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Will You Use The New Phillips Smart Toothbrush?

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Philips announced a new Sonicare electric toothbrush called the
FlexCare Platinum Connected, which connects to your smartphone.
It’s a smart toothbrush, and it claims to help you make sure you’re
brushing your teeth as well as you can.
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The toothbrush, slated to come out in July, is one of a handful of
smart toothbrushes that have come out or been announced over the
past couple years. Most of them have similar goals of making sure
you brush your teeth for long enough. The FlexCare boasts some
extra personal features, as would be expected given its steep asking
price of $200.

The toothbrush connects to a smartphone app via Bluetooth and
uses different sensors to tell you how well you’re brushing, so it’s
like an electric toothbrush with a built-in guidance system.
If that seems like too much to pack inside a toothbrush, the
American Dental Association probably wouldn’t disagree with you.
“Both manual and powered toothbrushes can effectively and
thoroughly clean your teeth,” the ADA says on its website. In fact, in
its list of recommended toothbrushes , the ADA does not list any
“powered” toothbrushes. We can surmise anything much more
advanced than the free, manual toothbrush you get from your dentist
is pretty superfluous to the average brusher.
The FlexCare on its own looks like most other electric toothbrushes.
It has replaceable heads and three different vibration frequency
levels, which according to Philips will get you about 31,000 brush
strokes per minute.

The bells and whistles
The connected FlexCare has a location sensor to determine what
section of your mouth you’re brushing and how long you’re hitting
each section. The sections are kind of broad, and the sensor isn’t
accurate enough to tell you if you’re missing a specific tooth, just a
range of about five or six teeth.
As you brush, the app highlights which area you are brushing and
lets you know when that section has received enough attention.
Other connected toothbrushes will time out your brushing process as
well but they don’t get quite as detailed as the FlexCare. It also
claims to sense how much pressure you’re applying and how much
you’re scrubbing, and will tell you to adjust in real time if you’re
overdoing it.
You can also input specific data for your teeth, like if you have gum
recession in an area. If that’s the case, the app will adjust to tell you
to use less pressure on that area of your mouth. Though, you could
easily just brush with less pressure without an app to tell you that.

The app will ask if you flossed, too, and while you could just lie to it,
the guilt factor alone may shame you into doing it.
Based on all of the brushing data the FlexCare accrues, you can get
personalized tips. Philips said there are about 3,000 different lines of
coaching to help you adjust for the best cleaning — which seems like
vastly more tips than we would have expected there to be.

The toothbrush gamifies dental health by giving you points as an
incentive to form good dental habits, although currently the points
cannot be used for anything.
The competition
Connected and gamified toothbrushes have been around for a while,
with some even offering rewards. The Beam Brush lets you buy
movie tickets and clothes with your points and only costs $50.

Compared to other smart brushes, the $200 FlexCare is on the pricier
side, excluding the $400 smart toothbrush/camera combo
Prophix . The most similar brush is the Oral-B SmartSeries
toothbrush , which costs about $100 but doesn’t give quite the
extensive range of sensors and personal tips.
Just because the FlexCare is the most feature-heavy toothbrush
available doesn’t mean the features are the best available or
necessary to maintaining good oral health. It comes with an asking
price that most people will pass over in favor of a cheap manual
brush, or even a non-Bluetooth electric brush.
Just because the technology exists doesn’t necessarily mean it
needs to be included.

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Culled from Mashable

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9Mobile In Trouble Again As New Owners ‘Teleology’ Pull Out Of Telco

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9mobile in trouble again. According to reports reaching me , Teleology Holdings, the new owners of 9mobile ,may just have withdrawn from further participation in the 9mobile project.

If you could recall during the 9mobile crisis , Teleology acquired 9mobile, previously  Etisalat, in November 2018 —  eight months after it made an initial $500million non-refundable deposit to acquire the telco, and a cumulative 10 months after the takeover was billed to have been finalized.



Teleology Holdings, led by Adrian Wood,  a pioneer Chief Executive Officer of MTN Nigeria, eventually won the final bid — ahead of Airtel, Globacom, Smile and Helios.

9Mobile

 

Teleology Holdings’ successful bid for 9mobile was successful due to the quality of its proposed seven-man management team led by Wood, and was approved by the NCC Technical Evaluation Committee, the 13-member bank lending syndicate as well as the acquisition finance provider, Afreximbank.

 

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However, according to developing reports, Teleology Holdings has become extremely uncomfortable with actions taken outside of the agreed business plan, since their initial takeover, considering it has been blocked from concluding a management services contract with the local joint venture, Teleology Nigeria Limited.

The proposed management services contract would have enabled Teleology Holdings and its team of experts oversee the implementation of the its elaborate business plans including funding proposals — but that so far been impossible.

 

9Mobile

Wood is understood to have resigned from the boards of Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services (trading as 9mobile) as well as Teleology Nigeria Limited, and has already communicated his current disenchantment with the 9Mobile project to his confidants in Teleology.

According to Woods, 9mobile is an exciting opportunity to build a revolutionary mobile network that could be the pride of Nigeria. Unfortunately, it appears that we will not be able to participate. We now must stand down from further work on the 9mobile project.”

Has 9mobile become the new Econet? We can’t tell. Let me know what you think in the comments

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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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