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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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. 


Photo of the BlackBerry Mercury with physical keyboard surfaces


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


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


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. 


This 5 seconds video will make every iPhone crash


For years Apple's OSes have been regarded as pretty much bulletproof so kind of makes geeks everywhere a bit giddy when a vulnerability surfaces.

A new vulnerability reported by some Reddit users shows the iPhone running the latest iOS crashing after playing the video. The video causes the iPhone to go into a loop which causes the iPhone to crash 10 seconds after watching it. The only way to recover from the crash is to press and hold down both the power and home buttons at the same time to perform a hard reset. The iPhone bug is said to crash only the device if the file is sent as a link.

The video below by EverythingApplePro shows the bug crashing an iPhone.

If you're insanely curious and would like to give the video a go, you can grab it from this link.

Gear Manager app for iOS IPA file surfaces online


Samsung has been teasing iOS compatibility for its Gear S smartwatch line for almost a year now. iOS compatibility was supposed to debut months after the Gear S2 was introduced but that didn't happen. With the introduction of the Gear S3, it seems Samsung is finally making good with that promise with an IPA file for the iOS Gear Manager surfacing online. The Gear Manager allows users to pair their Samsung Gear S2 or S3 with their Apple iPhones just like they would with their Apple watch. 

If you have got a Samsung Gear S2 or S3, and would like to pair it with your iPhone,  you can download the IPA file from here to your computer. Once you have downloaded the file, connect your iPhone to your computer and double click on the IPA file and tap install. Once the synchronisation is done,  navigate to the Settings > General > Device Management , then trust the Samsung certificate. Then do a factory reset of the Gear S2 or S3, and pair it using the Gear Manager app via Bluetooth. 

It should be noted that there is only a small number of watch faces available for iPhone users which is kind of expected considering that the support for iOS devices isn't official yet. 


WhatsApp begins rollout of video calling feature to all users


WhatsApp announced today at its event in India that it be rolling out its new video calling feature to all of users starting today.  The Video calling feature which has been available to users in their Beta program, will now be available to every one of the over 1 Billion users across the world over the bext few days regardless of the platform (Android, iOS and Windows).

Making Video calls on WhatsaApp doesn't differ much from making a voice call.  All one needs to tap on the phone icon 📞  in the contact's chat thread and choose Video call instead of Voice call.   

Image Credit: The Verge

Samsung to acquire audio electronics giant Harman for $8 Billion


Samsung announced this morning that it has reached an agreement to acquire Harman International Industries for about $8 Billion. The Cash deal will see Samsung pay $112 per Harman share, which is a tempting 22% premium on the $87.5 share price of Harman International Industries.

Samsung's acquisition of Harman would see it gain a substantial foothold in the industry with Harman's large portfolio of audio electronics companies which includes notable brands such as Bang & Olufsen, JBL, Harman/Kardon, AKG, infinity among others.  The deal would allow Samsung to make a play in the  connected car business, which has been growing in leaps and bounds especially with car infotainment systems getting more sophisticated and replicating a lot of the functionality found in smartphones.

Samsung Opens Galaxy Beta program for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge users in South Korea, Us and UK


Samsung has announced a Galaxy Beta program for owners of the latest Galaxy S7 and S7 edge smartphones in South Korea, US and the UK. 

The Galaxy Beta program allows users early access to the updated version of Samsung's User interface, try out new features before it is available to the public. The Galaxy Beta program would allow Samsung to get feedback on how well the software performs as well as its reliability. The Galaxy Beta program is available to users with the unlocked models of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge and also carrier branded versions on Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon in the US. Users with the Galaxy S7 injustice Edition and  Galaxy S7 edge  Olympic Games edition for some reason are precluded from the program.

 In order to participate in the Galaxy Beta program would require a Samsung Account, either one of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge and download the Galaxy Beta Program app through the Galaxy Apps or the Samsung Members app from.the Google Play Store. Once downloaded, users would need to fill out a form and wait to be accepted into the program. Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis. The program is expected to run through the end of year. Accepted users would would be able to try out the beta version of Android Nougat.