TECNO Mobile launched their first edge-to-edge display smartphone, and it came specifications that are not exactly an upgrade to the Camon CX. So, we ask, Would You Buy TECNO Camon CM? Participate in this poll for a chance to win a little something.

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Quik TECNO Camon CM Specs Comparison with TECNO Camon CX

The Camon CM’s cameras are downgraded to 13 megapixel units from 16 megapixels on the CX. Of course, that does not necessarily mean that they will produce poorer quality images. Photography is more than the megapixel count.

The CM has a bigger display now, thanks to the bezel-less design – 5.7 inches, against the Camon CX’s 5.5 inches screen. Bigger display; smaller body, making it a handier smartphone to carry and to use.

On the inside, both smartphones are very identical – same Android version, similar processor rating, RAM size, internal storage, and battery capacities. So, what separates the Camon CM from the Camon CX is pretty much time and the bezel-less design of the former.

You can go through the full specifications HERE and those of the Camon CX HERE.

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Finally, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) has released the first official 5G standard, known as 5G NR. This means that mobile networks and device manufacturers can jump into action – and some of them are already. Having 5G standard spelt out also means that mobile networks will not be able to pull wools over the eyes of subscribers by rebranding 4G services as 5G, which was how a number of them rebranded 3G services as 4G years ago.

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The 3GPP is a collaboration between groups of telecommunications associations

A number of networks are already planning trial runs. But back in November 14, 2017, MTN South Africa signed an MOU with Ericsson to start the first 5G trial in South Africa in early 2018. And now, they have conducted the first set of tests, clocking the highest ever mobile broadband speeds recorded on the African continent.

MTN South Africa’s tests recorded about 20Gbps maximum speed with less than 5ms latency using 800MHz of spectrum in the 15GHz band. By way of comparison, Samsung’s 5G trial runs have clocked a maximum of only 7.5Gbps

What MTN South Africa has now is a temporary 5G license solely for the purpose of the trials. A proper license will be required by the network to launch commercial 5G services.

4G Networks Potentials Unrealised

4G networks have not maximised their potentials till now. They are not close to achieving their maximum speeds, and it is expected that 5G networks will not either. Still, once active, subscribers on 5G networks will experience much faster speeds than is available on 4G networks.

From 5G standard To 5G Smartphones

The first commercial 5G smartphones are far from ready, but Qualcomm has already demonstrated the
world’s first 5G smartphone. It is likely that a number of device manufacturers are also at various stages of exploring 5G broadband technology.

Sources: Qualcomm. MyBroadband

If you think back far enough, there is a pretty good chance that you’ll remember a time when it was impossible to access the Internet without a computer. Those days are long gone. Today, consumers are able to conveniently access the World Wide Web from pretty much anywhere in the world. They do so utilizing a wide array of devices, including smartphones, laptops and tablets.

Mobile Technology Is Truly Revolutionizing The World

This is simply one of the smaller impacts of mobile technology. Truly, mobile technology has and continues to revolutionize the world. Within this guide, you will learn a great deal more about the impacts of modern mobile technology.

Health Monitoring On The Go

Today, more and more consumers are turning away from their doctors. Instead, they’re turning towards technology as a way to keep tabs on their health. There are numerous companies, including Nokia and Apple, that have gotten into the mobile health industry.

By wearing the appropriate gear and using the right mobile apps, the consumer can keep track of their vital signs from anywhere. Then, this information can be transferred to the patient’s doctor. This will allow them to pinpoint potentially problems much quicker than before and it could make the difference between life and death.

Fitbit and other companies offer similar products that aim to help the patient remain fit.

Improved Tech Support

Another thing to take note of is that technology has greatly improved customer and tech support. Can you imagine the difficulty of dealing with a Mac startup disc almost full? Is this even something that you would be able to solve on your own?

Today, it is possible to receive support without a physical visit from an expert. They can usually gain remote access to your device and fix the problem within a matter of minutes. In return, this saves you a lot of time and money, since you do not have to worry about shipping your inoperable device to the repairman.

Entertainment Anywhere

In the past, entertainment was only accessible in a few key places. You could watch television at home or catch a movie at the local theater. Today, mobile technology makes it possible for the consumer to enjoy their favorite entertainment from anywhere in the world. Whether you’re traveling abroad, staying in a hotel or are traveling on an airplane, you can access movies and television shows directly from your smartphone. Truly, the world of entertainment is always right at your fingertips.

Money Management On The Go

Finally, mobile technology has greatly changed the way people manage their money. In the past, it was important for consumers to keep their checks and manage their books. They would need to call the bank to see how much money was still available. Today, this has changed completely.

Now, consumers can check their bank accounts from anywhere. They just need to turn on their mobile phone and access their bank’s mobile app. Within a matter of seconds, they’ll know precisely how much money they have left to spend! Truly, the world has become a completely different place thanks to the recent advancements in mobile technology.

At CES 2018, the second generation of fingerprint scanners for smartphones was unveiled to the world. This first in-display fingerprint scanner was demonstrated, and it wasn’t by Apple or Samsung or LG. Vivo pushed the big names aside and took the honours. Not that Vivo is a small player. The Chinese brand is one of the top 5 global smartphone makers.

first in-display fingerprint scanner by vivo

What Is An In-display Fingerprint Scanner?

Traditional fingerprint scanners on smartphones work through a physical button that the user places their finger on. An in-display (also known as optical scanners) scanner does away with the physical button entirely and work through glass.

This means that manufacturers can now implement the fingerprint scanner directly on a smartphone screen. Even if the phone has an edge-to-edge (also called FullView or bezel-less) display, the fingerprint scanner does not have to move to the back or to the side.

Thanks to this new, screen-embedded biometric fingerprint sensor, smartphone brands can run away with design ideas as well. The restriction of needing a convenient location for the fingerprint scanner is removed.

How Does The In-display Fingerprint Scanner Work?

This new technology uses OLED displays and has the in-display fingerprint sensor located between the mainboard and the OLED panel. It remains invisible to the eye until needed. In any situation where your fingerprint is required, the spot will glow (manufacturers can get really creative here), so you can place your finger on it. Once the scanning is done, it fades away again till you need it.

Yes; this is really cool futuristic stuff. And you thought fingerprint scanners were already cool.

How Good Is It?

Synaptics affirms that optical fingerprint scanners are just as effective, fast and secure as traditional button-based scanners.

After the demonstration of the first in-display fingerprint scanner on a smartphone at CES 2018, Vivo has said that the phone is ready and will hit the market in early 2018. Which is anytime from now. It cannot arrive soon enough.

Of course, with this announcement, we can expect other brands to start working towards putting this new technology on their devices. At least,

Smart devices are the future, they are gradually taking over our homes and introducing cutting edge technology to every room in our homes. It wasn’t long ago that the notion of a voice-controlled lighting system seemed like pure science fiction. Now however, such a setup is trivially easy to install. Not only this, but now that smartphones are ubiquitous, with even the most basic devices offering capabilities that were unthinkable not long ago, and the potential for us to control our surroundings from our armchairs has increased exponentially.

Smartphone-Enabled Temperature Monitors

Maintaining the perfect temperature in your home used to be a case of manually adjusting a thermostat throughout the day. Using timers allows you to have the thermostat automatically adjust itself at different times of day, but it is still not a fully dynamic solution. By using a smart temperature monitor, you can receive real-time alerts when the temperature or humidity in your home changes and then make temperature adjustments accordingly.

Here we take a look at three of the very best smartphone-enabled temperature monitors available. All of these devices will connect with your smartphone or tablet, allowing you to monitor your home’s temperature in real time.

Temp Stick

The Temp Stick, from Ideal Sciences, is an easy to use wireless sensor which monitors both temperature (between -40 F to 125 F) and humidity (0 – 100%). By connecting the device to a Wi-Fi network, either in your home or your place of business. You can set the Temp Stick to automatically send alerts to your tablet or phone when conditions in your home change.

The accompanying app is free to install on both Android and iOS devices. From within the app you can see more detailed information as well as a graph showing how the temperature and humidity has changed throughout the day. In addition to the app, there is also a web browser interface, allowing the user to access the device remotely from anywhere with an internet connection.

The Temp Stick is fantastic for monitoring the temperature in your home, but it also has a wide range of potential uses. It can be used to monitor the temperature in rooms where sensitive items, such as instruments, are stored. It can also be used in greenhouses, or anywhere where temperature must be carefully controlled.

SensorPush

The SensorPush is another versatile temperature monitoring device. It boasts an impressive broadcast range and, because it is battery powered, it can be placed inside refrigerators, guitar cases, attics, basements, or anywhere else where temperature control is important to the user. The compact design of SensorPush gives it the edge in situations where portability is an important consideration.

iGrill3

Weber’s iGrill3 is a more specialized device, designed specifically for use with barbecues. By using the accompanying probe, iGrill can monitor the temperature of different meats on the grill. The app can track up to four different probes and users can then monitor the progress of their meat cooking from their smartphone or tablet. The professional grade probes that are used are resilient to heat and wear and tear, giving the product a very long lifespan.

All of these temperature monitors serve their respective purposes fantastically. Both Temp Stick and SensorPush can be used in a variety of situations and are highly portable. iGrill, on the other hand, is designed for a more specific purpose, but it is unbeatable as a barbecuing gadget. You can also see more options here if none of these devices are right for you.

Things get heated some more as Hong-Kong-based smartphone brand LEAGOO enters Nigeria and has set itself up to go up against Infinix Mobility via a collaboration with e-commerce platform, Jumia.

Infinix Challenger! LEAGOO Enters Nigeria on Jumia

The mobile market in recent years has witnessed quite a few emerging phone makers entered the rising African market. One of them is LEAGOO Global, a Hong Kong-based leading export brand. Established in 2014, LEAGOO now has a presence in more than 40 countries globally. Recently LEAGOO has marked its entry into the booming African e-commerce market and launched its official online store on the largest local online retailer — Jumia.

In collaboration with Jumia, LEAGOO plans to provide diversified smartphones with interesting specs to fit local users needs.

The Infinix Challenger

Infinix Mobile, the dominating smartphone brand in Africa, is still ruling the African smartphone market. But with a number of emerging phone brands like LEAGOO entering the market recently, local consumers can have a wider array of smartphones to choose from.

For Infinix, its business model in Africa combines both online shops and third-party physical retailers. LEAGOO, however, focuses on the e-commerce only, making available its devices on online platforms such as Jumia in Nigeria. The e-commerce sales strategy can help keep prices down by eliminating costs of operating bricks & mortar stores. Cutting out middlemen from the distribution chain has also reduced the threat of counterfeiting its products.

Local Customer Service

Regarding customer service, Infinix’s third-party service brand – Carlcare has recently caused a great number of customer complaints around the world, e.g. charging extra repair fees, long repair time (normally 15 working days) and even claims of repair frauds! LEAGOO has also established its own global service brand – LEAGOO Care.

But unlike Infinix, LEAGOO claims its local service centers can repair phones within much shorter time (normally 3-7 working days) and provide more professional customer experience because LEAGOO service centers are run by LEAGOO officials, not a third-party agent.

LEAGOO targets young consumers aged between 18 to 35 who have rational consumption and take customer supports seriously. By providing them high-tech handsets with the most affordable budgets, LEAGOO appeals to the youth with features such as a long-lasting battery, big and high-resolution display screens, dual-SIM capacity, as well as a variety of colours to choose from. What’s more, with LEAGOO Care service support, customers can always have their LEAGOO phones repaired in local place with fast and professional after-service experience.

By recent entry into the Nigerian e-commerce market on Jumia, LEAGOO clearly decides to challenge its Infinix counterpart upfront. With high specification devices at affordable prices and professional customer service system, will LEAGOO be a capable competitor to shake the foundation of Infinix in Africa? Let’s wait and see.

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Right on the heels of Apple pushing out a Spectre security update to iPhones, Microsoft has rolled out same to Windows 10 Mobile phones. The Windows 10 Mobile Spectre security update notification identifies it as “2018-01 Update for Windows 10 Version 1709 for arm-based Phone Devices”.

Windows 10 mobile spectre security update

While Google has released the Spectre security update for Android OS too, the update has rolled out to only an insignificant amount of devices, specifically Pixel devices which are Google devices. This is because each manufacturer is responsible for releasing it to their devices.

So, if your Android device is yet to get protected from the Spectre vulnerability, blame your smartphone manufacturer, not Google.

No matter what Windows 10 smartphone it is you are using, this update is available for you now. If you have not been prompted on your phone, dive into your Software Update setting to manually check.

My Lumia 950 is installing the update as we speak. It is expected that after installing the update, you will notice about 30% performance depreciation. This is because of the way the solution to the Spectre flaw works – and this is expected on all platforms, be it Android OS, iOS, or Windows OS.

Have you received the Spectre security update on your smartphone? How has your experience with it been since you installed it?

At a digital marketing class yesterday, I was asked if Nigerian universities offer digital marketing courses. Are there any, for example, where someone can apply to study Blogging as a course. Perhaps one or two universities do, but I do not know of any.

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Study Blogging As A course?

You might be wondering what there is to study about blogging. When I teach blogging in digital marketing classes, my students are surprised to discover how much depth there is to the subject and how wrong they were that it is an easy thing to pull off.

Forget the imposters who lift and reproduce content all over the place. A competent blogger must be able to write (note that writing for the Web is different in a number of points from writing for print). They must be able to take good photographs, edit images (and/or videos), factor in SEO, as well as observe and analyse.

And if they are blogging for a niche, they must have adequate specialised knowledge of that niche, among other tasks. Blogging is actually a multi-disciplinary field. There is much that goes into competent blogging.

But I digress. Let us get back to the crux of this article.

Of Proper And Improper Professions

The reasons why our higher institutions are not embracing digital en masse are not far fetched. Do you know how much battling it takes for young men and women interested in acting to convince their parents that what they want to go study in school is Theatre Arts? Note that Theatre Arts has been available as a course in a number of institutions for many years.

The default position of Nigerian parents is, “That is not a proper profession”. They nudge their children towards Engineering, Architecture, Medicine, Accounting, and the “more professional” courses.

Now, imagine what the reaction would be you to find the liver to tell them that you want to study Blogging or Social Media Marketing or anything along those lines. You are looking for trouble.

Where am I taking this narrative to? Those who run the country’s education belong to that same generation – parents and grandparents who look down on anything that is not a “professional” course.

In other words, our educational administrators do not see the value of new media yet. They have little appreciation of its place and value in modern society and so will see no need to include it in the academic curriculum.

We are talking about the same people who chide young people for being on the laptop or smartphone “all the time”, though they are on a newspaper all the time. Yet, those of us who are digital citizens know that an internet-connected smartphone provides far more up-to-date information than any newspaper ever can.

Do you see my point?

Our educational administrators do not get it yet. Perhaps we will find a handful of them who do, but what a small minority those will be.

Needed: A New Generation Of Institutions

Software development is a much more mainstream field, and even that is almost non-existent as a course in our higher institutions. Thankfully, we have new, visionary institutions that are addressing that sector. Think of Andela. We will need more institutions to take care of these other fields of digital business.

In the meantime, I wish you good luck telling your parents or guardians that you want to study Blogging or any other arm of digital marketing. May the force be with you.