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Nigerian bloggers react to the Samsung Galaxy S5

Last week, Samsung Mobile Nigeria hung out with Bloggers and Developers at the CCHub MX Lab, in Lagos, to find out what they think about the features of the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Lagos gets its version of TroTro Diaries

LAGOS CONVO is gist about an alternate Lagos and Nigeria, based on our very own true Lagos. Similar to what TroTro diaries is to Ghana, the online platform looks to give Lagosians and lovers of Lagos a peek into the alternate universe of Lagos. Using all the sights, sounds and experience of Lagos in particular and Nigeria at large, it weaves out thought provoking, witty and sarcastic stories about Lagos, Nigeria and its citizens. These stories make up the reality of LAGOS CONVO.

The stories that make up LAGOS CONVO are targeted at giving a peek into the lives, hopes, aspirations, challenges, dreams and ambitions of Nigerians. We reached out to the man behind the platform for the importance of these stories and he said – “They are an expression of the inner spirit of Lagosians and Nigerians: the part of US that makes us who we are. Through the stories, the rest of the world is introduced into the life, thinking, and everyday experiences of Lagosians and Nigerians.”

The stories are written in a unique Nigerian style of expression and communication; a language that reflects the rich culture of Nigeria. LAGOS CONVO is broken into different categories; POLITRICKS, WHAT I HEAR IN LAGOS, COUNTRY PEOPLE and CITY ROUND UP.

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You can now hide “last seen” status on WhatsApp for Android

This is no unofficial hack. According to sources, WhatsApp’s latest update for Android now gives you options on who has access to your “last seen” status – anyone with your number, only your contacts, or no one at all. This new privacy feature also extends to your profile photo and status message (just go to menu -> settings -> account -> privacy).

Other changes in this update include the ability to pay for a friend’s WhatsApp subscription  and, you’ll be glad to find that, the mute function for groups finally works.

There’s no given time frame for when this update will be live on the Google  Play Store but the apk is already available for download directly from WhatsApp.

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Facebook to acquire Whatsapp in a deal worth $19 billion

Despite having dismissed earlier rumours (that have now turned out to be true), WhatsApp is finally selling off to Facebook.

The deal is worth $12 billion in Facebook shares and $4 billion in cash. There’s also an additional $3 billion in restricted stock to WhatsApp founders and employees.

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, made the announcement yesterday, explaining in detail the motivation behind the deal. And in case you’re wondering what becomes of your favourite messaging platform, Jan Koum, WhatsApp Co-founder, assures us nothing will change:

WhatsApp will remain autonomous and operate independently. You can continue to enjoy the service for a nominal fee. You can continue to use WhatsApp no matter where in the world you are, or what smartphone you’re using. And you can still count on absolutely no ads interrupting your communication.

Okay Jan, we’re getting you. Just like you told us you wouldn’t sell.

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Kiss and tell : Vals Game by ChopUP

In the spirit of the valentine’s season, the ChopUp guys decided to make a very simple game where you try to kiss your true love as many times as possible before an interloper gets in-between.

The game is available here

Look Out Silverbird, A 7D Cinema Just Opened In Lagos


“feel the wind, rain, smoke, snow, smell…” Is this thing supernatural?!

Well as it turns out, there is a kind of cinema that allows one to feel physical effects while watching a movie. Generally marketed as 4D, 5D, 6D and even 7D cinema, it is pretty expensive to setup. Read more about it on Wikipedia.

Guess who’s top-earning on the Google Play Store? Pastor Chris is

If you had to guess which app attracts the highest in-app purchases on the Google Play store, you’d probably give it to the usual suspects; Candy Crush, FIFA 14, Angry Birds, Football Manager…. However, the current top grossing app on the Google Play store in Nigeria is popular televangelist, Pastor Chris’s Digital Library app.

Pastor Chris Digital Library, launched in July of 2013,  is a platform for users  to purchase audio and video messages by Pastor Chris. Prices for content range from around $2 to $9. Seeing as payments are processed by Google Wallet, it’s not exactly a surprise that it’s the top grossing app.  If you already pay for stuff on the Google Play store, you’re always just one click away from purchasing audio and video messages from Pastor Chris’s collection. You kinda have to wonder, why haven’t the likes of Spinlet tried out this payment model? It’s easy and convenient for the user and recurring payments are a breeze to implement.

BattaBox Offering Premium Video Content Via Widget

Video is expensive and hard but BattaBox is offering its premium local content for free to bloggers, thus making it cheap and easy.

The new Video Widget (or ‘vidget’) is a front-end BattaBox simple embeddable code that allows anyone to have dedicated videos anywhere on their website.

All you have to do is contact Battabox for the code at battabox.com/contact - and they’ll send you the code  for your website.

To keep things interesting, they’d handle the backend and keep everything updated for you and perhaps the most impressive feature is you can even customise the video widget to your website’s needs – for example, if you just want fashion, Nollywood or sports videos.

With a rise of website visitors watching videos, this is a big opportunity for bloggers to offer great video content, especially since it can be tailored to their target audience.

10 Memes To Celebrate Our Transition To Bits.ng

Having made a transition from OTEKBITS to BITS.ng, here is a compilation of memes to celebrate just that.

 

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Forget That Puny USB Charger, Huawei’s Latest Phablet Will Power Your Other Devices

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Announced at the ongoing International Consumer Electronics Show, Chinese tech challenger Huawei’s latest monster, the Ascend Mate 2, sports a non-removable 4,050mAh battery. In everyday speak, the device can hold three times the quantity of power an iPhone could ever hope to store, and Huawei estimates that one charge will take you through two days of unrestrained use. Against that very, well, powerful backdrop, it makes absolute sense that the 6.1-inch 4G/LTE phablet comes with a USB port for reverse charging: this thing is effectively a backup power pack for other devices. No, Samsung didn’t see this one coming.

See the Ascend Mate 2 charging an iPhone in a cheeky photo from Huawei’s CEO of consumer services, Richard Yu’s CES presentation below.

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Images via GSM Insider, International Business Times