google

A cease fire between Google and Microsoft might finally be in the cards. After the two companies buried the hatchet last week and agreed to resolve all pending patent disputes, hope might be on the horizon for much more. A long standing inconvenience for Windows Mobile users, Google has, to this day, adamantly refused to bring any of its services to Microsoft's Mobile OS.

Despite the immense popularity of service such as Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Hangouts and more, Windows Phone users have had to make do with either unofficial third party apps or use alternatives due to Google's insistence that Windows Phone's marketshare is not large enough to justify the development of apps for the platform. This decision could, of course, also be motivated by the company trying to stifle the growth of Microsoft's aspiring platform.

done deal

Over the past few years the Internet has slowly but surely become a more common mode of carrying out business in Uganda, coupled with the reducing prices of internet data (...still high though) it has led to the growth of many internet based startups and Done Deal is one of them.

According to their website

Done Deal offers attractive deals and discounts on services in Uganda. Done Deal gives you an opportunity to try out new experiences at a discounted price. Discover a new restaurant, spoil yourself with a spa treatment or surprise your beloved one with a romantic getaway, all in a simple and secure way.
 
Done Deal helps existing businesses to reach out to more clients in a more efficient manner. Done Deal is owned by Kuuza Group Limited, a company focusing on developing high growth potential online/mobile ventures for emerging markets.
With recent similar ventures failing at maintaining relevance, Done Deal has uniquely tackled the issue of providing discounted merchandise by initially offering mostly services though some products mostly food items can be purchased using their platform.
 
The Ugandan startup scene is becoming more vibrant driven mostly the reduced cost of owning smart phones thanks to android and low end Lumias and increasing awareness of how technology can be used to drive business growth.
With startups like instapay and Done Deal it shows the mobile may be the wave that pushes Africa to compete favourably with the west though it will be with use of our own technology and services.
 
Visit the Done Deal website (http://donedeal.ug) and check it out
 

instapay

As described on their website InstaPAY is a smarter payment gateway company that looks at eCommerce in a different perspective by analyzing existing hurdles to successful eCommerce in Uganda, we looked from outside the box and came up with a comprehensive online shopping flow that works here.

As Ugandan/African developers we face hurdles or clean unified mobile payment gateways, the solution for integrating mobile payments into website and apps would be to negotiate directly with the differect telcoms or banking institutions in order to have a solutions that your clients deem viable for their needs. InstaPAY fills this need quite well by providing developers with a clean, unified and modern API that is connected to several telcoms in Uganda like MTN, Airtel and other conventional payment options like VISA. This solution solves the headache that many Ugandan developers have had to incorporate payment capabilities in their apps and websites.

With the continued growth and use of technology in Uganda, instaPAY is uniquely positioned to benefit from an boom in e-commerce and will only get better as more developers use their APIs to drive the growth of e-commerce in Uganda

Visit their site at www.instapay.co.ug to sign up and try it out

blackberry priv
BlackBerry published its latest quarterly financial report on friday 25th September, delivering some less-than-rosy results for the three months up to August 29. But BlackBerry also confirmed recent rumors that it's working on an Android flagship phone, and despite how the company has fared in the second quarter of its 2016 fiscal year (Q2 FY16), it says it hopes to achieve 'sustainable' profitability in the coming months.
 
BlackBerry booked a slightly larger loss than some had expected - around 13 cents per share on revenue of $490m, compared with the 9c/share loss on $600m revenue that some analysts had anticipated.
 
While revenues in its software division grew by almost 20%, those from its hardware sales more than halved to $201m, after only 800,000 BlackBerry smartphones were purchased by consumers and businesses last quarter. To put that figure into context, Microsoft sold 8.4 million of its Lumia handsets in its last reported quarter.
 
With devices running its own BlackBerry 10 (BB10) operating system failing to attract buyers, a change of strategy is clearly in order. The company has previously said that it has no plans to abandon its hardware business - and if the devices aren't going anywhere, it's the software that must change. Rumors in recent months have pointed to BlackBerry developing an Android phone - and today, it confirmed that that handset is real, including its reported name.
 
As part of its Q2 FY2016 report, the company said that it intends to "launch a flagship handheld device that will run on the Android operating system with BlackBerry security". BlackBerry isn't approaching the platform completely blind; in addition to supporting Android apps on BB10, in recent months, it has also been working closely with companies such as Google, Samsung and IBM to beef up security on the Android OS.
 
Source: Neowin

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