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If you are a PlayStation lover i know you are currently very desperate to lay your hands on the PlayStation VR Headset which is set to launch October 13th....Don't be in too much of a hurry cause first you may want to know what's in that Blue and White Box.

Coming from the official PlayStation Blog is the Unboxing of the VR headset...Trust me this would get you even more eager to get this.The Pre-Orders are on for those who want to be on the safe side by securing their headset.The VR headset bundle would cost you £349 ($399 US and $549.95 AU).

But sadly what's not in the box which you will still require is the PlayStation Camera and Move Controllers.But aside that all other requirements are in the box.

Check out the official unboxing video by Sid Shuman down below:

Brand new from Motorola is the Moto Z play and here'a a review of the phone.Looking at it you may easily mistake it for the earlier versions Z and Z force...yes they look so much alike but have some different features.

The Moto Z play is thin,stylish and affordable unlike the other models this is the most affordable going for ($449.99),what also makes it different from the Z and Z force is the 3.5mm headphone jack which was missing from the Z and Z force and also a longer lasting battery.All Moto Mods from the stylish battery packs,mini boom box,and projector still works on the Moto Z play,there is also a new Mod called "the Hasselblad True Zoom camera that makes your Android phone look and feel like a real camera with 10x zoom and physical controls.

Lets see what this phone really looks like in the review video down below:

This is the end,hold your breath and count to ten.BlackBerry just quit the game of making Smartphones.The Canadian firm announced the news in its quarterly update, CEO John chen said in his speech,
The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners.BB Merah Putih, which is led by PT Tiphone Mobile Indonesia, that country’s largest wireless carrier, will pay licensing fees and royalties to BlackBerry.
Mr. Chen also added that the worldwide operation of BBM, the company’s once popular instant message service, was sold to another group in Indonesia.He also said that other companies would provide chips and other hardware to meet those customers’ needs.

According to New York Times,
The effect of the shutdown on BlackBerry’s financial results is unclear but it will most likely lead to a much smaller company. The company said on Wednesday that phones accounted for 30 percent of its revenue during its second quarter. Sales of about 400,000 phones generated revenue of $105 million and a loss of $8 million.

Enjoy better racing experience with the new Forza Horizon 3, now available on Xbox one game console and Windows 10 devices.

If you love HD graphics you should be the first to grab a copy of this game,This is the first game to use the new HDR feature in the Xbox One S.With awesome graphics users would enjoy.....believe me the gameplay is incredible,there a variety of cars from different makers with lots of beautiful racing locations.

There are also lots of exciting features in the game like; Festival mode, where users can create custom challenges with the Horizon Blueprint feature,you can also customise gameplay...users have the ability to the game like change the driver appearance,plate number and also the kind of sound you want to hear during gameplay.

There are three editions available, Standard, Deluxe and Ultimate...as you know high graphic games are never cheap so make sure you have a big budget.Below is a gameplay preview.

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).

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!

Apple recently acquired TupleJump,which happens to be an Indian Startup company that uses machines in huge data analysis to produce quicker results.According to reports TupleJump is a Hyderabad-based company that Apple acquired in June. It has about a dozen employees,who's co-founders Rohit Rai and Satyaprakash Buddhavarapu stopped working in April and started working for Apple in May.

What interests Apple more in this purchase is the opensource project FiloDB that the startup is building to efficiently apply machine learning.

After acquiring two artificial inteligence company already Turi and Emotient,this would make it the third AI company Apple has acquired this year.

With BlueStacks you now have access to stream gaming apps on facebook live.If you are into gaming you should be excited about this.

BlueStacks is a mobile gaming platform that allows users stream live games.On Friday BlueStacks announced an integration with Facebook Live’s application programming interface that allows users to stream their apps and games directly to the social networking site.This means the company's over 150 million users can now stream any app from inside BlueStacks to their own profile, their friend’s timelines, or their own fan page live.

The San jose-based company had something to say about this,
Contextual streaming is the future of live,” said BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma. “By giving people the ability to pair live streams with any app, it allows them to create more engaging content,” Sharma noted. “We want to free people up to engage in app-fueled experiences like singing with Smule’s ‘Sing! Karaoke or sharing their gameplay from VainGlory,” Sharma pointed out. Given Facebook’s size and reach, adding another promotional channel is a boon for mobile developers and publishers.In addition to integrating Facebook Live, BlueStacks has partnered with China-based streaming services, PandaTV and DouYu to bring mobile app streaming to the 420 million mobile gamers.
This indeed is a great way to promote apps to audiences and also where users can share app experiences.Its can also inspire others to devolope great apps that can be useful in this tech world today. 

Brace up for the new flagship X from Sony,it's called the "Sony Xperia XZ".The is a new generation smartphone from Sony and a Successor of the Xperia Z.Every new phone from Sony henceforth would come from the X generation.

This new flagship X is a classic and premium phone,come with new and improved features,sleek design...what more can you get from a flagship rather than the best.


Water Resistance: Sony has always been the leader when it comes making waterproof smartphones.So you dont have to worry about going to the pool with your phone or texting and making phone calls in the rain,your smart phone was made for this.

Dust Resistance: So many people often complain of having damaged charging ports and headphone jacks after going to the beach or having sand particles in their phones,but that not the case with the Xperia XZ cause it comes with dust resistance feature.

Fingerprint Scanner: The fingerprint scanner is might not be so exciting cause its a feature used by most smartphone these days.But unluckily customers in the us would not be getting this feature on their Xperia XZ for some reasons explained by Sony Senior Marketing Director.

PS4 Remote Play: This is an exciting feature of the Xperia XZ if you are a gamer,users can use the Sony PS4 console remote play feature to play games on their Smartphone provided they are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.with the 5.2-inch screen of the Xperia XZ users may not really appreciate the display rendering but could consider switching to the Xperia Z4 Tablet with a 2k 10-inch screen.


The Xperia XZ has a very unique design which makes it different from others,the XZ comes with a hard metal body which Sony calls "Alkaleido",with the only disadvantage of leaving greasy fingerprints which you will have to always wipe off most of the time.

It has a sleek and slim design wich fits into the palm comfortably and flat into your packets,with a flat bottom that enables you stand your phone straight.

Its 3.5mm headphone jack is right on top of it for listening to music even while your phone is in your packets.which is actually the best position to fix a headphone jack.

And below is the USB type C port with the memory card and sim slot on the left hand side.On the right hand side is the fingerprint power botton,the volume key and the camera shortcut key.

Nice HD camera for a more crispy clean and smooth pictures.And also a very sharp screen display as always by Sony.

Price And Release Date:

The Xperia XZ goes for $699.99 (£549, about AU$939) which is similar to what the Xperia Z5 cost last year. In the US, that makes the Xperia XZ more expensive than the 32GB version of the iPhone 7.The phone is not ready to buy yet,it will be released on October 2 in the US and October 6 in the UK,but if you pre-order now in the UK you'll get a free pair of Sony XB950BT headphones, which would usually cost £150.

Iphone 7 plus users will love the iOS 10.1 Beta update which has just been released by Apple,but for now only developers can access this Beta update before the public Beta arrives.

The iOS 10.1 Beta comes with a portrait 'Bokeh',this feature suites the iPhone 7 plus because of its dual lense feature.The feature, which creates artistic bokeh around subjects in portrait mode, leverages the iPhone 7 Plus’ dual-camera to get the bokeh effect.

Apples says the will use the phone’s rear cameras to generate a 9-layer depth map.The image itself is taken with the 56mm lens and the wide angle lens gathers depth-of-field information.This effect keeps the subject in focus while the background images stay burred.

As it seems the app works best in good lighting conditions,most people have have complained about its poor performance while some say it works perfectly well for them.

Since the app is still in its Beta state there is no need for worries,there is still time to improve the app.

The news about iPhone 7 not having the headphone jack really got alot of Apple fans devastated because these days, you can't do with out listening to music. I personally can't do without listening  to something on my smartphone and besides that, people hate to be limited when it comes to earpiece. Just imagine that moment you phone was about to drop and it's your earpiece cord that saved it from falling ? Or the scenario you forgot your Airpod and you're stuck in traffic ?

Well that devastation is OVER! thanks to this company Daptr, who would be releasing a very sleek iPhone 7/7 Plus case. This case will let you charge and listen to music without having to carry around unwanted cables just like the image below.

Now here's what you can do with the new Daptr iPhone 7...

1) 3.5mm headphone jack (regular headphones)
2) Lighting Ports (Lighting Earpods *New)
3) Charging Port
4) Colors: Rose Gold, Jet Black, Matte Black and Gold

Since iPhone 7 is still a HOT cake, this case will be available from December (According to the official site).

Apparently there's no excuse not to get the iPhone 7 right ?

PRICE!!! Just $49

Head over here to BUY

Google has launched a new messaging app called "Allo" which is now available on playstore for download.The Allo app could be the next most rated messaging app as it looks to have better features compared to other messaging apps.

The app does not have video or voice calling features which was intentionally excluded due to the fact that google aims to promote their recently released Google Duo App which supports this features.But this does not make the app less interesting cause the app has so many fun features that users would find very attractive and fun to use.

Allo's Exciting Features:

  1. Smart word suggestion: The Allo app can read conversations and suggest words based on the conversation.That's why Google calls it a "smart messaging app".
  2. Incognito mode: This feature allows users have safer convos,when the incognito mode is turned on your chats self destructs within a giving period of time just like snapchat.
  3. Stickers and templates: With stickers you literally don't have to text much,there are lots of  fun sticker packs and templates to download.
  4. Google Assistance: With the help of Google assistance users can get quick access to making plans during chat,like getting locations for events,nearby places and more.
  5. You can start up group conversations.
You you have to do to start enjoying this great messaging app is to visit the google play store,search for the Allo app and install.But if shows coming soon you can pre-register to get notification as soon as the app can now be downloaded for installation.

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

Good news to all those in the UK who have been awaiting the Oculus Rift VR Headset,it's finally available in variety of stores near you.You can now save more and worry less about shipping cost.

The Oculus Rift is available for purchase in stores such as Amazon,Game,John Lewis,Harrods and Curry's Pc world.

Interested buyers can also find available stores offering demos from the Oculus website.People in the Uk will be able to purchase the Headset for £549.

Other countries should not feel left out cause i'm sure Oculus has plans to make the Rift VR available in stores worldwide.

Offer valid while stocks last,so hurry and get yours now.

News have it that there has been some rebranding to the Microsoft Health App,the app will no longer be referred to as the Microsoft Health App but as The Microsoft Band App.

The rebranding has already taken effect on Windows and Android devices but will soon be available to IOS,the update will not just change the app name but also promises to come with better performance.

Rumors also have it that Microsoft will not be making a future Band 3 but will continue to promote the Band 2,and that they also plan to launch an AIO SURFACE PC.

According to sources it has been confirmed true that UBISOFT would be launching a remastered Assassin's creed bundle by November 15 dubbed "The Ezio Collection".The Ezio collection will come with three remastered games which are Assassins Creed II,Brotherhood and Revelation.Isn't that great?,users will have the benefit to enjoy three mastered game package in one bundle.The shortcomings of the remastered games are you won't be able to play in multiplayer mode but would include all single-player expansions.

Since its going to be a remastered version,you should expect better graphics and improved gameplay features,with a lot of improvement and graphic upgrade made on the latest PS4 and Xbox console there are chances Ubisoft could include VR support.

The bundle will cost $60,cheap isn't it?.

Check out the trailer below;

According to sources HTC are introducing two new members to the HTC Desire series which are the HTC Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle Smartphones.They are expected to be announced on September 20.

They would come with improved features and innovative designs,one of the newest features introduced is the Fingerprint Scanner including a 5.1-inch 2k display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU and a 12-megapixel main camera with 4GB RAM/32GB ROM for the 10 Pro and a 5.5-inch 720p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU with 2GB RAM/32GB ROM for the 10 Lifestyle.

This is a smartphone you should look out for.

Well rumors have it that Samsung is working on its next Smartphone which is the Samsung Galaxy S8,and the question you might want to ask are,What would the phone look like?,when is the release date?,what are the latest updates?,how much would it cost?,and so on.

Well this is just a concept of what the S8 may look like and not really the real design.The release date is not known yet but it could be announced early 2017.The S8 is supposed to be an improved version of the S7 and previous generations so expect nothing but better features from the S8,rumors have it that the S8 would have a 4k screen built for VR Gear Headset and also a projector to view whatever is displayed on the screen on any platform.The price also is yet to be know but just have it known that it would not be cheap.

This is a view to what we think the S8 may look like:

There are so many things you should know about the new Apple watch 2,The Apple watch series 2 is an interesting smartwatch,a lot of updates have been made for improved user experience.Aside from the sleek and classy design,the Apple watch 2  runs on a much faster processor and comes with a new water resistance design that enables you to track your swim distance and also a Gps chip to track your runs.

Talking about luxury,the Apple watch 2 has a new white ceramic finish that comes as a successor of the luxury gold Apple watch edition.With this you should be guessing how much the watch would cost if you are a lover of luxury.

The Apple watch 2 is to be released on September 16  and the price will range from the lowest being;
  • US - $369
  • UK - £369
  • AU - $529
The 42mm base model cost;
  • US - $399
  • UK - £399
  • AU - $579
And the ceramic model cost:
  • US - $1,299
  • UK - £1,299
  • AU - $1,799
Check out the video review:

The Apple iphone 7 and 7 plus as we all know is not out yet but have started getting pre-orders cause everyone wants a hand on...but you may want to ask how much is this phone really?....is it something i can get or is just going to be on my wishlist?.

Just so you know iphones have not always been for everyone,it is uniquely for those who can afford it,it's not out yet for those of you who may want to purchase on Jumia or Konga and other online stores but you can pre-order,and there are also no used one yet for most of you who may be looking for cheaper ones on Olx and Jiji.

with the current Dollar to Naira exchange rate Nigerians would be faced with a very high purchase price,below is the price of the iphone 7 and 7 plus at the exchange rate of ($1 = N315) in Nigeria.

Iphone 7 from;
  • 32GB   - $649 (£539, AU$1,079) = N204,363
  • 128GB - $749 (£619, AU$1,229) = N235,853
  • 256GB - $849 (£699, AU$1,379) = N267,342

Iphone 7 plus from;
  • $769 = N242,151
So if you are in Nigeria and you are looking to get the iphone 7 or 7 plus this is just a minimum budget because the exchange rate seems to be going higher each day.You can start pre-ordering.

UPDATE: As at today 27 September 2016, dollar has gone up to as high as N440 to a $1, meaning the actual price now has almost doubled. We last check Konga and a seller was listing it for N473,000 (32GB) whilst the Apple - iPhone 7 - 128GB - Jet Black goes for ₦530,000*

But if you'll like to order yours direct from Apple store online here's the New Price with the latest exchange rate (N440) below.

iPhone 7 from;
  • 32GB   - $649 (£539, AU$1,079) = @N440 = N285,560
  • 128GB - $749 (£619, AU$1,229) = @N440 = N329,560
  • 256GB - $849 (£699, AU$1,379) = @N440 = N373, 560

iPhone 7 plus from;

  • $769 = @N440 = N338,360

How does it feel to have the Iphone 7 in your hands?

So many people have been able to have a hands on review of the Iphone 7 and now there is so much Iphone 7 talk everywhere even as we still await the Official release date of the phone.

What has changed ?

The Iphone 7 does not have so much structural change compared with the previous generations but it has some changes that users find cool and some that not everyone felt was necessary like the removal of the headphone jack and replacing it with Airpods (Wireless headphones).

This is overall the most debated and controversial feature or change of the iphone 7.Aside the removal of the headphone jack ,the iphone 7 still maintains its unique slim and sleek structure,it also comes with water resistance features and a well improved camera (for 7+) and screen for a better display and clearer pictures,also dual speakers for better sound.

How much does it cost?

Well Iphones have always been expensive so do not expect anything less,make sure your bank account is fat before considering to get the Iphone 7 or 7+.

  • 32GB   - $649 (£539, AU$1,079)
  • 128GB - $749 (£619, AU$1,229)
  • 256GB - $849 (£699, AU$1,379)
Is the iphone 7 overrated?

most people think the iphone 7 is overrated,probably because it did not match their expectations or maybe some of the changes didn't really suit their personality.Personally i would have preferred if Apple had not removed the headphone jack.Everyone has different perspective and taste and this lead to the big question.

Is the iphone 7 or 7+ worth upgrading to or would you rather save up some cash and stick to your 6 or 6s?
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