Author: Somtoo Okoye

I loved modding JAVA apps and making WAP sites since I was a teen. Always opening my SEGA console and tearing up the inside as a kid. Journalist, entrepreneur, engineer & digital media producer - all rolled into one. Founder of Africa's biggest phone website, Bestmobs. I love technology.
Are Mercedes Benz cars overrated and over-hyped in Nigeria?

Are Mercedes Benz cars overrated and over-hyped in Nigeria?

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Benz or nothing. Mercedes and others. You must have surely heard any of these rhetoric from Mercedes Benz admirers if you stay in Nigeria, Africa's largest country by population. In Nigeria, people - especially young people - fantasize over Mercedes Benz products as though they are magical creatures and or they are totally different from other brands'. Don't get me wrong. Mercedes are QUITE different. But do they totally worth all the hype they get here? Nigeria is one of the poorest countries in the world. With 91 million living in abject poverty, the UN believes that more poor people are found in Nigeria than anywhere else in the world. But there's a growing trend among young people in Nigeria; One that has to do with many young men between the ages of 18 and 35 driving f...
Electric cars are not the future. Here’s why

Electric cars are not the future. Here’s why

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With all the nice things being said about electric cars and how sales of battery-powered vehicles have been soaring recently, its common to see analysts predicting that electric cars will replace combustion engine cars in the nearest future. But that's not true my friend. Electric cars explained Electric vehicles (EVs) do not require fossil fuels like diesel or petrol to function neither do they litter the air with carbon-filled smoke when they run. The concept of EVs is to reduce global warming caused by combustion engine or fuel cars. When you charge an EV, a large quantity of electrical energy in stored in high capacity battery cells under the cabin or hood. After charging, the energy is then used to power the vehicle to travel distances. This way, there's no smoke...
Revolutionary Nokia 9 Purview Android smartphone launches in Nigeria

Revolutionary Nokia 9 Purview Android smartphone launches in Nigeria

Mobile, What's Hot
First announced back in February, HMD Global's Nokia 9 Pureview smartphone has finally been launched and has become available for sale in Nigeria today. Nokia 9 Purview Android smartphone is the first of its kind - having a 5-sensor camera array (each sensor has a resolution 12 megapixels) on its back to guarantee seamless high quality picture capture and video recording. In Nigeria which is known as Africa's largest smartphone market, the 9 can be purchased for N225,000 in any of the online stores of Konga and Jumia. In terms of specifications, the Nokia 9 has so many features to recognize apart from its revolutionary camera but the most noticeable and perhaps interesting is its phablet-size 5.9 inches screen that has an ample quad HD resolution. The smartphone is powere...
Samsung outdoes Apple in Global Smartphone market for Q3

Samsung outdoes Apple in Global Smartphone market for Q3

Mobile, News, Technology: General
A research facility known as the Strategy Analytics has laid claim to a fact that Samsung devices outdid the products released by Apple into the smartphone market for the thierd quarter of the year, a domination which saw the ratio of sales of Samsung Products to Apple devices 2 to 1. Boiling these down to ordinary numbers, it is seen that Samsung racked up a total smartphone sales of 83.4 million units within the July to September (third quarter of the year) period while Apple just managed to stay above half of that, selling just 48.4 million units of its smartphones. As of this time likewise, the totality of the global market on which Samsung's influence had been exerted stood at a majestic 23.7% while Apple had to contend with its 13.6% share of the total booty. Strategy Analytics w...
New AppleTV to include Siri support for smoother usage

New AppleTV to include Siri support for smoother usage

Hardware, News, Technology: General
Apple Inc. is really looking to broaden its scope and widen its horizon also and this can be seen in the diverse range of products that is being manufactured by this multinational giant. From the iPhones to the Mac OS personal computer systems, to the Apple Watches and now, the Apple TV is rearing its head into the market. Apple has added some improved features for its TV to help it gain much more appeal among customers and to work towards earning it the surname "smart". Apple is planning to integrate the functions of Siri to include working on the Apple Music application and platform. Siri is an artificial intelligence programme developed by Apple which relates to individuals and phone users like another person and can actually hold a conversation. Siri is also capable of obeying your...
Huawei Introduces G-Power

Huawei Introduces G-Power

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Huawei unveils its latest product, the Huawei G-Power. It is an addition to their line of android phones, and its best feature is its super long battery life. It is not the much awaited great battery breakthrough; they just inserted a bigger battery in the case. With a 4000mAh battery, they promise 24 hours of idle time, or 3 hours talk time, that is on a 10-minute charge. With a full charge, you can get 113 hours of music, 39 hours talk time, 18 hours of HD video or 15 hours of internet surfing. What’s great about the G-Power, also called Huawei Y6 Pro, it can also serve as a powerbank. You can plug other smartphones to it through a microUSB cable. Its features include a 5-inch, HD IPS screen, a 13-megapixel, 2.0 aperture rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. It is expected to p
Isaac Mizhari Smartwatch For Women on the Go

Isaac Mizhari Smartwatch For Women on the Go

Technology: General
Fashion and technology are among the things that women are attracted to. With the innovations being made nowadays, these two can easily be merged, giving modern women a chance to hit two birds with one stone. Engineered by HP, the Isaac Mizrahi smartwatch is perfect for fashionable on-the-go women. The smartwatch is designed to offer women with style and class, infused with the classic, chunky style of a menswear analogue tank watch with a touch of femininity. Not only works as a fashion accessory, the Issac Mazrahi also has features like social media connection, message notifications and a pedometer. The analogue movement with digital display showcases a luminous color-matched dial that hides the digital display when not active and shows glowing hands. Old-style watch battery which pow...
Suspected Meteorite Kills College Bus Driver in India

Suspected Meteorite Kills College Bus Driver in India

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A meteorite killed a bus driver and injured three others, according to the Indian authorities. The incident happened on Saturday, February 6 in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The “meteorite” hit a private engineering college, taking the life of a college bus driver. According to the Times of India, the object weighed only 11 grams, almost as light as a Triple A battery. It created a five-foot deep crater in the ground and shattered window panes in the building nearby. Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, described the bluish rock as a “meteorite”, although experts say that is yet to be proven. Assistant professor at the Indian Astrophysics Institute in Bangalore, P. Rajaguru, stated that the rock could indeed be a meteorite but more tests are needed for confirmation. He
UN: South Sudan Starves to Death as Wars Continue

UN: South Sudan Starves to Death as Wars Continue

Technology: General
According to UN reports, South Sudan is getting worse this past few days. Killings and crimes have been increasing and nearly 25 percent of the country’s population is in dire need of food assistance. Families have been doing their best to survive and at least 40,000 people are starving to death as they are running out of options. Relief operations and assistance have not been done and delivered yet because affected areas are in security situation. Unrestricted access is vital to provide assistance all affected civilians. The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) considers famine as a technical measure classifying hunger on a scale of one to five. When stretched to 20 percent of the population, level five is classified as “catastrophe”. The UN states that the situation wo
US: Joint Patrols with Philippines in the South China Sea Possible

US: Joint Patrols with Philippines in the South China Sea Possible

Technology: General
The Philippines and US joint patrols are possible in the South China Sea, said US ambassador Philip Goldberg in a media forum. Protests have been made when commercial Chinese aircraft landed on one of China’s artificial islands built in the Spratlys. They also performed provocative actions by challenging Philippine military flights in the area. Goldberg announced that they were not dumping the possibility of joint patrols in South China Sea. Since October, two US warships have sailed by China-claimed islands in the Spratly and Paracel Island. He assured that US would strictly submit to international law, continue to enjoy rights to fly to international air space, and sail through international waters. Albert del Rosario, Philippine Foreign Secretary, stated that officials are deliberat
LPG Rollback on Basic Goods

LPG Rollback on Basic Goods

Technology: General, What's Hot
The party-list group Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers’ Association (LPGMA) stated that the low cost of cooking fuel should lead to lower prices of other basic commodities such as pan de sal (bread) and other bread products. LPGMA party-list Representative Arnel Ty announced that local cooking gas prices have been starting to reflect the fair cost of LPG in the international market due to highly aggressive free market competition. The emergence of more LPG importers and suppliers led bigger companies to continuously adjust prices to keep up with their smaller rivals. He added that the ones who will benefit the most are the consumers since they will be able to enjoy fair and reasonable prices as a result of tough competition. A total of P37.40 is reduced in the price of 11-kilogram tank
Zika Virus: The Newest Threat to our Health

Zika Virus: The Newest Threat to our Health

Technology: General
Zika virus, the new and mysterious threat to our health, is rapidly affecting people especially pregnant women and their newborn children. More than 2,000 cases of newborns with microcephaly – a condition wherein infants have abnormally smaller heads – have been reported in South America. There is no vaccine developed yet to stop the spread of the virus. Because of this, the best thing to do is prevention. Pregnant women are advised not to travel to places where Zika is present. They should also use repellents, wear permethrin-coated clothing, long sleeves and pants. Staying indoors is also advised. The authorities are doing their best to come up with methods to stop the spread of the virus through development of tests, treatments and vaccines. Innovative measures and more effective meth
Gameloft launches office in Nigeria

Gameloft launches office in Nigeria

Technology: General, What's Hot
Gameloft has opened a newly built office in Nigeria which allows Africa's potential to increase its revenue at about 536 percent over the previous years. According to Vincent Brezillon, Sales Director of Gameloft Nigeria, the success that they had experience since the opening of their office in Nigeria and the heightening sales in Africa, justified the opening of a subsidiary in Nigeria, which is the strongest economy of Africa. He also added that it would facilitate interactions with their current and future partners. Gameloft had also joined forces with several mobile operators in the continent like Orange, MTN, Safaricom, Vodafone, Etisalat, and Ooredoo. They were also planning to reach Paris and make partnership in the future. Some popular games of Gameloft includes Asphalt 8: Airborne...
It’s here: Official list of features coming to Samsung Galaxy phones in 2019

It’s here: Official list of features coming to Samsung Galaxy phones in 2019

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South Korean phonemaker Samsung has put out a list of all the cool things coming to Samsung Galaxy devices next year. Apart from knowing that we could possibly be seeing a , a wide range of variety of features have been upgraded or newly added in Samsung Android phones that will come next year. Here's the table listing out all the features: Improvements in place AR Emoji We added more bald female AR Emoji characters for the Galaxy S9 and Note 9. Calendar We added a feature that shows ”Highlight events” in monthly view for v4.2.14.3. Second half of 2018 Calendar We’ll provide an option to use a Korean lunar calendar, Chinese lunar calendar, Shamsi calendar, or Hijri calendar on models updated to Android Pie. We’ll provide an option that you can use to filter past incomi
2020 Toyota Corolla announced with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0

2020 Toyota Corolla announced with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0

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Toyota's best-selling sedan is out in its 2020 edition. The angry-looking redesign on the new Corolla shows that Toyota is far from playing. The Japanese carmaker is currently the top seller of cars in the world and doesn't seem like it would slow down anytime soon. The miniature sedan now comes with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, a driver assist feature that consists of pre-collision system, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert, lane tracing assist, automatic high beams, road sign assist and the rest. The new Corolla packs a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 132 [email protected] pounds torque for the L, XE and XLE variants while SE and XSE models come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine beefing up 169 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. Drivers can choose a 6-spe
All Lexus Car Models, Variants, Meanings & Production Years

All Lexus Car Models, Variants, Meanings & Production Years

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Lexus is one of the most popular brands in the world. Today, we take a look on the meaning of the RX, ES, LS, GX, GS, IS, RC, LC, NX, CT, SC, UX, LX and LF acronyms that stands as car models in the Lexus brand. We shall also see when each car model started and the variants under each model. Lets dive in. What does Lexus RX stand for? The RX is arguably the best-selling crossover in the world. The RX was created Japan in 1997 and was first shipped in the international market as Toyota Harrier and later as the Lexus RX300 before evolving to the RX330 and RX350 (including the RX400h and RX450h hybrid models). Other models include the RX270,  RX 350 F Sport and RX 450h F Sport. The name compliments the car itself as the RX stands for Radiant Crossover. The X stands for cross( and over). I
10 most reliable small SUVs you can buy this year

10 most reliable small SUVs you can buy this year

Autos
A small SUV could be useful for school run, work or even day-to-day activities if you prefer to drive something small but not a saloon car. Thanks to a list. Here's a list of 10 most reliable small SUVs you can buy in 2018, thanks to USNews.com rating. 20. 2018 Chevrolet Trax - Reliability: 3.0/5 | U.S. News Overall Score: 7.4/10 19. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek - Reliability: 3.0/5 | U.S. News Overall Score: 7.8/10 18. 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport - Reliability: 3.0/5 | U.S. News Overall Score: 7.8/10 17. 2018 Nissan Kicks - Reliability: 3.0/5 | U.S. News Overall Score: 7.9/10 16. 2018 MINI Cooper Countryman - Reliability: 3.0/5 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.1/10 15. 2018 Nissan Rogue - Reliability: 3.0/5 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.1/10 14. 2018 Honda HR-V - Reliability: 3.0/5 |
7 strange car facts should know

7 strange car facts should know

Autos
[nextpage]These are some of the strangest car facts you should know, courtesy of Google.com. 1. The world’s first speeding ticket was issued in 1902 How fast was the offending motorist travelling? A scandalous 45mph!![/nextpage][nextpage] 2. Do you know that a modern Formula 1 car can drive upside down in a tunnel at 120mph F1 cars produce around 3.5G while cornering, meaning they’ve enough aerodynamic down-force to drive upside down in a tunnel.[/nextpage][nextpage] 3. Do you know that 60 million cars are produced every year? That’s 165,000 a day, 6,875 an hour and 115 a minute — crazy right?[/nextpage][nextpage] 4. Do you know that Volkswagen owns twelve well-known car brands from 7 European countries? Including Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Bentley, Bugatti
Is Lexus the number one luxury car in the world?

Is Lexus the number one luxury car in the world?

Autos
With its creation as the luxury car arm of Toyota in 1989, like a Mission Impossible stunt, Lexus has shot into limelight and has remained on everyone's lips since then. Before the advent of Lexus, not many believed that Asians, especially the Japanese could make really nice luxurious cars that will not only compete but would try to oust the German machines like Mercedes and BMW from the throne of luxurious vehicles. The people behind Lexus have remained keen to keep pushing the brand to higher levels with each passing day, such that over 327,838 units of Lexus-labeled cars were sold in the first six months of 2018. As things get more interesting, word on the street is that Lexus has become one of the best, if not the best, among the well-known household luxury car brands. Is Lexus
Editor’s Pick: Smartphones To Purchase

Editor’s Pick: Smartphones To Purchase

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In case you've been wondering which smartphones are leading in the African market in the first week of February, here are the top editor's picks. Honor 9 Lite 5.65-inch Full HD+ 18:9 Display Octa-Core Huawei Kirin 659 Processor 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM / 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM 13 MP + 2MP Rear Camera, 13MP + 2MP Front Facing Camera 3,000 MAh Battery Nokia 8 5.3-inch Quad HD LCD display, sculpted Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection Octa-Core Snapdragon 835 with Adreno 540 GPU 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM 13MP + 13MP rear camera, 13MP front-facing camera 3,090mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus 2018 6.0-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display Octa-Core (2.2GHz Dual + 1.6GHz Hexa) Exynos 7885 processor with Mali-G71 GPU 6GB RAM, 64GB ROM / 4GB RAM, 32GB ROM 16MP rear camera, 16MP...