Friday, 24 April 2015

103 Nigerian products are rejected abroad

The Federal Government on Thursday complained that within the last five years, over 103 Nigerian products exported to other countries were rejected for not meeting acceptable international quality standards. Aganga said in his report that the high volume of rejected products was not acceptable. He attributed the development to lack of accredited laboratories in the country where the products could be tested before being shipped abroad. For example, he said while the rejected products exported from Nigeria were over 103, countries like South Africa and Ghana had just six and seven rejected products. The minister, in any case, said that with the reforms that had been carried out by the current administration within the last four years, Nigeria now has an internationally accredited laboratory in Lagos which would help to check the drift. He explained that since the laboratory in Lagos met international standard, any product tested there would be acceptable anywhere outside the country, thus saving the huge revenue being lost by manufacturers and the country. He also said, “We all say we want to diversify the economy with a view to increasing our income from non-oil products. But there is no way we can be able to achieve this without having quality infrastructure such as the laboratory. “For example, we could not export yam to the United Kingdom because we do not have a laboratory to test it here. Those who export products in Nigeria take them to Ghana to test them and the credit goes to Ghana.

One + One: Is It The Best for Business?

Some times it may not bear the name recognition of phones from Samsung or Apple, but the OnePlus One is a powerful smartphone with an affordable price point and a bunch of handy features for business users. This phone was launched one year ago, but up until this time it was only available to users who could snag an invite from someone who already owned it. But now OnePlus has finally opened up orders to all comers. Anyone can buy the Android-powered device for just $299 off-contract, making it one of the best smartphone values around. Here are five reasons the OnePlus One is still one of the best business phones you can buy, even one full year after its initial release. Value Okay, $299 might some how not seem like such a great deal for a smartphone, especially if you are a person who is used to upgrading through Verizon or AT&T and getting a subsidized phone for a lot less. The difference is that you can get the OnePlus One for a relatively low price without a pricey two-year contract attached, then opt for a more affordable monthly plan through a smaller carrier. Consider that the Samsung Galaxy S5— which has comparable hardware to the OnePlus One — still sells for $599 off-contract, while this year's model sells for $1,100 without a two-year agreement. In comparison, the OnePlus One starts to look insanely cheap, making it an enticing option for business users on a budget. The bottom line is that while the up-front cost of the OnePlus One might be a little more than you're accustomed to, you could save a lot of money in the long run by going off-contract. Great hardware It may have an affordable price tag, but the OnePlus One doesn't look or act like a budget phone. The device is slim and sleek, and still offers snappy performance that should satisfy serious business users. You get a 2.5-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor — the same chip you'll find in the Galaxy S5 — which still feels pretty speedy, even if it's not quite as fast as the newest flagship phones. You also get a big, sharp 5.5-inch display that gives you tons of space for screen-intensive tasks like editing documents and spreadsheets on the go. The $299 model includes just 16GB of storage, but a $350 version with 64GB is also available. Remember that the device doesn't have a microSD card slot, so the storage you choose at the outset is all you get. Long battery life Long battery life is crucial for business users who need a smartphone that can last through the end of the workday and beyond. The OnePlus One doesn't disappoint on that front, with a beefy 3,100-mAH battery that lasted an incredible 13 hours and 16 minutes in our test, making it one of the longest-lasting mobile devices we've ever used. It performed far better than Samsung's Galaxy S6 (8:32) or Apple's iPhone 6 (7:27). Security Standards The OnePlus One runs on a special version of Android known to be called CyanogenMod, which includes a few notable security features you won't find on most Android phones. That sounds like a big perk for security-minded business users. For starters, the device automatically encrypts SMS text messages, which can help ensure that your private business communications stay private. Even if your messages were intercepted by someone other than the intended recipient, the content of the message would stay hidden. Then there's Privacy Guard, which lets you encrypt files and emails so that only specific users can view them. It works by storing the device credentials of people you interact with, then encrypting files in such a way that only those users can open them. All time-listening voice commands This one is looking tricky, since OnePlus has been promising to deliver always-listening capabilities — similar to the Moto X's Moto Voice functionality— since the One launched last year, but the feature has not yet materialized. Of recent, it was announced that the feature will be included in an upcoming release of the phone's CyanogenMod software, so we expect that it could arrive very soon. Given the company's track record on the issue, however, we can't make any promises. Now to get further explaination, all time-listening functionality lets you issue voice commands to your phone at any time, even when the screen is turned off and your phone is sitting halfway across the room. You simply utter a launch phrase to trigger the voice command prompt, then say what you want your phone to do. For example, you might tell your phone to add an appointment to your calendar, or save a quick note. It's also handy for finding your phone when it's hidden in a coat pocket or behind a stack of papers on your desk. It might not seem like a big deal, but voice functionality this seamless is a huge perk. After all, manually inputting a quick reminder into your smartphone is almost more trouble than it's worth, but doing the same task via voice commands is much easier. It can also make you more productive, since you will spend less time fiddling with your phone and more time working.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox Had the Cutest BFF Reunion on the Red Carpet, Plus 10-Year-Old Coco Looks All ...

Jennifer Aniston gives support to her former Friends costar Courteney Cox Just Before I Go screening on Monday, April 20, in Los Angeles. Read more on http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-style/news/jennifer-aniston-courteney-cox-red-carpet-photos-2015214

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How you can enable 5GHz on your laptop: find out if your laptop supports 5GHz Wi-Fi

Most of the routers and laptops support 5GHz Wi-Fi and using it usually brings about a faster, better internet connection. Here is how you can find out if your laptop supports it and how to enable 5GHz In the general sens, Wi-Fi is easy to use and reliable. You can just select the name of the router, enter the password and forget about it. But as the case may be when you want to use 5GHz, things can get horribly complicated. Here we are going to explain how to work it out if your laptop supports it and how to enable 5GHz. How you can find out if your router supports 5GHz Unless you already very sure that your router is a dual-band model and definitely has a 5GHz radio, it's worth checking that out first. There's no need of enabling 5GHz Wi-Fi on your laptop if your router doesn't support it. Now the easiest way to do that is to check the manual, or log in to the router and check the settings available in the Wi-Fi section. In shor, there are some routers that have the same SSID (network name) for both 2.4 and 5GHz, so it's worth you changing one so you can easily identify each network from your laptop, phone or tablet. Which Wi-Fi standards work on 5GHz? 802.11a, 802.11n and 802.11ac all work on 5GHz, but some how, with 802.11n it's optional. This stands that as most current routers are 802.11n models, you will probably need to find out if yours has a 5GHz radio in addition to the more common 2.4GHz one. Not all these routers can use both frequencies simultaneously, so if yours can't it's totally possible that you won't be able to use 5GHz at all. The reason for this, is that if even one of your Wi-Fi devices doesn't support 5GHz (thought many don't), it won't be able to communicate with your router when you set it to 5GHz. This is not even a problem for dual-band routers which can run both radios at the same time, but bear in mind that using different frequencies can still cause problems as devices on different frequencies may not be able to communicate with each other. For example, an iPhone 6 Plus connected to a BT Home Hub 5 via 802.11n on 5GHz won't be able to see a Google Nexus Player which connects to the same router on 2.4GHz. How to find out if your laptop supports 5GHz As the case is there's no easy way to get this information. But the best way is to open Control Panel, go to Device Manager and find the make and model of your laptop's Wi-Fi under the Network adapters section. Here you see it below.
Our laptop, for instance, has a Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 adaptor. Searching online for the make and model brings up plenty of results for its specifications which show that it works only on 2.4GHz. So if your adaptor supports 802.11a,so know that it will definitely support 5GHz. The same thing goes for 802.11ac. You may also right-click on the adaptor in Device Manager, click Properties and then switch to the Advanced tab. You'll then see a list of properties, one of which should mention 5GHz. If you don't see an option to enable or disable 5GHz, then the reason is either your adapter doesn't support it, or the wrong drivers are installed.
So if you really want to use 5GHz because you have too many neighbouring 2.4GHz networks, you can simply buy a USB Wi-Fi dongle for your laptop. These are inexpensive and is around £10-30 - and that means you can upgrade your laptop's Wi-Fi without opening it up.

How to Enable Windows Vista Boot Screen in Windows 7

This tutorial is aimed at teaching you how you can: 1.Enable Windows Vista boot screen in Windows 7 2. Completely disable boot screen in Windows 7 3. Restore default boot screen in Windows 7 Some years back, there was an addressed weird problem of Windows 7 in which Windows 7 was showing Windows Vista boot screen (green progressbar with black background) for most people. Did you know that the Windows 7 already comes with Windows Vista boot screen which can be enabled or activated using a simple DOS command? Yes,i think that should be your anwser if you heard it right. You don't need to use any 3rd party tool or boot screen to have Vista boot screen in Windows 7. You can simply activate it using some simple commands in Command Prompt.
Today in this our tutorial, we are going to teach` you how to enable and enjoy Windows Vista boot screen in Windows 7. We are not going to use any hack or tweak or any 3rd party custom-made boot screen or software. We are just going to take advantage of a built-in command in Windows 7. Here we are talking about the built-in BCDEDIT (Boot Configuration Data store Editor) tool of Windows 7 which is provided to customize Windows Boot Manager i.e. boot loader screen which is shown at system startup where you see other operating system entries if you have more than one OS installed in your computer. We can just use BCDEDIT tool to enable Windows Vista boot screen in Windows 7 as well as completely disable or turn off boot screen in Windows 7. BCDEDIT gives you the chance as user to customize bootux (Bootup User eXperience) using its parameters. So if you also want to enable Windows Vista legacy boot screen in Windows 7 or some how you want to disable the boot screen in Windows 7, then you check out following simple methods: 1. First of all you will have to open the Command Prompt as Administrator using any method given here. 2. You run following command: bcdedit /set {current} bootux basic And so you will get "The operation completed successfully" message.
3. Now close Command Prompt window and restart your computer. That's it. You'll see Windows Vista boot screen at startup. Part B. Completely Disable Boot Screen in Windows 7: You may wish to completely disable boot screen in Windows 7. Once you disable boot screen, you'll see a blank screen instead of the boot screen for a few moments and then you will after that see the login screen and Desktop. To disable boot screen, all you just have to do is to replace basic term with disabled in the above mentioned command. So now, you run the following command in Command Prompt to disable boot screen: bcdedit /set {current} bootux disabled At this point Windows 7 will have no boot screen at startup. Part C. Restore Default Boot Screen in Windows 7: Now if you have activated Vista boot screen or completely disabled boot screen in Windows 7 and now you want to restore default boot screen of Windows 7 which shows animated items/balls that come together to form Windows logo, replace basic or disabled term in the above mentioned commands with standard term. So you run the following command in Command Prompt to restore default boot screen: bcdedit /set {current} bootux standard Itwill apply default boot screen in Windows 7.

1,169 PHCN workers are yet to get paid of their benefits

A total of number of workers amounting to 1,169 workers of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria have not been paid their terminal benefits, the Bureau of Public Enterprises has repoted. According to the Director-General, BPE, Mr. Benjamin Dikki, he disclosed this while briefing the National Council on Privatisation, in align with a statement made available to a correspondent in Abuja on Wednesday by the Head of Public Communications at the privatisation agency, Mr. Chigbo Anichebe. According to him, 46,744 out of the 47,913 bonafide workers, representing 98 per cent of the workforce of the defunct PHCN, have been paid their entitlements amounting to N373,170,291,200.38. According to the BPE helmsman he said that only 1,169 of the 47,913 workers of the defunct PHCN had yet to be paid. He also said that the number included workers who had left before severance payment; those being processed for validation; and those yet to be identified by the PHCN as genuine workers, adding that the working group was looking into the cases to arrive at a final closure. Dikki further told the NCP chaired by Vice President Namadi Sambo that 2,791 retired staff members of the PHCN, representing 65 per cent of the retirees, had been paid N16,414,926,902.38. He said 1,516 retirees had so far failed to turn up for verification, or were still undergoing further verification, or their next of kin had not been able to produce the necessary court papers. Responding to the briefing, the NCP noted the progress achieved by the implementation committee on the payment of the severance, pension and gratuity of the workers and retirees of PHCN and directed the committee to hand over to the BPE all information and documents concerning the staff and pensioner verification and payment. The council also directed that the process of verification and payment of all the outstanding cases should continue until the final resolution of the exercise. The implementation committee was constituted in March 2013 with the mandate to implement the agreement reached by the government with the power sector labour unions in December 2012. The main objective was to facilitate the payment of the entitlements of all the workers of the PHCN and ensure that there were no encumbrances as regards to the handover of the successor companies to the respective investors.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

The gods land we have in London

Lovers of African theatre in London have fixed a date with Ola Rotimi’s classical play, The God’s are not Blame, as it is set for the stage between April 26 and 30 in the European city. The Gods are not to Blame is a tragic story of Odewale, who fights very hard to neutralise a prediction that he will kill his mother and marry his mother. Although the play has been staged many times, it is usually a delight to watch when handled by an innovative director and inspiring actors. This play is jointly produced by Nigeria-based Thespian Family Theatre and Productions and UK-based Heavy Wind Media Productions. It will be staged at Lost Theatre, Wandsworth Road. Led by Ayo Jaiyesinmi, Thespian Family Theatre and Productions has, in these last few years, sought to rekindle the interest of many people in drama, staging works by veterans such as the Nobel laureate,like Prof. Wole Soyinka; Prof. Femi Osofisan and Ola Rotimi. Heavy Wind Media Productions also stages classic African plays in the heart of London to, align with its founder, Lookman Sanusi, reflect and re-enforce African traditions and cultures along other multi-cultural plays that fill the European stages. Says Sanusi, who is an artistic director and had staged Ola Rotimi’s Our Husband has gone Mad Again, as of the time of the London 2012 Culture Olympiad, “ This production is tagged a ‘film-play’, where the audience will be treated to moving images on a cyclorama and actions on stage. This is an inter-media concept where there will be constant flow of actions from the screen to the stage.” The director, who also serves as the chief executive officer of Bubbles FM, an online radio, put in addition that the idea is to expand the world of the play beyond the physical stage by bringing in exotic scenery: the African rustic setting, sounds and euphoria to enrich for the London audience, the authentic African cultural experience, while entertaining them with the classic African play. “It is essential that the audience not only sympathises with the character of Odewale but also learns from and emulates the good aspectshis life-including his selfless nature and willingness to take care of his subjects and vows to expose the truth about the killer of King Adetusa. The play stars veteran actor, Dejumo Lewis (the Oloja of Oja in the defunct Village Headmaster series); Toyin Oshinaike and Olarotimi Fakunle, all travelling from Nigeria. They will join the likes of UK-based Moji Bamtefa (of Meet The Adebanjo fame), Segun Ogunfidodo (Our Husband has Gone Mad Again), Tolulope Yesufu (Shattered Heart), Ayo Oyedapo (Shameful Deceit), Ahmed Aliu and Tade Olusile. Others are Cecilia Sanusi-Olawale, Nike Bammeke, Bidemi Alaran (Our Husband has one Mad Again) Felix Ologbosere, Yemi Oyeyebi and Frank Williams (of Mice and Men) among others. Sanusi says, “A German-based Nigerian actor, Jubril Sulaimon, will also join the cast. The creative team includes Kristina Simakova (stage manager), Ibukun Fasuhan (production manager), Omoyemi Oni (media), Lara Adebari (finance) Abimbola Kujore (graphics) and Chermiah Hart (technical and editing).” He notes that the production enjoys the support of the Ola Rotimi Foundation, Bubbles FM, Transformation Network and Cross Atlantic FM UK land.

How you can switch energy suppliers in 5 minutes using your smartphone

A very good number of people stick with their energy supplier because they think switching is a long and difficult process. And as a result of this, they end up overpaying when they could be saving money by moving to a cheaper provider. These days it's extremely easy to switch: you can even do it while in the bus. Here we are going to explain how to use the free Voltz app to choose a new gas and electricity supplier. There are so many online services that let you switch, but the Voltz app (which is available on the App Store and Google Play) is some how arguably easier to use on a smartphone and also keeps you up to date with the best deals so you can ensure you're always on the best tariff. It uses your real usage, rather than estimating, and that means you can be more confident that you will actually save money. What you just need, however, is a good idea of how much you pay for your gas and electricity each month or the figures (in kWh) for your annual usage. These are typically found on your paper bill, but you should also be able to call your current supplier to get the breakdown for the monthly costs, or the annual usage figures. One of the notable features of Voltz is that it supports the new government initiative 'midata'. This is giving the meaning that the app can access your actual energy usage - a feature that will be very useful when more energy companies sign up to participate. Currently only First Utility has, so if at this time you are with another provider you will have to enter your usage manually. Now here are the steps you need to switch energy suppliers in 5 minutes using your smartphone Step 1. The app is available on Android and iOS (but not yet on Windows Phone) so the first thing to do is to search for Voltz and install it - it's free. Step 2. After that ,then you launch the app you have two choices: New user or Existing user. Obviously you need to tap New user to create an account. An email and password that is all you need to enter for that. Next, choose your energy options and tap Done. It looks like some thing like this,
Step 3. Now at this point what you need to do is to select how you currently pay for your energy, then your current provider and exact tariff on the next screen. This is needed so the app can calculate whether you’ll pay less by switching to a different tariff or supplier. As the case may be everyone will need to tap the Add your usage info on the ‘monthly spend’ screen as the app will estimate your usage. Either tap in your annual consumption for gas and electricity, or the amount you pay for each fuel per month.
Step 4. Okay now when you tap next, the app will search to find a better deals and the cheapest will appear at the top. Tap Full info to see more about the tariff including early exit fees for fixed deals (which most are). You can further tap the three horizontal bars to get to the menu and update your details, set alert preferences and see the best current deal.
Step 5. After you have chosen a tariff, hit the "Start your switch button" and – if it’s your first switch through the app – enter your personal details and then your bank details for payment. When we switched our gas and electricity meter reference numbers were filled out automatically, but you may need to look on your bill to find them. At last,you tell the app if you have a smart meter and tap Next. This completes the process and the switching process will get it way working out. You should hear from your new supplier – typically by post -and get a welcome pack with all the information including the option to cancel during a ‘cooling off period’.
Now, In case you ve chosen a tariff with no exit fees, you’re free to switch again as soon as you like using the app, which will alert you when it’s found a better deal as long as you’ve allowed it to give you notifications. (You may also change this preference in the Alert settings in the menu, setting the frequency of alerts and the minimum amount of money to save before you get a notification.) Handily, Voltz will also alert you before your tariff expires, so you’re always on the cheapest deal goodluck.

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Fuel scarcity hits Kwara again this time

The scarcity of premium motor spirit, called petrol by most people, has again hit Ilorin metropolis and other towns in Kwara State. One of the correspondent, who monitored the development in Ilorin on Monday, observed that many filling stations were locked, while only few stations were selling the product to desperate motorists and other users. The situation led to some long queues of motorists waiting at the few filling stations selling the product to see if they would be lucky enough. One of the motorists, who spoke to the correspondent, lamented that the scarcity had unleashed hardship on them less than two weeks after the conclusion of the general elections. They called on the relevant agencies of government to quickly intervene in order to prevent the hardship from expanding. A taxi driver, Fatai Kadri, reported that he had been on the queue for over two hours and had yet to purchase the product, adding that the scarcity of petrol had prevented him from engaging in his business and wondered how he would cater for his family’s needs. “According to him he said i have been here for over two hours waiting and hoping that I will buy fuel. But up till now, I am yet to buy. This is unbearable. I do not know how to feed my family today when I get back home,” The reports from other towns and rural areas of Kwara State indicated that the fuel scarcity was biting harder there. The Chairman, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association, Ilorin chapter, Mr. Olanrewaju Okanlawon, said the fuel scarcity in the state was caused by the non-availability of the product at the Ilorin depot. “According to him he said we don't have petrol at the Ilorin,” .

How You can Choose a Business Smartphone Data Plan

Issuing a company-owned smartphones to your employees could boost productivity, increase security and improve communication. But the case is... getting a smartphone program on ground is never as simple as just buying a bunch of phones. You see this will cause you to pay for a monthly data plan that includes Internet access in addition to calling and texting.And if you want to provide your employees with reliable, secure Internet access on the go, you will need to purchase a phone plan that includes mobile data as well as calling and texting. But choosing the right plan is tricky, with dozens of complex deals available from all of the major wireless providers. There's no one-size-fits-all solution, so you have to do your homework first. Now lets see the four steps to get you started. 1. Weighing the cost What is the benefit is involved? Before you move forward with a smartphone plan, the first question you should ask is whether or not your business really needs one. The more mobile your employees are, the more they and your company will benefit from company-issued smartphones. It will be easier to reach them when you need to, and they will be able to maintain contact with clients from any location — without having to use their personal phones. Those phones may be less secure and have limited minutes and Internet access. On the other hand, if your employees spend most of their time in the office, a company smartphone might be superfluous. Of course, phone calls are just one small aspect of smartphone usage. If email and text messaging are critical to your company's workflow, for example, then company smartphones can really boost productivity all around. What's your budget? Buying and maintaining company phones is expensive, so your budget will largely determine what kind of plan you choose. Remember that the monthly cost of the plan is just one aspect of implementing a company smartphone system. You'll also need to factor in the prices of the phones themselves, whether you buy them outright or choose a payment plan. Smartphones usually need to be replaced about once every two years, so keep that in mind. 2. Determining your company's needs The usage patterns The best way you can use to pick a smartphone plan is to take a close look at your employees' usage patterns. For example, you can probably use old phone bills to get a solid read on how long your employees talk on the phone each month. Fortunately, many modern plans include unlimited talking and text messaging. Determining how much mobile Internet access your employees need is trickier. Ask yourself these questions: Do my employees require instant access to their email inboxes? Do they need to access company websites on the go? Will they be downloading and uploading files to the cloud so they can work from remote locations, and how often? The answer to those questions will determine how much data you will need in your company's plan. How much data do we need? "Data" will go along with the amount of content you can download from the Internet, including every email you view, website you access and video you stream. Unlike your office Internet connection, which probably provides unlimited access to the Web, cellular connections usually have a strict cap on the amount of information you can download. If your employee uses more data than is allotted in a given month, your company will be on the hook for overage charges. This time around, the typical smartphone plan includes about 2GB of data per user per month, and the average person uses most of that. One benefit of issuing company phones is that your employees won't have to allocate a portion of their personal data, which is often in short supply, for work-related tasks. Since data is calculated in megabytes and gigabytes, and not in terms of emails and file downloads, it can be hard to determine how much data your employees will need. If you're unsure, your best bet is to gather estimates of your company's usage patterns and ask an IT professional, or someone you trust, to help you determine what is appropriate for your business. Instead of doling out data for each individual, most carriers have business packages that provide a single pot of data that can be shared by all employees. That brings up another benefit of issuing company phones: You will be able to set caps on individual devices, to ensure that one employee doesn't hog more than his or her fair share of data. Who needs a phone? The fact is this, not every member of your team needs a mobile work-phone. As first outlined, employees are more likely to need such phones the more mobile they are. Management and team leaders might also benefit from a business phone, to ensure that they can always be reached in an emergency. By issuing devices only to the individuals who really need them, you can save a lot of money in the end. Security Company smartphones assure that your employees can stay connected, but that's not all. These phones can also provide your company with an extra level of security that isn't possible if employees use their personal devices for work. For example, it can be hard to be sure that sensitive company emails will remain private on a personal smartphone. After all, it's difficult or impossible to force employees to password protect devices they own. Plus, there's no way to ensure employees won't install unapproved applications that could compromise company data. Issuing company-owned smartphones lets you control nearly every aspect of how your employees use the devices, including which apps they can install and which options they can select. It also ensures that you can maintain good records-management policies, and keep important data backed up. And you can perform a remote wipe of a company-owned device if an employee leaves or is terminated. Some smartphone models are compatible with special software that forces employees to log in to a special, secure profile in order to access work apps on their personal phones. For example, Samsung phones are compatible with Knox, a business security platform that keeps work data encrypted and separated from personal activity. 3. Implementing your plan Choosing a carrier The network coverage is just as important as price, if not more so, when choosing a mobile carrier for your business. If a particular carrier's network isn't reliable where your employees work, then it's not a good option. Now the closer your company is located to a large city, the more options you will have. While the biggest carriers, such as Verizon and AT&T, offer good coverage across most of the United States, smaller carriers like T-Mobile might really struggle to provide good call quality or fast Internet access in rural areas. On the other hand, smaller carriers can sometimes provide lower rates for local customers. And so then it doesn't stop at picking a carrier that is strong near your company's headquarters, though. It doesn't matter if your office is in the city if your employees will be commuting or frequently traveling through areas with lower levels of service. So how do you know which carriers are good in your neck of the woods? Chances are, you already have some idea, since consumers tend to flock to the carriers that are strong in their cities. Otherwise, you can consult third-party sources like Root Metrics, which tests cellular service in most big markets across the country. If all else fails, ask around to see what kind of experiences people in your area have had with the various networks. Comparing offers Some of the carriers provide a full breakdown of their services and prices in the form of a chart, so that should be your first stop when directly comparing offers. But some times things can start getting complicated in a hurry, considering the countless combinations of voice, data and extra services. If you've already taken the time to fully research your company's needs, this step will be much smoother. Choosing devices Once you've decided that your employees will carry work phones, you'll have to decide which specific devices they'll use. Business News Daily recommends Samsung phones like the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy Note 4, which offer faster performance coupled with excellent security features. These include fingerprint scanners and Knox, which keeps work and personal data separated. Apple's iPhone is another popular choice for businesses due to its ease of use, large app selection and embedded fingerprint scanner. Check out our list of the best smartphone for business to see all of our top picks. What about extras? So many carriers offer a range of other services in addition to voice and data plans. From international calling packages to wireless hotspot capabilities — which will allow your employees to connect to their smartphones' Internet connections from laptops and tablets — there is a wide range of extras that can be added to your company's phone plan for an extra monthly fee. 4. Evaluating outcomes What is the impact? Never you assume that company smartphones will automatically benefit your business. But regularly take time to evaluate how your employees use their phones, and determine if the devices are actually helping to boost productivity and improve communication. Consider alternatives Have it in mind that no smartphone plan is forever; most plans revolve around contracts that last for a year or two at most. may be if you determine that your current plan is overkill, then you should be able to modify it within a reasonable period of time. Just as your contract draws to a close, don't be afraid to consider options from another carrier thanks. Please share this with your friends on twitter and facebook just by clicking on their logo below

Reason why Jonathan may not win Nobel, Mo Ibrahim prizes

Starting from the March 28 presidential election in which the outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan lost and conceded defeat to Muhammadu Buhari, the President has been hailed as deserving the Mo Ibrahim Prize for governance. While his supporters,who were carried away by the euphoria of the moment, hyped him as deserving the Nobel Prize. According to mr Bayo Olupohunda he said in his statement while he strongly believe that President Jonathan deserves his place in the sun for conceding defeat and averting the possibility of Nigeria being plunged into violence, he added that he seriously doubt if he is qualified for any of the prizes given the criteria for bestowing such awards. By conceding defeat even before the final official result was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission,(INEC) the President is thought to have prevented elements in his region who had vowed to go to war if he is not returned to power. His concession is thought to have prevented them from carrying out the threat. Indeed, given the violent rhetoric that had heralded the 2015 elections, the general perception was that the outcome of the election would definitely signal the end of the country as it had been predicted by several reports among which, the United States Intelligence Council, “Mapping sub-Saharan African” stood out. In 2005, the report had predicted that Nigeria would break up given the intractable ethnic, religious and multifarious fault lines that have blighted its peaceful co-existence and pushed the country to the brink; a possibility that had been heightened by the 2015 elections. The prediction was almost coming to pass given the fear-mongering and violence that had characterised the campaigns until the President’s concession. To underscore the significance of Jonathan’s concession, the proprietor of the Mo Ibrahim award, business mogul Mo Ibrahim, had lavished praises on the outgoing President, for delivering on his promise of a free and fair presidential election, and graciously accepting the outcome even as it led to the truncating of his second term ambition. This special recognition of Jonathan by the proprietor of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has raised the hopes of those who believe he deserves receiving the respected prize for governance. But the criteria for awarding the prize go beyond just conceding to an electoral defeat. It is far more rigorous. The prize celebrates African heads of government who perform commendably in office and do not seek to entrench themselves in power. It grants the recipient $5million over 10 years and guarantees a lifetime payment of $200,000 thereafter. The most recent winner of the prize is Namibia’s former President Hifikepunye Pohamba, internationally acclaimed for strengthening his country’s democratic values and socio-economic equality. He was also praised for reducing the poverty rate among the rural poor. President Jonathan, by ensuring credible polls and submitting to their outcomes even when they hurt his re-election chances, satisfies the basic criteria for the award. However, he falls short in several critical factors that may put him at the same level as statesmen who had been rewarded with the lifetime achievement award. While the Nigerian president stands out in enabling, or, at least, not inhibiting, the advancement of Nigeria’s democratic culture, he has failed to achieve the same impact in several other sectors of the society in the years he presided over the affairs of the country. These sectors- primarily — the economy and security — may deny him the award. To say the truth, the President’s concession may have shifted the violent direction the country was headed; still yet it does not qualify him to be so rewarded. While it is not my intention to belittle the concession by mr Jonathan, the rare gesture in our clime, at my my own point of view the conceding defeat in the election in which he was clearly beaten, President Jonathan only ensured a soft landing for himself knowing he has performed dismally in office. It was a very smart move by a President, who, aware that the judgment of history may not be too kind on his performance in office quickly chose to temper any future negative assessment of his stewardship by conceding defeat. Observers of Jonathan’s administration have also fished out that the President, disillusioned by criticisms and overwhelmed by the demands of office, was just too happy to leave, considering the fact that the President himself alluded to when he said he was happy to be out of the “cage” for 16 years. The Mo Ibrahim award for which Jonathan is thought to be a contender is not just for leaders who voluntarily quit power. According to Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the “prize also recognises and celebrates African leaders who have developed their countries, lifted their people out of poverty and smootings the way for sustainable and equitable prosperity.” But it is in the critical factor of good governance, that President Jonathan falls short. His record in office in the last four years — primarily the economy and security – is most like to deny him a Mo Ibrahim’s prize, if he becomes a candidate. President Jonathan’s rebasing of the economy, which made Nigeria as Africa’s largest economy, helped to drive investors’ interest in the country. But, despite the increased flow of foreign direct investment, his administration was unable to match economic growth with development. Also, according to the World Bank statistics, upto 100 million Nigerians fell into poverty under his watch. The President has been accused of wastefulness and profligacy, evidence of which is his government’s inability to save during the years of oil boom. Jonathan’s image is also hard hit by massive allegations of corruption involving members of his cabinet, corporations and parastatals under his direct supervision. These issues, joined by the unsolved problem of power, massive unemployment, and widening socio-economic inequality, deny him the economic legacy that would have pushed his case for the Mo Ibrahim prize. As with the economy, Jonathan, despite spending hugely, struggled to develop the security apparatus of the country in the face of terrorist attacks and incessant kidnapping by Boko Haram and bandits across the country. His government’s inability to ensure peace and stability, as well as accusations of its insensitivity to the plight of victims of terror, like the Chibok girls, who have still not been found, led to popular disaffection with his rule. As proved by his defeat, not even the military’s recent triumphs against the Boko Haram insurgents have shed the perception of him as an incompetent president. As revealed earlier, while Jonathan’s inability to stem insecurity will be a stumbling block to his consideration for the Mo Ibrahim prize, his calm reaction to the result of the tense election and strong invocation for his supporters to accept the victory of his rival, averted a post-election violence — in the scale of 2011, and made him a legend in Nigeria’s history books. This singular act is Jonathan’s biggest bragging right for the prize. But will it be all that enough? Although he has received local and international commendations for his election acts, it is still doubtful that they will win him the award. The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has a reputation of awarding its prize to leaders with salient and incontrovertible record of good and effective governance; the reason only five leaders have received the prize in its nine years of operation.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Jonathan approved payment of air traffic controllers

President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the payment of the harmonised rating allowances to Air Traffic Controllers in order to cause an industrial action scheduled to begin today (Monday/20/2015). The airmen, under the aegis of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association,had on Thursday embarked on a six-hour warning strike, which halted domestic flight activities across the nation’s and so hundreds of passengers were left stranded at various airports across the country for the period that the strike lasted. The association said the strike was to press home its demand for the payment of the harmonised rating allowances to its members. It, however, announced in a statement on Sunday that it had suspended the planned strike scheduled to commence today based on an approval from the President for the allowances to be paid. The statement, which was signed by the Deputy President and General Secretary, NATCA, Haruna Bassi and Banji Olawode, respectively, stated that all services rendered by the air traffic controllers would not be halted as earlier planned. It stated, “NATCA embarked on a temporary withdrawal of service for six hours on Thursday, being Aprilb 16, 2016 to press home its demand and issued a follow up statement to embark on a full-fledged withdrawal of services starting from 00.00 hours of Monday, April 20, 2015. “NATCA and the union, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, against the background of the brief from the union that the President and Commander-in-Chief has approved the payment of the harmonised rating allowances for the Nigerian air traffic controllers, hereby call off the intended indefinite withdrawal of service.” The association called on its members to continue to carry on their duties at the airports, making it open that it would work with the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency to ensure the safety of the country’s airspace. It said, “We enjoin all our members to continue to render their services in ensuring safe and secure airspace in Nigeria while we partner with the NAMA management on the future growth of the agency. “We want to thank the President; the ministers of Aviation, Labour and Productivity; chairman and members of staff of the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, and the management of NAMA for all their support and understanding. “To the teeming aviation stakeholders and passengers, we appreciate your understanding and patience. We assure you of a better and secure airspace.”

3 tips and tricks to get the most out of your Samsung Galaxy S6

Enable download booster Download Booster was one of the major coolest features from the Galaxy S5, and it’s back with the Galaxy S6. However, it’s off by default and buried in the settings. When enabled, Download Booster combines the Wi-Fi and LTE connection to download large files faster than either connection could on its own. To have access to Download Booster, all you are to do is to open the main system settings and go to More connection settings > Download Booster. Turn it on and get ready for faster downloads. If this setting isn’t present, guess what? Your carrier made Samsung remove it. In fairness, Download Booster can gobble up a lot of data if you’re not paying attention. Use the new multi-window mode Samsung has now changed the way Multi Window works on the GS6. It’s now tied into the app switcher UI instead of being something you need to explicitly start up. Apps that support Multi Window will have a small twin rectangle icon in the corner when you have the app switcher open. You can tap on this button to move that app to the top half of the screen. On the bottom half you will get a similar stack of recent apps that also support Multi Window, as well as a scrollable list of all Multi Window apps. You can also decide to long-press the multitasking button to move the current app to the top half of the screen (provided it’s a Multi Window compatible app), then pick another app for the bottom half. Once you’ve got both apps up, you can go back and forth between them and adjust the position of the divider, giving one app or the other more room. When you’re done, just hit back or home to leave Multi Window mode. Configure power saving modes The Samsung’s Ultra Power Saving Mode can stretch out a tiny bit of battery life into more than a day of use. The phone won’t be as much to be a play to use, but you’ll be able to take calls, send messages, and use a select few apps. Ultra Power Saving Mode switches the device to a simplified black and white interface and disables most background services. Before you find yourself turning it on with a nearly-dead battery, you should fire it up while your battery is full and get things organized. There exist a notification toggle to activate Ultra Power Saving Mode when your battery gets really low, but it can also be accessed from the battery settings menu. In Ultra Power Saving Mode you can select a few apps to have as shortcuts on the home screen. There aren’t many, but you can choose from the stock browser, Google+, messaging, and a few others. There is also a regular power saving mode that’s a little less extreme. This setting reduces the screen brightness, down-clocks the processor, reduces the display’s refresh rate, and shuts off vibration. This mode can be useful when configured to switch on automatically when you reach a certain battery level between 50% and 5%. It’s a good idea to set this up. You’ll find it in Settings > Battery > Power saving mode.

Chukwumerije dies of lung cancer at the age of 75

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Senator Uche Chukwumerije, died on Sunday evening after a very long battle with lung cancer. The ranking senator and former Information minister, born in November 1939, was aged 75. His family, in a statement by Chidi Chukwumerije titled, “The passing of an inspirational icon,” explained that the late senator, who represented Abia North Senatorial District in the upper chamber, died “surrounded by his family.” The statement in part read, “Comrade Uche Chukwumerije passed into the open arms of history, and of our Lord Jesus Christ, after a very long but gallant battle with lung cancer. “His life of many volumes, which can only be told with care and time, of dedication and focus, integrity and discipline, and an unbroken love for the highest ideals of our shared humanity.” The family explained that details of his burial arrangements would be announced as soon as possible. Reacting, the Senate President, David Mark, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Paul Mumeh, expressed the shock and sadness over the death of Chukwumerije. Mark said that Nigeria had lost an erudite and extra-ordinary nationalist and lamented that Chukwumerije was one of the brightest and fertile minds in the Senate,as at his time. He said, “He (Chukwumerije) radiated intelligence, exemplary conduct in both public and private life. He was a team player who brought meaning to hard work. He was focused and determined to make positive difference. “Chukwumerije was a shining light and a pathfinder. We shall miss him. No doubt he left a vacuum that would be too hard and large to fill. He was a consummate and passionate Nigerian who believed in the sanctity of the peace and unity of the nation. Also, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, described the deceased as a fearless politician who fought for the interest of the common man and his people. He also described him as “a patriot who gave his best towards the peace, unity, and development of Nigeria.” The spokesman for the All Progressives Congress in the South-East, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, described Chukwumerije as a great Nigerian. Okechukwu, who spoke to one of our correspondents on the telephone, said, “He lived a good life – he was a great Nigerian indeed.” He said in addition that Chukwumerije was a man of conviction. “I admire his dexterity. He is the type of character that should be a model to Nigerians – a man of convictions,” he said. Also, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ahamba, regretted that Chukwumerije would not be around to further contribute to the growth of democracy in the country (Nigeria). Ahamba, who spoke to one of our correspondents on the telephone, reported that, “It is a very sad news. He has been at the forefront of Nigerian politics right from the days of military rule. “One would have thought that he would still be around especially at this time when there is a need for stability.”in the country In the same vein, the President of Njiko Igbo Forum, a pan-Igbo socio-political group, Reverend Okechukwu Obioha, reported that Chukwumerije’s death had created a huge vacuum in Igboland. The Deputy President-General, Igbo Delegate Assembly (an Igbo socio-cultural organisation comprising 19 northern states and Abuja), Mr. Truelove Njoku, described the death of Chukwumerije as a colossal loss to Nigeria and Ndi Igbo. In a telephone interview with one of our correspondents in Ilorin on Sunday, Njoku stated that the deceased, during his life time, contributed immensely to national development. The statement partly read, “Comrade Uche Chukwumerije passed into the open arms of history, and of our Lord Jesus Christ, after a long but gallant battle with lung cancer.

Tips to Enable Hidden Secret Dark and Light Themes in Mozilla Firefox

This tutorial is aimed at helping you to enable and activate 2 hidden secret themes in Mozilla Firefox web browser And here today we are going to learn majorly about two things which are: Dark theme And Light theme There are some people who love minimal user interface, will definitely enjoy the Light theme and people who prefer dark or black themes, will find the Dark theme of Firefox awesome. Both of these themes are built-in and come preinstalled with Mozilla Firefox newer versions. So we are not going to install any 3rd party theme or add-on. We are just going to use a simple way to activate these hidden themes. Most times these themes are a part of Mozilla Firefox Developer Edition. Its a new version of Firefox similar to Beta, Aurora and Nightly. Developer Edition has been specifically created for web developers to develop and test apps, websites, etc quickly and easily using Firefox. Developer Edition of Firefox comes with these 2 themes already enabled but Mozilla has disabled these themes in other versions of Firefox. So we are going to enable the themes again in Firefox web browser. But before starting the tutorial, lets take a look at both these themes in action:
In case you are ready to add these 2 hidden themes in Firefox web browser, just follow these simple steps: 1. Now at this point you only need to use Firefox advanced configuration tool "about:config" to enable these themes. So open Firefox and type about:config in addressbar and press Enter. It'll open the configuration editor. 2. Then you now type theme in Search filter box and it'll show a few results in the window. 3. Finally double-click on browser.devedition.theme.enabled preference and it'll change its value to true.
It'll immediately change Firefox theme to Dark developer edition theme. So you can switch between Dark and Light themes by changing value of devtools.theme to dark or light respectively. 5. If you want to deactivate or disable Dark and Light developer edition themes, again double-click on browser.devedition.theme.enabled to change its value to false and it'll apply default Firefox theme. Note: If by any means you restore Firefox customization settings using Firefox Menu button -> Customize -> Restore Defaults option, it'll also restore default Firefox theme. and if you want to switch between Dark, Light and default Firefox theme frequently and don't want to use about:config page every time you want to make the switch, here is a way to make the task easier. The following steps will add a new option in Firefox Developer Tools (F12) to enable or disable Dark and Light themes in Firefox. So you'll need to just check or uncheck the option to switch between developer edition themes and default Firefox theme. With the help of Developer Tools (F12) you'll also be able to switch between Dark and Light themes instantly. Additional Tips So all you will do here is to just follow these steps to add the direct option to activate developer edition themes in Firefox: 1. You open about:config again and type theme in Search filter box. 2. Then double-click on browser.devedition.theme.showCustomizeButton preference and it'll change its value to true.
6. You can also switch between Dark and Light themes using the radio buttons given there. Now its turn for another Additional tip. By the time you have enabled "Use Developer Edition browser theme" option in Developer Tools (F12), it automatically adds a new button "Use Developer Edition Theme" in toolbar customization window. So you will no more need to launch Developer Tools every time you want to switch between Developer Edition themes and default Firefox theme, just right-click on Firefox titlebar and select Customize option and there you can change between Developer Edition theme or default Firefox theme using the new button. To change between Dark and Light theme, you'll still need to use either Developer Tools (F12) window or about:config method as afore mentioned .And make sure you share this with friends on twitter and facebook by clicking on the facebook and twitter logo below. NOTE: There are some many people who use Mozilla Firefox Developer Edition and want to get rid of built-in Dark/Light themes. They can use the reverse of this tutorial to disable Dark/Light themes and enable default Firefox theme Thanks for reading.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Tariff hike: NERC decides to sanction Abuja Disco

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission on Thursday was issued with an enforcement action against the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company for increasing its customers’ estimated bills by about 1,100 per cent. Just according to the commission, the notice to the AEDC was a follow-up action to the previous investigations and forensic observations of electricity distribution companies’ operations through which unusual increases in estimated billings of consumers were observed in the last quarter of 2014. But as the case is, some other Discos were found culpable, NERC described the bill increase by the AEDC as “manifest and flagrant breaches of approved methodology for estimated billing of electricity consumers.” The commission pointed out that after its investigation, AEDC and some other distribution firms were invited for explanation for the unusual increase in estimated billings. NERC said in a statement that the AEDC “imposed arbitrary and random figures on clusters of its customers, ranging from 18 to 28 per cent between October and December 2014, and in so many cases, 1,100 per cent increase.” According to it, it said that the,gave birth to an unusual increase in customers’ bills as against the provisions of the Methodology for Estimated Billing Regulations 2012. The notice from the commission added that the AEDC “tripled its customers’ bills issued in September 2014 and issued it as bills for October 2014 without evidence of a commensurate increase in electricity supply within that same period.” It also stated that the company also failed to forward a report of estimated billings it issued in every billing circle as provided under section 9 of the Methodology for Estimated Billing Regulation 2012, in the format prescribed by the regulation. So the commission stated that following the AEDC’s failure to comply with the regulation and its continued issuance of “outrageous and unusually very high bills” to its customers, and for not complying with stipulated format in its presentation to the commission, the “company has the next seven days to explain itself if it will escape sanctions.” “Sanctions imposable for violation of licensing conditions range from financial imposition, energy refund to customers or discipline of responsible senior management staff of any erring electricity company as may be decided by the commission,” it added further. When contacted, the spokesperson for the AEDC, Mr. Ahmed Shekarau,said that the firm would comply with the regulator’s directive. “currently we have received NERC’s notice of enforcement and we are in the process of complying with its directive,” he said. And so the company had earlier in the week announced that the 50 per cent reduction in electricity tariff by NERC did not affect residential consumers, most of who fall under the R1 and R2 tariff categories he also said.

Nigeria still remains in credit risks

One of the global rating agency, Fitch Ratings, reports that the prospect of a smooth transfer of power in Nigeria has not removed the risks to the country’s sovereign credit. Fitch, in a statement on Thursday, reported that the planned change of government in May had introduced “an economic policy uncertainty following smooth elections and the authorities’ proactive response to lower oil prices this year.” The statement reveals, “The first transition from an elected ruling party to an opposition party, via a smoother and more credible electoral process than was widely expected, is positive for Nigeria and suggests that the country’s democratic institutions are getting stronger where by there comes a situation where the governance indicators are much weaker than the ‘BB’ rating category medians. “But as the case is, tensions may yet reignite in the Delta region and Boko Haram continues to disrupt economic and political activities in the North-Eeast. The advent of a new government creates uncertainty about its economic policy.” But as the case is now, the economic issues did not feature prominently in the election campaign, Fitch said it assumed that the All Progressives Congress would not deviate fundamentally from the policies of the outgoing administration, maintaining a long-standing focus on areas such as oil, power and agricultural reforms. According to the agency, the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari’s economic team has yet to take decision and will be untested after 16 years of Peoples Democratic Party governments. The statement further reports that, “If there were a hiatus or rethink in economic policy, it would delay a return of foreign portfolio inflows and the corresponding support for the exchange rate. Prior to the elections, the Nigerian authorities mounted a fast growing response to the challenges of lower oil prices, compounded by capital outflows. The oil price assumed in the budget has been cut to $53/b for 2015 and cost-saving and revenue-raising measures have been introduced. “And now the plans to extend successful existing programmes, such as improving tax administration and expenditure monitoring, is giving the idea that the envisaged consolidation is achievable, and we forecast little change in the general government deficit in 2015. It still remains to be seen if the new government will stabilise the commitment to these or equivalent fiscal measures, as well as the previously planned post-election increase in VAT.” Fitch also put in note that the reform of the currency regime and the 18 per cent devaluation in February eased a pressure on the naira. This, it said, had firmed in the unofficial market since the elections. It also gave out a notable statement which reads, “Another managed fall in the currency would stabilise reserves, which have fallen below $30bn or less than four months of import cover and blunt the budgetary impact of cheaper oil. Our end-2015 forecast of N210 to the US dollar assumes such an exchange-rate adjustment, which will encourage a return of foreign capital and support the balance of payments. “T he policy response was prompted by Nigeria’s weaker external and fiscal buffers compared with the 2008-2009 oil shock. Weaker buffers and political uncertainty were among the drivers of our revision of the outlook on Nigeria’s ‘BB-’ rating to negative in March this year.”

5 Great Small Business Ideas for 2015

1.Health insurance consultant Healthcare reform, this means that most businesses will have to offer health insurance in the nearest future. And the problem at hand is that many companies can't afford a full- time human resources person, and to be dealing with the complicated nuances of health insurance is more than most administrative assistants have time to deal with. That's why there are more and more companies that will be looking for outside services to help them successfully pass through the minutia of health plans and premiums. If you have a background in human resources or insurance, healthcare reform could present to you some huge opportunities. And you will never need to be licensed if you are not selling insurance. A health insurance consultant can simply help you to wade through the details involved. 2.Elder assistant You never need to be a nurse to aid an elderly person. As we can see from our point of view, many older folks would like to keep living on their own, but they will just need a little assistance with daily chores, bill paying, grocery shopping, etc. With just a little outside help and a daily visit from a friendly caregiver, many can maintain their independence. Families are also happy to find a responsible, reliable person in whom they can trust really . 3.Copywriter Anyone having a website will always tell you that he/she has one constant need eg: new content,Search engines favor websites with new, relevant and constantly updated content and most of the businesses don't have time to devote to generating copy all day.If in any case you have goting a background in writing, English or journalism, you might find out that there's a lot of demand for your services. Between Web content, blog entries and press releases, there are lots of writing that is left undone and needs to be done. 4. Social media consultant In any case by any means you are among one of those Gen Y types to whom using social media comes as naturally as breathing, you may have a career as a social media consultant . See let me tell you there's no doubt that social media presents an unprecedented marketing opportunity for businesses, but only if they know how to use it. If you can help existing businesses integrate social media into their other marketing campaigns, you should have no trouble making a go of it is that okay?. Cost cutter Have you at any time noticed the way your phone bill seems to creep up ever so slowly and before you know it, you're paying $50 more a month than you agreed to? So also does everyone else. The problem is, few people have time to go over their bills with a fine-tooth comb and call and argue with the provider. A cost cutter does this for businesses and can help them save thousands. Cost cutters need an eye for detail and a good sales pitch. Once you've proven that you worth to be a client, word of mouth will spread quickly, thanks we are stopping here today.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

5 tips and tricks to get the most out of your Samsung Galaxy S6

Just as we have said,today we will give you 5 out of the remaining eleven. 1.Change your home screen grid and layout
Samsung now, has added the ability to pick the size of the home screen grid for its stock TouchWiz launcher. You can use this to cram more icons onto each panel, but one thing is this, you won get as many options as you would with a third-party home screen app. To do this simply long press on the home screen and tap Screen grid. The default is 4x4—it can be changed to 4x5 or 5x5. While you are still at it, a long press on the home screen is also how you can add, remove, and rearrange home screen panels. You can set any panel to be the main panel by tapping the home icon at the top of each page ok, keep moving. 2. Remove the briefing screen Samsung’s Flipboard-powered news feed page came back this year, but the name is now “Briefing” which is replacing “My Magazine.” if you to use it if you can, but it’s still a strangely laggy interface. Also the method to disable it has changed on the Galaxy S6. So now to do this long press on the home screen, then scroll over to the Briefing panel on the far left. There’s a checkbox at the top, so go ahead and uncheck it, and you are finished with it. You can tap the checkbox again any time you want to be reminded why you shut it off in the first place good. 3. Disable built-in apps and services
Samsung at present has reduced the number of built-in apps and services this year, but this is still Samsung we are talking about. There’s a fair amount of cruft to clear out. Most of the pre-installed apps can be disabled so they never show up in the app drawer or run in the background. A few can be uninstalled completely as well. There are two ways to go about this. To carry out this operation all you need to do is to open the app drawer and hit the edit button, then tap the minus sign on the apps you want to remove. They will be uninstalled if possible, otherwise the system will simply disable them automatically. And the other method is that you go into the main settings and open Applications > Application manager and find the apps you want to disable or remove in the list. The info page when you tap on them will have the applicable options. Some things you may wish to get rid of include: Lookout, the Microsoft suite of apps, and S Voice. Since S Voice is no longer bound to the home button, this is all you need to do in order to find your way out with that particular feature. And you should. It’s still not all that sound. 4.Set up ‘OK Google’ voice detection In case you got rid of S Voice in the above step, you might want to get Google’s (more better) voice command system set up. With the Galaxy S6, you can call up a voice query from any screen by saying “OK Google.” It will only take you a few minutes of your time to configure. Then you head over to the Google app by just long-pressing the home button or launching it from the app drawer. Open the settings from the slide-out navigation drawer on the left and open up Voice > Ok Google detection. Toggle on the From any screen option and go through the setup process. The phone will ask you to say “Ok Google” a few times so it can learn your voice. As the case optionally, you can activate “personal results,” which makes voice search features available from the lock screen too. It is just a little less secure as someone could place calls or access your address, but it can be useful for quick access to voice commands. 5.Customize notification toggles
One of the most notable thoughtful aspects of TouchWiz is the configurable group of toggles at the top of the notification shade. This is an increasingly common feature in Android, but Samsung has actually been doing it for years. To change the order of the toggles, To do this tap the Edit button at the top of the screen. From this menu, you can drag the buttons around as you like. The first group of five icons at the top of the screen will be seen when you open the notifications and the second group is accessible by scrolling. Samsung has removed the expanded toggle list, so the remaining buttons are only available in the editing interface that is all for now.

How APC is becoming the Africa’s largest brand

On May third 2013 Bankole Adedeji , wrote an article titled “2015: Fish where the fishes are”. In that article, he stated how election result manipulations were reducing drastically and how much efforts political candidates would have to put in for them to be elected. he advised them to reach out to the younger population as they constituted to the majority of the country’s population. Indeed, Nigerian youths are becoming more enlightened because they now have access to information like never before. The social media age is making information available at their fingertips. Hence, they are beginning to make demands from the government. So he urged political parties to embrace social media as a platform to reach out to this population. As the case may be, in another article he published on August 1, 2013 titled “Social Media, Politicians and 2015”, he requested political parties to get on social media platforms so they could monitor thoughts, expressions, interests and comments of electorate. The idea was based on the move that would help them relate better with the electorate. Again, it was around June last year that I requested to train some politicians and their media aides on how they could use new media and how it could work with their strategies. One of the notable politicians at the training made a statement. So he said in his statement, “I can’t join social media, especially Twitter. All this small children that don’t have respect will insult me”. He immediately responded, “Then you are not ready for new age politics”. I am glad he is now on social media, particularly Twitter, and he is enjoying himself Bankole Adedeji said. Before then Action Congress of Nigeria which turned to All Progressives Congress, there was nothing to say about the party than some old folks calling themselves politicians. With the emergence of APC looking forward to 2015’s elections, the party raised the bar of politicking in the country. It became a recognisable brand not just in Nigeria, but also in Africa and the rest of the world. It takes time to become a brand- lot of thinking, strategy, brainwork and foresight. Therefore, building a brand must be a deliberate and skilful application of effort to create a desired perception. How has this sleeping dog become a lion overnight? What has made this political party turn a brand to be recognised? The answer lies in consistency. People wish to have a consistent level of quality in items they purchase and services rendered to them. If it drops, it triggers dissatisfaction and a complaint made. The APC has been consistent when it comes to delivering quality in the states they govern and this has made them stand out among other political parties. considering the fact that no customer wants to deal with a company they cannot trust. Another quality is passion. Before the merger of (ACN) and Congress for Progressive Change, which led to APC, both parties respectively ran for the Presidential office, which they lost. Many other parties too did the same but later gave up. A passion for a cause makes you see more than your setbacks. Passion propels you to work hard and continually deliver greatness. That passion leads to enthusiasm and genuine joy, which is infectious. Again, to create a brand, you need to establish a unique and out standing character about your brand. One bold character of the party is its ability to always express its dissatisfaction. APC is very vocal. This has made the party visible over the years. Apple is one of the most valued brands in the world. Its brand valuation stands at $148bn. But its uniqueness has paved the way for its achievement. Every Apple product stands out from other brands. There is also audience knowledge. This is what most top brands have in common. The best brands have a thorough understanding of the demographics in terms of target, interest and communication. The APC did this so well. The party knows how to get information from its different population and tailor its messages to suit them. Finally, no top brand today will push aside the roles of social media and technology in becoming a global brand. Social media has really changed the way brands communicate and interact with their customers. Nigeria’s population has one of the fastest social media and technology savvy youths. Technology played a very useful role in the last presidential election from social media campaigns to card reader machines, which reduced rigging. The APC tapped into this long before other political parties woke up – taking it to a completely new level by having a situation room where it monitors votes.

7 Great Home-Based Business Ideas

Here is another business ideas for you, and it's aimed at putting you through the 7 great home-based business ideas. 1.Off-hours child care Have you ever tried to find child care on a Saturday afternoon? Else you've got a standing relationship with a babysitter and even more then, it can be hard there are few places you can count on for evening or weekend child care. Most states allow you to operate a home child care business and there's little competition and a great need for off-hours care. Licensing requirements are different based on your state, but many don't require a license as long as you keep below the minimum number of children you are permitted to. 2.Green consultant Consumers are ever ready to buy from companies that are making efforts to turn their operations "green," or eco-friendly. In fact, research has revealed that consumers are willing to pay more for green products. Big companies always have whole staffs and outside consulting firms dedicated to that cause. Small business owners don't have those kinds of resources, but many would still like to find ways to be more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. So a home-based green consulting business gives you the ability to travel locally to meet with clients, review their environmental impact and make recommendations on how they can cut their energy use, waste and costs. There's no need for an office outside the house for this business to work out. 3.App designer As research continues to prove that mobile apps or mobile Web browsers .are a must for businesses of all kinds. Now as the case is most don't have the in-house teams to create them. Smaller companies also don't have the budget to hire an expensive firm to create their apps. So a freelance app designer who works from home could specialize in creating apps for one or two industries and build a strong following and cash flow. 4.Web/graphic designer Have you at any time been turned off by a business’s generic-looking website layout or logo? If you have a good eye for design, you can launch a service to create attractive, easy-to-use websites for small businesses. You can also put your skills to good use for business owners who want to take their online presence to the next level. Build up a portfolio of work with smaller freelance jobs, then create your own website to show it off and bring in a steady stream of clients. I think that sounds to be a very good idea too5. Music teacher For those who are musically gifted, offering lessons to others who want to learn an instrument can be a great source of extra income. Let assume that you are teaching piano, students can bring their own instruments to your home for hour-long lessons. Stock up on sheet music or songbooks in varying genres and aimed at various skill levels so you can offer a wide selection for your potential clients. Voice lessons can also fetch you a lot of money if you market yourself to local high school and community theater groups. Ok let move ahead. 6.Handmade seller If you have a knack for knitting, jewelry making or creating other small crafts satisfying that you can produce a large quantity of items in a short amount of time,if consider selling them as your goods to the public. In just minutes, you can set up an online store and start promoting your business, that's one way to make money at home. Party planner Let see it that we are in a recession,and many parents still want to spend big bucks to throw their kid a great birthday party. While they could just throw a party at home, many people don't have the time or energy to pull it off. That's where a kids' party business comes in. Parties that take place at local sports centers and play zones are expensive. So there's demand for party planners who can arrange the whole event, mail the invitations, stock the goody bags and arrange discounts with local party places. Parents are often willing and ready to pay handsomely for the service. Lets stop here today bye...........