Tech

Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 1, 2018
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The declaration was first made in June 2017, that Instagram would begin another sort of friends list. Finally, following year and a half of waiting, the feature has finally taken off. It is known as the “Close Friends” feature which will enable you to welcome a couple of chosen gathering of besties while shutting out the rest of your followers. This component will enable you and your closest friends to share more close and private stories and discussions.

For the individuals who might love to share mischievous pictures, and jokes with their dearest companions. They can add a selected group of their Instagram friends utilizing this feature since it is more secure and private. Instagram said in an explanation that “With Close Friends, you’ll have the adaptability to share your own stories to precisely who you need. Regardless of whether that is inside jokes with your group or flaunting your new relationship to your inner circle.”

This component is very one of a kind. First it doesn’t send those irritating warnings to every one of your followers about who added who to his/her “close friends.” Second it gives you total power over who you need to add and who not to include. Third is that nobody can demand to join the gathering or demand to be included.

You can just know the individuals who you’ve added to your close friends list if see green light around their photograph.

This element is very one of a kind. First it doesn’t send those irritating warnings to every one of your devotees about who added who to his/her “dear companions.” Second it gives you add up to and finish authority over who you need to add and who not to include. Third is that nobody can demand to join the gathering or demand to be included.

You can only know those who you’ve added to your close friends list if you see green ring around their photo.

Of course, not only friends can decide to use close friends feature. People with “dirty minds” can decide to put up a private show with some followers who’re ready to pay. Also big brands may use it to create a VIP list or Fan Club among their loyal customers. It can be used in many different ways. This cool new feature only apply only to Instagram Stories, not regular posts. Maybe in future, it’ll include posts.


Akeem ReachnaijaNovember 29, 2018
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Ten years back, who might have known that Tecno would have become so prominent and ground-breaking enough to take a major cut of the African smartphone market ? Tecno is as of now the 7TH most respected brand in Africa. The organization has prevailing with regards to pulling the carpet from under the feet of giants like Nokia and Apple as far as Africa is concerned. Tecno, Infinix and iTel are Chinese brands under a similar parent organization Transsion Holdings yet they’ve never sold a single phone in China. They have no shop in China. Be that as it may, many miles away in Africa, they control a solid and faithful base of loyal supporters that would make Apple green with jealousy.

TECNO: WE ARE AFRICAN AND FOR AFRICANS

Headquartered in Shenzhen, China, Transsion is one of China’s greatest phone producers. In big cities like Lagos, Nairobi and Addis Ababa is where the organization assembled its business in Africa. Also, it has no plans to return home. The organization has been extremely fruitful in Africa and has seen it’s smartphones overwhelm the African market.

As per the outline above, Samsung controls Africa and middle East with 25% piece of the overall industry, Huawei comes next with 11%, Tecno comes third with 9% while iTel comes fourth with 7%. Apple trail behind with a little 5% piece of the pie. That is for Africa and center East consolidated. In Africa alone, Tecno is the smartphone ruler controlling the market with an iron clench hand.

The masterstroke that Tecno utilized in prevailing upon the core of Africans is the reasonable value, a more extended battery life, double sim and development. Transsion Holding propelled Tecno in Nigeria in 2006. From the earliest starting point all Tecno phones are double sim henceforth taking care of the issue of swapping sim cards constantly. From that point forward, it has developed to wind up exceptionally effective. They rushed to notice our power issues and they gave us greater batteries than other phone producers. Both iTel and Tecno have 5000mAh battery limit telephones.

About 95% of Transsion smartphones cost under $200, making them the lord of budget phones in Africa.

Transsion Holdings says it has over 10,000 local workers in Africa, and 6,000 in China. Its minimal effort African workforce causes it hold it’s costs down and stash neighborly. In 2015, the organization propelled a music application called Boomplay that will rival iTunes and Spotify. This move is to draw in music lovers to the phone and the application right now has more than 32 million users. Far from Africa, the organization in 2017, propelled Tecno in India and inside a year had asserted 5% of the gigantic piece of the overall industry. The company would like to extend to Bangladesh and other Asian nations in future.


Akeem ReachnaijaNovember 21, 2018
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Laura Lyons, a private investigator who specialises in tracking down online romance fraudsters, otherwise known as “catfish” has unmasked a Nigerian fraudster.

According to BBC, Laura Lyons posed as Kathryn Hunter – a wealthy divorcee looking for love. According to her: “It’s not long before the catfish begin to bite. Four men approach me online and they all claim to be US soldiers. .

One of the soldiers, who calls himself Paul Richard, comes on strong. The number he rings from has a Nigerian dialling code. After a brief silence, a man with a thick African accent comes on the line. .

He doesn’t sound like the American soldier whose picture he is using. But Paul explains away his accent by saying he has a cold. An online reverse image search leads me to the Instagram page of the real owner of the pictures the catfish was using.

For the next few weeks, my producer continues to speak to Richard on the phone as I listen in. Then our catfish makes a mistake. Richard accidentally leaves a name tag – Dan Coolman – on one of his WhatsApp pictures. .

We search through all the Dan Coolmans in Nigeria and we find one who runs a barbershop in Ibadan. He’s using the same number that our catfish has been calling us from.

Coolman is another false name, but we discover the phone is registered to Daniel Joseph Okechkwu. We have finally uncovered the real identity of our catfish. We head for Ibadan, but by the time we get there he’s gone.

The doors to the barber shop are locked and locals say it’s been closed for weeks. We decide to call him and tell him who we really are. He confesses and claims it’s the first romance scam he’s ever pulled and that he has been forced to do it because of the closure of his barber shop.

He sounds sincere and he apologises for the way he has treated us. He says he wants to stop being a romance fraudster. But he needs us to give him money, so that he can afford to stop tricking other people out of their cash. It’s a classic catfish twist. They never give up on the scam even when they have been rumbled.“


Akeem ReachnaijaNovember 16, 2018
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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) said there could be high cases of flight disruptions through cancellation and delay of flights at some airports across the country as the harmattan season sets in.

A statement from NiMet yesterday said during the harmattan season, sunny and hazy conditions are expected over the Northern states and central cities down to the inland cities of the southern parts, with thick dust haze conditions which can impair horizontal visibility to less than 1000m (1km).

NiMet also advised road users to be careful and avoid over speeding especially during early morning period when horizontal visibility is impaired by fog, mist or dust haze.

These weather conditions can increase traffic congestion or even cause accidents, it added.

The statement indicated that day time temperatures are anticipated to increase across the country accompanied by decrease night time temperatures resulting in cold nights.

It added that “dryness is anticipated due to expected reduction in humidity and cloud cover. Surface winds are also expected to be stronger especially over the northern parts. Bush burning should be avoided as the dryness and strong wind can increase fire incidences and cause severe crop damage at harvesting period.”

NiMet noted that dust haze also contributes to deterioration of air quality and “can trigger asthma and bronchitis attacks as well as cause cold, cough, catarrh, and even meningitis.”


Akeem ReachnaijaNovember 15, 2018
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There are lots of cars in the world. Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) are among the cars that stand out when compared to the rest. Everything is just extra for them; the size of the engine, the space in the car, the towing capacity, the higher ground clearance, bigger fuel tank and lots more. We won’t fail to mention they also guzzle fuel when compared to some other car body types.

If terminologies like hatchback, estate, coupe, sedan sounds confusing to you, take out time and read our post on the 8 Various Types of Cars Based on Their Body Style here. You’ll be more informed after reading it.

Out of all the SUVs produced in the world, 10 of it rank high in the food chain because of their cost prices and they are not just for anybody to own.

SUVs are renowned for their incredible power, comfort, presence and technology. Even though their sizes are massive and they weigh much, they have the capacity to speed just like sports cars. These most expensive SUVs are the type of cars you’ll be driving and wouldn’t want to reach your destination because of driving pleasure.

These massive and expensive SUVs attract more duty charges in case you plan buying and shipping them into our dear country Nigeria. At Autojosh, you can check the import duty of more than 3000 cars using our Import Duty Checker here.

Below are the top 10 most expensive SUVs in the world.

10. Cadillac Escalade Platinum ($110,000):

Americans will always find a way of raising their shoulders high. This Cadillac Escalade Platinum is most expensive of the American SUVs. It’s the only SUV competing to keep up with other SUv giants all around the world.

It comes with a 6.2-liter V8 engine that is capable of generating 420hp. The massive American SUV can jet from 0-60 mph in 6 seconds.

It will comfortably accommodate 7 passengers.

The interior is another reason why the car is this expensive. Comes with wood panels and premium quality leather.

9. Lexus LX 570 ($110,500):

This is a masterpiece by the Japanese automaker Lexus. Everything about this car is sweet. The front grille, headlights, tail lights, even the rims will definitely catch your attention.

This Lexus LX 570 SUV can effortlessly tow 3 tones without even roaring like an aggressive lion. With its 5.7-liter V8 engine that can spit out just 380 hp. It can speed from 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds.

Unlike every other most expensive SUV, its impressive fuel economy is worth mentioning. The interior is one of the most luxurious ever manufactured by Lexus. It can comfortably sit 8 people.

Lexus did a great job.

8. BMW X6M ($114,000):

This is not the regular BMW X6, the X6M comes with an “M badge” which separates the regular X6 and X6M.

This is one of the fastest SUVs in the world. It can jet from 0-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. It is powered by a Turbocharged V8 engine and is capable of producing 567hp.

It’s a compact SUV and not fully body size SUV. It can comfortably carry 5 passengers. It’s a beautiful machine that won’t be afraid of racing several cars.

7. Mercedes Benz GLS 63 AMG ($136,000):

Mercedes Benz simply wants to offer the best or nothing.

The GLS 63 AMG is the biggest SUV in Mercedes history. As big as the SUV is, it is still remarkably fast. The car as big as it is can jet from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds. That’s breathtaking! The secret behind this fast acceleration can be traced to the engine. It’s a 5.5-liter V8 Bi-Turbo engine which produces 577 hp.

The full size SUV can comfortably sit 7 passengers and the interior as you would expect is luxurious.

6. Porsche Cayenne Turbo S ($182,000):

This Porsche Cayenne Turbo SUV is so fast that it rivals any SUV and most other sports car for speed, quality and performance. The car is often times dubbed as the sports cars of SUVs.

It goes from 0-60 mph in just 4 seconds and it’s powered by a 4.8-liter twin turbo V8 engine capable of producing 520 hp. It spits out such power without going above 4000 rpm.

The Turbo S is the master of all Cayennes, hence, worth the price.

5. Lamborghini Urus ($232,000):

Lamborghini Urus is the very first SUV ever manufactured by Lamborghini.

The truck is powered by a 4-liter twin turbo V8 engine which generates 650 hp. It can go from 0-60 mph in just 6.3 seconds.

4. Mercedes Benz G65 AMG ($252,000):

This is the second Mercedes Benz SUV to make this list.

The boxy Mercedes Benz G65 SUV simply stands out wherever it lands. Even though the body structure of the car is not very sleek, it’s still very classy. The comfort and convenience packages in the car is wonderful coupled with the audio and entertainment system.

It can go from 0-60 mph in just 5.3 seconds. Under the hood of this SUV is a 6-liter V12 Bi-turbo engine which is hand-built and is capable of producing 621 hp. It’s a very powerful car.

3. Range Rover SV Autobiography ($270,000):

This is another masterpiece by the British automaker Land Rover.

This Range Rover SV Autobiography is still one of the best off-road SUV one can buy today. It is powered by a 5-liter V8 engine capable of producing 557hp. It can jet from 0-60 seconds in just 5 seconds. This was one of the SUVs that raced during the 2018 Bimmerfest.

2. Bentley Bentayga Black Edition ($390,000):

This is one of the Beasts among the numerous SUVs in the world. This car is a full time All-wheel-drive and comes with air suspension. It offers one of the best road transport experiences. It is powered by 6-liter Twin Turbo W12 engine and it produces over 600 hp and can jet from 0-60mph in just over 4 seconds.

1. Rolls Royce Cullinan ($425,000):

Rolls Royce over the years has taken the first spot when it comes to luxury. In other words, we can say Rolls Royce is the king of all luxury cars.

The Rolls Royce Cullinan maintains the pride of the British prestige. It is named after the largest flawless diamond ever found.

It is powered by a 6.7-liter Twin Turbo V12 and is capable of outputting 563 hp. The car comes with one of the most expensive upholstery in the world.


Akeem ReachnaijaNovember 15, 2018
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Shares of South Africa’s MTN Group rose by 2.6 per cent Wednesday, on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, following media report of a possible resolution and reduction of the $10.1 billion claims on it in Nigeria.

Bloomberg, while quoting a source, said the deal hasn’t been signed and could yet fall through.

On Tuesday, the Group Chief Executive Officer, Rob Shuter, had said that the telecommunications firm was doing everything within it means to resolve the issue amicably.

The Nigerian authority had asked MTN to refund $8.1 billion allegedly repatriated out of the country without due process and the Office of the Attorney-General, equally asked the telecommunications firm to pay $2 billion tax arrears.

Media report claimed that MTN may likely get a reduction from the $10 billion to about $800 million. However, a source very close to MTN told The Guardian, Wednesday that if MTN admitted to getting a reduction, “it would amount to the fact that telecommunications firm was culpable. Moreover, the case is in Court already, and they have a good case at hand. I don’t see where the $800 million would come in.”

But the Senate has condemned attempt by the Federal Government to reduce the $10.1 billion fine imposed on the communication giant, MTN, to $800 million.

The upper chamber said the planned reduction of the fine is a matter of interest to it, noting that although it was not particularly against whatever the government would want to do with the MTN fine, it should be intimated on why the reduction became necessary.

The Central Bank of Nigeria had in a recent statement by its Governor, Godwin Emefiele, hinted that it would reduce the amount it ordered MTN Nigeria to repatriate.

But Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions, Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim, told reporters on Tuesday in Abuja that he was shocked when he was contacted that the CBN failed to implement Senate resolutions before conducting another investigation into the alleged infraction by MTN.

Ibrahim said his committee would immediately ask for CBN’s report on the matter to be better informed, adding that the only way Nigerians would know what transpired between the CBN and MTN on the $10.1 billion fine was through a detailed report.


Akeem ReachnaijaNovember 13, 2018
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The just concluded Lagos International Trade Fair is a display of glitz and glamour. From cars to household materials to local goods, Lagos trade fair is one fair Lagosians and International community always look forward to yearly.

The National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) was at the trade fair and they exhibited some samples of Made-in-Nigeria vehicles by various local assembly plants at the on-going Lagos International Trade Fair holding at Tafawa Balewa Square which was held last week.

The exhibition is part of the intensified commitment of NADDC to promote the patronage of Made-in-Nigeria vehicles and locally produced automotive components and parts.

Among vehicles on display at the NADDC stand are assorted brands from Stallion Motors, Dana Motors, Peugeot Automobile Nigeria and Proforce Defense Industry.

A special attraction at the NADDC pavilion is the heavily fortified armoured personnel carrier (APC) being showcased by Proforce. The vehicle is armoured with high caliber ballistic materials that are equally used by internationally acclaimed armour companies in Germany, the United States, Israel among others.


Akeem ReachnaijaNovember 13, 2018
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Tecno Mobile has launched another innovative smartphone known as the Tecno Pouvoir 2 Pro Gold edition.

TECNO Mobile has a business model focused exclusively on satisfying every mobile user.

The mobile phone company has remained a powerhouse in the smartphone business in Africa for the past decade with several laurels attesting to their successes.

According to the Public Relation and Strategic Partnership Manager, TECNO mobile, Jesse Oguntimehin, 2018 has been one of TECNO’s best years as it witnessed the launch of several record-breaking devices.

This included the launch of a totally new smartphone with dramatically improved aesthetics- the TECNO Pouvour 2 pro Gold.

“The device which showcases an 18karat gold cover is unarguably the first of its kind to have graced the market and it is really a sight to behold.

“Nonetheless, we can now take it easy with the rumours and speculations about the 18karat gold story as the device was released some days ago and yes, it is gold.

“After some days with the new device, two things specifically stood out for – the Design and the Battery capacity.

“That being said, join me on this review and let’s discuss this new premium design from TECNO Mobile,” Oguntimehin was quoted to have said in a statement.

According to him, “The device which also flaunts for a 6.0-inch HD+full display smartphone, the new device is very slim to handle which allows users the ability to handle the phone with a single hand.

“Asides from its classy look and feel, the Pouvoir 2 Gold edition is a 5000mAH battery-powered device that can run for up to four days after a single charge and is encased in a slim frame that acts as an amazing cover for the enormous capacity under the hood. This fits the habitual needs of smartphone users.

“The Pouvoir 2 Pro Gold runs on Android 8.1 Oreo OS and also supports 4G LTE connectivity, has 3GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage and so much more. The latest addition to the TECNO family is undeniably a strong contender for the best-looking phone of the year.

“The latest addition to the TECNO family is undeniably a strong contender for the best-looking phone of the year. From a premium ’18karat’ gold casing to a long-lasting battery life and so much more, the TECNO Pouvoir 2 Pro Gold edition, is an amazing smartphone pick for anyone out in the market scouting for a smartphone that truly combines the essentials of technological innovation, style and class.”


Akeem ReachnaijaNovember 11, 2018
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Prince Charles, the heir apparent to the British Throne and the future King of England is a motorhead that has over a hundred cars in the Royal garage.

The Environmentalist has revealed in a BBC documentary celebrating his 70th birthday how he forced
Aston Martin’s Engineers to find an alternative and environmentally friendly option than petrol to power his gas-guzzler classic Aston Martin DB6 Volante.

The Prince’s 21st birthday gift from his 92 year old mother, Queen Elizabeth II now runs entirely on surplus English wine .

Prince Charles said:

“They discovered they could run it on surplus English white wine, but also I hadn’t realised that they had mixed whey into it too”

“The engineers at Aston said, ‘Oh, it’ll ruin the whole thing’.

“I said, ‘Well I won’t drive it then’, so they got on with it and now they admit that it runs better and is more powerful on that fuel than it is on petrol.

“And also, it smells delicious as you’re driving along”

His son Prince William also drove the rare blue 49 year-old Aston Martin DB6 Volante with the “JU5T WED sign on his wedding day back in 2011.

The Prince visited Nigeria last week during his royal tour of West Africa where he met the President and all the Royal Fathers .


Akeem ReachnaijaNovember 9, 2018
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MTN Group Limited is close to securing a deal with the Central Bank of Nigeria over an order to repay $8.1bn it is alleged to have illegally taken out of the country, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Bloomberg reported that a settlement might be sealed by Monday and could come as early as Friday, said the person, who asked not to be identified because they’re not authorised to comment publicly.

The CBN is set to meet four lenders of MTN Nigeria to discuss a dispute over an $8.1bn fund transfer, a banking source told Reuters.

It was gathered that the CBN emailed invitations on Thursday to the Nigeria Heads of Standard Chartered, Citibank, Stanbic IBTC Bank and Diamond Bank, to attend a meeting on Friday, the source added.

The central bank and the banks declined to comment on a potential meeting on Friday while a spokeswoman for MTN said she did not know of a meeting.

The source said the meeting would start at 4 pm on Friday and focus on MTN’s fund transfer.

The CBN in late August had alleged that MTN and four of its banks – Standard Chartered Plc, Citigroup Inc., Stanbic IBTC Plc and Diamond Bank Plc – illegally repatriated $8.1bn from Nigeria while the office of the Attorney General of the Federation claimed the company failed to remit $2bn back taxes.

The CBN also imposed a total fine of N5.87bn on the four banks for allegedly remitting dividends with irregular Certificates of Capital Importation on behalf of MTN Nigeria between 2007 and 2015.

Meanwhile, MTN Nigeria Communication Limited has sued the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), before the Federal High Court in Lagos, demanding N3bn as general and exemplary damages.

The telecoms firm is challenging the August 20, 2018 letter written to it by the AGF, demanding N242bn and $1.3bn as import duties, withholding and value added taxes.

The firm, in the suit filed through its lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), described the AGF’s N242bn and $1.3bn demand from it as “malicious, unreasonable and one made on an incorrect legal basis.”

MTN contended that in writing the demand letter to it, the AGF acted beyond his powers and violated the provisions of Section 36 of the constitution on fair hearing with “the purported revenue assets investigation” he carried out on the firm’s activities covering 2007 to 2017.

MTN, through Olanipekun, is urging the court to declare that the AGF acted illegally by “usurping the powers of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, to audit and demand remittance of withholding tax and value-added tax.”

The firm also wants the court to declare that with the “self-assessment exercise,” the AGF usurped the powers of the Nigerian Customs Service to demand payment of import duties on the importation of goods.

It wants the court to declare that “the purported self-assessment” conducted by the AGF was “unknown to the law, null and void and of no effect whatsoever”.

But the AGF has filed a preliminary objection, urging the court to dismiss MTN’s suit.

The AGF, through his lawyer, Mr T.A. Gazali, argued that MTN’s suit was incompetent, having not been filed within three months of the complaint.

Gazali argued that MTN’s suit breached the provisions of Section 2 of the Public Officers Protection Act, “which provides that any action commenced against a public officer must be made within three months from the commencement of a cause of action.”