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Thursday, 14 December 2017

See list of The Top Google Searches in Nigeria in 2017

Every Year comes with its various lessons and challenges, memories are the key not to the past, but to the future.
Today, Google announced the results of its 2017 Year in Search, offering a unique perspective on the year’s major moments and top trends based on searches conducted in Nigeria.
                                          
                 Top google search results 2017

In addition to showcasing what people, places, and things were trending around the globe this year, the 2017 Year in Search list also offers insights into what the top trending news moments for Nigerians were in the last 12 months, as well as the new music and movies that got their attention.

The most searched person on Google’s year-end list was Moji Olaiya, the sad news of her death two months after giving birth shook the Nigerian movie industry. Coming in second place was notorious kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike – popularly known as Evans. Adesua Etomi was third on the list, her engagement and marriage to Banky W all happening in 2017.

It’s no secret that people turn to Google for answers to questions they are embarrassed to ask their friends. This year’s top “What is…” queries included President Muhammadu Buhari’s state of health, JAMB and WAEC results, what a female Hyena is called, what Monkeypox is and Bitcoin.
ALSO READ: 5 Best Dance Learning Apps on IPhone and Android
This year’s most searched events and stories of interest by Nigerians include symptoms of Monkeypox, political news in other African countries, the iPhone 8 release and celebrity weddings.

Here’s the full list – Year in Search 2017:

Nigeria’s Most Searched People

1. Moji Olaiya.

2. Evans the kidnapper.

3. Adesua Etomi.

4. Donald Trump.

5. Mr. Eazi.

6. Efe.

7. Jide Tinubu.

8. Olumide Bakare.

9. Dammy Krane.

10. Eric Arubayi.

Nigeria’s Most Searched Stories and Events

1. ASUU Strike.

2. Moji Olaiya dead.

3. Monkeypox outbreak.

4. IPhone 8 / IPhone X launch.

5. New president in Gambia.

6. Adesua and Banky Wedding.

7. Anambra Elections.

8. Mayweather vs McGregor fight.

9. Zimbabwe Coup.

10. Catalonia Referendum.

Nigeria’s Most Asked Questions: Ok Google? Who…How…What…

1. Is Buhari dead?

ALSO READ: How to Protect your Instagram account from Hack
2. How to check JAMB results.

3. How to check WAEC results.

4. What is a female Hyena called?

5. What is Monkeypox?

6. What is bitcoin?

7. What is MMM?

8. Who is Bobrisky?

9. How to check BVN.

10. Where is Nnamdi Kanu now?

Nigeria’s Most Searched-for Songs

1. Olamide – Wo

2. Davido – Fia

3. Davido- Fall

4. Patapaa Ft. Ras Cann – One Corner

5. Davido – If

6. Runtown – Mad Over You

7. Kiss Daniel – Yeba

8. Tekno – Go

9. Mayorkun – Mama

10. Tekno Ft. Wizkid – Mama

Nigeria’s Most Searched-for Movies/TV Series

1. Fast and Furious 8.

2. Wonder Woman.

3. Game of Thrones season 7.

4. Big Brother Naija 2017.

5. Justice League.

6. Thor Ragnarok.

7. Jenifa’s Diary Season 7.

8. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion.

9. The Wedding Party.

10. Better Call Saul.

Nigeria’s Most Searched Sports People

1. Philippe Coutinho.

2. Romelu Lukaku.

3. Tiémoué Bakayoko.

4. Anthony Joshua.

5. Ousmane Dembele.

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6. Floyd Mayweather.

7. Nemanja Matic.

8. Cheick Ismaël Tiote.

9. Ivan Perisic.

10. Kylian Sanmi Mbappe.

Nigeria’s Most Searched ‘Near Me’ Queries

1. Restaurants near me.

2. Nail Salon near me.

3. Clubs near me.

4. Food near me.

5. Movies near me.

6. Jobs near me.

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

You can now pre-order apps for Apple devices

Apple has launched a simple new feature that makes it even easier to get the apps you've been waiting for. The company announced a new pre-order function that lets developers make their future releases available on the App Store up to 90 days in the future and have them automatically download to devices when they launch.
                                            
                preorders-hero_large

Apple says that the feature is available for free and paid apps on all of its platforms, meaning that iOS, macOS and tvOS devices are all supported (as long as they're running the most up-to-date software). Also, Apple won't take your money until the day the app is released, similar to how Amazon handles hardware pre-orders via its online store.

Read: Download Free Premium IOS Apps Now while they are Still Available

If a developer decides to change the price of an app before it launches, Apple will always charge whatever is lower: the price it was pre-ordered at or the cost when it becomes available.

Although the App Store has largely remained the same since its launch in July 2008, Apple has made a number of changes over the past year and a half. In June 2016, the company finally introduced subscriptions and began allowing developers to inject paid App Store listings within search results. However, there's still no option to test apps before you buy them.
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Remote Desktop is now on Chrome web browser

Remote desktop refers to a software or operating system feature that allows a personal computer's desktop environment to be run remotely on one system (usually a PC, but the concept applies equally to a server), while being displayed on a separate client device. Remote desktop applications have varying features. Some allow attaching to an existing user's session (i.e., a running desktop) and "remote controlling", either displaying the remote control session or blanking the screen. Taking over a desktop remotely is a form of remote administration. 
                                             
            Chrome remote desktop
                                 
Tools like remote desktop access have been invented, to help ease the pain of tech support.
Thanks to Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop, now available on the Web.
Chrome Remote Desktop actually isn’t that new. It has been around for as long as Chrome OS and Chromebooks have been around. The only difference, at least for now, is that you can use it directly in your web browser, specifically Chrome. That is, if you’re the one remotely accessing someone else’s computer.

The way it works is still the same. The other end, that is, the person whose computer you will access, will still have to be installed the Chrome Remote Desktop extension. He or she will then generate a PIN that you will use to complete the connection and have access to their computer from your side.

So why the new web browser version? That’s because the old version, which exists as a Chrome web app, will soon be gone. Google has decided that the app path isn’t exactly going as planned and will be scrapping those completely. And one of those is its own Remote Desktop app.

Read: 9 Tricks for Saving Mobile Data On Your Android Phone

At the moment, the Chrome Remote Desktop is still labeled in beta, so it isn’t something you should depend on just yet. Even Google’s support pages have not yet been updated and still point to the old ways of doing things. Fortunately, that old way is still accessible and completely usable. At least until the web version rolls out in stable form.

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Friday, 24 November 2017

Glo Introduces New Data Plan: 2GB For N500, 4GB For N1000, 180GB For N20,000 & More

Globacom popularly called “Grand Masters Of Data” has recently added new set of data plan for heavy download Internet users.
Glo is offering UNMATHCED DATA VALUE, giving you the UNFAIR ADVANTAGE.
                                           glo data plan download 2gb 500

LIST OF THE NEW GLO DATA PLAN

2GB FOR N500.

4GB FOR N1000.

9.5GB FOR N2000.

24GB FOR N4000.

30GB FOR N5000.

55GB FOR N8000.

75GB FOR N10,000.

180GB FOR 20,000.
                                         glo data plan download

HOW TO GET THIS DATA PLANS

Just Dial *777# and follow the prompt or visit hsi.glo.com to buy and manage subscriptions (Applicable to mobile devices Using the Glo Bolt Internet service)

Read: 9mobile Special Data Bundle: ₦200 for 1GB and ₦1000 for 5GB
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Friday, 3 November 2017

The Razer Phone: Full Specifications, Price, Features and Concept Design

Razer today unveiled the Razer Phone, an Android smartphone with groundbreaking audiovisual technologies and processing muscle that takes personal entertainment to the next level.  
                                      Razer Phone, an Android smartphone                               
The first device from Razer's mobile division, the Razer Phone comes with a phenomenal display, cinematic audio and enough power to last a user all day, all in the palm of his or her hand.

SMOOTHER. BRIGHTER. FASTER.

The Razer Phone is equipped with the world's first 120 Hz UltraMotion™ display that delivers the fastest refresh rates and smoothest graphics among today's smartphones.

UltraMotion's adaptive refresh technology synchronizes the GPU and display to remove image tearing or lag while driving efficient power usage.

The 5.72-inch display - a Quad HD IGZO LCD - delivers vibrant and sharp images with a wide color gamut.

TRUE-TO-LIFE CINEMATIC AUDIO

The Razer Phone is powered by Dolby Atmos® technology to provide true cinematic audio via front-firing speakers with dual dedicated amplifiers.

A THX-certified USB-C audio adapter with a 24-bit digital audio convertor (DAC) guarantees audiophile-quality sound with one's favorite headphones.

INSANE PERFORMANCE

The Razer Phone ensures the ultimate viewing and gaming experience with the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform and a massive 8GB of RAM.

Users can fine-tune their experiences with the Razer Game Booster app, and the phone's best-in-class thermal design reduces throttling to maximize power and performance.

POWER THAT JUST KEEPS GOING

The Razer Phone packs a large 4,000 mAh battery, one of the largest capacities found on smartphones today. This allows gamers to keep playing all day long, while Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 4+ enables rapid charging.

AMAZING CAMERA PERFORMANCE

With dual rear 12 MP cameras, the Razer Phone gives photographers a versatile tool to create amazing images. Zooming from wide angle to telephoto is seamless with a quick pinch on the display, and the dual-tone flash ensures that subjects will always look natural.

A PREMIUM EXPERIENCE FOR POWER USERS

The Razer Phone's sleek, 8-mm-thin aluminum body is a beauty to behold and to hold. It comes with Android Nougat and will receive the Android Oreo upgrade in spring 2018.

The device comes with Nova Launcher Prime with Google Assistant Integration. A wildly popular launcher, Nova Launcher Prime offers extreme customizability of the Android experience to suit every taste and need.

WATCH. LISTEN. PLAY.

Every feature of the Razer Phone was designed to bring users the ultimate in mobile entertainment:

Watch - Enjoy movies the way they were meant to be seen. Feast your eyes on a big screen with crisp details and the smoothest motion, complete with true-to-life vibrant colors. Add loud, riveting sound to complete the cinematic experience right in your hand.

Listen - Go ahead and turn up the volume—everything sounds amazing. Expertly tuned audio delivers all the highs and lows of your favorites tracks whether you listen through the stereo speakers or your favorite headphones. Don't suffer in silence, there's enough battery power to keep your tunes streaming all day long.

Play - From your everyday commute to playing in a tournament, experience buttery smooth gameplay and lightning-fast performance thanks to top-of-the-line components. Dial in your graphics to optimize your experience no matter what game you're playing. And with a larger battery size, you can indulge in the latest games without worrying about running out of power.

"It's common knowledge that I'm obsessed with my smartphones, I play a ton of games on them, and they're my go-to for streaming content," said Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. "We have wanted to make a phone with gaming-level tech for years, and the Razer Phone delivers in every way we imagined."

GAMING PARTNERSHIPS
                                          Razer Phone gaming Razer partnered with the world's top gaming companies, including Tencent® and Square Enix®, to bring the best gaming experiences to mobile and take full advantage of the Razer Phone's extraordinary features. Mobile games are being optimized by partners for Razer Phone's UltraMotion display with frame rates of up to 120 frames per second.

"Arena of Valor," which Tencent is launching soon in North America, is the world's most popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA). Players battling on the Razer Phone will engage in overclocked action and turbocharged team fights, thanks to the device's powerful gaming capabilities.

"The future of gaming is rapidly expanding to mobile devices, and both Razer and Tencent are at the forefront of fast-tracking development," said Vincent Gao, global marketing director at Tencent Games. "Arena of Valor brings gamers a fast-paced, competitive experience, and the Razer phone was built to handle the visuals, sound and quick-reflex mechanics of the game. This partnership sets the standard for the next generation of mobile screen play."

OTHER GAMING PARTNERSHIPS

"Final Fantasy® XV Pocket Edition" from Square Enix
"Gear.Club" from Eden Games
"Lineage 2: Revolution" from Netmarble Games Corporation
"Old School RuneScape™" from Jagex Limited
"RuneScape™" from Jagex Limited
"Shadowgun Legends™" from Madfinger Games
"Tekken™" from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe
"Titanfall™: Assault" from NEXON Co., Ltd. and Particle City, Inc.
"World of Tanks Blitz" from Wargaming Group Limited.

RAZER THEME STORE
The Razer Theme Store allows gamers to customize their phone, changing wallpapers, icon packs and colors throughout the phone. It includes custom ringtones by Razer DJs and custom wallpapers inspired by the world's top gaming titles, such as "Shadowgun Legends™".

THREE AS EXCLUSIVE EUROPEAN CARRIER
In Europe, Razer has exclusively partnered with Three to be its launch carrier in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark and Sweden.

Dave Dyson, CEO at Three UK, said: "My ambition is always to innovate in ways that deliver better experiences for our customers and a partnership with Razer is a perfect fit. Razer has produced something that is a step ahead of any other mobile gaming device and I am delighted to be able to make this exclusive experience available to Three's customers."

Susan Buttsworth, CEO at Three's international opportunities development division at CK Hutchison, said: "The launch of Razer Phone with Three marks another step in growing our Group strategic partnership with Razer and our position in the wider mobile gaming space. Not only is the device fine-tuned for gamers but it will also be of appeal to customers looking for a best of breed entertainment device, thanks to its stunning display and great audio quality. We look forward to a deeper co-operation with Razer, and will continue to bring to the Three customer base the most new and exciting products, services and digital experience."

RAZER PHONE SPECIAL EDITION
1,337 sets of the Razer Phone Special Edition with Razer's iconic green triple-headed snake logo will be available from Three stores in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, at Razer Store in San Francisco, and online in the USA and Canada via Razerzone.com.

The standard edition of the Razer Phone features a chrome triple-headed snake logo.

PRICING

Recommended Retail Pricing: US$699.99 / €749.99 / £699.99

AVAILABILITY

Three Europe:United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark and Sweden.

Razerzone.com:North America, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark and Sweden.

The Razer Phone will also be available on Amazon.com and at selected Microsoft Store locations in the USA.

From November 1, 2017, 9 p.m. GMT, pre-orders will begin at Three outlets and on the Three website. The Razer Phone can also be reserved on Razerzone.com in launch countries. The Razer Phone will go on sale in launch countries from November 17, 2017.

ABOUT RAZER

Razer™ is the world's leading lifestyle brand for gamers.

The triple-headed snake trademark of Razer is one of the most recognized logos in the global gaming and esports communities. With a fan base that spans every continent, the company has designed and built the world's largest gamer-focused ecosystem of hardware, software and services.

Razer's award-winning hardware ranges from high-performance gaming peripherals (for the PC and console platforms) to the Razer Blade gaming laptops. Razer's software platform, with over 35 million users, includes Razer Synapse (an Internet of Things platform), Razer Chroma (a proprietary RGB lighting technology system), and Razer Cortex (a game optimizer and launcher). Razer services include Razer zGold, one of the world's largest virtual credit services for gamers, which allows gamers to purchase virtual goods and items from over 2,500 different games. 

The company has a global footprint with nine offices worldwide and is recognized as the leading brand for gamers in the USA, Europe and China.

Founded in 2005 and dual-headquartered in San Francisco and Singapore, Razer is backed by institutional investors including IDG-Accel, Intel Capital and Horizons Ventures.

ABOUT THREE

Three UK is a mobile communications company focused on making the industry better for everyone. We want to give customers a quality, reliable experience and address the industry issues that frustrate them. We continue to look at ways of improving the services we offer our customers. Three UK carries 36 percent of the UK's mobile data traffic. Our network covers 98 percent of the UK population.

Three UK is part of the CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd group of companies which has mobile operations in 11 countries. Three UK employs more than 4,400 people across its offices in Maidenhead, Glasgow and Reading and its 324 retail stores.

For more information, visit www.three.co.uk.

RAZER PHONE - SPECIFICATIONS, FEATURES

Processor

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform

System Memory

8 GB dual channel (LPDDR4, 1600 MHz)

Storage

Internal: 64 GB UFS

External: microSD (class 10, 2 TB max.)

Display

5.72-in. IGZO LCD 1440 x 2560

120 Hz, Wide Color Gamut (WCG)

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Rear Cameras

12 MP AF f1.75 wide

12 MP AF f2.6 zoom

Dual PDAF

Dual tone, dual LED flash

Front Camera

8 MP FF f2.0

Sound

Stereo front-facing speakers

Dual amplifiers

Audio adapter with THX-certified DAC

Power

4000 mAh lithium-ion battery

Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 4+

Wireless

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

Bluetooth 4.2

NFC

Bands

GSM: Quad-band GSM UMTS: B1/2/3/4/5/8

LTE:B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/66

TDD LTE: B38/39/40/41 TD-SCDMA: B34/39

Size

158.5 mm x 77.7 mm x 8 mm

6.24 in. x 3.06 in. x 0.31 in.

197 g

Android Version

Nougat 7.1.1

Read: Google ICE 2 Android Smartphone of ₦13,000: Price, Specifications and Features
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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Newest Version of WhatsApp Allows You to Delete Sent Messages

We've all typed out messages that we wished we could take back. For this reason, Gmail added an official “undo” feature in 2015—and now, There are reports that WhatsApp has followed in their footsteps by adding the option to delete and revoke messages shortly after they've been sent.
                                     Whatsapp delete sent messages
WhatsApp has been reportedly testing its "Delete for everyone" feature since early 2017, but it's now being officially introduced with the app’s latest version.  Its new delete feature allows users to retract messages that have been sent in both one-on-one and group texts.
The feature is “particularly useful if you sent a message to the wrong chat or if the message you sent contains a mistake.”

How to Delete Sent WhatsApp Messages 

When you select the “Delete” option, you’ll be presented with the choice to remove messages from both your own phone and others people’s devices. Users will be able to erase messages from one-on-one conversations or group chats up to seven minutes after they’re sent.

Keep in mind, however, that some recipients might see the message (or receive a notification for it) before it vanishes forever. Also, for the feature to work at all, both the sender and sendee need to have version 2.17.70. And if an attempt to delete a message turns out to be unsuccessful, WhatsApp won’t provide you with an error notification.

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Monday, 23 October 2017

Google’s new ‘Try now’ button will allow you to Test apps without installing

The Tech Giant Google has announced a big change for its app marketplace- Play Store. The Play store will now offer a new way to users to try Android apps without having to first install them on their mobile devices.
                                            Google play store test apps
The new feature is built on Google's "Android Instant Apps" technology that was first introduced at Google's I/O developer conference last year. It is designed to bring closer the mobile web world with native applications. As the name suggests, the Play Store will now have a new "Try Now" button that upon pressing will launch the particular app or some of its parts instantly on user's Android device. This will help users experience the app without having to go through the standard download and installation process, which consumes memory and mobile data/Wi-fi. While the new feature is not widely available on the Play Store, you can click on this link to check the apps that come with Try now feature.

As noted, Instant Apps will launch with a tap on a URL, unlike the regular apps on Play Store that have to be downloaded and installed to use on an Android phone first. For the new instant apps, developers have to make some extra efforts by partitioning their apps into small, runnable parts that can get into action within seconds. The backend technology was recently made available to all developers at Google I/O 2017. 
                                                             
                                          google apps to try
There are some other noteworthy changes in Google Play Store. As per Google, the company has also revamped the Editor's Choice section, which is now live in 17 countries. Google has also launched a new home for Games featuring trailers and screenshots of gameplay. The games section will also introduce Premium and New sections for paid and upcoming games. For now there are limited apps with the new Try now feature but Google will populate the Play Store with several apps in the coming weeks. 

The new technology will pace up instantly as end users will not necessarily need to store an app locally on your device. Instead they can experience several small but working parts of the app before sending their mobile data and phone's memory.

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Facebook Messenger Now Lets you Send Money to Friends with PayPal

After patnering with Skype's mobile App to make payments earlier this year, online payment gateway PayPal now lets US users send and request money via Facebook Messenger.
                                         facebook messenger send reveive money with paypal PayPal is the leader in peer-to-peer (P2P) payments with $24 billion in P2P volume during the third quarter of 2017 alone (up 47 percent year-over-year).

The ability to send and request money in Messenger gives people more choice and more convenient ways to get things done in different contexts.

"Whether it's splitting a bill for a cab ride or a night out, paying for your share of the rent, or making sure you get paid back for mom's birthday present, PayPal makes exchanging money between friends and family simple," the company said in a statement late Friday.

Last year, PayPal partnered with Facebook Messenger, allowing more than 2.5 million US customers to connect their accounts, use PayPal to shop on Messenger and enable Messenger as a means of communication for PayPal users.

How to connect your PayPal account with Messenger

This feature can be accessed the same way one used to pay with debit and credit card. Tap blue plus icon and hit the green payment button. Two options will appear from which one can select PayPal. If someone is already using Facebook Messenger for payments, he can just tap to change button and select Paypal.
This feature has just one problem that it needs another layer of protection in case someone gets hold of your account. To cater this issue Facebook should take some measures to refrain from such kind of issues from occurring.
It seems that the tech giant want to increase the ever declining user base with the launch of other such social media platforms. Recently Facebook launched screen sharing option that let you share your screen during Facebook Live.

"In addition to enabling P2P payments with PayPal in Messenger, we are also introducing our first-ever PayPal customer service bot for Messenger, so PayPal customers can seamlessly receive payment and account support directly in the app," said Bill Ready, Chief Operating Officer, PayPal.

Lets see whether people like this feature or not.
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

WhatsApp’s Live Location feature: Tell friends where you are

WhatsApp has announced a notable new feature today, one that may prove popular with millions of security-conscious, nosy, and impatient people globally.
                                                                      
                                 WhatsApp’s Live Location    
Landing on both Android and iOS “in the coming weeks,” the new Live Location feature allows WhatsApp users to share their real-time location with friends and family. It’s worth noting here that WhatsApp already allows you to share your current location, however that feature is static — if you’re moving around, friends are not able to see where you’re going.
The new Live Location feature, on the other hand, lets people track where you are for a period of time chosen by you.

How WhatsApp’s Live Location works

To initiate Live Location, go to the conversation — individual or group — that you want to share your location with. Then hit the little “attach” (paper clip) button that exists in the message field and go to “Location.” Now, in addition to the existing static location-sharing feature, you’ll see “Share Live Location,” as well.
You can specify how long you wish to share your location for, be it 15 minutes, one hour, or eight hours, although there doesn’t appear to be a customizable timer that lets you share your location for “18 minutes,” for example.
        How to use WhatsApp’s Live Location
                            Above: Set time
But you can cease sharing your location at any time by hitting the “stop sharing” button.

        
                            Above: Stop sharing?
And, interestingly, multiple people from the same group can all share their location on the same map.
                                 
       How to stop WhatsApp’s Live Location sharing
                        Above: Group locations
This kind of location-sharing functionality is nothing new, of course. Glympse has offered something similar for years, while France’s Zenly has been gaining traction for its location-sharing app. Google, too, had embraced real-time location sharing with Latitude, a service it ended in 2013. However, last year Google launched its new standalone Trusted Contacts app, which offers near-identical functionality, before bringing another similar feature directly into Google Maps back in March.
But with more than one billion active daily users, WhatsApp has emerged as the social glue for countless social interactions — covering friends, families, neighbors, work colleagues, and everyone in between.
There are many uses for this feature — if you’re the sort of person who hates hanging around waiting for someone to arrive at a designated meeting spot, you can see (if the other person allows) exactly how long you’ll have to wait. But perhaps the most common use-case will be worried parents or partners wanting to know where their loved ones are late at night.
For the privacy-concerned, WhatsApp is quick to remind users that — like messages and calls — Live Location is “end-to-end encrypted.”
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Saturday, 14 October 2017

New Android Ransomware Gets Activated by Home Button; Encrypts Data & Changes PIN Code

Security researchers have discovered a new Android ransomware that encrypts data on the infected device and then changes its PIN number to make sure that victims are completely locked out of their devices unless they give into the demands of criminals. Dubbed aptly as DoubleLocker, this latest strain of Android ransomware is distributed through fake Adobe Flash Player downloads using malicious websites.
                                                                 
                                                                              
Misusing Android accessibility services, DoubleLocker is activated once the fake Adobe Flash Player app is launched. The app requests activation of the malware’s accessibility service, named as “Google Play Service,” after which its uses these accessibility permissions to activate device administrator rights and set itself as the default Home application without user consent.
Setting itself as a launcher makes this Android ransomware more persistent, since whenever the user clicks on the Home button, the ransomware gets activated. The only way to get rid of DoubleLocker is to do a factory reset, researchers said.

If you, however, use a rooted Android device, security researchers said that you can get past the PIN lock without a factory reset. “For the method to work, the device needed to be in the debugging mode before the ransomware got activated.”
If this condition is met, then the user can connect to the device by ADB and remove the system file where the PIN is stored by Android. This operation unlocks the screen so that the user can access their device. Then, working in safe mode, the user can deactivate device administrator rights for the malware and uninstall it. In some cases, a device reboot is needed.

This Android ransomware could be used to steal banking credentials in the future

DoubleLocker is developed on the foundations of a banking trojan. While it currently doesn’t have the modules to steal users’ banking credentials, the functionality could be easily added in the future.

“Given its banking malware roots, DoubleLocker may well be turned into what could be called ransom-bankers,” Lukáš Štefanko, the ESET researcher who discovered DoubleLocker, said. “Two-stage malware that first tries to wipe your bank or PayPal account and subsequently locks your device and data to request a ransom.”
Right now, the malware is specifically focused on extorting money from its victims by locking them out of their devices. The ransom has been set to 0.0130 BTC (approximately USD 73 at the time of this writing) with the criminals having added a message that it needs to be paid within 24 hours. ESET added that even after 24 hours, the attackers aren’t wiping the data as it remains encrypted.

Here's how to protect yourself from Android malware:

1. Don't open files that you don't recognize.
2. Don't install apps from third-party sources.
3. Install updates as soon as they become available.
4. Use anti-virus software on all Android-based devices.

Also, those users who even glance at the permissions an app is asking for should be okay since it’s basically telling you that it will change your password and erase your data.

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Friday, 6 October 2017

Announcing Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android, Microsoft Launcher

Introducing Microsoft Edge for iOS/Android and Microsoft Launcher for Android, two apps designed to make it easy to move what you’re working on between your phone and PC.
                                                                    
                                            Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android, Microsoft Launcher               
Microsoft announced at Build to make Windows 10 PCs work great with your phone. Microsoft Edge for iOS is available starting today in preview, with Microsoft Edge for Android available soon in preview. And, Microsoft Launcher is available starting today in preview as well. Continue on PC functionality in both apps comes with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android

                                                                                           
                                                             Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android
Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android brings familiar features like your Favorites, Reading List, New Tab Page and Reading View across your PC and phone, so, no matter the device, your browsing goes with you. But what makes Microsoft Edge really stand out is the ability to continue on your PC, which enables you to immediately open the page you’re looking at right on your PC—or save it to work on later.
Beginning today, iOS users can test the preview app via Apple TestFlight, and Android users can sign up to be one of the first to test the preview app which will be available soon. Go here to sign up to test the Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android preview apps.

They stated- A few more details about the preview: Initially Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android will launch only in US-English, but we’ll ramp to other countries/languages as we expand the preview. And some features—like roaming passwords and support for iPads/Android tablets—aren’t available at preview launch but will come in the future.

Microsoft Launcher for Android

                                                    
                                             iOS and Android, Microsoft Launcher
Android phones have a feature that iPhones don’t – they allow customization of the “launcher” that’s displayed when you push the phone’s home button. How nice! Today, we are also launching a preview release of our new Microsoft Launcher for Android. We think it’s the most beautiful (based on Fluent design), customizable, powerful launcher available. With Microsoft Launcher, your recent photos, documents and more can all Continue on PC as well.

And – just like on Windows 10 – with Microsoft Launcher you can put icons of your favorite people right on the home screen so they’re quickly and easily available.


  • The Feed: Info at your Fingertips. With just a quick swipe-to-the-right, Microsoft Launcher offers a tailored feed of your important events, top news, recent activities, favorite people and most frequently used apps.
  • Beautiful and customizable: Launcher has wide-ranging ways to let you personalize your phone, it’s easy to set colors of backgrounds—and our new ‘gesture’ support will let even hard-core customizers create the environment that makes them most productive.
  • Continue on PC. And of course, Microsoft Launcher has been designed to make it easy for you to seamlessly continue what you’re working on – whether it’s photos, documents and more—on your PC.
Also Read: 7 Best Vocabulary Apps for Ios and Android
Microsoft Launcher represents the “graduation” of the 4.6-star rated “Arrow Launcher” project. So, a big update to Arrow and a change of name. Everyone on the Arrow Launcher beta will automatically get the Microsoft Launcher today, and any other Android users can join the preview of Microsoft Launcher beginning today as well.

So, have fun trying out these preview apps alongside your Windows 10 PCs and provide feedback and ways to make them even better. Feel free to share the good news.
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Thursday, 5 October 2017

7 Best Vocabulary Apps for iOS and Android

A vocabulary is a list or collection of words or of words and phrases usually alphabetically arranged and explained or defined Everybody knows basic English these days. So what is it that will make you stand out from the rest of the crowd? When you go to a party or an official meeting, how would you prove that you have an edge over the other people present there? People judge you by the words you use.
                                             Best Vocabulary Apps for iOS and Android
A powerful vocabulary would help you to understand what anybody is saying without the use of a dictionary. But the big question here is, how to improve your vocabulary when you have a busy life with no-time-for-anything-apart-from-work? Thanks to our smartphone, we have a solution. You can download a good vocabulary builder app and use it on-the-go. There is absolutely no need to cram the entire dictionary. Make a smart choice from any of these vocabulary apps for Android and iPhone.

Best Free Vocabulary Apps

1. Merriam-Webster

                                                         Merriam-Webster
This is the best Android app for English language reference, education, and vocabulary building. It is America’s most useful and respected dictionary, optimized for your Android device. It now has new word games! It’s never been more fun to learn new words and test your vocabulary for everyone from English learners to total word nerds. Hundreds of words to test your skills. No internet connection is required to view the definitions or thesaurus (although you do need a connection to view illustrations, hear audio pronunciations, and use voice search).
Download: AndroidiOS

2. IntelliVocab

                                                         IntelliVocab for SAT,GRE,GMAT
IntelliVocab personalizes the English vocabulary learning for competitive exams like SAT, GRE and GMAT. This app is built by students of MIT based on the latest research from MIT Computer Science and Web Semantics Lab.
It uses latest machine learning algorithms and web semantic techniques to collapse billions of possibilities into comprehensible probabilistic profile information, in real-time. It completely controls the learning environment, so that you do not have to plan your learning approach. All you need to do is interact. The more you practice, the more it learns about you and figures out words that are difficult for you. It ensures you achieve the top score competitive exams.
Download: AndroidiOS

Also Read: Top 10 Study Apps for University Students

3. Words With Friends

                                                          word with friends
Play the World’s Most Popular Mobile Word Game in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese and British English. Words With Friends is the fun, free social word game where your word building skills are tested. Challenge your Facebook friends to a game or make new friends with Smart Match. Play anytime and anywhere to sharpen your skills with offline Solo Play. May the Best Friend Win.™
• CHAT with your friends in-game
• TRACK your performance and improvement with detailed stats
• EXPAND your English vocabulary with Dictionary and Word of the Day 
• CHALLENGE your friends to think and play faster in English with Fast Play
• FIND your best English opponent by browsing players’ profiles in Community Match
• ACCESS your games on your phone, tablet, and computer.
Download:  AndroidiOS

4. Vocabulary.com

                                                           Vocabulary.com
The Vocabulary.com app helps you master words through a fun and addictive game. And it’s powered by the world's smartest, fastest dictionary. From the makers of the award-winning Vocabulary.com website, this app will expand your vocabulary with lightning speed!
Download: AndroidiOS

5. VoLT - Vocabulary Learning

                                                          VoLT - Vocabulary Learning VoLT (Vocabulary Learning Techniques) is an app which will provide you with various innovative techniques to remember difficult English words. People who want to improve their English or the students who are preparing for exams like CAT ,MAT , GMAT , GRE , SAT , SSC, Bank PO, BBA, BBS, BCA, CET, GATE, IAS, IBPS, IELTS, IES, TOEFL, UPSC etc will find volt application extremely valuable because now they don't have to cram those words and will save excessive repetitive efforts required.
Various psychological researches have proved that new information is well retained by our brains if it is associated with some previous information.
Download: Android, Ios

6. Vocabulary Builder

                                                           Vocabulary Builder
Vocabulary Builder is a Study & Practice app of English Language for students preparing for competitive exams.
The app contains hundreds of - 

1. Synonyms
2. Antonyms
3. One word substitutions
4. Homophones & Homonyms
5. Phobias
6. Foreign Words & Phrases
7. Idioms & Phrases
8. Phrasal Verbs
9. Important Words 

along with Objective Type practice sets.

The app is based on the latest examination pattern of IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, SAT, CAT, UPSC, SSC, IBPS, UGC and various other competitive exams.
Download: AndroidIos

7. Magoosh Vocabulary Builder 

                                                      Magoosh Vocabulary Builder
Build your vocabulary with Magoosh's free vocabulary game for your Android phone or tablet. Quiz yourself every day to learn the 1200 most important words!

☞ 1200 vocab words picked by an expert tutor
☞ Audio pronunciation for each of the words in the app
☞ Definitions and example sentences for every word
☞ Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced vocabulary sections
☞ Beat levels to unlock new words
☞ Track your progress as you study

This app gives you free access to all of Magoosh’s general, GRE, SAT, and TOEFL vocab quizzes. Sign in with a Magoosh account (or create a new one) to save your progress to the web.
Download: Android, Ios
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