Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Six Features to Consider Before Buying Laptops

For the contemporary tech-smart population, a laptop is often regarded as more than just a work tool. Many rely on laptops for multi-faceted purposes spanning social, entertainment, educational and business-related needs.

This makes it imperative for the right decision to be made when shopping for a new device or a replacement unit for your old laptop.

According to the research and development unit of Yudala, here are major things to look out for when shopping for a new laptop.

(1) Size

Gone are the days when laptops weighed a ton and took up so much space. Ongoing advancements in the sphere of computer manufacturing have seen many refinements in laptop sizes. For students and busy executives, portability is a core requirement. The easier it is to fit your laptop PC into a small bag, the better.

Therefore, a laptop with a screen size between 12.5 to 14 inches and weighing between one to 1.5kg fits the bill. When shopping for such a portable device, it is often best to go for a notebook.

A notebook is a personal computer that foregoes some functionality to remain lightweight and small. Notebook computers are sleek, typically weigh less than five pounds and are small enough to fit easily into your briefcase or a backpack. An ultra book also falls into this category as they are portable and lightweight.

(2) Processor speed

Processor speed is a major selling point to look out for when shopping for a new laptop. Most computer applications require that the computer system meet minimum requirements in order for the installation to run. One of those requirements is processor speed. Processor speed measures (in megahertz or gigahertz) the number of instructions per second the computer executes. Intel’s core-based processors, including Core i3, Corei5 and Core i7, are usually the best bet for computing power as these processors deliver top performance.

(3) Screen quality/resolution

Considering the amount of time the average user spends working on a laptop, screen quality is a factor worth taking into cognisance when buying a laptop. The harsh glare from grainy laptop screens may pre-dispose users to side-effects as constant staring at the screen may result in redness, itching and blurring of the eyes, or headaches and migraines, in extreme cases. Touch-screen laptops, many of which are glossy, may also not be a good choice as it throws back many reflections, thereby putting the eyes under considerable strain. Closely related to this, you must consider the resolution of the laptop before making the buying decision.

If you fall into the class of heavy users who work on their laptop for upwards of eight hours in a day, it is more advisable to go for a high definition screen with resolution of 1600 x 900 or higher.

(4) Random access memory

Random Access Memory is a form of computer data storage which stores frequently used programme instructions to increase the general speed of a system. Depending on the type of laptop you wish to buy, a RAM of between 2G and 4GB and upwards will be required to get your system working optimally. Memory speed refers to the amount of time that it takes the RAM to receive a request from the processor and then read or write data. Generally, the faster the RAM, the faster the processing speed of your laptop. In other words, with a faster RAM, it is easier for you to use the laptop for your multimedia or multi-tasking activities. RAM speed is measured in MHz, millions of cycles per second, so that it can be compared to your processor’s clock speed.

5) Battery

Bearing in mind the peculiar power supply challenges in the country, you are better off investing in a laptop with a strong battery that can guarantee at least up to 10 hours of battery life on average use. For a notebook, a battery capacity of 10,000mAH/3.7V or higher is adequately sufficient to begin with, especially as both the total charging capacity and life of a laptop computer’s battery will diminish as you use your computer.

(6) Price

Price is another significant factor to consider when shopping for a new laptop. Laptop prices are often predicated on the features of the device, especially the ones listed above. As such, a laptop with a faster processor speed and RAM would likely cost more than a model with less speed.

However, increasing competition in the market and more attention to research and development of new products makes it possible these days to find moderately priced devices boasting features that would naturally be found in models that are more expensive.
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Heritage Bank: Oyo government reacts to alleged N13bn fraud

Oyo State government on Monday denied the alleged N13 billion fraud involving the Managing Director of Heritage Bank, Mr. Ifie Sekibo and some officials of the state government.

Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun in reply to a mail sent to him informed DAILY POST that the state government had no link with the allegation.

He said “My brother, greetings. The bank has responded.

“Even the Punch report shows that we do not have any inkling of such. Thank you.”

Earlier, the management of Heritage Bank stated that neither Ifie Sekibo “nor any member of the management staff of the bank is being investigated by the EFCC on a N13billion fraud”.

“Over the last week, the bank has fully cooperated with EFCC by providing various documentation and also presented its staff in this regard.

“Management finds it distasteful, unethical and unprofessional of these media houses to tarnish the image of Mr Ifie Sekibo – MD/CEO and the bank.

“We urge the general public to disregard the article in its entirety”, the bank said.

Punch had reported that Sekibo allegedly ignored a series of invitations from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for his role in the alleged diversion.

Detectives of the EFCC were said to have stormed the bank’s head office last week to recover some sensitive documents.
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Quit notice: Igbo lawyer drags Buhari to court, demand arrest of Arewa youths within seven days

A lawyer representing Igbos residing in the North, Vincent Egechukwu Obeta, has filed three lawsuits before the Federal High Court in Abuja, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court seeking to compel the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to arrest members of the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, within seven days.

Obeta, who made the disclosure in a statement on Monday said the first lawsuit seeks an Order of Mandamus of the Federal High Court, compelling the IGP to arrest ACF’s leader, Yerima Shettima and the body’s members who had in July, issued a quit notice asking Igbos to vacate North by October 1.

Recall that the Northern group had last week withdrawn the quit notice, urging Igbos to go about their activities in the region.

But the lawyer said the second lawsuit is seeking a fundamental rights enforcement against Shettima, the IGP and the Federal Government.

Obeta noted that the lawsuit seeks to enforce the rights of the Igbo to move freely throughout Nigeria and to reside in any part of the country as guaranteed by Section 41(1) of the Constitution.

The third is a fundamental rights enforcement suit, filed at the ECOWAS Court, against Shettima, the IGP and the Federal Government.

Obeta warned that should the police boss failed to comply with the Order of Mandamus to arrest Yerima, if granted by the Federal High Court, he will approach the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, to press criminal charges against them.

He disclosed that one of the charges would be the aiding and abetting of a second genocide against the Igbo in the North.

Obeta said, “My criminal suit for such second genocide against Ndigbo in the North will be filed against Shettima, the IGP, the Attorney- General of the Federation (AGF), Professor Ango Abdullahi and Professor Yemi Osinbajo as the Acting President of Nigeria when the threat of a second genocide against Ndigbo in the North was issued.”

The lawyer stated that the IGP, Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, and the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo will be charged before the ICC for deliberately neglecting to arrest and prosecution of Arewa youths leader after he issued the quit notice.

“Nothing short of such arrest and prosecution will suffice to settle the three suits as filed. It is no longer news that the cynical silence and manifest bias of the Federal Government and its agencies since the treasonable threat against the Ndigbo was issued have encouraged and opened a floodgate of hate speeches and songs,” he said.
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Xiaomi Mi 5X global launch set for September 5

Xiaomi's dual-camera flagship, the Mi 5X, was introduced in China about one month ago, but the smartphone is not available in other countries. Although Xiaomi sells many of its smartphones in India and other Asian countries, some remain China-exclusive.

But the Xiaomi Mi 5X will not remain China-exclusive for too long since the handset vendor announced it will expand its availability globally starting September 5. Xiaomi recently teased a special event for that date, where it says a “flagship dual camera” device will be launched globally.

Although the launch event will be held in New Delhi, India, we're convinced the Mi 5X will be available in other countries as well. We're also expecting the smartphone to be slightly more expensive than the Chinese version which costs around $220.

Xiaomi Mi 5X boasts two 12-megapixel main cameras on the rear side, as well as we 5-megapixel selfie camera. It comes equipped with a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB RAM and either 32GB or 64GB internal storage (up to 128GB).

The phone runs MIUI 8.5 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Lastly, Xiaomi Mi 5X sports a 5.5-inch display with full HD (1080p) resolution and packs a 3,080 mAh battery.
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9Mobile Unveils New Logo, Website

…Network integrity, procurement process is intact, says CEO

By Chima Akwaja, Lagos
Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Limited (EMTS), previously trading as ‘Etisalat Nigeria’ yesterday officially unveiled its new brand identity, 9mobile, with a new logo and website.

Chief executive officer of the company, Boye Olusanya said the telecom operator’s network integrity and procurement process for telelecommuncations infrastructures remains resilient and are done from Nigerian even

He said with the migration to a new name and brand, 9mobile promises to sustain and continuously provide innovative and value-adding propositions which it has delivered since inception 9 years ago.

Olusanya, said the new brand identity reflects the bold and creative attributes which the organisation shares with its valued subscribers. The vivacity of the brand will enable the company connect more with its subscribers especially the youth.

“In our nine years of operations, we have remained at the forefront of innovation and take pride in consistently delivering superior experiences to our subscribers. We continue to establish meaningful partnerships with our customers and partners by providing platforms that support their goals and aspirations”, he said.

The telco said that the new name and brand is a deliberate representation and confirmation of its Nigerian heritage, 9ja-centricity, and another phase of its evolution over 9 years of operations in Nigeria. Although its name and brand changes, it assured its customers that the values on which it operates remain the same.

According to Olusanya, the new logo represents resilience and continuity, and also expresses the brand’s thoughts about the future, particularly of digital technology and its continued impact on communication and human interactions. Being a number-themed logo, it reflects the network’s futuristic slant. The colour green, both its light and dark variants, reflects vibrancy, dynamism, life, and youth as well as the brand’s ‘Nigerianness’.

The CEO explained further, “With the launch of our new brand, our commitment to providing our subscribers with best-in-class telecommunications services continues. We live in a digitalized world and 9mobile is positioned to deliver more platforms, products and services using the power of technology. The vivacity of our new brand is an affirmation of our creativity and the recent launch of a volley of value adding services, such as our BlazeOn and Kwikcash service, is testament to this”.

Over the years, the telco has built a strong network which better positions 9mobile to continue delivering innovative solutions which support businesses and people. The values of innovation, customer-centricity and Quality of Service remain its guiding principles even as the new management focuses on driving efficiency and steering growth.

Supporting the CEO’s statement, the Chief Finance Officer, 9mobile, Mrs. Funke Ighodaro, said that “the immediate focus of the business is to drive value for the benefit of its customers. The approach and timing of the rebranding is evidence of the agility and responsiveness of the business.”

Rebranding has commenced at all of the company’s offices, Experience Centres, online and physical touch points, to facilitate seamless integration, as 9mobile guards its position as the most customer-centric and leading innovative telecoms company in Nigeria.
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Monday, August 7, 2017

Nigeria Universities to Get Free Wi-Fi Facility

Surfwella, a free Wi-Fi facility, will be made available in Nigerian universities, from this week, to give a boost to tertiary education in the country.

The Chief Marketing Officer, Surfwella, Olusola Bankole, said on Sunday that the firm would make available the free Wi-Fi in all university campuses in the country.

Surfwella is a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of an indigenous 4G operator, Cyberspace Network Limited, and a platform for social and cognitive computing.

“The University of Abuja will be the first beneficiary, with the service scheduled for launch on the institution’s campus this week Wednesday,” Bankole said.

According to him, while the firm is unveiling the service at the University of Abuja and other institutions, it is still building and adding more features on the Internet infrastructure.
“The usage is totally free. No payment, no subscription, no data purchase, and no need for modems. It is free Internet in the most useable form on the Wi-Fi,” he said.

He said, “The Lagos State University will be next, followed in quick succession by the College of Agric, Lafiaji, and the University of Lagos.”

Bankole said that Surfwella was doing this as a way to give back to the society.

“It is our own form of Corporate Social Responsibility. It is all about empowering the students to be globally competitive, and access to free Internet is the best way to empower the budding oncoming Generation-Z.
“The whole idea of this project is to ensure that future graduates from universities across the country will compete with their contemporaries from other countries of the globe. More so, the surest way to be an entrepreneur is to acquiring Information and Communications Technology skills,” he added.
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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Remita mobile app, not a threat to banks – Obaro

John Obaro, CEO of Systemspecs, owner of the Remita mobile app, a platform that enables customers to access to all their bank accounts on the single platform, says the mobile application is in no way a threat to normal banking applications.
Obaro, who spoke with BusinessDay at the official launch of the mobile application, debunked earlier claims of possible competition with the banks, saying it was simply an online/mobile payment collection platform and not a banking app.
“Remita is not new and the banks have welcomed and accepted it for a while when federal government and corporate agencies started using the platform to pay taxes, salaries, remit pensions and so many other things. We are just launching it on mobile for use by individuals,” Obaro said.
Contrary to previous speculations that the financial technology solution which helps businesses and individuals, manage their accounts and make payments across multiple banks would disrupt bank apps which have been somewhat turned to e-commerce spaces, Remita currently has almost all the Nigerian banks on board its app.
“Banks are not resisting the use of Remita at all, in fact, we already have agreements with the banks on how to share charges on payments made through the app and the mobile app meet all financial security requirements,” Obaro said.
Speaking at the launch, Deji Olowe, executive director, Products and Services, Systemspecs, said, “There is nothing like too much when it comes to technology. Everybody just wants something that would make life and in this case, transactions much easier and that is what has driven us to bring this useful product to everybody. All but two banks are already on board the Remita platform.
“Banks today do not allow you combine your company account with your individual account but Remita allows you to manage them all on one platform. We would also be using artificial intelligence to handle your personal financial management which would tell you what you need to pay for and where you are spending too much money, depending on your usual spending pattern.”
Considering that online security is a major issue in FinTech, Tolu Oluyemi, product manager, Remita app, said, “the platform is fully secured to meet the requirements of every bank in Nigeria and is working to introduce even foreign banks, to enable customers use their app anywhere in the world without having to take their debit or credit cards along.”
In agreement, Obaro said further, “the thing about security is that you can have it in different layers apart from the technology itself where we have a lot of in-built advanced security and anti-fraud measures, we also have a lot of process put in place for both corporate and individuals.
“However, a profile is created for you once we verify identity. We also have the conventional password system called a dynamic authentication number, which is quite different from a regular fixed four digit PIN.
“In this particular case, we ask you to define some rules, which we would use to throw verification questions at the user, so your PIN changes each time. For example if you log in today if you and you’re asked for your date of birth, tomorrow you wouldn’t be asked the same question so your password would be different each time.”
Olamilakan Oluyoye, who has been using Remita web application in his organisation, said the platform had made payment much easier and had enabled reliable record keeping as money spent could now be well accounted for.“We have been using Remita, which is a gateway to the Treasury Single Account (TSA) for the last two years. In my organisation, we make use of it to pay our vendors, pay salaries, pay taxes and to make different transactions. I think it makes everything much easier rather than having to go to different banks to make different payments, especially in an organisation like mine where money is being paid out all the time with only a little charge of two percent,” Oluyoye told BusinessDay in an interview.
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iPhone 7s leak reveals new glass backAdam Westlake - Aug 5, 2017

Almost every leak and rumor on this year’s iPhone has been about the so-called “iPhone 8,” or the new flagship with an OLED display that fills the front side. But we know that Apple will debut two other devices this fall: the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, the modest upgrades and refreshes of last year’s phones. Now we’ve got one of the first big leaks on these other two models, and it reveals a supposed dummy model for the iPhone 7s Plus featuring an all-glass back.

These photos are said to originate from Sonny Dickson, a source of tips and leaks with a reliable track record. They reveal that the dummy model iPhone 7s Plus uses the same basic chassis design of the iPhone 7 models, but simply replaces the aluminum back with reflective glass.

While photos of a supposed dummy model should always be taken with a grain of salt, these images seem credible based on previous reports. We’ve long heard that the “iPhone 8” will include a wireless charging feature, with the most recent rumor indicating an optional charging accessory sold separately. With this, the device will use an all-glass back in order to support inductive charging technology.
But we’ve also heard that the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus will be getting wireless charging as its big feature to differentiate from last year’s 7/7 Plus, just like the 6s featured 3D Touch and the 5s had Touch ID. That would mean that these iPhone models also need to ditch the aluminum back, as the material often blocks most wireless signals, making it incompatible with wireless charging.

Apple is expected to announce this year’s new iPhones in September, so we’ll have to wait a few more weeks to see if these images are accurate. If they are, it’s nice to see the 7s/7s Plus will finally ditch those thick antenna lines on the top and bottom.
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Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Nokia 8 Surfaces On GeekBench; Sports Android 8 And Under Clocked Snapdragon 835

As we gear up towards its launch, the Nokia 8 has started to become the center piece of HMD related leaks. The company will launch two top tiered smartphones this year. Out of these, the Nokia 8 is expected to launch in just ten days. A couple of days back, images of the smartphone in gold surfaced, sporting an unfinished glossy exterior. Now, it’s starting to look like that glossy exterior will not be the device’s only stand out feature. Take a look below to find out more.

The Nokia 8 Surfaces On GeekBench With The MSM8998 And A Surprise Android 0

With more brands, the flagship sphere in mobile has started to dilute. We’ve got two categories of smartphones now, differentiated minutely important specifications. The Pixel/Pixel XL, iPhone X/X Plus, Samsung SX/SX/Note X and even the LG G6 and rumored LG V30. So it’s no surprise for HMD, a relatively new entrant, to follow similar suit with the Nokia 8 and the Nokia 9. Out of the pair, it’s the Nokia 8 which the company will launch in less than two weeks.

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There’s a lot of information available on the smartphone already. For starters, the company posted the smartphone’s render on its Chinese website before taking it down. If you don’t care about the current ‘bare minimum bezel’ trend going on these days, the smartphone will not disappoint you. The Nokia 9 will feature the Snapdragon 835 on a thick bezeled smartphone, a first for the year. That however, will not be the device’s only surprise.

According to this GeekBench listing, the Nokia 8 just might carry Android O. While unlikely, it’d be the perfect move for Google to make if it wants to end some very specific talk in town. Ever since Mountain View laid a special emphasis on Apple at its Pixel/Pixel XL launch last year, a lot of folks have claimed that it wants to emulate the latter. Android 8 will feature a lot of upgrades at its end too. Google’s next software upgrade will feature Inverted Themes, Home Screen Notification Badges, Wide App Color Gamut and a host of other neat fixes.

The Nokia 8, will feature the Snapdragon 835, if today’s benchmark is accurate. Earlier rumors for the smartphone to feature the Snapdragon 660 make more sense. It’ll provide HMD with plenty of moving room with the Nokia 9. The smartphone will feature a 12MP front camera, Carl Zeiss lenses, a 2K display and 13MP rear dual cameras suggest rumors. Sounds like a good competitor for LG’s upcoming V30. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned. We’ll keep you updated on the latest.
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