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WhatsApp testing Disappearing Messages feature

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WhatsApp may soon add to its increasing feature list a very important feature: disappearing messages.

Tipped by reliable WhatsApp informer WABetaInfo to be coming to both private and group chats, disappearing messages will do just as the name suggests: disappear at the specified time.

Version 2.19.275 of the beta version of the popular messaging application on the Google Play beta program lays the groundwork for what is expected to be a future hit feature. The feature is however hidden in the current beta version and not directly available for exploration by testers.

Since there is no timeline of when we can see this feature live and in action, it is a little hard to get excited at the moment since WhatsApp is known for testing and teasing lots of cool new features but taking eons to make them public, if ever.

Disappearing messages would add a much-needed layer of privacy to WhatsApp chats which are prone to being screenshot and shared far and wide, most times without the explicit consent of the participants in the chats whether in a group setup or one-on-one private chat.

Rival messenger app Telegram allows its users to start secret chats that self-destruct after a set time and which cannot be forwarded to other users.

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Currently, WhatsApp users have up to 1 hour, 8 minutes and 16 seconds to erase any messages both for themselves as well as the recipient(s).

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Governor calls on KPLC to waive electricity bills for 6 months

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Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua now wants the Kenya Power & Lighting Company (KPLC) to waive electric bills for household consumption for the next six months.

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Mutua says, “Due to the slowdown of the economy perpetuated by the Coronavirus pandemic, and in anticipation of further stringent measures by our Central Government, I propose more economic actions to further cushion mwananchi from its effects.”

The Governor further wants the National Treasury to waive VAT charges on cooking gas and paraffin saying it will ensure households have money left to buy food and other essential commodities.

He has also called on public water companies around the Country not to charge Kenyans for water for household consumption for a similar period.

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Mutua says the electricity waiver can be up to a certain level of usage, enough for for lighting and use of other household appliances.

The Governor said businesses and industries’ bills should also receive a 50% discount to cushion them during these slow economic times.

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“It is at times like these that we need to remember that Kenya is not only for the able and rich. Majority of Kenyans live from hand to mouth and struggle to make ends meet. There is need to cushion them using practical measures which only reduce profits of some companies without affecting their operations.” He said.

The Governor said KPLC declared a whooping profit of Ksh 334 million last year and can therefore afford to waive power charges for households for even a year.

He said he will waive all water charges for household consumption in Machakos county from May 1st until the end of the year, Dec 31st, 2020, as they continue working towards free domestic water in the whole of Machakos County.

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StarTimes rolls out home schooling program for students

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StarTimes Kenya has rolled out a homeschooling program “Elimu TV”  that will enable primary and high school students to continue learning through audiovisual programming that will be available to subscribers on the platform.

Elimu TV that has a key focus on secondary school students. It has over 2,000 educational videos specifically geared towards the 8-4-4 system of education. The TV program will be available at no subscription cost in the month of April with the introduction of the local education channel being a significant step towards the delivery of homeschooling content during this period and will include live lessons by experienced teachers.

StarTimes has also introduced a new channel for primary school students, Mindset Learn. The channel will broadcast lessons on several subjects such as Mathematics, physical and life Science. Additionally, the broadcaster has adjusted programming on various children channels among them ST Kids and Baby TV with the introduction of homeschooling content to cater for primary education through creative animated lessons including science, handcraft, painting, and music.

Speaking on these developments, StarTimes Regional Marketing Director Mr. Aldrine Nsubuga noted there is a need to have content aimed at encouraging students to continue learning away from school.

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“We want to make sure that every student stays safe at home. And access a variety of audiovisual lessons tailored to their requirements. With these channels and updated content. We are confident learning will not stop and that the school programming will go a long way. And they will keep up with their peers while learning at home,” noted Mr. Nsubuga.

Subscribers will also be in a position to access the content on the company’s over the top platform StarTimes ON which will enable users to broadcast the content live and replay the same on mobile devices at their convenience.


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StarTimes rolls out home schooling program for students

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StarTimes Kenya has rolled out a homeschooling program “Elimu TV”  that will enable primary and high school students to continue learning through audiovisual programming that will be available to subscribers on the platform.

Elimu TV that has a key focus on secondary school students. It has over 2,000 educational videos specifically geared towards the 8-4-4 system of education. The TV program will be available at no subscription cost in the month of April with the introduction of the local education channel being a significant step towards the delivery of homeschooling content during this period and will include live lessons by experienced teachers.

StarTimes has also introduced a new channel for primary school students, Mindset Learn. The channel will broadcast lessons on several subjects such as Mathematics, physical and life Science. Additionally, the broadcaster has adjusted programming on various children channels among them ST Kids and Baby TV with the introduction of homeschooling content to cater for primary education through creative animated lessons including science, handcraft, painting, and music.

Speaking on these developments, StarTimes Regional Marketing Director Mr. Aldrine Nsubuga noted there is a need to have content aimed at encouraging students to continue learning away from school.

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“We want to make sure that every student stays safe at home. And access a variety of audiovisual lessons tailored to their requirements. With these channels and updated content. We are confident learning will not stop and that the school programming will go a long way. And they will keep up with their peers while learning at home,” noted Mr. Nsubuga.

Subscribers will also be in a position to access the content on the company’s over the top platform StarTimes ON which will enable users to broadcast the content live and replay the same on mobile devices at their convenience.


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