Tuesday, 22 August 2017

ASUU's Demands Unrealistic, Says Ezekwesili

ASUU's Demands Unrealistic,
A former Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, on Sunday said that the demands by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) were unrealistic in light of the current economic situation in Nigeria. Ezekwesili said this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan while reacting to the ongoing strike embarked upon by the union.
The former minister said that lasting solution to the crisis bedevilling the education sector could only be found from strong analysis of the issues raised by ASUU and evidenced based policies. According to her, a structural and policy change which allows public and private investments should be integrated into the university system.
“Money is not limitless and yet everyone must acknowledge that investment in education is crucial and it is key. There are, however, some fundamental reforms that the sector needs in order to ensure that it is not about the size of the funding but about the productivity of the funding. You cannot simply express a desire, it must be founded on reality and that means you must know what can be achieved within a given period,” she said.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Here’s How to Get Clear Skin in 15 Minutes or Less

get clear skin in minutes
For all of summer’s greats, including but not limited to fresh berries and long soleil-filled weekend getaways, the season has a funny way of taking an unwanted toll on skin. And while protection from the sun’s harsh rays is key, the dehydration, accumulated sweat, and daily layering of SPF can often lead to seriously blocked pores.
Fortunately, a slew of new over-the-counter products are sweeping the nation, and unlike retinol and other prescription acne treatments, this solution doesn’t make skin sensitive to the sun and still provides all the same bacteria-fighting benefits of its hardworking counterparts.

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Long has blue light technology—“LED lights, or light emitting diodes, that have the power to penetrate the skin and heal from the inside out,” says Weill Cornell Medical College’s Michelle Henry, M.D.—reigned supreme at dermatologist offices worldwide, but now it arrives by way of affordable handheld spot treatments and device-activated face masks.
Want to reverse seasonal woes by targeting and shrinking oil glands and reducing inflammation? Try Neutrogena’s new two-minute, portable treatment zero-recovery-time apparatus in the comfort of your own home. “Plus,” adds Henry, “the devices also emit a slight amount of heat that when coupled with the light helps to diminish pore size.”

Sunday, 20 August 2017

How To Trace Your Lost Or Stolen Smartphone

Trace your stolen smartphone
Both Android and iOS feature very useful tools that allow you to quickly locate your smartphone if it gets lost or stolen.Even if you are unable to recover the phone, you can still remotely lock it and wipe all your data.
The first step is to make sure that your device can be located.
In Android, go into Google Settings, then Security, and activate the option "Remotely locate this device", if it is not already turned on. Then you only have to connect to android.com/find with any Internet browser, whether on a computer or mobile device, to access real-time information on the location of your smartphone.
Other options allow you to have the phone ring to alert you of its location, or remotely lock it and erase all your information.
Some brands offer their own solutions, like Samsung with its "Find my mobile" function, which allows you to synchronise your smartphone with your Samsung account, and activate remote control and tracking.
In iOS, open "Settings", then iCloud, and activate "Find my iPhone". Then make sure that “Location Services” is turned on in your “Privacy” settings. Once this is done, in the event that your iPhone is lost or stolen, you can connect to icloud.com/find and sign in to your Apple account to see exactly where your phone is.
You can also do this using the "Find My iPhone" app using any other iOS device, once you have signed in with your Apple ID. You can then remotely lock your phone, have it play a sound, display a message, or erase all the data on it.
It goes without saying that these solutions will only work if your smartphone is turned on and connected (via a cellphone network or wifi). They also work for any other device that is connected to an Apple or Google account.

Friday, 18 August 2017

How Touch Screen Works And What Are Its Types? (infographics)

touch screen
An infographic shows the working of a touchscreen. The beautiful graphic illustration also describes the types of touch screens currently used in most of the devices like smartphones, tablets, televisions, etc.
Touchscreen is a user input device implemented in various electronic devices ranging from smartphones, tablets, televisions, computers to digital control screens installed car dashboards. This type of input device requires physical contact between its touch sensitive part and the hand of the user, more precisely, the fingers. However, touchscreen even works if you try to use it with your foot or nose. They just require the contact of a human body part.
Touch screens are of two types:
Resistive – Touch is detected by pressure applied to the screen by a finger or stylus.
Capacitive – Touch is detected by the charge present in our finger. A special type of stylus is required for such screens.
Other types of touch screens also exist but the capacitive and resistive are the most popular type. Even the resistive type touch screens are becoming obsolete with time and they are inferior to the capacitive type.
Here’s an awesome infographic by How Stuff Works which will take you into the world touch screens:
If you have something to add, tell us in the comments below.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Fitbit tried in convincing investors that it is still alive

Fitbit smartwatch
Fitbit’s shares are not much more than 10% of the highs it reached of $47.60 in July 2015, the month following its public debut. On Wednesday, Fitbit closed $5.07, just barely a “unicorn” at $1.16 billion in market value.
But the stock saw a rare boost after the company reported quarterly earnings, sending shares up over 4% in initial after hours trading.

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The company reported $353.3 million in revenue from selling 3.4 million devices, above the $341.6 million revenue that analysts expected. But this is still a sharp drop from the $586.5 million in revenue we saw in the same period last year. Adjusted losses of 8 cents were much smaller than the negative 15 cents Wall Street was forecasting, but last year Fitbit posted a profit at 12 cents.

Fitbit sales chart
Fitbit sales chart
When major players like Apple entered the space, Fitbit tried to send the message that it was more than just a fitness tracker, but a smartwatch as well. Fitbit released competitive products, but Wall Street wasn’t convinced that it was good enough.

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Fitbit CEO James Park insists that its next smartwatch will be the big one. “Our smartwatch, which we believe will deliver the best health and fitness experience in the category, is on track for delivery ahead of the holiday season and will drive a strong second half of the year,” he said in a statement.
No one knows for sure how Apple Watch sales are going since the company hides it in the “other revenue” category, but CEO Tim Cook announced on Tuesday that sales are up 50% from last year.
But one competitor that has not fared well is Jawbone. Originally seen as Fitbit’s biggest foe, the company is now getting liquidated. 
Fitbit is still alive, but the company has had a difficult year with layoffs and production problems.   The stock is down 63% since the same time last year.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Tesla has completed its first ever Solar Roof product installations

Tesla completed first ever Solar Roof product installations
Tesla has already completed the first installations of its Solar Roof products, which use integrated solar panels to gather energy. The solar tiles were first introduced last year, and are designed to look essentially indistinguishable from traditional roofing materials so that they present an aesthetically attractive option to consumers who might shy away from traditional panel designs.
The first installations have been made on Tesla employee homes, which mirrors the way it’s distributing the very first Tesla Model 3 automobiles. This is partly a reward for their contribution to the immense effort represented by bringing these things to market, but it’s also likely a strategic decision that allows Tesla to test and monitor its new products early on in their production life.
“I have it on my house, [Tesla co-founder] JB [Straubel] has it on his house,” Elon Musk said on the call. He specified that the first installations were already generating energy as well as being installed.
Tesla started pre-orders for Solar Roof installations during Q2, and is offering a warranty for the lifetime of the house on which they’re installed, “or infinity, whichever comes first.”

Zones Provides Easy Time Zone Conversion on the iPhone

Zones Easy Time Zone Conversion on the iPhone
iPhone: Your iPhone has a built in world clock, but it kind of sucks. Zones is not only a better alternative, it also packs in features Apple’s option should have.
As you’d expect, Zones lets you add a bunch of different time zones so you can easily glance at the current time anywhere in the world. Better still, you can change the time in any of those time zones to see what time it’d be elsewhere. For example, you can set Tokyo to 2Pm on May 11 to see what time that would be in London, the New York, and Los Angeles. There’s even a Today Widget so you can access all those times right on your lock screen.

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The app is free out of the gate for four time zones, but you can pay an in-app purchase to unlock new themes and an unlimited number of time zones on the screen at once.
Zones (Free/$2.99) | iTunes App Store

Google's Project Fi Cell Phone Service Is Now Available Without an Invite

Google's Project Fi Cell Phone Service
Google’s cell phone service, Project Fi, is now available without an invitation. Anyone with a Nexus 6P, 5X, or 6 can sign up for a plan today.

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All you need to do to sign up for Project Fi is head to the sign up page and log in with your Google account. From there, you’re on your way to getting cell phone service started. The point of Project Fi is to keep the pricing plan simple. For $20/month you get unlimited talk and text. Then, you pay $10/month per GB of data and any unused data is credited back to your account. As far as coverage is concerned, Project Fi piggybacks off of T-Mobile and Sprint, so anywhere you can get coverage with those services, you’ll get with Project Fi. Project Fi only works with Google’s current line of Nexus phones, but as far as off-contract phone plans go, while it’s not the cheapest, the coverage is pretty strong.
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Subscribe to Facebook Posts to Get Notifications Without Commenting

Get Notifications Without Commenting
I really like using groups on Facebook. I’m in a ton of different writing groups where writers swap advice, as well as a few beer groups where people swap, well, beer. One thing that has become painfully obvious across both groups: a lot of people don’t fully understand how Facebook works. There are a lot of odd offenses that pop up, but the one that tends to bother me the most is when people respond to posts with just the word “Following.”

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People write “Following” as a comment on posts presumably because they want to keep up with them. This happens most often on posts where someone has asked a question that those people would also like the answer to. Once you comment, you’re default subscribed to the thread, so you’ll get a notification each time someone comments.
It seems like an ok solution, but the thing is, you also get a notification each time some other person decides to write “Following.” on the post as does every other person that’s commented. It’s annoying, and Facebook actually has a feature that lets you do this without notification spamming everyone in the conversation.
If you see a post, be it on a friend’s wall or in a group, you’d like to keep track of you can subscribe to get notifications by literally just turning on notifications for the post. Here’s how to do it:
  1. Go to the post in question, and then click the tiny arrow at the top right of it.
  2. Select “Turn on notifications for this post” from the drop-down menu
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That’s it. When you do that you’ll get a notification whenever anyone comments on the post.
 Get Notifications Without Commenting
The feature also works great in the reverse. I tend to run into issues whenever I comment on someone’s new baby picture or engagement announcement. When you comment, you get everyone else’s “Congrats!” message sent your way as well. You can stop it by going to that same drop down menu and selecting “Turn off notifications for this post.” Your friend still gets your congratulatory message, but you don’t have to read the hundreds of others that pour in after yours.

Friday, 4 August 2017

How to Turn Off Auto-Playing Sound for Videos On Facebook

Videos on Facebook are about to get a whole lot louder. Thanks to the Facebook app’s upcoming update, videos will start playing sound automatically as you scroll through your feed. Here’s how to disable it.

turn off auto playing
Previously, you could only hear video sound if you tapped on the video in your Facebook News Feed. Now, as long as your device isn’t on silent mode, sound will fade in and out as you scroll through all of those food videos. It might be a welcome addition to some, but for the rest of us, it’s a new annoyance to deal with if you don’t already have video auto-play disabled.

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On Your iOS Device

For your iPhone and iPad devices, start by opening the Facebook app and logging in if you haven’t already. Then:
  1. Tap the three-lined hamburger button in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  2. Tap Settings > Account Settings > Sounds
  3. Tap the toggle to off for “Videos in News Feed Start With Sound”
If you don’t see the option, the update hasn’t rolled out to you yet. Check back later.

On Your Android Device

For your Android devices, start by opening the Facebook app and logging in if you haven’t already. Then:
  1. Tap the three-lined hamburger button in the upper right corner of the screen.
  2. Scroll down and tap “App Settings”
  3. Tap the toggle to off for “Videos in News Feed Start With Sound”
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If you don’t see the option, the update hasn’t rolled out to you yet. Check back later. Also, there are no ways to disable news feed sound on your desktop browser for now, so you’ll have to just disable videos from auto-playing entirely.