are one of the most important parts — they're your window onto the internet, and the world. But the technical terms we use to describe them can be p…
    18 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 3:10pm
  • ​What to Do If You Think Your Period Is Affecting Your Workout
    Is it harder to run fast and lift heavy while you're on your period? A lot of athletes say yes, but the science is lagging behind, so it's hard to know whether there's a real performance dent or what you should do about it. Here are some tips from…
    18 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 3:00pm
  • The Case for Learning C as Your First Programming Language
    We could probably debate forever which programming language is best to learn first —it could depend on your goals and other considerations . Mac developer Evan Miller, however, makes a strong case for learning C first, likening it to learning t…
    19 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 2:00pm
  • Compare Mortgage Rates with the Government's New Rate Checker Tool
    It pays to shop around for your mortgage, since lenders' rates are all over the place. This rate checker from the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows the most common rates based on your financial inputs.Read more...
    20 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 1:30pm
  • iOS Updates Will No Longer Require So Much Free Space on Your Phone
    Apple has just released an update to iOS that addresses the common complaint that updates themselves require too much free space to download and install. The update, 8.1.3, also fixes some other bugs, and is available to download now. [via Ars Techn…
    20 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 1:19pm
  • Dell XPS 13 Review (2015): The Windows Laptop To Beat
    Are you thinking of buying a Windows laptop? Don't, until you've read this review. The new Dell XPS 13 isn't perfect, but it's freaking incredible for the $800 you'll spend to bring one home. Read more...
    20 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 1:00pm
  • How to Keep Your Pets from Ruining Your Stuff
    We try to domesticate our pets, but they're wild creatures at heart. Because of this, a lot of their instinctive habits can wreck our living space and drive us nuts. With some effort and understanding, we can accommodate their natural needs and sti…
    20 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 1:00pm

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