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The company launched its Set
Top Boxes, which will enable
subscribers to view TV content
and also access the Internet.
Dubbed the ‘The BigBox’, the
android powered device will
offer over 30 TV channels
including free-to-air local
channels.
The decoder is the company’s
first product since the launch
of its newly optimized 4G
network. Its uniqueness lies in
its ability to allow its
subscribers to access TV
content on High Definition
format as well as watch content
on demand through online
video services such as
YouTube.
The digital box offers
integrated home entertainment
solutions in that its Wi-Fi
hotspot can serve up to ten
people at a time.
“Our vision is to enable a
differentiated broadband
Internet solution that will
enable our subscribers to
harness the power of the
Internet to watch new and
exciting content from
anywhere n the world from the
comfort of their homes,”
Safaricom’s CEO Bob Collymore
said at the launch.
The company offers two
payment options to its
customers. The first option is
purchasing the decoder at
Sh9,999 whereby customers
will access all free-to air
channels, up to 6GB in data
bundles a month and free
YouTube access.
In the second option,
customers will part with
Sh4,999 with an additional
monthly fee of Sh999 which is
to be remitted for six months.
“Customers will be able to top
up their balance by buying
monthly bundles using their
airtime or M-PESA using their
predefined USSD and WAP
interfaces,” Collymore said.
The digital box is up against
devices such as Multichoice’s
DStv and GOTv which are key
market leaders. It will also have
a face-off with Zuku which
offer similar services that
include digital TV channels and
monthly subscription to the
Internet. Other companies that
recently joined the digital
boxes space include Radio
Africa with its Bamba TV
decoder.
Safaricom said that it is
targeting an estimated 2.4
million households out of the
3.2 million households that
have access to digital television
sets but are not using any of
the boxes that are circulating
the market.
Safaricom’s head of business
development, Sylvia Mulinge,
added that the company is
working towards serving
Kenyans through as many
screens as possible, thus their
decision to launch the Set Top
Boxes.
Customers will be able to
purchase the Set Top Box from
all Safaricom shops
countrywide. They will also be
available in all major cities
across the country.
The firm recorded a 38 percent
increase in profit after tax in
full year results released by the
company on Thursday.

Safaricom unveils it’s debut flagship #ThaBigBox

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Hiring managers all have
their favorite interview
questions, but they’re
typically some variation of
the common ones. For
example, you might get,
“ How would your colleagues
describe you?” or “Use three
words to describe yourself.”
Either way, your overall
approach would likely be the
same. The thing you need to
be mindful of, then, is what
words you actually use.
Or, to put it in another way,
there are words that you
should never, ever use.
1. Intelligent
You know you’re intelligent,
and you know the hiring
manager is looking for
someone who is intelligent,
but please don’t describe
yourself as such. This is one
of those words that you want
people to say about you, but
that you don’t want to say
about yourself. Whether or
not someone is intelligent is
a judgment call, and you
want to shy away from words
like that.
What to Do Instead
Talk about the way you think,
and use words like, “logical,”
“quantitative,” “fast learner,”
or “big-picture thinker.”
You’re going for words that
sound more like facts and
less like judgments.
2. Likable
For the same reason you
don’t want to describe
yourself as intelligent, you
want to avoid words like
“likable.” That, plus it’s tricky
to find supporting examples
of why you’re likable without
sounding weirdly desperate.
(“Everyone says hi to me,
laughs at my jokes, and
misses me when I’m out
sick?” Um, no.)
What to Do Instead
Use words that you can back
up, like “team player,”
“outgoing,” “enthusiastic,”
or “caring,” and back them
up with examples of how you
pitched in, spoke up in
meetings, or threw an office
holiday party. It’s much more
palatable when the evidence
you give involves actions you
took rather than the actions
or reactions of others.
3. Successful
You can successfully do
something, but you can’t just
call yourself successful. It’s
like saying in an interview
that you’re rich and good-
looking. Do you really think
that’s a good idea?
What to Do Instead
Narrow the focus down from
success on a global scale to
success on a more specific
skill. You can absolutely say
that you’re good at what you
do . In fact, you should. The
difference is saying that
you’re successful in all
realms of your life and
pointing out your relevant
skills and experiences for
the job. The first is annoying;
the latter is necessary.
4. Obsessive
Even if you’re immensely
passionate about your work,
you still want to avoid
describing this trait or any
trait with words that have a
negative connotation. Having
to explain yourself means
that you and the interviewer
are not on the same page,
and ideally, you could avoid
all that.
What to Do Instead
There are plenty of words
you can use to get across
how invested you are in your
work that probably are more
specific and don’t require
some awkward explanation.
Words like “focused,”
“detail-oriented,” “hard
working,” or “dedicated” all
work well.
5. Humble
It’s weird to brag about how
humble you are. It just
doesn’t work. Don’t walk into
this unfortunate
contradiction and try to talk
your way out of it. The more
you try to explain this, the
more you wear down your
interviewer’s trust.
What to Do Instead
If this is really something
you want to get across in an
interview, go with the “show
don’t tell” strategy. Each
time you need to brag about
yourself during the interview
(which will be often, since it’s
an interview), only state the
facts. Talk about what you
did, what the result was, and
what others thought, and
leave the judging to your
interviewer.
Of course, there are always
exceptions to the rule, and
perhaps you can pull off
describing yourself as
intelligent, likable,
successful, obsessive, and
humble without cutting your
interview short. But know
that there are other ways to
get your point across without
causing your interviewer to
spend too much energy
trying not to roll his or her
eyes.

5 Words You Should Never Use To Describe Yourself In An Interview

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Newsprint is on life support,
emoji are multiplying faster
than hungry Gremlins, and 300
million people worldwide strive
to make their point in 140 or
fewer characters.
People don’t have the time or
the attention span to read any
more words than necessary.
You want your readers to hear
you out, understand your
message, and perhaps be
entertained, right? Here’s a list
of words to eliminate to help
you write more succinctly.
1. That
It’s superfluous most of the
time. Open any document
you’ve got drafted on your
desktop, and find a sentence
with “that” in it. Read it out
loud. Now read it again without
“that.” If the sentence works
without it, delete it. Also? Don’t
use “that” when you refer to
people. “I have several friends
that live in the neighborhood.”
No. No, you don’t. You have
friends who. Not friends that.
2. Went
I went to school. Or the store,
or to church, or to a
conference, to Vegas, wherever
it is you’re inclined to go.
Instead of “went,” consider
drove, skated, walked, ran, flew.
There are any number of ways
to move from here to there.
Pick one. Don’t be lazy and
miss the chance to add to your
story.
3. Honestly
People use “honestly” to add
emphasis. The problem is, the
minute you tell your reader this
particular statement is honest,
you’ve implied the rest of your
words were not. #Awkward
4. Absolutely
Adding this word to most
sentences is redundant.
Something is either necessary,
or it isn’t. Absolutely necessary
doesn’t make it more
necessary. If you recommend
an essential course to your new
employees, it’s essential.
Coincidentally, the definition of
essential is absolutely
necessary. Chicken or egg, eh?
5. Very
Accurate adjectives don’t need
qualifiers. If you need to qualify
it? Replace it. “Very” is
intended to magnify a verb, an
adjective, or another adverb.
What it does is makes your
statement less specific. If
you’re very happy? Be ecstatic.
If you’re very sad, perhaps
you’re melancholy or
depressed. Woebegone, even.
Very sad is a lazy way of making
your point. Another pitfall of
using very as a modifier? It’s
subjective. Very cold and very
tall mean different things to
different people. Be specific.
She’s 6’3″ and it’s 13 degrees
below freezing? These make
your story better while also
ensuring the reader
understands the point you’re
making.
6. Really
Unless you’re a Valley Girl,
visiting from 1985, there’s no
need to use “really” to modify
an adjective. Or a verb. Or an
adverb. Pick a different word to
make your point. And never
repeat “really,” or “very” for
that matter. That’s really, really
bad writing.
If you are visiting from 1985?
Please bring the birth
certificate for my Cabbage
Patch Doll on your next visit.
Thanks.
7. Amazing
The word means “causing great
surprise or sudden wonder.”
It’s synonymous with
wonderful, incredible, startling,
marvelous, astonishing,
astounding, remarkable,
miraculous, surprising, mind-
blowing, and staggering. You
get the point, right? It’s
everywhere. It’s in corporate
slogans. It dominated the
Academy Awards acceptance
speeches. It’s all over social
media. It’s discussed in pre-
game shows and post-game
shows.
Newsflash: If everything is
amazing, nothing is.
8. Always
Absolutes lock the writer into a
position, sound conceited and
close-minded, and often open
the door to criticism regarding
inaccuracies. Always is rarely
true. Unless you’re giving
written commands or
instruction, find another word.
9. Never
See: Always.
10. Literally
“Literally” means literal.
Actually happening as stated.
Without exaggeration. More
often than not, when the term
is used, the writer means
“figuratively.” Whatever is
happening is being described
metaphorically. No one actually
“waits on pins and needles.”
How uncomfortable would that
be?
11. Just
It’s a filler word and it makes
your sentence weaker, not
stronger. Unless you’re using it
as a synonym for equitable,
fair, even-handed, or impartial,
don’t use it at all.
12. Maybe
This makes you sound
uninformed, unsure of the
facts you’re presenting.
Regardless of the topic, do the
legwork, be sure, write an
informed piece. The only thing
you communicate when you
include these words is
uncertainty.
13. Stuff
This word is casual, generic
even. It serves as a placeholder
for something better. If the
details of the stuff aren’t
important enough to be
included in the piece? Don’t
reference it at all. If you tell
your reader to take your course
because they’ll learn a lot of
stuff? They’re likely to tell you
to stuff it.
14. Things
See: Stuff.
15. Irregardless
This doesn’t mean what you
think it means, jefe. It means
regardless. It is literally (see
what I did there?) defined as:
regardless. Don’t use it. Save
yourself the embarrassment.
Whether you’re ghostwriting
for your CEO, updating a
corporate blog, selling a
product, or finishing your
doctoral thesis, you want to
keep your reader engaged.
These 15 words are a great
place to start trimming the fat
from your prose. Bonus? You’ll
sound smarter.

15 Words You Should Eliminate From Your Vocabulary To Sound Smart

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Today, Instagram
announced the launch of
@ Music, an account
dedicated to highlighting
both well-known up-and-
coming artists from around
the world. The goal:
showcase the love of music
in the Instagram
community by showing
users a different side of
the artists and musicians.
Instagram wrote about the
new account in a blog post:
It means highlighting music
photographers, album
illustrators, instrument
makers and, of course,
fans. In the Instagram
tradition, we will also
welcome community
participation with a new,
music-themed monthly
hashtag project.
@Music will feature six
posts per week including
three different series:
#LocallySourced
featuring unsigned
artists
#DoubleTrack featuring
artist interest outside of
music
#15SecondLessons
featuring how-to videos
The first artist featured as
part of the launch was
@Questlove, Roots
drummer and leader of the
Tonight Show house band.
In addition to being an early
adopter to social media,
apparently Questlove likes
to use his Instagram
account to geek out about
food. This has become a
real passion for him since
visiting The Cooking Lab in
Seattle.
He told Instagram:
I never thought of myself
as a science nerd. I am now
more into science than I
am into actual music.
The blog takes readers on a
journey of Questlove’s
discovery and love affair
with music, from sharing
his insomnia with Donny
Hathaway at the tender age
of three, to getting his first
drum set as a surprise
Christmas gift four years
later.
Read more about
Questlove on Instagram
@ Music and follow the
account for more features
on artists you love and
artists on the rise.

Instagram Launches @Music

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Microsoft is kicking the
“Project Spartan” codename to
the curb, revealing “Microsoft
Edge” as the official name of
its new web browser. Microsoft
said the name refers to being
on the edge of productivity and
consumption (though it’s
also the name of the browser’s
rendering engine).
As Microsoft announced
previously, Edge will be the
default browser in Windows 10,
while Internet Explorer will
become a legacy option for
compatibility reasons. Edge is
supposed to be lighter and
faster than Internet Explorer,
but with new features such as a
built-in notation tool, a
distraction-free reading mode,
and website information from
Cortana.
The browser will also support
extensions based on HTML and
Javascript. Microsoft says
developers will be able to port
their extensions from Chrome
with a few minor modifications,
and showed off examples such
as Reddit Enhancement Suite.
Why this matters: Microsoft’s
has made many attempts to
convince people that Internet
Explorer isn’t terrible, but in
the end the company has
decided to make a clean break.
Edge will be a major feature in
Windows 10, and in addition to
knowing how extensions will
work in the new browser, we
finally know what to call it.

‘Project Spartan ‘ No More: Microsoft’s New Browser Is Called Edge

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The manifestos are out and
party leaders are busy
touring the country. Even
tech companies are doing
what they can to help you
choose a side ahead of next
month’s General Election.
Twitter rolled out its political
emoji, lovingly referred to as
“hashflags”, earlier this
month, but Google’s just
launched a valuable resource
that tells you all of the
election candidates in your
area. If you pull up a Google
search and enter the words
“who is on the uk ballot,” the
search giant will ask you to
enter your postcode or
constituency before
displaying an alphabetic list
of all the candidates gunning
for your vote. As expected,
the 2015 Election campaign
has been the most web-
friendly yet — it’s just a
shame online voting won’t
happen any time soon.

United Kingdom’s Election: Google Will Tell You Who Your Local General Election Candidates Are

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Inconsistent speed,
connectivity issues, voice
drop problems main
reasons for 3G not taking
off In India : Study
It was never a secret that
3G has not been successful
in India. Now Ericsson has
validated the fact with its
research which states that
close to half of Indian
mobile phone users do not
find any difference, forget
about significant, between
2G and 3G connections
especially due to
inconsistent speeds.
Speed is one of the prime
factors for choosing a
Internet pack and 3G
falters on this premise
resulting in the dismal
adoption of the later
technology in the country.
These users do not see any
improvement in the data
speed even if they switch
to the 3G network, the
Ericsson survey revealed.
According to the
ConsumerLab report, 48%
of Indian smartphone users
are unable to distinguish
between 2G and 3G speeds
and thus see no advantage
in switching to a high
speed service.
The results are based on
ConsumerLab survey by
Ericsson India, which
surveyed 33 cities in India.
The study was conducted
between September 2014
and January 2015 covering
15,000 urban households
and people aged between
15 to 75 years. This sample
is estimated to represent
127 million smartphone
users in urban India. The
report also finds that 88%
of users surveyed find
mobile broadband in India
is expensive and 36% say
lack of value for money
plans by the operators a
cause they have not
subscribed to 3G.
The report also says that
most Indian smartphone
users, 60 % of them, face
network problems while
accessing internet across
locations.
“We have found
people are facing
differing mobile data
issues depending
upon location. About
63 per cent people
are facing quality and
reliability issues (like
voice drops,
connection breaks,
inconsistent speed,
no availability of 3G)
inside their house,”
says the study across
33 major cities
telecom gear maker
Ericsson.
Major telecom providers in
India, Airtel and Idea had
said that the services will
become 6 times costlier in
event of Government of
India implementing net
neutrality across
platforms. Their threat to
increase charges falls flat
on the face of the poor
services they provide to
Indians.

Most Indians Unable To Distinguish 2G From 3G Network

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Arsenal may not be at the top
of the Barclays Pemier
League but they are the most
popular Barclays Premier
League team in Kenya.
Twitter has released a tool
through its Data Scientist
@KristW that allows one to
map the team with the most
fans and followers on Twitter
in any given country around
the world using an interactive
map.
Each team is then assigned a
color based on their jersey
color and one can also
compare the stats between
different teams. Following
second is Manchester United
with 22.51%. Chelsea comes
third with 17.03% with
Liverpool fourth at 7.18% and
Manchester City Fifth at
6.20%.
Looks like the Gunners are
finally leading somewhere.
You can compare various
teams here
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