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Month: February 2016

Your top app backend options now that Parse is shutting down

Your top app backend options now that Parse is shutting down

Technology: General, What's Hot
Facebook acquired Parse, a mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) company in April 2013 but now they have announced that the app-hosting service is shutting down. Here are the top choices to replace Parse in your system. Applicasa Applicasa is an MBaaS which labeled themselves as a “One-Stop-Shop”, a complete package. What’s good about it is that they have a unique business model wherein they charge monthly per number of users, not on the number of API calls. They also offer adaptive pricing – the pricing model scales in proportion with the growth of your user base. Firebase It is a better choice than Parse for gamers and other applications that are highly interactive since it observes a model-observer scheme. Data changes on the server are automatically pushed out to all devices that are reg
South Korea and US on the edge as North Korea further breaks UN security regulations

South Korea and US on the edge as North Korea further breaks UN security regulations

Technology: General
Less than a month after North Korea’s launch of their fourth nuclear test, South Korea warns them of tough consequences as the UN works on new sanctions against the country. North Korea announced its plans to launch an Earth observation satellite on a rocket between January 8 and 25. According to South Korean and US officials, the launch would threaten regional security and violate UN Security Council resolutions which prohibit North Korea from performing any ballistic undertakings. South Korean spokesperson Cho Tae-yong said that international security will ensure that North Korea will face serious consequences if they push through the nuclear test since it would bring great danger to the Korean Peninsula, the region, and the world. Daniel Russel, the top diplomat for East Asia said t
WebDOC is your easy access to medical experts on your smartphone

WebDOC is your easy access to medical experts on your smartphone

News, Technology: General
MedEnhanz Resource is a medical information company which developed WebDOC, a mobile application which aims to provide real-time medical information and advisory services 24/7. The highlight of this app is ASK-A-DOCTOR, a feature which allows users to ask two questions from a pool of over 2,000 participating Nigerian doctors practicing in Nigeria and in diaspora. MedEnhanz assures users top confidentiality and quick response while using this feature. The other benefits of this feature include qualified doctors from various specialties; privacy, confidentiality and anonymity of the user; responses from doctors in simple languages; prompt medical advice 24/7; quick tips in emergency situations; and reduced hospital visits or quick referral to see a physician. The application also comes wi
Node Africa debuts cloud services in Nairobi

Node Africa debuts cloud services in Nairobi

News, Technology: General
A new cloud infrastructure provider headed by former Angani CEO Phares Kariuki has launched in Nairobi. Kariuki's startup Node Africa has partnered with VMware to sell vCloud and Microsoft to sell the Office 365 and Azure cloud services . Node Africa hopes that through its partnership with VMware, a leading company in cloud environment, they can establish a name in the cloud computing market where Amazon Web Services is dominating. With a staff of six, Node Africa targets small businesses wanting to get online and active operators with limited budget allotted for IT operations. Since IT cost tend to hinder companies in their decision in making it their priority, the company believes that having a local cloud service provider that understands Kenya’s model of business gives them advantag
Here are my top 6 VPN choices for 2016

Here are my top 6 VPN choices for 2016

Internet, Technology: General
Having gained popularity in Australia, the Virtual Private Network (VPN) became even more patronized since the government announced data retention feature. VPNs cover the location and encrypt the location to ensure that only the computers from each end will be able to recognize the communication. Here are my top choices for VPNs: Private Internet Access (PIA) PIA is supposedly the most known VPN on the market. It is high speed and easy to use. However, its downsides include occasional dropouts and no way to select specific server to use. Cactus VPN It performs with high speed, extremely easy to set up and affordable at $4.89 per month. Its downside is its poor customer support which is irregular and not available 24/7. Express VPN Express VPN is heavy-duty and has extremely fast spe...
What impact does a bad boss have on one’s career?

What impact does a bad boss have on one’s career?

Technology: General
What does a bad boss do to you and your career? First, let us identify the two types of “bad” bosses – the incompetent and the nasty. The incompetent boss will let you do all the work. He will not coach you how to do the work; he will just let you discover it on your own. It will make you independent and self-sustaining. You can work on your own and find ways to come up with the best decisions. The nasty and manipulative boss will get all the credits for the work you have done. He will make you realize that life is indeed unfair. It will make you more resilient and look into the positive side. You learn how to analyze situations and think politically. What is good when a staff faces a bad boss who is the common enemy, they work together and set aside rivalries – even for a moment. And mor
Bombshell: active ingredient in explosives might be answer to erectile dysfunction

Bombshell: active ingredient in explosives might be answer to erectile dysfunction

Technology: General
British scientists are studying the effectiveness of an experimental gel containing nitroglycerin – an active ingredient in most bombs. Nitroglycerin, is the first explosive created in 1847 and this is stronger than gunpowder. The nitroglycerin gel is applied by rubbing in to the impotent region by the use of hand. Creators of the gel hope that it would be safer to use than traditional pills taken orally like Cialis and Viagra. Experiments show that men were given nitroglycerin paste and let them watch pornography. Results showed that 18 out of 26 men were helped by the paste. It is expected to take effect quicker than oral remedies. However, cautions are raised about the use of nitroglycerin since it can cause extreme and dangerous lowering of blood pressure. Further studies about the
Facebook’s Live Video feature becomes available to all US iPhone users, set to go worldwide soon

Facebook’s Live Video feature becomes available to all US iPhone users, set to go worldwide soon

Internet
Facebook has declared a new development – expansion of its live video sharing feature to every iPhone user in the US. The feature was previously in beta mode where it was being tested and improved upon by Facebook developers. This feature is simple and easy to use. Facebook users just have to click the Update Status and then choose the Live Video icon. Users can write a video description and select the audience they want to share it with before going live on Facebook. While the video is live, users will see the number of live viewers, tuners and the streaming of comments. This will give real-time interaction among the people who are watching a live video. The video can be saved on their Timeline once the broadcast ends. It can be deleted or retained for future viewing. Users can see
ShowMax’s iOS app gets ‘download now, watch later’ feature

ShowMax’s iOS app gets ‘download now, watch later’ feature

News, Technology: General
Internet connection is among the many challenges of the 21st century African. ShowMax which claims to have the largest subscription video on demand catalogue in South Africa, addresses this by adding an offline viewing feature for its iOS users. This feature will help solve the problem of cost and availability of Internet by consumers. According to GM John Kotsaftis, this feature enables users to get shows and movies as long as they are connected at some point, may it be at a public WiFi hotspot, at work, or using mobile data. “Not everyone has fast Internet access throughout the day or can afford to stream using a mobile connection,” Kotsaftis said. “The beauty of this new download feature is that as long as you’re connected at some point, perhaps using a public Wi-Fi hotspot, at work,
News Pro by Microsoft lets you get all the headlines in one place

News Pro by Microsoft lets you get all the headlines in one place

Internet, News, Technology: General
For individuals who need updates on what is going on around the world, an app with easy access to daily news and events that is readily available and accessible will always be of great help. Thanks to Microsoft because the US-based tech company has launched News Pro, a Bing-powered app which delivers work-related news right in front of your mobile screen. News Pro is a product of Microsoft Garage, a Microsoft lab for employees to work on development which separates from primary functions. It enables users to look up into internet having relevant news related to work every day. According to Microsoft, the news delivery app gives you wide range of choices for daily news updates and suggests new topics to be searched. It will help users discover websites with articles that would interes...
Uganda launches one stop web portal for easy access of government services

Uganda launches one stop web portal for easy access of government services

Internet, News, Technology: General, What's Hot
The Government of Uganda, through the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), initiated eBiz, a One Stop Centre web portal which paves way for fast and convenient access to government services. This initiative by Uganda is in track with worldwide best practices for effective and efficient data sharing among different government agencies. This move is forecasted to increase the business ventures of the nation. The eBiz web portal will enable traders, entrepreneurs, and investors to apply permits and licenses which are necessary for doing business in Uganda. List of requirements for applications are specified to make it a reliable source of information for all applicants. Services offered include guiding information for Foreign Investors and Local Entrepreneurs, applying for Land title verif
West Africa Mobile Awards is now accepting applications for nominees

West Africa Mobile Awards is now accepting applications for nominees

News, Technology: General
West Africa Mobile Awards (WAMAS), which targets the leading mobile and technology companies across West Africa, is currently accepting applications for the 2016 edition of the awards. WAMAS aims to give recognition to visionary individuals, global brands and dynamic startups which greatly contribute to West Africa’s mobile industry. Mobile services have become of big impact to the lives of the people. Winners for ten categories will be judged by top individuals including analysts, independent journalists, industry leaders and academics. The judging will be fully transparent. The process will be systematic, exhaustive, and comprehensive. Awardees will be announced during the awards ceremony on April 21, 2016 in Lagos, Nigeria with the expected attendance of respected judges, media, indu