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Brian Wangila

Brian Wangila is a tech enthusiast, Computer Science student and the Lead Developer at a Kenyan web development firm, Skyline Design. He's also known to enjoy PC Gaming and a good pizza.

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For the past few weeks now, the writers here at Appstorm have been giving you insights into the setups and applications that they use to do their writing. It’s been interesting to see how my fellow writers get the job done…and now, it’d finally my turn.

My name is Brian Wangila and I live in beautiful Nairobi, Kenya. By day, I’m the Lead Developer at Skyline Design – a local web development agency trying to make the web beautiful, one website at a time. By night, I’m a student pursuing my Computer Science degree online at the University of South Africa while writing articles for Appstorm and reviewing new funky gadgets. (more…)

A good game should be fun to play…a great game should immerse you into this virtual world that brings out the inner child in you, Asphalt 7 Heat does exactly that and so much more. Gameloft has managed to create a masterpiece, and what’s even better is that it’s only $0.99.

Asphalt 7 Heat  is a fast-paced simulation racer, with a first-class lineup of 60 prestigious real-world cars – from the Tesla Roadster to a Bugatti Veyron, 15 tracks in cities across the world and stunning graphics that would put any other mobile game to shame. As if that was not enough, it has real-time mutliplayer, both local and online.

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Lenses are one of the coolest features in Windows Phone 8. So what exactly are they? Think of a DSLR camera, you buy a camera body of your choice, which you then pair up with a lens that fits your needs. There is a wide array of lenses to choose from, each with its own purpose for example macro lenses for shooting objects up close, wide angle lenses for taking shots with a very wide perspective.

Camera lenses on WIndows Phone 8

Camera lenses on WIndows Phone 8

Think of your Windows Phone 8 camera app as the camera body. You can then spice it up by downloading camera lens apps which add more functionality to your camera. You can launch your lens apps directly from within the camera app. The first button with two arrows launches lenses…and there you see all your installed lens apps.

Read on to find some of the ones I really like and would recommend!
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The cheapest way to backup and share files right now is through online cloud storage. There are several companies that have tried to make this process as seamless as possible, Box Inc is one of them. They are the company behind Box, the online file storage, sharing and collaboration solution.

I recently had the chance to interview Simon Tan, the Product Manager of Mobile at Box. Read on to get behind the scene information on the roadmap for Box, challenges during development and many more…

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Online cloud storage is all the buzz right now. There are countless solutions that allow you to upload and sync your files to the cloud and Box is one of them. Box allows you to store your files online and access them anywhere, anytime. With the free personal account, you get 5GB, into which you can store all kinds of files and organize them into folders.

You can also share files and folders, and you also get real-time updates when someone views, edits or comments on your file. In addition to that, you can also invite members into a share workspace and collaborate on a file. Box launched a Windows 8 app and has recently updated it. Let’s see just how good it is!

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Ladies and gentlement, am back with the final post of my three-part series. In case you missed the previous ones, here are the links, go have a look:

  • Part 1 – My thoughts on WIndows 8 Phones, the performance and stability of the operating system and the the current state of apps.
  • Part 2 – Windows Phone 8 features that I really love and what sets it apart from the competition

In this last instalment, I’ll talk about some of the features on Android that I wish Windows Phone 8 had and what I think can be done to make to make Windows Phone 8 even better.

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Welcome to the second post of my three-part series. In case you missed it, here’s Part 1, where I spoke about my thoughts on WIndows 8 Phones, the performance and stability of the operating system and the the current state of apps.

In this second part, I’ll tell you about the features of WIndows Phone 8 that I have come to enjoy. Here are the ones that made my list…

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For the past few years, I’ve been an avid Android user – from the basic Huawei Ideos on Froyo to the powerhouse that was the Motorola Atrix running Jellybean, with a Kindle Fire tablet somewhere in between. I loved the Android experience, and the many improvements that have been made with every iteration of the Android OS.

However, when the time came to get a new phone, I decided to try out something new…Windows Phone 8 piqued my interest and I finally settled for a Nokia Lumia 920.

If you have been using an Android phone for a while and you are thinking of getting a new phone, hopefully, this article will help sway your decision the Windows Phone way.

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