Essential Phone gets Oreo beta 3 update

Essential Phone gets Oreo beta 3 update

If you are an Essential Phone owner, and have your device enrolled in the company's Oreo beta program, here's a new one for you: the Oreo beta 3 update is now available. You can download it manually from the company's official website, or wait for the OTA.

As for what's included in the update, there are two changes when compared to the previous build: January security patch (which includes fixes for Spectre and Meltdown) and some other stability/bug fixes.

The update arrives as build version OPM1.170911.254, and weighs in at around 106MB. As for final, stable Oreo build, Essential has so far just said it'll be made available soon.
Instagram now shows activity status for your friends

Instagram now shows activity status for your friends

Instagram has added a new activity status feature in its iOS and Android app. Considering there isn’t an official announcement from the company, it’s likely the feature is still being tested and not available for everyone. However, it does seem to be available for most users right now.

With this feature, enabled by default in the app settings, you can go into your direct message inbox and see the activity status of the people you have messaged below their name. This appears for people you follow or have previously messaged. The status ranges from ‘Active…’ a certain time ago or a very specific ‘Active now’ if the user is browsing Instagram at that very moment.
If this sounds like a bit much to you, then the app does give you the option to disable the feature. When you disable Show Activity Status, you stop seeing status for other people they stop seeing it for you.
There were reports of Instagram spinning off its direct message feature into a separate app and this might be an effort towards that.
Port to Airtel Network and Get Whopping 10GB Data For Just N500 or 2GB for N100

Port to Airtel Network and Get Whopping 10GB Data For Just N500 or 2GB for N100

Hello guys, I think this is the right time to migrate one of our sim cards from other service providers to Airtel Nigeria. If you are an internet addicted or someone who loved the freebie, I believed you should have more than one sim card on each of the networks. One of your dumped sim card which was in a dusty wardrobe can now be used to get the huge volume of data with the token amount of money.

Airtel NG is here with an amazing offer that gives you whopping 10GB data for just N500 or 2GB for N100 when you moved your phone number from any GSM mobile operator onto their network. The data works on 2G/3G and 4G network, it can be used both at daytime and night, browses and downloads on all websites without VPN apps.

This is even bigger than the #GloUnfairAdvantage which offers 2GB for N500 - you can see the gap! we are not going to call it a trick, it is something like a bonus. But, as we have already said, it works like a normal subscription.

To benefit from the offer, you will be needing to Port your SIM Card from one Network to Airtel, but I recommend you use one of your MTN Registered sim. Porting is absolutely free, and you’ll retain your MTN number while using the Airtel network. For example, people will still be able to call you with your current MTN number, but you’ll be loading Airtel recharge cards, and using Airtel tariff plans and services. Remember, it’s free to port!

Requirements to Port Your MTN Sim to Airtel Network

  • MTN Registered SimCard (You need to port it to Airtel)
  • A valid ID Card (Student ID Card, Voter’s card, National id or Driver license)
  • Your time is need as well.

How To Port From Another Line To Airtel Network

  • Work into any Airtel Outlet around you with the above requirements.
  • Tell them you will love to Port your existed sim (MTN) to Airtel
  • You will be asked to fill out a Form. (Follow Customer Care Procedures)
  • Now you will receive an SMS from Airtel on the MTN SIM telling you (You wish to port your line)
  • Reboot your Smartphone when you noticed that the MTN Network has disappeared.
  • You will be guided to input your newly ported Airtel SIM Card.
  • Switch Off your phone and just insert the newly ported Airtel SIM
  • You will then get a confirmation messagefrom Airtel that your sim has been ported.
Make sure you follow my exact procedure and steps below in other to enjoy the Whopping 10GB data for just N500 or 2GB for N100.

    How to Get 2GB for N100
    • Now, after successfully porting your MTN line to your Airtel SIM
    • Recharge your Airtel ported sim via Online Banking, TopUp Africa or use your Zoto Mobile Recharge 
    Note: Do not recharge with scratch card pin.
    • After recharging N100 with any of the methods above, you’ll be given instant 2GB data which valid for 30 days and the data balance can be checked by dialing *223#only.
      How to Get 10GB Data  For Just N500
      • The more you recharge N100, the more the data accumulates. 
      • N200 recharge will give you instant 4GB data bonus while N500 recharge will give you 10GB and vice versa.
      • You can’t accumulate above 50GB data and each of the data has 30 days validity period. 
      • The money you loaded will be intact while you enjoy your data.
      Remember not to recharge with scratch card pin, otherwise, you won’t be given any data.

      Benefits of Porting your Line
      • You get the best of rates for voice and data services.
      • You begin to leverage Airtel’s wide range of innovative and unparalleled products and services.
      • You have the benefit of being served by a top global brand with best-in-class network quality, amazing data speeds, and a differentiated customer service experience.
      • Because of Airtel’s global reach, you enjoy unmatched benefits when you use your line in 20 countries and counting.
      Hope this info helps...
      T-Mobile Gear S3 gets Tizen 3.0 update

      T-Mobile Gear S3 gets Tizen 3.0 update

      T-Mobile has started pushing out a new update to Samsung Gear S3 units - both Classic and Frontier - on its network. It's a major update that weighs in at around 266MB, and brings along Tizen OS version

      The roll out of Tizen 3.0 - which arrived as part of a Value Pack update - hasn't been smooth. Shortly after the update arrived in November, users started reporting poor battery life on their smartwatches.
      While the company did push out an update to fix the issue, it wasn't immediately available everywhere. Meanwhile, in Europe, Tizen 3.0 roll out was halted - it only resumed in late December after Samsung included the fix in Tizen 3.0 update itself.

      Nokia 6 leaks in full ahead of launch tomorrow

      Nokia 6 leaks in full ahead of launch tomorrow

      Nokia 6 (2018) is going to be officially announced by HMD Global tomorrow, but Chinese retailer Suning jumped the gun and leaked the device in full. All the specs, including press renders and lifestyle images, popped up on its website and online store.

      The new Nokia 6 comes with a more powerful Snapdragon 630 chipset, a fingerprint scanner on the back and redesigned accents around the edges and the camera. It also borrowed some features from the Nokia 8 for audio recording and photos.
      Nokia 6 (2018) with Bothie in action
      The chipset has an octa-core CPU, with four of the cores clocked at 2.2 GHz. The RAM available is just 4 GB with two internal storage versions - 32 or 64 GB. There is also a microSD slot for up to 128 GB more.
      The primary camera is 16 MP with f/2.0 lens, and it comes with OZO Audio recording. It also has Bothie mode where you take a picture or video with both cameras at the same time. Speaking about the front snapper, it has 8 MP sensor and f/2.0 lens.

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      Nokia 6 (2018)
      The battery has 3,000 mAh capacity and is charged via the microUSB port. The OS is near-stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat, with promises to get Android Oreo soon. Dimensions sit at 148.8 x 75.8 x 8.15 mm with a weight of 172 g.
      The Nokia 6 (2018) is available in Black with orange accents and White with red accents. The 32 GB version will be sold in China for CNY1,499 ($230/€190), while the 64 GB one will cost CNY1,699 ($261/€216).
      Last year, a global variant was announced in February at MWC, and HMD Global will most likely do the same with this edition of the Nokia 6.

      Samsung to unveil new Exynos SoC next week; Galaxy S9/S9+ clear FCC

      Samsung to unveil new Exynos SoC next week; Galaxy S9/S9+ clear FCC

      Earlier this month,Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 845, the SoC that'll likely power Samsung's next-gen S series smartphones in the US and China. The rest of the world, no points for guessing, will get Exynos-powered Galaxy S9 and S9+.
      Well, the next-gen Exynos SoC that'll power these flagships will be made official next week on January 4. A recent tweet from the South Korean company effectively confirmed this.

      No official confirmation on what moniker the chipset will carry, although reports so far say the name would be Exynos 9810.
      Anyway, moving on, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ meanwhile have cleared the FCC in the US. Sadly, the FCC listings don't reveal anything related to the devices' specs or design, but still, the development signifies everything is on track for the flagships.

      Samsung pushes out update to fix Galaxy Note8 LTE data interruption issue

      Samsung pushes out update to fix Galaxy Note8 LTE data interruption issue

      Samsung has started rolling out a new update to its Galaxy Note8 flagship smartphone. The update doesn't change the build number (which remains at N950FXXU2BQKG), but it includes a fix for an LTE-related issue.

      Specifically, the changelog says the update fixes intermittent interruption of LTE data. That's it. Aside from this, some other usual bug-fixes are also included. Reports say the update is currently hitting units in Taiwan - no information on if and when other key markets will get it.