HTC 10 Impressions

… before we get on with that, I received a $100 promo code from HTC to preorder or buy the HTC 10. Why? Well, they just said “for being an HTC customer.” My first HTC device was T-Mobile’s G1. I did not buy it when it was released, I bought it used in 2009. The battery performance was so abysmal I sold it after 4 days. Then came 2011, when I had the chance to purchase the Droid Incredible. That device was good. I sold it and downgraded to Wildfire S that same year; slow and buggy OS. I sold it and got myself either the Droid Incredible 2 or the Incredible S (can’t seem to be sure) … that was in 2012. That same year, I traded that (whichever device that was) for HTC SENSATION! That was it! I used that phone until 2013 when I traded it for a new HTC One XL (my first ever new in a box HTC). That phone was everything amazing, until dumsor bricked it beyond repair. I had to save for the ONLY phone then, the HTC One (aka M7)! There! That! I had finally found the perfect device. Premium feel, built tougher than a Hummer Limousine and a UI so beautiful you could just look at your screen for minutes without running any app. Then came a tweaked version of the One, M8, which was everything perfect but for the camera and I’ve stucked with that since.

Usually “Impressions” blogs or vlogs requires some hands-on experience. I had the chance to set-up the HTC 10 for my boss, so yeah, we can do this. Continue reading

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Top 3 Android N Features 

It’s been announced! Too soon? I agree. Pick 10 android users and 8 will tell you that what they dislike most about the OS is delayed updates. If you want updates quickly, you’d probably have to risk rooting your device (and in most cases void your warranty) in other to flashing a Cyanogen or other custom ROMs. If you ball with HTC, then you can risk unlocking the bootloader to convert your device into a developer edition in other to receive OTA updates quickly. What I can guarantee is that this cycle will continue until you get an iPhone in frustration.

I’ve been using Android M on my HTC One M8 since January … the most significant tweak from Android L has been battery life. The M8 however wasn’t made for Android M. It’s not USB Type-C enabled, neither does it have a fingerprint scanner. So those kickass features Android M promises cannot be experienced on my device. I’m not therefore in a good position to judge Android M beyond the basic tweaks. The worst tweak I’ve come to accept with M is the emojis! They are horrible, and I hope Google goes back for the Lollipop emojis in Android N (if that falls under HTC Sense, which I doubt, then HTC should fix it). Continue reading

Why You Should Ditch Whatsapp for Signal

Signal is reportedly the messaging app Edward Snowden uses for its security features; the ability to send and receive encrypted messages, plus the freedom to prevent whoever you’re chatting with from taking screenshots of your conversation. Also, the Signal servers do not have access to your conversations, neither do they store any of your data. To prove this, they made it open source! This is not another Telegraph, or another Whatsapp clone (btw, servers of those apps have access to your conversations and stores your data). This app fixes everything you probably hate about Whatsapp. Last week, one of the brains behind this app was hired by Apple to augment their security team. Continue reading

Streaming Torrents Now Possible On Pirate Bay

My favorite torrents site has always been kickass, but then occasionally, I go through Pirate Bay. They’ve had issues with the law in the past and one would have thought they’d have taken their foot off the pedal but no, they’ve added a new feature which will keep them on top as the world’s most popular torrents site; the ability to stream torrents (for free). The feature is available in bitorrent but it’s a paid feature, ain’t nobody got time for that!

I remember when you could download a torrent with IDM after submitting the magnet link to a site, then you get an email once the file is ready in their servers for download. It was cool, as the whole idea of having a torrent seeded for download speed wasn’t particularly in favor of lesser known files. Now, being able to stream it for free is even better: it saves you disk space, and you get to actually know if its not the Russian version with English subtitles you’re downloading.

At these early stages, one shouldn’t expect perfection … after all it’s only a plugin in beta, but then also, the near future looks bright.

On Ecobank’s Internet Banking Service

Terrible! Just terrible! I’m here wondering how many Ecobank Ghana customers actually use the service and what they use it for. The login process is fine, i.e. not taking any chances with security … but then after logging in, the frailties of their internet banking platform stares you in the eye like a frightened sheep! A reader at this point might ask “why won’t you just walk into any of their branches and do your thing if this online thing isn’t working?” … obviously, you’d only ask that if you’ve never had to make a transaction at any of Ecobank’s branches located around major business areas. Their “system can go down” (that’s their own language) as it often does, for hours and you’d queue till you give up, even if you’ve amassed tolerance to mediocrity and patience to substandard leadership like an Arsenal fan.

Ecobank became the biggest bank in Ghana after they acquired a 100% stakes in The Trust Bank (TTB), approved as far back as December 2011! What then is preventing them from rolling out an internet banking service worthy of their status? Back then in 2011, I convinced my best friend to ditch Barclays … now I have ditched them somehow ( they still manage one long term investment, but all my core banking activities are now with GT … as it’s become annoying to bank with Ecobank, I feel not willing to walk into the banking hall is serving as a deterrent to calling off the investment) and I wish they remained committed to customer satisfaction like they did in 2011.

One would think that after the merger, Ecobank will put in measures to contain the automatic customer base growth which came with acquiring TTB, but it seems like the exact opposite rather happened. One would again think that Ecobank would have shown leadership, relied on technology and taken advantage of the penetration of mobile phones and the growth in internet usage to serve customers better, but no, GT is excelling in this department and they wouldn’t even watch and learn.

Ecobank calls it internet banking, but the very basic attribute of that service: being able to effortlessly transfer funds to other Ecobank accounts, is nonexistent! It’ll take you twice as much time to load anything on their page, compared to that of GT. It’s actually in their interest to improve their internet banking services as it’ll decongest their banking halls and bring themselves within touching distance of customer satisfaction. They owe it to the customers!

“THE BEST” Android Game

Android has seen tremendous developments, but the hardware we’re getting these days is insane! I remember HTC Desire and Samsung Galaxy S like it was yesterday. This was 2010, the days of Froyo and Gingerbread. Those days, Fruit Ninja was the game! Then came Angry Birds, as it was initially exclusive to iOS. These days, graphics on phones is insane. Graphics on PCs have put consoles in the dust and I have absolutely no doubt that smart phones will catch up soon.

Play Store has hundreds of thousands of games. To single-out one and emphatically qualify it as the best means it over satisfies these four categories; entertaining, addictive, mind-boggling/stimulating and dope graphics.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Leo’s Fortune!

Check it out on Play Store here

Check it out on App Store here

Not to give you spoilers, I wouldn’t share screenshots or even write a review. BTW, if your Android device is not high-end, please, don’t waste your time downloading it.

Enjoy!