This Week in Tech: Nokia’s Comeback and More Weekly Tech Trends
China’s richest man Jack Ma came and left after dropping memorable nuggets of wisdom.
The week began well; apart from the fact that Antarctica is yet to come for her weather.
The tech world kept rotating at an interesting speed.
Below are the top 10 tech trends this week:
1. Nokia Gets its Groove Back
After being MIA for a long time, Nokia has finally returned into the Kenya market.
HMD Global this week launched four Nokia smartphones into the Kenyan Market.
This comes after Blackberry and Motorola came knocking and begging for a reunion.
Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and the new Nokia 3310 enter a competitive market, but, you never know, the sales volumes might surprise us.
2. Kaspersky Antivirus Gratis!
You heard that right people! A free version of Kaspersky Antivirus should be making its way to your systems in less than two months.
The free version has been dubbed Kaspersky Free and it joins the league of other free antiviruses available in the market.
Kaspersky Free comes with core features; hence, you should lower your expectations a bit; just expect antivirus software with bare essentials. That should not be hard to envision.
3. Telkom Kenya Goes Santa
Telkom Kenya has announced free calls over this weekend to all its subscribers.
The company has announced notable growth and they credit this to the rebranding that happened two months ago.
The company says that it has now crossed the 3 million subscriber mark.
The free calls apply within the Telkom network only.
4. Telco Masts are the Military’s Next Order of Business
The Kenyan military will be deployed to man Telco masts on Election Day in regions that have been marked as hotspots.
This is aimed at preventing network disruptions as the elections body led by Wafula Chebukati will be using the network to relay election results.
The affected areas are Lamu, Tana River, Garissa, Wajir, and Mandera, and the masts belong to Safaricom, Airtel, and Telkom.
5. Dedicated Hashflags for Kenyan Elections
The General elections are a little over a week away and since they are happening in the age of social media, Twitter has designed the hashflag program, a platform that will support debates and views about the elections.
The hashflag program is specialized hashtags with custom Twitter emoji that allow people to share their views on the August elections.
The two hashflags are #electionske and #electionske2017.
6. Bharti Airtel Ain’t Making Dough
Airtel Kenya has been gracious enough to introduce awesome products such as the Tubonge plan but things are not going so well for its parent company.
Bharti Airtel has reported a 75% drop in profits.
Revenues have declined by 14%.
7. Twitter Q2 Revenues Take a Deep Nose Dive
It seems that not even Trump tweets could help Twitter’s growth plan.
The company has reported a drop in revenues as well as a 0% growth.
The Q2 2017 results showed that Twitter earned $602 for Q2 2016.
Ads revenue stood at $489 million which is an 8% decrease.
8. Jeff Bezos’ Takes the Crown from Bill Gates
This week, Jeff Bezos became the richest ten digit dude beating Bill Gates, albeit for a short while. Gates has held that position for several years now.
The recent surge in Amazon stock pushed Bezo’s fortune to over $90 billion beating Bill Gates who has a net worth of a little over $90 billion.
9. Huawei Technologies is Making Dough
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd has reported a 15% increase in revenue in H1 2017.
The company reported 105.4 billion Yuan in sales from its consumer segment which was complimented by the sale of premium handsets such as P10, Honor 9, and Mate 9.
10. Malware Alert for Android!
ESET East Africa, an internet security company, has issued a malware alert to mobile users on the Android platform.
Alternative app stores have been identified as a potential host to malware and that is why Android users are advised to download apps from official app store.
This comes at a time when cases of attack by malicious malware and viruses have been on the rise.
That’s for this week. Have a good one.