We all know Nigeria’s erratic fuel price situation – one moment it’s up and the next it’s down. The current removal of fuel subsidy has helped stabilize the price a bit, but it’s still on the high side compared to the low prices we once enjoyed. At this point, fuel efficient cars are more or less a blessing to Nigerians. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares 8 of the most fuel efficient cars to consider the next time you’re in the car market.
This is a comfortable ride with great rear-seat room. It’s affordable and has a sound and responsive handling. It has an estimated fuel economy rating is within the range of about 8.5 kilometers per liter to about 13.9 Km/L.
Regardless of your reservations about Toyota cars, one thing you have to admit is that they deliver most of what consumers want in a midsized car. It is comfortable to drive, cheaper and easier to maintain than other car brands. The Toyota Camry offers a kind of ‘no-fuss’ driving experience with sound handling and a roomy and comfortable interior that makes it a pleasant car to drive. Its estimated fuel economy within the range of about 9.8 Km/L to about 13.6 Km/L.
This is another affordable car with an inviting image of economy and thriftiness. However, the vehicle still deals with issues of sluggish acceleration, a not-so-good handling and a not so powerful engine. Nevertheless, the car is reasonably roomy, cheap and economical. Its estimated fuel economy within the range of about 11.2 Km/L to about 17.3 Km/L.
This SUV provides a strong blend of fuel efficiency, comfort, roominess and reliability. It’s a great family car with sound handling, quiet with a commendable performance. It has an estimate fuel economy range of about 12.75 Km/L to about 15.73 Km/L.
The Corolla provides a comfortable experience for drivers. It’s quiet and spacious with a secure and reasonably sound handling. It also has a roomy interior and one of the roomiest rear seats. Its estimated fuel economy range is from about 10.00 Km/L to about 13.7 Km/L.
With a generous and comfortable interior room and an engine similar to Hyundai Elantra, the ride has a secure but not very agile handling. It’s also fairly absorbent, tending to feel a bit to tender when encountering sharp bumps, but it has a great engine with logically arranged controls. Its estimate fuel economy rating is within the range of about 10.7 Km/L to about 14.5 Km/L.
This is a fun to drive car with a perky handling and great engine. It is one of the most fuel efficient cars and offers some luxury features that are rare for compact cars in its category, although it’s not particularly as roomy as the others but it’s still very ok. Its estimated fuel economy range is from about 10.6 Km/L to about 13.9 Km/L.
This car delivers great fuel economy, is comfortable with precise handling, a spacious interior but unfortunately not the most reliable car out there. It’s however capable and refined with a reasonably powerful engine. Its estimated fuel economy range is from about 12.3 Km/L to about 13.9 Km/L.
Samsung has unveiled its new flagship smartphones with digital assistant.
Samsung had a terrible 2016 after its Note 7 disaster, so it needs the Galaxy S8 to be a major success. Rather than cutting corners and hoping to increase its profit margin, Samsung has instead decided to create two utterly amazing smartphones.
Here are some basic features every one should know about the new gadget:
1. Break the design lull
Smartphone design has seen a bit of a stagnation over the years and Samsung has tried to break that trend in the past by launching dual-edge smartphones. Galaxy S8 promises to bring just that – a mostly all-glass smartphone with a large display, and almost no bezels.
2. Spot on iris scanner
Reports say that the fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S8 is being kept awkwardly close to the rear camera module. .
3. Battery: From the leaks so far, Samsung will limit the battery for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ to 3000mAh and 3500mAh, respectively, similar to what was found in the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
4. Keeping it under $1000
With a brand new design language for the Galaxy S8 and top-of-the-line specifications and features, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will not go easy on the pockets. As of now, the device are expected to be priced starting at EUR 799 (roughly Rs. 56,000) for the Galaxy S8 and EUR 899 (roughly Rs. 63,300) for the Galaxy S8+ which is about over 300,000 in Naira.
5. Bixby – Voice Assistant
Samsung will also introduce its personal voice assistant, called Bixby, with the Galaxy S8.
Bixby, developed by Viv Labs, was recently unveiled ahead of the Galaxy S8. According to Samsung, Bixby will let you operate compatible apps completely by voice.
6. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ is expected to pack some serious firepower under the hood. The two smartphones will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC, but some markets will get the home-grown Exynos 8895 chip as well.
7. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are expected to sport 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch Super AMOLED pressure sensitive displays respectively, with QHD+ display resolutions (2400×2960 pixels).
8. The smartphones will pack 4GB of RAM with China and South Korea said to get 6GB RAM variants as well. The devices will run on Android 7.0 Nougat.
9. Interestingly, reports so far tell us that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will get a 12-megapixel dual pixel rear camera similar to the Galaxy S7.
Samsung is also expected to bump up the front camera to an 8-megapixel sensor.
Your smartphone is hot as if it is on fire. If you don’t do something about it may damage your phone or your battery will run out within seconds.
This can be likened to a baby running temperature. When this happens, you have to take action immediately. If you don’t know what to do to cool off your hot smartphone, Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares some tips to stop your phone from melting down.
Update your apps
Updating your phone apps are not just there for fun. It is to ensure that you get the current version of your apps as well as help address the bugs or problems with the previous version. If it has been a while you updated your apps, don’t be surprised when it becomes hot.
Fan your phone
This may be crude but it works. You can fan your phone with a hand fan or you blow it with your mouth. Do this until it cools off. What you should never do is to put your phone in a freezer or fridge to cool off.
Separate from other devices
The habit of stacking up all your devices like laptop, iPad, tablet, and camera in a bag will make overheating highly possible. This is because there is no space for the devices to breathe. So, desist from packing all your gadgets together.
Remove unused apps
Don’t allow apps you don’t use very often to take up much-needed space. If your phone is overheating, get rid of unused apps so that there can be space in your phone. It is difficult for a phone that has enough space to get hot.
Stop battery consuming games from running in the background
This is for those who use their phones for playing games. If your phone is hot, especially while playing the game, it may be time to delete it. However, if you don’t want to, ensure that the game is not running in the background. Always kill it.
Coolify is an app for cooling off your hot smartphone. It ensures that your phone temperature is at a balanced and it also helps shut down background apps.
Stop surfing your phone in the sun
You are walking to your hotel room at Eko Hotel and Suites in the hot sun and at the same time, you are surfing your phone in the sun. The sun may affect your sun, thus making it hot. So, stop using your phone while going about your business on a sunny day.
Manufactured by British Condoms, i.Con is a fitness tracker for the p*nis. It provides the wearer with performance statistics while also promising to detect signs of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
British Condoms says the ring, which is used in addition to (rather than instead of) a regular condom, is the final stages of testing and will be released later in 2017.
“It’s truly a revolutionary day,” said the project’s lead engineer Adam Leverson. “Not only have we innovated the world’s first smart condom ring that’ll measure pretty much every aspect of performance in the bedroom, but now I’m pleased to confirm that it will also have built-in indicators to alert the users to any potential STIs present.”
i.Con is not a condom itself, it is a ring that fits over a conventional condom. It measures some sex statistics and detects some sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia and syphilis.
According to the pre-order page, the manufacturers have not announced a release date yet and say that they will not collect money from willing customers until the product is released.
“No, i.Con is not an actual condom; it’s a ring that will sit over a condom at the base, which you can use over and over again. It is extremely comfortable, water resistant and lightweight, you won’t even know it’s there ensuring maximum pleasure and, peace of mind that you can choose any condom you wish to use in conjunction with the i.Con.
“Utilizing a Nano-chip and sensors, i.Con will measure and remember a number of different variables during your sessions. Once your session is completed, you will then be able to use the i.Con app to download your recent data which is paired to the device using bluetooth technology.
“Once you have downloaded your data, the i.Con will automatically clear its memory making way for your next session. It’s extremely simple to use.”
The device has a micro USB port for charging, which lasts for about an hour, and each charge lasts up to six to eight hours of usage.
Some of the measurements catered for includes calories burnt during sexual intercourse, total number of thrusts, frequency of sessions, total duration of session, girth measurement, speed of thrusts and average velocity of thrusts, different positions used (currently BETA testing) and average skin temperature.
British Condoms say that i.Con will be available in one size with a band adjustment feature.
“All data will be kept anonymous, but users will have the option to share their recent data with friends, or, indeed the world.”
The device comes with a one-year warranty.
The condom is available for pre-order on British Condoms’s website for $74; about N34,000 at the current parallel market rate.
Apple is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Cupertino, California that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software, and online services.
The company’s hardware products include the iPhone smartphone, the iPad tablet computer, the Mac personal computer, the iPod portable media player, the Apple smartwatch, and the Apple TV digital media player
Here are 6 exceptional Nigerians who work at Apple in a Key positions:
(1) Tope Bello
With a background in urban and regional planning, from the University of Lagos, and a master’s in geospatial information sciences from the University of Texas, Tope is a seasoned geospatial software designer. His career kicked off at ESRI, a US-based GIS software company, where he spent almost a decade honing his skills.
Tope joined Apple in November 2016 to work on the Apple Maps team in California. In his free time, Tope loves to play football and is also an ardent follower of basketball.
(2) Debola Olufon
Debola Olufon has a history with Apple, dating as far back as 2010. In his humble beginnings, he started off as a floor worker for Apple Retail in London. As a workshop facilitator, he provided training for members of the public and press on new Apple products. He took on a couple other roles after then, including ‘mentor & recruitment coordinator’ and ‘Apple Expert’.
Not satisfied with his position, he proceeded to the London Metropolitan University to obtain a post-grad diploma in HR management (CIPD). He has since returned to take on the role of HR Admin at Apple in London.
(3) Sefunmi Osinaike
Sefunmi Osinaike describes himself as an “advocate for entrepreneurship as a means for solving distinctive problems”. True to his claim, he co-founded Pave, a time management tool for students, while still studying electrical and computer engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada.
Looking for a challenge to expand his horizon, Sefunmi decided to take on the corporate world, cutting his first teeth as a Program Manager at Microsoft’s Redmond HQ.
By August of 2016, he had moved on to join Apple at the company’s Cupertino HQ, where he works in product operations which puts him at the heart of iPhone production. But don’t expect him to leak any details about the upcoming iPhone 8; you’ll have to wait until launch day in September/October.
(4) Tobi Ayanleke
Tobi Ayanleke is an alumnus of Airforce Comprehensive School, Ibadan, Nigeria. Before joining Apple in November 2016, he was the country support manager for HP in Nigeria and Ghana, a position which he held for 2 years.
With a wealth of experience in supply chain, IT service delivery and operations management, and an MBA in global management to boot, Tobi had little trouble sealing a sales management position at Apple in Canada.
(5) Adejoh Ogbe
2 years after he graduated with a degree in geography and town planning from the Kogi State University, Adejoh Ogbe proceeded to the University of Northern Iowa to obtain a master’s in Geography. There he worked on a “spacial analysis of foreclosure and neighbourhood characteristics in Miami metropolitan area, Florida” for his dissertation.
Adejoh joined Apple, as a GIS technician consultant from Apex, in January 2016.
(6) Emmanuel Chukwuezi
Emmanuel Chukwuezi is a senior iOS and Mac support specialist at Apple’s European Headquarters in Ireland. Before then, he worked as an enterprise account manager at eir Business, a Dublin-based telecommunications company, for 5 years.
Emmanuel is an alumnus of the University of Calabar, in Nigeria, and the University of Portsmouth, UK.
Luxury Car Company, Bentley a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG. Now based in Crewe, England, Bentley Motors Limited was founded by W. O is gradually going electric. Why should this legendary automaker be left out?
They have unveiled an electric car concept at the on going Geneva Motor Show. They call it “Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e”
This sweet looking ‘baby’ can go about 190 miles on full charge according to them.
While there are presently concerns on the weight of the car, since they are known for genuine wood, leather and metal. Their engineers and designers are working hard on reducing the weight without compromising on the quality and luxury that Bentley is known for.
Details on its full features at this point are still sketchy.We expect that they would release its full features soon.
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In an effort to help people cope with the loss of their loved ones, a South Korean tech company is developing an app that lets them take photos and converse with digitally-rendered models of deceased friends and family.
Called “With Me”, the controversial app was developed by ELROIS, a Korean firm that specializes in creating realistic 3D avatars, and requires the featured person to sign up for an avatar while they are still alive. Currently, they have to visit a special booth where their bodies are scanned using special technology, but ELROIS hopes that smartphones will soon come with built-in 3D-scanning technology to streamline the process. The company then proceeds to create a “realistic” 3D avatar based on the scanned images, followed by reshaping and auto-rigging to make it animated.
Not only can users of the With Me app take selfies with these digital avatars of their loved ones, but thanks to artificial intelligence, they can also converse with them, or have them react to certain commands or information uploaded to the app.
“When a user puts personal information in the app, the avatars remember the user from that time and recognize if there’s some changes in the of users as well,” an ELROIS spokesperson said. “For example, if there is a change in appearance or an emotional change and the avatar will mention something about it, such as ‘you look younger today, what is your secret?’”
The avatars can also track the user’s face and position and mimic their facial expression, posture or hand movements.
“It was designed for those who lost a friend or family member and are having trouble moving on,” the spokesperson told the Daily Mail. “3D photo-realistic avatar is based on the actual person and it has some interaction with the users, so we think the avatars can be the new way to overcome their wounded-heart with a good function of new technology.”
With Me was showcased at the World Mobile Congress, last week, and has sparked quite the controversy online. While the company claims that the app allows people to create memories with their loved ones even after they’ve passed away, some have argued that these are fake memories, as you’re using an AI avatar that, apart from some basic features, captures nothing of who that person used to be.
“It is not fake memories, I think, because it is 3D realistic avatars, and the actual person is in my mind,” ELROIS’ Eun Jin Lim told the BBC. “It depends on people’s opinion.”
But creating memories and interacting with the dead is just one of the ways in which the Korean company sees With Me being used. It also plans to contact various celebrities and license their image so that fans can interact with them in avatar form.
“We are working on the development for making Avatar Cloud Service in the web and mobile to upload their avatars and buy celebrities avatar, clothes and other stuff related with avatars (We call it as ‘VAW’ or ‘vivid avatar world),” an ELROIS spokesperson said. “Now it is still in the process and we have to contact with celebrities’ agent sooner to get their avatars.”
With Me relies on the same augmented reality technology used in the hit mobile game Pokemon GO. Interestingly enough, ELROIS isn’t the first company to create an augmented reality app that allows user to interact with their deceased loved ones. Last year, a Japanese tombstone company launched Spot Message, an app that lets users “catch” pre-recorded messages from the dead at their graves and other places dear to them.
Culled from: Tori News
The main functionality of having secret codes hidden within a mobile device was originally intended for the employees of the respective devices to trouble shoot and perform procedures. Yet now, living in a digital world, everyone has access to this information.
The most common Android codes that I could find are:
Open your dialer and type in the following *#*#7780#*#*. Another way is to open up settings and click on Restore > Factory Reset.
You can reinstall your device’s firmware with ease by typing in *2767*3855#. Ultimately, you can also use a third party software on your computer to connect your phone and install new firmware modules.
Enable Testing Services Mode
This is commonly used for testers and android programmers. Activate your Testing Services Mode by typing *#*#*#*#197328640 into your dialer. Once you’ve done this, open the settings page to find the new Testing Menu.
Like most programmers, I often want to see the type of camera on the phone. Type in *#*#34971539#*#*.
Backing up Media Files
Believe it or not, you can create backups of your media files by using the phone’s dialer. Simply type *#*#*273 283 255* 663 282*#*#*.
Google Talk Monitoring Service
“Spy onto them, as they spy onto us” – line from the 90’s movie “Hackers.” Yes, Google is spying on you. So, let’s open up that monitoring service by typing in *#*#8255#*#*. From there you’ll soon find out what data Google really has on you.
While the top-right part of your screen displays the battery status, you can also see more information by typing in *#0228#.
What type of encryption is your phone carrier using to protect you? You can see the encryption type your phone is using by entering *#32489#.
Data Usage Stats
Everyone who owns a mobile device is often curious as to how much data they really have used. Most times, it seems the phone bill comes in saying you used X amount of data, and you’re sure you didn’t. Put the phone company to the test: simply type in *# 3282 * 727 336*#.
This may not work on all devices, but you can test out your 3D settings by typing in 3845 #*920#. This will show you if your devices are capable of rendering 3D modules.
You can easily check the status of your Wireless Lan network settings by typing in 526#*#*#*#* or 528#*#*#*#*.
You can perform a full GPS test to see how accurate your GPS settings are. GPS isn’t always 100% dead on target. Just run the test *#*#1575#*#* to see how well your GPS is actually working for you.
Ever wondered why your Bluetooth settings are dropping connections? Maybe you can’t connect as quickly as you once could? Test out your Bluetooth for potential issues, and to see what type of Bluetooth hardware you’re using. Simply type *#*#232331#*#* into the dialer pad.
Checking FTA SW (Software)
If you wanted to look at your device’s firmware to see the type of software used, type *#*#1111#*#*.
Checking FTA HW (Hardware)
Now that you have your software information, find out what it’s running on. Type in *#*#2222#*#*.
View the settings configurations of your diagnostic testing by typing in *#9090#.
Glo Nigeria has launched a data plan for night internet users, which goes for N200 to get 1GB of data.
It can be used to browse, surf the internet, stream videos, play online games and can also be used on PC modem, game console and other devices that has the ability or compatibility to access the internet.
How To Activate Glo Night Plan
– Just recharge 200Naira
– Then dial *127*60# to activate the new glo night plan
– After activation, you will have to wait till 12am in the midnight and browse till 5am
NOTE: It can also be used on PC
The iconic Nokia 3310 feature phone made a comeback on Sunday night nearly 17 years after its debut.
The Nokia 3310 is the Nokia brand’s one of the best-selling feature phones of all time, and it has been priced at EUR 49 (roughly N22,500).
The revamped version will be sold under licence by the Finnish start-up HMD Global, which also unveiled several Nokia-branded Android smartphones.
The new 3310 qualifies as a “feature phone” rather than a smartphone as it only provides limited internet facilities.
It relies on 2.5G connectivity – and is powered by the S30+ operating system, which allows web browsing but has a much smaller range of apps than Android or iOS.
Its single camera is also restricted to two megapixels.
The new 3310 weighs 79.6g (0.18lb) and has a 2.4in (6cm) display
However, its advantage over more powerful handsets is its battery life. HMD says the colour-screened phone has up to a month’s standby time and delivers more than 22 hours of talk time.
It also comes with the modern version of the classic game Snake preinstalled.