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On February 24, 2013: Leading telecommunications service provider, Airtel
Nigeria, has become the first mobile operator in the country to announce the availability of latest BlackBerry Z10 Smartphones in its show rooms across the country.

Airtel Customers who had pre-ordered for the
device online and through its retail outlets
across the country can now take delivery of the Smartphones at their preferred locations.
Speaking at the prestigious Ikoyi Club, venue of the launch, Airtel's Chief Marketing Officer, Olu Akanmu said the company is delighted to be the first operator in the country to move beyond the pre-ordering process to the commencement of actual sale and distribution of the BlackBerry Z10 device to Nigerians.

Akanmu stated: "Airtel would continuously seek to consolidate its position as a pioneer of innovation in the telecoms landscape, in line with its vision of being the most loved brand in the daily lives of Nigerians. Our superior and widest 3.75G coverage across the country would further complement the distinctive computing features of the smartphone to provide customers with a delightful internet experience round-the-clock, irrespective of their location".

He added that the launch of the Blackberry Z10 on the Airtel Network is significant as customers would take advantage of its largest 3.75G network and the most robust data network in the country.

Accordingly, customers who pre-ordered for the latest BlackBerry® Z10 smartphone would
purchase the device at N100, 000 per unit.
The new BlackBerry flagship Z10 which is
currently the toast of the Smartphone family is positioned as a premium handheld device with the capacity to hold the interest of High Net-worth Individuals, trendy youths and
accomplished professionals across corporate
suites.

A new report has surrounded the Mobile tech world and its like a Battle that might not come to a certain end.

First of all, we all know Instagram is an exclusive app for Apple products e.g iPhone, iTouch and iPad but sometime in March(2012) they welcomed Android to its platform but refused Blackberry.

Rumor says Its most likely Instagram didn't accept to be on Blackberry due to the down sloop of income the company(RIM) suffered.

This new year(2013) BlackBerry launched their new smart phones Z10 and X10 which has a more powerful OS(Operating System) named BB10(Blackberry 10) but FaceBook(the owner of Instagram) still declines being on the new devices.

An insider claims because BBM(Blackberry Messenger) is exclusively for Blackberry products and they aren't ready to share it to other mobile platforms, Instagram will also not come on Blackberry.

However in recent news Blackberry officials said they are still in-talks with Instagram.

Instagram currently has over 30 million registered users, who contribute more than 5 million photos a day. More than 1 billion photos in all have been uploaded to Instagram, strictly from iOS devices.

Instagram for Android is compatible with smartphones running Android 2.2 and up.

But the thing is, if BBM sells out to iPhone and Android devices I bet there won't be any thing significant in buying a blackberry phones after all.

So what's your own take, should BBM be on iPhone and Android phones for the sake of everyone having Instagram account?

Src: @QualityRumor

When Apple brought out iPad, the world was amazed at such a sleek flat tablet but this time its a newer evolution as Sony brings to you the ultimate and most powerful smartphone Tech developers probably think is impossible.

The New Sony Xperia would shock the world when its unveiled sometime in the First week of March but before then lets take a brief comparison with Apples latest Smartphone iPhone 5.


• Processor: The iPhone 5 has a 1.2GHz Apple A6 dual-core processor while the Xperia Z steps up to a 1.5GHz Qualcomm quad-core Krait processor.

• Display: The famed Retina display is a feature of the iPhone 5. It has a 4-inch IPS LCD screen with resolution of 1136 x 640 and ppi of 326. The Xperia Z on the other hand has a 5-inch TFT full HD display with resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a whopping 441ppi.

•RAM and Storage: The iPhone 5 has 1GB of RAM and either 16, 32 or 64GB of internal storage, sadly non-expandable.

The Xperia Z has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, expandable to 32GB via microSD.

• Camera: You'll find an 8-megapixel rear camera on the iPhone 5 with autofocus, LED flash, simultaneous HD image and video recording, face detection, geo- tagging, panorama, touch focus and HDR. It's
capable of 1080p video capture with LED video light, geo-tagging and video stabilization and it also totes a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera.

The Xperia Z has a 13.1-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash, face detection, geo-tagging, image stabilization, touch focus, panorama and HDR. It also has 1080p video capture with continuous autofocus, video light, stabilizer and HDR plus a 2.2-megapixel front-facing camera.

• Battery: A non-removable 1440 mAh battery features for the iPhone 5 whereas the Xperia Z packs a 2330 mAh battery, also non-removable.

• Operating System: The iPhone 5 runs iOS 6.0, upgradable now to iOS 6.1. Meanwhile the Xperia Z will launch running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, upgradable to 4.2 with the Timescape UI.

• Dimensions, weight: The iPhone 5 measures 123.8 mm x 58.6 mm x 7.6mm and weighs only 112g. It comes in two colors, black with slate or white with silver. The Xperia Z measures 139 mm x 71 mm x 7.9mm and weighs 146g.

• Color options: There are three color options for the Xperia Z, black, white or purple. While the iPhone 5 has

• Water Resistant: The Xperia Z is water- resistant and dust-resistant and also supports NFC, the iPhone 5 lacks both.

• Price: Obviously prices vary from region to region but as an example we'll give you some US pricing. The iPhone 5 starts at $199 for the 16GB model going up to $299 and $399 respectively for the 32 or 64GB models.

That's on the usual two-year contract. If
you want to purchase the iPhone 5 unlocked without a contract it is available through Apple for $649, $749 or $849 depending on storage. No US pricing has been announced yet for the Xperia Z but it's estimated that it will be around the same $199 price with a two-year contract and unlocked at around
$600 to $650. Culled from phonereviews.co.uk


In my own views I see iPhone 5 as a more lighter and simple to use smartphone but if you need a super phone with extra ordinary device that you can boast about with more megapixel and an expandable memory of 32GB then Xperia Z should be the best choice for you.

What's your choice?

iTunes has hit 25 billion song downloads in its
virtual store, Apple announced today. A German customer who bought "Monkey Drums (Goksel Vancin Remix)" by Chase Buch conducted the landmark purchase, and Apple is giving him a gift card worth €10,000, or around $13,500.

The company also revealed that the iTunes store averages 15,000 downloaded songs per minute, totaling $1.7 billion in revenue with its 26 billion song catalog in the last quarter of 2012. The virtual store launched almost 10 years ago.

Though Apple posted impressive numbers with
iTunes, its song downloads are far below their app downloads: the App Store marked its 40 billionth download last month, with nearly 20 billion downloaded in 2012 alone, though many apps are also available for free.
Scr: Rollingstone.com
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