Tech

Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 20, 2018
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Remember Pope Francis’s custom-built 2018 Lamborghini Huracan coupe that was auctioned for over $800k or 4 times its retail price back in May?

According to Lamborghini, the final bidder at the Sotheby’s auction failed to pay the agreed $861575 price.

Now you have the chance to win your dream car through a fundraising raffle draw by donating a minimum of $10 in order to enter the contest according to Omaze.

And if you happen to be the lucky winner, you and a guest will head to the Vatican to receive the keys to your new car during a private ceremony with Pope Francis and Lamborghini’s CEO, Stefano Domenicali.Flights and hotel included.

The proceeds from a fundraising raffle will still go to rebuilding war torn villages ,assist victims of human trafficking , provide medical care and education to those riddled with poverty.

So with as little as $10 (N3650), you too can be a winner of the blessed rear-wheel-drive Lamborghini Huracan that has the strength of 573 horses and a top speed of 198 mph (320 kmph). It will go from zero to 62 miles per hour in just 3.4 seconds .


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 20, 2018
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1min20

We have some good news and some bad news about Gionee. The good news is that one day there may be a movie about what happened. The bad news is that the company has officially entered bankruptcy.

A court in Shenzhen has accepted the application for liquidation bankruptcy by Huaxing Bank. This may still turn into a company reorganization – Gionee hired restructuring consultants last week. Founder Liu Lirong thinks that the company can turn its fortunes around in 3-5 years.

However, Gionee owes a total of CNY 20.2 billion (around $3 billion) to 648 creditors. About half of the debt is to banks. Earlier this year the company failed to pay suppliers. Ad agencies haven’t been paid either.

Gionee’s money troubles were exacerbated when Liu – founder and chairman – lost a CNY 1 billion bet in a casino. That’s a whopping $144 million! He claims he didn’t use company money admits he may have “borrowed company funds”. Like we said, this story would make quite a movie.

For comparison, Liu claims that the company was losing around CNY 100 million ($14.4 million) a month between 2013 and 2015. The losses per month doubled in the last two years.


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 18, 2018
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4min20

This year 2018 was a pleasant year for technology since we saw a ton of activity in the tech world. A great deal happened that got us excited, running from electric cars to self-driving vehicles. Additionally we saw a great deal of scandals in the year from Facebook to Tesla and other tech goliaths. In any case, there are numerous tech stuff which couldn’t endure the turbulence and they kicked the bucket this year never to be seen again.
More than 100 tech products died a horrible death this year but time won’t permit us to go into all of that. Rather we’ve selected the top 5 most notable ones and we’ll be talking about them.

SONY PS VITA

It came as a shock to every gamer when SONY announced it will no longer produce the PS Vita anymore from 2019. Tech experts around the world believe that the success of the Nintendo Switch is what caused SONY to kill the PS Vita. The company does not want to compete anymore with the Nintendo Switch so it’s pulling the plug on the PS Vita.

FARADAY FUTURE

The company is not dead yet but it’s definitely on life support ! The much celebrated electric car maker with cutting edge technology is having serious financial challenges. The challenges comes from the Chinese investors who have been accused of trying to kill the company in order to obtain it’s patents. Next year we will know if the company is going to die or not.

RISE AND FALL OF BITCOIN

To say that bitcoin is a mess will be an insult to messes. It has become a joke in the tech and finance industry. Everyone who invested in Bitcoin this year has lost money as the value keeps falling down. It doesn’t look like the value of Bitcoin will rise anytime soon but time will tell.

YAHOO MESSENGER

It’s not as if this messenger is going to be missed because I know it won’t. Not with the presence of Whatsapp, Facebook messenger and the others. On July 17, Yahoo dropped the news that it is killing off the Yahoo messenger to “focus on developing new and, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs.” I wish them good luck !

UBER OTTO SELF DRIVING TRUCKS

Just the same way we have Google’s Waymo, that’s the same way Uber developed a self driving truck called Otto. Actually Otto was a startup that was co-founded by ex Google employees but it was bougt by Uber. The truck had advanced technology that could enable the truck deliver a shipment Budweiser beer for over 120 miles. However, when an Uber self driving car killed a 41 year old woman in US early this year, the the company dumped the idea.


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 14, 2018
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1min270

Russian media say a contraption presented by Russian state television as a high-tech robot was in fact a man in a commercially available robot costume.

The footage was shot at a high-tech show in the city of Yaroslavl, featuring “Boris the Robot”.

Forum organisers used Boris to enliven the event, having him dance to a pop song.

But a crew for Russian state television apparently thought Boris was real, and used footage of him dancing and speaking as an example of Russian technological prowess.

Online TJournal noted the lack of sensors, human-like movements and other discrepancies, and revealed that Boris was in fact a human clad in a costume sold under the name Alyosha by the Russian company Show Robots.


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 11, 2018
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1min30

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A fleet of 55 Changan’s new CS55 SUVs have successfully set a new Guinness World Records for the largest parade of Self-driving cars.

Apart from setting the new world record which involves cruising along a distance of 3.2km on automatic driving mode,the Chinese automaker also demonstrated the first commercial-oriented L4-level auto-driving commercial application that involves remote automatic pickup and redelivery, specification of automatic driving on the road and remote automatic parking .

Back in November 2017, Changan,one of the “Big Four” Chinese automakers, was granted permission to test intelligent vehicle systems on public roads in California.

The Company also makes Mazda ,Ford, DS Automobiles (Peugeut) and Suzuki branded passenger cars for the Chinese market.

It also has a joint venture with  Jiangling Motors and produces Landwind SUVs like the Landwind 7


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 11, 2018
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2min30

QUALCOMM VS APPLE

Following the long and harsh fight in court between Apple and Qualcomm, the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China court ruled in favor of Qualcomm. This decision is regarding two patent infringement claims by Qualcomm, a US chipmaker. The decision has successfully prohibited all importation and sales of iPhone smartphones such as the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X in China. As you probably are aware, this decision is a big blow to Apple since China is the world’s biggest phone market.

Anyway Apple has promised to appeal the judgment. The relationship between the two organizations has damaged beyond repair as both tech mammoths are at loggerheads over licensing rates Qualcomm and other wireless intellectual property (IP) holders charge smartphone OEMs for use of their standard essential patents (SEPs).

This implies Apple infringed two Qualcomm licenses identified with resizing photographs and arranging applications. General counsel for Qualcomm Don Rosenberg told Reuters in an announcement “Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property while refusing to compensate us.”

However, reacting to the judgement, Apple says

“Qualcomm’s effort to ban our products is another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world,” Apple said in a statement to CNBC. “All iPhone models remain available for our customers in China. Qualcomm is asserting three patents they had never raised before, including one which has already been invalidated. We will pursue all our legal options through the courts.”

How Qualcomm is also fighting to block the sales of the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X in the United States and a final judgement is expected in January next year.


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 10, 2018
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8min80

What most people don’t know is that car manufacturers hardly make limousines. Most of these limos are just ordinary cars that have been elongated and converted into a limo. Designing a limo is an elaborate and tedious process but it is also a very lucrative business in advanced countries like the United States. Majority of these companies convert ordinary cars to limousines and put them for rent. Any car can be converted into a limo, I mean any normal car like SUVs or sedans. In this post I’m going to give a breakdown of the process involved. It takes about 3 weeks to 1 month to convert a single car into a limousine.

FIRST, YOU BRING THE CAR INTO THE GARAGE.

Okay, so we have identified the car we want to use. It’s a white Chrysler. First thing you do is to wash the car to remove all dirt and dust particles. After washing the car, the car is stripped down. This is done by removing all the seats, fuel tank, drive shaft, windows of the car and so on.

SLICE THE CAR INTO TWO EQUAL PARTS


Before cutting the car, first they take full measurement of the car in order to avoid mistakes. Then the car is sliced into two equal parts using an electric saw. Starting from the roof, down to the floor the slice is gently. After cutting the car, the worker wheel the back half of the car away from the front half. They place the back half of the car on the exact spot where the limousine will gradually be assembled.

CONSTRUCTION OF FRAMES BEGIN


It’s time to start the construction of the limo. First they start by inserting steel rails on both sides of the car. Joining the front half to the back half. Then they start welding the joints together. Then the workers take measurements to make sure both sides of the limousine is equal. After that, they fix the drive shaft tunnel which houses the steel drive shaft and the exhaust pipe. Then they begin weld it to the original vehicle tunnel. They position the floor which is made of galvanized steel tunnel and weld it into place.

IT’S ROOFING TIME

Before roofing, the worker attach roof rails to the original roof rails of the car and weld it together. After the roof rails have been welded into place, a vertical side post will be attached to the roof rail and the floor. This is to support the roof from caving in. Then he welds the base of the post to the floor frame. After then, a roof sheet made of galvanized steel is put in place as seen above.

THEY INSTALL THE SIDE PANELS

Installation of side bars and side panels begins. After they’ve installed the side bars, the workers install the outer body panels. These outer body panels are complete with hardened steel crash-bar. Then the body panel is screwed into place. The screws will be removed once the panels have bonded solidly to the limousine frame.

THE PAINT JOB

After the side panels have been firmly attached to the frame of the car, the doors are fixed. After fixing the doors, it’s time to do the paint job. The car is sprayed with 3 coats of paint, then two coats of protective clear coating is applied. Of course you can choose any color you want but most limousines are usually white or black. I prefer white though. Once the painting process is complete, workers install the laminated safety side glass. Then contact cement is sprayed on the roof of the limo in preparation for the vinyl top. Then the vinyl top is attached to the roof top very carefully.

THE INTERIOR WORK BEGINS


After the exterior work is complete, those in the interior department takes over. This is the exciting part of the job. They start by installing the seats. The long luxurious seats, then the wine bar. After installing the seats, they install the cabinets, fridge, fancy lights, music systems and so on. Then a systems installer comes in to install all the electrical systems and components. Most of the control panel are located on the dashboard and behind the drivers seat. This is to enable the driver communicate with the passengers and vise versa. Then a worker installs a video monitor and screen in the limo.

A BRAND NEW LUXURIOUS INTERIOR

In just 21 days, the ordinary Chrysler car has now be transformed into a luxurious limousine. Of course the wheels are changed into fancy chrome wheels.

BEFORE AND AFTER. FROM ORDINARY CAR TO LUXURY LIMO


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Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 8, 2018
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Dubai’s flagship airline Emirates has set heads rolling after the introduction of a new Diamond coated plane called Emirates Bling 777.

The sparkly aircraft in the viral image was shown parked at the terminal of an airport along with the luggage trucks

According to Khaleejtimes, The image is said to be the artwork of Sara Shakheel, formerly a dentist and now a crystal artist.

Shakheel had posted her bedazzling creation on Tuesday and it turned out that Emirates liked the image so much that the airline asked for permission to repost it and upgraded her flight from Pakistan to Milan


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 1, 2018
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has unveiled the all-new Wrangler-inspired 2020 Jeep Gladiator at the 2018 LA Auto Show.

President of the Jeep Brand for Fiat Chrysler said :

“We absolutely wanted it to look different, bold and standout from anything else, but give you everything that the truck buyer was looking for and everything that Wrangler has always been known for”

To make the new off-roader, that is part SUV part a pickup , Jeep added about 31 inches to the frame of the Wrangler Unlimited and a 5-Foot BED – to make the pickup part .

Inside the different trims,that includes the Sport, Sport S, Overland and Rubicon versions, features the fourth-generation  Uconnect system with either a 5-inch, 7-inch or 8.4-inch touchscreen.

A standard 7-inch or an optional 8.4-inch touchscreen comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SUV also has a subwoofer and portable wireless speaker, two USBs ,a USB-C port and a 115-volt outlet.

It will be powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 285 hp and a 2020 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 engine upgrade for 260 hp .

The Gladiator is capable of driving through 2.6 feet of water ,compared to the new Rivian R1T pickup’s 3.3 feet and Hummer’s 2.5 feet fording depth.

With 1600 pounds of maximum payload,the Gladiator will tow 7,650 pounds of loads,that’s an impressive 850 pounds more than the ToyotaTacoma and 150 pounds more than the Ford Ranger.

With deliveries starting next year, the Gladiator will compete head-to-head with off-roaders like the Toyota Tacoma TRD models and Ford Ranger Raptor.


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 1, 2018
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Rivian has unveiled its first all-electric SUV just a day after revealing the R1T electric pickup truck at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

It shares the same platform and almost the same specs as the R1T pickup truck like the Land Rover Evoque-style of flush door handles ,distinct LED headlights design and front-bonnet storage, since it has no internal combustion engine.

But instead of the long loadbed found at the back of the pickup ,the R1S SUV gains a third row seat to make it a 7 passenger SUV.

Inside the electric SUV includes a 15.6-inch touchscreen , 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel and a 6.8 inches screen at the back of the center console.

It also has 10 USB charging ports,multi-media touchscreens and Level 3 self-driving capabilities – that means ,it will be able to steer, accelerate and brake without the driver touching the steering or brake .

It is offered in 5 or 7 passenger configurations and three battery options .The highest battery pack will take it to over 410 miles of drive range – this is more than what Tesla Model X’s 100-kWh pack for 295 miles can offer.

It is powered by 4 electric motors ,one attached to each wheel . All versions has a top speed of 125 mph and a zero to 62mph in 4.9s ,3.0s and 3.2s – for the 105 kWh, 135 kWh and 180 kWh version respectively.

The SUV starts at $72,500 (pickup at $61,500 ) and deliveries is expected in late 2021.