Thursday, 29 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 triage all the incoming messages on various email addresses, Twitter accounts, Facebook accounts and more.

It seems crazy that Front managed to get so far without a mobile app. The company has just hit $2 million in annual recurring revenue. Companies like Stripe, Twilio, Cisco and ServiceNow are using Front internally.

And finally, Front has just hired Peter Ahn who built the New York sales team and the media sales team for Dropbox. He then built the enterprise sales team for Slack. He’ll handle the business development team at Front.

So that’s a lot of news at once, but it seems like Front wants to iterate quickly on all fronts with major product updates and a more efficient sales and business development strategy.
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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 delicate cycle when washing those materials.
Samsung does not name the models, but allows customers to enter the serial number to see whether their machine is among those affected.
The firm also faces a suit from a US law firm which alleges that some of its "top-loading washing machines explode in owners' homes," leading to potential injury or damage, according to attorney Jason Lichtman.
"Users have reported Samsung top-load washers exploding as early as the day of installation, while other owners have seen their machines explode months or even more than a year after purchase," the firm said in a
statement .
The faulty washing machines come right as Samsung is in the midst of a global recall of its flagship smartphone Galaxy Note 7.
The company was forced to urge 2.5 million phones to be returned because of faulty batteries causing some phones to catch fire and users reporting "exploding devices".
Samsung said on Thursday it would start selling new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in South Korea this week.
The revamped smartphone will start being sold in other markets, including some European countries, on 28 October.
A Samsung spokeswoman said: "We would like to reassure everyone that new Note 7 phones are operating properly and pose no safety concerns."
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Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft come together to create historic Partnership on AI

Google. Microsoft
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 services powered by machine intelligence.
Financial support will be coming from the initial tech companies that are members of the group, but in the future, membership and involvement is expected to increase. User activists, nonprofits, ethicists and other stakeholders will be joining the discussion in the coming weeks.
“We want to involve people impacted by AI as well,” said Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder and head of applied AI at DeepMind, a subsidiary of Alphabet.
The organizational structure has been designed to allow non-corporate groups to have equal leadership side-by-side with large tech companies.
As of today’s launch, companies like Apple, Twitter, Intel and Baidu are missing from the group. Though Apple is said to be enthusiastic about the project, their absence is still notable because the company has fallen behind in artificial intelligence when compared to its rivals — many of which are part of this new group.
The new organization really seems to be about promoting change by example. Rather than preach to the tech world, it wants to use a standard open license to publish research on topics, including ethics, inclusivity and privacy.
“The power of AI is in the enterprise sector,” said Francesca Rossi, an AI ethics researcher at IBM Research. “For society at-large to get the benefits of AI, we first have to trust it.”
The focus of the organization is a refreshing juxtaposition to more pop-culture discussions about the risks of artificial intelligence. While the jury is still out as to whether a singularity event could threaten mankind, we already face a long list of challenges in today’s world of AI. While computers are not at a point yet where they can take all of our jobs, they can amplify the negative tendencies that humans already possess. A biased world can result in biased data sets and, in turn, bias artificial intelligence frameworks.
To combat this, companies like Microsoft have already formed AI ethics advisory boards. But, rather than override existing efforts, the new group augments projects already undertaken at individual companies and provides a forum for sharing valuable advice. The group plans to make discussions and minutes from meetings publicly available
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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

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 substantive motion on the next legislative day with substantiated facts to buttress this position.”
He further adds, “All hands must be on deck to recover every loot in the country. We are in a precarious situation and now is the time to recover every stolen money in the country.” Subsequently, Senate president Bukola Saraki gave the go-ahead.
MTN is not having it though. In a press statement, the telecom company said, “ The reports refer to allegations made on the floor of the Senate that MTN had illegally repatriated $13.92 billion out of Nigeria over a period of 10 years in collusion with a number of commercial banks.”
CEO Ferdi Moolman also added his own two cents, saying, “The allegations made against MTN are completely unfounded and without any merit .”
This is not the first time MTN Nigeria will be accused of tax evasion in Nigeria. Back in 2015, Premium Times conducted an investigation » concerning this same tax evasion matter and it concluded that it MTN was evading tax by using transfer pricing to move its profits offshore, and creating artificial operational costs.
If the investigation which the Senate wants to conduct concerning these allegations turn out to implicate MTN, it would mean the South Africa-based telecom company has been dodging tax in Nigeria - its biggest market - for about 10 years. This could be a long ride.
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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 statement. Microsoft is still anticipating to hit the coveted one billion milestone, but is not committing itself to reaching this goal in a specific time frame.
Microsoft once described Windows 10 as an “operating system as a service” that would receive ongoing updates to its features and functionality, augmented with the ability for enterprise environments to receive non-critical updates at a slower pace, or use long-term support milestones that will only receive critical updates, such as security patches, over their five-year lifespan of mainstream support.
Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, argued that the goal of this model wasto reduce fragmentation across the Windows platform, as Microsoft aimed to have Windows 10 installed on at least one billion devices in the two to three years following its release.
The company also hinted that members of the Windows Insider test program will soon be able to get their hands on early Windows “Redstone 2” builds, as well as the updated Edge browser. Microsoft’s proprietary browser will soon receive a much-welcomed security feature in the form Container-based isolation. This feature will allow potentially malicious code to be isolated in “containers”, as to not affect an entire network.
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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

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 accounts.
On Thursday, Yahoo confirmed the breach was far bigger than first thought.
Yahoo is recommending all users should change their passwords if they have not done so since 2014.
In the UK, ISPs Sky and BT issued warnings for customers that they may be affected by the breach as Yahoo provides email services for both ISPs.
Sky estimates that it had about 2.5 million email account holders at the time of the breach. It said not all were affected but would advise everyone with a email account to update their password.
BT said it was carrying out its own investigation but advised the "minority" of its customers who use Yahoo mail to change their passwords.
Questions for Yahoo - Dave Lee, BBC North America technology reporter, San Francisco
The nature of the information stolen feels somewhat run-of-the-mill - no payment info, and passwords were encrypted. Good. But the chain of events leading up to this unprecedented announcement gives rise to some incredibly pressing questions for Yahoo.
Why did it take so long to confirm the hack and its scale? Why did it take so long to tell users and prompt them to protect themselves?
State-sponsored attacks are typically for political, not financial gain. So why were details reportedly being sold online? What evidence is there that it was state-sponsored?
Verizon, which has agreed to buy Yahoo, said it had not been told until a couple of days ago - why not? And why is Marissa Mayer, a chief executive who has presided over bad deals and now the biggest breach in internet history, still in charge?
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In July, Yahoo was sold to US telecoms giant Verizon for $4.8bn (£3.7bn).
Verizon told the BBC it had learned of the hack "within the last two days" and said it had "limited information".
It added: "Until then, we are not in position to further comment."
Yahoo said in a statement: "Online intrusions and thefts by state-sponsored actors have become increasingly common across the technology industry."
Reuters reported three unnamed US intelligence officials as saying they believed the attack was state-sponsored because it was similar to previous hacks linked to Russian intelligence agencies.
Nikki Parker, vice-president at security company Covata, said: "Yahoo is likely to come under intense scrutiny from regulators, the media and public and rightly so. Corporations can't shy away from data breaches and they must hold their hands up and show that they are committed to resolving the problem."
She added: "Let's hope the ink is dry on the contract with Verizon."
Hack attacks
Attacks on Yahoo have led to some users of the service being hit by hackers. Japan-based writer and journalist Ali Attas said he was devastated when he logged on to his email to find that everything he had sent and received for the last 20 years had disappeared.
"I've lost hundreds of contacts and a lot of very sensitive stuff," said Mr Attas, who lives near Yokohama. "It's devastating."
"My 20 year history has been wiped out. The damage is beyond repair."
In addition to all his personal and work contact details he said the vanished emails also included educational manuscripts he had submitted to publishing houses and a book idea which had been sent to a publisher in New York.
Fortunately he had back-up copies of some of his work.
He said he had set up a new account and emailed Yahoo to see if they can help him recover his work but had yet to receive a reply.
Questions are being asked about the length of time it took Yahoo to fully acknowledge the breach.
"It is really worrying that a breach from 2014 can have gone undetected for so long," said Prof Alan Woodward from the University of Surrey.
"It is also surprising the public statement took so long to appear."
"I would have thought most companies had learned by now that early disclosure is better, even if you have to revise and update as you learn more."
The scale of the hack eclipses other recent, major tech breaches - such as MySpace (359 million), LinkedIn (164 million) and Adobe (152 million)

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

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 month. This feature, unavailable on other platforms makes the use of data more expensive on other Smartphones.
Caterer, Princess Nwadinobi is attracted to the blackberry brand for this very reason. “I don’t really like the fact that Whatsapp is leaving BlackBerry. With a cheap subscription fee, I can browse easily every month on my BlackBerry unlike other phone brands that will cost me more. I think I’ll still stick to my BlackBerry because I can talk and do business with my customers through the BlackBerry messenger and Facebook messenger.
Although device lovers, Nigerians are feeling the crunch of a dwindling economy, with the dollar rising faster against the naira like a cup of Ijebu garri in cold water. For millions of blackberry users across the country, getting a new device simply to accommodate an app might not be top priority.
Mr. Sanmi Mosiko for example, a student at Kogi state University is more interested using his finances to further his education. He told Glamtech: “I won’t get a new phone even when I can no longer use Whatsapp on my BlackBerry. I’d rather do without the app.”
There are still a few who might leave BlackBerry for Whatsapp. School teacher, Miss Amarachi Williams told Glamtech that she would have to get herself a new phone that makes use of the app because whatsapp is important to her.
Be that as it may, it is unlikely that you’ll find a BlackBerry shelf when you go to a dealer in brand new devices-at least not in the Lagos metropolis. But that doesn’t mean that BBs are no longer sold in Nigeria. Just like with almost everything ‘Tokunbo’, the second-hand mobile market here is a thriving one, and Blackberries are still a major part of that market. Nigerians are still using Blackberries every day and that’s unlikely to change overnight or even in the next three months when Whatsapp will say goodbye to Blackberry.
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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 unit previously supplied about 70 per cent of the batteries for Note 7. The world’s largest smartphone maker reportedly was looking for a third battery supplier but hasn’t found one. As demand for the iPhone 7 models takes off, Samsung could face a supply crunch.
With an estimated 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 units sold, analysts say the recall could cost Samsung as much as $5 billion in revenue. The smartphone was launched on 19 August.
The company has lost $22 billion in market capitalisation as its share price has tanked 11 per cent since Friday – the largest two-day decline in eight years, according to Bloomberg.
Corporate statement
Samsung issued a statement for the Hong Kong and Macau markets, stating that, “we wish to re-emphasise that Galaxy Note 7s purchased in Hong Kong and Macau from authorized re sellers on or after 2 September are not affected by the issue as those batteries are provided by a different supplier”.
It would be recalled that Samsung had earlier said that fewer than 500 Galaxy Note 7s sold in Hong Kong and Macau between 26 August and 1 September “may be affected by the battery issue”. It said a replacement programme is running and it “has been proactively contacting customers who may be affected”.

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

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 time-gated spectral imaging for content extraction through layered structures, has been published in Nature Communications for those interested in learning more.
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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 to make wearable technologies that can be used for long-term health monitoring, such as devices that track heart health or monitor physical and environmental variables to predict and prevent asthma attacks,” said researcher Daryoosh Vashaee, an associate professor at NC State. “To do that, we want to make devices that don’t rely on batteries. And we think this design and prototype moves us much closer to making that a reality.”
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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 show you the contents. Make sure that your phone has a working data connection (Wi-Fi or cellular) in order to view or act on the information provided.
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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
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Saturday, 10 September 2016

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 incident and customers who already bought Note 7 would be able to swap them for new smartphones, regardless of the purchase date.


The South Korean company said in a statement it would take about two weeks to prepare replacement devices.


A statement from Samsung UK said: "We are currently conducting a thorough inspection with our suppliers to identify possible affected batteries in the market.
"However, because our customers' safety is an absolute priority, we have stopped sales of the Galaxy Note 7.
"For UK customers who already have Galaxy Note 7 devices, we will voluntarily replace their current device with a new one over the coming weeks."
The announcement comes just two weeks after Samsung launched its latest flagship smartphone.
The firm said it had sold more than one million Note 7 smartphones in 10 countries so far including South Korea and the US.
It has manufactured about 2.5 million Note 7 phones so far, some of them still in inventory.
The planned release of the Note 7 in several European countries has now been suspended over growing safety concerns.
Samsung has said China is not affected by the sales suspension, because it used a battery made by another supplier for the Note 7 sold there.

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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. Rather than virtualize the full Android OS, the program lets you install and run individual Android apps on your PC, either in full-screen or windowed mode. According to the company, the system is compatible with 96 percent of the apps available in Google Play and 86 percent of Android games.
While you can search for any Android app to install on your PC using BlueStacks, it is particularly focused on games, as its home page filled with suggested games by category reveals. If you have a touch-screen computer, you can interact with Android apps just like you would on an Android phone or tablet: by tapping, swiping and tilting away.
Unfortunately, although BlueStacks runs many games quite well, I found the program to be buggy and the user interface inflexible. However, it is a free program that doesn't take up a lot of resources (it requires just 2GB of RAM) — as long as you're willing to occasionally install BlueStacks' recommended apps. Otherwise, the program costs $2 a month to keep playing.
Best for: people who don't need the entire Android OS, want a free solution (and are OK with installing random apps) and just want to play Android games, particularly on a resource-limited computer.
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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't work. Be the first to use these new tricks and your friends will marvel at your amazing text abilities!

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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 profile on the bottom right corner is replaced by your Instagram profile's picture. This indicates which of the added Instagram accounts is currently logged in to the app.

If you want to change the account, all you need to do is go to the profile and tap on top.
This will open the list of the accounts you've added in the app. Now you can easily switch to another account with a simple tap.

To see the notifications for each individual account, go to the profile page and select the username from the list.

In case, you change your mind and want to remove the additional accounts you've added, first select the profile you want to remove. Now go to Settings and tap on the Log out option. Once this is done, you'll see a 'remove' option on the screen. This can be used to remove the extra accounts.
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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 only those emails you haven't yet opened. There's no way to save the search, but if you use it often enough, it will remain near the top of your recent searches list and never be more than two screen taps away.
You can get even more specific by adding search terms as well. For example, in: unread vacation will show only unread emails containing the word vacation.
The is: Operator works with other message types too, like is: Starred or is: Important. It's just one of many operators that enable you to search much more effectively.

2. Smarter searching

Gmail uses a huge number of operators that give you the power to create very specific searches. Google maintains a full list of them on its website.
You'll never need to use many of them — searching the message-id header, for instance — but a number are genuinely useful. Here are some of the highlights:

• from:[name], to:[name], cc:[name] — Search for a sender or recipient.

• +[word], -[word] — Match or exclude specific words.

• after:[yyyy/mm/dd], before:[yyyy/mm/dd] — Search for mail sent or received before or after a certain date.

• older_than:[time], newer_than:[time] — Search for mail older than, 2d (two days), 3m (three months), 4y (four years), etc.

• has:attachment, filename:[filetype] — Search for any attachment, or those of a specific file type.

• Again, adding search keywords makes the searches more specific, and operators can also be combined. newer_than:7d has:attachment report will search for emails containing the word report, with attachments, that were sent within the last week.

Google also uses similar operators with its main search engine, in case you want to play around with those too.

3. Control with gestures

The Gmail app doesn't have too many gestures to learn, but the ones that are there are useful.
You can quickly read all your emails by opening one and then swiping left, like you're turning the page of an eBook, to view each subsequent message. This works in every view, from the inbox, to labels, to a search results page.
You can also clear messages from your inbox by swiping them away. By default, swiping a message in the inbox will archive it (you can set it to delete in Settings if you prefer), while swiping a message from a particular label view will remove said label and archive the email.

4. Select multiple messages

You probably know that you can select multiple messages in your inbox by long pressing on one then tapping others. But you can also select emails simply by tapping the colorful circle to the left side of them, allowing for super quick multi-selecting.
Those circles can be hidden in the settings, and if you do that, you can then select multiple messages by long pressing with multiple fingers at the same time.

5. Format your mail

When you're emailing from your phone, you'll often want to just knock out a quick message without worrying too much about presentation. But if you do want to use formatting to add emphasis or structure to your words, you can.
There are basic formatting options in the Gmail app, but they're a little tucked away. To access them, long press in the compose window when you're typing an email and select Format. A formatting bar will open, giving you these options:

∆ Bold
∆ Italic
∆ Underline
∆ Text color
∆ Text background color
∆ Clear formatting

They're only basic options, but much more would likely be overkill. Unfortunately, they can't be used to style up a signature you create in the app.

6. Mute conversations

If you use the Gmail app for work or any kind of group situation, it's likely you'll often find yourself being cc'd in an initial email for reference, then copied in every single reply, even when you're not part of the conversation. It clutters your inbox and risks overloading you with notifications.
Gmail has a handy method for dealing with this. Open one of the messages in the conversation, tap the three dot menu button and select Mute.
Muting a conversation means that all future replies will bypass your inbox and be automatically archived. It only applies to that specific conversation thread, and you'll still see other incoming mail from the same people.

7. Let it learn

Gmail uses machine learning to help you organize and make sense of your email. This happens through both the Priority Inbox — which you can turn on in the Gmail app by going to Settings > [your account] > Inbox type — and the Important folder.
The service learns what is important through various factors including who the sender is, what you read, reply to, archive, or delete. It improves automatically over time, but you can help it on its way with a little manual fine tuning.
If a message is wrongly marked
as important (as in, the yellow importance marker is checked beside an unimportant message), open the message, then hit the three dot menu button, and choose Mark as not important. Similarly, you can mark messages as important if they haven't been.

8. Add non-Gmail accounts

Android devices famously ship with two email clients: one for Gmail and one for everything else. That no longer needs to happen as Gmail can handle email accounts from other services.
Open the app, slide open the sidebar, and tap the drop down arrow next to your account name. Select Add account. There's support for Exchange accounts, along with
Microsoft and Yahoo webmail, and you can manually configure any other POP or IMAP account too.

9. Share an email with other apps

It's easy to save important emails by tapping the star icon next to them. You can find them later by opening the Starred folder. But what if you want to save an email to somewhere like Evernote instead?
You can do that by long pressing on a word within a message. Little blue tabs will appear on either side of the word, so drag them apart to highlight all of the text you want to save. Then select Share from the little menu box that opens just above, and choose the app you want to save it to.
You can save the text to Ever note, post it on Slack, copy it into a document, or use it in any other compatible app.

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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.
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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.
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Friday, 9 September 2016

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 Bluetooth speaker.

For those unaware, Apple AirPods let users access the company's digital assistant Siri by tapping gestures. In addition, functions like changing tracks and controlling volume can be executed by double tapping on the headphones as well. Apple AirPods come with their own charging-cum-carrying case and are priced at Rs 15,400 in India. They will hit the Indian shores in early October, the same time when Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus launch in India.

Apple AirPods are powered by an ultra-low power Apple-designed W1 chip. The chip lets the earphones deliver high-quality audio and improve battery life. Furthermore, there are optical sensors and accelerometers in each AirPod that automatically sync when plugged into the ears.

Removing them automatically pauses the music, thus saving battery life. It is also possible to remove one of the Airpods from the ears for having a conversation and then plug it back to resume listening to music. Apple says that the W1 chip operates on one-third of the power of traditional wireless chips, delivering up to 5 hours of listing time.
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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

Data bundle Cost Validity

You can sign up for a 14-day trial, which gives you a free 100MB per day. However, apart from the Ikota shopping complex, no other coverage areas have been mentioned.
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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 7 Plus to listen to standard headphones and charge. (Apple, likely anticipating the push back, is selling replacement dongles for $9 .) Belkin says the adapter supports 48 kHz, 24-bit audio output, as well as remote control and mic support for Apple-made headphones.
So it’s an inconvenient solution to a problem many people, like those who travel frequently or drive daily, expressed concern about in the lead up to the iPhone 7 launch. But it’s the best we’ve got. Just don’t lose the dongle, or the adapter, or your Lightning charging cable. You’ll need all of them now if you’re the type of person who listens and charges simultaneously.
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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?
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