Hello everyone, www.techproducts.com.ng ardent readers, followers, guests, tech-lovers, tech-addicts, tech critics and anything tech related. Happy First Month of the year 2017! YAAAAAY! We made it! Trust we all had a fantastic 2016. 2016 was a fantastic year for us all at www.techproducts.com.ng and as such, we have promised to make 2017 much bigger and better for us, for YOU! Just keep visiting this space on a regular and watch us bring new things out of the bag!
Today, first of its kind on www.techproducts.com.ng (perhaps first of its kind in Nigeria), we bring to you a MID-MONTH AND MONTHLY TECH DOSE where summaries of technological happenings around the world, product updates, device rumours, smartphone reviews, gadgets tutorials, HOW-TOs and all other technological issues in general for individual months of the year are all brought together in one piece… solely for you, and you alone! Now go get your reading googles because it’s going to be a long read.
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Apparently, January started with a bang in the tech world as the year 2017 brought all tech lovers and freaks attention to the “Sin City” …relax, I’m making reference to Las Vegas here, the 28th-most populated city in the United States. The world’s biggest technology showcase, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicked off in Las Vegas on the 5th of January 2017. Don’t know what the CES is all about? I’ll gladly break it down. For 50 years, CES has been the launch pad for new innovation and technology that has changed the world. Held in Las Vegas every year, it is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies and where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.
Manufacturers of tech products, gadgets, accessories, laptops, gaming systems and so many more product regarding technology were all in attendance. Several smartphone top-dogs and giants like Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC, Asus and so many more all brought their best to the annual consumer electronics gathering, unveiling tech products ranging from next generation smartphones to ultra slim TVs to accessories and some other innovations that will change the world in coming days, weeks or maybe months! But one thing is certain, these products unveiled at the CES 2017 event in Vegas are world changing ones.
Now follow and let’s take a stroll down the archive of devices that were unveiled within the first 15 days of 2017.
The Reliance LYF Water 3 is first on for today. The Reliance LYF Water 3 is produced by Reliance smartphone manufacturers who had made other smartphones like the LYF Water 11 smartphone. I’m pretty sure you would be wondering the logic behind the name “Water”. Don’t worry, it’s only normal. I found myself in the same state of confusion and darkness when I came across the name for the first time too. So, when a device is nicknamed ‘water’ or has some parts of its name related to water, it is only normal and ideal to think towards the water resistance direction as regards the device or specifications, yes? Well, reverse is the case for the Reliance LYF Water 3 as it is neither water resistant nor made from water. LOL. It only shares affiliation with water by name and name alone.
However, the device possesses some great specifications irrespective of the little trick played by the manufacturers as to confuse, or is to safe to say fool potential buyers to think it is water resistant. Highlights of the specifications include a 5.5 inches with a display resolution of 1280 * 720 pixels (HD), Android 5.1 Lollipop OS, 4G LTE with VoLTE, an internal storage space of 16 GB which can be expanded to double its size – 32 GB – with the use of an external micro SD card, 2 GB RAM, Octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 615 processor which boasts of a 1.5 GHz Processor Speed, 13MP rear camera, 5MP selfie cam and 3000mAh battery capacity to power all the device’s functions. All these for an affordable price of Rs. 6,599 in Indian rupees while its naira equivalent is around N30,000 in Nigeria.
Moving on, we also witnessed Nokia take a very significant step towards a comeback into the smartphone market as it announced its first Android powered smartphone to the world, the NOKIA 6. The Nokia 6 was announced by HMD Global. However, the Nokia 6 is not a flagship device from Nokia as the specifications released by HMD Global doesn’t label the device as a flagship, rather, more of a midrange device. The Nokia 6 has some specifications that are nevertheless amazing even though it isn’t a flagship from the fallen-but-trying-to-awaken phone manufacturers. Some of the specs are 5.5-inch screen size, 1920 x 1080 pixels (403 PPI) display with curved 2.5D Gorilla Glass, 6000 series aluminum Unibody, 64-bit Octa-Core 2.0 GHz Cortex A-53, Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, Adreno 505 Graphic processor and 4 GB of RAM.
The Nokia 6 sports a rear 16-megapixel camera with Autofocus, PDAF and LED flash and can record videos of 1080p @ 30fps, the front-facing selfie camera is an 8-megapixel shooter… an exciting dedication to selfie lovers and Snapchat addicts. A non-removable 3000 mAh battery capacity and a launch price of 1699 CNY/ $246 which will be available in early 2017 exclusively in China through JD.com makes the Nokia 6 a great buy for anyone who would love to give the almost-extinct phone makers a second chance – we all deserve one, don’t we?
Two devices from Dubai-based OEM, Innjoo also made the list of device that made the first 15 days of January 2017 a great one for the tech lover and the tech world at large. The devices, the Innjoo Pro 2 and the Innjoo Halo X LTE are both upgrades to previously released devices, Innjoo Pro and Innjoo Halo X respectively. The highlight specifications of the Innjoo Pro 2 include 4G LTE support, 6GB of RAM, 64GB ROM – expandable to 256GB and 4000 mAh of battery juice. The Innjoo Halo X LTE on the other hand has only little upgrade off its predecessor… there’s also a degrade in specification which I still don’t understand the logic behind it as the Innjoo Halo X LTE is supposed to be a total upgrade of the Halo X.
Furthering on, the Innjoo Halo X LTE features a 8MP rear shooter with LED flash and a 2MP front camera, 5.5 inch HD display with screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, Android Marshmallow 6.0, a disappointing 1GB RAM, 3000mAh Li-ion Battery and a price ranging from N32,000 – N33,000.
From the stables of Huawei, the Huawei Honor 6X was also released. The Huawei Honor 6X is a high-end smartphone that really showcased the amount ant quality of work inputted by Huawei during designing and manufacturing of the device. Super amazing work I must comment. The Huawei Honor 6X is available in 2 variants, a 3GB RAM/32GB ROM and a 4GB RAM/64GB ROM variants. With a retail price of $249.99 for the 3 GB/32 GB version and $299.99 for the 4GB/64GB storage version, the device should definitely be a hit. Specs like the Octa-core 64-bit HiSilicon Kirin 655 with a processor speed of 2.1GHz, Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1, Dual cameras of 12MP+2MP camera quality, front facing 8 MP selfie camera, Dual SIM (Nano SIM, Dual Standby) support and 3340mAh non-removable battery are all exciting and psyching features that makes the device a promising.
Yeah, Acer also shocked the world with a one of a kind laptop, the Acer Predator 21X. The Acer Predator 21 X is the world’s first curved screen laptop that features a 21-inch display along with a resolution of 2560×1080 pixels with 120Hz refresh rate. It also features Tobii eye tracking, dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphic cards in SLI mode, and an overclockable 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7820HK processor. Also, the Predator sports a 64GB of DDR4-2400 memory, up to four 512GB solid-state drives in RAID configuration (including 2 NVMe PCIe SSDs, which are up to 5 times faster than SATA SSDs) and a 7200 RPM hard drive with up to a 2TB capacity.
The Predator has five fans and nine heat pipes to keep it cool and features a mechanical keyboard, four speakers, and two subwoofers. Shockingly, the [predator has been fixed to go for nothing less than $5,000 (an equivalent of 3.6 million naira). Wowing right? LOL.
Going back to the CES 2017, a novel innovation was unveiled – ARA, the first ever Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered toothbrush. The “smartbrush” was introduced by Kolibree, a France-based company that pioneered the development of smart toothbrushes that work with an accompanying smartphone. When the “smartbrush” is being used, it instantly recognizes the areas of the mouth being brushed and in turn gathers information as regards brushing activities. Information obtained by ARA includes duration of brushing, frequency and areas of the mouth brushed. Once a connection is established with the accompanying app, the data obtained by ARA is automatically synchronized through Bluetooth Low Energy. Kolibree claims that ARA can last up to two weeks when fully charged.
Enough on devices, let’s proceed to take some tech-happenings around the world doses. You ready?
Apple Inc. CEO, Tim Cook saw his salary cut by $1.5 Million for falling short of the company’s 2016’s Sales Target. Cook’s compensation for 2016 was cut from $10.28 million in 2015 to $8.75 million in 2016, that’s according to a regulatory filing made available by WSJ. Some users also found the popular messaging application, WhatsApp, stopped working on their device in January. Apparently, WhatsApp ended support for smartphones running Android 2.2 Froyo and iOS 6 and lower versions of iOS. And guess who followed WhatsApp’s footstep – well, Telegram did. Telegram announced that it would be leaving behind users running Android 2.2, Android 2.3 and 3.0 too while clearly setting the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS as the minimum operating system version required to run its latest version.
January also saw former search engine giant, Yahoo further crumble as its remnant after a large part of the company was purchased by Verizon will be given a new name, “Altaba”.
Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance also laid off some of its employees and replaced them with an artificial intelligence (AI) system that is based on IBM Japan Ltd’s Watson, which IBM calls a “cognitive technology that can think like a human”. Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance said it will save them £1 million and increase productivity by 30%, plus maintaining it will only cost them around £100,000 a year. I honestly don’t know how I feel about this.
January is only 15 days young but we are being hit with various surprises- the good, the bad, and the indifferent. Just when we thought having to watch Youtube’s 5-seconds video was the biggest punishment ever, Facebook decides to introduce something even much worse – Mid-roll Ads. This new Ad format of Facebook which will give video publishers the chance to insert ads into their video clips just right after people have watched them past the 20-seconds time mark. Although you would agree with me that this sucks, there however seem to be a twist.
Facebook will sell the Ads through videos published on its platform and share the revenue with video publishers, giving them 55 percent of revenue (just like Youtube) generated from all sales of Ads in their videos. Now that’s huge right. Facebook is giving you a chance to make some money off its platform, but you have to annoy your friends, followers and viewers by agreeing to allow Facebook display Ads in your video after the 20-second time mark. I really wish I knew what went through Youtube management’s when they heard about the development. The competition just got real people. Hehe, get your popcorn set, relax and watch the battle unfolds.
In the same money making vein and spirit, Instagram will also commence the display of Adverts between stories. It seems all tech establishments and social media companies are all out to make as much money as they can make in 2017. Photo ads will be about 5 seconds long while videos will take only 15 seconds. Instagram understands how annoying and big of a menace Ads could sometimes be and of such have made it possible to skip them (the Ads) with just a swipe. However, there’s kinda a cool part to the Stories Ads as the ads won’t show up until you’ve watched a lot of stories in sequence- meaning the ads are put in between two friends’ stories.
Moving on, if I told you your electronic gadget could, not literarily but practically save your life… would you agree with me? Well, if you agreed or not, your electronic gadget can save you from a bullet. The latest of such lifesaving act of an electronic gadget was unveiled in the wee days of 2017 as an Apple’s MacBook Pro saved a man’s life during the Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting. The shooting rampage that occurred at the Fort Lauderdale Airport that left five people dead and eight others injured had a man left out of the casualty statistics because his Macbook Pro took a bullet for him.
Android OS usage statistics for month of January was released and it saw the Android 5.1 Lollipop top the chart with a total of 33.3% on the distribution chart, this is closely followed by Android Marshmallow with 29.6%. Android KitKat comes in at the third position with 22.6%, while Android Jelly Bean completes the top 4 with 11.6%. Google’s latest mobile OS, Android 7.0 Nougat is still at its lowest, with a 0.7% just four months after its release.
2017 so far has been a silent year for Infinix Mobility. However, it seems they will be breaking that jinx soon as details and specifications about two upcoming devices from their strongbox, Infinix Note 4 and Infinix Note 4 Pro, leaked. Apparently, it seems Infinix isn’t leaving behind their normal behavioural device release pattern of having a “Pro” version for their devices. Specifications that were leaked include 6.0 Inches HD IPS capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (368PPI), Octa-core CPU, MediaTek Helio P10 with chipset make of the MT6753 kind, 3 GB RAM / 32GB ROM & 4GB/64GB for the pro version, rear and selfie camera of both 13MP, Dual LED flash, and 5050 mAh Non-Removable battery pack.
Wow! There you have it people… the first ever MID-MONTH TECH DOSE from www.techproducts.com.ng. It must have been a really long read I know. And if you got this far, up to this point, you’re really appreciated – very much appreciated! Thanks for the love, visits and support. And watch out for the MONTHLY TECH DOSE at the end of month too!