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Apple discontinues the 12-inch MacBook and the last-gen MacBook Air

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Just four years after introducing the laptop as the slimmest in its lineup, Apple has stopped selling the 12-inch MacBook.

The laptop was first introduced in 2015 and ushered in a new era of MacBook design for Apple. It was the first to use USB-C, the first with the controversial and problematic butterfly keyboard, and the first Mac laptop without a glowing Apple logo in years.

Following refreshes to the MacBook Air and entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro today, Apple appears to have discontinued the  12-inch MacBook and the last-gen MacBook Air which vanished from Apple’s website earlier today as it announced its Back to School promotion.

The refreshed lineup now consists of the Retina 13-inch MacBook Air and 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

While the old MacBook Air being discontinued doesn’t come as much of a surprise as Apple dropped the entry price of the Retina MacBook Air by $100, the end of the 12-inch MacBook may a disappointment for Apple users who value having the lightest Mac possible.

And with all that said, the 12-inch MacBook’s future became questionable when the 13-inch Retina MacBook Air launched last fall with a lower price, more ports, Touch ID, and longer battery life while being just a bit heavier than the two-pound MacBook.

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The base MacBook Pro priced at $1,299 was previously the non-Touch Bar version. Now it features the latest 8th-generation quad-core processors and adds the Touch Bar. Meanwhile, the Retina MacBook Air has gained Apple’s True Tone display tech and received a price drop.

Apple has not formally announced the fate of the previous MacBook Air or 12-inch MacBook, but If you really love the 12-inch MacBook and are lamenting its death, don’t fret just yet because you can still pick one up on Apple’s refurbished products site.


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Nokia 4.2 receiving Android 10 update

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That German blogger was spot on!

The Nokia 4.2 has started receiving its Android 10 update.

News of the update hitting the device came just a day after another Nokia smartphone, the Nokia 3.2, started receiving its update.

Like the Nokia 3.2, the Nokia 4.2 has been available in Kenya since May last year when it arrived running on Android 9 Pie. Thus, like the 3.2, this is its first major update since launch and one more major update remains,

With both devices’ Android 10 updates underway around the world, the list of devices from HMD Global that are yet to receive their Android 10 upgrades has shrunk to just 4.

The 4 are: Nokia 2.3, Nokia 3.1 Plus, Nokia 6.2 and the Nokia 8 Sirocco.

The Android 10 update for the Nokia 4.2 arrives with the March 2020 security patch.

The update clocks in at 1.38 gigabytes.

As was the case with the Nokia 3.2, the update is rolling out first to a number of first-wave markets in Europe and Asia and should be available to users in Kenya in coming days.

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Drones Are Officially Legal In Kenya

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The Civil Aviation (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Regulations, 2019 Act has been approved, which means Kenyans have won the legal right to own and operate drones. Previously it was technically illegal for anyone but the military to have a drone in the country.

This win helps businesses and individuals who require the devices for photography or content creation, mapping or rescue missions among other things. For a long time, the law derailed drone programs from major players including Facebook, Uber Google, and the Kenya Red Cross. There has been an extensive history of getting drones approved for public use.

In 2016, drone enthusiasts insisted on a licensing system so they could use them in the country. This was easily granted, and in February 2017, Kenya became the second African country after Rwanda to approve the use of non-military drones. Regardless, the rules were still relatively strict, limiting the times and even models that could be flown.

Things took a turn in June 2018 when the Kenyan Parliament invalidated drone regulations from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA). Flying a drone became punishable by a prison sentence of up to 12 months. These were due to several concerns, including a lack of public participation, insufficient attention to personal privacy, and inconsistencies in the application of fines.

However, in 2019 progress was made when Parliament considered revised rules, that have since been approved on the 30th of March 2020.

In determining whether to register a drone or issue any authorization licence, the Authority shall consider the following:

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  • The national security of Kenya,
  • Terrorism or organized criminal activities;
  • Preservation of regional peace, security and stability;
  • Risk of diversion of UAS to unauthorized end user or end
    use;
  • Risk to public safety;
  • If applicant is subject of investigations in ongoing criminal
    or civil proceedings related to national security; or
  • If applicant is subject to administrative investigations by the
    Authority.

A person shall be eligible to own a drone if that person is –

  • A Kenyan Citizen or resident in Kenya of minimum age of
    eighteen years;
  • A company registered in Kenya: or
  • The national government or County government

A certificate issued by the Authority shall be valid for 12 months.

Exporting and Importing 

  • A person shall not import a drone or a component thereof without a permit issued by the Authority. Before issuing a permit , the Authority shall seek and obtain the necessary security clearance and approval from the Ministry for the time being responsible for matters relating to defense.
  • A person who intends to export a Kenyan registered drone shall notify the Authority in writing and obtain a deregistration certificate.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Hummingbird is raising $24M to back impactful tech ventures in Africa

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Hummingbird Impact, a for-profit and impact-driven tech venture fund launched recently by the Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB Canada) at its Global xChange 2020 Conference, is raising $24m for startups in Africa.

Hummingbird Impact, banking on EWB Canada’s nearly a decade experience delivering talent and seed capital to early-stage, for-profit social ventures in Africa with a track record of 11 investments, will operate autonomously though it’s supported by and affiliated with EWB Canada.

The fund is $20M blended-finance impact fund to invest in scalable, tech-enabled social ventures at the pre-Seed, Seed and Series A stages. The $4M will be a technical assistance facility to accelerate the growth and impact performance of its portfolio. 

According to Boris Martin, CEO of EWB Canada, “Spinning off a business unit has precedence at EWB. We do it when it allows us to reach sustainable impact at scale. In this case, Hummingbird will allow us to catalyse both philanthropic and commercial capital towards a shared mission.”

Hummingbird, a gender-lens investor, will focus on bringing a holistic approach to business practices that promotes women’s economic participation, leadership and entrepreneurship. The fund will contribute to the sustainable development of the continent by leapfrogging growth obstacles. By proving the financial and impact potential of investing in diverse teams, Hummingbird will be working both private and public investors to address inequality and promote empowerment by dedicating capital towards women-led and locally founded African startups. 

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“Gender equality and women’s empowerment are key to reducing global poverty. Research also shows that gender and ethnically diverse teams are positively correlated with higher impact and profitability than their peers. Hummingbird will therefore commit 100% of its proceeds towards these underserved, undervalued and undercapitalised ventures,” says Muthoni Wachira, Founding Partner for Hummingbird. “It is my personal ambition to even out the funding landscape and see more gender and ethnic representation at the investor and investee levels. It is not only our moral imperative, it is smart economics,” she concludes.


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