Acer Predator 21 X gaming laptop now has a younger brother, Nitro 5

The Nitro 5 would start at $800 — sounds good, right?  Now, Acer has introduced another laptop — the Nitro 5— for people with sensible wallet and not people with billion stashed somewhere. The idea behind the line is to make laptops with the performance to play your high-end games but at a mainstream price. Continue reading

Apple reportedly plans to perform 5G internet tests in Cupertino

Though 5G remains a somewhat nebulous concept because standards organizations have yet to formally classify it, the successor to LTE is broadly understood to be capable of gigabit speeds that rely on mmWave tech. Because mmWave transmits data at a higher frequency, and thus a smaller wavelength of between 30 GHz and 300 GHz, the technology is capable of reducing latency and expanding data transmission capacity. It also opens up possibilities for cutting down on antenna size and for packing more powerful multi-band antennas into a single device. Continue reading

Facebook Live now lets you add a friend to live stream together

 

Facebook is now opening up the ability for users to invite a friend for a collaborative broadcast. Think of it like a Hangouts on Air via YouTube Live — you can ask a Facebook friend to join and share the live stream screen even when you’re not in the same place. Facebook first offered this feature to public figures, but now it’ll be available for all users and Pages going live through the iOS app. Continue reading

Meet The Top Facebook Messenger Bots (Created by Nigerians) That Made the Cut.

Do you remember Facebook’s Bots for Messenger developer challenge? 60 finalist teams have been selected from the entries it received from across the Middle East and Africa. For those who are wondering about the number of entries that was received, Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships for the Middle East, said:

“We were overwhelmed to receive more than 1,000 entries over two and a half months for the Bots for Messenger Challenge from developers and entrepreneurs across the Middle East and Africa—each one of them solving a problem in an inventive way or enriching the lives of its target user.”

The 60 finalist teams (10 per category in the Middle East/North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa) each won a Gear VR and mobile phone, one hour of Facebook mentorship, and tools and services from FbStart (https://Developers.Facebook.com/fbstart), a Facebook program designed to help early stage mobile start-ups build and grow their bots. All student teams who made it to the finals won an additional $2,000.

So, which bots made the final cut? Facebook had 30 bots from the Middle East and North Africa:

And 30 from sub-Saharan Africa.

Yes, Nigeria had 4 bots that made the cut, while Kenya had the highest number of bots (in Sub-Saharan Africa).

You can also try out the bots on your messenger app using the links below:

Nigeria: Laide Bot*
Nigeria: Headwork
Nigeria: Hyper-cv
Nigeria: Baba politricks

Kenya: BridelyBuzz
Kenya: EatOut
Kenya: Uchaguzi Kenya*
Kenya: Mingo
Kenya: mytichaabot

WannaCry The Viral Window Bug

The WannaCry ransomware burst into the spotlight over the weekend as reports of infections streamed in from around the globe. It was the stuff of a Hollywood techno-thriller, and we watched it unfold in real time. But how did WannaCry come to be? How did it infect so many computers so quickly? And, perhaps most importantly, how will organizations and individuals cope with the fallout? Continue reading

Android Oreo Is Coming

Google is expected to soon announce more details on version 8.0 of Android, which we know to be codenamed Android O. But the biggest question about Android O — more so than what new features it will bring to the mobile OS or if Google will be able to actually get carriers and hardware companies to offer the update to older phones — remains unanswered: what is Android O going to be called? Continue reading

Google just acquired one of the most successful VR game studios

Google announced today that it’s acquiring Owlchemy Labs, the VR-focused studio that created Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. Owlchemy will keep releasing VR games for multiple platforms, but with backing from Google — similar to Tilt Brush studio Skillman & Hackett, which Google acquired in 2015. “We have a slate of original games that we have in [the] production and prototyping phase, and we’re going to continue to do that,” says Owlchemy co-founder Alex Schwartz. “We’re very excited to continue to do that with the support of Google behind us.” Continue reading

$8000 A Month As An Intern These big tech companies pay their interns the most

So if you are living in Africa and your father or mother is a banker, medical doctor or lawyer, protect your ego by not reading this. But if your parents are teacher, pls don’t even click for the sack of your sanity. lol.

We went ahead and pulled the tech companies from the list, and among large tech companies, Facebook leads the pack with an average salary of $8,000 per month for interns. Quickly converting that into a yearly salary yields $96,000. It goes without saying, that figure is quite high. Continue reading

Facebook Is letting you follow topics, not just Pages

Facebook gets a lot of flack for just reinforcing your world views in its News Feed echo chamber instead of challenging your opinions. That’s because you choose exactly which friends and Pages to follow, so liberals might skip Fox News or Breitbart while conservatives avoid The Atlantic and Huffington Post. But Facebook’s newest feature could bring a wider range of sources to your News Feeds. Continue reading

Galaxy S8 costs Samsung $307.50 to build

It appears that you might be paying $400 more for the new Galaxy S8, but did you know that it costs more to build than other phones from major competitors, which makes it the most expensive phone to build to date.

According to an estimate released by IHS Markit, the Galaxy S8 costs Samsung $307.50 to build, more than Samsung’s previous devices —the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge— which reportedly costs $255.10 and $271.20 to make. Whereas it costs Google $285.80 to make the Google Pixel XL and Apple $224.80 to make the iPhone 7. Continue reading