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Yesterday it was reported that the Federal government was through the NCC planning to hike up the price of internet data making it more expensive for Nigerians to subscribe to the internet.

This was seen as a very bad move as coming at a time when most Nigerians are buckling under the strain of a recession, to have to deal with another price hike just seemed mean in the extreme.

It is now being reported that the Nigerian Senate has halted the planned hike in data price. 

They stated in a series of tweets that the proposed increase by the NCC is an irresponsible act which will only further intensify the plight of the masses.

According to reports circulating in the media, the recent directive by the NCC to the five telecommunications operators in the country to increase their data tariff is to allow small operations and new entrants acquire market share and specific profitability.

The proposed hike has generated a lot of condemnation as the masses have started to lament about the insensitivity of the NCC especially with the current economic challenges. It will be interesting to see where this story turns again in the near future. We will of course keep you posted on events as they happen.

Apple has always been a smooth operator literally. Of all the criticisms thrown at the iPhone, one can never say that the phone doesn't perform almost flawlessly.

To achieve this, Apple develops its own silicon and optimizes the software to ensure a smooth iOS experience. 

And now it seems Apple will be raising the bar come 2017 as a new generation of mobile processors will arrive, and the iPhone 8’s chip will be one of the devices expected to pack an even faster and more efficient CPU.

Apple is expected to make the jump from 16nm chip technology to 10nm chip technology. TSMC will manufacture the 10nm A11 chip that will equip the iPhone 8 next year, a new Digitimes report, something we heard of before.

According to Digitimes, TSMC is expected to post a 3% sequential drop in consolidated revenues in the first quarter of 2017, thanks to Apple’s cutback in 16nm chip orders for the iPhone 7.

But the foundry’s 10nm process technology will soon start generating revenue. According to sources, 10nm manufacturing will start during the same quarter and should mitigate the impact of Apple’s cutting iPhone 7 chip orders.

The A10 Fusion chip used in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus was better than anything competitors had out there even after man tests and comparisons and with the advent of the A11, it seems Apple will leave competitors even further in the dust.

Everyone hates the Nigerian government right? No? Well maybe now you will. The Federal Government has through the Nigeria Communications Commision (NCC) has mandated all telecommunication companies in the country (NGR) to increase data rates starting from the 1st of December, 2016.

This is in addition to the stunts being pulled with the country's Forex and the fuel price increase, you'd wonder if the government just wants to kill the citizens, if that's the plan they should just say so.

Hitting the internet is genius in how diabolical it is as the average Nigerian has become so used to the internet that they cannot do without it. So as it stands, Etisalat will now sell their 500mb data bundle for N1000 while their 1.5gb plan will go for N3000.

MTN and the other will join in to continue trying to systematically ruin the lives of Nigerians

So people you will have to be wise with your internet usage...or buy a modem or something.

Naturally people will look for backdoors to browse for free and who can blame them at this point?

Merry Christmas in advance Nigerians...from the government.

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The story of the Galaxy Note 7 is no news to anyone ever since it became a WMD. The battery issues was the downfall of the Note 7.
So with the Note 7 dethroned, what then is the best phablet? Well, it seems the crown falls to the Galaxy Note 5.
According to SamMobile, It seems Samsung is trying to improve the Note 5 by imputing Galaxy Note 7 software to the Galaxy Note 5 in Korea
The Galaxy S7 is awesome, but it lacks a built-in stylus, which is one feature some fans of the Note series appreciate.
Photo Crd: Android Central

Limited to South Korea for the time being, the Grace UX update will bring to the Galaxy Note 5 some of the features found on the Galaxy Note 7. Sadly, this is still a Marshmallow-based update for the old phablet, but that shouldn’t make it any less exciting.
Features like Wide Selfie, Ultra Power Saving Mode, Smart Manager, Blue Light Filter, and Game Tools are included in this new Grace UX update.
All this is all well and good but what people want to know is whether these improvements will be available to user outside Korea and this is at the moment not clear. Although it's expected that it will be, users will still have to wait for a proper Android 7.0 Nougat update for the phablet, though.
So all in all good stuff.

With excitement ramping up for the iPhone 8, it will please Apple fans to know that the company is testing more than 10 prototypes for new iPhones that could go on sale next year.

According to the Wall Street Journal, some of those prototypes may have a new design centered around a curved screen.

The technology that would enable that curved screen is called OLED, which is a newer kind of display that has deeper blacks and lower power consumption.

The fact that Apple will need tens of millions of these OLED screens for next year is setting off a race among screen makers, including Samsung, LG Display, Foxconn-owned Sharp, and Japan Display.

The WSJ says that Samsung will supply "most" of Apple's initial OLED needs, confirming what Bloomberg reported earlier.

It seems that while Samsung might have the capacity, the others might have a bit of trouble with reports indicating that Sharp would need to spend more than $5 billion to develop the technology and capacity to supply OLED screens to Apple.

"We don't know whether Apple's OLED iPhones will be a hit, but if Apple doesn't walk down this path and transform itself, there will be no innovation. It is a crisis but it is also an opportunity," Sharp chief executive Tai Jeng-wu said last month.

iPhone sales have suffered something of a dip in recent times and there is pressure mounting on the company to produce a phone that gets them back on top of things.

The iPhone 8 is supposed to be that product and it is rumoured that it will feature glass casing, wireless charging, and a new edge-to-edge screen design, in addition to the latest chips and technologies.

"iPhone 8 design didn't sound 100% locked down but we believe the move is to a bezel-less design with screen sizes getting larger and curved edges in the original envelope," writes Barclays

10 prototypes are being tested and it's possible that the OLED screen might not see the light of day and it might be a case of Apple going with what is available and what can be supplied by their Asian partners.

With the dust finally beginning to clear on the Samsung debacle, it seems the Korean company would be featuring a lot of the cool new kinks that Apple will also be featuring on their iPhone 8.
So things like; all-screen design with buttons and sensors incorporated into the display, 3D Touch support, dual-lens rear camera, and a personal voice assistant all from the iPhone may be coming with the Samsung Galaxy S8.
This doesn't mean Samsung only plans to just copy, they will be doing some tinkering of their own and nothing will be more exciting than their personal voice assistant which should make a debut with the S8.
According to GalaxyClub, the Galaxy S8’s AI assistant will come with two personalities, including male (Bixby) and female (Kestra) voices, and bring over support for mobile payments by voice.
The site discovered new AI-related trademark applications filed in South Korea and the European Union, which mention the two names and variations thereof.
Interestingly, the name Bixby Pay has also been spotted, suggesting that Samsung is looking to let people pay for goods by simply voicing the appropriate instruction to either Bixby or Kestra.
The company responsible for this is Viv, who Samsung has now acquired and make services and products like Siri.

Siri can do payments with PayPal at the moment, but if the rumours are to be true, then Bixby and Kestra might just be better than Siri. 
Your move Apple.

After the wild success of the OnePlus 3 which was launched earlier this year, OnePlus have pushed even further and have released another phone; The OnePlus 3T.
The OnePlus 3T is pretty much identical with the OnePlus 3 in terms of shape and design and only really shines due to its more powerful SoC, a larger battery and a larger front-facing camera along with one additional storage variant of the device.
Consumers in the USA have been able to purchase the OnePlus 3T from the 22nd of November while people in Europe will be able to order one of these phones starting on November 28th. 
It does seem like OnePlus have started shipping out OnePlus 3T orders. The source provided an e-mail from OnePlus which confirms that the OnePlus 3T has been shipped, we’re talking about a device that was ordered straight from the US. It seems like the phone is being shipped from Shenzen, China, directly. Once the phone becomes available in Europe, OnePlus will, of course, ship it from their European warehouse in order to avoid any customs fees, at least for a number of European countries. For those of you who don’t know, the OnePlus 3T costs $439 in the US, and it will be priced at €439 in Europe.
Spec wise, the OnePlus 3T features a 5.5-inch fullHD (1920 x 1080) AMOLED display, 6GB of RAM and 64GB / 128GB of non-expandable internal storage. The phone is fueled by the Snapdragon 821 64-bit quad-core processor, along with the Adreno 530 GPU for graphics. On the back of the device, you’ll get a 16-megapixel snapper, while a 16-megapixel camera is also placed on the front side of this smartphone, but we’re looking at two different sensors here. Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow comes pre-installed on the OnePlus 3T, and on top of it, you’ll get OnePlus’ very own UI, OxygenOS. The OnePlus 3T is made out of metal, and it comes with OnePlus’ super fast Dash Charge fast charging technology, while it packs in a 3,400mAh battery.

Photo Crd: The Verge

Every nerd on the planet is looking forward to the new Star Wars Rogue One movie due in December and Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank is jumping on the wagon by launching a pair of phones that let you choose your Force allegiance. 
These are essentially Star Wars Phones and to make it even more fun you're even allowed to pick a side; Light or Dark.
Spec wise the phone comes with a 5.3-inch 1080p IGZO display, Snapdragon 820 processor. It features a 22.6-megapixel camera and a 3,000mAh battery.
Also added are a TV tuner, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage (plus microSD slot) 

That's not all, Star wars fans will really get excited by these features:
  • Live wallpapers that make the phone look like an X-Wing or TIE fighter cockpit
  • Excessive Android 6.0 skin in both light and dark side themes
  • Five exclusive metal figurines taken from Rogue One
  • Star Wars Movie Player app that lets you watch The Force Awakens until the year 2020
  • Pre-loaded Star Wars: Force Collection card game with a code for a gold card pack ticket
  • Star Wars-themed alarm clock app 
  • Star Wars emoji 
  • Star Wars ringtones 
So what isn't there to be excited about? They go on sale on the 2nd of December in Japan, and preorders start today.

HTC enthusiasts would be happy to hear that the Desire 10 pro and 10 evo have been launched in India. 
HTC's latest offerings feature an all-metal unibody that is water, splash, and dust resistant (awesome eh?). The 10 evo itself comes with USB Type-C dual adaptive earphones and HTC BoomSound adaptive audio. 
According to the President-South Asia, HTC, Faisal Siddiqui “The Desire 10 pro is inspired by many of the same innovations that have made the flagship HTC 10 so popular making it the most brilliant Desire ever. The HTC 10 evo also showcases the same focus on driving evolution of smartphones especially in terms of audio technology,” 

HTC Desire 10 pro has a 5.5-inch Full HD display. It also has a fingerprint scanner at the back that can be used to capture a selfie or start recording a selfie video.  
Camera wise, the Desire 10 pro comes with a 20MP rear camera with Electronic Image Stabilization, auto HDR and laser autofocus. The front camera is 13MP, which comes with a new 150-degree wide selfie panorama mode. There’s built-in screen flash as well.

Under the hood is an octa-core processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage (expandable up to 2TB via microSD card). It is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery. The smartphone is available in stone black and polar white colour variants.
HTC Desire 10 evo features a 5.5-inch display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The smartphone has full metal unibody and comes with an IP57 rating. The HTC 10 evo gets 16MP rear camera with OIS, PDAF and Pro mode. It is powered by a 3,200mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge technology. It runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and will be available in gunmetal, and pearl gold colour variants.
So in case you're interested, the HTC does have a lot going for it, so maybe you can get yourself a bit of a thanksgiving present.

Photo Crd: SlashGear

Chinese Smartphone company Xiaomi released their highly popular and successful Mi Mix just last month and it was perhaps the closest we’ve gotten so far to a near bezel-free smartphone. 
It was great, but it had a slight drawback; its size. So naturally when rumours that there was a smaller Mi Mix Nano possibly in the works people got excited.
Unfortunately though, Xiaomi marketing director Zang Zhiyuan took to Weibo to confirm that the Nano does not in fact exist.
The Mi Mix was really popular due to the minimalistic bezel presence. There are still some, especially at the bottom, but the Mi Mix boasted of a 91.3% screen to body ratio that no other smartphone has. It didn’t hurt that it also had high-end hardware, like a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4 or 6 GB of RAM, and 128 or 256 GB of internal storage.
So the major drawback was the screen as it made it really hard to hold due to its size, so a Mi Mix Nano leak was naturally welcomed by many especially as it promised a 5.5-inch screen with almost the exact same specs, though the storage is capped at 64 GB. 
But according to Zhiyuan, there is no such product called a Mi Mix Nano. He further clarifies that this leak came from another brand using shady marketing tactics. In other words, it’s most likely a clone that is riding on the Mi Mix popularity and the Xiaomi name to sell their product.
So sorry guys, no Nano Xiaomi Mi Mix exists, but it's possible the company could still go ahead to do it or if you don't mind knock offs or clones, then you might find a smaller Mi Mix in the market, just not from Xiaomi.

Samsung has been in the doldrums lately but look set to make a stunning comeback. Rumors abound about a new, glossy black Samsung Galaxy S7 coming soon.

The story first appeared in the Korea Herald, who cited unnamed industry sources, and now, newly-released images on Chinese site Weibo seem to confirm that report. The new S7 phone color is expected to be available in December, in time for the winter holiday shopping season.

It is believed that the new color appears to be an attempt to nudge up the company's smartphone sales after the disaster that was the S7 and also Apple's release of the popular glossy Jet Black iPhone 7.

Will a simple change in color repair Samsung's reputation? That's unlikely, but it's better than nothing.

Also there's the problem of smudging which has been a problem with Apple's shiny black phone along with how easy it is to see scratches compared to other colors.

It is believed that the shiny black Samsung will be safe, but it remains to be seen.

photo crd: BGR

WhatsApp have been rather prolific in bringing in new features recently. Just last week, they launched their video calling feature and now WhatsApp has introduced yet another video related feature. 
What this feature does is let you watch a shared video while it is being downloaded to your phone. At the moment the feature is only available on WhatsApp beta version 2.16.365.
Before now when a video was shared, you had one of two options; either get a download button or automatically download depending on your phone settings. In both situations, however, you could only watch the video once the download is completed. 

Well no more, what happens now is instead of a download button, you see a play button. When you tap the button, the video will start buffering, and you will be able to watch the video while it is being downloaded on your phone. The buffering feature is similar to what you see when watching videos online. 
While It's not the most groundbreaking feature in the world, it does save you time. To use this feature, you will have to download the latest WhatsAppbeta app that you can get on the Play Store. You will however have to first enroll in the company’s beta program. It is likely that WhatsApp would release this feature on the final version soon.
So get on it and save yourself the time you would normally use waiting for a video to download

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A short nasty video has been causing iPhones and iPads to crash after a period of instability when watched 
Playing a mp4 video in Safari on any iOS device will cause the device to slow down and then freeze in about 30 seconds. The video itself is hosted on a Russian Vine-like video sharing app called Miaopai.
The exact cause of the problem is as yet unknown, it is believed though that a corruption in the file is causing a memory leak in Safari.
The video itself is only 3 seconds long and it shows someone standing by a bed with the word “Honey” printed across the screen. The bug doesn’t immediately brick a phone but starts slowing it down after 30 seconds.
There's a YouTube video by Everything Apple Pro which gives a rather detailed explanation of how the glitch works on the bright side, the effects don't seem to be long term also it doesn’t affect users of Android devices.
Should a user’s phone be affected by the video, a hard reboot by holding the power and home buttons should restart the device. On iPhone 7 with the non-mechanical button, users will have to press the power and volume down button. The issue affects versions of iOS from iOS 5 to iOS 10.3 beta.
Apple are likely to get a fix for this problem pretty soon and it shouldn't become much bigger than this.

A little while ago, HTC launched the Bolt. The plan was  to have it as a device that was exclusive to US carrier Sprint. 

The Bolt will come to Europe apparently, but it will be under a different name; HTC 10 Evo

The Evo boasts an IP57 dust and waterproofing rating, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with panoramic selfie mode. The handset also runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

That's not all it offers as it also features the new USB-C "adaptive earphones" 

What this does is it allows you to set up a personalised audio profile. The HTC 10 Evo sends out a lone ping and creates this profile automatically. This feature is pretty useful as you can quickly recalibrate when you move from a noisy environment to a quieter one and still enjoy your music with a different audio profile.

So what's the Evo made of? 3GB of RAM and 32 gigs of expandable storage for starters, an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, fingerprint sensor, 3,200mAh battery and 16-megapixel (f/2.0) primary camera with phase detection autofocus (no UltraPixels here). All in all, a pretty powerful device, and one that looks the part too.

One of the major things the Evo has going for it is that it's visually stunning with a flat back and 5.5-inch Quad HD display.

As for buying it, well the HTC Evo will only be sold online. So no physical stores have it.

This means HTC will be relying on consumers who don't want to be tied down to contracts and want to buy the phone outright. This is uncharted territory for them, but they should be alright.

It's unknown when the Evo would be available for sale, but we do have our fingers crossed that it's soon.

Instagram have some new features planned with their new update adding live video and disappearing messages.
Now what this means is that while creating an Instagram story you’ll soon be able to swipe over to a new ‘Live’ button, offering a way for users to hop into a livestream. 
The idea is that once someone starts streaming, Instagram sends a notification to the user’s followers, who can then watch and leave comments. One of the comments can be pinned to the top of the feed, or comments can be completely turned off.
Naturally comparisons will be made with Facebook’s Live as they do seem pretty similar without the emoji reactions. The new feature should be out in a few weeks.
Beyond that, Instagram also rolled out disappearing messages. When you press the new messaging icon in the top right corner of the app’s home screen, you’ll be able to privately send a photo or video to people that are following you.
So the battle between Instagram and Snapchat rages on with IG adding more and more features to one-up their rivals.

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.


Apple have said they'll offer free battery replacements to those who are having issues with unexpected shutdowns on their iPhone 6s.
Apple have said they'd replace the batteries for these devices at its branded retail stores and authorized service provider centers for free.
So if your iPhone 6s has this problem, Apple says there’s no cause for concern as it isn’t a safety issue. Plus, the company believes it only affects devices within a limited serial number range that were manufactured between September and October 2015. 
This is different from the 'Touch disease' problem some iPhone 6s suffered earlier. Apple announced a repair program for that last week, 
Photo Crd: GSM Arena

Before going ahead with the replacement though, you should backup your data, erase your settings and turn off the Find my iPhone security feature. To erase your data, you can head over to Settings > General > Reset > and click on Erase all Content and Settings. Apple also notes that the program covers iPhone 6s batteries for three years from first retail sale of the unit and battery replacement does not extend the standard warranty coverage of your device.
So once you've sorted this out, you should be able to get your iPhone 6 battery replaced.

The new earphones were made to be a fashion statement and garner attention. 
A Chinese online shopping site called  Taobao is selling elf earbuds.
Naturally its expected that geeks and needs that would find this interesting, but it could also be used by other people who either want to just go for a different look or as part of costume while also being able to listen to your music. 
They sell for about $14.40 (£12, AU$20). The earbuds are worn as normal, and they're connected to the little pointy covers that hook over your own ears. 

So I guess you can get excited, or add it to your Christmas shopping list. 

For those who are pretty touchy about their Internet privacy and are worried about sites following them up and down then it seems your savior is here: Enter Mozilla Firefox Focus.
Firefox Focus is a no-frills browser that blocks trackers to keep you from seeing unwanted ads. It also lets you erase your history, passwords and cookies easily.
Mozilla are of the opinion that by blocking trackers it might also improve performance on certain tracker-filled sites. It’s worth noting that some sites that rely on tracking to work may not function properly, but Focus can fix that by opening them in either Firefox or Safari.
What Focus does is help you protect your privacy online, and this browser makes it easier to block tracking than other options. 
According to Engadget Mozilla might bring the awesomeness to Android depending on how the iOS version is received. 
Grab your copy from the app store and just enjoy the experience. 

Photo Crd: Android Headlines

Panic ensued on Tuesday when it was reported that some Android phones were having their information (texts, contacts etc) sent to a remote Chinese server.
According to the report, this was made possible by a software created by Adups. A security firm, Kryptowire, discovered through research and investigation that the software was sending data from devices back to servers in China. 
The software was at the time, reportedly affecting phones from various different manufacturers, including ZTE, Huawei, and BLU devices. The BLU phones that were affected were fixed through a software update according to the original report following acknowledgement of the issue by BLU, but it wasn’t until today that ZTE had issued a statement themselves, which sought to reassure U.S. customers of ZTE devices that no ZTE phones in the U.S. had been affected by the Adups software.

Chinese company Huawei have added their voice reassuring consumers of their dedication and that things would be smoothed out. The statement said; "We take their customer’s privacy and security very seriously,” they added that the company who contracted Adups is not an approved supplier and that they have never conducted any form of business with them. With that in mind, it still must raise a little bit of concern for users of devices from any of these manufacturers, but more to the point it serves as nice reminder that customers should only be purchasing their devices through legitimate means, such as official retailers that partner up with companies like Huawei, ZTE, and BLU.
The company which sold the devices with the Adups software is reportedly Chinese though their name is as yet undisclosed.
What this means in essence is that the actual manufacturers (Huawei, ZTE etc) were not involved in the scandal. 

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WhatsApp video calling is now a thing, yes Whatsapp have now joined the likes of Skype and Facetime with their own video calling feature. It was launched on Tuesday and if you update your Whatsapp you should be able to get it. It is being provided for Android, iPhone, and Windows users. 

Normally all you need to do is update the feature to make your first video call, it could happen though that your iOS or Android device is not set to receive automatic updates, or you are not sure if WhatsApp has been updated, if this is the case, all you have to do is visit the App Store or Google Play and check for available updates.  

If for some reason you don't see the video calling option, or if WhatsApp video calling is not working, or...(groan) WhatsApp video calls are giving you an error message you can take matters into your hands by downloading the WhatsApp beta version APK to see if things work any better.

Below are the steps to getting Whatsapp Video calling on your phone 

  • Open Google Play and search for WhatsApp 
  • Open WhatsApp's Google Play listing 
  • Scroll dow towards the bottom of the page 
  • In the section that says Become a beta tester tap on I'M IN 
  • Confirm on the next screen and wait for a few minutes 
  • Come back to WhatsApp listing page on Google Play 
  • You should see an option to Update WhatsApp to beta version 
  • Update the app 

If that doesn't work for you or you'd rather go another way, you could download the WhatsApp APK that comes with support for video calling (v2.16.354) from a website like APK Mirror or APK Pure. 

Please note that going this route means you know what you're doing if not it'll be better to just wait till the update gets to your phone. 

 With the above you should have no qualms getting whatsapp video calling and start making video calls.
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