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Eversend charges when buying Yaka

Eversend charges when buying Yaka

Buying Yaka on Eversend is one of those unique innovations that have graced us in the new decade. You won’t have to cram the codes anymore, not even the meter number(s). Plus, you can pay for literally every electricity bill in just a single round of swipes and confirmations.

But then, the other question that comes up is – how much am I charged?

Well, like we told you with the entire buying process, among the key requirements is that you should have a balance available on your account. This shall allow you to buy the units as well as clear the charges involved.

Eversend charges when buying Yaka

Eversend only allows Yaka payments of UGX 2,500 and above. The minimum charge for buying units is UGX 1,150 and this applies for payments up to UGX 15,000. If you are paying between UGX 15,001 and 30,000, you will be charged UGX 1,725; payments between UGX 30,001 and 45,000 are charged UGX 2,300; while those between 45,001 and 125,000 are levied UGX 3,795.

For Yaka payments between UGX 125,001 and 250,000, be sure to pay an extra UGX 4,370 charged; UGX 250,001 to 500,000 calls for a charge of 6,900; while payments from UGX 500,001 to 4,000,000 are charged UGX 13,800.

WE haven’t tried this yet, but anything above the UGX 4,000,000 mark is charged UGX 23,000.

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This is why you MUST update your WhatsApp Desktop version

This is why you MUST update your WhatsApp Desktop version

If you use the WhatsApp desktop version for your chats and calls, you should consider making an update to it. This is because of a flaw existent, that could allow an attacker read the files on your MacOS or Windows PC by using a specially crafted text message.

According to Facebook, which issued a warning to users, the flaw affects the app’s Desktop versions 0.3.9309 and earlier, for whoever has paired the desktop app with WhatsApp for iPhone versions prior to 2.20.10.

Apparently, the affected versions of WhatsApp Desktop had been developed using Chrome 69, an outdated and yet vulnerable version of Google’s browser engine. The code would go on to spread to even more recent versions of the Chromium engine.

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Details of the WhatsApp desktop flaw

The flaw was discovered by researcher Gal Weizman at PerimeterX, who confirmed that it is a result of a weakness in how WhatsApp’s desktop was implemented using the Electron software framework. Electron allows developers to create cross-platform applications based on Web and browser technologies but is said to have had significant security issues in the past.

Weizman’s findings with the WhatsApp client indicated to him that an attacker can inject JavaScript code into messages that run within WhatsApp Desktop—and then gain access to the local file system using the JavaScript Fetch API.

Facebook says they have shipped new versions of the client that use updated browser components.

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How to reply to your friends’ Instagram stories using GIFs

How to reply to your friends’ Instagram stories using GIFs

When your friend has a status update and you wish to respond to it without the use of words or images, you might want to reply with a GIF of your own. Active Instagram users have, in the past, been able to fetch GIFs from Giphy and use these as animated stickers in Stories. Now the experience has been realised.

With the app’s latest update, users can reply to friends’ stories using Giphy GIFs.

There’s basically a large library of Giphy animations to choose from to help you find that perfect GIF to use to reply to a friend’s story. Not to forget early, Instagram brought Giphy integration to direct messages in 2018 too, but the latest update gives you easy access to GIFs.

There’s quite a lot you can do on Insta: You can activate Instagram dark mode for your phone, tag and re-share someone’s Instagram story as your own, see false information shared on Instagram, as well as download all your Instagram photos, videos and stories.

Facebook also recently rolled out a new feature on Instagram that notifies people when their captions on a photo or video may be considered offensive, and gives them a chance to pause and reconsider their words before posting.

When someone writes a caption for a feed post and the Instagram AI detects the caption as potentially offensive, they will receive a prompt informing them that their caption is similar to those reported for bullying. They will have the opportunity to edit their caption before it’s posted.

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How to pay URA taxes and KCCA fees using MTN MoMo

How to pay URA taxes and KCCA fees using MTN MoMo

It is an obligation for you to pay taxes to Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and fees to the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) – if at all you have a running business or enterprise in the city. This post basically details to you how you can fulfil these obligations with much ease.

Pay URA taxes and fees using MTN Mobile Money

The authority has a partnership with MTN to facilitate payment of taxes using MTN Mobile Money. MTN customers can pay their URA fees and taxes using MTN Mobile Money by dialling *165#, selecting ‘Fees and Taxes’ and then choosing URA.

There are two payment options: with a Payment Reference Number (PRN) or without PRN.

Pay KCCA fees using MTN Mobile Money

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is responsible for the assessment, collection and accountability of revenues collected from revenue sources such as trading license, fees, ground rent, property tax, penalties/fines, rentals, hotel tax and other fees collected from various City operators.

MTN customers can pay their KCCA licenses, fees and taxes using MTN Mobile Money. All you have to do is dial *165#, select ‘Fees and Taxes’ and then choose KCCA.

Thereafter, you will have to enter the payment reference number, the amount and then confirm payment by entering your MTN Mobile Money PIN.

How much are you charged?

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How to buy Yaka and pay for electricity on Eversend

How to buy Yaka and pay for electricity on Eversend

Electricity is a modern basic need and the introduction of Yaka meters in Uganda has made it easier to monitor usage in a home or business setting running on hydro-electric power.

Much as there are various ways with which you can purchase Yaka power units to keep you going, efficiency in doing so is also key. Innovations to facilitate a cashless transaction has been put in place and among these is with Eversend.

Founded by Stone Atwine, a Ugandan entrepreneur based in Paris, France, the fintech wants to revolutionize financial services in Africa by allowing its users to exchange, manage and send money at the best rates, both off and online.

So, how do you buy Yaka with the Eversend app?

Key requirement is ensuring that you have a balance available on your account, as well as an up-to-date app on your smartphone. To get the updated version of Eversend, download it here for Android or here for iOS.

If the above is in check, open the app, and tap on the Pay option in the menu below. Under payments, you will see the Electricity option on the right hand side of the first row. Tap it to add a new account, and choose UMEME Yaka option.

You will be asked to add a new Yaka account, by entering your Yaka meter number. A confirmation of the account details will be required after which you can schedule the payment to be automatic or a one-off.

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There is also the option of customizing your account with a memorable name such as Home Yaka. Note that the minimum payment to make is UGX 2,500.

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To buy Yaka, enter the amount to pay, input your PIN, and wait for a confirmation of the transaction.

The next time you wish to use the app to buy Yaka, the account will already be in existence and it will be a much simpler experience. You can also add as many Yaka accounts as you would wish to.

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  • Crucial Yaka codes you must know

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What next for BlackBerry phones after end of TCL partnership?

What next for BlackBerry phones after end of TCL partnership?

Do you have a BlackBerry phone, or are you planning on purchasing one? Your options could have to be revisited. The phone maker has announced that its partnership with TCL Communications will come to an end on August 31, 2020.

TCL is the company that has the rights to design, make and sell BlackBerry-branded devices.

The BlackBerry-TCL partnership began in 2016 with a series of devices including the DTEK50, DTEK60 and BlackBerry Keyone. These were designed and built by TCL and ran secure software by BlackBerry.

At one point a market leader, BlackBerry has been loved by its loyal fans for its unique set of smartphones with the full-qwerty keyboard. Actually, the company once had a 50 percent share of the smartphone market in the US and over 20 percent on the global scene.

However, the rise of the love for Apple and Android handsets matched with the failure to make equally good devices has not left tables up. This saw BlackBerry’s market share decline gradually. Actually the company is said to have been ready to leave the smartphone market to focus on other services until TCL came along.

Those having BB phones on them do not have to panic yet because TCL will continue to provide customer service and handle warranties until August 31 2022.

There’s however some hope for BlackBerry, as a company. With reliable and secure enterprise services as well as the running of QNX, an OS for automotive applications, we might still see some life in there. And you never know, another company might come up to replace TCL and even do better.

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Uber increases UberX fares effective 29th January 2020

Uber increases UberX fares effective 29th January 2020

Ride-hailing company, Uber, has increased its UberX fares for yet another time in just 3 months. In what the firm has termed as “Investing in technology to enhance trip safety”, the changes – which take effect on 29th January 2020 – shall see an increment in the per kilometre and per minute fares charged on trips.

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As the base fare and minimum fare remain at UGX 1,250 and 6,000 respectively, the per kilometre fare has been increased from 700 to 850 while the per minute fare from 100 to 130.

Uber says the increase is because “of the increased costs for driver-partners.” The company recently implemented an in-depth earnings review to ensure that the app continues to be a “reliable economic opportunity for driver-partners, as well as an affordable option for riders.”

Accordingly, the new fare structure will enable Uber ably invest in improvements to its existing technology to help keep you safer on the road.

Second UberX fares increase in just 3 months

In October last year, the company put into effect its fare changes for UberX users in Kampala with a 13% rise in the charges incurred for trips made.

The changes saw an increase in the Base Fare from UGX 1,000 to UGX 1,250; the Per Kilometre charge from UGX 600 to UGX 700; Per Minute charge remaining at a constant UGX 100 while the Minimum Fare was increased from UGX 5,000 to UGX 6,000.

In a bid to understand the changes, and their implications on both the app users and drivers, an Uber spokesperson detailed to us then that Uber is emphasizing the provision of safe, reliable and affordable rides to its customers.

What are Uber’s new safety measures?

  • Trusted contacts: you’re able to select up to 5 loved ones as ‘Trusted Contacts’ and can choose to be prompted to share trip details with them during every ride – with a single tap.
  • GPS tracking: all Uber rides are tracked by GPS from start to finish, so you can follow your ride and see exactly where you’re going.
  • 24-7 Customer Support: whether you have a query or a problem with a trip, it’s easy to get the help you need with 247 in-app support.
  • Rider insurance coverage: In the unfortunate event of injury, death or disability while on-trip.
  • Plus the PIN code feature for riders to identify the right drivers

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A tribute to Kobe Bryant, the selfless Techpreneur

A tribute to Kobe Bryant, the selfless Techpreneur

The world over has mourned the sudden death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday in California. Bryant, aged 41, was heading to a Mamba Sports Academy game at the time when the helicopter crashed.

Much as he wrote his story in the history books through the achievements he garnered as a sportsman, Bryant was a selfless entrepreneur off the court.

In 2013, he co-founded venture capital firm Bryant Stibel along with founder Jeff Stibel. The partnership would turn out to be a $100 million venture capital fund that gives life to tech startups seeking a way out of the birth stage.

The firm now has more than $2 billion in assets, with investments in dozens of technology, media and data companies. Additionally, Bryant Stibel claims at least 10 successful exits, including Dell and Alibaba. It also has investments in Fortnite creator Epic Games, digital payment company Klarna and household products firm The Honest Company.

In 2014, Bryant invested a 10% stake in sports drink BodyArmor, which is now said to be worth $200 million after Coca-Cola purchased a stake in the firm. Bryant was once quoted to state that he hoped to be remembered for his investments just as much as his NBA career when speaking with CNBC in 2016.

“If you really want to create something that lasts generations, you have to help inspired the next generation, right? They create something great. And then that generation will inspire the one behind them. That’s when you create something forever.”

In 2016, Bryant founded Granity Studios, a media company that focuses on creative storytelling around sports. Through this company, the basketball star wrote and narrated a short film called “Dear Basketball,” which won the Academy Award for best animated short film in 2018. 

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The Innovation Village Kampala is expanding to Gulu, Jinja, and Mbarara

The Innovation Village Kampala is expanding to Gulu, Jinja, and Mbarara

It’s been just over four years of programmes and projects based in Kampala, and The Innovation Village is thinking of a new strategy. In partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, the hub has unveiled a strategic plan that is going to see its operations extended to three new cities outside of Kampala.

The plan, dubbed The Innovation Village Game Changers Roadshow, will take startup entrepreneurship and youth innovation to the North, East and Western regions of Uganda. The hub seeks to grow Startups, SMEs and Purpose-Driven Enterprises, with ways to deliver solutions for community challenges.

The expansion will take place between January and March 2020 with Gulu coming first, Jinja next, and Mbarara later. According to CK Japheth, Founder and CEO of The Innovation Village, the space in Gulu will be situated at the former Smiling Panda, while the Jinja hub will be situated on a 1920s Madhvani building.

The launch of these brand new innovation spaces will be a starting point for the budding of youth entrepreneurs and talented youth will be exposed to various events and activities that will enable them discover and develop their potential.

CK says that the new venture will be a beginning of a new era in doing more for Ugandan youth by covering more geographical space than we have before”. He adds that there is a vast pool of over $12 million to facilitate the entire expansion process and this will create opportunities for the innovators in the regions.

“By 2024 we aim at achieving the following targets: creation of 300,003 direct new jobs for young people from which another 60,657 indirect jobs (20%) will be created, skilling 230,000 young people and facilitating 163,010 new linkages. We believe that this move to expand to other regions outside of Kampala will enable us these ambitious targets”

This development comes two months after the hub securing two awards at the 2019 Top 100 Mid-sized Companies Award Gala.

The Innovation Village is not the first to extend its services beyond the capital city. In January 2018, Hive Colab co-founded opened a second branch in Mbarara.

Speaking to SautiTech, Lorna Twinomugisha – the Mbarara site manager said that the idea to expand was entirely new to the vast majority of the population and they are still trying hard to sell it. This saw them reduce renting space to as low as Shs50,000 a month per individual, a third of what it costs to get the same space at their main hub in Kampala.

Also, to get people to know about the hub and how they can benefit from it, they partnered with universities, which give them an opportunity to address students and they also organize pitch contents and other programs that students could pick interest in.

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Poll: Is Uganda (and East Africa) any ready for 5G?

Poll: Is Uganda (and East Africa) any ready for 5G?

The tech space in Uganda has been excited, since the end of last week, with the news that the telecom company MTN is to start testing 5G superfast mobile internet in Uganda, a first for East Africa.

Part of the live 5G demonstrations that MTN is experimenting in Kampala include showcasing real life applications of 5G technology such as cloud virtual reality, bionic robots, buffer-less 4K streaming, among others.

Interestingly, this is not the first time 5G is put to test in Africa. MTN has already done similar live 5G demos in Nigeria and South Africa; with Nigeria highly hopeful to start rolling out 5G in select cities in 2020. South African data provider rain offered 5G customers in parts of the country, while Gabon Telecom also did tests on 5G mobile in Libreville. Not to forget, even Lesotho has keen interest in the next generation of connectivity.

But the bigger question to be answered is: Is Uganda really ready for 5G?

What is 5G?

5G is the abbreviation for fifth generation. It’s the next generation of mobile internet technology and comes on the heels of the 4G LTE standard. The new tech is predicted to offer amazing yet faster download and upload speeds, with websites opening in microseconds, and videos downloading in seconds.

The other aspect expected of 5G is the least latency or lag when using your internet, such as when talking on WhatsApp or playing video games online.

To run on your device, 5G makes use of radio waves to transmit and receive data between an antenna or mast and your phone. Unlike the earlier technologies, it relies on higher radio frequencies.

Key to note is that 5G networks need a denser network of base stations or masts to operate successfully, and is better suited for areas with a dense population – such as urban areas where many people are going online at the same time.

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Are we about to have 5G in Uganda and East Africa?

GSMA once reported on 5G in Africa, and estimated that by 2025, only seven African countries, including South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya, will have 5G by 2025. And this will account for only 3% of mobile data compared to 16% globally.

To this, enterprises and public institutions will be the initial 5G customers and that they will access 5G via a fixed access point. This means that it will take a while for 5G to be fully available for mobile devices.

GSMA also believes that 5G will be a key enabler of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as technology is seamlessly embedded within society and especially in commercial and industrial processes. This improved capability and performance will come from a more advanced core network, increased spectral efficiency and capacity, and further network densification.

The costs of 5G

Governments need to develop regulations to allow for a 5G rollout. Also, telcos have to incur the infrastructure costs that come with the advancement. They need to build the vast network of masts or antennas to transmit the signals.

Plus, a mobile carrier can’t launch full 5G services until the country’s communications regulator holds a spectrum auction to sell the rights to transmit over specific frequencies. This calls for expensive investment.

Then the question of affordability also comes in. It’s been written that “If African consumers can’t afford 4G, they certainly won’t be able to afford 5G or the new devices necessary to use 5G on a smartphone.”

We can only wait! Give us your thoughts on 5G in Uganda, East Africa, and Africa as a whole.

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