Just like Apple did, Microsoft too left Windows security doors unlocked for anyone with the technical skills

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What Apple and Microsoft have done is like someone building a house is such a remote rural area where you don’t expect to meet another human for hundreds of miles. Then leave the door always open, be it day or night. Technically, your house is secure since no one is expected to come around; until they do.

News of Apple shipping MacOS High Sierra with no root password first surfaced late last month. It now appears Microsoft too has left the front door open on Windows security door, simply because it takes too much technical skills and the right person to dive that deep into the OS configurations.

Software developer Matthias Gliwka discovered a flaw in Microsoft’s wildcard transport layer security (TLS) certificate. Gliwka says it includes a private key when you are setting up a sandbox testing environment for Microsoft’s Customer Relationship Manager, Enterprise Resource Planning, and Dynamics 365 software.

The private key is flawed given when a hacker exports it, they can decrypt traffic that was earlier scrambled by a digital credential by impersonating the server. This trick will expose the user’s communication without ever …read more

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MainOne and Tizeti partner with Facebook to improve internet connectivity in Lagos

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Internet services will be more accessible across Lagos Mainland including Ajao Estate, Surulere, Ikeja, Omole, Magodo, Gbagada, Oworonshoki, Bariga, Anthony Village, Ogudu, Ojota, Ketu, and Alapere

Speaking on the partnership, Chief Executive Officer, Tizeti, Kendall Ananyi, said, “Access to fast and reliable unlimited Wi-Fi connectivity has been a problem for most Nigerian residential customers and small businesses for too long. This partnership aims to demonstrate a sustainable and cost-effective solution to the under-served areas of Lagos State through our solar-powered, always-on Wi-Fi towers, and robust internet bandwidth from MainOne.”

Tizeti has built and will operate the solar-powered Wi-Fi Towers across Lagos while MainOne will provide multiple Gbps internet bandwidth to the outdoor towers via a mix of fiber-optic and microwave backhaul connections. This internet service will be delivered to end users via Wi-Fi, including via Express Wi-Fi hotspots deployed by Tizeti in Lagos. This partnership supports the three partners’ shared goal of connecting more people to high-quality internet services in the most cost-effective way.

MainOne’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Funke Opeke, lauded Tizeti and Facebook’s commitment to improving the quality and lowering costs of Internet services in Lagos. …read more

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Bharti Airtel could exit Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania telecom space

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In Kenya, Bharti Airtel is finding the telecom ‘waters rough’ mainly because of the dominance of Safaricom. Simply put, Airtel cannot profitably compete against Safaricom under the prevailing circumstances.

It would seem the ‘waters are rough’ on Airtel not just in Kenya, but also in Rwanda and Tanzania. According to Goldman Sachs, Airtel return on investment in the three countries is significantly lower compared to the current average return it gets across other African countries.

Sunil Mittal, the Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises is reported by the Economic Times to have said the telecom is currently actively engaged in exploring options of either purchase, merger, or intra-country sale of its businesses in Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Mittal says such a move will significantly reduce leverage and increase margins.

Though it is no new news in Kenya, Airtel Kenya has been showing all the possible signs that it will pull out of the country soon. Sometimes there are mixed signals, as in the Q3 of 2016, Airtel Kenya reiterated its commitment to the Kenyan market and had recorded positive revenues in that period. The telecom further said …read more

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Tuition Fees is not the biggest challenge to ICT skills in South Africa report unearths

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According to 2017, Johannesburg Center for Software Engineering (JCSW) Skills survey. The lack of ICT skills in South Africa has more to do with lack of youths’ interest in the sector and growing dependence on corporate sponsorship than the cost of acquiring the training.

The survey had 300 respondents, 53% of whom said they preferred offsite learning. That includes online learning, which further drives down the cost of obtaining ICT training. Admittedly, these days there various means of acquiring ICT training that have immensely driven down the cost barriers.

I think the fees must fall (campaign) is really a diversion. It is important that education must be affordable, it’s absolutely vital that it is affordable and we should make sure that not one single cent is wasted in delivering the best quality education, but education isn’t free,” said Andrian Schofield, Manager of the Applied Research Unit at the JCSE.

The model of students paying for at least some of their education is accepted globally. Of more importance are full with students studying every subject under the Sun but not enough of them are asking to study ICT related …read more

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Sony might soon let you change your PlayStation Network name

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For avid gamers out there, we all know we tend to come up with crazy PlayStation Network names while caught up in the heat of the moment playing a new game release.

However, as you get older, some of these usernames will come back to haunt us. Say, for instance, you were a teen when signing up for your PlayStation Network (PSN) account and set it something childish as ‘PhatPlamPumBoo.’ That name might not sound so cool when you are grown and still like playing some video games every now and then.

During an interview at the PlayStation Experience, Shawn Layden – from the company – said he was hopeful Sony will soon allow gamers change their PSN username. So what are they waiting for?

Well, Layden went further to explain that the technicalities behind it is “more complex than you think.” Back in 2014, Layden was quoted (again) saying Sony is taking steps towards addressing this issue. The biggest hurdle for Sony to implement this move is the question of controlling trolls.

A troll could easily go on a rampage on another user’s account then quickly change their …read more

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Kenya Airways partners with Cellulant to offer Innovative online Payment Solutions in 33 Countries in Africa

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… Customers poised to enjoy low transactional fee on KQ website and mobile app.

Kenya Airways has partnered with Cellulant, in a move that will provide a variety of mobile and bank payment options to its customers paying for bookings online.

The first of its kind payment solution for corporates is in also in partnership with Pesalink, a switch which has over thirty banks in Kenya, to offer bank payment options for Kenya Airways customers.

Commenting on the partnership, Kenya Airways Chief Commercial Officer Vincent Coste noted that the airline is keen to continually offer innovative solutions at a speed to match the constantly evolving marketplace by embracing technology to enhance customer experience and increase efficiency in how it does business.

“We continue to partner with the different Fintech companies across the world which will help Kenya Airways improve the online payment experience and increase confidence to its customers while paying for their tickets at Kenya Airways website and mobile app,” Said Vincent Coste.

Kenya Airways is the first Merchant to offer Pesalink through Cellulant’s Mula payments platform at the checkout page, a move that will see …read more

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Microsoft introduces Kaizala to Kenyans; a IM app for Group Communications and Work Management

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Redmond tech giant Microsoft has launched a mobile app to help large group and organization’s staff in Kenya to communicate easily with each other. Dubbed Kaizala, this app is designed to ease communication with a large group of users. It also comes in handy on other fronts like work management, reporting, and analytics.

Kaizala is integrated into the Office 365. Kaizala app goes beyond functioning as your typical chat app. Microsoft says it also enhances your business agility, teammates collaboration, and the total organization’s productivity.

Sebuh Haileleul, the Country General Manager for Microsoft East and Southern Africa, says the app tackles several challenges businesses in Africa deal with especially when managing staff remotely.

Task workers working on construction sites, or in manufacturing plants, retail shops and other industries, typically don’t have a dedicated work space, computer or even email address. As a result, they generally use pen and paper, or unsecure consumer-messaging apps on their personal phones for work-related communications” explained Haileleul.

“This makes it hard for managers to share and collect important information. Kaizala makes it easier and less time consuming for organizations to communicate, assign, and track …read more

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Google and MediaTek wants to improve performance of entry-level smartphones

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Google and MediaTek have partnered to jointly come up with affordable smartphones that though are entry-level devices, still perform well.

Perhaps you have personally experienced this; the cheaper the smartphone, the poor its performance. The biggest pain points with entry-devices are the limited processing power and storage space. Google and MediaTek want entry-level smartphone have at the very least average performance levels and give you the power to control the data usage. The duo wants smartphones with at least 512MB to 1GB RAM not be so painstaking to use yet affordable for everyone.

On its part, Google has optimized Android Oreo (Go edition) by tweaking first-party apps and Google Play Store to run faster and smoothly even entry-level devices. The Go-edition of Android Oreo leverages on existing Google Play Store ecosystem to run apps smoothly even on low-memory devices.

Sameer Samat, the VP of Product Management, Android & Google Play said, “Entry-level devices are the gateway to the internet for many people, and we want to make sure everyone has a great experience when they use these devices. We’re excited that Android Oreo (Go edition) will significantly improve …read more

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Opera Software launches OPay in Kenya, a web payment platform for cashless transactions

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Kenya is a world leader and among the pioneers when it comes to mobile payments; and what better country for Norwegian developer Opera Software to launch its web payment platform OPay?

Opera Software has an integrated web payment platform – OPay – that also runs on its (people’s favorite) mobile browser, the Opera Mini. Using OPay Kenyans can now use the balance therein to top up their mobile airtime, pay utility bills like electricity and pay TV among other utilities.

OPay is said will accommodate multiple payment options like debit/credit cards and mobile money options like M-Pesa and Airtel Money. As a means to attract users onto the platform, Opera Software is running a promotional campaign that will see first-time users get 100% bonus of up to Ksh. 200 upon their first deposit into the OPay wallet. This bonus amount can then be used to purchase mobile airtime or pay for other services via the portal.

Additionally, for every airtime purchase users make via OPay, they will get an extra 20% cashback in the form of credits deposited to their web wallet. The credits are …read more

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How to enable Wi-Fi Calling on your Android Phone

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Chances are high you don’t know if your Android phone supports Wi-Fi calling, and that is largely not your fault because your mobile service carrier probably doesn’t want you using it. The biggest gainer in Wi-Fi calling would be you (the consumer) and not your carrier who would rather charge you for both mobile data and voice calling.

You will be surprised to learn that most modern Android smartphone do support Wi-Fi calling, but you can only enjoy the feature if your carrier supports it. Even in developed countries like the U.S., it is only a handful of carriers who support this feature; T-Mobile being the biggest proponent though other like Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon do support it as well. Come to Africa; it is only a handful of carriers across the continent that supports this service.

How to enable Wi-Fi Calling natively on your Android phone

By default, this feature is disabled. To activate it, go to Settings menu and at the search bar, type in Wi-Fi calling. While you can take the long route of step-by-step procedure, using this shortcut will make it easier for you …read more

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