Category: Technology

The tech solutions we fail to embrace

I am looking at a newspaper cut out on my desk, an advert for pre-qualification for supply of goods and services. The organisations seems interesting and I reckon if I submit my interest my chances of qualification are good. The...

Android Developer Challenge launch

It was a somewhat bumpy start but it all fell into place. The official launch of the Sub-Saharan Africa Android Developer Challenge took place over the weekend at Kamuzu College of Nursing. Up for grabs are Android phones and $25,000....

GTUG Lilongwe Inspirational Movie Night

Google Technology User Group Lilongwe held their second event of the year, an Inspirational Movie Night. The evening started with a documentary on the History of Search which covered the birth of Yahoo! and Excite and how Google came in...

Google Technology User Group Lilongwe meetup: Google Mobile Tools

Google Technology User Group Lilongwe meetup: Google Mobile Tools

This weekend the Google Technology User Group (GTUG) Lilongwe held a meetup to discuss Google Mobile Tools. The meeting took place at Baobab Health offices and attracted some 20 techies although sadly only three of them were ladies. The number...

When ‘Email marketing’ goes horribly wrong

When ‘Email marketing’ goes horribly wrong

It all started one quiet Friday morning when I received what was supposed to be a promotional email from a hotel in Chirimba. The sender, who never signed off, sent an email titled “Dorvic Hotel (Blantyre – Malawi)” and the...

New year, Same old power problems

New year, Same old power problems

Last Tuesday many residents of Area 49 in Lilongwe and other townships rushed home to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama as president of the US of A. But it was all cut short when they faced an electricity blackout....

Rumours and bad planning

Rumours and bad planning

In the past few years, Malawians have witnessed cut throat competition between mobile phone operators Celtel Malawi and TNM Limited in terms of marketing, promotions and roll out of value added services. Users have also joined in with accusations and...

Local Content

Local Content

Two years ago while at a film makers and distributors conference, an issue was raised about film and documentary distribution in Africa particularly English speaking countries. I learnt that most television stations prefer to broadcast local country content above anything...

A Malawi with better internet connections soon?

A Malawi with better internet connections soon?

Last week I attended the ICT Fair organised by the Malawi Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Lilongwe. Among the usual displays was one by Malawi Telecommunication Limited. They were showcasing wireless internet PCMCIA cards that they said can provide...

Politicians, licence fees and Macra

Politicians, licence fees and Macra

There has been general discontent in the ICT industry about high fees that the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) charge. In yesterdays Nation newspaper, I read an article to the effect that MIJ Radio was asking Macra to reduce radio...