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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is visiting Nigeria this week on his first trip to Africa, using his time in the country to visit the Yaba technology hub in Lagos, meet with developers and partners, and explore Nollywood. 

 Zuckerberg is in Nigeria to listen and learn and take ideas back to California on how Facebook can better support tech development and entrepreneurship across Africa. One of his first stops on the trip was to visit a 'Summer of Code Camp' at the Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) in Yaba, known as the Silicon Valley of Nigeria. 

CcHub opened in 2011 and at the time didn't even have an office. Five years later they fill three floors and the roof of a building. At CcHub people can learn how to code, developers can get help launching their first products, and find mentors and funding. At CcHub Zuckerberg met with developers like Temi Giwa, who runs a platform called Life Bank that makes blood available when and where it is needed in Nigeria. Life Bank saves lives by mobilizing blood donations, taking inventory of all blood available in the country, and delivering blood in the right condition to where it is needed. 

After visiting CcHub Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, said: 

 “This is my first trip to sub-Saharan Africa. I'll be meeting with developers and entrepreneurs, and learning about the startup ecosystem in Nigeria. The energy here is amazing and I'm excited to learn as much as I can. 

 “The first place I got to visit was the Co-creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB) in Yaba. I got to talk to kids at a summer coding camp and entrepreneurs who come to CcHub to build and launch their apps. I'm looking forward to meeting more people in Nigeria.” 

Meeting developers at Andela Mark then went to Andela, an engineering organization that is building the next generation of technical leaders in Africa. Andela is a business that recruits the most talented technologists in Africa and shapes them into world-class developers through a four-year technical leadership program. In the two years since it was founded, Andela has accepted just over 200 engineers from a pool of more than 40,000 applicants.

Andela developers spend six months mastering a technical stack and contributing to open source projects before being placed with global technology companies as full-time, distributed teammates, working out of Andela headquarters in Lagos and Nairobi. 

Earlier this year, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invested in Andela after being impressed by the company's innovative model of learning and its drive to connect the global technology ecosystem with the most talented developers in Africa. Seni Sulyman, Director, Andela Lagos, said:

 “We are excited and honored to welcome Mark Zuckerberg to Lagos. His visit reinforces not only his support of Andela’s mission, but his belief that indeed the next generation of great technology leaders will come out of Lagos, Nigeria and cities across Africa. 

Andela has created a platform for passionate, driven software developers and engineers to break into the global tech ecosystem, but the barriers to entry are still very high. Mark’s visit demonstrates to all Nigerian developers and entrepreneurs that they’ve caught the attention of the tech world, and they are capable of succeeding on a truly global level." 

At the end of the day Zuckerberg stopped by an Express WiFi stand in Lagos owned by Rosemary Njoku. Facebook's Express WiFi lets entrepreneurs like Rosemary set up a hot spot to help their community access apps and services built by local developers. 

To see Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10103069173423651&set=a.612287952871.2204760.4&type=3&theater

Intruder Alert!...Back in 2014 when Facebook bought Whatsapp issues were raised concerning if facebook would be granted permission to access user data.Jan Koum one of Whatsapp founders assured that the deal would not affect the privacy of the million mobile messaging users.

But now they are starting to compromise,as they have granted facebook permission to access or rather intrude the privacy of users.On thursday Whatsapp said that it would begin disclosing the phone numbers and analytics data of its users to Facebook. This will be the first time the messaging service has connected users’ accounts to the social network to share data, as Facebook tries to coordinate information across its collection of businesses.

You might want to ask why the sudden change of privacy policy,here's what whatsapp had to say in a blogspot;

We want to explore ways for you to communicate with businesses that matter to you, too, while still giving you an experience without third-party banner ads and spam,data-sharing would also be used to fight spam text messages across our service.Neither we nor Facebook would be able to read user's’ encrypted messages and individual phone numbers would not be given to advertisers.Users are still required to provide a phone number only to sign up for the service, and can opt out of giving it to Facebook.
Not everyone appreciates this change some people had to react.WhatsApp’s privacy policy overhaul raises concerns about potential legal challenges. Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a privacy advocacy group in Washington, said it would file a complaint on Monday with the Federal Trade Commission to stop WhatsApp from sharing users’ data with Facebook. The group filed a similar case in 2014, citing promises that WhatsApp had made to protect individuals’ privacy.

If this new plan stays effective,Whatsapp would have to reassure users on it's new privacy policy.

Canon is glad to introduce the new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV built on the heritage of the EOS 5D Series.The greatest improvement of this camera is the highly improved versatile balance performance.

If you do very critical jobs and you are looking for a camera that suits you,this camera was built on a legacy of four frame excellence for that purpose.This camera also has a touchscreen interface and an intelligent viewfinder that displays 100% of the picture area,a suitable feature for all kinds of shoot.

The image quality is outstanding,with 30.4 million pixels and a digital lense optimiser that enhances clarity in lenses giving you excellent pictures in publications and on large prints.

The Canon 5D Mark IV comes with a new 61 point AF sensor that gives this camera unique benefits.

See video below for more details;

If you don't have a PlayStation console yet...no worries cause you can now stream games directly on your PC and maybe Smartphone....i hope so....with the new game streaming service from Sony PlayStation called "PlayStation Now".....if you are are PC gamer out there this news should make your day.

But the PS Now service is currently available in Europe, with support for North America “coming soon.” There’s also no information on an India/Asia-Pacific release any time soon.

Well that's nothing to worry about cause i now for sure it's going to be available worldwide,lets just keep our fingers crossed.

So far the PS Now service is currently available only on the following devices; PS4,Select Bravia TV's and the PS Vita,with 400 PS3 titles already available including God of war,the last of us,uncharted and more.Sony has also made available a Wireless USB adapter for the PS4 DualShock 4 controller (for $24.99) allowing you to connect one DS4 controller to your PC,according to report Sony is currently Evaluating Mac support for the PS Now service but the controller is fully compatible.This Software will work on your PC if it has the following configuration;

Windows 7 (SP1), 8.1 or 10
5 GHz Intel Core i3 or 3.8 GHz AMD A10 or faster
300 MB or more; 2 GB or more of RAM
Sound card; USB port
5Mbps or higher internet bandwidth

However the streaming isn't free,Sony is offering 2 subscription plans,you either do a monthly plan for ($19.99) or a three months plan for ($44.99) but there's going to be a 7 days free trial.

This is also an amazing news,Microsoft is offering to make all games on the Xbox One available on PC as well...I'm a PC gamer and this news has made my day.

Do not underestimate a Drone,for there are so many things a drone can be used for.Over at New Zealand Domino's Pizza aims to be the first to use Drones for deliveries,isn't that amazing?!.

Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd conducted a demonstration of pizza delivery by drone in the New Zealand city of Auckland on Thursday, and afterwards said it aimed to be the first company to launch a regular drone service, late this year.

But according to Philip Solaris the director of X-Craft Enterprises (Makers of Drones) he said "while New Zealand has accommodating regulations on drones, Domino’s would be held back by a rule requiring drones to be kept in sight at all times.I can't truly see how commercially viable that idea is because you would have to literally have somebody walking along to keep it in the line of sight, watching it at all time,Domino’s service would still need to overcome "random hazards (like) power lines, moving vehicles, children in the backyard playing", he said.

But i don't really think that would be a problem for them to overcome,cause this is a really great idea.I'm looking forward to have my pizza delivered by a drone,i'm sure you are too. *Wink*
Here's a Drone delivery testing video below;

Its exclusive,the LG V20 smartphone comes with free Bang & Olufsen (B&O) play headphones.This is a very attractive combo as we await the release of the smartphone which is expected to be launched on September 6th.

Bang & Olufsen from time have been known for making high quality audio sound equipments,now combining with LG is a great spice to the audio quality of the smartphone.Now you have a headphone that can meat your audio quality standards attached to your smartphone,gone are the days when you would dispose the headphone that come with your phone just because they do not meet audio quality expectations.

Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics and Mobile Communications Company, added: "A growing number of consumers expect a better audio experience from their smartphones than what has been available in the past and I'm confident that the V20 delivers on these expectations."

LG assures that with the new LG V series smartphone, users will experience a new premium sound experience that they have never heard before."

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.

Be on your toes cause Uber could be bringing us self-driving car experience soon.On Thursday ride service Uber Technologies said it acquired self-driving trucks startup Otto(a start-up company less than a year old with less than 100 employees, will be for 1 percent of Uber’s valuation, if certain technical targets are met), and formed a $300 million alliance with Volvo Car Group to develop self-driving cars.Uber is also looking to expand into the trucking industry, which had revenue of about $726.4 billion in the United States in 2015, according to trade data.The initiative from Uber to engage in the development of self-driving vehicles if eventually comes trough could save them the biggest cost of paying drivers.

Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick wrote in a blogspost saying “Partnership is crucial to our self-driving strategy because Uber has no experience making cars.” Carpooling firms have formed alliances with large automakers, such as General Motors Co and ride-hailing service Lyft, to accelerate those efforts, which depend on software and hardware working together to give a vehicle the right reflexes in traffic.Uber, which has a research center in Pittsburgh,plans by the end of this month to begin a pilot program where trusted customers would be giving the chance to summon a self-driving car for use in a downtown Pittsburgh.according to informed sources.

There was no timeline given for the alliance, but the source said the goal is to develop a fully self-driving car by 2021, and that Uber, which does not plan to make its own vehicle, will align with other automakers over time.So far Otto has tested self-driving trucks for highway use only.A spokesman for U.S. safety regulator National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it “continues to engage with all entities that are developing, testing and deploying automated technologies to ensure that they are advancing road safety,federal guidelines will be issued soon on development and testing of highly automated vehicles.”

With the Mercedes Maybach 6 Coupe electric vehicle you can picture what future cars would look like.This car is a just a concept of the future Mercedes Maybach electric vehicle revealed today by the motor company after so many teasers.

The car is 6 meter long, flowing 2+2 seater,powered by 4 motors that achieve 750HP that will also propel the car to 100kmph in under 4 seconds,according to the automaker, the 80kWh battery allows the vehicle to deliver a range of over 500km. And with that Mercedes also claims that using its 350kWh charging system will deliver a range of 100km with just 5 minutes of charging,the concept can also be charged wirelessly.This luxury vehicle is something you wouldn't hesitate to hit the road with.

It has a massive rear overhang that gives it a unique look.Including the gull-wing doors that open to reveal the polished wood accents and 360 degree lounge-like interior.

At the front below the hood there’s plenty of space for two well-crafted Mercedes-Benz branded suitcases. Besides them is more space enough for an entire wardrobe (as the concept sketches point out). At the back sitting right behind the split rear window is some more space for Champagne bottles and a picnic basket.

According to reports the production date is not yet stated by the Mercedes company.This would be a car you won't want to miss out on as we look forward to a future of luxury electric vehicles.

German automobile maker Volkswagen according to reports are working on creating an electric vehicle (EV),despite being faced with the present court battle of the dieselgate scandal in the US the company is still up and running.

German magazine Wirtschafts Woche had a talk with the CEO of Volkswagen and he stated that the upcoming EV will have a range somewhere between 248 to 372 miles (400 to 600 kms) and will have a similar size as the VW Golf but posses the cargo space of the larger Passat sedan. But since the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) is a bit more liberal with its efficiency figures it will probably be somewhere close to 300 miles (482 kms) on a single charge,which could make it the longest range EV in the market if the facts come true.

Only the prototype will be made first,but the final consumer version of the car will be sent into production in 2018 or 2019.

Luxury gift and customization company "Goldgenie" is offering to customize the iPhone 7 expected to be released in few weeks time in 24-karat gold, platinum, rose gold or encrusted with ‘Certificate Quality’ diamonds.

According to Goldgenie founder, Laban Roomes:
We are very excited about the iPhone 7 and have had literally thousands of enquiries asking when our luxury customised range will be launched. Having customised the first iPhone when Apple launched their device in 2007, I predict this will be the best selling iPhone to date and so encourage our customers to not delay in pre-ordering from us when we open our order books later this month with just a 50% deposit to secure this highly anticipated luxury device. 
Pre-orders will begin on August 25th with $3100 as deposit..wow!...that is a whole lot of money when converted to Naira (Approximately 1.12m). This could equally buy a brand new car!..you may want to give it a second thought before risking a fortune on this.

Thanks to FIFA 17 now you can play a more realistic football game,I'm you are already sick and tired of the same old stuff,same old game play..and have always hungered for something more realistic,now you've got it.FIFA has added more improved game play features in the new FIFA 17 so that you can feel the physical realism in each player.I'm so excited right now and i'm sure you are too.

FIFA 17 made it so realistic by not just randomly adding features but specifically adding real life players physical techniques to game play,thereby increasing the level of realism.

The new FIFA 17 comes with new features like the physical play overhaul,push back tech,first touch shielding,active intelligence feature that makes players active with and without the ball,in this case i think this is one of my best feature in this game play upgrade cause i've had instances where i would like my player to move forward during a counter strike and they'll just stand there staring leaving me running ahead without no assist.overall this is one of  my best.

Watch the video below for more fun features;

Now we have a new IOS face time competitor in the new Duo Video app by Google. An app that lets you video call people one-on-one via their phone number.The app was announced at Google I/O in May and rolls out globally today on Android and iOS 9 in 78 languages. It will be a hard sell considering how late to market Duo is compared to strong, sensibly intertwined products like Facebook Messenger and Apple’s iMessage/FaceTime.You do not even need to have a google account to use the app,you can also video call someone without the app via SMS invite,the person gets a link to download the app..simple and easy.

Another innovative feature Duo sports is called Knock-Knock, which lets the recipient of a call see the caller before they accept and turn on their own camera.With Knock-Knock, “as a recipient of the call you see them beforehand so you know their state of mind.It can also degrade video quality or switch to audio calling if there’s weak connectivity even 2G, and it can seamlessly hand off between cell and Wi-Fi connections in mid-call without dropping.

Check out this video for more:

Apple plans to introduce a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model in 2017 to go along with a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and a "low-cost" 9.7-inch iPad model.Looking even further ahead,analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts "revolutionary" changes for the iPad lineup for 2018 "at the earliest," with Apple making "radical" changes to the iPad's design and shifting to an AMOLED display.He adds;
We expect three new iPads (12.9” iPad Pro 2, new size 10.5” iPad Pro & low-cost 9.7” iPad) to be launched in 2017. If the iPad comes in a larger size, such as a 10.5” model, we believe it will be helpful to bid for tenders within the commercial and education markets. As a result, we expect Apple to launch a 10.5” iPad Pro in 2017. In addition, we estimate the 12.9” iPad Pro 2 and 10.5” iPad Pro will adopt the A10X processor, with TSMC (2330 TT, NT$177.5, N) being the sole supplier using 10nm process technology. The low-cost 9.7” model may adopt the A9X processor, which is also exclusively supplied by TSMC,revolutionary iPad model is likely to be introduced in 2018F at the earliest, with radical changes in form factor,design & user behavior on adoption of flexible AMOLED panel. We believe iPad will follow in the footsteps of the iPhone by adopting AMOLED panel in 2018F at the earliest. If Apple can truly tap the potential of a flexible AMOLED panel, we believe the new iPad model will offer new selling points through radical form factor design and user behavior changes, which could benefit shipments.
This would definitely raise the expectation of Apple customers,as they cant wait to lay their hands on the latest Apple product.

We look forward.

With the fast speed at which technology is taking over the world,researchers these days do not see the back of their eye lid,they have recently created a temporary metallic tattoo that can be used to control your computer, smartphone and other connected devices.This is to let you know that technology advances each day.

The DuoSkin tattoo uses layers of gold leaf ,usually used to decorate photo frames and chocolates,that act as a conductor and connect parts of a small, simple circuit.

Tattoos that act as an input device can convert skin into a track pad, letting users connect to a computer or smartphone and control apps by swiping on the tattoo itself,the output devices are able to actually display information.

See video below for more info on the Duoskin metallic tattoo:

This is actually a phone i would like to add to the list of my collections.Welcoming the new Motorola flagship Smartphone,it's called the Moto Z which also comes in a second version called the Z-force.

Motorola says it wasn't easy making a 5.2mm Thin Smartphone which i would definitely agree,looking at a device so thin....i wonder how they really managed to compress all of the components.

When it comes to Android smartphones made of metals there is always serious heating issues. So Motorola developed a liquid cooling system (a heat pipe solution) that would distribute the heat of the processor over a broader surface. This enables the Phone run longer and faster without overheating.

The video below gives detailed explanation of the Numerous and exclusive features of this Smartphone..See for yourself.

Today in New Delhi Samsung announced the latest generation of its wearable tech in the form of Samsung Gear Fit2 and Samsung Gear Icon X at the Galaxy Note 7 launch event.

Gear Fit2 is the second generation device after the Samsung Gear Fit,Gear Fit2 comes in two sizes, 125-170mm for the small size and 155-210mm for the large size,it comes with improved features like a 1.5-inch Super AMOLED curved display with special emphasis to the user experience while being powered by a dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz. A 4GB storage with a 200mAh battery that will last up to 3-4 days and 512MB RAM according to Samsung.The wearable has GPS, heart-rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope and barometer sensors for accurate measurement.Gear Fit2 is water resistant with an IP68 rating, making it ideal for rough usage.The device is compatible with Galaxy devices from Android 4.3 and above with minimum 1.5GB RAM. For compatibly with non-Galaxy devices, the device, needs to have at least 1.5GB RAM and Android 4.4.

The Gear Fit2 comes with Icon X wireless earbuds that complements it,giving the user a Feel Free experience during workouts.

Gear Icon X is designed to stay in the ear.Users do not need to worry about losing it or falling off during workout.It also has dedicated voice guide of op to 15 different languages, recorded by real humans to give a personal touch to help users during their workout. They also have a splash resistant P2i Nano coating to prevent any damage by sweat.The wearable comes with an ambient sound mode where you can exercise while listening to music as well as the real world. It can also double as a music player with support for 1,000 music tracks where the number of tracks cannot go beyond 1,000 regardless of the total file size.The file formats that can be played by the IconX are limited to MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV and WMA.The case for Gear IconX has 315mAh capacity and can act as a portable charger for the wearables which pack 47mAh battery. It packs heart rate sensor, accelerometer and capacitive touch sensor and comes with 4GB storage.On the connectivity front, they pack Bluetooth 4.1 and support a frequency range from 20~20kHz and 2 microphones on each earbud.

You've always wanted a smartwatch that can do relatively all your smartphone can do...The new fossil Android Wear Smartwatch the Q Wander and Q Marshal would definitely give you a feel of satisfaction.Both the Q Wander and Q Marshal are predecessors of the Q Founder.

The two watches share similarities which includes built-in mics/speakers, a magnetic charger, notification vibrations and an always-on display.Both watches go up for pre-order on the 12th and start shipping the 29th starting at $295.

Brace yourself all you game lovers cause you might just be witnessing the unveiling of the PlayStation 4 NEO on the 7th of September in a special event themed "PlayStation Meeting", not forgetting the fact that we could also be witnessing the unveiling of the Apple IPhone 7 on the same day.

Rumors of an advanced PlayStation 4 code named ‘NEO’ started in March on Kotaku. The new console is supposed to be much more powerful than the existing PlayStation 4 in order to support more demanding games, and especially for the PlayStation VR headset.Virtual reality is the current trend in technology now as we all know......this makes gaming experience more like reality and also demands a lot more improved graphics.The VR headset will still work for the old PS 4 but goes better with the new PS 4 NEO.

Also if you have a 4k TV you might want to buy the PS 4 Neo cause it supports 4K movies, TV shows and even games.

The Xbox One ‘Scorpio which would unveil next year is said to be a competitor to the PS 4 NEO and also a more improved Console.

Apple is currently working on the MacBook update that promises to be an outstanding one.The 13 & 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops that are coming soon promises to come with a retina display,a Touch ID sensor and an OLED  mini screen above the keyboard among many other new features.

The new MacBook is coming in a more unique form,its going to be more slimmer,lighter and would not come in the normal wedge shape like the 12-inch or MacBook Air.They are also considering on making more USB ports and probably changing it to USB Type-C ports to replace USB ports, the MagSafe port and even Thunderbolt ports as USB-C ports can support the Thunderbolt protocol.Also under the hood, Apple will most probably use the Intel Skylake processors, giving a performance boost and improving energy consumption. You can expect better Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chips as well,But the most significant addition will be a narrow OLED display right above the keyboard.

Sources like Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities and 9to5mac have confirmed that this is not a rumor.

Reports say that Apple won’t introduce the new MacBook Pro at the iPhone launch event that will likely happen on September 7. We could expect Apple introducing the new laptop in October. It’s about time.

This should be an interesting news to those who have been complaining that the MacBook Pro is embarrassingly outdated. The last major update was in June 2012, bringing a retina display and a thinner design to the MacBook Pro lineup.

Does technology makes life easier?....yes! but with the new smart remote by Sevenhugs technology just made life much more easier.

The Smart remote controller made by Sevenhugs allows you control all your home appliances with just a touch.This device is completely universal which means it controls any smart device you connect to it.

The smart remote is a touchscreen device,it has adaptive features that enables it switch it's display to the device it's connected to,and also it knows exactly the device you are pointing at in your home anytime.

Smart you call it?.....Smart it is!

By updating the Blackberry Messenger app on google play store,Android and IOS users now have the benefit to enjoy free video calling feature..

This update is free,all you have to do is visit the Google play store and Update the app but if you have not installed the app,you just have to download the latest version of the app and install.

Blackberry promised to bring more of it's features to android and IOS users after making the Hub+ app available on Google play for download....well i guess this is one being fulfilled.

Motorcycle virtual reality helmet makers - Skully after a long period of financial struggles have officially declared the end of business.

The company has been struggling to get back to business but lacked sufficient funds to revive the slowly crumbling company.

Over the years reasons why companies shut down is due to poor financial & Business management which in this case led to the shut down of production business for Skully.

The company is now filing for chapter 7 Bankruptcy...too bad,for this reason customers who have pre-ordered for the $1500 AR helmet Skully was working on would not be getting refunds...this would not be good news to customers though.

A number of sources inside Skully confirmed that the startup had run out of money and was trying to sell itself off to a subsidiary of Chinese conglomerate LeECo called LeSport. However, a number of disputes, including the possibility of an acquisition, how the founders were spending money and several manufacturing issues, caused a rift to form between the founders and investors.All of the companies assets are now subject to liens held by a secured creditor.

Amidst all Skully had something to say to it's affected customers,and it reads;
Over the past several weeks our management team has worked feverishly to raise additional capital but unforeseen challenges and circumstances, beyond our control, made this effort impossible.
However, there is somewhat of hope for Skully’s customers. Smart bike tool maker Fusar has offered a credit equivalent for the whole amount any Skully customer paid for their AR-1 helmet under what it is calling the Skully Owners Stimulus (SOS) program. 

As the Apple second campus nears completion with only four months to go,the construction which began in Cupertino ,California United States early 2014 under Steve Jobs (Apple's CEO) initiative is expected to be completed in 2017.

The campus which was built on 176 acres (71 hectares) of land covers an area of 2,800,000 square feet and was estimated to cost $160 million,total project cost was estimated at $5 billion.

The structure was built to house Apple's employees,expected to move in as soon as completion is reached,the building is estimated to accommodate 12,000 employees.The building was designed by architect  Lord Norman Foster of architectural firm Foster and Partners with a design called Neo-futurism

Apple also plans to add more than 7,000 of 300 different species, including many fruit trees. Steve Jobs envisioned replicating some of the California landscape that was around when he was a child, which includes sprawling orchards.Along with 80 percent green space, the campus will feature employee amenities like jogging and cycling trails,basketball and tennis courts. 

Here's a view of the Apple campus 2 construction progress;


The polar M600 is a water proof sports watch powered by android wear.It has an optical heart rate technology that allows wrist-based heart measurement via a six led solution,provided by the Finland-based vendor.

It also has a 24/7 GPS tracking device and Polar Smart Coaching features via the Polar App for Android Wear.The device has a 1.3-inch color touch display, a dedicated front button for training control, and a battery life that can last for two days

According to reports it is said that the trial production of the gaming console Nintendo NX would begin in the third quarter of 2016 and full production would commence in the fourth,about one quarter ahead of the 2017 schedule.The initial plan was to begin production in the second quarter of 2016 but plans changed due to change in design and some other components,the NX  according to reports will use Nvidia's ARM-architecture Tegra X1.

Taiwan-based supply chain makers say;
"Over 40% of initial production will be undertaken by Foxconn Electronics and the remaining by Japan-based Misumi Electronics and Hosiden. Taiwan-based component makers will include chassis maker Foxconn Technology, NAND flash memory maker Macronix International, CMOS image sensor design house Pixart Imaging and power supply maker Delta Electronics".

Hands on with the new Samsung Galaxy note 7,a smartphone that allows you to do more.I was excited when i heard that the note 7 would be officially released for worldwide sale on August 19 but after reading the review of the phone i could not wait to get my hands on it.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the real example of technological advancement,Its not just a big phone but a phone that helps you think big,everything thing about it is so unique.Samsung has been working on improving the previous versions and here's the evidence.

I'm just going to run through a quick review and you can watch the rest,as seeing sometimes is believing.Here's a quick review of the Samsung Note 7;

 The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 comes in varieties of colors,it is also shaped in a curved way for more comfortable grip and also a 5.7 inch dual curved screen.It comes with a new and improved S pen for more effective performance.The note 7 is water and dust reistant and comes with an Iris scanner for security.visit gsmarena for more specification.

This is a true smartphone..

Will the next 5.5 inch iphone also referred to as the iphone 7+ come with 3GB of RAM (Random Access Memory) ?.....well we are not so sure but we could at least hope for it.

According to KGI securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo for the second time now as claimed that the next iphone would come with a 3GB RAM for improved performance.Another report came from DigiTimes saying the same thing and this was what they had to say;
"Increasing built-in memory capacity at next-generation smartphones, including new iPhone devices, will further ramp up demand for memory products in the third quarter, said sources, noting that the mobile RAM capacity of the next-generation iPhone is expected to increase to 3GB from 2GB previously".
 Most reports from DigiTimes are sometimes mix tracked concerning Apple's upcoming product plans, but its supply chain sources have provided accurate information on occasion in the past.The increased RAM should prove valuable given the camera improvements expected with the new iPhones, including a dual-lens system on the 5.5-inch model.

Officially Blackberry  Hub+ is now available on google play store for download.On Wednesday Blackberry announced that it's Blackberry Hub+ App Which was available only for Blackberry 10 - PRIV and DTECK50 would now be accessible to over 1 billion android smartphone users.isn't that awesome?!

BlackBerry Hub+ is the first pure software offering from the new Mobility Solutions Group.The BlackBerry Hub is a one-stop destination that provides a look at all of your notifications, including those from email, social networks, calendars and more. It’s one of my favorite features on the BlackBerry Priv, since it lets me look at everything in one long list of notifications. Some might find that a little overwhelming, though, so it’s certainly not for everyone. The BlackBerry Hub+ suite also includes BlackBerry Calendar, Password Keeper, Contacts, Tasks, Device Search, Notes and Launcher. Those are all pretty good, but there are also plenty of alternatives on the market.

However, starting today, you can make a dent in your overstuffed social and e-mail accounts by downloading a trial version of Hub+ for free from Google Play. Note: the BlackBerry Hub+ applications are available only for devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow which meet certain performance criteria. After 30 days, users can continue using the apps for free by opting to view occasional ads, or subscribe to the entire suite of apps for just 99 cents a month, which will include additional powerful time-saving features.

Users running on Android 5.0 lollipop and IOS are not left out cause Bleckberry promises to bring the experience to those devices soon,also promising to bring more blackberry experiences too.

Samsung considers venturing into automobiles.According to Bloomberg's report Samsung is to buy some or all of the operations of auto-parts maker Magneti Marelli from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.which provides lighting, in-car entertainment and telematics to OEMs for use in their vehicles.

The deal could be worth more than $3 billion with a goal of closing this year making it the biggest deal for fiat since october 2014.

This is a profitable idea from samsung as it will help them gain more ground in the tech world,not just having a reputation of making smartphones and electronics.

Vice Chairman Lee Jae Yong, 48, is reshaping South Korea’s biggest company,Lee, who has been a director of Fiat Chrysler’s controlling shareholder Exor SpA since 2012, would also position his company to benefit from the rising interest in cars from technology companny.

Lets see this as a progress from samsung as a step  into grater technology advancement.

Google will visit three African countries this month and they include Nigeria,Kenya and South Africa.They intend to lecture on progressive web applications themed "Progressive Web Apps RoadShow".

They’ll be talking about stuff like high performance interactions, instant and offline apps with Service Worker, and the future of the web platform.

The event is going to kick-off first in;

Kenya on Monday August 15, 2016,from 8:30am - 5:00pm @ Crown Plaza,Upperhill,Nairobi.

followed by;

Nigeria on Thursday Aug.18,2016 from 8:30am - 5:00pm @ VCP Hotel,Victoria Island,Lagos.


South Africa on Monday Aug.22 2016 from 8:30am - 5:00pm @ The Capital,Johannesburg.

Andreas Bovens (Opera for Android Product Manager),  Femi Taiwo (Chief Technology Officer, INTIS Ltd.), Ire Aderinokun (Head of Design and Product, Big Cabal Media), István Szmozsánszky (Developer Relations, Mozilla), Eugene Mutai, (Andela Fellow), and Juarez Filho (Google Developer Expert) are all going to be part of the roadshow.

If you’re interested in attending any of the events, register here You should get a notification including your invitation (if you make the cut) in few days.

Are you in need of a new phone?....here's a phone you should consider getting.

Intoducing the new Lenovo Vibe K5 Note android smartphone,launched yesterday at an event in new Delhi,India.

The Vibe K5 Note comes with unique features listed bellow:


The lenovo Vibe K5 is designed with a metallic curved body and edges that makes it fit into the palm.With the use of symmetry in design at the back the distance between the 13mp camera,dual led flash and fingerprint scanner are equal,with the speaker laying at the bottom.By the right hand side you would find the volume key and power button,on the left side is the dual sim-card hybrid tray,at the top is the 3.5mm headphone jack and right below is the front camera and sensor then at the bottom is the micro-usb port and the microphone.


The display panel is a LTPS IPS LCD panel measuring at 5.5-inches with a full HD (1920×1080) resolution. The 401 PPI makes it sharp and even the colours look good. We tried using the smartphone out in the open and apart from having some reflections, we didn’t see a lot of issues. Viewing angles are actually quite good and Lenovo has put an extra effort for this to improve the experience when used with the ANT VR headset.

The device operates on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the menus and apps loaded smoothly and didn’t show any signs of lag.

microSD, up to 256 GB

16 GB, 2/3 GB RAM

Go get yours now!

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