Thursday, 27 July 2017 04:46

Skeuomorphic Design, A History

In 2007, Forbes magazine announced the death of skeuomorphism. Apple (to be followed quickly by Google) had settled on a new form of design – flat design. 

Thursday, 13 July 2017 10:46

Design Trends 2017: Material Design Lite

Without a doubt, touches of Material Design are the must-have aesthetic of the year. Google’s Android-based design scheme may have started as a mobile device interface but has exploded in popularity and usage, regardless of device or platform. 

Think about the screen on your Apple Watch or Fitbit for a moment. The design is quite minimalist. Now, think about an app or website that connects to the thing you’re looking at on the screen. If that design weren’t equally minimal, it would feel off balance. 

In practice, UI designers and UX designers do the same thing. They are trying to make the product great. They make graphic design and think how people would use it at the same time. 

Friday, 16 June 2017 13:29

4 SaaS Companies In Kenya

KopoKopo - Kenyan Kopo Kopo, that offers a SaaS product to enable 30 million SMEs in emerging markets to accept, process, and manage mobile money payments. From their learnings in Sierra Leone and Kenya in early 2011, they were inspired to create a platform to enable small and medium businesses to accept mobile payments and build relationships with their customers. 

JamboPay - They enable users to securely make and receive payments through mobile phone over internet. It was founded in 2009 and now has more than 1,500 institutional clients and processes more than $50 million in payments every year. The company has a presence in Kenya, Tanzania and Senegal and is expanding to 4 additional countries before the end of 2015. 

PesaPal - a Nairobi-based aggregator for online and mobile payments with operations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi. PesaPal solutions allow users to shop online, pay bills and even buy airtime through a partnership with Orange Kenya. 

iPay - iPay is a payments processing solution and payment gateway for Africa. iPay is an easy-to-use payments processing system that incorporates VISA, Mastercard, Kenswitch, M-PESA, Airtel Money, yuCash. They have packaged these popular bank debit and money transfer systems into an online and POS transaction processing system that allows you to receive payments off your website and in your store and thus further extend the reach of your brand’s products and services within the East African region (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda) and beyond. 

A SaaS (Software as a Service) business is 1) a software company that sells their product through, 2) recurring payment (subscription) payment plans. This makes them different than a software company that sells through a one-time payment or another non-recurring method.  It also makes them different from other businesses with non-software products also sold on a subscription basis, such as magazines or live-chicken-of-the-month clubs.

An ecommerce business is any business where the transaction occurs through a website. A software company can be a SaaS company, but not be an ecommerce business, if you can't pay through their website (for example, if they only accept payment in the form of live chickens). 

Most projects have rigid deadlines which are relatively easy to observe and adhere to. All that is needed is proper planning and the right amount of dedication. The exception, however, is any project involving software development. 

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:13

IoT: Privacy & Security Implications

The range and number of "things" connected to the internet is truly astounding, including security cameras, ovens, alarm systems, baby monitors and cars. The Internet of Things is connecting more devices every day, and we're headed for a world that will have 24 billion IoT devices by 2020. They're are all going online, so they can be remotely monitored and controlled over the internet. But many have security or privacy holes. 

Saturday, 20 May 2017 23:38

8 Industries IoT Is Transforming

The growth of the internet of things (IoT) is drastically changing how consumers interact with their cars, homes and appliances, but the aptly named second digital revolution has major implications for industries too. From machine-learning, machine-to-machine communication to artificial intelligence, the industrial internet of things (IIoT) takes IoT technologies and directly applies them to industrial concerns and in the process improves efficiency and productivity. 

Sunday, 30 April 2017 22:41

What Is The Internet Of Things (IOT)?

Guys...guys...guys...remember when we talked about AI (artificial intelligence), and we talked about 'dumb' everyday objects being hooked up with savvy tech and becoming smart? Well, we've come full circle, here for a proper discussion on how the inanimate things we own will know everything about us soon enough (if they don't already) Yes, even the uncomfortable stuff.

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