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Fix Microphone Problem in Huawei P8 Lite

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Huawei released P8 Lite in April 2015. It was highly regarded as an excellent budget alternative. It might have not been moto-levels of good but in all areas that matter, P8 Lite provides plenty of goodies for a wallet-friendly price. Sadly, users of Huawei P8 Lite smartphones are experiencing issue of microphone on calls. Few tests have shown that second microphone of Huawei P8 Lite, responsible for the noise cancellation, is incredibly sensitive. When it is moved or scrubbed with finger it’s almost impossible for the other side to hear what is said. Microphone works good on loudspeaker during call but in normal, caller cannot hear what is said. The reason it only works in loudspeaker is that it activates another microphone. Several solutions have been suggested by people while discussing the issue on different forums. Here are listed few solutions below:

Fix Microphone Problem in Huawei P8 Lite

  • According to some users, it is a hardware issue and replacing microphone fixes the problem.
  • Get microphone repaired.
  • Close other communication apps for instance, Viber, Skype, Messenger, etc. that might be running, before making a call. It seems like these …read more

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Remove/Disable casting button on YouTube App

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Innov8tiv – Blacks In Technology in USA, UK, Caribbean Islands & Africa

The “Cast” icon appears in the YouTube app whenever one is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as Chromecast device. It does not matter whether one has the Chromecast app installed on the phone or not. Place of the “Cast” button where it is, annoys people. Whenever, app is opened to watch videos, it keeps on trying to cast to a nearby device. Moreover, when people try to search for the videos and click “Search”, it accidentally casts to TV or other nearby devices and people watching TV get to see random YouTube videos, being played on phone.

The question is that is there any way on YouTube app for mobile to remove or disable the casting button?

Yes, surely there are solutions proposed by people that worked for them to fix the issue, discussed on different forums. Some are listed below:

  • Clear all apps out and go to Settings > Google > Cast media controls and unmark the “Media controls for Cast devices”. Doing this does not get rid of the casting button, but it assures that it does not automatically casts to TV or nearby devices, …read more

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Finally, Chrome desktop gets Reader Mode, here’s how to activate it

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Innov8tiv – Blacks In Technology in USA, UK, Caribbean Islands & Africa

For whatever reasons, Google has been withholding one of the most important features for a browser; the Reader Mode. Other competing browsers like Firefox and Safari have had this feature for years.

A reader mode is useful especially to users who hate having to deal with ads, auto-play videos, and web pages with lots of bells and whistles. The feature simply strips all the nuisance away leaving you with just the important texts and unformatted images.

For the record, this feature has been available on Chrome on Android since 2014, but it seems Google stopped there and forgot about the desktop version until now. Last Thursday, the company quietly added the feature under the experimental flags on the Chrome Canary.

That is to say, this feature is currently only meant for developers and high-technical users (read nerds). So it is quite rough on the edges, and if you are not any of the aforementioned, you are better off waiting for a better-baked version.

If, however, you are willing to give it a go. You must first install the Google Chrome Canary if you don’t already have …read more

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RIP Inbox by Gmail

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Innov8tiv – Blacks In Technology in USA, UK, Caribbean Islands & Africa

In case you are among the short list of people around the world that were using Inbox by Gmail. You might have found trouble using the mobile app or web version of the Google email client starting April 2. That is because Google shut down the conventional Gmail alternative.

Inbox by Gmail was designed with the hope it will replace the normal (traditional) Gmail. As it worked out, you were supposed to see important emails fast and first, and decide whether to reply then or later. You, therefore, had a snooze feature.

However, with time, Google started porting features from Inbox by Gmail. Bringing them onto the normal Gmail platform. It reached a point where there was duplicity of features across Inbox by Gmail and the normal Gmail. Coupled with the fact that the former was not all that popular, its shut down does not come as a surprise to many.

Nonetheless, when Google finally shut it down, it still has a considerable number of fans. These fans found workarounds to still keep using the app. The workaround entailed downloading older version APK of Inbox by Gmail, but …read more

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A look at HP’s first 15-inch Chromebook going for $499

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Google’s ChromeOS-powered Chromebooks have revolutionized modern day computing. Since most of the things we do these days run on the cloud, why not make a cloud-first computer? Though the latest Chromebook does a lot of things offline, compared to its early years.

PC manufacturer have slowly been joining the Chromebook bandwagon, and HP is among the leading OEMs in this field. However, HP has never before produced a 15-inched model of Chromebook; until now.

HP has just unveiled a 15-inched Chromebook that runs on Intel Core i5 chip, 4GB RAM, and 64GB flash storage; at an extra fee, you can double that flash storage. The Chromebook also features the Intel HD Graphics 610 GPU.

The new Windows 10 Devices Microsoft wants to take on Chromebooks in competition

According to HP, this Chromebook can give you up to 13 hours on battery life. Of course, you should not take their word for it. Instead, wait for authoritative independent third-party reviewers.

The Chromebook also comes with a front-facing wide-angle camera with an in-built microphone. It also features the B&O speakers. It also comes in two different colors; silver and …read more

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Founders Factory has invested at least $40k into 5 FinTech startups in Africa

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As might already know, Founders Factory is set to hold a bespoke startup acceleration program in Africa running for six months. What you might not already know, is the program has already invested $40,000 into the five fintech startups selected to take part in the acceleration program.

The program was founded in London back in 2015 and has so far up to 70 startups under its portfolio. It recently pitched camp in Johannesburg, South Africa from which it will be identifying African startups worth their salt and ready for acceleration and seed funding.

The five fintech startups were selected out of a pool of more than 500 applicants, all from fintech background and founded on the continent. The five startups are as follows:

Schoolable – a school financing solution from Nigeria

EazyHire – a peer-to-peer leasing platform from Nigeria

KudiGO – retail solutions and big data startup from Ghana

LipaLater – an online lender from Kenya

Digest Africa – a news platform featuring investment opportunities in Africa based in Kenya

Each of the startups got $40,000 funding from …read more

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Can you play Video Games from Steam on a Sony PS4 console?

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The PS4 is nothing like the previous consoles Sony has been churning out. For one, it uses the x86 processor. That is the same chip architecture used by your computer.

So I set out to stretch that fact, and wondered: Since it is using the same chip like some of the PCs out here, can it run PC games? Perhaps even run video games from Steam!

These thoughts took me online (read Google) and I searched until I bumped into this interesting piece from Engadget, where Jon Fingas (@jonfingas) talks about a homebrewed code that allows gamers to run Steam games on PS4.

Though the piece starts with a disclaimer; The mod is far from perfect, but it raises hope for playing PC games on Sony’s console.

The trick was apparently first unearthed by OsirisX using a jailbroken PS4 console running on Arch Linux and other software libraries from FailOverflow. The demo showcased the title Bastion running at what appeared to be a pretty decent pace.

OsirisX said that most titles were running well enough under medium and low graphics setting. Though that comes with a major problem of aligning …read more

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Oh damn! Microsoft’s Windows Updates is breaking PCs with the following Antivirus programs

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Innov8tiv – Blacks In Technology in USA, UK, Caribbean Islands & Africa

Windows, huh! We hate to love it so much and on April 9 Microsoft issued one of those headache Windows Updates.

This time, the update is breaking PCs running certain antivirus programs. The systems that are most affected are Windows 8.1, 7, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, and Server 2012 R2. Interestingly, Windows 10 users have not reported any problem.

Could it then be that Microsoft is subtle arm twisting users to adopt its latest desktop OS? I mean the fact that a good number of its previous OS have an issue with the update – all except Windows 10 – could mean the company is not so keen of fine-tuning updates for the aged Windows.

Users reporting their system experiencing problems after receiving the update say they are no longer able to log into their Windows account. Though they do sort of log in, but the Windows immediately grinds to a halt after the sign in.

It seems the PCs affected are running Avast, Avira, McAfee, Arcabit, and Sophos antivirus program. As a temporary address to this problem, Microsoft has placed a temporary freeze on the roll out …read more

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Ghanaian KudiGO successfully closes $450k round of funding

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KudiGO, a Ghanaian startup that builds business solutions for clients in the retail industry has closed $450,000 round of seed funding. According to the startup, the money will be used in expanding its customer base and launching a new product to market.

Among its offerings, KudiGO provides retail industry customers integrated, mobile-based retail, payments, accounting, and analytics engine. Its services are currently only available in Ghana and Nigeria.

It is reported KudiGO solutions is being used by at least 1,000 businesses. Solutions such as payment receipt system, tracking inventories, and building up a sound financial record.

This round of funding was led by Founders Factory Africa. KudiGO has also been selected as one of the five startups from Africa that will be participating in the Founders Factory Africa acceleration program. The program will run for six months and will feature three angel investors from the U.S., Ghana, and Nigeria.

Kingsley Abrokwah from KudiGO couldn’t help but show the enthusiasm the team has after being selected to take part in the Founders Factory Africa acceleration program.

Having successfully closed this initial investment round, we are focused on achieving our year-end target …read more

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Centbee an S.A bitcoin startup closes $1.3m Series A funding round

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The South African-based bitcoin startup Centbee has successfully closed a Series A funding of $1.3 million. Funds it says will go a long way in helping them develop further its product and scale.

The startup was launched in 2016 by Angus Brown and Lorien Gamaroff. Late 2018, the startup released its bitcoin cash wallet that allows users to send bitcoin cash directly to other people via the mobile phone.

This Series A funding round was led by entrepreneur Calvin Ayre the founder of the Antigua-based investment company Ayre Venture and CoinGeek. The deal was facilitated by nChain, one of the best blockchain advisory, research, and development firms. Back in January 2018, nChain took an equity stake in Centbee.

In a statement, Ayre said: “Centbee has a track record of making bitcoin easily usable and accessible to everyone including merchants and consumers. They support the original bitcoin protocol in the form of bitcoin SV and have demonstrated an extraordinary ability to attract users and we’re proud to support their further growth.

His counterpart Brown added that Centbee has made it much easier for customers to buy bitcoin SV at more …read more

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