Sunday, 24 September 2017

GO Keyboard Caught Stealing Users Data Sending To Third Party Servers

GO Keyboard, a really popular Android keyboard app was caught collecting user data and downloading and running code from a third-party server.

The discovery was made by engineers at AdGuard, a provider of ad-blocking technology. AdGuard said they noticed suspicious requests while analyzing the app's web traffic following its installation.
Go keyboard caught stealing data
The company was looking into GO Keyboard's behavior after an incident with another custom keyboard, TouchPal, that started showing ads over the typing area this past July.

While investigating GO Keyboard for similar intrusive ads, AdGuard says it detected the app collecting a large amount of data from the device right after installation and sending it to a remote server.

"GO keyboard reports to its servers your Google account email in addition to language, IMSI, location, network type, screen size, Android version and build, device model, etc.," said Andrey Meshkov, AdGuard co-founder.

Meshkov found that the app also communicates with dozens of third-party trackers and ad networks.

Collecting user data without user consent and downloading and executing code from a third-party server (bypassing the app review process) — is forbidden for apps uploaded on the Google Play Store.

AdGuard says it informed Google of the app's behavior, but at the time of their investigation publication, the Google team had not answered their report.

Friday, 22 September 2017

iOS 11 Out - How To Update Your iPhone, iPad and iPod

The new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X are here and everyone wants a feel of that new iPhone, but what if you don't have enough money to make that happen?

You can easily transform your older iPhone, giving it new looks and new features with the new iOS 11.

IOS 11 update

In this post, I will guide you on how to update your iOS devices to the latest iOS 11 version.


How to Update your iOS Device to iOS 11


Before we proceed, there are three things you need to do first.
  1. Back Up your iOS device.
  2. Charge Up your device, to prevent interruptions
  3. Make space on your device, You need over 2GB of space to make it work.
Now that you have all that set up, let's proceed…

There are two methods to updating your iOS devices and I'll be covering both methods.

Updating To iOS 11 via OTA Upgrade 


If you have an available Wi-Fi network, you can upgrade to iOS 11 right from your device, no need to connect to any computer or iTunes.
Make sure you have about 80% of battery or connect to a charger source and go to Settings > General > Software Update. iOS will automatically check for the latest update, then prompt you to download and install iOS 11.

If you are using a mobile network, make sure you have data that is enough for the update size.


Updating To iOS 11 via iTunes

IOS 11 iTunes upgrade

To do this, make sure your iTunes is updated to v12.7.
Connect your iOS device to your PC.
Itunes should automatically pop up.
Click the iPhone or iPad icon in the top-left corner of iTunes, next to the drop-down menu for the various sections of your iTunes library.
Click on Check for Update > Download and Update.
Follow the prompts, accept the terms, and let iTunes complete the process.

That's all... Now you can enjoy features like editing Live Photos, customizing the new Control Center, Emergency Mode, the hard G GIF,  Do not disturb while driving and lots more.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Google's N13,000 Freetel Ice 2 Has Been Launched

Google announced sometime back that it'll be launching the Freetel Ice 2 device in Nigeria.
The Freetel Ice 2 is not a Google smartphone, but Google partnered with a Japanese smart phone brand TD Mobile, to launch the smartphone in Nigerian.

Freetel Ice 2 device
The smartphone has been launched and is Google GMS certified, meaning that the device meets Google’s performance requirements and properly runs Google Apps. The device was also launched in partnership with MTN and comes pre-loaded with MTN’s latest apps including MTN Music Plus.


In addition, all customers who buy the device will enjoy double data bonus on every data bundle they purchase for three months

The device also comes pre-loaded with World reader’s free e-library of 50,000 e-books – an app that enables users to read their favorite books at no cost.

FREETEL ICE 2 SPECS
  • 5.5 inch
  • 1GB RAM + 8GB ROM
  • 3G enabled
  • Dual sim support
  • 5MP Rear + 2MP selfie camera
  • Quad-core MediaTek MT680 processor.

The phone is budget friendly and I think it will go well with the Nigerian market.
Its currently available on Konga for N13,000

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

GLO Declares September 28th As Free Data Day

After holding the first Free Data Day on August 11th which came with a lot of mixed reactions, Glo has declared Friday 28th of Sept 2017 as the second Data Free Day on Glo network.
Glo free data day

The conditions for the coming Free Data Day is the same as the last one.
Subscribers who use 100MB plus N150 on voice calls OR N250 on voice calls a week before the D day will enjoy a FULL DAY of FREE browsing, chatting, streaming, downloading, uploading and lots more on the 28th of September.

You don’t need to do anything special to qualify for Glo Free Data Day… Just spend N250 or more on call 7 days to the free data day. Fair usage policy will be applicable

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

TSTV Decoder Coming To Threaten DSTV prominence?

TSTV has partnered with Europe-based TV station ABS Global to launch their Satellite into the Nigerian market.

Telecom Satelite Tv (TSTv) offers a Pay-As-You-Consume plan unlike the fixed monthly subscription seen on other TV providers in Nigeria.
TSTV also offers a lot of local and international channels and packages for your Entertainment, News, Sports, Kids, Health etc.

TSTV Decoder

It uses a technology called HBB TV tech, HBB is a combination of satellite and internet service for TV service, TSTV will run on 4.5g network every subscriber will get 20gig of data for 3k monthly, the data can also be used for video calls and wifi.

Below are some FAQs about TSTV;

How much is the TSTV decoder and what are its features?

The TSTV Decoder + Dish costs N5000. The TSTV Decoder Offers 100+ Channels, FREE 20GB Data, Video Calls, Pause Subscription, Record & Playback Feature And More

How much is TSTV Subscription Fee?

TSTV Subscription Fees go as low as N200, N500, N1000, N1500 and N3000. Note that with TSTV, as mentioned earlier, you don't pay for subscriptions monthly or periodically. Instead, You pay as you consume.

Where are TSTV service locations?

TSTV Africa will function in ALL states in Nigeria.

When is the official launch date of TSTV?

TSTV will be officially launched on the 1st of October 2017.

What channels can I watch on TSTV?

TSTV shows Live Sports like Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Europa League and so much more. Sports Channels on TSTV Africa are bein Sport 1-10, Fox Sport HD, and Ts Sports.
Some of Entertainment Channels on TSTV are E entertainment, Tele Novela, Fox, MBC 4.

Below are the Full list of channels available on TSTV;


TSTV news channels

TSTV entertainment channels

TSTV movie channels

TSTV channels

TSTV sports channels


Where can I purchase TSTV Decoders?
TSTV Africa decoder shall be available on sale nationwide from 1st October. But before then, dealers outlet location addresses shall be made known for easy accessibility of the decoders.

You can also become an official TSTV dealer or installer by clicking Here to register.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Chinese Government To Shut Down Bitcoin Exchanges

Over the past year Bitcoin has greatly increased in value, mostly due to its popularity in China.
Unfortunately for Bitcoin, the Chinese government is not a fan of cryptocurrencies, which are mostly traded by Chinese citizens who are hedging against falls in the yuan.

Bitcoin

In the past, the Chinese government has banned Bitcoin transactions at banks and retailers, and recently it banned ICOs, Initial Coin Offerings. Now it’s going further:

Chinese authorities are ordering domestic bitcoin exchanges to shut down. China’s central bank, working with other regulators, has drafted instructions banning Chinese platforms from providing virtual currency trading services.

It’s still legal to mine and invest in Bitcoins, but for how much longer? China seems really determined to keep Bitcoin from gaining any more traction. Will it work? Or will determined traders figure out a way to keep using Bitcoin regardless?

 In the past, China’s actions have pushed down the value of Bitcoin for short periods, but it always rebounds, soaring even higher. Recently it hit $5,000 before falling to a bit over $4,000 and as at the time of writing this article, it has fallen even further below $4,000.

The latest Chinese action could push Bitcoin down even further. And if it doesn’t, will China get tougher, banning Bitcoin investment entirely?.
If China goes, so does Bitcoin.

Apple Unveils iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus And iPhone X

Apple has officially announced the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, which are successors of last year’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models.
The new models come with faster processors, a True Tone display, and upgraded cameras.

One of the biggest design changes in the new devices is a glass back, in order to enable inductive wireless charging, which wouldn’t have worked through the aluminum casing of the old model. And, like the iPhone 7 models, there’s still no 3.5mm headphone jack.

Iphone 8

The wireless charging works just like on other smartphones. Simply place the phone on a charging pad, and it’ll charge up.
Apple will be using the widely used Qi charging standard, which is good news for anyone who’s already bought wireless chargers.

Apple has improved the display on the iPhone 8 line, adding the same True Tone technology it offers on the 10.5-inch iPad Pro to automatically adjust the screen based on the ambient light in the room to offer more accurate colors.

Internally, Apple has upgraded the processor from the A10 Fusion found in the iPhone 7 to the A11 Bionic. It’s a six-core chip with two performance cores that are 25 percent faster than the A10, and four performance cores that the company says are 70 percent faster that the old model. There’s also a new Apple-designed GPU that’s 30 percent faster, with the same performance as the A10 at half the power.

For the camera, there’s a new 12-megapixel sensor on the iPhone 8 that is larger, faster, and finally has optical image stabilization(OIS). The iPhone 8 Plus also has new sensors, and offers f/1.8 and f/2.8 apertures now. The dual cameras on the 8 Plus also has a new “Portrait Lighting” feature that adjusts the lighting for portrait shots.
And Apple says that the improvements apply to video too, with Apple executive Phil Schiller claiming that the new devices have the “highest quality video capture ever in a smartphone,” with support for 4K/60fps video. Slow motion videos now support up to 1080p resolution at 240fps, doubling the the iPhone 7’s 120fps option.
Iphone 8 Plus

Apple is touting the iPhone 8 as the first smartphone designed for augmented reality(AR), with cameras calibrated for AR, along with a new gyroscope and accelerometer for better motion tracking.

The iPhone 8 pricing start at $699 for the 64GB model, while the 8 Plus start at $799 for 64GB of storage. Both models will also have 256GB variants which for now has unannounced prices.
Both phones will be available for preorder starting Friday, September 15th, with a release date a week later on September 22nd.

Monday, 11 September 2017

MTN Unveils Time Based YouTube Data Plan

MTN recently introduced a timebased Youtube plan for people who love to stream videos, watch shows and live streams.

The two new plans offers 1hour of streaming for N150 and the 3hours for N400. For now, it is unknown if fair usage applies to the plans that is they are limited or unlimited what we know for sure is that at the end of your 1 or 3 hour period, the data will expire.

How can To Subscribe To MTN YouTube Plan

Dial *131*8# or dial *131# and reply with 8.
Mtn YouTube plan
And to check your Youtube hourly bundle balance, dial *559*18#.

How To Get 1GB For N200 or 5Gb for N1000 on 9mobile

Since their transition from Etisalat to 9mobile, there has been a lot of complaints about that quality, people complain that the speed is nothing to write home about.

However, lately there has been noticeable improvements, and to compliment this improvement the Telecom provider has unveiled a new data plan called Special Data.

9mobile special data N200 for 1GB

With 9mobile Special Data, you get 1GB of data for just N200.

HOW TO ACTIVATE 9MOBILE 1GB FOR N200

It's simple, load your 9mobile line with N200 and dial *929*10#

To check your Special Data balance, dial *228#

The plan is valid for 3 days and usable on all devices including PCs. Also, it works all day long.

You can subscribe multiple times, when you subscribe to the 9mobile special data plan five times you get 5GB for 1000.

What do you think about the new plan?

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

GIONEE M7 Coming Soon

GIONEE M7 Coming Soon
Popular Chinese phone maker, Gionee is warming up to unveil its newest device in its much acclaimed M series.
According to reports, the phone will have a full screen Edge-to-Edge display with ultra-narrow bezels, similar to its teaser.

The company teased a promotional poster of the upcoming Gionee M7 which shows the device with no bezels at sides and very thin bezels at the top & bottom just like the other full-screen devices like the SAMSUNG S8. The teaser talks about collaboration with bicycle company Ofo for “doing things” and comes with a tagline of “M7 Joint card invites you to see the world in full screen”, clearly indicating that the phone is designed with full-screen as confirmed by the phone image in the teaser too.


Other details revealed on GFxbench listed a 6-inch (2160 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ screen with 18:9 aspect ratio, latest MediaTek Helio P30 SoC, 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), 16-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Nigerians Spend Over N197B On Data Subscription Monthly

According to the recent statistics released, it is recorded that Telecoms subscribers in Nigeria spend over N197 billion on data subscriptions every month.


Research by Daily Trust from the four GSM operators revealed an estimate of the categories of data users and how much they spent on data monthly.

Data subscription
According to the survey, about 70% of internet users or 64m use up to N1000 data monthly each, raising the operators’ revenue base by N64bn.


Also, about 15% or 13.8m data users, mostly small business owners and middle-class people, purchase an average of N3000 data monthly, contributing N41.1bn every month to the figures.

Similarly, 10% of internet subscribers or 9.15m use N5000 each every month, growing the operators’ revenue by N45.6bn.

About 5% of internet subscribers or 4.6m buy N10,000 data each, increasing the mobile internet companies’ revenue by N46bn, according to findings made by Daily Trust.

Recall that the latest Monthly Subscriber/Operator Data released by the regulator last month showed that MTN had 58,121,427 users, and Glo 37,270,100 customers, Airtel 34,336,802 while 9mobile has 19,621,806 users.
The remaining figures are shared between the other smaller operators.

Although 92m of the 149.5m subscribers are active internet users, and they depend on data provided by the telcos to access the Internet and socialise on the social media.

Source : DAILY Trust