What’s up with WhatsApp?

WHATSAPP SET TO LAUNCH NEW FEATURES YOU’D CERTAINLY LOVE

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I love social media; there’s always something interesting that comes in every now and then. This is why I actually love to update my apps every single time there is a pop up. We cool like that.

And to demonstrate how interesting social media has become, WhatsApp, the leading chat engine, currently valued at over $442.1 billion and with over 1.5 billion users as of 2017 has now decided to include a couple more features.

According to a report released by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has decided to include silent mode and vacation mode to the app. According to the revelation Silent Mode is already active on all WhatsApp accounts. With this feature enabled you no longer see how many muted messages you have received whenever you enter the app. However, Vacation Mode is still in the works and will work with archived chats that have also been muted. Currently, when you archive or mute a chat on WhatsApp, you’ll still see the chats when you go back into the app. With Vacation Mode, your archived chats that are muted will remain invisible. This means that, soon, the only time you’ll see your archived conversations is when you actually want to.

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So ladies you can now actually really truly mute that stalker that just won’t quit bugging you.

Furthermore, WABetaInfo also hints that WhatsApp is working on developing a Linked Accounts option for Business and standard users; this means that soon you will be able to integrate other social media platforms such as Instagram to your account. How great is that? So turn on your notification because soon you’ll be required to update your app once again.

Tech is Driving Unemployment

THE NEWER INVENTIONS IN TECH FOLLOWING THE ADDITION OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS SPIKING UNEMPLOYMENT

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I am not an enemy of progress but the recent inventions we see these days are and will put many people out of jobs. This is up for argument but before you say anything in opposition, I ask you to read this article to the end. A friend of mine once told me that technology is taking all the jobs and I didn’t see what he meant until now. Note that technology is driving economical and financial advancement all over the world but it is poised to take many people out of jobs.

Alibaba, the world’ biggest e-commerce company, has launched a cashier-less wine storage and retail facility in its home city of Hangzhou. This innovation helps improve retail habits; however it enables shoppers to purchase wines by the case without paying with cash or interacting with any sales staff. So it’s high time we said goodbye to those hot young ladies that inspire us to buy more wines in the wine store, which means more ladies out of jobs. It’s not just Alibaba; some Chinese tech companies such as Alibaba’s rivals JD.com, Suning and BingoBox have launched their own versions of unmanned cashless stores in mainland China. You may say, “oh well, it’s just China”, don’t forget this is Africa, technological advancements in China don’t take long to cross the African borders.

According to the Miami Herald, Yotelpad, a 30-story building that's part hotel, part condominium, is employing three robot butlers for guests and residents. They can handle room service, bring extra towels, give directions, chat with guests and play music. They can even use the elevator and are also programmed to say different greetings and responses. A touchscreen on the device is enabled to show several facial expressions.

So, after reading this article and watching these videos, you tell me, is tech putting people out of jobs or not?

I for one would love to buy drinks from the automated store and have these robots make my bed but I still would love the human touch from time to time.

Please leave your thoughts in the comment box below. Let us know what you TINK?

Bringing Okada Back

GOKADA TAKES LONG STRIDES TO BRING MOTORCYCLES BACK TO THE CITIES

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Source: Aim High Africa

One thing I love about Africa is that no market stays monopolistic for too long. As soon as you break even you are bound to have an increased number of competitors. I love it because the residents of the continent have an entrepreneurial mindset, once it works for one man it should work for the other until the market becomes super saturated, then the search for the next big thing ensues.

Following the remarkable success of Uber in Africa, a few good men have sought to replicate the same feat with motorcycles also known as Okada in Nigeria –bringing Okada back. Before now, the government of Nigeria had placed a ban on the use of commercial motorcycles as it was regarded as unsafe following its long history of maiming citizens and usage in criminal activities. However, the outrageous traffic condition experienced within the country made it difficult for people to adapt to the removal of this mode of transportation.

Source: Dailypost

Source: Dailypost

GoKada, a tech powered innovative organization has decided to step up to this challenge of severe traffic condition by bringing back use of motorcycles. As a result of the ban they only use state authorized bike models and protective gear, and have a rigorous training test before acceptance of prospective riders. Without these parameters, the government will discontinue their operations.

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Source: DailyPost

How does it work?

Very simple; just like Uber, you first download the app, insert your location, tap request a ride, and then call driver and voila you are where you want to go.

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Source: Techpoint

But what does this imply to the society?

I don’t have a problem with motorcycles but some people feel otherwise. Some say that if one has the desire to maim himself, he shouldn’t take anyone else with him. Seriously, have you seen the way people drive within the cities? You may just be rushing to work one day and decide to take a motorcycle and before you know, some drunken dude, hung over from last night knocks you down. Plus, the country is going through some form of face-lifting; won’t the resurrection of motorcycles deface it?

Although the traffic condition in the country is a major seller for GoKada, some don’t feel it’s a healthy mode of transportation. I am particularly excited about the initiative as it provides employment to more people and helps you get to your destination in the quickest possible time but how are we certain that the factors that led to its initial ban will not resurface?

Soon tricycles (Keke) would be on same platform as taxis (Uber) and motorcycles (Gokada) in Nigeria. Transportation in Africa is being disrupted by technology.

What do you TINK of this new trend? Leave us a message in the comment section below.

Drivers Wanted or Not?

UBER AND TOYOTA ENTER HUGE PARTNERSHIP TO DISRUPT THE AUTOMOTIVE AND TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY.

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Source: Ledger Law

Apparently the future we thought was years ahead is here now. All those futuristic features we saw in cartoons and movies have become our present hour reality and those who can’t evolve or adapt to the times will be rendered irrelevant. Some days ago, a friend of mine walked up to me telling me that he wanted to learn some form of handiwork and I told him that was a remarkable thought but he said something that caught my attention, he said he didn’t want to learn something that in a few years to come technology will take over and his expertise will now be irrelevant.

Now that brings us to this, Uber and Toyota have entered a partnership to adopt the company’s driverless cars into its system. This venture would see Toyota –the largest car manufacturing company in the world –invest $500 million dollars into Uber, and this would increase Uber’s value to about $72 billion dollars. This is sincerely astonishing, I remember watching the 1993 blockbuster, Demolition Man which starred Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes and thought to myself, I want one of those driverless cars.

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Source: Livermint

But what does this innovation mean to the African economy?

First it will reduce the number of people who work as drivers in Africa. Therefore it will increase unemployment; however it will increase employment for those who are technically savvy as it would require some level of technical support. Although it still beckons the question, can I trust some algorithm and a few technical mumbo jumbos to get me to my destination safely? Plus, do you think such initiative would succeed in Africa? Uber and Toyota have both recorded tremendous success in this part of the world and this initiative if successful would change the automotive and transport system as we know it.

So, drivers wanted or not? I’ll leave the answer to this question to you.

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Source: Pakistan Today

Experience The African Flavour

SO FAR, 2018 HAS DEFINITELY BEEN THE AFRICAN YEAR AND THERE’S NO TELLING WHAT 2019 WILL BE LIKE.

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Given the sudden spike in quality of work that’s consistently being put out throughout Africa to the rest of the world, you would suddenly realize that no one is going to be caught sleeping in the incoming year. Although the year 2018 is a little far from rounding off as it still has 4 months still to go, Africa has already recorded tremendous progress in many industries and its being recognized globally and trust me, Africa isn’t slowing down.

Musical powerhouses Wizkid and Davido have gone ahead to shut down the O2 Arena in London; parking out the place with people. This feat has gained them international recognition as Wizkid signed a deal with Nike which ushered in the sale of the Star Boy shirt which was a global fashion hit. It’s beyond making hit tracks now; Africa is making sure everything it does has global impact. Need not mention; Sauti Sol of Kenya, Sakordie of Ghana and many more.

Also in the movie making industry, Netflix purchased the exclusive rights to broadcast one of Nigeria’s most decorated actress and producer’s new movie; Lion Heart. This made the movie the first African movie from the stables of Nollywood to be streamed on Netflix.

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Source: Uncova

In Tech, a Nigerian born, Silas Adekunle is currently the highest paid robotics engineer in the world as he built the first ever gaming robot. The invention leverages on augmented reality to carry out certain personalized functions. The technology is so relevant, as gaming is such a big deal especially with the exponential rise in sports betting in Africa. He also signed an exclusive deal with Apple to sell his robot (Mekamon) in their stores. Oh I didn’t mention; he’s just 26 years old.

Source: The Network Journal

Source: The Network Journal

Owing to this trend in exceptional work ethics being exhibited by Africans around the world, there’s certainly going to be some level of disruption coming from this part of the world and as such, we are confident that 2019 is going to be the year where the sweet savour of the African flavor will be experienced.