Showing posts from August, 2016

5 places Mark Zuckerberg must visit before he leaves Lagos

The report that Mark Zuckerberg is in Lagos, is no longer news, right? Yesterday, August 30, after the international news media house tweeted that Mark Zuckerberg was in ‘Sub-Saharan Africa’ instead of stating Nigeria outright.

However, now that Mark Zuckerberg is in Lagos, Nigeria, what are the five places he must visit before he leaves Lagos?

1. Facebook Partner Workshop Developer Event
The workshop which holds today, Wednesday, is one of the major reasons Mark Zuckerberg is in Nigeria. Although attendance is free, the event is strictly by invitation, and the venue is likely CC HUB in Yaba, Lagos.
During the workshop, you’ll hear from Facebook Product, Partnerships, and Engineering teams, who will be providing exclusive, hands-on instruction via code-labs, tech-talks, and updates on the latest Facebook Platform products designed to help you build and grow a successful business.

2. Olumo Rock

Olumo Rock in Abeokuta, Ogun state

When Zuckerberg was in India, one of the places he visite…

Facebook boss Zuckerberg in Lagos

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook – the largest social media network – yesterday paid his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa. Nigeria, his destination, has the largest mobile and internet market on the continent.
The youthful American billionaire and Internet entrepreneur, who arrived in Lagos, is in the country to meet members of startup ecosystem – a large group of entrepreneurs and innovative young Nigerians. Zuckerberg announced the visit via his personal Facebook page, saying he was ready to interact with Nigerian innovators and learn about their business ideas.
Zuckerberg wrote on his wall: “Next stop: Lagos! This is my first trip to sub-Saharan Africa. I’ll be meeting with developers and entrepreneurs, and learning about the startup ecosystem in Nigeria. The energy here is amazing and I’m excited to learn as much as I can.”
Zuckerberg yesterday visited Co-creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB), a multi- technological ecosystem based in Yaba, Lagos Mainland. He interacted with chil…

Nigerian developers are awesome -Zuckerberg

Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg has commended Nigerian developers and entrepreneurs.
He gave the commendation while answering questions at a town hall meeting held in Lagos.
Zukerberg noted that Nigerians are doing awesome work with new media.
More details comming
The post appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.

Weekly Roundup: Zero-day hacks rock Apple, WhatsApp changes privacy policy

August, the weekend of months. This week a zero-day hack rocked Apple, WhatsApp announced a major privacy change and Tesla announced a new model that takes Ludicrous Mode to the next level. Would you rather get the Weekly Roundup in your inbox? Same, TBH.
1. Hackers are honing in on mobile devices. The latest example was an Apple zero-day hack targeting activist Ahmed Mansoor that employed not one but three zero-day exploits that were addressed by a patch. The investigation suggested these were the work of a shady cybersecurity company, and the software may have been used for years by governments looking to compromise political targets. So, if you haven’t done so yet, update your iOS devices to 9.3.5.
2. WhatsApp came out with a huge shift in its privacy policy. The Facebook-owned messaging app will now share user data with Facebook for ad targeting. You have a few options: stop using WhatsApp, or take advantage of the partial opt out the app is offering users for a short peri…

How to Stop WhatsApp From Sharing Your Info With Facebook

If you are an existing user, you can choose not to share your account information with Facebook to improve your Facebook ads and products experiences.
There are two ways to do this:
Option 1
Before you tap Agree to accept our updated
Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

You will see a control at the bottom of the screen. If you do not want your account information shared with Facebook to improve your Facebook ads and products experiences, you can uncheck the box or toggle the control.

Option 2
After you agree to our updated Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, you will have an additional 30 days to make this choice by going to Settings > Account > Share my account info in the app. If you do not want your account information shared with Facebook to improve your Facebook ads and products experiences, you can uncheck the box or toggle the control.

The Facebook family of companies will still receive and use this information for other purposes such as improving infrastructure and de…

Google Fills Nexus Devices With Rich Nougat Features

Google on Monday began rolling out its long-awaited Android 7.0 Nougat release to Nexus smartphones and tablets.
The new operating system became available as a beta release, known only as "Android N," earlier this year. The experiences of developers and other users led to more than 250 new features, including improved multitasking, stronger battery life and tighter security features, noted Sameer Samat, vice president of product development.
The new OS provides quick access to settings, so important features like Bluetooth, WiFi and the phone's flashlight are readily available when needed.
The system also provides multi-locale support, so that languages can be localized and other apps can be adjusted to reflect the user's location.
Among the more sought-after features are multitasking, which lets users run two apps alongside each other in adjustable windows. Users can access notifications without having to open individual apps. Switching between apps is a snap -- al…

Android 7.0 Nougat released by Google

Google has released Android 7.0, codenamed Nougat.
The new version of its mobile operating system allows two apps to be run on the same screen at once, and makes it possible for devices to handle more complex 3D graphics.
For now, only Nexus-branded handsets and tablets can get the update.
Google says a forthcoming phone from LG will also have the software pre-installed. But other device owners will have to wait for manufacturers to carry out their own checks before they make it possible to install the code.
The situation poses a challenge to Google, which wants as many users as possible to upgrade. According to the firm's own figures, only 15% of Android devices in use got the previous version of Android.

Facebook launches Lifestage app for school teens

Facebook has launched a new social media app aimed at school teenagers.

Members of Lifestage, currently only available on Apple devices in the US, upload pictures and videos based around feelings, likes and dislikes. These are then turned into video profiles.
All posts are public and there are no options to restrict viewing. The idea is to connect members of the same school, its creator said.
One expert told the BBC the lack of privacy settings was a concern.
School members can view each other's profiles once the individual school has registered 20 members or more.
Users aged more than 21 are only able to view their own profiles,
reports the Tech Crunch website.
However the app warns that it cannot guarantee whether all its users are genuine.
"We can't confirm that people who claim to go to a certain school actually go to that school. All videos you upload to your profile are fully public content," it says.
Lifestage has no messaging functionality but users can disp…

Google Comes Out with its Own “FaceTime” app, Duo

Move over FaceTime and Skype because Google wants a seat at the table (well, actually another seat at the table) with their new video chat app, Duo.
Launched on Monday , Google Duo, is a video chatting app specifically for use on your phone. Unlike FaceTime this app doesn’t require both callers to have the same phone i.e., the iPhone. Instead it’s all done through the app which is available for both iOS and Android.
Now if it seems like Google already has a video-calling app that’s because they do. It’s called Google Hangouts or as I call it “Google Hang-Yourself.” My experience with Hangouts has been ripe with glitches, dropped calls and general confusion.

Duo on the other hand is promoted as “a simple 1-to-1 video calling app.” From an easy interface to contact list integration the whole thing is intended to make Duo the simpler choice. Or as Google puts it, “Duo takes the complexity out of video calling, so that you can be together in the moment wherever you are.” Aww.
Keeping in …

Finding Compatible USB-C Accessories is a Total Crapshoot

USB Type-C is mainstream now. HP and Apple put the new standard on their high-end laptops exclusively, while a number of others are using both USB 3.0 and USB-C. Samsung added USB Type-C to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which ensures that we'll see it on a ton of phones going forward.

In theory, this should be awesome. You can use USB Type-C for charging, transferring data, putting video on external monitors, listening to music and more. And, most famously, it's reversible.
But using USB Type-C with third-party accessories hasn't proven to be the seamless experience it should be. I've been trying out a number of USB Type-C docks, chargers and other peripherals, only to find that, when it comes to charging and Alternate Mode for video, they work on a case-by-case basis (we haven't had the same issues with data transfer).
I can't recommend that you out and buy USB-C chargers and alt-mode docks immediately, unless you know for sure that what you're buying will wo…

Asus ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe, ZenFone 3 Ultra, ZenFone 3 Laser Launched in India

Asus India on Wednesday launched its ZenFone 3 series in the country. The company has priced the ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) at Rs. 21,999, the ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL) at Rs. 27,999, the ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) at Rs. 49,999, and ZenFone 3 Laser (ZC551KL)  at 18,999. The and the ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) starts at Rs. 49,999, with the Snapdragon 821 model priced at Rs. 62,999.
While the Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) and Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL) will be available from Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, and Sangeetha Mobiles from Wednesday, it will hit retail shelves before the end of the month. The Asus ZenFone 3 Laser (ZC551KL), Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL), and Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL)  on the other hand will be available across online and offline retail channels from next month.

All four Asus smartphones run Android 6.0 Marshmallow, feature metal bodies, and support hybrid dual-SIM card slots. The company has also announced a variant of the ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) for India, cal…

How to transfer files from smartphone to PC

Most times, we seek to transfer files from our desktop computers to our phones. According to, there are easy ways to do this. Below are some of the strategies:
Wi-Fi transfer apps If your computer is connected to a nearby wireless network, one of the ways to transfer files to a mobile device is to set up wireless transfer. These services specialise in quickly porting information through your wireless network and onto a mobile device. Once set up, these services are quick, easy to use, and quite reliable as long as your wireless Internet connection is stable. Cloud storage Cloud sharing services include Google Drive, iCloud or Dropbox.  Download the app for your phone and access the information, while it is in the cloud. This is useful for transferring files between different platforms including sharing with friends or co-workers. However, both drag-and-drop transfers and cloud sharing have some security issues. If you are not using a secure wireless network, …

USB-IF Announces Charger Certification Programme for USB Type-C Devices

There are many USB chargers available on the Internet, but sadly there has been no standard certification that can notify the users if the charger indeed produces the power delivery specifications that are listed on the product. Now, the non-profit body that determines USB specifications and standards - the USB Implementer Forum - has announced that it will perform the standardization and give the certified logos if the products meet its USB Type-C and USB Power Delivery specifications.
The USB-IF was created to "provide a support organization and forum for the advancement and adoption of Universal Serial Bus technology" as per the organization's website. As a part of organization's new certification and compliance programme (Certified USB Charger Logo and Compliance Program), manufacturers will submit their products and the certifications will be given on the basis of USB Power Delivery and USB Type-C specifications.
The logo on the product, issued by …

Nikon Announces D3400 Entry-Level DSLR With SnapBridge Support

Nikon has announced the D3400, which will replace the highly popular D3300 in the entry-level DSLR space. The new camera will go up against Canon's 1300D, which also caters to the beginner segment. The camera will be available from September with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens for $649.95 (approximately Rs. 43,600).
The biggest addition to the camera is support for Nikon's SnapBirdge for quickly transferring photos to a connected device like a smartphone or tablet. The D3400 uses Bluetooth Low Energy to sync with your device. Sadly, there's no Wi-Fi present here. Battery life is also supposed to have improved as the camera now boasts of almost 1,200 shots on a single charge, which is big improvement over its predecessor.
The rest of the features remain pretty much the same. We have a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor mated to the company's Expeed 4 image processor and no optical low-pass filter, for crisper shots. The camera offers an IS…

Xiaomi Redmi 4, Mi Note 2 Leaked in Images Ahead of Launch

he Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Mi Note 2 are expected to launch within a month, but before that happens images of both the smartphones have leaked online. The photos showcase metal unibodies, fingerprint sensors, and also reveal some key specifications of the devices.
The alleged Redmi 4 photos leaked on Weibo are in line with previous leaks. The Xiaomi Redmi 4 shows off a metal unibody with round edges and antenna bands at the top and bottom. The rear camera sits at the top centre with the flash right beside it. There is also a fingerprint sensor just beneath the camera lens. The front houses capacitive navigation buttons at the bottom and thin bezel surround the left and right edges

longside, the Redmi 4 is indicated run Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8. It's said to feature a 5-inch full-HD (1920x1080 pixels) display, and is tipped to be powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor with 2GB of RAM. The leak claims the smartphone comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage expandable…