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Inside Kenya’s trendiest and most expensive school

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Daily Nation

By KENFREY KIBERENGE

Saturday, December 1  2012

The classroom looks like a computer lab. Only that it is eight-year-olds busy on the laptops and iPads as the teacher introduces today’s lesson. It is history for Year 4 pupils.

In an ordinary Kenyan school, one would find them crowding their heads on a dog-eared book that has seen better days. The lesson would probably be about the origins of “our” people, phenomena and what to find in the school’s environment.

Not in this school in Nairobi’s Karen neighbourhood. Here, each of the pupils is glued to a laptop or iPad with Wi-Fi connection.

Their teacher, Ms Rachel Cain, is also working on a laptop. Everyone is tech-savvy at Kenya’s trendiest and most expensive school, the GEMS Cambridge International School. It is arguably Nairobi’s newest school, being only three months old.

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GROUPS LOBBY AGANIST UN INTERNET OVERSIGHT AS REVIEW MEETING STARTS.

Tuesday, 04 December 2012/ The Standard.

New measures could include setting up “toll” charges for information across borders, and censure by governments.

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wcitThe head of the UN’s telecommunication overseers sought Monday to quell worries about possible moves towards greater internet controls during global talks in Dubai, but regulations are likely to face stiff opposition from groups led by a major US delegation.

The 11-day conference-seeking to update codes last reviewed when the Web was virtually unknown-highlights the fundamental shift from tightly managed telecommunications networks to the borderless sweep of the internet.

But others at the Dubai conference –including a 123-member US delegation with envoys from tech giants such as Google Inc and Microsoft Corp-worry that any new UN oversight on the internet security could be used by nations such as China and Russia to justify further tightening of Web blocks and monitoring.

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Digital TV to switch off millions

By MUTHOKI MUMO

Daily Nation Tuesday, December 4  2012

TVpxMore than 80 per cent of Nairobi residents will be without television signal come December 31, when the government implements a self-imposed deadline for digital television switch.

The government has said it will stop all analogue television transmission within Nairobi at the end of the year as part of the ongoing migration to digital TV.

“It has become expensive to manage and we need to free up the resources it takes up so that we can expand access to high-speed internet,” Information and Communication Permanent Secretary Bitange Ndemo said.

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College takes cue from expanding Kitengela

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By PONCIANO ODONGO

Daily Nation Monday, December 3  2012

It is one of the latest private colleges in Kitengela town and does not have much to offer in terms of an institution of higher learning.

But the formerly sleepy town is coming alive with buildings being erected here and there with more people moving in to settle or do business.
When Apogee Institute of Professionals (AIP) opened its doors early this year, therefore, it did so with the intention of filling a void.

The expanding Kitengela town meant that there would be more young people in need of higher education.

Strangely, despite its expansion, Kitengela does not seem to have caught the interest of the growing thirsty universities and colleges in Nairobi and other towns.

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Analogue TV switch off set for December 31

 By Fredrick Obura

The Standard Saturday, December 01 2012

analogueIf you live in Nairobi and have not bought a decoder that enables your television to receive digital signals, you better get one immediately or else you will not get any TV signals by December 31.

This is according to the Information Ministry and the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) that have arrived at December 31 as the date they will switch off analogue TV signals in the capital.

This means that unless your TV set can receive digital signals, you have to acquire a decoder or acquire a gadget that receives the digital signals and decodes them for viewing on analogue TV sets. Most of the local TVs are analogue.

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Why business continuity plans fail

By WILLIAM MAKATIANI

Business Daily Wednesday, November 28  2012

businessLast week, I discussed the need for local organisations to create business resilience plans. In response to this article, I received a number of comments on the same topic and a number of readers requested that I address the top reasons why business continuity programmes fail and how to address these gaps.

Most business resilience programmes fail is because most organisations manage business continuity programs in silos with poor coordination, no communication, and limited collaboration.

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KRA case highlights dilemma facing employee innovators

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Business Daily

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 | By Frankline Sunday

In 1978, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs began work on a revolutionary innovation that was poised to change the course of the world of computing.

The Apple Lisa project would see the first personal computer with a graphical user interface go into mass production targeting business users.

However, four years into the project Jobs was forced out of the team and three years later was fired from Apple, the company he had co-founded and that had just gone public.

The story of the iconic CEO’s exit and return a decade later is one that inspires innovators in tech companies across the globe.

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CCTV in city center shall address traffic, insecurity

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The Standard Digital Nov 28, 2012

Installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in sections of Nairobi’s Central Business District can be a gamechanger in how built-up urban centres tackle issues like crime, crowd control, terrorism, traffic gridlocks and general security issues.

If successful it can be adopted by other major towns, including Kisumu, Mombasa, and Nakuru, and Eldoret.

Studies by the World Bank show that by 2030, most people in sub-Saharan Africa will be living in cities.

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Standard Digital awarded best media website

By Jelimo Chelagat

The Standard Nov 26, 2012

slidestandard1The Computer Society of Kenya has awarded the Standard Group for having the best media website at an awards ceremony dubbed a ‘Night with the stars’, held in Nairobi.

The awards dinner held on Thursday was aimed at recognising individuals and companies which have made outstanding contributions in the information and communication industry. The event was the 17th edition of the annual fete.

Speaking at the ceremony, Information and Communications minister Samuel Poghisho lauded ICT industry in Kenya for their innovation adding that this has given Kenya international recognition.

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Kenyan firms eye Ethiopia as new investment hub

Daily Nation

Thursday, November 22, 2012 | By CHARLES WOKABI

newsA number of Kenyan companies are gearing to invest in Ethiopia as a new growth market, with the two countries opening up their boundaries.

President Mwai Kibaki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn on Wednesday signed an agreement meant to open investment opportunities and improve trade between the two countries.

The two nations have a total population of 130 million people.

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Digital revolution takes root in Kenya’s healthcare system

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Business Daily

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 | By EVELYN SITUMA

The Clinton Health Access Initiative (Chai) has been working on transforming Kenya’s paper-based healthcare system to the digital format.

Using an open-source web application, the initiative has been working on applications since last year in partnership with Strathmore University.

Chai has been able to create five web-based applications currently in use in the medical field. The most publicised of them is the Automated Disease Surveillance Application.

The system details incidences of 14 diseases categorised as epidemics, giving a country weekly status report on each. The incidences of the diseases are recorded every Tuesday from 240 hospitals.

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Global IT company enters new partnership with SAP

By NATION CORRESPONDENT

Sunday, November 18  2012

technoGlobal IT firm Techno Brain has entered a new partnership with SAP to offer one-stop domain expertise in key markets in sub-Saharan Africa.

In a statement, the companies said the partnership is targeted at enterprises in the midmarket segment to help them reduce operating costs, optimise asset utilisation, meet customer requirements and surpass quality and compliance objectives.

“This partnership is strategic for us. It will address a set of niche, vertical markets in Africa that have a need for ready-made enterprise solutions,” said Techno Brain CEO Manoj Shanker said.

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ICT CENTRES TO BE SET UP IN SCHOOLS

By Daniel Nzia

The Standard Friday November 16, 2012

ictleoInformation communication technology (ICT) resource centres will be established in 25 schools in Makueni County before the end of the year.MultiChoice Kenya in partnership with the Ministry of Education will establish the centres in six constituencies. Education minister Mutula Kilonzo announced that the Government would make ICT part and Parcel of teaching and learning in all levels of education.

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Safaricom Platform Coming Home

By MUTHOKI MUMO
Dailiy Nation November 14, 2012

collymoreTelecom firm Safaricom has rebounded to post a 94 per cent jump in after tax profits in its half-year profits driven by a growing customer base, easing inflation and a stable exchange rate.

Safaricom on Thursday reported Sh7.8 billion in profits, significantly higher than Sh4 billion made during a similar period last year.

“We are relieved to have recovered from the damaging price wars. We are now focusing on customer growth,” said Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore.

Total revenue grew 19 per cent to Sh59 billion. Voice revenues accounted for Sh37.4 billion or 63 per cent of total revenues.

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Shrinking revenues push local software firm to Singapore

By NATION CORRESPONDENT
Monday November 11, 2012 

Craft Silicon founder and CEO Kamal BudhabattiKenyan software company Craft Silicon has started business in Singapore as revenue from the local market continues to decline.

Craft Silicon founder and CEO Kamal Budhabatti (right) told the Daily Nation that his firm had acquired all the necessary certification and operations are ongoing.

“We’ve a very big market in this country which we’ve been supporting from our offices in India. The new office will harness our customer service in this region while our operations in Kenya and other countries remain intact,” he said.

He noted that revenues from the Kenyan software industry have stagnated especially because of a tough tax regulation that makes it cheaper to import software than buy locally developed applications.

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SPEND SH320BN ON PROJECTS TO ACHIEVE VISION 2030, SAYS WB

Daily Naton Saturday, November 17, 2012 

JohannesZuttpxThe push to have Kenya grow to a middle income country by 2030 would be accelerated if the government consistently spends Sh320 billion annually on infrastructural development.

The push to have Kenya grow to a middle income country by 2030 would be accelerated if the government consistently spends Sh320 billion annually on infrastructural development.

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Why research firm used ICT to rank universities

By EDITH FORTUNATE

Monday, November 19  2012

graduatesIn May this year, Samsung Electronics launched a Samsung e-learning product designed to support academic delivery at Strathmore University.

That partnership has that brought about the now familiar use of tablets by MBA students at the university.

The students use Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablets linked to a Samsung electronic board, which allows interactive learning. The tablets also enable students to exchange notes with their lecturers even when they are away from class.

The Strathmore experience caught the attention of market and social research firm CPS Research International (CPS), which placed the university in second position in a recent ranking survey of universities in East Africa, based on ICT uptake.

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YUMOBILE MULLS OVER TARIFF HIKE

BY MACHARIA KAMAU

THE STANDARD FRIDAY November 16, 2012

yumobileTime for free calls might soon be over as yuMobile, the firm that has mostly used free on-net calls and relatively cheaper cross network calls, moves to adjust up its call rates.

Madhur Taneja, country manager yuMobile, attributed its plan to increase call tariffs to refusal by the Government to bring down mobile termination rates (MTRs), a high tax regime and an unpredictable policy environment that have proved costly for its operations.

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KRA will not trade with employee, says Njiraini

Daily Nation By PAUL WAFULA

Wednesday, November 21  2012

KRAThe Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has asked an employee who innovated a system to help track property tax cheats — and which the authority is now seeking to procure from a third party — to resign and seek to supply the system as an outsider.

Addressing a real estate workshop organised by mortgage provider Housing Finance in Nairobi on Wednesday, KRA Commissioner General John Njiraini said he wants the organisation to concentrate on its core mandate.

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Open data project hits snag as law ‘incomplete’

OpenDatapxLack of legislation compelling government bodies to release data to the public is holding back the successful rollout of the open data initiative. The project, which was launched by President Mwai Kibaki in July last year, is based on provisions of the Constitution that every citizen has the right of access to information held by the State.

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