Archive for June, 2011
Google Plus, a new social networking website
Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Google Plus is Google's latest and best attempt at a social networking website. It obviously draws a lot of lessons from Google's previous attempts like Google Buzz, Google Wave, Orkut etc. I got an invitation to join Google Plus from a good friend, and I am loving it so far. It comes with a lot of features that scream "Facebook-lookalike" while other features are new innovations from the search engine giant. I like the minimalist interface ...  [Read more]

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Following the huge success of its Africa Magic channel, MNET has since launched variants of the channel. Africa Magic Swahili is the latest of them all. It will showcase Swahili film-making and storytelling for Swahili speaking audiences in East Africa. The content will be in Kiswahili language, with subtitles in English language. The channel will feature movies, series and music. According to Wikipedia: Swahili (known in Swahili itself as ...  [Read more]

Effective Blogging: HOW to make your blog mobile-friendly
Sunday, June 26th, 2011

This blog post is part of a series of blog posts focused on how to blog more effectively. In an earlier post in the Effective Blogging series, I made a case for why every blogger should have a mobile-friendly version of their blog. In this post, I would be highlighting how to make your blog mobile-friendly. The key to displaying your blog nicely on the screen of mobile web devices is the mobile theme. A mobile theme is basically a collection ...  [Read more]

Cell C wins global telecoms award
Sunday, June 26th, 2011

“MyTools”, a groundbreaking service was awarded the Global Telecoms Business innovation award Cell C and development partner fonYou have put South Africa’s innovation capability on the map by scooping the Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award in the consumer services category for its innovative cloud telephony service “MyTools”. Cell C was the first mobile provider globally to introduce this cloud-based service for mobile ...  [Read more]

Interview: Gregory Eid Of TeleData ICT speaks about Internet Connectivity in Ghana
Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Gregory Eid is the Managing Director of TeleData ICT, a leading Internet Service Provider in Ghana, targeted at individuals, cyber cafes and SMEs. In this interview, he spoke frankly to Russell Southwood of Balancing Act about some aspects of the operations of TeleData ICT, challenges of offering internet connectivity in Ghana and the network upgrade plans for TeleData ICT. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xi35POnJg0Y As a customer, I had the ...  [Read more]

Esoko Tech Showcase. The BackStory.
Friday, June 24th, 2011

I was invited to cover the Tech Showcase of Esoko's 3rd Annual Partner Conference. The Tech Showcase was a segment of the larger partners' gathering. Esoko Partners are their international clients who have paid to use Esoko software in their respective countries. I was able to gather information that I would be sharing in the next few days. Since the information is much, I have decided to split it into multiple parts. The first part would be ...  [Read more]

Esoko Tech Showcase. The BackStory.
Friday, June 24th, 2011

I was invited to cover the Tech Showcase of Esoko's 3rd Annual Partner Conference. The Tech Showcase was a segment of the larger partners' gathering. Esoko Partners are their international clients who have paid to use Esoko software in their respective countries. I was able to gather information that I would be sharing in the next few days. Since the information is much, I have decided to split it into multiple parts. The first part would be ...  [Read more]

Meet WACS, the latest submarine cable into Africa
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

In case you missed the memo, Africa is rising. Having been largely ignored in the development of the Internet, things have been changing rapidly in the past decade with telecommunication companies forming alliances with financial institutions to bring serious data connectivity into Africa, and with it, lots of potential for prosperity. You can thus understand my excitement each time a new submarine cable is announced. West Africa Cable ...  [Read more]

Nokia announces Nokia N9, an all-screen smartphone
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

The Nokia N9 introduces an innovative new design where the home key is replaced by a simple gesture: a swipe. Whenever you're in an application, swiping from the edge of the display takes you home. The three home views of the user interface are designed to give fast access to the most important things people do with a phone: using apps, staying up to date with notifications and social networks, and switching between activities. The ...  [Read more]

Effective Blogging: Why Your Blog Should Be Mobile-Friendly
Sunday, June 19th, 2011

This blog post is part of a series of blog posts focused on how to blog more effectively. The Internet has evolved to a point where web access is no longer an exclusive preserve of desktop or laptop computers. A new demography has matured over the years and has since reached a critical mass that is already outnumbering desktops and laptops. I am referring mobile internet devices: smartphones, and feature phones that are capable of browsing ...  [Read more]