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Its craze to create the mobile app for the personal and business or any other purpose. You may have question about that How you can create the mobile app without the any technology knowledge and think it is that possible to create the mobile app with just knowledge of the computer then I say its true any one can create mobile app with some knowledge of online tool that can create and publish the mobile app for the android and iOS platform.

The rising sun and some scattered clouds provide a picturesque backdrop for the Space Shuttle Discovery as it travels along the Crawlerway toward Launch Pad 39A in preparation for the STS-83 mission. The Shuttle is on a Mobile Launch Platform, and the entire assemblage is being carried by a large tracked vehicle called the Crawler Transporter. A seven-member crew will perform the second sevicing of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope (HST) during the 10-day STS-82 flight, which launched on February 11, 1997.

Mobile app serves animated Nigerian folk tales

For hundreds of years, Africans have preserved their history through storytelling. But, some Africans worry that oral traditions will be lost to Internet connections and social media.

This has led one Nigerian woman to create a mobile phone application, or app, as a way to preserve African folk stories. Elizabeth Kperrun is a businesswoman and fashion designer. She calls her mobile app AfroTalez. The AfroTalez app tells children’s stories that teach moral lessons. Ms. Kperrun says she wanted to create the app to preserve some of the stories told to her when she was a child in Nigeria.

“Sometimes you can’t teach a child something by telling the child, ‘Don’t do this’. In fact, I think it gave me context. In a story somebody stole something and then something bad happened to them. Alternatively, somebody else did something good and they ended up really happy or really rich.”

Kperrun spoke to her older relatives to help collect stories for the application. The stories come from an ethnic group of about four million people called the Tiv who live in southeast Nigeria and northwest Cameroon. Ms. Kperrun says she wants to include folktales from other parts of Nigeria in local languages in those areas.

“I want to keep it centered around folk stories. I don’t want the popular ones that, let’s say, Walt Disney has made really popular… I think it’s only fair and respectful that we keep certain cultures alive because most of the folk stories are part of the tapestry that keeps cultures together.”

Kperrun writes and reads the stories. Her business partner and husband Idamiebi Ilamina- Eremie does the animation.

AfroTalez is available for Android users and can be downloaded for free in the Google Play store. So far, AfroTalez has more than 50,000 users.

Ionic Framework

Ionic is a platform that lets you create cross platform mobile apps using web technologies like HTML5 and JavaScript. Although Ionic is still in beta, developers have been actively using it to build mobile apps. It’s one of the tools that has drastically changed the way we build mobile apps. With Ionic, anyone with front end development knowledge can start creating smartphone apps. I think this is pretty great and Ionic is going to see heavy demand in 2015.

East Africa has been looking to establish itself as a technological hub ever since the arrival of several fibre-optic submarine cables significantly increased the available bandwidth in the region. Countries such as Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda have created some of the most innovative tech products in the world since then. Tom Jackson looks at five of the best.

Al Jazeera reports from the  inaugural WAGE 14 (West Africa Gaming Expo), held on Dec. 20, 2014

Gaming culture has found a solid foothold in Lagos, where for under a dollar, young Lagosians gather at informal gaming centers for head-to-head competitions in fighter games like “Mortal Kombat” or soccer games like EA Sports’ “FIFA” franchise and “Pro Evolution Soccer.”

In recent years, though, a growing number of Nigerian developers have been trying to cash in on that popularity by producing games with a distinctly local flavor. The goal, according to Hugo Obi, CEO of Maliyo Games, is to grow the local gaming community by finding “narratives relative to our environment” and telling stories that appeal to Nigerians.

“It’s easy to build a shooting game or … a puzzle game,” said Obi. “But is that the best content for this market?”

What that means for developers like Obi is trying to “gamify [the] reality” of Nigerian life by translating its perils and pratfalls into pixels, bits and bytes. One of the company’s first hits, “Okada Ride,” transforms the notorious chaos of Lagos’ rush hour into a game in which players steer a motorbike — known as an “okada” in Nigeria — through the city’s streets. In “Kidnapped,” players attempt to free a couple who are being held for ransom. “Ole,” by the gaming firm Kuluya, puts users in the shoes of a thief fleeing across the rooftops of Lagos. Even the insurgency of armed group Boko Haram has been spun off into a game, “Sambisa Assault,” by Chopup with players hunting down members of the armed group in their jungle stronghold.

While the Nigerian gaming industry is still small, with roughly half a dozen companies leading the way, developers hope to eventually launch an unexpected hit along the lines of Zynga’s “FarmVille,” which at its peak had more than 80 million users logging on to milk their cybercows and tend to their virtual crops; or “Angry Birds,” which raked in more than $200 million for the Finnish game developer Rovio last year and boasts more than 200 million active users sling shotting surly birds through the air on company time.

If Nigeria is going to have a gaming boom, the timing couldn’t be better. Thanks to the growing penetration of smartphones across Nigeria and the rest of Africa, and mobile broadband access that is both cheaper and faster than it was just a few years ago, it’s become possible for developers to get their games into the hands of consumers scattered across a continent that is young and increasingly tech-savvy.

Online shoe retailer Zappos is experiencing a surge sales from customers using Android-based smartphones. 

Recognizing the importance of designing platform-specific experiences for its native apps, the company devotes a separate team for iOS and Android. Each team consists of fans of that specific device and their expertise leads to more appropriate executions. Examples of Android-specific features:

  •  a widget that tracks a shipment on your home screen without having to open up the app, log-in and find the item.
  •  a smartphone screensaver that displays the time and weather on top of a Zappos product matched to the current weather.

(via Zappos sees Android conversions on the rise with catered UI - Mobile Commerce Daily - Strategy)


Proto Raider  

by Puzzle Lab.  

An ASCII puzzle platformer.  Your energetic avatar auto runs through the level, and you must choose the correct path (by jumping/falling) in order to obtain various items that are necessary to survive the obstacles in your way, and reach the exit.  For example, if you don’t get Scuba gear before entering the water, or you don’t get an antidote for poison, you die.  

Though, I must admit that dying doesn’t look too unpleasant for your character, as they seem to do ASCII versions of various popular dances. ;)

It’s already out on iOS and PC, and is currently going through Greenlight.  I really like the music in the Steam trailer.  There are 64 single screen levels, and you can read a full review on Touch Arcade.

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MANY people know that “mobile money”—financial transactions on mobile phones—has taken off in Africa. How far it has gone, though, still comes as a bit of a shock. Three-quarters of the countries that use mobile money most frequently are in Africa, and mobile banking in some of them has reached extraordinary levels.

A new survey of global financial habits by the Gates Foundation, the World Bank and Gallup World Poll found 20 countries in which more than 10% of adults say they used mobile money at some point in 2011. Of those, 15 are African.

In Kenya, Sudan and Gabon half or more of adults used mobile money. In contrast, in countries with more developed financial systems, the share of adults who use mobile money is tiny—1% in Brazil and Argentina. If you think of banking by phone as just a way of using financial services, then these African countries—where people sometimes live several days’ walk from the nearest branch—are much more financially literate than you might think, just by looking at how many banks they have.

(via Mobile money in Africa: Press 1 for modernity | The Economist)

So some evil jerk in a semi has zapped all the cute forest creatures into cubes, loaded them up in the back, and driven away - accidentally leaving the cube-ified mountain goat behind. A weird baby tiki god approaches, promising a return to four legged form if the goat can rescue his friends. Oh My Goat!

To accomplish this monumental task, you’ll have to…. jump over things. That’s it. For 480 levels. Graphics are kinda cute and cartoony, but it’s pretty mindless apart from the bizarre opening sequence.

Check out the full review (6.2/10)

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