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itel P36 Full review

itel P36 Full review

The itel P36 is an impressive phone coming with new attractive features you’d definitely not expect of it. At UGX 310,000, one would be forgiven for thinking the P36 would be a low-quality phone, with the usual specs of an itel device. In fact, given that the series are known for being power—horses, one would not think of a design overhaul in the making.

But, while the predecessor was good at the power though basic in design and processing, the itel P36 is a phone that we would easily recommend to someone looking for a good budget phone. So, for someone looking to spend under $100 on a really cool smartphone, is the itel P36 the right phone for you? Let’s give it a closer shot.

You might wish to look at our first impressions of the phone (HERE) before you read the full review!

itel P36 Design and Screen

The itel P36 has a 6.5-inch HD+ LCD display with a water-drop notch and 720×1600 pixel resolution. From a sincere point of view, the quality is of this is good and itel has scored a great deal here. The screen’s contrast is to where it ought to be, and the output is satisfying. Of course, like most LCD displays, it won’t give you results in direct sunlight or bright environments.

That said, the phone is entirely built well with a unique style we’ve patiently waited from itel. It boasts of a ‘Slim Unibody Design’ that easily connects with the rounded curved-edge housing. It is not a doubt that the P36 is sleek, yet compact enough to fit in your pocket as well as enable you comfortably move about with it. itel employed a Double S Line design and an AG spraying technology to give it a silk-like touch feeling.

The P36 comes with a headphone jack, space for a micro SD card, and a USB port. On the sides of the port are the speaker grills that, we can reliably say, give the required output as well as a microphone for your voice input. It also has a fingerprint sensor on the back, just close to the new camera design. 

itel p36 downside

Performance and Battery Life

On top of the P36’s overall strong design and build quality, itel tries to issue a statement with the phone’s performance. Given that this phone, coming from the power series, is expected to have a strong battery powering it – you can’t expect any less from it especially for its price tag and general specifications.

The P36 has a 5,000 mAh battery – more than sufficient for a phone with a low powered processor and screen. itel promises a 3-day battery life, and we were able to hit that without much stress. In terms of screen time, we were able to get over 7 hours on a single charge. How about that?

The P36 comes with a Unisoc SC7731E 1.3GHz Quad-core processor which is the best choice for devices of this kind. It is specifically built for power-management and does a good job with the device’s audio output. We can confidently say that it does well on these two.

It comes with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, with room for additional space if you have a memory card. The general performance of the itel P36 is to the expectations except that we found the phone to be a little slow when opening and switching between apps.

So, if you are interested in something much faster, the phone has a 2GB version – which comes with some more internal storage and support for 4G connectivity for faster browsing. Need we mention that it costs a little more (going for UGX 420,000)?


The itel P36’s cameras were a real surprise for us – design wise. The phone, which has a dual-camera set up on the back, was built to look like one of those iPhones released of late. Plus, to give the due credit, the photography is also decent.

itel p36 camera

It has an 8-megapixel lens plus an un-defined one on the back, as well as another 8MP on the front for selfies. We won’t go into the details of the photos and how classic they’ll look. But you can be sure to find some interesting modes and features that itel has added to the camera app. The one that we found interesting is the Short video, probably for sharing to TikTok and social media.

And just to mention it, the video quality is equally good. A few issues with speed should not be worth the worry. For the price, the itel P36 can pass as a camera phone, and a worthy challenger to its predecessors and any other cheaper phones on the market.

Usability and Value for Money

The itel P36’s 6.5-inch display is actually large but feels small. Given the well-constructed build, the phone weighs so little. This makes it the perfect choice for someone wanting a nice phone to hold without worrying about where to rest it.

Also, coming with the Go Edition of Android 9 makes it simple, and fluid to swipe about. For a minute, you can easily forget you are holding an itel device! We’ve mentioned the P36’s price tag and it shall be hard to find phones that can compete with it for price.

Should you buy the itel P36?

The itel P36 is a very impressive phone for the price. In fact, it’s now on top of the list of our favourite cheap phones on sale at the moment.

It’s an entry level smartphone, and this means that you might have to struggle with the low RAM and the lack of 4G support (if you are the kind that does a lot with a phone and wants it all done fast), but at this price and even slightly above that, most phones do. Despite these, it’s a phone that you would surely be very happy to use – and even happier when you see the price.

itel P36 Specifications

Screen: 6.5’’ HD + Waterdrop FullScreen
Resolution: 1600 * 720
Camera: Front Camera 8.0MP + AI Dual Rear Camera
Memory: 16GB ROM + 1GB RAM 
OS: Android 9 Pie Go Edition
Battery: 5000mAh with 3 days of normal use
CPU: SC7731E 1.3GHz Quad-core 
Security: Face Unlock + Fingerprint Sensor

itel P36 price in Uganda

The itel P36 is priced at UGX 310,000 and is available at all itel branded outlets in Uganda.

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How to turn on dark mode in Microsoft Office on your PC

How to turn on dark mode in Microsoft Office on your PC

If you are inseparable with your PC, you could as well be a good friend to Microsoft Office apps such as Word, Excel, or Outlook. Using these on a daily basis can give you the ability to adjust settings and customize them as per your interest. Well enough, you can as well turn on dark mode in any of these Microsoft Office.

Here’s how!

How to turn on dark mode in Microsoft Office

In any Microsoft Office app, click “File” and then click “Options“. In the General tab, go to the section called “Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office.” Click the drop-down menu for “Office Theme” and choose either “Dark Gray” or “Black.” Click “OK” and the dark mode will take effect. 

You can also turn on dark mode in Google Docs!

[Read About: How to set Dark Theme for Google Docs on Android]

If your Android phone system is set to use a dark theme, the settings for Docs, Sheets, and Slides will adjust automatically. You can also turn dark mode on or off for Docs, Sheets, or Slides independently. If you do this, each app will always be in the selected theme regardless of the Android system settings.

To enable the dark theme independently in the Docs, Sheets, or Slides apps, go to Menu, then to Settings. Select Theme, and then choose Dark in each app.

Read About: How to turn on Dark Mode on your Windows 10 PC

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itel P36 unboxing and first impressions

itel P36 unboxing and first impressions

The itel P36 is the company’s brand new budget smartphone, and we’ve got the opportunity to hold and spend some time with it. This post will not only give you a better first-time look at the phone’s design, but also at its software.

On purchase, you get the phone in a bright red box definitive of the brand. When you unwrap it, you’ll find the phone, charger head, a transparent phone case, earphones, micro USB charger, and SIM eject tool.

itel p36 unboxing

From an on-looker’s point of view, the itel P36 looks more expensive than it actually is. The phone is made mostly out of plastic, but it looks like it sports glass on the back. And to be specific, the design of its back was clearly inspired by the iPhone 11, while the front side reminds us of the Infinix S4.

The P36 includes a water-drop notch on the front, with less bezels and a chin that we’ve not seen on any itel device since the brand’s inception. This lays down the red carpet for the new phone! That’s not all, the device features a 6.5-inch 1600 x 720 display, along with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. The device is powered by the Unisoc SC7731E 1.3GHz Quad-core processor, while it sports an impressive 5,000mAh battery.

itel p36 display

On the back of the phone, you will be able to find two cameras, in a rare design you might easily mistake for a flagship device. The phone sports a primary 8-megapixel, and a secondary one, in addition to a LED flash. A single 8-megapixel camera is found on the device’s front side right in the notch, and the phone includes a fingerprint scanner on the back right close to the rear cams. There’s also a facial scanning technology can unlock the phone in less than a second.

itel p36 camera

The P36 ships with Android 9 Pie, but Android Go edition of that software which is optimized for low-end devices. From the few days of usage, it is by far the best up-grade that the company has made for any of its products.  

What we like about the itel P36

Well, genuinely speaking, the P36 is a big deal! Forget the past, when holding an itel phone was for those that can’t wait to ask for the price tag. This new power-horse changes times! To be precise, the P36 has everything one would need in an entry-level smartphone, yet affording to offer more for the price it comes with. 

A large screen is a welcome idea for the new phone, the huge battery, much improved software, and the fact that the design is beautiful. It’s all a win!

itel P36 Basic Specifications

Screen: 6.5’’ HD + Waterdrop FullScreen
Camera: Front Camera 8.0MP + AI Dual Rear Camera
Memory: 16GB ROM + 1GB RAM 
OS: Android 9 Pie Go Edition
Battery: 5000mAh with 3 days of normal use
CPU: SC7731E 1.3GHz Quad-core 

Looking Forward

The itel P36 goes for UGX 310,000, which is a rather very attractive price when you consider the specifications that itel fixed in this handset. We will be testing its battery life and overall performance further over the next few days, so that we can give you the full review.

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Video Editing Tips

Best YouTube Video Cutter – How To Clip A YouTube Video

Best YouTube Video Cutter – How To Clip A YouTube Video

You must have been in a need to cut out a certain part of a YouTube video. And, that might have been due to your need or desire to share with others a part or section of the video. So, have you ever wondered how to clip a YouTube video? If you do have such question in your mind, keep on reading this article to get answered.

How To Clip A YouTube Video

It is worth noting that you don’t need to purchase costly video editing software so as to accomplish this task of video clipping. That’s because there are many free YouTube clip makers available out there for you to make use of. Below we have listed and explained three of them, which are very popular:

Method 1. Gihosoft Free Video Cutter

If the YouTube video has already been downloaded on your computer, then you can use Gihosoft Free Video Cutter to take a clip from a YouTube video with ease. As this is a lightweight and easy-to-use program specializing in video merging and cutting, even beginners can easily use it to select the cutting area and clip a YouTube video quickly while maintaining the original video quality.

To cut a YouTube video with this free YouTube video cutter, please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Launch the video cutting software on your computer, and click the “Add files” button to import the downloaded YouTube video.

To cut a YouTube video with this free YouTube video cutter,

Step 2: Set the beginning and ending point of the video by moving the sliders.

To cut a YouTube video with this free YouTube video cutter

Step 3: Click the “Cut” button to start cutting the YouTube video. When it finishes, you can click on the “Open Output” button to play the clip.

To cut a YouTube video with this free YouTube video cutter

Method 2. YT Cutter

With its simple and easy to use interface, YT Cutter is one of the best online tools for clipping YouTube videos. The process of cutting YouTube videos with the use of this YouTube clip maker includes the steps explained below:

Step 1: Paste Video URL

First, go to through your web browser. Once you are on the tool’s interface, you should paste the URL of the YouTube video that you want to cut in the provided box.

Paste Video URL

Step 2: Press the “Start” Button

Next, hit the “Start” button provided next to the box in which you entered your video’s URL. Or you can simply press the “Enter” key from your keyboard.

Step 3: Select Start & End Point

After that, this online tool will load the YouTube video. As the video plays, you can select the Start and End Point of your clip by pressing the “Start” and “End” buttons available on the left side. The part before the start point and the part after the End Point will be removed from the video.

YT Cutter is one of the best online tools for clipping YouTube videos.

Note: There are also available increase (>) and decrease (<) buttons in the options provided on the left side of the loaded YouTube video. You can make use of these buttons for precisely increasing and decreasing the current time at which you have paused your video.

Step 4: Preview the Clip

Once you have successfully selected the desired Start and End Point in your YouTube video, just hit the “Preview” button, and then the tool will start playing the video clip that you have cut out of your YouTube video.

Step 5: Download the Clip

If you are happy with the preview of the created video clip, it is the time to download it by simply pressing the “Download” button. On pressing the button, it will show you 4 types of options to choose from: Video File, Audio File, GIF Animation, and Screenshot. You can choose any of these available options as per your requirement and choice.

If you select the option of the video file, it will download the file in MP4 format; if you select the audio file, it will download it in MP3 format; and if you select the GIF animation, the clip will be downloaded as a GIF image. On the other hand, if you go for a screenshot, it will simply create and download a screenshot of the start point of the video clip. And, that’s it!

YT Cutter is one of the best online tools for clipping YouTube videos.

Method 3. YouTube Video Cutter By Clideo

This is another online video trimming tool that you can start using through your web browser. It is very easy to use. The steps that you will need to follow in order to trim or clip your YouTube video with the use of this tool are explained below:

Step 1: Open the Tool and Paste the Video URL

First, go to through your web browser. Once you are on the home page of the tool, place your cursor on the downside arrow symbol provided on the right side part of the “Choose file” button. Then you will see the third option “Pate a URL” and just paste the URL of your YouTube video into the provided box.

Open the Tool and Paste the Video URL

Step 2: Select the Start & End Time

Once the video is successfully uploaded, you will be provided the tools that will be needed to clip or trim the uploaded video. And, here are two ways to select the Start & End Point of the clip:

  • Way 1: There are provided green sliders over the timeline available below the video. You can move and reposition the sliders in order to define the start and end time of your video clip.
  • Way 2: You can also simply enter the required start & end time in the boxes provided on the right-hand side of the displayed video.
    Select the Start & End Time

Step 3: Add Transition Effect and Preview

Once you have selected the Start and End Point of your video clip, you can also add a transition effect to the beginning & end of your video clip. For this, the “fade-in” and “fade-out” options are provided by the tool. Then you can preview the clip by pressing the play button.

Step 4: Select Output Format and Start Trimming

If you are happy with the preview, you should select the desired output format of the clip and then click on the “Cut” button. After that, the trimming process will start and it will finally end up with the desired video clip. And, it is done!

Select Output Format and Start Trimming

Final Words

There are many situations in which you may get into a need of cutting out a section of a YouTube video. Some of such situations include cutting out the intro part of a video, highlighting an important moment in a video, etc. In such a situation, you can confidently go-ahead to use the YouTube clip makers like the ones mentioned above.

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Digital Featured

The Morning After: Is Twitter safe to use?

The Morning After: Is Twitter safe to use?

Yesterday, hackers had their day – yet again! A number of high-profile Twitter accounts were simultaneously targeted and hacked in what happened to be a ‘successful’ crypto-currency scam. Apple, Elon Musk, Joe Biden, Kim Kardashian West, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Wiz Khalifa, Warren Buffett, MrBeast, Wendy’s, Uber, CashApp and Mike Bloomberg were among the accounts compromised.

These accounts, among others, posted a message promoting the address of a bitcoin wallet with the claim that the amount of any payments made to the address would be doubled and sent back.

It is believed that the hacker leveraged an internal Twitter admin tool to gain access to the high-profile accounts. Twitter actually confirmed that “a coordinated social engineering attack” on employees gave a hacker “access to internal systems and tools.”

How were the Twitter accounts hacked?

The entire hack is still a mystery, and no one has been pointed at as the exact suspect.

However, according to TechCrunch, a hacker who goes by the handle “Kirk” is likely to be the brain behind it and was able to generate over $100,000 in the matter of hours by gaining access to the internal Twitter tool, which they used to take control of popular Twitter accounts.

The tool appears to allow users to control access to a user’s account, including changing the email associated with the account and even suspending the user altogether.

The hacker used the tool to reset the associated email addresses of affected accounts to make it more difficult for the owner to regain control. The hacker then pushed the crypto-currency scam.

It is not clear exactly how Kirk got access to Twitter’s internal tools, but there’s a likelihood that a Twitter employee’s corporate account was hijacked. With a hijacked employee account, Kirk could make their way into the company’s internal network. As of now, it is not yet confirmed whether a Twitter employee was involved in the account takeovers.

The question we shall pose to you is: Is Twitter safe to use, anyway?

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Data Recovery

Pen Drive Recovery – Using CMD or Pen Drive File Recovery Software

Pen Drive Recovery – Using CMD or Pen Drive File Recovery Software

Pen drive (a.k.a. thumb drive or jump drive) is often used to store, back up or transfer essential files like photos and videos, thanks to its durability, portability and fast transfer speeds. However, the vital data stored in pen drive is always prone to lose for various reasons such as accidental deletion, unintentional formatting, corrupted media, virus attacks or human errors. There is no need to worry if you follow those methods below to recover deleted/lost files from formatted, crashed or inaccessible pen drive.

Solution 1: Recover Deleted Files from Pen Drive without Software

When the pen drive becomes corrupted or unreadable, chances are that Windows pops up “You need to format the disk…”, “The disk is not accessible…”, “Windows was unable to complete the format”, the pen drive is infected by shortcut virus or the files are hidden, and so forth. Just follow these steps to recover deleted files from pen drive using CMD:

  1. Connect the corrupted pen drive to your computer.
  2. Click Start button on your PC and type “CMD”. You shall see the matched result.
  3. Right-click on Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator.
  4. Type the pen drive letter, E.g. > F: , and press Enter.
  5. Type attrib -h -r -s /s /d *.*, press Enter and wait for few seconds.
  6. Check the pen drive, and your files would be restored.
    Corrupted/Unreadable Pen Drive Recovery Using CMD

Note: This method could only work for repairing corrupted pen drive. If it fails to recover files, just try the other solution.

Solution 2: Recover Deleted Photos from Pen Drive with Free Software

CMD is nothing but a tool to fix system glitches on storage devices, and it cannot help us restore files deleted or formatted files from pen drives. If you want to recover deleted photos for free or undelete other files, a good pen drive data recovery software is a must.

Free Download Pen Drive Recovery Software Full Version

RePicvid Free Photo Recovery, one of those best powerful and reliable pen drive recovery software, comes in handy. It is specially created to recover deleted files from pen drive, memory card, HHD, SSD, etc. What’s more, RePicvid offers Photo (free), Video, Audio and All File Recovery modules to restore any data you need from formatted, corrupted or virus-affected pen drive. Just download and install RePicvid Pen Drive Recovery software, then have a try.

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Note: Don’t save anything onto the pen drive after you delete recent files for fear that new data would overwrite the device.

Why Choose RePicvid?

  • Recover over 100 types of files, including photos, videos and music. To recover more files, like documents, upgrade to RePicvid Standard.
  • Recover deleted files from pen drive as well as SD card, hard drive, and computer.
  • Full preview for all files before recovery.
  • Advanced Scanning to specify the data type you need to restore.
  • High recovery rate with original quality.

Follow these steps to recover deleted/formatted files from pen drive:

Step 1. Connect the Pen Drive to Your Computer

Directly insert pen drive into the USB port of computer. Then launch RePicvid Pen drive Recovery Software and select the “All File Types” module.

Connect the Pen Drive to Your Computer

Step 2. Scan the Pen Drive for Deleted/Lost Files and Preview

When RePicvid detects the pen drive, it will show in “Removable disk” with brand name like Kingston. Select the pen drive disk and click “Advanced Settings” to refine file formats. Start to scan the pen drive and then preview the lost files.

Scan the Pen Drive for Deleted/Lost Files and Preview

Step 3. Recover Deleted Files from Pen Drive and Save

Choose those files (pictures, videos, audio, etc.) you want to recover and save them onto another folder of disk.

Recover Deleted Files from Pen Drive and Save

What If Pen Drive Not Detected or Not Showing up?

RePicvid has helped hundreds and thousands of users recover deleted photos from SD card and other storage devices. However, if your pen drive cannot be recognized, you may need to check it out one by one for extra solutions:

  1. Insert an intact pen drive to check if the USB port is normal. And make sure it plugs completely as some connectors are very tight.
  2. Connect your pen drive to the right USB port to examine the problem of pen drive itself.
  3. Enter bios to inspect the permission of pen drive.
  4. Remount USB driver in system device manager. After that, you need to restart your computer.
  5. Run anti-virus program to scan pen drive.

Final Verdict

As long as your pen drive is still detectable by computer, the two solutions above shall work under different conditions. Follow the instructions above, there is a great chance you could easily retrieve lost data from pen drive for free. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions or opinions, and share the solutions for pen drive to help more people.

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FileTax is helping businesses file taxes with ease

FileTax is helping businesses file taxes with ease

While some people and businesses in Uganda would be willing to pay taxes, the cumbersome procedures make it difficult for many to comply.

This explains why the Uganda Revenue Authority, the body charged with collecting taxes on behalf of the government, is still failing to increase the country’s taxable base, despite there being a big number of people and businesses that qualify to pay taxes.

However, one technology company, FileTax, has set out to simplify and revolutionize tax payment in Uganda by helping individuals and businesses comply with their tax obligations so that they can support economic development.

Malcolm Kastiro, the FileTax founder said that the firm helps simplify tax payment through technology and offers advisory and training services on how to file their taxes better.

Katsiro said he was motivated to start the company after realizing that there is a big mandate to get as many people as possible to participate in financial services.

He noted that once a poor family is empowered on how to use money, they be inspired to scale and thus start a small business and as it grows, they have to be educated about tax matters so as to enable them comply with the taxman.

As FileTax, we are trying to show people that as much as you are spending and keeping track of your expenses, you also need to remember that there is an obligation to government to pay taxes.

Katsiro said that emphasis is put on women, given that they are the backbone of any society, know how to spend money, are always good at budgets and several are trying to start businesses but lack the necessary skills for them to manage certain aspects of their businesses, including taxes.

He noted that they are coming up with a simple way of empowering women to be able to keep abreast with the kind of taxes they need to pay and when to pay them.

Kastiro also announced that women in business have also been given an offer, where their businesses will pay UShs150,000 for a package that will enable them file taxes better, down from UShs200,000.

They will also benefit from advisory and training services on how to file their taxes better.

Technology key

FileTax is among the firms participating in the 40-days-40-FinTechs project, organised by HiPipo and in partnership with Crosslake Tech, ModusBox and Mojaloop Foundation.

The initiative seeks to enable companies 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 applauded FileTax for the innovation, saying that filing tax has never been simple, even for some big firms.

He noted that it is important that taxation becomes an important point of discussion saying that when money becomes digital, it will become easy to visualize and also make it easy for the government to monitor.

With digital money, authorities will know the money generated by a business, payments made and the amount of tax an entity is required to pay as tax.

With this, we will have no burden as innovators and proprietors of different businesses and the government will be able to have better service provision such as good schools, health facilities and road infrastructure among other,” he said.

Kawooya added that technology has played a major role in the growth of the economy as a number of tech firms are tax compliant.

What a good way to end the first 40-days-40-FinTechs other than with an entity that speaks to regulation in terms of making sure that people pay taxes. If we want service provision, then we must all pay taxes,” Kawooya said.

READ ABOUT: Yapheh Salon services

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Yapheh: Offering salon services at a click of a button

Yapheh: Offering salon services at a click of a button

If there is anything that the corona virus crisis has taught business people in Uganda and world over, it is the power of technology in providing goods and services.

With the lockdowns that cut across nations as countries implemented measures to curb the spread of the dreaded virus, the only businesses that managed to generate revenue are only those that adopted technology-supported channels to deliver goods and services.

Among them is Yapheh, a startup that offers salon and spa related services to customers including hair, nails, skins, massage or any other beauty service.

Launched recently, the person who needs the services only has to click a button and choose the service they want where they want to have it from – whether at their home, workplace or a salon.

Vicent Nemeyimana, the founder said that he was motivated to start such a platform after realizing that people were tired of the long queues in salons, waiting to be worked on while others were walking long distances to get to their favorite salon, which was inconveniencing

Additionally, some people, especially women, lacked salon time because of their busy schedules while others spa business owners were faced with shortage of clients. Salons also have poor data collection regarding clients, poor digital presence, overcrowded space and working on pressure.

Putting the services online provides salon owners with data that can be used for customer retention purposes and also enables salon owners to effectively plan, depending on the number of clients they have to attend to.

With our solution, people no longer have to wait for long hours on benches, walk long distances to their favorite salon or suffering difficulties of finding salon time in case they are busy. You can now order all you need whether hair, nails, skin or massage services at a click of a button from wherever you are and the nearest salon will come to you,” Nemeyimana said.

He said there are thousands of salons and spa businesses, with the biggest percentage being in Kampala and most owners and users have access to smart phones and internet.

Being a multivendor, the startup has since had 20 different salons registered on its website in 20 locations in Kampala and 10 customers have already been served. Booking and payment is done online.

Yapheh is among the firms participating in the ongoing inaugural 40-days-40-FinTechs project organized 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 thanked Yapheh for coming up with a digital platform to address people’s beauty needs noting that the salon business has thousands of clients that are potential Yapheh clients.

He pledged that HiPipo will offer technical and advisory support to Yapheh so that they can improve their digital platform and also make their payment collections solution interoperable.

He also urged the startup to invest in systems that offer users excellent user experiences.

No matter how much you market, if people don’t get good user experience you cannot achieve your objective. For instance, if 20 people wanted to visit your platform but found it down or they had a bad user experience, they will run away to where the experience is better,” Kawooya said.

READ ABOUT: Trade-Lance: Using tech to leave a lasting mark in lives

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Trade-Lance: Using tech to leave a lasting mark in lives

Trade-Lance: Using tech to leave a lasting mark in lives

While the COVID-19 crisis has taught people the importance of digital technologies in all aspects of life, its importance has been greatly felt in the financial space. An increasing number of transactions are progressively going online as social distancing and the lockdown proved that it is only technology that can be harnessed to keep things moving, irrespective of the situation at hand.

This has played out well for Financial Technology Companies (FinTechs), which are aggressively innovating to bridge the gap. Among them is Trade-Lance, a firm that provides integration and aggregation services to telecoms, financial institutions and utility companies, among others.

Established about 15 years ago, the financial technology company, offers a range from Value Added service solutions including project management, business audits, business analysis, systems architecture, systems development, systems integration, data centre design and management, and ICT training.

Trade-Lance is also does mobile money aggregation with MTN, Airtel, Africell and have integrations with various banks and utility companies in Uganda, according to Ewolu Nelson Mandela, the firm’s Sales and Marketing Analyst.

The firm harnesses technology to offer a range of products including micro loan support, touch pay, M-ticketing, online betting solutions, M-rent, Katale, remittances across networks, airtime to all networks, SharaPay and merchant solutions, among others.

Under micro loan support, the firm offers support for Moneylenders, donors and Saccos. The product also offers SMEs the provision to pay out loans to their customers as a well a medium for collecting premiums.

The Touch Pay product on the other hand offers a fast and secure way of paying fees, thus eliminating the need to queue in banks and sending pocket money to children at school, using mobile money. The solution also provides a closed loop student wallet system that enables parents send money to students while at school, which can be spent in areas parents are certain of.

The M-ticketing solution allows one to sell event tickets using mobile money, via a USSD code, thereby eliminating paper tickets and offering a convenient and secure way of managing events.

Trade-Lance’s Online Betting Solution enables its clients to send bets to their favourite betting companies directly from their mobile phone while the M-rent solution is used by property owners to manage their properties, collect rent and pay service providers.

This, according to Ewolu, enables one to monitor their properties’ cash flow and to plan maintenance schedules with service providers as well as paying their dues at your own convenience.

On the other hand, Katale is an online market place that offers online presence for retailers and wholesalers. It also offers international remittances in partnership with PostBank among other products.

Regional links

The firm also operates in South Sudan, where it delivered the Unified Mobile Money platform and provided a broker to the Unified mobile money platform. All third party integrations in the country use its platform. It also has presence in Ethiopia.

Trade-Lace 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 applauded Trade-Lance for thinking interoperability despite the existing limitations that come with connecting and integrating with the different players. He noted that interoperability even between telecoms in Uganda is still very expensive.

For every single transaction, you are charged a minimum of 13%, which is very high for finance,” Kawooya said.

He added: “So the 40-days-40-FinTechs initiative is part of our 15- year journey of advocating for digital transformation.”

In organizing the 40-days-40-FinTechs project, Kawooya said that HiPipo wants to use the knowledge and skills acquired from its association with some of the founders of new edge technology – Microsoft, Google, Linux and Facebook – to create a leveled ground that allows everyone  to play in the same playing field.

He said that working collaboratively will promote innovation and in turn boost financial inclusion. Kawooya noted that COVID-19 has also shown people that this is the time for everyone to think digital.

He further noted that anyone who innovate around mobile in Africa is destined to succeed, given that Africa is an economy, which people refer to as a mobile first continent.

It has been proved that all those who innovate around the mobile easily get to capture the market and easily get to grow and to sustainably serve and transform lives,” Kawooya said.

Kawooya said that HiPipo seeks to ensure that the world, starting from Africa, achieves full digital transformation, given the enormous opportunities that come with digital exposure.

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Building the 5G future on an LTE foundation

Building the 5G future on an LTE foundation

The latest report from GSA shows, by the end of May 2020, 386 operators globally had announced they were investing in 5G, , among which 81 operators in 42 countries/territories  launched 5G commercial services, including the most recent MTN 5G launch in South Africa.

5G, the fifth generation of mobile networks, will enable enhanced mobile broadband, mission-critical communications, and massive Internet of Things (IoT) communications between equipment. However, today the immediate need is for online, digital communications, which can easily be provided by 4G or LTE networks.

The good news is that LTE is also the foundation for the revolutionary move to 5G.

Narrowing the digital divide and empowering more of the world’s people with online connectivity is key to overcoming poverty and attaining a sustainable future. This will require constantly expanding LTE (4G) mobile broadband coverage and adoption.

Living and working online is becoming acknowledged as a human right. Sadly, billions of people remain excluded from the opportunities of the online economy, according to Emmanuel Coelho Alves, Senior Marketing Director at Huawei.

There is a need to redouble our effort for more digital transmission and inclusion to support United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and bring the excluded 3.9 billion of world’s population online,” he said, “It won’t be easy, but with cross-sector efforts from government and partners in the private sector, academia and civil society … we can achieve that.”

Alves was speaking at the recent online LTE Summit 2020 held by the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA). Alves said that there had been progress in expanding global mobile broadband coverage, with almost 66% of areas now covered. Of these, 90% had access to high-quality networks such as 3G and 4G.

Around 80% of the world’s population now has mobile coverage, according to the latest GSMA report. Of these, more than 50% of connections are already on 4G. In Sub-Saharan Africa, there are 456 million unique mobile subscribers, representing 44% of people, with this proportion expected to grow to 50% by 2025.

The GSMA report predicts that Africa will be the fastest-growing global region, with a compound annual growth rate of 4.6%. However, mobile broadband subscriber numbers remain significantly lower, with 239 million subscribers and a penetration rate of just 23%.

Bringing Africa’s people into the mobile economy will require ongoing expansion of mobile broadband services such as 4G, with penetration expected to reach 39% by 2025.

4G provides an extremely good asset when you go later to 5G,” said Alves. “4G has been deployed widely in the past years. 4G is the capacity layer in city, leveraging massive MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) in hot spots with significant traffic.

By applying a standard known as ENDC (E-UTRAN New Radio – Dual Connectivity), network operators are able to use both 4G and 5G schedulers together.

It is also possible to use a technology known as DSS (dynamic spectrum sharing) to allow for real-time allocation of spectrum resources between 4G and 5G, depending on network traffic. This can be achieved with millisecond accuracy.

Currently, 4G is the main mobile broadband layer, and what is replacing 3G,” said Alves. “But on top of this, 4G has flexible capabilities that allow 4G and 5G to work together from the network level.

Industry leaders believe that in the medium term, 4G will be the layer of choice for global mobile communications, while 5G will mainly be used in more industrial communications. However, 4G networks already have the capabilities to guarantee an optimal user experience for 5G users, including services such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and cloud gaming.

It thus makes sense for national networks to invest in 4G to secure future growth opportunities, while already supporting leading-edge 5G capabilities.

Mohamed Madkour, VP of global wireless networks marketing and solutions at Huawei, said at the AfricaCom 2019 conference in Cape Town last year, that “all investment in expanding 4G and organising site assets will reduce the amount of money needed to switch on 5G in the near future. Every rand spent on 4G is thus a rand invested in 5G.”

Whether seen from a network operator or a policy perspective, 4G is thus not simply an interim step towards 5G. The 4G foundation already heralds the arrival of our 5G future.

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