Techweez

  • - Loan apps have been a menace to a lot of Kenyans. They had been acting illegally for an extended period and it took the complaints of thousands of locals, and bigger visibility from the media to prompt an action. To this end, the CBK developed a set of laws under the CBK Amendment Bill, 2021 […]
  • - Google has revealed its intent to establish a new Google Cloud region in South Africa. This is its first cloud facility on the continent. The news, which came at the second Google for Africa event, is the latest example of how Google is delivering on the $1bn investment commitment made last year by…
  • - Podcasts are quickly gaining ground both locally and internationally. Streaming platforms are making exclusive deals with popular podcasters. Podcasts are here to stay are they are becoming important storytelling platforms. The good thing about podcasts is that they have the freedom to talk about…
  • - TECNO Camon 19 Pro Mondrian Edition is finally here. It joins the Camon 19, the Camon 19 Pro and the Camon 19 Pro 5G. This is the more artsy edition and here’s what you get in the box. the device 33W power brick and USB-C charging cable a set of earphones Sim ejector tool a plastic […]
  • - This has been a year of incremental updates for Samsung’s devices – we saw this with the Galaxy S22 series and those iterations have trickled to the Fold lineup and especially the Z Fold 4 that was launched two months ago and for good reason. Samsung’s premium Fold line has come a long way since […]
  • - In a surprising turn of events, it appears the Sony PlayStation 5 console which was released two years ago has been jailbroken. What is Jailbreaking? To “jailbreak” in the tech world means that certain software or hardware which had restrictions to modification is now able to be modified to perform…
  • - Jamii Telecommunications Limited (JTL), which is popularly known as Faiba offers broadband connections to its customers. However, back in 2017, it decided to compete with mobile operators on the 4G/LTE front by offering the same services to customers who wanted to pay less for faster speeds. To…
  • - vivo has updated its midrange V-series lineup in the country with the launch of the Vivo V25 series. Vivo V25 succeeds the Vivo V23 from early this year. It comes with a colour-changing back and camera upgrades alongside the new design. vivo V25 comes in Aquamarine Blue, Sunrise Gold and Diamond…
  • - Xiaomi has revealed that it will be bringing its cheapest device series to Kenya, this time around in the name of the Redmi A1+. If you know the company’s naming scheme, then you should be aware that the A series is its most affordable offering. The phones have been very popular in the past, and […]
  • - Startup and eCommerce site Sky.Garden is closing shop following a detailed story first published by TechCrunch. Sky.Garden, which is no stranger to local online shoppers, has been doing very well in the past, but according to its top leadership, it no longer has sufficient funds in its coffers to…
  • - At the start of April this year, we learned that Kenya had launched a bid for re-election to two key positions in international ICT organizations. The state was eyeing another term at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council, which is a key decision-making organ of the UN specialized…
  • - Many countries do not allow the cultivation or consumption of crops that have been developed using biotechnologies such as genetically modified crops, otherwise known as GMOs. One of them has been Kenya, but from today henceforth, the state will allow the cultivation of the same. At the same time,…
  • - Telkom Kenya is the state’s oldest telco, and prior to the mobile telephony boom, it basically owned the infrastructure and services associated with making telephone calls via landlines. Telkom also spun off Safaricom, which started its services in the country more than more decades ago as its…
  • - Social media usage continues surging as millions of people worldwide join online communities each month. According to some interesting stats, the number of active social media users is set to hit 4.9 billion in 2023, or 61% of the world’s population. 330 Million New Social Media Users in a Year…
  • - Over the last couple of quarters, we started noticing that the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) was reporting less on the state of mobile money in Kenya. It began when the Authority kicked Equitel out of the statistics, but for good reason – which was that the product was linked to primary…
  • - The electric vehicle craze hasn’t really caught up in the Kenyan market, but the state has been making strides in introducing the technology to some people and companies, albeit on a small scale. There haven’t been any notable developments in the sector, and while other parts of the world are…
  • - Infinix is set to launch its new flagship device for the Kenyan market – the Infinix Zero Ultra. The company is going big as it did with the Zero X Pro from last year. Infinix is putting a 200MP camera for its rear cameras. the headlining camera will have OIS. From the photos, it looks […]
  • - Twitter has announced plans to add new features to make it easier for users to watch and discover new videos while on the platform. The social giant will now launch a scrollable video feed like its TikTok competitor. The company will join other social giants such as Snapchat and Instagram who have…
  • - Tech company itel is running a giveaway in partnership with marketing resource integrated service platform, Sunnbird to give its consumers a free itel P38 smartphone and other itel accessories. Lucky fans will walk away with the itel P38 plus accessories like the earbuds T1 Neo and the Powerbank…
  • - Fuliza, which was introduced in 2019 in a partnership between Safaricom, NCBA, and KCB now has new discounted tariffs. The overdraft facility now has lower tariffs and Safaricom with its partners added that they reduced the rates after assessing current consumer behaviour and economic conditions.…
  • - Microsoft appoints Phyllis Migwi as the Kenya Country Manager. She replaces Kendi Ntwiga who left for Meta. Kendi is the Global Head of Misrepresentation for the social media giant that owns Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Phyllis is a leader and a business catalyst known for driving growth in…
  • - Global tech companies have been on a path to hiring as many Kenyan software engineers as possible. One of them is Microsoft Kenya, which has since picked top software engineering talents from rival companies, including local telcos. The development has also been attributed to the perks offered by…
  • - Some Nokia phones will now be assembled in Egypt. This follows a deal between HMD Global, which has since been trying to revive the once world leader in terms of phone sales, and Etisal for Advanced Industries (EAI). The transition seeks to see the manufacture of one million mobile phones (feature…
  • - Bolt is one of the leading e-taxi companies in Kenya. It also offers services in Tanzania, but that is about to change in the coming days. This follows a move by the nation’s Transport regulator the Land Transport Regulatory Authority (Latra), which has issued new standards and transport rates for…
  • - OPPO has revealed that it will be bringing ColorOS 13 to its devices starting today. The skin, which is based on Android 13, will target the company’s high-end devices first before it trickles down to other devices, including the Reno lineup. For now, folks with the OPPO Find N and OPPO Find X5 Pro…
  • - Students or former students can sue their education institutions for using their images for marketing purposes. This follows a case brought forth to the courts by a former Machakos University student who argued that the university violated her constitutional rights by using her image in marketing…
  • - President-elect William Ruto in his meeting with Kenya Kwanza elected leaders said that Kenyans don’t have to use WhatsApp or Signal as his administration will not spy on their communications. “Every Kenyan can now go back to their phones. You don’t have to use WhatsApp.You don’t have to use Signal…
  • - Online fraud attempts increased by 30% in the first half of 2022. This is according to Smile Identity, a pan-African identity verification provider that has since published its first report named State if KYC Report H1 2022. The “Know Your Customer” (KYC) process is a requirement that helps…
  • - The core aspects of the HypaSwap platform are Lending and Borrowing. HypaSwap aims to ensure hassle-free transactions and fair practice, making this coin as user-friendly and smooth running as possible. To achieve this, the coin has several measures in place relating to collateralization and…
  • - Less than one month ago, electric vehicle firm Roam, formerly known as Opibus revealed the availability of its electric motorbike named Roam Air. The motorcycle is available for purchase in Kenya for KES 180,000. Now, Roam says it has a supply agreement with fintech and credit firm M-KOPA. The…
  • - After months in the beta stage, Android 13 is coming out today. It’s an early launch as it was expected to go live next month. Google has pushed Android 13 to the Android Open Source Project(AOSP) so that OEMs can tinker with it and customize it to suit their respective UIs. Android 13 is coming […]
  • - Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission this evening declared William Samoei Ruto as the winner of Kenya’s presidential election that took place last week. The former deputy President in Uhuru’s administration got 7.1 million votes with his opponent Raila getting 6.9 million votes which…
  • - Telcos globally, in the continent and in the country are switching to 5G. We’ve even seen 5G devices being launched in Kenya ranging from the OPPO Reno6 5G, OPPO Reno7 5G, and vivo V23 5G to the Samsung Galaxy A33 5G in the past couple of months. Even with all this progress, the main stable […]
  • - Android 13 launch date is slated for next month. Android 13 developer previews started rolling out in February and beta releases followed in April and the final release is scheduled for September. Android 13(Codename – Tiramisu) has a nice easter egg that gets activated when the hour and minute…
  • - We have since detailed how Kenyans, among other people, can access and download forms 34A, and 34B from the IEBC website. These forms are important because their access to the IEBC portal ensures that there is some form of transparency as the counting process, mainly for the presidential results…
  • - The voting exercise was concluded on August 9, and some aspirants have already known their fate. Including MPs, governors, senators, and women reps. The results, which have since been publicized by the media, are yet to identify who is the winner of the presidential seat. It is taking quite a while…
  • - While poll results for some county assemblies, constituencies, and others have been revealed, the presidential numbers are still rolling after the conclusion of the August 9 polls. The presidential results are key to the entire process because Kenyans are waiting for the winner, who will serve them…
  • - Waste management technology provider Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) has revealed its entrance into the Kenyan market. The company, which is based in Zurich, is setting up shop in the country in collaboration with Sintmond Group Limited.  According to a statement announcing the move, the company will see…
  • - Since the OPPO Find X that was launched in 2018, the company has steered away from launching its flagship phones in Kenya and stuck with bringing the Reno and the A series to the country But on Thursday night, OPPO launched the Find X5 in the country. this is their latest entry-level flagship…
  • - Google announced 1,000 scholarships to enable small retail business-owners in Kenya to open online shops to market their wares and services. The development was announced as part of a month-long commemoration of International Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) Day this month. Google…
  • - Microsoft says it is committing to working with both the private and public sectors to accelerate digital transformation in African agriculture to increase food security for the continent. According to Microsoft Kenya Acting Country Manager Kunle Awosika, the tech corporation will continue…
  • - The growth in research and development, and technological advancements in industries like paint and coatings, constructions, and transportation, name them, which are heavy application segments for epoxy and resins are likely to drive the industry demand. After years of streamlining internal…
  • - In the past few years, OPPO has steered away from launching its flagship devices in the country and stuck with launching the Reno and A series of smartphones. The latest smartphones the company has launched in the country have been the Reno7 series which includes the Reno7 5G and the Reno7 4G. The…
  • - Meta-owned messaging platform WhatsApp is bringing a much-needed feature imperative for people switching from Android to iOS. If you’ve made the change from Google to Apple, you can carry on your WhatsApp chats and data from your Android smartphone to the iPhone. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to…
  • - Payments corporation Flutterwave, which is based in Nigeria and whose valuation has since ballooned to over $3 billion, has announced the appointment of Oneal Bhambani as its new Chief Financial Officer.  The new CFO joins the company from American Express and Kabbage. His tasks at the two…
  • - A couple of weeks ago, we noted that Safaricom Home Fibre had discontinued the portal where users could access their routers and make basic adjustments such as password changes. Upon asking the telco, we were told that it had moved the functionality to USSD, which could be accessed via the *400#…
  • - Asus launched the new Vivobook Pro lineup late last year(September) and the Vivobook Pro 16X OLED has finally landed on our review desk. There is a smaller Vivobook Pro 14X OLED option. The Asus Vivobook Pro 14X/16X OLED lineup sits right between the Zenbook Pro series and the Vivobook lineup aimed…
  • - The passing of the ICT Practitioners Bill, 2020 has elicited a lot of controversies, and for multiple reasons. One of the primary concerns from ICT stakeholders, and the industry at large, is that the bill will curtail the growth of the space by forcing practitioners to own licenses, offered by an…
  • - As we have come to learn, the August polls are gaining more momentum in terms of campaigns, and assurances that aspirants want the electoral management body, the IEBC to clarify before Kenyans can pick their leaders. Most of the issues are technology-based, and we have highlighted some of them here…
  • - The elections are incoming, and Kenyans will have a chance to vote for leaders who will serve them for the next half a decade. During the polls, a lot of things can go wrong. Most of these concerns are technical, and this is because the polling exercises will use technology tools, most of which are…