Wrap-Up: Our pick of main stories, Friday January 30, 2015


We end this week and month at a positive side with more innovations coming up from the different Tech Giants and even start-ups. However, for the South Korean Giant Samsung, everything is not rosy as reports show that soon the company might lose it’s crown as a global smartphone leader to Apple. From a team from University of Nairobi winning $120,000 for an innovation designed to tackle child deaths using a bar-coded Vaccination/Mother and Child Wellness Card to the launch of Intel’s new core vPro processor to enhance wire-free computing. This and much more in our wrap up today.

University of Nairobi receives share of global US$1 million Healthcare Innovation Award

A team from the University of Nairobi has been awarded US$120,000 for an innovation designed to tackle child deaths using a bar-coded Vaccination/Mother and Child Wellness Card that tracks vaccinations and rewards mothers with discounts on farm products.

The scheme, successfully piloted in North Western Kenya, is one of four African initiatives to have won a share of the 2014 GSK and Save the Children Healthcare Innovation Award. The initiative was highlighted during a roundtable discussion with stakeholders and policy makers convened by GSK and Save the Children today to discuss the impact of the award on health innovation trends in Kenya.

Samsung inches closer to losing smartphone primacy

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is closer to losing its crown as global smartphone leader after posting a plunge in quarterly mobile earnings on Thursday, a day after rival Apple Inc reported the biggest profit in corporate history.

According to Business Daily, the South Korean giant said earnings from smartphones and other mobile gadgets dropped 64 per cent annually in the October-December period to 1.96 trillion (US$1.80 billion), contributing to its first annual earnings fall in three years.

Jumia Kenya to help bloggers, trendsetters earn income from referrals

Jumia Kenya has launched its affiliate program to help upcoming trendsetters impart knowledge to enable bloggers monetize their content and influence for income.

The 2-hour presentation that included lessons on how to improve the general outlook of blogs, post adverts, search engine optimization and the use of social media platforms, saw dozens of bloggers and trendsetters signing up for the affiliate program.

Intel’s new core vPro processor to enhance wire-free computing

To meet the needs of a more mobile and dynamic workforce, Intel has launched its fifth-generation Core vpro technology to business PCs alongside components of its “wire-free” vision of computing to provide cutting-edge features to enable a new and rapidly shifting workplace.

With the new processors, businesses are set to adopt a wire free technology that will enhance manageability, security and productivity.

And Finally……Huawei Ascend p8 might be coming very soon!

The next phone in Huawei’s high-end P Series, which according to the numerical naming system of the range will be the P8, is set for a London launch on 15 April.

According to Wired UK, Huawei will not be unveiling any new phones at Mobile World Congress — just three wearable devices — and will instead hold a separate event in April, confirmed Jerry Huang, the company’s director of communications. Huawei previously launched the P6 in London in 2013 and last year launched the P7 in Paris.

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