On BBM, Gamecase and $100000 windfall

Morning people, You’re reading a blog post by a proud winner of $100,000. How do you feel? I’m sure you’re feeling really honored, aren’t you? I should be hyperventilating shey? lol.  I woke up this morning to find the good news in my mail. Apparently, all I needed to win was just my email address. My email address won me approximately 165 million, talk about a dope email address.

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osheey! Millonaire! 🙂

Microsoft Corporation World Lottery? Okay. Folks will just sit down in front of their laptop and decide to make their fellow human sad ehn. why? early in the morning? why? who did i offend? *sigh. I know its September and boys are looking for who to scam so they can travel to the village at the end of the year and oppress everyone, but hey, who falls for this sh*t anymore? You have to be creative now. if you really want to scam, get employed by MTN. I sincerely don’t understand what happens to all the airtime on my phone, and GLO too. Unless you can convince me that paying N3000 for 1gb is not a scam.

As predicted in my previous post (view here), barely a week after Apple’s event, RIM is making  BBM available on Android and iphone. The android version would be available on Saturday while the iPhone version will be available on Sunday. You can view details here. I really don’t care, but this has created a lot of buzz so I’ll just leave it out here -___-

Also, I just stumbled on Gamecase, a game controller for iOS7. According to Cnet, The Bluetooth device, which will allegedly have its own battery supply, has dual analog stick support, a directional pad, and four buttons situated below what looks like an on/off switch. On the back, the controller sports an impressive set of dual bumpers and triggers above rubberized grips for a controller layout that seems surprisingly capable when compared with the home console offerings of Microsoft and Sony. Dope yh? I haven’t even downloaded iOS 7. However, it seems the new trend is to post pictures of the new iOS on Instagram and Twitter . I’m not sure I understand the logic behind that.

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iOS 7! tension them 😦

A post was supposed to go up on Monday but a brother hasn’t been in the right state of mind. It took quite a struggle to write this tbh. Have a good day. Stay scheming.

Tainsville’s Spotlights: Interview with Tiketmobile’s C.E.O, Celestine Eze-okoye

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Hello, Good people of the interwebs. A while ago, We put up a post about Tiketmobile, You can read it here. Today, We would be sharing an exclusive interview with Tiketmobile’s cofounder Celestine Ezeokoye. We have been siting on this interview for a while and it has been haunting our dreams. We do hope that someone gets inspired to do their own thing after reading this; which is the direction that this blog has been tilting in recent times, promoting the entrepreneurial mind.

Tiketmobile makes it easy and convenient for you to find information about bus tickets, buy the tickets and use it across major inter-state bus routes in Nigeria.

We caught up with Tiketmobile’s CEO at Co-creation hub.

Q&A with Celestine Ezeokoye, C.E.O., Tiketmobile

Tainsville: Kindly introduce yourself…

Celestine: My name is Celestine Ezeokoye. I am the co-founder of Tiketmobile. I currently act as the CEO.

Tainsvile: what does Tiketmobile do?

Celestine: Tiketmobile lets people conveniently buy bus tickets on their mobile phone. The key word is “conveniently”.

Tainsville: How did the idea come to life? Who came up with it/what inspired its founding?

Celestine: My co-founder (Constance Okoghenun)  had an idea of ticketing for events, then we did a little drift when my brother was going for his NYSC and he had to go and find out the price of the bus a day before he had to travel. So we turned it around from events ticketing to bus ticketing.

Tainsville: How are you going about it? Are you in collaboration with anybody? 

Celestine: The bus companies are listed on it. If you want to travel, you find where you’re going and you pay with your atm card. We are ultimately going to get other companies and other modes of payment, but right now, you pay with your ATM card.

When you buy a ticket you’re actually booking. That’s basically what you do. When you buy your ticket, you book a space. That’s what it is.

Tainsville: Bus or taxi?

Celestine: Inter-state bus. Long distance bus. Lagos to Abuja, Lagos to benin. Those kind of buses.

Tainsville: All those ‘ekeledilichukwu’ kind of buses *laughs*

Celestine: *laughs* Yeah. All those kind of buses.

Tainsville: On payment, when the user pays, who is the money going to? the bus guys? How do you remit the money?

Celestine: The bus companies get their money. I wouldn’t want to go into details of how we do it. But when the user pays, the bus company gets their money and a notice is sent to them that you’re ready to book.

Tainsville: Is there any form of evidence?

Celestine: They user gets an sms and a ticket record. The bus company gets an sms and an email of the ticket record. when you go to board your bus, you just  provide the ticket record or sms.

Tainsville: How many users do you have currently?

Celestine: Errrm…we can’t give out our statistics now. We can’t give our records now

Tainsville: Okay. I understand

Tainsville: What have been your challenges so far?

Celestine: *pause* *chuckles*  ermm if I say things that are very technical it won’t make any sense to everyone.

Tainsville: LOL. I would try and tailor it in layman’s terms

Celestine: The biggest challenge in building the platform is payment, but there are other things. You need relationships. You need partnerships and relationships to make this kind of things work. if you don’t have relationships, you could stay in your house and build an awesome ticketing platform and then you lose in the long run.

You put it out and it doesn’t make sense to anybody. The people who should use it don’t see any value in it. So there are relationships that would let you even see the kind of values you need to put in what you’re doing and there are relationships that would actually help you translate those values  to what people would want to use on a regular basis.

One of the best places to get those kind of relationships is to be in a community, that’s what cc-hub brings. So most of the challenges we have were solved my just joining a community, by joining co-creation hub. Co-creation hub brings in business incubation, business support and then opens you up, creates a perfect platform for you to build those kind of relationships you need.

There’s nobody  that can do this kind of thing on their own. If you want to build something that would be useful to people , go out. Interact, join communities, join Cc-hub basically…and your life would never remain the same

Tainsville: Hahahaha..

Celestine: I’m selling them(CC-Hub) yeah?

Tainsville: Exactly

Celestine: But that’s it. Basically, if you need to go ahead… there’s nobody that can do it alone…you cant stand alone.

Tainsville: Who are the people currently supporting Tiketmobile?

Celestine: Co-creation hub, Tony Elumelu foundation, Nokia, Microsoft…errm…those are co-operate organisations. Individuals…Ade Atobatele, Chuka…there are so many people, so many people. If I was at home doing this, I wouldn’t have so many people supporting me.

Tainsville: What’s the future for Tiketmobile?

Celestine: Tiketmobile is going to be an household name the way Facebook is. The way Google is. It’s just going to be a household name, that’s the future.  It’s inevitable…with the help of God.

Tainsville: If there’s any other thing, I’ll get back to you. Thank you.

Celestine: You’re welcome.

Thanks for joining us Celestine! To our readers, check out Tiketmobile.com. Don’t forget to spread the word!!!

Microsoft’s Surface Tablet

Hours ago, in downtown Los Angeles, Microsoft unveiled its own entry in the game of tablets, hoping to bring to an end the reigns of current players; Apple and Google.

Microsoft’s tablet, called Surface, is a Windows 8 based tablet with integrated stand and keyboard running on both ARM and Intel systems. the kick-stand(integrated) which I personally think is a super cool initiative, allows you to watch movies, surf the net and any other stuff just like you do with your laptop.  are we facing a potential death of Pcs, laptops? yes? no?

Lordy lord :D

Surface also comes with two covers. The Type Cover and The Touch Cover. the 3mm thick Touch Cover folds down and functions as a full touch screen keyboard while the 5mm thick Type Cover has built-in keys that power down when they are folded against the tablet thanks to a built-in accelerometer. cool yeah?

If this isn't cool. what is!!?

The 10.6 inch tablet also has two cameras, front-facing and rear-facing. The front-facing camera is reportedly able to record the person in front of it even when the tablet is standing on the stand tilted!! it has a storage capacity of 32 or 64gb and microSD slot and runs two operating systems, Windows RT(Surface) and Windows8(Surface pro)

At the moment, pricing detail has not been released . Microsoft has decided to keep the price under wraps till Surface is officially available, which is likely to coincide with the full launch of its Windows 8 operating system due in a couple of months.

You might just want to chill before you shell out dough for the Ipad3 or the Samsung galaxy tab, this right here…has come to stay.

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