The African Internet Effect – Everything it touches turns different

There’s been a lot of individual pieces of news and a slowly building awareness of the scale of Africa’s Internet users but noone has yet taken in the breadth of the momentum building up. Russell Southwood tries to get grips with the pace and variety of what’s happening. I ran a session on online content…

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Who is Ken Karangi?

Ken Karangi is a Kenyan website designer turned entrepreneur. Merging art with technology, Karangi’s love for art was the catalyst for his start-up. Capitalizing on the growing number of Internet users in his home country and with thoughts of making art more available and affordable, in 2013 Karangi teamed up with six local artists from…

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Verone Mankou Invents First African-Designed Tablet & Smartphone

Tech startup VMK is offering sleek mobile devices at an affordable price. Founder and CEO  Verone Mankou is dedicated to providing the latest technology to his community. VMK makes a tablet called Way-C, which means “the light of the stars,” and a smartphone called Elikia, which means “hope.”  The $300 tablet is roughly the size…

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Learn Harari Full: an Application to Teach the Harari Language

The fortified historic city of Harar is a UNESCO World Heritage site located on a highland ridge between the Red Sea and the Ethiopian highlands. “For centuries, Harar has been a major commercial centre, linked by trade routes with the rest of Ethiopia, and the entire Horn of Africa”. Historically, the city is known in…

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Blow to Kenya’s Digital Migration As KBC, K24 Revert to Analogue Broadcasting

Barely two months after the start of Kenya’s move to digital broadcasting, two free to air (FTA) stations have switched back on their analogue signals. It is alleged that the two broadcasters – K24 and national broadcaster, KBC – moved back to their analogue signals yesterday due to low uptake of set top boxes by…

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A Self-Powered, Mobile WiFi Device

Staying connected anytime, anywhere. Thanks to the efforts of Ushahidi, a technology not-for-profit based in Kenya, Africa’s demand for connectivity, anytime and anywhere may have been addresssed.   Ushahidi has developed a cloud -managed  portable Wi-Fi router, that houses a mobile modem.  The device can serve as a backup power generator for knternet access when there…

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