30 August 2016

This thing called Love

Love is one of the most discussed topic of interest for a whole lot of people. We talk about it so much that's its being the subject of many books, movie, paintings and songs across the ages. And each time we talk about it, we talk about it and what it truly is, we reflect upon it our own biases. And this happens so much that more than often its true meaning gets lost in the murky waters of our own selfishness. Weighing it down with so much expectations of rewards and outright demands. We want the Love we experience to conform so much to our expectations. We expect those who love us to think and act in certain ways so much that a deviation from our notions translates to that oerson being disgenious about their true feelings towards us.
Our human want structure often blinds us to the nature of Love as a pure emotion. We want Love to be all actions, we want people to show us they love us and not tell us. In many relationships, Love is weighed down with expectations such as gifts, security, rewards and fidelity. We often equate Love to encompass all those things, forgetting that Love exists without those requirements. Most people fail to realise that fidelity itself is new and is more of a requirement of monogamy, unlike Love which has existed since the creation. The reward system that we all seem to have adopted goes against the principles that Love is built on, which in its truest form is freely given and expects nothing in return.
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

The danger of today is that many people assume that when one is in love with another, that person loses the ability to hurt or wrong the other person. And this assumption is totally erroneous and leads people seeking Love and never really finding it. Love is not some magic portion that cures us all of our human imperfections. As a human being, it is by our very nature to be imperfect, making mistakes over and over again. Most times blinded by the benefits of fulfilling our hardwired desires rather seeing the errors or consequences of our actions. If one must love another, we must recognise these imperfections and Love truly without expectations. Until we are ready to do that, we would always be disappointed.

27 August 2016

Check out InterC Internet Data Plans and Their Prices

InterC (formerly known as InterCellular) got relaunched as a 4G Internet Service Provider some days ago. With its relaunch InterC joins the likes of Smile, SpectraNet, Ntel, Swift as the ISP currently operating on the 4G LTE Spectrum which promises even faster data transmission speeds compared to what's obtainable on the now aging 3G standards.

As of launch time, the 4G network would only be available to those in Abuja, Kaduna and Port Harcourt with plans for Lagos and other major cities at a later time.

To mark its relaunch InterC is offering some bonuses to early customers in the form of free data with every purchase of their MiFi, router and smartphone devices (you can check out the details here). In addition to the devices, it also announced a three tiered data plans focussed on different customer segments. The InterC Lite which is targeted at mobile phone users, the InterC Savvy for Homes and the InterC Ultra for heavy users and businesses.

Here are the various plans and their prices

InterC Lite Plans

InterC Savvy Plans

InterC Ultra Plans

You can check out the rest of their offerings and network coverage by going to their website http://intercnetwork.com.ng/

InterCellular rises from the ashes as InterC and launches a 4G network

The name InterCellular has a special place in my heart as it was the first mobilephone network i used courtesy a hand me down flip phone. It was kind of sad to see it fold as CDMA networks succumbed to the might of the big GSM networks. 

But now InterCellular back from dead like the Phoenix with a name change too. The new company now goes by the name InterC and is rebranded as a 4G Internet Service Provider (ISP). At present, InterC 4G network only works in three cities (Abuja, Kaduna, Port Harcourt) although their plans for a rollout in Lagos and some other major cities.

As part of their resurrection relaunch, InterC is offering would be customers free data as an incentive for every MiFi device purchase.  Customers who purchase their N18,000 MiFi would get free 20GB of data for free, those who purchase the N19,000 MiFi get 30GB ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, those who go all in  and purcahse the router for N23,000 get 50GB free. Mobile phone users aren't left out as they too would be 4GB free data when they purchase a 4G LTE device from InterC stores.

26 August 2016

Not seeing all your Twitter Mentions? This tip could help

If you updated your Twitter app recently and you find for some reason you aren't seeing all your mentions or interactions with other Twitter users, it might be as a result of Twitter new Quality Filter feature.

The Quality feature was introduced by Twitter to combat trolling and abuse on Twitter, and what it does is that it automatically filters out tweets from users who don't usually interact with or are of low quality, duplicate tweets or automated.

As good as Twitter believes it's algorithm is, sometimes it vould filter tweets that we want to see but luckily you can disable the Quality filter.

All you have to do is the following:
1. Go to the Settings page.
2. Tap on Notifications
3. And uncheck the Quality Filter Box

25 August 2016

WhatsApp to start sharing user information with Facebook

It was bound to happen as some point after all, Facebook didn't spend ($19 billion) all that money to acquire WhatsApp because it was the morally right thing to do. As of today WhatsApp would update its Privacy policy and Terms and Conditions to reflect that it would be coordinating more and more with Facebook.

 Under the new T&C, WhatsApp would be sharing your phone number with Facebook, which isn't a big deal if you've any Facebook apps on your phone (Pssss..they have them and all your contacts). This would allow Facebook to offer you better Friend suggestions, better targeted ads and track how you use their services. 

However users also have an option to Opt out, this can be done from the T&C screen which would be rolling out soon and your personal messages won't be shared with Facebook and wouldstay encrypted.

Airtel revamps it's SmartTRYBE plan with cheaper calls at 11k/s and data

Airtel Nigeria launched a revamped version of their SmartTRYBE tariff plan about a week. The all new SmartTrybe which offers cheaper calls, data and some freebies was unveiled at a Airtel event in Lagos.

The SmartTRYBE  tariff plan offers  the following benefits:

  • Calls at 11 kobo per second to all networks.
    (after first 50 seconds which is billed at 20 kobo per second)
  • 1GB of data  for N500 which is valid for 7 days
  • Night Plan 
     500MB for 25 Naira
    1GB for 50 Naira. 
  • What sets Airtel's Night Plan apart from what MTN already offers is that it allows users to accumulate more data by subscribing again and Night plan is valid from 12am to 5am. 
  • Weekend Plan
    250MB of data and 200 minutes for Airtel to  Airtel calls for just 200 Naira. 

In addition users get 5MB of data for their first N100 of the week and 10MB for the subsequent N100 recharge as freebies. 

To migrate to the Airtel SmartTRYBE plan you would to dial *312#.  

Overall I think the Airtel SmartTRYBE plan offers quite a good deal for users, particularly with their night plan which is better than anything offered by the other telecoms at the moment.


24 August 2016

Samsung Galaxy Note7 explodes while charging

A Chinese user of Samsung's latest flagship smartphone had his Galaxy Note7 turned into a flaming heap of glass and aluminium as it exploded while being charged. It's unknown what exactly led to the explosion but from the photos it's pretty obvious that it involved using a microUSB to USB 3.1 Type C connector. 

All we can say at this point to owners and would be ownera of the Galaxy Note7 or any smartphone with a USB Type C port is to always ensure that they use only certified chargers or accessories that come from the manufacturers of their gadgets. The USB Type C ports are capable of drawing a lot  more power than regular microUSB hence could be more prone to incidents like this.


23 August 2016

Samsung's first Tizen 4G smartphone the Z2 goes official costs $68

Samsung announced its first Tizen 4G LTE enabled smartphone in India today. The budget Tizen Z2 which sports a 3.97 inch LCD display is targeted at first smartphone owners looking to upgrade from a feature phone. The Z2 is the third smartphone to be powered by Samsung's homegrown operating system, while the device is a lot less capable than the Z3 it does one up it with the LTE connectivity and low price

The Tizen Z2 is powered by a 1GHz quad-core Spectrum made processor to keep costs done, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory which is expandable via a microSD slot, a 5MP rear camera, a 0.3MP front camera and a 1500mAh battery. The Z2 which runs the new Tizen 2.4 OS comes with the increasing popular My Money Transfer app for transferring money between bank accounts and S Bike mode. The Tizen 2.4 OS come with a few nifty tricks one of which involves swipe gestures that allows users to switch between apps by just swiping from the bottom of the screen to the top like the BlackBerry 10 OS.

The Tizen Z2 comes in a choice of black, gold and red wine colours and would be available at online and retailers such as PayTM for $68 or Rs 4590 starting on the 29th of August.

19 August 2016

Why is BlackBerry rubbish at naming their Android smartphones

BlackBerry unveiled a new Android device recently, the BlackBerry DTEK50, while the reviews have been positive so far. One thing nobody really talked about is how forgettable the name is.
What's remarkable about BlackBerry's case is that codenames for those devices where better than the final names. The BlackBerry Priv had the BlackBerry Venice as its codename, while the BlackBerry DTEK50 had Hamburg as its codename, which are many times better. BlackBerry for the second time (the first being the BlackBerry Priv) around failed to make a statement with the name like Apple did with the "iPhone" or Samsung has with the "Galaxy". These companies put quite some effort into picking a name for their smartphone brand and it has worked well for them. Other companies such as HTC, LG who have failed at picking out a decent brand name for their products have found the sales of their smartphones middling and needing to change their product names over and over.

Somebody at BlackBerry needs to wake up and name their devices like they intend to sell it to actual human beings.

It turns out that Gorilla Glass 5 isn't all that

"Sometimes in trying to move forward, you end up going backwards a step", this could be used to typify Corning's desire to create a new display glass that's more shatterproof.  While the Gorilla Glass 5 is even more harder to shatter than the Gorilla Glass 4, it is now a lot easier to scratch than ever.

The guys at JerryRigEverything recently put the Galaxy Note7 which is the first smartphone with Gorrilla Glass and the results betrayed this vulnerability. While the Gorilla Glass 4 could withstand scratches from objects below level 6 on the mohs scale, the Gorilla Glass 5 is easily scratched by objects on Level 3 which includes objects made from aluminium,silver, gold, iron, steel, glass, sand.

While the Gorilla Glass 5 is a lot less scratch resistant than the Gorilla Glass 4, it would hold up just fine against your fingernails. And since it's a lot more shatter resistant, it would easily survive a few falls onto concrete pavements. Although have a tempered glass screen protector on your brand new device couldn't possibly hurt.

Motorola goes off the reservation, calls out Samsung for stealing the Always On Device from it

Someone at Motorola USA must have either been off his meds or suffering from a case of short memory. Appears things haven't been the same at Motorola ever since it got acquired by Lenovo.

In accusing Samsung of stealing the Always On Display feature from it, Motorola has chosen to ignore where it got the idea from considering that Nokia's Symbian devices such as the N86 had one form of an Always On Display or the other even in it's feature phones. Considering that the Nokia N86 was in existence before Android became a thing and long before the first Motorola device (the Moto X) to have this feature, Can Motorola really claim the Always On Display as its own?.

Methinks it's time that Motorola and Lenovo gets its duck in a row.

Source: Twitter

17 August 2016

Nokia to launch 3 new Android devices before the end of the year

While it's no longer news that Nokia would be re-entering the smartphone market this year with HMD technologies using the Nokia brand. It has been a little quiet with no device or rumoured devices so to speak of since July. 

Mike Wang, an executive at Nokia has confirmed that they would be unveiling 3 or 4 new Android devices this year split between smartphones and tablets. Although the devices would be unveiled this year, the devices would retail early 2017.

04 August 2016

Galaxy Note7 Full Specifications

Samsung mobile officially launched the new Galaxy Note7 just a few days ago and in typical Samsung fashion, the Galaxy Note7 is fully loaded with features not found in any competing smartphone released so far. From the best in class S AMOLED display to the S Pen Stylus to the edge display to the iris scanner all wrapped in a beautiful body, it's pretty clear than Samsung has put quite some effort into making the Galaxy Note7. While the Galaxy Note7 offers the same screen size as the previous 3 generations while improving on the S AMOLED display which is great. The Galaxy Note7 is also IP68 certified which makes it both water and dust resistant. The signature S Pen has been tweaked to make it even more accurate with improved sensitivity and a smaller 0.7mm tip.
The Base model of the Galaxy Note7 comes with 64GB of internal memory which in most cases is more than enough for most users, however users who need more memory can easily increase the total memory via a microSD slot. 

The Galaxy Note7 would be available starting August 19 and in a choice of Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium and Black Onyx colours.  You can check out the rest of the device specifications below. 


153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm


5.7" Quad HD Dual edge Super AMOLED 2560 x 1440 pixels (518ppi),  Corning Gorilla Glass 5

 2.3GHz Samsung Exynos 8890 or 2.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 

Android 6.01 Marshmallow 

4GB RAM (LPDDR4), 64GB (UFS 2.0) expandable via microSD 

Rear: Dual Pixel 12MP OIS (F1.7)
Front: 5MP (F1.7)

Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, HR Sensor, Iris Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor

3,500 mAh, Fast Charging on wired and wireless, Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), MIMO(2x2) 620Mbps,
Bluetooth® v 4.2 LE, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC,
Location (GPS, Glonass, Beidou)

01 August 2016

Home Cinema revolution: DVD players on Jiji

There are two kinds of movie lovers: those, who enjoy a film, and those, who enjoy atmosphere in general. The first kind of people finds themselves in stressful conditions every time they visit a movie theatre. Crowds of people, popcorn and soda everywhere, noise and comments during the film. Everything can easily be ruined, and you aren’t happy that you decided to go see that movie. The others, on the contrary, can easily ignore all that hustle and bustle and enjoy a movie on a big screen. We can name a lot of arguments for and against both sides, but one thing is obvious here: it doesn’t matter what you like more – you will appreciate a great DVD player in any case. And after opening Jiji’s DVD Players, you’ll completely forget about all arguments.

Jiji.ng is the best place to buy electronics. The abovementioned DVD players are represented in a variety of models from different manufacturers. It is easy to find and choose what you need thanks to the numerous filters and tags. Besides them, electronics is represented by laptops and computers, TV sets, audio and music equipment, consoles and various accessories to everything mentioned before. But Electronics is only one of the numerous categories you can find on the website. It means that now you can buy literally everything in one place. And taking into consideration the fact that everything can be bought online, you don’t even have to leave your home. 

Jiji has a lot to offer – low prices, direct communication, convenience, wide selection of things. And it is only the beginning. The website keeps actively developing and is always ready to demonstrate what the future of shopping is going to look like.

26 July 2016

BlackBerry officially announces the BlackBerry DTEK 50, costs $299

BlackBerry has just announced the BlackBerry DTEK 50, its second Android smartphone. The midrange smartphone priced at $299 and is billed as be the world's most secure smartphone in the world.

The security and privacy focused BlackBerry DTEK 50 features full disk encryption, secure boot and a hardened Android OS to ensure that users are protected from malicious attacks and hacks.

The BlackBerry DTEK 50 is available for preorder today at ShopBlackberry in the US, Canada, UK, France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands and Germany for $299 or £275.


DIMENSIONS: 147 x 72.5 x 7.4 mm
WEIGHT: 135g
DISPLAY : 5.2 inch full HD (1920 x1080) LCD display
PROCESSOR :Qualcomm 8952 with 64 bit Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 (Snapdragon 617 Octa-Core, 64 bit)
Adreno 405, 550MHz GPU
MEMORY : 3GB RAM,16GB internal storage
CAMERA: 13 megapixel auto-focus camera with a 6-element f2.0 lens, dual-tone LED flash and FHD video recording
8MP Fixed-Focus, f2.2 front facing camera with FHD video recording
BATTERY: 2610mAh
CONNECTIVITY: MicroUSB 2.0, MicroSDXC support (up to 2TB), Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, 4G LTE, FM Radio, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, NFC