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Latest tech news in Nigeria, Africa and across the world.

Android

You Can Now Use Android Auto Phone While It Is Connected To Car

Before now, it was not possible for Android auto users to use the phone when it's connected to Google's in-car infotainment service.
Samsung

Senate Commence Probe Of Samsung Over Abuse Of FG’s Fiscal Policy

The senate has commenced investigation into allegations of abuse of Federal Government’s Fiscal Policy by Samsung Electronics.
Rihanna

SnapChat Loses $800 Million After Rihanna Backlash

Barbadian singer Robyn Rihanna Fenty has caused popular social media Platform SnapChat to lose about 3.6% in shares an estimate of $800 million.

Nigerian Drone Start-up ‘Arone’ Gets First Venture Funding

Start-up drone company, Arone, says it has gotten the first venture funding of a start-up at the new business incubator, Roar Nigeria, at the University of Nigeria (UNN), Nsukka.
Lens

Google Lens Visual Search Now Available On iOS

Just like many Google services before it, the Lens visual search platform has been slowly, but surely creeping out of exclusivity status and towards global availability.

Nigerian GSM Subscriber Base Shrugs Off Dismal 144k Gained In Dec. To Add 2.2m...

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed that the number of active mobile phone lines in the Nigeria has risen to 146 million in January 2018, an increase of  2,233,467 lines from the 144,631 recorded in December 2017.

Facebook Lite Reaches US, UK, Other Developed Countries

Facebook Lite which was created to provide a better experience on lower-end devices with slow data connections in developing markets is now in developed markets as well.
Snapchat

Users Are Deleting Snapchat Following Its “Slap Rihanna” Ad

Messaging app Snapchat ran an ad on its app asking whether users "would rather slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown." with a lot of people finding it offensive.
Nest

Nest Introduceses Hello Doorbell And x Yale Lock

Nest has released new products the Hello and x Yale Lock with Hello coming as a doorbell which can accurately be described as ”Nest’s version of the Ring Doorbell”

Nigerian Advertising Focus Shifts From Traditional TV Ads To Short Whatsapp Videos

The infiltration of affordable low-end smartphones has paved way for more Nigerians to own mobile phones; thereby making the country a mobile-first country with 162m mobile subscribers, accompanied by gradual shift in advertising focus.

Google Assistant Speaker, Smart Display By LG Now Ready For Pre-order

LG’s got two Google Assistant devices which display offers a very basic UI with controls like brightness, power, and a mute button available for pre-order on B&H Photo’s website.
Spotify

Spotify Testing Voice Search Within Its App

Spotify has been testing a new feature on a small number of users – a new voice interface which would allow users to open the Spotify app and hit a mic button.

Google Cracks Down On Cryptocurrency, Bans Bitcoin Adverts

Google will ban all adverts for cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin and initial coin offerings (ICOs), as it seeks to “tackle emerging threats”.
Google

France To Drag Google, Apple To Court Over Developer Contracts

The French Government has said it would Google (GOOGL.O) and Apple (AAPL.O) to court due to contractual terms imposed on French start-ups and developers by the companies. 

FG Developing Solar Energy City – Fashola

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said that the Federal Government is currently developing a solar energy city.
Mozilla

Mozilla Launches Firefox 59 On Android

Two months after the release of Firefox 58 on Android devices, Mozilla is pushing out yet another major version of the mobile browser.

Nintendo Switch Updated To Suggest Facebook And Twitter Friends

Nintendo’s hybrid console received its 5.0.0 update and with it are a couple of tweaks to parental controls, new user avatars from Kirby and Arms, and quicker remote-game purchase downloads.

Self-piloted ‘Air Taxi’ Debuts In New Zealand Skies

A California-based company unveiled an autonomous “air taxi” on Tuesday in Christchurch, with an eye on revolutionising personal air travel within the next decade.
Amazon

Amazon Adds Voice And Video Calling On Tablets Through Alexa App

Amazon has announced that its voice and video calling service from Echo devices is coming to tablets. This includes Apple iPads, Android tablets and Amazon Fire tablets.

WhatsApp Time Limit For Deleting Message Increases To Over An Hour

WhatsApp is one of a few messaging platforms that lets you delete a message after you’ve sent it with the messenger app introducing the feature back in October.
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