Kendrick Lamar isn't trying to win everyone over with DAMN.

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After listening to Kendrick Lamar's new album DAMN. repeatedly over the course of the week, one thing stands out, and that is that this album would be more polarising than any of his previous albums. If you aren't a fan of Kendrick Lamar by now, this album isn't going to change that. And anyone hoping that Kendrick Lamar would make a more inclusive album would have to wait for the next album.

Off the top, I'd say this is probably Kendrick's least entertaining album so far with no songs in the exact mould of  "King Kunta" to level out the general introspective overtone of the album. Although you can find  songs like the light humored "God", the Rihanna assisted "Loyalty" and "Love" to fill in the void. Loyalty is my second favourite song on the album and shows another way of going about a Rihanna feature. I looking forward to the video. God is my favourite cut off the album, it's got the same kinda vibe like 50's Straight to the bank but with a hook feels less braggaicdous and more relatable.
On songs like DNA and Pride, the Compton native really shines displaying oft praised his lyrical ability to the right degree which is sure to please his fanbase . The U2 assisted XXX was always good however it felt a missed opportunity and ended sounding like the the feature was an afterthought sample. Love is another feel good song that shows that Kendrick is still human after all, it's by far his softest record so far. Beyond these songs, I'm hitting on that skip button although i should warn that i felt the same way with GKMC and TPAB when they were first released.  One thing I can say about his albums is that they age quite well, i find myself listening more and more to songs on his previous albums that i wasn't quite fond during the first weeks of their release.

Overall DAMN. is a really good album marrying a great production team with an artist brave enough not to dilute his lyricism with some bubble gum rap that's prevalent among his peers. If Kendrick Lamar's goal is to cement his name in the Hip-Hop Pantheon then it's clear that he's made the right moves so far with the newest body of work.




Feeling down today, she might nurse you back to

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Just the other day i stumbled on this Liberian 🇱🇷 5'1" bootylicious bombshell who goes by the handle dbcurves on Instagram (thanks to the instagram search tab, the great thing about it is that you don't have to do anything but scroll). 

It goes without saying that this New Jersey native and mother of two had got some booty on her. You can check out more photos of her here and get instagram page. 










Going Platinum with no features, does it really matter

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A lot has been made about J. Cole earning another platinum certification for his fourth  studio album "4 Your Eyez Only" and like 2014 Forest Hill Drive, 4YEO didn't have any guest appearances and was largely self-produced.

While core J. Cole fans have made a meal out of it, other people are wondering why the "having no guest feature matters?". The short answer is that it does matter big time.

Financially, it allows the artist to make a lot more money from sales since he doesn't have to pay for those guest features, he also wouldn't have to pay for the throng of songwriter that usually accompanies guest features. Taking all these into consideration,  having no guest features is a sound decision so long as you move units like J. Cole does.

On the other hand, musically it's not all that straightforward. While having no guest features allows an artist to wholly dictate the direction and sound of the album, it might end up limiting the appeal, lyrical range of the album, something that's abundantly clear with both FHD and 4YEO. While both albums are generally J. Cole, fans of more mainstream Hip-Hop are easily alienated with the overall dour tone the albums take.  Having guest features can do an album a lot of good, it can challenge the project artist to improve on the quality of his work. It is unheard of to hear about artists having to rewrite their verses after listening to the guest verse which is great for the culture. The infusion of different artists can help lively up an album and make the listening enjoyable, something J. Cole sorely needs.

At the end of the day, it depends on what the artist is trying to achieve with his album. While it's great to have a signature album that is pure at the cost of limiting your appeal to a particular set of people. But for the love of the culture guest features are absolutely necessary. Having various artist collaborate in songs (even with acts outside the genre) would help Hip-Hop grow and reach a broader audience.

Twitter goes Lite with a data saving version

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Twitter today announced a more data friendly version of its popular mobile web app aimed at those in developing markets where people are still hooked up to older 2G networks with slower data speeds. 

Twitter says that the lite version has been optimised for speed, load quicker on slow connections and overall minimise data usage. The Twitter Lite maintains the Twitter core features. Using Twitter Lite with Google Chrome or any modern browsers will allow users to receive notifications. 



The Lite version of Twitter can be accessed using mobile.twitter.com on any mobile browsers, which is a bit different from the approach taken by Facebook and Skype with their native apps. 

Ass Wednesday: One for the true Booty man

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I was surfing my instagram when i spotted this "instagram model" who goes by the handle persiannbaddiee with what could only be described as a premium booty.
 
Looking at her instagram feed, one thing's clear, this Persian baddie has clearly been taking her vitamins



 



Video: Sony's Xperia Touch can turn any surface into an Android touch device

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As this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona draws to a close, i couldn't help but feel that just perhaps the mobile device market has plateaued. Minus Nokia's ode to the 2000s with the Nokia 3310, bulk of the devices announced was pretty much the same.

Amid the sea of slabs and smart watches, one device stood out as truly innovative and that was Sony's Xperia Touch projector. The Xperia Touch projector felt like something out of a science fiction movie and works by turning any surface into a touch enabled display.

The Xperia Touch takes the idea of the infrared keyboard of a few years that we were wowed by but found less than ideal and turned it into a wonderful family device.
 
 
The Android powered Xperia Touch not lets users watch movies on their walls, it also lets them install apps and games from the Google Play Store giving it a myriad of use cases. You can check out the promo video below to see what the Xperia Touch is capable of. 

Samsung Galaxy S8 render surfaces, looks stunning beautiful

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A press render of the yet to be announced Samsung Galaxy S8 surfaced this morning courtesy Evan Blass the guy behind the popular EVleaks Twitter account.

The image shows off the nearly all screen Galaxy S8 with minimal bezels at the top and bottom, near bezeless appearance leaves the Galaxy S8 looking stunningly beautiful.

While the Galaxy S8 is neither the first nor second device to sport a near absence of bezels, we've had the Sharp Aquos Crystal, Xiaomi Mix and LG G6 before it, it would be the first no compromise bezeless device of the bunch.

Nokia is officially back to the smartphone market with the Nokia 6 Android smartphone

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Nokia's long awaited return to the smartphone market is now officially with the android powered Nokia 6 smartphone. After months of benchmark leaks and a few delays (The new Nokias were supposed to be launched in the 4th quarter of 2016), Nokia and HMD Global have finally brought a device to the market albeit only in China for now. 

The Nokia 6 is a midrange device with a 5.5inch 1080p diplay and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-core processor. The Nokia 6 packs dual speaker setup with smart dual amplifier chips (TFA9891),  in addition to a 16MP/8MP camera combo with phase detection autofocus and dual tone LED flash, fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button, a hybrid dual SIM slot and a microSD slot all packed in an aluminium unibody.



The midrange Nokia 6 Android smartphone is a product of Nokia's partnership with HMD Global and is priced at 1699 yuan (US$ 245). Presently the Nokia 6 seems to be available in only black. 

While it's great to have Nokia back it's  doubtful that the Nokia 6 would be the device that would put Nokia back on the map considering  that it is seems a bit overpriced for Chinese market (there are a myriad of better speced devices from the likes of Xiaomi and Meizu available at half the price. You can check out the rest of the specifications of the Nokia 6 below.



  • DIMENSIONS: 154 x 75.8 x 7.8 mm
  • DISPLAY: 5.5 inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 450 nits brightness
  • PROCESSOR: Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
    (4 x 1.2 GHz Cortex A53 + 4 x 1.5 GHz Cortex A53) 64-bit processor
    Adreno 505 GPU
  • MEMORY: 4GB LPDDR3 RAM, 64GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
  • SOFTWARE:Android 7.0 (Nougat)
  • CAMERA:16MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, PDAF, 1.0um sensor, f/2.0 aperture
    8MP front-facing camera, 1.12um sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 84˚ wide-angle lens
  • CONNECTIVITY: 3.5mm audio jack, Dual speakers, Dual smart amplifiers (TFA9891), Dolby Atmos 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, USB OTG, Dual SIM
  • OTHERS: Fingerprint sensor
  • BATTERY: 3000mAh built-in battery

This USB Flash Drive has more storage than your Laptop

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USB flash drives have come really come a long way, from the days of having managing to store data files in Megabytes to  being able to store Gigabytes of personal data. It's relative small size and cost has made it almost ubiquitous with everyone from schoolers to bankers all owning one. 

With the current trends in data storage, the humble USB flash drive might replace external hard drives for handling large volumes of data. At CES, Kingston announced the DataTraveler Ultimate GT, a USB flash drive that offers 2TB of storage which is twice the amount of storage that my laptop can hold. The DataTraveler Ultimate GT (that's a mouth full) is  made out of zinc-alloy for improved durability, and the storage capacity is big enough to hold over 300 HD quality  movies. The DataTraveler Ultimate GT is available in either 1TB or 2TB options. Kingston has yet to announce the pricing for the DataTraveler Ultimate GT.

2016 strikes again, Samri Nasri gets hacked

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When it comes to drama..drama, 2016 is the year that keeps  giving. And today's episode features Manchester City and Sevilla midfielder Samri Nasri, his Twitter account, his girlfriend's Instagram account and Drip Doctors. 

The hack accuses Drip Doctor, who are known for providing medical concierge services to rich and famous, of providing happy endings in addition to the medical services.



J. Cole - 4 Your Eyez Only is just Middling, Mediocre and pretty much rubbish

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With his 4th studio album dropping a week ago, it's quite clear that the North Carolina rapper known as J. Cole has come a long way from his mixtape days. Long gone are the days of putting out tracks upon tracks for a listen. No more having to worry about producing radio friendly songs or if the label heads would like it. 

Heralded as one of the best rappers of this generation along with the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Drake, however i can't help but feel that he's dropped the ball lately. While Kendrick Lamar has made two classic albums, J. Cole's latest body of work sounds like a lot like the songs that didn't make the cut for Forest Hill Drive and what you'd find on many SoundCloud rappers pages. The whole album doesn't feel polished and is populated with songs that are usually remain unreleased.

It seems to be he has succumbed to hubris of the success of Forest Hill Drive, you know the album that went two times platinum without any features, which probably has him thinking his fans don't care about how terrible his album is as long as it has his name on it (Kinda like when MIMS said "i could sell a million saying nothing on the track") .

On 4 Your Eyez has J. Cole going a similar route again with no features even his Dreamville label mates fail to feature on this album yet again. The album is mostly self-produced and it shows with the mediocre beats which wouldn't please any ears. As a body of work, "4 Your Eyez Only" is below mediocre. It suffers from the same shortcomings as "Forest Hill Drive". The album has got no entertainment value whatsoever and isone of those albums that one plays for a few days before forgetting that it exists.

I think it's high time someone calls out Jermaine Cole on his mediocre albums. J. Cole and music fans in general deserve a lot better than someone rapping about wanting to fold clothes.

Ray of Light: Changes is probably the only song on the album that's worth a second listen.

On the side note, "4 Your Eyez Only" has projected to sell 530K+ units in the first week. While these numbers are amazing however it isn't an indication of how good the album is but rather as a result of clever marketing. J. Cole folllows the well-worn strategy of inciting a little bit of controversy before his album release (Calling out Kanye, Wale, Lil Yatchy, Lil Uzi in "False Prophets and Everybody gon die") used by 50 Cent to great success. And also selling the album as a bundle instead of as singles as is industry standard.

WhatsApp support for legacy BlackBerry, BlackBerry 10, Symbian, Series 40 devices extended to June 2017

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After extending the termination date for the relatively recent BlackBerry 10 OS, WhatsApp is now fully backtracking on the end of support notice and is now extending the same courtesy to other platforms including the legacy BlackBerry devices, Nokia's S40 feature phones and Symbian S60 devices. 

The reversal would see WhatsApp continue to support these platforms for a further 6 months till June 30 2017. WhatsApp is the most widely used instant messenger platform in the world with its users exceeding 1 Billion, so it's no wonder that some of its users might still be using WhatsApp on feature phones, Symbian and legacy BlackBerry which has some kind of a cult following in certain places. 







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Photo of the BlackBerry Mercury with physical keyboard surfaces

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With the looks of it, BlackBerry is going out with one last hurrah with an in-house device before it finally hands off the development of future Blackberry devices to its partners.  A photo of a new BlackBerry device sporting a physical portrait keyboard surfaced online, the device is likely to be the long rumoured BlackBerry Mercury



The BlackBerry Mercury is said to have a 4.5 inch display and an aluminium body. The rest of the internals includes a Snapdragon processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, a 18MP/8MP camera combo, and is powered by a 3400mAh battery

New Netflix update brings offline mode to Android and iOS apps

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Netflix today announced the addition of one of most requested features to its Android and iOS apps. The download mode which allows users to save movies and TV shows for viewing at a later time or when they're without an Internet connection.



The new download feature is available to all Netflix users worldwide at no extra cost regardless of their pricing plan. Saving the videos is just as easy as streaming it and all the user needs to do is to tap on the download icon on the page. Downloaded videos can be accessed via "My Downloads" in the Hamburger menu.



Users can choose to save the videos in SD or HD quality, although it should be noted that not all videos can be downloaded, those videos which can be downloaded are denoted by the download icon on their pages. 

Photos of the Samsung Galaxy S7 in yummy glossy black surfaces

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Days after been reported by some mobile tech websites, Samsung's answer to the Jet Black IPhone 7 is live and showing off its gorgeous glossy black self for photos. 

The photos courtesy of the Weibo account of a Samsung official shows the Galaxy S7 edge from different angles. While the photos aren't all that great, the Glossy black  Galaxy S7 edge does look great. 

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