Pulse Tech: Why Smart Watches and Fitness Trackers are the In thing

Watches are evolving with time, you probably ditched that “disco” watch with 4 digits on the screen when you left primary or lower secondary. You wore a traditional analog or better looking digital watch, but that isn’t cool enough for 2019.


Smart watches and fitness trackers seem to be the in thing for millennials around the world. Smart watches are the more sophisticated watches that let you see notifications, respond to messages, take photos, track your heart rate or sleep and some let you make phone calls.


Smart watches include the pricey Apple Watch, Galaxy watch, Gear 360, LG smart watch and more. These tend to be bigger and more advanced than fitness trackers, you will see you favorite celebrities and trendy people donning them.


Fitness trackers are the smaller, more lean and less flashy and more affordable versions of smart watches. Their main goal is to track your fitness activities, read your heart rate. Phew, they also tell time too, you just have to lift it and the tiny screen glows to show you the time.


Fitness trackers and smart watches are an ideal accessory for the modern pulser because they connect to your phone via Bluetooth and add functionality.


They let you answer or ignore phone calls without your phone ringing. No weird ringtones in lecture rooms.If you like hanging out in noisy or crowded places like concerts or hangouts, you can always get a notification, message or phone alert even when your phone is in a handbag, pocket or charging at the DJ booth.


You can style up your smartwatch or fitness trackers by buying straps that match your outfit. You won’t be able to change the screen but you can always buy one with interchangeable straps.


There are various smart watches in the market with some cheap, affordable and expensive versions but here are my recommendations; Xiaomi Mi Band 2 or Mi Band 3 which range from 150 to 200K. A Fitbit is slightly pricey at $150 and if your wallet is well blessed Apple Watch and Gear 360 start at $200.


Before you buy one, just check or google the specifications to make sure it’s compatible with the smartphone you are using.


These smart watches are now easy to find and purchase. In fact you can use MTN MomoPay to buy one on Jumia for as low as 60,000/- and have it delivered to your doorstep.


Pulse Movies: Shazam will make you wish you had super powers

Shazam is undoubtedly DC’s most joyful and light-toned movie since the days of Christopher Reeve’s Superman. It’s a fun packed story about a boy who learns that by shouting out one word – SHAZAM he can turn into the adult superhero Shazam.


It’s the kind of superhero film that makes you want to have superpowers. This might seem like an obvious thing for all superhero films to do, but with so many world-ending catastrophes, the sheer awesomeness of powers sometimes gets lost. Well, with Shazam!, you get the classics of the genre a charming superhero vs. an intense villain along with many unexpected surprises and cameos.


The movie is expected to cross a billion despite the competition from Marvel’s EndGame expected to drop in two weeks or so. But with Shazam, Only time will tell if it will stick it’s ground as the fun family movie we all longed for from DC Comics.


“We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word – SHAZAM! – this streetwise fourteen-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam.” – IMDB


Well, some may call Shazam the DC Comics’ version of a censored deadpool but who cares, no matter what kind of fanboy you are, you will definitely enjoy the humor and action in shazam.


You can watch this movie at a discounted price of 10,000/- at 3D Cinema Magic on Mondays courtesy of MTN Pulse.

Why You Can’t Tell if Someone has Viewed your WhatsApp Status

Have you ever wondered why your status views are low? or perhaps wonder how that annoying stalker got a screenshot of your status and shared it but you can’t see them on you seen screen?

Well, there are about 3 reasons and here they are;

When one disables ‘read receipts’ for WhatsApp statuses, they don’t appear on your seen / ‘stalker’ list. However, when you disable read receipts, you will not be able to view those that have seen your status. Here is a small hack on how to do this. Visit the privacy setting in your WhatsApp, access the settings, click on accounts, choose privacy, disable the “Read receipts”, by un checking this option.


This can also be done through the use of third party WhatsApp applications. I discourage people from using third party WhatsApp apps like WhatsApp+, WhatsApp GB and the like. Much as they have features such as hiding your status views, viewing ‘delete for all’ messages, these apps often do not match up to the security levels of the official WhatsApp app. But there is always that creepy ninja who will risk his chats just to stalk you without you knowing.


The hardest and most geeky way that definitely works for some is refreshing screens in the app. Users who refresh their screens in the app and look for the statuses in media folders of their android phones can also view your statuses without being seen.

When you go to the WhatsApp folder in the phone, look for media. You will find a new folder called “statuses” appearing in your list. When you open it, you will find all the statuses from your contacts in your phone. The biggest problem is that you will not be able to know who used that status, because it does not show.


Some also claim that when you turn off data and view a loaded status then close the app on iOS or force close WhatsApp on android you can still pass as a ghost status viewer. Well to be honest I found this as a hit or miss and I wouldn’t advise it.


But to be honest, the hustle to hide isn’t real and most times not worth it because it takes one mistake to be caught and you become that creepy guy.


At Least, you learnt how creepy people check on you and the creepy person just learnt some new tricks.

Photo credit: WhatsApp Inc


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