Weekly Tech Roundup for October 12 2018

Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.  – Steve Jobs

At Bincom, we recognize this nature of technology and so always showcase whats trending in the Information and Technology hemisphere, so as to keep our audience up to date.

We also included some snippets from our daily knowledge development sessions, just to give you a little extra knowledge. After all, knowledge is never enough. Take your time and digest every one of them. The world is fast evolving and so should your mind.

Bloomberg Launches “Ready-to-Use” Data Website to Help Firms Derive Value and Enterprise-wide Efficiencies
Bloomberg today announced the launch of Enterprise Access Point, an online Linked Data Platform that provides normalized reference, pricing, regulatory and historical data sets for Bloomberg Data License clients using open standards. Available through the new website, clients can now browse quality data online, examine the metadata, trial sample data sets prior to acquisition, and immediately put them to use within their organization, executives announced at the Bloomberg Enterprise Tech and Data Summit.

This Machine Will Hug Your ‘Soft Bodies’ and Force Them to Be Twitchy Robots 

Have you ever looked at a length of foam or a teddy bear and wished that it could writhe its way across the floor like an ungainly worm?Well, problem solved: A research team at Yale has developed a robotic system that can wrap around soft objects (including people) and push and pull on them to make them move.The robotic system, developed in the lab of Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio, an engineering professor at the university, is designed to be a general-purpose machine for making anything that is sufficiently soft move. In a paper published yesterday (Sept. 19) in the journal Science Robotics, the researchers wrote that the same “OmniSkin” can be used on a wide range of different “soft bodies” to get them moving.

Stutern released the Nigerian Graduate Report 2018 with 5219 respondents. Oil & Gas is still the highest paying. 60% of new graduates earn below 50,000. Graduates from Covenant University are the most employable in Nigeria.

Stutern released the Nigerian Graduate Report 2018 with 5219 respondents. Oil & Gas is still the highest paying. 60% of new graduates earn below 50,000. Graduates from Covenant University are the most employable in Nigeria.

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SEC Sues Elon Musk for Fraud Over Twitter Statements About Tesla

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is suing Elon Musk for fraud. The charges stem from statements Musk made on Aug. 7 indicating that he was considering taking his publicly traded electric-car company, Tesla, private, according to the lawsuit, which was filed on the 27th of Sepember, 2018.) in New York.

“Musk’s statements, disseminated via Twitter, falsely indicated that, should he so choose, it was virtually certain that he could take Tesla private at a purchase price that reflected a substantial premium over Tesla stock’s then-current share price, that funding for this multibillion-dollar transaction had been secured and that the only contingency was a shareholder vote,” SEC officials stated in the lawsuit.

V-Tex gadget works like a ‘reverse-microwave’ cooling drinks in seconds

ICE cubes could be a thing of the past after the invention of a new gadget that can chill drinks in a matter of seconds. Known as V-Tex, the product is being billed as a ‘reverse-microwave’, able to cool wine bottles and fizzy drinks from room temperature to four degrees in just 45 seconds. The V-Tex uses a cooling vortex to chill the drinks, spinning the beverage around without disturbing the carbonation of fizzy drinks.

According to its makers, Enviro-Cool, who developed the product with the help of funding from the European Union, the gadget needs 80 per cent less energy than standard drink chillers.

The Pixel Slate: first look at Google’s new tablet

Google is finally ready to get back into tablets, only this time it’s with an operating system that’s up to the task. The Google Pixel Slate it announced today will run Chrome OS, which has matured enough over the past few years to work better on tablets. This won’t be the first Chrome OS tablet, but it will be the first one that can legitimately attempt to compete with the iPad Pro and the Surface Pro.

Amazing Tech Inventions You Won’t Believe Exist

The Extreme Fliers Micro Drone 3.0 is a modular FPV-enabled quadcopter perfect for everyone from the first time drone pilot to the experienced flyer looking for a more professional mini video drone. The Micro Drone 3.0 offers the world’s first micro drone gimbal system as one of its modular accessories (sold separately) providing super smooth HD video capabilities with live streaming to your smartphone or tablet.

Beyond Payments in Africa

Fintech in Africa is evolving quickly. Today, there are hundreds of fintech startups across the continent – but how has the sector changed in recent years?

For our latest Fintech Africa program, we selected twelve startups that are building on top of the strong infrastructure of payments technology. We saw entrepreneurs building solutions for a population that is living longer, entering the middle class, and rethinking the way they finance sectors like agriculture and retail.

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is an online platform that enhances the learning experience in the physical classroom. It is part of the Google Apps for Education suite which strives to enable paperless learning in the classroom.

Google Classroom is a free collaboration application for teachers and learners. Teachers can create online classrooms, ask students to attend the class, and create and give out assignments. Learners and teachers can communicate about the assignments within the platform and teachers can monitor students’ progress. Schools can create a free Google Apps for Education account to utilize this solution.

Google Classroom provides extra features to teachers and students that are not part of standard Google accounts. For instance, teachers can utilize the Forms tool to add images and multiple choice answers to questions. The Inbox by Gmail tool hosts Classroom messages, enabling students and teachers to easily find highlights and key updates. Teachers can organize their class streams by adding subjects to posts and students and teachers can filter the streams to find specific subjects.

About Weekly Tech Roundup by Bincom Dev Center 

You probably already know that Bincom ICT‘s core is Best Use of Technology. This initiative is a compilation of some of the things the people at Bincom Dev Center found interesting during the week in review.  Bincom Dev Center is the Training & Development Arm of Bincom ICT.

In this weekly publication, You will find various pieces ranging from ideas to trends, to random thoughts. They are here because we found them interesting.  We also include some knowledge development pieces and where to get more information about the topic. We aim to publish an edition every Friday at 5:00pm (with exception of Holidays).  We are working hard to keep ourselves updated and we think you should too!

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One more thing, Credits for this edition goes to :

  • Contributors:  All_of_us @ Bincom Dev Center
  • Compiled by:  Fisayo Adesomoju
  • Edited by:  Nnaemeka Nwosu
  • Senior Responsibility Officer:   Bade Adesemowo

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