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Airtel Nigeria Is Offering 1.8GB For N500

Airtel just introduced a new plan that gives you 180% Bonus for any subscription.

The data plan is not available for all airtel subscribers but if you are eligible for this offer, you will receive a message that looks similar or exactly like this one below.

FREE 150% Data Bonus, Just For You! Get 1.8GB for just N500 valid for 14 days. Hurry, dial *418*2# now to enjoy this amazing offer everyday for 6 months. However,  if you didn't receive this message simply dial *418*2# and wait for the response to know if you're eligible.

If it fails because of insufficient balance, recharge your phone with #500 and then retry.

If you are eligible, recharge your Airtel line and dial *418*2# to activate the N500 for 1.8GB Plan.

NOTE:
✔️ Data bonus validity is two weeks.
✔️ 150% bonus eligibility is 6 months
✔️ To check your data balance, dial *140#.

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Huawei P20 Pro already outsold the P10 Plus by 316% in Western Europe

According to Huawei, the Huawei P20 Pro Europe sales are already higher than the P10 Plus sales by a factor of three.

The P20 Pro is now the best-selling phone in Western Europe in Huawei’s history, after only a month.

Our review of the Huawei P20 Pro makes one thing very clear: the P20 Pro is easily one of the best Android smartphones you can buy right now. It appears that sales are reflecting the reviews, as Huawei reports that in only a month the P20 Pro has outsold last year’s Huawei P10 Plus in Western Europe by a whopping 316 percent.

That makes the Huawei P20 Pro the best-selling device in Western Europe in Huawei’s history, and it did it in four weeks.

According to Huawei, most of the P20 Pro sales in Europe came from Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. For a period, the Huawei P20 Pro was the most-searched-for smartphone on Google in Spain, Italy, and Germany.

For a smartphone to do this well so quickly really illuminates just how successful Huawei is worldwide. As it s…

T-Mobile and Sprint Plan to merge as soon as next week

Sprint and T-Mobile weave a complicated relationship. For years they've desired each other, drawn inexorably to that most corporate copulation: the merger. In a landscape run by AT&T and Verizon, the two star-crossed lovers have struggled separately to carve a little chunk of the world (including the US telecommunications market) for themselves. And, according to a report by Reuters, after a long and conflicted courtship, their paths and profits may soon be joined.

For a concise history of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger: First it was on, then it was off, then it wason again.

According to speculations at the time, the reason for last year's failure stemmed from difficulties in negotiating voting control between SoftBank (Sprint's majority shareholder), and Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile's owner), resulting in a last-minute cancellation of the deal. If the report by Reuters is to be believed, that impediment has been overcome.

If the two wireless providers do merge together…

Xiaomi Mi 6X launches on April 27 with Snapdragon 660, dual cameras, AI features, and more

Xiaomi, to no one's surprise, unveiled the Mi 6X, a follow up to last year's Mi 5X. As is typical for Xiaomi, this phone packs an insane value with its solid specs and low price point. There is a huge focus on AI with this phone (shocker) and Xiaomi is touting up the camera performance. So, all in all, it's a pretty typical affair, but the Mi 6X looks like it'll be a winner.

SPECS

Display        5.99" FHD+ IPS LCD
SoftwareAndroid 8.1 Oreo; MIUI 9
CPU        Snapdragon 660
RAM        4/6GB
Storage        64/128GB
Cameras12MP+20MP rear, 20 MP front
Battery        3,010mAh, QC 3.0
Misc        USB Type-C, fingerprint sensor

Xiaomi continues to impress, with the Mi 6X starting at RMB 1599 (~$253 USD) for the 64GB+4GB variant. Last year, the Mi 5X was also internationally known as the Android One Mi A1. It's certainly plausible that this phone could be released later as the Mi A2, but that's speculation for now.

As is its wont, Xiaomi is really playing up the camera per…

Members of Google’s Area 120 want you to learn to code for free

A team from Google’s Area 120 just released a new app called Grasshopper that will help you learn to code for free.Similar to language-learning app Duolingo, Grasshopper guides you through learning to code with fun games and quizzes.The app is totally free with no ads or in-app purchases (at least for now). You have nothing to lose! In the future, there won’t be many skilled jobs that won’t involve at least a little bit of coding. If you don’t yet know the difference between HTML and CSS or Java and Python, you should take the time to start learning some coding basics sooner rather than later.

To make sure you have no excuses, a team of coders from Google’s workshop for experimental products, Area 120, just released a new app that will help you learn to code for free. That’s right, for free.

The app is called Grasshopper and takes the same approach to coding that apps like Duolingotake to learning new languages. After all, learning to code is like learning a new language in a way (or …

Google Pay Android App Surpasses 100 Million Global Installs

The recently rebranded Google Pay Android app surpassed 100 million global installs, as revealed by its newly updated Google Play Store listing. The Mountain View, California-based tech giant has been rolling out the new branding to users since late February and the app has apparently continued gaining traction in the meantime, with the service also being pre-installed on many smartphones released in recent times, including the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

As of today, every active Android Pay app in the world should have already been rebranded to Google Pay, though some functionalities of the tool remain limited. E.g. peer-to-peer payments are still not supported and are only planned to be introduced to consumers in the United States and the United Kingdom later this spring. Alphabet’s subsidiary never clarified why it pulled the trigger on a unified new brand meant to bring Google Wallet and Android Pay features together before being able to offer all of their functionalities through a …

WebView Safe Browsing coming to all apps this month

Google has maintained a list of malicious websites, such as those hosting malware or phishing scams, for nearly a decade. The company's Safe Browsing API allows web browsers to access the blocklist, and show a warning if the site is dangerous. Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, and countless other browsers use the Safe Browsing API.

The WebView API on Android allows apps to show web content. Third-party web browsers like Lynket/Chromer and Lightning use it to render pages, and many other apps (like Twitter clients) use it for login forms. Developers could optionally enable WebView Safe Browsing in their apps, starting with Android 8.0 Oreo.

Today, Google announced that Safe Browsing will be enabled for all WebViews, starting with the release of version 66 later this month. WebView started to update through the Play Store with the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and Chrome actually acts as WebView on Android 7.0 and up.
Put simply, almost every Android app that shows web content wil…

A new challenger approaches: Asus is now teasing a gaming phone

•Asus’ Global CEO has appeared to confirm that the company is working on a gaming smartphone.
•Asus has experience in the gaming industry through its Strix and Republic of Gamers brands.
•If released, the phone will follow in the footsteps of other recent gaming phones such as the Razer Phone and the Xiaomi Black Shark.

Hot on the heels of the launch of Xiaomi’s Black Shark gaming smartphone, Asus has appeared to confirm that it is working on a gaming phone of its own.

In an interview at the opening of Asus Philippines’ 100th store (reported by astig.ph), Asus’ Global CEO Jerry Shen said that it can be “expected” that the company will release a phone designed for gaming. Unfortunately, there’s no word regarding a potential release date for this hypothetical device.

It perhaps isn’t surprising that Asus would want to release a gaming phone. After all, the company already has experience in the PC gaming industry due to its Strix and Republic of Gamers brands.

However, gaming phones are …

Your phone's Android security patches may not be as up to date as you think

You consider yourself a responsible smartphone user. You go out of your way to keep your data safe, protecting your handset with a strong passcode, paying close attention to the permissions you grant apps, and making sure that your phone is always running the latest security updates available to it. At least, you think your phone is patched against the most recent security exploits, but is it really? A new report suggests that's likely not the case, claiming that many phones are missing at least one, and sometimes ten or more security patches.

Security Research Labs looked into state of updates for some 1,200 phones from a variety of major manufacturers, and found that despite these handsets claiming that their software is caught up with Android security patches as of certain dates, one or more fixes were often missing.

Some manufacturers tend to do a lot better than others. Unsurprisingly, Pixel phones are the best, accurately indicating that they're up to date with security…

Xiaomi reportedly wants to buy GoPro

Xiaomi is probably recognizable among our readers for its phones, and maybe even for its earbud headphones. But I doubt many of us think of cameras when we think of the 5th largest smartphone manufacturer. That said, someday we might. According to Bloomberg, Xiaomi is considering making an offer on GoPro.

This news follows the January announcement that GoPro would be leaving the drone business as part of its broader financial woes. GoPro CEO Nick Woodman remarked in an interview at the time that he was open to selling the company. "If there was an opportunity to merge GoPro with a larger parent company," said Woodman, "that could help us scale our business and provide a better return on investment [...] we would welcome the opportunity to explore such an opportunity."

Based on the news of Xiaomi's interest, it looks like he might have found a buyer. Details are still sparse, but The Information believes GoPro could fetch as much as a billion dollars, though I …

Samsung hit with lawsuit of up to $2.8 billion for infringing on biometric-related patents

With their fingerprint sensors, iris scanners, and facial recognition tech, Samsung phones feature more methods of biometric authentication than most, if not all, of their competitors. However, the Korean company is now being sued by a US-based "data security firm," PACid Technologies, for infringing on two US patents and one Korean patent with its biometric features.

The lawsuit, filed on April 6th with the Texas Eastern District Court, comprises phones from the Galaxy S6 all the way to the Galaxy S8. PACid alleges that two US patents (U.S. Patent No. 9,577,994 and No. 9,876,771) and one South Korean patent (KR20110128567A) have been infringed upon. In addition to the biometric systems onboard, Samsung Pass and Knox are also involved in the suit. PACid says that Samsung has known about its patents since January 2017 at the latest. Should the court accept that claim, Samsung will have to pay up to three times the standard rate of $1 per phone (35 U.S. Code § 284), or 2.82 b…

Smartphone to replace your password on the web in the nearest future

•The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is working to eliminate the text-based password by using your phone as an authenticator.
•Similar to the two-factor authentication we use today, the W3C password solution would work for any site, as its browser-based, not account-based.
•This W3C password solution is already working with Mozilla Firefox, with more browsers on the way.


The death of the password is a topic that’s been in discussion for years now, but just yesterday I signed up for an account on a site and set up a text-based password. Clearly, as much as the tech world would love to eliminate passwords, they are still going strong.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the international standards organization for the web founded by Tim Berners-Lee, in conjunction with the FIDO Alliance, has an actual solution in the pipeline. In a recent recommendation, over a dozen members of W3C laid out a plan to use mobile devices as an authenticator for your web-based accounts.

You’re probably t…

Uber Announces Driver App Redesign Based On Driver Suggestions

Uber has now announced a redesign of its driver app aimed at improving the overall experience for drivers. Uber specifically makes the point that in addition to looking at ways to improve the experience, it obtained copious amounts of data and feedback from drivers during a beta run of the app which was then used to further improve the app prior to today’s announcement. According to Uber, the new redesign represents a “built for drivers, with drivers” approach to app design.

One of the first and major changes Uber notes in the announcement is a more highly visible indicator of how much an Uber driver has currently earned for the day. This “Earnings Tracker” largely remains in view and lets drivers quickly see how much they have accumulated while also aiding in goal attainment by letting the driver now how far away they are from any pre-set goals, major milestones or incentive-based targets. Other notable changes include improvements to notifications in general, including improvements…

Your Google Play Store review edit history is now visible to the public

App reviews in the Play Store can sometimes be a quite useful resource. Like pretty much any platform for commentary online, you've got to have a discerning eye in order to sort the genuinely useful information from all manner of fanboi rants or misdirected attempts for customer service, but it's still an asset plenty of us turn to time and time again. If you contribute reviews of your own, though, you may want to start being a little more thoughtful about what you say, as now other user can see all your old edits, even after you update your review.


When doing a teardown of the Play Store's v8.9 update a couple months back, we spotted the building blocks of a change that would let other users check out the historical record of your review's edits. The developer behind an app could already view this data, but so far it hadn't been publicly available.

Now Google's quietly flipped the switch on these public edit logs, making them visible in the Android Play Store…

Firefox Browser Now Gets Support For YouTube TV

Mozilla’s Firefox browser has received support for YouTube TV which means that anyone who prefers the Firefox browser over Google’s highly popular Chrome browser now have an alternative option for streaming their favorite TV shows through YouTube’s streaming service. Up until now, YouTube TV was only compatible with Chrome when it came to web browsers, and this was in addition to the Androidand iOS mobile apps. The recently added support was discovered by tech blog Your Tech Explained, which had noticed YouTube TV working with Firefox after checking.

YouTube doesn’t appear to have made any sort of mention that Firefox was now supported, for whatever reason, perhaps because it wants users to continue using Chrome over Firefox. Whatever the reason though, the fact of the matter is that Firefox is now supported by the service. When YouTube TV will be extended to additional browsers is unknown so for now it seems that users will be limited to just the two different browser types and the …