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Monday, July 23, 2018

Tech: How To Use AirPlay 2 From Control Center on iPhone

iOS 11.4 finally rolled out the much-anticipated AirPlay 2. This upgraded version of AirPlay allows multiple HomePods to wirelessly connect, sync, and stream content from Apple devices including iPads, iPhones, Apple TVs, and the sixth-generation iPod Touch.
AirPlay 2 makes multi-room streaming possible, whether it's the same content to each room in the house or a different playlist for each. There are a few different ways to access and engage AirPlay 2, and one of the easiest is from the Control Center. Let's get started learning how to use AirPlay from Control Center on iPhone. 

For this tip to work, make sure your iPhone and HomePod(s) are all updated to iOS 11.4.

  • Open Control Center by swiping down from the top-right corner of your display if you have an iPhone X, or up from the bottom of your display for earlier iPhones.

  • Touch and hold the Audio Card in the upper-right corner of the Control Center to access your audio controls.

  • You should see all the devices you'd like to use with AirPlay 2, but if you don't, tap the pyramid icon to display your AirPlay options.

  • Now tap each of your listed devices that you'd like to stream music through.

Control Center also offers an overview of the content streaming in each room and allows users to control volume, as well as pause, play, or change content streaming to each connected speaker.
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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Tech: Your HomePod to the Latest Version of iOS

After you've downloaded the latest version of iOS to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you'll need to make sure that your HomePod has updated to the new operating system as well. The HomePod automatically updates software, but sometimes there's a bit of lag time.
Let's get started learning how to check if your HomePod has completed the download, ​and how to update the HomePod's software if an automatic update hasn't occurred.

  • Open the Home app on your iOS device, making sure you're logged in with the same Apple ID you used to set up your HomePod.
apple home app
  • Tap the diagonal arrowhead icon in the upper-left corner of your display.
ios update
  • Tap Software Update if you see the number one in a red circle, as in the picture below.
apple speaker
  • Tap Install to update the software on all the HomePods you have set up in your home under the same Apple ID.
You'll be able to tell that your HomePod is updating software by the spinning white light on top. This light will remain on until the update is finished, which may take some time. Be sure to leave your HomePod plugged in for the duration of the update. 
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

6 Reasons Why Parents Should Expose Children To Technology Early

There is a need In this current digital age for children to be exposed to the usage of technological devices for the purpose of learning and others.

6 Reasons Why Parents Should Expose Children To Technology Early
New and emerging technologies have always been associated with the younger generations. Older people tend to be set in their ways, leaving tech-savvy millennials in the forefront of discovering and embracing new devices as they arrive on the scene. Younger people learn more quickly, and that goes for technology in the same way it goes for everything else.
According to the research and development unit of Yudala, the decision on when a child can be allowed access to technological gadgets such as laptops, tablets and smartphones is to be made by parents during their children’s formative years.
It said recent studies showed that active or interactive technology and screen time can actually help to develop and improve your kid’s learning, when used appropriately, and highlighted a number of ways children can benefit from early exposure to modern technology.
(1). More visually attentive kids
Exposure to games and other relevant applications on tech devices can help raise a generation of more visually attentive kids. This is because a significant amount of attention to detail is required on the part of kids when exposed to visually stimulating contents on tablets and other entry-level gadgets. There are many devices that can help build the requisite attention to detail and capacity for visual attention in children.
(2). Improve language skills
The benefits of technology for kids, especially at an early age are numerous. One of such areas is in developing their language skills. There are many of applications and games to help boost their vocabulary and teach them to look for word meanings when they come across an unfamiliar word.
(3). Build discipline and self-motivation
Exposing your child to technology from an early age is a sure way of building discipline and self-motivation, two qualities that are ultimately crucial to your child’s future development. A lot of games and activities on tech devices often require the user to complete a task in order to progress to another level. Completing the entire course requires a huge dose of mental discipline and personal resolve. As a result, exposure to these learning apps inadvertently challenges a child and pushes him/her to strive to go the extra lengths in order to enjoy the thrill and satisfaction that come from achievement. Your child, therefore, develops a disciplined mindset that sees challenges as surmountable as long as he/she keeps trying to overcome them. This is effortlessly transferred to real-life situations.
(4). Emotional intelligence
Emotional intelligence is a buzzword that is becoming increasingly relevant in the contemporary work-place. Most organisations today prioritise the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. This quality can be developed in your child right from an early age through exposure to technology. There are numerous emotional intelligence apps pre-loaded on tablets which teach kids what emotions are, how they work, and how to use them and manage them for social interaction and learning. Among other things, these applications teach a child how to recognise other people’s emotions, to discriminate among the different feelings, and to label them appropriately. Armed with this insight, your child can learn from an early age how to refrain from emotional outbursts and undisciplined loss of self-control, thus leading to a well-rounded personality.
(5). Develop Maths skills
Research shows that younger children are more interested in the short-term goals of games, which are essential in problem solving. Logic games, obstacle courses and other applications on tech devices go a long way to build your child’s basic mathematic skills by imbuing them with the capacity for quantitative reasoning. For parents, this is very important as the phobia or apathy often expressed by most people for Mathematics is a result of wrong or late exposure to its usefulness in the analysis and interpretation of real-world quantitative information.
(6). Develop new talents
Technology can help unearth hitherto-hidden skills and talents in your child. From being exposed to certain musical instruments or skills such as painting on the screen of a tablet, for instance, your child can develop a keen interest, which may see him/her becoming proficient at these activities. With the aid of technology, which bridges the gap, you may not even have to pay the hefty fees of enrolling your child in a physical music or painting class to learn. There are loads of apps that your child can take advantage of to learn and become the next Mozart or Leonardo da Vinci. Early exposure to technology has the potential to unlock amazing new interests in your child which, coupled with the natural curiosity in kids, can transform your child into a whiz-kid.
A note of caution: It is important to mention that parental supervision is key. A child should not be given a tablet without supervision. Handing over a tech device to your child requires a great level of responsibility. So, as a parent, be sure to trust your instinct. However, the fact is allowing children have access to tech devices can benefit them in many ways. As a parent, you may be nervous at first, but there are some real, tangible benefits to be derived from exposing your child to tech devices such as tablets. Most experts recommend not more than a half hour of screen time per sitting for a child. This is bearing in mind that tablets may be addictive for children because it allows quick, instant access to everything in the real world. As long as parents do their best to monitor, protect, and prepare their children, and usage doesn’t get out of hand, technology exposure can provide great opportunities for children to grow and develop.
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Monday, September 18, 2017

We Will Join Others On Nationwide Strike - Electricity Workers

National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, make a serious threats to join others for the impending nationwide strike.

Electricity workers

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, yesterday said loading of products, including aviation fuel, would stop from today as affiliates of United Labour Congress of Nigeria, ULC, begin an indefinite strike.

According to Financial Watch, the industrial action is fresh move by the United Labor Congress, ULC, a union that seeks to act as umbrella for both NLC and TUC. However, leaders of the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Employees, NUBIFIE, said members may not effectively join the strike today because the union just concluded its delegates conference weekend, warning, however, that members would fully join should the strike persist.

But the NLC and TUC have insisted that ULC was fake, since it was not recognized by government, and urged Nigerians to ignore the group.

Similarly, the Federal Ministry of Labour also held on to its earlier position that the ULC was not recognized by the Federal Government.

The Presidency, through the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said last night that the Presidency stands by the Labour Minister’s position that the ULC is not recognized by the Federal Government.
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

5 Reasons Why People Love iPhones

Have you ever wondered why iPhones have such a great appeal to its users?, Or why people loves it so much?


So, below are 5 reasons why some people love iPhones.

(1). Its Class
Having an iPhone is like ‘having the month’s hottest accessory’. There is a status that comes with the phone that is practically unrivaled, for this reason the phone is more or less a precious object to most iPhone users and an extension of themselves (they paid good money to attain that class, so they want you to see it). Some iPhone buyers are even more attracted to its prestigious status symbol than the function of the phone itself.

(2). Its Design
iPhones look great, they look classy and sleek and that is one thing that can hardly be denied. Even after many upgrades and changes, the iPhone still has the most singular look of any smartphone in existence. The fact is, there is simply no smartphone device in the market that is as immediately recognizable as an iPhone – there is simply none like it. In addition, the phone has a practically flawless fit and finish and is made with very high quality materials.

(3).  It’s Incredibly Easy To Use
Over many years, iPhones still remain the easiest phone to use by far and its users love the phone for this. It has also managed to maintain its classic look and feel over many years, which is considerably impressive.

(4). Its Apps
iPhones have the advantage of the best quality and quantity of available apps. Usually, the best apps can immediately be found on the Apple app store the minute they come out. Android, more particularly Microsoft and BlackBerry, have had more trouble convincing developers to create software for their devices, mainly because Apple users spend more on apps, which leads to a bigger potential payout for developers, so developers are more keen on immediately developing apps for Apple.

(5). Its Operating System
Another unique feature of the iPhone which is unlike any other is its operating system – it leaves its users coming back for more. Apple releases a new mobile operating system every year, with updates that keep making everything about the phone so perfectly engineered to the way its users like it. The constant updates keep users coming back for more.
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

10 Important New WhatsApp Features To Make You Enjoy Your Experience Better

Whatsapp is probably the number mobile app and chat messenger in the world, these days whatsapp has become an incredible power tool to achieve all kinds of needs.

10 Important New WhatsApp Features To Make You Enjoy Your Experience Better

- Technology is growing fast these days, you need to stay informed to catch up. So, Below are 10 of the WhatsApp New Features You Will Love To Know...

(1). Capture And Pictures And Videos Instantly 
Aside from the file transfer of photos and videos you can even capture with built-in camera and send.

To do this tap the on the icon that looks like an office clip on pin then select ‘Camera’. Then long hold the cycle at the bottom (for android phones) to start recording. The cycle turns red and a timer appears at the top of your screen.

(2). Whatsapp Documents Sharing 

You can Send PDFs, documents, spreadsheets, slideshows and more, without the hassle of email or file sharing apps.

To do that just tap on the icon that looks like an office clip on pin and select documents. You can send documents up to 100 MB, so it’s easy to get what you need over to who you want.

(3). Formatting: Bold, Italics, Strike-through 
WhatsApp allows you to format your text by adding symbols in front of and after words to achieve a level of aesthetics or emphasis. You can format to bold, italics, and strike through. 

For BOLD add asterisks to either side of a word or sentence, e.g. *bold* For Italics start and end the message with underscores. Example _italics_
For strikethrough text add tildes at the beginning and end of the word. Example: ~strikethrough~

(4). Whatsapp Web 
This means instead of constantly divided your time between your computer and your mobile phone to be checking your messages you Use WhatsApp on your computer by simply connecting your phone. You can either download the app to your computer or just use the browser version.

To use WhatsApp Web go to web.whatsapp.com on your computer and Settings > WhatsApp Web on your phone. Scan the QR code displayed on your desktop screen using your phone’s camera.

(5). (Most) Frequent Person(s) You Chat With 
You can find out who among your contact you chat with most. For android go to Settings > Chat > Chat History > Email Chat to view your most chat up contacts. While for iphone Go to Settings > Data and Storage Use > Storage Use.

6. Track Your Whatsapp Activities (Statistics) 
To know the number of messages received, sent, status, data consumed and other such statistics go to Setting> Data Usage > Network Usage. You can also reset this statistics. You can also limit the amount of data you use In the Data Usage menu by ticking the box.

7. Whatsapp Group: Stop and Mute Notifications 
If you belong to some overzealous whatsapp group and it keeps getting you distracted you can mute it.

Go to open the group > select menu (three dot at top right)> choose duration from options.

You can also stop notifications using this same step just un-tick the box

8. Read Messages Without Blue Ticks Showing 
In Whatsapp one tick means message sent, two tick messages received/delivered, blue tick message read.

If you don’t want to let your contact know you have read their messages go to menu> settings>accounts> privacy > untick read receipts. At this place for android users you can also modify your last seen, who see your profile photos etc.

Note: if you deactivate your read receipts you also cannot see when they read your message.

9. Stop Whatsapp Auto Download Of Media Files 
To conserve data and or storage space you can stop incoming pictures and videos automatically saving to your phone just go to Settings -> Chats -> turn off Save Incoming Media.

10. Save And Install Android Applications Or Games On Whatsapp 
Yes, on whatsapp you can send and receive/save any android application, sending it as long as you have the APK file of the android app; just follow the steps below:

step1: go to file manager
step2: find the apk file of the app/game you want to send
step3: rename that apk file, where you see apk erase is and type doc or txt
step4: long press that file then click share then via whatsapp eg: you send NARUTO. it will be Naturo.apk so change it to Naruto.doc or Naruto.txt then send it.

How To Install The APK File
step1: download the app/game in whatsapp
step2: go to file manager
step3: go to whatsapp folder>>media>>>documents
step4: rename that app/game. where there is doc or txt put apk
step5: now click install

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Checkout The Top 5 Reasons Many People Love Android Devices

The debate on which is the better operating system between the iOS and Android operating system is a debate that will probably never be concluded, however, it is impossible to deny some of the impressive features that the Android operating system offers.

5 reasons people love Android devices.

(1). There are Widgets!
With widgets you can ‘see all the information you need at a glance’ without having to open an app. Widgets are a major advantage Android devices have over iOS devices, mainly because even with Apple’s recent launch of widgets on their iOS devices, it still remains very limited on iOS compared to the widgets of Android devices that are more unbounded and offer more varieties.

(2). It Allows Customization
Another strong feature of Android devices is the fact that it allows customization. Unlike most Apple devices, Android devices let you choose any level of customization you want and this flexibility is what really appeals to most smartphone users. This is because many smartphone users generally tend to want to explore the limits of their devices, and they typically like having the ability to freely customize and play around with features and design of their phones.

(3). It’s Affordable
Buying an Android device is unlikely to devastate your bank account, and for that affordability it remains an attractive option to many. With varieties of devices, designs and specs, Android devices really have something to suit every budget range and offers a true and enjoyable smartphone experience. Android's affordability is what has driven and continues to drive its worldwide dominance.

(4). Its Seamless Integration With Google’s Services
Android devices integrate seamlessly with Google’s varieties of services, and this works just great because Google is largely considered the ‘king of the web’. Apple and iOS doesn’t seem to be able to keep up in this area, and have had to yield to accommodating more Google services on their platform. Unfortunately, the seamless integration enjoyed between Android devices and Google services, is not replicated in the integration of iOS and Google services.

(5). It Allows For Multi-Tasking
Some might argue that iOS devices also allow multi-tasking, but what they cannot deny is that the level of multi-tasking that iOS devices support, does not come anywhere near the level of multi-tasking some Android phones offer. Samsung phones are a good examples of Android phones that have great multi-tasking features. This is one area that Apple is more or less playing catch-up to Android devices.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Popular Social Media Platform, Pinterest Hits 200 Million Monthly Active Users Today

Pinterest revealed today that it now has 200 million monthly active users, up from 150 million a little under a year ago.

In April this year (2017), the company said it hit 175 million monthly active users, so it seems it’s been able to grow pretty methodically in the past year or so. That’s going to be a good sign for the company, which set some very ambitious targets in early 2015but has since had to recalibrate it. Pinterest recently raised a $150 million financing round at a $12.3 billion valuation. With that financing round, Pinterest was making a full-court press into visual search, which it is trying to pitch as its core competency.
The social media platform has actualized that pitch into a number of products, with the biggest of those being its camera search product Lens. Users can pick up their phones and point their camera at a room, and Pinterest will identify what’s in that room and sync it up with content that’s on the platform. Pinterest benefits from already having a massive well of high-quality photos from both users and businesses, and it can lean on that content as a kind of defensible dataset that might not be available to other companies going after image recognition.
There are other products that Pinterest has come out with to move toward that goal, as well, like Shop the Look and Instant Ideas. Both of those features look to get people quickly searching for the elements within a picture and diving deeper into the rabbit hole of Pinterest — which means they’re more likely to convert to a customer for a potential advertiser. Pinterest president Tim Kendall said the visual search tools were soon coming to its ads in May at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2017.
Pinterest also released a slew of other metrics to show that the company was still growing beyond its core competencies, such as talking about how more than 75% of sign-ups are coming from outside the U.S. now as it makes a big push internationally. More than half of its users come from outside the U.S., and impressions for the app grew 50% year-over-year. Pinterest also said its male audience — typically an afterthought among observers — has grown more than 50% year-over-year.
To be sure, Pinterest is a different kind of use case than other platforms — and works great for a lot of niches, like wedding planning or recipes. But because of that, it might actually be more vulnerable to companies, like Houzz, picking off its most-popular niches. Houzz, for example, was able to raise a new financing round at a $4 billion valuation off creating something that indirectly models for the same kind of audience you might find on Pinterest.
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Facebook Brings “Snooze” Button That Temporarily Hides People In Your News Feed

Are you tired of a friend’s non-stop vacation photos? Bored of hearing about some business Page’s big launch? One of your groups won’t shut up about their upcoming get-together? Now Facebook has a Snooze button that lets you temporarily unfollow friends, Pages, or Groups for 24 hours, 7 days, or 30 days.

The Snooze button could deter people from permanently unfollowing, unliking, or unfriending things on Facebook, while still giving them control over what they see. Facebook benefits from you maintaining a dense social network, whether for ad targeting, or just surfacing an important life update from a distant acquaintance. So now when you’re annoyed with someone or something, you can solve the problem without severing the connection.
TechCrunch spotted Snooze this morning on Facebook’s desktop site in the US, and are awaiting comment from the company about the status of the feature. We’ll update when we hear back.
To Snooze someone, tap the drop0down arrow in the top right of someone’s post. Now instead of just an unfollow option, there’s “Unfollow or Snooze”. Tap that, and you can choose whether you want to Snooze someone for a day, a week, a month, or permanently unfollow them.
Facebook has been trying to settle in on the best way to let you control the News Feed without being confusing. In 2012 it offered a “See Less” option on friends’ profiles. But eventually Facebook found this was puzzling for users, since they’d still see that person in their feed, so it wasn’t clear if the option actually did anything. By 2014, Facebook had dropped “See Less” in favor of a definitive “Unfollow” button that let you stay friends but banish them from your feed.
With Snooze, it’s found a way to decrease the noise from a chatty person, group, or Page in a way that’s obvious and intuitive, but doesn’t prohibit Facebook from showing you their most important posts further down the line.
Pages and Groups may benefit from Snooze, since it could reduce the chances of someone unliking or leaving them. But it should also inspire them not to overshare or spam, otherwise they could be put in time-out.
Facebook already constantly modulates how much you see of someone based on implicit signals like if you Like, click, comment on, or share their posts. It will surely use Snoozing as a signal that it should show you less of someone when they’re allowed to reappear. But if we’re going to spend so much of our lives browsing the News Feed curated by Facebook’s faceless algorithm, it’s nice to see the company equip us humans with more than just binary controls.
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Effective Ways To Have A Safely Driving In The Rain

Driving in the rain can be very stressful and dangerous because it will be very difficult to see the road and conditions may be terrible. Hence, you have to be extremely careful so that you do not get your car stuck in a ditch or involve in an auto-crash.

This is because the wetter the road, the more the accident. In line with this, Below are 6 useful tips for driving safely in the rain.

(1). Slow down  
Like earlier said the road condition worsens when it rains. As such, slow down no matter how late you are to your destination. This is safer because you are less likely to be involved in an accident if you slow down.

(2). Check your wipers 
Many Nigerian drivers do not check their wipers until it rains. This is really unsafe. The wiper is important as it helps you to get rid of water on the windshield. So, ensure that all your wipers are working and in good condition.

(3). Turn on your headlights 
It is not only in the night you turn on your headlights. You also need it when it rains to help improve visibility.

(4). Dry the brakes 
Wet roads mean wet brakes, and the four wheel discs on most cars can be coated with water just when you need them most. This can result in the malfunction of your car. Luckily, some cars automatically touch the pads to the rotors to remove water but you can do this too by gently touching the brakes after splashing through a wet spot.

(5). Don't charge into ditches at high speed 
Charging at high speed into ditches can get your car stuck, allow water to find its way into your engine and you can splash water on pedestrians. If your car gets stuck or water finds its way into your engine, you are on your because nobody will be ready to help except you will offer money. As for splashing water, Nigerians will simply reign curses on you.

(6). Inspect your tires 
You cannot say when it will rain but you can spot obvious signs it will. Check your tire to ensure that it is not overinflated. The rule is to ensure that the tire is in a good state so that it won't become slippery since the road is likely to be so when it rains.
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Check Out 5 Powerful Ways Whatsapp Is Changing Human Lives

Since Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014 for 22 billion dollars, it has significantly transformed the way we communicate and our lives. As such, So, below are powerful ways the messaging app (Whatsapp) has changed our lives, everyday interaction and engagement.

1. Sharing videos made easy 

The use of flash drives and memory cards to share pictures is declining very fast. This is because you can simply exchange and distribute photos and videos via WhatsApp. Whoever is receiving the pictures will just download it.

2. University students no longer miss school activities 

Whether it is an exam, impromptu test or a popular campus gig, you will not miss anything because you will get updates about these activities on WhatsApp.

3. Bridging the gap between businesses and customers 
Entrepreneurs now use WhatsApp to market their businesses via status updates and WhatsApp stories. Also, WhatsApp has helped bridge the gap between businesses and customers as anyone can resolve complaints by chatting up the business on the messaging app.

4. Organizing meetings simplified 
You can set up a WhatsApp group where you can have meetings, assign responsibilities and also agree on deadlines. So, you do not need to be physically present to have meetings. You only need to be digitally available.

5. Chatting with friends cost little or nothing 

With WhatsApp, you can chat with friends and significant others without breaking the bank. The only thing you need to pay for is internet data. Today, internet data is quite cheap and affordable.
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tech: Top Bureaucrats Received Customized Google Pixel Smartphones With Reliance Jio SIMs

Google Pixel

At least 80 High-end Google Pixel 'customised' phones with Jio SIMs have been given to top bureaucrats on a 'trial' basis to ensure secure communication among them, according to a source in the IT ministry.
The home ministry had drawn up a list of 100 officials from multiple ministries for the purpose, and 80 of these devices have been handed out so far, the source said.
The balance 20 units are in the pipeline, he added.
The project is at a 'pilot' stage and the sample distribution is for measuring the performance and security of the device.
The Google Pixel phones were found to be compliant with the specifications given by the home ministry, and the 'customisation' of the 4G phones was undertaken by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL).
A home ministry official said that while the handset and the telecom service provider are important elements of security, the critical aspect is the application on which the communication — both voice and data — is based.
"If that and the application server are secured, encrypted and appropriately certified, the security issues can be broadly addressed," the official said.
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Tech: ZTE Launches The 4G Enabled Nubia M2 Play In Indian Rate at Rs 8,999

Image Courtesy: Nubia

ZTE has launched the Nubia M2 Play in India after already launching it in China in June this year.  The phone has been priced at Rs 8,999 and is available for purchase exclusively on Amazon.

The Nubia M2 Play has a 5.5-inch HD display and comes in two colours, Black and Gold. The phone houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset with an octa-core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz and an Adreno 505 GPU. The phone has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage which is expandable to 128 GB using a micro-SD card.
The phone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and has the Nubia UI 5.0. The fingerprint sensor has been embedded on the front of the phone in the home button.
The phone has a 3,000 mAh battery and sports a 13-MP dual camera with LED Flash, Sony CMOS sensor and a f/2.2 aperture. The front of the phone houses a 5 MP sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. The phone also has 4G VoLTE supporting dual-hybrid SIM slots. In terms of connectivity, the phone has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, a 3.5 mm audio jack and a micro-USB port.
Late in December last year ZTE had launched its Nubia Z11 and Nubia N1 for the India market where the Nubia Z11 was priced at Rs 29,999, the Nubia N1 was priced at Rs 11,999.
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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Facebook Set To Bring In "Things In Common" Feature

Facebook is experimenting with a new feature called "Things in Common" that highlights details you have in common with your friends' friends.

Facebook is trying to connect mutual friends.

It's not clear how long the company has been testing the feature or if it plans to make it more widely available, but it offers an intriguing look at how Facebook is looking to boost users' interactions with one another. 
The feature appears in a small box underneath a friend's friend list on desktop, along with a prompt to "see what you have in common with" that individual's friends.
After you click in, it opens a full-screen window where you can flip through that person's friend list. As you flip through, it shows some basic profile information and highlights details you may have in common.
Mutual friends, hometown, employers, and current city were a few of the "things in common" highlighted to me. It also surfaced pages we had both liked.
Here's what it looked like when I looked at my colleague Brett Williams' friend list.
It's not clear how Facebook ranks which friends you see first in this view. The first few profiles I saw were people with whom I had other mutual friends besides Brett, but who I don't actually know. Then, perhaps not surprisingly, I started to see Mashable colleagues, which makes sense because we have a high number of mutual friends and follow several of the same pages.
Interestingly, it also showed me the profiles of people who I am also connected with on Facebook, so it didn't discriminate whether or not we were already connected. It also highlighted mutual friends with whom I had very little in common with. I didn't try, but it seemed like I could flip through his entire 1,000+ friend list in this view, which doesn't seem particularly useful.
It also felt a little creepy to spend so much time lurking on the friends lists of my friends — isn't this part of why I deleted the Facebook app from my phone in the first place, I wondered.
"'Things In Common' is a section we're testing that contains information that you share in common with someone else, such as mutual friends, page likes, and others. These respect the privacy setting that the profile owner set when entering them," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.
It's no secret Facebook is always looking for new ways to get people to interact with each other, so it's not surprising they'd be exploring yet another avenue for connecting people who aren't yet friends. 
Mark Zuckerberg himself has made it clear this is an area he is intently focused on.
"I think there's something to this idea that your relationships shape your path more than we realize," he wrote earlier this year.
"We've built AI systems to recommend 'People You May Know.' But it might be just as important to also connect you with people you should know — mentors and people outside your circle who care about you and can provide a new source of support and inspiration."
Of course, identifying basic things you have in common with mutual friends is hardly the same as Facebook helping you find someone outside your circle who actually cares about you, but it could be one step toward helping people identify new people they might want to connect with.
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Friday, September 1, 2017

How To Identify A Fake Smartphone

A major problem that many top phone manufacturers are encountering is the cloning of their brands. This trend continues despite the painstaking efforts to make cloning difficult. Despite this, the counterfeiters are having a field day faking these brands and it has made it hard for users to differentiate between counterfeit and original phones.

Below are ways to identifying a fake device.

(1). Packaging 
Manufacturers of counterfeit products are sometimes careless with packaging. Phone makers will always take care of the smallest details of design and packaging of their own goods. So, take a close look at the package, paying attention to the print quality ensuring consistency. In addition, ensure nothing should be loose inside.

(2). Look at the wires and plugs 
The quality of the wire is an important sign of a counterfeit product. If it is original, a plugged-in cable will sit firmly and evenly, while in a fake, you will see loose parts.

(3). Check the user manual 
The user manual is one of the easiest ways to identify a fake gadget. Every relevant information about the device must be there in the language of the country of purchase. If it’s written in some other language and you cannot read it, then it is a cloned brand.

(4). Look at the fonts 
All fonts and symbols on the gadgets must be similar, readable and regular. If this is not the case, it means the phone is fake or counterfeit.

(5). Pay attention to the material 
The material used for making a phone can either be high or low-quality. Popular brands don’t cut back on materials. The plastic covering the phone must be smooth, without any creases.
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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Things You Need To Know About Electric Cars Coming To Nigerian (Photos)

Malik Ado-Ibrahim, first African to lead the Formula 1 Team global race car competition in 1999, has revealed plans for his automobile firm to introduce electric cars into Nigerian market in 2018.

Nigus Enfinity, an indigenous firm, says it will introduce electric cars into the Nigerian automobile market in 2018 and that its local assembly plant for electric vehicles will be ready in 2020.

Malik Ado-Ibrahim, chairman of the company, made this known to journalists in an interactive session which held in Abuja on Thursday. Another photo...

Ado-Ibrahim said several countries across the world have set targets for the ban of petrol-fuelled vehicles with India targeting 2030, and the United Kingdom, 2040.

He said Nigeria and Africa need to look inward to be at the fore of the automotive revolution or risk becoming waste bin for banned vehicles from other countries.

Ado-Ibrahim said his firm is already building a 100 megawatts (mw) solar power plant in Katsina and another in Adamawa state.

According to him, the company has also partnered with Build Your Dreams, a Chinese firm, to import electric vehicles at affordable costs from 2018.
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Friday, August 25, 2017

Court Sentences Samsung Heir To 5 Years Jail Over Bribery And Other Crimes

A bribery and cronyism scandal that has already toppled a South Korean president has claimed a major business scalp after a court sentenced Lee Jae-yong, the acting chairman of Samsung, to five years in prison after finding him guilty of offering bribes and other crimes.

The billionaire, who is South Korea’s third-richest man and heir to the Sprawling Samsung empire, had been accused of making large donations to foundations run by a close friend and confidante of the deposed South Korean president, Park Geun-hye, in return for political favours.

The court said Lee had provided bribes anticipating support from Park, who was still president at the time, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

The court also found Lee guilty of hiding assets abroad, embezzlement and perjury.

Lee’s lawyers are expected to appeal, and the case could end up being decided by the country’s supreme court, possibly next year.

While the 49-year-old, who is also known as Jay Y Lee, was spared the 12-year term demanded by prosecutors, his sentence is the longest given to any South Korean chaebol leader.

Source: The Guardian
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Some Reasons Your Smartphone May Stop Working

You just bought a new smartphone, you can’t seem to control your excitement. However, few months down the line, your beloved smartphone becomes slow and unresponsive over time.


There are many reasons why this happens. In line with this.

Below are some of these reasons.

1). The OS Upgrades
If you bought your device a few years back, it may be running on Android KitKat or iOS 7. From time to time upgrades of these apps are released with a certain set of hardware specs which may not be compatible with your phone. This may affect the speed of your device.

2). Apps running in the background
Background apps can also cause your phone to slow down because the running apps are taking space. Hence, make it a habit to always close your apps if they are not in use.

3). Memory Degradation
Smartphones run on a flash memory. When the phone memory is full, your phone gets slower. Do not forget to intermittently clean your phone memory.

4). Higher expectations
Sometimes, after looking at several high-end smartphones, we expect our phones to perform better. You can’t compare Galaxy S3 with Galaxy S8. So, we should learn to manage our expectations or simply buy another device.

5). App updates
Apps can be transformed from lightweight to heavyweight over time due to updates. Developers are constantly releasing updates and every new update brings new features, which ends up taking most part of your RAM and CPU.
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Tech: For India To Protect Her Solar Manufacturing Sector: WTO, Suitable Policy Changes Should Be Made

India has to make suitable policy changes by December this year to remove measures it had undertaken to protect its fledgling solar manufacturing sector from foreign competition, according to a recent notice issued by the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). DSB adjudicates on trade disputes between national governments.

“The United States and India have agreed that the reasonable period of time for India to implement the recommendations and rulings of the DSB in the dispute ‘India – Certain Measures Relating to Solar Cells and Solar Modules (WT/DS456)’ shall be 14 months from the 14 October 2016, date of adoption of the DSB recommendations and rulings. Accordingly, the reasonable period of time expires on 14 December 2017,” DSB said in a communication on 16 June.

“We have been given time till December and have been asked to complete all on-going projects. We will not be able to keep the provision of a secure market for Indian suppliers. Even Indian projects, which are owned by the private sector, cannot have Domestic Content Requirement (DCR),” said an official in India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). “However, WTO permits us to do projects by the government. So, if the government or its public sector units are undertaking a project, they have the provision of DCR.”

On 6 February 2013, the United States had requested consultations with India concerning certain measures of the country relating to domestic content requirements for solar cells and solar modules. The matter reached the level of a dispute, was taken to the WTO, and was settled in October 2016 in the favour of the US. The June statement comes after India accepted the ruling.

The December deadline is not a surprise, according to Raj Prabhu, CEO and co-founder of Mercom Capital Group, a clean energy consultancy. “Public sector units were already reluctant to tender DCR projects due to cost issues. The government has finally realised that it has to pay from its own pockets to pursue protectionist policies,” he told indiaclimatedialogue.net . “Some manufacturers will lose out, but most have not invested in R&D, so the result is not unexpected.”

According to Bridge to India, a renewable consulting firm, India provided some breathing room to local manufacturers through DCR and toyed briefly with anti-dumping duties. However, such protectionist measures have not helped local manufacturing anywhere in the world and the share of imports in India has continued to go up from 74 percent in 2014-15 to 89 percent in 2016, it said.

There are no real threats to the Indian solar industry in the short-term, Prabhu said. “The government is all for lowest power prices and it is doubtful they will disrupt the markets when they are getting solar power at cheaper prices than coal.

With DCR tenders disappearing, some manufacturers will fail, but most of the jobs in solar are in project development and not manufacturing.”

The Indian solar sector had brushed aside any worries earlier as well. However, there had been some concern just after the WTO ruling came out.

Madhavan Nampoothiri, founder-director of RESolve Energy Consultants, also believes there will be no major impact due to this ruling. However, the capacity utilisation of domestic manufacturers, which is already low at an industry level, could go down further, Nampoothiri said.

The MNRE official said private developers who own a project, and install and develop it on their own and then sell power to the discoms will not have the DCR component.

But projects owned and undertaken by government-owned National Thermal Power Corporation, Coal India or Solar Energy Corporation of India will continue to have the local content policy. “We have a scheme called Central Public Sector Units (CPSU) and, under this, there was a target of 1,000 MW. Now, we are in the process of bringing the second phase of this scheme, which will have a target of 7,500 MW,” he said. “Once that comes, the Indian industry supplier will have an adequate market.”

Prabhu explains that even when the DCR category was in place, Indian manufacturers were way behind the Chinese. “As of now, there is no competition between the two as Indian solar manufacturers form a negligible part of the global solar manufacturing industry. Solar tariffs have been going down largely due to cheaper Chinese modules, for example, in Rewa, Kadapa and the Bhadla solar parks. The Indian solar market is completely dependent on Chinese modules now and the Chinese are subsidising Indian solar installations.”

“It is a fact that our suppliers are not competitive enough. Their prices are higher than the imported ones and that is precisely the reason why for the developer mode projects, they would always opt for the cheaper Chinese modules, since they have to compete,” said the MNRE official. “When it comes to bidding for a tariff, the cheapest one will give benefits, so they opt for it. This is unfortunate but is the case now.”

Bridge to India suggests that instead of considering a short-term response to this issue, “the Indian government should consider long-term implications for the sector and send a clear policy signal to reduce uncertainty for all stakeholders.” India’s National Solar Mission talks of creating a domestic manufacturing supply chain. However, market dynamics have not supported that vision, says Prabhu.
“Currently, the Indian module manufacturing business model is built on importing Chinese cells and assembling them in India.”

The MNRE official said that the Indian government doesn’t want to remain dependent on imported solar cells modules and is committed to supporting the industry. “We will ensure that some kind of policy is always in place to support the solar industry,” he said.
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