Weekly Tech Roundup for January 18 2019

Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless. – Thomas Edison

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. And that’s what technology trends create in your subconscious. Check out these inspiring technology trend that might just inspire you to further develop your love for technology.

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.

Amazon sets conference on Robotics, Artificial Intelligence.

It isn’t a novel idea of the rapid growth rate of technology in this dispensation as it relates to Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, Machine Learning and its likes. Hence the necessity to keep abreast with the ever evolving trend in the world of technology.

In the near future which is sooner than we think, robots will take over majority of the manual routine tasks being handled by staffs of companies. This has already started and the rate will sky rocket very soon. In line with this trend, a lot of blue-chip companies like Amazon are heavily investing and researching in AI.  E.C

5 Data Cleaning Tips to Test Assumption

According to a 2016 CrowdFlower survey, *data scientists spend 80% of their time cleaning data*. While it does not require a lot of innovation, *cleaning data properly is critical because any margin of error may result in unreliable information that affects decision-making based on insights*. P.A

Slack’s new logo trades a hashtag for a pinwheel

Slack changed its logo. With every logo change, some people love it, some people hate it while some people can’t be bothered. Let us hope the IPO goes well for Slack. It would be a shame if the logo change jinxed it. B.A

Confirmed: DealDey has shut down operations

We are hearing Dealdey has shut down operations in Nigeria. Careers24 was announced to be shutting down recently too. It seems the hype of funding and investments of 2015 is already taking its toll. Is it possible that business without viable revenue models cannot survive in Africa ? – B.A


If you are thinking of expanding globally, and are wondering where you can find certain types of developers. Hacker Rank has something for you here. B.A

Ugandan medical solution wins the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

You never have to bother about those syringes again when you have to get tested for malaria. T.O

Kenya: Roy Allela invents glove that translates sign language to speech

Ever wondered what those sign language mean when you see deaf people communicate, a recent innovation of a glove that translates sign language to speech could be just what you need. T.O

Nigeria Past Questions API endpoints (JAMB, WAEC)

Someone provided a open source API of over 6000 past questions for Jamb and Waec to enable developers build smart solutions for students. You can check out the blog post and contribute here. B.A

OrCam’s MyMe uses facial recognition to remember everyone you meet

Meet the OrCam MyMe, a tiny device that you clip on your T-shirt to help you remember faces. The OrCam MyMe features a small smartphone-like camera and a proprietary facial-recognition algorithm so that you can associate names with faces. It can be a useful device at business conferences, or to learn more about how you spend a typical day. F.A

Twitter bug revealed some Android users’ private tweets

Twitter accidentally revealed some users’ “protected” (aka, private) tweets, the company disclosed this afternoon. The “Protect your Tweets” setting typically allows people to use Twitter in a non-public fashion. These users get to approve who can follow them and who can view their content. For some Android users over a period of several years, that may not have been the case — their tweets were actually made public as a result of this bug. F.A

Tesla unveils first home charging station that can be plugged into a wall outlet

Tesla today is launching a new home charging station designed for the modern home. The new Wall Connector is the auto maker’s first home charging solution that can be plugged into a wall outlet rather than being hardwired into the home’s electrical system. This charger can plug directly into a NEMA 14-50 plug — the most common high-voltage plug in the U.S.

This is a departure from Tesla’s previous strategy, but one that makes sense. This Wall Connector allows home owners to install a high-voltage charging system in a home without hiring an electrician. Just plug it in. F.A

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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