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WhatsApp to charge iPhone users every year for service

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iphonesPOPULAR messaging service WhatsApp is to begin charging an annual subscription fee for users of its iPhone app, as the business looks to ramp its revenues.

The service, which is used as an app for iPhone, Android and other smartphones will become free to download instead of the 99c it costs at the moment, but it will then charge users 99c a year for the service.

The move brings its iPhone service in line with its Android business model.

The change will only affect new users of the service. People who bought the app for 99c will not be hit with the subscription rate.

WhatsApp has quickly become one of the most popular apps on smartphones with more than 250 million users worldwide.

Unlike a regular text messaging service, it allows people to send photos and messages to large numbers of people at the same time without being charged for every individual message

“We are updating our business model for new iPhone users going forward. As you know, we used to charge iPhone users a 99c one-time payment, while Android and other platforms had free service for the first year and paid 99c a year after that,” the company said in a blog post.

“From now on, we’ve simplified our business model so that all users on all platforms will enjoy their first year of WhatsApp service for free, and only pay 99c per year after that.

“We feel that this model will allow us to become the communications service of the 21st Century, and provide you the best way to stay in touch with your friends and family with no ads getting in the way,” WhatsApp added.

Irish Independent

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Silver Dreams: A new women’s clothing store opens in Kampala

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The ever-vibrant Kampala Fashion scene continues to attract new players, with the latest entrant on the scene being Silver Dreams, a women’s fashion store.

The fashion store was officially opened on Friday evening at a cocktail event hosted at their premises on Cham Towers along Kampala road.

Speaking during the ceremony, Florence Silver, the store proprietor said that the store is on a mission to bring their customer’s fashion dreams to life, while also making the shopping experience more convenient for them.

“Our goal is to bring elegance closer to you at affordable prices,” she started. “Whether you want to stand out or want something specific for your special occasion, we can make it happen. Even if it is something you have seen online, we can get it for you.”

Located on the ground floor of the shopping complex, the store deals in women’s clothing, makeup and handbags. The store will also be taking special orders for customers who want any items delivered from the UK to Uganda.

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Swarm Summit and Tech Expo returns this year, slated for 22nd – 23rd November

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Hive Colab has partnered with ICT Association of Uganda (ICTAU) and will this years hold another edition of the Swarm summit. This year’s exhibition will be at UMA show ground between 22nd to 23rd Nov. 2019.

This year’s exhibition will be themed “Celebrating Uganda’s Digital Transformation”. The Swarm summit and Tech Expo is aimed at recognizing the different levels of development of Uganda’s digital landscape, showcasing the different entities working to create a harmonious tech ecosystem in the country.

“From its humble beginnings as the first tech hub almost 10 years ago, Hive Colab has supported the entrepreneurial spirit of Uganda’s in technology. Three years ago we launched the annual Swarm Summit to provide a stage where Uganda’s digital entrepreneurs could share their innovations and their stories,” said TMS Ruge; Co-founder and Director, Hive Colab. “This year, we’re thrilled to expand on that spirit with a partnership with ICTAU to launch this year’s Swarm Summit and Expo. We’re thrilled to provide a larger stage to showcase the technological innovations shaping Uganda’s digital economy,” he added.

The summit celebrates Uganda’s top business and technology minds building enterprises powering Uganda’s emerging digital economy.The Expo is open for the public to attend. To attend or exhibit register here www.swarm.ug

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Breeze Serenity Saloon and Spa, a perfect one stop serene place for all your body care

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Not so many places around town will have you get all your body services at a one stop. Serenity Saloon and Spa is one of those places that will not need you place to place, the Kimathi based Saloon and Spa has services ranging from makeup, weaving, braids, dreadlocks, massage, pedicure & manicure, facial, body scrub, hair treatment, tattoos and physiotherapy services.

From those that have been at the place, the customer care is excellent and in a conducive and mind relaxing environment that has FREE WIFI. Because we have been there to experience the ambiance, the place is convenient for all classes of people including the working class because it opens through all 24 hours.

While is remains a classy saloon and Spa the charges are relatively friendly. Breeze Serenity Saloon and Spa is located at Kimathi Avenue, Pan African House, next to Kampala Casino.

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