oTeKBrief – Weekly Review 2

Another amazing week with events, products, startups, and people shaping the world as we know it with the power of technology. If you missed the first edition of the oTeKBrief,  you have to check that out before moving on.

Google urged Android developers to do away with the menu button, urging them to use an ‘action bar’. I suppose Google wants the best for its Android developers, so you may want to note that.  If you are not an Android fan, you must belong to the ‘money’ fan club. Don’t we all? With the CBN looking at having a cashless economy soon, we shared the PocketMoni alternative.

While we tried to capture the ‘koko’ on Facebook $5 Billion IPO, we also got to tell you about the alarming N1.2 million spent by the Nigerian Sports Commission to have a Facebook page of about 5000 Likes. At least I am certain, more than 5000 tweets went out with the #DevParapo hashtag, as we had to split the recap of the Developers Parapo, hosted by Co-Creation Hub and sponsored by Google, in two parts. Part 1 & Part 2.

Google (Android) takes over the timeline again. Looking for a PDFCreator for your Android device? Thanks to Foxit, you have one.  Google docs for offline use comes to Android devices. Before you get too excited, you can work offline on documents, but will have to be connected to sync changes. Is Android winning with all of these development? Think again, as Microsoft’s plan could outplay Android.

Nokia users. This is for you!  You can now have easier integration of in-app purchasing, but more exciting is the ‘Create4Millions’ Developers Contest. Good times for  MyCash as it emerged winner at the West Africa contest. MyCash was one of the 9 startups launched in May 2011 at Garage48 event in Lagos, Nigeria. The application was also pitched to investors at Mobile Monday’s Pitch Monday in July 2011. If you use a Series 40 device and will like to try the app out, click here.

In other news, The Crunchies Awards by TechCrunch, recognized a number of startsups and people including: Jack Dorsey (Twitter, Square), Apple’s Siri, and Dropbox. We also found a way for you to work with Google as an undergraduate. It’s the Google Campus Ambassador Programme. Visit the Google Ambassador program page.

We end this brief, with a product that may excite hardcore fans of open-source. For the first time ever, a Linux powered tablet comes into the market, for as low as 200 euros. It is called Sparks Tablet.

Do have a nice weekend, and do keep it techie.


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