Author: Doris Israel Ijeoma

Doris Israel Ijeoma is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos. She writes Tech, Political, Business and Entertainment Articles. dorisisrael5@gmail.com

Are there aliens out there in space? Do they look like the ones we see in movies, with big green eyes? Maybe not, but scientists in the United States have come up with a clever way to find out if there might be life on other planets. They created a smart computer system, like the ones we use to play games or chat with our friends. But this computer doesn’t look for green aliens. Instead, it searches for tiny signs that life might be hiding on a different planet. These tiny signs are called “molecular biosignatures,” and they can tell…

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In a world full of passwords, there’s a new kid on the block called “passkeys,” and they’re here to make our online lives easier and more secure. Let’s break down what passkeys are all about in simple terms: 1. What Are Passkeys? Passkeys are like magical keys for your online accounts. Instead of remembering complicated passwords, you get a special code sent to your email or phone that you can use to access your accounts. It’s a bit like having a secret handshake to get in. 2. How Do Passkeys Work? Imagine having two keys, one for the server (where…

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FreedomGPT is revolutionary software that empowers users to run generative AI engines locally on their computers, completely offline, without any internet connection. The standout feature of FreedomGPT is its claim to be completely uncensored, allowing users to ask anything without restrictions or filters. This freedom from the internet also means you can utilize FreedomGPT anywhere, anytime, with the utmost privacy. However, this removal of guardrails comes with a responsibility to be cautious with your prompts, as FreedomGPT does not have the safeguards that mainstream chatbots like ChatGPT and Bard employ to prevent the generation of biased or false information, including…

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In our increasingly connected world, smartphones have become an integral part of our lives.  They store a treasure trove of personal information, making them an attractive target for thieves. To safeguard your phone and the data it contains, follow these essential tips to protect it from would-be thieves. 1. Set a Strong Lock Screen: The first line of defense is your lock screen. Use a strong PIN, password, or biometric lock (such as fingerprint or face recognition). Avoid easily guessable codes like “1234” or “password.” 2. Activate Find My Device: Both Apple and Android offer tracking services (Find My iPhone…

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has taken legal action against Tesla, owned by Elon Musk. They accused Tesla of breaking the law by allowing racial harassment against its Black employees and punishing those who tried to stop it. This isn’t the first time Tesla has faced such allegations. Last year, the California Civil Rights Department also sued them for similar reasons. In another case, Tesla had to pay a former Black worker $3.2 million for severe racial harassment. The EEOC says that since 2015, Black workers at Tesla have been enduring racial insults, including hurtful names and slurs.…

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Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, has removed a group of employees responsible for ensuring fair elections on the platform. He believes they were doing the opposite. Previously, Twitter had announced plans to increase teams dedicated to election safety. However, Musk has now dismissed several team members, including their leader, Aaron Rodericks. Musk, who is very wealthy, had pledged to support free speech on Twitter when he acquired it. In April, Twitter introduced new rules to limit the spread of false information without deleting posts. They also added a tool for users to provide context to potentially misleading content. Some…

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Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta Platforms, introduced some cool new gadgets at the recent Meta Connect Conference. Smart Glasses and Virtual Reality One of the highlights is a pair of smart glasses, kind of like sunglasses, made in collaboration with Ray-Ban. They have a special helper inside called “Meta AI.” These glasses can even show what you’re looking at on Facebook and Instagram. They’ll cost around $299 and will be available starting October 17. There’s also an updated virtual reality headset called Quest 3, which lets you experience virtual worlds. You can get your hands on it starting October…

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 Tinder is introducing ‘Incognito Mode’ to allow users to hide their profiles on the dating platform. Incognito Mode offers more privacy and control, enabling users to browse profiles without showing up in recommendations. Users can still use ‘Like’ and ‘Nope’ functionality while in Incognito Mode. Incognito Mode limits profile visibility to those users have liked. This feature is currently limited to Tinder Plus, Gold, and Premium subscribers. Tinder has been adding safety-related features, including video selfies and spam detection. To enable Incognito Mode, open the app, go to your profile, tap ‘Settings,’ and choose ‘Go Incognito’ under ‘Control my Visibility’…

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OpenAI announced that ChatGPT users can now access the web, expanding its data beyond the September 2021 cutoff. This new browsing feature allows websites to control how ChatGPT interacts with them. Browsing is initially available to Plus and Enterprise users and will be expanded to all users soon. To enable web browsing, users can choose “Browse with Bing” in the selector under GPT-4. OpenAI also announced an update allowing ChatGPT to have voice conversations with users and interact using images. OpenAI had previously tested a Bing search engine feature in ChatGPT Plus but disabled it due to concerns about bypassing…

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Indonesia has enforced a fresh regulation prohibiting the exchange of goods on social media platforms. The reason is to regulate direct sales on major social media platforms that are perceived to harm small businesses. The call for such a regulation has grown due to cheaper product sales on platforms like TikTok Shop. Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan announced the regulation’s enforcement in Jakarta, the country’s capital. Social commerce platforms have one week to comply with the new rule. The regulation restricts social media firms from conducting direct transactions but allows them to promote products. The regulation did not cover direct transactions…

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Google marks a significant milestone as it celebrates its 25th anniversary with a captivating new Doodle. This visual tribute showcases the evolution of Google’s iconic logos over the past quarter-century. Founded in September 1998 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Google has played a pivotal role in reshaping how we access and search for information on the internet. The commemorative Doodle will be displayed across the globe, serving as a reminder of Google’s enduring impact on our digital lives. However, it’s worth noting that due to regional restrictions, it won’t be visible in certain areas such as China and Russia.…

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JP Morgan’s British retail bank, Chase, is set to implement a sweeping ban on all cryptocurrency transactions by its customers, starting from October 16. This decisive move comes as a response to a surge in cryptocurrency-related fraud and scams. A spokesperson for the bank confirmed the decision on Tuesday, emphasizing the institution’s commitment to safeguarding its customers’ financial interests. They stated, “We are committed to helping keep our customers’ money safe and secure.” JP Morgan’s decision to prohibit the purchase of cryptocurrency assets using Chase debit cards or transferring funds to crypto platforms from Chase accounts is notable, as it…

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In a recent development, the Meta-owned instant messaging giant, WhatsApp, is set to discontinue support for certain aging Android and iOS devices next month. Presently, the app functions smoothly on Android phones operating on OS 4.x and iPhones equipped with iOS12 or newer versions. However, WhatsApp’s latest blog post reveals that starting from October 24, 2023, the app will cease to work on devices running Android 4.x or older. Consequently, the instant messaging platform will exclusively cater to smartphones operating on Android Lollipop or more recent versions. Notably, JioPhone and JioPhone 2 users need not worry, as WhatsApp will remain…

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South Korea is witnessing the rise of virtual humans as AI technology enters the mainstream. Meet Zaein, a prominent virtual human created by Pulse9, an AI company dedicated to bringing the perfect employee to life. Pulse9 has crafted digital humans for major South Korean conglomerates, including Shinsegae. Market research predicts that the global market for such lifelike AI creations could soar to $527 billion by 2030. These AI humans have made significant inroads into society, enrolling in universities, interning at major companies, and even appearing on live television to drive product sellouts, ranging from food to luxury handbags. However, Pulse9…

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Venita Akpofure, the recently evicted Big Brother Naija All Stars housemate, has voiced her concerns regarding her romantic relationship with fellow contestant Adekunle.  During Sunday’s live eviction show, hosted by Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Ebuka probed into the future of their relationship. Venita candidly replied, “I don’t know. I think I will kind of wait for him to come out. He knows my heart and how I feel. I don’t like to open up very often, but I’m very afraid. We’ll see how it will go.” Reflecting on her journey on the show, Venita added, “To be honest, I didn’t stay very…

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Mercy Eke, who initially clinched the Big Brother Naija crown in its fourth season, has once again entered the house for the all-star edition of the show, sparking intense discussions among viewers.  While some fans are elated to see her back in action, others vehemently oppose her return, arguing that previous winners should make way for new talent. Nollywood actress Anita Joseph has emerged as a vocal defender of Mercy Eke, taking to her Instagram to express her unwavering support for the reality star. In a series of passionate posts, Joseph questioned the notion that winning the competition twice is…

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In a move aimed at simplifying the email management experience for Android users, Google has introduced a significant update to its Gmail app. The latest version empowers users to effortlessly delete older and unwanted emails with a single click, allowing them to select up to 50 emails at once. This game-changing feature, initially reported by 9to5Google, is accessible to those using Gmail Android version 2023.08.20.561750975. Currently, it is available for Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel smartphone users operating on Android 13 or 14, with plans for a wider rollout to various devices in the near future. While the feature is…

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BBNaija All-Stars housemate, Venita Akpofure, has been evicted from the reality TV show on Sunday. This was announced by the reality show host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, during the live eviction show on Sunday night. Recall that Pere, Venita, Adekunle, Soma and Angel were nominated for possible evictions while the reining Head of House, Ilebaye, and three others including Cross, CeeC and Mercy are already safe and qualified for the grand finale of the show. The Nigeria’s biggest reality TV show will climax on Sunday, October 1, 2023.

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Elon Musk’s social media platform, formerly known as Twitter and rebranded as X in July, is experiencing a decline in popularity and user appeal on the App Store. The platform’s recent change in tagline from the quirky “Blazing your glory” to the straightforward “Formerly Twitter” reflects a step back towards its nostalgic past. This transition from Twitter to X was met with confusion and criticism from users who were attached to the old name and logo. Additionally, it resulted in technical issues like broken links and domain errors. As a consequence, X’s popularity and download rankings plummeted, with the platform…

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Wired charging has long been the go-to for fast phone charging, but it comes with its fair share of inconveniences. Plugging and unplugging your device can be a nuisance, and the dreaded dust-clogged or water-soaked charging ports can bring charging to a standstill. Fortunately, wireless charging has stepped in to address these issues. Yet, it’s not without its challenges, such as the frustration of a slightly misplaced phone resulting in no charge. Enter Qi2, the magnetic wireless charging standard poised to revolutionize the way we power up our devices. What is Qi2 and how does it work? Wireless charging technology…

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is making significant progress in its plans to incorporate Computer-Based Testing (CBT) into the administration of its examinations.  Mr. Patrick Areghan, the Head of National Office (HNO) at WAEC, revealed this development during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. This initiative is part of WAEC’s vision for the future, with a focus on enhancing the examination process. Mr. Areghan acknowledged the challenges of implementing CBT for practical and essay-based exams but emphasized that the council is advancing steadily in its planning. He highlighted concerns about computer literacy, access to…

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Former Big Brother Naija All Stars housemate, Hazel Oyeze Onou, popularly known as Whitemoney, has pointed fingers at his team for his eviction from the reality show.  Whitemoney, who exited the show alongside Neo Energy, Alex, and houseguest Omashola on Sunday, expressed his disappointment in an interview with media personality Hero Daniels. Whitemoney revealed, “During my stay in the All-Star House, I was facing both internal and external battles. And I felt it. Things were happening. When I came out, I discovered that a lot of things were happening to me when I was inside; my [Instagram] page got hacked,…

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In a subtle yet significant move, Meta’s Facebook has quietly unveiled a fresh look for its logo, wordmark, and reaction emojis.  The updated logo, though retaining its familiar lowercase “f,” now sports a slightly deeper shade of blue and a flatter design. Meta’s spokesperson stated, “Our intention was to create a refreshed design of the Facebook logo that was bolder, electric, and everlasting. “Each of the distinctive new refinements drives greater harmony across the entire design as a key element of the app’s identity. “We’ve done this by incorporating a more confident expression of Facebook’s core blue color that is…

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WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, connecting billions of people daily. However, like any online platform, it is not immune to security breaches. If you suspect that your WhatsApp account has been stolen or hacked, it’s essential to take immediate action to regain control and protect your privacy. In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps to recover your stolen or hacked WhatsApp account. Step 1: Lock Your Account: The moment you suspect that your WhatsApp account has been compromised, it’s crucial to lock it down. To do this, follow these steps: Open…

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In today’s digital age, email has become an indispensable part of our lives, with Gmail being one of the most popular email platforms. However, over time, the accumulation of emails, attachments, and other data can lead to Gmail storage issues. When your Gmail storage is nearing its limit, it’s essential to know how to clear it and free up space. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps to clear Gmail storage and save space effectively. Delete Unnecessary Emails The most straightforward way to clear Gmail storage is by deleting emails you no longer need. Start by going through…

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Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh has announced her decision to sponsor the education of the late singer Mohbad’s son, Liam.  The news came via a statement posted on her official Instagram page, where Dikeh’s foundation extended their condolences to the grieving family, fans, and well-wishers following the tragic passing of Promise Ilerioluwa Aloba, also known as Mohbad. According to the statement, young Liam will receive full educational sponsorship, covering his expenses up to the completion of his secondary school education. Tonto Dikeh’s son, King Andre Dikeh, also expressed his support by pledging to contribute N100,000 per month for the next twelve…

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Unions representing workers at Apple stores in France have announced a strike set for Friday and Saturday, coinciding with the highly anticipated iPhone 15 launch.  The unions are demanding improved pay and working conditions, citing management’s failure to address their concerns. In a statement posted on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), CGT Apple Retail, one of the four participating unions, stated, “Management having decided to ignore our perfectly legitimate demands and concerns, the four unions of Apple Retail France …call for a strike on Sept. 22 and 23.” Apple’s new iPhone 15 Pro Max is experiencing significant demand in…

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In a move to further bolster user privacy, Apple unveiled the iOS 17 update yesterday, introducing an array of exciting features, including Contact Posters, NameDrop, and Standby mode.  However, one of the standout additions is the enhancement to Safari’s private browsing capabilities, allowing users to secure their private tabs with Face ID. The redesign of the ‘Private Browsing’ section is immediately noticeable, now accessible with a simple swipe from the Tabs screen. Locked tabs prominently display a message confirming that “Private Browsing is Locked.” For users launching Safari after updating to iOS 17, a convenient popup will guide them through…

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Since its launch in March of this year, Google’s Bard has been continuously evolving, setting new standards in the realm of AI assistance.  With a focus on improving languages, multi-modality, and seamless integration with other Google apps, Bard is on a mission to stay ahead of the competition. Let us delve into the recent upgrades and features that have transformed Bard into a more capable and versatile AI model. Tailored Responses with Generative AI One of Bard’s standout features is its ability to provide tailored responses. Harnessing the power of generative AI, Bard now excels at customizing its responses, bringing…

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Big Brother Naija All Stars housemate, Mercy Eke, has secured her spot as the fourth confirmed finalist in this highly competitive season.  The former winner of the reality show managed to dodge eviction on Monday night, solidifying her place in the grand finale. Mercy Eke will now join the elite ranks of finalists, alongside Cross, Cee-C, and Ilebaye, as they battle it out for the ultimate prize. The stakes are sky-high, with the winner set to walk away with a jaw-dropping N120 million in cash. However, the suspense is far from over. Fans eagerly await this Sunday’s eviction show to…

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