We Accept Guest Post Anyday Anytime

Share your technology or startup stories with our readers

Find out more

Recent Posts

Way back in 2014, Facebook made a decision which was controversial but people had to move on after the whole thing – what are my talking about? They removed private messaging from the core app into what we know as Messenger today. Facebook Users had no choice but to opt in by downloading it. Anyways, enough on Facebook already! Let’s talk about Instagram.

As we speak, Instagram is testing a new standalone app called Direct for private messages, which brings us to Facebook’s controversial decision in 2014 – they are about to remove messaging feature from the main app.

A post on The Verge reveals that Direct will become accessible on Android and iOS in six countries: Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay starting today.

“ Direct has grown within Instagram over the past four years, but we can make it even better if it stands on its own. We can push the boundaries to create the fastest and most creative space for private sharing when Direct is a camera-first, standalone app,” Hemal Shah, an Instagram product manager said.

Using Facebook’s case, not many people wanted to move to Messenger because of switching between apps, the decision to make Direct a standalone app may be resisted at first by Instagram users. Although, the company wants to focus on photos, we hope this decision is the best since some users start a conversation with others from the stories feed.

Let’s see how Instagram will convince users to download Direct. What do you think? Over to you.
Kachi Ojieh
bitcoin-btc
Featured image credit: Shutterstock

NiceHash, a cryptocurrency mining marketplace formed in 2014 has been hacked, losing at least $62 million after the incident.

This doesn’t come as a surprise since the price of Bitcoin continues to soar, crossing the $14,000 mark for the first time; cyberattackers are looking to cash out some dollars by taking advantage of the booming cryptocurrency industry.

Banks and financial institutions have since forewarned that the instability of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency makes it a risk for investors to put in their money, however, the attackers are not slowing down anytime soon because the Bitcoin marketplace possibly provides a quick strategy to get rich – to the detriment of the investors.

An official press release statement by NiceHash reads:

"Unfortunately, there has been a security breach involving NiceHash website. We are currently investigating the nature of the incident and, as a result, we are stopping all operations for the next 24 hours."

"Importantly, our payment system was compromised and the contents of the NiceHash Bitcoin wallet have been stolen. We are working to verify the precise number of BTC taken. Clearly, this is a matter of deep concern and we are working hard to rectify the matter in the coming days. In addition to undertaking our own investigation, the incident has been reported to the relevant authorities and law enforcement and we are co-operating with them as a matter of urgency."

The exact amount stolen by the hackers wasn’t disclosed, a wallet address circulated by NiceHash users suggest that as many as 4,736.42 BTC – an amount worth more than $62 million at current prices.

To avoid further loss, NiceHash team urged users to change their online passwords.

"While the full scope of what happened is not yet known, we recommend, as a precaution, that you change your online passwords," they wrote in the statement.

We will keep you updated for more stories on this. Now, over to you. What do you think about NiceHash?
Kachi Ojieh
NextBigGadgets is one of the leading Nigerian media platforms whose mission is to cover the latest technology news across the globe. In a world where gadgets and connected things are increasing daily, there is a need to create a platform that extensively deals with the subject without been partial and still unify everyone – that’s what this website does!

None can replace NextBigGadgets as they are here to filter the noises in media and deliver the news to the people.

The team at “Technology Is Before Anything Else (Tech Is Bae)” thinks NextBigGadgets will make a big difference in Nigeria and the world. We live in times where misinformation is the order of the day and everybody wants to be heard despite the fact that not everybody is carrying the real news. NextBigGadgets coming to the scene will help in uncovering stories that readers really want.

Although, NextBigGadgets will take over the operation of techisbae.com, it is not clear yet whether ‘Tech Is Bae’ will move to NextBigGadgets or both will function individually.

Kachi Ojieh, the founder and CEO of Technology Is Before Anything Else (a.k.a TechIsBae) has giving his full approval for both media platforms to cooperate and work as one with the sole aim of delivering quality news to readers while maintaining the already set standard.

NextBigGadgets will operate from Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The domain nextbiggadgets.com has been registered by the company on 12th November 2017. Their Facebook page is nextbiggadgets and Twitter profile handle being @nextbiggadgets.

We hope our readers follow NextBigGadgets also.

What do you think? Please share your comments below.

Kachi Ojieh
uber car
57 million drivers and users are really having a bad time with Uber's recently uncovered security breach which resulted from a hack. Not to put you on tension – what the hackers got away with was merely names, email addresses, and phone numbers although the way Uber is treating it is the issue at hand.

Despite the fact that the hack occurred in 2016, Uber still hasn't reached the users whose information was stolen, and hackers are now capitalizing on that.

Dale Meredith, an IT Trainer and security consultant shared an email he got on twitter. The email which is intended to exploit users looks like it originated from Uber, however with a special trick – it’s created like the conventional email which companies sends to users to apologize after an information breach.

The letter begins in this tone “Our deepest apologies…” and further says “You may have heard that Uber was compromised last year. We are sorry to inform you that your information was, unfortunately, confirmed to be part of the breach. Please click below to confirm you’ve received this message and change your password.”

Anyways, if users click on the link contained in the message, a page is opened with input box for them to enter their old password and new passwords. The danger lies when the hackers get the needed credentials and goes straight to access the user’s Uber account. A terrible practice by most internet users is that they reuse a single username and password across different websites, which simply means that the hackers can now have access to their Facebook, Twitter, Bank Accounts etc and quickly change the user login details too.

This is a wakeup call for people who are fond of clicking on links found in security emails rather than making use of the verified app provided by the company to tread cautiously. Uber has to fix this mess quickly.
Kachi Ojieh
samsung 4k tv
Sometimes I wonder why they call it Black Friday when the sky is bright and the weather is fair, anyways I rest my case there.

What is 4K TV?


According to TrustedReviews, "4K, also known as Ultra HD, refers to a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. That’s four times the 1,920 x 1,080 pixels found in your full HD TV. We’re looking at about 8.3 million pixels. Cramming so many pixels into a TV means a higher pixel density, and you should have a clearer, better defined picture. It’s not about sharpness, it’s about letting you see more detail and texture."


Most people wait patiently for Black Friday just to buy a new TV. Every year (including the one we are in), you will discover a lot of amazing 4K TV deals which are worth considering but hey! Don’t rush it till you get my full gist. Be that as it may, it’s sad to say but some of the deals don’t worth your cool cash. Now that I have clearly mentioned that, here are a couple of secrets kept from you that you ought to know before buying a 4K TV on Black Friday this year.

Generally, due to prices of the TV’s being slashed or becoming affordable so to speak, don’t be surprised to see many people going to buy a 4K TV which they don’t really need. A Few thousands of Naira can replace your old 1080p TV either from Jumia or Konga.

Watch out for the following when buying a new 4K HDTV on Black Friday

#1. The Number Of HDMI Ports Is Limited To One Or Two


Everybody is on the rush to get something on Black Friday TV promo which becomes a problem because the essential features are always neglected in their checklist. Normally, 4K TV comes with up to three or four HDMI ports but you may end up buying a TV with one or two ports.

Just because it’s Black Friday and items go on low prices, manufacturers may remove some of the needed features. These ports are useful when interfacing them with cable box, gaming systems, projector, Apple TV, Roku, NVIDIA Shield and lots more.

A wise counsel is to check the number of HDMI ports on the TV or else you have money to buy a HDMI extender switch which is not always supported in some of the TV’s.

#2. Check The Refresh Rate Specs Whether It’s High Or Low


Low refresh rates say 60Hz will likely be available on 4K TV sales on Black Friday so that people can afford them. It’s advisable to shop for TV’s with higher refresh rates of up to 120 Hz or better, 240 Hz. If you love HD gaming or action movies, make a wise 4K TV choice for a better experience.

#3. Look For High Dynamic Range (HDR)


If you love your movies to look like how the producers envisioned, go for HDR-capable 4K TVs. All those eye catching, crisp and bright colors you see in movies are powered by High Dynamic Range (HDR). For those who plan of having a 4K TV for the next couple of years to come, make sure HDR is on board. The truth is most Black Friday 4K TVs may end not having HDR support due to its low price.

To sum it up, if you are comfortable with a 4K TV with few HDMI ports, refresh rate of 60 Hz, or no HDR available, that’s ok. Make up your mind what you really want and what not to buy on Black Friday. Before you go, check Jumia’s 4k TV deal and Konga Deal – all for your Black Friday delight.

4K TVs Available in Konga

1. LG 98'' Smart Ultra HD 4K TV- 98UB980T
2. Samsung 60" Uhd Smart 4k 60ku7000 Tv
3. Samsung 55-Inch 4k UHD Flat Smart TV 
4. Samsung 55-Inches 4K Curved UHD Smart LED TV - 55ku7350
Kachi Ojieh
google assistant screen
Featured image source: Mashable

Most of you must have been making plans to buy Google Pixel 2 in order to make use of the built-in song identifier but here is good news that will make you put on your dancing shoes: Google Assistant's music recognition feature is coming to Android phones which are Google Assistant enabled, the days of this feature being limited to only Google Pixel smartphones is over. We believe Shazam should buckle up as they just got a rival.

Whenever you walk past someone in the street, or chilling somewhere and you hear a music that got you stirred up but have no idea of the song title or artist, Google Assistant will be of great help by asking it "What song is this?". Expect a reply from Assistant revealing the title and artist. More details such as album title, release date, links to search the song on Google, links to YouTube and Google Play Music will be shown to you.


Although, the feature isn’t available across many countries for now, people in Canada, UK, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Australia says it’s already accessible to them.

What do you think of Google Assistant music recognition feature? Over to you.
Kachi Ojieh

nokia 2 android smartphone
HMD Global has unveiled the Nokia 2 Android smartphone. At the product launch event, HMD Global Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas said in a statement:

“With the Nokia 2, we wanted to replicate the unique Android experience we’ve delivered so far with the long-lasting battery which so many fans associate and expect from their Nokia phones. To make this a reality, every component of the Nokia 2- from the display to battery, chipset to system – has been engineered to draw as little power as possible from the huge battery to give fans a long-lasting phone they can rely on.”

nokia 2 dual sim android phone

The Nokia 2 which is a dual-SIM smartphone sports a 5.0 inches LTPS LCD (Corning Gorilla Glass 3), 720 x 1280 pixels display. It is powered by a 1.3 GHz Quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor with a 1GB RAM and an 8GB internal storage capacity which can be expanded up to 128GB using microSD card. The smartphone features an 8-megapixel primary camera, 5-megapixel front snapper for selfies.

The Nokia 2 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat and boasts of a Non-removable Li-Ion 4100 mAh battery. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio with RDS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, and proximity sensor.

Nokia 2 Price and Availability

It is expected to be sold €99 Euros (about $115 in US dollars, Rs 7,000 in India and N41,342 in Nigerian currency). The Nokia 2 smartphone will be available in mid-November 2017.

See the full specifications below:

Nokia 2 Specifications

General

  • Brand: Nokia 2
  • Operating System: Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
  • Announced Globally: October, 2017
  • Announced In India: 31st October, 2017

Processor

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 212
  • CPU: Quad Core 1.3 GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 304

Display

  • Screen Size: 5.0 inches
  • Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Display Type: IPS LCD (Corning Gorilla Glass 3)
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Camera

  • Rear Camera: 8 MP Camera
  • Video Recording: Yes
  • Front Camera: 5 MP Camera

Storage

  • Card Slot: Yes, microSD Card
  • Internal Storage: 8GB
  • Expandable Memory: Yes, up to 128GB
  • RAM: 1GB RAM

Network Support

  • Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • 2G: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
  • 3G: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
  • 4G: VoLTE

Multimedia

  • Audio Player: MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC
  • Video Player: MP4, H.264
  • Games: Yes
  • FM Radio: Yes
  • Audio Jack (3.5mm): Yes

Connectivity

  • GPRS: Yes
  • Edge: Yes
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 5.0
  • USB: USB Type-C
  • GPS Facility: with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Browser: HTML5
  • 3G Speed: HSPA, LTE

Battery

  • Battery: Non-removable, 4100mAh
  • Battery Type: Li-ion
  • Use Time: Up to 2 Days

Other Features

  • Sensors: Fingerprint Sensor, NFC, Google Assistant
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
  • Call Records: Unlimited
  • Phonebook: Unlimited

Colors

  • Colors: -
Kachi Ojieh
samsung windows mixed reality headset
If you have been following up on tech news lately, you should have seen Windows Mixed Reality pop up your news feed. It’s a platform developed by Microsoft, although it was formerly known as Windows Holographic. Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality tends to be confusing when comparing it with Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) because people don’t see the difference but just a mixed up of terms.

Mixed Reality (MR) isn’t so much different from Virtual Reality (VR) in terms of experience. You get to wear a headset, watch the objects displayed on the screen and have your movements tracked when moving around the VR world.

Anyways, Windows Mixed Reality officially comes with the Windows 10 Fall Creators update (if you are interested in the update, you can download and install it). This update will make Mixed Reality a part of Windows 10 henceforth. The best part is that Microsoft launched an app to help check if your PC supports Windows Mixed Reality. Microsoft calls the app Windows Mixed Reality PC Check and it’s available in Windows store.

Once you download and install the Windows Mixed Reality PC check app, you can go ahead and run it. Click the ‘I Agree’ button and viola! A screen will be shown to you listing PC hardware components which are supported by Windows Mixed Reality. It is worth knowing that Windows Mixed Reality is divided into two platforms. The first is "Windows Mixed Reality" and the other "Windows Mixed Reality Ultra." They differ by the kind of hardware which is supported.

Windows Mixed Reality supports nothing less than an Intel Core i5-7200U, HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2, and Intel HD Graphics 620 or greater or Nvidia MX150 discrete GPU or Nvidia 965M discrete GPU. Windows Mixed Reality Ultra requires Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD Ryzen 5 1400 or better; HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2; NVidia GTX 960/1050 or AMD RX 460/560 or greater.

Windows Mixed Reality & Windows Mixed Reality Ultra also has similar hardware configuration requirements. They are 8GB of DDR3 memory (RAM), 10GB internal storage, USB 3.0 Type-A or Type-C, and Bluetooth 4.0.


Below is the full list of the requirements for Windows Mixed Reality and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra as specified by Microsoft.

Windows Mixed Reality PC Requirements

Operating System

  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Processor

  • Intel Core i5 7200U (7th generation mobile), dual core with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology enabled or better

RAM

  • 8GB DDR3 dual channel

Disk Space

  • 10GB

Graphics Card

  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 or greater DX12-capable integrated GPU
  • Nvidia MX150 discrete GPU
  • Nvidia 965M discrete GPU

Graphics Driver

  • Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.2

Graphics Display Port

  • HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2

Monitor

  • External or integrated VGA (800x600) monitor

USB Type

  • USB 3.0 Type-A or Type-C

Bluetooth Type (for controllers)

  • Bluetooth 4.0


Windows Mixed Reality Ultra PC Requirements

Operating System

  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Processor

  • Intel Core i5 4590 (4th generation desktop), quad core or better
  • AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.4Ghz (desktop), quad core or better

RAM

  • 8GB DDR3 or better

Disk Space

  • 10GB

Graphics Card

  • NVidia GTX 960/1050 or greater DX12-capable discrete GPU
  • AMD RX 460/560 or greater DX12-capable discrete GPU

Graphics Driver

  • Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.2

Graphics Display Port

  • HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2

Monitor

  • External or integrated VGA (800x600) monitor

USB Type

  • USB 3.0 Type-A or Type-C

Bluetooth Type (for controllers)

  • Bluetooth 4.0


What do you think about Windows Mixed Reality? Have you used the app on your PC? over to you.
Kachi Ojieh
HP ZBook x2 workstation
HP has unveiled their latest ZBook x2 in Adobe MAX conference which held in Las Vegas on 18th October. The HP ZBook x2 is now HP’s first detachable PC workstation. The company claims that it’s the "world's most powerful and first detachable PC workstation."

The HP ZBook x2 has been designed to compete against Microsoft's Surface Pro and Surface Book but will it survive it? Only time will tell. HP was found saying that the computer "was designed to solve the performance and mobility needs of artists, designers and digital imaging professionals who need to push Adobe Creative Cloud and other professional applications to the limit."

The new ZBook x2 is highly optimized for Adobe Creative Cloud apps. Users can use the computer in four different modes:

  • Tablet Mode: the keyboard is detached and disconnected in this mode but the ZBook x2 still renders top-notch graphics display
  • Detached Mode: HP pen will come handy in this mode while the option of using Bluetooth keyboard shortcuts remains accessible for you
  • Dock Mode: Additional two 4K displays can be powered by ZBook x2 when using the Dock
  • Laptop Mode: The Bluetooth keyboard is attached and used in this mode

hp zbook x2

HP ZBook x2 which run Windows 10 Pro and comes with a dual-fan active cooling system features a 14-inch LED-backlit anti-glare touch display, screen resolution of 3840x2160 pixels. Internal storage options start from 128GB up to 2TB Solid State Drive (SSD). The internal storage does not allow user upgrade capability, but sure, it comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports for extra external connectivity, USB 3.0 Type-A port.

HP ZBook x2 connectivity options

ZBook x2 supports both 7th and 8th generation Intel CPUs from the i7-7500U to the i7-8650U. It also sports NVIDIA Quadro graphics option, 32GB RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 720p HD web camera. The battery life is up to 10 hours and also supports fast charging. There is Headphone and microphone combo jack, Bluetooth 4.2 and dual-band wireless AC.


HP ZBook x2 ports

HP ZBook x2 Price and Availability


HP ZBook x2 is priced at $1,749 in the US (approximately N620,895 - N628,765 in Nigerian currency) and will be available in early December 2017 .

 

HP ZBook x2 Full Specifications

HP ZBook x2 tablet pen

Brand Name

  • HP ZBook x2

Brand Type

  • 2 in 1 detachable

Display

  • 14.00-inch 4k IPS anti-glare
  • 14.00-inch 4K Dreamcolor anti-glare touchscreen

Processor Family

  • 7th and 8th Generation Intel Core i5 and i7

Processors

  • i7-7500U (2.7 GHz base, 3.5 GHz Turbo)
  • i7-7600U (2.8 GHz base, 3.9 GHz Turbo)
  • i5-8250U (1.6 GHz base, 3.4 GHz Turbo)
  • i7-8550U (1.8 GHz base, 4 GHz Turbo)
  • i7-8650U (1.9 GHz base, 4.2 GHz Turbo)

Operating Systems

  • Windows 10

Graphics

  • Integrated: Intel HD 620 or UHD 620
  • Discrete: NVIDIA Quadro M620 (2 GB dedicated GDDR5)

Memory (RAM)

  • RAM: 32GB
  • Two SODIMM
  • Dual Channel
  • DDR4-2133 non-ECC SDRAM

Internal Storage

  • 128 GB M.2 SATA SSD
  • 512 GB M.2 SATA FIPS SSD
  • 256 GB - 512GB HP Z Turbo Drive (PCIe NVMe)
  • 256 GB - 2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • 512 GB PCIe NVMe SED SSD

Network Connectivity

  • Dual Band Wireless AC 8265
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2x2)
  • Bluetooth 4.2

Camera

  • 720p HD webcam with IR (front-facing)
  • 720p HD webcam (front-facing)
  • 8 MP Camera (world facing)

Ports and Connectors (Left side)

  • 1 x headphone/microphone combo

Ports and Connectors (Right side)

  • 1 x Power Connector
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Type-A (charging)
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Type-C Thunderbolt 3 (DisplayPort 1.2)

Expansion Slots

  • 1 x Smart card reader
  • 1 x Media card reader

Power Supply

  • 90W External AC Power adapter
  • 65W External AC Power adapter
  • 4-cell 70Wh Li-ion polymer Up to 10 hours

Input Device

  • Backlit keyboard with function key control
  • Image sensor clickpad with on/off button, two-way scroll, gestures, two buttons
  • Extra large clickpad with on/off button, two-way scroll, gestures, two buttons

Build Dimensions (WxDxH)

  • 14.25" x 8.94" x .8" (Laptop Mode)
  • 14.35" x 8.94" x .57 (Tablet Mode)

Weight

  • Starting at 4.78 lbs (Laptop Mode)
  • Starting at 3.64 lbs (Tablet Mode)

HP ZBook x2 Pictures


Kachi Ojieh
Good morning friends. Not my style to start the beginning of the week with a bad news but someone has to say it: your Wi-Fi router and other internet connected gadgets might be at risk as vulnerabilities have been discovered in WPA2 encryption protocol. The flaw which is now called KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attacks) makes use of loop holes in Wi-Fi security enabling hackers to listen to communications between computers and wireless access points.

Hackers who are close by to your home or office network could definitely monitor and crack your Wi-Fi password and do whatever they like with the information intercepted which are mostly unsecured or unencrypted data.

Security experts Mathy Vanhoef and Frank Piessens working at Belgian University KU Leuven discovered the vulnerabilities. Ten common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE) records were affected, they are CVE-2017-13077, CVE-2017-13078, CVE-2017-13079, CVE-2017-13080, CVE-2017-13081, CVE-2017-13082, CVE-2017-13084, CVE-2017-13086, CVE-2017-13087 and CVE-2017-13088.

These may not be the end of the world as we also hear that 41% of Android devices are vulnerable to this attack. Mathy Vanhoef stated that the vulnerability is "exceptionally devastating" for Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above.

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued the accompanying cautioning in light of this recent development:

“US-CERT has become aware of several key management vulnerabilities in the 4-way handshake of the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) security protocol. The impact of exploiting these vulnerabilities includes decryption, packet replay, TCP connection hijacking, HTTP content injection, and others. Note that as protocol-level issues, most or all correct implementations of the standard will be affected. The CERT/CC and the reporting researcher KU Leuven, will be publicly disclosing these vulnerabilities on 16 October 2017.”

Could this be the death of WPA2 encryption protocol? What do you think? Over to you.
Kachi Ojieh

Internet of Things (IoT) the latest buzz word in technology; new to some technical enthusiasts in Nigeria but to some an unrealistic technology that Nigerians may not embrace. Recently, I watched an interview conducted in a Nigerian University. The interviewer, asked the student if he had heard about the technology "Internet of Things"; and the student replied saying "Internet I know, Things I know; however, I don’t know about the of". Suddenly, it dawned on me, that there is a wide technology gap between Nigerian students and their western counterparts. Our country needs committed IoT technical evangelists to spread this popular buzz word!

What Is IoT?


The phrase "Internet of Things" was first coined by a British technologist named Kevin Ashton in 1999. He described how data captured by humans would lead to a revolution once computers start generating and collecting data by themselves without human input.

"Internet" as used in IoT is the network of devices that are connected together and communicating with each other to perform certain tasks without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

"Things" is any device that can be embedded with electronic, software, sensors to communicate with other devices. A thing in IoT can be a person with a heart monitor implant, an automobile that has built in sensors to alert the drive when tire pressure is low.

The Internet of Things is not just about connecting devices to the internet, but also making sense of the "things" that are connected. For example, a connected car automatically reads data from other devices or "thing" and gives you information like real time traffic system. The Internet of Things (IoT) is opening up a world of real opportunities and making life easier and smarter. Today the IoT encompasses more than 14 billion things connected to the internet. The IoT is seen to have the potential to be much larger than the internet itself. According to Cisco Internet business solutions groups, it recently predicted that over 50 billion things will be connected to the internet by 2020. (Source: Cisco IBSG, April 2011)
iot in nigeria smart devices
Image Source: (weedezign/Shutterstock.com)

Towards A Smart Nigeria


In Nigeria, we have increasingly deployed digital systems to improve our way of life; however, many of this digital systems lack intelligence and analytics. By embracing the Internet of Things, we can benefit from its numerous applications such as smart traffic systems, smart buildings, smart plugs, smart electric meters, smart water meters and many more.

internet connected gadgets

Presently, our street lights are manually powered on/off and without an operator the streets will be in darkness, hampering movement. Thus, the deployment of IoT components, will give a smarter and Automatic Street Light system. E.g. the street lights can be automatically switched on when the light intensity is lower than a threshold.

Smart Waste Management system will send information to waste control agencies giving real-time information about the status of the waste bin leading to efficient waste collection schedule.

A Fall Detection system can be deployed to assist medical consultants or care homes monitor the well-being of the elderly and know when there is a fall or accident

In Smart Farming, farmers can receive precise information on current weather, slope of land, soil moisture, sunshine exposure, chemicals and other conditions which can affect crop growth positively or negatively.

A Smart Flood Detection system can be deployed to monitor water level variations in rivers, dams and reservoirs which will help determine the chances of flooding and ensure proper flood defences are put in place.

In Summary, Internet of Things has been proven to boost health, agriculture, finance, education, manufacturing, security and energy of a given economy. We hope Nigeria and West Africa will embrace this new emerging technology.

Source: interesthing.io

NOTE: This a guest post submitted by Interesthing
Author Bio: Not Available
Website: http://interesthing.io
Author Gravatar: Not Available
Kachi Ojieh

google pixelbook
Google Pixelbook which runs Chrome OS was launched in San Francisco on Wednesday, 4th October. The Pixelbook is the first convertible Chromebook packed with Google Assistant built-in. The device’s 2-in-1 form factor enables it not only to be used as a laptop but also as a tablet with touch support.

google pixelbook laptop

The Pixelbook integrates an AI software and hardware that puts it in the position capable of Artificial Intelligence (AI) deep learning. There is a dedicated Google Assistant button on the keyboard or you can use the voice command “OK Google” to call Assistant. If you are concerned about productivity and interacting with the tablet, Google did well to launch a new Pixelbook Pen which cost $99 to assist you although it is sold separately.

Design and Display

Google Pixelbook sports a 12.3-inch Quad HD LCD display, 2400 x 1600 resolutions with a pixel density of 235 pixels per inch. It has an aluminum unibody chassis with 360 degrees hinges, enabling it to be used as a laptop, tablet, tent, and entertainment modes. The device is 10.3mm thick and weighs 1.1 kilograms (2.4 lbs).

Hardware

Bringing our focus to Google’s Pixelbook hardware; it will amaze you to know that it comes in three configurations based on Intel’s Core i5 or i7 ‘Kaby Lake’ processors. The systems will feature either 8GB or 16GB RAM and its internal storage will have three options which are 128GB, 256GB or 512GB SSDs. This time around, the latest Pixelbook will not be depending on the internet as its major source of storing data.

Connectivity and Battery

Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 720p web camera, speakers, a microphone and a headphone jack. The Pixelbook also sports two USB Type-C ports (one on each side) which will serve for data, charging and display output.

Google tells us that the Pixelbook packs a durable battery that can last up to 10 hours when being used. The device‘s battery supports fast charging. You can get two hours of power from just 15 minutes of charging, isn’t that wonderful!

Google Pixelbook Price and Availability

Since the Pixelbook comes in three variants, the prices are not expected to be the same. It depends on the one chosen by users.

#1. The device is priced at $999 for the model with a 7th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB of SSD storage.

#2. The device is priced at $1,249 for the model with a Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB of SSD storage.

#3. The device is priced at $1,649 for the model with a Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and 512GB of NVMe SSD storage.

Pre-orders of all the three variants has started and expected to be shipped around October 31.


What do you think about Google Pixelbook? Please let us know in the comments below.
Kachi Ojieh
google pixel 2
Google has finally unveiled the 2nd generation of its Pixel smartphones, the Pixel 2. Google Pixel 2 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processors, 4GB RAM, you can choose between 64GB or 128GB internal storage, it is water and dust resistant. The Pixel 2 sports a 5-inch display, 1920x1080 pixel resolution and thick bezels.

See the full specifications below:

Google Pixel 2 Specifications

General

  • Brand: Google Pixel 2
  • Operating System: Android 8.0
  • Announced: October, 2017

Processor

  • Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
  • CPU: Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)
  • GPU: Adreno 540

Display

  • Screen Size: 5.0 inches
  • Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)
  • Display Type: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Camera

  • Rear Camera: 12.3 MP, f/1.8, OIS and EIS (gyro), phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • Features: 1/2.6" sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
  • Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps
  • Front Camera: 8 MP, 1/3.2" sensor size, 1.4 ┬Ám pixel size, 1080p

Storage

  • Card Slot: Not Available
  • Internal Storage: 64GB / 128 GB
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM

Network Support

  • Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE

Multimedia

  • Alert Types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
  • Audio Jack (3.5mm): No
  • Video Player: MP4/H.264 player
  • Music Player: MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
  • Radio: No

Connectivity

  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
  • GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • NFC: Yes
  • USB: 3.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Battery

  • Battery: Non-removable, 2700mAh
  • Battery Type: Li-ion
  • Use Time: -

Other Features

  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
  • Browser: HTML5
  • Java: No

Colors

  • Colors: Quite Black, Very Silver, Really Blue
Kachi Ojieh
Samsung HMD Odyssey Mixed Reality Headset
Samsung is among the list of companies who has ventured into making mixed reality headsets for Microsoft Windows. Samsung HMD Odyssey was unveiled at a Microsoft event in San Francisco on Tuesday, 3rd October. The device is Samsung’s first Windows Mixed Reality Headset.

HMD Odyssey is priced at $499.99 (approximately £425, Rs. 32,700) and expected to be available in November. The device sports a dual 3.5-inch AMOLED display, 1440 X 1600 resolutions with 90Hz refresh rate, and a 110-degree Field of View. It is good to know that currently, Samsung HMD Odyssey is the only mixed reality headset that features an in-built Microphone array thereby aiding communication in-game or with Cortana.

Alanna Cotton, vice president and general manager of Samsung Electronics America in a statement said “When we began designing and engineering the Samsung HMD Odyssey with Microsoft, there was only one goal in mind, create a high performing headset that’s easy to set up and can transport people to the incredible world of virtual reality,"

He continued by saying "Powered with dual AMOLED displays which Samsung is known for, that result in vivid colors and the highest resolution in the industry, built-in spatial AKG headphones, inside-out tracking, built-in microphone, and quick, responsive motion controllers, the Samsung HMD Odyssey immerses users with a 110° field of view as they discover the new frontier of Windows Mixed Reality. Samsung is committed to working across platforms to build cutting-edge technology, and we’re excited to partner with Microsoft to shape the future of virtual reality. But most of all, we can’t wait for you to take the Samsung HMD Odyssey out for a spin, and see it for yourself.”


Pictures Of Samsung HMD Odyssey

Samsung Mixed Reality Headset
Photo Credit: Samsung - The Samsung HMD Odyssey features a dual 3.5-in AMOLED displays, 1440 x 1600 resolution

Samsung HMD Odyssey built-in microphone
Photo Credit: Samsung - The Samsung HMD Odyssey sports a built-in microphone and also a surround-sound headphones

Photo Credit: Samsung - Movements are tracked inside-out in six degrees of freedom by Samsung HMD Odyssey, enabling forward and backward direction of movement by users. Users can also move up and down, left and right. Don't forget, you can turn your heads in three dimensions.

Photo Credit: Samsung - Inside VR world, user's hands are tracked by Samsung HMD Odyssey controllers

Photo Credit: Samsung - In summary, Samsung's HMD Odyssey runs on Windows Mixed Reality platform

Kachi Ojieh
If you have waited so much for this, be happy and glad because the Google Pixel 2 launch event will be broadcasted live today, October 4th at 9:00am PDT. The launch will start by 9:00am PDT at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain view, CA. That’s 12:00pm EDT for the East Coast and 5:00pm BDT in the UK, 6:00pm for Paris.

For my Nigerian friends, you can tune in by 6:00pm to watch Google unveil Pixel 2.

You can watch the livestream via Youtube:



What are you expecting Google to announce today? Please let us know in the comments below.
Kachi Ojieh
 A lot of us are conversant with the conventional Dual SIM Slot + Memory Card Slot which is mostly available in smartphones nowadays (i.e. three distinct slots are built into the phone, 2 for SIM Card while 1 for expanding internal memory with SD Card). Anyways, things have changed as smartphone manufacturers seek a better way to do things with the advent of Hybrid SIM Slot. This article will explain What Hybrid SIM Slot means and how it works. Read on.

What Is Hybrid SIM Slot

hybrid dual sim card slot
Hybrid SIM Slot is simply a smartphone with only 2 slots, one slot is reserved for SIM Card while the second slot is left for the user to decide either to put another SIM Card or Micro SD Card for internal memory expansion. You have to choose between storage or Dual SIM connectivity.

Examples of phones with hybrid SIM card slot include Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy C5, Galaxy C7, Meizu Pro 5, Redmi Note 3, and Redmi Note 4

How Does Hybrid SIM Slot Work

galaxy s7 hybrid dual sim slot
If your smartphone comes with a Hybrid slot, you can only put one SIM Card + optional SIM Card in the second slot thereby making it a Dual SIM phone which leaves out the option to use Micro SD Card for storage (i.e. One SIM + One SIM). You just have to be satisfied with the internal memory of your phone whether it is 4GB/8GB/16GB or more.

If you don’t want a Dual SIM phone, you put the SD Card in the second slot (i.e. One SIM + Micro SD Card). The hard truth is, with hybrid card slot in a smartphone, you can’t use a Dual SIM + Micro SD Card at the same time. You either choose [One SIM + One SIM] or [One SIM + Micro SD Card]. Hopefully, the ball is in your courts.

What do you think about Smartphones with hybrid SIM Slot? Feel free to leave a comment below.
Kachi Ojieh

In an interview with Fox News Sunday, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates told Chris Wallace that he has switched to an Android phone which now makes it more clearer to a lot of people that Windows phone is truly dead.

We actually didn’t get to hear from Gates which Model of Android phone he is using, one noteworthy comment he made was it has "a lot of Microsoft software." .

Apple and Microsoft go way back in their tough rivalry. Although, Gates continue to use Windows-based PCs , he can be found saying “its great Apple is continuing to do good work.” .

Further, Bill Gates talks to Wallace more about Steve Jobs "He and I had a lot in common ... Steve was a genius, absolutely amazing." .

Anyways, if you are hoping to buy a new smartphone, should Bill Gates’s choice be your yardstick for next smartphone to buy? What is going to be, Android phone or iPhone? Leave Comments below. .

I leave you to watch the video of the interview; don’t forget to tell me what you think. .

Kachi Ojieh
asus laptop

Asus recently unveiled ZenBook Pro UX550VE which is described by the company as the ‘Fatest, Thinest and Lightest ZenBook Pro ever’. The latest Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VE is powered by a seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor despite the fact that eight-generation processors have already been launched by Intel. The laptop packs 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM, a powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4GB GDDR5 VRAM), and a 512GB PCIe solid state drive storage (SSD).

Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VE features a 15.6-inch FHD display, 1920 x 1080 resolution and 178-degree wide-view technology. It has a 7.3mm-thin bezel with 83% screen-to-body ratio. The display supports 10-point multi-touch input and comes with Asus Pen style which will be separately sold.

Wireless connectivity options include Dual band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. I/O Ports include 2 x Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 2 (thunderbolt), 2 x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1. There is an integrated fingerprint scanner that supports Windows Hello. Not forgetting to mention, there is a VGA webcam.

Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VE supports fast charging, which is rare for laptops of this category. We heard from Asus that it takes 49 minutes to charge the battery up to 60 percent when it is low and also last up to 14 hours when in use. The battery is a 73Wh 8-cell lithium-polymer. The laptop also features dual-fan cooling system.

Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VE Price

The ZenBook Pro UX550VE is priced at $1,699 which is between N594,650 - N610,790 in Nigerian currency.
Kachi Ojieh

A lot of people have ended up being frustrated due to twitter’s 140-character limit on tweets which has been in place like forever (*can you believe that this limit was set 11 years ago). People's frustration was born out of the fact that they wanted to say more than they were allowed and not many of them found it funny.

Good news! Twitter is currently testing 280-character tweets, doubling it from the 140-character limit, all in the name of helping its users to express themselves more. Is 280-character even enough to say your mind? For now, let’s accept what they are offering to us.

In a blog posted published by the company, they said “Our research shows us that the character limit is a major cause of frustration for people tweeting in English.” They continued by also saying “When people don’t have to cram their thoughts into 140 characters and actually have some to spare, we see more people Tweeting — which is awesome!”

It has been noted that tweeting in Japanese, Chinese and Korean was less frustrating than in English. Aliza Rosen, Product manager at Twitter and Ikuhiro Ihara who is a Senior Software Engineer at twitter spoke about their research that makes the above true.

@realdonaldtrump will soon be dishing out 280-character tweets to provoke more people. Anyways, Twitter is still testing this, so let’s wait for them to be through and roll it out to the public.

Kachi Ojieh
gigabyte aero 15 X laptop
Gigabyte has announced Aero 15 X gaming laptop. The laptop which is slim and features 15.6-inch display, 1920 x 1080 resolution and 5mm thin bezel design is powered by an Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor (Kaby Lake). Gigabyte's Aero X made good use of NVIDIA's Max-Q technology as this helps in coming up with a thin and lighter gaming laptop.

Aero 15 X sports a powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics, up to 32GB of DDR4 2400MHz memory, 2 memory SODIMM slots, and 2 M.2 PCIe SSD slots.

Connectivity options include 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. The Aero X also features three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, Thunderbolt USB Type-C, HDMI 2.0, mini DisplayPort, headphone/microphone combo back, HD webcam, SD card reader, DC-in Jack, RJ-45.



Not to bore you with so much details, see the key features summarized below.

Gigabyte Aero 15 X Gaming Laptop Key Specifications / Features

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GDDR5 8GB
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor
  • 5mm Thin Bezel Design: Experience True Visual Immersion
  • X-Rite™ Pantone Certified: FHD Wide Angle Display
  • 94.24Wh Huge Battery Capacity for Full-Day Productivity
  • Thunderbolt™ 3: Up to 40Gbps
  • USB 3.1 Type-C: 10Gbps / 5V 3A
  • HDMI 2.0: Ultra HD 4K 60Hz Output
  • Blazing-fast M.2 PCIe Gen.3 X4 SSD: Reach 2000MB/s
  • DDR4 2400MHz – Up to 32GB
  • GIGABYTE Fusion Keyboard: Professional Meets Style
  • GIGABYTE Fusion Macro Software
  • Unique Aesthetics with Aluminum Robust Body
  • CNC Chassis: Brings Back the Art of Crafting
  • Slim and Light Adapter with USB Charging Port
  • Dolby Digital Plus™: Surround Sound Anywhere, Everywhere
  • Intel 8265 WiFi card: With 3 times the speed

Gigabyte Aero 15 X Laptop Price


Gigabyte has made it clear that Aero 15 X gaming laptop will be available October 3 and expected to go on sale for 2,399 euros (approximately $2,730). In Nigerian currency, that is within the range of N955,500 - N985,530

Note: This price may change and differ in each region.

Additional resources:
AERO 15X
Kachi Ojieh