‘There’s nothing to be sad about’ – Dr. Sid talks about his father Justus Esiri’s death

Dr SID and his late father Justus Esiri

Dr SID and his late father Justus Esiri. Photo: that1960chick

Mavin recording artiste, Sidney Onoriode Esiri popularly known as Dr. Sid, one of the sons of the late veteran actor, Justus Esiri, is not shattered by the death of his father.

The ‘Over the Moon’ singer was all smiles trying to cheer the rest of the family when NET visited today. He said of his father, ‘His life is being studied in Universities in UK. He lived to be 70, and anything else after 70 is a gift, so there’s really nothing to be sad about’, Dr SID said.

The musician we discovered was told about the death over the phone by his brother. ‘He lived well. I will like to be like him when I grow up’, Dr. Sid added jokingly.

Oscar Pistorius granted bail, will not return to his home

Oscar Pistorius  stands in the dock during his bail hearing at the magistrates court in Pretoria. Photo: Getty Images

Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail and will be freed from custody as his trial in the Valentine’s Day shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp continues.

Pistorius’ family members and supporters are reported to have shouted ‘Yes!’ when Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair made his decision after a near two-hour explanation of his ruling.

Nair set the bail at 1 million rand ($113,000), with $11,300 in cash and proof that the rest is available.

The double-amputee Olympian’s next court appearance was set for June 4. Pistorius will however not return to his home, where the killing took place.

Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp in the pre-dawn hours of February 14. The athlete says he shot his girlfriend accidentally believing she was an intruder in his house. Prosecutors are however saying he intended to kill Steenkamp and have charged him with premeditated murder.

HTC 8X and 8S hands-on review

Taiwanese phone-maker HTC today took the wraps off what it purports to be ‘the face of Windows Phone 8’ in the form of two gorgeous Microsoft-powered smartphones, the 8X and 8S.

Apparently the result of an internal mandate to design devices inspired by the Windows Phone operating system and the challenge of making the iconic Live Tiles into as close to a physical, tangible product as possible, the 8X and 8S (or the Windows Phone 8X and Window Phone 8S by HTC, to give them their full names) certainly exude a sense of fun and breathe fresh air into HTC’s line up.

Designed by HTC’s lauded design agency One & Co, the 8X and 8S attempt to differentiate themselves with colourful hues, a strong visual identity, and a nice line in hardware specs to boot.

HTC 8X

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The flagship Windows Phone 8 device from HTC is a looker in anyone’s books. It’s certainly an impressive size and exhibits the keen attention to aesthetic detail the manufacturer has become known for.

Boasting an expansive, vivid 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 super LCD display (with Corning’s now-famed Gorilla Glass, naturally), a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 16GB of on-board storage, it would be easy to dismiss the 8X as merely ticking all the boxes for a current-generation smartphone.

However, the attractive tapered frame – delicately crafted from anodized aluminium – as well as an 8-megapixel autofocus camera and built-in amplifiers with Beats Audio support set the 8X apart from the pack when it comes to hardware.

The selection of striking colourways for European editions of the 8X – California Blue, Limelight Yellow and Graphite Black are promised for Europe – was a little more muted than expected, especially given that the Lumia range from Nokia is promising an equally vibrant set of Windows Phone 8 devices in October.

In the flesh, the 8X is a solid handset, the 10.1mm thinness accentuated by the design and a matte finish that lends it a sense of confident build quality.

Whilst we weren’t able to tinker with the Windows Phone 8 innards as much as we’d like, a nice – if subtle – touch, is that the device matches the theme to the colour chosen out of the box.

It is these details and accents to an HTC phone that so strongly emphasise their focus on the overall experience for the user, something which is effectively conveyed in the 8X.

In the audio stakes, whilst the 8X won’t be supplied with Beats By Dr. Dre headphones upon purchase, the software side tweaks are still present and correct, revealing themselves as soon as an audio-outputting device is connected to the phone.

The reassurance of ‘authentic sound’ and dedicated audio amplifiers with a higher voltage output that offset pesky distortion issues at higher volumes are welcome, but the absence of any official cans is sorely felt from HTC’s new WP8 poster child.

The HTC 8X holds its own in the snapper stakes, an 8-megapixel 28mm lens is supported by an LED flash, physical camera key, an f/2.0 aperture as well as a BSI sensor to avoid capturing poor low-light images. And to help out less able snappers, the 8X also equipped with a dedicated HTC ImageChip, which apparently enables a quicker focus speed and clearer action shots.

A nice boost comes to the front-facing camera too, with fans of video calls or self-portraits able to enjoy a 2.1-megapixel effort with a wide angle lens and support for 1080p HD video recording, just like the effort on the rear. You’ll be glad to know that the ImageChip also does the business with the second camera, souping-up photos over here too.

Whilst the 8X won’t be riding on the 4G super-highway any time soon with only a UMTS model due for Europe, quad-band support compliments Bluetooth v2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and NFC support in terms of connectivity.

As odd as it sounds, Windows Phone 8 is the least thrilling part of the 8X, HTC’s inability to customise, tweak and tinker leaves an altogether slightly over- familiar selection of Live Tiles to greet you on its crisp touchscreen.

That’s not a downer by any means, but when you’ve witnessed some of the trickery HTC has managed to create on Windows Mobile and Android in the past, the restraint that the company is showing in the 8X is palpable.

With HTC’s Sense ethos confined to the addition of Beats Audio and improvements in imaging and their Hub present once again to deliver a portal to unique applications, you can’t help but feel the manufacturer is somewhat hamstrung by Microsoft’s insistence on uniformity in the operating system.

HTC certainly achieve what they set out to do in terms of creating a smartphone that appeals to the eye and to the touch with the 8X, perhaps inviting those unfamiliar with the unique language of Windows Phone to try it, engage with it, and most importantly have fun with a robust, slick device.

HTC 8S

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The HTC 8S’smaller 4-inch display is WVGA as opposed to the 8X’s Super LCD screen. The processor is indeed down to a dual-core 1GHz affair and the internal memory has been quartered to 4GB (but is upgradable via microSD, unlike the 8X). Meanwhile, the front-facing camera is gone and the rear-facing effort is now sporting a 5-megapixel lens, shorn of all that ImageChip goodness.

But with those gripes out of the way, the HTC 8S still has one thing going for it: it looks fantastic.

A more affordable Windows Phone 8 entrant, HTC’s 8S definitely lends a heightened sense of fun to proceedings, the gorgeous two-tone design immediately carving the handset a niche amongst fashionistas and the anti-slab brigade alike.

The unique, slender frame evokes memorable HTC handset designs past like the Hero, Legend and HD Mini, with Black-on-White, Red-on-Blue and Grey-on-Yellow colour clashes looking incredibly attractive, cool and certain to turn heads at the right price point.

htc 8s

It pares back on the right features to make it more of a mid-level offering, meaning the Windows Phone 8 experience loses little of its snappiness on the 8S’ leaner processor.

The Beats Audio support may have also lost its dedicated amplifiers in the 8S, but will make more than enough noise in public with some incredibly bold, eye-catching looks.

A smaller, lighter frame makes for a more pocketable (or purseable) device in the HTC 8S, and is sure to go head-to-head with the Nokia Lumia 820 in the ‘cheaper-but-still-cool’ Windows Phone 8 stakes.

According to HTC themselves, Microsoft feel the same way, with the 8X and 8S both receiving a great reception from Redmond, so much so that they will be the faces of Windows Phone 8 in a joint marketing campaign later in the year.

With reassurance that HTC’s dynamic duo will receive ‘prominent placement’ in building awareness for Microsoft’s latest mobile effort, it will be an interesting battle for supremacy between the 8X and 8S with a blessing from on-high (they have Windows Phone 8 right in the name) against a pair of powerful phones from Nokia attempting to convince floating fans to make the switch to Lumia.

Either way, the 8X and 8S are said be landing within days of the launch of Windows Phone 8 in late October, and are due to bring a splash of color – and a bit of punch – to the smartphone battle.

At the right price and with the right levels of support from networks, these two could well bring the much-needed ‘wow’ factor to Windows Phone this winter.

iPhone 6 ‘about to enter production, packs 4.8″ screen’

iPhone 5 liquidmetal concept (rear)

The iPhone 6 is preparing to enter production ahead of its mooted launch date in June, reports indicate, as the start of a new year brings a slew of new rumours around Apple’s plans for 2013.

In a note to investors, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek claims that Apple is already undertaking trials of the next iteration of the iPhone and the fabled iPhone Mini, presumably in the environs of its Cupertino campus, before they enter production in March.

Misek also corroborated persistent rumors that the iPhone 6, also informally dubbed the iPhone 5S, will be home to a 4.8-inch screen, up from the four-inch display that debuted on the iPhone 5.

That tallies with a separate report from the China Times, also claiming that Apple will enter the fast-growing phablet market this year with a device that teams smartphone functionality with dimensions that verge on tablet territory.

The industry expert also backs conjecture that the handset will be equipped with a super HD camera, Near Field Communications technology to up the handset’s credentials as a digital wallet, improved battery life and 128GB of storage.

Apple is also thought likely to make its seventh-generation handset available in a host of new color options, including pink, yellow, blue, green, purple, silver, red and slate.

Congolese Witch Gets USA Visa To Attend Oscars 2013

The teenage star of an Oscar-nominated film about child soldiers in Africa has been granted a visa that will enable her to attend the Academy Awards, the BBC reported.

Rachel Mwanza, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, plays the lead role in War Witch, the Canadian submission in the foreign language film category. The 16-year-old was cast by Montreal film-maker Kim Nguyen despite having no previous acting experience.

She went on to be named best actress at the Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals. Nguyen, whose hard-hitting film also goes under its French title Rebelle, said his young star’s story was “truly a Cinderella tale”.

“Abandoned by her family and living on the streets as a child, her life has been transformed by the making of the film,” he said in a statement.

“To have her journey end on the red carpet is beyond anything she could have dreamed of.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, the makers of War Witch are trying to arrange a meeting between Mwanza and her “idol”, singer Beyonce Knowles.

“That’s all she talks about,” producer Marie-Claude Poulin told the newspaper. “The only English words she knows are Beyonce and Rihanna songs.”

Darey’s ‘Love Like a Movie’ (aside Kim Kardashian)

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The famous R&B singer, blew the minds of his fans with the special love concert which held on Sunday at the Conventional Centre of the Eko Hotel and Suites.

The concert, which was hosted by Darey and US reality TV show star, Kim Kardashian featured performances from 2Face, Waje, Banky W, Ice Prince, Mo’Eazy, Zaina among others.

The show met the expectation, it was described as the best show in Nigeria. Although there were disappointments after Kim Kardashian came on stage for only 40 seconds.

Darey thrilled the audience with his “Boyz II Men songs which he featured Tolu (Mtn projectfame),Praiz, Banky W and Timi Dakolo, he also did a duet “Endless Love ft Waje.

Darey later performed a tribute song for the late singer Goldie Harvey.

The show was a well organized show, the red carpet perfectly arranged also with a touch of some fashion police experts.

The show also had a 3D background, with bright lights

There were South-African dancers who thrilled the stage and a phenomenal sand artist.

Kim Kardashian and Darey

Kim and 2face

Kim Kardashian

Gbemi Olateru Olagbegi, Kim Kardashian and Maria

Mo Eazy and Darey performing

Tolu,Timi Dakolo, Waje, Banky W and Praiz

Weird MC

Zaina, Tolu, Ice Prince, Timi Dakolo, 2Face, Waje, Banky W and Praiz

Zaina performing

Darey Art Alade

Dayo Ephraim

Dr SID

Ifeanyi Dike

Kelvin Orifa, Tee A and wife

Linda Ikeji

Chidi Mokeme

Maria

Sharon Ezeamaka

Seyi Shay

 

 

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The famous R&B singer, blew the minds of his fans with the special love concert which held on Sunday at the Conventional Centre of the Eko Hotel and Suites.

The concert, which was hosted by Darey and US reality TV show star, Kim Kardashian featured performances from 2Face, Waje, Banky W, Ice Prince, Mo’Eazy, Zaina among others.

The show met the expectation, it was described as the best show in Nigeria. Although there were disappointments after Kim Kardashian came on stage for only 40 seconds.

Darey thrilled the audience with his “Boyz II Men songs which he featured Tolu (Mtn projectfame),Praiz, Banky W and Timi Dakolo, he also did a duet “Endless Love ft Waje.

Darey later performed a tribute song for the late singer Goldie Harvey.

The show was a well organized show, the red carpet perfectly arranged also with a touch of some fashion police experts.

The show also had a 3D background, with bright lights

There were South-African dancers who thrilled the stage and a phenomenal sand artist.

Kim Kardashian and Darey

Kim and 2face

Kim Kardashian

Gbemi Olateru Olagbegi, Kim Kardashian and Maria

Mo Eazy and Darey performing

Tolu,Timi Dakolo, Waje, Banky W and Praiz

Weird MC

Zaina, Tolu, Ice Prince, Timi Dakolo, 2Face, Waje, Banky W and Praiz

Zaina performing

Darey Art Alade

Dayo Ephraim

Dr SID

Ifeanyi Dike

Kelvin Orifa, Tee A and wife

Linda Ikeji

Chidi Mokeme

Maria

Sharon Ezeamaka

Seyi Shay