Microsoft announces the end of Internet Explorer

Microsoft has announced that it will soon do away with the iconic Internet Explorer browser in favour of a newer version, currently codenamed Project Spartan.

Users have previously slammed the browser for being slow and bug-prone, and Microsoft once talked of changing the browser name to address ‘negative perceptions that no longer reflect reality’.

Microsoft’s marketing chief Chris Capossella said that they are researching what the new brand, or the new name, for the browser will be in Windows 10.

Microsoft also revealed that users were more likely to favour services with the company’s name in front of them, meaning that the new browser is likely to adhere to this format.

It is not clear when the browser’s new name will be revealed, but will most likely form part of the much anticipated Windows 10, which will launch later this year.

Yahoo set to replace password with on-demand logins

Yahoo is set to kill off the traditional login process by replacing it with on-demand passwords.

The company has launched a new service which lets someone log into a Yahoo account using a short password sent to their mobile phone.

Users must currently opt-in to the service in their security settings, then register a phone.

The next time a user tries to login, the password field is replaced by a button that says “send my password”.

When clicked, a four-character password is sent to the user’s phone.

Some companies already have two-step authentication where users enter their password then receive a second password on their phone.

But Yahoo is the first major player to attempt to do away with the first step altogether.

Facebook set to reduce page “likes”

Just like Instagram did a while ago, Facebook is set to reduce the number of deactivated or accounts of people who have died by removing them from their database

This is set to reduce the number of likes a page has, hence affecting the follower count.

It’s unclear exactly how many accounts will be caught up in the removal, which will begin in the coming weeks.

In the clean-up, Facebook will remove pages that have been deactivated from the number of total likes every page has.

Only accounts that have been manually deactivated will be caught up in the deletion, rather than ones that have been deactivated as a result of not being used.

Instagram removed followers from many accounts in December, reducing follower counts by as much as 15%  a fact that embarrassed some celebrities into deleting their accounts entirely.

Samsung S6 unveiled in Barcelona

Samsung has unveiled two new flagship smartphones with a host of features aimed at taking on arch-rival Apple.

The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, which were revealed on Sunday in Barcelona.

The phone has for the first time a full metal body.

The latter device has a screen that curves around both edges that will be used to display notifications and other information, including a contacts shortcut.

Samsung claims the smartphones are the most advanced and secure on the market.

New specs on the phones include wireless charging which allows the devices to be powered up without being plugged in.

Improved battery charging speeds, which will see the S6 charge 1.5 times faster than the S5 model.

The new devices have a 5.1-inch screen which is the highest pixel density of any available smartphone, with 577 pixels per inch.

The devices will also have an integrated payment system similar to the iPhone6’s Apple Pay.

And new anti-theft features will allow users to locate their phone in the event of it being lost or stolen, as well as remotely lock it, or display a personal message on screen.

Samsung has not revealed the price or release date for the smartphones.

Samsung is under pressure for the latest models to be a success after the disappointing reception for the Galaxy S5.

HTC also debuted its latest smartphone, the One M9, which will go on sale at the end of March.

Sony and LG are also to unveil new products at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) technology show, which begins on Monday.

Kenyans Among Forbes Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa 2015

While there are only a tiny handful of under-30 entrepreneurs who have succeeded in building million-dollar businesses, there is a rising number of young Africans who are building fast-growing companies in food manufacturing, engineering, technology, hospitality, and any other industry you can think of. They are creating jobs, paying taxes, igniting the entrepreneurial spark amongst their contemporaries, and ultimately, playing pivotal roles in the continent’s renaissance. You can’t ignore them anymore. We acknowledge the Kenyans who have made it to the top 30;

1. Khetia Khetia,28, is the founder of Tria Group, a Kenyan outdoor transit advertising firm that uses public transit vehicles to market leading consumer goods in Kenya. Tria, which was founded in 2013, already has annual revenues exceeding $1.3 million.

2. Catherine Mahugu, 27, is a co- founder of Soko, an online destination platform for shoppers to discover handcrafted accessories from all over the world and purchase them directly from the designers and artisans. In 2013, the company raised $700,000 from a Dubai-based investment firm. At Soko, Mahugu leads innovation to foster new scalable and appropriate solutions. She is an International Telecom Union (ITU) Young Innovators fellow.

3.  Teresa Mbagaya, 28, co-founder Econet wireless previously worked at Google on its Education team and partnered with the Emerging Markets Outreach team to provide free open source education materials to emerging markets. In 2013, she joined Econet Wireless as the youngest executive to found and lead Econet Education. Since joining Econet, Teresa has launched 3 education services in Zimbabwe with further aims for international expansion: Econet Zero targets 5 million Econet Broadband subscribers offering them free access to 50+ education websites including Coursera, EdX, Wikipedia, Codecademy and others; a global first for any Mobile Network Operator in scale. EcoSchool targets all tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe, an education platform that provides on-the-go, affordable, and reliable access to world-class educational content via the EcoSchool tablet. Recently, the business launched EcoSchool Academy to all 9 million subscribers, an interactive mobile learning environment which provides 50 short courses covering a range of topics. Econet Education has reduced the costs for Medical Students in Zimbabwe, providing tablets on which they can access their text books at significant savings.

4. Mubarak Muyika,20, Founder Zagace Limited and is one of Kenya’s most promising young tech entrepreneurs. When he was 16, he founded Hypecentury Technologies, a web hosting company. He sold the company two years later to Wemps Telecoms in a 6-figure deal. Muyika’s new venture, Zagace, which has raised funding from local investors, is a cloud enterprise software that helps companies manage inventory such as accounting, payroll, stock management, marketing and many more all bundled in a simple and easy to use format called Zag apps.

5. Hasnain Noorani, 32, CEO Pride Group inherited a small driving school and car hire business from his father only four years ago. He is widely credited with expanding that business into what is known today as the Pride Group, a Kenyan conglomerate that owns a portfolio of six 3-star hotels across Kenya under the ‘PrideInn’ brand, bakeries, restaurants, a tour company and other assets.

6. Kelvin Macharia Kuria, Kenyan Founder, Sunrise Tracking Kuria, 23, is the founder of Sunrise Tracking, a Nairobi-based vehicle security tech firm that offers GPS tracking, CCTV and ability to turn engines off remotely via SMS.

7. Eric Kinoti, 30, is the founder of Shades System East Africa, a $1 million (annual sales) company that manufactures military and relief tents, branded gazebos, restaurant canopies, car parking shades, marquees, luxury tents, wedding party tents canvas seats and bouncing castles across the region. The company’s biggest clients are non-governmental and humanitarian organizations. Based in Nairobi, Shades System exports its products to Somalia, Congo and Rwanda.

8. Ronak Shah, 27 year old Asian-Kenyan is the founder and CEO of Kronex Chemicals Ltd, a fast-growing manufacturer of low-cost household cleaning products such as dishwashing liquids and multi-purpose detergent targeted at Kenya’s lower class.

9. Barclay Paul, 23, is the founder of Impact Africa Industries, a company that produces low cost sanitary pads for poor women in informal settlements Kenya three years ago and he now sells the pads to as far as Uganda and South Sudan. The company is located in Kitale, a small town in Western Kenya and has 23 employees, 15 of whom are women who help in production and distribution of the sanitary pads.

Technology brings hope to arthritis patients

Arthritis sufferers have been offered fresh hope after patients were effectively cured using a revolutionary electronic implant.

Doctors used tiny pacemaker style devices embedded in the necks of patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis to “hack” into their nervous systems.

The implant – whose effects were exclusively demonstrated to Sky News – fires bursts of electrical impulses into a key nerve that relays brain signals to the body’s vital organs.

Scientists who have been conducting a groundbreaking trial of the implant say “more than half” of the patients have found their condition has now dramatically improved.

Researchers now believe the same technique – which can eliminate the need for patients to take drugs – could reverse other chronic conditions, including asthma, obesity and diabetes.

Sky News was given exclusive access to the study of 20 patients being carried out at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam.

The findings are expected to be published in the New Year but already researchers say over 50% of them have shown significant improvement.

Professor Paul-Peter Tak, a rheumatologist at the hospital, said: “Even in patients who have failed everything, including the most modern pharmaceuticals, we have seen a clear trend of improvement.

“We may be able to achieve remission in 20% to 30% of patients, which would be a huge step forward in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.”

Doctors hope the nerve stimulator could be widely used within 10 years. But they admit they don’t yet fully understand how it has such a powerful effect.


Bundesliga approves goal-line technology

The Bundesliga clubs have approved goal-line technology that will be introduced at the start of the next season.

The technology chosen is the Hawk-Eye system, which is also used by England’s Premier League.

German football league president Reinhard Rauball says 15 of the 18 Bundesliga clubs voted for the new technology, meeting the two-thirds majority requirement.

An earlier attempt to approve the technology failed in March but the proposal was tabled again by Bayern Munich.

Driverless cars could soon be on a road near you

Google has been leading the way for cars which drive themselves. The American tech giant has already tested its odd-looking autonomous vehicle on US roads, allowing drivers to relax while the car accelerates, brakes, corners and indicates entirely by itself.

The tech works using a combination of GPS maps, camera sensors and radar, allowing each car to work out where it is, scan for other cars and pedestrians and read road signs and traffic lights.

Many driverless cars look like a normal vehicle, with a wheel and pedals so the owner can still take control at a moment’s notice.

Google’s vehicle makes no such concessions – it doesn’t even have a steering wheel, just a stop and go button, and the debate now centres around whether to let driverless cars be fully autonomous, or insist on having a human ready to wrest back control.


Apple unveils iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

The iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 were unveiled by Apple hours after their details were apparently leaked by mistake on the technology giant’s website.

But many online commentators speculated that the leak was deliberate, and designed to overshadow the launch of Google’s new operating system called Lollipop.

The new features are relatively minor, however. Touch ID has been a feature of new iPhones for more than a year, while burst mode – letting a user take multiple shots within a split second of each other on the Air model – is not a huge breakthrough.

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French bank allows people to transfer money via Twitter

One of France’s largest banks launched a service allowing its customers to transfer money to other people via tweets on social network Twitter.

The move by Groupe BPCE, France’s second largest bank by customers, is an effort to attract attention and users to its S-Money mobile payments unit, which already allows people to transfer money over mobile phones via text message.

Created by the bank using Twitter’s open software standards, known as APIs, the service allows French customers to send money to a friend regardless of which bank they use, and without requiring them to know the recipient’s banking details.

For its part, Twitter is making its own separate push into the world of online payments as the social network seeks new sources of revenue beyond advertising.

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Google Glass man had ‘addiction disorder’

A 31-year-old man was treated for addiction after wearing Google Glass for 18 hours a day and even experienced dreams as if looking through the device, doctors said.

It is the first known case of internet addiction involving Google Glass, a fledgling technology which provides online access via a tiny screen attached to a spectacle frame, the doctors said.

His superiors had allowed him to use the device as it sped up his work. The gadget also helped him socially, as a topic of conversation with strangers. He developed a dependence on the device, and without it “he was less confident and exhibited significant craving similar to patients desiring their substance of abuse,” the study said.

Examined on admission, the patient repeatedly tapped his temple with his forefinger – an involuntary motion that he had used to turn on Google Glass and gain access to the internet.

It’s not a medical condition but  a damaging craving to be online, through video games, computers or other mobile gadgets. The problem often has an underlying psychological cause, and can be interwoven with other addictive behaviours, such as alcohol or drug abuse.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Texting in Relationships

Text messaging has rapidly become a huge part of human interaction. While texting definitely has its pros and cons, in relationships, there are special considerations to take when it comes to sending these messages to a person you are dating.

When using text messaging as a communication source in relationships, there is etiquette that is a good idea to follow:

Do’s of Texting

Follow up on text messages: As soon as it is humanly possible, you should always follow-up text messages with a phone call or a visit when you are able. Communication dominated by text messaging is not a good idea in a relationship

Keep messages short: Text messaging is a convenience, but long monologues via text in a relationship are bound to annoy your partner if this happens on a continuous basis. Anything more than a handful of text messaging means you should put the keypad down and give them a call!

Use texting in unforeseen circumstances: Need to send a short message? Great, this is what texting should be about. For instance if you are late, letting your mate know via a short text message is a good idea. A quick text message can effectively let a person know you aren’t standing them up and you’re on your way, especially if you’re caught up at work or in another environment where a phone call may not be possible. Your date will appreciate the consideration.

Answer text messages you receive: While you may not be able to answer immediately, try your best to text back within the same day if you are not accessible to talk on the phone.

Don’ts of Texting

There are definite “don’t” behaviors when it comes to texting to loved ones. Above all, it is probably a good idea to avoid conveying important or sensitive messages through text.

Assume: In text messaging you cannot effectively hear what your partner and, as a result, it is pretty easy to misconstrue a message. It’s best not to get angry over what’s been said in text because there is a good chance a misunderstanding exists.

Expect an immediate reply: Granted most people today probably reply instantaneously, but do not get angry if your partner doesn’t answer you on the spot. Sometimes messages get lost or people don’t hear it coming in.

Abuse text: If what you have to say is more than a few words, don’t text, call your partner. Sending long drawn-out text messages isn’t attractive, and chances are your mate will get disgusted if they are always inundated with messages without ever hearing from you in person or by a phone call.

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Apple unveils iPhones, smartwatch and pay service

The iPhone 6 is officially here.Apple has unveiled its latest flagship smartphones: the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at a live event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California,Monday night.

The larger devices also translates into longer battery life. Apple is claiming that the iPhone 6 will boast 10 hours of standby time (the same as the iPhone 5 S), with the iPhone 6 Plus coming in at 16 hours.

For audio playback, the company is claiming 50 hours of battery life for the 6, and a whopping 80 hours for the 6 Plus (the iPhone 5 S is rated at 40 hours of battery life for audio playback.) The 6 Plus also includes optical image stabilization for its rear-facing camera to reduce blurring and produce crisper photos.

The new devices shoot 1080 p video at either 30 or 60 frames per second, along with Apple’s own slow-motion mode.

Both phones will also feature Apple’s new mobile payment system,Apple pay, which will let owners pay for goods and services with a tap on their touch screens.

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The Beta Marriage: How Millennials Approach ‘I Do’

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We are a generation reared on technology and choice. Why wouldn’t we want to test a lifelong relationship first? How millennials are redefining “forever”

It began with a platform migration ​(a cross-country move) and a bandwidth challenge (cohabitation in a 450-sq.-ft. apartment). There was a false start (botched marriage proposal). Then, an emergency deglitching (couples therapy). We tried to take the product public before we were ready (I wrote about our relationship in Newsweek). And then, finally, we abandoned launch.

There were simply too many bugs.


Is Konza City within Machakos or Makueni County?


A heated debate ensued in the Senate this afternoon after senators disagreed over the location of Konza city.

Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr. insists Konza City is in Makueni county

Makueni senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr says the area lies within Makueni County whereas others say it is in Machakos County.

The senate lands committee will now summon surveyors and Lands CS Charity Ngilu on the matter.