TechSuplex http://www.techsuplex.com Nigeria's Premiere Technology and Gadget web Magazine Mon, 08 Sep 2014 19:12:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 MTN suffers data outage following Data Bonanza. {Updated} http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/09/08/mtn-suffers-data-outage-following-data-bonanza/ http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/09/08/mtn-suffers-data-outage-following-data-bonanza/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:57:18 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=13839

I said it. While writing the post about MTN’s 1GB gift, I casually mentioned that I hoped the network will hold up. It didn’t. As a result of the data gifting, MTN’s currently suffering a data outage on at least some lines. It’s unclear how widespread the outage is but my source confirms that it’s […]

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I said it.

While writing the post about MTN’s 1GB gift, I casually mentioned that I hoped the network will hold up. It didn’t. As a result of the data gifting, MTN’s currently suffering a data outage on at least some lines.

It’s unclear how widespread the outage is but my source confirms that it’s been on for over an hour now and is as a result of the data gift MTN started dishing out earlier today to celebrate its 13th anniversary.

So what happens next? Your guess is as good as mine. The most logical thing to do though, would be to stagger the gifting in small number ranges, so that people use the balance data in batches. That said, I won’t be surprised if the gift “disappears”.

Update: It’s back up, but it seems to be fluctuating. Another source tells me it was a hiccup and that they have more than enough capacity to handle the load. We wait and observe.

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MTN is Gifting ALL its subscribers with 1GB data http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/09/08/mtn-gifting-subscribers-1gb-data/ http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/09/08/mtn-gifting-subscribers-1gb-data/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:11:59 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=13835

I know it sounds like link bait, but I assure you that it isn’t. MTN is gifting 1GB to all its subscribers to celebrate its 13th years of business in Nigeria. Again, even after explaining, the story still sounds like link bait, I got tipped from a really good source but I still had my […]

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I know it sounds like link bait, but I assure you that it isn’t. MTN is gifting 1GB to all its subscribers to celebrate its 13th years of business in Nigeria.

Again, even after explaining, the story still sounds like link bait, I got tipped from a really good source but I still had my doubts, till he forwarded the SMS that is being sent around and I checked my balance with the code in the SMS and There is was: 1024MB.

Right now, it is unclear if the data is for all its subscribers or just its data subscribers, if its the latter, lets hope the network holds up.

I’ve put the necessary screen shots below and I have reached out to MTN and will update with the official word from them.

Sample of the text MTN is sending out.

Sample of the text MTN is sending out.

My balance, showing the bonus.

My balance, showing the bonus.

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New images of the upcoming BlackBerry Classic surface http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/09/06/new-images-upcoming-blackberry-classic-surface/ http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/09/06/new-images-upcoming-blackberry-classic-surface/#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 18:08:14 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=13831

BlackBerry has already announced that the BlackBerry Classic would be released around November, but it seems like the BlackBerry Passport’s announcement, sucked all the buzz about it off the internet. That’s not to say that the device isn’t there though, as shown by today’s leaked images which first appeared on CB. The first image (above) […]

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BlackBerry has already announced that the BlackBerry Classic would be released around November, but it seems like the BlackBerry Passport’s announcement, sucked all the buzz about it off the internet. That’s not to say that the device isn’t there though, as shown by today’s leaked images which first appeared on CB.

The first image (above) gives you a good idea of the size of the device as it is put side by side with a BlackBerry Bold 9900 (Bold 5) and a BlackBerry Q10. The second image gives a close up of the keyboard and the new toolbelt, which is straighter than I remember it.

Having been personally sucked into the idea of the all-touch BlackBerry 10 OS, I’m interested in seeing how the using a trackpad and toolbelt will feel again.

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No new details are brought forth about with the leak, but we already know pretty much all there is to know right now. The device would launch with BlackBerry 10.3 OS, bring back the “toolband” (physical call keys, a menu key and the trackpad), a 3.5 inch display, 3GB RAM and a processor clocked at 1.5Ghz.

 

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Here’s the iPhone 6: Images and details. http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/09/06/heres-iphone-6-images-details/ http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/09/06/heres-iphone-6-images-details/#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 17:22:53 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=13823

There have been a few leaks in the run up to the next iPhone’s official unveiling which is happening on the 9th of September but no one had posted images of a fully functional one…till today that is. Chinese site CNBeta have gotten their hands on what appears to be a fully functional device. The […]

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There have been a few leaks in the run up to the next iPhone’s official unveiling which is happening on the 9th of September but no one had posted images of a fully functional one…till today that is.

New IPhone 6 Besides the iPhone 5s Techsuplex

Chinese site CNBeta have gotten their hands on what appears to be a fully functional device. The device itself isn’t much different than you will have imagined given all the leaked parts and rumours that have hit the internet lately.

Side view iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s

It looks like an slight evolution of the iPhone design, but features rounder corners, rounder edges and a larger display. Looking at the image of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 leak side-by-side, you have an idea about how much bigger the new device is compared to what the last one was, with the display looking like its in the 4.7-inch region.

The user who took the images also has a short video demoing the device and the new iOS 8 which you will find here.

New iPhone 6 besides the iPhone 5

Before this leak, Russain Youtube user Rozetked had also put a video up (below) of a device identical to this one as the iPhone 6, but the device in his own video wasn’t functional, Rather it was parts he coupled together to form a whole. From his own video, there are a few more details to about the new iPhone that are evident, including the power button which has been moved to the side, sensibly too, seeing as the device is much taller now, on the insides, you can also see that the device is powered by a A8 chip and also has an NFC module (finally) inside which probably will be used to facilitate Apple’s rumoured mobile payments platform.

We’ll be following the Apple launch event live and will bring you all the juicy bits via our Twitter (real-time) and right here as well.

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Watch the TPL2 online here http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/09/06/watch-tpl2-online/ http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/09/06/watch-tpl2-online/#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 10:30:38 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=13818

The The Twitter Premiere League (TPL) 2 starts in a few minutes, and looks like it would be mighty fun. If like me you are many miles away from Lagos state, well, we have got you. The good guys behind The TPL have arranged for the games to be streamed live! So all you need […]

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The The Twitter Premiere League (TPL) 2 starts in a few minutes, and looks like it would be mighty fun. If like me you are many miles away from Lagos state, well, we have got you.

The good guys behind The TPL have arranged for the games to be streamed live! So all you need to be “there” is a browser and internet.

You will find the stream below. (You might need to create a livestream.com account or login with your Facebook. It’s pretty straight forward and shouldn’t take 30 seconds).

If you don’t know what the TPL is you should read this and then this.

If you don’t see the stream above, click here.

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University of Ilorin and Glo partner on e-Learning http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/09/05/university-ilorin-glo-partner-e-learning/ http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/09/05/university-ilorin-glo-partner-e-learning/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:45:14 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=13815

Glo and University of Ilorin have entered into a partnership to build a platform where students can access their lectures and reach out to their lecturers over the internet from anywhere in the world. The deal which was reached after principal officers led by the Vice Chancellor visited Glo’s corporate headquarters. The offering from Globacom […]

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Glo and University of Ilorin have entered into a partnership to build a platform where students can access their lectures and reach out to their lecturers over the internet from anywhere in the world. The deal which was reached after principal officers led by the Vice Chancellor visited Glo’s corporate headquarters.

The offering from Globacom would include an e-Learning Suite capable of holding all the faculty curriculums, lecture notes and cache them for access via desktop and mobile devices for up to five years. The e-Learning suite would be available both over the school’s intranet and the internet.

In addition to the e-Learning Suite, Glo would also offer video streaming, local intranet and extranet, web based learning and teleconferencing facilities.

Glo also offered to provide the University with internal communication solutions including a Closed User Group, fixed wireless connections and PABX connections and Bucket Data services for the whole community.

University of Ilorin would be the second university in Nigeria that I know of that would be getting such Infrastructure, the first being Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria which had it’s own funded by the MacAurthur foundation with MEED (a cisco partner) as the technical partner, that helped build its 10Gbit, 30Km fibre optic network with support for CISCO’s boarder-less technology across its three campuses. Interestingly, Glo also partnered to provide internet on the project, with ABU getting a dedicated 155Mbps Glo-1 connection.

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TraveViz, a trade advisory startup launches in Nigeria http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/09/05/traveviz-trade-advisory-startup-launches-nigeria/ http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/09/05/traveviz-trade-advisory-startup-launches-nigeria/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:34:47 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=13812

With support from the Department of International Development (DFID), an advisory and data portal known as TradeViz has been launched to help importers, exporters and prospective investors simplify trade for Nigeria. The platform gives you easy access to expert advice on import, export and also how to simply register a business. TradeViz provides a simplified […]

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With support from the Department of International Development (DFID), an advisory and data portal known as TradeViz has been launched to help importers, exporters and prospective investors simplify trade for Nigeria. The platform gives you easy access to expert advice on import, export and also how to simply register a business.

TradeViz provides a simplified access to information such as tariffs, business registration process, steps to trade, and prohibition lists. It allows users to know which item you cannot import or export from Nigeria. It makes citizens familiar with government policies and how it directly affects local consumption or production by simply raising or reducing tariff.

TradeViz says their aim is to make trading in Nigeria less of a hit or miss affair and as such provide simple and practical procedures for Traders/Investors. This platform is aimed to promote investment in Nigeria, encourage youth participation in this field and to simplify the cumbersome procedures that surround trade in Nigeria.

“We believe that Nigeria is the next big story for investment and we need to simplify this process to prospective investors and also supply relevant data and information that can be of guide”. Abiola Afolabi, Project Manager, TradeViz. “We are ready to make this a success and we will intensify campaign to ensure that Nigerians can easily import and export their products”

For more information about Trading and Investment in Nigeria, hit their website  or Twitter .

BudgIT is presently managing TradeViz with the technical support from Co-Creation Hub.

 

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Smartwatches and the Battery life Question http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/09/05/smartwatches-battery-life-question/ http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/09/05/smartwatches-battery-life-question/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 13:17:26 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=13809

The Moto 360 dropped today, and it’s no secret that I want one but even before I start putting my pennies in a piggybank, there are already opinions on why its battery life  and indeed the battery life on any smart watch right now makes it pointless. The motorola site says one charge is good […]

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The Moto 360 dropped today, and it’s no secret that I want one but even before I start putting my pennies in a piggybank, there are already opinions on why its battery life  and indeed the battery life on any smart watch right now makes it pointless.

The motorola site says one charge is good for “a whole day”, but the rumours on the inter-webs say it does 12 hours and it seems that the general consensus is that for a watch, 12hrs isn’t good enough. Okay.

 

There are two things to consider though about how important battery life would be to the success of smartwatches in the long run.

Firstly, while I’d admit that not having to think about your watches battery for years and in some cases its entire lifespan is something we have all mostly taken for granted, for how many hours a day do you typically wear wristwatches? If you live in Lagos, that may be most of the day thanks to the hustle and bustle of that city, but for most of the world, its actually less than 12 hours, at least I think so. If you leave home at 8am and get back at 6pm on the typical work day, that’s under 12 hours. I personally wear watches for less than 8 hours on the average work day and on about a third of those days, the watch is on the desk.

Again, its hard to say how much use will get you 12hrs, because it’s not like you would use your watch non-stop, and even though you get notifications; some of which you might have to act on instantly, I’m pretty sure there are many which you would see and ignore till later.

Also, how often do you actually use your watch? There’s a clock on your computer and I can almost swear that most people I have seen check the time do so on their mobiles even when they have wristwatches on. Wristwatches stopped being about time long ago, if it were solely about time the name “Rolex” wouldn’t mean much today. It’s about making a statement as well, and of all the smartwatches out now, the Moto 360 and to an extent the Pebble steel are the only ones that don’t day “dork”. The smartwatch as I see it, isn’t here to replace your phone, it’s a watch still, only more useful.

Secondly, there’s the iPhone example. When the iPhone came out, it garnered almost the same type of sentiment that today’s smartwatches are getting. Many thought the novelty would wear-off after a while, and being an early adopter myself, I’d admit that the iPhone then was a shitty product from a functionality perspective, battery sucked, internet was bloody expensive, the phone got hot, you couldn’t even copy and paste! So it was basically a phone that sparked conversations and nothing much else, till the iOS 3.1.3 update. Look where the iPhone is now.

One could argue that there weren’t smartphones like the iPhone back then, but that is open for debate, a debate I’ll skip entirely because of its never ending nature.

There is a chance that we are having the iPhone debate over again though, because you can argue that there aren’t smartwatches like the Moto 360 out now and maybe in a couple of years, we would look back at the Moto 360 the way we do at the first iPhone now, only time will tell that for sure.

The one thing that’s clear though is that today’s smartwatches (especially the Tizen and android wear ones) are loads more functional as watches than the first iPhone was as a phone and I am more than willing to take the leap again and wait for my equivalent of the 3.1.3 update.

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The Moto 360 is now available for ~N40k http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/09/05/moto-360-now-available-n40k/ http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/09/05/moto-360-now-available-n40k/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 11:26:53 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=13803

The Moto 360, Motorola’s android wear running, first attempt at a smart watch is now officially available to the public to buy, if you have $250 (roughly N40,000) to spare that is. The Moto 360 which was announced about 5 months ago, features a 1.5-inch display, at a resolution of 320 x 290 pixels, underneath […]

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The Moto 360, Motorola’s android wear running, first attempt at a smart watch is now officially available to the public to buy, if you have $250 (roughly N40,000) to spare that is.

The Moto 360 which was announced about 5 months ago, features a 1.5-inch display, at a resolution of 320 x 290 pixels, underneath which is a TI OMAP 3 processor, with 512MB of ram and 4GB storage. It comes in a variety of replaceable straps including a metal chain one which is said to be on the way and has an inbuilt pedometer and heart rate monitor along with all the other goodies that android wear offers.

It is also rated IP67 for water and dust resistance.

Of all the smart watches out now, I also personally think its the best looking one, with the LG G Watch R coming a distant second. I’m still definitely getting one, as soon as my piggy bank gets full, come to think of it, it’s my birthday this month you know?  Do the needful. *hint* *hint*.

When I do get one, you will definitely hear about it…in the review section.

 

 

 

 

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Meet the New Moto X (2014) and Moto G (2014): Still bang for buck http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/09/05/meet-new-moto-x-2014-moto-g-2014-still-bang-buck/ http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/09/05/meet-new-moto-x-2014-moto-g-2014-still-bang-buck/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 11:12:23 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=13801

The Moto X and Moto G were two or the most interesting android smartphones that came out last year. Interesting in the sense that both offered users a pretty much premium experience on a budget device. The new Motorola (having been acquired by Lenovo) has refreshed both devices and just released them to the public. […]

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The Moto X and Moto G were two or the most interesting android smartphones that came out last year. Interesting in the sense that both offered users a pretty much premium experience on a budget device. The new Motorola (having been acquired by Lenovo) has refreshed both devices and just released them to the public.

 

The Moto X (2014)

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The new Moto X sports an a slightly bigger (5.2-inch), 1080p full HD display (up from the 720p display on the last one), It’s a slightly bigger device too, we’re talking millimetres so it’s not so big that you would notice if you were familiar with the last one. The new one also ditches plastic (that seems to be the new trend right?) for aluminium for its chassis.

On the insides, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with a 2.5GHz quad core processor pared with and Andreno 330 GPU and 2GB RAM. It is available in 16 and 32GB variants, and there’s a 2300mAh battery inside that Motorola claims will last a full day on one charge. For camera’s, you get a 13-megapixel one main camera (up from 10-megapixels on the the last one) and a 2-megapixel one, capable of shooting 1080p video in front.

Like the last one, it runs on stock android with a bunch of preinstalled Motorola apps such as Moto Actions (gesture control e.g pick up calls without touching the device by waving), Moto Display, Moto Voice (voice control which you can now customise) and Moto assist (for switching devices) among others.

The customisation options from the last one along with the Moto Maker are still there, but now with more options, including a leather back, so you can basically build your own Moto X before ordering it.

Speaking of which, there is no word if it will get to these parts officially, but if you want to order one, it would set you back $500. (~N82,000).

 

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The Moto G, arguably last year’s best budget android device and also Motorola’s best selling device has also gotten a 2014 makeover like the Moto X and it’s a lot better.

First the display has been upgraded to a bigger display–5-inches across now, 720p HD IPS display covered in Corning Gorilla Glass. It also now features a pair of stereo speakers, a micro SD slot (both of which weren’t present on the last one), an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera.

Like the previous one, you get the option of 16 or 32GB for storage as well as the same 1.2Ghz Snapdragon 400 processor and stock android. It will ship with android 4.4 but Motorola guarantees that it will be upgradable to android L when its available.

Even with all the upgrades, it will be sold at the same price as the last one starting at $180 (~N29,000). Again, there is no word if it would get released here officially.

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