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Online home buying and selling tips

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As people move toward a more digital existence, real estate agents must adapt and be visible where buyers and sellers spend their time online providing leads with the information they need to select you as their guide throughout the home buying and selling process.

Yvonne Malebe, head of Sales and Marketing at Jumia House gives some pointers on this :

  1.  Give your website a checkup

Every marketing activity you undertake should drive traffic to your website; ( Doing SEO is highly advised to your website)if your website doesn’t deliver an optimal experience, you risk missing opportunities to attract and convert leads.

  1. Get some drip campaigns going

Drip campaigns automate and standardize tasks that can supplement your other marketing activities and increase their impact. Use email drip campaigns for a variety of chores: For example, use them to stay in touch with leads and past clients, manage your list, send out market reports, remember deadlines, remind clients to write you a review, and more.

  1. Start a blog

Nothing establishes your position as a real estate authority like authoring a blog.  Delivered on a consistent basis, compelling and engaging blog content—even re-purposed posts that you refresh and reuse—can attract any number of followers and increase your online presence. Don’t forget to reply to every single comment left on your website or blog, whether it’s good, bad or neutral.

  1. Digitize your newsletter

The electronic format makes it easy to send your newsletter to a new lead at the drop of a hat. Your newsletter can link to your website and drive traffic there. Spot an error? If you need to make an update or correction, you can tweak and repost your newsletter in minutes. An electronic version of your newsletter eliminates the costs of paper, envelopes and postage.

  1. Advertise online

Websites like Jumia, Buy rent Kenya, Property24 offer a variety of online advertising options for nearly any budget, and make it easy to get started and maintain your profile. You can also advertise on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and on search engines like Google and Bing. Use their analytics to track the effectiveness of your campaigns and easily make on-the-fly changes if they don’t perform.

Benefits of virtual tours to real estate players

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Statistics show that 92% of all home buyers are searching online before contacting agents. The traditional methods of marketing like newspapers and road signs are decreasing. Today’s market has changed with an unlimited reach where property can be viewed easily from all around the world.

Apart from the various social media platforms, Jumia House together with Point cloud visuals introduce virtual tours. This makes the selling process easier and saves time for the buyers.

The tour allows you to fully interact with virtual spaces in real time, and in high resolution.

Now more than ever, you have to show buyers and sellers what you bring to the table and how you add value. How do you set yourself apart and provide something different, something that no one else does?

In a rapidly evolving landscape, how do you leverage new technology for a successful real estate marketing program? We would like to present a high level overview of point cloud visuals services in a brief demo of this 3D showcase solution which can be used to better market properties online.

In 2015, 39% of digital marketers believed that more of their budget should be reallocated towards creating compelling visual assets. Now, real estate listings with more visual content (like video) receive 403% more inquiries compared to those without video.

Benefits of virtual tours

1. Save time and money

The tours are interactive and can catch the attention of prospects all over the world with just the click of a mouse. This is the same as having access to view property whenever you want making the selling process simple until it becomes the perfect marketing instrument for you to use!

2. Reach more buyers

With this tool, a potential buyer has the virtual key to the property and can view it from any angle irrespective of where they live. These tours can increase the sales rate of a listing and in the end help a realtor get more listings.

3. Target your prospective audience

How do you convert every website hit into real buyers? These tours will help you keep online visitors on your website longer with interesting full color 360 panoramas. You can also filter the online visitors which helps you not to lose valuable time with people who just want to visit the property. No more blind visits!

4. Easily get their attention

The best way to show potential buyers how their life would be after moving into a property is by using a virtual tour. Making it possible for them to visit the property virtually will make the difference and set you apart.

5. No software is needed

High- quality virtual tours do not require a software on any extra IT skills. You can also merge it into any website and share the link with potential customers making it easier for you to market your property.

6. Easily share with family

Family is the most important thing for most of us and their opinions weigh a lot in the decision making of buying property. The tours will help avoid the traveling hustles and costs of travelling as well as make it possible to visit  both the interior and exterior making their lives easier.

7. Boost your income

There is a higher chance for you to sell property when more time is spent on your listing. You can showcase the key selling points of the property. When you provide enough information, the more confident and interested the potential customers will become

A virtual tour definitely helps save both time and money, definitely the future! The list of benefits is endless..

Radar Detector Reviews: Benefits of Radar Detectors

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Radar detectors are devices that can tell you if you’re being pinned by a radar gun used by policemen to detect the speed of your vehicle. This is mostly used by motorists to prevent being caught over speeding while on the road. Knowing how a radar detector works can be valuable vastly if you are always getting pulled over because you violated the speed limit.

Generally, radar detectors are gizmo’s that permit you to know if a car equipped with radar detection is installed and tracking broad motorist while on the roadway. The best police radar detector will detect waves of police radios, which are pointing directly at your automobile or truck from the authority’s car. Such radio waves and tools is used by local authorities right away to catch speeding cars and keep the roads safer.

The manner in which the radar guns drive is by way of radio signals, which are distributed from the officer’s radar device (a radar detector gun). The signals recoil off and return to the radar device at a specific rate. If your car is not moving one bit, the signals from such a radio return to the police officer’s radar detection device at accurately the same pace. If your car or truck is moving along the road, the signals from the radio return to the tools at a quicker speed and the rate is calculated to estimate exactly how fast your vehicle is moving. The radar guns and the way they drive is usually a matter of straightforward dynamics, however, incredibly accurate in the most instances.

Therefore, what parameters are key when choosing radar detectors? Firstly, important factors to think about, not all gadgets like this kind are comparable, as many the radar detector opinions tell people. Some of them are furthermore precise and a number of them are additionally transferable. In addition, a few of the radar detecting gizmo’s are obtainable in cordless variations so you can remove them quickly. Ones that include cords are a bit huger; then again, they on top of that give drivers even more notice about radar guns pointing at them for the reason that they consist of a broader range capacity than cordless models do.

Whichever way, while you are in a situation where your car or truck is being monitored for speed, you either will hear an uncomplicated “beep” or will appreciate an actual light-flashing warning that tells you will find radars close by, offering you additional time to slow the speed of your automobile down. The issue is, consistently when that time arrives, when the radar detector warns you, it might be fairly too late. Examining the automobiles about you may be valuable; as a result, you will wish to think about one of the higher great radar detectors, fairly than having just a tool stashed inside your tool chest that proves useless, as a matter of speaking. You require defense from traffic violations and tickets if you tend to be somewhat heavy on the gas.

Additional kinds of radar-detecting devices are obtainable. A specific one that seems to jobs well for drivers is a laser detector, which is difficult to detect by advanced police technology. Yes, the majority recent radar guns used today are really utilizing a mechanism known as L.I.D.A.R., this means that Light-Detection-And-Ranging, and the following technologies are used to calculate an vehicle’s speed. Such radar detection guns used by the police force are unable to detect in accordance with a regular radar detector; therefore, you might have to pay for a better one, one like the “Jammer.” The model helps keep you completely safeguarded. They are not legal in various states; then again, if you are using one and a police officer catches you, you will have to pay a huge well.

It is important that you stay within the speed limit for your safety and the safety of other motorists whether you have radar detector or not. Traffic accidents is one of the vital causes of death in the country so it’s constantly superior to be careful.

MeritEssays.com launches to connect students to professional essay writers & researchers online

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Many students are not willing or don’t have the time to write their own term papers either due to a demanding life doing part-time jobs, due to their demanding studies or because of their party life.

Meritessays.com has launched to be a one-stop site for purchasing papers from professional researchers to bring ease and reduce stress among students and as well save them time to research and write term papers on their own. Apart from the convenience of such services, students are also assured of improving their grades even if the subject matters are difficult.

The professional online writing, editing, and proofreading service helps both students and graduates. It has professionals who write, edit, rewrite, or proofread any business or academic paper. The marketplace says its papers are 100% authentic and are submitted before the deadline. The re-writes and revision are free of charge.

To order a paper with MeritEssays.com, one only needs to fill in the basic order form, proceed with the payment and wait for their ssignment to be completed within the deadline they choose. Users also provide the support team with a set of specific paper instructions or required materials or fill the order form which has a set of instructions to be followed.

“Our qualified staff will choose the most appropriate writer who corresponds to your field of studies and order instructions. In case the writer must have any particular software or literature in order to get the assignment done, please do not forget to mention this in your initial instructions,” writes the firm.

When the writer finishes your paper it is delivered to your Personal order page. Additionally the paper will also be sent to your email address. If any changes are to be applied to the paper, you are always welcome to request a free revision with the new revision deadline for the writer (read more about our revision policy here).

How to make meetings bearable for millennials (and everyone else)

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Right to left: Martin Gwada (Power Product Manager, Davis and Shirtliff's ), Albert Waweru, (Chairman of Ruaraka Housing Estate Limited) Margaret Kuchio (General Manager Sales, Davis and Shirtliff), Julius Riungu (Engineer, MAK Consulting Ltd) and Simon Shikuku (Lead Project Engineer, Davis and Shirtliff) during the commissioning of the two 250kVA Dayliff Yanan synchronised standby generators for Safari Business Arcade

By Keith Fenner, Vice-President, Sage Enterprise Africa & Middle East

Think back to the last time you attended a meeting with millennials. Did they seem disengaged? Distracted by their devices? More interested in what was happening on the other side of the window?

Could you not help but think back to when you were that age, when you diligently recorded appointments in paper diaries; when you paid attention to every word that was spoken during long internal meetings; when email and mobiles were only just entering the workplace and collaboration was a face-to-face exercise?

Young adults of today, right?

But let me tell you something about this  younger generation of today. These digital natives make up 35% of the workforce. By 2020, that figure will rise to 46%. In ten years, they’ll represent 75% of the working population.

They are demanding change. They want to dictate their own hours, to work when they’re most productive, to use digital tools to collaborate, share information and get the job done – as quickly as possible.

The more things change, the more they stay the same

The winds of change are blowing through every enterprise but there’s one thing that hasn’t changed: meetings. If we’re honest, meetings are usually distracting, they often don’t achieve much and they hamper productivity.

And why are they always an hour long (or sometimes longer)?

If there’s one thing we can learn from this younger generation, it’s the value they place on their time. Why gather everyone in a room to discuss a project for an hour when it could just as easily be done in minutes over Slack or a quick chat at the coffee machine? Why pull everyone away from their work when a message on Skype for Business or WhatsApp is more effective?

Here are a few ways you can improve collaboration and productivity, while making the most of your meetings:

  • Embrace technology. Standardise on a set of collaborative digital tools that make it easy to coordinate tasks and projects. With Slack, for example, you can quickly set up ‘channels’ by project, client or team, so that you can chat and share files in real-time.
  • Set an agenda. Outline what needs to be achieved or agreed upon by the end of the meeting and send it to all participants beforehand. This gives them time to prepare, resulting in shorter, more effective meetings. The agenda keeps everyone on track and helps the organiser to prepare adequately. Also, never call last-minute meetings. These are almost always a waste of time because attendees don’t have time to prepare and may feel disrupted.
  • Schedule shorter meetings. Having an agenda keeps everyone focused and lets you achieve more in less time. Communications expert Andy Bounds suggests limiting meetings to a maximum of 45 minutes. Shaving off 15 minutes from one meeting a day buys back an entire working week at the end of a year.If a meeting is not going to be a valuable use of your time, decline it. The meeting organiser should have a solid reason why you need to attend and should only include people who can make a meaningful contribution to the action points. Ask the organiser what they need from you and see if you can supply that information over email. If you can’t add value to the discussion, excuse yourself from the meeting.
  • Plan for internal meetings. Tell your team when you are available for internal meetings and ask them to respect your time. Similarly, if you’re the one organising the meeting, be considerate of your team and clients’ time – is it crucial that they attend?

Meetings aren’t all bad. They can be good for team morale, collaboration and brainstorming. Cutting down on the quantity and focusing on the quality of meetings can make an enormous difference to productivity and employee satisfaction.

Make the few meetings you have more meaningful, and you and your team will find them more productive.

Bringing down East African commercial debt costs with data science

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By Jim Savage, Data Science Lead at Lendable Inc.

Securing debt financing to grow a medium-sized lending business in East Africa is not easy or cheap. Interest rates are high—often north of 25% a year in local currency terms—deals take a long time, and pre-financing requirements are onerous.

A few factors contribute to these problems. East Africa’s credit bureaus are a recent phenomenon and still underutilised and underdeveloped (though this is improving) and so lenders often don’t have a good idea of how likely a borrower is to repay on its debt. Resolving this uncertainty requires thorough investigation into the firm borrowing (so-called due diligence) by lenders, and these due diligence costs get baked into higher interest rates. Similarly, banks—who have the best information on their customers’ ability to repay on debt—face low deposit rates, necessitating costly external financing.

New technologies are helping to bring these costs down. One such solution, which I have helped build, is the Lendable Risk Engine.

One of the many beautiful aspects of East Africa as a business destination has been the phenomenal uptake of mobile payments. M-Pesa and the like have resulted in high-quality, externally verifiable data on the actual cashflows flowing into mid-sized ‘alternative lender’ businesses (the sorts of non-bank lending businesses we mostly work with). When an end-customer borrows from an alternative lender, they typically repay their loan with mobile payments. To handle these payments, alternative lenders have had to invest in sophisticated management information systems. These systems contain information that can result in swifter, fairer financing—all it takes is the right approach to analyse the information they contain.

The Lendable Risk Engine is a set of systems that can plug into alternative lenders’ databases to help make sense of all the data. The system first converts the alternative lenders’ data into Lendable’s proprietary format. Because all our alternative lenders’ data is then in the same format, it makes it straightforward to deploy our analysis libraries and models, illuminating risks and opportunities in a particular alternative lender’s portfolio.

The first set of analyses answer “how does the business currently work?” sort of questions. These are the questions that we are very commonly asked by clients and investors, and which used to take a long time to answer. Today this analysis is all automated; what once took weeks now takes minutes.

The second set of analyses ask questions like “how do we think the business will perform over the next 2 years?” To answer these questions, we’ve built a prediction platform that makes use of cutting-edge Bayesian machine learning techniques. It generates hundreds of predictions for every loan on our clients’ books for every month into the relevant future. This allows us to gauge the likely future loss rates (and uncertainty about loss rates) in a debt portfolio. Again, this is almost completely automatic. What used to take a month or two now takes a day.

The Lendable Risk Engine helps highlight risks in a deal, and minimizes the information gap between lenders and borrowers—reducing borrowing costs. But we’re not done yet. We want to make it as easy as possible for alternative lenders to make use of our tech. A big part of that is to minimize the amount of data that is required to make high-quality financing decisions, reducing the amount of time it will take to “plug in” the risk engine to alternative lenders’ systems.

In many ways, mobile money (and the information it generates) is allowing finance in East Africa to leapfrog the west. Firms like Lendable, unencumbered by legacy tech, are able to make use of this information. That means fairer, faster debt financing for borrowers, and ultimately a more mature financial system in East Africa.

Jim Savage

Data Science Lead

Lendable Inc.

Jim is a data scientist, econometrician, and empirical finance geek. Most recently, he worked at Australia’s Grattan Institute, where he worked on policy design to help improve efficiency in Australia’s retirement income savings system. Before that, he worked in the Australian Treasury’s Macroeconometric Modelling Unit, working extensively on carbon pricing in Australia. In 2014, he was a fellow at the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good summer fellowship, at the University of Chicago.

Sponsored: UBA brings its Read Africa Initiative to Kenya

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The United Bank of Africa (UBA) Plc through its Corporate Social Responsibility arm the UBA Foundation continued on its quest to educate and empower African youths as it visited Our Lady of Mercy Girls Secondary School in Nairobi to donate 520 copies of the book The Fishermen to the school under the UBA Foundation’s Read Africa Initiative.

The initiative which was launched in 2011 with the aim of encouraging students to improve their vocabulary and communication skills through reading, has been changing the lives of African students across the continent for six years. Through the initiative, the UBA Foundation is helping rekindle the dwindling reading culture amongst African youths as they pursue their education. Over a hundred thousand books and educational materials have been donated to various schools across Africa as UBA Foundation continues to traverse the continent, contributing positively to the development of African youths.

The drive which was attended by Acting CEO of the UBA Foundation, Bola Atta, UBA Board Member Professor Olive Mugenda and UBA Kenya CEO Isaac Mwige, the students got an opportunity to interact with the two Executives where they shared their future aspirations and ambitions as well as engaged the UBA Executives in a Q& A session.

Ms. Atta, told the students that the Foundation was committed to uplifting the lives of the societies within which they operated by creating dynamic educational platforms for future generations on the continent. She also encouraged the students to read voraciously. “The pursuit of knowledge should be a lifelong activity that starts at a very young age. You should read all types of books so that you can explore and shape your own narrative,” she said.

UBA Board Member Prof. Olive Mugenda mentioned that reading has tremendous power not only in the development of all aspects of language ability but to the entirety of a human life. “We live in what has come to be known as a global village, and it is important to know what is happening in other parts of the world. Only in this way can we keep abreast with the fast- growing knowledge in all fields of human endeavor,” she said.

UBA Managing Director/CEO Isaac Mwige further encouraged the students to cultivate an interest in reading not just the academic text books but also material outside of their course work in order to acquire knowledge.  “Everything you read fills your head with new bits of information, and you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face,” he added.

The Principal of Our Lady of Mercy Girls Secondary School Mrs. Angwenyi thanked the UBA Foundation for their contribution and said that it was very timely as the school is currently emphasising on the value of reading not just to prepare for exams but reading to prepare for life.

 

Africa Digital Media Institute Celebrates 5th Anniversary

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The Africa Digital Media Institute celebrated its journey from five to five hundred students in five years, on the 29th of June 2017. Under the motto “Passion to Profession”, ADMI is Eastern Africa’s premier creating media and technology college.

Founded five years ago by Wilfred Kiumi, a film producer with passion for practical skills, and professional standards, the school started with just 5 students as Jamhuri Film and Television Academy, with a focus on film and TV production then later rebranded to ADMI, after exponential growth that saw it offer more courses in other creative media related fields.

Today, the school has expanded beyond Film and TV Production to also include Software Engineering & Design, Digital Marketing, Sound Engineering, Music Production, Multimedia, Animation, Photography and Graphic Design. The school recently relocated to a state-of-the-art campus at Caxton House located on Kenyatta Avenue in Nairobi’s CBD, which includes a music studio and several computer labs, to accommodate a 500-strong student body and staff from over 10 different countries.

Lissett Babaian, the Head of Academics, who holds a graduate degree in Education from Harvard University, is convinced that the digital economy offers many opportunities for young Africans. “At the center of our offering is an innovative learn-and-work model creating a talent pipeline for the creative economy. We design every course with employers to ensure that our graduates have market-relevant skills and become economically productive even before graduation.”

The Institute distinguishes itself by its close links to industry, using the latest software and equipment, relying on industry practitioners as faculty and ensuring all students graduate with solid work experience.

Another focus is soft skills, offered through a required program called the ‘Career Launchpad.’ Says Babaian, “When surveyed, East African employers report being dissatisfied with many graduates who lack practical skills, soft skills and a global outlook. ADMI works to solve this problem.”

Partnering with technical partners like Google and donors like the Equity Group Foundation, ADMI has established a non-profit arm to mobilize support for students who might not otherwise have access. The fifth anniversary celebrations will coincide with the launch of a scholarship fund.

Wilfred Kiumi, who has since attracted prominent co-investors into his ambitious and fast-growing enterprise, is proud of how far his vision has come, from the days he styled hair in Maringo to put himself through school.  What keeps him going now is seeing people grow and make a name for themselves just like he has. “I myself am proof of the power of the creative economy. With hard work and dedication, anyone in Africa can turn their passion into a profession.”

Sophos Recognized as a Leader in 2017 Magic Quadrant Reports for Endpoint and Network Security

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Sophos has once again been positioned in the “Leaders” quadrant of Gartner, Inc.’s June 20, 2017, “Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management (SMB Multifunction Firewalls).” The quadrant is based on an assessment of a company’s ability to execute and completeness of vision. Sophos is one of only three vendors to be placed in the Leaders quadrant in this latest report. Sophos is the only IT security company to be consistently positioned as a Leader by Gartner in both the January 2017 Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms and the Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management.

“We believe the consecutive placement of Sophos as Leader in this report validates the strength of our vision and our ability to deliver products with the scale, reliability, and highest levels of protection that customers demand,” commented Dan Schiappa, senior vice president and general manager of the Enduser and Network Security groups at Sophos. “Organizations of all sizes face known and unknown threats on a daily basis, and they are bombarded with security data and alerts from endpoint to server. To turn all that security data into usable security action, Sophos continues to invest in its synchronized security strategy that directly connects UTM and endpoint security for a faster, more automated response. The above market growth of both our network and endpoint businesses demonstrates that we are meeting a rapidly expanding market need.”

The Sophos network security business continues to gain market share due to ease of use, security feature richness and successful integration with its endpoint product. In Sophos’ fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, reported billings grew 17.8 percent to $319.1million for the network security business which is well above the reported market growth of 10 percent. For the same period, the UTM and next-generation firewall (NGFW) business represented approximately half of Sophos billings worldwide.

One recent review of the Sophos UTM on the Gartner Peer Insights review site stated, “When we met the team from Sophos over 6 years ago we were looking for a reliable and cost effective security solution for our clients. Not only did they provide that but they also took the time to really understand our business model. They listen to the feedback we provide and use it to drive enhancements in their product and with their team. As a result, they are continuing to help us drive down our support costs by providing innovative solutions that help us secure our client’s networks from the increasing number of threats each year.”

For additional information on Sophos UTM and next-generation firewall solutions, please visit www.sophos.com/utm.

To download a complimentary copy of the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management (SMB Multifunctional Firewalls) report, visit the Sophos website here.

Dimension Data named 2017 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for Kenya & Rwanda

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 Dimension Data East Africa has won the 2017 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award for Kenya and Rwanda for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

Hasmukh Chudasama, Practice Manager for End User Computing at Dimension Data East Africa, said the recognition was a result of dedication to providing innovative solutions to client problems in the East African region.

Awards were presented in several categories, with winners chosen from a set of more than 2,800 entrants from 115 countries worldwide. Dimension Data was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services, as well as representing excellent subsidiary engagement in Kenya and Rwanda.

The Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Awards honor partners at the country level that have demonstrated business excellence in delivering Microsoft solutions to multiple customers over the past year. This award recognizes Dimension Data as succeeding in effective engagement with its local Microsoft office while showcasing innovation and business impact, driving customer satisfaction, and winning new customers.

“We are honored to recognize Dimension Data of Kenya and Rwanda as a Microsoft Country Partner of the Year,” said Ron Huddleston, corporate vice president, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Corp. “Dimension Data is a prime example of the expertise and innovation we see in our Microsoft partner community to deliver transformative solutions.”

The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions over the past year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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British Airways marks 85 years of serving Kenya by rolling out WiFi across its long-haul network

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British Airways is rolling out latest-generation WiFi across its long-haul network to allow customers to use their own devices to browse the internet, access email and check social media. In addition they will be able to stream video content from sites such as Netflix and YouTube.

The firm says it is using technology to help simplify and speed up the journey through the airport by allowing customers to use self-service bag drops at Heathrow, enabling them to label their own bags and drop these off before proceeding through security. British Airways also became the first UK airline to introduce automated biometric technology this year, with the launch of self-service boarding gates at Heathrow Terminal 5.

A statement from British Airways – Kenya read: “It’s amazing to consider how far things have progressed over 85 years – from a week-long journey to a flight that takes less than half a day – but innovation and customer experience remain as important as ever.

On 8 July 1931 a small Nairobi-based airline started a service that would pioneer international air services to Kenya.

That was when Wilson Airways began a regular mail and passenger service between Nairobi and Kisumu to connect with Imperial Airways’ Central African service.Then, 85 years ago, in 1932 Imperial Airways, an antecedent of British Airways, extended its Central African route to Cape Town and included Nairobi on the schedule.

The service departed London’s Croydon Airport on Wednesdays at 12:30 arriving in Nairobi at 16:25 a week later.

It continued to fly this route for the five years, until, in 1937, Imperial Airways replaced the landplanes with the first all-flying boat service. The RMA C-Class flying boats left Southampton for Cape Town, stopping en-route at Kisumu and Mombasa, with an optional stop at Lake Naivasha for Nairobi.

Now, British Airways’ daily Boeing 747-400 services do the same journey in eight-and-a-half hours, departing Heathrow’s Terminal 3 in the morning and arriving at Jomo Kenyatta International at 21:00 that evening.

It is investing £400 million in Club World, the latest-generation technology in the air and on the ground, new lounges and enhanced catering.

This includes a new lounge at Jomo Kenyatta International, which will be shared with American Airlines.

Catering has been a focus across Africa and improvements have been made on a number of routes, including Kenya. In addition to changes to the on-board menu, a new service style is being introduced across Club World starting from September, with display trolleys allowing customers to select dishes from a choice of freshly prepared starters and desserts, providing an experience similar to that of a premium restaurant.

Sophos XG Firewall rated one of the highest performing firewall by NSS Labs

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NSS Labs has rated theSophos XG Firewall as one of the highest performing firewalls in the industry in its most recent Next-Generation Firewall Group Test Report.

The XG Firewall was “Recommended” as one of the top three products for security effectiveness after passing all stability and reliability tests, offering some of the highest levels of protection and performance at great value.

The NSS Labs evaluation included 11 market leading next-generation firewalls which were rated for security effectiveness, performance, stability and reliability, and total cost of ownership (TCO). The Sophos XG Firewall out-performed many other market-leading products across the stringent test criteria, placing it amongst the top-ranks of the seven products that alsoearned the NSS Labs ‘Recommended’ rating.

“Trusted, independent testing is a vital tool for any organization assessing its security needs. NSS Labs plays a critical role in determining which products deserve their place on the IT security shortlist,” commented Dan Schiappa, Senior Vice President and General manager of the End-user and Network Security groups at Sophos.

Sophos is proud that this NSS Labs test validates the XG Firewall as a leader in the industry for protection, performance, and value and promises to continue to invest heavily in its next-generation firewall platform as it enhances its synchronized security strategy.

As proven by the recent WannaCry outbreak, effective network protection prevents the spread of sophisticated, fast moving attacks and will remain a critical component of any comprehensive security strategy for years to come.

Thomas Skybakmoen, distinguished research director from NSS Labs commented, “We continue to develop and maintain rigorous testing standards to reflect enterprise defenses that are constantly being challenged by attackers and adopting new evasion techniques at a record pace.  The Sophos XG Firewall has executed well in this evaluation withhigh levels of security effectiveness and zero false positives.”

A copy of the NSS Labs Next-Generation Firewall Test Report for the Sophos XG-750 Firewall and the associated Security Value Map (SVM) graphic, which plots all vendors included in the evaluation are available from the Sophos website, here.

Released in December 2016, the latest version of the next-generation Sophos XG Firewall added significant new features including:

  1. Sophos Sandstorm – Blocks evasive zero-day threats like ransomware, disguised as executables, PDFs and Microsoft Office documents – sending them to its cloud-sandbox to be detonated and observed in a safe environment
  2. Synchronized Security – Extends Security Heartbeat by adding missing heartbeat detection and destination Heartbeat protection. Control access to endpoints and servers based on the status of their heartbeat, restricting potentially compromised systems until they are completely safe. In addition, the XG Firewall can determine the application responsible for generating unknown traffic on your network
  3. Enterprise-Grade Secure Web Gateway (SWG) – New inheritance-based policy building tool enables multiple user and group based web control policies. Plug a full web policy into a single firewall rule for enforcement – dramatically reducing rule count
  4. Microsoft Azure Support – Available as a preconfigured virtual machine within the Azure Marketplace, IT managers can deploy seamlessly using Azure Resource Manager templates or customize deployment according to their needs. Sophos XG Firewall provides detailed, out-of-the-box reports that are generated and stored locally, giving them a view of exactly what their users are doing
  5. Streamlined User Experience – XG Firewall makes managing network security easier than ever with all-new navigation with a logically organized menu and tabs for click access to anywhere. Streamlined firewall rule screen makes it easier and more intuitive to build sophisticated rules.

The Sophos XG Firewall is available on premise as a hardware appliance or for all the major virtualization platforms as well as through the Microsoft Azure marketplace for securing infrastructure-as-a-service deployments in the cloud. Available models range from a desktop appliance with integrated Wi-Fi to rack-mount appliances purpose built for the data center. Pricing is available from authorized Sophos partners worldwide.

 

Machine learning is here. How switched on are you?

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By Keith Fenner, Vice-President, Sage Enterprise Africa & Middle East

Machine learning, which used to be something only computer scientists in server rooms discussed, has become a hot topic, along with big data and artificial intelligence (AI).

Machines develop algorithms that allow them to make predictions, such as the shows you might want to watch on Showmax or Netflix, to use a simple example. Machines will also update their models as new data is received, without human intervention.

Advances in machine learning have caused many to fear that machines will replace human jobs. However, I’d like to argue that it can offer enormous benefits to business, and that now is the time to invest in it.

Machine learning is all around us

Retailers can already successfully predict the performance of retail promotions using advanced machine learning. This not only maximises ROI, but also streamlines the inventory ordering process. Machine learning algorithms also enable effortless personalised marketing.

The financial services sector uses machine learning to detect fraud and provide pre-approved loan offers, while Google uses it to run its driverless cars. Brands use it to get a sense of what’s being said about them on social media.

The age of machine learning is here. In fact, 40% of businesses surveyed by the Accenture Institute for High Performance in a 2016 study are already using it to improve sales and marketing performance.

What machine learning offers to Enterprise

Machine learning is proficient at handling analytical tasks within defined parameters. For example, companies use machine learning to track new leads, upsells, and sales cycle times.

Elliot Yama points out that there is huge opportunity in what he terms “Quote-to-Cash” solutions:

  • These encompass all the business processes involved in selling: from compiling initial offers right through to collecting payments.
  • Quote-to-Cash solutions connect many previously manual tasks and disjointed processes, automating and optimising them seamlessly.
  • They are now also helping to drive business outcomes across all sales channels and to optimise sales reps’ performance. For example, by improving quoting speed or the time it takes to generate a contract, machine learning can substantially improve salespeople’s chances of closing a deal.

But machine learning offers advantages beyond sales and marketing. It can be used to predict customer credit risk, to recognise text or speech (goodbye, painful data-capturing processes) and even to approve insurance claims quickly, without human intervention.

AI helps make work more meaningful

People will now have time to focus on other aspects of the business like driving innovation and exploring meaning. The beauty of machine learning is that it is able to do the work where humans can’t compete. A great example of machine learning at work is in the accounting industry.

AI can streamline accounting and compliance. It’s why we recently released Pegg, the world’s first accounting chatbot. Accounting is a perfect use case for automation, because it centres on repetitive, manual tasks. By using AI to automate it, businesses are able to focus more on core business activities and on the human elements of their business.

 

What to Watch for When Picking a Real Estate Agent in Nairobi

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The availability of online real estate information makes it easier than ever for you to be an informed consumer when buying or selling a home. Yet the digital revolution has done little to lessen the importance of choosing the right and trusted real estate agent in Nairobi to work with you.

The right agent can help you buy your dream house or sell your existing home quickly. The wrong agent can botch the transaction, leaving you with egg on your face and nowhere to call home.

Despite the high stakes, many buyers and sellers give little thought to choosing an agent, whether they’re buying or selling.

RE/MAX Liko are trusted real estate agents in Nairobi who leave no stone unturned when it comes to helping you in selling or buying a home.

RE/MAX Liko utilizes their extensive network, incredible brand awareness and do effective marketing campaigns.

Below are some of the properties listed on their website:

  1. 3 bedroom apartment to let in Kileleshwa makueni road
  2. 4 bedroom unfurnished house to let in Syokimau
  3. 2 bedroom apartment for sale in Kilimani

 

 

Orange Digital Ventures launches € 50 million war chest to pump into early-stage Africa-focused startups

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Orange’s flagship programme for investment in start-ups, Orange Digital Ventures and is committing 50 million euros corresponding to half of the direct investments made via its new Orange Digital Ventures Africa programme; the other half is devoted to indirect investments through specialised funding for Africa.

Orange Digital Ventures Africa is the Group’s investment vehicle for early-stage innovation projects in Africa in areas such as new connectivities, FinTech, the Internet of Things, energy and e-health to all innovative start-ups, whether they are based geographically in Africa or they address African issues from another continent.

A dedicated team based in Dakar will be set up next September for the programme in order to respond to the start-ups’ need for responsiveness and simplicity. This new initiative underlines Orange’s commitment in Africa, a growth territory where currently nearly one of every ten inhabitants is an Orange customer, and its determination to always be a cutting-edge player in digital ecosystems.

It supports Orange’s existing open innovation initiatives in Africa, such as the Orange Fabs in Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Senegal and BIG in Jordan to facilitate partnerships with the start-ups; the network of partner incubators such as CTIC in Dakar; the availability of Orange APIs on the continent; and the Orange Social Venture Prize recognising social entrepreneurs in Africa.

Pierre Louette, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Orange and Chairman of Orange Digital Ventures, commented: “Since the beginning of Orange Digital Ventures, the new services and business models in Africa have been one of the priority investment themes of our corporate venture business. With this announcement, we are engaging a bit further alongside the African digital ecosystem, which like everywhere else and maybe even more than elsewhere carries with it a development challenge.”

The start-ups may contact the Orange Digital Ventures Africa team via the website http://DigitalVentures.orange.com.

RE/MAX LIKO IS ONE OF THE FEW TRUSTED REAL ESTATE AGENTS IN NAIROBI

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Before putting your home/property on the market or setting out to buy a new one, you should first identify real estate agents in Nairobi who can assist with the sale. Selling a home in today’s market can be challenging. There are so many real estate agents in Nairobi who have the license to sell and let real estate. However, there are very few trusted real estate agents in Nairobi.

So what makes RE/MAX Liko stay above the crowd? The details! Whether it’s their proven sales approach, effective marketing campaigns, incredible brand awareness, or utilizing their extensive network, at RE/MAX Liko no detail is overlooked. They pride themselves in the use of a strong network, technology and great customer service.

Below are some of the properties listed on their website:

  1. 3 bedroom apartment to let in Kileleshwa makueni road
  2. 4 bedroom unfurnished house to let in Syokimau
  3. 2 bedroom apartment for sale in Kileleshwa

Marvelfive.com selling adult diapers online to break stigma and reach more users

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Almost everyone knows about diapers and how helpful they are when it comes to dealing with pee and poo (the results of usual bladder and bowel bowel movements).

What a lot of people don’t know is that there are also diapers that are tailor made for adults and designed to handle the significantly higher amount of urine and feacal excrement produced by adults.

Adult diapers are mostly used by adults who have incontinence (poor or no control of their bladder or bowel movements). They are also used by people who are bedridden or in wheelchairs as they might not access the toilet independently.

There is a lot of stigma associated with the use of adult diapers. This has caused some suppliers to refer to them as adult  “briefs” instead of “adult diapers“.

Manufacturers have therefore designed unisex adult diapers for use in a similar way to underpants. They fit different waist sizes and capacities and are easy and comfortable to use.

They can also be used for long journeys (when there are no reliable toilets along the journey) or flights (pilots or astronauts). They can be used by long distance drivers, guards or the military (during missions) to keep them from stopping for short calls. They are also very useful anytime access to a toilet is unavailable.

Kenya’s Marvel Five Investments Ltd aims to end the stigma in Kenya and take the use of adult diapers mainstream. Marvel Five Investments Ltd manufactures Comfrey Adult Diapers which are the country’s best-selling diapers. The adult diapers have highly absorbent polymer layers, are well ventilated and very hygienic. The diapers are also leak-proof with leak guards on the sides.

Comfrey Adult Diapers can be used by both male or females and have fastening tapes that help fasten the adult diapers on to those wearing them for a firm but comfortable fit. The fastening tapes don’t lose their stickiness even after tons of fastening and refastening.

Comfrey Adult Diapers come in different waist sizes and are available online and in most supermarkets in Kenya.

A Solar Revolution Is Coming To Africa – Emmanuel Katto

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EMMANUEL KATTO (one of Africa’ solar energy investors) has predicted a rapid growth and uptake of Solar energy in the coming years. According to Mr. Katto, the rapid surge in mobile phone use on the continent two decades ago will drive the uptake of solar energy.

Fast-dropping costs for solar power, combined with plenty of sun in a continent that has more than half of it’s population not connected to electricity, means solar has huge potential in Africa, said Emmanuel Katto.

Africa’s electricity problems continue to limit the continent with only 40% of Africans enjoying reliable power supply, claims a new report.

Access—defined as living within the range of an electrical grid—remains a major mitigating factor among some countries. While the average percentage for access to electric grids across the continent stands at 66% for the 36 African countries surveyed by Afrobarometer, 13 countries still have 50% or less of their populations with any access to electricity.

Emmanuel Katto has identified solar power as the solution.

Tips to bank safely on your smartphone

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As more consumers embrace the ease and convenience of accessing banking services through their mobile devices, it is becoming more essential for them to protect themselves from fraudsters by constantly keeping up to date with the latest Apps and security measures.

Kartik Mistry, Head of Smart Devices at FNB says, “Although technology allows you to bank anywhere at any time, the onus is on you to constantly lookout for the latest security measures to prevent fraudsters from robbing you of your hard earned cash.”

He outlines important safety tips that consumers should consider when accessing banking services on their mobile devices, either through Banking Apps, cellphone banking and the mobile web.

Download Apps from trusted sources

  • It is not safe to download Apps from suspicious or unknown sources as these can expose your mobile phone to malicious malware and viruses that can gain unauthorised access to your private information.
  • Install an up-to-date anti-virus application to your mobile device. Most Banks provide this free of charge to their customers.

SIM Swaps

  • Protect yourself from Sim Swap fraud by always keeping your phone switched on, ensuring that you have connection to the network and can send and receive messages.
  • As an FNB customer who uses the FNB Banking App, you get to use Smart inContact which allows you to safely approve Online Banking transactions on the Banking App, verify devices that login to your profile, and use secure messaging to immediately report any fraudulent transactions 24/7.

Cellphone Banking

  • Memorise your PIN, never write it down or share it with anyone.
  • Choose an unusual PIN that is hard to guess and change it often.
  • Remember, for your own security you are required to re-enter your PIN before each transaction.
  • If you think your PIN has been compromised, visit your nearest branch and change it immediately.
  • Protect your phone content and personal information you saved by using a PIN or password to access your phone. Do not leave your phone unlocked.
  • Avoid responding to competition SMS’s or MMS’s.
  • If you receive a phone call requesting personal information do not respond and end the call.

“If you suspect that your mobile device may have been compromised, check if you are free from viruses and malware, have access to your cellphone network and avoid entering your banking PIN and accessing banking services until you are certain that it is safe,” concludes Mistry.

 

LG puts the focus on phone screen to bezel ratio, with the new G6; the latest flagship phone.

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With the smartphone market becoming more and more competitive, designers are always seeking for new ways to enhance their screen display.

The big players today are no longer relying exclusively on Qualcom to supply them with mobile chipsets. Rather, they are manufacturing their own chipsets in-house. These chips are adapted to a specific device and customized for both flagship and feature phones to suit the needs of consumers. With the use of sensors, you can now see your notifications without unlocking your phone.

Over the years, there has been quite a transformation in the phone industry. Technology has provided a bevy of options for consumers to choose from. It has eliminated the need to use a computer or any other device to perform any function. Whether you want a large or small, curvy or straight phone, the market provides all kinds of phones at your convenience.

LG is at the frontline of creating products that are not only aesthetically beautiful, but that also provide durability and speed. This is evidenced by the new LG G6, which has an impressive processor that has increased the performance of the phone.

With the G6, LG have moved a step further and upgraded their typical modular design to glass and metal. This is a departure from the use of plastic that characterized the company’s previous flagship devices.

Moreover, the company emphasized the minimality of bezels in this new phone. The phone screen to bezel ratio is greater than 90 per cent. The quest to make all screen phones has allowed users to enjoy more of the smartphone experience and almost feel like they are living in the moment they are watching from their smartphone screen. One of the best insights in the 21st century mobile phone design was getting rid of physical keyboards altogether. Given the industry’s fixation on smaller phones and tiny screens, ending up with an all screen phone was a good idea.

Although the new G6 has great features, it did not abandon all the features of previous LG phones. The rear design of the phone, dual camera system and centre –mounted fingerprint sensor make a return in the G6.

“The new LG G6 was designed with new features that are a departure from previous designs. We are constantly looking for different ways to improve our devices. We are glad to provide great battery life, wireless charging and a USBC port to our consumers, “said LG Electronics Marketing Manager Moses Marji.

Smartphones have created a large market for the advertising industry as users are constantly on their phones.  Advertisers can stay connected with their customers 24/7. The mobile technology experience has become extremely visual with apps like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram providing platforms for advertisers to engage with their audience. It is now the norm to always see a two second ad before you open a You-tube video.

In a few years, mobile technology will become more capable with an array of features; thanks to computing advancements, cloud computing and network infrastructure.  Tools which were exclusively used by tech professionals will become commercialized into the mainstream market. Futuristic features like virtual reality will no longer be for video games and comics, but for the mass market.