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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.

App Review – Cover Screen For Android

Editor’s Note: Seye Kuyinu is a Senior Developer at Nysteria Solutions, a web development firm whose target clients are the big financial institutions. He has a keen interest in User Experience design(UX) and RIA(Rich Internet Applications). This post first appeared on Seye Kuyinu’s blog. You can follow him on twitter at @seye.

I recently downloaded Cover Screen. This was after the many months of anticipation, registering for beta testing. According to CNET, Cover brings a number of features to Android phones: it picks commonly used apps on your lock screen, changing them according to your location and time of day based on your usage patterns for work, home, or in between.

It lets you slide the app icons partway over for a quick peek at them or flick them all the way over to launch them. And it offers a new multitasking option: a long press on the right of Android’s status bar will produce a drop-down list of your most commonly used items. After downloading it, I was quite pleased at how it worked …as advertized.

But then with an HTC One, I think its totally useless. You see, with the settings of my HTC One, I only have to set my most used applications on the home screen folder, swiping up even at lock screen. Also, while listening to music on Spotify or with the native music app, without Cover, you can change tracks, pause etc.

With Cover, you lose all that. It’s been about 48hours now it hasn’t identified my work and my house yet to change the cover screen. Also on the advert, swiping down from the top right to multi-task didn’t really work for me. Doing that on an HTC One will bring down HTC Sense5′s settings.

To be honest, with the HTC One’s folder system at the bottom border, you can easily categorize your most used apps and get to them when you need to. Cover is really cool though. The most important facility I see useful is how you can control your ring tone when you are home or at work etc.

MTN Announces App Developer Challenge Winners

MTN Nigeria recently announced the winners of the App Developer Challenge that ran for 5 months. The Judges last week selected winners from all 6 categories and here they are:

Best Entertainment and Lifestyle app – Afro Talez

Best Productivity app – Track My Cash

Best Gaming app - Danfo

Best Education app: On point - GPA calculator and timetable

Best Health and wellness app: Certified Drugs

Best Student entry (Special Categories): Wazobia Bible.

And Okadabook won the overall prize of Hyundai LX 35 and 1 Million naira. All the categories winners went home with 1 Million naira and a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone each.

Full details on the winners will be updated soon.

MTN Set To Announce App Challenge Winning Developers

The MTN app challenge is almost coming to an end. The competition has been running for 5 months and it’s about time to unveil the winners. Having gone through a good number of entries, MTN Nigeria has chosen Friday 13th of December to award the winning developers.

The winners were selected at a judging session last week as seen in the pictures shared by Co-Creation hub.

The venue for the award presentation is yet to be announced yet, but we’d keep you informed with any other updates.

Developing…

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HealthMobile – The Game Changing Healthcare App

Healthcare is a major arm of service delivery which is ranked amongst top priority areas in Africa presently. Indeed innovation directed in this angle – especially something home-grown and well in touch with the arena, can only be encouraged. The good thing about our tech space right now is that we are seeing more innovative and mobile oriented solutions geared towards relevant problems.

Enter Health Mobile–a dynamic healthcare app which has been developed with a comprehensive understanding of different aspects of healthcare service delivery, especially tailored towards individual enlightenment, fitness, and well-being. Essentially it has a focus which tends more towards preventive medicine.

Certainly not the first, but featuring well in a pioneer class, HealthMobile is a platform created to help users make better informed choices pertaining to their health and wellness. The app focuses on various categories which include Health Topics and quick access information, Health News, Food and Diet Information for adequate Lifestyle Planning, Hospital Locator Services, Drugs and Supplements information, First Aid Information and accompanying video aids.

The HealthMobile app has been built to run without hitches across platforms. It features a sleek interface design, which aids smooth navigation and transition across the different sections, with a full set of interesting features. The app was developed by NIXIT. The startup based in Calabar, Nigeria was co-founded by Joshua Ihejiamaizu and Johnson Okoriewho, and it incorporates mobile healthcare delivery as one of its core offerings. HealthMobile as an app has its sights set on global coverage and wide-ranging use, even in places further than the African continent.

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Meanwhile, the inspiration for the app was derived from the events which followed an outbreak of typhoid in the student university community of FUTO, sometime back. In this particular scenario, most students seemed to have been wrongfully treating themselves for malaria, when the actual diagnosis was typhoid – although it was a clear case of self-medication which is not often advised, but one which is common practice around here. Like they say, every big idea starts small, and so HealthMobile was born.

In the cause of early brainstorming sessions, the developers opted to go mobile first, especially because it was an already well tested and widespread means of reaching out to people, more so to individuals. However, the project has evolved from a simple app which helped students at FUTO diagnose between Malaria and Typhoid, to one which could help medical centers track emergencies and outbreaks.

The app provides information for quick access, and health news focusing on various categories which could also be delivered by location choice. It also features great food and diet Information with a lengthy list of recipes for lifestyle planning, hospital location service for finding the nearest hospital around. It could definitely come in handy for individuals interested in health topics and tips, doctors, patients, tourists, emergency services, healthcare workers, and companies with strong health and safety policies.

According to the developers, “the app in the long term will seek to combine native medical information with user-generated content to create a top web healthcare facility through which healthcare service delivery can be made possible from any location, with or without the physical presence of a doctor.” They also hope to incorporate a service which will create a unique advertising system that allows healthcare product advertisers to reach users based on peculiar interests as determined by an algorithm in the app.

In future updates, the developers further indicated a plan to activate a Symptom Checker widget which would be bolstered with user-generated content, and input from doctors to improve the content and capacity of the database of drugs, supplements, health topics and food recipes. They also hope to incorporate an exercise, fitness and health index calculator section.  Through this lifestyle planning tool they would be able to recommend food and diet plans, plus exercise and fitness plans for users.

The app is currently available for download on different app stores such as Google Play, Amazon, Opera, MTN, and AppBrain, with a plan to feature on the other major platform stores subsequently.

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BBM Passes 20 Million New Active Users Mark After First Week

After the amazing launch of BBM on Android and iPhone devices, with more than 10 million downloads in the first 24 hours, BBM has now ended its first week with more than 80 million monthly active users, including over 20 million new users on Android and iPhone devices.

During its first week, BBM was the top free overall app in 35 countries in Google Play and in 107 countries in the App Store, and continues to maintain a strong position in key markets such as Canada, the US, the UK, Indonesia and much of the Middle East, to name a few.

“It is great to see so many people downloading BBM, but the true measurement for us is engagement – the connections being made and the conversations in which our BBM community engages. The power of BBM has always been the active, real conversations and interaction that our customers enjoy,” said Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President of BBM at BlackBerry. “From here on out, we will focus on active users of BBM and will no longer focus on simple download numbers.”

With the BBM community now at more than 80 million active users around the globe, users are connecting on the private social network like never before. This past weekend, BlackBerry was able to remove the virtual line-up so that Android and iPhone users can now immediately download, sign in and start using BBM without having to wait.

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BBM users are enjoying the immediacy and control that BBM offers as they chat with their new contacts – either one-to-one, in multi-person chats or as part of a BBM Group. The delivered and read statuses, as well as the message-in-progress alert, keep people engaged and active in conversations on BBM.  BBM users can also share files such as photos, and voice notes, as well as update their statuses with ease. BBM Groups allows photo, calendar, chat and file sharing for up to 30 people in a user-generated community.

Every BBM user has a unique PIN that helps maintains their privacy, so users never have to give out their phone number or email address to a new or casual contact. BlackBerry ID connects with a person’s PIN, BBM contact list and services to make device switching quick and easy.

The BBM experience will continue to evolve.  In the coming months, BlackBerry will deliver BBM Video calling, BBM Voice calling and BBM Channels – a new community building service to connect BBM users even more broadly – to Android and iPhone users.

Android and iPhone device users can download BBM by visiting BBM.com.

[From BlackBerry Press Release]

BBM Resumes Cross Platform Rollout With Samsung In Sub-Saharan Africa

BBM resumed its rollout for other platforms around the globe. For Samsung customers in Sub-Saharan Africa, BBM will be available to download today from the Samsung Apps store. iPhone and other Android users in Africa will be able to download the app in three days’ time.

The enthusiasm and demand already seen for BBM on other platforms has been quite incredible. About six million people have pre-registered at BBM.com. Did you know that more than one million people have already found creative ways to “side load” BBM on their iPhone? Clearly the demand hasn’t lessened.

While this interest is a testament to the public’s appetite for BBM, it also means that the demand needs to be managed. As a result, a simple line-up system is being implemented to ensure a smooth roll out. Here is how it will work:

  1. Visit BBM.com to be connected to the BBM page in the Samsung App Store
  2. Download the BBM app from the Samsung App Store;
  3. Once the app has been installed, open it and enter an active email address. This will ensure that the user is placed in a queuing system
  4. Notification will be sent to users via that email once they have reached the front of the line, and they will then be able to launch the application and officially sign-in and start using BBM.

However, for those who pre-registered for launch alerts at BBM.com, front of the line access is to be enjoyed.

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[Gadget Review] The Bamboo D700 7” Tablet

Not too long ago, the in-thing in town was the feature phone which had a camera, had the radio and came with some extra wow accessories, and that was it – case won. Those days seem to be so far away now, with the advent of Smartphones, smart tablets, and the phone-tab hybrid combo all rolled in one.

Here we are at a time where a phone, tablet, and even a computer system could all run on the same OS (operating system), in such a way that you could migrate your job from one device to another and keep it going without missing a beat. At least not in the continuous flow of the job, even if the convenience levels are somewhat different – considering screen size, keyboard comfort, and similar features.

Enter the Bamboo android smart tablet. Imagine the features of two phones, a mini laptop, touch screen features, with rear and frontal cameras, combined in one light and easy to carry around piece – There you have the Bamboo D700. Been playing around with it for some time now, just so that I could get some perspective to do this review.

Not Just another Android Tab

At the point of picking it up, I thought the same – maybe it is just another tablet of the many out there now. But I found out something different. The Bamboo tab seems to be made for the Nigerian market, because it has got features customized for this environment. Let me just give you a tip before we get into the real deal, a tab with a relatively rough-designed back, bundled with apps like the IrokoTv, Jobberman, and FM radio. Does that tell you anything? Just about what we need in this market. Before I get ahead of myself, let’s get back to the beginning.

What’s in the Box

The Bamboo Tab D700 comes packed like a Smartphone in a rectangular box. Inside the box, the tab is bundled with a full set of accessories such as a comfy suede comfy pouch with a rope-knot lock piece, a micro USB cable, a wall plug for USB charging, a pair of earphones, a car charger kit, a reader stand /holder (car/table leg stand), and a manual. All of the latter colored black, except the manual.

Hardware Design and Accessories

Designed with the slightly rough back for good grip and convenience, at just the right weight which allows for convenience even if held in hand for a long time. It runs on a dual core processor, with 1GHz frequency, and as much as 12.94 Gigabytes of internal storage, put together to provide superior performance.

On the top of the tab, the power button is located at the upper left corner, with the volume up and down buttons next to it. To the upper right are the dual SIM slots, and the TF or mini SD chip slot. On the right side there is the HDMI slot, the earphone jack, a Mic (mouthpiece point) and the micro-USB slot. The rear (2.0 megapixels) camera lens is more to the left of the center point on its end, while the frontal facing camera (0.3 MP) is quite centralized – which I must add has got lovely color separation and comparatively great output.

Also available are the usual features often seen on Android now: 3G / Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a USB interface, and a lovely touch screen keypad, with spaces between each tab to allow easy typing. It can also be used as a Mi-Fi device when the tethering spot feature is enabled, plus a micro-usb to full USB interface converter which allows for use of flash drives, data modems, and other dongles.

Using the Bamboo D700 Tablet

Enabled for dual SIM use with an efficient SIM management interface; the amazing thing is that even with all of the latter, it still adequately features an impressive battery life to boot. Pre-loaded with interesting applications, such as mobile terrestrial TV, crisp and clear FM radio application, business applications, and reader apps like Kobo.

Truth is, the Radio feature is my personal best especially as it can record FM, has the open speaker option, and lets you get a listen while doing other things on the Tab (first I have seen, and just right for Nigerians in love with their radio). An added advantage for female users would be the ovulation and fashion applications which come with the bundle.

Bundled with other great apps like GPS test, Airtel TV, flash player, kobo reader app, my days, MX player, Pose, and a paired wireless input device app enabled via Bluetooth. World clock and power control widgets. It works well even when plugged in to system via usb charging cable. With Long lasting battery life – it could go 2 straight days without charging, if put to fair use.

Impressive Camera Settings

The abilities of the cameras may not be entirely wowing, but they have got features that would endear the tab to users who love video recordings. Especially the pause option feature while recording videos, which is really great – done with a brief hold on the record button – It could adequately resume and pause recording intermittently. It has also a great zoom half circle track.

You could slide to fast forward or reverse track. same zoom track exists for still camera shots, plus color effects enhancement for pictures, combined with a flash mode. It could be set to capture a max of 16 continuous shots; with very stable and smooth slide touch.

How About The Down Sides

Even with as much quality and performance that it exhibits, I found a few down sides. The TV signals were not too clear, and ran on a mono sound system. (Listed countries did not include Nigeria although it picks some more channels, when I chose Morocco and South Africa, both of which seem to run on similar TV bands we do).

Also there are only one set of buttons for back, home, and refresh functions, with no options elsewhere on the panel. I was equally disappointed that it didn’t come with an HDMI cable, even though the HDMI slot exists. There was no felt pen and no games available, except you had to download from the play store.

Should you buy the Bamboo D700

On the strength of its features, quality and performance , I would say the Bamboo D700 tab would make for use, as it has got unique features which definitely make it stand out. Selling for a little over the naira equivalent of $250, the price might be the slight issue here, but compared to others out there it is relatively cheaper proportionate to the value of its amazing offerings. Another incentive is that the Bamboo D700 comes with a free Airtel SIM card, 100MB of data, 20 Free SMS, and 20 minutes voice calls every month for 6 months.

Conclusion

I cannot cover all of the features of a fully functional tablet in the few words of a review, but I have managed to highlight some of its interesting sides and maybe the seeming downs, just to create some perspective. The product happens to come with some game-changing features which could make a huge difference in these parts. Don’t expect miracles out of it –but if you are looking for a tab which creates a new dimension, bundled with features that could make your life easier – especially on the move, then I feel the Bamboo D700 is your better bet.

Predict Live Games With Pepsi FootballNOW App For Android And iOS

On the occasion of the semi-finals of the Orange CAF Champions League 2013 and the Orange CAF Confederation Cup 2013, CAF together with SPORTFIVE Africa, its exclusive marketing and media rights agency, have joined forces to bring to fans the “Pepsi FootballNOW” live prediction game, alongside with Official Sponsor Pepsi.

Starting the semi-finals of the two most prestigious club competitions in Africa, viewers and fans who downloaded the application and created their profile will be able to predict the outcome of each match. Once the match kicks-off and cosily seating in front of its TV set, each player will also be prompted to answer some questions around key situations such as corner kicks, free kicks and penalties, etc. In addition, there will be some bonus questions about competitions, teams and players.

Gamers will earn “Pepsi Points” for correct predictions allowing them to collect Pepsi FootballNOW badges: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum, according to the points won during a single match. During competitions, new badges will be unlocked.

Numerous prizes to win including a tablet, tickets for the finals of the two competitions and official match balls CAF adidas Katlego

Following the official Orange African Cup of Nations, SOUTH AFRICA 2013 App, CAF and SPORTFIVE Africa are once again using mobile platforms to help bring African football to life for as many fans as possible, by creating an innovative new “second screen” experience. New functions will be released soon and a new version will be available for the next season including for the Orange CAF Super Cup.

You can download the Pepsi FootballNOW application for free on the App Store and  Play Store to experience African football on a whole new level. Find out more the official Facebook page of the Orange CAF Confederation Cup 2013: http://on.fb.me/19yxKrb

BBM Available For Android And iPhone September 21 – 22

Looks like the wait is over as the instant mobile to mobile messaging that boasts of the best privacy and control you can count on, and that lets you know that your message is read, is coming for free to Android and iPhone users in a few days.

The BlackBerry Messenger now defined as a iconic mobile social network – will begin rolling out for Android and iPhone customers around the world from September 21. Previously exclusive to BlackBerry smartphones, BBM will be available as a free download in Google Play and the App Store. Customers will be able to download BBM by visiting BBM.com from their smartphone browser.

No doubt BBM gives you a private social network for active, real conversations.

1. It’s immediate. BBM is always on so you are always connected. And because messages on BBM are typically delivered and read within seconds, it’s the closest thing to a live conversation.

2. You trust it. BBM always tells you that messages are delivered and read. BBM conversations come alive on a private network you can count on.

3. You control it. BBM allows you to choose your contacts and how you share your information. BBM uses a PIN so you don’t have to give anyone your phone number or email address.

According to the Executive Vice President for BBM at BlackBerry, Andrew Bocking - “BBM is a very engaging messaging service that is simple to use, easy to personalize and has an immediacy that is necessary for mobile communications,” He added – “With more than a billion Android, iOS, and BlackBerry smartphones in the market, and no dominant mobile messaging platform, this is absolutely the right time to bring BBM to Android and iPhone customers.”

SEE ALSO: BBM On Android And iOS: Game Changer Or Self Destruction

So what features should Android and iPhone users be looking forward to with the new BBM app:

1. BBM Chat – Enjoy real, immediate conversations with friends on Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones. Not only does BBM let you know that your message has been delivered and read, it also shows you that your friend is responding to the message.

2. More than chat – With BBM you can share files on your phone such as photos and voice notes, all in an instant.

3. Keep your group in the loop – Multi-person chats are a great way to invite contacts to chat together. BBM Groups lets you invite up to 30 friends to chat together, and go a step further than multi-chat by sharing photos and schedules. And, with Broadcast Message, you can send a message out to all your BBM contacts at once.

4. Post Updates and stay in the know – BBM lets you post a personal message, profile picture and your current status, and lets your contacts know instantly in Updates.

5. Your unique PIN – Every BBM user has a unique PIN that maintains your privacy, so you don’t have to give out your phone number or email address to a new or casual contact.

BBM will be available as a free download for Android smartphones running Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean (Android 4.x)  on September 21. BBM for iPhones running iOS 6 and iOS 7 will become available for each market on the App Store schedule for September 22. For more information, or to download BBM for Android or iPhone, visit BBM.com.

As BBM continues to evolve quickly, there are plans for later this year to have BBM Channels,  providing a forum for active, real conversations between users – people, brands, celebrities, artists, service providers, communities and more. By creating a Channel, individuals and brands can engage their friends and communities in conversations sparked by their thoughts, ideas and passions. Subscribing to a Channel will let you join conversations with people who share your interests.

In addition, BBM Video calling and BBM Voice calling are planned for availability for Android and iPhone in a future version.

Guess it all makes sense now, why it is a mobile social network. What are your thoughts?