Category Archives: Technology

Uber Uganda & Tanzania: My Experiences in the First 9 Months

Uber launched in Kampala, Uganda and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania within 10 days of each other in June 2016. Since I don’t own a car, and live between these two cities, I was ecstatic to learn about this new development. Although I love to travel by boda-boda (motorcycle taxis), I cannot completely ignore the number of injuries and fatalities that occur every day as a result of boda-boda accidents. An inexpensive, convenient, GPS-enabled service provided through a mobile app seemed like just the thing to finally get me to transition to a non-boda-boda lifestyle. Finding out That Uber Had Arrived to an East African City Other Than Nairobi … Continue reading

Uber, the Holiday Season, and Dynamic Pricing

I had never used Uber until I wrote this post about Uber launching in Dar es Salaam. Since then, it has been a Godsend! With its attractive rates, and the fact that you can call for transportation at any time without necessarily knowing a specific taxi driver, or its great mapping tool which allows you to call for a ride even when you are not too sure how to describe where you are, I know I will be using Uber again and again. With the holiday season — and its many parties — upon us, call or schedule an Uber to drive you … Continue reading

10 Most Popular Online Courses To Pursue In Sub-Saharan Africa

This post is brought to you courtesy of Jens Ischebeck. Education, it has been said, is the key to success. One easy to access education tool is online courses. Online courses are available for nearly every topic. In a similar fashion, there is no doubt that knowledge is power. Indeed, education is a sure way for individuals to achieve their personal dreams and aspirations. At the same time, it is one of the critical ways through which countries can individually and collectively attain their set development goals. Africa, and especially Sub-Saharan Africa, is home to some of the fastest growing … Continue reading

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Visits Kenya

In case you haven’t yet heard, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited Africa for the first time last week. On Tuesday, he made a surprise visit to Lagos, Nigeria and then arrived in Nairobi, Kenya on Thursday (only to return once more to Nigeria the following day). Want to know a bit about what he was up to while he was in Kenya? Here’s the scoop on that. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited Kenya last week on his first trip to Africa. While in the country, he visited the iHub, a technology hub in Nairobi. There he met with developers and partners to explore how the country’s pioneering mobile … Continue reading

Uber Tanzania Launches in Dar Es Salaam

If you are using Uber Tanzania for the first time and would like a free first ride (or a discount of Tsh. 9,000 if your first ride costs more than that), use the promo code keshubir1ue when requesting your first uber ride. Enjoy! On June 15, 2016 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania became the 485th city in the world to join Uber’s growing global network. With the launch of Uber Tanzania, Dar es Salaam joins the list of smart transportation hubs in Africa. Following the success of Uber in many other cities, the company is excited to launch its ride-sharing platform in Tanzania. … Continue reading

Facebook Opens First African Office

Although there is increasing talk about the decline of Facebook usage, and it’s becoming more common to hear of people deleting or deactivating their Facebook accounts, the social media network continues to expand and grow into new markets. In June 2015, Facebook opened its first African office located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Continue reading below to find out more. Facebook has opened its first office in Africa to further the company’s commitment to help businesses connect with people and grow locally and regionally. Based in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, Facebook’s newest business office will be headed by Ogilvy veteran, Nunu Ntshingila-Njeke, the company’s new Head of Africa. … Continue reading

Top Tech Travel Tips to Get You Excited for South Africa

Idyllic shores, lush vineyards and lively portside towns are all the rage these days, and when the festive fervour and the allure of mountainscapes and valleys beckon, there are few places as breathtaking as South Africa. Diversity is the key defining factor in what makes the country so spectacular in culture and in landscape, truly setting the stage for a once-in-a-lifetime experience for travellers seeking the unique and the mesmerizing. Yet the journey to the land of fynbos and fine wine doesn’t start when you set foot at the arrivals terminal in Johannesburg or Cape Town, but right at home with … Continue reading