Wednesday, September 23

Month: October 2015

Qualcomm comes for haters, blasts Snapdragon 820 critics

Qualcomm comes for haters, blasts Snapdragon 820 critics

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As reports surfaced earlier this week about the Qualcomm 820 chipset which is supposed to be a component of the much expected Samsung Galaxy S7 being fixed due to its overheating problem which has been a major flaw of its predecessors, Qualcomm on Thursday came out to dismiss the rumours. The US based company correspondence with Gadgets 360 on Thursday via email said: “The rumours circulating in the media regarding Snapdragon 820 performance are false. The Snapdragon 820 improves on all IP blocks and is fabricated in the second generation of the 14nm process technology. It is satisfying the thermal and performance specifications from the OEMs.” The company further went ahead to post a similar message on its Weibo page as well. No comments have been received from Samsung on the ma
Tshwane’s free Wi-Fi service clocks 1 million users

Tshwane’s free Wi-Fi service clocks 1 million users

Technology: General
South Africa is really going somewhere with the free Wi-Fi services that it had been rolling out in some area, touching lives, improving infrastructure and connecting even more people and areas to the internet. The free Wi-Fi has been targeted at mostly low income earners and Internet entry level users and this is achieving its desired effects. It would take a solid heart to have dreamt about ut when this programme started that it would come thus far. The free Wi-Fi programme that has been launched in the Tshwane area of South Africa yesterday reached a major milestone that saw the network record a participation of a million unique devices. This record was hit at about 8:47 PM yesterday and this meant that people were really appreciative and supporting of the free Wi-Fi project. “It’s ju
meQasa recieves $500K funding from Frontier Digital Firm

meQasa recieves $500K funding from Frontier Digital Firm

Technology: General
MeQasa (operating at their official website of meQasa.com) is a Ghanaian based online platform that is based on real estate. MeQasa offers a classifieds platform which is aimed at real estate business in the Ghanaian market and is one of the leading platforms in its own regards. Of recent, meQasa has obtained funding that is well up to half a million dollars ($500,000) from Frontier Digital Ventures which is a VC Digital Firm that Is based in Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia. This would not be the first time that Frontier Digital Firm would be making this type of investment as it is well known to invest in the leading online classifieds platforms over various regions and countries with its resume featuring impressive areas such as Asia, North Africa, East Africa, West Africa, Central America to m...
NCC blasted for handing over mobile users’ data to police, others

NCC blasted for handing over mobile users’ data to police, others

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Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), in a bid to understand the rationale and judicial backing that were involved in the National Communications Commission (NCC)'s decision to hand over the voice data of some private citizens to the security agencies, has written a letter under the backing of the Freedom of Information (FOI) initiative to the nation's telecoms regulator. The need for this letter was borne out of recent knowledge coming to light that on account of suspicious activity, NCC has handed over the data of some customers over various networks to security agencies to look into. This knowledge was brought to light on the 16th of October when the Vice Chairman of the NCC in person of Umar Danbatta said at the International Trade Fair held in Abuja (and reported by ThisDay newspaper pr...
Finalists for Tanzanian leg of SeedStars competition revealed

Finalists for Tanzanian leg of SeedStars competition revealed

Technology: General
SeedStars World, as we all know, is that startup agency that is currently going all around the world with the aim of investing in Startups and choosing outstanding start-ups from each of the 52 countries that it would be visiting. These outstanding members would then go on to become global representatives of their respective countries. The Tanzanian leg of the Seedstars World startup competition is already underway after Seedstars has been to other notable African countries likewise. The event, which has seen 10 finalists emerge, would then be organized to choose one out of these ten that would bear the Tanzanian flag at the grand finale in Geneva of Switzerland. The startups that have been short listed are Time Tickets, Tango TV, Mbezi Recycling, Lemon, Juabar, Kaliko, Guumzo, Agrinfo, ...
MIT researchers create technology that sees through walls

MIT researchers create technology that sees through walls

Technology: General
MIT does not just have some of the best research facilities and as well, personnel in the world by word of mouth but by their actions and innovations launched by this research firm and engineering institute. A group of MIT researchers just made a groundbreaking technology in their research which has seen the development of the "RF Capture" with which images formed even behind a sold wall can be picked up. The research is courtesy of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence laboratory and makes use of wireless technology which would then pick up some reflections due to the silhouette of a person standing against a solid wall in the other side. The silhouette tracking device is able to depict even bodily movements as much as a person writing and even determine up to 15 people ...
Twitter upgrades follower limit to 5000

Twitter upgrades follower limit to 5000

Technology: General
Following the postings earlier this year that although Twitter is still one of the most profitable online business out there, its worth was dropping by the quarter, the shareholders and board of directors have been brainstorming on what ideas would help keep their heads above water and prevent a future crash of the business. At the end of endless hours of meeting though, the right man for the job seemed to be Jack Dorsey and under his leadership, changes have been trooping in as things are hoped to be turned around. First hinting at the fact that users can be expectant of a new feature that would allow them reel out more than 140 characters at once (although the new limit and way in which Twitter wants to go about this is still unknown), Twitter also launched its Twitter Moments feature w...
TechStars now accepting applications for Barclays Startup Accelerator

TechStars now accepting applications for Barclays Startup Accelerator

Technology: General
The Barclays Accelerator programme was announced a little less than a month ago and the start-up initiative was to be based on FinTech innovations. For this programme, Barclays opened its doors to innovators and their applications from all over the world and in order to ensure the smooth running of the startup accelerator programme, teamed up with the people over at TechStars. From the initial release, TechStars would be responsible for the supervision, mentoring and training of the applicants who were successful enough to even make the cut for this programme. It is then with great joy that we announce to you that the same TechStars that are affiliated to Barclays and key players in the Barclays Accelerator Programme have now opened shop for business in Africa as the competition is now op...
MTN stock drop further second day after receiving fine

MTN stock drop further second day after receiving fine

Technology: General
Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN) has been slapped with the biggest fine they or any other telecoms service in the country has ever experienced by the NCC for its failure to meet up to the regulation put in place by the NCC. Having set a deadline for the SIM registration exercise, MTN failed to deactivate over 5 million subscribers from its network and NCC has ordered the firm to pay #200,000 per subscriber, totaling a massive $5.2 billion or in Nigerian currency, #1.04 trillion. For the first day, MTN's stock value dropped a very big 12% which marked the biggest drop that the firm has experienced in 17 years. Their woes were not soon to end as much more investors who are looking to minimize their losses have taken the option of the door, seeing MTN drop a further 16% and lose a tot...
For $10/month, you can say goodbye to annoying YouTube ads while enjoying your videos

For $10/month, you can say goodbye to annoying YouTube ads while enjoying your videos

Technology: General
YouTube is all shades of cool and allows you to stream all the videos and music that you love and/ or subscribed to online, but this comes at a price which sees you get constant pop-ups from ads and all, which might contribute to marring your experience of what is supposed to be "seamless" streaming. Google has risen up to the challenge though and having announced sometime earlier that it would be introducing the Youtube Red service which would see you stream unlimitedly without ads for a premium, the time if finally here as Google's Youtube Red is now perfectly set up to fulfill its aim and achieve its purpose. There's a 30-day free trial period for interested customers to get a hang of what they would be getting into then after that, the premium of $9.99 applies per month during which ...
Apple chief designer joins Chinese phone maker Huawei

Apple chief designer joins Chinese phone maker Huawei

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is fast becoming a big name in the smartphone market and they are also banking on their recent status to always want to take even much more to their consumers so as to increase their customer base and global market share likewise. This drive can be best seen from the fact that Huawei hopes to be a pioneer when it comes to Android technology, even being the first manufacturer to use the Force Touch on one of its devices - the . However, we know that enough is never enough and they know that too so in a bid to constantly do well in the market and capture much more consumers' hearts in the process, Huawei has recently taken up one of Apple's former design head to be the boss of its own design unit. The candidate picked for employment by Huawei is Abigail Sarah Brody and she would be ...
Peugeot soon to finalise car plant project in Algeria

Peugeot soon to finalise car plant project in Algeria

Technology: General
Peugeot, the multinational automobile manufacturing firm, has sought to extend its reach and expand its business further than the shores in which it lay in and where better to do that than in Africa where they boast a very good number of loyal customers? Picking Northern Africa as an ideal set-up base, Peugeot has launched the project of a car manufacturing plant in the country which is soon to be finalized according to the words of the Algerian Minister of Industry and Mining in person of Abdeslam Bouchouareb. Speaking in Paris on Tuesday, the Minister said "It is nearly finalized as there are only two points to address." This was in reply to a question put forward to him by APS shortly after he concluded a meeting with MEDEF International. The two points he mentioned need addressing i...
Panasonic Toughpad tablet comes with 20″ 4K display, 16GB RAM, Windows 10

Panasonic Toughpad tablet comes with 20″ 4K display, 16GB RAM, Windows 10

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The Panasonic performance model Toughpad FZ-Y1 housed in a Glass fiber case for extra strength comes with some pretty impressive specs as announced officially on the company’s website, running the Windows 10 Pro with a 20-inch 4K display having an aspect ratio of 15:10 with a 3840x2560 resolution coming out sharp with 230-pixels per inch. The Toughpad also comes with some more impressive hardware such as the Intel Core i7-5600U processor clocked at 2.6GHz speed paired with a whooping 16GB RAM, AMD FirePro M5100 graphics and an option of 256GB or 512GB of storage memory variant. The device also supports Open GL which is an industry standard for handling CAD and 3D modelling applications with ease and fluidity. The slim design of the Toughpad however houses a built-in USB 3.0 port, Mi
List of locations where you can find free Wi-Fi in Jo’Burg

List of locations where you can find free Wi-Fi in Jo’Burg

Technology: General
The City of Johannesburg has a dream to roll out free Wi-Fi hotspots to its locales by the end of 2015, and the dream is fast approaching actualization. So far, of the 1,000 Wi-Fi spots that the city council wishes to launch in the entire city, more than 100 has already gone to completion and the services are up and running in these areas already. With citizens having access to over 300MB of these Wi-Fi packages daily, the plan has been rolled off to public centers like gatherings and clinics likewise. Locations where the free Wi-Fi service have been rolled out are as shown below. No. Site / Location 1 Alexandra 3rd Ave Library 2 Alexandra Firestation 3 Berario Clinic 4 Berea Firestation 5 Bertha Solomon Rec 6 Bophelong Region A Clinic 7 Boskruin Library 8 Bosmont Library 9 Brixton Recre...
Reports: Samsung working on new Exynos chipset for upcoming Galaxy S7

Reports: Samsung working on new Exynos chipset for upcoming Galaxy S7

Mobile, Technology: General
It shouldn't be news at all to anyone here who has been an ardent reader and follower of this awesome technological space that Samsung has been building its own processor (Exynos technology) for a while now and they're getting pretty good at their job in the process, even using the highly efficient 14nm process. New reports have however showed up to suggest that Samsung is developing a new and much more powerful Exynos processor that would run in its yet-to-come Samsung Galaxy S7 device. This processor chip, Exynos 8890, would be mass-produced and also feature a custom CPU that would be designed by Samsung itself, which reports have named to be M1. It is also the reported that the chips would be mass produced at Samsung's Giheung plant as early as December. Earlier reports have suggested...
Africa Magic disconnects Africa Magic Go from MultiChoice network

Africa Magic disconnects Africa Magic Go from MultiChoice network

Technology: General
Africa Magic is that network on DSTv and its other affiliated products that deals with everything African, brought to you in an undiluted way. Africa Magic has been, over the years since its existence, brought to Africans in Africa the essence of their movie industry and helped in the promotion of the African culture too. Looking to reach out to other Africans that were not living in the continent but abroad, Africa Magic teamed up with MultiChoice to launch the Africa Magic Go which would go on to become the online streaming service for these Africans in diaspora. Just of recent though, Africa Magic has called curtains on the Africa Magic Go service due to reasons undisclosed. It was recently discovered that the channel showed a static page when accessed which shows that it has been di...
Sources Claim Toshiba is Selling Image Sensor Business to Sony

Sources Claim Toshiba is Selling Image Sensor Business to Sony

Hardware, Technology: General
Like many other multinational giants, Toshiba is also a brand that is highly diverse in its operations. Best known for its operations in the laptops and personal computer market, Toshiba has also broken grounds when it comes to the smartphone market and they also run lots of other businesses to boost the main business in an underground manner. Toshiba has then decided to call it quits on one of its less-pronounced investments and focus on other aspects of building the company. The Toshiba image sensor business is the one that Toshiba wishes to let go and according to reports that claim to be founded due to insider knowledge, the deal is to be with Sony and well worth around 20 billion yen. In United States' dollars, that translates to roughly $166.15 million. Sony is expected to, if the ...
Oukitel U7 Pro comes with a projector

Oukitel U7 Pro comes with a projector

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Tech giants Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy Beam back in 2012 eventually producing a successor to it in 2014, the , and the Chinese manufacturer Oukitel seem to be interested in incorporating the feature in its new handset Oukitel U7 Pro which is capable of projecting at an image resolution of 720x1280 and with an in-built 50-lumen pico projector that could beam content to as wide as a 50-inch screen can be used at work for business meetings, watching favourite movies while at home or away and it projects on any wall or any flat surface. The projector on the handset is reportedly incorporated at the top of the device making its usage a quite straightforward task for its owners. Oukitel U7 Pro manufacturers are keeping a tight lid on its other specifications as the tech world wa...
Gionee M3 mini launches in Nigeria (+specifications and features)

Gionee M3 mini launches in Nigeria (+specifications and features)

Mobile, Technology: General
The Gionee M3 Mini device as the name implies, is the mini version of the Gionee M3 device that would be for the lower budget smartphone users. Announced sometimes earlier this year, the device was finally launched from the Stable of Gionee on the 12th of October, and we have it in Nigeria also. With the launch came the full spec sheet of the device from the manufacturer and below is the total specs the device carries. Out of the box would see you facing a 4.5 inch device that has its resolution set at 480 x 854 pixels and 195 ppi. The screen is protected by LCD capacitive touchscreen technology too. Going further down into the hood of the device, it comes with a processor clocked at a speed of 1 GHz all running on four codes. The processor is of the MediaTek MT6736M and is a total 6...
OpenServe to take FTTH service to 10,000 East Pretorian homes

OpenServe to take FTTH service to 10,000 East Pretorian homes

Technology: General
In a bid to seek diversification, Telkom launched a subsidiary to its service and named this service unit the Openserve, which would focus much more on getting broadband across to people. Well, OpenServe has been around for barely a month now and it is already promising to roll out its own fibre to the home (FTTH) service. This FTTH is expected to power about 10,000 homes in the East Pretoria region of South Africa only which is a rather massive figure and huge plus for both Telkom and its brainchild. This programme by Openserve would see its launch before the end of this year, and would mean that more than 10,000 homes would have the fibre network running past them and at their beck and call, needing to just subscribe to the Openserve network and start enjoying it. The CEO of Openserve ...