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Faridah Seriki has been interested in technology since she got her hands on a desktop when she was eight. She founded Technesstivity after releasing a successful blog she made for class combining her passion for both journalism and technology. Faridah graduated from Vivian Fowler in 2009 and lives in New York where she graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism


Posted On September 15, 2014By Faridah Demola-SerikiIn Social Media

We Spotted An Instagram Ad

Legit this time! A few weeks ago we reported seeing an Instagram Ad. Turns out that was just an app Instagram was testing, but this time it’s for real. The ad was from Secret deodorant, and the post that appeared on my timeline as a Sponsored Post doesn’t seem to be on their page anymore. I was afraid Instagram ads would be intrusive, but if they sneak in one or two it shouldn’t be a big deal, no? Check out the post belowRead More

Posted On August 15, 2014By Faridah Demola-SerikiIn Design, Gadgets, Top Stories

REPORT: iPhone 6 Photos Surface

Calling all Apple Fanboys! According to TMZ (yes, TMZ), these are photos of Apple’s iPhone 6 expected to be unveiled September 9th. TMZ obtained the photos from someone whose friend — an ex-employee, worked in Foxconn’s hardware department in China designing the outer casing for the new model. If these are indeed the photos of the new iPhone, you’ll notice it’s bigger and looks more like the 5” displays common these days. It also seems to be running iOS 7, which is apparently for security purposes at the factory. AppleRead More

Posted On July 24, 2014By Faridah Demola-SerikiIn Social Media

Instagram Begins Testing In-App Ads

I was doing my pre-bedtime  social media run through tonight when I opened up the Instagram app and saw what looked to me like an official Instagram announcement. I clicked on it because there’s no harm in that, but lo! I was directed to an app in the Google Play Store. I couldn’t believe it, so I took a screenshot and sent it to my fellow writers – they couldn’t believe it either. After a few refreshes, it was gone. I thought I was seeing things, so I did aRead More
After Nigeria’s ‘game’ against Iran today in the World Cup, a lot of us kept the little hope we had up that Ghana would do us as Africans proud and defeat USA. Sadly, that didn’t happen, but at least they managed to score one goal. Not long after the win, brands started sending out congratulatory tweets as they always do when there’s a major event. It’s a great marketing opportunity, you can’t blame them really. However, one brand’s tweet wasn’t well received by Africans especially. Delta Airlines decided to congratulate theRead More
In the spirit of the World Cup which begins tomorrow, Twitter has activated ‘hashflags’ that display flags anytime you tweet a country’s short name with a hashtag. To make it easier to follow the games and events surrounding it, they’ve also created a special edition of their native apps on smartphones and their website that lets you follow tweets about the games in real time from players, coaches and commentators. The website has Twitter avatars and themes available to show your spirit for whichever team you support. It’s literally WorldRead More
On April 15, 2014, Boko Haram abducted over 200 girls from Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State. This wasn’t their first time attacking a school. Though about 50 of them managed to escape, the fate of the remaining girls remains undetermined. Reports say they have been forcefully married to their kidnappers. Many are outraged not only at the fact that Boko Haram is terrorizing the country, but at the fact that it has gone on for so long and has only intensified since the year began. According to theRead More
Google just announced the first Nigerian archive on Google Cultural Institute that documents photography of early 20th century Nigeria. The archive is owned by the Pan-Atlantic University, making them one of the nearly 400 partners from 52 countries that make up the Cultural Institute. The Google Cultural Institute aims to preserve the world’s culture and history online by partnering with museums, cultural institutions, and archives all over the world. The Pan-Atlantic University currently has two exhibitions up: Birth of the Nigerian Colony visually displays the birth of the colony thatRead More

Posted On February 24, 2014By Faridah Demola-SerikiIn Gadgets, Mobile, Top Stories

Watch Samsung’s Unpacked Event Live

Samsung’s Unpacked event starts at 7pm GMT and we expect a Galaxy S5 among other things. Watch it live from the Mobile World CongressRead More

Posted On February 24, 2014By Faridah Demola-SerikiIn Business

WhatsApp To Offer Voice Calling Services By The Summer

Following Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp for $19 billion, TechCrunch heard from WhatsApp CEO, Jan Koum that the app will be getting voice communication services in the second quarter of 2014 (i.e. by the summer). The service will start rolling out on iOS and Android devices first before it starts showing up on “some Nokia and BlackBerry phones.” Sorry guys. No one knows how it will work yet, all we know is that it’s coming and should give apps like Viber a run for their money. Hopefully they don’t start making usRead More
TechCabal in partnership with Social Media Week Lagos, announced its first startup competition dubbed TechCabal Battlefield (think a local version of the one from TechCrunch Disrupt). Also in partnership with Stanbic IBTC, Jobberman, VC4Africa, Memeburn and others, TechCabal will look for budding startups and put them through training sessions with industry professionals. The finalists will then present to a panel of judges that includes Iroko Partners CEO, Jason Njoku (iROKOtv, iROKING) amd Jobberman CEO, Ayodeji Adewunmi. The juicy bit (and the reason you probably clicked this link) is the $22,000 prize for theRead More