Took this pictures of the Scenic waterfall in my hometown Nyahururu while on a day out. Hope you like it :)


Nexus S gets an upgrade to Android 4.1, Jelly Bean

Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012, under

phone-galaxy-gallery-familyThe Samsung Google Nexus S is said to have received an upgrade to Jelly Bean. According to GSMArena, the update is 114.4MB and brings the build number to JEO03E.

Nexus S is a smartphone device co-developed by Google and Samsung. The device was announced and released in December 2010 running on Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread).
For screen protection, the Nexus spots an Oleophobic coating or rather, a Contour Display with a curved glass screen. The 5MP Camera at the back ensures quality output for multimedia. The phone also has a secondary VGA camera at the front.

phone-galaxy-dTo handle loads of usage, Nexus S is powered with a 1 GHz Cortex-A8, 512MB of RAM and 16GB of Internal storage. This will certainly be capable of handling the upgrade.

As with most Samsung smartphones, the Nexus S does not have a radio. The phone also disappoints for the lack of a memory card slot.

Android 4.1, Jelly Bean is known as the fastest and smoothest platform. It allows for expandable, actionable notifications, has a new look for search and a smarter keyboard.

And as GSMArena say, If you are the impatient sorts and don't want to wait for the update to arrive over the air for your device then you can also download the update from Google's servers and flash it manually. Just make sure you are running a stock ICS ROM and have a custom recovery software such as ClockworkMod installed. And as usual, make sure you know what you are doing or wait for the OTA update.

Here is the direct download link to Google's servers.

For more information, check the source link below.



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Opera Mini: Africa’s Choice for Mobile Browsing

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012, under

Opera-MiniWith a 71% mobile browser market share, Opera Mini is a strong choice for mobile browsing in Africa. Even the most basic internet enabled cell phone can support the proxy browser.

“Web is a universal right, and no device is more universal than a mobile phone.” Says Jon von Tetzchner Co-Founder, Opera Software.

To signify Africa’s mobile browsing power, a global survey showed that 107.1 million people used Opera Mini with 37% (40 million) of them coming from Africa. While Worldwide, Russia, Indonesia and India are the top 3 Opera Mini user countries.

Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana are noted as the largest mobile phone markets in Africa. In a recent global State of the web report by Opera, Nigeria with a massive 45 million Internet users passed Ukraine to take the #4 spot on the top 20 Opera Mini usage countries list.

The four African countries above are joined by Sudan, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Zambia and Morocco to constitute the top ten countries using Opera Mini in Africa. Between them,  page views were seen to increase by 187% between June 2010 and June 2011. In the same period, unique users grew by 184% while data consumption rose by 199%.

As to where Africans users go to on the web, social networks and email services take the lead. And in-case you were wondering, turns out Facebook is the most visited site by Opera Mini users. Google, Youtube, Yahoo and Wikipedia are the other popular websites. And of-course, each country has those home grown websites that receive the most visits. (Kenya) and (Nigeria) are some of the popular examples.

Handsets- With 100 devices submitted for review as the most used for Opera Mini browsing, Nokia leads with 89 devices. 7 of them are Samsung while Sony Ericsson, Alcatel, Apple and LG each have a single handset. The Nokia 5130 XpressMusic stands out as the most used handset.

Version 5 of Opera Mini comes with support for Windows Mobile, Symbian OS, Android and the iOS along with the previous versions support for Java ME platform.

How does Opera Mini compare to other Mobile browsers? In the last year, according to StatCounter the market share for Opera in Africa stood at 71%. Nokia comes second with about 16%, iPhone stands at about 3%, while Android, Blackberry and Samsung doesn't even cut 2% of browser usage in the continent.

Globally, it is Apple’s mobile browser Safari that has the largest global market share at 55%. Opera Mini comes at a distant 20% with Android browser closing in at 18%. Symbian and Blackberry hold the lowest market share at 3% and 2% respectively.

As phone and device technology improves in Africa, Webkit based mobile browsers are set enter the Africa market and challenge Opera Mini for a share its mobile browsing users.


Inmobi Rebrands

Posted on Friday, February 03, 2012, under

India based InMobi, the largest independent mobile advertising network with offices on 4 continents among them Africa, has rebranded its logo.





Catch news about  the launch from here


Free Wikipedia access for Africa mobile users

Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012, under

Wikipedia-logoUsers in Africa and the Middle East will soon be able to access the Wikipedia for free on their mobile phones. This comes after Mobile Operator Orange Partnered with the Wikimedia Foundation in an initiative aimed at increasing the reach of the foundation.

The initiative that originally started 2009 in Europe will now extend to more than 20 countries in Africa and the Middle East where Mobile Operator

Orange has coverage.

Users will not be charged for data access on the

Wikipedia website when they access the pages via a web browser on their mobile and so long as they stay within the website.

Wikipedia is the largest online encyclopedia that allows users to edit the files and update branches of knowledge as covered by historical events.

The initiative according to Wikimedia Foundation executive director Sue Gardner is to help keep Wikipedia free for public use from all internet enabled devices.  The announcement received a welcome call especially from students whose primary source of accessing the internet is the mobile phone.

James Mathenge, an IT student at the Jomo Kenyatta University in Kenya when asked to comment about the initiative said “Its hard enough that I have to do my homework via mobile considering the heavy data charges but now thanks to Wikipedia, there will be no excuse for lagging behind in studies and current events.”

Wikipedia thus becomes the first organization to launch such a free project though this might be compared to the effort by some mobile operators such as

YU Kenya who allow free access to certain social networks on the web such as Facebook.

However, the question that should really pose is whether the initiative will succeed against a poor reading culture in Africa.

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Posted on Friday, December 23, 2011, under

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Anyways, I don’t have much to say other than to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Its been great meeting new people and growing with the existing network of buddies. Being the change that you want to see in the world is not just a thought but a right.

Meanwhile, Bob, Jeff and Julie did a number on gospel artist Jimmy Gait’s Song remix Furi Furi. Collymore did not just style up the song but he also dignified it with a unique sense of  recital. I’ll let you piece together the rest of the information with the video below:


Be blessed and see you in the next year!

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Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, under


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