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Bitcoin has officially abandoned its claims for fast transactions at low fees

One of the things that got people excited about Bitcoin in the first place was its promise to deliver fast peer-to-peer transactions at a fraction of standard fees. But following its foray into the mainstream, the cryptocurrency has consistently struggled with slow transfers and excessive …

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How Nairobi’s loud, unruly matatu buses helped shape a nation

Without its <i>matatus</i>, the city of Nairobi comes to a near standstill. It happens some 10 to 15 times a year when matatu workers go on strike. Whenever they suspend their scramble through the streets, everything in the city slows down. The town center grows quiet, offices sit empty, stores close their …

Africa

Fill up your ebook reader with beautifully formatted free classics

I’ve long been meaning to get around to finally reading some classic must-read books by the likes of Jules Verne, HG Wells and Anton Chekov, and I’m glad that I’ve finally run out of excuses.<p>You’ve probably heard of Project Gutenberg, an incredible initiative that’s turned over 54,000 books whose …

Newbie in Nanyuki: Day Two | Thoughts and Stuff

<b>Continued from Newbie in Nanyuki</b><p>Sunday was blend-into-the-community day. And what better way to do this than to go to church. When I was getting lost …

Bitcoin Is at Risk of No Longer Being the Biggest Digital Currency

Step aside, bitcoin. There’s another digital token in town that’s winning over the hearts and wallets of cryptocurrency enthusiasts across the …

Remove Everything That Has No Relevance to the Story

Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or …

Writing

20 Books Billionaire Bill Gates Recommends

Get a jump on your summer reading list with these suggestions from the billionaire and philanthropist.<p>Staff Writer. Covers media, tech, startups, culture and workplace trends.<p>This week, Bill Gates took to Twitter to provide some advice to the graduating class of 2017.<p>Gates exhorted the new grads to …

30 Books You Should Read at Least Once in Your Lifetime

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as settling down with an exhilarating new read on a rare day off. But while we’re always on the hunt for brand new books to binge-read, there are certain literary staples that every bibliophile should read at least *once* in their lifetime — plus, it doesn’t hurt …

32 books that will make you a more well-rounded person

Do you aspire to be one of those people who knows at least a little bit about everything?<p>There's any easy way to do it: Read everything!<p>You can't …

A Fork in the Road

I’ve been very surprised with the amount of vocal support for a Bitcoin Hard Fork —especially from many Bitcoin supporters who believe it is either …

Bitcoin

Every Book on Emma Watson's Reading List

Join the club.<p>Like her beloved characters Hermione Granger and Belle, Emma Watson LOVES to read. She loves it so much she started a global, monthly Goodreads book club of feminist texts. She's recruited a team to hide books for people to find all over the world. She once took a year off from acting …

Capital Controls and Ponzi Schemes: How Nigeria Is Discovering Bitcoin

Shutterstock photo<p>The price collapse of "black gold" locked Nigerians into their economy. Now, "digital gold" is providing some Nigerians with a way …

Africa

革新的な決済サービス「BitPesa」がアフリカで急速に広がっている理由

Early photos of life at Apple with Steve Jobs, from the company's first few employees

Needless to say, the company has changed dramatically since 1977, when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak moved out of the Jobs' family garage to the company's first official corporate address, 20863 Stevens Creek Blvd., (Building 3, Suite C) in Cupertino, California.<p>The pair had begun shipping their …

My Year in Emotions - 2016 | Thoughts and Stuff

I happen to celebrate my birthday at the end of the year. I turned 27 two days ago, on 29th December. The thing about celebrating your birthday at …

Living Rooms

My Year in Books - 2016 | Thoughts and Stuff

I started this year on a book high. I was so pumped I would read a book in a few days, despite work and all. Eventually I was going to burn out, and …

Books

My Year in Movies - 2016 | Thoughts and Stuff

I have been known to make fun of my sister for crying too much at the slightest provocation. I find it a tad too much. But as a grownup, I probably …

Movies

The Future of Bitcoin Is Not as a Digital Currency

Circle unveiled itself at a bitcoin conference in 2014, vowing to take the digital currency mainstream. But like so many other startups that embraced …

Why Ethereum Is The New Bitcoin

With the Bank of England producing reports about digital currencies and big banks such as Bank of America and JP Morgan testing the waters in the …

Diary of a Single Girl: November | Thoughts and Stuff

You get a good amount of rain on you today. In a skirt. You shiver alright, but you have to go to church. Today is an interesting one. You have been …

Relationships

Bitcoin tanks on report China considering crackdown

The bitcoin price plummeted late Thursday, erasing a week’s worth of gains, as a blistering rally ran out of steam.<p>A Bloomberg report that Chinese …

Record International Exhibitors at The Big 5 Construct East Africa 2016

How does opportunity look like? In the construction industry, opportunities rarely show up – and when they do, they are dressed in overalls. This …

East Africa

Becoming a Morning Person | Thoughts and Stuff

Let’s get right down to it. But before I tell you about that, what have I learnt this past week?<p>1. Mungu Pekee – Nyashinski<p>Awesomeness. That is what …

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Kenyan girls who code: Mentors spur African tech innovations

<b>Kenyan schoolgirls are building apps to end ticket queues and transform organ donation, with the help of new mentor programmes promoting women in tech, writes the BBC's Anthony Irungu.</b><p>Sixteen-year old Harriet Karanja had been waiting a while in queue to buy a bus ticket in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, …

Africa

This man's query about a 47-year flight connection escalated hilariously

LONDON — There's a lot of competition for the greatest ever social media brand response out there, but Jen — a member of travel company Skyscanner's …

Can This 22-year-old Coder Out-Bitcoin Bitcoin?

<b>By Robert Hackett</b><p>Photograph by Julie Glassberg for Fortune<p>September 27, 2016, 6:30 AM EDT<p>Vitalik Buterin, creator of the fast-growing new …

$1 Million Goes To An App That Leads To A Better Bus Commute

A shriek went up around the young executives of a start-up company as they made their way to a beaming Bill Clinton. They had just won the million dollar Hult Prize for an idea they dreamed up and launched over the last 12 months.<p>Each year, the former president calls on student entrepreneurs to …

Transportation

When is Google's birthday - and why are people confused?

Google is celebrating its 18th birthday on Wednesday with an animated Doodle shown to web browsers around the world.<p>The internet giant is marking the milestone by inviting users of its search engine to "explore 19 surprises we've launched over the past 19 years" when you click on the …

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Elizabeth Rossiello Describes How BitPesa Slashes International Payment Fees

After living in Zurich and London working as an investment banker for Credit Suisse, Elizabeth Rossiello, currently chief executive and founder of BitPesa, a sub-Saharan African B2B and foreign exchange company, paid off her student loans and decided she was up for a new adventure. She ended up in …

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