TechSuplex http://www.techsuplex.com Nigeria's Premiere Technology and Gadget web Magazine Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:57:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Retailpay App from Interswitch http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/08/20/retailpay-app-interswitch/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=retailpay-app-interswitch http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/08/20/retailpay-app-interswitch/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:43:42 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=13532

If you have a business and you are always on the go, this is a must have as your daily activities is easily entered as the happen, forget the pen and paper you use, just reach for your phone and log in your sales on the go with Retailpay. Cool features to look out for: […]

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If you have a business and you are always on the go, this is a must have as your daily activities is easily entered as the happen, forget the pen and paper you use, just reach for your phone and log in your sales on the go with Retailpay.

Cool features to look out for:

  1. The Dashboard: it provides quick information on business performance
  2. Quickteller payments: the pay with Quickteller button included in invoices was pretty cool, reminded me of paypal invoices
  3. Cost analysis tool- for once, I was able to calculate my cost of sales to the last kobo.
  4. Cloud based, information is stored on the cloud and I can access it anywhere.

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Getting started

Registering was pretty easy. All you need to do is go to the website  for the web app usable on all platform or download the app from the play store for android devices. Fill the form, verify your email and you’re in. The verification email came in a bit slow but once it came it was smooth sailing.

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Selling and reports

Once logged in you are required to fill some information on your business and indicate if you would like to accept payments via quickteller, (fantastic can’t wait to see how this works). One must create records for products before they can sell; products with zero quantity cannot be sold, cool control feature. Once products are set up the sell page is the main page, all products can be selected and sold. I tried using the app for selling services, apart from having to add inventory it works well for it. Once sales are made I could generate various reports that provide insight to my business performance. I found the daily product report especially useful as I could know which product was none performing.

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PROS

Fast and simple setup, Compact, easy-to-use software. Attractive app,  free for the 3 months comes with quickteller.

CONS

No MPOS yet, only android native app available

 

BOTTOM LINE

Retailpay lets you easily manage your sales activities, product and business performance and accept card payments via quickteller and its affordable.  Experience is top-notch ( especially on the android native app)—for retailers and traders alike we suggest you try it for your business.

 

 

 

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A closer look at the Innjoo i1s http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/08/20/closer-look-innjoo-i1s/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=closer-look-innjoo-i1s http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/08/20/closer-look-innjoo-i1s/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:41:53 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=13534

I have been using the Innjoo i1s as a main device for the past few days, and putting my experience together into a full review. Soon after the hands on post went up, I got a couple of emails asking if I would mind doing a video hands on with a closer look at the […]

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I have been using the Innjoo i1s as a main device for the past few days, and putting my experience together into a full review. Soon after the hands on post went up, I got a couple of emails asking if I would mind doing a video hands on with a closer look at the device so here you have it.

In the video below, I do a proper hands on, take you around the device and also, I do a quick demo of the performance and camera.

Just in case you haven’t heard about the Innjoo i1s yet, it is an android device exclusive to Jumia which runs kitkat (android 4.4) and costs under $100. It costs N14,000 exclusive to Jumia.

You can read the first impressions here and if you want a refresher on what the specs are, you should check here.

 

Hands on video with the Innjoo i1s

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Is it just me or has the quality of Nigerian Internet dipped in the past 2 weeks? http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/08/19/just-quality-nigerian-internet-dipped-past-2-weeks/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=just-quality-nigerian-internet-dipped-past-2-weeks http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/08/19/just-quality-nigerian-internet-dipped-past-2-weeks/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:23:05 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=13523

There is something going on, with regards to Internet in Nigeria right now, and I can’t tell what that is which makes it all the more strange. For about two weeks now, Internet speed and quality has dipped across board and no one is offering any explanation as to what is going on. The usual […]

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There is something going on, with regards to Internet in Nigeria right now, and I can’t tell what that is which makes it all the more strange.

For about two weeks now, Internet speed and quality has dipped across board and no one is offering any explanation as to what is going on.

The usual culprit in such cases is a fibre cut on submarine cable which forces service providers to switch to satellite connections which are slower, but I haven’t heard about any of such—planned or unplanned cuts in recent times.

My main Internet connection, which isn’t telco driven hasn’t been able to connect to open Youtube for about two weeks now, MTN downloads stuff okay, but struggles to open pages, Glo struggles to keep a data connection open for use, talk less of using it for anything productive, Etisalat has slowed down and as of right now, wouldn’t even let you access some sites and well, Airtel is Airtel.

I thought this was just I, but I have reached out to a few people across the country and the story seems to be mostly the same across board from Sokoto to Lagos. Even users on fixed services like Smile 4G and Spectranet amongst others say they have noticed a dip in quality as well.

I’m still reaching out to people who should know as to what is happening, but if you do know, please leave us a comment. Also let us know if it’s just us or you have noticed a dip in quality as well.

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Etisalat users experiencing Whatsapp Outage of sorts http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/08/19/etisalat-users-experiencing-whatsapp-outage-sorts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=etisalat-users-experiencing-whatsapp-outage-sorts http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/08/19/etisalat-users-experiencing-whatsapp-outage-sorts/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:33:46 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=13519

If you are an Etisalat data subscriber, chances are that you haven’t been able to access Whatsapp since yesterday. Whatsapp isn’t down generally, but Etisalat users seem to have issues accessing Whatsapp’s service over their network. A quick search through twitter shows that the issue is widespread:   @etisalat_9ja please why is my whatsapp not […]

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If you are an Etisalat data subscriber, chances are that you haven’t been able to access Whatsapp since yesterday. Whatsapp isn’t down generally, but Etisalat users seem to have issues accessing Whatsapp’s service over their network.

A quick search through twitter shows that the issue is widespread:

 

 

 

I have reached out to Etisalat to try and get an official response from them, and I will update this if I do get one, but if I had to hazard a guess, I will say, it has something to do with the way the Network is processing secure requests, because I also can’t sign into the Playstation Network either.

In any case, if you are experiencing the issue, you are not alone.

Update: I got a response from Etisalat, they say they “are aware of the issue and are working to get it back to normal”.

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BlackBerry Z3: Unboxing, Hands On and First Impressions http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/08/15/blackberry-z3-unboxing-hands-impressions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=blackberry-z3-unboxing-hands-impressions http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/08/15/blackberry-z3-unboxing-hands-impressions/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:06:43 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=13496

The BlackBerry Z3—BlackBerry’s first attempt at making a cheap device, finally got into my hands last night, Like the InnJoo, I waited till today, to open the box and peer inside. Reviewers tend to say “plain, black slab” a lot when describing today’s phones, but asides for a few Lumias very few devices actually capture […]

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The BlackBerry Z3—BlackBerry’s first attempt at making a cheap device, finally got into my hands last night, Like the InnJoo, I waited till today, to open the box and peer inside.

Reviewers tend to say “plain, black slab” a lot when describing today’s phones, but asides for a few Lumias very few devices actually capture the essence of that phrase like the BlackBerry Z3 does, it’s like a very thin black brick, down to the sharp angles and everything.

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It’s a 5-inch display, I haven’t turned it on yet, but it has this underlying silver look, which I associate with “China” phones and haven’t seen on a BlackBerry before. I guess with it being the first device made by another manufacturer (Foxconn) this makes some sense.

Above the display, you will find a speaker grill, a front camera and an array of sensors. Beneath the display there’s just the “BlackBerry” branding. If you flip it over, it’s the same sparse theme. The main camera and its led flash occupy the top left corner, there is a speaker grill at the bottom left and the only thing else at the back is the BlackBerry logo at the centre.

The power and volume keys are on the left, on the opposite side, you will find a flap that covers the Sim and microSD card slots. On top there is a volume jack nested on the left side and at the bottom, you will find a USB port smack at the centre.BlackBerry Z3 (11)

The battery is non-removable, so there is no cover, just a dimpled back, the type you make a habit of unconsciously running your finger over, the back is nice, but the device feels a bit too wide—it’s actually not much wider than the Z30, if it is at all—but the sharper edges compared to the rounded ones on the Z30 make it seem so.

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The device feels a bit heavy as well, but without looking at the specs, I can’t tell which one is heavier between it and the Z30.

From the above, you may conclude that the device plain and boring, but it actually isn’t somehow, in all the sparseness, it does manage to look decent.

In the box, you will asides the device itself, you will find a travel charger + USB cable combo, a pair of earphones, warranty documentation and a starter leaflet.

I’d be using it for sometime starting now as my main device, and I’d post a full review when I am done.

Till then, here are some hands on and unboxing pictures:

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Innjoo i1s Unboxing, Hands on and First Impressions. http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/08/15/innjoo-i1s-unboxing-hands-impressions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=innjoo-i1s-unboxing-hands-impressions http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/08/15/innjoo-i1s-unboxing-hands-impressions/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:39:24 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=13478

When the Injoo i1s came out, I thought it was so cheap that I should probably get one and check out how much smartphone N14,000 could get you. While still mulling that, the good people at Jumia sent me one to play with last week, but I was away from home and just got back […]

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When the Injoo i1s came out, I thought it was so cheap that I should probably get one and check out how much smartphone N14,000 could get you.

While still mulling that, the good people at Jumia sent me one to play with last week, but I was away from home and just got back to crack the box open today.

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From the front, with the display turned off, the Innjoo i1s isn’t much different from many of the android devices that have become really popular in these parts. But for the Innjoo branding on top of the 5-inch display, you could mistake it for a Tecno or a Gionee or any of those other phones.

It’s a black plain with thick bezels, around the display screen, with menu, home and back capacitive buttons at the bottom of the display. A speaker grill, front camera and proximity sensors are located above the display.

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The back of the device is black as well, with a camera and flash located at the top half of the device, and a speaker grill at the bottom. The only other thing you will notice at the back is the Innjoo branding written across and some scribbles beside the speaker grill with information about where it was made and what model it is.

The back is plastic with a soft coating, which isn’t slippery—making it really nice to hold.

The other things worth nothing are the 3.5mm audio jack and USB port located at the top and the volume and power/home buttons on the right side of the device.

Even though I mentioned that the device looks like many you are familiar with, there is a certain attention to design and detail, which was put into the device that I certainly wasn’t expecting—Certainly not on a device that costs only N14,000. The little nail gap at the bottom corner of the device for pulling up the battery cover for instance is one of those little design gems.

The device itself is light, but a bit on the thick side, a few millimetres thicker than the BlackBerry Z30, which I consider thick.

DSC05466The device comes in a mostly plain, white box, the kind you usually associate with a decent bottle of perfume, but as soon as you pop it open, you can see the detail that went into the packaging as well, again, not stuff you would associate with a device that cheap. There are premium devices that aren’t packaged that well.

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Inside the box, you will find a charger and USB cable, a warranty document and starterkit/manual. You wouldn’t find earphones here, but I guess at the price point, that’s not so bad.

The device generally feels like a good bargain, before you turn it on. I’ll be popping my sim cards into it in a bit, and putting it through its paces for some time, before coming back to do a detailed review of the device. In the meantime, here are some unboxing and hands-on pictures.

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Microsoft unveils the N4,000 Nokia 130 http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/08/13/microsoft-unveils-n4000-nokia-130/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=microsoft-unveils-n4000-nokia-130 http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/08/13/microsoft-unveils-n4000-nokia-130/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:36:50 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=13475

If you thought the low-end Nokia devices were gone, with Nokia, think again. Microsoft has just announced a new “dumb” phone under the Nokia branding (which they get to use for a few years on “dumbphones” according to their agreement). The device is targeted at first time phone owners probably with the hopes of upselling […]

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If you thought the low-end Nokia devices were gone, with Nokia, think again. Microsoft has just announced a new “dumb” phone under the Nokia branding (which they get to use for a few years on “dumbphones” according to their agreement).

The device is targeted at first time phone owners probably with the hopes of upselling them to Microsoft’s own smartphones down the line, so it is as basic as they come these days—it will call, text, has an SD card slot from which it can play music and videos and you can use it as a torchlight—that’s it.

There is no Internet capability of any sort bundled with the device, neither is there a camera or any other fancy feature.

The device will retail for around N4,000 roughly ($25) which is not bad, and if you are in the habit of carrying a spare dumbphone around, this may be one you would want to check out.

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Samsung ditches plastic for metal on the Galaxy Alpha. http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/08/13/samsung-ditches-plastic-metal-galaxy-alpha/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=samsung-ditches-plastic-metal-galaxy-alpha http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/08/13/samsung-ditches-plastic-metal-galaxy-alpha/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:09:12 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=13470

The biggest issue I, along with so many others have had with premium Samsung devices over the years has been their choice of plastic over other materials for the casing. Samsung seems to have finally listened (or maybe had their hands forced) with today’s announcement of the Galaxy Alpha. The Galaxy Alpha is a 4.7-inch, […]

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The biggest issue I, along with so many others have had with premium Samsung devices over the years has been their choice of plastic over other materials for the casing. Samsung seems to have finally listened (or maybe had their hands forced) with today’s announcement of the Galaxy Alpha.

The Galaxy Alpha is a 4.7-inch, 720p display having, android 4.4.4 (Kitkat) running, Samsung device that is clad in a metal frame. The device is ultra-thin (6.7mm thick), and features a 12-megapixel rear camera capable of shooting 4k video, a 2.1-megapixel front camera, 32GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, and depending on the variant you get, a quad or octacore processor.

Curiously, the device doesn’t feature an SD card slot, so your only hope of expanding the memory is in cloud storage and the device features a 1860mAh battery, which is a full 1000mAh less than what’s on the Samsung Galaxy S5, meaning, except some serious optimization magic has happened on the OS on the device, you will be needing the ultra-power saving mode which first debuted on the S5 on it.

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Speaking of which, almost everything from the S5 makes it to the Galaxy Alpha, including S-Health, a fingerprint scanner, and all the Touchwizz and Google apps you will expect.

Pricing for the device hasn’t been announced yet, but it would be available in black, white, gold, silver and blue colors starting from September.

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BlackBerry Classic Specs leaked. http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/08/13/blackberry-classic-specs-leaked/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=blackberry-classic-specs-leaked http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/08/13/blackberry-classic-specs-leaked/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:10:11 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=13467

It is easy to forget that there is another BlackBerry with a keyboard in the works asides the BlackBerry Passport, with all the love the latter is getting. Announced before the Passport, with a November launch date target, the BlackBerry Classic or Q20 is also on the way too. Unlike the Passport, not a lot […]

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It is easy to forget that there is another BlackBerry with a keyboard in the works asides the BlackBerry Passport, with all the love the latter is getting. Announced before the Passport, with a November launch date target, the BlackBerry Classic or Q20 is also on the way too.

Unlike the Passport, not a lot of details have surfaced about the device other than what BlackBerry has told us—which mostly is the fact that it would be bringing the physical tool-band of hardware keys (call keys, back and a menu key) along with a track pad back. It would be the first BlackBerry 10 device to feature those keys.

Now though, thanks to Geekbench, we can now tell that the device would have a dual core processor clocked at 1.5Ghz and 2GB RAM. This puts it on par with the international variants of the Z10, Q10 and Z30 in that department.

Geekbench benchmark, gives it a score of 500 points, ahead of the BlackBerry Z10’s score of 453 even though they both are running pretty much the same hardware.

There is a chance the performance difference is down to better-optimized software, as the Classic is running a much newer OS—BlackBerry 10.3.1.317.

We’d probably get some more details of the BlackBerry Classic as the launch date approaches; let us know if anyone fancies this one.

Source: Geekbench via N4BB

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You can now pay for Jovago hotel bookings via Simple Pay http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/08/12/can-now-pay-jovago-hotel-bookings-via-simple-pay/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=can-now-pay-jovago-hotel-bookings-via-simple-pay http://www.techsuplex.com/2014/08/12/can-now-pay-jovago-hotel-bookings-via-simple-pay/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:48:42 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=13461

Hotel booking platform Jovago has signed a partnership with SimplePay, Ltd., a web and mobile financial services company based in Abuja to enable Jovago customers pay for their hotel booking through the SimplePay mobile application. Users on Jovago.com can now just enter their booking reference into SimplePay’s new Jovago button in their mobile app or […]

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Hotel booking platform Jovago has signed a partnership with SimplePay, Ltd., a web and mobile financial services company based in Abuja to enable Jovago customers pay for their hotel booking through the SimplePay mobile application.

Users on Jovago.com can now just enter their booking reference into SimplePay’s new Jovago button in their mobile app or at www.simplepay4u.com and pay for their hotel booking instantly.

“We look for partnerships with purpose and innovation and we believe that allowing people to pay for their Jovago.com booking using SimplePay ticks both these boxes,” SimplePay CEO, Simeon Ononobi said of the partnership.

According to Marek Zmyslowski, Managing Director of Jovago.com, “This is a great achievement for Jovago.com. As the leading hotel booking site in Nigeria, we aim to make the payment process as simple and transparent as possible for our customers and this SimplePay partnership does that seamlessly.”

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