Twitter has joined Facebook to ban crypto marketing on its site, crypto exchanges will also be banned from advertising, with some exceptions. The development came after a similar announcement by digital giants Google this month and Facebook in January. The report also said that Twitter will put a lock on ads for crypto wallets, initials coin offerings (ICOs), and digital token sales as reported by Reuters. The high interest in bitcoin and other cryptos in the last year has garnered great attention, coupled with the possibility of scams and frauds.
Billions of dollars have been raised by companies with ICOs by offering initial bonuses as well as crowdfunding through crypto assets. It is believed that these cannot be literarily referred to as fraud but they actually are if technically considered. This is because most of these companies do not have any source of revenue, customers or even a product, real or virtual. It is no news that such companies are not safe for investment and putting cash into them may lead to substantial losses compared to those incurred in the traditional stock market.
Financial experts have invested their time and resources into educating people of the risk involved in putting cash into cryptocurrency investment. Many other companies and financial institution are also absolving themselves from anything that has to do with these virtual currencies. It is reported that Snap has also followed the same path by banning advertisements for ICOs. Social media and technology companies also hold the same view as they are restricting the ads.
Now, Twitter has also made an announcement with regards to cryptocurrency ads on its platform. However, the CEO of Twitter does not seem to hold the same opinion as he is reported to have said to The Sunday Times that bitcoin will rapidly grow to become
Nigeria’s 2019 election is the latest issue in the heart of Nigerians. The question of the candidates who will contest in the upcoming battle for the presidential seat is the story making headlines in major media outlets in the nation. Just like other nations around the globe, Nigerians differ in terms of their choice of candidate.
The person who will emerge as the next president of the great nation still remains a mystery. It is no news that the current administration garnered a lot of support from the electorates, both young and old in the 2015 election which aided in the defeat of the previous Goodluck Jonathan led administration.
Given such support, many Nigerians believe that whoever is willing to stand against the current Muhammadu Buhari led administration, must indeed be ready for battle. But my question right now is: Has the current administration lived up to the people’s expectation? Is the All Progressive Congress (APC) administration really a government of change as proclaimed? Do Nigerians still want the current administration to continue until 2023? Well, I guess Nigerians will answer this question in 2019.
The latest aspirant who will most likely contest in the upcoming presidential election is Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (GCON). However, his political ambition has been met with both positive and negative remarks from the populace. While some believe that the aspirant is fit for the position, others claim he is not. Nigerians, inter alia, have the absolute right to contest for political positions that they qualify for, to vote in elections and to select the candidates they deem fit. Being a Nigerian I ask, why not Waziri for presidency 2019?
Atiku Abubakar (Wazirin Adamawa) has served our great nation in many different ways. As we all know, he was the second elected Vice-President of Nigeria from the year 1999 to 2007 with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The veteran politician and businessman contested and won the Governorship election of Adamawa State in 1998 and also worked in the Nigeria Customs Service for several years.
Atiku who was born on 25 November 1946 is the founder of Adama Beverages Limited, American University of Nigeria (AUN), and the co-founder of Intels – an oil servicing business thriving well both home and abroad. Atiku’s presidential ambition can be traced back to 1993 when he contested in the presidential primaries in the Social Democratic Party (SDP). Atiku announced his exit from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on 24 November 2017.
The choice to contest in the upcoming election is left to the philanthropist but I, as a patriotic Nigerian citizen hereby call on Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to contest for presidency come 2019. I have my personal reasons which are not farfetched as many Nigerians will testify that the best individual for the presidential seat is the latter. His contribution to the development of the country is apparent and I am sure he is willing to do more.
For someone who lost his father at an early age, Atiku can be said to have done perfectly in every sphere of life, be it education, family, business, and politics. In addition, citing the struggle between the mogul and the former President Olusegun Obasanjo in the latter’s bid to contest for the third time as president, I can safely say that Atiku has saved Nigeria from suffering the same fate as other African nations, Zimbabwe inclusive. Atiku has strived to seek education, to be successful in politics and to excel in business.
He is an advocate for the importance of education in the nation. His support for western education in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized. His support can be seen from the creation of the American University of Nigeria (AUN) founded in 2004 in Yola. He has also sponsored a students’ essay contest to generate solutions to Nigeria’s most pressing institutional educational challenges where Entrants were asked to write up to 5,000 words on the topic “More Learning to More People: How can Nigeria be more innovative in bridging its literacy and skills gap?” in 2013.
Waziri also commented on the results of the May–June 2014 West African Examinations Council (WAEC), where he said:
″Our country’s educational institutions are clearly not providing quality learning. Our teachers need to be taught. This situation is a new development—of the past 10 years or so. The steady decline of education in Nigeria is a reflection of our country’s relegation of education to the background of national essentialities.
“That is where the change must begin. Teachers are important—as important as senators and doctors. Indeed, teachers determine the quality of senators and doctors. And so, the entire country stands to suffer the effects of this neglect in future. Nigeria must once again make education a priority. We must return to the basics.”
In addition, he offered scholarships to 15 Chibok schoolgirls who managed to escape from the shackles of their kidnappers in order to help alleviate the educational decadence in the Northeastern part of the country.
Atiku is reported to have made a huge donation amounting to $750,000 to the National Peace Corps Association in the United States in 2012. The donation was meant to fund a new initiative that featured world leaders who discussed Peace Corps’ impact.
In 1982 he was awarded the chieftaincy of the “Turaki of Adamawa” by the state’s traditional ruler, Alhaji Aliyu Mustafa in 1982, which invariably put him in charge of the king’s domestic affairs. Atiku Abubakar was awarded the title of “Waziri” of Adamawa in June 2017. Furthermore, it is no news that Atiku is a staunch supporter of True Federalism. It is reported that he has delivered speeches on several accounts, thus inspiring the citizens of our great nation on the need to restructure the country.
It is also reported that Waziri publicly declared at an event held by Hall of Grace Magazine that “Political decentralization will also help to deepen and strengthen our democracy as it will encourage more accountability. Citizens are more likely to demand accountability when governments spend their tax money rather than rent collected from an impersonal source. True Federalism will encourage States to competes to attract investments and skilled workers rather than merely waiting for monthly revenue allocation from Abuja”
He was conferred with the award “Hero Of Democracy” during the same event. With this, it is clear that Atiku is a man who is not scared to defend the interest of Nigerians. He has done so much to help Nigerians in need even without holding any political office. Given his success in all spheres of life, I believe the right candidate to occupy Aso Rock in 2019 is Wazirin Adamawa as there is every indication that he will turn the lives of the people and the economy of the country around in a positive way. I say let’s give Atiku a chance to take us to the promise land.
Latest updates reveal that the Sony Xperia XZ has received another price slash in the United States. According to reports, the device has received a new price cut, thus making the device to cost less than $400. The device was launched in 2016 with a price tag of $700.
It is reported by GSMArena that the interested fans can now purchase Sony’s Xperia XZ for as low as $399.99. The report added that the new update is based on the listing of the device on Amazon’s website. The retailer listed the device for just $399.99 as already stated above.
In addition, the price drop is also accompanied by a free 64GB microSD card. This is a great deal for fans who have been looking to own a unit of the Xperia XZ. If fans can remember, this is not the first time the device has received a price cut.
It is reported that the price slash and the MicroSD card deal is only available for the blue, black, and silver color variants of the device. Meanwhile, it is important to state that the Amazon listing of the Xperia XZ noted that only a few units of the device are currently available. Interested fans will need to grab the deal fast before it closes.
New reports reveal that Samsung Galaxy S5 and several other devices are currently receiving an August security patch. According to reports, Samsung is rolling out an August security patch for the three-year-old phone, and a few other devices. the security update will be completely rolled out sooner rather than later.
It is reported by GSMArena that the developer has already started rolling out the new update to its Galaxy S5 device. The report added that the August security patch arrives as version G900FXXS1CQH1. The memory weight of the new update is about 75MB.
In addition, reports have it that Samsung’s update for its Galaxy S5 is already hitting units of the device in Europe. The security patch is accompanied by Android security and other fixes for the month of August. It is reported that the developer is also rolling out the new security patch for AT&T’s Galaxy S6 smartphones series.
The update arrives as G890AUCS6DQH1, G925AUCS6EQH1, G920AUCS6EQH1, and G928AUCS4EQH1 for the S6 cctive, S6 edge, S6, and S6 edge+, respectively. it also arrives as version N6F27I for the Nexus 6 units on AT&T. Users who are yet to receive the update on their devices are advised to be patient as the roll out is still ongoing. The August security may completely roll out in the coming days.
New reports suggest that Dwayne Johnson, popularly known as “The Rock” will do the intro voiceover for the upcoming super-fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night. According to reports, the actor, who is also a former professional wrestler made this details known on social media just a few hours before the fight, which is scheduled to hold in Las Vegas.
“I connected with my boy Conor this week. His intentions go far beyond his extraordinary skill. Like Mayweather, not only does he want to put on an epic performance for the world, but there’s a real visceral, raw, warrior mana (spirit) that he has in his blood,” Dwayne stated.
He added that the only way to gain respect is to earn it. The rock continued to say “Let’s get after it boys and may the best man win. #MayweatherMcGregor #TheWorldIsWatching #WarriorMana TONIGHT.”
It is reported by The Hollywood Reporter that the event will cost fans $99.95 for HD. The highly awaited super fight is finally here and is expected to air on Saturday, August 26, at 9 p.m. ET. It will also be broadcast live on Showtime’s pay-per-view from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
However, fans can order the fight on TV, or through Showtime’s mobile application at $89.95 for standard definition and $99.95 for high definition as already stated above. The fight can also be ordered online.
The Mayweather and McGregor match, which is based on over $600 million is believed to be the most heavily bet-on fight in the history of boxing. The evening’s event is scheduled to commence at 6 p.m., live on Pay-Per-View.
Samsung is expected to launch its highly anticipated Galaxy Note 8 today, Wednesday, 23 August 2017. As fans already know, there have been lots of leaks and rumors about the new phablet. And now, just a few hours before the device is launched, it is being rumored that its UK price has leaked.
According to a recent report by TechRadar, new leaks suggest that the Galaxy Note 8 will be accompanied by a lofty price tag. The report added that The Inquirer noted on its website that Carphone Warehouse has already listed the new phablet on its product page including the SIM free price for the United Kingdom. According to the website, the device will cost £869 in the United Kingdom.
Although reports have it that the latter has already removed the post from its website, many tech enthusiasts spotted and made a big deal out of it. It is believed that since the post could not withstand the public eye, there is a possibility that the cost is inaccurate. While there is no official update with regards to the pricing of the phablet, it is believed that the device will likely cost up to $950 or AU$1200.
However, there is no need to worry as much more will be brought into light when Samsung launches the Galaxy Note 8 later today at 8 AM PST, 11 AM EDT, and 4 PM BST. It is reported that a new report from Mobile Fun showcases the device in its final look.
New reports reveal that Microsoft’s Xbox One X is now available for pre order. We stated in our previous post that the developer will likely open pre orders for its 4K Xbox during its Gamescom Livestream and it sure did. According to reports, Microsoft also announced a limited version of the Xbox One X Project Scorpio edition during the Livestream last weekend. The pre-order for the One X Project Scorpio edition is also live.
However, it is reported by TechRadar that only a few retailers still have the console listed for pre order on their website. Many retailers have already listed the console as “sold out” and closed pre order due to the high level of demand for the new console. Fans who are interested in purchasing the Xbox One X are advised to make their move now as pre orders may be completely closed sooner rather than later.
Pre orders are currently live at retail stores listed below.
Xbox One X pre-order £449.99 from Tesco with £20 first deposit
Xbox One X pre-order £449.99 from Argos
Meanwhile, fans may also check out the closed pre order deals below as there is a possibility that any of it will be reopened just like we have already seen with a few. It is reported that pre orders are opened and then closed intermittently by the retailers listed below.
Xbox One X pre-order £449.99 from Microsoft
Xbox One X pre-order £449.99 from Game
Xbox One X pre-order £449.99 from Argos
Xbox One X pre-order $499.99 from Walmart
Xbox One X pre-order $499 from Microsoft
Both Amazon US and Amazon UK have already sold out the Xbox One X and closed pre-orders for now. As already mentioned above, it is best to keep watch just in case the console is back in stock for pre orders. However, it is reported that Xbox One X pre-orders are currently available at GameStop USA but the deal might not be as favorable as fans may want it to be. Check back for details as we will post updates if pre orders go live at any of the retail stores mentioned above.
A new study by researchers at Keck School of Medicine of USC finds that Zika virus is linked to high risk of miscarriages, congenital birth defects and suppressing the immune system of a pregnant woman, thus allowing the virus to spread further and increase the chances of birth defect or harm to an unborn baby.
According to reports, the researchers discovered that the disease stifles the weakened immune system of a pregnant woman and then cause harm to the baby. It is reported by Science Daily that the lead author of the research Suan-Sin Foo said the findings of the new study is an active step towards improving the condition of pregnant women that are infected with Zika virus and their unborn babies.
The report added that senior author of the study, professor and chair of the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Keck School of Medicine, Jae Jung said the research is the first to discover that the virus targets certain white blood cells in the body of Zika-infected pregnant women, thereby suppressing the immune system in a way that is similar to that of HIV.
“Pregnant women are more susceptible to Zika virus because pregnancy naturally suppresses a woman’s immune system so her body doesn’t reject the fetus – essentially it’s a foreign object. Our study shows pregnant women are more prone to immune suppression. Zika exploits that weakness to infect and replicate,” Jung said.
Previous studies conducted by the researchers on the topic identified two specific Zika proteins that are associated with microcephaly. It is reported by Medical Express that it was the first step towards preventing the birth of babies with abnormally small heads to Zika-infected mothers. The Pan American Health Organization noted that up to 3,000 cases microcephaly has been reported in women that were infected with the virus when pregnant.
While conducting the previous study, the authors tested the African and Asian Zika virus strains in blood samples of pregnant women, non-pregnant women, and healthy men who were between the age of 18 and 39. Interestingly, the researchers found that the Asian Zika virus is far more pernicious during the first and second trimester of pregnancy. They stated that this is when the disease suppresses the immune system.
However, the blood of both pregnant women and non-pregnant women that are infected with Zika virus is almost the same. Meanwhile, in the new study, the authors analyzed the blood samples of 30 Asian Zika-infected pregnant women – 10 from each of the three trimesters. They compared it with that of 15 pregnant women – 5 from each trimester that were not infected with the virus.
They found an abnormally high expression of the ADAMTS9 and FN1 genes generally linked to pregnancy complications. While ADAMTS9 is said to be associated with the birth of underweight newborns and complicated delivery, FN1 is associated with womb abnormalities that lead to small babies and pre-eclampsia. The researchers published their findings on August 14, in Nature Microbiology.
New reports reveal that Mercedes uses art deco inspiration for its electric car concept. According to reports, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is more than six meters long, which is about 20 feet. The cabriolet features a single line that reportedly runs the length of the vehicle.
It is reported Engadget, that the back of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach is inspired by yachts and called a boat tail. It is believed that the automaker is trying to keep history alive as judging from the exterior of the vehicle, it looks very much like luxury vehicles from the ’30s. Although not much is known about the Vision 6 vehicle, it is believed that it will cost similar to other vehicles in the line.
If this vision is realized, it is believed that the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet will feature powerful specs. Meanwhile, the cabriolet is expected to use electrons instead of gas. The vision 6 will feature all-wheel drive as well as four compact permanent magnet synchronous electric motors that deliver 750 horsepower.
According to reports, it delivers zero to 60 under four seconds coupled with a top speed geared at 155 miles per hour. Mercedes stated that the vehicle features a flat battery pack incorporated at its base to keep the vehicle on the road for up to 200 miles. The automaker also teases that the addition of DC fast charging will allow the vehicle to be charged to allow it go up to 60 miles in five minutes.
Engadget stated in its post that while the exterior of the Vision 6 is from the time of Al Capone, the vehicle’s interior is futuristic in almost every regard. The report added that the upcoming vehicle features a design that is similar to that of the Mercedes EQ SUV. The Vision 6 will also feature a functionality that allows it to share information such as time, location, and upcoming events with drivers and passengers.
the Vehicle is expected to have touchscreen controls but will likely not sport the pulsing blue wires seen at the front of the vehicle used to display the energy usage of the car. However, it is still not clear whether the Vision 6 will make it to the production stage, given the history of most concept vehicle. Mercedes is also yet to reveal any official detail in this regard.
New reports reveal that Amazon has canceled the free Echo Dot. according to reports, the developer has concluded plans to cancel the free Echo Dot and has announced that the promotion is no longer in existence.
This update did not seem very pleasing to many Echo Dot users, as the free Echo Dot promotion received a warm welcome among many Amazon fans. However, it will appear that the developer is not willing to take a different stand on this issue.
It is reported by Engadget that Amazon announced that it is canceling the zero-cost orders for the Echo Dot. The report added that the developer stated that the update informing customers about the free small smart speaker was a technical error
Meanwhile, other reports have revealed that fans who seized the opportunity after the surprise audible discount for the Echo Dot will not lose it all. This is because Amazon noted that it has resolved to give would-be buyers a $5 promotional credit.
New reports reveal that Volkswagen fans will likely see the company’s electric microbus in 2022. According to reports, the automobile giant is reportedly working on its electric microbus with the ID Buzz expected to launch in few years. This is an interesting update and fans are waiting eagerly for the debut of the buzz.
When the EV was unveiled by VW, many enthusiasts thought the idea, just like many others might never make it to the stage of production. However, it is reported by Engadget that the automobile maker recently announced that it has concluded plans to put the Microbus-inspired EV into production. Volkswagen added that the vehicle will likely have a 2022 debut date.
Although not much is currently known about the electronic vehicle, it is believed that the developer will likely drop some features of the buzz including the large wheels. But Volkswagen will reportedly continue with the semi-autonomous driving feature, four-wheel drive, and the ’60s-inspired styling. It is reported that the automaker has also stated that it will also debut a cargo variant of the upcoming vehicle.
Furthermore, it is believed that there will be much passenger room since the electronic vehicle will not feature a gas engine. Rumors have it that Volkswagen decided to produce the vehicle because it is on the same platform as other ID cars. This is because it will be less expensive to produce compared to the previous Microbus concept.
other ID models including the compact car and Crozz are also expected to make a debut soon. The upcoming electric microbus is targeted at Europe, China, and North America.