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We live in a generation where communication is everything, social media is the bomb and content is king. Even though we have a variety of communication devices to choose from, our phones seem to be the handiest and most trusted gadget, which (dare I say) most of us can’t live without. Take this quiz to find out if you are addicted to your phone.

You are doing something alone and you hear your cell phone ringing, but it is not in the same room as you. What would you do?
A. Depends on if I’m in the mood to take calls or texts.
B. Run to the other room to check it.
C. Check it later when I’m through with what I’m doing.

You find your dream holiday destination but your cell phone might not have signal there. Would you go?
A. I would definitely go! I would be happy to take a break from my phone.
B. No! I can’t live without it.
C. I would go, but I would be unhappy about it.

You get a new job. On the first day, you find out that you aren’t allowed to have your cell phone in the work building. What would you do?
A. Just sneak my phone into work on vibrate/silent.
B. Quit the job! That is a ridiculous rule!
C. No big deal, I’ll just leave it in the car or at home.


Where is your cell phone right now?

A. I don’t know.
B. Right beside me, I can touch it without having to go anywhere.
C. Oops! I forgot. I left it in the car.

What do you have your cell phone for?
A. Just calling and texting, that’s all.
B. Everything!
C. Only for emergencies or for work.

Do you download ringtones on your phone?
A. No, I only use the ringtones my phone came with.
B. Yes, I have a lot.
C. Wait, you can download ringtones on your phone?

Do you keep your phone near you when you are sleeping?
A. Only if I’m using the alarm clock that night.
B. Yes. You never know; I may get a text or call in the middle of the night or I may wake up in the middle of the night and want to check the time on the clock.
C. No.

Do you rely on your cell phone to check the time?
A. Sometimes.
B. Yes, very often.
C. No.

If you either have to live a week without your cell phone, or get a very painful shot at the doctor. Which would you pick?
A. Live without the cell phone.
B. Get the painful shot.
C. None.

Results

Mostly As – You are regular phone user. You can do without your phone for a couple of hours and get on with life. But be careful, you’re on the borderline!

Mostly Bs – You’re definitely addicted! Try to create some distance between you and your device. Get active with some face-to-face interaction because your reliance on your phone can be quite unhealthy.

Mostly Cs – You have the tendency to be slightly out of touch with the world. Try to stay a bit more connected as there is a lot to explore through your device!

Cc: Beatrice Porbeni

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According to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook plans to initiate major changes to news feed from media and businesses to focus on personal interactions, which may lead to people spending less time on the website.

“As we roll this out, you’ll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media.

“The public content you see more will be held to the same standard — it should encourage meaningful interactions between people,” Mark Zuckerberg wrote.

The chief executive said the Facebook community has complained of a hike in the numbers of public posts on the social network in the past two years, which has been “crowding out” the personal moments.

It would take months to introduce the changes, Zuckerberg said in the post, adding he expected people to spend less time on Facebook and some other types of engagement to go down.

The end result, he said, will likely be good for the business in the long term.

 

 

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Hundreds of locals swarmed to property in Nthambiro, Igembe Central to catch a glimpse of the high altitude device that is part of Google’s Project Loon programme.

Project Loon is a global network of high altitude balloons which ascend like weather balloons until they reach the stratosphere, where they sail about 20km above the earth.

Loon balloons act as floating mobile phone towers, allowing local telecommunications companies to extend their coverage to remote areas and provide 4G internet.

Nguthari says the curious residents trampled on his maize, beans and green grams crops while some helped themselves to his miraa trees, causing ‘massive’ damage.

“The device was emitting a lot of light and people came in droves from far to see it. Some came in vehicles and motorbikes and entered my farm without caution. About seven acres were trampled on. Google experts who collected the device did not care to assess the damage on my farm and those of neighbours,” Nguthari said on Wednesday.

He now says he wants an agricultural expert to assess the damage to his crops so that his lawyer can file a suit against the US-based tech giant.

“The damage was made worse after police officers shot in the air to disperse the crowd that was keen to see the device. People were running in all directions destroying my farm produce. My farmhand also left on that day,” he added.

The device was one of Google’s 10 balloons deployed for testing in Nakuru, Nanyuki, Nyeri and Marsabit in July last year.

It was being navigated remotely to land in a less populated area but strong winds led it to Nguthari’s farm.

Google X, in a statement sent on Saturday, however said the balloon’s descent wasn’t a crash but a safe and coordinated landing.

“I can confirm this was a Project Loon balloon. Our hope with Project Loon is to beam Internet access to rural, remote, and underserved parts of the world. Following a routine research and testing flight, we coordinated with local air traffic control to manage this balloon’s safe and slow descent to an area in Meru,” the statement said.

 

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Creating the perfect resume for a job application can put you a step ahead of every other job seeker prepping for the same position as you are. It is however stressful and time consuming, moving from one bus-stop to the other, spending the little currency in your pockets, only to get a "No vacancy" response at the end of the day. Thanks to social media and the digital world at large - looking for recent jobs in Nigeria can almost  happen with just a click on your laptop, tablet, & phone. 

Having a great CV can be less stressful if you know who the organization you are applying for, are looking for. It can also help a lot to shape up your CV to match with what comes with the job description, here's where mylelojobs.com comes in. This is one of the best Nigeria's free online job service platform.  Not only can you perfect your resume through this site, you can also upload your detailed information and documents and let the system do the hard work for you. 




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Face book publicisized a version of its Messenger application for children aimed at enabling kids fewer than 12 to connect with others under parental supervision.

Messenger Kids is being rolled out for Apple iOS mobile devices in the United States on a test basis as a standalone video chat and messaging app.

Product manager Loren Cheng said the social network leader is offering Messenger Kids because “there’s a need for a messaging app that lets kids connect with people they love but also has the level of control parents want.”

Face book said that the new app, with no ads or in-app purchases, is aimed at 6- to 12-year-olds. It enables parents to control the contact list and does not allow children to connect with anyone their parent does not approve.

The social media giant added it designed the app because many children are going online without safeguards.

A Face book statement said,

“Many of us at Face book are parents ourselves, and it seems we weren’t alone when we realized that our kids were getting online earlier and earlier”.

It cited a study showing that 93 percent of 6- to 12-year-olds in the US have access to tablets or smart phones, and two-thirds have a Smartphone or tablet of their own.

The company said,

“We want to help ensure the experiences our kids have when using technology are positive, safer, and age-appropriate, and we believe teaching kids how to use technology in positive ways will bring better experiences later as they grow”.

Facebook’s rules require that children be at least 13 to create an account, but many are believed to get around the restrictions.

Cheng said Facebook conducted its own research and worked with “over a dozen expert advisors” in building the app.

She added that data from children would not be used for ad profiles and that the application would be compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA).

She said,

“We’ve worked extensively with parents and families to shape Messenger Kids and we’re looking forward to learning and listening as more children and families start to use the iOS preview.”

 

 

 

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Engadget first reported that Samsung has filed a patent application for a device that can read the palm of your hand.

The prototype technology wouldn't replace traditional biometric systems like fingerprints or face scanners, however, but would only help you get a hint in case you forgot a password.

Security questions normally handle this task, but someone who knows you might be able to circumvent the system and get ahold of your password.



A system like this, on the other hand, would look at the unique pattern the lines on your hand's palm form, and use them to show hints in the form of incomplete characters.

There is no mention of a depth system in Samsung's patent application, but it would be safe to assume that the company is looking at something more complex than a simple photograph — which could, of course, be spoofed with a simple picture.

This could potentially lead to a new, unique authentication system — granted that security and usability barriers are overcome — but there's no mention of anything beyond password hints in Samsung's filing.

A patent application doesn't mean that we will necessarily see the technology in use anytime soon (if at all). Companies such as Samsung and Apple often file patents as a marketing technique or simply to stop competitors working on certain ideas.

 

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Gluten-free diets are one of the few that doctors actually prescribe. So why are so many people following it? Peter Green, the director of Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, explains the myths surrounding gluten-free diets. Following is a transcript of the video.

 

I’m Peter Green. I'm the director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University.

We’re not sure why a gluten-free diet has become so popular but of all the diets if you look at the diets such as veganism, organic food, low carb, South Beach Diet, paleo diet, etc they don't have the medical legitimacy that a gluten-free diet has.

A gluten-free diet is prescribed as a treatment for celiac disease.



 

Also, there’s a lot of mythology that's going on.

There are several books that tout that gluten is the source of all evil, causing autoimmunity, causing dementia and brain issues, and responsible for us being obese, big bellies, wheat bellies, and there's very little scientific evidence to support the benefit of a gluten-free diet in anything except celiac disease.

So, celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that occurs in genetically predisposed individuals that develop this immune response to gluten which is the term for the storage protein of wheat, rye, and barley and it's actually very common.

 

It occurs in about 1% of the population which makes it one of the most common autoimmune genetically-determined conditions but in this country, only about 20% of the individuals with celiac disease are actually diagnosed.

Now, in the time that celiac disease has been noted to increase, a gluten-free diet has become very popular.

 

More than twice that percentage, like 2-3% of the population is actually avoiding gluten and we not sure why that is.

The people who avoid gluten or PWAGs “people who avoid gluten”, we don’t know why they are doing that, so it's a very trendy diet, it's a popular diet.

 

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Facebook has announced that it will train and support over 50,000 students, small businesses and creative entrepreneurs across Nigeria in 2018.

Facebook’s Public Policy Director, Africa, Ms Ebele Okobi, during a news briefing on Wednesday in Lagos, said that the training would be through a series of digital skills, as well as long-term impact programmes.

Okobi said that the trainings and support was Facebook’s initiative in its ambition to drive innovation, skills development and economic impact in Nigeria. She said that the trainings and support was Facebook’s new nationwide initiative to further cement its commitment and investment in Nigeria, and across the continent.

According to her, Facebook would be incorporating a series of high profile partnerships, training programmes and a physical space that will serve as a centre for learning and skills development.

She said:

”This set of initiatives is aimed at helping to develop and nurture communities, including small businesses, the tech and start-up ecosystem, youths and creative. In Nigeria, more than 22 million people use Facebook every month and 87 per cent of SMEs say that when they hire, digital skills are more important than where an applicant went to school.

”This demonstrates that the power of digital skills to aid economic growth and development has never been more important. At Facebook, our mission is clear: To give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.”

”Our investments and commitments announced in Lagos today further reflect our intent to partner with Nigeria’s policy makers and its vibrant tech and entrepreneurial eco-system to create economic opportunity and independence in Nigeria and across Africa.”

Okobi said that Facebook was committed to working with Nigerian small businesses, tech entrepreneurs and the next generation of leaders to better understand and utilise the power of digital tools for economic growth.

She said that Facebook would be launching a series of learning-based programmes facilitated by local training partners, to accomplish its mission. Okobi said that the learning-based programmes had been designed to provide skills that would lead to employment and support the growth of small businesses.

She said that the learning-based programmes include: Aspiring Entrepreneurs, Jobs for Youth, Boost your Business, Creative Entrepreneurship Training, and Online Safety + Digital Literacy Training in Schools and Universities.

According to her, Facebook undertook a detailed ‘Economic Impact Study’ to further understand how communities like small businesses and consumers in Nigeria use the platform, and the effectiveness of social media as a growth tool.

She said,

”Nearly 1 in 2 small businesses on Facebook say they built their business on the platform. Sixty-two per cent stated they have been able to use Facebook to help find employees for their business. Over half (58 per cent) of small businesses on the platform say they have been able to hire more employees due to growth since joining Facebook.”

Facebook has 1.37 billion daily active users on average worldwide and 7.2 million daily visitors from Nigeria.

Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what is going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.

 

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World’s Popular Social Media, Twitter is changing its policy on “verified” accounts, reserving the right to remove the blue badges from users who disrupt the online platform’s terms of service.

The move came a week after Twitter launched a review of its policy following revelations that neo-Nazi and white supremacist leaders had received verification of their accounts.

The blue verification badge was created by Twitter to vouch for the genuineness of content from political leaders, celebrities and journalists, and to distinguish it from spoof or parody accounts.

But in its announcement Wednesday, Twitter Company said its process until now failed to take into account whether users promoted violence or hate speech or otherwise violated its terms of service.

A tweet from the company said,

“We’re working on a new authentication and verification program. In the meantime, we are not accepting any public submissions for verification and have introduced new guidelines for the program,”

“We are conducting an initial review of verified accounts and will remove verification from accounts whose behaviour does not fall within these new guidelines.”

One of those previously verified included Richard Spencer, a leader of the so-called “alt-right” movement encompassing white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan and the organizer of a white supremacist rally that erupted in deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this year.

He commented on the exclusion of his badge late Wednesday, tweeting “Verified no more! Is it not okay to be proudly White?”

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Microsoft’s online communication service Skype lost an appeal in Belgium after it failed to comply with a court request to share data from messages and calls.

The case bears similarities to the privacy dispute between the U.S. Justice Department and Microsoft over whether prosecutors should get access to emails stored on company servers overseas, which is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Belgian judge at the Antwerp-based appeals court had asked Skype to share data on a suspect in an organized crime investigation on the basis that telecoms operators in the country are subject to such a requirement.

Skype said it was not a telecoms operator and did not have the technical capability to comply with the request.

Wednesday’s judgment, which confirmed the ruling of a lower court, said that Skype was “indisputably” a telecoms operator and that references in Belgian law to “telecommunication” included “electronic communication”.

The court also upheld the 30,000-euro ($36,000) fine and dismissed Skype’s argument that Luxembourg, where Skype and its servers are based, could block such co-operation, as the data the court was looking for originated in Belgium.

A spokesman for Microsoft said the company was considering further legal options.

The European Commission, the EU executive, is looking into rules for sharing digital evidence across borders, with a legislative proposal expected early next year.

 

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