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3 great pieces of software for startups

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The UK is one of the most entrepreneurial nations, with increasing numbers of startups entering the business world on a weekly basis. However, startups need to be smart when it comes to cash, and will generally want solutions which offer flexibility, affordability and simplicity in one simple package.

Ultimately, decision-makers at startups are short on time
and finances, which means software with a user-friendly interface,
multi-purpose features and time-saving intuitiveness are all highly
sought-after. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of three essential
software packages that no startup or new SME should be without.

1) Project management: Trello

If your team are working remotely or simply need an easy way
to collaborate and bounce ideas off one another in real-time, Trello could be the
solution you’ve been looking for. It’s essentially a project management tool
which offers a simple and intuitive way to monitor, discuss and actively
complete almost all business tasks. Whether you’re managing clients, seeking to
develop your business, coding software specifically for your startup or hiring
new staff, Trello comes highly recommended. Where other project management
tools can appear clunky or otherwise lack focus, Trello allows for quick and
easy discussion and fluid collaboration.

2) Admin: Google Apps for Work

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In a world with expensive subscription models for administrative
software, its easy to forget that Google now offers solutions for most basic IT
needs. Email, spreadsheets, word processing, online chat, file storage and
secure authentication are all staples of Google’s current offer. In many
respects Google’s office tools
are superior to its subscription-model cloud-based equivalents, as file types
can be opened in a range of third-party applications. Ultimately, Google’s
administrative tools integrate well with other software suites, and for the
price-conscious startup looking to keep costs down, it’s pretty hard to argue
with the price tag: totally free.

3) Tax software: BTC Software Solution Suite

All small business decision-makers understand the importance
of effective tax
software
. In a busy working environment, it makes sense to have a
simple and intuitive set of tools to ensure tax compliance – particularly when
business leaders are juggling multiple roles in the infancy of a company.

Most startups won’t have the capital to employ a full-time
bookkeeper – and with the BTC Software Solution Suite, they won’t have to. Tax,
accounts and practice management are made simple, and with cloud/desktop versions
and seamless integration with other leading software/APIs, this robust and
reliable solution helps businesses to be compliant with complete peace of mind.


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Google removes millions of negative TikTok reviews from the Play Store

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Google has removed millions of negative reviews oN TikTok made by disgruntled fans. The removal comes after  TikTok has received criticism in India after disturbing videos were found on the app. Millions of Indian fans with millions of Indians leaving negative reviews under the #Hashtags BanTikTok, DeleteTikTok, and BlockTikTok.

The videos according to notable sources, they condone domestic violence, animal cruelty, racism, child abuse, and the objectification of women.

The disgruntled fans left one-star ratings on Google play which is ordinarily the most average score. which  Google has now stepped in to remove all of the negative spam reviews.

According to TechCrunch, Google may have removed in excess of 8 million reviews from the original TikTok listing on the Play Store. That is an astronomical figure but given TikTok has been downloaded over 1 billion times, it’s still only a minor portion of the potential userbase.  TikTok review score rally slightly. It is now sat at 1.6 stars.

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“Keeping people on TikTok safe is a top priority and we make it clear in our Term of Service and Community Guidelines that clearly outlines what is not acceptable on our platform. As per the policy, we do not allow content that risks the safety of others, promotes physical harm, or glorifies violence against women. The behaviour in question violates our guidelines and we have taken down content, suspended the account, and are working with law enforcement agencies as appropriate.” Said, a TikTok spokesperson.


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Oppo A92 launches in Kenya alongside company’s first wireless earbuds

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Oppo has unveiled its latest smartphone, the A92, in Kenya today.

The device was announced at the start of the month and is going for Kshs 30,000 locally.

At that price, it provides prospective buyers with another option to join Oppo’s lineup of feature-rich mid-range smartphones, currently headlined by the Oppo Reno3 that went on sale in the country last month.

The Oppo A92 packs a 6.5-inch Full HD+ “Neo” display, 8 GB RAM, 128GB onboard storage, a Snapdragon 665 chipset and a 5,000mAh battery. The mammoth battery can be juiced up real quick using the included 18W Fast Charge accessories.

Like most Oppo smartphones, there is a focus on the camera with a quad-camera arrangement at the back headlined by a 48-megapixel sensor standing out.

The Oppo A92 also comes running Android 10 with the latest version of Oppo’s custom overlay, ColorOS, layered on top.

The device’s fingerprint is also mounted on the side, a first for the Oppo’s A-series, incorporated in the power button.

The statement announcing the device’s launch from Oppo includes a few tidbits we didn’t know about: “…the AI Backlight Adjustment will intelligently learn the reading habit of user, to come up with a personalized automatic backlight adjustment.”

Accompanying the Oppo A92 to the local market is Oppo’s first attempt at a wireless headset: the Oppo Enco W31.

For the Kshs 8,000 that they are going for, Oppo is promising users low-latency, better noise cancellation when making calls, a bass mode and auto-detection for when the earbuds are worn (so as to resume playback) or not (to pause playback). Those who use them with compatible Oppo smartphones will be able to connect them with their devices using an AirPod-like quick-connect pairing function.

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The Oppo A92, which comes in Aurora Purple, Twilight Black and Shining White colours, is available on pre-order online through Jumia Kenya from today all the way to Monday, June 1st.

Those who pre-order the device will get a gift of either a travel backpack or laptop bag from Oppo Kenya.

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KEPSA calls on government to partially re-open the economy

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Members of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) have called on the government to gradually and partially re-open the economy to preserve the economy and support health response.

Speaking during a virtual meeting with the government through the office of the National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee (NDICCC), chaired by Dr Fred Matiang’i, KEPSA Chief Executive Ms Carole Karuga reiterated that COVID-19 is the new normal and every effort must be made to ensure there is continued economic activity in the country while upholding measures to safeguard the health of its people.

“Coronavirus is the new global reality. We are working hard to protect our people and curb the spread whilst, getting the economy on a recovery path through ensuring both formal and informal sectors resume to normalcy,” Ms Carole Karuga said. “The Government and the private sector can develop a practical recovery strategy that balances health, economic, and societal needs respectively.

“That the public and private sectors should explore ways to deal with the reality of COVID-19. “This is a shared responsibility and a comprehensive recovery plan will be rolled out, which includes the eight-plan stimulus package recently announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta, as well as the Private Sector’s interventions that are geared towards keeping our economy going,” Dr Matiang’i said.

“All the proposals presented by KEPSA will be consolidated into a white paper of private sector protocols. As the government considers easing containment measures,” Dr Matiang’ i said. Adding that: “Where there are gaps, it is imperative to address them now. As the government is working on the 2020/2021 budget that will incorporate the CRP.”

Dr Matiang’i also confirmed that the National Treasury has handed over KES. 10 billion to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) for the VAT Refund.

The CS, however, warned about a rush opening saying that other economies that have recently re-opened have witnessed a spike in infection rates.

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KEPSA recommended a phased opening of the economy. Starting with the reduction of the curfew hours for non-essential services and sectors including retail sectors. This measure will allow for more economic activity and workforce productivity – particularly our micro, small and medium enterprises.

“The unprecedented scale of the pandemic means that the return to work will need to be gradual and phased. And heightened caution is necessary to prevent further waves of infection. The burden of COVID-19 prevention is not placed disproportionately on SMEs. Who are already struggling to stay in business,” KEPSA Chairman Nik Nesbitt said.

“Getting ahead of the coronavirus is not solely the responsibility of the government. The private sector has demonstrated that understanding. They have been agile to expand manufacturing capacity and shift supply chains to meet the increasing needs for the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE),” Ms Karuga said.

The Trade and Industrialization Cabinet Secretary Ms Betty Maina presented a raft of proposed guidelines that businesses will have to adopt and enforce when they re-open their businesses.

“These standard operating procedures will be unique to every work environment. And will help us to balance safe operations of businesses and minimization of infections,” CS Maina said

KEPSA has outlined a set of working principles for recovery. These three principles include guidance on government’s plans to scenario plan; adopt a unique Kenyan strategy while leveraging global benchmarks and best practices; and a practical restart strategy that balances health, economic, and societal needs.


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