Weekly Tech Roundup for October 19 2018

Every once in a while, a new technology, an old problem, and a big idea turn into an innovation. – Dean Kemen

The trend of technology is very vital in that, as the earth revolves, new trends in tech evolves. We make it our priority to always keep you up to date on the latest news about tech.

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.

Github launches actions, its new workflow automation tool.

For the longest time, GitHub was all about storing source code and sharing it either with the rest of the world or your colleagues. Today, the company, which is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft, is taking a step in a different but related direction by launching GitHub Actions. Actions allow developers to not just host code on the platform but also run it.

We’re not talking about a new cloud to rival AWS here, but instead about something more akin to a very flexible IFTTT for developers who want to automate their development workflows, whether that is sending notifications or building a full continuous integration and delivery pipeline.

Google unshackles Android-device firms

Google is dropping restrictions it imposed on Android-device-makers, following a clash with the EU.  It is ending a ban on manufacturers having a line-up that includes tablets and phones powered by alternative versions of the operating system to its own as well as ones that feature Google’s own apps and Play Store.

It will also allow some of its services to be per-installed without others. But Google continues to appeal against a related €4.3bn (£3.8bn) fine.
The European Commission announced the penalty in July, after ruling that the US company had been using Android to illegally “cement its dominant position” in search.

How To Learn Data Science If You’re Broke

Over the last year, I taught myself data science. I learned from hundreds of online resources and studied 6–8 hours every day. All while working for minimum wage at a day-care. My goal was to start a career I was passionate about, despite my lack of funds.
Because of this choice I have accomplished a lot over the last few months. I published my own website, was posted in a major online data science publication, and was given scholarships to a competitive computer science graduate program.

Oracle Academy joins the Federal Ministry of Education Nigeria to advance computing education

Oracle aims to reach over 1.5 million students across 10,000 academic institutions. Nigeria, Abuja- October 16, 2018 —Today, Oracle Academy announced collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education of Nigeria (FMOE) to create new computing education pathways for local students.
Through the agreement, FMOE plans to integrate Oracle Academy computer science curriculum and resources across 10,000 academic institutions across the country, reaching over 1.5 million students within the region.

Recognizing and Preventing Modern Cyber Scams

When it comes to protecting yourself and your organization against cyber scams, there’s no “one-size-fits-all” solution. As organizations and people alike continue to adopt new devices and technology, they’re opening themselves up to more opportunities for cyber attacks. In order to effectively protect the valuable information that motivates cyber criminals, it’s important that we understand the different types of scams targeting us.

Cyber criminals use a wide variety of scam tactics in order to gain access to a device or network, extort money, or steal valuable information. When it comes to understanding today’s threats and how to protect yourself and your organization against them, knowing the various ways they leverage social engineering tactics to trick users can go a long way.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 could feature 5G support, 10GB RAM; launch set for October 25

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 could be the world’s first smartphone to support 5G speeds and 10GB RAM, according to an official teaser. The teaser reveals two red notebooks, one with 5G on the cover and other with 10G written on it.
If true, these features make the upcoming Mi Mix 3 a powerful smartphone from the hardware point of view. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 will be made official on October 25.

The handset has been teased with 5G connectivity, the next-generation of mobile connectivity. While most companies have plans to launch 5G-capable smartphones, a majority of them will only hit the market in mid-2019. If Xiaomi launches the Mi Mix 3, it could be the world’s first smartphone to support 5G networks.

Nigerian businesses can be secure in the cloud

Moving to the cloud is still deemed to be risky by some IT leaders, but the reality is that the bigger risk is not moving to the cloud. The cloud is rapidly proving itself as easier to manage, maintain and secure than traditional IT environments.

In particular, cloud services are vastly more secure than many on-premise alternatives, spurred on by leading cloud vendors such as Oracle creating highly robust security infrastructure that is continually patched and kept up-to-date. This level of investment in security can never be matched in an on-premise environment.

The key is to choose the right cloud technology – one that is designed to protect users, enhance safeguarding of data, and better address requirements under privacy laws.

Sidestepping AppStroes, Facebook Lite and Groups get instant Games

HTML5 almost ruined Facebook when baking in the mobile web standard to speed up development slowed down the performance of the social network’s main iOS and Android apps.

For a brief moment in 2011, Facebook even tried to build an HTML5 gaming platform codenamed Sparta to escape the taxes of Apple and Google’s mobile operating systems. But at the time, HTML5 wasn’t powerful enough for great gaming. Facebook eventually ditched HTML5, rebuilt the apps natively, and Facebook became one of the most powerful players in mobile.

Less Repetition, More Dynamic Programming

One of the running themes throughout this series has been the idea of making large, complex problems, which at first may seem super intimidating, feel so much more approachable. If we want to get really meta about it, that’s what the mission of this entire series is, really: to make the complexities of computer science seem fun, friendly, and thus, far more approachable!

But even on a microcosmic level, we’ve done this in many ways for each topic that we’ve covered. We dissected complex data structures like stacks and queues and chiseled them down into their smaller moving parts. We worked our way up to complex algorithms by understanding and slowly and systematically building upon the little pieces that these larger algorithms are all based upon.

Google Maps ETA sharing comes to iOS, third-party apps

The overhaul of Google Maps is continuing, this time with ETA sharing. After first introducing the feature in 2017, Google is giving users the ability to share their location and route in real-time with others on both Android and iOS devices—and through third-party messaging apps.

Google Maps users will be able to show others their location by using the “Share trip progress” feature. It allows you to send to your contacts a live look at your location, the route you’re on, your phone’s battery life and how long it will take for you to arrive at your destination. The feature works for driving, walking, and cycling. Once the trip ends, Google Maps will stop sharing your location so your friends and family can’t creep on you.

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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