Kampala exposed: ‘WikiLeaks’ of Uganda??

If social media were on a runway,it would be moving at the speed of light.That wouldn’t be a ‘mith’.(pun intended).

Look,social media’s sporadic growth by far has not spared the barriers set by the traditional forms of media.The worst bit is, the latter is miserably playing catchup.


Photo Credit: serc.carleton.edu

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My experience with Photography.

A picture is worth a thousand words!!Cliché, right!?

What if I say that the future lies in your hands, so does your smartphone, and so does your camera.

The advent of the smartphone has turned us all into photographers. Gone are the days when we would encounter those moments that made you wish you had a camera on hand. Instead, our phones can easily capture those candid, unexpected and artful moments we come across.

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7 quick essential tips for mobile photograhy

By taking good images, you convey your story effectively and draw people in. Essentially, the same principles of traditional photography should be applied to mobile photography. Enjoy as you read on:

1. Good Lighting = Good Photos
Good photos are made with good lighting. Before you start taking photos, look a little closer and notice when the light is falling nicely on everyday objects. To use the phone’s built-in light sensor, tap the area on screen where you want to expose to lock the focus and exposure. Before,i only knew about good lighting as the only essential.Enjoy the pics i took here!

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Distribution Channel Vs. Content

The enormous gist of writing this blog post is to critique the two major components regarding the usage of mobile technologies and apps. The distribution channel or the content??

Down in the slums of Kamwokya, Kampala, Uganda, waste material is littered allover due to the poor drainage system. When it rains, the running water on being hindered by the blocked trenches, devises alternative routes because it has to flow lest flooding occurs. Let’s test this!!In an electrical circuit, current only flows in the path with the least resistance regardless of the loops to flow in. However the flow could be stopped by blocking of the circuit.
How do I relate this from the aforementioned topic??

From a simple glance at metrics, one would see that people download more apps like Talking Tom Cat over resourceful or content filled apps like WordBook (have you even heard about it?). You don’t need rocket science to see the appalling state of the status-quo of the local communities especially in the outskirts of the city. There is actually dire need by the locals to consume empowering content instead. The novelty, as one of the contributing factors, of the ICT4D especially in Uganda is an incentive to the development of mass coverage mobile apps relative to problem solving. This drives me to the point of crisis mapping and identification of problems.Well it’s cliché that consumers don’t really know what they want no matter the kind of problems on board. Apparently, this laxity has spearheaded the massive consumption of junk apps over content filled apps simply because of the different avenues used in their distribution.
In one of the 7C’s of media, Content is actually king (said to be king) but who really buys news/content without controversy or icing? And besides there is nothing like bad publicity so you could write, design and develop whatever you like. That is the niche many have created and unfortunately masses have followed suite to this trend. The cliché of getting rich quick is amongst the most trending and probably has sired the creation of junk filled apps as long as there is fun in using them.

Creation/Delivering of content is one of the most expensive things besides marketing. Sites like Wikipedia (23 million pages) have invested colossal sums of money in compiling the content they have, but others like facebook have created a highly addictive and engaging channel from where content is shared on the timelines in preference to the user’s specifications. Unfortunately we are wired to think that novelty is what really matters, hence the unspoken struggle by technology entrepreneurs to create the next facebook instead of looking at perhaps a differentiated business model to a problem or issues that while yet addressed could use some refreshed thinking.
Stats from the Google play show gaming and weather apps account for the majority of app downloads. Such metrics could be used by developers in writing content basing on the blockbuster category of apps. Maybe the final users need something more engaging, entertaining and mindboggling not the intricate patterns plainly presented by “raw” content.

Whichever direction you follow, I believe these two key components are inextricably interwoven. Time is the greatest resource you will invest to attain satiety.

Going mobile:part II

Remember the euphoria you exhibited when you played your first super Mario computer game, when you made the little dude jump from level to another accomplishing tasks, it felt genius!!..Most definitely on that old donated desktop computer in the school computer laboratory.

How about when you first touched a cell phone?

Wake Up!! We are living in a smart generation where freedom rules with smart learning, smart phones (devices). Reminiscent thoughts aforementioned usually occur to me in my past time, I sit as if I were curved of stone, blood seems to have congealed because of some of the recent trending technologies that have been fast paced in breaking the barriers set in the recent past by ‘dumb’ technologies.
Besides super hardware capabilities, mobile apps are the face of smart phones. Wikipedia defines  Mobile applications as  application software  developed for low-power handheld devices, such as personal digital assistants, enterprise digital assistants or mobile phones. These applications can be pre-installed on phones during manufacture, downloaded by customers from various mobile software distribution platforms, or delivered as web applications. Multitudes of apps ranging from social media such as Facebook and twitter, health, games, leisure etc. are the daily ordeal of the users as they are addictive. Majority of the urban population falls in this category because of an influx of cheap low end smart devices in the local market.  
In Makerere University Kampala, a wave of mobile developers have been sporadically sired by the Abdu Sekalala game changing story. ”Abdu Ssekalala only 22 and already a billionaire – at least in Uganda where he lives. IT student Abdu Sekalala has made a fortune designing mobile phone Apps. His applications have rivalled some of the world’s most popular platforms in downloads………Wordbook is among the most successful. It earns him 1.25 dollars everytime it’s downloaded. So far that’s over 300,000 times – making him some 375,000 U.S. dollars.$375,000 in Uganda is serious money in fact: you’d normally have to go into politics to have a hope of  beating that.”[sic]

The purpose of retelling this story from Reuters is not just to marvel at the story itself but to show the entrepreneurial and passionate young lads that, they can earn a dime from software/mobile development. You don’t need to be green to go green, the mobile ecosystem favours us all. Amazing tools for development on platforms such as Android, iOS, Windows are free/cheap as well as accessible. All you need is your mind driven by passion.
Remember it’s not a one man show, nobody plays superman  except Chuck Norris,team work actually works.

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Mwesigwa Daniel Bsc Land Economics II is a self-taught developer and designer, a tech enthusiast, blogger, amateur writer, valuation surveyor in the making. He is in an odyssey with an ambiance to die for. Follow him on twitter and facebook.

Going mobile..

“Desktop is a conquered,mobile is the battlefield”..as stated on a social media trending topic via @FastCompany.The wave of mobile usage and adjustments made in line have not spared anyone because of the ferocity with which it travels.

Cognitive research shows that about 76% of internet traffic in sub Saharan Africa is through mobile,it forecasts a significant increase in the near future.Furthermore,about 57% of American adults are active users of handheld mobile devices.Why the sudden change??The influx of better advancements in technology have played a key role in the convinience and the ease with which mobile technology is has been deployed.

To test my fears,we are living in a generation where technologies are quickly becoming obsolete.Moore’s law further asserts this! Forexample updating my blog on a public network using a laptop was practically impossible because of the terrible bandwidth besides the massive security flaws however,i rectified this issue by usage of the wordpress android app and am touching to upload.Look,mobile makes problems subtle like that!

Practically extra features that can’t be found on PC’s such as GPS,accelerometer..come in handy to boost the user experience.Besides,mobile is mobile,that is why it is more than portable.

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