Why You Should Stop Charging Your Phone Overnight

Charging your phone while you’re sleeping results in the phone being on the charger for 3-4 months a year, Hatem Zeine, founder of Ossia, has said.

According to the developer, the process inevitably lowers the capacity of phone’s battery.

Experts also warned that leaving phones to charge overnight can actually make the daily battery life struggle even worse.

A recent report has explained that batteries depreciate from the moment they’re first used, according to The Sun, including the ones in our smartphones.

Plugging them in overnight increases the time your phone’s connected to a power supply, which effects the battery’s long-term ability to hold charge much faster than if you just charged it for the amount of time needed.

The Independent

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Student Union Leaders Budget N1.8m For Phone Calls

Student Union executives and legislators at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, have budgeted N1, 837, 550 to make official phone calls between August, 2015 and January, 2016.

In a copy of the Student Union budget made available to our correspondent and debated by members of the OAU Student Representative Council on Sunday evening, the leaders also had a separate budget for internet facilities and sending of bulk Short Message Service.

The sum, which did not also include the one for purchase of phones, was budgeted by the leadership of the Central Executive Council and Students’ Representative Council led by Mr. Omotayo Akande and Mr. Adebari Aare respectively.

Others are the clerk, deputy speaker, halls of residence executives, chairmen and secretary of transport, judicial, and budget and finance committees.

The student union leaders, who in totality budgeted N26, 090, 469 for their various needs, are expecting an income of about N15m.

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BBC World Service Radio Now Available On Any Mobile Phone In Nigeria

Mobile phone users in Nigeria can now tune in to the BBC World Service radio in English and Hausa by dialling the local number, 01 4405 222. BBC World Service is collaborating with ZenoRadio – a leading service that enables radio to be heard on the phone – to give on-demand access to BBC World Service’s audio streams in English (option 1) and Hausa (option 2).

Users can listen to the broadcasts from any mobile network in Nigeria. English-language radio is streamed live around the clock. Programmes in Hausa are streamed live at 06.30, 15.00 and 20.30 Nigeria Time and then repeated until the next programme is broadcast.

To hear the programmes, users can dial 01 4405 222 from any phone in Nigeria and choose the language they prefer from the audio menu. Calls are charged at a normal rate, according to network packages and tariffs.

BBC Africa Editor Solomon Mugera says: “The01 4405 222 service provides open and easy access to the BBC’s radio programming that until now has only been available in Nigeria via shortwave, online and satellite. Thanks to this development, anybody with a mobile phone in Nigeria can listen to BBC World Service in English or Hausa at any time.”

There are 132 million active mobile devices in Nigeria*. By using ZenoRadio’s technology, the BBC dramatically improves its accessibility to Nigerian audiences, with every mobile phone user getting the chance to tune in to BBC radio.

“Thanks to BBC and our service, listeners in Nigeria can now stay connected to their favourite BBC content from any phone,” said Morris Berger, Chief Executive Officer of ZenoRadio. “As this is our first foray into Africa, we are proud to work with the BBC on this.”

By dialling the 01 4405 222 service, mobile-phone users across Nigeria can tune in to BBC Hausa’s 06.30 broadcast, BBC Shirin Safe, BBC Shirin Rana at 15.00 and BBC Shirin Yamma, at 20.30 Nigeria Time. Popular BBC programmes in English include Newsday every morning from 04.00 to 08.30 and Focus on Africa at 16.00, 18.00 and 20.00.

BBC Hausa is part of BBC World Service.

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My Phone Numbers Have Been Cloned, Amaechi Cries Out

Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has alleged that his phone numbers have been cloned by unknown criminals who have been using the numbers to send out fake messages, urging people not to come out to vote.

Amaechi, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. David Iyofor, urged the electorates to ignore the messages as such did not emanate from the governor.

The statement reads in part, “This is to inform members of the public that the Telephone numbers of the Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has been cloned, and the criminals who did the cloning are using his phone numbers to send out fake text messages to people not to come out and vote.

“Please, that text message is not from Governor Amaechi. The Governor’s position remains that Rivers voters should come out to vote today. People should disregard the fake text message.”

The state government had earlier sent out a statement urging the people of the state to ignore any SMS informing them about the cancellation of the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The statement, which was signed by the commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, reads in part, “The attention of the Rivers State Government has been drawn to SMS message purporting the cancellation of elections in the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

“The state governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi hereby reaffirms his position that the elections must hold as scheduled and that all eligible voters in the state should go out and exercise their rights to elect the next Governor and members of the State House of Assembly.

“Rivers people are further reassured of the government commitment to ensuring their safe and security at the elections.”

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