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East Africa:Huawei’s Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro First Smartphones With Kirin Ai Processor

As we enter the age of intelligence, AI is no longer a virtual concept but something that intertwines with our daily life. AI can enhance user experience, provide valuable services and improve product performance.

This was said by Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group in Munich Germany as he unveiled HUAWEI Mate 10 Series, a smartphone that the company says will open the door to new AI mobile applications.

The HUAWEI Mate 10, HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro, and Porsche Design HUAWEI Mate 10 are breakthrough AI devices that combine innovative hardware, the Kirin 970 chipset and EMUI 8.0.

The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series will continue its legacy of superior product performance and long-lasting battery life, while integrating New Leica Dual Camera technology.

“The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series introduces the first mobile AI-specific Neural Network Processing Unit, launching a new era of intelligent smartphones,” added Mr. Yu.

The HUAWEI Mate 10 and HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro are the first devices powered by the new Kirin 970 processor and deliver AI enhancements for a faster, more customized mobile experience.

The Kirin 970 is built using an advanced TSMC 10nm semiconductor manufacturing process, and features an octa-core ARM Cortex CPU, a first-to-market Mali-G72 12-core GPU and the first NPU designed specifically for a mobile device. The Kirin 970 also has a new dual ISP for AI-powered intelligent photography.

The specialized NPU, combined with Huawei’s innovative HiAI mobile computing platform, means the Kirin 970 delivers 25x better performance and 50x greater energy efficiency for AI-related tasks, compared to four Cortex-A73 cores.¹ The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series is also the world’s fastest smartphone supporting super-fast LTE connectivity and download speeds. The device comes with the world’s first dual 4G SIM support and dual VoLTE connections.

By combining individual and collective intelligence for on-device AI, the new HUAWEI Mate Series delivers real-time responses to users, including AI-powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition and an AI Accelerated Translator. Kirin 970 is an open, mobile AI computing platform for third parties to create new and imaginative AI applications and which extends Huawei’s processing capabilities to the entire value chain.

Design Qualities for New Levels of Sophistication and Comfort

With an all-new HUAWEI FullView Display, the HUAWEI Mate 10 features a stunning 5.9-inch screen with a 16:9 display, barely-there-bezel and HDR10 to support vivid colors. The 6-inch HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro features an 18:9 OLED display, high screen-to-body ratio and HDR10 for dynamic video viewing.

The iconic devices feature a 3D Glass Body, beautifully and symmetrically curved on all four sides for an ergonomic hold. The back of the devices feature a reflective band design to highlight the New Leica Dual Camera.

The HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro is also IP67 Water and Dust Resistant.

New Leica Dual Camera and AI-powered Battery Management for the Next Era of Smartphone Use

Huawei has again partnered with Leica to co-engineer the dual-lens camera for the HUAWEI Mate 10 and HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro. They combine 12-megapixel RGB + 20-megapixel monochrome sensors, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), dual lenses with the world’s largest aperture of f/1.6, AI-powered Bokeh Effect and AI-powered Digital Zoom. New AI-powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition, which automatically chooses camera settings based on the object and scene, supports an advanced AI-powered Digital Zoom function with AI Motion Detection for clearer and sharper pictures.

The HUAWEI Mate 10 and HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro pack a 4000 mAh high-density battery featuring a smart battery management system that understands user behavior and intelligently allocates resources to maximize battery life. It supports 4.5V / 5A low-voltage fast charging, powering the device from 1 percent to 20 percent in 10 minutes, and from 1 percent to 58 percent in 30 minutes. Additionally, HUAWEI SuperCharge is the world’s first fast charging technology to receive TÜV Fast-Charge Safety Certification, ensuring safe end-to-end charging.

The HUAWEI Mate 10 and HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro will launch with Huawei’s all-new EMUI 8.0 powered by Android 8.0. Features include an AI Engine to fully leverage the capabilities of the Kirin 970; an AI Accelerated translator to deliver faster and more accurate interactive translation for a smoother communication experience; an easy projection feature to connect the new Huawei Mate Series to a larger screen; support for a full desktop experience – either mirroring or extending the smartphone display like a PC.

Huawei also launched three HUAWEI Mate 10 accessories: the EnVizion 360 Camera, SuperCharge Power Bank, and Smart Scale.

The EnVizion 360 Camera can shoot 5K photos and 360-degree 2K videos with multiple viewing modes for users to share across their social media channels. Huawei’s SuperCharge Power Bank supports a 4.5V / 5A low-voltage fast charge and The Smart Scale can monitor and analyze health information such as body fat percentage and Body Mass Index through a mobile app.

Pricing and Availability

The new HUAWEI Mate 10 will be available starting in late October in more than 15 countries and regions including Spain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. The HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro will be available beginning in mid-November in more than two dozen countries, including Germany, France, Italy, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The Porsche Design HUAWEI Mate 10 will also be available starting in mid-November.

10 will retail for 699 Euros (Ksh 84,887) while the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro will retail for 799 Euros (Ksh 97031.80)and Porsche Design HUAWEI Mate 10 will retail for 1395 euros (Ksh 169,410.96).

Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives Launch Kenya E-Trade Portal

By Baraka Jefwa

The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives has launched the Kenya E-Trade Portal to help ease the way Kenyans interact with trade both locally and internationally.

The launch took place at the Intercontinental hotel, Nairobi Kenya, where it was announced that the portal is an authoritative trade information platform designed to provide: information on import duties, target market abroad, trade in services opportunities, information on Kenya’s suppliers of various goods and services (both international and domestic) and County trade related information, among other features.

“The Kenya E-Trade portal is one of the National trade policy’s envisioned immediate outputs and will be used as a tool to actualize vision 2030 aspirations,” said Dr Chris Kiptoo, PS, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Co-operatives.

Dr Chris Kiptoo pointed at, enabling private sector investment in goods and services sector and creating immense opportunity for trade development at county level as some of the things the Kenya E-Trade Portal will be able to improve on.

The portal was developed over a six months period, between 26th March and 30th September 2017 through a stakeholder driven process which involved: needs assessment, system specification and eventual development and capacity building training for content management.

Adan Mohamed, cabinet secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives said that it is an important component of the National trade policy. He added that through its various features the portal will improve the lives of our Kenyan business men and women by making easier to navigate the Kenyan market.

The features include:

Home page- Provides information on the portal.

Trade with Kenya- Trade in goods provides trade information for exports and imports of goods.

Target Markets- Abroad- Provides Kenya’s target markets abroad based on Kenya’s missions abroad.

Counties- Where trade information on various counties is made available.

Trade statistics- Grants access to trade Kenya’s statistics.

erce Gateway (source from Kenya)- Enables e-commerce trade.

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Kenya:Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives Launch Kenya E-Trade Portal

By Baraka Jefwa

The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives has launched the Kenya E-Trade Portal to help ease the way Kenyans interact with trade both locally and internationally.

The launch took place at the Intercontinental hotel, Nairobi Kenya, where it was announced that the portal is an authoritative trade information platform designed to provide: information on import duties, target market abroad, trade in services opportunities, information on Kenya’s suppliers of various goods and services (both international and domestic) and County trade related information, among other features.

“The Kenya E-Trade portal is one of the National trade policy’s envisioned immediate outputs and will be used as a tool to actualize vision 2030 aspirations,” said Dr Chris Kiptoo, PS, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Co-operatives.

Dr Chris Kiptoo pointed at, enabling private sector investment in goods and services sector and creating immense opportunity for trade development at county level as some of the things the Kenya E-Trade Portal will be able to improve on.

The portal was developed over a six months period, between 26th March and 30th September 2017 through a stakeholder driven process which involved: needs assessment, system specification and eventual development and capacity building training for content management.

Adan Mohamed, cabinet secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives said that it is an important component of the National trade policy. He added that through its various features the portal will improve the lives of our Kenyan business men and women by making easier to navigate the Kenyan market.

The features include:

Home page- Provides information on the portal.

Trade with Kenya- Trade in goods provides trade information for exports and imports of goods.

Target Markets- Abroad- Provides Kenya’s target markets abroad based on Kenya’s missions abroad.

Counties- Where trade information on various counties is made available.

Trade statistics- Grants access to trade Kenya’s statistics.

erce Gateway (source from Kenya)- Enables e-commerce trade.

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Africa:Despite Drop in Under-Five Mortality Rate, 7,000 Newborns Die Every Day – UN Report

More must be done to stop babies from dying the day they are born, United Nations agencies said in a new report issued Thursday, which argued that life-saving know-how and technologies must be made readily available – particularly in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa – where they are most needed.

Although the number of children dying before age five is at a new low – 5.6 million in 2016 compared with nearly 9.9 million in 2000 – the proportion of newborn deaths during that period has jumped from 41 to 46 per cent – or 7,000 babies.

This is according to the Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2017, released today by the Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME) – comprised of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank and the Population Division in the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs.

“The lives of 50 million children under-five have been saved since 2000, a testament to the serious commitment by governments and development partners to tackle preventable child deaths,” said Stefan Swartling Peterson, the UN Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Chief of Health, in a joint press statement.

But without a greater effort to stop babies from dying the day they are born, or days after their birth, this progress will remain incomplete. “We have the knowledge and technologies that are required – we just need to take them where they are most needed,” he added.

Current trends suggest that between 2017 and 2030, 30 million newborns will die within first 28 days of life. As such, the agencies stress that measures must be taken to achieve universal health coverage and ensure that more newborns survive and thrive, including by serving marginalized families.

Universal health coverage and improving quality and availability of services

“To prevent illness, families require financial power, their voices to be heard and access to quality care,” says Dr. Flavia Bustreo, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health. “Improving quality of services and timely care during and after childbirth must be prioritized.”

Tim Evans, Senior Director of Health Nutrition and Population at the World Bank Group said that it is unconscionable that in 2017, pregnancy and child birth are still life-threatening conditions for women.

“The best measure of success for universal health coverage is that every mother should not only be able to access health care easily, but that it should be quality, affordable care that will ensure a healthy and productive life for her children and family. We are committed to scaling up our financing to support country demand in this area, including through innovative mechanisms like the Global Financing Facility,” he added, referring to the principle financing arm of the UN-backed Every Woman Every Child initiative.

Despite progress, large disparities in child survival still exist across regions and countries – especially in Southern Asia sub-Saharan Africa.

“This new report highlights the remarkable progress since 2000 in reducing mortality among children under age five,” said UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Liu Zhenmin.

Yet many deaths at these ages are easily preventable through simple, cost-effective interventions administered before, during and immediately after birth. “Reducing inequities and reaching the most vulnerable newborns, children and mothers are essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target on ending preventable childhood deaths and for ensuring that no one will be left behind.”

No Turning Back, Poll Must Take Place – Kenyatta

By Olive Burrows

Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta says he is open to having a discussion with Opposition leader Raila Odinga on the peaceful conduct of next week’s poll but is categorical that he will not entertain the subject of their postponement.

In an interview with Chamgei and Kass FM earlier on Thursday afternoon at the Nakuru State Lodge, President Kenyatta said he would not stand for the citizenry to be robbed of their right to flex their muscle at the ballot.

“We can shake hands and say yes, that we as candidates are willing to accept the will of the people but there is no other dialogue other than that but that dialogue me as Uhuru Kenyatta, my deputy William Ruto, we are ready at any time.”

He has maintained this position even as pressure mounts from a section of the civil society and religious leaders for the two leaders to adopt more temperate positions in the interest of peace and stability.

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Number of Listed Apartments in Kilimani Doubles in a Year

Nairobi — Supply of apartments in Kilimani residential area in Nairobi grew by 93.3 percent in the last one year from September 2016.

A study by research firm Data Fintech also reveals a growing appetite for three-bedroom apartments in Kilimani with unit asking price starting at Sh11 million up to Sh15 million.

The data was analyzed by the firm using 17,500 listings posted on property website BuyRentKenya.

On the demand side, three bedroom apartments experienced the highest growth of 66 percent while in Kileleshwa , a three bedroom apartment averages between Sh15 million and Sh20 million with demand standing at 71.4 percent.

Proximity to the CBD, schools and other amenities seems to be attracting buyers to these residential areas, the study says.

Supply for townhouses grew marginally at 11.7 percent while the supply of four bedroom apartments has grown by 7.5 percent in these two residential areas.

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Kenyatta Pens ‘Love Letter’ to Voters Ahead of Election

By Hilary Kimuyu

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday wrote a letter to Kenyan voters ahead of next week’s presidential election, charming them to give him a second term to deliver on his promises.

The letter was tucked in the middle of Thursday’s copies of Daily Nation newspaper and addressed “To my fellow Kenyan”.

In the letter, President Kenyatta abandons the brash tone that has recently characterised his campaign rallies in favour of a more thoughtful approach, as he outlines his desire to be handed a second term.

“Our work however, is not finished, we need to ensure that we create prosperity not just for a few but for all of 45 million Kenyans,” he wrote.

WON ELECTIONS

He nevertheless insists he won the elections on August 8 which was subsequently nullified by the Supreme Court of Kenya.

“When the ballots were counted and the results announced, I was declared the winner of the elections. However, in what has now become a historical ruling in our continent, the Supreme Court of Kenya in its wisdom chose to nullify and overturn the results of the elections.”

He urged Kenyans to be each other’s keeper, remain peaceful and put the country above self.

He also acknowledged that the current political atmosphere has had a toll on the economy because of the anxiety and uncertainty in the air.

SLOWING DOWN

“Our current situation is not helping us. Things are slowing down. The economy is starting to take a hit. We are feeling it whether you are from the north, south, east or west of the country. The Kenyan economy is one economy.”

“I know you are frustrated and you are tired. But we did it once and we can do it again.”

“I humbly ask you for your vote so that we can get our country moving again.”

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Activists to Stage Protests in Nairobi Against Police Brutality

By Simon Ndonga

Nairobi — A group of civil society activists are planning to stage street demonstrations in Nairobi on Thursday over the killing of protesters by police in various parts of the country.

Activist Boniface Mwangi will lead the protesters who are against the killing of unarmed people in protests and want to petition the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi.

The group wants police to provide security to the protests from Freedom Corner, through Kenyatta Avenue, Moi Avenue through to Harambee House and Jogoo House.

On Monday, October 16, a Form Four student was shot and killed during anti-IEBC protests in Kisumu.

A two-year-old girl was also left with a bullet lodged in the shoulder near her neck after she was shot as police repulsed demonstrators.

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South Africa:MPs Grill Regulator Over Train Safety

By Sune Payne

Safety on trains eclipsed the Auditor General’s report to the Select Committee on Economic and Business Development of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Wednesday.

Instead of discussing the 2016/2017 audit findings of PRASA and the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR), which were supposed to be tabled, the safety of rail passengers dominated the NCOP hearing.

The RSR failed to get a clean audit, but this was quickly overshadowed by MPs’ concerns over media headlines of safety issues at PRASA.

The RSR serves as an oversight body to develop regulations, safety standards and frameworks for railway transport in South Africa, including PRASA and Transnet.

Several MPs referred to a video, published by GroundUp, showing commuters train surfing. It prompted questions and comments from the Committee.

MP Boinglotlo Nthlebe (ANC) asked the RSR what measures they would implement to ensure passengers’ safety. Nthlebe asked why if trains serviced so many communities, safety had still not been addressed.

“What are you going to do to improve safety?” asked MP Johan Londt (DA). He said that travel conditions on the rail service have not improved, especially when it came to theft, outdated coaches and overcrowding.

Acting Chairperson of the Committee, Wilhelm Farber, asked what RSR’s safety plans were and what action could be done to stop train surfing.

“We acknowledge the issues,” said the CEO of RSR, Nkululeko Poya, and added that the RSR “understands some of the concerns of the community”.

However, Poya pointed out to the Committee that RSR played an oversight role, which included railway safety, but to implement that it would require the Department of Transport to issue new safety regulations.

During the meeting, RSR said they had licensed 130 new train drivers. A total of 18 would be used for the new electric trains.

PRASA was scheduled to deliver its Annual Report to the committee, but it was not ready yet.

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DPC, Two Other Officers Injured in Rukungiri Age Limit Protests

By Edson Kinene

Rukungiri District police commander Richard Emuna and two other officers were on Wednesday injured in running battles with the Opposition supporters.

Sources within the police say the DPC and his other officers got hurt as age limit protestors pelted stones at them.

Kigezi Regional Police commander Denis Namuwoza said DPC Emuna sustained injuries on the hand and leg while the Community Liaison officer, Assistant Inspector of Police Barugahare sustained an injury on the eye and he has been referred to Mbarara Hospital.

“I have been told that the eye will be removed,” Mr Namuwoza said.

This was during the running battles between the police and the enthusiastic supporters of FDC party.

The protestors removed the police metal barricade on the road and asked Dr Besigye to advance to the stadium amidst loud cheers and threatening rain.

Meanwhile, one person identified as Edison Nasasira alias Kakuru, 22 and resident Kafunjo cell, Eastern division in Rukungiri Municipality was killed in an exchange between the protestors and armed police officers.

While eye witnesses say Nasasira was shot on the head, police insist he was hit by a stone from his fellow protestors.

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