Saturday, 25 February 2017

Here is the list of countries where Nokia Android phones will be available first

Mobile World Congress is nearing and Nokia has made a list of mobiles it will be releasing at the venue to be held in Barcelona on 26th February. According to a report, Nokia will be releasing Nokia 3 , Nokia 5 , Nokia 6 global variant and Nokia 3310 .



According to the latest report, Nokia is gearing up to release the above phones in selected international markets.Retailers in Taiwan, UK, Russia and Germany have confirmed
carrying the smartphones. According to the above screenshot, Nokia will be making the smartphones available
in the countries given below.

Taiwan
Russia
India
Spain
France
Germany
UK
Hong Kong
Malaysia
Philippines
Poland
South Africa
Finland
Vietnam
Ukraine

Friday, 24 February 2017

20 Signs That You're Addicted To Your Smartphone

Smartphones have worked their way into the average Nigerian heart (especially the youths). But as convenient as they are to own and operate, they can also mean trouble.



In the course of this post you will get to know those telltale signs of smart phones addiction, such as using the smartphone last thing
before bed and first thing when you wake up, etc.

Although somewhat funny, the signs below are realistic signs that will either make you realize you are a smartphone addict, or on your way to
becoming one.

1. You always panic whenever you accidentally leave your smartphone at home.

2. You take your smartphone wherever you go to, even to fetch water from the well.

3. You find it difficult to sleep whenever you are without your phone.

4. You keep getting Phantom Phone Alerts
You hear a tone and think you have a notification, but when you check your phone it’s blank. That's called phantom alert.

5. Whenever your smartphone dies something inside of you dies with it.

6. When number 5 happens, instead of waiting on Nepa to bring the light you walk around looking for where to charge your phone.

7. You only drop your phone when the battery is dead.

8. You spend more than #500 every week charging your phone in a charging centre, money that could be used for something more productive.

9. The first thing you do every time NEPA brings the light is to plug your Smartphone.

10. Your battery never lasts because you are always on your phone. And that's the major reason why you have a power bank.

11. You are most happy whenever you are on your phone.

12. The charger you are using now you bought only because it is long and would make it easier for you be on your phone while its charging notwithstanding whether you are in bed or chair.

13. You never allow your phone a moment rest, you press it even while it is plugged.

14. You always like to sit right next to a socket wherever you can find one, which includes but not limited to church, restaurant, class.

15. Chargers are more important to you than anything else, you can forget your bible at home on a sunday but you can NEVER forget your
charger.

16. Your food keeps getting cold everytime because you just won't leave your phone and concentrate on your food.

17. The first thing you do every morning when you wake up is pick up your phone.

18. Whever you are with family or friends you usually cant wait to get out. Not because thet are borung or anything but because you cant just
wait to go back to pressing your phone.

19. Whenever you are travelling to an undeveloped community that has
no light the only thing you think about is 'how will I charge my
phone'.

20. You are guilty of doing more than 10 things on this list.


This is a guest post by Uzonna Anele. Anele is an ardent lover of lists and anything bizarre.. he blogs at  http://www.listwand.com 


Instagram Now Let's You Upload Up To Ten Photos At Once

Sometime around the beginning of February, some people started seeing the ability to create multiple-image posts on Instagram's beta app for Android. After a few weeks of testing, this feature has become official today.



You can now add up to 10 photos and videos to each of your Instagram posts .When uploading you'll see an icon that can be tapped to let you select multiple photos and videos.

Once you've selected the media you want to share, you can add a filter to all at the same time, or go one by one. You can reorder the entries by tapping and holding each one. These posts have a single caption, they're square only for now, and they will show up on your profile grid with a little icon on the first photo or video, which indicates that there's more to see.



In the feed, blue dots at the bottom of such posts will indicate that your followers can swipe left and right to go through all of the images and videos.
The new feature is part of Instagram 10.9 for Android and iOS, which is already available on the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store .

WhatsApp Snapchat Like Update Goes Global - What You Should Know

Some time ago Mark Zuckerberg wanted to buy Snap Inc (the company that owns Snapchat) for about $3 billion but his buyout offer was refused.


A while after that we started seeing snap chat like updates on Instagram, Facebook Messenger, Facebook and now the latest on the list is Whatsapp. The messaging app which has over a billion users will certainly get Snapchat worried. The latest update is the Whatsapp status which is similar to the Disappearing Stories on Instagram and Snapchat.

Snapchat Fans looking at Mark Zuckerberg like -



Here are a few things you should know about the update

1. The status disappears after 24 hours
2.You can check who viewed your status and the number of times it was viewed
3.You can use GIFs, Videos and Pictures
4. The GIF that was placed in the emoji box is apparently missing. They may have ommited it purposely or may add it l
5.Any status you view is automatically saved to your phone. This means you can view the status offline once you've viewed it once. As you can see in the screenshot below. The download option shows so basically no matter how many times you view a particular status, your data is only used when you watch it for the first time.



6.You can reply to the person's status update

7.You can choose who can view your status in your privacy settings


8.You can scroll through a status by tapping the screen while viewing.

More Screenshots











I'm a little bit worried about the data usage and storage space though. Since the status disappears after 24 hours, possibly the videos will be deleted after 24 hours. The status videos are stored in a hidden folder ".Statuses" in the Whatsapp folder.





However if you want to save someone's status you can simply set your file manager
to show hidden folders then open the folder for Whatsapp : Whatsapp > Media > .Statuses.

Then copy it to any part of your memory card. Do not move it. That's it for the New Whatsapp Status Updates.

Facebook And Mark Zuckerberg -


How To Backup Your Contacts To Your Google Account On An Android Phone



It's quite unfortunate that most people don't really know the features of the devices they use. Sometimes your device may get missing and all you can think of is your contacts and pictures.




Google can help you automatically back everything up. Once you sign in with a new device, everything including your contacts is moved to your new device.

Here's how to do it :
Turn on your data connection

Open Your Contacts Menu

Select Import/Export



Select The Location Of The Contacts You Want To Backup



Tap Next And Select The Google Account You Want To Backup The Contacts To


Tap Next And You're Done. Keep Your Internet Connection On For 10 more Minutes Before Turning It Off

5 Things You Should Consider Before Becoming A Full-time Blogger



1. Building A Successful Blog Takes A Lot Of Time


If you want to be able to make a full-time income from a blog you'll need to build an audience, and
It doesn't happen overnight.

Although, there are some exceptions where a blog becomes popular almost instantly, but those situations are extremely rare situations that most of us can't count on.


If you want to be able to run a blog as a full-time job the best method is to start off as soon as possible and work to grow the blog part-time while still maintaining your full-time job.

Unless you're in a position where you can afford to live without much income for a while, jumping straight into full-time blogging is not likely to work out very well.




2. Running A Blog Is Like Running A Business

As a blogger, I've had to take some difficult decisions that would either make or destroy my blog. It's like making decisions for your business.
Building a successful blog requires dedication, just like if you were trying to build some other type of business.

If you take your blog like a business you will get more dedicated and consistent with your schedule and be willing to invest in your success.



3. Your Income Will Be Inconsistent
If you have always had a salaried job where your income was consistent and predictable, becoming a full-time blogger will involve some change.
Regardless of how you make money with your blog
there will always be some fluctuation from month-to-month.
This isn't a bad thing, it just requires some adjustment, and some people are more uneasy about it than others.

Personally, I like knowing that my income fluctuates because it's very obvious that the potential to make more money is right there, and it keeps me motivated.
Although your income will fluctuate, it will usually stay within a certain range, and hopefully that range will be increasing with time.
If you can adjust your lifestyle and your monthly financial commitments to fit with the low end of your range, anything that you make above that will be extra.


4. Traffic Does Not Always Equal Money

When most people start blogging their main focus is on traffic and visitor statistics.
If they had a good day in terms of traffic, it'll be considered as a success.
However, just because you have decent traffic doesn't mean that you'll have a profitable blog. Likewise, just because your blog's traffic isn't huge doesn't mean that you can't make a good income from it.

Selling advertising is one of the first monetization methods that comes to mind for most people who want to make money from a blog, but in most cases it is not the best monetization strategy.


Other options like affiliate marketing, creating and selling your own products, providing services, and having premium members-only content all offer higher income potential for most bloggers. Advertising revenue is highly dependent on traffic, but the other monetization methods allow you the possibility of having a successful blog without having high traffic numbers.


5.Having A Responsive Audience Leads To Opportunities

If you're just starting your blog don't get too overwhelmed by all of the different ways that you can go about monetizing your blog.
Most likely your monetization plans and approach will change from time-to-time anyway.
As you build your blog's audience new opportunities will arise, and some approaches that didn't seem possible earlier can suddenly become a lot more realistic.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

See Specifications Of The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus



The MWC is just a few days away and leaks are popping up everywhere. Samsung is really trying hard to make sure that the Note 7 incident does not repeat itself.



That said, Evan Blass (@evleaks) revealed some specs for the upcoming Galaxy S8 Plus. The phone is said to sport a display of 6.2 inches which is quite larger than the S7 Edge. Here's the full spec sheet.



Seems like the phone is going to be a hit for Samsung. Well let's keep our fingers crossed.

Press Images Of The Huawei P10 Surface Online

Some hours ago official-looking press renders of the upcoming LG G6 got leaked, and now it's time for Huawei's P10 to receive the exact same treatment.

The Huawei P10 will become official this Sunday at a press conference in Barcelona , ahead of the debut of Mobile World Congress.






The P10 will be announced on Sunday alongside the slightly larger P10 Plus , and they will runn Huawei's latest EMUI 5.1 skin and Android Nougat Out Of the box. The new iteration of the UI overlay will be unveiled at MWC too, as will a new smartwatch .


The P10 is expected to be powered by the Kirin 960 chipset aided by 4 or 6GB of RAM. Internal storage will go from 32GB to 128GB, while on the back there will be a Leica-branded dual camera arrangement like in the P9 and Mate 9 .

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Android Oreo- Is It The Next Android Version Or Is Lockheimer Trolling Again?

Oreo Oh... Hehehe. This one isn't Iyanya's Song. However here's the gist.



Google’s senior vice president of Android, Chrome OS and Google Play, Hiroshi Lockheimer tweeted a GIF animation that suggests that Android Oreo might be the next Android version after Nougat, a name that certainly sounds delicious, even better than Android KitKat.

Android Oreo just sounds too good to be true. Lockheimer is a perfectionist at trolling all of us. Even last year, he tweeted a couple of tweets that hinted at the Android N being named Nutella, and when everyone was convinced.



They named it Nougat.

Etisalat Now Allows Subscribers To Use Free Basics

Etisalat Nigeria now lets its subscribers use the Free Basics service which allows users surf the net free of charge on supported websites.



Airtel Nigeria was the first service provider that initially accepted the free basics service. The free basics service doesn't require any data before you can access supported websites in the service.

Etisalat has now joined the service. So If you are an Etisalat subscriber, you're out of data and you're feeling like -



Simply get the free basics app and start browsing free of charge today.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

WhatsApp Is Adding A Snapchat-Like Update



Considering the fact that Whatsapp, Facebook And Instagram is owned by Mark Zuckerberg, I think Snapchat isn't going to find this update amusing.




According to WhatsApp, 50 billion messages are sent each day alongside 760 million video and 80 million gifs.

To celebrate eight years of improvement, WhatsApp is improving the Status feature. Here's how it's going to work, according to theWhatsApp blog:

As soon as you open the new Status tab, you'll see updates from friends and family who are WhatsApp users in your address book. You can reply privately to your friends' updates and control who sees what you share. All updates expire after 24 hours. And like other types of messages, you can mute or unmute contacts at any time.

Status messages can be in text, video or gif.

An impressive improvement I must say.

So Whatsapp -..

See Leaked Images Of The HTC ONE X10



The phone is allegedly powered by the Mediatek Helio P10, sports a 16.3 MP main camera and a circular fingerprint scanner, and the latest leaked images prove that.



The images show a device with a single camera on the back with dual LED flash, a circular fingerprint sensor, a power button on the right side along with the volume rocker. It sports a 5.5” Full HD Display and 3GB RAM.


It may cost around $174. (N60,000)

Donald Trump's Website Hacked By Iraqi Hackers

During the US election, The Democrats were hacked allegedly by Russia but now it's the turn of the Republicans to have a taste of the pudding.



Some unknown hackers - "Pro_Mast3r" defaced the official website associated with US President's Donald Trump's presidential campaign fundraising on Sunday. 

The hackers, claiming to be from Iraq, defaced the server, secure2.donaldjtrump.com, which handles CloudFlare's content management system and security platform. 

The defaced website displayed an image of a black hat man and included a text message, which reads: 

Hacked by Pro_Mast3r ~ 
Attacker Gov 
Nothing Is Impossible 
Peace From Iraq


At the time of writing, the server is now back online and there is no official statement from Trump-Pence campaign team yet. 

According to a blog post published by Italian IT journalist Paolo Attivissimo, the source code of the defaced server does not contain any malicious script.

Instead, the server includes a link to javascript on a now-nonexistent Google Code account, 'masterendi,' which was linked to cyber attacks on three other sites in the past.

Monday, 20 February 2017

10 Reasons Why You Aren't Getting New Opportunities From Your Blog

Blogging is Fun but sometimes bloggers have issues with getting reasonable amount of cash from their blogs. Here are a few things that I think makes you not to earn anything excluding traffic -


1. No Goal Or Purpose For The Blog

Your blog does not have anything in specific to offer? No product, service, tutorial, or whatsoever? Why does the blog even exist?

2.You Just Don’t Like Your Blog

You probably have a blog with a niche but do you really have passion for your niche at first? Do you even think of blogging as fun? If not you shouldn't have even started.


3. You Are Too Proud.
Your blog content and the design is good. Your grammar is up to par. Now you don’t listen to corrections. You think they are a waste of time to you. How can you progress?


4. You Are Resistant.
Someone asks if he could use your blog to help his, but you refused. Now you just let opportunities pass by.


5. You Are Too Lazy And Procrastinate

You got a superb idea for your blog but you prefer playing games or spending too much time replying Whatsapp messages . Should you expect any progress?


6. You Are Not Responsive.
When somebody asks a question, or somebody drops a comment you may not like to hear, but you don't even make out time to reply.

7. You Value Quantity Over Quality.
You always keep posting new content to your blog for the sake of number, so that there’ll be ‘many posts ’ for your visitors? They may get what they are looking for but they might not come back.

8. You Have Not Yet Been A Guest Writer.
I guest post on Naij.com and it really helps a lot.
Have you tried guest posting ? Try it by posting content to other blogs with good ranks, and the results will turn back good on you.


9.You Stopped Discovering And Making Research.

Aside from listening to news and updates about what you are into (niche), you should also discover new tools and features that will boost your performance together with your blog: yes, there’re always fresh ideas.


10. You Are Inconsistent.
Sometimes you post just one article a day, and sometimes 20, and then none. You have a great-looking blog, but you are not satisfied, so you do redesign it like once a week. Haba! He will you move forward

I l drop my pen at this point

New Smartphone Company Cagabi Plans On Launching Its 2GB RAM Device In March

Cagabi is a new Chinese smartphone manufacturer launching this 2017

According to Cagabi that they will launch their first smartphone, The Cagabi One in March.



Cagabi One is an entry-level phone with an Ergonomic curved back, metal frame. It sports an OV 8MP rear camera, dual camera flash, phase detection auto focus and OV 5MP front camera, selfie camera flash.

It has a 5-inch LG IPS display, 1280*720 resolution with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection, 2.5D glass. It'll come in two variants one with 1GB RAM +8GB ROM and one with 2GB RAM +16GB ROM. To keep the lights on is a 2500mAh li-polymer battery. It'll have 7 different colors. The device will cost around $60 and will be launched in March

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Scientists have successfully slowed down the process of aging; Anti-aging drug will hit the market in 2-3 years

Russian and Swedish scientists have reported a major
breakthrough in slowing down the process of aging. The
goal of the study is to know the role of mitochondria in
the process of aging of the organism. They made an
attempt to slow down aging by introducing an artificial
antioxidant SkQ1 into mitochondria.



- Russian biologist professor Vladimir Skulachev prepared the
artificial antioxidant SkQ1. - Experiments were carried on
genetically modified mice developed and characterized
in Sweden

- Scientists introduced a single mutation into the genome
of mice, as a result, there was accelerated mutagenesis in
mitochondria. This leads to accelerated aging and early
death of mutant mice.

- Researchers chose two groups of mutant mice aged 100
days for the study. To one group they gave water added
with artificial antioxidant (12 micrograms). The second group
was kept as control and fed with pure water

- There was a clear difference in aging of the two groups
of mice from 200-250 days . As expected the control
mice aged rapidly and there are visible symptoms of aging
that included loss of weight, raising body temperature, the
curvature of the spine and there was even the impairment
of estrous cycle in females.

- On the other hand, there was a decrease in the appearance
of age-related traits in mice treated with antioxidant SkQ1,
In some mice, aging traits did not appear at all in the
group.
Professor Vladimir Skulachev, Co-author of the study said
that the study helps to know the role of mitochondria in the aging process and also opens the way for the treatment of aging by using mitochondria targeted antioxidants. Researchers are now developing a set of pharmaceutical products based on antioxidant SkQ1.

Their first drug - Visomitin eye drops - is already approved
and marketed in Russia, it also passed phase 2 clinical trials in the US. Next on they are now working on an oral form of SkQ1 which is currently in clinical trials. The antiaging drug may be approved and hit the market for systemic indications in 2-3 years.

Japanese Company NuAns To Release New Android Smartphone With 3GB RAM

Japanese company, Nuans started off with  a Windows 10-powered Neo smartphone. It's selling point was the TWOTONE interchangeable covers for its back. The whole thing later crashed though

They're now back in the smartphone game with a phone named Neo Reloaded. The main difference here is that the company has dumped Windows 10 Mobile in favor of Android (Nougat).





The new device is powered by Snapdragon 625 SoC, and sports a 5.2-inch full-HD display. with is 3GB, and a 3,450mAh battery to power it. The handset also comes with a a fingerprint sensor, and the interchangeable covers functionality is there as well.



It will cost around $440(about, N140,000).I must say it's pretty expensive for a new device though. As for availability, it's set to be launched on May 31, 2017.

Meizu M5s Hits 4.2 Million Registrations In One Day For Flash Sale

Meizu just announced the M5s a few days ago. The phone sports a 5.2” 2.5D IPS display with HD resolution and a Mediatek MT6753 chipset with an octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU. There are two versions with different internal storage - one for CNY799 (N36,000) with 16GB and a CNY999 (N45,000) one with 32 GB. With such prices I'm not really surprised that the registrations for the flash sale on February 20 reached 4.25 million.





Note that those are only pre-registrations that require only an email address and no payment has been made yet. Certainly the available stock may be gone in 30 seconds.

The device is currently available only in China.

Leaked - See Images Of The New LG G6

Considering that much visual leaks haven't been available for the LG G6 and the fact that LG has released a few details, this is certainly a nice photo leak of the device.



It gives a proper view of the display and a close look at the camera array on the back, which certainly matches the Leaks from case makers and others. The G6 will be powered by the Snapdragon 821 SoC, 32 GB of storage, 4 GB of RAM, a 3,200 mAh battery and that 5.7-inch QHD display with 18:9 aspect ratio.


The LG G6 will be officially unveiled at the MWC  on February 26, with hopes of taking away at some of the Galaxy S8‘s sales by getting out a couple of months earlier than Samsung’s next flagship.

Image Credit - 9to5Google

Google Plans On Removing Unskippable Ads From YouTube - You Won't Believe When

If you have been using YouTube for a number of years, you'll notice how it's changed over the years.


Remember those compulsory 30 Second ads that can't be interrupted?

Well, Google has finally taken notice of the growing user annoyance and says it does plan to get rid of the 30-second mandatory ad format unfortunately the removal is not coming any time soon



Here's the message from Google - (I'll just highlight the important part of the lengthy post)

As part of that, we’ve decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers […]

2018 is a really slow response time. However, in Google's defense, it is now managing content and selling and distributing ads on such a whopping scale that such a drastic format change will take a lot of time for advertisers to adjust.


With Facebook coming up speedily in the video business, they should really step up their game.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus - Speculated Price And Specifications In Nigeria

There's been a lot of speculations about the Galaxy S8+. It's expected to be released around April, and rumored to cost around $900 (283,500 Naira : depending on the exchange rate at the moment of release)




Design
The screen of Galaxy S8 plus will reportedly be 131.58 mm tall, 143.05 mm diagonally, and 64.94 mm wide.

Display
The Galaxy S8 plus will sport a 6.2-inches screen, which is quite larger compared than that of the S7.

It's also going to feature a dual-edge curved (infinity display) which covers 83% of the handset front panel. The phone may sport a 12-megapixel camera, a USB type-C port, a headphone jack, Al assistant, and 2560*1440 Quad HD super AMOLED display.

The smartphone will come with improvements for VR. It seems that the Galaxy S8 plus will have a lot to offer.

Camera
12MP rear sensor with visual search feature possible.New 1/2.3-inch sensor with f ¼ aperture.8MP front camera rumored to have an iris scanner.

There’s a possibility that this phone will sport dual cameras at the back, and a dedicated button as well. For better audio output quality, Samsung might put dual speakers on this model.

Software
It should run on Android Nougat. The voice assistant will feature in all native apps on the Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy S8. And it’s also rumored that both models would have an always-visible status bar.

Keep in mind that at this moment in time, a lot of the facts above are based on rumors and speculation. But it seems Samsung could still have something extra up its sleeve for the S8+ model.

Samsung Galaxy XCover 4 Specifications Spotted On GFXBench

Details of the Samsung Galaxy XCover 4 has been spotted on the Gfx Bench Site.



The smartphone will come with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. The processor will be a quad-core 1.4GHz processor with 2GB RAM. The phone will also sport a 4.8-inch HD display and come with 16GB storage. The main camera will have a 13MP shooter, while the selfie snapper will produce 5MP snaps.

Pricing and availability aren't currently available.

Twitter Hits Trolls With Massive Weapon : The Timeout



Nobody likes trolls but some people really find it amusing to troll on others. Trolls will have something to face as Twitter, the micro blogging platform has recently introduced a new weapon to combat trolls on its network: The Timeout


Trolls Will Be Feeling Like






Just last week, Twitter just rolled out a new feature to detect trolls by spotting abusive behavior from user accounts. When abuse is suspected, Twitter reduces the number of people who can see that person’s tweets for a pre-determined period of time. 

Only people who actively follow an account will be able to see its tweets while the account remains in timeout. That will prevent nasty messages from appearing in the timeline and notifications of anybody who doesn't explicitly want to see tweets from the timed-out user.

The initial round of timeouts seem to all be 12 hours in length. It’s not clear if Twitter will use other time constraints of shorter and longer durations, or if 12 hours will be the standard.