Sunday, June 30, 2013

Canadian girl invents flashlight powered by body heat

A fifteen-year-old girl and high school junior in Canada, Ann Makosinski has created a flashlight that can be powered only by the heat from your palms.

Ann invented this flashlight as her science project and it is enough to earn her a spot in Google Science Fair finals where she will compete against 14 other contestants.

Quotes for the week: Michael Faraday (1791-1867)

Michael Faraday was a British physicist that contributed greatly to the development of Physics, Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wooden batteries to change the dynamic of batteries?

Scientists at the University of Maryland have come up with a sodium ion battery which they claim is more environmentally friendly and will last longer than the traditional lithium-ion batteries.

Glo ready to build the biggest data centre in Nigeria

Nigerian mega telecoms operator Globacom has inaugurated its 20,000 square feet Internet Data Centre in Lagos that will serve the function of providing co-location, disaster recovery and hosting dedicated services to clients in Nigeria. It is expected that not less than 20,000 litres of diesel with generators are available at any period of time. The data centre is also backed up in other locations which mean the data is reasonably safe.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Facts you need to know about lightning and thunder

Lightning strikes and thunders are common sights during rainfall. Lightning is a giant discharge of electricity which could contain millions of volts. The spark can also reach over 8 kilometres in length; raise the temperature of the air by as much as 28,000 degrees Celsius. Lightning as you all know, wreak havocs in places where it strikes including the death of people.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Microsoft Corp has on Wednesday promised cash rewards for those who can breach its new operating system Windows Blue (Windows 8.1 Preview) in a novel way. It will offer up to $100,000 to those who can expose its loop holes and a further $50,000 bonus if they can explain how they did it and the fix. The US software giant is also willing to pay up to $11,000 for vulnerabilities that affect Internet Explorer 11 Preview.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The first Nigerian made motorcycle; Naseni M1

A new milestone was reached in Nigeria as the first ever ‘made in Nigeria’ motorcycle was unveiled in Nnewi, Anambra State. The new motorcycle was constructed by the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) and named NASENI M1.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Popular rapper Jay-Z has announced his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail on a Samsung advert which aired during the NBA Finals game between Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs on Sunday (June 16).

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Quotes for the week: Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727)

Sir Isaac Newton was a British scientist who lived between the 17th and 18th century. He is popular till today for his work on Calculus (Integral and Differential) and the Newton’s three laws of motion including the laws of gravity. He is often regarded as one of the greatest British scientists.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Google X laboratories where Google glass and driverless cars was developed has launched the ‘Project Loon’ in New Zealand. The project which utilizes a balloon about 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) from the ground and a receiver pinned to a place on the ground to provide internet access was launched with some testers yesterday. Google’s scientists released up to 30 helium filled test balloons above Christchurch, carrying antennae linked to ground base stations.

Friday, June 14, 2013

According to a report by O2 and Samsung in Britain, it was found out that distraction from mobile devices like the smartphones has caused an estimated 20 million passengers to miss their bus or train stop every year.
According to reports from Reuters, Apple is ready to release big screen phones next year in order to keep up with the competition from its major rival whom we all know, Samsung.

Apple has been under increasing pressure to release more than a single phone per year as critics claim Apple is losing its creativity in the absence of its late co-founder Steve Jobs.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

A new modem which can withstand electric power loss, boost internet connection and support up to 20 devices at a time has been designed by Kenyan tech firm Ushahidi.

The modem, BRCK was unveiled at the TED Global conference in Edinburgh, Scotland by Ushahidi. The modem can switch between Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G and Ethernet connections automatically, depending on the available signals.

Facebook in a blog post has revealed that clickable hashtags will be available to users in the coming weeks beginning from Wednesday for some users. Hashtags has been a culture on mega social site Twitter and Facebook’s Instagram.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wonders of technology no matter how long they have been in existence, don’t fail to amaze us. The Chinese especially have really done a great job in building spectacular bridges which has broken and set records in the world.

In 2011, China unveiled the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge which snatched the record of the world’s longest bridge from the Lake Pontchartrain Bridge (23.87mi/38.4km) with a length of 42.5km (26.4mi). The bridge links Chinese port city of Qingdao to the offshore island Huangdao.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Samsung Electronics West Africa unveiled the new tech television in Lagos recently. The Samsung s9 TV which was built with one of the best picture qualities you can find on TV is now available for sale in stores nationwide.

Monday, June 10, 2013

A Californian start-up SONTE has designed a window shade that could replace traditional curtains and blinds. The new window shade could be controlled through Wi-Fi using an Android or iOS smartphone app.

Facebook can ruin your relationship according to research

A research led by Dr Russell Clayton, of the University of Missouri, U. S. which surveyed Facebook users aged between 18 and 82 has concluded that Facebook and other social networks can cause havoc in romantic relationships especially young ones.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Quotes for the week: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Benjamin Franklin was both an American inventor and politician. He was the governor of Pennsylvania from 1785 to 1788. He was also one of the founding fathers of the United States and one of those that drafted the United States Constitution.
It will be impossible to examine the developments in Engineering over centuries completely without mentioning the immeasurable impact of arguably the greatest American inventor and the fourth most prolific inventor in history: Thomas Alva Edison.

Friday, June 7, 2013

China has built the fastest supercomputer in the world.

China has developed a new supercomputer Tianhe-2, which is almost twice as fast as the current fastest supercomputer. The Tianhe-2 supercomputer which is nicknamed Milkyway-2 operates as fast as 30.7 petaflops (quadrillions of calculations) per second according to University of Tennessee professor Jack Dongara.
Google Inc. has applied for a patent for Android devices that will require you to make facial movements like a smile, frown, wink, or even protruding your tongue to unlock your phone instead of the traditional password input.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Zeus; a Facebook virus that drains bank accounts

Zeus, a malware that appeared six years ago in 2007 has reappeared again, this time to drain bank accounts of victims when they click infected links on Facebook.

The malware catches victims like thief in the night as it does not show any symptom of its existence on their computers, that is until they give out information about their bank accounts. This malware steals bank account details of the particular user and bleed their account dry.
The test run of Maglev train that can move at a top speed of 500km/h (311mph) has been successfully carried out. The train has been designed by the Central Japan Railway Co (JR Tokai) and consists of 16 carriages, carrying up to 1,000 passengers at a time.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Apple started the patent battle with Samsung, now; it has come to haunt them, even in their backyard: the United States of America. This new judgement may put Apple on a bad spot to say the least, considering that their reputation is now more fragile than ever.

A U. S. trade agency, International Trade Commission (ITC) yesterday issued a ban on imports of Apple's devices that infringed Samsung's patents on 3G wireless technology and encoding mobile communication.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

An initiative to increase the portability of learning materials and reduce the cost of educational materials by the State of Osun, opon imo, was launched yesterday at Ilesha, with dignitaries like the speaker of the Federal House of Representatives Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, Action Congress of Nigeria leader Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu, and others present at the occasion. Here are some facts you need to know about the newly initiated tablet of knowledge:

-          The idea was conceived by the State of Osun in 2011 few months after Ogbeni came into the government.

-          The project was executed under the administration of governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

-          The project was launched yesterday 3rd of June, 2013.

-          The device will be presented to secondary school students.

-          Opon imo runs on Android 4.0 OS. It has 512MB of RAM and an internal storage capacity of 32GB. The opon imo weigh a light 1.1kg compared to the weight of books.

-          A Chinese company (unnamed) assisted in the production of the tablet

-          150,000 units of the device will be distributed to the students.

-          Each unit of the device contains over 50 textbooks that span 17 core subjects and 7 extracurricular subjects for SS1, 2, and 3, a set of tutorial questions, past questions, and educational games to prepare students for school-leaving examinations like WAEC, NECO, and UTME.

-          In addition, it has a virtual classroom with 51 video tutorials. It contains about 823 chapters in total with about 15 hours of audio voiceovers and an average of 16 chapters per course.

-          It also has the integrated test zone which makes available Mock Exam tests for 14 core subjects in WASSCE comprising of 10 years of past questions with an average of 500 questions each and approximately 1800 images.

-          There are practice tests for 46 courses with approximately 1220 chapters which contain about 29,000 questions referencing about 825 images

-          This initiative will save about 8.4bn naira annually in textbook procurement costs for the State of Osun.

Probability some of the student will know more about the inner workings of Android OS by fooling around with the device=1
Probability Osun did it first in Nigeria=1
Probability I like the development=1
Probability political opponents will appreciate it=0

First in Africa: Dangote now worth $20bn

Announcement! Announcement!! Announcement!!! We hereby announce that Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the richest man in Africa has taken his wealth to a whole new and historic level.

The Hausa man from Northern Nigeria has attained the mark of $20bn due to the fact that his 93% stake in Dangote Cement is now worth $19.5bn.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Yahoo moves from Mail Classic to new Yahoo Mail

According to info and obvious evidence, Yahoo has moved from its old classic mail to new Yahoo mail today 3rd of June, 2013.

The new Yahoo! Mail according to reports and its term of service will utilize Gmail’s method of serving ads related to mails received by a user to improve quality of ads served on Yahoo! Mail.

You're invited

The statement read:
By clicking the button above, I certify that I have read and agreed to the Communications Terms of Service, and Yahoo! Privacy Policy. To deliver product features, abuse protection and, if applicable, relevant advertising, Yahoo!'s automated systems scan and analyze all email, IM and other communications content. Shortly, your current version of Yahoo! Mail will no longer be supported so you must switch to the new Yahoo! Mail soon or review Yahoo! Mail Help for other options.
To opt out of interest-based and contextual-based advertising resulting from scanned and analyzed communications content, click here.”

Yahoo over the years have lost the mail market to Google Mail (Gmail) due to a better service from Gmail. Confession: I’m a party to that.

We’ll soon see how this change will affect Yahoo! Mail. But there are already complaints about users’ privacy regarding the new change. My complaint is that Yahoo! Mail wastes my time by bringing up captcha after inserting my username and password.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Quotes for the Week: Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison is an American inventor and businessman. He had 1,093 patents in the U. S. and 2,332 worldwide to his name.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

The internet is not only one of the greatest ever inventions but also an invention that combines many great inventions into a single platform and made them accessible to anybody anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

On the 1st of June in previous years, these landmark events occurred:

On the 1st of June, 1907, Frank Whittle – English aviation engineer and pilot who invented the jet engine – was born.