Techjaja’s 10 biggest stories and posts for 2013

We all saw this coming, my job has been made simple by my boss, to compile an article about the 10  best and most read articles of 2013 on techjaja. To some, the posts might come as a surprise but to others it  just shows how people love to read about controversial stories — and here we go the articles you read most, in chronological order. Enjoy the flashback

1. Things your Windows Phone 8 can do but you never knew

Ever since Microsoft revamped from Windows mobile to Windows Phone 7 and 8 , it has lacked respect especially with the advent of iOS and Android. One writer compared Windows and in such  away that Jay-z is the —polished and effortlessly cool—then Windows Phone is like Kanye West —overeager and trying too hard.

Another fact is that Windows phone has been getting better with time and the new iteration (version 8) has some nice cool tricks and slick features that will make your life a whole lot easier. I have been using the Lumia 820 for a few weeks now so allow me to share some of these features with you.

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3. Chicken in a bucket for the coins in my pocket: Is KFC robbing Ugandans in broad daylight ?

Just when you thought that a very good number of Ugandans love luxury, sorry think again. This comes after a multinational fast food chain known as KFC announced its intentions of joining the local Ugandan market and it became the trending topic of the day as it took the social media by storm. In a blink of an eye, a post or tweet would appear with a hash tag #KFC . It became one of the most talked about openings of recent and many were in anticipation of tasting the Kentucky born chicken recipe.

Just a few days ago it has become one of those most trending stories as the chain finally opened its doors to the masses at Village mall in the upscale suburb of Bugolobi . But as you would expect it, many took to social media to praise the chicken, took photos while enjoying the chicken but the story didn’t end there.

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2. NASA’s Curiosity Rover finds messages from God on Mars  Hoax

In a twist of events in space exploration this week, NASA has announced that its Curiosity Rover has found an unequivocal message from God written on tablets in a Martian cave.

Basing on NASA’s press release two giant stone slabs the size of small elephants were located deep inside a cavern abutting Aeolis Mons, a large mountain. Upon one tablet is a copy of the Ten Commandments and the text of John 3:16 written in 12 languages – including English, Spanish, Chinese, Basque and Hebrew. On the other tablet is a simple message in English reading “I am real.” Okay am sure this getting all atheists change their beliefs about the existence of God

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4. iOS7 Review: Will this new mobile operating system be up to your taste?

As we wait to receive the latest iPhones that Apple announced early this month, we have opted to start off with reviewing the all new Operating System that will also be running on the upcoming iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. The good news is that its backward compatible and we managed to get it up and running on the iPad mini and iPhone 5. Apple calls  i0S7 the biggest change it has ever made since it announced the first iPhone nearly seven years ago. This new software will fundamentally change the way you use your iPhone. Apple’s previous OS has been accused of being boring and stale and not keeping up with the times, iOS 7 is its response.

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5. Huawei Ascend P6 Review

Every year, Smartphones get thinner and more intelligent, as phone makers are trying to gush out the highest ‘speced’ phones and at the same time put these phones on a serious diet. Phone manufacturers must strike a fine balance when trying to make something as thin as possible without foregoing the features we have come to love in our Smartphones. This year, Huawei seems to be closer to achieving that goal. During the time i spent with the Huawei Ascend P6, the most recurring comment I got with everyone that happened to see me use this phone was, “that iPhone 5 looks really big!” And yes they are right, this is a replica of the iPhone 5 for all intent and purposes.

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6. Orange Uganda shocking revelation

In a revelation that is as shocking as it is surprising, one of the Orange Telecom shareholders has revealed the firm has been posting losses ever since it hit town, making injecting more cash to reviving it, a pure silly exercise. If this turns out true, then the development mirrors the bad times ahead for the Telecommunication business. Hardly a month, Warid, which hit the market with a bang, sold out to Airtel, choosing to try a hand at the big money oil sector.

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7.  Obama, Cameron selfie takes twitter by storm


The US President and Britain’s Prime Minister and Denmark’s Prime Minister were spotted today taking selfies during  a memorial service for Nelson Mandela on today. We’re not sure whose smart phone the trio used, though Obama has recently said he doesn’t have an iPhone because of security concerns.

We have seen the whole selfie word go mainstream, now a real word in the Oxford dictionary in September after the pope’s selfie went viral in September.

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8. The best LTE service in Uganda: Which carrier speeds are right for you?

With LTE connectivity predicted to become a standard feature on almost every middling modem and  Smartphone, vast majority of Ugandans haven’t had access to a next-generation network.

It’s the first time we are carrying out any kind of speed-tests on any network, and we shall begin with 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution). This is a new fourth generation wireless broadband technology,  which is touted for its low latency and fast data transfer speeds.

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9. Kerry Washington’s Miss Uganda SNL Skit causes havoc on Facebook

The annual Miss Universe 2013 competition, is under way and with over 86 countries vying for the crown, the chaps at Saturday Night Live won’t let the event unrecognized in their latest skit. With actress Kerry Washington being the host of last week’s SNL, her skit imitating Miss Uganda on stage left a sour taste among Ugandans on Facebook.

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10. Ugandan MPs to be trained to use their iPads: Radio listeners at local station express their anger (Audio Recording)

According to a report from New Vision yesterday, the 375 Ugandan MPs who recently received their iPads in the name of reducing their prodigious expenses on stationary saving the country about $ 1.2m (UGX 30bn) annually. It has now been discovered that most of the legislators are struggling to comprehend the applications on their iPads and that’s where the fun begins.

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