Showing posts from September, 2016

Front launches a mobile app for its inbox for teams

Front has been around for three years, but the startup is only releasing a proper mobile app now. If you’re a Front user, it brings all the features from the desktop version to your phone so that you can manage emails and other communication protocols in multiplayer mode.

Front’s basic premise is quite simple. With Front, you can collaborate, comment, assign and reply to those pesky emails that you receive on your support@, jobs@ or contact@ email addresses.

For instance, if your company receives an interesting application on your email address but it’s not for your department, you can assign it to the right person. It will notify them. This person can then communicate with their team using comments, emojis, @-mentions and everything you’d expect from a modern communication tool. And of course, they can also reply to the first email.

With the iOS app, teams can receive notifications on their phones, contribute to collaborative drafts, send canned responses and tr…

Samsung in 'exploding washing machines' probe

Samsung has confirmed it is in talks with US consumer watchdogs after a lawsuit against the firm over "exploding" washing machines.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned of problems with some of Samsung's top-load machines.
It comes as a US law firm filed a suit against the South Korean firm, saying the fault can lead to injury or damage.
The problems follow Samsung's global recall of its Note 7 smartphone over "exploding" batteries.
Both Samsung and the CPSC said that certain top-loading washing machines from March 2011 to April 2016 were affected.
"In rare cases, affected units may experience abnormal vibrations that could pose a risk of personal injury or property damage when washing bedding, bulky or water-resistant items," Samsung said .
Models sold outside North America are not affected by this issue, a spokesperson said.
Check your serial number
The company advises consumers with affected models to use the lower-speed delica…

Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft come together to create historic Partnership on AI

The world’s largest technology companies hold the keys to some of the largest databases on our planet. Much like goods and coins before it, data is becoming an important currency for the modern world. The data’s value is rooted in its applications to artificial intelligence. Whichever company owns the data, effectively owns AI. Right now that means companies like Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet, IBM and Microsoft have a ton of power.
In an act of self-governance, these five companies came together today to announce the launch the new Partnership on AI. The group is tasked with conducting research and promoting best practices. Practically, this means that the group of tech companies will come together frequently to discuss advancements in artificial intelligence. The group also opens up a formal structure for communication across company lines. It’s important to remember that on a day-to-day basis, these teams are in constant competition with each other to develop the best products and ser…

Dino Melaye accuses telecom company of illegally transferring $12 billion out of Nigeria

MTN Nigeria is seemingly stuck with bad luck in Nigeria. It's like every time the company solves one problem, two more show up.
First was the whole NCC fine drama » , then the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) filed a N16 billion copyright lawsuit » against it, and now, the latest is that the Nigerian Senate is conducting an investigation into allegations of MTN illegally transferring $12 billion out of Nigeria over a 10-year period. Whew.
Popular playboy Senator Dino Melaye first made the allegation on Thursday last week at the senate, requesting permission to further pursue the matter.
In his words, “ MTN Nigeria paid a sum of $284.9 million on the 6th of February, 2001, to purchase their licence of operations in this country. Between 2006 and 2016, through four Nigerian Banks and a serving minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, MTN moved over $12 billion out of Nigeria. That is about half of our external reserves. If I get the nod of the Senate I will want to bring a…

Windows 10 Hits 400 Million Installs

Windows 10 is now running on 400 million active devices worldwide, Microsoft has announced. This is a significant milestone for the OS, considering troubled adoption rates on mobile.

as devices that have been active in the last 28 days. The number of installs has grown quite a bit since May, when Microsoft hit the 300 million mark, but it should be noted that the figure encompasses Windows 10 use on all eligible platforms, spanning across desktop computers, tablets, phones, Surface Hubs, Xbox One consoles, and even HoloLens headsets (of which there are not that many out there).
The personal computer operating system developed and released by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems and which was officially unveiled in September 2014 following a brief demo at Build 2014 had an original goal on mind.
Microsoft’s original goal was to have Windows 10 running on one billion devices by 2018, which has since proven unrealistic, and the company had to backtrack on its s…

Yahoo 'state' hackers stole data from 500 million users

Yahoo says "state-sponsored" hackers stole data on about 500 million users in what could be the largest publicly disclosed cyber-breach in history.
The breach included swathes of personal information, including names and emails, as well as “unencrypted security questions and answers”.
The hack took place in 2014 but has only now been made public.
In the UK it is believed data on about eight million user accounts was taken in the hack.
Stolen data includes names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and encrypted passwords, but not credit card data, Yahoo said.
It said the information was "stolen by what we believe is a state-sponsored actor" but did not say which country it held responsible.
The FBI has confirmed it is investigating the claims.
Password change urged
News of a possible major attack on the technology firm emerged in August when a hacker known as "Peace" was apparently attempting to sell information on 200 million Yahoo accoun…

BlackBerry-xit: Why Whatsapp may lose many Nigerian subscribers

IT is no longer news that Whatsapp, the world’s most popular messaging application will not be available on the BlackBerry platform come 2017. What might be news however, especially to the Facebook owned company, is that many Nigerian BlackBerry faithful say they will choose the Canadian mobile brand over Whatsapp.
Although BlackBerry might have lost face all over the world, it is still a dearly beloved brand in the world’s most populous black nation for a variety of reasons. The easy-to-use physical keyboard associated with many of the older blackberry models is one of them. Although Android and Apple devices have relegated the physical QWERTY to the middle ages, it is still a feature loved by many Nigerians.
Another point to note is the price factor. As a result of the BlackBerry boom in Nigeria few years ago, the country’s major networks designed special services for subscribers who used the brand. The average customers internet needs can be met with a one-off payment of N1000 a…

Stop using Galaxy Note 7, Samsung tells consumers

Technology giant, Samsung has advised consumers to stop using its Galaxy Note 7 and “immediately participate” in a replacement programme, following further reports of phones catching fire.
The call came after the US Consumer Product Safety Commission recommended at the weekend that consumers stop using the smartphone and major airlines globally banned use during flights.
Samsung issued a recall for Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in early September in 10 markets, including the US and South Korea.
Defective batteries, which caught fire during charging and normal use, were apparently manufactured by Samsung SDI.
Batteries made by its other supplier, Amperex Technology, have not faced the same issues.
Samsung said it is now only using batteries made by Amperex for the Galaxy Note 7 and has ordered an additional four million as replacements, Yonhap reported. The Chinese firm, which also supplies batteries for Apple’s iPhones, is now the sole battery suppler for the Note 7.
Samsung’s battery uni…

New Tech Could Read Books Without Opening Them

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a prototype imaging system that’s able to read pages of a book without opening it.
A decade ago, a group at MIT demonstrated the ability to look through a sealed envelope using terahertz waves – the band of electromagnetic radiation between microwaves and infrared light. The project led Barmak Heshmat, a present-day research scientist at MIT’s Media Lab, to question just how deep one could look through a closed book using terahertz waves.
Working closely with researchers from Georgia Tech, Heshmat and company have demonstrated the ability to identify letters up to nine pages deep. As technology continues to advance, the team no doubt hopes to be able to peer deeper into a book without opening it.
In terms of practicality, the team says the technique could be used to study ancient books that are so fragile that they can’t be opened without risk of destroying their contents.
A paper on the matter, Terahertz…


Now your sweaty body can power your phone. Like Neo in the Matrix, a new system created by researchers at North Carolina State University lets you generate electricity with a wearable device. Previous systems used massive, rigid heat sinks. This system uses a body-conforming patch that can generate 20 μW per centimeter squared. Previous systems generated only 1 microwatt or less.
The system consists of a conducive layer that sits on the skin and prevents heat from escaping. The head moves through a thermoelectric generator and then moves into an outer layer that completely dissipates outside the body. It is 2mm thick and flexible.
The system, which is part of the National Science Foundation’s Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST), has a clear path to commercialization.
The goal is to embed these into health tools that can measure your vital signs without needing to be recharged. “The goal of ASSIST is…

How to create & read QR Code

QR codes can be created very quickly for free. They can be saved on your computer as PDF files or JPEG/PNG image files. Head to sites like, or www.qrstuff. com.

You can generate a QR code pointing to a website, to a Google Maps location, with plain text, linking to a Facebook/Twitter page or to directly update a social network by just scanning the code. Type the relevant information in the corresponding box on the website and it will generate a QR code for free.

To make a QR code that looks a little out of the ordinary, you can change the foreground/background colour and add a photograph or logo into the code. To read QR codes, you need a QR code scanner app on your smartphone. Google Goggles and NeoReader are free apps that work great on Android, Windows Phone and iOS devices.

If you have a BlackBerry, check out QR Code Scanner Pro. All that you need to do is launch the app, point the phone's camera towards the code and it will automatically…

WhatsApp’s New Photo Editing Tools

WhatsApp’s latest beta 2.16.264 will provide several photo editing features including low-light selfies. When using the front camera, tapping the flash icon can brighten your selfie.

The upgrade will light up your display if your phone doesn’t have a selfie flash. There’s also a doodle tool for doodling on photos before sending them.

However, the images can only be taken from the WhatsApp tool & not the gallery. Other features in the tool include free drawing, emoji, stickers, & text overlay

Samsung is suspending sales of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after some of the batteries exploded.

Some buyers reported their phones caught fire or exploded while they were charging, and Samsung said it had confirmed 35 such cases, caused by faulty batteries.
Since late last month, several users have posted photos and videos on social media showing the charred Note 7 with part of its 5.7-inch touchscreen burnt and melted, saying it suddenly caught fire.
The president of the firm's mobile business, Koh Dong-jin, said an investigation by the company found a battery cell made by one of its two battery suppliers caused the phone to catch fire.

He refused to name the battery supplier.
He said: "We have received several reports of battery explosion on the Note 7 that was officially launched on 19 August, and it has been confirmed that it was a battery cell problem.
"It will cost us so much it makes my heart ache. Nevertheless, the reason we made this decision is because what is most important is customer safety."
He added he was "deeply sorry" over the incide…

How to Run Android App on Your PC

You no longer need a dedicated Android phone or tablet to experience the 1.4 million apps available in Google Play. Android emulators make it easy to run Google's mobile OS side by side with Windows, so you can always access your favorite mobile messaging apps, games and more on the PCs you already own — and take advantage of your larger monitor, hardware keyboard and other peripherals. Here are the best ways to run Android on your computer.

How Android Emulators Work

Emulators are programs that basically mimic or act like the hardware and operating system of other machines. When you install an emulator, you get a virtual console in which you can install other apps and play around with the system. Whether you want to check out Android before you buy a device, develop and test your own Android apps, expand Windows' paltry app selection, or sync apps between your Android phone or tablet and your PC.

Use BlueStacks

BlueStacks App Player was one of the first Android emulators. …

How to bold, italicize, and strikethrough text in WhatsApp

WhatsApp has tons of awesome features, and it's always adding more. The world's most popular messaging app has billions of users and is completely free, and with apps for every major platform, everyone can take advantage of the powerful service.

Recently, the messenger got a little bit better with new text formatting options. While nothing groundbreaking in the world of text, they do let you express yourself more clearly when messaging friends. The new formatting options are:

♦ Put ~tildes~ around text to strike through it. Useful for being sarcastic, when you say something like "Can't believe we have get to sit through two more hours of him talking about text!"

♦ Put *asterisks* around text to make it bold.

♦ Put _underscores_ around text and it will be in italics. Now when you refer to Inception, or other movies/books, you can put them in italics and be proper.

Make sure you update your copy of WhatsApp to the latest version before trying this, or these won'…

How to manage multiple accounts on Instagram

Having started off as a simple filter-based photo sharing app, Instagram has grown to a massive platform which many small businesses use to promote their products. And obviously, the general user base is ever growing as well.
For those who use Instagram for their professional growth, it's almost essential to maintain separate Instagram accounts . And this means that multiple accounts need to be managed as well.
Earlier this year, the company rolled out a feature to its app. Instagram now allows up to 5 accounts to be added from the same app, on both iOS and Android .

If you're interested in managing multiple Instagram accounts from a single device, here's a quick guide on how to do it:

* Head to your Instagram profile and tap on Settings (The three dots on the top right corner of the app)

* Scroll down to find the 'Add account' option

* Enter the username and password of the account you'd like to add

Now whenever you log on to Instagram, the icon for your prof…

9 hidden features in Gmail for Android you should be using

Gmail is the go-to email service for many
Android (CA/UK) users. The Gmail app is installed on almost every device — it's fast, easy to use, and on the whole, it makes email about as painless as it's ever going to be.
But with a hidden feature here or a settings tweak there, it's possible to get even more out of the app. Here are nine features in
Gmail for Android that you may not have known about but should definitely be using.

1. View your unread messages

We're not all efficient enough to adopt the Inbox Zero approach to email where you sort and respond to incoming mail straight away in order to keep your inbox as empty as possible.

For those of us with rather more cluttered inboxes full of read and unread mails going back weeks and months, a button in the Android Gmail app that enabled us to see just the unread messages would be perfect. But until Google adds one, there is a workaround.
Tap the search icon and type is:unread. And that's it — you'll now see o…

Nokia-Alcatel's offices in Nigeria closed due to lack of licence


Nigeria's telecoms regulator has shut the offices of Nokia-Alcatel for operating in Africa's largest economy without the necessary permit, the watchdog said on Friday.
The Nigerian Communications Commission's (NCC) spokesman
Tony Ojobo said that the mobile telecoms equipment manufacturer had failed to obtain the 2 million naira ($6,349) licence required for the sale and installation of network equipment.

The head of Nokia 's Nigerian operations said the company was in talks with the NCC to secure the licence and that its offices would reopen imminently.

Nokia-Alcatel had applied for the licence about three months ago but had not completed the process, a separate NCC source said, adding that the company had operated without the permit for some time.
Nokia-Alcatel's office will be reopened after they comply, he said.

YouTube for Android gets a refreshed design

: The update is rolling out in waves, so it might take some time before all users receive it.

Google is rolling out an update for its YouTube app on Android . The update introduces a revamped UI design, relocating the navigation bar to the bottom of the app.
According to a report by Android Police
website , the update is a server-side one. Apart from the above mentioned change to the navigation bar's position, its background colour has also been changed from Red to White.

The update is rolling out in waves, so it might take some time before all users receive it.

Back in the month of June, YouTube rolled out a new feature. Dubbed 'Smart Offline,' the feature lets users download videos at cheaper night time data rates offered by mobile operators in India.

Apple AirPods will also work with non-Apple devices

NEW DELHI: Apple is known for its closed ecosystem of devices and operating system. However, some media reports suggest that that Apple's newly-launched Bluetooth
earphones, called AirPods , will work with non-Apple devices as well.
According to a report in The Verge, Apple has told the website that AirPods will be able to work with non-Apple devices via Bluetooth. This is contrary to the information in the AirPods press release.

However, Apple has a caveat from those planning to use it with non-Apple devices. AirPods "just lose the magic (ease of setup, seamless transitioning from device-to-device, Siri, etc.) when not used with an Apple device," the company told The Verge.

Apparently, the users can pair the AirPods with other devices but won't be able to use Siri by using the tapping gesture. Also, the non-Apple smartphones might fail to detect when the Airpod case is opened and the earphones have been pulled out. However, users can still use it as a regular Bluet…

Facebook Express Wifi Now In Lagos, See Price List

The Facebook Express Wifi, one of the tools being used by Facebook to boost internet connectivity in remote countries which the major populace cannot afford to use the internet as a result of the cost is now available in Lagos.
When Mark Zuckerberg visited Nigeria of a recent, he was able to meet with Mary Njoku , one of the early retailers of Express Wifi in Lagos. Well, today I am planning on telling you that in no distant time, the Facebook Express Wifi would be fully launched in all nooks and crannies in Nigeria as already done by Facebook in India.
Let see the Subscriptions plans of Facebook Express Wifi as seen has started operations in some parts of Lagos, one of such parts is the Ikota Shopping Complex at Lekki. where Mary; according to what I have learnt is the only retailer for now.

Data Plan Of Facebook Express WiFi In Nigeria And Prise

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You can sign up for a 14-day …

This $40 adapter can charge the iPhone 7 with your headphones plugged in

Picture this: a pair of headphones plugged into 3.5mm dongle, which is then plugged into a Lightning adapter, which is then plugged into your phone. That is the reality we live in now that Apple removed the headphone jack on the new iPhone 7. Because the new phone only has one Lightning port for all your peripheral needs, the company has tapped accessory maker Belkin to provide the adapter necessary to both charge the iPhone 7 and listen to music at the same time (so long as you're not using the new wireless AirPods ). The product, called Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar, costs $40 and will be released on October 10th.
Belkin says it worked closely with Apple to develop the product, which essentially means Apple gave Belkin the license to develop it and the iPhone maker will stock it in Apple stores. The adapter only has two Lighting ports — one for charging and one for the new Lightning EarPods. So you’ll need to use the 3.5mm dongle Apple bundles for free with the iPhone 7 and…

The 'world's lightest' electric bike is not cheap

A company called Budnitz introduced what it says is the "world's lightest" electric bike. It's called the Budnitz Model E . It has a single speed, is made of titanium alloy, and can help riders reach up to 15mph for up to 100 miles. It's custom-made in Vermont and everything you'll need, like cables and a battery, are stuffed in the bike's rear hub.
Riders just have to have their phone mounted on the front of the bike to control its electric motor. There's also the option to include slope sensors that detect when the bike is on a hill and kicks in for extra help.
It starts at $3,950. Oh that's expensive, you say?