Friday, 9 March 2018

1 Million More Nigerians Have Activated DND on Their Lines

Before I continue with this post, let me clarify and explain what D-N-D means for those that don't know.
Simply put, D-N-D stands for Do-Not-Disturb, and as the name suggests,it is a service that allows users to block unauthorized sms and calls mostly from service providers and other advertisements.
According to recent reports, about 9 million Nigerians have activated the DND code on their phones.
how to activate dnd
This was revealed by the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, at the just concluded Mobile World Congress where he was a speaker.

The number was said to have increased from 8 million subscribers last year to 9 million in February— representing an increase of 12.5%.

Although, the D-N-D command was created to stop subscribers from receiving unsolicited calls from service providers, it isn't 100% effective as some calls and texts still manage to crawl in. This unprecedented breach of service has forced the NCC to introduce the 622 service line, a toll-free line that allows subscribers to report cases of directly to the NCC.

Lets see if the new 622 line would stop service providers from disturbing her users.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Get A GLO 4G MiFi For N16,000 And Get 16GB Free

Glo recently slashed their data plans by 50% unannounced which caused sadness among her customers. However, it just unveiled a new offer that eases the sadness of her subscribers.

GLO 16gb offer

The offer involves a mini GLO MiFi router coupled with 16 gigabytes of data for just N16,000. Technically, the MiFi is pretty much free of charge, considering the worth of the free data bundle, Globacom stated.

If Glo's network quality is good in your area, then this offer is perfect for you.

The Glo 4G MIFI router can connect up to 15 devices at once, including Smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops. The Glo MiFi also adapts itself to offices and events venues, being able to beam the Glo 4G wireless internet signals over a wide radius.

Upon activation “you will get the 16GB and it will be spread over 12 months”. Another added advantage of the Glo 4G MiFi is the power of Glo’s 4G network which comes with high speed internet service backed up by Glo1, the company’s transatlantic submarine cable.

If you are interested in the offer, visit a GLO office close to you and get one.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Instagram Introduces Text-only Status Updates

Very recently, I posted an article suggesting that Instagram was working on a new update that will bring Video calling to instagram. Today's post however, is about a new feature was just introduced into the platform, the new update being Text-only statues.
With the latest Instagram update, you can now posts stories with just text with the new Type Mode a feature which has previously been seen on whatsapp and facebook stories.

Instagram text status

To use the new feature, open Instagram’s camera feature you should see “Type” next to “Normal” under the record button. You can then simply tap on the “Type” option to start writing whatever you want for your story post.
You can also customize the post by adding different colored backgrounds, along with different choices for fonts and sizes. You can also highlight specific words or phrases in your post. You may also decide to use a photo as the background image for your text status.
Instagram text status
The new font styles can also be used if you want to add text to any photo or video post. Just like normal story posts, the Type Mode option posts will disappear after 24 hours. To get the new feature, simply update your instagram app on the google Play Store.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

9Mobile Has a New Owner: And The Winner Is!!

Over the past couple months, we've all been glued to the war between several companies to acquire 9mobile after it was abandoned by its previous owners over a several debt issue.
9mobile new owner

Initially, 16 companies were interested in acquiring 9mobile, however along the line many were dropped leaving five final bidders in December and then two more were dropped leaving Globacom, Teleology and Smile.
(Bharti Airtel dropped out because they believed that whoever acquire 9mobile would be acquiring a huge debt)
Later on, Globacom was dropped leaving Teleology and Smile in the final round.
Then finally, Teleology Holdings Limited emerged as the overall winner through a game of numbers, as they offered over $500 Million against Smile's $300 Million bid.

According to a staff of 9mobile:
“this news is like a double whopper burger for us. I can tell you there is an air of jubilation amongst the staff of 9mobile now. We did not want any of the existing operators to acquire 9mobile as they would end up sacking people and throwing people into the unemployment market under the guise of right sizing the business.”
Although I really hoped GLO won the bid, I guess we just have to watch and see if Telelogy is a good new owner.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Instagram To Introduce Video Calling Feature For Its Users

As we all know, Instagram is one of the numerous companies owned by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and it is not news that the Facebook boss loves to constantly add improvements to his apps and he doesn't look to be stopping anytime soon.

Instagram video call

The Instagram team is looking to integrate video calling into their photo/video sharing app.
The new feature will work just like WhatsApp's video calling, there will be an icon for video calling and a video call will only be successful if the person on the other end accepts the call.

Video calling for instagram is currently in the works and will be made available to its Android and Apple users as soon as work is completed.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Glo Drops Out Of 9mobile bid As Final two Companies Emerge

The final two companies involved in 9mobile bid has emerged and contrary to public opinion, GLO didn't make the cut.
Before now, GLO was seen as the best match, plus GLO subscribers were hoping that their beloved company won the bid so that they could use 9mobile existing tech and broadband to improve their poor connectivity. I hoped for the same thing too but it seems we have all been disappointed as GLO didn't reach top two.
9mobile bid

The last two companies remaining in the race are Smile Telecom Holdings and Teleology Holdings Limited and interestingly, both companies have former MTN CEOs leading them. Smile has Ahmad Farroukh and Teleology Holdings Limited has Adrian Wood both ex-Mtn CEOs.

Adrian Wood of Teleology Holdings was the second CEO of MTN Nigeria, he lasted 2 years in the said position before heading on to become Group Managing Director of Daily Times Nigeria.

Ahmad Farroukh joined MTN 18 months after Adrian left and is currently Group Executive Director for Smile Telecom Holdings.

According to records, Ahmad had a better running than Adrian during their tenure as Ahmad Farroukh increased MTNs customer base to 40 million subscribers and achieved a healthy margin of 62% between July 2006 and April 2011.

A table has been provided listing the abilities and strengths of both companies, view below;

9mobile new owners

Judging by the table above, Smile is seen as the better competitor however if there is one thing this bid for 9mobile has it is that nothing is certain.
Stay tuned to see matters as they unfold and to see the final winner of the 9mobile bid.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Whatsapp Launches New WhatsApp Business App On Playstore

Whatsapp Launches New WhatsApp Business App On Playstore
A new version of WhatsApp has hit the Google Play Store in some countries. The new app named WhatsApp Business is built to help small businesses communicate with their customers.

For now, the app is available for download to small business owners in the US, UK, Italy, Indonesia, and Mexico to register their business account. The registered account becomes a Confirmed Account once WhatsApp checks that the phone number details matches your business.

The app also contains profile space for details like a company email, address, website, and a description of your business, the app also includes “smart messaging” tools such as automatic replies to frequently asked questions, greeting messages, and customizable away messages for when you're not online.

WhatsApp Business also has a simple analytics tool that shows business owners which messages are the most effective. It is also compatible with WhatsApp Web, so you can check your messages and respond via a PC.

It also gives users have the option of registering a landline number. This is different from the regular Whatsapp App which only allows you to use one mobile number.

The business account does not stop you from using the regular WhatsApp App as users can use both apps on the same phone.
If you're in one of the five selected countries, you can test out the new WhatsApp Business app by clicking the Play below.
For the rest of the world, WhatsApp said in a blog post that the app will roll out around the world “in the coming weeks”.

Friday, 19 January 2018

YouTube To Come With Dark Theme, Incognito Mode And More

The YouTube app was recently torn down down by 9to5Google, and while inspecting the source codes it was noticed that the YouTube app includes code for a dark theme. This would make sense, since the recent redesign on YouTube web allows you to switch between a light or dark theme, while YouTube Music made use of a dark theme since it was launched.
youtube new features

Another big feature that could come to the YouTube app is Incognito mode. The Incognito mode on the YouTube app would let you pause your watched and search history.
Another smaller feature that might eventually pop up is the ability swiping to skip ads, a feature which is useful if you are too lazy to tap the bottom right to skip ads after they have been displayed for five seconds.

Just because these features were seen in the YouTube app’s code does not guarantee that they will make it to future versions the app although there are high possibilities that they would.

Truecaller Introduces Backup Feature For Its Android App

Truecaller, the popular caller ID app, has launched a new feature "Truecaller Backup for Android", which allows users to backup and restore their contacts, call history, block list, and settings.

truecaller backup

The feature comes in handy when you’re switching to a new phone, getting a new SIM card, or resetting your device. Truecaller Backup simplifies transition to a new phone without losing contacts, call logs, etc.

For example, I recently lost my simcard causing me to lose all contacts, my only saving grace was that I previously synced my contacts with Google which backed some of my lost contacts, so I got about 60% of the lost contacts due to inconsistent syncs(beats losing them all right?)

At first, the backup will be hosted only on Google Drive but the company plans to expand the options to other backup storage soon.
Users can customize how often the backup takes place between daily, weekly, monthly, and on-demand.

The Truecaller Backup for Android feature has been rolled out already, but it will officially be available to users  over the next couple of days.

Sony To Launch Xperia XZ with 6 Gb RAM And 4K Display

Although Sony may have unveiled just three new devices at the recently concluded CES 2018, but it looks like another monster android device is on the way soon. Rumors hints that Sony would be unveiling the Xperia XZ Pro, a new flagship device set to be launched at MWC 2018 in February.

sony xperia xz pro
The XPERIA XZ Pro is said to come with a 5.7-inch OLED display with 4K resolution support, a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. The device is said to also come with a dual rear-camera setup featuring a 18 MP sensor with 1.33µm pixel size and 12 MP sensor at 1.38µm pixels. The front camera is hinted to come in at 13 MP.

Finally, the Xperia XZ Pro is reported to be coming with a slightly impressive 3,420 mAh battery and IP68 certification for dust and water resistance

Below is a concept render of the Xperia XZ Pro;
sony xperia xz pro images
The Xperia XZ Pro is rumored to cost around $930.

Although this is mere rumors and speculation at the moment, if it’s accurate, the Xperia XZ Pro could be one of the first flagships of 2018.