What is 2-factor authentication? As the name already suggests, this is a process that most companies are now adopting to ensure that you use 2 steps to login to your online accounts to reduce fraud/illegal activity on or using your account.
Who already offers 2-Step authentication? Google has had it since 2011. So has Facebook. Dropbox, the online file-sharing and cloud-store for files, has had it since 2012. Apple’s iCloud started the 2-Step verification in March 2013 and now Microsoft is also on board to offer good account protection to its users.
This allows you to set up a password on an account as well as the need to key in a code sent to your mobile phone to access an account. These settings are now available on Microsoft services like Outlook, SkyDrive and Office Web Apps and offer an excellent layer of security that wo Read more »
Most of Nairobi folk have heard of Wazi WiFi by now. In case you haven’t, Wazi WiFi is a merged effort by Google and Wananchi Group, the guys who brought you Zuku, to provide cheaper and more affordable internet currently in Nairobi, around Nairobi’s suburbs and outskirts and eventually throughout the country. Some other businesses have also jumped on the bandwagon to widen Wazi WiFi’s network. One such company is Eatout that last month partnered with WaziWiFi to give internet in Kenyan restaurants.
How it works – Wazi is a Swahili word that means ‘open’. Wi-Fi then is the acronym for Wireless Fidelity which is essentially a set of standards for transmitting data over a wireless network. Wazi Wi-Fi then is a service that offers internet anywhere with a Wazi WiFi network using one login synchronized over a central payment gateway. This means that you will buy either a daily subscription card worth KES 50 or a monthly subscription worth KES 500 and then you can login and surf on an unlimited data plan anywhere there is Wazi WiFi. You only need to log on once. There was an event promoting Wazi at Stanley Hotel yesterday which Joe Mucheru who is the Google Country manager and Riyaz Bachani who is the Group Chief Technical Officer at Wananchi Group Kenya. He is in charge of Wazi WiFi. Read more »
Sometimes finding a nice restaurant with good Wi-Fi to work as you wait is a challenge, and a mean one at that. I mean those days, afternoons or weekends, where you need to work on that presentation that your boss needs in the next hour yet you, like me, crave a double masala and a sesame bagel to quell that loud rumbling stomach. Well, Eat Out is coming to your rescue. Eat Out has partnered with Wazi-WiFi, a Google and Wananchi Group initiative, to bring some uber cool WiFi offerings to your local restaurants.
At the launch of the service today, Joe Mucheru, Google’s Country Managers said, Read more »
After overseeing the establishment and growth of Google in Africa, from single staff to 80, from one country to eight, Mucheru will now be concentrating his efforts on Kenya.
“This was my decision, I have been spending one in four weeks in Kenya; it’s good for my family and great for the country,” said Mucheru.
Mucheru is probably the most experienced in Kenya’s tech industry, having started around 1990, co-founded Wananchi Online to the position where an international firm could buy in, after managing to bring the cost of connectivity down. I still remember Wananchi adverts for a dial up for 12k and that was a real bargain. Read more »
Google has reportedly let one of their own go to save face in the Mocality saga that saw the multi-million search engine company admit to using a Kenyan startups’ data illegally.
Olga Arara-Kimani, who was until Monday, the Google Kenya country manager has left Google after the Google-Mocality story erupted and the internet giant promised heads were going to roll.
Olga has been a key figure in the Google story especially within the Kenyan region and her departure leaves a void that is yet to be filled. She was once listed as one of the top 20 youngest powerful African women. Her departure comes just days after Google gave a statement via Nelson Mattos, Vice President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Read more »
Google recently publicly admitted that they did in-fact use Mocality‘s data illegally to get business. After investigations they conducted internally and an inquiry into the matter, they discovered that they indeed did have a case to answer.
The statement is attributable to Nelson Mattos, Google’s Vice-President for Product and Engineering, Europe and Emerging Markets, and can also be accessed on his Google+ profile.
See statement below:
“We’ve concluded our investigation into the serious allegations about our use of data from Mocality’s website in Kenya. We’re very sorry this happened. We’ve taken appropriate action with the people involved and made changes in our operations to ensure this doesn’t occur again.”
Please see the most recent statement shared by Google’s Nelson Mattos, Vice-President for Product and Engineering, Europe and Emerging Markets in response to the issues raised by Mocality in its blog post.
“We were mortified to learn that a team of people working on a Google project improperly used Mocality’s data and misrepresented our relationship with Mocality to encourage customers to create new websites. We’ve already unreservedly apologised to Mocality. We’re still investigating exactly how this happened, and as soon as we have all the facts, we’ll be taking the appropriate action with the people involved. “
“We’re aware that a company in Kenya has accused us of using some of their publicly available customer data without permission. We are investigating the matter and will have more information as soon as possible.
These are clearly very serious allegations, and we are doing everything possible to investigate them.”
Groupon services started in the US last year (2010) with a company called Groupon and thus gave the great venture an apt name. They were an instant hit and even had Google offer to buy them out for 6 Million USD which they rejected. Oh wait, not 6 million; it was actually 6 billion. Sorry for the oversight. From this one actually has the clear impression that Groupon (and subsequent group buying ideas) are a hit in markets wherever they land. They use simple formulae that measure what’s hot in the market and offer it at a reduced price with barter to the service offering company that their ‘brand will be widely known’.
Unfortunately, many companies are falling into this trap where they think that simply putting up a deal on a Groupon site will do the magic. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Sure, your offer will be bought into, and sure consumers will speak of your product for 3-4 days as your ‘offer’ is hot but does it maintain top of mind awareness?
Groupon services came into the Kenyan market in late 2010. Specifically December and they have been doing well so far.
This OS being a successor to the hugely successful Android OS 3 (HoneyComb), and is expected to be a huge success when it is finally conceived.
Among the extensive improvements include upgrades to the Android camera app, facial recognition technology, and a resolution-agnostic experience. That last bit is particularly important, since it will help developers streamline the coding of their apps for Android. Read more »
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