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The 9jApps contest. Its all about local relevance

The battle line is drawn in the race for Nigeria’s top app. Microsoft Nigeria launched the 9ja Apps competition as a way to empower the next generation of Nigerian developers. The message was clear, Develop locally relevant and locally appealing apps for the Windows platform(Windows Phone and Windows 8) and stand a chance to win mouth watering prizes. The tournament was then extended to give more time for developers to submit apps to the store. Since then there has been several apps from Nigerian developers vying for the top prize. Here is a teaser of SOME of the wonderful apps on display.

1. YarnzBox

Get all of news from Nigeria and Africa right on your phone. News from all of your favourite publishers and across various subject matters. From politics, to entertainment, sports and gossip. Enjoy the best information experience possible. Available for Windows Phone. The app is free

2. TourismNigeria

Want to learn more about Nigeria and the beautiful places to visit, TourismNigeria might just be for you. App Developer Oludayo Alli is former Nigerian Imagine Cup representative. Available for Windows Phone and costs $1.49 but allows for a trial version

3. Price Agent

     Akinwale Ariwodola, the first recognised Nigerian with a published app on the Windows Store is out with another Windows 8 app. Price Agent(free) is the price comparison tool you need. It lets you find the best prices on products you’re shopping for. Available for both Windows Phone and Windows 8

4. AfriReceipesWiki

Sasha Winston, developer of TwinkleMap and AFCON 2013 Guide(hehe) is out with another Windows 8 app. For $3.49 or a free trial, you will learn how to prepare the perfect African Recipe ranging from Akwa Ibom Afang soup to Ghana’s Pineaple Spice drink. Like i said, its for Africa. More apps are in the works but thats for another day. AfriRecipesWiki is available for Windows 8

There are several more locally relevant apps by Nigerians and a lot more to come. Nigerians are not smiling :) However there is only so little i can write about. I will be putting more 9jApps material over the course of the tournament. To learn more about 9jApps, go to 9jApps.info

Good luck

Windows Phone App Of The Week: Instagram, no Itsdagram for Windows Phone 8.

 

It takes pride as being the only fully featured Instagram client on the market.  Register, upload, comment, like, follow, find your facebook friends.  Windows Phone 8 users finally have a way to view and upload photos to Instagram via the new Itsdagram app. This is not an official instagram app and It’s not clear if Instagram will ever pull the app’s ability to upload photos to the service, but for now the app seems to work well. Itsdagram goes for $1.49 though you have the option of trying it out first. For now Itsdagram only supports Windows Phone 8

Download Itsdagram for Windows Phone 8

 

Windows 8 App Of The Week: Learn how to make African recipes with the AfriRecipesWiki app

AfriRecipesWiki is a cooking app which includes African top rated recipes. It also allows users to include their own recipes and gain points as well as options to save your favorite recipes for easy access. Recipes cover the ingredients, step by step directions, and nutritional value. AfriRecipesWiki is a very nice cooking app for Windows 8. AfriRecipesWiki is my third Windows 8 app and one i had really had fun working on as i got to learn how to prepare a lot of local African dishes. Much of the information of the recipes showcase was gotten from some external  sources and i do not claim ownership of the recipes content. AfriRecipesWiki goes for $3.49 but has a free trial period.

Download AfriRecipesWiki from the Windows Store

Vote in the Windows Phone Next App Star competition, win a Lumia 920

64 finalists have been selected for the public voting phase of the Windows Phone Next App Star Competition. The competition is a contest for Windows Phone apps to be voted on by the public for $60,000 worth of prizes. Through head-to-head style voting, the grand winner will pocket the opportunity to have his (or her) app featured in a Windows Phone prime-time TV advertisement spot in the US. 9,000 entries were looked through, from more than 79 markets. Judging to select the 64 finalists was based 50% on total app ratings on the Windows Phone Store, with the other 50% on app quality. Of the 64 apps, 32 are free and the remaining apps are commercially available.

Now we’re in the public voting phase, Microsoft is offering Lumia 920s as an incentive for consumers (as well as developers) to vote. Be sure to get involved and vote for your favorite app. It’s Facebook orientated so head on over to the Windows Phone Next App Star page for more information.

Windows 8 App Of The Week: Twitter

Twitter released a native Windows Store app for Windows 8 and as usual with Twitter, simplicity was the key factor. The app features Twitter’s Home, Connect, Discover, and Me tabs, and all the familiar features of Twitter, but is also designed with Windows 8 in mind, which means it can take great advantage of tools like the sharing charm and Live Tiles. You can also use Windows 8 gestures to do things like swipe photos back and forth.

 

Download Twitter for Windows 8

Windows Phone App of the Week: E! Red Carpet

Well the award season is here with the Oscars coming up and the Golden Globes in the recent past, so it is only fitting that you might want to catch up with all the Red Carpet Drama, Well E! has got you covered with the E! Red Carpet app for Windows Phone. E! will use the app to give you a backstage look at all the major award shows, from the Oscars to the Grammys. That’ll include exclusive news, photos, videos, and interviews from the red carpet and beyond. Download the E! Red Carpet app now from the Windows Phone Store for free.

Windows 8 App Of The Week: Ask questions, Create polls and share ideas with TwinkleMap

TwinkleMap is a is a discussion platform where users discover, debate, and discuss the hottest issues. Users can view the questions and answers as well as votes but to vote, comment or rate a question, they will need to sign in after which they will be assigned  a “ZekeId” that will enable them to continue. Its really fun and the best deserving app for App Of the Week…And did I mention its FREE?

Download TwinkleMap for Windows 8

App Review: Learn about the Africa Nations Cup with AFCON 2013 Guide

So here i was the other day doing a search on the Windows Store, and since we were in the AFCON Spirit, i decided to download any suitable AFCON app, so i searched for AFCON 2013 and no results came up. That came with mixed feelings for me. Firstly if it was an Euro tournament, there would be tons of apps for the tournament but now not even one came up. It wasn’t even used as keyword for an app, No result at all. Perhaps developers didn’t feel People with Windows 8 would actually be interested in AFCON 2013 or they felt Websites were enough for such information. Well people would need a Windows 8 app, so i decided to come up with one. Its not perfect but its my second Windows 8 app. It took me a day to finish(I wanted it to be out before Nations Cup officially started so i rushed it). So please be mild on the app.

 

Download AFCON 2013 Guide

Microsoft Announces Windows Startup Challenge

Microsoft has announced Windows Startup Challenge. a joint effort between Startup Weekend, DEMO and Microsoft Windows. The top 5 teams winning this challenge will receive a promo package which includes banners, marketing and PR support from Microsoft. Also the top team will get the opportunity to launch their app at DEMO Mobile stage in front of top tier seed investors, VCs, and tech press.

If you are just starting out as a Windows Store app developer, this challenge will test your ability to prototype a business idea and bring your app to life. The winning team will receive a spot at DEMO Mobile to launch their app on April 17th in San Francisco.

The challenge has two stages:

  1. Windows Store app prototype
    Submit a 2-minute video (or a presentation) that shows a prototype of your app.
    Deadline: January 29th
  2. App design and development
    If your entry is selected, work with an assigned expert to develop your prototyped app and get it ready for launch.
    Deadline: March 1st

Source: Microsoft via Microsoft News

App Review: TwinkleMap

I’ve always loved hearing peoples opinions, whether its on the social networks or on news sites or other, its always amazing that no matter how bizzarre, or off an idea sounds, there will always be the people who are for it and the one’s against it. That is where the idea for TwinkleMap came about. Developing a platform for people to share their ideas, create polls, debate about practically anything they see fit from Entertainment to Lifestyle to News and Sports, but it will have a social touch, a social feel for people to come and debate. Then the idea came for being able to share opinions without fear of stigma or anything of that sort. They will be able to post not using their real names but pseudo names assigned to the user by the system. What i like to call “Zeke Id”(Don’t ask how i came up with the name). The platform will be about questions, opinions, ideas and not about the people posting them and still have that social feel, that connection. Think of social without being social. Then i thought about making it Location based where you will only be served with the questions arising from News around your preferred location(Only a few countries are served for now). Where someone from England will view questions based on United Kingdom and not bother about those in the United States if he wasn’t interested. The idea was conceived sometime last year and i was thinking of a Windows 8 app to publish. I loved the platform and i wanted my first published Windows 8 app to be something big. Something i would look back and say to myself. ” I did a good job”. So I got to work. It was challenging and fun along the way but in the end it was worth it, after hours and hours and hours of coding(I wouldn’t say how long it took me. Just that it didn’t take so long and it didn’t take so short either) . This was supposed to be a review of TwinkleMap but i guess I’m the wrong person to review my app. I wouldn’t really do justice and i will obviously rate it the best(Its actually the best) since I’m the developer but do download and rate and review if you love or hate it. Its free….for now(In Bane’s voice)

Download TwinkleMap for Windows 8.

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