Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Dubai police acquire Ferraris as patrol cars

Dubai police has unveiled Ferrari FV cars as their new police squad vehicles.

This occurs after it recently gave Lamborghini Aventador to some of its officials.
Police chief Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim said:

“Dubai is a unique city and everything in it should reflect its uniqueness and for that reason police will add a Ferrari sports car to its patrol fleet.

“We have been pleasantly surprised by the reaction of people to the Lamborghini, so we said a Ferrari would be a good choice too.”

Monday, April 29, 2013

Auction for valuable goods have always been a spicy affair and this is proving no difference, in fact it is even spicier.

The race to have a cup of coffee with Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has reached another record-breaking point as there is now a bid of $605,000 to be on the same table with him.
Apple's CEO Tim Cook
This enormous amount has set a new record online as the highest value ever bidded for an online auction.

This beats and even doubles the previous record which was $255,000 to spend a day with former U. S. President Bill Clinton.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Quotes for the Week: Barack Obama

This week, we are bringing you three of Barack Obama’s most popular quotes. Enjoy and be challenged.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

More evidence has been provided by a pair of stars orbiting each other nearly 7,000 light years from Earth that Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity is correct.

Bursts of energy were measured by astronomers from a neutron star which is being orbited by a white dwarf star.

The gravity created by the neutron star, created a wrinkle in the fabric of space time in a way predicted by Einstein in his famous general relativity theory in 1915.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Like an Einstein quote that says thoroughness is genius, Microsoft has done something out of the box this time with its Microsoft Office 365's ad that includes a mobile hotspot on the pages of Forbes magazine.
Microsoft Office 365's ad with hotspot. Pic: Engadget.
This is in a bid to allow customers who are willing to try the service out to have all necessary materials right on the spot.

This is to take care of procrastination of customers to try the service later provided there is no medium to try it out.

The Wi-Fi hotspot contains a battery and up to 15 days of T-Mobile service for up to 5 devices.

The page covering up the hotspot includes some instructions for connecting to the newly created network, and the hotspot will last for about three hours on the battery supplied in the magazine.

What are these tech giants not going to do these days?

Glo signs $750 million deal with Huawei

Glo yesterday 25th of April signed a network upgrade equipment deal worth $750 million (about 118 billion naira) with Chinese tech company Huawei.
The contract, according to Glo, is aimed at making the network more resilient for better user-experience.

The Group Chief Operating Officer (GCOO) of Glo, Mohammed Jameel, speaking at the event said: “At the beginning of 2013, I made a commitment on behalf of the company that we will attach a lot of importance to our network because if customers do not enjoy the network, they cannot enjoy our products,”
Glo and Huawei officials
Glo and Huawei officials
According to Mohammed, this upgrade process started by Globacom which is an ongoing process is in a bid to upgrade the network with the latest technology.

“We are upgrading every element of our network that provides services to consumers,”

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Google street view now available in 50 countries

Google Inc. has added two more countries to its Google street view service to make it 50 countries on Wednesday.

The Google street view is a technology featured in Google Maps and Google Earth that allows you to view places through 360-degree, panoramic, and street level imagery.
The Google street view service is now in Hungary and the South African country of Lesotho.

Google has added important places like the Hungarian Parliament, the famous Chain bridge, and the Szechenyi thermal bath (which is the largest medicinal bath in Europe) to its imagery service.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Shanghai Auto Show which held its first edition in 1985 has commenced the 2013 edition of the show.

It is the first professional auto show in China. It also became the first UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) approved Chinese auto show in 2004.

This year's edition started on the 21st of April and will end on the 29th of April. This year's edition is being held at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (2345 Longyang Road, Pudong, Shanghai).

We are bringing you some of the eye-catching automobiles that have graced this year's event. See the pictures below;

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Nigerian Communications Commission has today 22nd April launched the mobile number portability (MNP) after a failed target of March 27.

The new service which will allow customers to migrate to another network while retaining their mobile phone number was launched amid different emotions.
The NCC has stated that it expect this new service to improve service of various networks due to the tight competition that will ensue.

The NCC has given its guidelines about the new service in a statement on its website.

Monday, April 22, 2013

This week in history: Max Planck, Spain, Sierra Leone,…

As we enter another week, we bring you memorable events that happened on these days in history;

April 21

On 21st of April, 2002, French President Jacques Chirac faced a reelection challenge from extremist Jean-Marie Le Pen in the first round of presidential voting but two weeks later handily defeated him to win a second term.

On the same day in 1918, Manfred Freiherr (baron) von Richthofen Germany's top flying ace in World War I, was shot down and killed during a battle near Amiens, France.

April 22

On this day in 1994, Former U.S. president Richard M. Nixon died of stroke in New York City, 10 months after the death of his wife.
Richard Nixon during his resignation address
April 23

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The French tablet maker Archos has announced three smartphones that are set to be part of the fast rising Android market. The smartphones will be shipped unlocked and support 3G only.

The three smartphones; Archos 35 carbon, Archos 50 platinum, Archos 53 platinum are set to be in the market by the end of May.
In his words, Loic Poirier, chief executive of Archos said: "The smartphone market is shifting, as sim-free sales are increasing. Archos is prepared to this change, as we can offer affordable, unlocked, and feature-rich smartphones without the heaven price tag."

Friday, April 19, 2013

Pre-order your new Samsung Galaxy S4 on Jumia.com

Lagos, Nigeria, April 19, 2013Jumia.com.ng, Nigeria’s number 1 online retailer is at it again.

This time, in synergy with world renowned mobile manufacturer Samsung, Jumia is offering the phone to be released May 10 for pre-order on its website at the price of N108,000.

Jumia has also promised its loyal customers who pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S4 free accessories to add some swag to the out of this world mobile experience.
Jumia Samsung Galaxy S4
Pre-order your Samsung Galaxy S4 on Jumia
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED; 1,920×1,080 screen, at 441 pixels per inch.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

An internet service provider (ISP) in Japan So-net Entertainment, backed by Sony has launched Nuro, the world’s fastest internet for home consumers.
The fiber-based internet service launched on Monday in Tokyo and six nearby jurisdictions with download speed of 2Gbps and upload speed of 1Gbps, charged at 4,980 yen ($51) per month.

Nuro customers receive an optical network unit with three-Gigabit Ethernet ports and support for 450Mbps over 802.11 a/b/g/n.

Previously, the fastest internet connection was the Google Fiber service, which has a download speed of 1Gbps but at a higher price of $70 which is still cheap considering the connection speed.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Zimbabwe doesn’t have money to run elections

Cash-strapped Zimbabwe in a move to plug a gap in its finances ahead of elections expected in the second half of the year, gas approached South Africa for a budgetary support of $100 million.

South Africa has approved the request according to Zimbabwe Finance Minister, Tendai Biti on Monday.

Last year, Biti disclosed that Harare had approached regional economic giant South Africa and oil-rich Angola for $150 millon amid a lack of aid from Western donors who have imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe’s President, Mugabe over charges of human rights abuse.
Zimbabwe Finance Minister Tendai Biti
“Pursuant to discussions in September 2012, I’m aware the South African cabinet has made a decision and it’s a positive decision,” Biti told a news conference.

Microsoft wants to make smartwatch

According to reports from Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is expected to be in the process of making touch-enabled watches.
Microsoft Corp
Microsoft Corp
Sources claim that Microsoft has asked its parts supplier in Asia to send it touch-based components that could be used to make a smartwatch. The report citing executives at Microsoft supply partners indicate that the watch may have a screen size of 1.5 inches.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Car attacked by elephant in Kruger Park

A car containing a couple believed to be Chinese was flipped by an elephant 6:30am this morning in the South African Kruger National Park.

Reports claim that only the man sustained visible injuries. The Park spokesperson William Mabasa claims a helicopter, local doctor, and paramedics were sent to the scene.
The attacked vehicle
“It is not clear yet why the elephant turned aggressive. However, we would like to appeal to the public to always be on the lookout for these huge animals and try not to get too close whenever they see one approaching on the road,” Mabasa said in a statement.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Quotes of the week: Margaret Thatcher

With the passing on of one of the greatest woman in history, we are bringing you some of her most popular and important quotes.

This could be at any time of her life ranging from her time as leader of the opposition Conservatives Party to her time as the Prime Minister of Great Britain and even afterwards.

In politics, if you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” (May 20, 1965 during her speech to National Union of Townswomen’s Guilds)

I don’t think there will be a woman Prime Minister in my lifetime.” (March 5, 1973 on a BBC programme when she was still the Education Secretary)

The Russians are bent on world dominance, and they are rapidly acquiring the means to become the most powerful imperial nation the world has seen. The men in the Soviet politburo don’t have to worry about the ebb and flow of public opinion. They put guns before butter, while we put just about everything before guns. They know that they are a super power in only one sense – the military sense. They are a failure in human and economic terms.” (January 19, 1976 during a speech)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

During the Hack in the Box security conference in Amsterdam this week, a security researcher at the German IT consulting firm N.Runs, Hugo Teso demonstrated how he could use an Android app to exploit bugs in flight management software.
This he showed will allow him to totally gain control the airplane without raising a security alarm. The 30 year old man who is also a trained commercial pilot, claims he can make an airliner “dance to his tunes” by using this technology.

Mr. Teso used his PlaneSploit app to do many things in an airplane like feeding false information to the jet, making it change course or even crashing it during a simulation exercise.

A German independent testing lab AV-Test conducted an 18-month study on 40 million websites provided by seven different search engines.

10 million websites of the 40 million websites were from Google. 10 million as well from Bing, while Russian search engine Yandex produced 13 million websites and the other 7 million came from Blekko, Faroo, Teoma, and Baidu.
It was reported that out of the 40 million sites tested by AV-Test, only 5,000 websites were found to be with malware. Out of the 5,000 websites, Yandex had 3,330 malicious links out of its 13 million websites.

Microsoft owned Bing had 1,285 malicious results out of its 10 million websites while the biggest search engine Google had only 272 malicious links out of its 10 million websites. This number represent about a fifth of the malicious links being dished out by Bing’s search results.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Dinosaurs are so big, and this is why…

The world’s oldest dinosaur embryos, some of which still feature organic material, have been found in Southwest China, researchers announced Wednesday.

This has given more answers to why dinosaurs grew into big sizes. The embryos are among the oldest embryos ever found. It is believed that it existed about 175 and 199 million years ago!
Artist impression of embryonic lufengosaurus. Credit:NBC News
The embryos of the dinosaurs were said to quickly grow out of its shell faster than any bird or dinosaur ever found.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Yesterday, at 11:52am, the death of the former and first woman Prime Minister in the history of the Great Britain, Baroness Margaret Thatcher was announced. She died at the age of 87.

There are some important dates and events that need to be known in the life of the late legend. These dates are as follows;
1925 – Margaret Thatcher was born (born as Margaret Roberts) on the 13th of October.

1947 – She graduated from Oxford University with Second Class Honours in Chemistry with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

In a bid to increase the security of aid workers who partake in humanitarian works, "Natalia project" has brought in a new cell powered gps bracelet that is able to give off alarms whenever the bracelet is tampered with.

That could be forceful removal of the bracelet or breaking the bracelet, the worker could also send a message if there is danger.
Natalia bracelets
Natalia bracelets
The bracelet which uses phone and sat-nav technology will in turn send pre-configured distress message to a number of recipients.

This week in history: Henry Ford, Saddam Hussein,...

April 7

Twelve years ago, NASA launched the Mars Odyssey spacecraft on April 7th, 2001. It reached Mars in October and transmitted photos and other data back to scientists on Earth.

On this day in 1947, one of the most important if not the most important figure in the history of automobiles,American industrialist Henry Ford died in Dearborn, Michigan. Before his death he founded one of the biggest automobile companies in the world which is Ford Motors. Ford Motors is still operating till date with headquarters in the United States.

April 8

Friday, April 5, 2013

Facebook has finally launched its new home

Yesterday April 4, at its Menlo Park headquarters, Facebook has launched its much awaited “new home on Android”. And after various speculations, it is now clear that Facebook’s new home is not a Facebook mobile phone but it is Facebook integrated into a mobile phone.

Facebook Homescreen. Credit: Phandroid

Facebook has launched a new homepage on Android OS (Operating System) using HTC First phone as a platform. The homepage is expected to notify users of Facebook of what is happening on Facebook, especially what their friends are doing. This is in a bid to increase the time users spend on the mega social site.

“You’re going to be able to turn your Android phone into a great social phone,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at the press conference.

It has been reported that about 20,000 websites have been compromised by the darkleech virus. The virus which has been prominent on the internet this year is using websites to serve malware to innocent visitors on the infected websites.

The virus has been observed to be propagated on websites hosted on Apache web servers on Linux.

The virus which attacks from Apache 2.2.2 servers and above injects iFrames into visitors’ computers when they visit. This in turn redirects visitors to a blackhole crimeware kit.

It is reported that this is only affecting Windows OS (Operating System) users. According to internet research firm Netcraft, about 50% of websites on the internet is hosted by the Apache server.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The car of the year 2013 is...

On March 28 at a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto and Bridgestone Corporation, another car emerged as the current holder of the car of the year trophy.
Three of the previous four editions before the latest edition have been won by Volkswagen. This year has made it four in five years for Volkswagen as Mark VII Volkswagen Golf car has won the award of the car of the year 2013.

The Volkswagen Up! has won previously in 2012, Volkswagen Polo in 2010, and Volkswagen Golf VI in 2009.