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Apple Shares New App Store Stats Ahead Of Its 10th Anniversary



Apple revealed several new numbers on 5th July,2018 in a report celebrating the App Store’s 10th anniversary, which takes place on Tuesday, July 10th, including new details about subscription apps.

ResearchKit and CareKit, Apple’s software tools for doctors and medical researchers, are getting used in clinical trials for conditions including physical therapy, Parkinson’s disease, and autism. The report notes that over 500 doctors and scientists have used the tools and 3 million people have participated in such trials.

We now know that over 28,000 iOS apps offer subscriptions and users have subscribed for 95 percent more subscriptions than they did last year. When naming top subscription apps, Apple curiously placed Netflix and Chinese competitor iQIYI side by side on the list, which might be signaling for which markets it values.

It’s worth noting that the top most downloaded app of all time is Facebook, while the app that people have spent the most on is Netflix, according to a recent report from App Annie. Most of the top apps are actually owned by Apple’s major rivals including Google and Microsoft. iQIYI trails behind in seventh place for greatest amount spent, beaten by the likes of Spotify, Tinder, and Tencent Video.

Apple also revealed that hundreds of stories on the App Store’s Today tab have been read by over 1 million people. Given that there are 500 million weekly visitors to the App Store, that’s not a lot, but it does signify a small percentage of users do take the time to check out the tab.

Source: The Verge


Apple Release Date, Price And Specs Of Latest iPhones



Yesterday, Apple announced the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. These three new iPhones for 2018 officially replace the iPhone X. So just in case you want “iPhone X” later this year, you should go in for any of the three.

Although the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have virtually the same specs, just in two different sizes, which is 5.8in and 6.5in OLED screens, respectively, while the “low-end” XR features a 6.1in LCD ‘Liquid Retina’ screen which makes it a cheaper and more colorful phone.

The iPhone XR starts at $799 for the lowest storage capacity, the iPhone XS starts at $999 – like that of last year’s iPhone X – and the XS Max’s 64GB model costs $1,099. The prices rise from there with each jump in internal storage.
Apple’s iPhone XS and XS Max are now available to pre-order, with shipping to begin on 21st of September while pre-orders for the iPhone XR begin on 19 October before the handset starts shipping on 26th of October.

iPhone XS
• iPhone XS: 5.8-inch OLED display, Super Retina pixel density of 458ppi
• iPhone XS: Stainless steel body with glass back and front
• iPhone XS: Gold, silver, space gray
• iPhone XS: Dual 12-megapixel camera (f 1.8 wide-angle and f2.4 telephoto), 10x digital zoom, five portrait lighting effects
• iPhone XS: Apple claims it will run 30 minutes longer than the iPhone X
• iPhone XS: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB

iPhone XS Max
• iPhone XS Max: 6.5-inch OLED display, Super Retina pixel density of 458ppi
• iPhone XS Max: Stainless steel body with glass back and front
• iPhone XS Max: Gold, silver, space gray
• iPhone XS Max: Dual 12-megapixel camera (f 1.8 wide-angle and f2.4 telephoto), 10x digital zoom, five portrait lighting effects
• iPhone XS Max: Apple claims it will run 90 minutes longer than the iPhone X
• iPhone XS Max: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB

iPhone XR
• iPhone XR: 6.1-inch LCD display, Liquid Retina Display pixel density of 326ppi
• iPhone XR: Aluminum body with glass front and back
• iPhone XR: Blue, coral, yellow, white, black, Project Red
• iPhone XR: 12-megapixel camera (f1.8), 5X digital zoom, three portrait lighting effects
• iPhone XR: Apple claims it will run 90 minutes longer than the iPhone 8 Plus, the longest-lasting iPhone of 2017
• iPhone XR: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB

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2018 Tony Elumelu Foundation Application for African Journalists Opened



The Tony Elumelu Foundation, Africa’s leading entrepreneurship-focused
philanthropy, has announced a call for entries for the 2018 TEF Entrepreneurship
Forum Travel Fellowship for African journalists.
The Travel Fellowship will provide financial aid to journalists and photojournalists
affiliated with African national or global media houses to attend the 2018 Tony
Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum happening on the 25 th of October
2018 in Lagos, Nigeria. The Travel Fellowship covers travel and accommodation,
while affording journalists the opportunity to interact with participants, guests, key
public and private representatives, and leading speakers at the TEF
Entrepreneurship Forum.

The TEF Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 is the largest gathering of African
entrepreneurs and the broader entrepreneurship ecosystem. It will unite over
5,000 entrepreneurs, global investors, leaders from the African public and
private sectors and development organisations, presenting the unique
opportunity to generate ideas, forge networks and bring policymakers and the

private sector together, in a spirit of robust debate and interaction. The 2018
cohort from the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme, as well as
mentors and partners, will be present, as the culmination of their intensive
twelve-week induction.
This year’s Forum will include an interactive session with President Uhuru
Kenyatta of Kenya and President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, moderated by
TEF Founder, Tony O. Elumelu.

It will also feature the launch of TEFConnect, the world’s
largest digital platform for African entrepreneurs, dedicated to connecting
African entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Interested journalists are encouraged to apply HERE.


• Working Journalists affiliated with African national or global media houses
• Documented support provided from Supervisor/media outlet
Deadline: Midnight, September 12, 2018.

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Amma Asante, Komla Dumor, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah And Others Set Record Among Most Watched Ghanaians On Ted Talk



As one of the biggest platforms in the world, from 1984 TEDx has provided an unquestionable platform for people to share ideas on varying topics relating to Technology, Entertainment and Design amongst others.

Across the world, Ghanaians blazing diverse trails have also been engaged on such platforms, and in this article I researched to uncover the ones who have had the most impact on viewers & followers of TED.

In my research, I discovered, Ghanaians have had privileged opportunities to speak at some of the biggest TED platforms in Europe, America, and Africa. Out of the 10 videos outlined below, delivered by 6 men and 4 women 5 were delivered at TED’s annual conference dubbed TEDGlobal, 2 at TEDxAccra, 1 each at TEDxLabone, TEDxBrixton and TEDxEuston.

Together, the following 10 videos have amassed total viewership of over 2.2 million.

Local TEDx platforms such as TedxAccra, TedxUniversityofGhana, TedxKnust, TedxAfariwa, TedxAdum, TEDxLabone all deserve some commendation for providing the opportunity for Ghanaians to be inspired, network and deliberate on how to make Ghana a better place.

1. Amma Asante – 618K+ views
The power of defining yourself| TEDxBrixton

Amma Asante MBE is a multiple award-winning Ghanaian-British screenwriter, film director, and former actress. She wrote and directed A Way of Life in 2004. Her second film as a director was Belle in 2013 and in 2016 she released A UNITED KINGDOM.

2. MaameYaa Boafo – 437K+ views
Being the real me without apology | TEDxAccra

MaameYaa Boafo is a Ghanaian actress who received her MFA in Acting from the Mason Gross School of Arts. She has played roles in Hamlet, Comedy of Errors, LIFT, Asa, Bus Nut & Madam Secretary. Ms Boafo also leads the cast of An African City, the international hit web series that is “Africa’s answer to Sex & the City”.

3. Komla Dumor – 381K+ views
Telling the African Story | TEDxEuston

Komla Afeke Dumor was a Ghanaian journalist who worked for BBC World News and was the main presenter of its flagship programme, Focus on Africa. Komla started as the morning show host for Joy FM in Accra and was awarded the 2003 Journalist of the Year by the Ghana Journalists Association.

4. Anas Aremeyaw Anas – 204k+ views
How I named, shamed and jailed | Ted Global

Anas Aremeyaw Anas is a Ghanaian undercover investigative journalist. He is famous for utilizing his anonymity as a tool in his investigative arsenal. He was voted as the Most Influential Young Ghanaian in 2015 & 2016 in a ranking poll by Avance Media.

5. Taiye Selasi – 200k+ views
Don’t ask where I’m from, ask where I’m a local | Ted Global

Taiye Selasi is a writer and photographer of Ghanaian & Nigerian origin. She describes herself as a “local” of Accra, Berlin, New York and Rome. In 2012 she partnered with Ghanaian architect David Adjaye to create the Gwangju River Reading Room. She is also the Executive Producer of Afripedia, a documentary series about urban African creatives.

6. Fred Swaniker – 113K+ views
The leaders who ruined Africa, and the generation who can fix it | Ted Global

Fred Swaniker is a Ghanaian entrepreneur and leadership development expert. He runs four organizations that aim to develop leaders, primarily in Africa. He is the chairman and founder of the African Leadership Academy, founder of African Leadership Network, Global Leadership Adventures, and African Leadership University which is opening multiple universities across Africa with the aim of grooming 3 million leaders by 2060.

7. George Ayittey – 66K+ views
George Ayittey: Cheetahs vs. Hippos for Africa’s future

George Ayittey is a Ghanaian economist, author and president of the Free Africa Foundation. He is the recipient of the Canadian International Development Agency Award, University of Ghana Award, and the Mellon Faculty Research Award from American University.

8. Patrick Awuah – 65k+ views
Educating a new generation of African leaders | Ted Global

Patrick Awuah Jr. is the founder & president of Ashesi University in Ghana, a first-class institution he started in 2002. In 2015, Fortune Magazine named him among its 50 Greatest Leaders.

9. Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah – 62k+ views
Why I believe in Africa: Kojo Oppong Nkrumah | TEDxLabone

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah is a Ghanaian lawyer, Member of Parliament and Minister of Information. He additionally serves as a member of the Finance and Constitutional committees of the 7th Parliament of Ghana. Kojo started his career as a Treasury Analyst at British American Tobacco in 2006, later moved on to Joy FM as a broadcast journalist hosting the Super Morning Show after the departure of host Komla Dumor. In 2014 he bowed out of broadcasting to establish a Private Equity Firm, West Brownstone Capital and later becoming a politician.

10. Princess Umul Hatiyya Ibrahim Mahama – 32k+ views
How to sell your idea to an Investor | | TEDxAccra

In 2007, Princess Umul Hatiyya aka ‘The Globe Trotting Princess or Marco Polo in skirt’ set out on an ambitious plan to visit every country in the world. After 10 years, she has been to 67 countries on 5 continents.
– Author, Prince Akpah is MD of Avance Media.

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Do we make right choices for our devices?



Why did i get this phone? How did i end up with this device? Why do i even have this gadget in my room? This device isn’t that great after-all, i regret getting it!!

Familiar questions right?

Most of us end up asking these questions after purchasing a gadget, usually a phone and most times it isn’t because the device was over exaggerated(we can’t rule that out sometimes products are overly exaggerated) but sometimes, because we actually get the right device but for the wrong purpose.

How is that possible?

Every  Device is usually made for particular purposes, some to suit your camera needs, some to help you around the day, others well.. they were just made for making sake ( i didn’t mention hotwav ssshhh). The most important thing is to know exactly what the  device’s key features are and as to whether you need them or in most cases can afford them.

Most devices that give you everything( Camera, nice design, great UI and long lasting battery ) come at a costly price and are usually out of our leagues.

A lot of us love taking pictures! Every 9 out of 10 people are photo crazes. They would take pictures everywhere, anywhere and everywhere whether its a bedroom or a banquet hall.

For these photo fanatics the obvious choice of phone would be a device with a good enough camera. Some of these devices that are camera oriented usually don’t have strong battery capacity, ofcourse the main priority has been put on the camera, yet people begin to complain when their battery run out after close to thirty minutes of taking pictures or constantly using their internet or constantly binge using their apps. It is the reverse for devices with strong batteries, the ones we usually refer to as power bank phones they on the other hand tend to lack at the camera capabilities or storage or ram.

Nothing truly goes our way unless you are probably in the extremely rich  circle and  want to spend exorbitantly on let’s say  a Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri ($5,250), Mobiado Grand Touch EM Marble ($3,100)  or a Sirin Solarin ($20,000)

So what’s the way out?

Battery? The camera? Overall cost? You need to decide what you want from a phone and have clear objectives and ideas about how you’re going to be using it. The Brands are not always to blame.


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