Tech

Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 20, 2019
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Barcelona star, Lionel Messi can be cloned as claimed Genetics expert Arcadi Navarro, head of the European Genome-Phenome Archive (EGA).

Navarro made the claim during an interview on Spanish radio station Cadena SER, where he aid the player can have a double with the use of existing technology and techniques, The Sun UK reports

A clone of the Barcelona superstar would arrive as a baby with the same potential as one of the greatest players ever. Navarro said:

“Yes, Messi could be cloned with current techniques.

“We would achieve a being very similar to Messi, the result would look like Messi’s twin, as if two twins had been born and we had frozen one of them for 20 or 30 years.

”However, it is no guarantee that Mini-Messi would end up being as good as the real version – because of environmental and educational impacts as well as experience.

The real Messi joined Barcelona as a tiny 13-year-old from Argentina’s Newell’s Old Boys.

He’d had growth hormone deficiency and needed to have treatment for four years from the ages of 10 to 14.

He then spent years at Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy honing his skills, before playing alongside the likes of Ronaldinho, Thierry Henry, Xavi and Andres Iniesta to become one of the best players in the world.

Navarro says that all those factors make Messi the player he is today – something that might not be replicated in a Messi clone.

The scientist added: “This person could have the same potential as Messi, his qualities have a genetic component and another more educational, environmental.

“Messi isn’t who he is only because of his genes, but because of everything he has lived through, his education, his stay in La Masia, the treatment he received.

“Genetics give us potential, then to fulfil it, it’s our own work.”


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 20, 2019
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Dr. Wendy Okolo is a Nigerian-born National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) aerospace engineer and the first Black woman to earn a doctorate in the field.

According to her profile on the organization’s website, Okolo works as a special emphasis programs manager at Ames Research Center and is a research engineer in the Discovery and Systems Health Technology (DaSH) Area. Her role includes researching control systems applications, systems health monitoring and creating solutions for issues related to the designing of aircraft and spacecraft.

She earned her B.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2010 and 2015. Okolo completed her dissertation research with a focus on aircraft fuel-saving methods. Her research was funded by several organizations including the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), American Institute for Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) and Texas Space Grant Consortium (TSGC).

After completing her graduate studies, she worked a summer researcher at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the Control Design and Analysis Branch at the Air Force Research Laboratory. While there, Okolo piloted one of the world’s fastest crewed aircraft.

Per the Philadelphia Tribune, Okolo is the first Black woman to earn a doctorate in aerospace engineering at just 26 years old. Along with accomplishing the prestigious honor, she was the winner of the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) Global Competitiveness Conference award for being the most promising engineer in the United States government.


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 20, 2019
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Google Announces Stadia, “The Future of Gaming”
Google has launched its own online gaming platform, Google isn’t just launching a new gaming platform with its just-announced streaming service Stadia: it’s also becoming a game developer.

At its GDC 2019 keynote, Google announced Stadia Games and Entertainment, a new first-party games studio that will be creating exclusive games for the new platform. There are few details on the studio itself, such as its size, location, or what titles it’s working on. But it’s being led by Jade Raymond, a longtime producer and executive at both EA and Ubisoft.

While it may be disappointing that we don’t know much about the studio, its sheer existence signals that Google is taking this new venture seriously.

See tweets below:

 


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 19, 2019
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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class, formerly known as Sonderklasse  (German for “special class” and abbreviated as “S-Klasse” ) is a series of full-sized luxury flagship vehicles produced by the German automaker Mercedes-Benz.

Apart from being the first car in Europe to incorporate airbags and three point seatbelts,it has also pioneered many of the company’s latest innovations, including drivetrain technologies, interior features, and safety systems. Predecessor models includes the W180 ,W111 and the larger W108.

The top-of-the-line car and one time World’s best-selling luxury sedan has been manufactured through the years by many parents that includes Daimler-Benz  ( 1972-1998), DaimlerChrysler from (1998-2007) and Daimler AG (2007 to present).

Below are the models we’ve seen so far since its official introduction forty-seven years ago.

1) First generation W116 (1972–1980)

Also called 280S, 280SE, 280SEL, 350SE, 350SEL, 450SE, 450SEL, 300SD

2) Second generation W126 (1980–1991)

Also called 260/280/300/380SE/SEL, 420/500/560SE/SEL/SEC, 300/350SD/SDL

3) Third generation W140/C140 (1991–1998)

Also called 300SE/SEL, 400/500/600SEL, 500/600SEC, 300SDL, 350SDL (1991-1993)
S280/300/320/320L/420/420L/500/500L/600/600L (1993-1998)

4) Fourth generation W220 (1998–2005)

Also called S280, S320, S320 CDI, S400 CDI, S350, S430, S500, S600, S55, S63, S65

5) Fifth generation W221 (2006–2013)

Also called S250 CDI, S300, S350 (BlueEFFICIENCY, BlueTEC), S400 HYBRID, S450, S550(500), S600, S320/S420 CDI, S63, S65

6) Sixth generation W222/C217/A217 (2014–present)

Today’s S-Class previews the future of driving. It can change lanes with a tap of your finger,slow itself for a tollboth or exit,surn a traffic jam into easy street,and watch out for danger ahead, even when it’s coming from behind.


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 18, 2019
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Some of these cars are worth more than the GDP of some countries.

They are not just cars, they are luxury amenities.

They are the priciest cars in the world.


8. Bugatti Chiron

Price: N1.04billion ($2.9million).

Features: 1500Hp, 8.0 Liter turbo-charged W-16, 16 Cylinder Engine, 268mph speed.

The Bugatti Chiron is the successor to the Veyron supercars. Its design combines both automotive and aerospace engineering.

Chirons – which are handmade – are faster than the Veyron. Their 1,500 engines are also more powerful than those of the Veyron Super Sport (the fastest Veyron model).

While its top speed has been limited to 261 mph on the road, its actual top speed is yet to be tested.

Celebrities that own a Bugatti Chiron includes soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.


7. Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio

Cost: N1.4billion ($4million)

Features: 650Hp, 4.5 liter F136F V-8 engine, Top speed: 362 Km/h, 0 -100Km/h-3s.

The handmade 2-seater Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio has an all-carbon fiber frame. It comes with no roof, side windows and windshield.

The Sergio was built in honor of Sergio Pininfarina, the former chairman of the company, who passed away a year before it was debuted in 2013.

Only six (6) of these gorgeous Sergio were built.


McLaren P1 LM

6. McLaren P1 LM

Price: N1.3 Billion ($3.6 million)

Features: 986Hp, a 3.8 liter twin-turbo V-8, weigh 132 pounds.

The P1 LM was not intended for mass production. It is an authorized attempt by the British firm, Lanzante, to create a street-legal version of the track-only McLauren P1 GTR.

This car was produced with a select elite group of buyers around the world in mind. It weighs 60 Kg less than the P1 GTR).


5. Lamborghini Veneno Roadster

Price: N1.6 billion ($4.5 million)

Features: 740Hp, 0 – 60 Mph, full-all-wheel drive system,

This Lamborghini Veneno Roadster transmission can spin at 8,400 rpm to yield 740 horsepowers and 507 pound-feet of torque. This means that the car can do a 60 mph at 2.9 seconds.

The body structure of the Veneno Roadster got a lot of inspiration from LP700-4 Aventador and it is made of carbon fiber.

Only 9 Lamborghini Veneno Roadster were produced.

4. Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita

Price: N1.7 billion ($4.8 million)

Features: Coated with real diamonds, a 4.8-liter, dual-supercharged V8, 1,004 horsepower and 797 pound-feet of torque.

This car comes with a one-of-its-kind dual carbon rear wing, iconell exhaust system, airbags, ABS powered carbon ceramic brakes, paddle-shift, infotainment system, chronometer instrument cluster, tires monitoring systems along with a hydraulic system.

Initially, three CCXR Trevitas were planned to be produced, however, because of the complexity to make the special diamond weave carbon-fibre, only 2 were ever made, making it one of the rarest vehicles manufactured by Koenigsegg.

Boxing star, Floyd Mayweather, owns one of them.


2. Maybach Exelero

Price: N2.8billion ($8million)

Features: 5.9Liter, Twin-Turbo V12, 700Hp, 351 Km/h, 0 -100Km/h -4s, acceleration time of 4.4 seconds.

The Maybach Exelero combines the elegance and first-class quality of a high-end limousine with the powerful suppleness of a sports coupe.

With an unladen weight of over 2.66 tons and the dimensions of a small transporter, it achieves a maximum speed of over 350 km/h.

Conceive an ultra-high performance tyre which not only copes with the aforementioned weight, the dimensions and the speed, but also makes the automobile safe, stable and

The entire car is hand built. Only 6 Maybach Exeleros were built. Hip-Hop mogul, Jay Z, is the proud owner of one of them.

2. Sweptail by Rolls Royce
Price: N4.6 billion ($13 million).

Features: 6.75-liter twin-turbo W-12 engine, 2560.075 kg, 453 Hp,

Well, before you think you can acquire one, just know that the car is off the market. It was made specifically for a deep-pocketed customer who approached the luxury automaker- Rolls Royce – and asked it to build him a car like no other. Of course, the company obliged.

Despite its size, the Sweptail only comes with two seats. Where the third and fourth seats would have been is a large expanse of wood, inspired by private yachts, and a “hat shelf” complete with luggage rails.

It accelerates to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds before maxing out at a top speed of 150 mph.

Only one Sweptail By Rolls Royce was made.


Bugatti La Voiture Noire
Price: N4.7 Billion (£9.5 million)

La Voiture Noire was built by Bugatti as a one-off sports car.

The car was crafted from carbon fibre.

It was unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

The car boasts a 16-cylinder engine that is housed inside a sculptural body. It has an extended front and the signature Bugatti C-line that separates the driver and passenger seats.

The La Voiture Noire – French for “the black car” – was sold to an anonymous enthusiast for a price of €11 million (£9.5 million) before tax, making it the most expensive new car of all time.


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 15, 2019
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Airtel says the new 0901 number range, which brings its burgeoning numbering series scheme to eight, will offer more Nigerians an opportunity to experience seamless telephony/mobile Internet service on an innovative and affordable network with expansive 4G coverage.

Commenting on the development, Chief Commercial Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Dinesh Balsingh, said Airtel is positioned as the network of the first choice for voice calls and mobile Internet and the introduction of a new number series is an affirmation that it enjoys the confidence and support of many telecoms consumers across the country.

“Airtel is pleased to expand its number range to accommodate more telecoms consumers who desire exceptional telephony and mobile Internet experience as well as affordability and new innovation.

“With the new 0901 number range, we are inviting more telecoms consumers to come to experience the best and widest 4G and digital experience,” he said.

Aside from the 0901 number range, Airtel currently has the following numbering series: 0802, 0808, 0708, 0812, 0701, 0902, and 0907.

Airtel Networks Limited is a leading telecommunications services provider in Nigeria headquartered in Lagos, the commercial nerve-centre of Nigeria. The telco ranks amongst the top four mobile service providers in terms of subscribers.

Airtel’s parent company, Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 14 countries across Asia and Africa.


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 15, 2019
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Four African countries made the list in terms of top 10 countries by share of users attacked by mobile malware; Nigeria climbs from fifth place in 2017 to third in 2018.

Kaspersky Lab researchers have seen the number of attacks using malicious mobile software nearly double in just a year. In 2018 there were 116.5 million attacks, compared to 66.4 million in 2017, with a significant increase in unique users being affected.

Despite more devices being attacked, the number of malware files has decreased; leading researchers to conclude that the quality of mobile malware has become more impactful and precise. These and other findings are unveiled in Kaspersky Lab’s report Mobile malware evolution 2018.

As the world becomes more mobile, the role of smartphones in business processes and day to day life is growing rapidly. In response, cybercriminals are paying more attention to how they are distributing malware and the attack vectors used.

The channels through which malware is delivered to users and infects their devices is a key part of the success of a malicious campaign today, taking advantage of those users who do not have any security solutions installed on their phones.

The success of the distribution strategies is demonstrated not only by the increase in attacks, but also the number of unique users that have encountered malware. In 2018 this figure rose by 774,000 on the previous year, to 9,895,774 affected users.

Among the threats encountered, the most significant growth was in the use of Trojan-Droppers, whose share almost doubled from 8.63% to 17.21%. This type of malware is designed to bypass system protection and deliver there all sorts of malware, from banking Trojans to ransomware.

“In 2018, mobile device users faced what could have been the fiercest cybercriminal onslaught ever seen. Over the course of the year, we observed both new mobile device infection techniques, such as DNS hijacking, along with an increased focus on enhanced distribution schemes, like SMS spam.

This trend demonstrates the growing need for mobile security solutions to be installed on smartphones – to protect users from device infection attempts, regardless of the source,” said Viсtor Chebyshev, security expert at Kaspersky Lab.

Four African countries made the list in terms of top 10 countries by share of users attacked by mobile malware – Nigeria in 3rd place at 37.72%, Algeria in 5th place (35.06%), Tanzania in 8th place (31.34%) and Kenya in 9th place with 29.72%.


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 12, 2019
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Infinix has finnaly unveiled the must awaited Hot 7 Device to Nigeria, The Hot 7 (X623) follows a new pattern of design with a smooth and trendy notch screen design.

The 6.2 Notch screen incorporates itself into an ultra slim body size and reduced bazels, the reduction in Bazels makes it a great delight to watch videos and play games without any hindrance to viewing any hidden angles and of course an immersive view experience and 19:9 Aspect ratio for wider view just like its predecessor the Hot 6x.

The Hot 7 has got a powerful and refined sound

Having good sounds is cool but a greater sound on your device way more dopper and importanter and the Hot 7 ensures that that with powerful sound output with DIRAC. Just a few thing can reveal the inspirational feeling elicited to the soul by good sound which serves you your quality dose courtesy of DIRAC MODE speakers, fully customized for real and clear sounds to uplift your spirits at all times.

Dual Camera to give you a double edge

The Hot 7 has a got an ultra-enhanced 8M low-light Front Camera + 13MP Dual Rear Camera enabled with several options and a Portrait Mode with Dual flash LED, the Camera also has an artificial intelligence mode included to enable high performance when capturing images. You can also shoot and record quality videos in (FHD) Full High Definition Mode and it supports LED flash both on the front and back cameras.

A rock solid Battery to get you going

We know power places an important role in our device and the Hot 7 delivers on that with a big 4000mAh battery to power all your device needs accurately without any worries. Super cool huh! That not all, The Hot 7 has also got one of the latest fast charging technology to see you through less time spent on charging your device.

Dope and super cool features

Notch lovers might love the notch however the Hot 7 offers you the options to hide the notch screen, this option to hide the notch screen works by simply activating the function, in addition to such flexibility is fingerprint for security and a better enhanced and faster face unlock system and faster focus speed, super cool new gesture mode (MUSIC, FLIP TO MUTE, COVER SILENCE) as well fooview and chrome book all at your fingertips. Great graphics to run games in FHD (Full High Definition) 720 x 1500 HD+ screen and the latest XOS Honeybee launcher.

Are you looking for an affordable and cost effective device with a host of features at your finger tips? Then the Hot 7 is all need.


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 12, 2019
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Apple is a very secretive company as we already know but most iPhone users know what Siri is and may have used it already. For those who may not know, Siri is Apple’s version of Google Assistant. It is Apple’s own personal assistant on iPhones and iPads. That female robotic voice you hear whenever you use Siri actually belong to a real human being. Her name is Susan Bennett and she is a successful voice actor!

Her voice is probably one of the most popular female voices in the world right now because anyone who has used an iPhone from 2011 till date has actually heard her voice and we are talking hundreds of millions if not a billion people. CNN was shocked when a woman came to them and told them her voice is the voice of Siri. “I’m the actor who provided the voice for Siri,” she told CNN. They didn’t believe her at first, they had to hire a professional audio forensics expert to analyse her voice. Ed Primeau, the expert studied the two voices and confirmed they are 100% identical, a perfect match!

SUSAN BENNETT: VOICE OF SIRI

At first, she didn’t know her voice was used for Siri until a colleague at the office told her about this new Apple phone that sounds just like her. She said as soon as she heard it, immediately, she knew it was her voice. In 2005, she was hired by Apple to record her voice by reading random words and phrases. She didn’t know what the voice was going to use for an Apple is a secretive company refused to tell her.

She would read long letters for 4 hours every day and she thought the job was a boring job. The gig lasted for a month. That voice was later used for Apple’s robot assistant called Siri. Funny enough, they didn’t even tell her that her voice will be used. Apple later introduced a male (Siri) voice option for Apple in some countries.

Susan Bennett is a successful voice actor who has worked for big brands like Apple, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Delta airlines, and much more. Next time you hear that husky female robotic voice, just know it belongs to Susan Berrett!