Month: August 2012

Facebook Camera App for iOS devices.

Before now iOS device owners have been enjoying the Facebook standalone apps such as messenger, pages and instagram but there is a new addition to family and that’s the Facebook Camera app.

The Facebook Camera app allows users to share multiple photos at a go, transform their images with loads of effect, tap to tag a friend in a photo and above all it’s reported that with the new Camera app, you can share photos on Facebook faster than ever, and see all your friends’ latest shots in one place. (more…)

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Search for pictures online and locally (HDD) on Ubuntu 12.10 with Photo Lens.

If Ubuntu is your OS of choice, you’ve already been enjoying so-called lenses to help you search through your music, videos, apps and documents. So why not a search filter for photos? Why not indeed, said the folks at Canonical. The dev team has just updated the operating system (version 12.10) with a Photo Lens that lets you search your pics by name, tag or EXIF data. What’s more, in addition to searching photos stored locally, you can pull in pictures stored on sites like Facebook and Flickr, because who knows how many of your cameraphone photos bypassed your computer and went straight to the web?

Source: Engadget, OMG! Ubuntu!

Google on Apple v. Samsung: most infringed patents ‘don’t relate to the core Android operating system’

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When the jury in Apple v. Samsung handed down its verdict on Friday, we watched Apple take a victory lap and heard Samsung warn of hampered competition, but one company remained conspicuously silent: Google. This weekend, though, Mountain View finally released a statement, insisting that while Samsung lost the trial, the ruling doesn’t actually implicate Android. “The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don’t relate to the core Android operating system,” the company said, noting that several of these patents are being revisited by the US Patent Office. (more…)

All about restoring and updating your Apple devices.

Updating your device to the latest version of the firmware is always recommended. The best practice approach is usually to update with every new release, and don’t stay more than a minor version behind. That means the upgrade process would be less complex i.e moving from the last version to the current version. Some of us do have challenges updating regularly due to slow/no internet connection among other obstacles.

Sometime ago, a friend was trying to update his iPad (first generation) which had iOS 3.2.1 version to the 5.1.1 and was getting different error messages. I had to enlighten him on why he was encountering the problem and what he had to do to fix it.

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Resolving “The DNS server isn’t responding” error message

DNS stands for ‘Domain Name System’, which is a technique developed to assign IP (Internet Protocol) addresses to domain names. It is like the phone book of the Internet, which assigns numbers to domain names of sites. Every computer connected to the Internet has a unique IP address which is a series of numbers separated by dots. Every web site is hosted on a web server and it has a unique IP address assigned to it. You can open a site by directly typing in the IP address after ‘http://’.

However, it is difficult to remember IP addresses for all websites and simpler to remember and recall domain names or host names of sites. That is why the hierarchical domain name system was developed. This system converts the domain names of sites that you type in the browser address bar into IP addresses. Then the web server, hosting that website, is located and the page is served on your computer, once a connection has been established to it through your ISP (Internet Service Provider) using the ‘Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP)’. A local DNS server, implements this ‘IP address’ lookup system for every ISP. In short DNS is a kind of an interface which translates domain names into IP addresses and vice versa.

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Send and Receive Emails via SMS.

Do you know that Gmail lets you use email on any cell phone, even basic phones that only support voice and SMS. You’ll receive, reply, and send emails as SMS messages, regardless of whether you have a data connection like wi-fi or 3G.

Getting started

Here’s how to start using Gmail SMS on your phone:

  1. Go to Gmail.
  2. Click your profile photo at the top of any Gmail page and click Account.
  3. Click Open SMS settings in the “Phone and SMS” section.
  4. Add or edit your phone number to receive Gmail to that number.
  5. Verify your phone number by entering the verification code that we sent as SMS to your phone.
  6. Check the box for email forwarding to your phone. (more…)

Online Training for Nigerian Enterpreneurs by Google Nigeria

The Get Nigerian Businesses Online (GBNO) programme a joint initiative of Google and its Nigerian partners that is Ecobank Plc and MTN Nigeria which was introduced to help Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) connect to the world via the internet. (You can read more about it in our earlier post)

Google Nigeria has announced the commencement of the ‘Succeed Online’ training series which is geared at educating SME on how to reach out to the world with a better understanding of the use of Internet.

The Marketing Manager, SME Products, Ms. Bunmi Banjo, said in a statement that the goal of the ‘Succeed Online’ training series was to educate small and medium owners on crucial tips that would help boost the impact of their online presence. (more…)

How Twitter can help reduce your business’ overhead cost.

Most of us are familiar with Facebook. Yea that website where you track down a long-lost high school mate or inform people that you are in a relationship but it’s complicated. Don’t mind me, that’s not all that Facebook is about. There are also some wonderful features on Facebook too like the Pages where you can market your product and so on. But we are here to talk about “Twitter” and how SME can maximize it to help reduce their overhead cost.

What is Twitter?
Twitter is an online social networking service and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages. Twitter is a free service that allows you communicate with the outside world in 140 characters or less.

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