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Recently on GatesNotes, Microsoft Founder/CEO Bill Gates wrote about his next problem solving and it's eradicating Toilet Odors. The top five billionaire on Forbe list explained how he intend to do this and the company he found in Geneva that will be collaborating on this project. Read and also watch the Smell Of Success Video below...


I recently traveled to Switzerland to take a giant whiff of pit latrine odor. What I inhaled was a strong kick to the nostrils, a potent combination of sewage stink, barnyard sweat, and bitter ammonia topped off with vomit (or was it Parmesan cheese?). The stench was foul and made me wince.

Fortunately, I also got to smell something much fresher and more pleasing during my trip. I took the first sniffs of a future of odor-free toilets and better sanitation for all.

These olfactory revelations occurred during my tour of Firmenich, a family-owned fragrance and flavor company based in Geneva. The 120-year-old firm is known for crafting some of the world’s best-known fragrances and enhancing the flavors of beverages and foods. But it is also one of our foundation’s newest partners in the effort to improve sanitation in the world’s poorest countries.

I’ve written before about the world’s sanitation challenge. The numbers are staggering. One billion people have no access to toilets so they defecate out in the open. Three billion more have toilets, but their waste is dumped untreated, seeping into water and food supplies. About 800,000 children under age 5 die each year from diarrhea, pneumonia, and other common infections caused by unsafe water and sanitation. Beyond the tremendous human suffering, it’s a problem that slows economic development. In India alone, poor sanitation costs nearly $55 billion each year—more than 6 percent of GDP.

So how could a perfume company help?

Because smell matters.


READ FULL HERE

Appcake! one of the best tool to ever have on a Jail broken phone. Often times Apps you really want always comes with a huge price and you really don't know if the App would be good for you or will it do what it says. With AppCake you can test the App and then later decide to buy it.

So today we're gonna show you how to Download and Install the Latest Appcake on you phone (Android & iOS users).


Difficulty: Easy
Time: 3mins (excluding downloading time)
Device: All iPhone and Android

Requirement: For iOS it must be Jailbroken. No Rooting needed for Android


Let's Begin: iOS

1) Open Cydia
2) Click On Add Source (Go to Sources tab in Cydia, tap Edit and then Add.)
3) Type this: cydia.iphonecake.com (Click Add Source)
(A warning shows, Click Add Anyway)
4) See image below confirming that Appcake Repo has been added to your Cydia Repository.


4) Click on AppCake (Go into the source, then tap All Packages, you should see AppCake)
5)  Click On AppCake again
6) Click Install (See image below)



7) Respring! (Another word for Reboot or Restart)
8) AppCake Installed
9) Open the app from your homescreen and search for whatever you're looking for.


For Android Users:

1 Goto Appcake.net
2) Click On App you like (For example we're downloading  Walking Dead: Road to Survival)

3) Scroll down to the DOWNLOAD SECTION (See image below)



4) Noticed where i highlighted in 8 blue dotted ? That's the download link to the Zip file. Click Download, it'll take you to the download page hosted on another server.

5) You'll have to extract it yourself and move them to their appropriate folder (like the OBB folder).
6) DONE


But if you want to APK files, you'll have to pass through Adf.ly links and you can do that by scrolling to the LINKS section and then Download.


I know the Android section is quite annoying but that's the stress you go through just because you don't wanna waste money or you're just the Greedy type lol.

For iOS users,  

Source: iPhonecake
Please Note: Downloading Premium Apps from AppCake is not a legal thing to do however if you want to test the app in FULL before buying then you can download from Appcake and uninstall the app once done. The developer got family and bills to pay plus it took them sleepless night trying to code and design those stuffs just for YOU!


Surprisingly Microsoft just announced the latest Nokia 216 feature phone via their blog and we think it's quite appealing to the eyes. Here's all we know about it.

Apparently few weeks back we learnt Nokia and Microsoft sign off a deal to sell their feature business to FIH Mobilea subsidiary of Foxxconn at around $350M but now that they just unleashed a new phone off the deal it simply means the deal hasn't officially kicked off.

Let's take a look at the spec for this new Nokia 216, it includes 0.3MP camera (Front and Rear with LED flash), 2.4inch QVGA display, Torchlight, MP3 and Video Player, Bluetooth (Bluetooth Audio Headset Supported), running Nokia Series 30 OS and a preinstalled Opera Mini browser, a headphone jack (Stereo Radio), Store upto 2000 contact, Battery Life 24days.

It also comes in 3 colors. 




While rumor has it that by end of this year(2016), Microsoft and Nokia will stop producing the Lumia series. One can categorically agree that the Windows smartphone has gotten quite a low turn up from the smartphone community as we see Android and iOS topping the most used OS year-on-year.

In this moden age where also all smartphones no longer last due to the amount of time spent on Power consuming Apps, this Feature phone can be a great stylish back up phone for calls, listening to music, radio and also browsing lite for informations. I personally think it's a good phone and won't mind having one as my support phone.

It's rolling out first in India and later globally.

Source: Nokia 216 from Microsoft



Good news to Instagrammers and Filter lovers because in the recent update to Instagram, you can now save your currently editing picture(Just incase you need to go back to your phone homescreen). Yea i know it's kinda complicated with that explanation but here's a diluted version.


You know the situation: you just spent 15 minutes perfecting the shadows and highlights on your next Instagram post, only to realize you’re late for work and need to rush. Now the Instagram app will prompt you to either discard or save your photo draft if you leave the editing screen.

Although some users have been testing this since July under the A/B Test.

Now that it's officially out it appears people seem to embrace it.


So here's how to do it below...


Once you start creating a post, you can save it as a draft and share it later:
  1. Tap  at the bottom of the screen, then take or upload a photo or video
  2. Add effects, filters, a caption or your location
  3. Go back to the filtering and editing step, then tap the back arrow in the top left
  4. Select Save Draft at the bottom of the screen
Note: If you don't edit the post, tag people or add a caption or location, you won't be able to save the post as a draft.
To see posts you've saved as a draft, tap  and then tap Library. Posts will appear at the bottom of the screen below Drafts.


Have fun!
Via: TheVerge
Source: Instagram


NBA hall of fame Star Kobe Bryant has teamed up with investor Jeff Stibel to launch a $100 million fund for tech companies, according to the Wall Street Journal report.The investment coming from their personal pockets will not be just for tech but also for media and data companies and it is expected to last “the next few years.”

Kobe Bryant says he believes he has the ability to identify young and promising entrepreneurs.He also adds;
It’s the inner belief that a person has that he will endure no matter what the obstacle may be. It’s that persistence, the entrepreneur doing what he or she truly believes in and truly loves to do,” he said.
Jeff Stibel made it clear that the purpose of investing in companies is to add real values to them and not for someone to use Kobe as an endorser.

Kobe Bryant adds up to the list of NBA players that finance and manage startup companies which includes Steph Curry,Carmelo Anthony and Shaquille O’Neal.

This is indeed a good initiative from Kobe Bryant as he nears retirement from playing basketball.




HTC had a hard time of things last year with revenues and sales dropping in 2015. It was a forgettable year for them.

It's a new year though and the truth is, the potential release of any HTC phone brings about excitement, so you can imagine the excitement at the news that their upcoming offering, the Desire 628 has been leaked.

The HTC Desire appears to be a mid-range smartphone. With the leak already out there, it's likely we hear something official soon.

The person responsible for this leak is @the_malignant on twitter who seems to have reliable info on the phone.

The images provided by @the_malignant show the handset in two different color options: A white device with a blue/purple trim and a black one with red trimmings. 

The specs of the phone were also leaked.
The info provided speculates that the HTC Desire 628 will have a 1.3GHz MediaTek MTK6753 octa-core processor and a 5-inch display with resolution of 1280 x 720 (HD). 

Also 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (expandable with a microSD card) are thrown in there.

It's also been tipped to contain  a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and BSI sensor, a 5-megapixel shooter at the front, and a 2200 mAh battery. 

It's a dual SIM handset (Isn't every android phone these days) and has a plastic unibody build. 

As for the price of the phone, there's been no news yet, but it's only a matter of time before something pops on that end and we'll keep you posted on the development.

You can in the meantime keep yourselves busy with the images of the leaks below


Images via GSMarena



Chinese company Xiaomi today released their rather ambitiously sized Mi Max today at an event in China.

They had yesterday released a couple of teaser videos to whet the appetite of potential users highlighting the sheer size of the phone, it's powerful battery and all the other cool stuff it's supposed to be able to do.

The videos are in mandarin, but you can get the basic gist of what they are trying to say.

See them below.

Video 1




Video 2



Video 3




The teasers take on a very humorous hue to give fans something to cheers about.

What does the phone actually promise though,


The new Xiaomi Mi Max is set to feature ridiculously huge 6.44-inch full-HD (1080x1920) 342ppi display which will conveniently make it the company's largest phone yet.

It's also to come in an all-metal body and will features colours such as Dark Grey, Gold, and Silver. The new phablet from Xiaomi also features a fingerprint scanner which is located at the rear panel.

The Chinese company announced that the Xiaomi Mi Max come in three models with three price ranges: $230 gets you the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage model powered by a 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon 650 processor, $261 will springboard you to the 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage model powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor, and a third model priced at $307 for the 4GB of RAM with 128GB of storage and powered by Snapdragon 652 processor.

The dual-SIM handset supports 4G LTE with VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/ A-GPS with Glonass, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac with Mimo. It is backed by a massive 4850mAh battery. It features a hybrid SIM tray. It measures 173.1x88.3x7.5mm and weighs 203 grams.

All in all, it looks like a pricey yet handy phone to have around.

The key specs of the phone look something like this.


The get a look at the sleek phone check out these photos.











The Samsung Galaxy Note series have been rather popular on the market ever since the first iteration. With the Galaxy Note 6, Samsung seem to have found themselves another winner.


The Note 6 has been rumored to come with a metal build, a massive 5.8-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 823 processor with a whooping 6GB of RAM, 12-megapixel Super OIS Plus camera, 4000mAh battery and of course the S Pen which is a fan favorite.

The note 6 will have to compete with its cousin the S7 though and it will be interesting to see how that pans out, but with a loyal fanbase, it is the opinion of this writer that the new Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will do just fine.


The phone is expected to hit shelves sometime later this year, but there have been leaked photos, renders and so on. You are free to avail yourself of some of them below.

Enjoy!


















Well, guys, you like curves?
Well the new creation from the Human Media Lab at Queen's University certainly has them. 

The first holographic smartphone with ample flexibility will hit store shelves at some point in the future but first the makers have this video to show to keep your appetite whetted.

The Holoflex as the phone is called has a touchscreen that allows users to see and manipulate holographic images by simply bending the phone.




 The Queen’s University in a press release said  "Images are rendered into 12-pixel wide circular blocks rendering the full view of the 3D object from a particular viewpoint. 

"These pixel blocks project through a 3D printed flexible microlens array consisting of over 16,000 fisheye lenses. The resulting 160 x 104 resolution image allows users to inspect a 3D object from any angle simply by rotating the phone."The resolution is the spot of trouble though, with the i-Phone 6 spotting an impressive 750 x 1334 is vastly superior to the Holoflex which comes in at a much less impressive 160 x 104.

The Holoflex gains major brownie points especially with its input method.

There was an Angry Birds demo used to test out the phone. In the video, the user was bending the phone to increase tension in the slingshot in-game and that's pretty darn cool.

Also according to the creators, the touchscreen can be used to maninpulate objects in the x and y axes, while squeezing the display to move objects along the z-axis. Due to the wide view angle, multiple users can examine a 3D model simultaneously from different points of view.

"By employing a depth camera, users can also perform holographic video conferences with one another", says Dr. Vertegaal from the Queen researchers. 

"When bending the display users literally pop out of the screen and can even look around each other, with their faces rendered correctly from any angle to any onlooker".

The HoloFlex is still a ways from full completion but will be unveiled by the Queen’s researchers in San Jose, California at the top conference in Human-Computer Interaction, ACM CHI 2016, on May 9.

We're certainly looking forward to it.





Samsung seems to have something brewing again with leaks of their new offering the C5 hitting the internet over the last couple of weeks.

The phone has yet to be announced, but it has been heavily leaked, with a cool looking front and back image of the phone available for viewing.



The shots give an indication of what to expect with the C series from Samsung; a metal-clad body, antenna bands and a thin body.

The front looks quite Samsung though with the almost spherical home button that has become practically trademark Samsung. 

But what's on the inside,

In terms of Specs, the Galaxy C5 sounds the part. The whispers promise a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 16/8MP camera combo and Android Marshmallow. 



From the look of things, the Galaxy C5 sounds like a pretty sweet phone, a definite upgrade to the A series and with its sleek design could make it a pretty good i-Phone doppelganger (in some design aspects at least)

No idea how much it would cost or its initial release date but then again it's been heavily leaked, so odds are we'll hear something pretty soon.





Opera launched their inbuilt VPN service on their browser. What it allowed users to do essentially was to bypass usage caps or indiscriminate monitoring, allowing the user access to free streaming without the hassle of data caps or online monitoring. This will be especially useful to those who want a way to work around restricted internet access, like those pesky I.T. departments at work or elsewhere.

On installation on mobile devices, it removes all those annoying ad-tracking cookies, you know, the ones that stalk you all over the internet – and then try to lure you in with adverts that they feel you'd like and such.

Opera also explains that the app allows users to encrypt their local web traffic, for further privacy protection. This is useful when using unencrypted public Wi-Fi networks, too.

This helps people who would like to keep their business private especially with their personal devices. In this era of constant online monitoring, the Opera VPN is helping people bypass these restrictions and giving them a sense of privacy.


Chris Houston, President of Surfeasy, Opera’s VPN division, said in an announcement released this morning.“Every day, millions of people, from students to working people, find that social-media sites like Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook are blocked when they surf on their campus or workplace Wi-Fi. The same goes for video-streaming sites,

 “With the new Opera VPN app, we help people to break down the barriers of the web and enjoy the internet like it should be,”


The good news now is-- the app has now come to the iOS, which means that users of the i-Phone and i-Pad also have access to the protection Opera's VPN provides. The user will have to open the settings page of the browser and turn it on as it's off by default.


The VPN app, at launch, lets you choose from one of five virtual locations: the U.S., Canada, Germany, Singapore and The Netherlands. It’s also available in several languages, including English, Arabic, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.


An android version is already in the works, but iOS users...yay!



It may just be the smartest move for Smartphones. 

After years of struggling to maintain importance in the growing sector, BlackBerry will be focusing solely on Android in the coming year. The revelation was made Thursday at this year’s staging of the CES in Las Vegas. The news means BlackBerry will not be making any phones operating on the BlackBerry 10 system this year. 

Last year the company announced it would create its first device to use the Android opearting system, the Priv, which will be sold by major carriers in the United States once the 60-day trial period with AT&T ends. Apparently, positive reception of the Priv prompted BlackBerry officials to rethink the company’s approach and, instead of alienating itself by continuing to create phones for its own system, will adopt Android as the go-to system in 2016.

In an interview with CNet, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said sales for the Priv have been good. “I’m taking a cautiously optimistic view,” Chen said. Optimistic enough to roll the phone out to 31 countries across the globe. 

The initial asking price of $699, Chen said, will likely decrease as time goes on. So, BlackBerry 10 isn’t quite dead but it certainly looks as though it’s being moved to the old age home where it will likely quietly fade away.
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