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By AFP More by this Author Facebook-owned smartphone messaging service WhatsApp has hit the billion-user mark, according to the leading social network's chief and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. "One billion people now use WhatsApp," Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook page. "There are only a few services that connect more than a billion people." Google's free email service, Gmail, is the latest of...
By AFPMore by this Author Quebec taxi drivers went to court Tuesday seeking a permanent injunction banning Uber in the Canadian province, in just the latest legal challenge against the ride-sharing app in several countries.The union representing 4,000 taxi drivers in Quebec says Uber is illegal and wants it shut down locally and is also considering launching a class-action...
By LILIAN OCHIENG'More by this Author ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has encouraged private sector to partner with government in deepening Internet penetration, laying ground for the government’s Sh17 billion Digital Literacy Programme.Speaking in Machakos during the launch of Airtel’s Internet for School Programme, the Cs said that Public Private Partnerships have the clout to hasten digitisation of the...
By AFPMore by this Author Civilian drones are increasingly becoming a "real and growing threat" to the safety of commercial aviation, industry group IATA warned Monday, calling for regulations to be put in place before any serious accidents occur.Tony Tyler, director-general of the International Air Transport Association, said the threat posed by unmanned aerial vehicles is still evolving as...
By JAMES KARIUKIMore by this Author A new smartphone app developed in St Petersburg in Florida, USA is being used to fight poachers in northern Kenya.Fulcrum whose use was perfected by municipalities and businesses to collect forms and field data is now being used to track down the location of elephants and ivory smugglers by sharing the information quickly...
By AFPMore by this Author Orders for the much-hyped Tesla Model 3, a cheaper version of its electric car aimed at the mass market, have surged to 276,000 in just three days, company founder Elon Musk said Sunday.Orders are piling up fast and exceeding the expectations of the company for its Model 3 — which will have a base...
By WAGA ODONGOMore by this Author WhatsApp, the world’s most popular mobile messaging service, is encrypting all its services potentially putting all conversations on the platform outside the reach of the authorities.This means that all WhatsApp users will send and receive messages that only their phone can decipher, making it difficult for outside parties to access the messages thus...
By JAMES KARIUKIMore by this Author A mobile-based platform, M-Ahwii Limited, invented by three students to boost farming goes commercial in August starting in Rwanda before it expands across East Africa.Ms Lilian Uwintwali, who visited Kenya to participate in the Young Agricultural Innovators Forum at Nairobi’s Hotel Crowne Plaza in Upper Hill said their year-long piloting with 10,000 farmers...
By GEMore by this Author There are nearly 2 billion children under the age of 15 living in the world, up from 1 billion in 1960. In fact, kids seem to be everywhere these days, but, strangely, the shockwaves of this population explosion — which shows no signs of abating — are being felt most acutely on the largely...
By GEMore by this Author Every December, GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt hosts a meeting with analysts and investors to walk through the company’s strategy and financial goals for the upcoming year and review major wins from the past year. This year, Immelt discussed GE’s transformation into the world’s largest digital industrial company and his plans to lead...

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