Google offers USD 2 million grant as First African Google Impact Challenge Kicks off

Get ready to win USD 2 million,this is not a lucky bet but an assured bet after Google announced it would grant the cash to Kenyan nonprofits enterprises.

The cash will only be granted to group that have a compelling technology-based project that can improve society on a local or national scale.

According gto the international company the USD 2 million will be shared across four winners and eight runners up in the country. Applicants in what will be the first African Google Impact Challenge (GIC) must be a registered charity in Kenya.


“We believe technology can help local and national organizations to better reach their goals and solve some of the continent’s most pressing challenges, and we are eager to back people who are using technology in new ways to make a positive difference in their communities,” said Charles Murito, Country Manager, Google Kenya.

“We also want to highlight the healthy state of social enterprise in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa today, and encourage non-profits to consider how technology and innovation can help them reach their goals,” he added.

People are encouraged to apply since the applications are open for the next 6 months. The public will vote for the idea they believe has the most potential, and the judges will select 3 more winners after hearing in-person pitches from a set of finalists. The winning nonprofits and social enterprises will receive cash as well as access to guidance, technical assistance and mentorship from Google, which they are free to take up should they so choose.

The final awards ceremony will be held during the week of 26 November.

The judges include Manu Chandaria, Caroline Mutoko, Amb Tegla Loroupe, Tabitha Karanja, Janet Mawiyoo, Salim Mohammed as well as Charles Murito


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Google whose main offices are in  California is also simultaneously rolling out the GIC in Nigeria and South Africa, bringing the total grant offered in the three countries to USD 6 million.

At Google4Nigeria in July 2017, announced that it is investing USD 20 million in non-profits working across the continent over the next five years.

Many African non-profit organisations are using technology in innovative ways. However, access to funding and technological expertise are often a barrier to other, equally ambitious projects getting off the ground. Google hopes the Impact Challenge will change that and encourage the entire non-profit sector to think big.

GIC judges will review submitted projects based on three criteria:

  1. Impact. How will the proposed project improve lives? How many people will be affected if successful and to what extent? Is the proposal rooted in research that identifies the size of the problem and how the proposed idea will help solve it?
  2. Technology / Innovation.  Does the proposal leverage technology in a new and creative way to tackle the issue it seeks to address?
  3. Scalability. If successful, how easily can this project scale? Can this proposal serve as a model for other efforts?
  4. Feasibility. Does the team have a well-developed, realistic plan to execute on the proposal? Have they identified the right partners for implementation?
  • Community Impact: If successful, can the proposed project create economic opportunity in the area, and make a difference in the lives of underserved populations?
  • Innovation: Does the project present unexpected solutions to the target population’s needs?
  • Scale: Does the project have the potential to help a large part of the target group? Can it serve as a model for other communities? Will its scope grow over time?

Feasibility: Is the project plan well thought-out, and the team well equipped to execute on it?

Other Google Impact Challenges around the world have supported ideas ranging from smart cameras for wildlife conservation tosolar lightsfor off -grid communities.

to a mobile application that helps  to protect women from domestic violence.

Since 2013, Google has run 18 GICs in 15 countries, received more than 10,000 nonprofit applications, made 370 Grants and involved more than 2000 Googlers.

Interested nonprofits and social enterprises in Kenya can apply on Impactchallenge.with /kenya2018 or visit:


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Girl Power! Google Designs New Female Emojis Depicting Professional Women To Promote Equality

Google engineers have designed and proposed a set of 13 emojis that they say better represent women in the world of work.

The designs have been presented to the Unicode consortium, the body that approves and standardises emojis.

The team said that they hoped the samples would “empower young women (the heaviest emoji users) and better reflect the pivotal roles women play in the world”.

The emojis include female healthcare workers, scientists, businesswomen, industry and technology workers. Emojis are icons that are increasingly being used in mobile and web messaging to help tell a story.

female-emojis3The term means picture (e) and character (moji) in Japanese. The team of four Google employees cited a New York Times op-ed called “Emoji Feminism” as the motivation for its new designs.

“Where, I wanted to know, was the fierce professional working her way to tenure? Where was the lawyer? The accountant? The surgeon?” asks Amy Butcher in the piece.

“No matter where you look, women are gaining visibility and recognition as never before. Isn’t it time that emoji also reflect the reality that women play a key role in every walk of life and in every profession?” the Google workers wrote in their proposal.

he team said it hopes the adoption of their emojis will be rapid: “Given the urgency to improve the representation of women in emoji, we recommend standardizing these characters as quickly as possible.”








This Is Kenya’s Most Trending Personality List For 2015

The late Fidel Odinga, a prominent businessman and son of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga was the most trending search on google in Kenya this year. Fidel was also the most trending search under ‘People we lost in 2015’ after he passed away, in January, and the number one most trending Kenyan personality.

Google has released the annual Year In Search 2015, which uncovers searches and questions that drove Kenyans online throughout the year.

 The late Fidel Odinga topped the trending Kenyan personalities list while Gloria Muliro was second. Third on the list was businessman, Paul Kobia, who drove Kenyans to search following his arrest by police after he claimed that he knew who and what had killed Raila Odinga’s son, Fidel Odinga..The late George Muchai, who served as Kabete Member of Parliament (MP), was fourth on the list after he was gunned down in Nairobi, while the late Nana Gichuru – a well-known actress and blogger who died in a tragic car accident – was number five. Other trending personalities include: Dr. Auma Obama – half sister to U.S President Barack Obama; the late Murimi wa Kahalf – popularly known for his hit song “Ino Ni Momo”; Dr. Mugo wa Wairimu, alias James Mugo Ndichu, who is accused of allegedly sedating and raping women in his clinic; senior reporter Jackie Maribe after rumors of her love affair with top Kenyan comedian Eric Omondi and Neno Evangelism preacher – Pastor James Maina Ng’ang’a after he was allegedly accused of causing fatal accident along Nairobi-Nakuru highway.

2015 was also the year Kenya and the world bid farewell to some of its most dynamic personalities and the late Fidel Odinga was the most trending personality among ‘People we lost in 2015’

This year’s most trending searches were, for the most part, driven by events and personalities. See below:

Trending events

President Obama visit

Pope Francis visit

Garissa University attack

Teachers Strike

Mayweather vs Pacquiao

Beatification of Sister Nyaatha

Tanzania Elections

Paris Attacks

Blood moon

COPA America

Most Trending general searches

Fidel Odinga



Pope Francis

Lamar Odom

Garissa Attack

Teachers strike

The Beast


Copa America

Most Trending Kenyan personalities

Fidel Odinga

Gloria Muliro

Paul Kobia

George Muchai

Nana Gichuru

Auma Obama

Murimi wa Kahalf

Mugo wa Wairimu

Jackie Marimbe

Pastor Nganga

Trending People we lost in 2015

Fidel Odinga

Muna Obiekwe

Bobbi Kristina

George Muchai

Nana Gichuru

Murimi wa Kahalf

Grace Ogot

Mzee Ojwang

Kimani Maruge

Jonah Lomu

Most Trending Music




Classic man

Hotline Bling

See you again

Trap Queen

Nae Nae

Bad Blood

One Last time

Most trending ‘What is’ general searches

What is xenophobia

What is beatification

What is poverty

What is POTUS

What is Ebola

What is climate change

What is ISIS

What is Eurobond

What is teenage pregnancy

What is the beast

Most trending ‘How to’ general searches

How to play lotto

How to lose belly fat

How to download a youtube video

How to okoa stima

How to write a formal letter

How to practice typing on a computer

How to pray with the rosary

How to bet

How to convert pdf to word

How to bake a simple cake

Google Photo App Calls Black Couple Gorilla’s

Google has a problem again and this time it’s not the white house being called the “Nigga house”, its a photo of two black people being called “Gorillas”.

The Google Photos application, uses an automatic tagging tool to help organise uploaded images and make searching easier.

But the artificial intelligence software mistakenly described African-American computer programmer Jacky Alcine and his friend as “gorillas”.

Google has said it is “genuinely sorry” after its image recognition software labelled photographs of a black couple as “gorillas”.

In a series of tweets to Google, Mr. Alcine said : “Google Photos, y’all f***** up. My friend’s not a gorilla.”

He added: “The only thing under this tag is my friend and I being tagged as a gorilla.”

Mr Alcine also remarked: “What kind of sample image data you collected that would result in this son?”

He received a response from Google’s chief social architect Yonatan Zunger later that day.

“This is 100 percent not okay,” said Mr Zunger, promising a fix later that evening.

According to Skynews Google said in a statement: “We’re appalled and genuinely sorry that this happened.

“We are taking immediate action to prevent this type of result from appearing.”

“There is still clearly a lot of work to do with automatic image labeling, and we’re looking at how we can prevent these types of mistakes from happening in the future.”

One person on Twitter dubbed it “the first instance of A.I. racism”.


YouTube And Google Maps To Be Available Offline Soon

You might no longer need to have internet connection to access Google Maps or Youtube .

The change to the apps, due to be implemented later this year, means users will no longer have to be connected to the internet in order to get information on a route or to watch a video.

You’ll have to save a journey on Google Maps before you use it offline and any clips you want to view on YouTube will have to be streamed first, while you have a connection.

The videos will only be available for 48 hours.

‘With offline maps, you won’t need to suck down expensive data or have super reliable connectivity every time you want to navigate somewhere,’ said Google’s Vice President of Engineering Jen Fitzpatrick.

The announcement was made at the Google I/O event in San Francisco last week.


The Dangers of Using Google to Self-Diagnose

Your hiccups just won’t quit. Like, it’s been two days. You could head to your medics office. But, groan. So inconvenient. And Dr. Interwebs is faster, simpler, and cheaper. It takes mere seconds to type symptoms into a search engine…and just a few more to learn that those persistent throat spasms could be a sign of a pulmonary embolism. Or a stroke. Or, holy shit, cancer.

We know you know the drill. Almost 80 percent of women pursue wellness intel online, and around 60 percent of quests are done specifically to diagnose a medical condition. These days, the average gal sees an medic just three times a year—but spends almost 52 hours prowling the ‘Net for health help. Psychologists have given this tech-enabled obsessing over real symptoms or imagined ills a name: cyberchondria. It can build slowly or strike suddenly, but it always starts the same way.

“Everybody googles their symptoms, their diagnoses, and their treatments—and that’s enabled people to be a lot more knowledgeable,” says Lyle Dennis, M.D., chief of neurology at Bon Secours Charity Health System in Suffern, New York. “But the flip side is people are getting scared.” Nearly half of all virtual health seekers end up more anxious than they were before they logged on, and it’s easy to see why: Millions of medical sites, blogs, and Wiki pages can, intentionally or not, spew out confusing, overwhelming, or panic-inducing information—or, in too many cases to count, misinformation.

This digital-age version of hypochondria, and the sketchy content that fuels it, has gotten so bad that Google recently stepped in. Together with the Mayo Clinic, it created doctor-vetted e-cards that pop up in hundreds of health searches. (Type in, say, pinkeye or tennis elbow, and a concise graphic surfaces, with legit illustrations, symptoms, and treatments.)

So…is cyberchondria wrecking your life—or saving it? The best advice is to learn how to channel your instincts and know when to bring in an M.D. (um, always). These strategies will put you on the path to saner, savvier searching:

Get some perspective. “Just because you share a symptom with a disease doesn’t mean you have the disease,” says Fryhofer. There’s probably a simple, non-life-threatening explanation for your aches or pains. Don’t ignore symptoms, but don’t immediately assume the worst.

Cool the self-diagnosing. Repeat after us: I will write down symptoms and questions and bring them to my doctor. She’ll do an exam, suggest tests, and come to a diagnosis based on factors you may not have considered, such as your age and family history.

Keep psychology in mind. One study found that you’re more likely to believe you have a condition if you see all your symptoms listed in a row, rather than broken up by unfamiliar ones. Read through symptom lists completely, without skipping anything. If many don’t apply to you, you can probably breathe easier.

Be all about action. Booking an appointment is useful; worrying yourself sick isn’t, says Brad Schmidt, Ph.D., director of the Anxiety and Behavioral Health Clinic at Florida State University. If you still find yourself wigging out, limit searches to no more than 20 minutes each, or put a total ban on googling until you see your doctor.

Google Apologises After White House Listed On Racist Search Results

A few days ago if you searched for the word “N**** house” on google maps it would take you straight to the White House among the top search results.

The White House happens to be the official residence of President Barack Obama, the first black President of the USA.

Upon notification, google flagged it and fixed the issue within hours.

But users have pointed out that hundreds of other derogatory terms entered into the search bar can see users directed to specific points on the map.

In a new blog post, the search company said it was “deeply upset” by the problem and was working to overhaul how some of its search algorithms work.

It said: “This week, we heard about a failure in our system – loud and clear.

“Certain offensive search terms were triggering unexpected maps results, typically because people had used the offensive term in online discussions of the place.

“This surfaced inappropriate results that users likely weren’t looking for.

“Like many of you, we were deeply upset by this issue, and we are fixing it now. We apologise this has taken some time to resolve.”

Nigga hse


Want To Know Your Entire Search History on Google?

Google just gave Chrome users a little feature with big implications: You can now download your search history. It might seem silly—and somewhat frightening—to download a massive file containing everything you have searched for since enabling the web history setting, but the list is an interesting peek into how Google sees you.

To download your search history, go to your Google account’s Web & Activity page, click the cog in the top right, and click “Download.” Google will warn you with a pop-up not to download to a public computer and to set up two-stage verification—and if you don’t take the security of your search history as seriously as Google does, you haven’t been paying attention.

There are many things Google can do with your search history, from personalizing advertisements to combining many search histories to find patterns, which a political science professor did to discover that 3 million to 4 million people could not register to vote in 2012 due to sketchy voter registration restrictions. Google even tries to predict who you are based on your search history, though its guesses are often a bit off-base. Even if Google doesn’t have a perfectly accurate demographic profile of you, it still has a good idea of your desires and habits.

Being able to download the raw output that gets fed into Google’s analytics may not sound like a fun Friday night. But at least it is there, part of Google’s Takeout project, which launched in 2011 to let you download the personal data collected by Google services like Gmail and YouTube. Other services have similar raw activity dumps, VentureBeat points out, with Twitter letting you download your tweeting history and Facebook letting you download your profile history archive. While it can be fun to look at this data yourself, these archives should be a sobering reminder of how much personal information we share every time we use the Internet.

The evolution of popular social networking sites

Have you ever wondered how Google, Linkedin,Wikipedia,Yahoo etc   looked like a few years ago when they started?

Growing with the times, the sites have changed their interfaces to be more user friendly.

Well, here is the evolution of the sites.

Linkedin 2003
Tumblr – 2007


Google 2015
Google 1998
Youtube – 2015
Youtube – 2005
Facebook – 2004




Here is how to track you partner for free (Video)

If you suspect that your spouse is cheating or just  want to know where they hang out just check their phone.

If your partner has an android phone and uses gmail, it is possible to tell where they have been in the past 24 hours or even a month.

However to be able to access this information you will need their google password.

Once you log in go to, then .

This will show the  venues/stops that have been made within the past 24 hours to 30 days depending on what you want to know.

Remember that this information is only available  if you have a gmail account and if your location services are tuned on.

Location history will then be  automatically  tuned on.

You may also use maps to check the name of a venue you went to but might have forgotten the name.

Build-your-own Google handset reconstructs smartphone

With a smartphone that slots together piece by piece like Lego, US Internet giant Google is trying to reinvent the mobile as most phone makers are honing sleeker handsets.

The company aims to challenge its rival Apple’s thin iPhones with the Google Ara project, giving smartphone aficionados the option to build their phone themselves.

Anlysts say tech boffins will love it but remain cautious about how popular it may be compared to polished conventional smartphones that sit snugly in the palm.

Google says the Ara phone is part of its bid to widen Internet access to users in developing countries and could create a new industry for assembly-ready handset parts.

Google’s associate, US firm Yezz, presented a prototype of the build-your-own device this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the world’s biggest wireless telecom trade fair.

The phone consists of a base structure on which various square, magnetic modular parts can be attached: screen, battery, camera, speakers and more. Google plans to release it in three sizes.

Ara would allow users to replace individual components rather than throwing the whole thing away and buying a new handset. It says the base unit will last at least five or six years.

“That is good for the environment,” said Annette Zimmermann, a telecom specialist at German consultancy Gartner.

Ara “could reshape the mobile landscape,” said Paul Eremenko, director of the Ara Project, in a presentation to experts in January.

He said it aimed to gain six billion potential clients — the current billion people who currently use smartphones “and five billion future users”, most of them in emerging markets.

Google says a mid-range Ara phone could cost between $50 and $100 to produce, but has not given details of the likely sales price, leaving questions marks over how sustainable such a product would be.

“Google is not looking to make money directly with Ara,” said Jerome Colin, a telecom expert at French consultancy group Roland Berger.

“It is basically looking to spread smartphones in countries with low purchasing power, and to unify the telecom world around its Android system.”

Tech fans and bloggers queued up to see the prototype presented in Barcelona, but analysts were sceptical.

“The trend in mobile phones is to have small, thin, really integrated products. If you make a product modular it immediately means that you’re going to have to make compromises on that,” said Ben Wood, head researcher at consultancy CCS Insight.

“The other question mark I have is: beyond geeks, who really knows” about components? he added.

“If I said to you, which processor do you want in your smartphone, I think you could stop people in the street and they’d just look at you like you’d landed from Mars.”

Eremenko acknowledged that consumers risked being overwhelmed by too many technical options when it comes to choosing components.

“We need to resolve the paradox of choice,” he said in January.

Google plans a test launch of the device in Puerto Rico by the end of this year.

“We will have to see if the public takes to it,” said Zimmerman.

Google dominates the world of Internet searches and its Android operating system can be used on 80 percent of the world’s smartphones. It also holds a large market share in wireless tablet devices.

Its senior vice-president Sundar Pichai said in Barcelona on Monday that it was in talks with telecom companies about possibly using their networks to operate its own mobile phone services in the United States.

Photo Credits : AFP

Apple is now worth more than Microsoft and Google combined

Apple’s stock price has been on a tear lately and the company’s shares closed trading on Wednesday at a new high of $124.88. This gives Apple an absolutely massive market cap of $716.7 billion, which once again makes Apple the single most valuable American company ever just one day after it broke through the $700 billion barrier for the first time.

However, Wednesday’s closing number was remarkable for another reason: Apple’s total market cap is now more than the combined market caps of Google and Microsoft. You read that correctly: If you add Google’s market cap of $365.46 billion with Microsoft’s market cap of $349.89 billion, you get $715.35 billion, or $1 billion less than Apple’s market cap at the end of trading Wednesday.

For more perspective, consider that only two other tech-related companies — Verizon and Facebook — have market caps of over $200 billion. Apple could easily trade at $216 per share right now, which would be more than enough to put it over the $1 trillion market cap threshold.

Whether Apple can maintain this insane value going forward is open to debate, of course, but given its exceptionally high customer loyalty, there’s no reason to think Apple won’t continue posting record profits for a good while to come.

Microsoft HoloLens goggles captivate with holograms

Microsoft’s HoloLens goggles have hit a sweet spot between Google Glass and virtual reality headgear, immersing users in a mesmerizing world of augmented reality holograms.

The glasses, which the US technology titan sprang on an unsuspecting press this week, elicited descriptions such as “magical” and “unbelievable,” the first time in a while such praise was heaped on a Microsoft creation.

The augmented reality goggles are a step in a different direction from virtual reality headgear such as Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus system, as well as Google Glass.

At private demos of HoloLens in a carefully guarded lower level of Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Washington, cameras, recording devices and even smartphones were not permitted.

Microsoft executives said the holographic capabilities built into Windows 10 operating software — to be released late this year — would open doors for developers to augment tasks from complex surgery to motorcycle design.

In a captivating demonstration, a prototype HoloLens turned a room into the surface of Mars.

HoloLens wearers found themselves standing near a 3D representation of the Rover, free to roam Mars, at times accompanied by a NASA scientist projected into the scene and communicating through Skype.

“This is the future of space exploration,” said the scientist, represented by a glowing golden spacesuit reminiscent of vintage science fiction films.

NASA team members can use HoloLens to move about as if they are on Mars and figure out where they want the Rover to go and what they want it to do.

– Work and play –

Through a series of scenarios, HoloLens overlaid virtual scenes on real space, allowing wearers to safely and efficiently navigate rooms while engaging with 3D imagery using voice, gaze or gesture.

The head piece tracks eye movements, then lets wearers use a simple finger flick to interact with whatever they focus on.

Replacing a light switch became a collaborative effort, as one individual with a tablet computer guided the job, overlaying arrows or notes that floated in the air.

The room was then converted into an extension of the building-block themed game Minecraft, with castles on floors and table tops. With voice commands and taps of the finger, a wearer built or destroyed, and sometimes vanquished zombies.

The Microsoft headgear even became a tool for designing virtual toys then made real using a 3D printer.

HoloLens also promises scintillating integration with video games, and Microsoft has a broad and devoted fan base for Xbox consoles.

– The future of computing –

“HoloLens offers a new platform and experience for computing on the scale of the original PC and the launch of Apple iPhone,” Forrester analyst Frank Gillett said in a blog post.

And Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has depicted virtual reality as a computing platform poised to succeed the mobile Internet era centered on smartphones and tablets.

He backed his belief by buying Oculus VR last year in a $2 billion deal.

Because virtual reality headgear disconnects users from their immediate surroundings, some people worry about what is happening in reality or what they might bump into.

“Virtual reality makes sense for gamers pretty much immediately” said Endpoint Technologies analyst Roger Kay.

“I think augmented reality is actually how this type of technology is gonna hit in to the general population.”

By contrast, Google Glass essentially displays a miniature version of a smartphone screen in an upper corner of one lens.

People can glance to see text messages, video or other scenes in small displays, and also take pictures or video, controlling the eyewear with voice commands or taps on frames.

Google recently ended sales of Glass through an Explorer program, but a lower-cost and more fashionable version is expected to make it to market.

“I have to say Microsoft has truly delivered a mixed reality experience that will delight,” Forrester analyst James McQuivey said in a blog post.

“It’s on everybody else — from Apple to Samsung, Oculus VR to Magic Leap — to match Microsoft’s opening bid.”

Photo Credits : AFP

Google Translate app upgrades voice, camera translation

Google has announced a significant update to its Translate app for mobile users. The updated app gets several new features for Android and iOS users including a feature called Word Lens. Word Lens is really cool because it allows users to take a picture of text and get a translation for the text in 36 languages. That means if you are in a foreign city, you can do things like snap pictures of street signs and see what they mean.

When you aim the camera at a sign, using Word Lens the translated text is laid over the top of the sign. One of the good things about this feature is that you don’t need to have a data connection or WiFi for the translation to work.

Instant translations are currently supported from English and to and from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Google plans to add more languages to the feature in the future. Google has also made it easier to speak to someone and get translations.


Google Honors Kimani Maruge with a Doodle a day

Google on Monday honoured the late Kimani Maruge’s life and achievements with a custom doodle on its homepage. Kimani Maruge was an extraordinary Kenyan whose passion for education throughout his life shines as a beacon worldwide on the importance of lifelong learning.

Kimani Ng’ang’a Maruge holds the Guinness World Record for being the oldest person to start primary school at age 84.

The doodle not only serves as a reminder about the importance of education for children, but also for adults for whom it is never too late to learn something new.

Doodles are used to celebrate the lives of famous scientists, artists, and pioneers throughout history and Google is thrilled to feature a Kenyan whose life stood for such an important cause.

Google self drive car is ready for use

Google on Monday announced that the first completed prototype of its self-driving car is ready to be road tested.

“We’re going to be spending the holidays zipping around our test track, and we hope to see you on the streets of Northern California in the new year,” the Internet titan’s autonomous car team said in a post at Google+ social network.

The prototype is a manifestation of plans that California-based Google revealed in May to build its own autonomous car minus typical features such as steering wheels.

“They won’t have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal… because they don’t need them. Our software and sensors do all the work,” Google’s Chris Urmson said in a blog post in May.

Technical specifics about the prototype were not disclosed on Monday.

For Google, the car marks a shift away from adapting vehicles made by others in its quest to pioneer individual transport that needs only a stop-and-go function.

Google said early this year that the top speed of the battery-powered prototypes will be 25 miles (40 kilometers) per hour and that they would be designed for utility, not luxury.


Beyonce is the most searched for female star, says Google

‘Drunk In Love’ hitmaker Beyonce is the most searched for female star on Google over the last 12 months, research shows.Beyonce is the most searched for female star on Google in the UK this year.

What’s more, the 33-year-old beauty released a full platinum edition of her fifth studio album Beyonce, while she and Jay Z also embarked on their On The Run tour.

Elsewhere, Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence was the second most searched for female on Google, having been among the victims of the photo hacking scandal earlier this year.


Waiguru wins first round against google

Internet giant Google has lost round one of its battle against Planning secretary Anne Waiguru in a suit that is expected to define the boundaries of liability for online carriers of material posted by third parties.

The Constitutional and Human Rights Division of the High Court, sitting in Nairobi, declined to grant Google Kenya’s prayers to be struck out of the case in which Ms Waiguru has sued Google Kenya and its mother company Google Incorporated.

Google Kenya had made the application in response to a suit the Cabinet Secretary had filed against it and Google Inc. as part of her fight with a Kenyan website Daily Post over publication of a story she claims was defamatory and libelous about her.

Google Kenya had argued in its application that it was not responsible for publication of the same material as the platform is owned by Google Inc.which only pays the local operation marketing fee through Google Ireland.

Google Kenya said it was only responsible for marketing and service support for Google Inc, hence it could not be held responsible for the defamatory material.

In a ruling made last Friday, Justice Isaac Lenaola declined to strike Google Kenya from the suit, arguing that it was too early to tell whether the firm was aware of the offensive material and if it could have been able to prevent publication of the same.

Information before court was not enough to determine with certainty that Google Kenya had no responsibility whatsoever in the allegations Ms Waiguru made in her petition, the judge argued, adding that Google would suffer no harm by participating in the proceedings.

“In any event, I do not see any prejudice Google Kenya may suffer by participating in the proceedings if its joinder will be useful in having the petition determined. In the event that the court does not find any wrongdoing on its part, then appropriate orders will be made at that stage,” he said.

Ms Waiguru had sought court orders compelling Google Kenya to reveal the identities of the owners of the DailyPost in order to facilitate the legal action she wanted to take against the publishers.

Ms Waiguru had sought court orders compelling Google Kenya to reveal the identities of the owners of the DailyPost in order to facilitate the legal action she wanted to take against the publishers.

“The said story is defamatory of my character and having been aggrieved by the offending publication I have a right to seek legal redress but cannot exercise that right without information being held by Google Inc and Google Kenya Limited regarding the owners of the Daily Post,” she said.

The story was published in the wake of Ms Waiguru’s sacking of the then chairman of Youth Development Fund Gor  Semelango.

The Cabinet Secretary had further sought court orders compelling Google to remove the said material from its search engine and from, a Google Inc. platform that hosts selected bloggers  from around the world.