Windows Phone has always been a conundrum. It’s a platform filled with good ideas (I always liked Live Tiles I admit), but something kept it from being my smartphone go-to. With the Lumia 950 and 950XL, this a seemingly new experience altogether.
Panos Panay and the Microsoft Devices team just launched to new Windows 10 phones. These aren’t meant for international users or emerging markets. These are the heavy hitters—the Lumia 950 and 950XL. Much like the Surface is for Windows tablets, these Lumias are here to showcase the very best that Windows mobile can offer.

Right when you pick up these new Lumia phones, you’ll notice their lightweight. But it feels lightweight due to material sacrifice. When you hold the Galaxy S6 or an iPhone, the weight gives it some heft, sure, but that’s weirdly important in a device despite our obsession with thinner and lighter. It just makes it feel substantial.

hp envy tablet

 

HP has officially unveiled the Envy 8 Note, an 8-inch tablet running the Windows 10 operating system. The specifications of the "mini-tablet" are more or less the same as previously leaked.
 
It includes a 10-inch keyboard which is pretty interesting since it's larger that the tablet itself and actually dwarfs it, but it will certainly make doing work easier for people on-the-go. It also includes a track-pad to further enhance its functionality.

ms continuum phone

 

Microsoft is bringing desktop functionality to mobile phones using Continuum for phones. The feature allows you to connect your mobile device to a larger screen and use it like a PC.
 
By connecting the phone to a monitor using a USB connector relay, you can use Universal Apps through your phone with their desktop layout. Microsoft's rep came on stage and demoed the Lumia 950 family allowing him to edit PowerPoint and Word files on a large screen, with the Start Menu, almost entirely mimicking the experience on a desktop.
 
The connector also features HDMI output and allows you to connect external USB storage, making you even more productive and use your phone just like a desktop PC.

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