A video has surfaced online revealing an unexpected problem, one which reveals the technology industry’s understanding or the lack of diversity.
In the clip, a white man and a dark-skinned man both attempted to use a soap dispenser. While it works normally for the white man, the darker skinned man has trouble as the machine refuses to dispense soap.
After some laughter, a person in the background can be heard saying, “too black!”. The black man had to place the tissue on his hands before the dispenser worked.
According to Scroll.in.com, the dispenser possibly has an optic sensor to detect a hand when it is placed underneath. While more advanced sensors worked well, cheaper ones may present hiccups.
The COO of Basis Science, Bharat Vasan, explained in a piece why these monitors don’t work well for people of colour: “The light has to penetrate through several layers...and so the higher the person is on the Fitzpatrick scale (a measure of skin tone), the more difficult it is for light to bounce back,” he said. “For someone who is very pale in a very brightly-lit setting, the light could get washed out. The skin color issue is something that our technology compensates for. The darker the skin, the brighter the light shines, the lighter (the skin) the less it shines.”
Uruguayan student, Ezequiel Pereira has been rewarded with $10,000 because he managed to discover a vulnerability in Google.
According to Naijatechguy, Ezequiel Pereira said he found the vulnerability when he was playing with Google services using a web security testing tool known as Burp Suite.
He was actually playing with Burp Suite to find the vulnerability, after many failed attempts, he discovered that the internal web page of yaqs.googleplex.com didn’t have the username or password check in place.
Googleplex.com is a platform hosts several Google App Engine applications.
Ezequiel Pereira wrote: “The website’s homepage redirected me to “/eng”, and that page was pretty interesting, it had many links to different sections of Google services and infrastructure, but before I visited any section, I read something in the footer: “Google Confidential
“At that point, I stopped poking at the website and reported the issue right away, without even thinking of a better way to show the vulnerability than with Burp.”
He also shared screenshots of the email exchanges with Google’s security team the same day. Google’s security team confirmed that the bug he reported was very effective. Pereira says he was very surprised when he received $10,000 from Google team for his work after a month.
However, Google has resolved the vulnerability and the large reward was because they found a few variants that would have allowed an attacker access sensitive data”
Big Tech companies like Google and Facebook have bug bounty programs in which security researchers or hackers are rewarded for disclosing existing flaws in the system.
Last year, Google released a result which shows that hackers were rewarded $3 million throughout 2016.
With the advent of Web 2.0 and the wide spread use of applications and software; the concern for privacy as regards to the personal information, one puts up on the internet arises. Almost all apps come with a privacy setting and more people prefer to go private on social media, to avoid tracking.
According to news reports, all user data is still tracked by the websites and apps, due to technological advancement.
You may know the best ways to stay safe online by avoiding funny looking sites, using a strong anti-virus – but are you aware of just how much information any website or app can collect about you just from you navigating through them?
Naijatechguy.com lists six ways your user information is exposed through everyday browsing.
Google’s Geolocation API is usually used by websites to get a very good idea of where you are. Although most times it's not always too accurate, but it could show your current city or sometimes it can be very accurate by showing your street address. More accurate location data can be gotten from you usually when you are connected to a public WiFi network.
You’re better off browsing on a mobile network because the error rate on mobile devices can be up to 50 kilometres from your exact location.
Websites and Apps can also detect your phone orientation through the accelerometer. This can let the sites and apps determine whether you’re holding your device or using it on a flat surface
Information On Your Device Hardware
Every single detail. From the processor your phone is running, the exact make and model of your GPU, your screen resolution, the phone you're using. Everything.
Some Websites even know what percent your battery is at and whether or not you are currently charging.
Information On Your Device Software
Quite a number people know that when they visit any site, their browser allows the site know what operating system and browser they’re using. This actually helps content producers get a better feel for their audience and cater to them more specifically.
However, some websites can also see what plugins you have installed and whether you’re currently logged into accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and Google.
Don't worry, nobody snoops on your passwords. Unless of course, you hit a suspicious link. I'll highlight how to prevent being hacked online in an upcoming post.
The Network You're Using
Websites/Apps have access to your local and public IP addresses and can identify which computer or mobile phone you’re using on any network.
Sites also know the service provider you're using and the kind of internet service you’re using since they can also calculate your download speed.
Places You've Been To
Additionally, websites also know your browsing history. They know the site you visited before arriving on theirs. If you usually use some very bad websites, then this might be of some concern to you.
Identify Exactly Who You Are
This last one is mostly limited to less reputable websites run by hackers.
Clickjacking is a technique some websites use to manipulate your actions so you end up doing things that you may not have intended. You may click a link that looks legitimate but if you’re also logged into Facebook, that link can make you like a Facebook page unintentionally without your consent.
This information can be used to find out your exact identity. Anything you’ve supplied Facebook: your name, your pictures, your occupation, your family members, your interests… everything is potentially at a malicious website’s fingertips.
Volvo has just announced plans to stop producing fuel only cars by 2019, at which time all new Volvos will either be fully electric or electric hybrids.
The company also said that it would launch three new fully electric Volvos between 2019 and 2021, and two high performance electrics under the Polestar brand.
According to the automobile giant’s media website, “All new hybrids will be a mix of petrol and diesel twin-engine plug-ins and 48 volt "mild hybrid" options.
“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” said CEO Håkan Samuelsson.
“Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of one million electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it.”
In May, Volvo also announced that it plans to be one of the first automakers to build Android into its next generation cars.
Last week, Volvo announced a partnership with Nvidia for its 2021 self-driving cars, according to reports.
These announcements according to technological expert, make Volvo one of the most interesting companies to watch as the automobile lurches into the future.
Everyday social media apps are engaged in trying to outdo each other by adding or improving on existing features.
These features can be a hit, such as the updated Whatsapp Status on Whatsapp, they can be a miss, like the black face Bob Marley filter on Snapchat.
In the case of Snap Map, the new feature in Snapchat, it's a bit of both for the average user and a real concern for parents.
Snapchat is a growing social media platform for today's millennial generation and some say the new feature "Snap Map" could be a danger and create privacy issues.
The new feature uses geolocation to let you see your friends' "Actionmojis", that is cartoon-like figures that resemble users, on a map and lets them see where you are, too.
“Your little Bitmoji avatar travels from here to there as you move around, and you can select specific people to see you. If you send a snap to "Our Story" (a collection of images submitted from different users that are curated by Snapchat's team), your location is potentially visible to everyone, including strangers”, CNN reports.
This feature also lets people know where big events are going on and even where people are located in the Snapchat app.
The concern comes when individuals share their location with friends because if they have their settings set that anybody can become friends, then anybody can see their location.
Another concern is having to reveal what activity you are doing to friends and potential stalkers or kidnappers.
However, for Snap Map, it's easy to opt out. Within the app itself, you can switch your setting to "Ghost Mode" so that you're not visible on the map.
To be even more thorough, CNN says, “it's a good idea to check your device's location sharing settings and deny access to Snapchat and other apps don't really need to know where you are”.
According to reports, Snapchat said,”The safety of our community is very important to us and we want to make sure that all Snapchatters, parents, and educators have accurate information about how the Snap Map works."
It is very important for parents to stay on top of constant social media updates, watching out for potentially privacy-invading features and new apps that erupt onto the scene every few months to safeguard their teens.
Parents are more than ever saddled with the responsibility of knowing the current trends and educating their children and teens on using social media responsibly.
NISSAN has announced that it is making Automatic Emergency Braking, AEB, a technology that automatically applies brake to prevent collision for its 2018 cars.
The AEB standard is to be projected to be on one million vehicles sold in the United States market for model year 2018.
This improvement will also cover seven of the company’s most popular models – Rogue/Rogue Sport, Altima, Murano, LEAF, Pathfinder, Maxima and Sentra (except manual transmission-equipped and all NISMO versions).
Automatic Emergency Braking previously known as Forward Emergency Braking) uses radar technology to monitor a vehicle’s nearness to the vehicle ahead, giving the driver audible and visual display warnings to help the driver reduce the vehicle’s speed if a potential frontal collision is detected.
If the driver fails to respond, the AEB system can apply the brakes, helping the driver to avoid the collision or reduce the speed of impact if it is unavoidable.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, data, one-third of all police-reported crashes involve a rear-end collision (2013 study).
The NHTSA also reports that systems such as AEB can help reduce injury insurance claims by as much as 35 percent (2015 report).
“The big news here is that we’re making AEB standard across all grades of our best-selling models,” said Michael Bunce, Vice President, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc.
“This increased AEB availability is part of our ongoing commitment to help reduce fatalities while realising our comprehensive vision of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.”
The projected 2018 AEB sales are more than double that of previous model years. It will be offered as standard equipment on 2018 Rogue and Rogue Sport, Altima, Murano, LEAF, Pathfinder, Maxima and Sentra (except manual transmission-equipped and all NISMO versions) models, as well as select Armada models.
Facebook Incorporated is drawing plans with Hollywood studios about producing scripted, TV-quality shows, with an aim of launching original programming by late summer, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
The social networking giant has indicated that it was willing to commit to production budgets as high as $3m per episode, in meetings with Hollywood talent agencies, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the project.
Facebook is hoping to target audiences from ages 13 to 34, with a focus on the 17 to 30 range. The company has already lined up “Strangers”, a relationship drama, and a game show, “Last State Standing”, the report said.
According to the report, the company is expected to release episodes in a traditional manner, instead of dropping an entire season in one go like Netflix and Amazon.com, and is also willing to share its viewership data with Hollywood.
Punch recalled that Apple made its long anticipated debut into original television series last week, with a reality show called “Planet of the Apps”, an unscripted show about software developers trying to interest celebrity mentors with a 60-second pitch on an escalator.
The company’s future programming plans include an adaptation of comedian James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” segment from his CBS Corporation show that will begin airing in August.
One of the oldest phones known to Nigerians, Nokia 3310 has returned to the market but this time, on a more upgraded level with a 31.0 days standby time the device offers.
HMD Global, new makers of the device that originally attracted high patronage in the Nigerian market as a result of the state-of-art-technology embedded in the product said that the classic re-imagined Nokia 3310 is back with a promise.
Speaking on the re-branded product, Joseph Umunakwe, General Manager, HMD Global, West, East and Central Africa, who gave his comment on the rebranded product said “We are delighted to bring the Nokia 3310 phone to our consumers in Nigeria. Nokia has been one of the most iconic and recognisable phone brands in our country for decades.
“HMD has received an incredible reception from our partners so far; it seems everyone shares our excitement for this next chapter. Our consumers are more discerning and demanding than ever before and for us they will always come first.
“We’ve worked really hard with our teams around the world to bring together world class manufacturers, operating systems and technology partners, enabling us to proudly start sales of our the Nokia 3310, a classic reimagined.”
Available in Nigeria last month, the device comes in four distinctive colours – Warm Red and Yellow, both with a gloss finish, and Dark Blue and Grey, both with a matte finish and will retail at an estimated retail price of NGN 18,000.00.
Technical Specifications: With system dual band 900/1800 MHz, the device comes with dual SIM variants of micro SIM also with software platform of Nokia Series 30+ With FM radio playback up to 39.0 hours, the new device also has MP3 playback up to 51.0 hours.
Although the standby and talk times are based on single SIM variant, the device has standby time of up to 31.0 days with talk time of up to 22.1 hours.
Facebook Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has disclosed plans to meet with Nigerian private ‘all-female Facebook group admin’, Lola Omolola.
Zuckerberg made this known when he posted a picture with the founder of the women oriented group on Facebook, ‘Females In Nigeria’ (FIN) as they both had a long chat.
Speaking with Lola Omolola, she disclosed how she came about the group which has millions of females as its followers. It currently has about 1,045,148 members, all female.
Facebook boss revealed that for some time, he has been touring America to discuss with Facebook group admins.
Speaking in his Facebook page on Tuesday, he said, “Over the past few weeks I've been meeting group admins across the country that are building meaningful communities on Facebook and will be at the summit. This photo is with Lola, who lives in Chicago and is originally from Nigeria.
“Two years ago, she founded a secret Facebook group called Female IN, or FIN. It's a no-judgment space where more than a million women come to talk about everything from marriage to health issues, work problems thereby helping to end the culture of silence that exists for women in some parts of the world.
Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will launch a first ever Facebook Communities Summit, the first of its kind in Chicago, later this month for the top hundred Facebook group admins.
He said “I’m looking forward to meeting more admins like Lola and talking about how we can help them do even more to build community. I'll share more info on the summit as we get closer, and I'll stream the event live from my profile later this month.”
Lola Omolola, who is resident in USA, also took to her Facebook profile to thank Mark Zuckerberg for acknowledging her on Facebook.
Her post: “Were it not for your relentless drive to connect our world and your assembly of the brightest minds in the universe to bring this dream to life, FIN would not have been probable.
“Certainly not at this scale. I'm an ordinary woman from modest means and your vision; our shared vision to advance meaningful connection, is now helping women across the world to find our voices through FIN; our non-judgmental Facebook support group.
“Thank you for helping me create the world I wish to live in and have my 8 and 10 year old inherit. Your outstanding team at Facebook, our indefatigable admin team and my irrepressible FINsters make this all possible. Thank you! and see you in Chicago. Salute!”
Considering the rate of technology advancement recorded in electric cars, Nigeria may fall victim of being amongst the few countries that will be left behind, using fuel driven cars in years to come, energy analysts warns.
The latest report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) says the world is on the verge of an electrifying change that would have a cascading effect on the entire global energy industry.
It added that within as few as eight years, electric cars in Europe and North America would be cheaper to buy and run than traditional vehicles, which are powered by internal combustion engines.
According to oil experts, the development may force oil to reach its peak by 2020 and cut supply to the market by two million barrels a day by 2025, the same volume that caused the oil price collapse in 2014 and 2015.
This has raised fear for the future of countries like Nigeria that are over dependent on oil (PMS precisely).
Energy analysts at the Grantham Institute of Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London and Carbon Tracker forecasts, also noted that there might be little or no market for oil in time.
To corroborate this, the costs of solar panels have fallen by 85 per cent in seven years at the international market, with battery costs dropping by 73 per cent over the same period as demand for electric vehicles increases by 60 per cent each year.
A green vehicle, or clean vehicle, or eco-friendly vehicle or environmentally-friendly vehicle is a road motor vehicle that uses certain alternative fuels.
It is a vehicle that produces less harmful impacts to the environment than comparable conventional internal combustion engine vehicles running on gasoline or diesel.
The Guardian reports that in reaction to the development, Deputy Managing Director, Kelwaram Chanrai Group, Victor Eburajolo lamented that Nigeria has no standard that meets the United Nations policy on green vehicles.
According to him, government could set stringent standards that would gradually phase out conventional internal combustion, particularly imported second-hand cars.
Eburajolo said government must be very proactive in diversifying the nation’s economy not to be cut unawares by projected reduction in the demand for oil.