Category Archives: ICT

Difference Between BBM Android And Watsapp


This is an opportunity I have taken to share with you The PIN-based invitation model on BBM is something that makes it different from WhatsApp as users get an absolute authority on adding people to their BBM networks, unlike WhatsApp that lets anyone who has your phone number reach out to you. While the PIN-based invites may be considered an advantage, I see it as a bane. Keeping someone away from your BBM does not mean that you would be able to shut off all communication from that person. All a person needs is your phone number and then he has all the other ways – from calling to messaging to IM on WhatsApp – to communicate with you.

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BBM is only one of the ways. A common belief is that a BBM PIN, at times, is shared when you don’t want to give your number but want to stay in touch and maintain communication with a set of people. In such cases I would recommend

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Microsoft Office 2012 (or Office 15) to get ‘Web Extensions’ for enhanced Third-party features

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With Office 15, Microsoft is going one step ahead to try and catch the pulse of the web and integrate it with its legacy product line. Microsoft has decided to allow ‘Agave’ web extensions by third party developers to be … Continue reading

Window 8 Release From August 15


Window 8 Release. The final version of Windows 8 appears to be in the wild already. Though this alleged final version isn’t sanctioned by Microsoft.

 

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Window 8 Release

Windows 8 may have arrived early, though not necessarily legally.

Sites that follow beta versions of Windows, such as winbeta.org, as well as more mainstream sites are claiming that the final version of Windows 8 Enterprise has already leaked onto file-sharing sites.

“It looks like our first leak has occurred, as Windows 8 Enterprise N has appeared on torrenting sites and has been confirmed by several that it’s the real deal,” said winbeta.org in a post earlier today. Window 8 Release

That site is also quick to offer a disclaimer about whether the final versions are real or fake. “Remember, we are yet to confirm this as real or fake,” said winbeta.org.

On Monday, Microsoft published the schedule for the general release of Windows 8 (below). The first downloads won’t be available until August 15, when developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via MSDN subscriptions. Window 8 Release

Here’s the schedule for general release as posted yesterday by Microsoft.

  • August 15: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via their MSDN subscription.
  • August 15: IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through their TechNet subscription.
  • August 16: Customers with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), allowing them to test, pilot, and begin adopting Windows 8 Enterprise within their organization.
  • August 16: Microsoft Partner Network members will have access to Windows 8.
  • August 20: Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS) receive access to Windows 8.
  • September 1: Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers. Window 8 Release

Microsoft, as a rule, encourages customers to download Microsoft software from its own Web properties because there’s no way for Microsoft to be sure of what’s included in the bits downloaded from other sites.

And Microsoft also generally encourages users to take steps to keep Windows secure.

Microsoft declined to comment. Window 8 Release

Window 8 Release From August 15

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Gmail SMS Service For All Sort Of Phone


Gmail SMS. Immediately the email facility debuted, the traditional postage services knew the game was up unless innovative upgrade was done on its services. You know, the email is fast, almost instant delivery and feedback is as instant as the flash of light.

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Gmail SMS

Incidentally the short message services SMS, which accompanied the debut of GSM in Nigeria, also came to make matter worse for postal services.

Today, the fact remains that no matter the innovations and upgrades the postal services received, particularly in Nigeria, it has become endangered specie. What with several modifications these services are going almost on daily basis endearing them to people no matter age and status.

email has become a part of everyday life. There are so many things you do with it: apply for a job, make an inquiry, get notified by your social network, receive a photo or an invitation that makes you smile, and just communicate back and forth with your friends.

Although the Gmail team at Google for instance says that they put a lot of efforts to ensure that messages are delivered as soon as the sender hits “send” button, there are however, barriers that sometimes arise between the sender and his email: what if he’s not by a computer? Or his phone is not connected to the internet? Or the internet is down or too slow, so that emails just won’t load?

Besides, in recent times for a service to catch serious attention, it must not only be fast but must also be delivered on the go. Mobility has become the buzz word for tech geeks around the world. To help solve these issues, Google said it has created Gmail SMS which it said is available in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya.

The service makes it possible for phone users to send and receive emails as SMS messages using mobile phones, regardless of whether they have a data connection like Wifi or 3G. Gmail SMS works on any phone, even the most basic ones which support only voice and SMS.

Gmail SMS automatically forwards emails as SMS text messages to the phone and the user can respond by replying directly to the SMS. He can also control emails received by replying with commands such as MORE, PAUSE and RESUME.

Additionally, compose a new email as an SMS & send to any email address recipient – who will find your message in the right email conversation thread! So, for those that haven’t used the email before due to access, Gmail SMS is providing a first platform.

Gmail SMS Service For All Sort Of Phone

Gmail SMS

Airtel Nigeria Blackberry Plan


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There was a time when subscribers to the Airtel BlackBerry plan had to go to Airtel Service centers to get activated. Well, not anymore because Airtel BlackBerry plan has also gone fully prepaid.

For the monthly package, Text “bizmonth” to 440 for N3,000, for the weekly package, Text “bizweek” to 440 for N1,000 and for the daily package, Text “bizday” to 440 for N200

If you look at their Daily package , you would find out that it’s the cheapest among all other BlackBerry plans, although other packages such as the Monthly and Weekly packages are also the same as others expect that of Glo which is the cheapest among them all in that category.

Aren’t you enjoying the results of increased competition among these mobile carriers? This has resulted to continuous reduction in charges in their services.

Airtel Nigeria Blackberry Plan

Olympic View Becomes Much Easier With Smartphones


Olympic mobile video viewing, social interaction expected

With smartphones in more hands than ever before and mobile video viewing growing, the Olympics will see an increase of consumers viewing the games on their phones, rather than on their TVs.

In July, technology product shopping guide TechBargains surveyed US internet users on its site and those recruited via leading social networking sites and found that more than one in four planned to watch at least some of the Olympics on a smartphone this summer. The respondent base might have skewed more tech- and social-media-savvy than average; this figure is higher than earlier survey findings from Deloitte that showed 15% of US internet users would watch the games on a mobile phone.

Smartphones will also be important to social media interaction around the Olympics. Nearly half (44%) of respondents said they would interact with social media often or very often during the Olympics, and while a laptop was the No. 1 device chosen to do so, smartphones were just 2 percentage points behind, at 55%.

Olympic View Becomes Much Easier With Smartphones

RIM Introduces Two New Curve Smartphones


 

Research In Motion RIM has introduced two new smartphones, the BlackBerry Curve 9320 and BlackBerry Curve 9220 in Nigeria.

Designed to be easy to use, the new Curve models offer customers a combination of features and apps to help them stay connected to people and information.

The new Curve smartphones offer a dedicated BBM key to bring RIM’s popular mobile social network up in an instant.

The company says battery life has also been intensified and elongated, allowing users make the most of their day with the phone.

RIM Introduces Two New Curve Smartphones

Smartphones Becomes Great Through Android Technology


Smartphones built on Android technology are gradually taking over the global mobile device market, and the Nigerian market is no exception, writes Emma Okonji and Amaka Eze

A recent survey from Ericsson showed that total smartphone subscriptions reached around 700 million in 2011 and that the subscriptions were expected to reach around 3 billion in 2017.

The report hinged the new rise in smartphone subscriptions on the Android technology that is driving smartphones – their features, aesthetics and full screen size that have made smartphones most popular among chief executives officers of various organisations and among the youths.

In Nigeria, most people are gradually shifting to the use of smartphones as the devices enable them perform several features that enhance business and personal lifestyles.

At the GSM village and computer village in Ikeja, Lagos, checks revealed that most phone dealers are stocking up on smartphones, just as consumers’ needs are tilting towards the mobile devices. The beauty of a smartphone is in the Android technology that comes with various unique features that are driving people crazy about them.

Little wonder that Samsung, which is taking the lead in smartphones manufacturing, is coming up with newer technologies based on the Android operating system. Last month, Samsung launched its latest mobile device, built on the Android 4.0 operating system (OS), called the Galaxy S3 phone. The new phone is an improvement on Galaxy S2 that catapulted Samsung into the position of world’s best-selling smartphone maker.

The company said it would consolidate on the success it achieved with the Galaxy S2 by enhancing some of its most popular features in the latest device. Galaxy S3 comes with a 4.8 inch (12.2cm) screen, an increase on the 4.3 inch screen of its previous smartphone.

Speaking at the consumer launch of the device in Lagos, Head, Corporate Marketing, Samsung Electronics, Mr. Donald Etim, said the Samsung Galaxy S3 was designed to respond intuitively and naturally to human use and interaction.

Market Growth

Market information shows that Samsung and Apple now account for 90 percent of global profits from smartphones, suggesting that many of their rivals are struggling to cash-in on the smartphone boom, according to a recent study from ABI research.

The research indicated that smartphone shipments grew 41 percent year-on-year to 144.6 million in the first quarter of the year. Samsung and Apple accounted for 55 percent of global smartphone shipments during the quarter under review and over 90 percent of the market’s profits, the study said.

“Apple shipped 35 million and Samsung 43 million, while Nokia was a distant third at 11.9 million,” commented ABI Senior Analyst, Michael Morgan.

Android 4.0 Technology

The technology behind the Android 4.0 operating system is helping to enhance user experience by creating a massive competitive advantage for the devices that run on its platform.

The user interface experience with devices that run on Android 4.0 has been even more refined such that navigation using the devices becomes easier, faster and yet more pleasurable.

For instance, refined animations and feedback are such that the interaction is extremely active and engaging. It also comes with a new font which has been optimised for the high-resolution screen, making it easier for everyone, young or old, to read.

For instance the phone user may be in a meeting and yet sight an obviously important incoming call on the screen of the phone. At such times, the user need not pick it or unlock the device, but could simply respond by means of a text message.

On the incoming call screen, simply slide a control which will display a number of different text responses. Choose any of the text responses, or add any of your own when you are chanced. Send the email and end the call. This can be concluded in seconds.

The Android is connected to the cloud. This is a major unique selling proposition of the operating system which allows users to browse the web, synchronise photos, games, email and even contacts across all devices, wherever they may be in the world.

When browsing, the experience mirrors that of a desk-top browser in terms of speed and even convenience. In the case of email, Android 4.0 makes it easier to send, read and manage emails. It has an improved auto-completion system that helps in ensuring that frequent email contacts can be added more quickly.

Should the user desire to input frequent text more conveniently, it could be done by creating quick responses and store them in the application, thereafter entering them from a convenient menu when composing. When replying to a message, the user can toggle the message to ‘Reply All’ and ‘Forward’ without necessarily changing screens.

Android also has the feature known as the Face unlock. This is a unique device that takes personalisation of the mobile device many notches further. Face unlock enables the user to unlock the mobile device or tablet with his or her face.

All the user needs do to unlock is to bring the phone to the face or in the alternative, use a back up PIN. The device takes advantage of the front-facing camera and the sophisticated facial-recognition technology to register a face during set-up and to recognise it again during the unlocking process.

The Galaxy S3 phone embodies all of these android features and many more.

Lifestyle Changes

Smartphones now bring a lot of people together, especially in this era of instant messaging like the Blackberry Messenger, (BBM) which has attracted more people than usual, into using smartphones.

Those who reside in the urban areas use more smartphones and the social networks more than people in rural communities because they have more contacts, network coverage and internet access which make them tend to communicate more than those in the rural areas, but still rural dwellers are not left out of the latest trend.

Certainly the smart phone technology has set a new pace for most people, as many can essentially work from their homes, as well as entertain friends, send pictures, order files and communicate from their smart phones.

Desktops were hitherto available but were believed to have limited people to their desks, and offices. But with the smartphones and other smart devices such as iPads minor laptops, and galaxy tabs, businesses and lifestyles are completely changed.

Smartphone Functions

When asked how they felt when they were without their phones, majority of smartphone owners who spoke to us used words such as, ‘I feel lost, tense, idle or not updated.’

Though some of the people who interacted with us, argued that smartphones tend to make them lazy, others said that it is their best friend, closest pal, which helps them ease a lot of stress.

“My Blackberry smartphone is my most useful item. It is my phone, my contact list, my radio, my music player, my web browser, my encyclopaedia, my dictionary, my calculator, my calendar, my notepad, my to-do manager, my clock (and alarm clock),” said a student from University of Lagos, Osas Oyinbor.

Another user of smartphone, Julian Chibuzor, said her smart phone (which he referred to as her pocket-sized internet technology device), that runs all day on a single charge, is the machine that runs her life.

She said, “Essentially, my hand set has become my second brain which takes care of the innumerable aspects of my life, reminding me of just about every bit of the information I need.”

A lady simply identified as Dr. Henrietta said, “I love my smartphone because I have access to the world’s information on Wikipedia, as well as several other information sites, aids, which guide me sometimes on my job. I prefer to use my smartphone as my auxiliary brain.”

A final year student at the Nigerian Defense Academy, Giwa Muhammad, said he could get information on most of his courses from his smart phones.

Some others who spoke to us, said they use the twitter application on their smartphones, to access the traffic situation in Lagos.

Managing Smartphones

Creating a balance between the negative and positive aspect of smart phones on work and lifestyle is actually an issue to ponder. Our respondents spoke on the issue.

A Senior Lecturer at the University of Jos, Dr. Embu Rueben, said, “Though some people know when to turn off their smart phones, or set up personal profile when at work, others simply ignore official rules, thus creating nuisance with their phones.”

Another said that “some people abuse the use of smartphones by replying to every mail that comes to their smartphones and pay little attention to their jobs.

Rueben however said, “To some extent, it is more productive from a personal standpoint, because it keeps them up to date.”

Smartphones Becomes Great Through Android Technology

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Sony To Release Her Latest PS3


To date, Sony has released two different PlayStation 3 (PS3) consoles: The bulky original 2000-series PS3 and the current 3000-series slim edition. However, a recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filing in the US has

revealed a 4000-series PS3, which might be an ultra-slim model according to the UK-based game review portal Eurogamer. This new version is likely to be announced next month at the Gamescom tradeshow in Germany, too.

Besides documenting the upcoming PS3’s Bluetooth 2.0 and 802.11g Wi-Fi connectivity, the filing did not include any further information on the console. Still, we find it strange that the company is not adopting the latest 802.11n Wi-Fi standard, which is widely used by most new electronic devices in the market.
Sony To Release Her Latest PS3
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Twitter promise stricter API rules Which Surprises Developers


 

Some accuse the microblogging service of turning its back on the developers who contributed to the company’s success.

Twitter’s announcement that it will tighten the rules governing its APIs sent a shock wave through the developer community, leaving many feeling jilted by the microblogging service and worried about the direction the company is heading.

Ending a policy that had been in effect for the past two-and-a-half-years, Twitter announced Friday it planned to institute stricter rules for its application programming interface to ensure that “the core Twitter consumption experience” includes “a consistent set of products and tools.”

In a company blog post announcing the forthcoming policy, consumer product manager Michael Sippey discussed broadening its “expanded tweets ” program, which allows users to preview stories, images, and videos linked to within tweets.

“[W]e’ve already begun to more thoroughly enforce our Developer Rules of the Road with partners, for example with branding, and in the coming weeks, we will be introducing stricter guidelines around how the Twitter API is used,” Sippey wrote.

Twitter simultaneously canceled a cross-posting partnership with LinkedIn. In essence, LinkedIn users will still be able to post updates to Twitter from the business network, but not the other way around.

That string of events shocked many in the developer community. One developer on Hacker News said Twitter has a valuable set of Internet resources, but that the company “has never been particularly great at thinking of innovative uses for it or developing great clients.”

“There are a lot of really interesting and different ways to use those, regrettably they are trying to kill most of them and inflict a homogonized, boring, monoculture on their user base they can monotize, which will make the experience progressively worse,” the poster said.

In a tweet, software pioneer Dave Winer suggested that corporate greed was responsible in the apparent change in direction:

 

The mistake we all made with Twitter, me too, was to think a corporate API could act like an open protocol.

In another tweet, Mike Loukides, the VP Content Strategy at O’Reilly Media, accused Twitter of turning its back on the developers who helped build up the service:

Very sad. If ever a company owed its value to healthy 3rd party clients, it was Twitter. Too bad they don’t get it. tnw.co/Mz3o02

The promise of new policies has also spawned a coordinated tweet campaign to share third-party developers’ concerns with Twitter executives. Nova Spivack, the CEO of real-time personalization startup Bottlenose, offers some suggestions in a blog post on how to improve Twitter’s API. It is Spivack’s hope that his readers will tweet the article to Twitter executives to influence policy thinking.
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“I want Twitter to achieve its potential, and to live up to its promises to be an open ecosystem. And I’m concerned by the ‘ominous’ signs that they may be heading down a path that betrays the trust and goodwill given to them by millions of users and developers,” Spivack wrote.

“If Twitter starts shutting down their APIs or being overly restrictive they will ultimately be harming their own users and developers, and that just is not a good way to build a business. They will be selling out their own future for a short-term gain. That is a good way to destroy one’s own empire. I am pretty sure the leadership team at Twitter realizes this.”

Twitter promise stricter API rules Which Surprises Developers

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