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January is energetically hastening towards February, leaving behind an aroma of an eventful year; and looks like there will be so much techno stuff to talk and pitch about.

Because there will be so much, it is necessary to focus. The late Steve Jobs once said that focus is about being brutally honest and accept that one does not always have the time to do all seemingly important things.

On the local scene, I cannot wait to product-review National Bank’s amazing app that affords one the prospect to fire Mo626 transaction in the middle of a tweet on Twitter, right inside the maze of Facebook or while authoring a message on Telegram.

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Now that I know that TNM and Airtel have up to April to connect up Mpamba and Airtel Money or face the wrath of the Central Bank, it will be interesting to watch from the terraces how this will play up.

Investigative technology stories awaken the technology conscience of companies as they bring to light areas where service can be better. This is a duty to the consumer and it is an extremely important one because at the end of the day, Computer Crosstalk is an advocate for the techie consumer. The column will dig deeper to bring to light why Ecobank suspended money loading on the enviable Express cards early December.

MTL announced later in the year that it would switch off its CDMA telephony and internet offering. Computer Crosstalk will endeavor to skip chitchat and get down to the nitty-gritty.

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In 2017, I made Apple and Samsung faithfully smile with hot product reviews like that of Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone X. While I will surely continue in that direction, will ice-cake it with a journey into why Apple products still sparkle some years after the demise of Apple’s DNA, Steve Jobs. And for Samsung fans, a discourse of the strength of character of Samsung to journey on with its boss in jail.

You might have noticed that smartphones are ever becoming less masculine and more decorated with aesthetics, it will be interesting to compare the design languages of Samsung, Apple, born-again Nokia, Sony, Google and the rest of the citizens of the mobile tech community.

With Windows Phone funeral already conducted, the column will track Microsoft to see what is up on its sleeves. With imminent divorce of Nokia and Windows and Nokia eloping with Android, the battlefield has narrowed down to a ring bout between Apple and Android. Apple naturally does not fight battles but wars; that should provide a lot of material to write about from the ringside.

One thing about technology is that it is fast-paced. I must submit to you that probably events may pull down this blueprint even before we begin. To make sure that this blueprint has a small chance of survival it will be important to leave a big blank space for those unexpected juicy events.

Have I left out anything important? Call The Daily Times or TimesTV and tell Grace Thipa, George Mhango or Wezi Kasambala what else you want to hear; and your word is my command.

One more thing, we will celebrate 15 years of talking computers in English in August.

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