Showing posts from October, 2016

BankOne now issues freedom cards

IN a bid to improve electronic payments and provide all available services to microfinance banks, MFB customers, BankOne now has the option of issuing Freedom cards. Freedom card is owned by 3line, a company passionate about reaching the underbanked and un-served communities in Nigeria through its card schemes.

Freedom card is a local brand of card scheme that operates using DDA (Dynamic Data Authentication) which is said to be best in terms of card security and also complies with the industry standard all over the world.

BankOne customers using Freedom cards also get the advantage of linking two bank accounts to function on one card. Bankone also supports the issuance of verve and MasterCard.

BankOne provides its financial institution customers with a core banking solution and an electronic financial transaction platform in partnership with electronic payment providers.
It also provides financial institutions with complete and tailor-made automation of operations at an affordable rat…

Facebook says Nigerians can upload 1999 Constitution on its platform

Ebele Okobi, the Public Policy Director, Facebook, Africa, says Nigerians are free to upload the country’s 1999 Constitution on its platform.

Okobi said this on the sideline of the second “Media, Citizens and Good Governance Conference” in Abuja.

She said: “Facebook doesn’t create content; we create a platform and then people get content.

“If Nigerians are passionate about the constitution, they can put it on Facebook; it’s free.
“We have created a platform that makes distribution of content easy.

“However, Facebook is not a place where everything goes; we do have rules because we want to create a community that maximises people feeling safe online.”

On alleged misuse of Facebook, Okobi defended users by saying the fact that people express themselves freely on the platform does not amount to abuse.

She said that the organisation had content policy, adding that there were some specific things that it would not allow on its platform.

She said: “We don’t allow hate speech, certain type …

How to Keep a Smartphone From Being Hacked

Even if you keep your smartphone safe in your pocket or purse, it's still at risk for picking up a virus or leaking data to thieves. Hackers don't need physical access to your phone to steal your personal information or infect the device with malware. They infiltrate your phone with innocent-looking apps or link to it via unsecured Wi-Fi® networks. You can keep hackers from getting the upper hand by taking steps to secure your smartphone.

Step 1
Lock your phone when you're not using it. Set a password and change it regularly to prevent others from guessing it. Lock patterns are an alternative if you have trouble remembering your password. Your phone may also have a facial-recognition lock feature. If this is on, the device unlocks only when the camera detects your face. Voice recognition is another option; with this turned on, your phone needs to hear your voice say a specific word or phrase to unlock.

Step 2
Activate your phone's tracker capability, if it has one. If…

How to connect a laptop to TV

Connecting your laptop to your TV is actually very easy: all you need is the right cable, lead or streaming hardware and you'll be watching content from your laptop on your television in no time. We'll take you through how to connect your laptop to a TV in this step-by-step guide which includes wireless, HDMI, VGA and other methods.

You don't have to spend a small fortune to get all the features of the latest smart TVs. One cheap and easy way to get the internet on your TV is to connect it to your laptop. Doing this lets you stream catch-up TV from services such as BBC iPlayer, Sky Go and Netflix through your laptop onto your big TV screen, or even projector.
• Connect a laptop to TV by plugging an HDMI cable from the back of the TV to the output on your laptop
• You can alternatively use a VGA cable if your laptop or TV is too old to have an HDMI connection
• Wireless solutions for connecting a laptop to TV include Chromecast, Roku and Apple TV

What cables do I need to co…

Google adds Stranger Things stickers to Allo

You know what people like? Stickers, both real and virtual. Also, the Netflix series Stranger Things. Now you can like them simultaneously if you use Allo. Google has announced a new sticker pack, which is not something Google usually does, but apparently the Stranger Things tie-in was important enough to warrant a blog post.

To download the new pack, open your list of stickers and tap the "add stickers" button. At the bottom of the list is the new Stranger Things pack. It's got a couple dozen chat-oriented stickers based on the show including not one, not two, but three Barb stickers. There's also the monster in full face-flower mode and some impressive 80s hair.

So, that's a thing now. Maybe it'll help you get by until the second season comes out.


Xiaomi makes the Mi Note 2 and Mi VR headset

You probably heard all the buzz earlier around that new Xiaomi phone with
basically no bezels. That device rather overshadowed the slightly more conventional (and probably more usable) Mi Note 2. This device has high-end specs, a curved display, and support for global LTE.

You want specs? Xiaomi was kind enough to provide them.

SoC Snapdragon 821


Storage. 64GB,. 128GB

Display. 5.7-inch curved OLED 1080p

Battery 4070mAh, quick charge 3.0

Camera 22.5MP f/2.0 and EIS, 8MP front

Software. Android 6.0

Measurements 156.2 x 77.3 x 7.6 mm, 166g

The Mi Note 2 bears a striking resemblance to the now-discontinued Galaxy Note7. The specs are even better than that phone in most places. One notable exception being the display, which is only 1080p. It is curved, though. It even has a fingerprint scanner in the home button just like Samsung's phones.

The Mi Note 2 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but as a Chinese phone it will not have Googl…

Skype announces improvements to calls and voicemail

Skype is one of the most common ways to make video and VoIP calls, but there are a number of annoyances that seem to be carried over from traditional phone calls. It doesn't need to be this way, though, so Microsoft announced a few months ago that it planned to modernize Skype. Now, the first wave of changes are set to roll out, and they'll be coming to the Android app in the next few weeks.

For starters, phone will no longer be tied to the person who starts them. So, if you start a call and two people join it, you can leave and the other two can keep on chatting. Making calls will be easier as well. The "Call phones" tab in the app will just become "Calls" and provide access to all Skype's various call options (VoIP, video, and landline). This page will also make it easier to buy Skype credit, apparently.

Voicemail is also getting a makeover, which is long overdue. You can still leave a regular voicemail message, but video messages will be an option t…

WhatsApp can now make video calls on Android

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps on the planet, so even small changes warrant some attention. This isn't a small change, though. This is a big one. WhatsApp is rolling out support for video calls in the Android app, but not everyone has the feature yet.
Video calls are becoming available seemingly at random. You won't need an app update as long as you're on one of the
recent beta versions (people are reporting success on a few builds). If the person on the other end doesn't have video calling enabled yet they'll just get a voice call. You'll still be able to see the video calling UI, though. The call log shows that as a video call, but tapping the video button just pulls up an error message (below).

When you have video calling, tapping the call button or contact card brings up a dialog with both voice and video as options. There may be a version of the app later that flips the switch on video calls automatically, but for now you're at the…

Facebook Messenger now supports PayPal transactions

Starting today, users will be able to select PayPal for transactions on Messenger.

Previously, Messenger only supported payments via debit card. Ironically, Messenger is adding support for PayPal before popular transaction app Venmo which is owned by PayPal.

Messenger is also adding a feature that will let you receive notifications about recent PayPal transactions.

Facebook has slowly but surely been turning Messenger into a full-fledged business of its own, and the ability to send and receive transactions was just one small part of that process. PayPal is just another option on the table.

PayPal transactions are beginning to roll out in the US others today; no word on when it’s arriving in other countries.

Another Samsung device caught fire and it’s not the Note 7 this time

When it rains, it pours. Against the backdrop of the recent exploding Note 7 debacle, another Samsung device has caught on fire – but this time it’s the Galaxy S7 Edge.

An anonymous source working for “one of the big” US wireless carriers claims a customer brought in a fatally damaged S7 Edge, insisting the phone blew up while charging, Phone Arena

The incident occurred last week after the S7 owner left the phone to power up overnight, using the original charger provided by Samsung. According to the source, the customer in question received the handset two weeks ago as a replacement to his new Note 7.

Worryingly, this isn’t the first explosion involving a faulty Galaxy S7.

Last month, a construction worker from Ohio sued Samsung after his S7 device blew up in his pants, causing severe burns to his leg. Prior to that, another S7 owner claimed his phone burst into flames as it was charging overnight.

Despite facing a lot of heat for its recent fire-catching Note 7 misadventure…

6 reasons to be hyped for the Nintendo Switch

Yesterday saw the introduction — after many leaks and rumors — of the Nintendo Switch , the company’s next game console. It isn’t due to arrive until March of next year, which is infinitely frustrating because it looks amazing for several reasons, not all of them obvious. Here’s why I’m more excited about the Switch than for any Nintendo product in a long time.

It’s totally different from the Wii and Wii U

The Wii was a blast, and sold like hotcakes. But the Wii U was a strange and some would say lazy upgrade that attempted to squeeze more money out of the same ideas. In the end, their entire strategy was compromised and they lost both players and games. The Switch jettisons all that baggage, cutting things off clean except for useful accessories (more to come) like the Pro Controller.

This fresh start means Nintendo can start a completely new dialog with gamers, developers and consumers, all of whom have been somewhat abandoned over the last few years.

It’s also totally different fr…

Facebook has a new trick to speed up the News Feed

The News Feed comprises the bulk of what you do on Facebook, the company is always looking for ways to make it more relevant to you. The latest tweak tries to make sure you have a proper amount of content even if your connection is really, really slow.

Basically Facebook will now prioritize fully cached stories into your NewsFeed, even if they’re a bit older. It’s putting posts that have all media content- images, video, link previews – already downloaded at the top, while those missing associated media, even if newer, will be ranked lower.

The idea is that associated media can sometimes be the core of a story, or at least change your perceptoin of it. As such, Facebook says that now every time you scroll past a single story Facebook recalculates your News Feed to know to load the most relevant story from both new stories on the server end and unseen ones from your cache.
This vetting process is happening client side (in other words, right on your device) so as to minimize the data y…

Etisalat’s new 4G to drive innovation

Technology drives today’s processes and innovation. However, the kind of technology that will drive future development has to go beyond being a life tool to becoming a life enabler. This is what Etisalat promises to do with the launch of its 4G Long Term Evolution (4G LTE).

The Vice President, Marketing, Etisalat Nigeria, Adebisi Idowu, who made the disclosure at the demo of the 4G LTE service in Lagos recently, said the Etisalat 4G LTE service is being made available strategically to customers in the Lagos Mainland areas of Yaba, Surulere and Ikeja as they represent the hub and future of technology and economic development for Nigeria. He said the service will be rolled out in more cities across Nigeria soon.
Speaking at the event, Idowu, said, “We are positioning our 4G LTE service as a lifestyle enabler. That is why Etisalat is the only network that does not require a SIM swap before a customer can enjoy 4G connectivity. We want to see and encourage use of our 4G technology to ena…

Spectranet, Netflix partner to power internet TV in Lagos

Global leader in internet television, Netflix has partnered with Nigeria’s broadband service provider, Netflix to deploy one of the first dedicated Netflix servers in Africa.

L-R: Account Director, Lowe Lintas, Hycent Nwabuisi; Chief Executive Officer Spectranet 4G LTE, David Venn; Head of Marketing, Spectranet 4G LTE, Mike Ogor; at the Launch of Netflix Server in West Africa
Both companies agree that this high capacity server will hold the entire Netflix content library, in Lagos, providing Spectranet’s customers with the best possible video streaming performance hence offering faster delivery in a cost effective way.

MD of Spectranet, Mr David Venn said that “because we focus on providing families with an excellent and affordable broadband service, this partnership with Netflix means that our customers will be able to enjoy the very best TV experience available in Nigeria. We are honoured that Netflix has selected Spectranet for one of its first deployments in Africa and the only on…

5 ways to help Nigerian parents utilize modern technology

Jumia Travel recommends 5 ways young Nigerians can help their parents build a bridge between modern technology and their personal interests by showing them how to use these tools to improve their lives. Help Them Enroll in computer schools You are never too old to go to school. Enroll your parents in a computer school or just adult schools that offer classes for computer literacy and information technology. There are a number of these schools in many cities within Nigeria, especially Lagos and Abuja that offer free or low-cost computer classes for older people. Enrolling them in these classes allows them learn with their peers, making it all less awkward and difficult for them as it removes the stress that they may feel when a younger family member attempts to teach them. Again, the added level of socialization is good for them as it also motivates them to learn the new information quickly enough to keep up with their peers. Show Them the Human Elements A majority of Ni…

New MacBooks may finally be inbound, with faster GPUs, USB-C, and Thunderbolt 3

Apple has taken some heat over the last few months for the relative age of some of its hardware, and the company may finally be preparing to respond. The new machines reportedly feature some significant new technologies, but at least one product — the 11-inch MacBook Air — is reportedly going away, its niche filled by the 12-inch, single-port MacBook.
The rumors from Japanese site Mac Otakara suggest a pair of new MacBook Pros at 13-inch and 15-inch, and a new, 13-inch MacBook Air. All of these machines will reportedly be based on USB-C and offer Thunderbolt 3 connectivity — if the rumors are accurate, Apple may be dumping conventional USB altogether, in favor of USB-C for everything. Apple has always had a reputation for getting rid of ports more quickly than other companies, but if the company is ditching standard USB ports across all of its products, it’s going to be extremely annoying for Mac users stuck shuffling dongles (and never mind the fact that if the USB-C p…

Introducing the Events from Facebook App

Every day, more than 100 million people use Facebook events to discover things they can do with their friends — from festivals and 5Ks to neighborhood fairs and nightlife. With hundreds of millions of events shared on Facebook every year, the fear of missing out is becoming a thing of the past.

Today we’re announcing Events from Facebook , a new app we designed for event seekers who are passionate about keeping up with nearby events and finding things to do with their friends. Whether you’re looking for something to attend this weekend or just wondering what’s happening in your area, Events will help get you there.

Here’s how it works:

When you open Events, you can quickly catch up on new events your friends are interested in, recently-announced events by the Pages you like, and updates from events you’re already connected to.

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend or even right now, you can easily browse event recommendations based on time, location and your interests. Ex…

Glo rolls out first nationwide 4G LTE network in Nigeria

Nigeria’s telecommunication giant, Globacom has instituted the country’s first world-class nationwide mobile 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. The development is consequent upon its successful multi-dimensional test-run of the advanced network.

Telecom subscribers in key cities in Lagos, Port Harcourt in Rivers State, Abuja in the Federal Capital City, Jos in Plateau State, Warri in Delta State, Eket in Akwa Ibom State, Benin City in Edo State, Yola in Adamawa State and Zaria in Kaduna State are privileged to enjoy instant connection to Glo 4G LTE network, while roll-out to other major cities of the country will be effected in quick succession in the coming days.

Globacom said its 4G LTE is the country’s first nationwide network implementation, and offers instant efficient broadband internet to millions of Nigerians at speeds multiple times faster than the 3G network, thereby enabling customers to download ultra high definition videos within seconds.

This is a major milestone whi…

MTN Launches 4G LTE Services for Faster & High Speed Browsing Experience

Nigeria’s quest to achieve the 30 percent national Broadband penetration by 2018 has received a major boost with the launch of
MTN’s 4G LTE service.

With the launch of the service, MTN’s subscribers can now enjoy optimized wireless 4G broadband and high-speed browsing experience which is the fastest and most futuristic mobile internet access available in Nigeria today. According to MTN’s Chief Marketing Officer, Rahul De, the deployment of 4G LTE will not only enhance MTN subscribers’ browsing experience but would also key-in to the national objective of attaining 30 percent Broadband penetration by 2018.

“We are excited to officially announce the roll-out of MTN 4G LTE services to our esteemed subscribers. The service supports most LTE devices, and leveraging on our network promises to be the widest LTE coverage in Nigeria. With the acquisition of the 2.6GHZ spectrum earlier this year, our objective was clear: to build capacity to accommodate 4G LTE into our services because it is t…

Google Assistant isn’t coming to Android 7.1 – unless you own a Pixel

If Google’s recent hardware launch event got you excited about its new Assistant that it showed off on Assistant , we have some bad news: It’ll be a while before you can try it – unless you buy a Pixel.

A changelog for Android 7.1 Nougat
obtained by Android Police detailed new features coming to the OS, along with a bunch that will only be available on the Pixel. It turns out that Assistant will be exclusive to the phone for the time being; Google has confirmed that to TechCrunch.

The AI-powered helper, which builds on Google Now’s search and contextual information surfacing capabilities, can carry on conversations with you to do things like control your Google Cast-enabled gadgets and IoT devices. It will soon also carry out complex tasks through two-way conversations, like hailing you an Uber to travel to a specific destination.

You also won’t get 24/7 tech support over phone and chat, unlimited original quality cloud storage for your photos and videos or the new Pixel Camera…

Google Assistant is getting smart as hell

At its #madebygoogle event today, the company’s engineering lead for Google Assistant, Scott Huffman, explained how the AI-powered system would get several new features and capabilities in the days to come – and it all sounds pretty exciting.

For starters, Huffman noted that, beyond featuring in Allo and Home , Assistant will be an open platform that developers can build functionality for, and also integrate the service into their own products. It’ll allow people to do things like find information about local businesses, search YouTube for videos and surface content through deep links into installed apps.

To that end, Assistant will support two kinds of actions: Direct actions, which allow it to accommodate simple requests like ‘turn off the lights’, and Conversation actions, which require a bit of back-and-forth between the user and the system (such as booking an Uber to go to a specific destination).

The possibilities for developers to build actions for their own services into As…


Facebook is where people connect, and in recent years more people have been using Facebook to connect in another way: buying and selling with each other. This activity started in Facebook Groups and has grown substantially. More than 450 million people visit buy and sell groups each month — from families in a local neighborhood to collectors around the world.

To help people make more of these connections, today we’re introducing Marketplace, a convenient destination to discover, buy and sell items with people in your community. Marketplace makes it easy to find new things you’ll love, and find a new home for the things you’re ready to part with. We’ll continue to build new options and features to make this the best experience for people.
To visit Marketplace, just tap on the shop icon at the bottom of the Facebook app and start exploring.

Discover Items for Sale Near You

Marketplace opens with photos of items that people near you have listed for sale. To find something specific, sear…

Everything Google announced at today’s Pixel hardware event

Everything Google announced at today’s Pixel hardware event

Kicking off the show at its hardware launch, Google CEO Sundar Pichai touted the shift from mobile to artificial intelligence that allowed for two-way conversation and natural dialogue. He described Google’s desire to build an ‘individual Google’ for each user before detailing some interesting AI and machine learning projects, including image recognition, language translation, and text-to-speech.

Each of these improves Google’s already impressive Assistant and furthers the goal to create individualized search experiences for each user.

Pixel and Pixel XL

Senior Vice President Rick Osterloh took to the stage following Pichai to announce to new mobile devices carrying the Pixel name. He touted the sleek design and powerful functionality before throwing a not-so-subtle jab at Apple when declaring ‘there’s no unsightly camera bump.’

The successors to Google’s Nexus 5X and 6P are both getting rebranded with a new moniker: Pixel.…

Google’s First Real Threat to Apple’s iPhone

Google is embarking on a wholesale revamp of its mobile phone strategy, debuting a pair of slick and powerful handsets that for the first time will go head-to-head with Apple Inc.’s iconic iPhone.

Alphabet Inc.’s Google on Tuesday unveiled the Pixel and larger Pixel XL, the first phones that were conceptualized, designed, engineered and tested in-house. The Pixel handsets feature a Siri-like virtual assistant, flashy camera features and are the first to boast Android’s new Nougat 7.1 operating system. Their debut signals Google’s push into the $400 billion smartphone hardware business and shows that the company is willing to risk alienating partners like Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc. that sell Android-based phones.

“Google is now the seller of record of this phone,” said Rick Osterloh, chief of the company’s new hardware division. He notes that the company is now managing inventory, building relationships with carriers, sourcing components, making supply chain deals …

Android 7.1 Launcher Features On Any Android Phone

Android 7.1 is expected to come with some new features on the launcher , including Launcher Shortcuts and a sliding All Apps drawer as soon as next week. If you don’t want to wait until then, or you don’t have a device that will get a quick update to the latest version of Android, you can check them out now through a third-party app called Action Launcher . Chris Lacy, the developer of Action Launcher, was inspired by Android Police’s breakdown of the Launcher update and decided to integrate the features the website previewed into his own app.

In addition to a new Google search and date widget, Action Launcher 3 has "Launcher Shortcuts", which function similarly to the 3D touch shortcuts in iOS. It also has the circular icon design Google is rumored to introduce with it's new Pixel phones.

You’ll definitely be learning more about the update, as well as the rumored Pixel phones
next week at Google’s event. Exciting! Action Launcher's free in the Play Store and all it…