15 Lite apps you shoud be using on your smartphone

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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,


2018/2019 UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE SECOND ROUND DRAWS

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Plzeň vs. Zagreb
Brugge vs. RB Salzburg
Rapid Wien vs. Inter
Slavia Prague vs. Genk
Krasnodar vs. Leverkusen
FC Zürich vs. Napoli
Malmö vs. Chelsea
Shakhtar vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
Celtic vs. Valencia
Rennes vs. Real Betis
Olympiacos vs. Dinamo Kiev
Lazio vs. Sevilla
Fenerbahçe vs. Zenit
Sporting vs. Villarreal
BATE Borisov vs. Arsenal
Galatasaray vs. Benfica

2018/2019 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SECOND ROUND DRAW

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Earlier today, the draws for the second round of the 2018/2019 edition of the UEFA Champions League was held at Nyon.
And as usual there were few surprises having been able to predict three of the pairings (5 if count the last two inevitable pairings). Last year's Champions Real Madrid, who always seem to have the luck of the draw, were pitted against Ajax. Favourites Manchester City (don't know how they managed that) were also given a favourable route having drawn Schalke 04. Bayern Munich and Liverpool, who have won 5 Trophies each, are drawn against each other. Tottenham Hotspur will face Borussia Dortmund, while the José Mourinho led Manchester United will have to duke it out French Champions, PSG.

Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw
vs
Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria

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Barcelona v Olympic Lyonnais
Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham Hotspur
PSG v Manchester United
Porto v AS Roma
Bayern Munich v Liverpool
Manchester City v Schalke 04
Real Madrid v Ajax
Juventus v Atletico Madrid

The draws of UEFA lesser Cup competition was also held today with Arsenal and Chelsea have to face BATE Borisov and Malmö respectively. With the better European teams all qualifying from their Champions League groups, the stage is set for either Arsenal or Chelsea to win the Europa League.

Your Retweets aren't as harmless as you think

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My Retweets are not endorsements, they are just hey y'all have a look at this..


I used to have that quote on my Twitter bio. I genuinely believed that but over the past few months I have come to know better than saying that. I have come to release that's just a way of saying "I know what I'm doing is wrong but I want to accept any culpability for it".
There's an old saying which reads as that All is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. In this age of social media, that saying could be rephrased as all evil needs to prevail is for people to Retweet, Share, Broadcast or Repost even if they think it's a joke.  And that's what the bad elements among us use as the strategy for furthering their cause.


But I meant it is as a joke

It really doesn't matter how you meant it, what matters is how people interpret it. During the Brexit referendum, some people thought it was just good fun to vote for Leave thinking that Remain would surely win but today that thing they thought could never happen is now their reality.
We've all seen those silly WhatsApp messages that our parents and peers receive and rebroadcast, and how receptive they are to it just because someone they know sent it to them.

Bad actors such as Ann Coulter and Tomi Lahren have capitalised on this and now employ our need to Retweet, Repost and Broadcast to further their racism for hire cause.  Even if you don't believe in their messages, your retweets and repost will help them reach a wider audience and eventually their target market.
In this age of Social Media, where attention is a currency, we need to be more careful about how we aid in the spread of misinformation, hate messages and realise that our attention, retweets, likes and reposts can imply support.

So be more responsible:
1. Don't retweet, like  or share content you don't agree with.
2. Take some time to research medical tips before Retweeting because someone could get seriously hurt or even worse die following those tips (There are doctors on social media who can help confirm some tips). 

I donated to Wikipedia and here's why you should too

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Just recently I made a donation to the Wikimedia Foundation who happened to run one of my favourite website, Wikipedia. And i thought I should also make an appeal to you kind folks who happen to read my little blog to consider donating to the foundation. If you'd like to make a donation to the Wikimedia Foundation, you can do so by Clicking Here.

If you haven't donated to the Wikimedia Foundation, here are four reasons why you should consider supporting the Wikimedia Foundation by way of a donation.

1. YOU USE OR HAVE USED IT
if you have been in any form of tertiary institution or even had cause to research any topic chances are that you've come across Wikipedia. And also chances are that it helped you accomplish your aim.

2. YOU'D BE HELPING STUDENTS ACROSS THE WORLD
Donating to the Wikimedia Foundation would be helping thousands if not millions of students across world who depend on Wikipedia to learn about topics they're unfamiliar with. Thanks to the wonderful contributors, Wikipedia articles are far easier to understand than textbooks.  While I was in University, Wikipedia was my first port of call whenever I needed information on any topic. The articles helped shape my term papers and thesis, the references at the bottom helped me in finding suitable research papers and journals.

3. TEXTBOOKS REPLACEMENT
While this is usually understated Wikipedia makes for great textbook replacement especially for students in certain places in the world where textbooks are hard to come by.  And with the push towards the digital it's ever more important that sites like Wikipedia are kept running, free from ads and not unduly influenced.

4. SMALL DONATIONS ARE WELCOME
Donations to the Wikimedia Foundation are very accessible, donations can be below £5 and can be made via Debit/Credit cards or PayPal.


If you'd like to make a donation to the Wikimedia Foundation, you can do so by clicking on the donate button.

House of Cards Season 06: Saving the worst for the last

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Disappointing, that's how I'd describe the series finale of the once acclaimed TV Show, House of Cards and that would be me stating it mildly. While it seemed that the show has being going downhill after the second season but this one takes the cake. Granted the sixth season had to be rewritten after Kevin Spacey was fired from the show but the execution was the finest display of shithousery.

This seaosn seemed like it lacked a central plot like the previous five seasons did. And for something that had fewer episodes than the previous the plot was really thin. From the episode 5 where Claire went all cry baby on it was really clear that the writers had nothing and were just dragging things as much as they can.

The whole shebang ends with Claire killing Doug in the Oval Office and just like that the House of Cards that Frank built came crashing not with a loud bang but with a whimper. 

Return of the Communicator

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Remember The Nokia Communicator, that phone that scream "This fella is all about his business". Well the guys from Planet Computers are bringing back a communicator styled Android smartphone caller the Cosmo Communicator.

The Nokia 9500 Communicator


Cosmo Communicator
The Cosmo Communicator borrows styling of the old Nokia Communicator with the laptop clamshell form factor in addition to the small second display.
What I find rather pleasing about the Cosmo Communicator is the dual-boot option which would allow you to add another Operating system such as Linux or Sailfish to device, which would make this device the one true mobile computing device.

I'm really positive about the form factor and would have love to see a bigger screen on it. The guys at Planet Computers could've really gone for a put a 7 inch screen in there.
Dimesions 171.4mm x 79.3mm x 16mm
Weight 320g
Display 5.9inch 2160 x 1080 (403ppi) HD Main Display
2inch 570 x 240 (300ppi) External Display
Processor Mediatek P70 Octacore Processor
4x Cortex A73 @ 2.0GHz
4x Cortex A53 @ 2.0GHz
ARM Mali G72 MP3 @ 800MHz GPU
Dual core mobile AI processors
Camera 24MP Main camera and 5MP Selfie camera
Memory Internal:128GB with MicroSD slot
RAM: 6GB
Connectivity WIFI: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Radios: GSM, CDMA, WCDMA & Worldwide LTE

VoLTE, ViLTE, VoWi-Fi, and Dual SIM (Dual 4G Modem)
Bluetooth v4.2
A-GPS
NFC
FM Radio
2x USB Type C with USB OTG, HDMI Output
Battery 4220mAh Li-Ion battery
Colour Space Grey Metal, Gold-plated (limited edition)
Software Android 9 with option to Dual boot Linux or Sailfish
Sound Stereo Speakers with Integrated Ambient Microphone
Sensors Accelerometer
Compass
Light sensor
gyroscope
magneto-sensor

Samsung sues Russian brand ambassador for $1.6 million for using an iPhone X on live TV

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Samsung is reportedly suing Ksenia Sobchak  their Russian brand ambassador for using an iPhone X on live TV is a breach of her contract with the conglomerate. Sobchak who's a journalist, politician, and reality TV star and also said to be Russian president Vladimir Putin's so-called "goddaughter" had been hired by Samsung as the face of Samsung in Russia. Under the terms of her contract she's expected to use Samsung's smartphone exclusively in public. However in a live television stint, Sobchak was found to be using an Apple made iPhone X which is tried to hide. 

The incident isn't Sobchak's first infraction, she has also been spotted using an iPhone on several occasions in public and Samsung has had enough of it. The $1.6 million suit is believed to be a lot more than Samsung is reportedly paying her to be an ambassador.

This isn't the first time a celebrity has been found using a product other than the product they have been paid to use. Adam Levine had been found to be using an iPhone while been contracted bound to Samsung in 2014.  Spanish Tennis star David Ferrer also broke his contract with Samsung when he caught promoting the Galaxy S4 on Twitter using an iPhone. Same happened with Alicia Keys who was supposed to be using a Blackberry and Gal Gadot with Hauwei Mate 10 Pro.
It's crazy that these celebrities don't have people managing their affairs better or Android manufacturers keep paying celebrities who don't use their phones to promote it when they could take a page out of Apple's playbook and promote their products using movies and TV Shows. 




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Finally a candidate for Bond i can really get behind

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The blogosphere has been swelling with a rumour that Richard Madden (for the uninitiated he's the fellow who played Rob Stark on The Game of Thrones) just might be the next 007. While he's no Idris Elba but theres something about him that screams 'Bond... James Bond'.

Out of all the supposed candidates to replace the reluctant Daniel Craig, Madden is the most Bondesque of them all.. he's absolutely gorgeous (that face could easily charm the pants of a gal) and he's got the body (go watch him the Bodyguard). And the most important thing of all is that he isn't attached to any franchises so there's no danger of having to digitally remove his moustache.

Besides Game of Thrones, Richard Madden has been in a few other things and one of them is the BBC produced show "The Bodyguard" which is quite brillant. 

Why I'm Skipping the Carter V

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It's finally happened y'all,  the long delayed Tha Carter V is upon us (Fuck you Bryan Williams, Fuck you  Ronald Williams). While I am estastic about the prospect of listening to a Lil Wayne record, I just can't bring myself to listening to an album that has got more than 13 tracks anymore… I just can't do it anymore. 


Having lived through Jay-Z's 4.44, Kendrick's DAMN., and the Kanye West produced 7 tracked EP albums, I don't think I can commit to an album that's as long winded as the Carter V as I honestly don't think that albums as long as this serve any purpose other than inflating the streaming number (yeah, its the new double CD conundrum all over again). While I won't be listening to the full album, but that doesn't mean I won't be listening to any songs on the LP. I'd definitely be keeping an ear out for any singles that makes it to top of the Billboard Hot 100.

Apple might have finally cracked the Smartwatch use case problem

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A couple of days ago Apple announced the newest version of the Apple watch, a new device in a product category that has felt like a solution looking for a problem to solve. And at the event, it seemed like Apple has finally achieved that objective. 

While other Smartwatch makers have just gone about making smartphones that you can fit on your wrists, Apple and Fitbit have realised that the ideal move should be a pivot towards health. And  at the Apple event, it seemed like Apple had hit the first real milestone in making the Apple watch a truly compelling product. It has finally answered the question of where the Apple watch fits in the sea of smart device.  We've all read about the number of times where the Apple watch has prompted its owners to see a doctor which led to the discovery of a potential life threatening ailment. And now with the introduction of the Atrial Fibiltration and Fall detection features,  the Apple watch is even more compelling and is no longer just a smartwatch but a true health device.

With the holiday season on the way, it's not hard to see that the Apple Watch topping the list of gadgets sold during this period.

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

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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.

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT BUYER PROTECTION IN ONLINE TRANSACTIONS

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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.




2018/2019 UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE GROUP STAGE DRAWS

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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

GROUP A
Bayer Leverkusen
Ludogrets Razgard
FC Zurich
AEK Larnaca
GROUP B
RB Salzburg
Celtic
Leipzig
Rosenborg
GROUP C
Zenit st Petersburg
Copenhagen
Bordeaux
Slavia Prague
GROUP D
Anderlecht
Fenerbache
Dinamo Zagreb
Spartak Trnava
GROUP E
Arsenal
Sporting Lisbon
Qarabag
Vorskla Poltava
GROUP F
Olympiakos
AC Milan
Real Betis
Dudelange
GROUP G
Villareal
Rapid Vienna
Spartak Moscow
Rangers
GROUP H
Lazio
Marseille
Frankfurt
Apollon Limassol
GROUP I
Besiktas
Genk
Malmö
Sarpsborg
GROUP J
Sevilla
Krasnodar
Standard Liege
Akhisarspor
GROUP K
Dynamo Kiev
Astana
Stade Rennes
Jablonec
GROUP L
Chelsea
PAOK
Bate Borisov
MOL Vidi

2018/2019 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGE DRAWS

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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.

GROUP A
Atletico Madrid
Dortmund
Monaco
Club Brugge
GROUP B
Barcelona
Tottenham
Inter Milan
PSV
GROUP C
PSG
Napoli
Liverpool
Crvena Zvezda
GROUP D
Lokomotiv Moscow
Porto
Schalke 04
Galatarsary
GROUP E
Bayern Munich
Benfica
Ajax
Athens
GROUP F
Man City
Shakhtar
Lyon
Hoffenheim
GROUP G
Real Madrid
Roma
CSKA Moscow
Plzen
GROUP H
Juventus
Man Utd
Valencia
Young Boys