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So it's not been really long since Apple moved their iPhones from pin style accessories to Lightning compatible hardware (2012) and you'd think that would be that for a while at least.

But alas, a report in the Wall Street Journal suggests that Apple is getting ready to drop the port in favor of USB-C.

Apple introduced the Lightning connector back in September 2012 (you'd say 5 years is a long time, but is it?) along with the iPhone 5 and since then it has become the standard port for all iOS devices. For the Mac though, it seems Apple is being a tad more progressive shifting away from the MagSafe and Thunderbolt to the USB-C port.

Apple pulls in money from licensing the Lightning port through its "Made for iPhone" program so a shift is a bit strange.


But it seems like Apple will be creating a new division in its iPhone line, opening up the scope for new peripherals and apps, this could also have the potential issue of causing some chaos with a new port.

The move (if true) could be a brave one from Apple and will definitely lead to speculation that Apple wants to create a separate "iPhone Pro" line. 

We could also see Apple adding USB-C to the iPad, and thus taking the device more in the direction of being a more fully-featured tablet computer to compete with the likes of Microsoft's Surface line.

If it does turn out to be true, it will raise an interesting debate as to Apple's plans for the lightning connector, but i guess there's still time.

Just like Nokia, the Blackberry seems to be making a comeback. Just like Nokia (Who are now under HMD) BlackBerry is under TCL and they are making phones as quickly as possible.

According to TCL, the company could be coming out with as many as 3 phones this year.

According to reports, the company is working on an all-touchscreen version, a spiritual successor to the DTEK 50 and DTEK 60 phones, which TCL also built for BlackBerry, according to a source familiar with the rollout plans. TCL will likely get rid of the DTEK branding.

From the looks of things it seems TCL is actually quite serious with Blackberry and truly want to bring them back to their former glory. 

Their first try for the new year, the KeyOne, was revealed at a press conference on Saturday ahead of Mobile World Congress trade show. 

It's a new world for TCL, best known for making budget televisions, as well as phones through its Alcatel line.

It is hoped that TCL will be able to do something amazing with Blackberry this year, but that remains to be seen, so all we can do is wait with bated breath.

Nokia made a seemingly easy move by bringing back a modified Nokia 3310 which sold over 126 million units since it was first introduced back in September, 2000. 

It was a beloved phone especially popular for its Long lasting Battery, its ruggedness and most importantly, for Snake.

I kid, but it was a huge part of what made it fun and Nokia were nice enough (smart enough) to add that to its list of features.

While it's still the Nokia 3310, it's not without its changes (Seeing as they're with HMD now), the new/old phone runs on Nokia’s Series 30+ software, with a 2.4-inch QVGA display, a 2-megapixel camera, and even a microSD slot.

In the world of the iPhones and the powerful Samsungs, these are fairly plain features but perhaps that's exactly what Nokia wants, it was what made the original 3310 such a joy to begin with.

With some design touch up-- the modern variant is a little smaller, thinner, and lighter all round-- It's added some modern beauty to this antique.

It’s also a lot more colorful this time around, with glossy yellow and red colors, and matte grey and dark blue models. It’s instantly recognisable as a Nokia, and HMD has even included a modern Snake game on the handset just to play on the nostalgia.

For internet it comes with Opera Mini, but the real selling point is battery life. Just like most feature phones, standby time on the Nokia 3310 is 31 days, alongside a talk time of 22 hours. That’s a massive amount of battery life, but as the phone is so basic you’re hardly going to be wasting battery away on Snapchat or Facebook.

Price wise, the Nokia 3310 is also going to be affordable with HMD planning to make the phone available in Q2 this year for around $52 (about N17,000)

So are you going to be getting one?

With the Mobile World Conference in Full swing a lot of announcements have been coming through and one of the most interesting was from Google who announced that their AI helper, Google Assistant, will begin rolling out to users with smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. 

This is a new direction with the AI previously being exclusive to the Google Pixel. 

The Google Assistant is reportedly going to arrive first to English users in the United States this week, followed soon after with an English debut in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. 

Then next up is German speakers and Google have said that it will "continue to add more languages over the coming year." Users with eligible Nougat and Marshmallow devices will automatically gain Google Assistant through Google Play Services. 


Other Android phones will also be incorporating the Google Assistant from the get-go as well, like the LG G6 and some other "newly announced partner devices." Sony, Huawei, Samsung, and HTC are all listed as companies with Android smartphones that will support Google Assistant.

This is Google's way of fighting against Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa and since Android owns most of the market, the Google assistant might just win.

 This would be necessary as the iPhone 8 is reportedly going to be having a more knowledgeable Siri and Google needs an answer to that.

According to Google, the ultimate goal "is to make the Assistant available anywhere you need it." 

That seems like a noble goal if ever there was one.

I updated my Whatsapp a week ago or so and i got a bunch of new emojis and that was fine, they were actually kind of cute. So you can imagine my surprise when i realized that there was yet another one.

So i wondered, what the heck? What was so new that they wanted to introduce that couldn't wait a couple of months?

Well, i found out soon enough.

It was the status feature and it looks something like this 

Basically just like Instagram stories, you are able to upload status updates which can either be video, photo or gif which basically just shows what you're doing or whatever you want to showcase.

The statuses are just like in Instagram stories where's there's the little bar at the top that steadily goes on indicating the time passed.

It is longer than Instagram stories as you can put up videos that are over 10 seconds long, so you can imagine the applications for that.

This works with your contacts and you can choose who gets to see your status and so on. You can also comment on the status of other people and all that goodness.

As for how to get this...simple, just update your WhatsApp. if it doesn't come automatically, don't fret, just open up your Google Playstore. Check in the 'My Apps' tab, chek out the list of apps that require an update your Whatsapp is bound to be there, Update!

That's it.

Now sit back and enjoy your new Whatsapp feature. it'll be interesting to see how people react to this with Instagram and all.

An 18-year-old woman, Brianna Olivas of Tucson, Arizona posted a video on Wednesday, 22nd February that has gone viral and freaked the collective internet. 

The video shows an iPhone 7 Plus beside a white sink with smoke emanating from it as it melted away.

The video, which was apparently recorded by her boyfriend, has been viewed over 1.26 million times, 18,000 retweets and hundreds of replies.

When she couldn't turn on her device she figured there was some trouble and she proceeded to then take the iPhone 7 Plus, which she bought in January, to an Apple Store where employees ran tests and told her everything was fine. 

things were fine for a while and then boom! The next morning the phone caught fire.

In Brianna's words “The next morning I was asleep with my phone charging next to my head, my boyfriend grabbed the phone and put in on the dresser,” 

According to The Mashable she said. “He went to the restroom and from the corner of his eye he saw my phone steaming and heard a squealing noise. By the time he got over to the phone it had already caught fire, he quickly grabbed the phone and threw it in the restroom, as soon as he threw it in the restroom, it blew up and more smoke started coming out of the phone,” she added.

Olivas has returned the device to Apple and she says that the representatives have told her that they are conducting tests and expect to know more within a week.

You can check out the video below.

We have more information now about the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (Or Edge, but we think Plus) and it looks like a doozy! 

Thanks to reliable leaker Evan Blass, we have the specs for the upcoming phone. While it doesn't add much new detail, it does confirm a lot of the rumours flying about it.

For instance, we know we're getting a mammoth 6.2-inch screen. We also know that the display will be a QHD+ Super AMOLED one, and above it, you’ll find an iris scanner and an 8MP front-facing camera.

On the back of it there'll be a 12MP Dual Pixel camera.

The Galaxy S8 Plus is also apparently IP68 certified dust and water resistant, which is the same level of waterproofing as the Galaxy S7.

Credit: Evan Blass

For the memory side of things, it is believed to be coming with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage, along with a microSD card slot. The S8 Plus also supports wireless charging and Samsung Pay, and it’s 4G LTE capable, as you’d expect.

The leak also highlights that the phone will be secured by Samsung’s Knox security service, and that it comes with earphones tuned by audio specialists AKG.

That's what's on the list, how about what's not on it? Well according to Blass, it is believed that the S8 Plus will use a Snapdragon 835 chipset, this might only be true of the US though with everyone else getting a Samsung Exynos one.

While there's a picture and everything, this should still be taken with a pinch of salt cos....you never know.

Some PC gamers don't just like using the mouse and Keyboard to play games, I know i don't. So what to do? Stick a pad in it of course.

Now depending on how serious a gamer you are, sometimes you just want to use a really comfortable pad to play and that isn't always the X-Box pad. I prefer Playstation pads for Instance and so I always try to purchase one and use a program to be able to play my PC games.

Back in the day, connecting a PS4 controller to a PC was a problem. Now, not so much.

Now, PC gamers can use the DualShock 4 with relative impunity, thanks to better software, better hardware and better Steam integration

Still, plugging in a DS4 is not quite as simple as using an Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller, so if you’d like to bring a PS4 peripheral to a PC party, here’s what you need to know.

Wired or Wireless
If you're using any of these you can just plug a PS4 controller into a PC just as you would an Xbox One controller, by using a microUSB cable. Give the computer a few minutes to install the drivers, and you should be good to go.

Sony also sells a wireless adapter for $25 (around N12,500), and if you intend to use your DS4 and PC together a lot, it’s a worthwhile investment.

As for setting it up, this is easy enough; Just plug it in and give it a minute or two to install drivers. Then, physically press the driver into the USB slot for about 3 seconds. This will activate the pairing process. Hold down the Share and PS buttons simultaneously on your DS4, and the controller should bind itself to the wireless adapter. To pair it to your PS4 again, just connect it to the console with a microUSB cable.

Playing PC Games with a PS4 Controller
Once you have the peripheral set up, there are four ways to play games with a PS4 controller. Two of them work extremely well, the other two...well, you'll have to work a bit.

While Steam has its very own controller that gets a lot of Valve’s attention, the popular digital distribution platform added DS4 support in 2016. You can do some pretty cool stuff with a PS4 controller on Steam — if you’re willing to do some programming yourself, anyway.
Photo credit: Valve

Steam is way nicer to Xbox pads than Playstation, but this doesn't make it impossible to use. Here's what you do.

First, ensure that your DS4 is hooked up to your PC. Then, open Steam and activate Big Picture mode. (Click the controller icon in the upper-right corner.) Big Picture is Steam’s living room mode, and for some reason, it’s the only way you can get into the nitty-gritty of controller settings.

Once you’re there, click on Settings (the gear icon in the upper right), and Controller Settings in the leftmost column. Check the box that says “PS4 Configuration Support.” You’ll be asked to register your PS4 controller to your Steam account. After that, you can change each button’s functionality, use the touchpad like a mouse and even pick a color for the light bar. While it’s admittedly a pain to do this for every game in your library, it’s also fairly foolproof.


Native Support

Whether you game through Steam, GOG or direct downloads, your game may have an option for native PS4 controller support. I’ve yet to find a definitive list, but titles from Watch Dogs 2 to Final Fantasy XIV to Shovel Knight all support the PS4 controller. All you have to do to enable it is enter the game’s settings, find its controller configuration options, and tell it that you have a DS4 hooked up.

The exact process varies from game to game, and lacking a reliable list of games with native support, you’ll pretty much have to just boot up the title you want to play and hope for the best. (I was disappointed, for example, that The Witcher 3 had no native DS4 options.) Still, if your game offers it, it’s the simplest way to make a PS4 controller work on a PC.

PlayStation Now

Here's where things get murky; PlayStation Now used to work on smart TVs, PS3s, PS Vitas, PSTVs and more; but no more. Now it only works with PS4s and Windows PCs. 

To take advantage of the PS3 game-streaming service on your PC, just download the app from Sony, then boot it up.

While you can use pretty much any controller for PS Now, a DualShock 3 or 4 is your best bet. Once your DS4 is connected to your PC, you can use it for any PS Now game. You can click the right side of the touchpad as Start and the left side as Select if needed; otherwise, every other button is the same as on the DS3, including the PS button for bringing up the menu.

Remote Play

If you own a relatively powerful PC (Core i5 processor, 2 GB video card, at least Windows 8.1), you can stream content from your PS4 right to your computer. Just download the software to your PC, enable Remote Play in your PS4 settings (it’s in the Remote Play section; no surprise there), and make sure the two devices are connected to the same network. The first time you connect, you’ll have to input a code, but the software walks you through the whole process.

The DS4 is the only controller that works with Remote Play, so there’s no special trick to using it. Just connect it to your PC, then play as you would on your PS4. As long as your connection is strong and relatively uncrowded, you shouldn’t encounter any lag. To shut down remote play, just waggle your mouse to bring up the options menu.

So there you have it, if you had any doubts before as to whether you can play with the PS4 pad, you can. So now you can enjoy your games with a comfortable PS4 pad.

With the release of the Samsung Galaxy S8 almost upon us, a new leak has surfaced online giving us some fresh (barely) insight into the coming Flagship phone.

After series of alleged spec details, a clip art image of the said smartphone now proliferates the internet.

Another unconfirmed leak regarding the Galaxy S8 has been reported online. The newly leaked data has been spotted with clip art images sketching out the possible new look of the said device.

From the little we can glean from the leak, the Samsung S8 smartphone would be a new look with its on-screen soft keys. Another change is to the home button key has been changed into an almost square shape, but lacking some corners. The home key will soon look like two opposite L shapes if the leaked images would be accurate.

A second image outline of the upcoming Galaxy S8 also showcases the back portion of the device. The said image indicates one sensor on left of the rear camera, while another sensor, purportedly a fingerprint sensor, has been placed on the right.

Moreover, the third and final clip art of the leaked images involved the DeX dock for the Galaxy S8. Dex dock is an unverified accessory that would allow the Samsung smartphone to be used as an ordinary desktop computer.

So we continue to wait. With the Mobile World Conference coming so soon, we expect to learn even more of Samsung's flagship phone.

The new iPhone is being reported in many quarters to cost upwards of $1000 upon release-- a thousand dollars is a lot of money and it is only natural for potential buyers to wonder and speculate over what they'll actually get.

Apple hasn't helped in this regard as over the last ten years they has had an odd habit of being dodgy with the cost of internal storage. 

An example, the flash storage chip inside the iPhone normally costs Apple $20 but it’s stuck with a base level of 16GB of storage for the longest time, only recently springing for a 32GB base option with the iPhone 7.

Now with alll the stuff we usually dump on phones, once we're done with the initial OS, and a few knick knacks space is gone. 

Sure, you can buy iCloud storage for a couple bucks a month, but the more logical solution for Apple would be to have a base option to 64GB, much like most flagship Android phones.

And that may very well be the case

According to a supply-chain report from TrendForce the new flagship iPhone 8 will ship with 64GB or 256GB of internal storage. If that's true then that's value for your $1000

The same report suggests the the still-new-but-cheaper iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will both retain the 32GB entry-level option, although the top end will still be 256GB.

So err...all in all i guess you'd say this is good news. Don't worry, memory won't be all the iPhone 8 will be good for as it'll also have a dual-camera system much like the one found on the iPhone 7 Plus, an all-glass front display with minimal bezel, and quite possibly no physical buttons.

The two top brands are at war again. The upcoming iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 are dominating headlines, but which phone will come out on top?

Apple thinks they will.

According to recent iPhone 8 rumors, Apple is set to include a 3D laser scanner on the front of the iPhone 8 to unlock the device, as opposed to the sometimes-finicky Touch ID technology. 

Apple Insider reveals that there Face recognition might be the way with Apple. 
And with Apple's reported acquisition of Israeli startup RealFace, which boasts the "world's best facial recognition," according to its website, which has since been taken down this looks like Apple's trump card. 

 RealFace software, according to reports, provides "frictionless face recognition" directly on a relatively low-powered device like an iPhone. According to the company, it aims to "offer customers a smart biometric log-in solution" for mobile deployment.

And what this means is that while the Galaxy S8 is going to have a facial recognition feature, it'll have nothing on the iPhone 8.


Going by this definition, RealFace has a lot in common with Google's Tango or at least it seems that way. Tango also uses a combination of cameras and depth sensors to enable many of the same scenarios in phones like the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. Asus has also announced its own Google Tango phone, the Zenfone AR.

The iPhone 8 with all its awesome features has been rumored to cost over a thousand dollars when it is finally released, but with all they stuff that they plan to chuck into it, can you really blame them?

Photo Crd- Reuters

Samsung may be focusing on getting a Galaxy S8 which will blow our minds out there as soon as possible, but the ghost of the Note 7 fiasco is still hanging over their heads it seems.

The company has now taken a hit to its reputation with their reputation ranking plummeted among US consumers. In an annual survey, it was discovered that the Korean manufacturer struggled with the fallout over its Galaxy Note 7 recall.

According to the Korea Herald, Samsung came in 49th in this year’s Reputation Quotient Ratings from Harris Poll, which ranks the 100 most visible companies in the US according to public reputation. In last year’s ratings, Samsung ranked seventh, and it ranked third in 2015, ahead of Apple and Google.


At the top of the rankings was Amazon for the second consecutive year, followed by Wegmans and Publix Super Markets. Other companies in the top ten include Apple, Google, and Tesla Motors, which was not included in last year’s rankings. Netflix and Microsoft each ranked in the top 20 (18th and 20th, respectively), while Facebook ranked 66th.

The Harris Polls (which is what the rankings are called) are based on an online survey of more than 30,000 adults in the US, carried out between November 28th and December 16th of last year. 

What the survey does is they study brand reputation based on six dimensions: social responsibility, vision and leadership, financial performance, products and services, workplace environment, and emotional appeal.

Samsung apart from suffering from the Note 7 issue also had to contend with their CEO being questioned by police after it was alleged he was involved in corruption along with impeached South Korean President Park Guen-Hye.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is set to be launched at the upcoming MWC 2017 and at this point we really can't wait to see what it looks like, so we resort to speculation and so on to whet our appetite till it comes forward.

Now there's little that can be gleaned from a user manual, but the keen eyes of those waiting for the Tab's release have already noted a couple of things.

This is basically some features we knew were coming and a couple we might not have picked on earlier.

From the looks of it, The tablet will have an S Pen even though there actually won't be anywhere to keep it.

Also revealed in the manual is the Screen Off Memo feature, which lets you write on a black canvas even when the tablet’s screen is off. This feature has been around since the Galaxy Note 5 but never before on a tablet, even those with a stylus like the Galaxy Tab A.

Another thing the manual shows off is the connector for a keyboard dock with dots not unlike the POGO connectors on an iPad Pro or Surface. What this tells us basically is that there could be a keyboard cover accessory similar to those as well. Again something not found in previous Android Galaxy tablets, be it the Galaxy Tab S2 or the Galaxy Tab A.

So after all this i guess what we can say about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is that it will be the flagship in terms of Android tablets for 2017. We will probably know more about the tab and many other expected gadgets and devices at the MWC later this month.

As anticipation heightens for the launch of the iPhone 8 and the Samsung Galaxy 8, new reports indicate that the hardware update could be the largest so far.

What this means is that there will be large-scale updates for both the Apple and Samsung flagships that would leave their predecessors in the dust in terms of software as well as hardware features.

An example of this is the expected edge-to-edge displays, which will eliminate the conventional home buttons present in the earlier generations of the two smartphones.

Also it is expected that the displays of Apple iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 will cover the front of the smartphone and have a front camera, front-facing speaker and fingerprint sensor underneath the display.


Furthermore, according to reports, the tech giant Samsung may be making the edge-to-edge OLEDs for both the phones. In addition, it is said that the two devices will come with voice assistants. It is expected that the iPhone 8 smartphone will come with an enhanced version of Siri.

Samsung will, of course, have a response to this with their Bixby voice assistant that will replace its S-Voice function according to SamMobile. In addition, Samsung and Apple will go for 10mm processors instead of 14mm processors for the forthcoming smartphones.

It is said that the new processors will offer battery and performance improvements to the smartphones. Speculations are doing the rounds that the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus will have an identical footprint to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

We expect the Samsung Galaxy in April if online reports are anything to go by, but we'll have to wait a little longer for the iPhone which won't reportedly hit shelves till much later in the year.

It must suck to be Blackberry or Windows right now as the latest smartphone figures coming out from Gartner makes for extremely grim reading for them.

According to the figures, iOS and Android are the 2 undisputed kings of the market and account for an insanely high 99.6 percent of all smartphone sales in the fourth quarter of 2016. 

This isn't really new as iOS and Android have been ruling the market for a while now, but the numbers do make for fascinating reading.

Of the 432 million smartphones sold in the last quarter, 352 million ran Android (81.7 percent) and 77 million ran iOS (17.9 percent), but what happened to the other players? Well, in the same quarter, Windows Phone managed to round up 0.3 percent of the market, while BlackBerry was reduced to a rounding error. The once-great firm sold just over 200,000 units, amounting to 0.0 percent market share.

You can see the figures yourself below.

Worldwide smartphone sales in the fourth quarter of 2016. (Thousands of units.) Image: Gartner

It's pretty remarkable when you consider that a little while ago (3 years) analysts were predicting that Microsoft’s mobile OS would overtake iOS for market share in 2017, while BlackBerry would still be hanging around as a sizable (if small) player.

In this latest report, there's no mention of Microsoft growing or catching up tp the Android or iOS, but it is speculated that the smartphone market continues to shift. 

It's one we've been waiting for and according to some new reports it just might be coming to pass.

The iPhone might be getting wireless charging.

In the simplest of terms this just means that your phone can be charged without the need to plug the device into a socket.

Apple has joined forces with an industry group called the Wireless Power Consortium in the biggest indication to date that it is working on the technology. 

it is speculated that Apple is going to add inductive wireless charging to the iPhone 8, or iPhone X. 


Earlier reports had initially suggested that Apple would bypass the technology, used in Samsung's Galaxy, Google's Nexus and Microsoft's Lumia, and wait until it had developed long-range wireless charging.

Although Apple wasn't previously a member of the Consortium, which develops industry standards, it does already use Qi wireless charging for its Watch.

Separate rumours about the iPhone 8, due for release this year in celebration of the device's 10th anniversary, suggest it could have a curved edged OLED screen, a bit like Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge. The rumours have gained weight recently with Apple reportedly purchasing 60 million OLED display panels from Samsung Display.

It seems Apple is also going to ditch the home button on the iPhone X to make way for an edge-to-edge display. 

With the Mobile World Conference coming up in another week or so, people are already looking out for what Samsung might do and whether they will be unveiling the Galaxy S8.

Sadly they will not.

What they will do is unveil a new Android tablet at the show. But all is not lost as there have been reports that we will get a teaser video at the MWC which is on the 26th of February.

Also reports have suggested that we get the release date of Galaxy S8 the day after (that's the 27th)


According to Hankyung, a Korean outlet, Samsung’s DJ Koh will announce the Galaxy S8’s launch date at MWC 2017. The most recent rumors said the phone will be unveiled on March 29th at an Unpacked event in New York City, but the Galaxy S8 series won’t hit stores until a few weeks later — April 21st is one possible release date for the phone, according to a source with a good track record.

Koh previously confirmed that the Galaxy S8 will not make an appearance at the mobile trade show in Barcelona, Spain.

The Galaxy S8 might have come earlier but for the disaster with the Note 7 which meant that Samsung not only had to investigate but also had to figure out how to get safer batteries and so on.

The MWC is less than two weeks away, so till then we'll update you if we get something new.

One of Donald Trump's main points when running for the office of the President of the United States was to create more jobs for Americans and one of the ways he planned to do this was to have more companies establish their manufacturing outfits in the United States.

Apple has been one of Trump's targets as he tried to get them to reduce manufacturing in China and open a factory in the USA.

Well, according to quotes attributed to Apple's CFO Luca Maestri this won't be happening anytime soon.


Speaking at a Goldman Sachs conference yesterday, he answered a question about overseas manufacturing and according to the Verge was quoted as saying; “One of the points that we are making in Washington is the fact that we have been a very large contributor to the US economy during the last decade,” Maestri said. “We made billions of investments in the United States. In the last 10 years, we created about 2 million jobs in this country — in the developer community in our retail stores in our call centers and through the supplier chain.”

Maestri went on to talk more about Apple’s US-located call centers, and how it is “very, very difficult to speculate” on Apple’s manufacturing plans given that Trump has outlined no specific policies yet. He did, however, point out that a border tax on imported goods “would end up burdening the end consumer.”

So it seems that Apple will not be playing ball with Trump especially considering that they'll have to move around a lot to make it to America which could prove cumbersome.

If you are an adult now then you definitely remember the Nokia 3310 aka the greatest phone ever! It could well be on the way back sometime soon.

You'll remember that what made the Nokia 3310 such a classic was its durability. It lasted for ages, was virtually indestructible and could just about take whatever was thrown at it. 

So a modern revamp of the phone is only naturally going to get people excited and boy are they excited. The phone is said to be going for around €59 (around N20,000). 

What the specs of the revamped 3310 will be is still unknown for now, but there have been whispers that we'll know more at the 
 Mobile World Congress on February 26. If that's the case then we'll just have to wait and see. So fingers crossed.

Google's Instant Apps was announced last year at a Google event and it has now started to roll out on the Android platform.

What Instant Apps does essentially is let users access apps without needing to download them on the device.

According to Android Central, a few people were able to use the Wish shopping app on their smartphones running on Android 7.0 operating system. If you are using a smartphone running on Nougat too, you could look it up if you got access too, here’s how it works.

  • Go to your phone settings and move to Google settings from there. Look up Instant Apps option in there and switch the toggle on. Check the terms and conditions, if you agree that's that. 
  • Next up, you search for any random website or company, you might see a search result for an Instant App version. Reason for this is that at the moment the search is working only for Wish’s Instant App. So when you open the Instant App suggestion, you will be able to jump right into the app, without needing to download the app in your device.

Explaining why there's the need for Instant Apps, Google stated that it's all an “effort to help users discover and run apps with minimal friction.” 

In the same way streaming works, Instant Apps technology runs an Android app without the user having to install the original app on the device. Now this could be understood as a system where clicking on a link with an associated app will launch the bite-sized version of the app sans the need for installation. The feature is compatible with majority of Android devices that use Google Play services or with those running Jelly Bean and above.

On a deeper level, this means that apps are split into multiple modules and with deep linking Google Play fetches only those modules which are necessary to run it. Using search, social media links, messaging links, and other deep links, developers can thus offer a full app experience without the need to install the app first.

So for those who want to see what an app is like before downloading, much like watching a trailer before seeing the full movie, Instant Apps is for you.

It's all about the battery.

While Samsung's Note 7 might have had problems with their battery, but this particular component remains seen as very, very important part of any smartphone.

Apple gets it, which is why they are planning to make the battery life of the iPhone 8 "Insane".

Apple’s iPhone 8 will reportedly incorporate a new type of battery technology that will help improve battery life, and in the process, appease users who have long lamented Apple’s preoccupation with thinness at the expense of stellar life.

READ: Mini iPhone 8 To come Without Wireless charger or 3.5mm Dongle

A report courtesy of MacRumors states that reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has asserted that  Apple’s next-gen iPhone will be about the same size as the current 4.7-inch iPhone 7 but will deliver battery life akin to, if not better than, what the iPhone 7 Plus provides. 

Kuo claims that the iPhone 8 will deliver battery life improvements across the board. Furthermore, battery life will also be bolstered by the device’s OLED display, a more power efficient display technology compared to the LCD screens currently used in existing iPhone models.

According to Kuo, "As battery material tech isn’t likely to see major breakthroughs in the next 3-5 years, mainboard area can only be reduced via stacked SLP, which makes space for larger battery and extended usage time. Thanks to stacked SLP, we expect the OLED iPhone to have similar dimensions to a 4.7” TFT-LCD iPhone, and have comparable battery capacity (equipped with around 2,700 mAh L-shaped 2-cell battery pack) to a 5.5” TFT-LCD iPhone."
To put this in context, the iPhone 7 Plus offers 13 hours of LTE browsing, 15 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, and 60 hours of wireless audio playback. So if with this the iPhone 8 plans to be insanely impressive, then you can just imagine what we're looking at.

So fingers crossed as we get more info for what might be the greatest iPhone ever.

Okay, so let's get this straight; the Samsung Galaxy S8 is coming with a headphones jack. 

Now we can move on.

This particular rumor has scared many Samsung fans as there were reports that Samsung planned to go the Apple route and cut off the headphones jack in favour of a more wireless option. Now while Samsung might still go this way, it doesn't seem to be happening with the S8.

A set of photo-quality renders (not actual photos) have appeared this week and the phone in the renders has the Jack safe and sound. This seems to tally with the various other rumors and reports that Samsung will indeed continue with the headphones jack.

The images are provided courtesy of a skilled creator by the name of WaaNee – aka WoOS. They’ve been created – it would seem – to promote the maker’s collection of wallpapers and themes. In the process of promoting these themes, WoOS has created some of the most realistic and final-looking renders of the Galaxy S8 we’ve seen so far.

The images are in line with the current specs of the Galaxy S8 as we know it. In terms of his references, this is likely from schematics from model-makers for accessories. 

We're likely to find out more from official channels in the coming weeks especially with the MWC coming up in a little bit.

For now, feast your eyes on the renders below.

One of the main talking points for the iPhone 7 and now 8 has been the wireless charging feature it comes/is to come with.

It seems there will be a 5-inch “tweener” iPhone 8 coming in-between 2017’s 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones and from reports it seems it will have a different set of rules for charging and accessories. 

According to Makotakara, a “tweener” iPhone-- first rumored in December-- is in the works for this year. 

The plan according to the report was to find an in-between phone instead of replacing either the existing 4.7- and 5.5-inch sizes currently offered in the shape of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. It was reported to plan to borrow the dual-camera system of the larger iPhone 7 Plus, but flip the twin lenses 90-degrees.


The story is back and reports suggest that the 
5-inch iPhone is still on the roadmap. It will have a glass back panel, rather than the metal of the current iPhone design, and support wireless charging.

What could frustrate most people with plans to buy it will be the absence of the wireless charger in the box. Instead, it’s claimed, a regular USB Type-A charging cable will be bundled; if people want a wireless charger, then they’ll have to buy it separately. Apple is believed to be supporting the most recent version of the Qi standard for that, with up to 15W power transfers.

That would make sense, given Qi’s growing popularity in the market. Already supported by several generations of Samsung Android phone, the technology is also present in a number of cars, which offer wireless charging pads in the dashboard. Paired with wireless CarPlay, the site suggests, that would make it far more likely that people would use the infotainment system as they drive.

It's still not known for sure if we will indeed get this phone as Apple are yet to comment on it, but if we do, it'll join the growing list of things from Apple to be excited about this year.

You know how it is that you get a new phone or laptop and the battery lasts for ages and then after some time it seems to die in an instant? (Currently facing that with my laptop, dies after like 10 minutes without power) well, it's a universal problem-- one that might be dead and gone if reports are to be believed.

Tech news provider BGR report that some Harvard researchers have developed a new battery technology that will be able to last for at least a decade and is also affordable to boot.

Along with its 10-year lifespan, the researchers also successfully designed the battery to remain inexpensive, non-corrosive, and non-toxic.

The newly developed power technology is used in what is called a “flow battery.” Flow batteries utilize the ion exchange between two liquids to provide electric current. It’s a flexible, adaptable system that is used in many applications, but can be prone to degradation over time and require regular maintenance.
Harvard researchers found they had the ability to change the chemical composition of the positive and negative electrolyte solutions, making them water-soluble and pH neutral. This makes the battery rechargeable, without the huge amount of energy degradation. The Harvard battery loses only one percent of its capacity every 1,000 cycles. In turn, the battery could last more than a decade with minimal maintenance and upkeep.

If this becomes a thing, it could completely revolutionize the power industry all over the world. Just imagine being able to power your device or other applicable instruments for years and years because of the power of this new technology.

Just imagine.

There have been rumblings, links, reports, rumors and all sorts surrounding the Blackberry Mercury, but it seems that will all soon be at an end.

It has been announced that we will be getting the full lowdown of the upcoming BlackBerry Mercury at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this year.


Many have been curious to see what Blackberry would whip up with their latest play on the smartphone market and many would hope they can bring something good to the tabel.

The company took Twitter to announce the launch event, which is set to take place on February 25 at 7:00 p.m. local time. 

The Mercury will be the first foray by TCL after the company took over the struggling Blackberry and will now make mobile phones with the Blackberry name. 

Not much is known about the system, but the little we do know is that it'll come with Android 7.0 Nougat and a USB Type-C port. We also know that it has a rather hefty rubber and metal body. 

That's about it unfortunately. Blackberry keeping their cards to their chest is intriguing though and it is hoped that it doesn't turn out to be just for nothing.
I guess two weeks isn't too long to wait, we'll wait and see.

After a mishap like what happened with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, it's only natural that some caution would be taken going forward and that seems to be the case with Samsung and the S8 phone.

When Samsung announced what happened with the Note 7, they asserted that the issue really was with the battery  and the explosions came from complications with the battery. 

What that has done is that according to reports, the Samsung S8 will come with a smaller battery which means it won't last as long as people might have wanted.


This comes via Korean site The Investor and they claim that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will have smaller batteries than initially expected. 

According to the news source, the Galaxy S8 will pack a 3,000 mAh battery, while the phablet version will have a 3,500 mAh battery. This in comparison to last year's Galaxy S7 (3,000 mAh) and Galaxy S7 edge (3,600 mAh) shows just how much Samsung is playing it safe (the note 7's capacity was 3,500mAh).

According to News 1, a Samsung official was credited as saying, “After completing a range of tests, Samsung made a final decision to deploy the battery capacity for the two S8 variants,”

The idea of a smaller battery makes sense as it would be better for Samsung to play it safe. They have already changed their battery supplier to Japanese company Murata.

Sony is expected to release as many as five smartphones at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017. 

Apart from the recently leaked Xperia XA2 smartphone, the Japanese company is speculated to announce Xperia XZ (2017) at the forthcoming unveil event.

While all we have are grainy images, at least we have images we can look at. Earlier today, a couple of smartphones have surfaced photos. 

One of the photos contains four smartphones from Sony. Rumors suggest that one of the smartphones is the Sony Xperia XZ (2017) and alongside it is the current Xperia XZ smartphone that was released in September 2016, according to GSM Arena.

Online reports have also dubbed the Sony Xperia XZ (2017) as Xperia XZ2. The image also contains the Sony Xperia Z Ultra that features a 6.4-inch display. If sizes are anything to go by, it can be asserted that the Sony Xperia XZ2 will be bigger than its predecessor that features a 5.2-inch display. Other leaked shots suggest that Xperia XZ2 would be coming with 4 GB of RAM. Last year's Xperia XZ houses 3 GB of RAM.

If indeed there are going to be 5 phones announced then it'll be interesting to see what Sony have in store for us in 2017.

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