Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Introducing InterC A New 4G Network In Nigeria

I understand that I haven't been really active lately, I really really apologize for that there's just been a lot going on lately plus NEPA no gree give us

Anyways, while I was away I heard of a new 4G LTE network that just arrived in Nigeria called InterC. According to the locations page on their website, they will start operations in Abuja, Kaduna and Port Harcourt first, before rolling out to Lagos and other locations later. which surprises me, Lagos is supposed to be the first because it has a larger customer base

So right now, we have the following 4G LTE Network in Nigeria

  1. InterC
  2. Smile
  3. Spectranet
  4. Ntel
  5. Swift
  6. And very soon, the big boss MTN.

'4G LTE ti take over' so if you are using a device that doesn’t support 4G, then you are missed out.

InterC is a rebranded company consisting of Intercellullar, Transsion Holdings makers of Infinix, Tecno, and iTel phones, Ringo Communications, and Yudala. They are offering fast internet at low prices… I’m sure your fingers are itching right now.

interc 4g network

They are offering free internet for the first month, and a 25% discount on the second month.

InterC Data Plans

InterC Lite:

  • 1.5GB Plan for N1,400 (24/7 30 Days Validity)
  • 4GB for N2,800 (24/7 30 Days)
  • 2.5GB for N1,500 (6PM – 6AM 7Days validity)
  • 1GB for N1,000 (6PM – 6AM 7Days validity)

InterC Savvy

  • 7GB for N4,500 (24/7 30 Days Validity)
  • 15GB for N7,000 (24/7 30 Days Validity)
  • 25GB for N10,000 (24/7 30 Days Validity)
  • 40GB for N9,000 (6PM – 6AM 30 Days Validity)
  • 25GB for N6,000 (6PM – 6AM 30 Days validity)

InterC Ultra

  • 50GB for N17,000 (24/7 30 Days Validity)
  • 75GB for N24,000 (24/7 30 Days Validity)
  • 110GB for N35,000 (24/7 60 Days Validity)
  • 75GB for N12,000 (6PM – 6AM 30 Days Validity).

you can get more info about the new InterC 4G LTE network from their site here.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Your IPhone 6 May Be Infected With The Touch Disease

After spending your entire life savings plus your semester school fees on a brand new iPhone 6 plus, you wake up one morning and notice that your iPhone no longer responds to touch.
IPhone 6 touch disease

According to several reports, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are suffering from a serious disease called the 'touch disease'. The disease starts with a flickering bar that appears at the top of the iPhones’ screens, this bar doesn’t respond to touch. Over time, the bar grows until the whole screen no longer touches again.

This problem has been noticed since the launch of the phones but didn’t manifest until recently because the phones are starting to get old.
IPhone 6 plus touch disease
Closely look at the top of the screen of this device for better understanding of the 'flickering bar' 

The cause of the disease is still unknown, but iFixit claims that the fault comes from the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’ logic board, the part of the phone that creates communication between the different elements of the device.

So far, millions of iPhones worldwide could potentially be vulnerable to this disease, yet Apple has refused to acknowledge it as an issue.

In case you notice that your iPhone screen has a blinking bar, you might need to either replace the phone, replace the logic board or replace the Touch ICs on the logic board. Yeah, I’d rather get a new a new phone though to prevent the 'disease' from recurring.

SwiftKey Beta Version Now Supports Android Nougat Emojis

SwiftKey had a bit of trouble last month when they experienced a bug with suggestions, the app was sharing information between accounts, giving email addresses and phone numbers as suggestions to other users who never entered them.

SwiftKey for android

That made the developers to
stop all synchronization in the app(I guess that's why whenever I try typing in my email it no longer auto corrects..its too much work typing am email in full) then they rolled out a temporary fix that brought back synchronization but only for regular words, not emails and numbers.


Now the final fix is here. The latest SwiftKey Beta version brings back number, email, and other predictions containing the character @. However, all the previously learned ones have been wiped so you'll have to start all over.
The beta also adds 74 new Android Nougat's emojis as well as the skin tone modifiers for plenty of existing emojis just like on whatsapp(tap and hold on the emojis with a small grey triangle beneath them to reveal the different variations).
SwiftKey Android Nougat emoji

  1. Sync service fixed
  2. Number, email and other predictions containing '@' are turned back on. All previously learned number, email and @ predictions have been deleted but can now be relearned. 
  3. Android emojis are supported
  4. Diverse emoji now available. Long press select emoji to change their skin tone

Monday, 29 August 2016

Infinix Note 3 Now Available See The Price

The much anticipated Infinix Note 3 has been officially unveiled and is now available for grab.
 It's got incredible specs, comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, has a crystal clear 6 inch display for better gaming and better videos has 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal memory it sports a13MP back camera, 5MP front camera. What more could you ask for?:

infinix note 3

Full Specs Of Infinix Note 3

  • Dimensions: 162.5*82.8*8.4 mm 
  • Build: Metal  
  • Display: 6.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels IPS LCD display: 367 ppi 
  • Sensors: Fingerprint Scanner, Accelerometer, Proximity 
  • Colours: Champagne Gold
  • Processor Type: Octa-core 1.3GHz 
  • Processor Name: Mediatek 67530 
  • Graphics Processor: ARM Mali-T720 MP3 450 MHz 
  • RAM: 2 GB 
  • Internal Storage: 16 GB expandable via MicroSD card up to 128 GB
  • GSM: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 
  • 3G: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 
  • 4G: 
  • SIM Type: Dual Micro SIM 
  • OS: XOS (Based on Android 6 Marshmallow)
infinix note 3

  • Rear: 13 megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash 
  • Front: 5 megapixel camera with LED flash  
  • Video recording: Yes
  • Bluetooth: v4.0 
  • WiFi: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot 
  • GPS: Yes 
  • USB: microUSB v2.0, OTG
  • Music Support: mp3, aac, aac+, eaac+, amr
  • Loudspeaker: Mono
  • Video Support: mpeg4, h.263, h.264
  • FM Radio: Yes
  • Battery: 4500mah with support for fast charge 3.0

Price: N54,700
You can check it out here…

Friday, 26 August 2016

Opera Launches Free Unlimited VPN App For Android

Months after launching an iOS-based VPN App, Opera has finally released a free vpn services for android. The VPN is completely free and you can choose between a number of countries such as USA, Canada, Germany, Singapore, and Netherlands (with more countries coming soon).

Opera VPN app

The app also comes with a built-in ad tracking blocker that prevent advertising networks from tracking your behavior across websites.

Though the service is completely free, there's a bit of hiccups. You’ll find ads, and Opera will share anonymized data about your mobile usage habits with third parties.

If you can live with your data being shared with third parties you can go ahead and install the VPN App here.

Two Nokia Android Device Show Up On Geekbench

Nokia is definitely coming back with a few Android smartphones later this year, but the Nokia that is coming back is not the Nokia that we knew before.
Nokia android device

First, the android devices that will be released later this year(or the next) will be made by a third-party company HMD. Nokia won't be manufacturing phones anymore. HMD would just use the famed NOKIA branding on their own phones.

By now, you should probably know that the company will be releasing at least two Android phones soon. However, there's a chance that Nokia might launch two more phones in late 2016 or early 2017.

The good news is two of Nokia's unannounced smartphones have already popped up at Geekbench, but before going any further, you should understand that these lists of specs can be easily fabricated.

The most advanced of the two Android devices is the Nokia 5320(guess they stuck with their naming), it will rock a quad-core processor clocked at 2.27GHz and have 2GB of RAM. The clock speed seems like that of  a high-end device but the RAM seems a bit small for a high-end device.
Aside than that, the Nokia 5320 runs a very, very old Android 4.4.4 operating system.

Nokia 5320 Android specs

The second Android smartphone leaked on Geekbench is the Nokia RM-1490. This one is listed with a single core AMD A8-5545M processor clocked at just 500MHz๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘. It comes with the same amount of RAM as the 5320 model, 2GB, and runs an even older Android 4.2.2 version.

Nokia android specs

Let's just hope this isn't the Nokia android device that a lot of people have been waiting for.
Hopefully, future leaks will be more accurate than what we got until now.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

New IPhone 7 Leak Solve Major Mystery

Apple’s upcoming new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are now less than a month away from being released on September 16th. With just two weeks before the devices are set to be unveiled on September 7th, we already know a lot about the upcoming devices.

Thanks to numerous leaks and reports of the iPhone 7, we know that the iPhone 7 will look a lot like last year's iPhone 6 and 6plus, having just a few changes in design.
We also know that the iPhone 7 will have an improved processor and improved cameras. We also know that the coming iPhone 7 won’t have standard headphone jacks.

Despite everything we know about the upcoming new iPhones, there is one thing that remains a mystery. And it seems that mystery may have just been solved…and a lot of people won't like what is about to happen.

READ ALSO: Here Are Some Leaked Images Of The iPhone 7

In all the information we have about Apple’s next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, it still hasn’t been confirmed that the new iPhones will actually be called “iPhone 7” and “iPhone 7 Plus.” Everyone just refers to the unreleased phones by those names, because that is how apple name their devices.

According to rumors, Apple is planning a completely redesigned iPhone for next year to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the iPhone. As a result, Apple could choose to break from its standard naming traditional since the upcoming new iPhones seem to be a second upgrade to the iPhone 6.

But Of course Apple can't choose to name it the “iPhone 6ss” because that is such a terrible name. So what might Apple name these new iPhone models?

Each year, before the official release of iPhones, the new iPhone packaging leaks. The same is the case in 2016, as simultaneous leaks from dutch blog Techtastic and from a second blog called Priceraja hints the supposed images of Apple’s retail packaging for its new iPhones.

IPhone 7 release date

IPhone 7 release date

IPhone 6se

IPhone 6se

Let’s hope that’s not the case in 2016. Why? Because according to this new Leak image, Apple’s upcoming iPhone models will be named “iPhone 6se.” which is just......

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Android 7.0 Nougat has started rolling out to Nexus devices

Yesterday, Google officially released the much anticipated Android 7.0 Nougat. The update brings a whole lot of new features to the Android platform and as usual, Nexus users will be the first to get their hands on the update.

Android 7.0 Nougat roll-out
Google has started rolling out the OTA update to the following devices:
  • Nexus 6
  • Nexus 5X
  • Nexus 6P
  • Nexus Player
  • Pixel C
  • General Mobile 4G (Android One)
This marks the end of the line for 2013's Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) as they are no longer going to receive system updates but that’s no surprise as all things must come to an end at some point.

Although Google started rolling out the update today, it will probably be a slow-staged rollout so it may take a little while before the final version of Android 7.0 Nougat arrives on your Android device.

Also, for those who were part of the Android N beta program, the next update they will receive will be the final version of Android 7.0 Nougat.

Notable Features of Android 7.0 Nougat
  1. Split-screen mode, picture-in-picture, and double tap to quickly switch.
  2. Customizable Quick Settings in Android 7.0 Nougat
  3. It brings with it the ability to set multiple locales and languages, 72 new emoji, multi-window functionality. 
  4. Ability to quickly switch to the previous app (by double-tapping the multitasking button). 
  5. Newly dedicated VR mode. 
  6. Vulkan graphics API. 
  7. Doze on the go for better battery management and new data saver for restricting data usage for background apps.
  8. Direct replies from notifications, bundled notifications. 
  9. Built-in mobile data saver. 
  10. file-based encryption, and much more.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

How To Root Infinix Hot S X521

The Infinix Hot S (X521) is a new device from Infinix that has an MT6753 chipset and runs on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).

One-click root apps like Kingroot and Framaroot still don’t fully support Marshmallow devices running on this chipset so Team Hovatek has put together this guide to teach you how to root your Infinix Hot S.

To root Infinix Hot S, you need to have the following:
Your phone
A computer.
And patience.
How to root Infinix Hot S

SEE ALSO: Infinix Hot S Now Available On Jumia Costs N45,500

How To root Infinix Hot S X521
To root Infinix Hot S, follow the steps below :
  • Install VCOM drivers on your PC from here
  • Download SuperSU from here
  • Copy the to both your phone’s SD card and internal storage.
  • Download TWRP for Infinix Hot S ported by Team Hovatek from here
  • Switch off your Infinix Hot S (with battery still inside)
  • Flash the TWRP recovery.img to the phone using SP Flash tool (How to use SP Flash Tool)
  • Boot the phone into recovery mode by pressing and hold the Volume up button + Power button. Keep holding both buttons till your Infinix Hot S enters recovery mode. 
  • Once you're in TWRP, if you get a prompt asking you to swipe to allow modification of the System partition, tap KEEP READ ONLY
  • If TWRP offers to root the phone, select NO
  • In TWRP recovery, tap Install. 
  • Navigate to the location of the SuperSU you downloaded earlier and select it. 
  • Swipe to confirm flashing of and wait till flashing is complete.
  • Reboot the phone normally
You can confirm if your Infinix Hot S has been successfully rooted by installing Root Checker.

Credit - Team Hovatek

Instagram Hits 1 Billion Installs On Playstore

Instagram has reached 1 billion installs on the Google Play store.

This makes it the fourth Facebook-owned app to reach the 1-billion-installs milestone, after Facebook, WhatsApp and Messenger.

Instagram hit 1 billion installs on playstore
SEE ALSO: How To Download Instagram Pictures And Videos On Android

However, this number are not accurate as it counts multiple app installs. So if I were unistall my Instagram app and reinstall it, it would be counted as a new install. Still it is a nice milestone that only a few apps have managed to reach.

Consider this, Android itself had 1.4 billion users as of Sept. 2015. Also Instagram announced back in July that it has more than 500 million monthly active users, 300 million active users daily.

The Instagram app has experienced a lot of of improvements this year. In May, it got a new logo and was redesigned to put more emphasis on the photos and videos than the app itself.
In June, Instagram rolled out a new, algorithmic timeline, which shows posts based on users interest instead of the time they were posted.
And in August, it launched Instagram Stories, a new, Snapchat-like feature that allows users to create temporary slideshows which disappear in a day.

To end this writeup, let us all welcome Instagram to the one billion installs club.

Instagram hit 1 billion installs on playstore

Introducing Etisalat N1,000 For 2GB And N2000 For 5GB Data Plan

The only network provider that currently offers 2GB for N1000 is GLO, in a bid to attract more customers Etisalat has unveiled a new evening data plan, that gives you 2GB data for just N1000.

Etisalat weekend data plan

However, unlike GLO's 2GB plan, Etisalat 2GB data plan is only usable from 7PM to 6.59am every day and available 24hours on weekends.

Etisalat night plan

The plan is valid for 30 days. To activate, dial *229*3*12#.

There is also a 5GB data plan that costs N2000 and it is also active from 7PM to 6.59am every day and available 24hours on weekends. It also lasts for 30 days.

To activate the 5GB plan, all you have to do is dial *229*3*13.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

You Might Have To Start Paying A 9% Tax On Calls, Texts And Data

The Federal Government of Nigeria is proposing to introduce a bill called the Communication Service Tax CST bill, which seeks to levy 9 percent on subscribers for using various services such as voice call, SMS, MMS, data usage.

The Minister of Communication, Bayo Shittu, made this known on Wednesday while speaking at a function organized by the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry, LCCI.

Tax on call, text and data

Shittu said, “The bill is considered as a way to help increase the revenue generation of the Federal Government.

Personally, I think passing the bill would be a wrong move because placing a 9% tax on calls, texts and data might increase tariff rates of calls and prices of data which have been gradually improving recently.

Friday, 19 August 2016

How To Use Google Duo Video Calling App

Duo is the latest video calling app by Google. In the previous post I wrote about it, I said it was almost ready and would be launched a few days later.

The new duo video calling app is now officially available for downloads on Google play store and iOS app store.

Google duo video call

Duo is really straightforward, easy-to-use and light in terms of size, it is just 7.23mb.

How to Set Up Duo Video Calling App

  • Google Duo from your app store.
  • Open Google Duo.
  • Agree to the Terms and Conditions of the Duo app. If you're running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above, you'll have to grant Duo permissions one-by-one as they come up.
  • Input your phone number, the one you want to use with Google Duo and click Next. You will receive a code on phone via text. Google Duo might automatically read the verification code, if it doesn't, you have to enter the code manually.
  • Once the code is there, your Duo is set and your looking at your cute face.
How to Video Call With Duo
Making a video call with Duo is real easy, even my two-year old niece can do it.
All you have to do is;
  • Tap the blue Video Call button on the screen.
  • Select the person you'd like to video call from your contact list or type in a number you'd like to call(you don't need to have the person on your contact list).
  • To end the video call, tap the red button on your screen.
How to use Google Duo Video Calling App

You can go to Google Duo settings by clicking the three-dot button at the top-left corner of Duo main screen.

If you don't want the people you call to see you before they pick the call, you can turn off knock knock by sliding the toggle.

Google Duo is set to limit mobile data usage by default, this reduces the video quality when you're not using a Wi-Fi connection. If you want full video quality all you have to do is turn off 'Limit mobile data'

Go ahead and have fun video calling with Google Duo.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Introducing Infinix Hot 4 With Fingerprint Scanner

Few months back, Infinix launched the Infinix Hot 3 x554, but I guess they were not satisfied with it as they have released the Infinix Hot 4 a device that wasn't expected to be launched till next year.

Infinix Hot 4

Infinix Hot 4 X557 is the latest Infinix smartphone and it comes with a lot of impressive features: A fluid 5.5 inch display with the new XOS interface based on Android Marshmallow 6.0.

The Infinix Hot 4 finger print ability allows you to conveniently secure ID access by placing you finger on the scanner right below the rear camera.

With the current state of power in Nigeria, smartphones with large battery capacities are becoming more and more popular. With the Infinix Hot 4 4000mah battery, you can get as much as two days of use per charge.

We have seen seen Camera-focused smartphones like the camon C9, Music-focused ones like the Boom J8 but what about Call-focused devices for people who are always making calls?
Infinix Hot 4 smart voice

The Infinix Hot 4 comes with a smart voice feature and noise cancellation technology that identifies and reduces unwanted background noises.  

The Infinix Hot 4 is the first Infinix device to come with XOS out-of-the-box. The new XOS provides you with excellent mobile experience with beautiful themes, smart cleanup, freezer, and a power optimization features that offers 30% reduction in power consumption.

Key Features Of Infinix Hot 4
  • Screen: 5.5″ HD Display
  • Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM
  • CPU: MT6580 Quad Core Cortex; 1.3GHz
  • Operating System: XOS (Based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
  • Camera: 8MP Back, 5MP Front
  • SIM: Dual micro
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Colours: Black, Blue, Gold and Red
  • Finger-print scanner, Smart Voice
  • Recommended Retail Price: N36,900 (JUMIA)

Google's Video Calling And Messaging App Duo And Allo Almost Ready

Back at the Google I/O 2016 conference, the company announced that it would be launching two apps later in the year, Allo - a messaging app and Duo - a video calling app like Apple's FaceTime.

Both apps have been launched but would be available for downloads very soon.
While we wait for the official roll outs, what exactly is Allo and Duo, what can they do?

Google Allo features
Google Allo is a rival to the likes of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Apple's iMessage – Allo. Allo is a new text messaging app coming to iOS and Android soon, but what makes it stand out from other messaging apps available?

Google Allo features

The main difference is that Allo comes with machine learning built in, courtesy of the Google Assistant.
Allo is a ‘smart’ messaging app that learns how to make conversations both easier and more productive.

Google claims that its Assistant will learn how you chat over time and give you personalised answers that you’d actually use. It'll also work when asked things like if you want to go out for dinner. It will also suggest responses to photos because the Assistant can analyse the photo and its contents, understand it and suggest a response. Pretty cool, right? You can see it in action below:
Google Allo

You can talk directly to Google Assistant via text directly in Allo, just like Facebook's chatbots. This allows you to search for stuffs without leaving the Allo app. You can easily type “@Google” in the chat window to chat directly with Google Assistant, and it’ll provide you with search results or whatever you ask.

You can also play games with Google Assistant as shown during Google I/O.
Allo is a simple-to-use but powerful app.

Allo has an incognito mode that offers end-to-end encryption and expiring chats for ‘private’ conversations, it also has private notifications to keep people around you from looking at your messages.

You sign up with your mobile number just like WhatsApp instead of using a Google account as you would expect, this means both iOS and Android users can use the service without having to register for a Google account.

With all these features and many more I failed to mention, I think Google Allo is a welcome alternative to the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

Google Duo features

Coming along side Allo is Duo. Duo is a standalone video calling app that looks to take on the likes of Skype and Apple's FaceTime. I say standalone video calling app because that’s the only thing it does – there’s no messaging function like Skype, its only purpose is for video chat.

Google duo features

 The Duo app has a simple, clean UI and has a tiny size of 5MB, making it an attractive option for video callers.
So what makes Google's Duo app special?
There are quite a number of cool features available on the Duo app, but its key feature of Duo is speed.

Duo has a feature called Knock Knock available for only Android users(Apple boys keep flexing your FaceTime ๐Ÿ˜).
Knock Knock shows you a live video of the person video calling you on your lock screen, You see the person calling you before you even pick the call.

Once you answer the call, the video call starts immediately with no loading screens or lag(hanging). The Duo app is incredibly fast in performance, and I think that’ll be the major selling point of the app.

Google claims that Duo will even work with unstable network connections, which is a common affliction of video calling.

According to the company, the app can automatically adjust the video and audio quality to suit whatever kind of connection you’re on, and it can maintain a call even when switching from Wi-Fi to cellular and vice versa.

Just like Allo, Google Duo works with your mobile phone number instead of a Google account.

As I said earlier, both apps are not yet ready for download but you can Pre-register for them if you want to be notified when they are available for installs.

  • Pre-register for Google Allo here

Pre-register for Google Duo here

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Google Is Working On A New Operating System Called Fuchsia

According to Android Police, Google is currently working on a new operating system(OS). But exactly what it’s designed to do remains unknown.

Android Police spotted a recently published page on popular coding site GitHub where Google asks for help from outside programmers to build a new operating system called Fuchsia.
While Google is keeping most details about the new project secret, it is clearly on the GitHub page that its aim it to build a new operating system.

Google new fuchsia OS
Google also wrote: “Pink + Purple = Fuchsia". Which I think is a hint at something.

Google owns Android - the most used mobile operating system. It also has Chrome OS for computers and Android Wear for wearable devices, among others.
However, all these operating systems have one thing in common: They are all built on Linux an open-source operating system.
 Fuchsia, on the other hand, is to be built on Magenta (what's with all the colors?) a Linux alternative.

The GitHub page suggests that Google is using different programming languages to create apps for the operating system that it doesn’t use in Android OS or Chrome OS.

The million-Naira question now is: What is Google up to? What kind of devices would run Fuchsia? Android Police believes that Google using Magenta instead of Linux suggests that the project could be an operating system designed for different “embedded” devices, like an in-car system with GPS functionality.

Public opinion on Twitter have suggested that Fuchsia could be used on computers Google could produce later.
Some also say that Fuchsia OS could one day replace Android and Chrome OS by becoming a single operating system for all Google-based devices.

Ultimately, no one knows what Google intends to do with the new fuchsia OS but we will know what is finally unveiled.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Infinix Note 3 Pro X537 Coming Soon

The Note 3 Pro X537 is the 'Pro' version of the recently announced Infinix Note 3 X601.
Although there are no physical differences between the two device, there are a bit of difference in their spec as seen below;

Specifications of Note 3 Pro X537.

  • All metal body
  • 6.0 inches with FHD IPS 1920 x 1080 display
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with XOS
  • 4500mAh battery with flash charging
  • 3GB RAM + 32GB storage
  • 16MP back + 8MP front camera with flash for both
  • Helio X10 MT6795
  • Fingerprint sensor

Specs of Infinix Note 3 Pro X537

The Infinix Note 3 Pro will be arriving in the Kenya market first before it gets to other parts of the world. The Infinix Note 3 Pro will be launched later this month(August).

Sunday, 14 August 2016

How To Flash ROMs To Android Devices Without PC

In one of my previous post, a reader requested that I write a post on how to flash roms on Android.
In this post, I will explain how you can  easily flash ROMs to your Android device.

How to flash custom ROM on Android
I tried my best to make it as easy as possible so it shouldn't be too hard to understand.

I would assume that you have already downloaded the ROM you want to flash into your Android device so I'll go ahead and explain how to flash roms into your Android device.

How To Flash ROMs To Android Devices

Note: Flashing roms on different android devices might require different steps for however the steps are always a bit similar. 
I'll be using the steps to flash roms on Infinix Hot note. 
How to flash on Android

  • Copy the ZIP file to the root of your SD card.
  • Power off your phone.
  • Boot your phone into recovery by holding the volume up for a few seconds then press and hold the power button while still holding the volume up button. For most Android devices, holding the power button and volume up button together for a few seconds will boot it to recovery.
Note: you must have installed a custom recovery like CWM (Clockwork Mod recovery) or TeamWin recovery to the device. Check Google for steps to install custom recoveries on your device.
  • Use the volume down to scroll to Wipe data/factory reset and use the volume up button to select it.
Note: Factory reset will clear/wipe all your user data(Music, pictures, videos.. Everything) 
  • Select Wipe cache.
  • Choose Install Zip from sd card.
  • Find the ROM you downloaded and use select.
  • Wait while it installs.
  • Install Gapps if needed.
  • Reboot your phone. 
Congratulations, you have flashed a new ROM to your Android device.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Mtn Xtrabytes: How To Borrow Data And Pay Later

Have you ever run out of data while working on an important project, research or while downloading an important file?
Trust me, it isn't funny...
Imagine working on a school project to be submitted the next day and when you're almost done, you run out of data, makes you want to kill yourself.

With the new MTN Xtrabyte that allows you that allows you to borrow data and pay later on your next recharge, you can ward off the suicidal thoughts.... Lol.

Mtn Xtrabytes borrow data and pay later

How To Borrow Data On MTN XtraByte

  1. Dial *606#
  2. Reply with 3 to request for Xtrabyte
  3. Select the amount of data you want to borrow.
How to borrow data on MTN

  • MTN will deduct from your next recharge to pay for the borrowed data same way Xtratime works.
  • You can borrow data, even though you are yet to pay back your loaned Airtime from MTN.
  • You cannot borrow Data or Airtime multiple times that is borrowing again without paying for the previous debt.
  • You can borrow 10MB, 30MB, 100MB, 200MB, and 750MB. 
  • The borrowed data can not be transferred to another line.
  • To check your Xtrabyte balance, dial *606#
  • The data you borrowed has the same expiry date as your normal data bundle.
  • MTN will charge you 10% extra on data you are borrowing.

Friday, 12 August 2016

How To Convert Videos To Mp3 File On Android

Hey guys, hope you're enjoying your weekend?

Sometimes you might want to convert a video file to an mp3 so you can listen to it while you walk or go about doing your normal day-to-day activities.
Today, I'll be showing you how you can convert videos to mp3 format.


Mp3 Video Converter - Install here.

To convert a video file to mp3, you need to have the video file on your phone.

How To Convert Video To Mp3

How to convert video to mp3

  • Open the mp3 converter you installed earlier.
  • Click on the select button and select the video you want to convert.
  • If you want to change the song information(Song name and artiste name), click on Information.
  • You can choose to convert the video to either AAC or Mp3 by clicking 'copy AAC', both are audio files.
  • After selecting the format you want, click Convert.

That's all.

HP's New Backpack Can Charge Your Laptop, Smartphone And Tablet

HP has made a new powerup backpack that can recharge your laptop, Smartphone and tablet all at once.

powerup backpack
HP's new Powerup Backpack may look like a normal backpack, but it is capable of charging a full-size laptop thanks to its massive 22,400mAh battery. With that much juice, you can charge your smartphone 10 times.

Hp Powerup Backpack
The bag has ventilated pockets and heat sensor monitors and regulators to keep it from getting too hot.

Hp Powerup Backpack
The HP Powerup Backpack cost 200 dollars and it will be available on September 14th, but it is currently available for preorder on Amazon today.

Sony To Launch 4k Version Of PS4 Next Month

Sony plans to release a new 4K version of its PlayStation 4 console next month. The super-gaming machine is rumored to be announced on September 7th, during an event that'll serve as a "technical showcase" to show what the upgraded PS4 can do.

Playstation 4.5 4k
The upgraded PS4 will have improved specs that'll allow it to run games at a higher resolution, for now, it can only go up to 1080p for games. Aside from that, the new model PS4 is the same as the PS4 console that's been on the market for a few years, capable of playing the same games.


Sony has already confirmed that a 4K PS4 is currently in the works and that it'll be sold alongside the existing PS4, at a higher price.
Andrew House, Sony Interactive Entertainment's CEO said:
"We will be selling both [versions] through the life cycle,"
He also added that even after the super Playstation 4 is released,
"All games will support the standard PS4, and we anticipate all or a very large majority of games will also support the high-end PS4."

Rumored names for the new Playstation console include; Playstation 4.5, Playstation 4k and Playstation 4 NEO.

Seagate Builds World Largest SSD With 60TB Disk Space

Last week, Samsung announced that it had built the largest SSD in the world, a 15.36TB drive that cost $10,000.

This week, Seagate has created an SSD four times the size of Samsung's 15TB SSD with 60TB space in a 3.5-inch format and Seagate says it should be available sometime in 2017. The drive will be displayed at the 2016 Flash Memory Summit.

Seagate 60TB hard drive

See The Size Of A 5MB Hard Drive In 1956

60 terabytes is a crazy amount of data, I mean, that's 60,000 gigabytes for Christ's sake; the hard drive can store 400 million standard-sized photos or 12,000 movies.

The 60TB drive is created for enterprise use same as Samsung's 15TB drive.
Seagate also hints that it could scale up storage up to 100TB in the same format. However, until Seagate finally releases this monstrous drive next year, Samsung still holds the title for the largest SSD you can buy.

By the way, imagine the size difference between this hard drive and the 5mb hard drive I wrote about days ago.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

QuadRooter: New Android Vulnerabilities Found In Over 900 Million Devices

QuadRooter: New Android Vulnerabilities Found In Over 900 Million Devices
An Israeli security firm - Check Point recently discovered a set of four vulnerabilities affecting over 900 million Android smartphones and tablets powered by Qualcomm chipsets. The Check Point mobile threat research team, calls the set of vulnerabilities QuadRooter.

What is QuadRooter?
According to Check Point, "QuadRooter is a set of four vulnerabilities affecting Android devices built using Qualcomm chipsets".
Qualcomm is the world’s leading maker of LTE chipsets, responsible for 65% of the LTE modem baseband market. If any one of the four vulnerabilities is exploited, the attacker can gain root access to the device.

What Android devices are Affected?
Some of the latest and most popular Android devices are vulnerable to this exploit.
Some of them include:

  • BlackBerry Priv(Touted as one of the most secure Android devices)
  • Blackphone 1 and Blackphone 2(both privacy focused devices)
  • The New Moto X by Motorola
  • Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung S7 Edge
  • HTC One, HTC M9 and HTC 10
  • LG G4, LG G5, and LG V10
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
  • OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 and OnePlus 3

An attacker can exploit these vulnerabilities using a malicious app. The app would require no special/suspicious permissions to take advantage of these vulnerabilities, preventing any suspicion users may have when installing.

How To Check If Your Phone Is Vulnerable To QuadRooter?
Check point has created an android app that allows you to check if your device is vulnerable to QuadRooter.
You can install the app from Google’s playstore here.

Monday, 8 August 2016

How To Subscribe For Etisalat 1GB For N200 Night Plan

How To Subscribe For Etisalat 1GB For N200 Night Plan
After much waiting, Etisalat has finally launched its own Night plan which is usable from 12AM to 5AM. The data is capped at 1GB and it goes for N200.

This is not a tweak or cheat, it is an official plan from Etisalat and it works on all devices.

How To Subscribe For Etisalat Night Plan

To Subscribe for Etisalat's new night plan, you need to have at least N200 on your etisalat SIM, then dial *229*3*11#. You should get a confirmation message.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

See The Size Of A 5MB Hard Drive In 1956

Technology advancement is an important part of civilization itself.
Before I continue with this post, ask you yourself "Can you survive if your phone had a storage space of 5MB?"

Back in September 1956, IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first ‘SUPER’ computer with a hard disk drive (HDD). The HDD weighed over a ton and stored a whooping 5 MB of data.
IBM 5MB hard disk drive 1956
The 5MB hard drive wasn't even available for sale, companies could only rent it at $3,200/month which is around $30,000 right now.

The hard disk drive had to be moved with a fork lift.

5mb hard drive IBM 1956
Today, you can get hard disks as large as 2TB that can easily fit into your back pocket and cost less than $100.

Nosa of TechRez once wrote an article condemning 16GB variant iPhones saying 'they should die'. I wonder what he would have said if he was around back then.

If this much has changed in just fifty years, how would Technology be like in the next 100 years?
Humans would probably be flying by then.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

MTN Begins 4G LTE Testing In Nigeria

According to a recent Press release, MTN Nigeria’s recent acquisition, Visafone has started testing of its fourth generation long term evolution (4G LTE) internet technology service for users.

Few months back, I published a post announcing That MTN would start it's 4G LTE service in Nigeria come July.

This is a much anticipated development for all MTN users, and to those who have been waiting to test the speed of 4G network.
Mtn 4G LTE

MTN claims that the test-run will be available for now to existing Visafone subscribers that switched from CDMA network  to MTN's GSM network.
“When we roll-out fully, especially with our 2.6 GHz spectrum, the launch will help to enhance customer experience for our over 60 million subscribers, while ensuring greater coverage, access, affordability and ultimately a smart lifestyle for everyone,”

For now there is no information as to when MTN 4G LTE service will be fully rolled out but for now, it is already being tested in Ibadan, Lagos and Abuja. If you recently migrated from Visafone CDMA network to MTN, you should have 4G Active.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Glo TGIF Offers 3GB For N500

We all love Fridays, the church goers have vigil, school children finally get the weekend rest and let's not forget the 'G-Boys' do a special type of clubbing on Fridays. For me, Fridays mean weekend is here and weekend means less working and more lazying around.

Glo TGIF weekend data plan

Long story short we all love Fridays and it appears Glo does too. Glo officially launched a new data plan tagged TGIF.
 Glo TGIF is a new data plan that gives you 3GB of data for just N500 usable during weekends.

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The Glo TGIF data is valid from 12:01 am every Saturday morning to Sunday evening at 11:59pm. I wonder they called it TGIF, when it's not usable on Fridays๐Ÿ˜•.

Glo TGIF 3GB For N500 weekend plan

To subscribe for Glo Weekend Plan, dial *777# and follow the prompt(data services > buy data > Night and weekend plan) or simply dial *777*1*1*7#

Glo is really trying hard to appeal to Nigerians however to get people to use your network, you need to have a good coverage.
Personally, I don't mind ditching my several years old MTN SIM card for Glo if they can adequately improve their network quality. They have nice cheap data plans, nice tariff plans but poor coverage.

Before I sign out, I have a quick question for you. How is Glo network coverage? Let me know via the comment box.

Get 6GB For N1500 In Airtel Special Privilege Offer

Airtel won't rest until it collects the title of cheapest data provider from Glo. As a result of this, they keep releasing cheap data offer back to back.
With their new Special Privilege offer, I think getting closer to becoming the cheapest data provider in Nigeria.

This new cheap data plan from Airtel is called the special privilege offer because according to them, only a selected set of people can enjoy the offer which gives you 6GB for just N1500.

6GB For N1500 In Airtel Special Privilege

To enjoy the Airtel Special Privilege offer, simply dial *440*161#.
Dial *123*10# to check your balance.

The special privilege data plan works on all devices be it Blackberry, iOS or Android. You don't have to change your IMEI or any other stressful wahala like that, just recharge, subscribe and flex!

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Blackberry Makes Its Hub Software Available For Android Devices

BlackBerry has announced that it is making its Hub software available for all Android devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or newer.

What is blackberry Hub? Blackberry Hub is a suite which combines your messaging, email, social networking, and other accounts together into one dashboard.
 The Hub software was previously only available on Blackberry 10 devices and Blackberry Android devices such as the Blackberry Priv or the recently released DTEK50.
Blackberry hub on Android

The Hub is known as Blackberry Hub+ in Google's Play Store and it is available to use for free for 30 days. After the 30-day free trial period, you can continue using the hub for free with ads or pay a subscription fee of $0.99 per month for an ad-free experience.

The free version of the app includes the Hub itself, a password manager and Blackberry Calendar. However if you pay the $0.99 subscription fee, you will also get access to BlackBerry's Contacts, Device Search, Tasks, Notes, and Blackberry Launcher. Users of Blackberry Android devices like Priv and DTEK 50 do not have to pay for this, they get all the services for free.

Blackberry said this is the first software service from its new Mobility Solutions Group and that more are coming.
The company also says that it is currently working to make the Hub+ suite available for Android Lollipop devices, as well.

If you run Android 6.0 Marshmallow on your Android device, you can download the Blackberry Hub+ here.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

How To Easily Root Tecno Camon C9

As we all know, rooting an Android device unlocks its full potential. Using an android device without rooting it gives you limited access, you're not able to do some things or install some important apps like lucky patcher, greenify just to mention a few.

In today's post, I'll be explaining how to root Tecno Camon C9 - Tecno's newest camera-focused device.

You just bought the Tecno Camon C9 with your hard earned money, the best way to enjoy the value for your money is to enjoy it fully by rooting it and removing all the restrictions.
The Tecno Camon C9 launched a while back and since then it has been proving difficult to root due to the fact that it runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Much appreciation goes to Team Hovatek for providing this rooting process.

To root your Tecno Camon C9, following the steps below;

Requirements for rooting Tecno Camon C9:

1. A PC.
2. CWM recovery image Ported by team hovatek (download here)
3. Super (download here)
4. Unlocking the boot-loader of Tecno Camon C9.
4. Patience because rooting the camon C9 is not as easy as other devices.

How To Root Tecno Camon C9?

1. Copy the downloaded Super SU to both your internal storage and SD card.

2. Extract and copy the CWM recovery.img into the same folder as the adb.exe and fastboot.exe.

3. Unlock the Tecno Camon C9 bootloader by following the steps here

4. Connect the Tecno Camon C9 to your PC using a USB cord with the phone switched ON and boot it into Fastboot(as explained in the Bootloader unlock guide)

5. When your device enters fastboot, flash the recovery.img to the phone by typing flash recovery.img then pressing Enter fastboot.

6. Reboot your camon C9 by typing fastboot reboot then pressing Enter

7. Boot the phone into recovery mode by switching it off and using Volume up button + Power button.

8. When you enter recovery mode, use the volume button to move up and down.

9. Move down to Install zip and select it.

10. Select Choose zip from /storage/sdcard1

11. Navigate to the location of and select it.

12. Select Yes – Install SuperSU to confirm flashing.

Wait while the flashing process takes place.

13. Go back to the home screen by using the back option then select Reboot.

If CWM offers to fix some errors, select No.

After doing all these, confirm if your Tecno Camon C9 has been successfully rooted by installing root checker.

Credit - Team Hovatek