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Monday, March 28, 2011

Google working on mobile payment technology

An android app that does this may be handy, but don't a number of smartphones already come with in-built NFC technology that facilitates mobile payments at participating merchants? How soon (if?) this will catch on here is not clear, but as one who detests carrying wads of cash in my wallet, I am all for it. Google working on mobile payment technology: report - Yahoo! News

New from Facebook!

Facebook is to launch a site to enable advertisers to view and comment on advertising campaigns on the social networking site.

The site, dubbed Facebook Studio, promotes the concept of social advertising, in which consumers are targeted based on their social network and are invited to interact with marketing campaigns.

See full story here from Computer Weekly.com

Monday, March 21, 2011

The secret to what makes Entrepreneurs tick?

I want to share this article with you because it sheds light on one of the true mysteries in business. Can entrepreneurship be taught? Are entrepreneurs made or are they born that way? I hope you like it...What Makes Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurial - Fullscreen

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I hate to admit this, but Safaricom is right

Please understand that this isn't easy for me to sit here and admit that our big green friend is right to resist efforts to regulate pricing for cross-network transfers. We all know how Safaricom has milked the 'Club effect' for years now, killing 2 birds with 1 stone i.e. on the one hand making supernormal profits from charging it's own customers exorbitant rates to call other networks and at the same time making them think that it is the 'other' networks fault. Well the focus has now shifted to money transfer with the smaller players agitating for cheaper cross-network transfers, basically an attempt to piggy-back on the vast network of mpesa agents i.e. it aims to make it cheaper for non-Safaricom customers to withdraw cash at mpesa counters. A number of prominent people have already spoken out in support of them and I grudgingly lend my voice to their chorus.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Rocket Science it is not - Password tips

In this classical article, Thomas Baekdal shows you how to generate robust passwords that are easy to remember. Driven by faster, cheaper and more accessible connections, internet usage on Kenya is expanding rapidly. Frequently touted as the magic pill for economic underdevelopment and unemployment in Kenya, I.T. is HUGE right now. As with most things of this world however, the Good often comes with the Bad and we are faced with the very real danger of fraud, identity theft etc from cyber criminals and I'm not talking about the odd emails we receive from time to time from an african 'prince'. The good news is that the technology to protect us from cyber attacks is available, the bad news is that even the most sophisticated safeguards can be rendered useless if the user chooses a rubbish password. Read Baekdal's article here for smart tips on how to make a good password. It is that simple.