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Nokia 5.3 starts selling in Kenya

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A day after it started selling in the US through Amazon and other channels, the Nokia 5.3 is now available for purchase locally.

Those looking to get one of HMD Global’s latest smartphones will have to part with Kshs 23,000.

For that much, one gets a device that the Finns are touting to be one that enables you to “Go big and Go beyond”.

It packs an expansive 6.5-inch HD+ display and shares the design language of its more capable sibling that is yet to hit the local market, the Nokia 8.3. That design language is a fresh take on the circular camera encasement used on the back of the likes of the Nokia 6.2 and Nokia 7.2 to cater to the quad-camera array (without appearing like a misplaced emoji).

Since we never got to have a Nokia 5.2, the Nokia 5.3 is a huge step up from the last member of the Nokia 5 series and attempts to bridge the gap of its non-existent immediate predecessor and that of the next series in HMD Global’s expansive mid-range smartphone fold.

That design refresh is only for the back, though. The front, and pretty much the rest of the visible physical attributes of the device, are in sync with the other Nokia devices we have been seeing for a year now. There’s the dedicated Google Assistant button, for instance.

What will be appealing to the Android nerds on a budget, however, and those that just want some assurance about the future-proofing of their device is HMD Global’s very conspicuous “Android 11-ready” claims. Claims that, going by the company’s brief history, are valid as it usually backs all its devices with at least 3 years of all-round support software-wise with users being assured of upgrades to major versions of Android within the first 2 years.

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The other thing that sets the Nokia 5.3 apart, at least according to HMD Global, is its 4,000mAh battery unit which the company claims can last for up to 2 days. That is a bold claim since anyone who has used a Nokia smartphone, since their return in mid-2017, will agree that battery life, thanks to running Android builds with little to no customization, has never been their strongest suit which is quite a surprise for anyone who used Nokia mobile phones before.

Other specifications of the device include 64GB onboard storage (expandable up to 512GB), 4GB RAM and a Snapdragon 655 processor.

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Haraka Haraka app to link customers with service providers

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A new App dubbed “Haraka Haraka” has today been unveiled in Kenya to help customers find the right service providers in their current location within a specified range of choice.

The platform was invented by three former Meru University of Science and technology students and with the app, they seek to make it easier for people to find services such as a plumber, retailers, shops and house agents that have been difficult to get physically.

The team, Mr Kelvin Muinde, Mr Pius Momanyi Nyachio and Mrs Naum Mutie said there are currently about 3,500 users who are potential clients and service providers on the platform who include carpenters, hairdressers, plumbers and mechanics, and more.

“We are taking away the burden of searching for experienced and reliable professional businesses in a hassle-free model to deliver critical services to individuals who are in need of their specific location,” said Pius Momanyi Nyachio who is the Marketing Manager.

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Mr Kelvin Muinde, who is the head of the project said the idea to start Haraka Haraka was initiated out of his observance of people having difficulty in finding a reliable service in an area that they are not well conversant with.

“The biggest challenge customers face is finding the right service providers at any area, mostly if you are not familiar, most people end up getting poor services that cost them time and resources,” he said.

To find any service or to register as a service provider, individuals are requested to first download the Haraka Haraka App on Google and register where later one can choose a range between 100m to 30km to find the service they are in need of.

The app also comes with an option of reviewing and rating a service provider which acts as an advantage to next service seekers enabling easy referrals to new clients.

‘’The registration to the app is free for both users and professionals,’’ said Mr Kelvin Muinde. The company’s aim is to hit 10,000 users by the end of this year. Ideally, they plan to have a maximum of 30,000 professionals on the platform.


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A new App dubbed “Haraka Haraka” has today been unveiled in Kenya to help customers find the right service providers in their current location within a specified range of choice.

The platform was invented by three former Meru University of Science and technology students and with the app, they seek to make it easier for people to find services such as a plumber, retailers, shops and house agents that have been difficult to get physically.

The team, Mr Kelvin Muinde, Mr Pius Momanyi Nyachio and Mrs Naum Mutie said there are currently about 3,500 users who are potential clients and service providers on the platform who include carpenters, hairdressers, plumbers and mechanics, and more.

“We are taking away the burden of searching for experienced and reliable professional businesses in a hassle-free model to deliver critical services to individuals who are in need of their specific location,” said Pius Momanyi Nyachio who is the Marketing Manager.

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Mr Kelvin Muinde, who is the head of the project said the idea to start Haraka Haraka was initiated out of his observance of people having difficulty in finding a reliable service in an area that they are not well conversant with.

“The biggest challenge customers face is finding the right service providers at any area, mostly if you are not familiar, most people end up getting poor services that cost them time and resources,” he said.

To find any service or to register as a service provider, individuals are requested to first download the Haraka Haraka App on Google and register where later one can choose a range between 100m to 30km to find the service they are in need of.

The app also comes with an option of reviewing and rating a service provider which acts as an advantage to next service seekers enabling easy referrals to new clients.

‘’The registration to the app is free for both users and professionals,’’ said Mr Kelvin Muinde. The company’s aim is to hit 10,000 users by the end of this year. Ideally, they plan to have a maximum of 30,000 professionals on the platform.


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Balala wants investigation into alleged harassment at Ol Jogi launched – KBC

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Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala

Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has directed the Kenya Wildlife Service to commence investigations into the alleged harassment of a victim by private game ranchers at Ol Jogi Conservancy in Laikipia County.

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It is reported that the victim known as Mordecai Ogada in the company of his children was harassed on Saturday while driving on a public road in the conservancy.

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In a statement, Balala has asked for speedy investigations and findings to be concluded by Wednesday this week.

The CS added that no discriminations will be allowed to any Kenyan at any conservancy in the country.

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“The government of Kenya and my ministry will not condone any undue harassment or intimidation of Kenyans who are going about their normal businesses and enjoying their God given heritage by anyone,” said CS Balala.

He urged Kenyans to report any such incidents with facts for action to be taken.

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