All @bout Tech…

Everyone has a cell phone these days. Our lives depend on the information stored and accessed by our handy little pocket communication devices, but not all cell phones are created equal. You can tell a lot about someone by the type of cell phone they use, but sometimes the impression you think you’re making isn’t always the one that’s received. Here’s what your cell phone really says about you:

Flip Phone

What You Think It Says:

I’m a busy, productive person. I have small pockets and an even smaller attention span, so I don’t need any bells and whistles on my phone. Email? Apps? More than two colors on the screen? That stuff’s for nerds! All I need is my phone numbers, a cool, pre-loaded fish background picture, and the ability to look awesome when I answer a call by flipping my flip phone open.

What It Really Says:

I am completely unaware that cell phone companies will give you a free phone upgrade every year. Also, I’m probably deal in narcotics.

Nokia (or any other brand) Brick Phone

What You Think It Says:

I do some crazy stuff, man. I’m active and adventurous, and I need a phone that can keep up with me. I can drop my brick phone on the ground, throw it across the room, or even use it to break down a door to save a baby from a burning house if I have to. My phone is just like me: indestructible!

What It Really Says:

It’s 2004, right?

iPhone

What You Think It Says:

I am on the forefront of technology. iPhones are the most advanced smart phones on the market, and it’s important for me to be a part of the movement toward the future of communication. I’m also suffering from a crippling addiction to Angry Birds.

What It Really Says:

I am a socially inept person, so having a phone with a million different ways to waste time is a Godsend for me.

Blackberry

What You Think It Says:

I’m a business-minded person. I don’t need all the features that some of those other smart phones have on them. My phone is for communication, not entertainment. All I need is my numbers, my texts, and my Facebook and twitter. Games are for babies! Except for Brick Breaker. I so love that game.

What It Really Says:

I get confused by touchscreens.

(An)Droid phone

What You Think It Says:

I don’t buy in to hype. I’m not gonna run out and stand in line for 9 hours to get an over-priced iPhone just because everyone else has an iPhone and if I don’t have one people will think I’m not cool. Instead, I choose to spend my hard-earned money on the right smart phone: An Android phone. It does everything that an iPhone does (except better), and best of all: I’m not locked in to any network like AT&T the way iPhone is. I can choose whatever carrier I want. Now that’s smart.

What It Really Says:

Two Droids for the price of one iPhone. Need I say more?

In these times of technological advancements, it is has become necessary to keep up with the latest trends. This is more important as the world is becoming smaller day-by-day. Students should not be left behind in these changes. We will look at the essential gadgets that a student should have.

Laptops

Pictured: Apple Mac Air

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of the most important and at the top of the list for any student. This is because of the fact they have the full capabilities of a desktop but with the ability to fit in your bag. Whether be researching or tackling assignments, a laptop or a notebook is the ideal student companion as one can easily connect to the internet when in a hotspot via wifi or their mobile phones.

Smartphones

A smartphone is essential as it can perform some of the important functions a computer can including word processing, browsing etc.

The Sidekick 4G Android Smartphone

Perhaps the most exciting of a smartphone’s functions is to run many cool and useful applications (Android, Blackberry, Nokia) that can be directly downloaded from online stores for free or for a small fee. This is in addition to the fact that a smartphone is small enough to fit in student’s pocket.

 

Digital Camera

A digital camera comes in handy when you want to take good quality pictures of lecture illustrations on the whiteboard, for research or a school function for publishing purposes. Although many mobile phones have the ability to take good photos, they lack the many other important features only present in a dedicated digital camera. A decent camera starts from Kshs 8,000 with at least 10 megapixels. Wireless file transfer capabilities or automatic scene selection are added features.

A Samsung Wifi enabled camera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio Recorder

Don’t have a smartphone? No problem! An audio recorder can be a student’s best friend in long lectures and study groups to keep track of conversations and points of interest.

Pictured: A Sony USB enabled voice recorder comes with 2GB of flash memory, and can hold up to 535 hours of talk time

 

Tablet

The popular Samsung Galaxy Tab with 4G and Wifi capabilities

A keyboard-less version of laptops, tablets are quickly gaining popularity in class thanks to their portability, slim physique, and multitasking abilities. Wouldn’t you rather take notes on one of these then a wrinkled old piece of paper?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is iHub?

The iHub environment

iHub is a coworking space and business incubator in Nairobi that was started in March, 2010 by Erik Hersman a renowned blogger. Situated on the 4th floor of the Bishop Magua Centre on Ngong Road, the iHub provides a space where young entrepreneurial members can receive mentorship, internet connectivity and the possibility of venture funding through connections with the international venture capital community. The iHub has been called the “unofficial headquarters of Kenya’s tech movement”.

The space is a tech community facility with a focus on young entrepreneurs, web and mobile phone programmers, designers and researchers. It is part open community workspace (co-working), part vector for investors and part incubator (testing) for mobile applications before they are officially launched into the market.

A foreigner who frequents the iHub describes it as a nerve center for technology; a place where we can grab coffee, create apps, find funders and build businesses. It’s where the community of web and mobile programmers connect with each other, businesses, the government and academia.

Funding for the iHub comes from the Omidyar Network and Hivos. The lease is covered by Ushahidi and the 20Mb internet connectivity is covered by Zuku.

Membership

iHub operates on a four levels membership. These are:

White

These are people who wish to be part of the *iHub community virtually as they cannot be physically present. They are part of iHub’s online community and members within the iHub will be able to interact with them on their Membership Site. This level of membership is free. White members can apply for green membership.

Green

Green members meet basic pre-requisites as well as provide additional information on the current projects they are undertaking. This membership level allows one to use the iHub space, hold meetings and work on their projects there as well as have free internet access within the iHub space.

Red

Red members have a semi-permanent desk, a locker and priority on the meeting room space. There are 10 spaces available at any one time, and these Red Card seats go for about USD 100 per month.

Black

Black Members are iHub & Ushahidi internal staff, who have unrestricted access to the space.

m:Lab

M:Lab East Africa

iHub together with 3 other companies have recently launched Africa’s first mobile apps lab called m:Lab. The facility is aimed at encouraging innovation in the East African country and is supported by the World Bank, Nokia and the Government of Finland.

I saw this in an article at guide2uganda.com. It goes…Kenyans were last weekend voted the funniest looking people in Africa. With 48 participating nations in the Annual Most Beautiful People of Africa Awards, held at the Gregor Theater in Bloemfontein SA, Kenya took the last position, dislodging Zambia and reclaiming the title it held in 2000.

It posted 7 points out of a possible 540 points. The top position was taken by Rwanda, followed by Cameroon and then Ethiopia as second runner-up. The last three positions were Kenya at 48, Zambia at 47, then Gabon, at 46. The judges said they gave their points based on presentation, physical appearance, grooming, communication and other areas.

Coincidentally this came just a week after an article on Kenyans appeared in the Pretorian Bird. The article, in the entertainment section, claims Kenya has the funniest looking president on earth, and a VP with a strange-looking head. It goes on to say that Kikuyu women and Luo men pose the most weird features.

“Women from the Kikuyu community have small legs, totally no figures, and a little exeggerated heads. They lack good behinds and those who have them look like inflated baloons.They are shaped like pyramids turned upside down.A big upper frame and an almost invisible lower bit.

Luo men on the other side have distorted facial features..say big lips and huge noses or should we call them knobs. Kikuyu men are also unproportional, and most of them are stunted. They walk leaning forward. Plus they have long rusty teeth.”

“Those from Kisii Districts are small people, the average Kenyan man will stop growing at 5’2″…5’4″ tops. Kisii men have mango shaped heads, and bowed legs, a feature also common in their Luhya counterparts.”

He goes on to describe Kaleos as “Funny little pitch black emaciated fellows, raking in millions from the track. However long they’ll remain in Europe, their features never improve”. “Nandis will have rounded foreheads, and thin, long arms”. While occupants at the coast province are said to have “Wide faces, almost like a widescreen telly, especially taitas,and durumas”

“Kenyans do not know the meaning of good grooming” The writer says. “The women hate their dark skins and opt for mercury bleaches which mess them up. The result: A scary (pigmented)light face, black legs, and a black back”. As much as the Kenyan accent, of standard english is admired, “there’s too much mother tounge interference, common in Merus, Kisiis, and Kikuyus”.

While Luos were pointed out as to be suffering from chronic ‘braggitis’. The research funded by the institute of Primate Research at the University of St. Kenkley, also noted that Kenyan men are very marketable in the Kimberely area of SA and parts of the Guateng region. Reason, they are big, hopeless spenders.

Moral lesson, “Be careful dating a Kenyan online.” Accepting the Award Ambassador Kinyesi, complained of biased judging. Also present were dignitaries from all around Africa.

All comments to the article were of a contrary opinionit thought otherwise. What do you think about the article?

What identifies a good mobile phones? This is a question in the minds of everyone who wants to purchase a mobile phone. The phone has moved from being a ‘nice to have’ to a ‘must have’. Today the market is filled with all kinds of mobile phones leaving one spoiled for choice. Almost every week a new model is introduced in the market.

Here in Daystar and in the whole world the cell phone has revolutionized from a mere device for making calls and text messaging to a personal digital assistant with countless applications. This portable device is now been used world over for business, entertainment and communication. Many students are increasingly switching from simple phones to the ones that can perform more than just the usual functions. Social media is the in thing, therefore students prefer phones that can help them stay connected on Facebook, Twitter and e-mail and in real time.

Most popular

Samsung is one of the top mobile phone companies that is revolutionizing  the mobile phone industry by manufacturing top-notch cellular phones to meet the demand for customers need. The Samsung Galaxy family –I, II and Nexus – released in 2011 are still among the highest selling smartphones globally. Here in Daystar, Samsung phones are quite popular especially among female students. Models like the new Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 with the Android operating system has been widely purchased this semester. This in popularity is only second to the Huawei U8150 Ideos, which is also the best selling Android phone in Kenya. The reason for this is because many users are switching to Android phones because of their vast application and customizable features.

Another popular phone is the more affordable Blackberry Bold 9300 from Safaricom or Orange that retails for as low as 20,000/=. Although Blackberry also has a tone of applications from its store, here the phone is more popular for its look and its name rather than its features.

Many other students however prefer phones that don’t have a lot of features in exchange for longer battery life. This is seen as most students still hold precious the popular Nokia 1110 that can keep charge for up to 6 days with normal use.

The 3 most popular Smartphones in Daystar

What Next For Good Mobile Phones?

The search for good mobile phones is never ending. Students will always want phones that have the latest features at an affordable price. Mobile operating systems now offer numerous apps for users .Mobile operating systems are also increasing, with new entrants like Windows OS, which displays the dynamism in this industry. Needless to say, it is unforeseeable that there will ever be a lack of demand for good mobile phones by users.

Microsoft filed this patent for a sliding touchscreen phone that includes interchangeable modules where you would expect to find a QWERTY keyboard. These modules include a keyboard, obviously, a control pad for games, an extra battery and an extra touchscreen.

With this modular design you could combine lots of functionality in one phone. You could have a phone focused on gaming like the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, while at the same time having a phone that is great for messaging and emails with a full keyboard. All you have to do is slot in a new component when needed.

Microsoft was not the first to come up with this idea. It was previously explored by an Israeli company called Modu. However it didn’t quite work out for them and the company ceased trading at the start of 2011. Microsoft has more of a market presence and more money to throw into development than Modu so it is quite possible that we could be seeing such a phone in the future. Interestingly, Modu’s patents were purchased by Google – so this modular phone design could be the source of a new wave of patent lawsuits in the coming years.

A good mobile phone

Ever since the birth of science fiction in the 19th century people have enjoyed predicting what the future holds for technology. While some forecasts from several decades ago can seem quite laughable now they still managed to get a lot of things right. While the concepts in this 1960s prediction of the future may all sound familiar, the hardware still seems stuck in a bygone era. One thing that this video didn’t predict was Apple’s revolutionary concept of producing stylish looking gadgets.

With modern computers and Photoshop it is easier than ever for future enthusiasts to offer their vision of the coming technological landscape – and it is also easier for them to make their creations much more convincing. Perhaps these concepts will seem quite laughable in a few decades time, but for the moment they offer us a glimpse of some of the things we might be able to expect on our mobile phones in the coming years.