Google+ re-engineer for better experience

Google+ the social media app for Android and the iPhone from the stable of Google more professional, totally different from Facebook and LinkedIn and Twitter but bring the experience from the following social media platform Twitter with the use of Facebook with no limit to the number character of a post, Skype with more than one on one live chat and video calling together and totally different to what LinkedIn is. The mobile apps has once again undergo a total reengineering process, so if you are a conversant user of this platform like me you are bent to notice this salient points to be pointed out right here now.
Before now like I have one said in one of my report that Google as a brand never believed that they have a perfect app that is finished but believe that some things still need to be done and I strictly want to believe that, that is what contributes and at the same time responsible for so many landmark changes and improvement that has come to different product from the giant company Google.
BEFORE NOW
Google+ before now one can be able to mention another fellow with a plus sign ahead before the name of whoever you wanted to mention and their come suggestions from your contact and people from your own circle first then others that are common or that are synonymous to the word combination and the more you type the more it sieve out your list and only that while it seems to be okay by that.
BUT NOW:
The mobile version of the app has been engineered to accommodate great new features like having access to all your community with enough access to post into a certain last of the community a feature that was not there before and also you can have and own your authority over Thor post like controlling it not to be repost or share where the notification bar is visible and you can as well disable comment and share of your post.
Google so check this:
Something to improve or check to ensure it works fine. As cool as this sounds and nice looking the interface is, this is notice that while posting to  community any attempt to mention anybody the app just crashed and so working thereby closing down the app, though it was thought of been a phone issue but it was tested for another 3-4 times to conclude that it might be a technical issue.
And more so, how true is it that comment in Google+ has a limit, Google kindly clear this for easy understanding and comprehensive reason is needed for users.
Share with us your personal experience using that social platform and what’s your thought about this initiative?

Welcome BBM to WindowsPhone

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Blackberry is about to load up the serving database that serves its blackberry messenger fondly referred to BBM. If you remember you will recall the experience while coming to Android devices and the Apple iPhone. The entry though was not that smooth and also looking at the Nigeria smartphone market their is a big problem for the product in it entry because in Nigeria alone the market for smartphone is high not to now talk about the Africa market in terms of number of devices been sold like each day, although, I gathered that the app is already out to as many that already sign up to have the BBM app ahead of others as a beta tester and according to a good source it is clear that over 10,000 beta tester Storm the portal once declared and the slot was fully absorbed in less than 24hours of its announcement, then if you are a windows phone user the wait might actually be over since in less than 2-3weeks away from now you will have the app in the windows phone market (aka windows phone store) but at the moment some finishing touch might be the stage at which the App is undergoing as to some past of the app not rendering the way it should and also some emoticon too but while we keep our finger crossed.

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How easy is it going to be? The question that border my mind and also hope the company has learned from the experience gather during it deployment on Android and the iPhone market?

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And finally if you are conversant with this page, you will discover that this post is slightly coming to reality because quite number of users will be in need of data to enjoy this and the cost of data is still that friendly in this part of the world and also the quality of service needs to be worked on for any Telco to remain in the market and a move from voice to data is then xing to stay and like I previously say I’m one of the past report that I sense a crash in the cost of data and subscription, so what I can only way is that hold on a little longer for a better and quality service with good tariff.

Paypal join the payment platform in Nigeria

Paypal, the old payment platform that gives consumer enough access to own there privacy, security and for as many living in Nigeria that has been so skeptical to use there credit card online due to fraudulent activities that can affect their finances and credit history can now breath a fresh air as to the fact that PayPal, the financial technology company has now made their presence available in Nigeria, the event that takes place at the open living lab in  the neighborhood of Yaba that house the domain where almost all the developer in Lagos and in Nigeria gather under one roof in other to churn out community relevant technology solutions, the Co-Creation Hub located at 294, Herbert Macaulay way, Sabo, Yaba. In other to give rooms for more customer to get connected and also to improve and expand  their customer base and also encourage the habit of going online for shopping and making life easy.

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Before now PayPal was of the opinion that they are not ready for Nigeria market and not that alone but also Africa as a whole, but I personally say to myself that that was in the time past, several question were then pointed out as to and from the last experience of some people that have wanted to use the platform and some that were locked out due to breaking one policy or another and even some was due to IP address of the system been used as against the registered IP that is attached to the account at the point of registering the account. Though this put so much question in the airways that require attention. The platform go further to establish the fact that individuals hardly leave home without this three things car keys, wallet and mobile phone which serves as the common point of meeting for both online and offline, that is instead of going about with raw cash or better still ATM or credit card but with the flexibility of Mobile phones these days, one hardly go about this three in a way which has easily bridge the gap between the online and offline of the individuals business life.

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But the smell of the good omen coming to town now is that, PayPal has come to stay and need to  understanding the Nigeria financial ecosystem with  technology and even the African business environment in other to know where and how to sync all other product into the market or better still dominating the existing payment platform which might already understand the consumer behaviour and just subsume the platform.

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We therefore keep our finger crossed as to what is in pipeline for Nigeria and the African market, so the challenge goes to tech solution providers to step up the game and build a solution that can transcend beyond this Nigeria and scale through the African continent first due to sensitive and fragile financial setup in Nigeria and Africa thereafter we can then look into studying how we can infuse and integrate into the developed world financial system or say from experience churn out another standard solution to compete with existing one and as well makes life easy for all.

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As of the moment, tech developers that believe in not reinventing the wheel were eagerly awaiting the release of API for integrating into the existing solution that they had running already. At the launch and briefing of the available solution and the stages currently on ground for the merchant and individuals were in attendance some key players in the technology Industries and other stakeholder with developers wanting to dive straight into the available solution even at the beta stage.
Share with us your experience of the platform presence in Nigeria and what you think about their presence compare to what you have experience in the past?

The iHq project, transformation loading…

The iHq project is a project and vision of the open living lab of the Co-creation Hub (aka CcHub), with the vision from the duos that might have seen it ahead (Bosun Tijani and Femi Longe) and the need to have a replica of silicon valley, even if not in anyway closer but totally change the way it is and get improve overtime and also be the very first in Nigeria if not in Africa.
So, the research they have carry out before this implementation stage shows that for changes and improvement to happen the implementation of the project matter most and it is going to be of good benefit to the citizens at the grassroots level, communities, state, economy and possibly the country at large. Also, a very good beginning with many  innovative solution to the common man and not neglecting people at the grassroots level with the inclusion of the students from low-income earners to the governments school around in other to bring them at par with what is obtainable in the developed world.

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Research shows that for changes to be effect and feel, there is need for stable power, access to good road, and in terms of education, general overhauling of the education syllabus might be a thorn in the neck and with the believe that if the available syllabus is judiciously utilise and channel into doing rather than theoretical essay and cramming with the view to gain a certificate at the end of the day might not get Nigeria anywhere than producing unemployable graduates as it is clear that their are jobs out there but unemployable graduates are been produce year-in year-out and this gives rooms to foreigners to coming in and rake the jobs available for the citizens.
Therefore, CcHub as fondly called come up with this initiative that if only the businesses within their vicinity could get access to internet and without forgetting the governments parastatals and educational institutions which is  not limited to tertiary education but also goes down to the grassroots level, I mean to the primary and secondary school in that axis and part of the Lagos state environs.
At the just concluded meeting with the team of solveforX team from the GoogleX arm of Google with the Vice-President of the GoogleX in attendance, Megan Smith, the Google Country Manager Juliet Ehimuan and her Nigeria team to champion the event. Femi Longe give a breakdown of what the project is all about how it all started, how they schedule meetings with stakeholders concerned, how Lagos State governor the person of Babatunde Raji Fashola has been of tremendous help to the project by granting right of way for the implementation of the project. The project is going to see all the institutions within that environs comes alive to bring the best in education with the support of good and quality internet facility to the institutions and also to the secondary and primary schools with the plan to do a train-the-trainer in other to have a full fledged and up-to-date technology and computer education that can project the graduates for a better employment and labour market injection and also ensure a technology solution that enhance green environment with views to also tackle some basic problem been faced day to day like managing traffic with good planning of packing space without contributing to the traffic been experienced in that environment.
The project also had in plan, room for as many people that might which to work from home and get their workdone as fast as possible and timely with access to good and quality internet services. He further enumerate the challenges been faced and the current challenges been proper utilization of this project, after which there is a Question and Answer segment that helps in outsourcing ideas on solution to enhance smooth implementation and adequate use of the project without abusing it and getting it across to the right people which the project is targets at.
To further gain insight and idea into the project proper check their website at CcHub Nigeria
and if you willing to reach out to them send them email at contact, keep an eyes on this page for updates on this and some other innovative projects alike.
Do not forget to drop your comments.

Technology changes in the way we do business

The beginning: How it all started
For Nigeria and some other developing countries. Buying and selling  is as old as humanity in itself.
It all start from trade by barter as we are much used to and with one to one buying and selling but overtime and the advent of technology has brought a drastic change to the way we transact and change business look.
Worst beginning , technology the game changer.
Nigeria as a case study wanting to join the league of countries that carry out transaction online but getting onboard in the negative way which has brought a shameful look and dent to the image of the country, that Nigerians wherever they travelled to get this isolated or convict look and treatment. To some they  believe its a leadership thing while to some youth that are conversant  and follow trend and development agreed that its a bad orientation or improper enlightenment about internet attitude and behaviour with an online transaction thereby turn every youth as of that era to fraudster (I mean like 72% of the youth population) are tagged yahoo-yahoo boys and from that point henceforth Nigeria get delisted from countries that can make transaction online.
But the change and findings  had shows that Africa is the next place for development from trade and also green land for economical development and center of attraction for the global environment, this been known to people of the elite and business analyst that has foresight of the future. Since then, Elite and the business mogul put together their  resources in other to be part of this global village and business arena then be relevant, several studies both within and outside has been put together to regain the dented image of the country and even make the environment and atmosphere available and conducive for the time to come, therefore fixing the integrity issues within before the infusion of the foreigners and to cartered for, this then the likes of Konga, Jumia, Huntella, Kaymu and to mentioned a few.and the likes come onboard to test out different business models ,taking  risk with facts figure and even cash and as well correcting the integrity issues with the believe that if we are able  to solve the integrity issues within then we will be able to convince the foreigner and enabled or say activate online transaction and imbibing the culture in this part of the world.
Therefore bringing this into reality, to this environment and this part of the world, we need to try educate the general masses and go down to the grassroot and even the youth needs a massive re-orientation with regards to the use of internet and re-channel there thinking to the positive aspect and they can be the next change. The government of the country needs to also realise the proper benefit and how this can be of great use to the country at large, so that license cannot just be issued but proper rule and regulation with reliable terms and conditions with an elite within that profession who will know what and what it takes to consider before putting together terms and condition, that will not give room to abusive use, and the merchandise with the license will not just be giving pocket-tearing tariff with unreliable network, and to proper enhance the growth and improve the business aspect of the economy of the country to show reliability and give a good transition with good prospect for businesses and investors.
The few expose people in the terrain now are really strategizing on how to impact the economy at large positively and position it for an international standard.
Kindly tell us your internet experience and how it has positively affect you or your business one way or the other, do not hesitate to highlight the bad effective also.
Till the next column enjoy the rich opportunity of the internet and remain security conscious.

5 Android updates that help you to be productive

Google and the Android running  smartphones  is well-known and Google never believe that a products is fully done and this is what give rooms to frequent update which in recent time has been on the increase and frequently updates should not stop.

1. Quickoffice
Quickoffice is one app that helps you stay with your work and regardless of where you are, you are always at work, important a nutshell say, work on the go. Before now you can only work on the go with your device running on data and this is superb though, and in the era of cloud storage and back-ups, which makes it interesting and not retarded to work on document with different issues from power to fluctuating quality of internet services. But the truth is that not all countries of this world  has this features of running on data and If this is available its not pocket friendly in tariff and the quality of services been offered, at times it someone annoyed and also delay the job to get done, if at all one wish to just get this data plan, despite the unstable service been offered, and its service start to fluctuate while working on a document. There will be delay, but with this new update, you now have document separately and spreadsheet too separately and by so doing you can work on either the doc file or spreadsheet separately offline and the two gets to sync with your online storage once their is internet and though you can now work on your spreadsheet on the go, then once through, and need to have access to your document any where you go, across any device, and at any time at your convenience. This is the cool updated on Google document, presentation and the worksheet.

2. Google Drive
Though from all smartphones users that I have came across and on checking there phone I have discover that most don’t even have this app at all and for as many that has this app never knew its important and usage. Long story short for as many that want to be productive and proactive you will also need this app. Aside that, the needed update on this app is the ability to collaborate on working on documents with a collaborator without needing to do your path and uploading, sending via email while the other collaborator on the other side download and work on same document, while this will take more of the time for the work to get done with. This is not new if you are accessing Drive via desktop and laptop but if it works fine on those platform and we should as well be able to do our work on the go as well, with this new update, you cannot only access the document shared with you only but as well access the document in your drive and also share with others too via this app and it update, as against the earlier version where you can only access documents and other item you have in your drive. So, we say Google keep on releasing updates to better improve peoples live and productivity level for further improvement.
3. Gmail
Gmail is also an app that is kind of pre-built apps that comes with all android devices and Google most time updated this to give user a good experience and the current update on this Gmail will help user to be able to refresh their mail by just swipe down the email screen and bt so doing you will discover the flow of the Google’s colour for a short while and finally reload the page with new email as against the reload symbol on the email page before now. Still on this same app, the reason for which a message is sent to spam is now shown on each spam message when you try open  and thereby letting you to once in a while check your spam and don’t believe because its a spam its not that necessary at all.
4. Easy save to Drive
With this new update, once you are accessing your mail on the go via the Gmail app, you can save attachment direct to your drive without needing to wait till you get to your laptop or desktop system, which makes it easy for individual to access the files and doc anywhere via any devices, Files saves to Drive are easily accessible from any smartphone, tablet or computer.
This to mention afew, also the Gmail apps gives you the acedd to read from right to left as again the normal English way of reading from left to right which consider the Arabic user of android devices.
5. Google camera
There are several camera apps and also some camera are manufactural build though its nother that its that cool as against the manufactured camera apostate but this give user the access to photosphere and user having 4.2 jellybean -4.4 kitkat version will now have official access to photosphere and not need to look for the AOSP camera to do that and no need also to create another gallery as against the AOSP camera features.

The Dangerous Impacts of Social Media and the Rise of Mental Illnesses

Less FaceTime, more face-to-face time.

Tallulah Wilson was just 15 years old when she took her own life back in October 2012. The gifted ballerina had been receiving treatment for clinical depression, but whilst creating an online fantasy of a cocaine-taking character, she began to share self-harm images on social networking site, Tumblr.

Shortly after her mother discovered Tallulah’s account and had it shut down, the teenager jumped in front of a train at St. Pancras station in London.

Back in 2002, Tim Piper killed himself at the age of 17. Following his struggle with depression, the student embarked on an online search for advice on how to commit suicide – later hanging himself in his bedroom. 

While there are several reasons for using social networking, it appears that its main function is for increased contact with friends and family along with increased engagement in social activities. However, research has shown that young adults with a strong Facebook presence were more likely to exhibit narcissistic antisocial behavior; while excessive use of social media was found to be strongly linked to underachievement at school.

So if you take roughly 1.2 billion Facebook users and 450 million people suffering from mental disorders, what do you get? A global pandemic that’s showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

Cyberbullying is still on the rise

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Quoting statistics from the Pew Research Center and the World Health Organization respectively, it’s frightening just how high these figures are – especially when you take into account the terrifying growth of online bullying. 

Earlier this year, British charity ChildLine found cyberbullying to be on the rise; with children reporting 4,507 cases of cyberbullying in 2012-13 compared to 2,410 in 2011-12.

Why the increase? It appears that somewhere along the way, the privileges of social networking have been abused – both in terms of its meaning, as well as its victims.   

It was back around the 2005 mark that the technorati heralded the dawn of social media; reaping the benefits of adopting real-time communication via a digital platform. Embracing unfamiliar terminology as well as transforming the landscape upon which standard norms of interaction were practised, suddenly choosing the appropriate profile picture became a first world problem whilst others agonised over which hashtags best summed up their tweets.

Yet there were much more pressing issues that over time would manifest into the difficulties we’ve only just started to speak up about today. This year marked the world’s first ever #TimetoTalk Day, where for 24 hours on February 6, 2014, people were encouraged to start conversations regarding mental health in a bid to end the discrimination against mental illnesses.

Though while this is one instance where social media can be seen as positive in the case of mental health, there have been many other situations where social networking has not been such a good thing.

The effects of social networks on mental illnesses

A matter of contention prevalent within the media, several studies have shown that social networking – Facebook in particular – can have detrimental effects on our wellbeing. Researchers from the University of Michigan assessed Facebook usage over a fortnight and found that the more people that used it, the more negativity they experienced concerning their day-to-day activities; as well as over time, incurring higher levels of dissatisfaction with their life overall. 

Meanwhile, a blog published on Everyday Mindfulness uncovered a fascinating concept known as the ‘discrepancy monitor’; “a process that continually monitors and evaluates our self and our current situation against a gold standard.”

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In a nutshell, we evaluate our own experiences against what we believe our experiences should be. But when comparing our own circumstances against that of Facebook, we become our own worst enemy – as the digital persona portrayed on this social network only highlights the ‘best bits’ from our short Facebook timeline, in stark contrast to our entire life’s work. 

Need any more proof on just how damaging social media can be? Look to DoSomething.org, America’s largest not-for-profit for the younger generation and social change. Its 9 Ways Technology Affects Mental Health article brings to light several afflictions social media has on mental health, including depression, isolation, insecurity and more recently, FOMO, also known as “Fear Of Missing Out.”

Prevent social media addiction

The peer pressure to remain always connected – coupled with the 24/7 accessibility that mobile media provides – means that there’s always more than one resource available for users to get their digital fix; which unfortunately leads to the biggest demon of all: Addiction. 

While there’s a multitude of self-help guides preaching their own best practices for handling the negative aspects of social media, the resolution begins with learning to use social media when appropriate and remembering that health is wealth – physically, as well as mentally. 

Google set to roll out updates on Google Play

Google, the biggest brand in the mobile industries as of today in the current digital age, and has been in existence in about 15years with different products, solution and apps. Android which is another product from Google and that come into existence and rule the mobile market as of today is just 5 years old this year and the info-graphics and data has it that it is the leading mobile device on sales till this moment.

                

If you are one among the fan of this great and nice devices and also care about technology, you discover that the platform has churned out a whole lot of productive and fascinating apps from the store that best suit your taste from entertainment, productivity, to personal management.

The product apps market, that I,s the Google play is set to roll out a new set of improved solution atop the current version of the Google play which is currently serving the Android devices in stores and in market as of now. This is confirmed today with a post from the Google+ page.

 

So, for as many that are always wanting to be at the hem of updated information be on the lookout for the updates coming soon. Trust, you care to know more about this product, we get the infos out as soon as we get hold of them pretty soon.

Or you insist that it is not necessary? Let us have your comment below and what are the cool new stuff you expect from Google and the Android team?

Animated Google Doodle Honors Computer Pioneer Grace Hopper

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Today’s Google Doodle
 is an animated tribute to computer scientist and United States Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, who was born on Dec. 9, 1906 in New York City.
Hopper is best known for being one of the designers of COBOL, one of the first modern programming languages, which was created in 1959 during the Conference on Data Systems Languages.

5 Powerful Ways to Analyze Google Forms Data

Last week we looked at how to build an effective survey using Google Forms
, and this week we’ll finish our Google Forms exploration by looking at 5 powerful ways to analyze the data you’ve collected. No need to be a statistics wiz – getting to the bottom of data is simple, as long as you know a few basic moves.1. Where Does My Data Go?Over the last few months, the data location has changed a few times. First, the Google Form and the Data (spreadsheet) were connected at the hip, and editing the spreadsheet would usually break the Form. Then, Google Forms was updated to let you select whether or not a spreadsheet was needed in the first place, and you had to create a response destination. Finally, as of this week, the Google Form now makes a response collecting spreadsheet automatically when you create a new form. *
*One thing to look out for – the response spreadsheet gets created in the root folder, i.e. My Drive, so you’ll need to move it afterwards. Your Form, on the other hand, is saved in the folder from which you created it, if any.*
*If you need to access your data from within the edit view of the form, click “View responses” from the toolbar. The response spreadsheet opens in a new tab, just like opening a new document. The responses spreadsheet is aptly named “[Filename] (Responses)” making it easy to find, which makes total sense. You’ll probably store them in the same folder anyhow. Analyzing Google Drive form data