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YOTV Channels app review: Enjoying TV in your palm!

YOTV Channels app review: Enjoying TV in your palm!

We have already reviewed the Airtel TV app, and this is where we talked about the transition of television. From a sit-at-home business, to a get-to-you-anywhere form of entertainment. You can read the review here and find out why you should (or shouldn’t) download the app.

Before Airtel unveiled its live TV and video-on-demand app, MTN Uganda had just penned a partnership with YOTV Channels to do something similar – or even bigger, as some say. Basically the YOTV Channels app is a mobile television, radio, and VOD depository where users get to enjoy their entertainment while on the move.

Getting started

You can download the YOTV Channels App from Play store for Android or iOS for iPhone, enter your phone number through which you will receive an OTP SMS that you enter for confirmation. Like for the Airtel TV app, you have to ensure that you have an active data bundle that will let you stream and watch all channels available on the App.

First Impressions

I personally found the app very easy to use, interesting, and quite rich in content. Without a doubt, the only bill you have to pay is the data bundles to use because without a stable connection, you stand to miss out on a lot.

The key content available on the app is Series, movies, radio and TV.

The Good about YOTV Channels App:

I struggle to listen to radio without earphones. YOTV Channels app just saved my day. When am at home, and need to have that loud music off my favourite station play as I write the articles, I just have to tune in and get the groove on.

Besides enjoying live TV on the go, you can also get to view the day’s programming through the clearly output guide in the menu. A lot of the local network is well bred in, with select international news channels also part of the deal.

The video-on-demand section is equally good for starters. Have I told you that you can actually record content on the app? There’s a whole 300 minutes of memory for you to utilize. There’s also the ability to keep tabs on live shows that you are likely to miss out on watching.

The Bad about YOTV Channels App:

The movie section is very limited. Just a few movies to watch, with majority in translation. I watched everything on the app in under a day and still wanted more, but couldn’t get. One would also expect all the radio stations to be captured, but it is not the case. Just a few are available.

There is no Ugandan content in the video-on-demand category. I watched a couple of these on the Airtel TV app, but YOTV seems to have opted for international films in this phase.

No premium content – though, still, one would not expect premium content on a free app.

Conclusion

I would recommend it for those that love listening to radio, without having to plug in the earphones. As well as lovers of translated movies and series. YOTV Channels app got you fully covered.

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Airtel TV app review: Stream live television on the go!

Airtel TV app review: Stream live television on the go!

For those that saw the transition from on-the-desk land lines and street pay phones to the now widely spread network of mobile handsets, you can relate the journey that television has moved. From the analog big-bodied monitors that we used to view limited programming on, to the versatile pay TV channels, and now mobile TV – like the Airtel TV app. The journey has been remarkable.

Airtel Uganda recently unveiled its live TV and video-on-demand app, Airtel TV, for customers to watch local television on the go, as well as enjoy entertainment from the available list of shows and movies.

Getting started

You can download the Airtel TV App from Play store for Android or iOS for iPhone, enter your Airtel number through which you will receive an OTP SMS that you enter for confirmation.

Ensure that you have an active Airtel data bundle that will let you stream and watch all channels available on the App.

First Impressions

Having the Airtel TV app on your mobile does save you a lot of money you could have spent on renewing your decoder subscription – to watch local channels – and lets you watch it all from wherever you are; no restrictions.

The key content available on the app is Shows, movies, and TV.

The Good about Airtel TV:

With a good internet connection, you can have it all. The TV section has all the programming set in line, with the time of airing perfectly set. You can ably switch between the HD channels, your preferred language or category of choice.

There a good number of movies available, especially the local (Ugandan) productions. For those that love sitting back and watching every minute of the native action, it suits you well. The app is a good library from which to pick from.

If you want to continue watching as you browse for any other content, the app offers a picture-in-picture mode that can keep you going.

You can also add your favourite channels to a watch you keep tabs on when it is airing or even play on if already in the library.

The Bad about Airtel TV:

  • No screenshots. You can’t tell a friend about any interesting part you enjoyed in a show or on TV.
  • The Hollywood section “content is not available”.
  • No premium content – though one would not expect premium content on a free app.

Conclusion

You want TV everywhere you go? The Airtel TV app is just for you. Recharge your data bundle, download the app, and stream.

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Airtel Uganda unveils Live TV and Video on Demand (VOD) service app

Airtel Uganda unveils Live TV and Video on Demand (VOD) service app

Airtel Uganda has launched its Live TV and Video on Demand (VOD) service offering a premium mix of local and international content sourced from some of the largest studios across the globe.

Named Airtel TV, the service is yet another initiative in the telco’s digitization journey that has seen Airtel introduce 100% countrywide 3G and 4G technologies, launch the most affordable 4G smartphone on the market, affordable bundles and also introduce a broadband solution for homes, Small and Medium Enterprises that offers uninterrupted internet at affordable rates.

Available only to Airtel Uganda subscribers, the new innovation is designed to add value to the high quality streaming while promoting local content and talent in one convenient and easy to access package free of charge only requiring the users to have an active data bundle.

Speaking during the launch, the Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. V.G Somasekhar noted that Airtel TV is the embodiment of convenient and affordable entertainment.

The platform will deliver the very best of entertainment experience directly to all Airtel customers across the country. With our 4G network, subscribers to Airtel Tv will enjoy a seamless viewing experience without and interruptions. We are confident that the platform will delight, entertain and inspire Airtel customers as it offers first-class entertainment.”

Somasekhar also noted that the App is Airtel’s contribution to the development and promotion of local content in Uganda. The app will have different local news, music, Ugandan comedy and movies, in addition to streaming of sports, video-on-demand and many other offerings. The telco is encouraging Uganda’s local content producers to utilize this platform for revenue.

What’s on the Airtel TV app?

Users on Airtel TV can watch movies — Ugawood, Nollywood and Bollywood among others, Bloomberg, Trace (Urban, Africa, Mziki, Tropical, Gospel, and Sports Stars), Gametoon, Fashion Box, Nautical, God TV, Inspiration TV, and Al Jazeera, among others.

How to access the Airtel TV app in Uganda

Airtel Uganda subscribers can download the Airtel TV App from Play store for Android or iOS for iPhone, enter their Airtel number and the OTP SMS received. Subscribers will then be able to stream and watch all channels available on the App as long they have an active data bundle.

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MWC 2020 postponed over coronavirus concerns

MWC 2020 postponed over coronavirus concerns

The coronavirus is not just affecting health and relations, it’s impacting on tech too. The MWC, arguably the biggest smartphone trade show of every other year, has been postponed for this year. Reason? The safety and health of attendees is at risk, something that has resulted in numerous stakeholders and manufacturers pulling out of the event weeks prior.

GSMA, the organization that hosts the show in Barcelona annually, says it’s cancelling MWC 2020 over coronavirus-related concerns. The event was slated to run between February 24th and 27th.

“With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event.”

Statistics indicate that over 100,000 people attended last year’s MWC with a huge portion registered to be from China as well as being Chinese company employees. Now that the country is still healing from the epidemic blow that is still recording infections and deaths, the likelihood of this year’s event happening was very slim.

The announcement comes after several large companies, including Amazon, LG, Sony, NVIDIA, Nokia, and even Samsung said they plan to skip the conference to keep their employees safe from the virus.

Full statement from the GSMA:

Since the first edition of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2006, the GSMA has convened the industry, governments, ministers, policymakers, operators and industry leaders across the broader ecosystem. 

With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event.

The Host City Parties respect and understand this decision.

The GSMA and the Host City Parties will continue to be working in unison and supporting each other for MWC Barcelona 2021 and future editions.

Our sympathies at this time are with those affected in China, and all around the world.

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WhatsApp hits the 2 billion user mark

WhatsApp hits the 2 billion user mark

WhatsApp has announced that it now supports more than two billion users globally. This is the first time in two years that the company is revealing its users’ numbers, while being the second in the Facebook family of apps to achieve the feat.

The company published a blog post on the achievement and used it to boast of its outstanding privacy and security features.

“Private conversations that once were only possible face-to-face can now take place across great distances through instant chats and video calling. There are so many significant and special moments that take place over WhatsApp and we are humbled and honored to reach this milestone.”

WhatsApp affirms that it shall continue to operate largely independent of Facebook and continue to defend providing its encrypted messaging service.

“Strong encryption acts like an unbreakable digital lock that keeps the information you send over WhatsApp secure, helping protect you from hackers and criminals. Messages are only kept on your phone, and no one in between can read your messages or listen to your calls, not even us. Your private conversations stay between you.”

Last year, it became clear that there are plans to integrate WhatsApp with Instagram and Facebook Messenger, to effect seamless interaction and sharing of files while offering “fast, simple, reliable and private” messaging services that are also secure.

Facebook has also unveiled plans to generate more revenue from WhatsApp with the option of selling ads, but called off the plans. The biggest concern was that a commercial messaging feature would force the messaging app to weaken its end-to-end encryption.

Now the focus shall be on building out money-making features that let “businesses communicate with customers and better manage those interactions”.

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Over 7,700 attacks by threats disguised as dating apps in Africa

Over 7,700 attacks by threats disguised as dating apps in Africa

The advancement in technology has made it easy to do almost everything with just an app. This, interestingly, includes finding a partner – to date and even marry. Much as the entire process of choosing a partner online requires keen consideration, you also need to prioritise your personal information when using these resources.

Popular dating apps used worldwide, such as Tinder, Bumble or Zoosk, often become a bait used to spread mobile malware or retrieve personal data to later bombard the users with unwanted ads or even spend their money on expensive paid subscriptions. Such files have nothing to do with legitimate apps, as they only use a name and sometimes copy a design of authentic dating services.

Security software maker Kaspersky analysed popular dating apps in 2019 within Africa and discovered a circulation of 1,486 threats under the guise of over 20 apps. Of these, a total of 7,734 attacks on 2,548 users were detected. The countries attacked most often were South Africa, accounting for 58% of all attacks in the region, Kenya (10%) and Nigeria (4%).

The danger these malicious files bring varies from file to file, ranging from Trojans that can download other malware to ones that send an expensive SMS, to adware, making it likely that every ping a user gets is some sort of annoying ad notification rather than a message from a potential date.

For instance, one of the applications that at first glance looks like Tinder is, in fact, a banking Trojan that constantly requests Accessibility service rights, and upon getting them, grants itself all rights necessary to steal money from the user. Another names itself as ‘Settings’ right after installation, shows a fake ‘error’ message and later disappears, with a high likelihood it will return with unwanted ads a few days later.

Cybercriminals who specialise in phishing also do not miss the chance to feed on those seeking to find love. Fake copies of popular dating applications and websites, such as Match.com and Tinder, flood the internet. Users are required to leave their personal data or connect to the applications via their social media account. The result is not surprising: the data will later be used or sold by cybercriminals, while the user will be left with nothing.

Recommendations to avoid cyber threats with dating apps

Always check application permissions to see what your installed apps are allowed to do. Do not install applications from untrusted sources, even if they are actively advertised, and block the installation of programs from unknown sources in your smartphone’s settings.

Find out more information about the dating website you are planning to visit: look into its reputation on the internet and try to find user feedback. Use a reliable security solution like Kaspersky Security Cloud that delivers advanced protection on Mac, as well as on PC and mobile devices

Also, avoid sharing too much personal information with strangers and make sure that the person you are meeting is real, as fraudsters often use fake profiles for scams.

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Eversend charges when buying Yaka

Eversend charges when buying Yaka

Buying Yaka on Eversend is one of those unique innovations that have graced us in the new decade. You won’t have to cram the codes anymore, not even the meter number(s). Plus, you can pay for literally every electricity bill in just a single round of swipes and confirmations.

But then, the other question that comes up is – how much am I charged?

Well, like we told you with the entire buying process, among the key requirements is that you should have a balance available on your account. This shall allow you to buy the units as well as clear the charges involved.

Eversend charges when buying Yaka

Eversend only allows Yaka payments of UGX 2,500 and above. The minimum charge for buying units is UGX 1,150 and this applies for payments up to UGX 15,000. If you are paying between UGX 15,001 and 30,000, you will be charged UGX 1,725; payments between UGX 30,001 and 45,000 are charged UGX 2,300; while those between 45,001 and 125,000 are levied UGX 3,795.

For Yaka payments between UGX 125,001 and 250,000, be sure to pay an extra UGX 4,370 charged; UGX 250,001 to 500,000 calls for a charge of 6,900; while payments from UGX 500,001 to 4,000,000 are charged UGX 13,800.

WE haven’t tried this yet, but anything above the UGX 4,000,000 mark is charged UGX 23,000.

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This is why you MUST update your WhatsApp Desktop version

This is why you MUST update your WhatsApp Desktop version

If you use the WhatsApp desktop version for your chats and calls, you should consider making an update to it. This is because of a flaw existent, that could allow an attacker read the files on your MacOS or Windows PC by using a specially crafted text message.

According to Facebook, which issued a warning to users, the flaw affects the app’s Desktop versions 0.3.9309 and earlier, for whoever has paired the desktop app with WhatsApp for iPhone versions prior to 2.20.10.

Apparently, the affected versions of WhatsApp Desktop had been developed using Chrome 69, an outdated and yet vulnerable version of Google’s browser engine. The code would go on to spread to even more recent versions of the Chromium engine.

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Details of the WhatsApp desktop flaw

The flaw was discovered by researcher Gal Weizman at PerimeterX, who confirmed that it is a result of a weakness in how WhatsApp’s desktop was implemented using the Electron software framework. Electron allows developers to create cross-platform applications based on Web and browser technologies but is said to have had significant security issues in the past.

Weizman’s findings with the WhatsApp client indicated to him that an attacker can inject JavaScript code into messages that run within WhatsApp Desktop—and then gain access to the local file system using the JavaScript Fetch API.

Facebook says they have shipped new versions of the client that use updated browser components.

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How to reply to your friends’ Instagram stories using GIFs

How to reply to your friends’ Instagram stories using GIFs

When your friend has a status update and you wish to respond to it without the use of words or images, you might want to reply with a GIF of your own. Active Instagram users have, in the past, been able to fetch GIFs from Giphy and use these as animated stickers in Stories. Now the experience has been realised.

With the app’s latest update, users can reply to friends’ stories using Giphy GIFs.

There’s basically a large library of Giphy animations to choose from to help you find that perfect GIF to use to reply to a friend’s story. Not to forget early, Instagram brought Giphy integration to direct messages in 2018 too, but the latest update gives you easy access to GIFs.

There’s quite a lot you can do on Insta: You can activate Instagram dark mode for your phone, tag and re-share someone’s Instagram story as your own, see false information shared on Instagram, as well as download all your Instagram photos, videos and stories.

Facebook also recently rolled out a new feature on Instagram that notifies people when their captions on a photo or video may be considered offensive, and gives them a chance to pause and reconsider their words before posting.

When someone writes a caption for a feed post and the Instagram AI detects the caption as potentially offensive, they will receive a prompt informing them that their caption is similar to those reported for bullying. They will have the opportunity to edit their caption before it’s posted.

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How to pay URA taxes and KCCA fees using MTN MoMo

How to pay URA taxes and KCCA fees using MTN MoMo

It is an obligation for you to pay taxes to Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and fees to the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) – if at all you have a running business or enterprise in the city. This post basically details to you how you can fulfil these obligations with much ease.

Pay URA taxes and fees using MTN Mobile Money

The authority has a partnership with MTN to facilitate payment of taxes using MTN Mobile Money. MTN customers can pay their URA fees and taxes using MTN Mobile Money by dialling *165#, selecting ‘Fees and Taxes’ and then choosing URA.

There are two payment options: with a Payment Reference Number (PRN) or without PRN.

Pay KCCA fees using MTN Mobile Money

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is responsible for the assessment, collection and accountability of revenues collected from revenue sources such as trading license, fees, ground rent, property tax, penalties/fines, rentals, hotel tax and other fees collected from various City operators.

MTN customers can pay their KCCA licenses, fees and taxes using MTN Mobile Money. All you have to do is dial *165#, select ‘Fees and Taxes’ and then choose KCCA.

Thereafter, you will have to enter the payment reference number, the amount and then confirm payment by entering your MTN Mobile Money PIN.

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