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Hamwe East Africa: Digitizing agriculture

Hamwe East Africa: Digitizing agriculture

Digital agriculture is increasingly gaining prominence across the world. It is predicted that by 2021, the digital agriculture market, including value of software, algorithm, platforms and links between farming and technology hardware, would triple to $15 billion.

To tap into this growing market so as to transform agriculture through enhanced production and productivity, Hamwe East Africa, a startup that specializes in the digitization of agricultural value chains, was established in 2013.

The company’s co-founder Allan Asiimwe said that while the initial objective was a desire to help farmers have computerized records, it later evolved into a fully digital platform after identifying that the biggest problems facing farmers were being unable to get timely payments and moving long distances to receive payments.

The company then re-invented itself to solve these challenges.  It set up the M-Farmer app, which is designed to extend the benefits of technology to agricultural value chains where different actors – farmers, traders, processors and consumers – can build better records, increase efficiency of operations and make informed decisions.

The M-Farmer platform functionality includes farmer profiling and registration, collections, check-off system, mobile payments, supplier module, e-extension, farm monitoring, order management, farmer app and traceability.

We were motivated by the need to solve what we thought were fundamental problems facing farmers so as to enable them do farming as a business  and also sustain and have livelihoods from their activity,” Asiimwe said.

He added: “Over 70% of the working population in Uganda is involved in agriculture but the playing field is not leveled for them to make sense out of their vocations. But since we went into digitization, it has taught us that there is so much that needs to be done.

There is need to work on the infrastructure and collaborations starting with government, financial  institutions and technology companies – especially those that have been there before to solve these problems – and development partners in order for the farmer to get that last mile experience of being part of that ecosystem.

Hamwe East Africa is among the 40 firms participating in the 40-days-40 FinTechs initiative, which is organised by HiPipo, in partnership with Crosslake Tech, ModusBox and Mojaloop Foundation.

The initiative seeks to enable FinTechs to innovate solutions that facilitate cross-network financial transactions at minimal risks to enhance access to financial services.

Running for 40 days, the project has seen the participating 40 FinTechs acquire interoperable development skills to improve access to financial services, using the Mojaloop open source software.

The HiPipo CEO Innocent Kawooya commended Hamwe East Africa for thinking about digitizing agriculture, saying that it (agriculture) together with technology are among the two most important sectors in Uganda.

This, he said, is because Covid-19 proved that the country did not have enough maize flour and beans to distribute to the targeted people while technology emerged as one of crucial sector that connected people during the crisis.

The easiest ways of making sure that we have food is to ensure farmers are empowered with technology to help them receive payments in real time and to have whatever kind of information they need to ensure they have better agricultural practices and also to bridge the gap between farmers and sellers of the end product,” Kawooya said.

He also commended all the firms that have participated in this year’s 40-days-40-FinTechs initiative, saying that the project would not have been successful without their participation.

Although it was limited to slightly over 40 FinTechs, despite being oversubscribed, Kawooya said that they will ensure that they integrate more learning opportunities in future so that even those that are unable to participate as mainstream participants, can take part during different days to share knowledge.

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Merchandise Uganda: Linking sellers to buyers

Merchandise Uganda: Linking sellers to buyers

Merchandise Uganda, an e-commerce platform that connects sellers to buyers is increasingly gaining prominence in Uganda, owing to its ability to connect businesses to market across the globe easily. Established in March 2019, the platform allows merchants to open mini-showrooms through which they market their products to potential buyers by posting product photos and adverts, reviews, tips and videos.

It has a number of sectors including agriculture, construction, manufacturing, legal logistics, hotels, education and family, general merchandise and health, among others, where people post their products, depending on the category.

Among the benefits are direct link between suppliers, business and buyers, awareness creation about available products, branding, helps local businesses link up with global buyers and also enabling businesses to participate in online auctioning.

Nurudin Busingye, the Merchandise Uganda Operations Manager said the firm was established with a view of creating a level playing field for people in business, irrespective of size

You find that some businesses are unable to afford rent in particular areas even though they would have wanted to operate from that place. With this platform, services are affordable so anyone can market their products to potential buyers,” Busingye said.

Without divulging in to details, Busingye said that in a space of one and a half years, many businesses have benefited from enhanced brand visibility, which has resulted into increased sales.

The HiPipo CEO Innocent Kawooya commended Merchandise Uganda saying that it is doing a fantastic work of ensuing it digitally includes different people.

He, however, urged them to pay more attention to ensuring that they offer a full online experience to their customers that is free of glitches.

As players in this space, we have to be extremely very customer sensitive because in the end, that is what speaks to customer experience. We need good practice of cyber security that speaks to customer needs and thoughts,” he said.

He added: “We are happy to celebrate you because you are doing a good job but we will be very glad to help you walk through the journey of ensuring that you do a full integration and complete the customer journey once and for all. This will ensure that a customer can have a full experience and allow you to integrate with interoperable payment systems that will enable you to scale in any market so as to serve more customers.”

Merchandise Uganda is among the firms participating in the ongoing inaugural 40-days-40-FinTechs project organized by HiPipo and in partnership with Crosslake Tech, ModusBox and Mojaloop Foundation.

The initiative seeks to enable FinTechs to innovate solutions that facilitate cross-network financial transactions at minimal risks to enhance access to financial services.

Running for 40 days, the project has seen the participating 40 FinTechs acquire interoperable development skills to improve access to financial services, using the Mojaloop open source software

Kawooya said the 40-days-40-FinTech initiative will be held annually so as to enable them continue shinning a light on prime stories in financial technology that are transforming millions of lives.

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5 Features we love about the Tecno Camon 15

5 Features we love about the Tecno Camon 15

Smartphone holders are always sure of one thing, the device you hold has a better and much more beautiful version in the making. Every turn of the year, we get fresh iterations of phones that offer new features and developments. And the Camon series from Tecno got us the Camon 15 this year.

We’ve had the device for sometime now, and really enjoyed how much it has to offer. At an affordable price, you get to experience a lot more that you could hope for in a mid-range phone. In case you have not, read through the first impressions we got of the device and know what it feels like holding it for a week.

Otherwise, let’s take you through the 5 features we’ve found interesting about the Tecno Camon 15.

One: The camera

The Camon is a Camera smartphone series, and any ardent follower will tell you how impressive this is. When you buy a phone just for its camera, it means you are going to sink in photography. Of course, it takes passion and time to perfect!

The Camon 15 builds on its predecessors’ mission to come with four sharp shooters on its back. A combination of 48MP+2MP+2MP+QVGA sensors gives you almost all that you ought to have in a phone of its kind. Yes, almost because your neighbour will bring you their device shooting somewhat better images, without telling you it costs more than the Camon 15.

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The 16MP sensor on the front is equally good at close shots and group selfies. The various modes and tweaks available for you to experiment for fine output make the phone even more productive. It’s worth the wait and your try as well.

Two: The speed

The Camon 15 is built for camera needs, but one key specification that Tecno has improved in the series is the performance. As you use the device, you can feel just how fast it runs – yet without extinguishing any energy as such. This is practically credited to the 4GB RAM that the standard version of the phone comes with. That’s not all, its coupled with the Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 chip, an accommodating LCD screen, as well as an Adreno 610 GPU.

The Camon 15 is fast enough to let you do all your live streaming, playing games (both online and offline), downloading files,  and any activity that you’d wish to get done in minutes. You won’t have to wait!

Three: The software

The Camon 15 arrives with the Android 10, alongside HiOS v.6.0.1, to keep all your apps flying.  There are some really innovative additions to the phone. These include the Social Turbo with a WhatsApp Assistant Box that lets you build your own Emojis, save present WhatsApp status, among others.

tecno camon 15

There’s a new Dark Theme that saves energy and extends battery life effectively. Did we tell you about the gesture navigation and gesture phone pick up features? Also, while playing games or watching videos, WhatsApp and Messenger messages pop-up as notifications. There is no need to stop and check your message.

Four: The battery

If you have the 3 above, you can only pray for one more thing – a reliable battery. And that’s what the Tecno Camon 15 comes with, a strong 5000mAh non-removal powerhorse! You’ve probably had this over and over again but such a muscle is a big point that Tecno has mastered for its smartphones and it keeps them going. With a battery that can go on to the next day, you can order for your next drink to enjoy the Camon!

Five: The Tecno Camon 15 build

Beyond the camera and performance, the phone’s build is equally excellent. The security bit is taken care of very well with Face Unlock which automatically detects your closed eyes, as well as the fingerprint scanner on the back. The handset also comes with a parental control setting. You can restrict the content and for how long your child can view on the device.

The Tecno Camon 15 is amazing!

Tecno Camon  15 key Specifications

Screen: 6.6 inches
Camera: 48MP+2MP+2MP+QVGA on the rear, 16MP on the front
Memory: 64GB+4GB in terms of ROM + RAM respectively
OS: Android 10, alongside HiOS v.6.0.1
Battery: 5000mAh
Chip: Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22

Tecno Camon 15 price in Uganda

The Camon 15 costs UGX 688,000 and it is available countrywide in TECNO branded shops and MTN Service Centres near you. All customers that purchase Camon 15 get Free 3GB internet data every month for three months and 100% data bonus on every data bundle purchased.

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Yo Uganda: Demystifying digital wallets in Uganda

Yo Uganda: Demystifying digital wallets in Uganda

Mobile wallets have over the past few years become a buzzword in most countries across the world, including Uganda. However, one name stands out in Uganda when it comes to mobile wallets; that is Yo Uganda, a technology solutions company that braved to venture into the world of the unknown.

Established in 2006, the company entered the market offering a low cost international call service before venturing into mobile technology to provide Value-Added-Services.

Solutions such as mobile money, SMS, Unstructured Supplementary Services Data (USSD) gateways, Interactive Voice Response (IVR), voice solutions and custom-developed applications were introduced to the market and were tailored to its clients’ needs, according to company’s managing director Gerald Begumisa.

This followed the launch of MTN mobile money in 2009 and Kenya’s M-Pesa, which had been launched two years before MTN’s mobile money services.

Like any agile company, Yo Uganda later ventured into the mobile payments space. This saw it launch the Yo Payment, a mobile money payments and mobile commerce aggregation system that enables businesses to receive payments from their customers via mobile money as well as make mobile money payments to any mobile money account holder.

It facilitates airtime transfers, integrating with banks, utilities and individuals and businesses that wish to use mobile money networks to accept or make payments.

When mobile money was first launched, the focus was person–to-person and the recipient would immediately go to a nearby agent to withdraw cash. So we saw an opportunity to enable businesses and other organisations to take advantage of the mobile money service in a way that would enable them reduce their costs and reduce on the risks of keeping cash at their premises,” Begumisa said.

It targeted three sectors including merchants, corporates and financial institutions.

Under the merchant sector, Yo Uganda enables businesses to securely accept mobile money payments for their goods and services through any channel of their choice, depending on their needs while under corporates; it enables organisations transform from cash to digital form of payment, using mobile money.

They can also use the bulk payments service to securely and conveniently disburse funds directly to the mobile money wallets of multiple beneficiaries.

Under the financial institutions sector, Yo Uganda provides a solution that enables institutions like banks, micro finance institutions and Saccos, among others to accept deposits through the mobile money channel and also enable their customers to withdraw funds from their accounts directly into their mobile money wallets.

In partnership with financial institutions, Yo Uganda also tapped into money remittances, where it would enable remitters to deliver remittances directly into beneficiaries’ wallets, in partnership with international remitters.

Bringing farmers onboard

Begumisa said that while mobile money was already popular by 2010, there was still a big gap especially in rural areas where farmers were skeptical about adopting digital finance.

However, in 2015, Yo Uganda partnered with the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and telecoms to sensitize and enroll farmers onto mobile payment systems.

The focus was mainly on three value agricultural value chains including coffee, seed oil and dairy, in Eastern, Northern and Western Uganda, respectively.

Over 135,000 farmers have so far been on-boarded on the digital ecosystem so far, bringing them into the financially included people bracket, which currently stands at 78%. This is also in line with the ongoing efforts to boost financial inclusion and this explains why Yo Uganda is among the firms participating in the 40-days-40-FinTechs initiative organised by HiPipo, in partnership with Crosslake Tech, ModusBox and Mojaloop Foundation.

The initiative seeks to enable FinTechs to innovate solutions that facilitate cross-network financial transactions at minimal risks to enhance access to financial services.

Running for 40 days, the project will see the participating 40 FinTechs acquire interoperable development skills to improve access to financial services, using the Mojaloop open source software.

The HiPipo CEO Innocent Kawooya noted that achieving full financial inclusion requires collaborative efforts and this explains why HiPipo organised the 40 Days 40 fintechs initiative to bring together players with different solutions so as to work together to address people’s financial needs.

He added that COVID-19 has proved that the technology sector is the savior of so many economies, given an important role it has played during this crisis across the globe.

Kawooya equated Yo Uganda’s mobile payments journey to that of Facebook and HiPipo, which started as a social media and entertainment platforms, respectively to now venturing into digital financial services.

When you are able to show people the value of having mobile devices and using connectivity to communicate, then you can easily show them that even their money can be put on their phones and kept safely there,” he said.

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How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone with/without Backup

How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone with/without Backup

The Notes app is convenient for Apple users to store quick notes of daily life — a list of work schedules, travel plans or a quick sketch of your pet with drawing tools. Like other apps, all is well until some of important your iPhone notes got deleted or lost accidentally. Don’t fret, there are several practical ways to retrieve deleted notes on iPhone or iPad. Just read on to find out how to recover deleted notes on iPhone or iPad quickly.

iPhone Notes Recovery

Part 1. Where Do Deleted iPhone Notes Go?

Like iOS Photos app, the Notes app running on iOS 9 or later (including iPadOS) also features a “Recently Deleted” folder that can keep deleted items for a while and then delete them permanently. The notes you delete are not immediately removed from the Notes application but remain in this folder. Once it’s over 30 days or you manually empty the “Recently Deleted” folder, the deleted notes will no longer be visible there.

These notes have not completely disappeared yet. They are just hidden in iPhone’s internal storage waiting for newly-generated data to overwrite them. There is no Apple way to recover permanently deleted notes from iPhone directly. A backup file in iTunes or iCloud seems to be the only lifesaver for your lost data.

Part 2. How to Get Back Deleted Notes on iPhone

1. Find Deleted Notes in Recently Deleted Folder

As we mentioned, the deleted notes will be moved to the Recently Deleted folder and kept there for 30 days. When you accidentally delete a note, you can follow these steps to undo deleted notes on iPhone in minutes.

  • Launch the Notes app on iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap on “Recently Deleted” from the list of folders. (If this folder does not appear, skip to the next method.)
  • Tap on the “Edit” button in the upper-right corner.
  • Select the notes or tap “Move All” and move them to another folder.
    Find Deleted Notes in Recently Deleted Folder

If you could not find the deleted notes in the Recently Deleted folder, they may have been deleted permanently. To recover permanently deleted notes, read the following methods.

2. Retrieve Deleted Notes on iPhone without Backup

When you lose notes on iPhone, you may get them back by restoring your device from an old iTunes or iCloud backup. But what if you don’t have a backup file? In this case, you can consider using some third-party data recovery software, such as Gihosoft iPhone Data Recovery, which makes iPhone notes recovery possible without backup. It helps scan and extract both the existing and deleted notes from your iPhone’s internal storage, and then export them to your computer as readable formats. Here are some features of this tool.

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Key Features:

  • Recover permanently deleted notes on iPhone without backup.
  • Extract and recover notes from iPhone backup without restoring the device.
  • Support to preview the notes inside iPhone backups and selectively restore the notes you need.
  • Support to retrieve other 11 file types on iPhone, including photos, contacts, messages, videos, call history, WhatsApp, Viber,etc.
  • Fully compatible with the latest iOS 13/iPadOS and iPhone 11/11 Pro/XS/XS Max/XR.

Now download and install this iPhone data recovery program on your computer, and check the steps below to recover your notes from iPhone directly.

  • Step 1: Open Gihosoft iPhone Data Recovery and select the check box of Notes.
  • Step 2: Connect your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable. Then click “Next” to start the scan.
  • Step 3: After scanning, preview the scan result, select the notes you need and click “Recover” to export them to the computer.
    Retrieve Deleted Notes on iPhone without Backup

Note: The items that have been overwritten by new data cannot be recovered by any data recovery software. So we recommend you to turn on the Airplane mode and stop using the device after deleting your data. Then, use Gihosoft iPhone Data Recovery as soon as possible to increase the chances of data recovery.

3. Recover Deleted Notes from iTunes Backup

In case you have synced your iPhone to iTunes or Finder before your notes were deleted, the iPhone backup may contain the missing notes you want. However, restoring from an old iTunes backup will overwrite the current data on your iPhone. If want to keep your current data untouched, you can use Gihosoft iPhone Data Recovery to selectively extract your notes from iTunes backup.

  • Step 1: Run Gihosoft iPhone Data Recovery on the computer. Select “Notes” and click “Next”.
  • Step 2: Select “View iTunes Backup”, then select the backup that might contain your notes to scan.
  • Step 3: After scanning, preview and retrieve deleted notes on iPhone or iPad.
    Recover Deleted Notes from iTunes Backup

4. Restore Deleted Notes from iCloud Backup

If you have backed up your iPhone to iCloud before deleting the notes, you can restore the iCloud backup to iPhone for recovering your deleted notes. Nevertheless, this process requires to erase all the content and settings on your iPhone. Thus, you can also try Gihosoft iPhone Data Recovery to recover deleted notes from iCloud backup.

  • Step 1: Launch the iCloud backup extractor software and check the box for “Notes”.
  • Step 2: Choose “View iCloud Backup” then sign in with Apple ID to download backup files.
  • Step 3: After scanning, you can selectively recover deleted notes on iPad or iPhone.
    Restore Deleted Notes from iCloud Backup

Conclusion

Now you have read all the four ways to retrieve deleted notes on iPhone. As you can see, Gihosoft iPhone Data Recovery can help you get back deleted iPhone notes even without backup. However, it’s still important to back up your iPhone data regularly, as the overwritten data on iPhone cannot be recovered without a backup.


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Mwanjala kicks off digital financial inclusion drive in Zambia

Mwanjala kicks off digital financial inclusion drive in Zambia

Mwanjala Technologies, a Zambian company based in Kitwe Lusaka seeks to connect buyers and sellers with proper delivery lines and digital payment integrations.

It further seeks to enhance e-commerce through connecting people to various products and services and allowing them the option to pay through integrated digital financial services platforms such as mobile money.

Mwanjala Technologies makes it easy for users to make online purchases in a secure environment, through integration with electronic payment systems.

Edward Mwanjala, the company’s CEO explained that while they started off by integrating their social network platform with PayPal and VISA Card, users were uncomfortable using them. This forced them to revisit their option, thus integrating with mobile money payment systems, using Application Programming Interface (API).

Additionally, the Financial Technology Company (FinTech) seeks to empower entrepreneurs to be able to sell their products, services and brands.

Ours is a platform for people to express themselves, to start up brands on our network and be able to make money. Our vision is to make sure that marketers can post their goods and people can be able to buy with mobile money,” Mwanjala said.

The future

Mwanjala is optimistic about the Opportunities in the financial technology space, saying that the future of buying any goods and services is online.

People will in future reduce the time they go to shops physically; mobile payment systems are going to be the norm if in fact they are not already,” he said.

He added that drones are also expected to come in handy as new delivery systems. Despite the immense opportunities, Mwanjala expressed concern over the limited number of engineers who are able to code and the financing constraint which limits innovation.

We have created a working engine similar to that of Facebook using the limited resources we have. If a major venture capitalist invested in our project, we could do immense stuff,” he said.

He added: “We are a young company but we are ambitious. We want to lead Africa in pioneering ways of doing business especially in the e-commerce sector. Using our platform, users can sell anything from music, clothes, gadgets and a lot more.

Mwanjala noted that the team is constantly developing new solutions to bring about ease of doing business.

He noted that Mwanjala Technologies intends to enhance partnerships by collaborating with more players to enhance customers’ e-commerce experiences by minimizing fraud and ensuring timely delivery of purchased goods.

Mwanjala Technologies is among the firms participating in the 40-days-40-FinTechs project.

Running for 40 days, the project, which is organised by HiPipo, in partnership with Crosslake Tech, ModusBox and Mojaloop Foundation, seeks to enable FinTechs to innovate solutions that facilitate cross-network financial transactions at minimal risks to enhance access to financial services.

Simon Kamya, the 40 days 40 fintechs technical facilitator noted that Mwanjala’s state of business calls for availability of an open loop, and same day settlement services that can allow free transaction indulgent where the customers need not worry of which financial providers the businesses prefer.

Based on the Mojaloop financial model, Mwanjala using the Open source API and business idea, they can include all Digital Financial Services Providers on the same echo system and make use of the account look up service to identify transaction from the different edges of the telecoms, bank, mobile wallets among others,” Kamya said.

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Mindset Coders: Equipping children with coding skills

Mindset Coders: Equipping children with coding skills

There is growing demand in developed nations for schools to teach children coding from an early age. This is because most schools and parents believe that learning how to code at a young age sets up a child for a lifetime of success.

In most developing countries, including Uganda, however, the earliest one is exposed to such is at university, in case they are pursuing a computer or information technology-related course.

However, one company – Mindset Coders, has set up to change the narrative for Uganda.

Established in 2018 by Valentine Maisha, Mindset Coders imparts digital skills to children from seven to 18 years, with a view of getting them exposed to digital skills and to encourage them to dive more into tech related careers.

Maisha who also doubles as the Startup’s Team Lead, said that teaching kids how to code at an early age gives them lifetime skills that can be used even in other fields even when they don’t end up in the career itself.

She added that exposing young people to coding at an early age triggers their imagination, creativity and curiosity, given that they are often open-minded.

We seek to empower the young people for tomorrow and ensure that every school going child in Uganda learns how to code,” she said.

Maisha said that Uganda’s education system is still traditional and the curriculum in most schools does not take into consideration the technology revolution that is going on globally.

To change this, we are bringing tech into the classrooms by offering co-curricular programs in schools and out of school to empower the youth with digital literacy and entrepreneurship skills in bid to encourage innovation, creativity and to get a head start into the future with these skills,” she said.

She said that basic programming has become an essential skill for grown-ups and children alike and the benefits of picking up this skill, especially for kids are huge.

She said that children are taught in a fun way that make them understand what technology is, appreciate it and empower them with problem solving skills.

We don’t do it the same way we teach adults because we want them to enjoy it and see that it is fun to do it and how you can be creative with it.

Learning how to build games helps kids refine their design, logic, and problem-solving abilities. It also allows them to express ideas and creativity in unique ways,” she said.

The children are skilled in different aspects including creating games or telling a story using code and a bit of robotics.

Inspiration

Maisha, who was introduced to coding after her campus years conceived the idea of teaching young people to code after her young siblings and herself watched a documentary about how girls who go to the United Arab Emirates to work as house-helps were being tortured. Her sister, whom she had taught how coding could be used to solve problems, asked her whether she could code something to solve that challenge.

That triggered her mind to teach young people coding so that they can be creators of technology to not only solve other people’s problems but also earn themselves an income.

In additional to learning coding skills, Maisha, said children also get resilience, critical thinking, teamwork and computational skills.

In coding even if you get stuck, you have to find a way to make it work because you will not have peace. That helps learners get resilience skills,” she said.

Furthermore, learners get entrepreneurship and presentation skills in addition to innovation which comes with creativity and problem solving.

Over 1,000 people have been skilled over the two-year period.

While Mindset Coders is an EduTech, it depends on FinFech for collections and payments and it is among the firms participating in the ongoing 40-days-40-FinTechs project.

Organised by HiPipo and in partnership with Crosslake Tech, ModusBox and Mojaloop Foundation, the project seeks to enable FinTechs to innovate solutions that facilitate cross-network financial transactions at minimal risks to enhance access to financial services.

The project will see the participating 40 FinTechs acquire interoperable development skills to improve access to financial services, using the Mojaloop open source software.

The HiPipo CEO Innocent Kawooya said that Mindset Coders is playing a critical role in the financial inclusion space, given their role in empowering children with knowledge that helps them prepare for self-employment and disruptive innovation.

He noted that this is a step in the right direction, given that even in Hollywood, majority of the best films are edited by either children or women given that they are always passionate about what they do.

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Fixed: How Do I Get Microsoft Word For Free in Computer

Fixed: How Do I Get Microsoft Word For Free in Computer

I’m looking for something I can use for copy-editing and proofreading documents with track changes. I had Word 2013 on my laptop but it suddenly stopped working – I could open and edit the documents and track changes appeared to be working, but when I saved it, it saved in a different format. How can I download Microsoft Word for free that has track changes?

How Do I Get Microsoft Word For Free in Computer.

A lot of people take it granted that every computer comes with Microsoft Office suite pre-installed. However, many Windows users find the office tool package not installed or not activated in their new PC. Furthermore, some people lost or forgot their licenses after reinstalling the operating system. Anyway, if you are in urgent need to get Microsoft Word for free, keep reading this article for proven solutions.

Solution 1. Get Office Online for Free on a Web Browser

Office Online, or Office on the web, is a lightweight web app offered by Microsoft, which allows users to create and edit Office documents on the web free of charge. You can get Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint for free in this way. Know how to create and open a Microsoft Word document in Office Online below:

  • Step 1. Visit Office Online at Office.com.
  • Step 2. Log in with a Microsoft account.
  • Step 3. On the new page, click Start new button to create a new document.
    • Or click Upload and open… (or use drag-and-drop) to open a local document.
      Get Office Online for Free on a Web Browser.
  • Step 4. Edit the document as you usually do with the desktop version.
  • Step 5. The document is saved to OneDrive in real time. You can also save a copy to your local computer in DOCX/ODT/PDF format.

As long as your computer is connected to internet without interruption, the changes you made to the online document are saved automatically, so there is not need to worry about Microsoft Word document not saved in case of accidental close.

If you are satisfied with the operation and experience in Office Online, you can click an option on the upper half of the web page to add a shortcut to desktop. After that, you will be able to conveniently open Office Online from your desktop. In case Microsoft Office suite is also available on a computer, users can open an Office Online document in the desktop version seamlessly.

Office Online is a free alternative to Microsoft Office desktop suite, but it is not necessary that everyone likes the online tool. The following are the advantages and disadvantages of Office Online.

Pros:

  • Totally free to open, create and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint documents
  • Auto save changes to OneDrive in real time
  • Easy access anywhere with 1 GB cloud storage
  • Quick sharing and collaboration

Cons:

  • Not as powerful as the desktop version, such as lacking advanced formatting
  • Not support PDF; CSV and other files must be converted and uploaded
  • Internet connection is required; fluctuant performance depending on network speed

In Office Online, change tracking is disabled by default, which can be activated for everyone or the owner only. If you want to show the change tracking to someone else after sharing the document, make sure to enable the setting for everyone.

Solution 2. Use Microsoft 365 Education for Free as Student or Teacher

Office 365, or now known as Microsoft 365, charges people with a yearly subscription fee. However, it is widely known that Microsoft offers students and educators of eligible institutions a benefit to use Microsoft 365 Education for free, which sounds great but not always easy, especially for young students in unknown schools.

What you need to use Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) Education:

  • Education institutions buy Office for faculty and staff
  • Students are given email addresses provided by the school

Tips: To check if you’re eligible for free Office from your school, please go to office.com/getoffice365 (for students) or office.com/teachers (for teachers).

Therefore, the key is that your school must buy the suite for the students at the price from $2.5 per user per month. Otherwise, the free version of Office 365 for students and teachers is the same as Office Online mentioned above, and only available in the online platform through a web browser.

Warning: It is not suggested to download the cracked Office suite or any other illegal programs to avoid virus infection, which could cause more serious problems, such as losing important files.

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In case of data loss due to mistaken deletion or other accidents, don’t hesitate to use RePicvid Data Recovery (Standard Edition) to get them back. You can use it to recover deleted Word document as well as photos, videos, and other files.

Bottom Line

In this tutorial, we have answered the question “how do I get Microsoft Word for free.” The solution may be not perfect for everyone but useful when the desktop version is not available. Feel free to let us know your thoughts or questions in the comment below.


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How to get started with Instagram Reels

How to get started with Instagram Reels

Instagram recently launched its own short video feature called Reels. The new feature lets users create videos on the app, add creative filters and music and share it beyond their regular followers. Reels is similar to TikTok and allows users to create 15 seconds video with popular songs, trends, or challenges, which they are able to share in Explore, and also on Feed with followers.

How to get started with Instagram Reels

Ensure that you have the latest version of the Instagram app to enjoy using Reels. To check whether you have received the update head over to Google Play store and App store and check if a new update is available. If yes, install the update.

How to use or create Reels

To get started, open the Instagram camera and select Reels to start creating 15 seconds video. The Reels option is added to the Instagram camera just like Boomerang, among others.

After recording a Reel, you can simply choose the audience you wish to share your Reel with. You can record multiple 15 seconds Reels at once and different effects can be added to each clip. To add AR effects, open Reels camera, click on effects and then AR effects. To use your original audio to create a Reel, employ the ‘Use Audio’ option.

Reels can also be reviewed, deleted, and re-recorded if required.

Unlike usual Instagram Stories, Reels can be shared in the Explore section and viewed by everyone on the platform. This is possible for users with a Public Instagram account. The Reel, once shared, is seen and discovered by the wider Instagram community.

Private account holders can only share Reel to Feed with followers or as Stories or DM.

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StarTimes Solar lights up rural communities

StarTimes Solar lights up rural communities

While previously life for most Ugandans, especially those living in rural areas, would come to near standstill after sunset due to lack of electricity, the emergence of innovative lighting solutions is helping rewrite the story.

Hundreds of people now have access to solar power, thanks to products like StarTimes Solar, which is lighting up communities around the country.

Provided by digital television service provider StarTimes, the product which speaks to the day-to-day needs of ordinary Ugandan at the grass root, offers a two edged solution of lighting and a television signal to enable customers have access to information.

With an initial payment of UGX 239,000, one gets a complete package that includes a 24-inch digital television, solar panel, digital battery, four LED bulbs, phone charging cable and a satellite dish and accessories, and only pay Ush3, 000 daily installments thereafter for two years, according to Eric Obote, the StarTimes Solar sales manager. Daily payment is done through mobile money.

Additionally, customers get free access to StarTimes channels for two years.

Obote said that the product that was conceived in January 2019 but officially launched in May the same year, starting with the central region has since expanded to almost all parts of the country.

It currently has 26 branches across the country.

Our focus is reaching people at the grass root level. The companies that were providing solar solutions previously were unable to give the right products to people in villages but we do,” he said.

The StarTimes Uganda public relations manager, Cleopatra Koheirwe said the solar product is most beneficial to women, given that they are in most cases the ones who are always helping children with homework yet most people in rural areas do not have electricity.

Obote and Koheirwe were speaking during an interaction with HiPipo, during the ongoing 40-days-40-FinTechs initiative.

The initiative is organised by HiPipo, in partnership with Crosslake Tech, ModusBox and Mojaloop Foundation.

It seeks to enable FinTechs to innovate solutions that facilitate cross-network financial transactions at minimal risks to enhance access to financial services.

Running for 40 days, the project will see the participating 40 FinTechs acquire interoperable development skills to improve access to financial services, using the Mojaloop open source software.

The HiPipo CEO Innocent Kawooya said StarTimes Solar is in line with the HiPipo agenda of using financial technology to transform lives.

The reason we think of technology and innovate each single day is because we want to ensure that we create technology that solves problems which humans would not be able to solve easily,” Kawooya said.

He added: “StarTimes came from a digital inclusion point of view and is now offering value-added services. Understanding your customers’ problems and work towards addressing them changes people’s lives.”

He noted that allowing their customers to affordably make payment for solar at minimal instalments of UShs3,000 per day, using mobile money relates to HiPipo’s tagline of prime stories in financial technology that are transforming millions of lives.

Kawooya, however, said there is need to synchronize more to enhance interoperability.

Today we want to ensure that as the product grows, it seamlessly allows anyone to have StarTimes solar. And if someone is banking with Finance Trust, they do not have to be asked to have mobile money; they should be able to pull with whichever payment provider, using an interoperable system like Mojaloop, which allows every user and customer to pay you conveniently.  

He pledged that as they shine a light on this story, they would help StarTimes to ensure that its solar product is fully adapted to increase access to solar energy across the country.

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