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Alcatel Introduces Two Amazing Devices

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Alcatel may be quite unpopular, but it wants to be taken
seriously as a manufacturer of quality, relatively low-cost Android
smartphones. Last year, the company took the first step to establish
this reputation with the Onetouch Idol 3 — a device that cost $249 (around N65,000)
but offered nearly everything you’d expect from handset double its
price. This year, it’s trying to build on this good first impression
with two new Idol handsets, the pricier of which signals the
company’s entry into the high-end market.

The Idol 4 is the direct successor of last year’s model and the
lower-specced of the two, with a smaller 5.2-inch 1080p display; an
octa-core processor; a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera; and 3GB
of RAM. The more up-market Idol 4S has a 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560
display, a faster processor, a 16-megapixel camera, and the same
3GB of RAM. The screens on both devices pop (although the IPS
display on the Idol 4 is outdone by the vivid AMOLED on the 4S),
and performance seemed solid after our few minutes poking
around. However, the Idol 4 only comes with 16GB of internal
memory, and the Idol 4S with only 32GB. In both cases this is
expandable, but it’s still a pretty poor show for these ambitious
handsets.

The design looks flowing and assured, but isn’t the most exciting.
The design of the phones might strike some as a little bland (they
were a bit too rounded for my taste), but the build quality is
certainly impressive, and the chrome-looking trim that ran around
the edge of the Idol 3 has been upgraded to real aluminum. Apart
from this, the main design change is the addition of a physical
button on the right-hand edge of both devices — the “Boom Key” —
which looks almost identical to the power button on Sony’s Xperia Z
series. It’s a programmable button and can operate a range of
functions, from taking a picture when the phone is locked to
boosting the bass when listening to music.

These commands are all selected from presets at the moment, and
although Alcatel says it’s working on allowing users to map any
function onto the Boom Key, it’s still only a minor selling point for
the Idol 4 and 4S. It might be useful to have the extra shortcut
occasionally, but for most commands you want quickly there’s
already an on-screen option. The button’s placement also makes it
feel distractingly crucial, and during my brief hands-on with the 4
and 4S I instinctively reached for it multiple times to try and unlock
the screen.
THE PACKAGING FOR THE IDOL
4S DOUBLES UP AS A HEADSET
FOR VIRTUAL REALITY
CONTENT

Much more interesting is Alcatel’s wheeze to make the packaging
for the Idol 4S do double duty as a VR headset. (The Idol 4,
unfortunately, does not get the same treatment.) Its plastic
construction isn’t going to impress anyone, but that’s not really the
point. It’s light and sturdy, and although I didn’t have the chance to
wear it for any length of time, it felt comfortable enough. This isn’t a
VR headset that’s going to transport you seamlessly to a virtual
world, but you can certainly use to try out any 360-degree videos
you find online, or experiment with the Google Cardboard app. The
temptation of having a first taste of VR might be enough for some
customers to choose the 4S over other, similar devices, and at the
very least it’s nice to be like a child again — finding the packaging
just as interesting as its contents.
Unfortunately, only the high-end Idol 4S comes with the VR headset
packaging.
The bad news, though, is that neither the Idol 4 nor the 4S are going
to be bargains. US pricing has yet to be announced for either device,
but it’s expected that the Idol 4 will come in at around €280 (that’s
about $310), while the 4S will leap up to about €450 (that’s $500).
While we praised the Idol 3 for being a bargain at the price, if these
estimates are correct, then the phone’s successors are less
obviously good value for money. However, they do feel like pretty
fantastic devices apart from that — with great screens and mature,
polished design. We’ll have to wait to spend a little more time with
them both to find out whether Alcatel has done enough to earn its
graduation to a higher price range.
Culled from : The Verge

Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst

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Combo VPN MTN Settings: Browse For Free On MTN Using This New Setting

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Combo VPN MTN Settings allow you to browse for free on the MTN Network. We all love free data and of course, there’s a reason why it’s not too common, that’s why I’m here.😀

Combo VPN MTN Settings

To give you information on free and affordable data plans so you don’t get ripped off by our internet service providers. So without further ado let’s get down to business.

Combo VPN MTN Settings For Browsing Free

What You’ll Need

  • An MTN sim without data
  • Default MTN APN settings
  • An Android Phone

First Download Combo VPN Here – Download Combo VPN

  • Open the app, then tap on Combo Settings and configure this way.
  •  Turn on Stealth Tunnel
  • Connection protocol – TCP
  •  Connection Port – 443
  •  Turn on the switch for Connect via parent proxy
  • Edit and set parent proxy as 10.199.212.2 and 8080 as port
  • Turn on the switch for Custom TCP/http header
  • Edit Custom TCP/http headers
  •  URL/host: datareset.mtnonline.com
  • Request method: CONNECT
  • Injection method: Normal
  • Tick keep-alive and user-agent
  • Press Generate and Validate and Save.
  • Save all settings and Connect

    This works without data or Airtime 0.0k on your MTN line and it is capped. It is capped around 50Mb to 100Mb daily. It renews daily.
    If it stops, simply open the Combo app again and change URL/host to smartapp.mtnnigeria.net:8080
    If you are an mpulse user and you have mpulse data, then open the Combo app again and change the URL/host to mtn.pass.ng.

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The 100K Followers Challenge – Why You Should Join The Challenge

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Hey there,

I’m just making this post just for you . I won’t waste your time because I know you probably have a ton of other things to do so I’ll get straight to the point. Just give me a minute of your time.

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I’ve been running this blog for 3 years and I just started creating YouTube videos a couple of months ago and It’s not been easy. So this year I’ve embarked on a challenge and I need your help to get there. I’ve set out on a challenge to be the first Nigerian Tech YouTuber with a 100K subscribers.

 

The biggest ones in the world have almost 10M . Help grow one of your own..  Let’s take this to the next level.

All you have to do is click the subscribe button at the end of this post and share this post with your friends.

Please SUBSCRIBE

What’s In It For You ?

Getting to 100k subscribers means I’ll be giving out a lot of free stuffs to those who subscribed to my channel also I’ll always be available if you need any tech help . Also you’ll be part of the 100k people who made this happen.

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Xiaomi Is Planning To Launch A Foldable Smartphone – Video

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Xiaomi is definitely one brand we should keep an eye on this year. After the successful launch of their Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 They have been working round the clock to release amazing devices and the awesome part about it is that they even have plans of coming to Africa permanently this year.

Xiaomi Foldable Phone

The first video of Xiaomi’s foldable smartphone was posted by popular twitter leakster @evleaks earlier in January but has now be confirmed by Xiaomi’s president Lin Bin, who tested out the device on camera.

The smartphone can be folded both sides, quickly converting the tablet to a portable android smartphone. This means that, when both sides aren’t in use what is left looks like a wide, smartphone-like device complete with curved edges on either side.

This is definitely a nice move from Xiaomi. I wonder what this device would be called. We’ll have to wait till the Mobile World Conference holding in February to find out.

Xiaomi Foldable Phone Video

Take a look at the video below and tell me what you think.

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Nokia 9 PureView: Expected release date, specifications, price and more

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Nokia 9 PureView which many have been waiting for happens to be one of the most important smartphones coming our way in 2019. As leaks have suggested, Nokia 9 PureView will be feature with five cameras on the rear, making it the world’s first smartphone with penta-lens camera setup. Here are all rumours we’ve heard surrounding Nokia 9 PureView, including its potential release date, features, specifications, and more.

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Nokia 9 PureView

Nokia 9 PureView is not going to look exactly  the company’s recently released lineup of devices, including the Nokia 7.1 and Nokia 8.1. Instead, the upcoming smartphone will be heavily inspired by the original Nokia 1020 but with a contemporary design.

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However, the current design appears to be slightly different. While a penta-lens camera system continues to be there, one can also notice bezels above and below the screen. Meanwhile, the notch is missing from the recently leaked renders.

Nokia 9 PureView: Hardware, software

Nokia 9 PureView will be powered by the previous generation Snapdragon 845 processor and not the latest Snapdragon 855 chipset. We have also learned that the phone will come with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Nokia 9 PureView is also said to have an in-display fingerprint scanner, first for any Nokia-branded smartphone.The phone will run Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box. Nokia 9 PureView is code-named “Olympic”.

Nokia 9 PureView: Release date, expected price

Although not confirmed, Nokia 9 PureView might get launched sometime later this month. According to Nokia Anew’s sources, HMD Global plans to launch its next-generation flagship in late January. That would put the launch date after CES 2019 and before MWC 2019.
There’s no word at what the device might cost. Suffice to say, it will cost more than the Nokia 8 Sirocco, which was launched in India at Rs 49,999( #258,000 ).Given the Nokia 9 PureView will be the world’s first smartphone with a penta-lens camera setup, expect it cost even more.

Nokia 9 PureView: Penta-lens camera setup

Perhaps the biggest highlight of the Nokia 9 PureView will be its camera.Nokia 9 PureView with seven holes on the back of the phone, five of which house five camera lenses. The other two are for the LED Flash and proximity sensor. Each of the seven circular cutouts, arranged in what looks like a circle, appears to have the same size. Clearly, this penta-lens camera setup will be based on Zeiss’ multi-lens patented zoom camera tech. At the moment, it’s not clear how the five-lenses camera setup works.

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How Google Plans On Replacing Android With Fuschia OS Soon

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You probably don’t need telling that Android is a very powerful and versatile operating system but Google is working on something that might end up as the direct replacement  – Fuschia.

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In this post, I’ll be explaining why Fuschia may actually replace Android
Kernels
Kernels are the core of any operating system, they provide the basic mechanisms around which the os can be built. A lot of the problems Android faces today is as a result of the fact it was built around the linux kernel whicj was not originally intended for it. 
As a matter of fact,  Android OS was originally meant for digital cameras so on it’s core it isn’t exactly specialized for what a smartphone should do
So what about Fuschia?
Fuschia is based on a completely different Kernel with 2 key benefits.
1. It is designed with the smart connected feature in mind
2. It’s more specific in its code and can be built on a wide range of devices
This kernel is called Zircon .
 So what’s the benefit ?
The reason that Fuschia is powerful is that this kernel runs on completely everything from phones abd TVs to Fridges and traffic lights.
One OS for everything. As more devices enter people’s homes, this would mean seamless integration among devices.
Your music could switch to your speaker when you enter a room and continue in your car when you get in.
Also Fuschia would be built around the idea of voice commands. Less tapping , More talking.
Fuschia would also solve one of the major problems of Android which is Fragmentation.

Fragmentation
Fragmentation is the reason most Android phones don’t perform as well as their hardware is capable of.
This exists because Android is a bit of a mess. It has software, kernel and drivers all working together in a slightly different configuration on each device.
That’s why Google just can’t push an update to any device out there. These 3 aspects have to be decoupled manually.
Google has little control of how users experience Android on 95% of phones.
This is a problem because these OEMs don’t have an incentive to keep your device updated. They prefer you get a new device if you want to upgrade so they can make more money.
Fuschia is cleaner built with updates in mind. Fuschia would help Google regain control of the end user software experience.
Fuschia is also written on the Flutter software development kit which is important because this runs on Android too. This would make sure Android apps run on it. You don’t expect Google to start from scratch with the already vast library of apps and games available.

So the big question –
When will Fuschia Replace Android
Considering that brands always make the 10th version of their products seem like the peak of their current product line. Android 10 might be replaced by Fuschia OS.
If it’s not, then we should be looking at the next couple of years.

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Unbelievable – Glo, 9mobile, NTEL Customers To Be Cut Off From Calling Other Networks

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NCC has given MTN and Airtel approval to bar Glo and 9mobile customers from calling their network over failure to pay Interconnect Debt.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has granted disconnection approval to mobile network operators (MNOs) to disconnect owing colleagues over rise in interconnect debt and failure of the affected operators to pay.

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NCC has asked MTN, Airtel and IHS to disconnect, on partial basis, services to Globacom, Ntel (MNOs) and interconnect exchange points including Breeze, Exchange, Solid, Medallion and Niconnx.

The implication of this development is that over 35 millions of subscribers would soon start to experience service disruptions.

While the affected operators have between the next 10 and 21 days, starting from 18th Dec to make amends or risk disconnections,

The Commission also said it has approved the Disconnection of Ntel and Globacom from the facilities of IHS in accordance with Section 103 of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 and the Guidelines on Procedure for Granting Approval to Disconnect Telecommunications Operators.

The Commission informed that 9Mobile, Smile and Swift are also to be disconnected from IHS facilities and ATC Wireless Infrastructure Limited.

“At the expiration of 10 days from the date of this notice, subscribers on the network of Ntel and Globacom will no longer be able to make calls to Airtel and MTN, but will be able to receive calls. Furthermore, Ntel and Globacom will be disconnected from the facilities of IHS.”

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Gionee Mobile Is Officially Bankrupt As Company Files For Liquidation In Court

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A few weeks ago I made a post regarding Gionee’s financial woes being the possible reasons why we haven’t seen new phones from Gionee. In case you missed that post you can find it here.

The same day I made the post a Gionee Nigeria staff called me and made threats regarding the post saying they would take action against me for publishing such content which was quite laughable. I don’t take down content that is true to please any brand. I also believe he was quite oblivious of the current position of his employers so I would disregard the threat.

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The news reaching me now is that the company has officially entered bankruptcy.

A court in Shenzhen has accepted the application for liquidation bankruptcy by Huaxing Bank. This may still turn into a company reorganization – Gionee hired restructuring consultants last week. Founder Liu Lirong thinks that the company can turn its fortunes around in 3-5 years.

However, Gionee owes a total of CNY 20.2 billion (around $3 billion) to 648 creditors. About half of the debt is to banks. Earlier this year the company failed to pay suppliers. Ad agencies haven’t been paid either.

The company’s money problem started when the founder and chairman Liu lost a CNY 1 billion bet in a casino.

Liu admitted in the interview that Gionee’s total debts amount to 17 billion yuan ($2,447,065,000), with 10 billion yuan($1,439,450,000) of this owed to banks, 5 billion yuan($719,725,000) to upstream suppliers and about 2 billion to advertising agencies.

If nothing spontaneous happens in 3 – 5 years and the executives can’t avoid gambling, this will be the end of Gionee Electronics and Smartphones.

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