21 Jun 2017

Google launches its own Jobs Search Engine

The first thing that popped into my mind when I got the pop up notification on Google's Job Search Engine on LinkedIn was the song "We getting Jobs, we getting jobs this year, We getting Jobs no matter what the economy says".  

Yeah!!! Google has officially launched its new jobs search feature right on its search result pages. This feature lets you search for jobs across virtually all of the major online job boards like LinkedIn, Monster, WayUp, DirectEmployers, CareerBuilder and Facebook and others.

The idea here is to give job seekers an easy way to see which jobs are available without having to go to multiple sites only to find duplicate postings and lots of irrelevant jobs

 This new feature is available in English on desktop and mobile.

How does it work?
Just type in a query like “jobs near me,” “writing jobs” or phrases along those lines and the search result page will show you the new job search widget that lets you see a broad range of jobs. From there, you can further refine your search.  You also get to see Glassdoor (is there a Nigerian alternative?)and Indeed ratings for a company.

You can also filter jobs by industry, location, when they were posted, and by an employer.  You can also turn on notifications so you get an immediate alert when a new job is posted that matches your personalised query.

To create this comprehensive job listing, Google first has to remove all of the duplicate listings that employers post to all of these job sites. Then, its machine learning-trained algorithms sift through and categorise them. 


Once you find a job, Google will direct you to the job site to start the actual application process. For jobs that appeared on multiple sites, Google will link you to the one with the most complete job posting. “

Google also says they are not into competition with jobsites and it has no plans to let employers post job listings directly to the jobs search engine. Rather they want to improve job searching for all. 

PS: This feature is not yet available in Nigeria, I will update you when it is. I am looking forward to seeing Jobberman, Justjobsng on it.

20 Jun 2017

Access Bank, others take over Etisalat Nigeria over N541 billion Debt

This are troubled times for my favourite netwotk.

Access Bank PLC, other Nigerian and foreign banks, have taken over the management of Etisalat Nigeria. This took effect on June 15.

This is following the collapse of the effort by Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services, EMTS, promoted by-one time Chairman, United Bank for Africa, UBA, Hakeem Bello-Osagie, to reach an agreement with the banks on debt restructuring plan in the protracted $1.72 billion (about N541.8 billion) debt impasse.

However, EMTS  has up to June 23 to complete the transfer of 100 percent of the company’s shares in Etisalat to the United Capital Trustees Limited, the legal representative of the consortium of banks.

Etisalat Group, the parent company of Etisalat Nigeria, announced the takeover on Tuesday in a filing to the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirate.

Culled from Premium Times.


Microsoft's Cortana can now replace Google Assistant on your Android phone

Microsoft has been trying to get users to install its apps for iOS and Android. With the latest update to Cortana for Android  the digital assistant app can now take the place of Google Assistant (or Google Now) as the default smart AI on your phone.

The app will walk you through the process of connecting Cortana with a long-press on the home button. You'll be asked if you want to make it the default app when you launch it for the first time. If you say yes, you get taken to the app configuration screen in Android's settings.

The screen lets you change the default app for web browsing, SMS, and now for giving you instant help with a multitude of queries. Although for now, you can't launch an OS-wide voice command using this method and the app doesn't work in landscape mode for the time being either. If you prefer your phone to have a Microsoft rather than a Google focus, it's worth setting up.


If you use Cortana on your Windows 10 ,  it imports all of your Cortana settings, including reminders and favorite destinations,  to the Android app.

Unfortunately the app isn't available to download yet in Nigeria


Alertz: New Smartphone App That Can Wake Drowsy Drivers on the Steering


Scientists  at the Hong Kong Baptist University(HKBU) in China have  developed a new smartphone app that can alert a car driver if they are feeling sleepy.

With the app installed on a smartphone, the driver just has to put it near the steering wheel with the front camera facing him in his normal driving position.

The app also uses the real time video of the  smartphone it is installed on to track and analyse the facial features of the driver, in particular the changes in his eyelids and head position. When the camera captures features like drooping eyelids,drowsiness or even nodding off, an alarm is automatically setoff. 

To ensure that the driver is awakened, the driver has to turn off the alarm either by voice or by hand. 

It requires only a smartphone to function.

This app can help reduce the amount of fatal road accidents if used. Would you use such app while driving? 


14 Jun 2017

Fire on the Mountain, Uber CEO takes leave of absence


This is a tough time for Uber, CEO Travis Kalanick’s. Last month Travis parents were in a tragic boating accident that took the life of his mother. Now to grieve and clear his head before enacting changes at Uber, Travis has told his team he’ll be taking a leave of absence of unspecified length.

When Kalanick returns he will take a diminished role, Some of the responsibilities that Mr. Kalanick has historically possessed should be shared. Currently Uber is undergoing investigations on its ethics, leadership troubles, sexual harassment and discrimination in the US.

Uber must now start the journey of fixing its culture without its CEO

Read the letter Kalanick wrote to Uber employees:


For the last eight years my life has always been about Uber. Recent events have brought home for me that people are more important than work, and that I need to take some time off of the day-to-day to grieve my mother, whom I buried on Friday, to reflect, to work on myself, and to focus on building out a world-class leadership team.

The ultimate responsibility, for where we’ve gotten and how we’ve gotten here rests on my shoulders. There is of course much to be proud of but there is much to improve. For Uber 2.0 to succeed there is nothing more important than dedicating my time to building out the leadership team. But if we are going to work on Uber 2.0, I also need to work on Travis 2.0 to become the leader that this company needs and that you deserve.

During this interim period, the leadership team, my directs, will be running the company. I will be available as needed for the most strategic decisions, but I will be empowering them to be bold and decisive in order to move the company forward swiftly.

It’s hard to put a timeline on this – it may be shorter or longer than we might expect. Tragically losing a loved one has been difficult for me and I need to properly say my goodbyes. The incredible outpouring of heartfelt notes and condolences from all of you have kept me strong but almost universally they have ended with ‘How can I help?’. My answer is simple. Do your life’s work in service to our mission. That gives me time with family. Put people first, that is my mom’s legacy. And make Uber 2.0 real so that the world can see the inspired work all of you do, and the inspiring people that make Uber great.

See you soon

I hope this doesn't affect their operations in Nigeria

Taxify launches Taxify Cover" an insurance policy for driver and rider safety

Taxify has partnered with AIICO Insurance PLC and AutoGenius, one of Nigeria’s first digital insurance platforms, to unveil , "Taxify Cover" an insurance policy designed to increase driver and rider safety as well as improve the confidence of their user base.

Taxify Cover is a Comprehensive Motor Insurance which provides compensation for: Own accidental damage, third party bodily injury/ property damage, theft and fire damage to the vehicle, death/ disability/ assault to the driver and rider, passenger's liability and Loss of personal effects for both the driver and the rider.

Operations Manager of Taxify Lagos, Uche Okafor, commented, “This is the first time insurance is playing an active role in the daily commute of riders and drivers using any rider hailing app, and we are happy to be at the helm of it. This is line with our commitment to improving the quality of transportation in Lagos”

Taxify Cover is a first in the ride hailing industry.  It will be available for purchase on AutoGenius’ platform.

You could recall Taxify reduced it ride fares last month, which led to Uber doing something similar and increasing the competition between the two companies. Let's wait to see what Uber comes up with.


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