Tigo Pesa & WorldRemit enable easy international money transfers for the Tanzanian diaspora

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Millicom’s Tigo Pesa has partnered with WorldRemit, an online peer to peer money transfer service to enable the Tanzanian diaspora to directly send money to families and friends back home through their smartphones, tablets and computers.
Tigo Head of Mobile Financial Services, Ruan Swanepoel said working with WorldRemit is part of the company’s strategy to fully integrate Tigo Pesa to the international payment system.
“Our vision is to make Tigo Pesa customers enjoy making unlim ited financial transactions both locally and internationally from the convenience of their phones. WorldRemit provides not only increased transfer speed but also offers better rates as compared to other available money transfer services,” Ruan said.
Tigo and WorldRemit aim to serve about 250,000 Tanzanian emigrants living abroad, according to the latest World Bank data, with the United Kingdom, United States and Canada having the highest numbers of Tanzanians living outside of Africa as well as tap into US$64 million remitted from Tanzanians living abroad.The top sender countries responsible to Tanzania include Kenya, United Kingdom, Uganda, Canada, United States, Australia and South Africa. Apart from international remittances to Tanzania,  WorldRemit customers will also be able to buy airtime top up and transfers to bank accounts.
WorldRemit money transfers to Mobile Money services in Africa have grown by more than 200% over the past year, and represent over 30% of all WorldRemit’s transfers originating in Europe and the USA.
Jeff Pietras, VP for International Product Development, WorldRemit said: “WorldRemit is revolutionising the tired world of money transfers through our online and mobile only service. People around the globe can send money instantly to Tigo Pesa wallets with just a few clicks or taps on their smartphone and enjoy fair, transparent pricing.”


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Internet’s Most Hated Innovations

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The Internet giveth and the Internet taketh away. The modern world is no stranger to major innovations making its mark and ruling the world before being dethroned by the next successor in line. Every year inventors try to top each other, pushing the boundaries of technology and innovativeness to try to cement their names in the history books for posterity.
Then, there are these guys, the creators of some of the most hated innovations every person who has ever used the Internet has had to come across. If you don’t know who Dennis Toeppen or Ethan Zuckerman is, you’re about to find out.
This brief but informative infographic by StudyWeb.com will tell you about 7 of the Internet’s most hated innovations of all time. Let us know if you agree with the list or if you think that they have missed out on any other aggravating creation.



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10 Useful Android Tips And Tricks You Should Know

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Whether you are new to Android and eager to try out every available option you see on the screen, or familiar with the system, including the annoyances that plague you on a daily basis, tips and tricks to get around a system is always helpful. We are here to help you with that.
Android Tips And Tricks You Should Know
In this post, we are featuring 10 useful Android tips and tricks that mayimprove your experience while using your Android device. Do note that the steps may vary a little from one Android phone to another due to the differences in the build and the OS version, but if you play around with it, the next step isn’t too far off.

1. Disable App Notifications

Bugged by annoying app notifications that just keep coming? If you don’t know already, these app notifications also drain your phone’s battery. If you want to turn them off, and you are on Jelly Bean 4.1 and above, here’s how:
  1. On any of your unwanted notifications in your notification bar, long presson the notification for a message box to appear.
  2. Tap on App Info > Untick Show Notifications > OK.

2. Disable Mobile Data

Whenever you don’t need to stay connected, disabling the Mobile Data can help keep your smartphone battery from draining too quickly. Turning off mobile data is as easy as:
  1. Going to Settings > Data Usage.
  2. Disable Mobile data by toggling the setting from ON to OFF.

3. Set Mobile Data Limit

Want to keep track of how far your usage is from your monthly mobile data limit? If you have ICS and above, there is a feature which lets you keep track of how much of the quota you have left.
  1. Head over to Settings > Data Usage.
  2. Set your data limit by dragging the orange line to reflect your monthly quota.
  3. Set your data usage cycle based on when your "month" starts and ends, and you’re done.
You will be alerted once you hit the limit you have set. Note that the tracked data usage of your phone may vary slightly than your carrier’s tracking.

4. Add Multiple Google Accounts

You need a Google account to use an Android phone but did you know you can choose to run more than one Google account on your Android device. This is convenient if you use more than one account for several of your Google services. To add multiple Google accounts:
  1. Go to Settings > Add account.
  2. Select Google and setup your New or Existing Google account.
  3. Once added, choose what you want to sync with the account.
Repeat all the steps above if you want to add more accounts.

5. Disable automatic App Updates

Prefer to read through app permissions and manually pick which app updates to adopt? You can, but first you need to disable your automatic app updates. Here are the steps:
  1. Open Play Store and head over to Settings.
  2. Tap on Auto-update apps.
  3. Choose Do not auto-update apps.
If you want to enable the auto updates, follow the same path and choose Auto-update apps at any time or via Wi-Fi (available for certain Android devices only).
To update your apps manually, just open Play Store, and on the main page swipe in from the left and tap on My apps. You can tap on apps with pending updates and update them manually, or if you like to update them all at once, just tap on Update All.

6. How To Check For android System updates

For Android users that are using stock ROM, you may want to look for new updates to your system. To check for updates:
  1. Go to Settings > About phone/tablet.
  2. Tap on System updates.
  3. Tap Check now to look for system updates.

7. Changing Default Apps

If you have already set some default apps for particular tasks (e.g. using Chrome for opening web links) but wish to change this:
  1. Go to Settings > Apps.
  2. Swipe right and look for the All tab.
  3. Select the app you want to remove as default.
  4. Tap on Clear defaults.

8. Organize Homescreen Shortcuts With Folders

Once you have a lot of apps installed, your homescreen might be filled with app shortcuts. Unlike the app drawer, the apps on your home screen are not arranged alphabetically. So, you might want to create some folders for your homescreen shortcuts.
  1. Assuming you have more than a handful of shortcuts already on your homescreen, long press on any of the shortcuts and drag it onto another shortcut.
  2. A circle should now appear around the apps, indicating that a folder has been created.
  3. By tapping on the newly created folder, a mini window will pop up with your apps in it.
  4. You can drag and drop additional apps into the folder if you like. You can also rename the folder by tapping on the text area at the bottom of the mini window.

9. Disable Animations

Here’s a tip on how to make your Android device run a bit smoother: disable its animations. You will need to have access to Developer Options which can be found under Settings or About device.
Note: For some phones, you may need to go to Build number and tap on it repeatedly until you see "You are now a developer!". Developer options are now enabled.
Under enabled Developer options, look for Window animation scale,Transition animation scale, and Animator duration scale. Then, turn them off (disable) them one at a time.

10. How to Turn Off Auto-Correction

Hate the fact that your phone is going English teacher mode on you? Turn off auto-correction for peace of mind when texting.
  1. Go to Settings > Language & input.
  2. Tap on the settings icon next to the keyboard that you are using, e.g. Google Keyboard.
  3. Look for Auto-correction and tap on it.
  4. Select Off to turn auto-correction off.

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