Friday, 28 April 2017

Glo Increases Cost Of Data Plans - What You Should Know

Previously, Nigerian Telco Globacom released the most affordable data plans and that attracted many customers to their network. However , in some locations subscribers complained that the network was slow.



The cost of data on the 4G LTe and 3G Bundles have always been the same with the exception of the 1.6Gb GB plan for N500 which was available on 4G plans only.


Previously N1000 could get you 3.2Gb now N1000 gives you just 1.6Gb.



I decided to know why Glo decided to hike the price without any notice and the whole thing seemed a bit confusing but I managed to understand what they meant after they explained further.

Here's what you should know about the data reduction.

#1. New Subscribers will get 3.2GB for N1000

#2. Existing Subscribers with an active
Subscription will still get 3.2GB for N1000 if the plan is automatically renewed or renewed within 3 days of expiry. If it is not renewed they will start using the new data rates.

#3. Existing Subscribers without an active subscription will get 1.6GB for N1000.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Instagram Hits New Milestone : 700 Million Active Users

It seems Instagram "Snapchatifying" strategy is working out perfectly. The popular social media app now records 700 Million Active Users. This was announced by Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook. Here's the post.



Instagram is just 300 Million Users away from hitting the Billion Mark. Facebook's Lite version is still recording 250 million users. Let's keep our fingers crossed and see how this plays out.

Snapchat fans will Probably Be Like :



Meanwhile mark continues his worldwide takeover like the "Brain".




All I can say is... Wehdone Sir!!!

Video - See The Real Iron Man Jetpack That Can Actually Fly



At some point or another, you’ve wanted to be Iron Man. Or, more specifically, you’ve wanted to be Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark. It’s okay to admit. He’s suave, witty, and he has that kick-ass suit. No one’s judging. Richard Browning, a 38-year-old Englishman, not satisfied with the fantasy decided to make his own working flight suit.

The intrepid inventor unveiled his creation recently, and while it’s no match for the films or the comics, it’s still pretty impressive.

Browning used an array of tiny jet engines attached to his body for thrust. He worked on the project for well over a year, tinkering with all sorts of variables until one day, he got it.

Nicknamed Daedalus, after the mythical Greek inventor, the exosuit could, in theory, lift its pilot more than 300 feet off the ground and at speeds up to 60 mph. But Browning’s no daredevil, and he’s not flown more than a few feet up at relatively modest speeds.

In time, he says, Browning will test longer flights. “There is also some parallel development going on with airbag and parachute technology to enhance safety and allow us to fly higher — for example, above water,” he told Live Science.

If you want your own suit, it will run about a quarter million. “It’s something you can buy instead of a Lamborghini,” Browning quipped. “It’s not intended for mass markets at this stage.”

Right now, steering is all done with the person’s own body strength. That’s no problem for Browning, an experienced ultramarathon runner, and callisthenic stuntman, but it certainly isn’t for everyone just yet.

While it’s cool to see modern tech edge a bit closer to the fantastical Marvel universe, truly matching the capabilities of Stark’s suit is almost certainly impossible. Power is the big killer. Even if you can make it in a miniaturized fusion reactor, the heat would vaporize you instantly. Oh damn, now I’ve made myself sad… This is why I’m bitter, no how cool something is, I always gotta poke holes.

But seriously, watch this stuff in action, it’s incredible.


Source : Geek
Video Credit : RedBull

DEVICE LEAKS : Alcatel A30 - Image /Specifications







The Device will sport an 8.0″ 1280 x 800 pixels Screen and run on a 4×1.1GHz Qualcomm processor. Powering it up will be 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory (expandable with SD Card). It'll run on Android Nougat. Both the front and rear cameras pack 5MP each.

Whatsapp Adds Siri Support In iOS Update

WhatsApp latest update to its iOS app adds improved support for SiriKit. Now users can use Siri to read out new messages, which I think is really going to be helpful for visually impaired users or those who are unable to look at their phone's screen, such as while driving.



The command works by the usual "Hey Siri" string and then asking to read new messages on WhatsApp. You can also reply to messages using Siri.

The update is now available on the app store but you will need iOS 10.3 and above to be able to use Siri with it.

iPhone 8 Allegedly Knocks Out The Galaxy S8 In New Geekbench Leak

The iPhone 8 is going to be a beast when it comes to the performance of its chipset. A leaked screenshot surfaced in China claiming depict the results obtained by the iPhone 8 after running Geekbench 4.0.



If you take a look at the screenshot above and you're a benchmark fanatic you already know what those numbers mean: the iPhone 8 has absolutely destroyed the competition including the S8.

First, its single-core score of 4,537 is 30% better than the iPhone 7. Coming to it's closest competitor, the closest any of those has come is the Galaxy S8 with 1,945 . So the iPhone 8's performance is extremely good in this metric.

The iPhone 8's multi-core score is 8,975, which is 58% better than its predecessor's. The Android device that's scored the best here so far is the Galaxy S8+ with 6,338. That means the next iPhone performs 41% better than its most important Android-based competitor.

Before you start feeling like



I think you should know something.

Benchmarks are not necessarily an indicative of real-world experience, at least not fully. So don't take this to mean that the iPhone 8 will automatically be that much better than the S8 duo in day-to-day tasks. However, these results prove that Apple's focus on creating the most powerful mobile chipsets hasn't taken a hit over the past year or so, while developing the iPhone 8.

Also note that it's not impossible to fake such a screenshot - it's very easy in fact. So by all means, don't take any of this for granted.

Anyway, if I choose to believe the leaked image, it'll mean that hat the iPhone 8 will come with a screen resolution of 2,800x1,242, which makes up for an incredibly odd 20.2:9 or 2.25:1 aspect ratio. And that's even taller than the 18.5:9 Samsung went with for its S8.

The prototype in question will run on iOS 11 as you'd expect, and it identifies itself as "iPhone 10,6" - for comparison, the iPhone 7 is "iPhone 9,1". The A11 chipset that powers the new model has a 2.74 GHz quad-core CPU, and 128KB of L1 cache. The iPhone 7's A10 Fusion only goes up to 2.34 GHz, so some of the performance differences between these are coming from the fact that the clock speed has been increased by 17%.

New Facebook Update Allows Users To Watch Facebook Videos Outside The App

Facebook is really trying to make sure that every person's life revolves round their app. I spotted a new update while watching a video on Facebook.



The new update lets the video you're watching float on your screen while you're using another app or probably just scrolling through your news feed. I tried opening Whatsapp and the video was still playing.



To make the video float, you have to tap on the icon at the top left of your screen

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I'm guessing it's a server side update because I haven't updated my Facebook app in a while. So you should probably see this on your smartphone.

How Artificial Intelligence May End Up Ruining Our Lives

Technology has advanced so quickly in the 21st century that virtually everything you can imagine is almost possible. All that is required is an algorithm. New inventions like autonomous vehicles , AI powered computers/assistants and robots are gradually becoming part of our everyday lives.



Artificial Intelligence is still in its infancy but with the little that has happened so far  humans should take some time to understand what is really happening and ask ourselves the ultimate question –In the effort to make  our lives easier , are we putting our lives at the mercy of machines and hackers?. 

In this article, I’ll be talking about robots and autonomous cars.

Autonomous Cars


A lot has happened since the development of autonomous vehicles .These cars have experienced crashes and in cases had their controls hacked. Some people still say that the cars are still in beta and by the end of 2020 most of the bugs will be fixed but many of them forget the fact that Autonomous Vehicles are run by A.I programs which may be vulnerable to attacks. Like most computer programs, companies tend to fix bugs after the security of the program has been breached or a flaw has been discovered. When the autonomous vehicles are now released for public use, you may hear a sad story of how a man unsuspectingly got into his car only to discover that the security has been breached and his car’s A.I system has been hacked.

A security breach, one that may cost the person his life. If it’s a flying taxi, the same theory applies too. Stories of crashes due to hacks will be endless. Everything seems like a script from a Sci-Fi movie but that’s the future we are slowly heading towards. If you take a time machine to the time of Alexander the Great and tell him that you could take his picture and post it all over the world in a second, trust me you’ll be accused of sorcery. People during that time period would not even believe the world could advance as much as it has now.

I’m not against the use of autonomous vehicles but once the use of these machines cannot guarantee the safety of its users it should not be used. Security and Privacy seem like an illusion, nothing is guaranteed to be 100 percent safe. Until Autonomous Car Companies can guarantee that our lives will not be taken by a hacker’s touch of a button, we’re better off driving on our own with the A.I as an assistant.


Robots



Robots are actually meant to assist us but they may end up ruining our lives. Have a look at the short fiction below:


A man comes home from work looking gloomy. He parks his car and sits in the living room looking worried.

‘Darren, you look sad, what’s the problem?’  , his wife asks as she sits down beside him.

‘I’ve been saving up for Cheryl’s college fees and I hoped to complete the remaining couple of dollars from my salary this month and guess what, My boss fired me because he got a robot that handles the calculations faster than me’.


It may be fiction now but in a couple of years it’s certainly going to be real. A lot of people would lose their jobs and be replaced by machines. In future, if humans don’t take a moment to understand what is actually happening, the only jobs that’ll be left will probably be I.T related jobs.  You won’t need a cleaner, gardener, drycleaner or tailor because there’ll probably be robots that do their jobs more efficiently but the question still remains -What will happen to those who do these jobs?

 

A.I is unarguably the future of technology but it may actually ruin our lives. A.I is aimed at making our lives easier but it’s a little bit similar to a video game. Playing easy mode sucks but the advanced mode makes it more fun. It’s a two way sword.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Airtel Finally Launches 4G LTe In Nigeria

Leading Network Provider Airtel Limited, has announced a strategic partnership with ZTE to launch 4G in Nigeria.



Airtel was the first telecoms operator in the country to complete a successful 4G trial in Lagos but the last to release 4G LTe.


Commenting on the partnership with ZTE, The Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, said, “This is a new dawn for mobile Internet in Nigeria. Airtel and ZTE’s collaboration to roll out 4G service pan Nigeria will dramatically improve mobile Internet experience for telecoms consumers across the country.


“Indeed, Airtel is committed to strengthening its position as a true pioneer of innovation in the Nigerian telecommunications domain, as this is in line with our overall corporate vision of becoming the mobile Internet service provider of first choice for every Nigerian.”


Also speaking on the planned 4G deployment across Nigeria, Regional VP of ZTE Corporation, Mr. Zhang Ruigang commented: “As a reliable partner, ZTE will cooperate with Airtel Nigeria to build the first-class 4G LTE network, and provide the best long term service to Airtel Nigeria.”

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Users Can Now Use Instagram Offline In Latest Update



While Snap Inc is struggling with falling shares, its closest competitor Instagram is having quite a cool ride to the top. Here's a graph of Instagram's growth in the last couple of years.


Pretty Impressive

A lot was announced at Facebook's F8 Conference on April 19th but one of the most intriguing highlights of the event was when it was revealed that Instagram for Android will now have an offline mode.


Here's how it's going to work -

If you’re scrolling through images and you're stuck in a spot where the connection isn’t strong enough or just isn’t available at all, Instagram will keep images loaded up and still allow you to post, like, comment, follow/unfollow, and do just about anything else all without a data connection. Once the connection is re-established, the app will simply sync up all of this data.


Unfortunately, If you're thinking that other users will see your post when the data connection is not too strong. Well..



You're Wrong... . That's not even logically possible for now. It's like saying you're going to browse without data and your ISP will be looking at you like -



Be realistic Bruh...

The offline mode will be a bit limited as you will only be able to see what has already been downloaded, meaning fresh content will be missing completely. Regardless, It's an addition that'll come in handy from time to time.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

How You Can Earn Unlimited Airtime With Geopoll App

Geopoll is a mobile surveying platform revolutionizing the way data is collected. They conduct surveys through the mobile phone to help share your voice and opinions with the world. Their partners include non-profit and international organizations, and businesses worldwide.

GeoPoll surveys are always FREE to respond and many offer airtime credit on your phone. Information is anonymously collected, and they promise never to share your personal identifiable information.



How It Works

GeoPoll sends you short surveys on your mobile phone, and you can earn free airtime credit for every survey you complete. Don't be worried or scared about the questions. It's very simple and straightforward and the answers are there with options. Most of the questions are personal stuffs that you provide and earn money. You wouldn't imagine how much airtime you will get.

Geopoll comes in handy and in a new way with simple surveys which turn out to be generating airtime for you.


WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THE AIRTIME
✔️ It can be used to make calls
✔️ You can use it to subscribe for data plans of your choice
✔️ It can be transferred to another number etc.
HOW TO JOIN AND START EARNING FREE AIRTIME NOW
✔️ To join, download GeoPoll App
✔️ Then, input your country, and phone number to register.
You will start getting surveys. Each survey comes with a free airtime.


HOW TO REDEEM YOUR AIRTIME

It's simple. Once you have up to N100 or above on your dashboard, you just have to click on the "redeem" button and select the amount you want to withdraw. It will immediately get into the phone number on your dashboard via VTU. Networks supported are MTN, Etisalat, Glo and Airtel.


HOW TO GET YOUR REFERRAL LINK
To get your geopoll referral link, click on settings at the top left corner of the app and select "invite friends". Then click on share to get yours. You can also share directly to whatsapp, Facebook and even SMS.


Register With Your Number Then Use This As Your Referral Code - FP4PV5W


Download Geopoll here ->  http://bit.ly/2pwuR8p 


Indian Hackers Leak 1.7 Million Snapchat Details After Snapchat Owner Said Snapchat Wasn't For Poor Countries Like India and Spain

A few days ago, A former employee of Snapchat revealed that Evan Spiegel (Snapchat CEO) made a remark in 2015 that Snapchat was originally meant for rich people not poor countries like India and Spain. Apparently this didn't go down too well with the Indians and sparked rage online. In response to that anonymous Indian hackers have claimed to leak the database of 1.7 million Snapchat users, which they hacked last year.



According to the hackers, they had found vulnerability in Snapchat database last year and had siphoned details of 1.7 million users.


Hackers leaked and made this data based available on the darknet to mark their resentment against the company's remark on India.Indian hackers are among one of the best in the world of IT and experts at bounty hunting.



Hackers said they had found the bug earlier but never used the data but the 'arrogance' of the Snapchat CEO annoyed them.


They have further threatened to carry out an intensive strike against the company on the virtual world till the CEO apologies for his remark.


Although, Snapchat has not confirmed any successful hack and leak yet.

In response to the comment, Indians started campaigning against the app and Snapchat's rating dropped to a 'single star' from an apparent 'five star' on the Apple App Store.

Snapchat is reportedly suing the employee to court.

Monday, 17 April 2017

3 Ways To Manage Your Smartphone Storage Space

There's nothing worse than when your phone memory is full and you don't know what to delete especially when you don't have any SD card.





There was a time 4GB of space meant a lot of space but as we moved into
a new generation of smartphones, aspects such as the camera, video quality, apps, and file sizes has increased dramatically.

Android Chapter 7 vs 7 : Verily I say unto you, brethren ' Any Android device with a storage capacity less than 16GB is an abomination, so I advise you to flee'

Here are a few ways that can help you to free up space on your Android smartphone and reclaim those valuable gigs.

Why Your Device Storage Is Always Smaller Than Specified

Some people using a 128GB Android device don't even bother about storage capacity filling up. On the other hand, the poor souls with 16GB and 8GB internal storage tend to count every single megabyte. However, you might have noticed that even in new Smartphones with 16Gb memory , the available memory is no more than 12GB.

Is there a way to get all 16GB of storage space?

The answer is no because manufacturers tend to play with numbers when it comes to providing internal storage. If you are given 16GB of storage at the rate of 1000MB = 1GB, the Android system calculates the storage using binary, where 1024MB = 1GB.

Moreover, there is around 2GB of internal storage space that the Android OS takes up, which is the heart of your device. Hence, there is no way to increase the total internal storage capacity to more than what you see in the Storage menu of the Settings app.

#1. Remove Unimportant Apps And Use Lite App Versions

Unimportant apps could be using up a fair amount of storage space that you desperately need. For instance, Facebook and Messenger uses up almost 500MB of your device storage, which can be quite the blow on a device with low memory. You can simply switch to the Lite version of the apps which use less than 3mb. Shazam, Skype and Twitter also have Lite versions.



Apart from the apps that you have installed, there are some apps that the smartphone manufacturers try to force down your throat

These apps are almost useless to the user, and brands like Samsung are guilty of this. You can find the Galaxy Apps, S Health, Flipboard and many other irrelevant apps on their devices.

If you aren’t too keen on removing these bloatware apps entirely by rooting your Android device, disabling them is the next best thing. Simply head over to the Applications menu in the Settings, navigate to these bloatware apps and use “Disable” to render these bloatware apps useless.

#2.Stream Movies Don't Download

I know data subscription is sometimes expensive but most times discretion is the greater part of valor. Streaming a movie will save you more storage space than downloading it. The only extra data you may use up due to streaming is due to the buffer but if your Internet speed is very good you'll only use up the exact amount you use for downloading the movie.


If you're really concerned about your Android storage space running out, hoarding movies on your device’s internal storage won’t just take away precious space, but will slow down the system drastically.

#3 Move Your Files To The Cloud

Backing up your pictures to the cloud will save a lot of storage space.

To make things easier, Android OS offers an automatic backup in the Google photos app. From the Google Photos app, head over to the menu option and select “Free Up Space”. This screen will alert you on how many pictures have been backup up to your Google account and how many images can now be safely deleted.



Apart from photos and videos, you can back up large documents directly to your Google Drive account and access them online, without sacrificing the internal storage space. Since a single Google account offers 15GB of free storage, you can add multiple Google accounts, back up your media content and enjoy virtually limitless space.


Sunday, 16 April 2017

The New Remidi Glove Turns You To A Professional Musician And DJ

As tech keeps advancing, we get to see new products every day.



Remidi is a wearable musical instrument that allows your hand to play unlimited combinations of sounds. The wearable MIDI controller lets you ad custom sounds to your fingers and palm, and then use hand gestures to control the effects. It reacts to how long and how hard you press creating a different sound intensity and duration, and by moving your hand in different directions you can control how fast or slow your tone is, and control effects such as reverb, duration and tempo. You can create music on-the-go with the included app, roam freely at your live performance while controlling the sounds, and integrate it with top recording programs.




It's very easy to set the Remidi to be beginner friendly—just download the song you'd like to learn, and practice along while the glove helps you find your way. But more advanced musicians will be able to do so much more. The glove can synchronize with DJ and VJ technology to take a live show to the next level, and the nearly limitless ways the glove can be used open the doors to a whole new style of music and performance.


Here's The Fun Part..

Currently, there aren't any other wearable instruments like Remidi, but when it comes to new products combining music and technology, the gloves are in good company. An Ohio-based startup SoundSpace takes the conceit of conjuring music in the real world and moves it to virtual reality, where music can become a tangible thing to change and manipulate. SoundStage takes that concept even further, transforming room-sized VR facilities into "musical sandboxes" where nearly every instrument is in arms' reach. Whether players are using Remidi gloves to play music anywhere in the world, or diving into a world of music courtesy of VR, it's clear that the next generation of musicians will have more options than ever thought possible.

Music Concerts in Virtual Reality ..



It's only a matter of time.. Watch the video below to see how it works.



Visit Remidi Website

SuitX Exoskeleton Helps Paralysed People Walk Again

If you watch a lot of Sci-fi movies like me, you'll definitely know that Robotic Exoskeletons in the movies are usually meant for heroes ;Iron Man, The Atom, Ant Man, etc. All those still remain fiction.


Having Real-life superheroes are one thing, but where robotic suits are beginning show their biggest promise is in the medical field. In full-body designs or worn from the lower back or waist down, therapeutic exoskeletons use tiny motors attached to orthotics to help people who usually get around in wheelchairs control their joints and regain the ability to walk. For these people, getting around is only one benefit, since the ability to stand and move around also helps them prevent muscle atrophy, build strength, and boost blood circulation.


The suits can be bulky sometimes. Users can walk with them only on solid, level surfaces and always need crutches for balance and support." Only a few companies have regulatory approval to sell consumer exoskeletons, and the machines can cost nearly six figures in dollars. Still, the ability to stand and walk around can mean everything for someone who may spend the remainder of his/her days in a wheelchair, at any cost.

You can see the guy in the first image, sitting on a wheel chair in the picture below. The suit actually works.


Dutch Town Plans To Add LED Lights To Sidewalks To Protect Smartphone Users



Let's be honest here, you and I are guilty of using our smartphones while walking, though not constantly but you've certainly done it once.


hehehe.. I think you shouldn't bother much about this gif

A lot of people have lost their lives because of their smartphones. You can check out my post here :


Horrible Moments Smartphones Have Caused The Death Of People.



A town in Netherlands is taking a keen interest in protecting pedestrians from being run over— specifically, smartphone-wielding pedestrians. They're testing out strips of LED lights near intersections so smartphone addicts will know when it's safe and unsafe to cross the street. Not everyone supports this plan.




It's being tested in Bodegraven-Reeuwijk, which is just 25 miles south of Amsterdam. The street corners now have "light lines" of LEDs implanted in the sidewalks that light up red or green to correspond with when it is safe and unsafe to cross the street. The idea here is that "smartphone zombies" have their necks cranked down at their screens and distracted by what is happening on their phones, people just can't pay enough attention to oncoming traffic


It's never bad to get ahead of a potential problem before it happens, but these LED sidewalk lines are being met with some resistance. The Dutch road safety group VVN, for example, said that the idea rewards bad behavior. "It's not a good idea to help mobile phone users look at their phones,"Jose de Jong of VVN, the Dutch Traffic Safety Association, told the BBC. "We don't want people to use phones when they're dealing with traffic, even when walking around.

People must always look around them, to check if cars are actually stopping at the red signals." Similar pavement lights are being tested in the German city Augsburg. It's going to take a while before we see this implemented in other parts of the world. Nigeria might probably not need this. Growing up in a country where drivers can be so reckless, it's a rare sight to see someone glued to his or her screen for more than a few minutes. Some things can actually be blessings in disguise.

The PWN Phone - The Smartphone Made For Hackers - See Specifications and How To Make Yours

The Pwn Phone is a Pwnieexpress Device. It runs on LG Nexux 5 hardware and is powered by a Debian version of Kali Linux, developed by Pwnieexpress, named Pwnix. It is a very powerful penetration testing device which has 2 Gb RAM, 16 GB ROM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.3 GHz quad core CPU and a high-performance GPU Adreno 330, 450 MHz. It supports dual band external wireless card and includes more than 100 open source penetration testing tools like mdk3, tshark, wifite, metasploit and many more.


Core Features

High performance CPU/GPU, HD display, powerful battery

External high-gain 802.11b/g/n wireless
supporting packet injection & monitor mode

External high-gain Bluetooth supporting packet injection (up to 1000′)

External USB-Ethernet adapter for wired network pentesting

Custom Android front-end with One-Touch

Pentesting apps, including Evil AP, Strings Watch, Full-Packet Capture, Bluetooth Scan, & SSL Strip
Custom Kali Linux back-end with comprehensive pentesting suite, including Metasploit, SET, Kismet, Aircrack-NG, SSLstrip, Ettercap-NG, Bluelog, Wifite, Reaver, MDK3, & FreeRADIUS-WPE

One-Touch in-product updates keeps your toolkit up to date with the click of a button

6 different covert channels to tunnel through application-aware firewalls & IPS

Unlocked 4G/LTE GSM (SIM card not included)

Includes USB OTG cable (for USB host-mode)
Includes protective hard-shell case

So now the penetration testing device could be in your pocket, thanks to Pwnieexpress.


But it's quite Expensive though - $1095 dollars - about N390,000. You could check out the store for it or you can follow the instructions on their website to create your own hacking phone - Note : You may brick your device if you don't follow the instructions there carefully and I won't be responsible for anything that occurs to your device -> Build Your Own Hacking Phone
Or you could just check the store.


Check Store

Readers Deluxe : Fast And Furious 8 : Review


In the spirit of Easter, I'm gonna be dropping a review of the latest movie to drop this Easter, one of my personal favorites - Fast and Furious. Here's a review culled from
The Hindustan Times Website
.. Enjoy -

It is in times like these that you mourn Han’s death extra hard. The sight of him, that stone cold stare, those smirky shrugs, thoroughly unconcerned by the unbelievable mayhem playing out around him, probably slipping single chips into his mouth... You’ll miss that here – dare I say, more than you’ll miss Brian.
Especially when demi god Vin Diesel decides to race a nuclear-armed submarine. But more on that later.


Before that, he meets a mysterious cyber terrorist called Cypher, who, and there’s no better way to put this, hacks into his brain, and forces him to turn his back on the only code he lives by – family (say it in Vin Diesel’s gravelly monotone for maximum impact).


Of course, there’s a reason why Dominic Toretto goes rogue. There always is. Because without it, we’d have no movie would we? And when that reason is revealed, by God it will put you in a strange mood.



For the longest time, the Fast and Furious series has been an exercise in testing mankind’s patience for cartoonish action - like a multi-billion-dollar lab experiment gone way out of hand. On literally any other occasion, the sight of million-dollar cars parachuting down from the sky, or chasing down a cargo plane down a 45 km runway, OR Vin Diesel soaring across the sky Superman-like, would’ve been one outlandish move too many. We were there right with them till they’d restricted themselves to dragging 3-tonne bank vaults across Rio de Janeiro, but not anymore, no.



And then, there’s the issue of the almost Inception-like levels of complexity to the chronology of the series. As we stand, this is how it goes: 1, 2 - a short film with a deceptive poster retroactively written, produced, and co-directed by our boy Vin Diesel (this is not a lie. Go look it up) - 4, 5, 6, 3, 7 and now, 8.


And as if all this - the insane timeline, the devil-may-care attitude to the action, the increasingly uncomfortable will they/won’t they dynamic playing out between The Rock and Vin Diesel - wasn’t enough, there’s also the fact that the characters’ personalities aren’t set in stone, which is so weird. Tyrese used to scowl a lot and used to punctuate his sentences with the word ‘bruh’.


He is now the comic relief, and if memory serves, has stopped saying ‘bruh’ completely. Ludacris, the man, the rapper, despite showing no signs of being adept at anything other than chilling on lounge chairs in his first appearance, was made a ‘computers expert’ in the later movies.

Oh, and also, they brought Letty back from the dead, which, in hindsight, too a shocking plot development to simply shrug off like we all did.
But I digress. Let’s come back to the point. Vin Diesel was racing a nuclear-armed submarine. And we were missing Han’s classic reaction shot, that wry smile on his face, and a bag of chips in his hands.


Fast and Furious 8, or The Fate of the Furious if we were to call it by its more inventive title, is not as deliriously over-the-top as 5, it isn’t as emotional as 7, and it isn’t as all around awesome as Tokyo Drift (which is, unconventionally, my favourite of the bunch). But none of this matters. It is, however, the strangest, darkest, and the most deviant film in the series.



But even if we were to put all the eccentricities of the plot aside for a moment, because being a fan of this franchise, someone who has been there right from the beginning, I realise that what really draws us to these movies is the action. It used to be the characters too, once upon a time, but now, sadly, it’s just the action. But director F Gary Gray, who has made some fantastic films in the past (The Italian Job, Straight Outta Compton to name a couple), seems to be too bogged down by the behemoth this series has become. His action set-pieces (that tundra-set show stopper included) don’t hold a candle to anything Justin Lin did in his four movies. Or even James Wan in Furious 7.


There’s no authorship to this film. It could have been directed by any of the series’ previous filmmakers and no one would have noticed.
For a franchise whose sole purpose of being hinges on the age old mantra ‘go big or go home’, Fast and Furious 8 sure does follow the rulebook. But sadly, the fatigue is setting in. A couple of films ago – even three films ago – you’d never have believed it.



The series had just witnessed a comeback unlike any other. In that moment, to quote a teen novel of all things, we were all infinite. Dom was in love. The Rock was breaking concrete by stomping on it real hard. Tyrese was yelling. Women were being objectified…
But now, after we’ve seen parachuting cars and flying Vin Diesels, what’s a nuclear missile here and there?

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Infinix S2 Pro - Price And Specifications In Nigeria and Kenya

Oppo started off this year by launching devices with dual camera setups and it seems Infinix and Tecno are following up on that. You're probably used to seeing dual rear cameras and different OEMs implement it for different uses.


The Infinix S2 Pro is dubbed the 'World's First Wefie’ smartphone.



The S2 Pro is the next iteration of the Hot S released last year.

The S2 Pro sports a Dual Camera setup to capture the Wefies .it also comes with a beautiful 2.5D display with 2 selfie cameras and 1 rear camera(13MP/8MP)


Other Specifications

· 5.2inch HD (720p) 2.5D curved Display
· 3GB RAM
· 32GB internal storage
· 1.3GHz Octa-core MT6753 Processor
· 13MP back camera with Dual LED Flash
· 13MP + 8MP front cameras with LED Flash
· 3000mAh Libattery
· Dual SIM support
· Android 6.0 Marshmallow with XOS Skin
· 4G LTE Supported


Price In Nigeria and Kenya - It'll cost around Ksh15,699 in Kenya and about N47,750 in Nigeria

Itel Wish A41 - Price And Specifications In Nigeria

Itel Mobile just added a new device to their ranks, the device is called the itel Wish A41 . The itel wish A41 joins the rank of itel phones with 4G VoLTE connectivity features.




The Wish A41 comes with a ‘Multiple Account’ apps and ‘SmartKey’ feature for multiple Social media Accounts and easy selfies .The Multiple account feature of the itel wish A41 allows users operate two different accounts on popular WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram , while the ‘SmartKey’ feature enables users conveniently take screenshots and pictures with a single click.

If you're a lover of big specs, you're going to be "HIGHLY DISSAPOINTED" with what you'll see below -


Itel Wish A41 Specification



Model - Itel Wish A41
Security - Fingerprint senor
Operating System - Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Color- Champagne, Calx, and Rose Gold
Internal Memory-
8GB , expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD
RAM - 1GB
Processor - 1.3GHz quad-Core mediatek processor
Display Size - 5-inch FWVGA (480 x 854 pixels) display
Rear Camera - 5MP rear Autofocus camera, with flash
Front Camera - 2MP front-facing camera with flash
Connectivity -
Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, FM Radio, and 4G VoLTE.
Battery - 2400mAh battery.

Price - N17,500-N25,000

Personally, I think the combination of the cameras, 4G Lte, 1Gb ram and 2400mAh battery brings down the phone totally. It's certainly an entry level smartphone so I really don't blame iTel for making the phone like that.

If you're wondering if I'm gonna get the phone,

Well...



Even if I do, I'd rather use it as a Hotspot for my Non-4G enabled phones.


Innjoo 4 - Price And Specifications In Nigeria and Kenya


Injoo just released images of the new Injoo 4 but without the specifications for the device. However I got a few details about the device.






Innjoo 4 Specifications And Price In Nigeria



CPU – Deca-Core 2×2.3GHz ARM Cortex-A72 + 4×2.0GHz ARM Cortex-A53 + 4×1.4GHz ARM Cortex-A53

Chipset – Mediatek Helio X20 MT6797

GPU – ARM Mali-T880 MP4, 830 MHz, 6-Cores

Camera – 16 Megapixels with Dual-LED and AF Rear Camera | 8 Megapixel Front camera

Memory – RAM- 4GB | ROM 64GB External Memory Support Up to 128GB (Uses SIM 2 Slot)
Display – Screen size 5.5 inches FHD Display (1080 x 1920 Pixels)

Battery – Non-Removable 3,400 mAh Lithium-Polymer

SIM – Hybrid Dual SIM (Micro + Nano/MicroSD)

Sensors – Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Light Sensor, Compass, Fingerprint

Color – Gold, Black, Gray

Operating System – Android 7.0 Nougat

I/O Interface – 1x Micro SIM Card Slot, 1x Nano SIM Card Slot or TF Card Slot, Type-C USB Port, 3.5mm Audio Out Port, Power Button, Volume Button, Microphone, Speaker

Extra Features – Full Metal Body Design, LTE 50 Mbps, HSPA plus, LTE CAT4 150 Mbps Download HSUPA 5.76 Mbps Upload, HSDPA 21 Mbps Download, Computer Sync, OTA Sync, Tethering, VoLTE Support, FM Radio, 2.5D Curved Glass Screen, MediaTek Pump Express Fast Charging Technology, 9V/2A Charger Output Power, Rounded Edges, Finger Print Scanner.

Pricing And Availability

The device should be available around April or May. It'll cost around N68,750 - N72,000  and the equivalent in Kenyan currency.


Watch The Unboxing Video Below