Just 3 weeks ago, I won 1 year free domain name from DomainKing.NG during their Nigerian Blog Awards giveaway. I’ve never really been the “lucky” type so I didn’t waste time in registering the domain name for a new project that I’m working on with a friend (Nigerian Blog Reviews). So first of all… many, many thanks to DomainKing.NG in playing a crucial role in facilitating that project as we get it off the grown.
Almost a year ago, I lost access to this blog and I wasn’t able to post articles for a couple of weeks. In that time, I had to use the WordPress app for Android phones which luckily, I could still access. Thank God for the Android app though, but do you have any idea how cumbersome it is to type a 600-word article with the touch screen of a mobile phone… It is frustrating!! I admit though that I have kind of gotten over my fear (or distaste) of touch screens as the primary input for mobile phones. Continue reading
Yup! Pebble Time just became the most funded project on KickStarter after raising over $15 million dollars from 61k backers; that’s more than 3000% of their goal of $500k. Like I said last week, when you build a good product, the money rolls in.
With 23 more days to go for this funding round, I wonder how much they will raise in total and thereby set a new high for the most funded KickStarter project of all time. The previously most funded project was the Coolest Cooler at $13+ million dollars. And next to that was Pebble‘s first KickStarter project for the first version of their smartwatch which successfully raised $10 million.
This is probably the first time ONE company makes it to the top of most funded projects on KickStarter. I think Pebble has probably earned THREE records here… 1 for the most funded KickStarter project; 2 for being the only company with multiple projects at the top 5 most funded KickStarter projects; 3 for being the first company to have multiple projects at the top 5 most funded projects.
What do you think about this, and how much do you think they would raise at the end of this funding period?
It seems like Pebble is yet to break another record on Kickstarter! Just about 2 years, the company broke Kickstarter’s record for the most-funded project ever in 2012 with its first smartwatch. Now, they are raising money for a new smartwatch called Pebble Time.
An hour after they launched their Kickstarter campaign to raise $500,000, they raised $1 million from 6k+ backers, which makes it about the fastest project to ever reach the $1 million mark on Kickstarter. It’s less than 18 hours now and they’ve raised $8+ million from more than 37k backers, and counting. That’s about $444k per hour!!
I have had my eyes on the original pebble watch for so long, and now they release a colored version. It promises a timeline-like feature which display just the relevant notifications and boasts up to 7 days of batter life on a single charge. This is now the hottest smartwatch in the market, believe me!
At this rate, they’re just about $5 million away from being the most funded project on Kickstarter, after the Coolest Cooler which raised about $13 million in August 2014.
Imagine receiving an alert when the weather changes, or when there’s traffic somewhere, or breaking news about some celebrity… That’s what Yahoo! Alerts did. I remember every morning when I open my Yahoo! Messenger, weather alerts would popup on my screen.
Unfortunately, like all good things, Yahoo! Alerts service will be coming this January. No reason was given as to why the service will be discontinued, they recommend you set alerts for each of theirs sub-sites on the websites themselves. I used this service for a while, but with new websites like IFTTT, I wouldn’t need the service much.
What service, website or app do you use for alerts?
Yea, that’s right, Whatsapp Web Messenger is finally here!!
This morning while answering a question on Quora, I read someone ask what Whatsapp had to gain from a web-based platform, but I had no clue what he was talking about. It was just about a year ago when Viber released Viber for computers and we have all been waiting for Whatsapp to do same, or similar. Well, the long wait is over! Now you can access Whatsapp on any computer browser at web.whatsapp.com
You know, when most people talk of Whatsapp, Viber also gets mentioned in the conversation. Nevertheless, Whatsapp is still more popular than viber.
BitTorrent plans to “decentralize” the internet with its new web browser.
Project Maelstrom begins to answer that question with our first public release of a web browser that can power a new way for web content to be published, accessed and consumed. Truly an Internet powered by people, one that lowers barriers and denies gatekeepers their grip on our future.
First, they launched BitTorrent Sync, BitTorrent‘s solution to cloud sharing (like DropBox) and now a web browser. They intend to solve some of the most irritating problems of the internet in today’s world with Project Maelstrom, like internet neutrality, or an open internet or ensuring that the private data of users are not misused by large corporations and organizations.
At the moment, Maelstrom is on Alpha testing and open to a few invite only testers. For more details, visit the official blog post here: http://blog.bittorrent.com/2014/12/10/project-maelstrom-the-internet-we-build-next/
PS: BitTorrents Project Maelstrom should not be confused with http://www.projectmaelstrom.com