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Apple Music is coming to Amazon’s Alexa-powered speakers, in a rare move by the iPhone maker to broaden its service offerings to users of rival devices. Apple users are quite happy that this development came early before the holiday.

Amazon confirmed on Friday that Apple Music would be made available from the 17th of December on Echo speakers. This has been noted to be the latest sign of a truce between the two technology behemoths.


There are plenty of wireless speakers out there, but if you want to use a voice command to play Apple Music, there’s just one option open to you at present: HomePod. That’s about to change, with the ability to play Apple Music on Echo speakers … How cool is that!

 

Amazon has shared the news on its blog.


Music has always been one of Alexa’s most popular features and today we’re excited to announce that Apple Music will be available on Echo devices beginning the week of December 17.

Customers will be able to ask Alexa to play their favorite songs, artists, and albums—or any of the playlists made by Apple Music’s editors from around the world, covering many activities and moods. Customers will also be able to ask Alexa to stream expert-made radio stations centered on popular genres like Hip-Hop, decades like the 80s, and even music from around the world, like K-Pop. Just ask Alexa to play Beats 1 to hear Apple Music’s global live-stream including in-depth artist interviews— all completely ad-free.


The move will help Apple, which has some 50 million paying music subscribers, ramp up its competition against market leader Spotify.


Importantly, it will bring a key Apple service to consumers who do not have an iPhone or other Apple device, helping the California giant’s efforts to diversify its revenue base and reduce dependence on smartphone sales.


Apple currently allows consumers to listen to its music service, which carries a $10 monthly fee, on its smartphones and tablets as well as its HomePod which has only a small segment of the market for connected speakers led by Amazon and Google.


(AFP)

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Circuit Breaker- Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S10 is expected to be a huge update to its line of flagship phones. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, the 10th anniversary of its main smartphone will have three versions of the regular Galaxy S10 as well as a superpowered “Beyond X” model that would feature a 6.7-inch display, six cameras, and support for 5G.


The three S10 models are expected to range in size from 5.8 inches (the current size of the S9) to 6.4 inches (slightly larger than the S9 Plus), and feature between three and five cameras between the front and back, depending on the model.


The company is also reportedly considering adding a reverse wireless charging feature that could allow the S10 models to share battery life with other devices, like another phone or a pair of headphones, similar to Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro. 

The “Beyond X” model is said to offer a massive 6.7-inch display (the Galaxy Note 9 has a 6.4-inch screen), a total of six cameras (two front-facing and four rear), and support for next-generation 5G networks. The “Beyond X” sounds a lot like Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone X, at least conceptually. It’s a drastic update that pushes the design and technology of the entire lineup further into the future, instead of just iterating on a past design.


With all the different screen sizes and form factors in play, it’s also possible that the S10 and Beyond X phones could feature some of the new notched displays that Samsung teased at its developer conference earlier in November, too.


According to the WSJ, all four phones may be announced as early as an event in mid-February. The three S10 models are expected to hit the market first, and the “Beyond X” model is intended to arrive whenever carriers have 5G service to support it, which is expected to be sometime this spring.


This is all in addition to the foldable phone that Samsung has already teased for release sometime next year, which the WSJ notes may be called the “Galaxy Flex,” although there’s less information about when that phone will be released. 


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CIOs across the globe are prioritizing driving innovation through technology. Fueled by increased competition and digital disruption, companies need to continuously innovate to meet client demands, while streamlining processes and driving down costs. Matthew Blewett, chief investment officer at Business Connexion believes a culture of innovation will be key to survival.

The company will be hosting the second My World of Tomorrow Africa Conference and Exhibition in October this year. Themed “An African evolution of technology and innovation”, the three-day technology experience provides a much needed platform for organisations to exhibit future products and services by leading innovative brands.

“Environments like My World of Tomorrow Africa encourage foreign investment and help to break down social and technology barriers,” says Blewett. “It provides a platform to showcase what is already out there and what can be made possible through technology in the future.”


Local innovation and entrepreneurship could also play a massive role in driving down South Africa’s high unemployment rate. “With local innovation comes economic opportunity. There are already a number of examples where local innovation has led to great things, from malaria test kits to navigational aids for visually impaired people and Health solutions that make remote healthcare a reality. These home-grown solutions are proof that we have the ability to address local issues with local innovation,” says Blewett. “What we need now, is a platform to showcase that innovation does not only rest in the hands of large multinationals, but with each individual that comes up with a great idea.”

This is precisely what My World of Tomorrow aims to do. “From a conference perspective we have a fantastic line-up of international and local speakers that will focus on themes such as the Internet of Things, cyber security, social media legislation, renewable energy, future technology trends and more,” he says. “The exhibition, that runs alongside the conference and only wraps up on the Saturday, will showcase innovation, allowing the public to engage and interact with the world of today and tomorrow. It is important to note, however, that the event is just one part of a broader vision, which is to create a movement around innovation in Africa. We believe that if we can get the conversation started around African innovation to solve African issues, we will see a rise in local solutions to the problems we face on the continent.”

The “always-on, always connected” lifestyle has changed the way in which people interact with organisations. This era of consumerism has also fundamentally changed the way in which organisations need to do business. Discussions around IoT are critical for Africa considering that Gartner forecasts that by this year there will be 4.9 billion connected things in use. According to the research house, this will reach 25 billion by 2020.

“Enterprises not only have to keep pace with rapidly changing trends, but must understand their customers better, develop sales cycles with a more personal touch, and find new, innovative ways of engaging with customers in order to remain competitive. The blurring lines between the physical and digital worlds mean that traditional ways of working will no longer be relevant. While this comes with its own set of challenges it also means there are significant opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators in South Africa and the rest of the continent,” Blewett concludes.

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Huawei Technologies has donated N100million ICT equipment to the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) to enhance its capacity building processes. While receiving the equipment in Abuja, Administrator of DBI, Ike Adinde said;

 “ We are excited to see the partnership come to realty, it will take ICT especially in the government sector to a higher level. This partnership will support a number of DBI training program and help build skills. Equipping this lab would have taken another three years to get there but coming together with a solution provider to build core competencies in a synergistic manner is a milestone.”

Huawei Director of Training, Kingsley Uwazie explained that the company’s training center has been in existence since 2004 adding also that the equipment would cover various training needs in Information Communications Technology (ICT).

He added: “We believe DBI should be equipped to have a lab to carry out its training and this we are experiencing today.We are looking at not just employed Nigerians but we are also looking at trainings that would benefit unemployed Nigerians that would get them ready to move into the ICT. Among the equipment donated by Huawei were core network, transmission and wireless equipment. 

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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. 

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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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