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Russia’s First Smartphone Goes on Sale

Russia’s first smartphone – a quirky, dual-screen device with a traditional LCD-color display on one side and an electronic-paper display similar to the Amazon Kindle on the other – began selling in Russia and several other European countries on Wednesday. The Yotaphone, developed by a Russian tech start-up, Yota Devices, will be sold for about… Read More »

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Apple buys social media analytics firm Topsy Labs

Apple has bought social media data analytics firm, Topsy Labs for a sum that is rumored to be close to $200m. This marks Apple’s second acquisition in weeks after it announced that it had bought Israeli firm PrimeSense, which specialises in making 3-D motion detection technology. Topsy is one of several firms that have been… Read More »

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Microsoft goes after SMEs in Kenya using pirated software

Technology firm Microsoft will sue local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and individuals who use pirated versions of its software products in Kenya. The firm said it would take to court SMEs and individuals currently using illegally versions of its Microsoft suite of office and other products. Microsoft Kenya country manager Kunle Awosika said the… Read More »

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BlackBerry Rolls Out Its BBM Social Network

As part of BlackBerry’s push to attract more people to BBM, troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd. on Tuesday officially began rolling out its own social network, BBM Channels, a Twitter-like service that’ll allow companies and celebrities to directly engage with fans. The service—which will be available first to BlackBerry users—will soon be preinstalled on some… Read More »

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Apple and Samsung back in court over patent damages

Apple and Samsung are returning to court in one of the most high-profile patent battles of recent times. The two archrivals are in a California court today as a new jury is selected in a follow-up to Apple’s major patent-infringement legal victory of August 2012. The case is not so much as to whether Samsung… Read More »

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IBM Launches Research Lab in Kenya

Yesterday, International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) launched its first research laboratory in Africa. The laboratory situated at Catholic University just outside the country’s capital, is IBM’s twelfth research lab in the world and its first commercial lab and represents an investment of more than $10 million in the first two years, with the Kenyan Government… Read More »

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Safaricom to support Government’s laptop project after 45 percent rise in profit

Safaricom has announced it will give free Internet to schools in the government’s laptop project after posting a 45 percent rise in profit for the first half of 2013-14 to Sh11.3billion. The growth was driven by a 49 percent growth in Short Message Services (SMS) as well as mobile data that increased by 43 percent… Read More »

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Twitter hit with $124 million lawsuit over private stock sale

Twitter Inc was sued for $124 million on Wednesday by two companies claiming the social media darling fraudulently had them organize a private sale of its shares to stoke investor interest for an initial public offering then canceled it. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Precedo Capital Group Inc and Continental… Read More »

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Airtel Partners with Wikimedia Foundation to Bring Free Access to Wikipedia

In a first-of-its-kind pilot initiative in Africa, Airtel, and the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that operates Wikipedia are set to announced a provide Airtel’s customers access to the knowledge and information available on Wikipedia through their mobile phones via text messages (SMS and USSD) free of data charges. This partnership is part of the Wikimedia… Read More »

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App spotlight:Postcard Plus

We had a chance to talk to Christian Aberger, developer of creative app Postcard Plus. Take a look at the Q&A session. Give us a brief background about yourself (education, employment etc) I have a Master of Physics, Software Development. I am the owner and Senior Developer of a Software Company with 16 employees. Do you… Read More »

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