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Kenya set to host Africa Digital Finance Summit in February 2022

Kenya is set to host the 2nd annual Africa Digital Finance Summit (ADFS) on 22nd – 24th February, 2022. The three-day event themed “The Future of Finance in Africa; our pathway to financial freedom” will incorporate a thought-leadership conference featuring governments, central banks across Africa, prominent executives representing global Fintech operators, start-ups, professionals and decision makers across the world in the financial, economic, technology, fintech and block chain industry to deliberate and forge a pathway towards the future of finance in Africa.

“The Africa Digital Finance Summit 2022 (ADFS) will provide Africa with an opportunity to leapfrog the mistakes of the West by reimagining entire systems of production, financial services, and governance fueled by financial innovations & blockchain technologies thus positioning herself as the continent where solutions in Finance will be implemented successfully.” Says Mary Njoki, Organizer and CEO of Glass House PR.

Coming at the backdrop of the Free Trade Agreement in Africa, this annual summit will spearhead the conversation of re-defining value exchange for Africans and encouraging them to leverage on Digital and Decentralized Finance in their businesses and everyday transactions.

The African Fintech report of 2020 states that Africa as a continent has an edge with technology because the mobile subscription penetration rates are up to 80%, thus this summit aims to position Africa as the continent where innovative solutions in digital and decentralized finance will be found and implemented successfully.

During the Africa Digital Finance Summit 2022, the ADFS Report of 2021 will be presented and released to the public. Conversations in the summit will include; understanding blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies, Implementation of Defi in Africa, Policies governing disruption in finance, Introduction of central bank digital currencies in Africa, the introduction of NFTs for art, amongst other topics. “It was a great honour for me to speak during ADFS summit 2021, I look forward to a great conversation in 2022 as we chart out a pathway towards the future of finance in Africa”. Said, Dr. Olufunso Regional Principal Officer, Africa Development Bank.

The climax of the Summit will be an award ceremony; The Africa digital finance summit awards recognizing various players in the African Digital and Decentralized Finance industry with the aim of championing for and encouraging new innovations and celebrating the startups/ companies that have contributed to the growth of the industry in Africa.

Huawei launches DIGIX Lab Promising Developers space to realise their dreams

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Huawei is calling on all App developers to be part of the Huawei Developer Hub. The company says the DIGIX lab will become an empowering home for your curious and creative minds.

This Lab will allow developers to experience Huawei’s open capabilities and real devices firsthand, master and share knowledge about Huawei’s latest open capabilities through hands-on practice, and directly access the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) ecosystem. 

This new facility, a first of its kind from Huawei in the Middle East and Africa, shows the tech giant’s continued growth and investment in the Region, as well as its commitment to skills development and training. It will serve as an innovation hub for HMS App development on the African continent to drive idea exchanges, business growth and collaboration.

The DIGIX Lab will provide a home for developers to experience the full range of HMS developer resources such as training on: Huawei integration kits, marketing of Apps, technical skills assistance, and testing to help them reach new heights. This is in conjunction with the “HUAWEI Developers Programme”, which provides developers to participate in workshops, developer community and to receive newsletters and comprehensive support from the DIGIX Lab team. Huawei is empowering developers by putting their skills to use and giving them the platforms to innovate from scratch, building the entire App lifecycle from ideation to development. 

One of the key services provided is HMS Core, which offers an extensive variety of 24 App services and capabilities such as Account Kit, Ads Kit, In-App Purchases Kit, Push Kit, and ML Kit (machine learning), which developers can integrate into their Apps on HUAWEI AppGallery to provide unique, high-quality experiences for users.  

To date, AppGallery has rolled out more than 80,000 Apps, and this number continues to increase.

Huawei also has various platforms and resources in place that are helpful for the developer community, such as HUAWEI Developer Groups, which provide a space for in-depth exchange and collaboration among developers. Through these initiatives, developers all around the World get to connect and share ideas. Over one million developers have already registered on HUAWEI’s developer portal.

On 21 September 2021, Huawei Mobile Services will be launching the HUAWEI’s Developer Hub, the “DIGIX Lab” in Johannesburg. For more details visit our website by clicking here.

Should you buy the iPad Mini as an iPhone Replacement?

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At the Apple Event, the company unveiled a re-designed iPad Mini. It starts at $499, looks like a compact iPad Pro, fits well on the hand, uses the latest A15 Bionic chip, and supports the 2nd Gen Apple Pencil! So, it isn’t that weird to call it the bigger iPhone? LOL.

Before you go ahead and bash me, let’s be clear, I know an iPad can’t replace an iPhone, duh! But… we already agreed the new iPhones are boring, and that thanks to leaks the iPhone 14 looks exciting. So, you can wait a year and in the meantime get an iPad Mini, no?

Well, let’s lay out some points to see if this can be a decision you should make.

The new iPad Mini is the big iPhone to get?

Will an iPad Mini be a good iPhone replacement:

  • At $499, the iPad Mini is cheaper than the new iPhones.
  • A 256GB model with 5G costs $799 while a 256GB iPhone 13 is $899… mmmh
  • But it runs iPadOS not iOS so you can’t use it for normal phone calls. But there’s FaceTime, and other apps.
  • It has 5G Support, which is great!
  • It supports the Apple Pencil, your phone could never.
  • It fits in your hand, and your pocket, and has two good cameras. You don’t even use your phone’s cameras that much, do you?
  • It offers more screen real-estate, so you can read more, view more, do more.
  • It has USB Type-C so you can do cool stuff with it, like in the image above, and more!
  • And… you already have a phone.

Honestly, if you think like me (don’t), these are some pretty solid arguments. No need to spend money on an old design. You’d rather get yourself something that will last a really long time. The new design will be used by Apple for years. The A15 Bionic will power up any new software for about 4 years without any hiccups. You can use your expensive Apple Pencil, and do just as much as someone with an iPad Pro. And so much more.

The new iPad Mini is the big iPhone to get?

For me, the most exciting part from the September 14th Apple event was the Mini iPad. I love my 11-inch iPad Pro and I know very many times I’ve thought about the old design iPad mini wondering if that would be a great reading companion given the size of my current one.

Now that there’s a Mini that looks like the Pro, I am toying with the idea of getting one to read, and enjoy carrying around in my pocket. Normal phones be dammed! What are your thoughts?

Canon unveils powerful $6,000 EOS R3 Mirrorless Camera

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Canon has announced its highly anticipated EOS R3 Mirrorless Camera – which it says is a powerhouse for sports photography and reportage.

The new camera, Canon explains, blends tradition with cutting edge technology. The EOS R3 offers all the familiarity and speed of Canon’s renowned EOS-1 series, with the innovation and versatility of the pioneering EOS R System.

The company says it designed the camera using feedback from the most demanding professional press and sports photographers. The camera features over 100 improvements upon Canon’s mirrorless and DSLR models.

The result is a camera which Canon says dramatically streamlines workflows and takes the connection between camera and photographer to new levels, for unbeatable speed and responsiveness.

With a brand new, innovative 24.1 megapixel sensor, the EOS R3 gives the optimal balance of performance, resolution and speed to offer news and sports photographers a camera to outperform and outpace the competition.

EOS R3 Key Features:

  • New Canon-developed 24.1 megapixel back illuminated stacked CMOS sensor
  • 30fps with AF/AE tracking
  • Shutter speed offering a range of 30 seconds to 1/64000 of a second when using the electronic shutter
  • Eye Control AF point selection
  • AF tracking of people, animals (including birds) and motorsports (racing motorbikes and racing cars)
  • Full width 6K 60p RAW video recorded internally to a CFexpress card
  • Focus in light levels as low as –7.5 EV

Canon has also launched the RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM and the RF 16mm F2.8 STM which are two versatile and powerful RF lenses bringing new focal lengths to the range.

Redmi 10 with 50MP camera officially launched in Kenya

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Xiaomi Kenya yesterday launched the Redmi 10 in the market. The device comes as a replacement to the Redmi 9 from last year, but brings in very huge spec bumps. This will definitely be an easy recommendation from me for everyone looking for a device within the segment.

According to the company, two variants will be available in the country. These are the 64GB Storage model, and the 128GB storage version.

Redmi 10 prices:

  1. 64GB storage – KES 17,499
  2. 128GB storage – KES 18,999

You can get them from Xiaomi’s official store on Jumia. They should also be available through offline retailers, but that has not been mentioned by the company.

The Redmi 10 joins the Redmi NOTE 10 series which has been available in the market for a while now. It is easy to confuse the model names, given there should also be a Redmi 10A coming later on. That one will be part of the A-series by Redmi always priced around $99.

In terms of specs, the new device is a significant leap forward. There’s now a 6.5-inch FULL HD display supporting 90Hz refresh rate. It is still protected by Gorilla Glass 3.

The main camera is now a 50MP sensor, but the selfie camera hasn’t changed at 8MP. Redmi has opted to use a Helio G88 processor which is quite good for the performance one can expect at this price point.

You will be assured of good battery life thanks to the huge 5000mAh battery which still supports 18W fast charging over USB Type-C.

What are your thoughts on the device? Would you get it at those recommended prices? Or what other devices would you be considering? Let me know.

Redmi 10 Specifications:

PRICE64GB storage – KES 17,499
128GB storage – KES 18,999 
Buy from Jumia
Display6.5” LCD with Full HD+ 
90Hz refresh rate
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Rear CameraQuad:
50MP Main Sensor 
8MP 
2MP 
2MP
Front CameraSingle:
8 MP
ChipsetMediatek Helio G88 
GPUMali-G52 MC2
RAM3/4/6 GB RAM
Storage32/64/128 GB Storage eMMC 5.1
(microSD card dedicated slot)
Operating SystemAndroid 11, MIUI 12
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
18W Charger (included)
Network2G, 3G, 4G
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot 
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
GPS 
Infrared port
USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Colour optionsGray, White, Blue
OthersDual Speakers

realme C21Y Specifications and Price in Kenya

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The Realme C21Y is now available in Kenya starting at a price of KES 12,500. It comes with a 6.5-inch HD display, a 12nm UNISOC processor, 3 or 4GB RAM, and either 32 or 64GB eMMC 5.1 storage.

realme C21Y Specs:

PRICE3GB RAM/32GB – KES 12,500 
4GB RAM/64GB – KES 13,700
Display6.5 inches IPS LCD
720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio
Rear CameraTriple Setup:
13 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3.06″, 1.12µm, PDAF
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
Front Camera5 MP, f/2.2, (wide), 1/5.0″, 1.12µm
ChipsetUnisoc T610 (12 nm)
GPUMali-G52
RAM3/4GB RAM
Storage32/64GB Storage
eMMC 5.1
(Expandable via dedicated microSD card)
Operating SystemAndroid 10, realme UI 1.0
BatteryLi-Po 5000 mAh,
Network2G, 3G, 4G
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
FM Radio
microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
Headphone jack
Colour optionsCross Black, Cross Blue
OthersFingerprint scanner at the back

BAKE Awards 2021 Submissions Now Open

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The Bloggers Association of Kenya has announced the launch of the 2021 BAKE Awards. The announcement comes after over a year hiatus necessitated by the pandemic.

Kenyans can now submit their preferred sites to the awards which will have the following timelines:

  • Submissions phase –14th September – 20th October 2021
  • Judging phase – 21st October -1st November 2021
  • Online voting – 2nd November – 10th December 2021
  • Virtual Winners’ Gala event – 17th December 2021

This will be the 9th year the association celebrates and awards bloggers in different categories.

2019 BAKE Awards:

In 2019, the Association introduced a new category, Best Podcast which saw Amani Maranga become the first winner in that category. The total number of categories now stands at 24.

Also included in the winners’ list was JustJoykendi.com, who won the overall Kenyan Blog of the Year category,  Lyraoko.com in the photography category, leotunapika.com in the food category, africancityplanner.com in the environmental category and fashionablestepmum.com in the fashion and style category.

In 2019, the competition saw more than 10,000 blogs being submitted and 800,000 votes being recorded. Women dominated the awards, winning in 15 out of 23 categories.

2021 Submissions:

  • Submissions will be accepted in 23 categories and a blog can only be submitted in one category that it fits best.
  • There is an exception, however, for new blogs (blogs set up in January 2019 onward) which can be submitted in the New Blog category and in another category in which they fit.
  • The rule that makes three-time (or more) winners in the awards ineligible to compete, still stands.
  • To submit blogs into the BAKE Awards 2021, visit bakeawards.co.ke/submit.

The Current Status and Perspective of the African Video Gaming Industry

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The only region in the world to register significant growth in youth population is Africa. By 2050 those aged between 0-24 years old in Africa’s population will increase by nearly 50 percent. Therefore, Africa will record the highest number of young people. Isn’t it apparent that a continent composed of a large youth population will hold a bright future for mobile and gaming as a whole? 

With the Covid-19 lockdown and imposition of restrictions, the entertainment streaming and gaming industries are flourishing.

Mobile Expansion and Markets

It is hard to believe but, in Africa, mobile gaming generates half of the revenue compared to the annual revenue production of the gaming industry. The continent has a growing market for gaming and smartphone companies as more than 200 million Africans are below the age of 35, and this will double in a decade. 

With the spreading of Mobile tech, Africa is also paving the way for legal betting and gaming. The increasing market penetration of mobile applications and the rising demand for online games will help the industry gain new players in the field over the next few years. 

Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria, and Algeria are the largest gaming markets in Africa when compared by the production of revenue. Since the year 2017, each country has generated more than $100 million in video sales. Also, many game developers who started their journey as part-time workers have recognized the transition and the growth in their financial status with the expansion of the gaming industry. 

The Big Players

More than 781 games are from the South African publishers on Google Play. One of the biggest and successful game publishers is Wild Foot Games that have also secured the top position. They build 3D animal simulators and have developed many mobile games including, Spider World Multiplayer, Horses of the Forest, Clan of Griffin, etc. This South African mobile game publisher owns 126 mobile games that have been downloaded more than 90.43m+ times together. 

TANGIAPPS IT Solution Private Limited, an Indian IT company, has secured the second position. They build apps and software for JAVA, Android, iOS, and Windows platforms, and have also developed and published many cricket and adventurous games. The company owns 36 mobile games that have been downloaded for more than 35.95m+times.  

The third biggest South African game publisher is Distinct Media. Based in South Africa, this game publisher has created iconic games that include Its Titanic, Nuclear Strike bomber, Tornado Strike zone, and many such amazing games. They have a total download of 3.08m+times and own ten mobile games. 

Based in South Africa and with the introduction of games that use Artificial Intelligence iGindis has successfully secured the fourth position among the biggest South African game publishers. iGindis has developed World Empire 2027, Middle East Empire 2027, Europe Empire 2027, Asia Empire 2027, and more. Their games even allow the users to make friends all over the world. Currently, they own six mobile games with more than 679.88k+ times downloads. 

Video Gaming Betting go hand in hand

Africans are passionate about sports, and the youth are addicted to European Football Leagues and other FIFA events, followed by other sports that they are zealous about, such as Cricket, Basketball, and races. 

With the rising demands of mobile devices, Africans are also taking the pleasure of mobile sports betting, and out of all, Betway betting app is one of the safest betting apps to wager on your favorite sports. Betway app download can be done from both the official website and AppStore (iPhone). Also, Betway is a licensed company regulated by Malta Gaming Authority; being SSL-encrypted and eCOGRA certified makes this app safe and trustworthy.  

How can Technology Revolutionize the Sports Industry?

The introduction of 5G Technology has transformed the world. South Africa was the first country, followed by Kenya in Africa to test this technology. The large-scale use of smartphones even in the remotest parts of the continent along with the advancement of technology turned into the perfect amalgamation for the success of the betting and gaming industry. The inauguration of the 5G network in Africa’s tech hub will invite more players in the betting industry that will eventually consider this to be a lucrative field.

Kenya’s Progress in Sports

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Kenyan communities have been engaging in physical activities for recreational and health purposes. As a result, several indigenous sports have existed in Kenya as part of the communities’ culture and a way of life. Examples of sports that have been around since antiquity include hunting, stick fights, racing, and wrestling. However, after British colonization in Kenya, the sports scenario in the country changed, leading to the formation of professional teams in the form of clubs. Thanks to this shift and further development, betting fans can bet with 22Bet in Kenya on various sports. So how have sports progressed in Kenya over the years?

Many Sports Are Popular In Kenya

Currently, many sports are popular in the country. Kenyans engage in sports activities for fun and at a professional level. Some of the most loved sports in the country include athletics, rugby, football, volleyball, and basketball. Other sports that command a considerable following in Kenya include motorsport, martial arts, hockey, boxing, and handball.

Despite all these sports being popular in Kenya, the first thing that comes to mind when you mention Kenya and sports in the same sentence is athletics. Over the years, Kenya has established itself as a global leader when it comes to athletics. Kenyan athletes have made the country proud by winning medals and setting records in the most respected global competitions.

Besides athletics, Kenya also showed the world that they could play other sports by winning the 2016 HSBC Rugby Sevens in Singapore. The popularity of sports has seen it used in many other social activities. For example, sports have been used to promote peace in various parts of the country.

Sports Start-Ups

The development of sports has led to the emergence of sports personalities that have grown to become big brands. As a result, Kenya has witnessed a growing number of sports management companies. These are firms that help talented sports personalities to reach their potential and maximize their financial potential in their career.   

These companies help the sports personalities with services such as social media optimization, building their brands, planning, and management of competitions and marketing. It is such companies that have seen several Kenyan athletes land lucrative deals as brand ambassadors. Furthermore, several footballers have landed contracts with teams in Europe and Asia.

Initially, Kenyan athletes used to make a lot of money, but once they retired from sports, they had nothing to show for it. However, these sports companies have helped Kenyan athletes to take care of their finances better and manage their careers better.

What about Technology?

Kenyan sports associations have chosen to tap into the potential of technology in sports. For example, the Kenyan Taekwondo has embraced technology, making it the first sports federation in Africa to embrace a Global Management System. The system will help the federation collect, store and manage data on all athletes associated with it. The federation officials claim that the system will help them get rid of quacks interfering with sports events.

On the other hand, the national women’s volleyball team has also embraced technology. The team introduced catapult, a sports performance analytics gadget that measures the athletes’ work rate. By monitoring the players’ work rate, the coaches are able to plan for strength and conditioning exercises.

Final Thoughts

Sports have come a long way in Kenya. The development of sports in the country can be attributed to several factors. However, sports organizations and technology seem to be holding to the future of sports in the country. Sports personalities will be looking at these two factors keenly in the foreseeable future.

The iPhone 13 is boring

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Apple has today announced the iPhone 13, and pretty much everyone who’s watched the event agrees that it is a very minor refresh to the iPhone 12. It is the usual ‘S’ series refresh, but without the name. Which makes you wonder why not just call it the iPhone 12s?

It had been rumoured that Apple was abandoning the ‘S’ branding. And that’s seemingly true now. Instead of the iPhone 11s we got the iPhone 12. Given we saw some design refresh, and huge hype with 5G, it seemed right to ‘jump a generation’ and call it 12 instead of 11s. However, with the very minor changes from the iPhone 12, by yester-year standards, it feels crazy to call it the iPhone 13. But this is Apple, and the launch already has over 10M views on YouTube.

Here’s what’s new with the iPhone 13:

  • Smaller notch – still features everything to allow FaceID.
  • New A15 Bionic – really powerful
  • Some new camera features – including cinematic mode which promises automatic cinema focus in videos
  • New OLED displays with ProMotion – 120hz finally on the PRO iPhones
  • Better battery life – 1.5hrs extra on the smaller iPhones and 2.5hrs more on the bigger ones.
  • New colours – including a really good blue look
The iPhone 13 is boring

This is a pretty rushed summary, but that’s sort of everything. The rest of the stuff cut across accessories and services, but those are not major announcements, unfortunately.

I don’t know what I expected, especially given the leaks which had shown us everything. But the whole event was pretty underwhelming – except for the new iPad Mini which is really dope!

I expected a ‘ONE MORE THING’ surprise to sort of heighten our spirits or tease us with the future – perhaps a first look at new MacBooks, or new designs in the future, or a new line of accessories, or even a refresh to the AirPods Pro, but there was nothing.

Anyway, there’s a rumoured second event soon, so perhaps then is when we will see exciting announcements. What are your thoughts on the new iPhone 13? Especially given the iPhone 14 leaks

Also, did any of you notice the MacBooks in the rooms with the presenters? One of them in the background looked like a 13-inch but with quite reduced bezels. I may be projecting my own desires anyways.