RIM Begins Training Of Nigerian Application Developers For BlackBerry OS10.0

Research In Motion (RIM), makers of BlackBerry, has commenced a series of training for Nigerian app developers with the aim of helping them build capacity for BlackBerry’s new platforms.

The BlackBerry 10 Mini Jam developer forum will commence today (Tuesday) at the Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) facility in Lagos. The week-long programme will also feature sessions on BlackBerry developer training.

Announcing the training in a statement on Monday, RIM noted that the BlackBerry 10 Mini Jam would provide Nigerian developers, the opportunity to learn more about the unique capabilities of BlackBerry 10.

RIM’s Regional Director for East, West and Central Africa, Mr. Waldi Wepener, stated that the full-day schedule would provide insight into the BlackBerry 10 experience, architecture and tools that could help Nigerian developers to be among the first from around the world with capacity to create apps for the new platform.

Wepener said, “the BlackBerry platform provides significant opportunities for the developer community in Nigeria. There is high demand among developers to learn more about the tools for creating local services and apps on the BlackBerry platform, as well as a strong desire to reach the millions of BlackBerry customers around the world.”

He said the programme would be held at the CcHub lab as part of an agreement with RIM to support the BlackBerry developer community in the country.

“By partnering locally with the CcHub, we aim to share resources and knowledge to create even more opportunity for Nigerian developers and to help create more jobs.”

CcHub is Nigeria’s first IT think-tank lab and it provides a place for technologists, social entrepreneurs, government, technology companies, investors, developers and enthusiasts in and around Lagos to create new solutions that can help enhance the everyday life and work in Nigeria.

The statement further reveals that beyond the BlackBerry 10 Mini Jam, RIM and CcHub will also host a series of BlackBerry Developer Days throughout 2012.

BlackBerry Developer Days will provide information about developing for the BlackBerry Java platform, as well as BlackBerry 10.

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Gmail To Appear In Google Search Results

(AP) — Google is creating an information bridge between its influential Internet search engine and its widely used Gmail service in its latest attempt to deliver more personal responses more quickly.

The experimental feature unveiled Wednesday will enable Google’s search engine to mine the correspondence stored within a user’s Gmail account for any data tied to a search request. For example, a query containing the word “Amazon” would pull emails with shipping information sent by the online retailer.

Such Gmail results will typically be shown to the right of the main results, though in some instances, the top of the search page will highlight an answer extracted directly from an email. For example, the request “my flight” will show specific airline information imported from Gmail. Something similar could eventually happen when searching for a restaurant reservation or tickets to a concert.

Although Google has a commanding lead in Internet search, it remains worried about the threat posed by social networking services such as Facebook Inc. As social networks have made it easier to share information online, the Web is starting to revolve more around people than the keywords and links that Google’s search engine.

Google has been trying to adapt by building more personal services and plugging them into its search engine.

Blending email information into general search results could raise privacy worries. Google is trying to mitigate that by showing Gmail results in a collapsed format that users must open to see the details. For now, users must sign up to participate.

Google Inc. ran into trouble over privacy in 2010 when it tapped the personal contact information within Gmail accounts to build a social networking service called Buzz. Google set up Buzz in a way that caused many users to inadvertently expose personal data from Gmail. An uproar culminated in a Federal Trade Commission settlement requiring the company to improve its privacy controls and undergo audits for 20 years.

Google is treading carefully as it hooks Gmail up to its Internet search engine. The new feature initially will be available to 1 million Gmail users who sign up at http://g.co/searchtrial . That’s a small fraction of the more than 425 million Gmail accounts that have been set up since Google launched its free email service eight years ago to compete against the offerings from Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp.

After getting feedback from the test participants, Google hopes to give all Gmail users the option of plugging their accounts into the main search engine, according to Amit Singhal, a senior vice president for the company.

Singhal said Google is also willing to display information from other email service in its main search results. The gesture could avoid spurring additional complaints about Google abusing its position as the Internet’s search leader to favor its other services. That issue is the focal point of an antitrust investigation by antitrust regulators in the U.S. and Europe.

Yahoo and Microsoft, the biggest rivals to Gmail, had no comment about Google’s offer.

When it started in 2004, Gmail provided 1 gigabyte of free storage, an amount that was unheard of at the time. Now, many long-time Gmail users have 10 gigabytes of storage. That has turned Gmail into a valuable storehouse of personal information going back several years.

Gmail users already can pluck information contained in old correspondence by conducting a search within Gmail. Google is betting Gmail users will appreciate being able to eliminate a step by including any relevant email information alongside the results of its main search page.

In the process, Google is hoping Web surfers will have even more reasons to use its dominant search engine, which already processes more than 100 billion requests every month.

Luring more queries is crucial to Google because they give the company more opportunities to show the ads that generate most of its revenue, which is expected to exceed $49 billion this year.

Personal information from Google Plus, a social networking service started last year to compete with Facebook, has been featured in Google’s main search results since January.

Ultimately, Google hopes to know enough about each of its users so it can answer their questions with the precision and insight of the artificial intelligence that so far has been the stuff of science fiction.

“The destiny of search is to become that perfect Star Trek computer,” Singhal said.

In another step toward that goal, Google said Wednesday that it will soon be releasing an improved version of its voice-powered search application for Apple Inc.’s iPhone and iPad.

Google released the tool last month on its Nexus 7 tablet computer and other devices running on the latest version of its Android mobile operation system. The version for Apple’s operating system, expected within a week, will be an alternative to Siri, the built-in virtual assistant on the iPhone 4S.

Source: YahooNews

 

 

 

Apple To Launch iPad Mini

Apple to launch smaller and cheaper machine that could be on shelves this autumn

  •     Smaller cheaper machine to launch ‘soon’ claim factory sources
  •     Screen between 7 and 8 inches
  •     Built to compete with cheap rivals such as Google’s £159 Nexus 7
  •     Sources in Apple’s supply chain claim tablet is already in production
  •     Earlier leaks hinted tablet would be on sale later this year
  •     Launch will go directly against Apple founder Steve Jobs wishes

Apple is notoriously secretive about its technical innovations and rumours of the smaller tablet are said to have originated from the Far East, where many of the company’s devices are manufactured.

They were reported by Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal, which quoted  several unnamed sources within Apple’s supply chain. A UK spokesman last night said: ‘Apple does not comment on rumour or speculation.’ Continue reading

Facebook Launches Camera App For iPhone

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook’s rocky initial public offering hasn’t stopped life at the world’s biggest online social network. On Thursday, the company unveiled a camera app for the iPhone.

The app can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store and works like most other camera applications for smart phones. To take a photo, you tap a camera icon in the upper left corner of your screen, aim and shoot. You can then add filters, crop or tilt your photo, and share it on Facebook. Continue reading

Google Finally Buys Motorola For $13 Billion

Google officially completed its $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility on Tuesday. It’s an eureka moment for the company, marking both its biggest acquisition ever and Google’s transition from a search-and-software company to a consumer gadgets maker.

Google named Dennis Woodside, who previously served as president of Google’s Americas region and oversaw the integration planning, as CEO of Motorola Mobility (MMI, Fortune 500). Sanjay Jha, the Motorola Mobility CEO who architected the Google takeover, is stepping down.

“Our aim is simple,” Woodside said in a prepared statement. “To focus Motorola Mobility’s remarkable talent on fewer, bigger bets, and create wonderful devices that are used by people around the world.”

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Apple’s New Spaceship-Like Campus

The new Apple Space Campus is expected to cover 2.8 million square feet and have its own power plant inside its massive, gleaming circular design.

It will be covered in solar panels and house up to 13,000 people on a daily basis — not to mention 6,000 trees.

It’s been compared to a spaceship. And now, as Apple looks to make its innovative new headquarters a reality, it’s checking with the neighbors.

Due to be completed in 2015, Apple’s new headquarters may be one of co-founder Steve Jobs’ final, longest-lasting legacies.

This week, Apple reached out to residents of Cupertino, California, where its current headquarters resides (and will continue to after the new campus is built). In a letter, the company seeks to allay some concerns that its neighbors have expressed since the plan was submitted to the city last summer. Continue reading

Facebook IPO: A Gold-Mine?

Facebook Inc. (FB)’s $11.8 billion initial public offering (IPO), will cement the status of 27-year-old Mark Zuckerberg as one of the world’s richest men and put his social network among the highest-valued companies in the U.S.

Facebook is offering about 337.4 million shares for $28 to $35 each, according to a regulatory filing yesterday. At the upper end of that range, the co-founder’s stake would be $17.6 billion, making him richer than Microsoft Corp.’s Steve Ballmer and Russian steel billionaire Vladimir Lisin, who are both twice his age, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Continue reading

Facebook’s Organ Donor Feature

Facebook has launched its latest feature: the ability to share with your network whether you are an organ donor, in the hope it will save more lives on a daily basis.

Facebook has launched a new “life-saving” tool, allowing its 900 million users to share their organ donation status on their timelines.

The world’s largest social network now allows U.S. and UK users to include a life story on their profile pages, and offers a link urging users to sign up to official organ donation services in their region. Continue reading

Google Drive Unleashed

Google Drive—a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you’re working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond.

With Google Drive, you have;

Access everywhere.

Google Drive is everywhere you are—on the web, in your home, at the office and on the go. So wherever you are, your stuff is just…there. Ready to go, ready to share. Get started with 5 GB free. Continue reading

Nokia 103 in Nigeria

Meet the Nokia 103 – the most affordable phone the Fins have ever manufactured. Announced in Nigeria today, the Nokia 103 will cost just €16 and is aimed at developing markets.

The Nokia 103 runs Series 30 on a 1,36-inch black and white display (how long has it been since you last saw a new device with this type of display?). And with its sturdy, anti-scratch covers and dust resistance the Nokia 103 will be pretty hard to break. Continue reading