July is already dimming and here comes August. Based on where you come from, there all sorts of myths about August. Before you get too serious about those myths, here is a brief overview of what was posted here throughout July. For most of us the end of July means the end of one hell of a cold month and the dawn of a month where the Kenyan athletics team will bring all honour that the Olympics can bring to any nation; not forgetting the ever blazing English Premier League. Enjoy the July roundup.
The month started on a rather low note. It was a few weeks after the helicopter crash that robbed Kenya of its Internal Security Minister and his assistant. My learned friend Anthony captured the mood in his sincere condolence to the families of the bereaved. Read it here.
Then came the launch of Google’s latest version of its flagship mobile operating system, Android: the Android 4.1 codenamed Jelly bean in keeping up with Google’s undying love for desserts and anything edible. Here is everything you need to know about Jelly Bean.
With Kenya approaching its most hotly contested general elections in a few months’ time, there are interesting trends on the technological front both social and political that will have a hand in determining Kenya’s future. Mobile advertising giant InMobi captured that in a survey they conducted. The findings of that survey were released and I covered that here. I know that coverage is not comprehensive but it was simply a brush up.
With the update on Android, it seemed like we were not yet done with updates. Twitter also updated its Android app to make sure everything introduced on its web version (twitter.com) also appeared on its mobile apps. Both its iOS and Android apps got an update. Redmond giant Microsoft too showed the world its next Office software (more on that coming soon). I covered that here.
In keeping up with what I am well known for, I penned a long-awaited post on how to upgrade the idiot to Android 4.0.x, Ice Cream Sandwich. The custom ROM that brought the ICS love to the “disgraceful” device has been castigated by some as not being the real ICS since it is based on CyanogenMod 7 whereas ICS is a preserve of CyanogenMod 9. If I were an IDEOS owner I would do better not asking for more that I am sure my device can’t take. Anyway you are not me so go ahead and try out that ROM and see what all the informative discussion is all about; you can join in too. Plus, come slow on the emails; just go through the instructions once again when you are stuck before asking for help. It’s just easy upgrading the idiot. Instructions are well articulated here. Don’t want to risk the upgrade process in fear of a brick or want to see how your device will look like after the upgrade? See the screenshots here. If you had read my earlier post on how to upgrade to Gingerbread and encountered several issues like the ROM Manager application not being able to detect your phone then read this article on how to quickly fix that.
I have never had this device but my friend Ken has had it for a while and he penned a beautiful overview of the phone. I am talking of the ZTE Blade, marketed as the Orange San Francisco. Read here to see what Ken thinks your ZTE Blade is capable of and what, sadly, it is not capable of. Spoiler alert: The phone recently got a beautiful Android 4.1, Jelly Bean custom ROM thanks to the overzealous guys over at XDA Developers. More info on the Jelly Bean upgrade is available on request.
Lastly, the month could not end without talking of what inspires most of us young people: relationships. Don’t judge me; I am neither an expert, a Doctor Love nor a victim of love triangles. I don’t know if the same holds for my learned friend Anthony but he did give an insight on the new mpango wa kando culture. Read here to see what he thinks of your one night stand.