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Internet security risks in the digital world and solution for your ecommerce business

There was a time when security referred only to CCTV cameras, alarm systems, big beefy bouncers and Alsatian dogs. Whilst those remain the cornerstone of security in bricks and mortar premises, in the digital age they have no role to play in online security.

Hacking and online fraud is a big problem for ecommerce websites – both from the point of view of the customer and the site owner. If the site is not properly secured from hacking then there is good chance that both the customer and the business will pay a heavy price.

From the customers perspective, if their credit or debit card details are stolen it could cost them significantly with any money stolen not necessarily being refunded. From the business point of view, loss of business and negative publicity could prove fatal for the company.

How then do you make sure your eCommerce website is secure?

Keep data encrypted

Data that goes between the company’s website and the customers can be kept encrypted. In other words, a third party trying to intercept it would not be able to read it. By using a free ssl certificate you can verify that a user sending a message is who he or she claims to be, and provide the receiver with the means to encode a reply.

ALSO READ: How To Secure Yourself and Loved ones from Hackers

Don’t store customer data

When it comes to credit card numbers there is really no need to hold onto thousands of records. Security experts say you should only keep a small amount of data on your server to process refunds and charge-backs. Although you may want to keep some data for marketing purposes you need to balance that with the risk you are putting your customers under.

ALSO READ: Is your Internet Security Vulnerable? Here’s tips to rectify it

Make sure your customers are smart with their passwords

Most customers today are pretty savvy when it comes to internet security and are aware of their own responsibilities. However it is a good idea to remind them on your site the importance of changing passwords regularly and that the longer the password the more secure it will be.

It is also a good idea with passwords to use a mixture of numbers, small and capital letters and special characters.

Update your system regularly

You should always install a security patch as soon as it is released. Cyber criminals are quick on the ball when it comes to taking advantage of those software systems that are not regularly updated.

As cyber attackers are on the brink of taking advantage of your little to no interest in taking extra care of your data, as the person in charge of security, you are required to always be on top of the game – to beat the hackers to the competition. That’s the only way to avoid loosing what’s most precious to your personal and customers’ data.

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The History – and Future – of Wearable Tech

Wearable tech is not a new concept. In fact, the earliest record dates back to before electricity revolutionized the modern world. In the 1600s in China’s Qing Dynasty period a tiny, seven-rodded abacus with beads that could only be moved using a needle was designed as a finger ring. It was probably used by traders. Several hundred years later the first wristwatch was developed (from a lady’s pocket watch). Then we had a big gap of 150 years, until the next piece of ‘wearable’ technology that really had an impact on the way we (quite literally) live. The heart pacemaker was perhaps the first bit of truly wearable tech, and it is from the health sector and the military that we owe a debt of gratitude for taking the concept of wearable tech and really running with it.

The History of Wearable Tech

The history and future of Wearable Tech

Modern wearable tech as we know it has its roots in the hospitals, casualty units and care homes of the health service. 20th and 21st century wearable tech took off as R&D companies developed flexible sensors that could be worn by patients to monitor vitals such as heart rate and blood pressure like Apple iHealth. From there it progressed into more complex monitoring systems that became increasingly sophisticated.

Wild and wacky ideas

Wearable tech through the ages has gone from the sublime (the 1940’s Steineck Camera Watch) to the ridiculous (Edward Thorp & Claude Shannon’s timed device to cheat at the roulette tables that involved two devices communicating with one another. One was secreted in a cigarette packet while the second was hidden in the base of a shoe). But wearable tech as we would most easily recognize it probably started in the 1980s with the Casio digital watch. Resplendent with a teeny-tiny keyboard (that no normal human being could actually use) and a cluster of other functions, the digital watch revolutionized our relationship with wearable tech, and paved the way for other mobile devices like the smartphone, MP3 player and, today, Google Glass.

ALSO READ: The SmartWatch Battle: What does Apple, Google, and Samsung Smart watches means

The Future of Wearable Tech

Tick tock…

Funny, though, how one of the predominant influences throughout the history of wearable tech, and now its future, is the watch. The recent development of smartwatches has perhaps brought the concept of wearable tech full circle, as we transpose our smartphones onto our wrists. This innovation probably wouldn’t have come about if it weren’t for the development of one key component – flexible screen technology.

One of the main innovators in this revolutionary field has been Plastic Logic, who have paved the way for flexible screens to be incorporated into a wide range of wearable tech. In a recent interview, Plastic Logic’s CEO Indro Mukerjee spoke at length about the influence the company’s developments have had on the market:

“Flexible electronics is a reality, already proven through the development and manufacture of plastic, bendable displays and sensors. For the first time a fully organic, plastic, flexible AMOLED demonstration has been achieved with a real industrial fabrication process. This marks the start of a revolution in wearable products, the next frontier in consumer electronics – 2014 is the year that wearable technology starts to go mainstream.”

Where next?

Wearable tech is moving forward at an extraordinary pace. Within the space of a year we’ve been introduced to the concept of wearable glasses that incorporate augmented reality, smartwatches and even entire dresses that can be programmed to change patterns at will. There are several aspects that will dictate how this technology progresses, not least of which will be affordability, reliability and practical use. Wearable also has to take one other thing into consideration, and it’s something that is incredibly important to consumers. It has to look good too…

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Is Google making an Android Car? Self Driving Car; No Steering Wheel, No Brakes

Google Inc is at it again, sitting behind the wheel and steering to your destination might soon become history.

The latest version of the self driving car was unveiled by Google on Tuesday night, this vehicle can navigate on its own and it does not have a steering, acceleration pedal nor brakes.

Driver-less car

The Google self driving car team leader said in his statement “Fully autonomous driving has always been the goal of our project.” we have thought we could improve road safety and assist people who can’t drive. We are now working on prototypes of vehicles which will drive you to where you are going at the push of a button.

The navigation software on this Google’s self driving car is the same as the previous model which has already zoom up to 70, 000 miles on the road. The first model of the self driving car has a steering wheel, the accelerator and brake pedals so that at a point, the driver can override the computer’s navigation; there has always been a driver behind the wheels on those models.

On this new driver-less car innovation, there wouldn’t be any need for the owner to look for parking space, as the car would do that on its own while you walk off to meet up your schedules. The Google blog post reporting this self driving car model added that, cases of drunken driving incident will be potentially wiped out; older people who already lost their faculty could now be mobile sitting behind the car.

ALSO READ: 3 Latest Car Systems Aimed at More Safety and Comfort of the Cars

Google self driving car team hopes to start testing the vehicle in earnest this summer. The sensor on the car is now being upgraded, but the same navigation technology in the driver laden is used in this driver-less car.

It’s not yet time to start lobbying the mart for this vehicle; it is still in its early stage of testing and not to be expected in market any time soon. Even the first driver-less car model by Google, the one with a steering and set of pedals does not have a release date yet. Experts are still projecting the end of the decade for the car to start its first commercial sales, however.

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iPhone 6, iOS 8 and Dr. Dre Beats to unveil at the Apple WWDC 2014

iPhone 6, iOS8 and Dr. Dre Beats to Debuts at Apple WWDC 2014

The month has been so busy for Apple; the 8GB version of iPhone 5C was released to market across the globe to strengthening Apple penetration into different economies. Discussions about expectations on Apple Store trade-ins including the iMessage bugs alongside the moves of competitor Microsoft Surface Pro 3 release against the iPad.

Apple WWDC

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is just a week away, expectations are high for the big event, analyst have been making predictions about what Apple will likely release. Observers think that Apple will be announcing something big at the event.

Previously, Apple has already shown that its main focus will be on the OS X 10.10 and the iOS 8. We should expect a change in these products. The tweaking on the iOS 8 will give a clue about the to be released hardware cycles like the iPhone 6 and iPads rumored to have scheduled for debut in September and October respectively. The minor update may improve the iMessage bug already acknowledge by Apple Inc. itself.

Not minding what Apple has scheduled, Forbes predicted increasing support for third-party developers to be major in the changes.

Other forecast mentioned Apple addition of Dr. Dre and Beat Audio to the company. Also many thinks Apple will like to upgrade its earbuds for iPhones and iPods for a renewed audio experience. Beats Audio has been receiving recognition for enhance audio experience throughout the years.

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Google Making Tablet with 3D Image Capability to air Project Tango

Right from the days of the Nexus success and acquisition of Motorola mobility, Google seem to have established its feet in the gadget industry. Recently, we got a report that Google is developing a 7-inch tablet which will air its Project Tango 3D imaging capability.Project tango 3-D imaging

Starting from next month, Google plans to make 4,000 pieces of Project Tango tablet which will be equipped with sensors and components similar to the ones in Project Tango phones; two cameras, gyroscopes, depth sensor, orientation sensor, and a vision processing system.

Coincidentally, next month is Google’s annual developer conference and 4,000 is just accurate enough for the number the company may order aimed at distributing to the conference attendees.

Project Tango surfaced from Google’s Advance Technology and Projects (ATAP) group that was part of Motorola mobility. The project is aimed at equipping mobile devices with circuits and sensors that will enable it to create 3D models of local environs in real time.

Wouldn’t it be terrific, having a detailed 3D map of your surroundings, new possibilities that could come into mobile applications? Such information could help sight impaired people or even robots to navigate through unfamiliar surroundings. Last year, Google purchase few robot technology companies.

Facebook Inc also investing in something similar to the Project Tango as it planned to acquire Oculus VR, a company that makes futuristic virtual reality headgear. This kind of technology has gone beyond standard 3D display which has been around for some years, said head of research at Rutberg & Co., and investment bank that focuses on wireless and digital-media industry.

3D Smartphone were released in February, Google intends to build small quantity of its Project Tango tablets for developers to work on, so that they can create applications that will make the device appeal to customers as soon as it is released commercially.

Apart from Project Tango, Google in 2012 unveiled its internet connected eye wear, Google Glass and had only been available to developers and testers until now.

This approach is different from Apple who prefers to confidentially develop devices and staging a noisy release at consumer launches.

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Why the Mac Is So Popular and How to Keep It Running Smoothly

Apple is one of the most popular companies in the technology industry today if Dennis McCafferty’s list is anything to go by. They got their start with computers but were able to launch themselves into the top of the industry with their release of the iPod. At the time, they had what was widely considered to be the best MP3 player on the market.

Macbook Air - Mac troubleshooting issues and fixA few years later, they released one of the first smart phones called the iPhone. The iPhone changed the way that society works. We were now able to access and utilize the Internet anywhere in the world. The iPhone quickly became the most popular smart phone on the market and still continues to be one of the top used devices around.

Thanks to Apple’s extremely popular product line, they have been able to release other successful devices such as the iPad. One of their oldest product lines is the Mac. Apple was able to use the success that they had with the iPod and iPhone to help make the Mac one of the more popular computers in the world. The Mac is in demand for many of the same reasons that the iPhone is. It is easy to use and it is very well designed.

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The Mac is notorious for being extremely user-friendly. Macs may cost a lot; however, they provide their users with reliability and protection. Macs are not susceptible to viruses and computer related issues much like personal computers are. This is the trade-off that you will receive when you pay a higher price for a Mac.

As great as this is, they are not immune to issues and you may find that your Mac is running slow at times. There will occasionally be a problem with it. For cases like these, it is helpful to be able to know how to maintain and fix your computer so that you do not have to pay high repair costs. In the rest of this article, we will go over a few ways in which you can solve many of the common issues that you may have with a Macintosh computer.

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Common Mac Issues and Fixes: Troubleshooting Issues with Your Mac for Smooth Performance

CD won’t eject: The CD is stuck in the machine

The common problem with a Mac can occur because of its optical drive. Occasionally, you may find that the disc that is in the Mac’s optical drive will not eject. If you find that you have this issue, there are a few things that you can do in order to solve the problem.

The first thing you should try to do is to hold the eject button of the drive for a few seconds. A 5 second count should be enough for this. If that doesn’t work, you can locate and push the emergency eject button using a pin. This button is designed to override any processes that may be causing issues with the optical drive and eject the disk immediately. In most cases, this will be enough to solve the issue. If you’re familiar with Windows, you might have come across something similar to this.

If the disk is still stuck in the machine, you can try restarting it. Most of the time, this issue will result from too many processes running on the Mac at the same time. The Mac may be stuck on a task and not be able to process the eject command. Restarting the Mac will end all of the processes that it is running and allow it to acknowledge the eject button request.

If all else fails, it may be a hardware issue. On rare occasions, the optical drive may become damaged and it will not be able to follow the commands that you give it properly. If this is the case, you may be required to replace the drive. Unless you know how to replace Mac components, it is recommended that you seek the help of a professional for any hardware replacement issues.

Mac does not recognize devices: “Unable to recognize device plugged into it”

Macs are designed to be compatible with any type of Apple devices. Many people take advantage of this and use all of their devices together in order to switch out content, media and anything else that they need to do. If your Mac is not able to recognize the device that you plug into it, that will be a problem. If you find that you have this issue, there are a few steps that you can take to try and fix it.

The first thing that you will need to do is to narrow down and figure out what the problem is. Sometimes it may be the Mac and other times it may be your device. Switch out different devices in different ports to narrow in on what exactly the problem is.

Once you do this, you should be able to identify the cause of the issue. Whether it is the device, the port or the Mac, you will usually be able to see this issue by making sure your Mac is up to date. Restart your computer and check for any updates. Once you install the update, your Mac should be able to recognize any Apple device that you plug into it.

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Restart and check for upgrades

If you are still having issues, try to restart your Mac and see if you have any better results. Often times, there will be processes running that are slowing the Mac down or preventing it from carrying out normal functions like its device recognition.

Another thing that you could try is to check if your Mac and device are both up to date. Check them both for any new updates and install them if any are available. Sometimes device connection issues are not limited to your specific issue alone. If a device is buggy, it will usually be fixed with the latest update that the developer puts out.

ALSO READ: Should I Fix Computer Problems by Myself or Get Expert Help?

This is also a great solution if you notice that your Mac is running slow. Apple designs their products to be very easy to use and they put out constant updates that ensure that your machine will continue to run smoothly for years to come. So, why can’t you just apply the little Mac troubleshooting fixes explained in this article? Soon enough, your Mac computer will be back to its very best!

NB: If you are having Mac related issues that are similar or different from what we’ve mention in this article, you can send us a request for inclusion in our upcoming podcast series titled “The Tech Guide Experts Podcast.” The TechAtLast’s Tech Guide Experts Podcast covers everyday fixes to your tech world live troubleshooting for common challenges that users faces everyday along with suggestions for improvement. Watch out!

I’d love to read your concerns about Apple Macintosh related problems that you might have faced in the past. Thanks for reading!

 

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7 Tips on How to Make Money With Your Artwork

Are you an artist, do you wanna make money with your art works? 

Have you always had a passion for art but never thought that you could really make any money with it? If so, you are definitely not alone. Many artists have had doubts about making any money with their artwork. Although making money with your art probably is not going to be easy at first, it can be done. If you make the effort and do not give up too soon, you can make a decent living with your artwork. Here are seven great tips on how to make money with your artwork.

7 Tips on How to Make Money With Your Artwork


Tips for making money with your artwork1. Take Advantage of eBay

People sell all sorts of things on eBay, so there is no reason why you can’t sell your artwork on it. There are actually a lot of people willing to buy good art online and will bid on your artwork. Make sure to be factual in the description of the artwork. For example, if there is a small rip in one of the paintings, make that clear in the description. If you are not completely honest with customers, they could give you a bad rating later on. Also, don’t underprice your work. If you start the opening bid at just a couple of dollars, no one will take you seriously.

2. Build Your Own Website

You will look a lot more professional if you build your own website. Your website does not have to be anything fancy; it just has to be neat and display your portfolio of work. A lot of people search for artwork online, so they might just come across your website and browse through your portfolio.

Also Read: How to Make Your Site the Next Viral Nova

Sell Art at Craft Shows

Another thing you can do is sell your art at different craft shows. Find out about the local craft shows in your area and rent a booth there. Although renting a booth will typically cost around $200, it could be well worth it. One way you can attract customers is to actually create your own artwork in the booth. If people see you painting a pretty picture, they will be more enticed to stop at your booth and take a look at the rest of your artwork.

Create Artwork That People Want to Buy

If you want to make a living as an artist, you actually have to create artwork that people want to buy. If you just create artwork that not many people will appreciate, you will not make much money at all. Pay attention to the type of artwork people are buying these days. For example, if you notice people buying a lot of nature artwork, concentrate on painting things like oceans, trees, flowers and forests.

Also Read: Free Classifieds- The New Age Marketing Mantra

Give Away Artwork for Free

This might sound counterproductive, but consider giving some of your artwork away for free. If you are just staring out in the art field and have not made a name for yourself yet, it might be worth it to give people your artwork for free. This way, at least your artwork will get some exposure. If these people like your artwork, they will tell their friends and family members about it. Not making any money at first may be frustrating, but it will pay off in the end.

Buy Artwork

If you want people to pay good money for your artwork, start by supporting other artists. If you see a piece of artwork that you like, buy it. Don’t try to get your hands on artwork that is copyrighted. If you do this, you are only cheating yourself and other artists. If want people to spend money on your artwork, you have to be willing to do the same. If you just try to get your hands on art that is copyrighted, other people will just think it’s okay do the same to your artwork.

Learn to Accept Criticism

Learning to accept criticism can be difficult for a lot of people, but it only helps us improve our craft. For example, if someone sees one of your paintings at a gallery and tells you that he doesn’t like it, don’t huff and puff. Instead, ask him why he does not like it and what he would do to improve it. If you actually listen to people’s constructive criticism, you can do yourself a world of good.

Making money with your artwork does not have to be difficult. If you follow these tips, you can certainly make a living in the art field. Remember that you likely will not make a lot of money at first. Making it as a successful artist takes a lot of time, so you have to be patient. If you are persistent, there is no reason why you can’t make money as an artist. Want to some other ways an artist can increase the inflow of cash into his pocket, this article has some additional value that you can tap from.

If you are an artist, now is the time for you to start making the most of your creativity; ideating, creating, designing, and promoting your artworks. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it, can’t make money, can’t become the next superstar in artistry.

To make money with your artwork isn’t that difficult as you thought it could be…just follow your passion and go do it!

If you have any suggestions to this article or you’ll like an inclusion, please don’t relent to send in your responses below or you can use the contact page to get in touch with us.

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What’s Up in Mobile Apps? Trends to Watch in App Development

“There’s an app for that.”

There seems to be a mobile solution to any task in any field, whether it’s counting calories, booking flights, or getting relationship advice. There’s even an app that determines whether a melon is ripe for the picking! Indeed, the mobile app development industry is rapidly growing, thanks to the myriad of tools, app developers both serious and quirky, and continually-upgraded technology. It’s interesting to see the current trends in app development, because they are indications of what’s to come.

Based on what we’re seeing now, what does the mobile app industry have in store for us in the future?

Interesting Trends to Watch in Mobile Apps Development


More mobile operating systems

The top three operating systems(OS) in the mobile market—iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile—will soon be joined by a mobile Ubuntu OS, the Sailfish developed by former Nokia engineers, and the Firefox OS. With the new OS, there will no doubt be new and probably less expensive phones with improved processing power to consider. This means that developers have their hands full at creating and designing mobile apps for each OS and processors. The more, the merrier!

More devices

Smartphones and tablets aren’t the only devices with apps. Wearable mobile devices such as smart watches and smart glasses will also need apps to enhance their performance and add to their functionality. Developers will need to make sure the apps they create will work seamlessly on each device they are designed for.

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More mobile-friendly

Companies are starting to invest in mobile versions of their websites, and developers are striving to make the mobile browsing experience an enjoyable affair. Mobile websites will increasingly resemble mobile apps, focusing on smooth transitions, improved viewing, and greater interaction.

ALSO READ: Responsive vs Mobile Sites, which path to choose?

More mobile connections

Smartphones, tablets, smart watches, smart glasses—what’s next? Smart appliances, of course! The ‘modern’ home is now filled with device-controlled features and fixtures, such as a Wi-Fi controlled washing machine, door lock and an app-controlled smoke detector. Soon enough, you’ll be able to fill the tub while you’re still on your way home, so it’s straight to the bath for you after a long day at work. 😀

ALSO READ: How can I bring my tech-unfriendly home back to life?

More brain

IBM’s Watson API, which has the ability to analyze thousands of text and conduct contextual analysis, has been made available to developers. Watson takes into consideration different variables, so users can ‘ask’ a question and the app that has been integrated with Watson’s contextual analysis engine can provide an appropriate response.

More biometrics

Fingerprint sensors have debuted in both iOS and Android. Aside from using fingerprints, biometric apps through the use of connected biometric sensors can now identify and verify user identity for secure transactions such as mobile banking by analyzing the facial features, and even the irises of the eyes.

ALSO READ: The next iPhone may include a fingerprint security system

Challenges

More OS, devices, and connections provide mobile app developers with a big challenge: how to optimize the apps so that these can be used in as many devices as possible while maintaining good performance and providing the best user experience. Mobile app developers can learn a lot from user feedback when improving on or creating new apps for business, education, fitness, and lifestyle purposes, and even just for fun. With the current trends in mobile app development, there’s sure to be a lot of functionality in future devices, ensuring that there will always be “an app for that.”

Won’t there be an app for that always? What do you think about the future of mobile app development? Have you foreseen different future for the industry that you’d like to share with us – I’m all hears 😀

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Up Your Game with State-of-the-Art Software

It takes hardware to build a computer and to control it, but what about programs installed on the computer itself? You might be only thinking about the next game you’re going to install, but you might want to think about what you’re putting on your rig.

Let us tell you about some useful software that will enhance your gaming experience. Computers can be confusing at the best of times, so if you’re looking to wring every last drop of performance from yours then we’ve got some suggestions that will work for you. Many of these bits of advice will even be useful for those who aren’t gamers but want a beefier computer without an expensive upgrade.

The first thing that you should do is ensure your monitor is calibrated correctly – after all, that’s where you’ll be watching all the action from. To make sure you have the right brightness, contrast and colour balance, there are some pieces of software to help you. The first is a simple website: displaycalibration.com, which gives you some constant, definitive examples of colours and shades to assist those who want to calibrate manually. If you’re looking for a professional level of calibration then tools like Calman RGB will give you the truest results possible. This level of calibration comes at a price – you will need to purchase a colorimeter alongside the program itself.

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Now let’s move on to something gamers are very familiar with: graphics cards. A lot of time is spent by gamers ensuring their games look the best and perform well, but there are programs out there that can help with this. These are split between the two big graphics card companies: for those with Nvidia cards download GeForce Experience and for AMD pick up Gaming Evolved. Not only will these programs keep your drivers and other software up to date but they also auto-calibrate each game’s settings. You can even tweak how it calibrates games, so if you’re looking for a quick experience you can gear it more towards performance instead of graphics. Use these tools to get the performance you truly want from your games, whether that’s raw graphical power or quick responsiveness.

A gaming mouse is essential and these can be bought from ebay’s website. Once you’ve set this up and you’re all calibrated, what’s next? Think about communication while gaming. Many among us may be happy using popular programs like Skype to chat, but there is an alternative that many of the pros use. Ventrilo is a humble little program that’s there for the simple reason of voice and text chat. Because it’s such a small and stripped-out program it won’t eat away at your resources, keeping your games running smoothly while you talk about your battle plan. It’s been popular since the days of Windows XP – which does show in its user interface – but that history means it has learnt a lot of lessons in running smoothly and efficiently.

As a gamer, do you have some highly efficient gaming gadgets you use regularly which are not mention in this post? I’d have love to have them so I can try them out myself.

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Guess Moto E was made for African consumers

Moto E is cheap, but it looks fancier than most high-priced smartphones out there

Buying high end phones lately has never been easier if we look way-back to how it was few years ago. As an African, it is not that easy to order and get smartphones of Apple’s iPhone, Samsung Galaxy series pedigree between the past 3-5 years. But being an emerging market, some of the phone manufacturers have foreseen what the future may look like in Africa – maybe they have might have envisaged scenarios where the majority would be using smartphones with an internet access on them. There’s high level of smartphone adoption in most of African states, people now see technology as part of their must-do-daily lifestyle. If we look at the recent Ghana’s smartphone adoption graph, you’ll agree with me that they over use mobile cell phone in the country with 26.09 million mobile phone users on record. That’s around 101% penetration if we should put this figure against Ghana’s population at 25.37 million. Moto E and 4G Moto G compared

Kudos to my Ghanians friends! Una dey use phone wella ooo 🙂 😀

Back to business, with this eye-opening figure, I don’t think you should count Africa out of mobile phone market movers list. You won’t dare, neither would Apple or Samsung!

Right now, you can order for any smartphone of your choice – ranging from Apple powered iPhone to various other branded smartphones – from the nearest mobile shop close to your home, but at a price!

These phones are available for sale, even at a discount, but the price you will have to pay may seem unreasonable, owing to the exchange rate and nature of currency flow in your country to the standard US dollar or British pounds.

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I could remember when I bought my first Apple iPad two years ago, through the help of my cousin who stays in the United Kingdom, I paid heavily for the item before I could lay my hands on it right here in Nigeria. It was close to 500 quids (500 Great Britain Pounds) that I paid for the tablet directly from Apple store. The amount was too much if it was to be converted Naira, which is Nigerian currency. In fact, you can own a plot of land in Nigeria with the same amount I paid for the tablet – excluding shipping fee – all these due to irregularities in currency exchange between the two countries.

And I’m sure there are countless numbers of wanna-be-high-end-smartphone consumers out there who are having similar challenge.

ALSO READ: Why Now Might be the Worst Time Ever to Buy a Smartphone

In wake of that, mobile service providers came up with features that let phone freak buy latest smartphones at a bargain – you get it cheap and stay long with them as customer – which is well referred to as contracts. But this hasn’t been functioning well in Africa, unlike how it is well-refereed in the UK, US and Canada.

But you know, not everyone will even like to stay indebted to a service provider for that long period of agreement – at least we all seek freedom! Maybe that’s why the new Motorola’s Moto E was launched for consumers in the developing countries of the world. They won’t have to run into a debt before having the luxury of using high-end phones.

For as low as $129, you can become a proud owner of powerful, yet stunningly looking android smartphone with state of the art graphic display. Moto E has a 4.3 inch 960×540 pixel display at 256 pixels per inch. And if you compare Moto E with iPhone 5C – which goes for $549, without contract, has a slightly smaller screen but to a moderate extent sharper with 1136×640 pixel resolution at 326 ppi. And even if the subsidized version of iPhone 5C should go for $99, adding few dollars to it will land you a brand new Moto E with no-obligation to your carrier.

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Moto E is gifted with 1GB RAM along with a powerful processor; duo-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, and it has no front-facing camera, which is a NO-NO for geeky guys out there. But it has a 5MP rear-facing camera with 4 GB storage capacity. This feature reduces its chance of approval too, but they have included a microSD slot that allows you to increase it to 32 GB of extra storage.

It is a 3G powered smartphone (it will probably make a lot of sense to consumers in Africa, because 3G is almost everywhere in some major cities of the continent), running the latest Android Kit Kat operating system with little to no mix of the common android skin on it – this  would enable users to enjoy same feel of Google android’s interface if they swift from other android phone. And Motorola has boosted itself claiming that Moto E’s 1980 milliamp hour (MaH) battery can power the phone for a whole day, not minding the number of processes it runs. That’s pretty good for some guys that loves playing games on their smartphone.

But above all, Moto E is a legend of high-end smartphones that costs less to use without obligation to your service provider.

What do you think about E against its competitors like iPhones and Galaxies? Do you think Moto E is probably the phone africans have been waiting for?