27 Jun 2017

Would you use Google Wifi for just 300 Dollars?



Google just launched its gorgeous looking wifi "Google Wifi". Google WiFi is a cylindrical 802.11ac router that's available as a single unit or double pack it extends your wifi network without any wires by creating a mesh network. It comes as a single unit or several units if you wish to buy more than one for more connectivity.

If multiple units are installed, they can interact with one another to ensure maximum coverage at every point in the home, something that's very handy if you have thick walls or if your home spans multiple floors.


The network is controlled by an Android and iOS app which lets you suspend access to a particular device or prioritise other devices connected, For instance, disconnecting other users when you want to make that important video or Skype call, and you don't want someone slowing down your bandwidth. The app also saves and allows the sharing of Wi-Fi passwords.

Google Wifi rolled out in North America at the end of 2016, then in the UK in March. On Monday, the company announced its availability in Germany and France, at the price of €139 for a single unit and €249 for the two-pack.

If you would love to get your hands on these, you might have to wait for a little while, as it's not yet available for the African / Nigerian market yet. But, if you are in US, UK or Europe, you could get it from Google Store for $155 - $300 USD.

I would love to try these out, would you?
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MTN Nigeria pulls out of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, TV Game Show Suspended indefinitely



When I was a kid, this used to be my favorite TV show. I always dreamed being on the hot seat and calling my brainy sister and dad as lifelines, amd eventually wining the cash price of 10 million naira. That dream never happened.


After 13 long years of entertaining and educating Nigerians, the Popular TV game Show "Who wants to be a Millioniare" will be going off air indefinetely. This was announced on Sunday 25th of June, 2017 in a series of tweets, through their official twitter handle @WWTBAM.


To confirm the rumours, the  TV Game Shows host Frank Edoho who has been the host of this show since its inception in 2004 tweeted about the show going off the air. 



The good news is the Who Wants to Be A Millionaire App will still reward players and winners weekly the sum of  5000naira and a monthly cash prize of 20,000 naira for the top player for each month, pending their resumption, if they ever do so.

Will you prefer playing the game from their mobile app. You could download it from playstore here.


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26 Jun 2017

Nigerian Developers Build New Slack Integration for Tracking Remote Employees on Slack

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I am a huge fan of slack. Sadly, most people have reservations in using the platform for remote working because it's difficult to track employee activities and work hours. Many employers also don’t trust their employees enough to let them work remotely, so being unable to keep an eye on them and being aware of where they are during work hours make them uncomfortable with working remotely. The reason why most employers prefer open offices and fixed 8-5 working hours.

Nigerian software developers Yomi Eluwande and Olayinka Omole’s new Slack integration, Worklogs (because Slack is the most common remote working app used in Nigeria) makes it possible for employers to hire across time zones, and easily track activities of their remote employees using Slack.






According to a medium blog post from Yomi "Sometime last year, a couple of friends and I had this idea of building a product that solved a problem, which is, helping creatives and sellers get paid easily. We got to work and started building and we promptly faced some hitches. One of them was that we were all not at the same place so that meant we were more or less a distributed team working remotely.This made things difficult, as we had so much work to do and features to build, but didn’t know when the work was being done and when anyone was available to work. We all had day jobs after all. So we came up with a hack/solution which was inspired by Hotels.ng."





Olayinka Omole says they will be making changes to the app in the coming weeks. One of such is the addition of “slash commands and a bot so users can clock in without leaving Slack.” They will also be adding filters for reports so the admin and other users can “ have more insight into their work habits.”

Would you like your boss tracking you through this feature?
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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.
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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.


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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

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