15 Lite apps you shoud be using on your smartphone


While its true that the Lite cadre of Android  apps was created to address the low memory problems that has plagued budget Android devices, one can't help but see it's usefulness beyond that segment. It's really no secret that quite a few Android apps are atrocious bloated like the Facebook family of apps (Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc) and as such tend to use up a large amount of memory (both Storage and RAM) and as a result run like a mule on most devices.

So I thought I do a list of Lite apps that would help your Android run even better especially if you have a Tecno F1, F3, L8, W1, W2, Y2 or a phone from Fero and iTel.

Facebook Lite Download from Play Store Download from APKMirror

Facebook Messenger Lite Download from Play Store Download from APKMirror

Instagram Lite  Download from APKMirror  

Opera Mini Download from The Google Play Store  Download from APKMirrror

Twitter Lite Download from the Play Store  Download from APKMirror

YouTube Go Download From the Google Play Store  Download from APKMirror

GMail Go  Download from APKMirror  Download From the Google Play Store

Google Maps Go Download From the Google Play Store Download from APKMirror

Skype Lite  Download From the Google Play Store Download from APKMirror

Spotify  Download From the Google Play Store Download from APKMirror

Shazam Lite Download From the Google Play Store  Download from APKMirror

LINE Lite  Download From the Google Play Store Download from APKMirror

LinkedIn Lite Download From the Google Play Store Download from APKMirror

Amazon Kindle Go Download From the Google Play Store

Camera 360 Lite Download From the Google Play Store  Download from APKMirror

The list of apps is by no means exhaustive and would be continuously updated as more Lite apps are added to the Google Play Store,

Meet The New iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR

Apple has announced its newest generation of iPhones dubbed the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR. The trio which all share the "X" moniker all bare a striking resemblance to the iPhone X, with the iPhone XS being the closet to the iPhone X. Sans the new A12 bionic chip, the two are practically indistinguishable in both looks and guts.

iPhone XS

iPhone XS

iPhone XR

The new iPhones are largely the same and only indistinguishable by their size and the choice of display. While the iPhone XS and XS Max both share an OLED display, the cheaper iPhone XR uses an LCD instead. The iPhone XS has a 5.8" display, while the iPhone XS Max has a 6.5" display and the iPhone XR has a 6.1" display.
Besides Apple head first furlong into bezeless terrritory not much has changed between last year's iPhone X and this year's devices. The biggest addition to the iPhone would have to be Dual-SIM functionality which has been noticeably absent from Apple's line of smartphone since inception.

The iPhone XS and XS Max will come in a choice of three colours; Silver, Gold, Space Gray, while the iPhone XR will a choice of Blue, White, Yellow, Black, Coral and Red. The memory options will be 64GB, 256GB and 512GB for the iPhone XS and XS Max while the iPhone XR will have 64GB, 128GB and 256GB memory options. The iPhone XR will also be lacking the Dual Camera setup.
The pricing for the iPhone XS starts at $999 for the base model (64GB), the iPhone XS starts at $1099 for the base model with the iPhone XR costing $749 for the base model.



Buyer protection is nothing new, you are more likely than not to have come across it once or twice, and almost everytime if you use either Paypal or eBay. Buyer proection in its simplest form, a way of ensuring that the buyer is protected from fraud while shopping. The payment processor (Paypal) ensures the integrity of the transaction by reimbursing the buyer, he or her money in the event that product doesn't arrive or doesn’t meet the description. This buyer protection often times can extend beyond payment processors like Paypal to full fledged banks.

Online transaction has been something that the Central bank of Nigeria and the entire banking sector has been pushing for quite some time with their cashless transaction intiative and for what it is worth when it works it a pleasure to use but when it doesn’t, it leaves the conusmer/buyer having to bear the brunt of their loss and with little or no recourse. In other parts of the world, the banks are more than willing to assist their customers recover their money while in Nigeria, the banks tend to distance themselves from the transaction, leaving the customer to sort themselves out.

My experience with resolving issues with failed online transactions have left me with a bitter taste with the way that the banks handled the situation. The first one happened about a year ago with Stanbic IBTC LTD and Eko Electric Distribution Company. On one fateful day I had the need to purchase some electricity units using a Fidelity Bank ATM, while the transaction was succesful on the ATM screen alas it wouldn’t print out a reciept for the transaction I just made. After staring at the machine wondering what went wrong for a while, I finally had to go home to a house without power for the weekend. The following monday, I went to back to the bank that owns the ATM (Fidelity Bank) to make a complaint and I was advised to take up the matter with my bank which I did. At my bank (Stanbic) I was told that the transaction was successful and that I needed to speak to someone at EKEDC to sort out the matter, so I marched myself to EKEDC Marina office to make a complaint. The nice lady there told me that these things happen and the banks tend to push the issue to them to sort out hoping that the customer would give up and that I should ask for the token code from the bank as they (EKEDC) send over these codes to the bank after each transaction has been completed. So I headed over back to the bank and mouth the same thing to them and they took down some details, minutes later I get a call from their customer service guys and who collects some details from me. A few days later, I get a call from the customer service people again asking the same questions and the same pattern repeats itself over and over again more times than i’d care to recollect. Eventually my money was repaid and at the point that it was returned I had given up on the process and the bank. Taking three months to revert a transaction was a bit too much for me to bear.

The second time I have been caught holding the bag for a failed online transaction happened about a week ago, I tried to fund my 1xBet account using GT Collection on the mobile app. While the transaction was successful on the GTB app, my 1xBet account failed to reflect the transaction, so I ended up chatting up the guys at 1xBet (I hate those guys) about it and they told me that the transaction had failed (after a bit of back and forth with them) that I needed to fill out a local dispense error form with my bank (yeah, they even sent me a form). So I contacted the GTB customer care via Twitter and after some days had elapsed they informed me that the transaction has successful, again leaving me holding the bag.

My experience isn’t uncommon, and comparing notes with other people shows one common theme with Nigerian banks and that their penchant for disavowing any wrong doing when there’s an issue without any transaction on their platform which is in stark constrast to what’s obtainable globally. I have run into this kind of trouble with a UK retailer and my bank then (Lloyds Bank) was more than willing to sort out the issue for me within hours of making the complaint. After making the complaint to the customer care unit of Lloyds bank, every transaction that I had with the UK retailer was called back and my monies returned to me in full, I have even had some success doing the same for other Nigerian students who experienced the same issue with online subscription services that refused to honour a cancellation.

My experience with Stanbic and GTB has left me with only one resolve and that is to only do cash transactions from henceforth since I can’t trust the Nigerian banking system with my money. And for a country that’s serious about digital banking, these problems need to be addressed sooner rather than later. There has to be some guide or laid down rules for handling failed transactions and the CBN needs to get on this to ensure that consumer confidence is not eroded as it seeks to transition into a digital economy.



The draws for the group stages of the 2018/2019 Europa League was held earlier today at Nyon. And as far as the English teams were concerned, the group stages promises to be smooth sailing for both Arsenal and Chelsea. Arsenal have been drawn in group alongside Sporting Libon, Qarabag and Vorskla Poltava, while their cross town neigbours Chelsea would have too contend with greek side PAOK, Bate Borisov and MOL Vidi to progress from group L.

Former Champions Sevilla who missed out on qualifcation for the Champions league have been drawn in group Jalong with Krasnodar, Standard Liege and Akhisarpor. Scottish Champions Celtic are in group B along with RB Leipzig, RB Salzburg and Rosenborg in group B while Rangers are in group G with Villareal, rapid Vienna and Spartak Moscow

Bayer Leverkusen
Ludogrets Razgard
FC Zurich
AEK Larnaca
RB Salzburg
Zenit st Petersburg
Slavia Prague
Dinamo Zagreb
Spartak Trnava
Sporting Lisbon
Vorskla Poltava
AC Milan
Real Betis
Rapid Vienna
Spartak Moscow
Apollon Limassol
Standard Liege
Dynamo Kiev
Stade Rennes
Bate Borisov
MOL Vidi


The Draws of the 2018/2019 UEFA Champions League were held yesterday at Nyon in addition to the UEFA Best players awards in which members of the UEFA Champions justifiably swept away.

The Top prize of the night, The UEFA Best player, went to Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric who also took home the Best midfielder of the year award. The awards for the Goalkeeper of the year and Defender of the year went to Keylor Navas and Sergio Ramos, while the forward of the year went to ex-Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo, who was noticeably absent from the event.

This year's Champions League draws sees Tottenham having to navigate yet another Spanish giant in the form of Barcelona after having to face Real Madrid last season in Group B which also has Italian giants Inter Milan and PSV. Liverpool ended up with arguably the toughest and most exciting group with PSG and Napoli all drawn in the same group as the merseyside club.

English Champions Manchester City were the luckiest of the English sides having drawn Shakhtar Donestk who they faced last year in addition to Lyon and Hoffenheim. While their neighbours, Manchester United are drawn in Group H along with Juventus, Valencia and Young Boys. While it looks like a group that Manchester United could easily progress from, the recent troubles at Old Trafford could make that a herculanuem task. Manchester United fans could be in for a treat with the prospect of Cristiano Ronaldo making his way back to Old Trafford for their clash with Italian champions Juventus.

Atletico Madrid
Club Brugge
Inter Milan
Crvena Zvezda
Lokomotiv Moscow
Schalke 04
Bayern Munich
Man City
Real Madrid
CSKA Moscow
Man Utd
Young Boys

This is how Apple got to $1 Trillion


You're probably thinking to yourself, "This is crazy, how does a product category which accounts for less than a billion dollars in sales help push Apple over the Trillion dollar line" Well this flowchart would help you understand just how essential the humble dongle was in not just helping Apple become increasingly more profitable but also how it made Apples shares become so highly coveted by Billionaire investor Warren Buffet.

Revealed: Chelsea FC new scouting network

They say success comprises of '10 percent talent and 90 percent hard work' while some people argue that luck trumps all of those. And going by Chelsea's league win over Huddersfield, dumb luck is probably enough. And Chelsea might have hit a gold mine with Google's new search feature (shown below) which was able to help Mauricio Sarri solve his goalkeeper problem with Thibaut Courtois refusal to play for Chelsea as he tried to force a move to Real Madrid.
Fortunately Google had his back and was able to suggest a suitable replacement .

WhatsApp to start limiting the number of people you can forward messages to 20

As part of its efforts to curb the spread of false and malicious messages on its platform, WhatsApp has announced that it would be implementing some limitations on the number of people that users would be able to send forwarded messages to five chats at once however it won't stop users from going back and sending them to more people. For those in India, WhatsApp will be removing the share button from media messages.

While this all sounds like a good move, it does very little in addressing the core problem of spam messages

Evaluation of Bing Predicts as a Sports Prediction tool


For some time I have been hearing some good things about Bing and its prediction engine, its been said that it's very good at predicting the outcome of certain events such as the American Idol, The Voice, Dancing with the stars, American Political elections, and the 2014 World Cup. The prediction accuracy has being said to be in the high 80% percentile which is rather commendable. At the start of the 2018 FIFA world cup, i decided to follow the predictions offered to see if one could make a bit of profit following Bing Predictions and the results were quite astonishing. So much so that I generated a twelve fold profit.

The Bing Predicts algorithm managed to correctly predict the outcome of 31 out of the 48 matches in the group stages of the world. Which resulted in a profit of £125.22 from an initial £10 bet. It was so good that all that was required was the initial bankroll of £10.

However it was less efficient during the second round games and had an accuracy of 37.5%, rightly predicting the outcome of 3 of the 8 matches played (however it managed to get 5 of the progressing teams right). The second round ended in a loss of £26.2. The Quater-finals was that much better for the Bing Predicts as it suffered another loss of £1. It did managed to get 3 out of 4 qualifying teams right but only 2 out of 4 outcomes right. It managed to net a small profit of £5.5 by rightly predicting the outcome of the France and Belgium match. It also got the results of the finals and 3rd place match right and ended the round with a £21.5 profit.

I have got to admit that I'm thoroughly impressed by the outcome, turning a profit of £125 from £10 is really impressive considering my own run of £95 from £45. While I barely managed to double my bank, Bing Predicts had a 1250% ROI. Going forward I would definitely be paying attention to Bing Predicts for insight on potential bets.

You can view my Spreadsheet of the predictions, odds and outcome here

WhatsApp to start labelling forwarded messages to "fight the spread of Fake News"

In a bid to help fight misinformation or fake news, WhatsApp would be marking forwarded messages, which constitutes more 99% of the fake news been spread on the Internet (don't quote me on that) , as forwarded  going forward.

While this seems like a pretty good move by WhatsApp, it really helps no one. Flagging messages as forwarded is all too ambiguous and carries no message beyond telling the other party that I cba. 

 If WhatsApp was really serious about it they should build in a database of top forwarded messages into their app which would flagged those obviously fake health warnings and what not as Fake News, at least so that some of my family members would know that the founder of WhatsApp isn't shutting down the platform. 

Get 6GB with Glo for Free

Glo the Grandmasters of data are back with another mouthwatering data offering data bonus offer yet again. The data offering is part of the Glo Yakata package which offers instant bonuses to any Glo subscriber.

New and existing subscribers to the Glo network will get both voice and data bonuses on every recharge they make: a N100 recharge will fetch you N350 for voice calls and 50MB of data in addition to the N100 recharge subsequent recharge will get you an additional 50MB.  Those who top up N200 will get N700 bonus for voice calls and 250MB data bonus, subsequent recharges will fetch an additional 100MB. The bonus received is directly proportional to the amount recharge and goes all the way up to 6.25GB (8.75GB) when you recharge N5,000.

The caveats are quite reasonable, calls made on this tariff plan are charged at 55k/s (N33/minute) for glo to glo calls, while calls to other networks are charged at 70k/s (N42/minute) which aren't all that dissimilar to what's obtainable on other networks. SMSes are charged at N4/SMS from the main account and N14/SMS from the bonus account. Generally the bonus account is billed first which is a good thing all things considered. The bonuses carry a 7-day validity however  if you have got an existing data plan, the bonus data is added to your data balance e.g if you are subscribed to a 1GB monthly data plan and you get 250MB, your data balance will become 1.25GB and the validity of the bonus data will be the same as the monthly data i.e 30 days.

To enjoy the benefits of the Glo Yakata, existing Glo subscribers would have to dial *220# to join the tariif plan while new users do not have to do anything as they are automatically enrolled to the Glo Yakata plan. According to the Glo Yakata FAQ page, this bonuses are available to new and existing customers for the next 6 months.

Descent into A Quiet Place

When a movie is highly rated by critics it often ends up being a snooze feature but that's not the case with A Quiet Place. And for a movie that features giant man-eating bugs from space, it's surprisingly well grounded. It doesn't try to do what most movies in its genre by going overboard with the theatrics and jump scares.

A Quiet Place  which stars real life couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski as a matriarch and patriarch of a family of four in a dystopian world who have to maintain a near dead silence so as to attract a horde of man-eating bugs that track their victims by sound.

The first act starts off with a family tragedy which I thought was a masterstroke, this is a horror thriller after all. And it kept me invested going forward, wondering how many members of this family would survive the 90 minutes run time of the movie. The fact that silence was a key component of the movie made it all the more better and the use of sign language gave it a more authentic feel for me.

A Quiet Place is an expertly crafted, gripping and compelling horror-thriller movie not unlike Get Out. The premise of the movie works quiet well on many levels. This is one movie that immense replay value and easily earns its place in my movie collection. 


Kids See Ghost: Auditory Therapy Session

I've giving the new collaborative album from Kanye West and Kid Cudi a bit of a listen for days now and every time I wind up unable to quantify my experience and my confusion leads to me giving it another listen. And the result is always the same as before. If I have got one thing to say about Kids See Ghost is that it is absolutely brillant, the album was really well executed. Everything about it was top-notch, and the arrangement was extremely well done.

The album starts off with Feel the Love which i would know  as my descent into an almost trance like state with Cudi's voice drawing me ever deeper. The Pusha T assisted joint is easily my favourite joint off the album. While Push was masterful with his delivery but the part I really enjoyed was Cudi going off with the whimsy, and when he went Grrrat-gat-gat-gat-gat, I felt that in my soul.
Fire  doesn't quite feel like Feel the love to me but it works quite well, seamlessly going with the flow set by the opening track.  Kids see Ghost was starting to feel like a Cudi album, i kinda feel that this was actually a Kid Cudi effort with Kanye West peppered over it to get people's attention, until the 3rd track which kanye just drops a few bars that don't quite do much unless you think that "Bought her alligator, I ain't talkin' Lacoste" is a decent bar. 

Freee and Reborn were amazing, Reborn is easily the best track off the album, the track makes me feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulder whenever i hear it.  The title track did very little for me and not even Mos Def/Yassin Bey could make it any better for me.  Cudi Montage was another dope cut off the LP, as with all the other songs, Cudi shone..

Kids See Ghost is a dope album and kinda redeems Mr. West missteps with ye although the album just felt like it was a Kid Cudi album with a few guest feature. And it works even better. The album feels like Kid Cudi used some of the mechanisms that helped him overcome his mental health issues and made an album off it. which helped me connect with the album better, the vulnerability and upliftment in his voice radiated from the cups of my headphones into my soul. Listening to Kids See Ghost had me thinking about how much good music i have been missing out for years by snobbing Cudi.

RATING: 4.59/5

Will Overpricing their phones save BlackBerry

So today BlackBerry mobile (owned by TCL) announced the next iteration of last year's KeyOne aptly named Key². And in true iterative fashion, the Key² retains a lot of the look of the KeyOne, so much so that one could easily be forgiven for confusing the Key² for the KeyOne.

The brand new Key² which was launched today at BlackBerry mobile's New York event is priced at $649 USD (€649/£579/$829 CAD), which is a lot to ask considering the choice of a midrange Qualcom Snapdragon 660 processor to power this device aimed at busy executives. For $649, one would be getting the Snapdragon 660 processor, 6GB of RAM, 64GB (128GB if you cough up more $), dual 12MP back cameras, an 8MP selfie camera, 4.5-inch 1620×1080 LCD display, 3500mAh, Bluetooth 5.0 in addition to the usual connectivity options one would find in a phone and some software tweaks.   While this might seem like a decent offering but not going with the flagship Snapdragon 845 or even the Snapdragon 710 is a bit of a miss. Especially when the recently announced OnePlus 6 offers a better bargain with a Snapdragon 845 and a bigger better screen for $100 less. And one wouldn't be hard pressed to find the Samsung Galaxy S9 or iPhone 8 at just the same price.

It's almost like BlackBerry mobile or TCL isn't bothered about getting people to want or buy this phone. The only compelling reason for anyone to buy this device is an absolute need for a hardware keyboard. 

TCL's strategy for the BlackBerry brand, which has been said to be focused on catering to corporate clientele and hardware keyboard afficinados. With the BOYD movement in full swing, the idea of focusing on corporate clients starts to look rather questionable. Especially since its only managed to ship 850,000 devices last year which pales when compared to the 8.7 million Nokia devices sold in the same time frame.

Only time can tell how well the focus on the corporate niche would work out for TCL/BlackBerry mobile but as a betting man, I don't quite fancy their chances of staying up. It's only a matter of time till we speak of BlackBerry in the same sense as Palm or Sagem.

ye: Brilliant production let down by a rapper spiralling in the drainage

If you feel let down by the utterances made by Kanye West over the last month or so and was hoping that a new album would help you get over the whole "Slavery was a choice", Sorry. 

I've been listening to the new Ye album, appropriately titled ye offer the last few hours. And if anything it has reinforced the thought that has been circling at the back of my mind for a few years now probably since Yeezus. I've come to the realization that the Kanye's biggest draw over the years is his ability to piece together samples and craft a masterpiece from it. However all that brillance is let down by a rather generous dishing of cringe-worthy lines.

I love your titties cuz they prove I can focus on two things at once
Let me hit it raw like fuck the outcome
None of us would be here without cum
If for anything, ye is remarkably similar to 4YEO just better produced. Like J.Cole, this album feels a lot personal with Kanye bearing his soul, embracing his mental health issues. And like 4YEO it left me with a feeling that this could've been better especially after having listened to DAYTONA over the course of the last 7 days or so. One wonders just how well the album would have turned out if these same beats and features had made their way to a better rapper. Here's an idea, let Pusha T get a pass over on some of the songs on ye and let's see what he does with it.

This is obviously not a review, just my thoughts after a day of listening