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WhatsApp Vows to Remove Support For millions of Smartphones By 2020

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WhatsApp has warned its users on a possible shutdown of the service on a number of smartphones worldwide.

WhatsApp support says the move is aimed at ensuring more security to the application users as the phones listed cannot support some of the WhatsApps key security features.

Older versions of Android phones dating from OS 2.3.3 and below, Windows phones supported by windows 8.0 and below, iPhones with iOS 8 and the older ones will no longer be able to access WhatsApp.

The support will end as from December 31, 2019, for Windows phones, and 1, February 2020, for android and iPhones.

However, users can retrieve their chats early enough by updating to the newer versions of the OS.  While this is possible a number of older phones, may not be able to support a new Os.

Majorly, the phones that affected are the iPhone 5s and 5c released back in 2013 and any other iPhone device running iOS 7.  Android 2.3.7 or Gingerbread, Older versions of Huawei and Samsung, Motorolla have not been left out too.

According to the independent UK, this is not the first time the application has ended support for older phones.

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Previously, a number of phones were denied access from using WhatsApp. In the year 2017, Nokia Symbian S60, BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10. In 2018, Nokia S40 devices could no longer support WhatsApp.

WhatsApp also noted that they do not explicitly restrict the use of jailbroken or unlocked devices.  The new WhatsApp modifications might affect the functionality of the users devises. Therefore cannot provide support for the modified versions of the Os.

WhatsApp urges it’s users to upgrade to iOS 9 or later for iPhones, OS 4 for Android devices, Windows 8.1 and above for Microsoft.  As from February 2020, they will no longer create or reverify existing accounts.

Alternatively, users will export their chats with or without media so they can access them in future.

To Justify their move, WhatsApp added, ” We want to focus our efforts on mobile devices that majority people use. While the devices have been of great support to us, they don’t offer kind of capabilities we need to expand our application features in the future.”

Notably, WhatsApp takes it as a tough decision but in the right way for better service delivery,

At the moment, WhatsApp is working on a dark mode feature for its users which will reduce battery usage.

No release date has been announced yet but the feature once updated on phone, users will be able to choose on either light or dark mode WhatsApp. Users will also be able to tick on battery saver.


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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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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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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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