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Reviewing the ASUS GL552J – A Gamer’s Perspective

By David Gitonga

Its not every so often that you come across a laptop built for gamers. Fortunately, I had just that opportunity recently to test out an ASUS gaming machine. The experience, of course, is a gamer’s dream as you might expect.

At first glance, the GL552J looks nothing like your average laptop. The dark, sleek figure will immediately tell you that this machine is built to be used for extended periods of time, and rightly so. Continue reading

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Mobile app, iafya, rich in health information

I-Phone

Kenyan health workers are using a mobile app to learn and educate the masses on health principles.

Dubbed ‘iAfya’, the tool by Avallain Limited, a social enterprise based in Switzerland and Kenya, is already being used as a professional companion by health workers at Coptic hospital.

The tool is gaining prominence since the mobile phone has become ubiquitous (widely available) in Kenya and the region. Continue reading

Kenya to expand fibre optic coverage

ImageKenya is about to expand its fibre optic infrastructure with an additional 1,600KM of National Optic Fiber Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI) phase 2 being embarked on in July.

Already, 4,300KM fibre optic cable has been laid out since 2009. In the second phase all 47 County Governments are earmarked for connection.
NOFBI Phase 2 is funded through USD72.5 million loan from EXIM Bank of China, through a concessional Government to Government loan agreement and M/S Huawei Technologies of China is the project contractor.
NOFBI Phase 1 is already in use by (government in 28 counties, Telkom, Safaricom and Jamii Telecom,) utilizing more than 3,000 KM of the cable.

The government aims to build the ICT infrastructure which is key to helping Kenya catch up with opportunities using the next generation of telecommunications in line with ist vision 2030. This will also aide in the development of rural ICT and access to e- government services.

Nokia: Innovators wanted ahead of the Open Innovation Africa Summit 2012

Kenyan innovators have a chance to showcase their prowess in a new challenge co-sponsored by phone-maker Nokia, infoDev and Capgemini.

Creators of the 3 best ideas will be invited to the second Open Innovation Africa Summit 2012 (OIAS2) to be held in Nairobi from May 28-30 2012 to share their thoughts with ‘respected thought leaders.’

Dubbed ‘Ideas to Innovation’ the global competition seeks to get societal, structural, financial and technological ideas that will help foster innovation leadership in Africa. Continue reading

Digital TV goes live in Nairobi, Kenya

Residents of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi can now enjoy high quality digital broadcasting.

The DVB T2 (The digital broadcasting technology adopted by the Kenya government) signal is now on air in Nairobi, and will soon be available in other parts of the country.

Around Nairobi, the signal can be received in Ngong, Kajiado, parts of Machakos, Kiambu, Thika, parts of Muranga, and some parts of Embu. Continue reading

Ease of doing business: Kenya slides form position 82 in ’09 to position 109

A new IFC and World Bank report finds that economies continued to implement reforms that enhance local firms’ ability to do business, with transparency and access to information playing a key role in the reforms.

Poor protection of property rights and electricity shortages saw Kenya’s appeal to foreign investors wane this year, dealing a blow to efforts aimed at creating employment.

The World Bank’s annual Doing Business released on Thursday says Kenya slid from position 82 in 2009 to position109 in the latest ranking which lists 183 economies.

The World Bank said Kenya should expedite important commercial Bills such as Companies and Insolvency Bills in order to be more attractive to investors. Continue reading

Kenya’s CIO 100 awards to attract over 600 entries, says Hare

Harry Hare Director CIO 100, harry.hare@cio.co.ke

Harry Hare Director CIO 100 harry.hare@cio.co.ke


More African countries have joined competition for Kenya’s CIO 100 innovation awards.
According to CIO director, Mr Harry Hare, the competition has so far attracted 320 entries but the number is expected to rise by the close of the entry period. Continue reading