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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Finnish retailer Verkkokauppa has sent a Lumia 920 into space attached to a balloon. The company decided to see how far the device could reach until the balloon burst for it to then travel back down to Earth. The Windows Phone managed to achieve a height of 30km, spending more than 27 minutes in sub-zero temperatures.
Encased in a special container, the device made it back to sea level and was recovered by the launch team. However, it has been revealed that numerous Lumia 920s were sent up into the air. Unfortunately the team hasn’t had much luck locating a second Lumia 920. This is where a 1,000 Euros offer comes into play. Whoever can find the missing Windows Phone and contacts the company will receive the reward.
According to a Facebook post, the handset’s last known co-ordinates were:
- Latitude: 61.324573
- Longitude: 27.734175
Using Google Bing Maps, this location is in Finland (we do not recommend the use of Maps in iOS6) where the Lumia 920 is likely situated on water. Should you happen to locate the missing device, be sure to contact the number on the container, or take a photo and send it to email@example.com.
The Lumia 800 was previously sent up into space by a team of UK scientists at the University of Southampton, which reached 32km and was airborne for 2 hours and 22 minutes. It seems Nokia Windows Phones are sturdy machines when it comes to being fired up into orbit. Perhaps we’ll see a HTC device replace the unmanned space exploration robots? At least -should we meet any unknown life forms- they’ll have a decent smartphone to play with.
Culled from wpcentral
GPS On provides turn-by-turn navigation with voice. The app has all the basic features you would expect from a navigation app – the ability to save addresses as favorites, automatic map rotation, route distance and time calculations, and automatic rerouting. You can choose to avoid highways and toll roads, and the app can also provide walking directions for local destinations. You can add points of interest to your route, as well. GPS On uses Bing Maps for their navigation features. It’s a solid set of features, and the one-time $4.99 price isn’t bad for what you’re getting. GPS On is available now on the Windows Phone Marketplace.
Culled from ChipChick
Popular magazine Women’s Health has released a new fitness app for Windows phones. The app will feature detailed workout plans, along with photos and step-by-step instructions on how to do each exercise included, to ensure safety. The workout regimens are organized by fitness goals – boosting metabolism or toning, as two examples.
You’ll also be able to keep your workouts organized within the app. The app includes a training log you can use to keep track of reps and sets completed, and there is a timer within the app, so you don’t need to leave the app to use your phone’s own timer. This app is great for those looking to loose weight without the need of a personal trainer. It also covers all those trouble spots and lets you get in shape in the comfort of your own home. The only one who will judge you is your Windows Phone.
The free trial of Women’s Health Workouts includes four workout plans. The full version, which costs $1.99, includes over 130.
Culled from ChipChick
Learning another language is pretty tough. It takes years, a lot of practice, and a lot of help from people who already speak the language.
That’s not to say apps like Internet Polyglot don’t have their uses. If you’re in a bind and need a quick phrase to get by in a foreign country, Internet Polyglot makes it easy – as long as you’re connected to the Internet.
Internet Polyglot has words and phrases for dozens of languages stored on its own servers. You’ll be able to access all that knowledge using the app on your phone. The words and phrases are organized by topic, which should help make finding what you need quick and painless.
Internet Polyglot is available now on the Windows Phone Marketplace for free.
Culled from ChipChick
Last October, Speaktoitbrought one of the first answers to Apple’s Siri to Android phones. Now, it’s bringing the same app to Windows phones – a digital assistant that (sometimes) understands natural language.
Speaktoit for Windows phones works the same way as it does for Android phones – you choose one of many available male or female assistants (or the microphone, if you don’t want to look at some cartoon character every time you want to use the app), then ask away. Speaktoit can launch apps, search for information, get directions, and send emails all using voice commands.
While the app does tout compatibility with natural language, take that with a grain of salt. No digital assistant out there, not even Siri, is particularly consistent at understanding natural queries just yet. For best results, keep in mind that the shorter and more direct your commands are, the better.
Speaktoit is available now on the Windows Phone Marketplace. The first 10,000 downloads for Windows Phone users are free, so if you want to try it out, get on it now.
Culled from ChipChick
Windows Phone users can finally strike back at photobombers out to wreck their party photos with Smartest Eraser. Using the app, you can trace objects or people to be erased from pictures, while also tracing people or objects that you want to preserve. Once that’s done, press a button, and you’ll get a new picture that omits what you want to erase.
Do be careful about using the app, though, and use the preserve feature. The app isn’t a predictive fill-in tool – instead, the entire outlined space is erased, and the photo is squeezed together. So, if you erase one person in a row of five people, there won’t be a strange blank spot where the person got erased – it’ll look like four people standing next to each other. The sample photos don’t look stretched or distorted, but you can definitely tell that some background detail has also been erased along with the object designated for photo-termination. The extent to which this happens depends on what mode you use – usual, cropped, or stretched.
Smartest Eraser is available now on the Windows Phone Marketplace for free.
Culled from Chip Chick