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The year 2014 is about to end in less than 5 weeks and i just thought i might give you guys some of the top 20 best cases i've come across for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

This cases are superb and very affordable too.

(20) Pad&Quill Little Pocket Book for iPhone 6 - $69.99


(19) Tech21 Classic Frame - $34.99

(18) Grovemade iPhone Walnut Case - $90


(17) Spigen Wallet Case - $15

(16) Adidas $35

(15) FYY Ultra Slim Smart Cover - $7

(14) Obliq Xtreme Tough Case - $35

(13) Versus Leather Wallet case - $20

(12) PureGear Folio - $35

(11) Element Case Soft-Tec Wallet case - $49.99

(10) Tylt Energi Plus - $100


Tylt's Energi Plus is a slider case that includes an integrated battery to double the battery life of your iPhone 6. It comes in a few different colors.

(9) Urban Armor Folio - $39.95

(8) X-Doria Scene Grip - $25

(7) Belkin Classic Folio - $34.99

(6) New Trent Alixo Rugged Transparent Case: [scratch resistant/shock proof/dirt proof] - $17.55


(5) Lunatik Seismik - $34.95

(4) Rockform Mountable case ranging from $39 - $109

(3) Skech Slimview case - $19


(2) Moshi SenseCover case - $45

P.S: The beauty about this case is that apart from the window that shows the caller ID info and time, you can answer calls without opening the case just like you do on Samsung Devices.

(1) Q Card Protective Wallet Case - $31.99


These are the cool and solid iPhone 6 cases i came across and i know you're going to make a very wise decision from this list. However if you think you've got a cooler one kindly drop your comment below so i can feature it in the next edition of Best Cases for iPhone 6. Till then, see you on the other side.

P.S: I wanna make something clear this cases are awesome and i haven't arranged them according to their quality or ranking.

Img Src: Cnet and Amazon

First i must admit, the sets of BlackBerry coming in these days are awesome and what makes it very much interesting is that they aren't just working on redesigning the shapes and feel of their devices instead they work on the software too. That is something BlackBerry fans weren't expecting.

iPhone were the first to do something like this and Nokia took up the step by introducing Android and Microsoft but BlackBerry maintained on this OS 10 generation which has tremendously changed the way BB Users communicate with their phone.

Anyways that's by the side, i am here to introduce you to the all new BlackBerry OS 10 version 3 (10.3) which according to the company it brings together a new look and feel, along with powerful new productivity features designed to boost productivity, collaboration and communication.

  • Android FULLY compatible Operating System with more ways to access apps. It's Android and BlackBerry Apps all in one OS!!! Now that's two for one.

  • The Power to go anywhere, Blackberry Blend brings messaging and content that's on your BlackBerry to your Computer and Tablet with just a click a way.

  • BlackBerry Personal Assistant feature works like charm, you can manage your email, contatcs, calendar and other BB 10 features through Voice and Text command (You can say that's a SiRi beta lol) 

  • BlackBerry Hub fully functional.

Now isn't it tempting to move to BlackBerry now that everything is at your finger tips ?

Obviously this year has been a great year in Tech world and we the consumers can testify to that.

Anyways this is a teaser from Nokia Conversation blog and it shows that Microsoft and Nokia will be unveiling a new Lumia Smartphone.

In a nutshell the company posted

Microsoft is delivering the power of everyday mobile technology to everyone.
Come back on November 11, to find out more!

Rumor has it that this phone is going to be a lower-end smartphone due to some leaked images online but i have a good feeling that this Lumia set to be released in less than 5days might not disappoint because lately i have been listening to radio and i hear this huge voice of someone talking about a new Lumia so i'm guessing this is it but to be honest the Radio advert WOW' me and i'm expectant hope you are ?

Till 11-11-2014 we'll see and by the way the image above is the snippet of the new lumia.

Via: Nokia

First of all i came across a trouble on this and i found the solution so i wanna share it to those who dunno the logic.

Short Story:
 I was trying to blog from my iPhone 5s and suddenly i mistaken Select All and Cleared the whole post i just wrote. So i followed the steps below.

Shake your iPhone/iPad.

A mini screen should POP-UP as seen in  the image below...

iPhone Undo Typing - Smartfonefreaks.com

To Redo or revert back to the updated text, shake your iPhone again... See image below...

iPhone Redo Typing - Smartfonefreaks.com

And that's how to UNDO a Text Deleted on iPhone/iPad.

Months back we read about the news that FaceBook founder Mark Zuckerberg and its Board of directors purchased the number one text messaging app Whatsapp for $19billion dollars but it looks like the transaction was withheld up until Friday(03-Oct-2014) when Reuters broke the news that the European Union has finally approved the purchase.

First thing that could have popped up on anyone's mind is "Why Do They Need Approval ?"... Well according to a reliable source  the deal was on hold because the EU felt it would harm communication telecom market...Here's what they have to say..

"We have carefully reviewed this proposed acquisition and come to the conclusion that it would not hamper competition in this dynamic and growing market. Consumers will continue to have a wide choice of consumer communications apps," European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said.

Although in the United States back in April Facebook had already gotten approval to acquire Whatsapp less than two m,onths after Facebook annouced it's proposal in February.

WhatsApp and its rivals such as KakaoTalk, China’s WeChat and Viber have in recent years won over telecoms operators’ customers with a free text messaging option, posing a serious threat to the sector’s revenues from this business, which totalled about $120 billion last year, according to market researcher Ovum.

Img Crdit: CrackBerry

Please note this update brings the following improvements and bug fixes to the iOS 7 platform:

  • Improves iBeacon connectivity and stability
  • Fixes a bug with data transfer for some third-party accessories, including bar code scanners
  • Corrects an issue with data protection class of mail attachments

Although this came as a surprise since Apple officially said they won't be working on iOS 7.1.x because almighty iOS 8 is out. Anyways it's rumored to be the final update tho.

Hands On... All Links Are Official from Apple Server it's also advisable to use a Download Manager to download anyone of the IPSW files for faster download and resume if download fails. 

Here are the direct download links for the latest iOS 7.x firmwares:

iOS 7.1.2:
  1. iPad Air (5th generation WiFi + Cellular) 
  2. iPad Air (5th generation WiFi) 
  3. iPad (4th generation CDMA) 
  4. iPad (4th generation GSM) 
  5. iPad (4th generation WiFi) 
  6. iPad mini (CDMA) 
  7. iPad mini (GSM) 
  8. iPad mini (WiFi) 
  9. iPad mini 2 (WiFi + Cellular)
  10. iPad mini 2 (WiFi) 
  11. iPad 3 Wi-Fi (3rd generation) 
  12. iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (model for ATT) 
  13. iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (model for Verizon) 
  14. iPad 2 Wi-Fi (Rev A) 
  15. iPad 2 Wi-Fi 
  16. iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (GSM) 
  17. iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (CDMA) 
  18. iPhone 5 (CDMA)
  19. iPhone 5 (GSM) 
  20. iPhone 5c (CDMA) 
  21. iPhone 5c (GSM) 
  22. iPhone 5s (CDMA) 
  23. iPhone 5s (GSM) 
  24. iPhone 4s 
  25. iPhone 4 (GSM Rev A) 
  26. iPhone 4 (GSM) 
  27. iPhone 4 (CDMA) 
  28. iPod touch (5th generation) 
Img Credit: iPhoneHacks.com 
Link Source: Apple.com

Over 600,000 Facebook users have taken part in a psychological experiment organised by the social media company, without their knowledge. 
Facebook altered the tone of the users' news feed to highlight either positive or negative posts from their friends, which were seen on their news feed.They then monitored the users' response, to see whether their friends' attitude had an impact on their own. 
"The results show emotional contagion," wrote a team of Facebook scientists, in a paper published by the PNAS journal - Proceedings of the National Academy of Scientists of the United States.
"When positive expressions were reduced, people produced fewer positive posts and more negative posts; when negative expressions were reduced, the opposite pattern occurred. These results indicate that emotions expressed by others on Facebook influence our own emotions, constituting experimental evidence for massive-scale contagion via social networks." 

Facebook were able to carry out the experiment because all users have to tick a box agreeing to their terms and conditions. These include "internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement." 

In the study, the authors point out that they stayed within the remit of the agreement by using a machine to pick out positive and negative posts, meaning no user data containing personal information was actually viewed by human researchers. 

The study, carried out over a week in January 2012, was carried out for scientific purposes. But evidence that social media can have such a strong impact on people's mental state will certainly be of interest to advertisers. 

The lead scientist, Adam Kramer, said in an interview when he joined Facebook in March 2012 that he took the job because "Facebook data constitutes the largest field study in the history of the world." 

Src: Telegraph

                                        Img: Techcabal
In Nigeria there are loads of online banking, mobile money and stuff but none seem to fill in the appetite of an average Nigerian developer or e-commerce starts-up who wants to make money online genuinely without the fear of the International buyer or seller feeling abit skeptical when you don't have a PayPal account. But lately Mastercard has been making things possible(but not so well like PayPal would do).

Fortunately on Monday (16th June 2014) former Visa Executive Rupert Keeley announced that PayPal will be adding 10 new countries including Nigeria to it's database. The executive in charge of the EMEA region made it clear that for now these countries will only be allowed to make payment online wherever they see the PayPal Logo.

Now you'll wonder why you still haven't seen Nigeria listed in the Signup page when you visit http://paypal.com ? Well it's simply because the PayPal website automatically detects your country from your IP (Internet Protocol) and then redirects you to the country your IP tells it. But now for those who would love to Signup for this PayPal account directly kindly follow this easy steps below...

How To Signup For The Nigerian PayPal Account

Register a PayPal account from Nigeria.

1. Visit Paypal Nigerian homepage via https://www.paypal.com/ng/ and click on Signup at the top right corner of the page.

2. Click “Open Account” under the “individual” section for a personal account (Unless you want a business account you can click on Business).

3. Fill in the required details including you Credit Card Details (Genuine Details as it'll be used for Verification via your bank account) and click on “Agree and Create Account“.

P.S: If you get an error with the credit card you're using, don't bother about it continue the sign up but go to your bank to make a complain why your card wasn't accepted on PayPal.

 4 You should be in your account dashboard but before you make any move check your inbox for EMAIL Verification. 

The email should look like this...


Dear Jewish Boy(Your Full Name Tho),
Thanks for joining PayPal.
For your security, we need to make sure you are the owner of this account. Please click Activate My Account to confirm your email address.
Activate My Account
Here's what we have on file for you.... Blah Blah Blah! Just click on Activate My Account and enter the confirmation code that came with the email(it's 20 numeric numbers)
Something like...   Confirmation Code 

You're one step away from Getting a truly Verified PayPal Account here in Nigeria.

To Get Verified Using Any Bank Naira MasterCard/Visa Card (Not Verve).

This part is important because you'll be limited to $250 when you want to spend and also you can't even spend when your account balance is $0.00 USD.  you'll need your credit card to shop/pay for goods.

1. Now click on "GET VERIFIED" a new page opens... See Image below.


2. Click Continue...Bear in mind that $1.95(Almost two dollars: 162x2 = 324naira) will be deducted from your card but will be refunded in 24hrs just to be sure the credit card details and information you checked in corresponds to that in your local bank account. By now you should receive an alert(unless disabled) from your bank via SMS or email with a code which you’ll use in completing the final verification process.

The SMS alert should read.
The Naira equivalent of USD1.95 has been authorized for the transaction done on PP*0123CODE 0123456789FF

3. Don't delete the text, copy the 4 digits before CODE (highlighted in red above). That’s what you need to confirm your card.

4. Login back to your PayPal account, click on "Confirm Card” link which should appear on the right sidebar of your dashboard. Then type in the four-digits you copied from your bank alert and click on “Confirm Card” as shown below.

5. A pop-up window should show congratulating you... See Screenshot below

6. Go back to your account, VIOLA!!!

Hope this helps and Happy PayPaling lol.

Piece of Advice: Never use your email address on sites not genuine and also make sure your account use falls in with PayPal policy else you might loose your account(Possibly Money).

Reports reaching us explains that Wifi Calling has been enabled in the coming iOS 8 software for iPhone, iPad devices. This feature will allow customers to make phone calls without using a cellular connection. This feature is actually for users who are on a low voice minutes and also allowing roaming overseas without Sim. But if you're thinking BBM Voice, you're wrong because this feature is somewhat limited in the sense that depending on your phone carrier their are certain policies that comes with this feature.

One user comment from imore.com explained it....Read his comment below
There seems to be quite a bit of confusion and misinformation out there regarding Wi-Fi Calling. From what I can tell, Wi-Fi Calling DOES use your monthly pool minutes. See T-Mobile's FAQ here: http://t-mo.co/1tGbG7b which says, "Calls made from the US to US numbers use plan minutes" and Rogers' here: http://roge.rs/1iROGNa which states, "Any voice usage within Wi-Fi coverage is applied against voice minutes allocated in your existing wireless voice plan."
It's great that it will improve call quality and reliability in areas with weak cell network signals. For some people, that will be huge. But If you have a limited amount of plan minutes per month, Wi-Fi Calling will not help you extend those minutes.
P.S: This comment applies to Users in the US per se.

Telecommunication giant who confirmed that has confirmed this feature will roll out once the iOS 8 is fully launched are T-Mobile (a U.S. carrier) and Rogers (in Canada). T-Mobile was first to confirm this tho.

But one question still remains is this feature activated on iPhone/iPad without carriers (well ofcourse it should ?).

Rogers in Canada has stated it will support the feature when it debuts, in a statement provided via email to iPhoneinCanada.ca:
We’ll support the iOS 8 Wi-Fi calling feature when it becomes available in Canada. In the meantime, Rogers customers using the Rogers One Number service on their computer, tablet or smartphone can already make calls over Wi-Fi. They can video chat with other Rogers One Number users or call any Canadian number for free, no matter where they are. For more info on Rogers One Number http://Rogers.com/OneNumber.

Other carriers like Telus and Bellare are yet to update us whether they'll be supporting this feature as well.

Img: iMore.com
Src: IphoneinCanada

iPhone 6 is coming really soon and i wish this could just be the new iPhone 6 design and this is really cool.

With speculations going round, the official release date for iOS 8 is this fall(2014) and right now a beta version is available for developers but the sad thing is iPhone 4 down to iPod Touch won't be having iOS 8.

Reports also claim Apple won't support those devices anymore as they'll be focusing on iOS 8, iPhone 6, The new headphone Beats by Dre and also their Home Appliance feature.

Like it or not internet cost in Nigeria has been drastically reduced with this new subscription plans from Spectranet.

Please note I'm not here to compare data plans of any network coz that's just wasting of time, all i'm here to do is detail all the subscription plan been offered by Spectranet who was ones an UNLIMITED ISP before they were sanctioned by Jealous ISPs.

*This plans are strictly for Lagosians yet

To get started you'll need to buy any of Spectranet internet devices and then subscribe to any of the plan above but there's a trick and i'm going to expose it and give a recommendation.

If you notice, there are 4 different devices you are to choose from i.e:  

1 Single User Dongle LTE Freedom,  
2 Multi-User Hub CPE LTE Surf n Talk, 
3 Portable Multi-user Mifi LTE Lifestyle, 
4 Fixed Outdoor Unit LTE Outdoor 

My recommendations are(depending on what you want to use the dongle for)

Are you a loner ?
Then Option 1 is for you

Do you have a laptop, a noisy internet freak friend, an android/ios phone that sucks all your mobile data bundle all because of update?

Option 2 is for you coz you can connect to 5 users and they all run on the same speed.

Option 3 is just the same as option 2 the only different is that its mobile, meaning it comes with battery and you can have it put in your pocket while its fully charged.

Option 4 is for Small business owners that are in need of an internet connection(i can't recommend a home user buying this coz its waste of money).

Now here's the trick, the dongle prices vary 17,000, 14,000 or 11,000 which still depends on what data plan you choose although it's only applicable to new users(now that's trickish!)

For example: If you want the 24/7 plan worth 7,000 and you want the Multi-user Hub CPE lte Surf n Talk then it's going to cost you 11,000 to buy the dongle but if you choose the 24/7 plan worth 4,000, you are forced to buy the same dongle for a whooping 17,000! that's ridiculous. However the Spectranet team also discovered that since you can't afford a higher data plan then you better stick to the Single user dongle worth only 7,000

Anyways this is really awesome compared to other ISP in Nigeria extorting users off their money rendering provocative services! 

 Kindly drop a comment if Spectranet isn't that bad after all! 

UPDATE: Spectranet Nigeria Is Rolling Out New Plan March 2016 - Could Be Hurtful to Your Pocket.

Here's anexclusive picture of the first Amazon Mobile smartphone, leaked by an insider and thanks to BGR for letting it out. Though this just gives me an Apple feeling they might face a lawsuit for actually design cloning.

But i think its classy atleast when it officially gets into the market in the coming weeks, folks who like Apple design and they can't afford it here's a seconder. Sadly it's not global i guess on in the US.

The device is said to be coming with a 2GB of RAM, 4.7-inch display with 720p HD resolution, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, six individual camera modules and a highly customized version of Google’s Android operating system similar to the one seen on Amazon’s various Kindle Fire tablets.

Funny comment...

IPhone front, Android back, Samsung home button, and Amazon Logo centered perfectly up to on the back. Now talking on the phone will remind passers-by that they need to shop on Amazon instead of going into retail stores. Oh yeah, store clerks will now look at you funny when start price checking while walking down an isle.

 Image Src: BGR

HTC seems to be gearing up for a breathtaking smartphone that could take the Samsung S5 off market but we'd like to check out some of the specifications and features it promises to bring. Although the Samsung S5 is around the corner and making huge success and the M8 will start selling in few weeks globally.

Samsung for sure are always ready for the competition since their biggest challenge is to beat Apple devices but unfortunately for the mobile phone manufacturer there are more brands to beat than just Apple products. We'll be checking out the difference between this Samsung S5 and the new HTC One M8, though they both have significant differences.

On a first look, the HTC One M8 will just take you away coz it's stylish with the aluminum unibody, a Sense 6 UI while the Samsung S5 it's all about the features, water-resistant chassis, 16MP mega pixel camera, built-in fingerprint scanner and a heart rate sensor. Like we already know, the description about S5 is something we can say is similar to the iPhone 5 and 5s right?

HTC One M8 and HTC One - Similar Design

Moving further.... Check out the specifications below and i'm just going to make BOLD what an average user will easily notice when checking out a phone specs.

Category Samsung Galaxy S5 HTC One (M8)
Dimensions 142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1mm 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
Weight 145g 160g
Colors Shimmery White, Charcoal Black, Copper Gold, Electric Blue Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, Amber Gold
Display 5.1-inch, 1080p Full HD SuperAMOLED 5.0 inch, 1080p SuperLCD3
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
2.5GHz (MSM8974AC)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
2.5GHz quad-core CPU in Asia/China (MSM8974AC)
2.3GHz quad-core CPU in US/EMEA (MSM8974AB)
Platform Android 4.4 with TouchWiz Android 4.4 with HTC Sense 6, HTC BlinkFeed
SIM Card Type microSIM nanoSIM
Internal Storage 16/32GB + microSD up to 128GB 16/32GB + microSD up to 128GB
Camera 16MP (rear), 2.0MP (front)
4K video
HTC Ultrapixel Camera + Duo Camera (4MP)
F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens
5MP front-facing camera
1080p video
Battery 2800mAh removable 2600mAh non-removable

There we have it... In a recap, the HTC One M8 seem heavier than the S5, the S5 is .1 inch wider, both running the latest Android 4.4. Talking about memory allocation/RAM they are the same, Battery life the S5 will do more than the M8 however speculations have it that the Samsung S5 battery drains fast when on camera while it's removable the HTC One M8 is none removable like the iPhone. Lastly the Camera, now you might be thinking why did i skip it for battery, i just wanted to clear things out before you start going for the S5 because of the bogus 16MP camera pixel.

The 4MP Camera Ultrapixel is a new technology exclusive to HTC, technically speaking it's a New age feature that i think is better than Samsung S5. Check below pictures of places snapped using both devices.

Now compare the pictures above, it feels like the S5 bleaches the pictures and it adds more color than normal. I can relate the fact that the S5 brightens and uses the lighting and stuffs but can't it be an optional feature. I'm just curios.

Anyways if you don't understand how the HTC Ultrapixel works and meaning here's your chance.

Meaning of HTC Ultrapixel ?

The new HTC One will be the first to feature the HTC UltraPixel Camera - an advanced imaging technology that offers a great leap in the quality of point-and-shoot photos and video. Smartphones have rapidly become the primary camera for millions of people, and taking pictures has become an indispensable part of daily life. HTC is committed to offering the highest quality camera available, so even everyday pictures are gratifying and memorable.

With our new camera, you’ll be able to quickly shoot vivid, true-to-life images with a wide range of colors, even in low light conditions. We accomplish this not by increasing the number of megapixels in the camera, but by engineering a more advanced CMOS Sensor, ISP, and optical lens system that captures significantly more light than most 8 or 13 megapixel cameras. 

For a more explanatory version Click Here(external link)

Image Credit: AndroidCentral

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