June 25, 2017

Review Category : TECH

Brilliant! Two University of Ilorin students create aircraft prototype

Ilorin (NAN) – Two 500 level students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ilorin, Ali David and Patrick Effiong, have constructed an aircraft prototype. The duo told newsmen in Ilorin that they had nurtured the passion to construct the aircraft when they were in 100 level, adding that it was now their final year project. David noted that many of his colleagues were sceptical when they first broached the subject, adding that they were not deterred by the challenges they faced. “What we are actually working on is a machine that will lift up itself through ...

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China unveils world’s most powerful computer (VIDEO)

Chinese scientists have unveiled a supercomputer twice as powerful as any existing machine. Aside from the Milky Way Two’s extraordinary speed, the massive computer is remarkable in a number of other ways. Al Jazeera reports that the Milky Way Two or Tianhe 2, can accomplish 33.86 quadrillion calculations per second, more than twice the number of calculations done by the fastest existing computer, Titan, which was built in America and crowned the world’s fastest computer at the start of this year. What is even more unique about the Tianhe 2 is that its system design and software are Chinese made. ...

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Information Minister Maku defends N6.5 billion “Internet Spy” deal with Israeli firm

Nigeria’s Information Minister Labaran Maku has defended the government alleged plan to contract the services of Israeli firm Elbit Systems to monitor the internet activities of Nigerians online, describing the controversial move as a routine security measure. “Everywhere in the world, e-mails are seen by government. Even, the world super-power, America, spies on citizens’ mails to checkmate the activities of unscrupulous elements capable of threatening its internal security,” Maku said, according to the Vanguard. “There’s no government all over the world that is uninterested in what comes in and goes out of its territorial boundaries.” Premium Times broke the story ...

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In Czech Republic, a flying bike (Photos/Video)

This is not sci-fi drama. A flying electric bicycle achieved liftoff in the Czech Republic. Engineers from three different companies teamed up to create the prototype and have successfully tested their project, F-bike. A life-sized dummy was seated on the bike while a pilot, Jan Spatny, used a remote control to pilot the bike around the PVA Expo Center in Prague. For five minutes the bicycle was able to lift off, hover, steer and land successfully to applause. The F-bike, according to the creators, was spearheaded by Technodat. When the project first started in 2011, engineers had intended to create ...

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‘Facebook: The Musical’ pokes fun at social networking website – video

A song inspired by Facebook has been posted online. Produced by AVbyte, the track pokes fun at how obsessed people are with the social networking website. Lyrics include: “Facebook, Facebook/ Gotta check my Facebook. “Gotta creep on all my friends/ Every day/ There’s no end/ It’s the Facebook way.” The video, which was uploaded to YouTube on Monday (June 3), has received more than 200,000 views so far. -Digital Spy ...

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WATCH: What happens when you squeeze a wet washcloth in Space, the answer will blow your mind

So the question is quite mundane. You have a wet washcloth in Space, what happens when you attempt to wring it dry. Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut and commander of the International Space Station, tried it out and put the gnarly, mind-blowing result online. In the video posted last week on the YouTube channel, VideoFromSpace, Hadfield pulls a washcloth free from its highly compacted pack and then squeeze water from a pouch onto the washcloth – that in itself was amazing to see, with water droplets floating mid-air. After getting the washcloth properly soaked, he gives it a good squeeze. ...

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How to get the new clutter-free Facebook, plus what’s new about the News Feed

Facebook is rolling out a new look. The popular social-networking site has got a new face lift that gets rid of the clutter and gives users a new way to experience the site. The social site referred to its facelift as doing a bit of “spring cleaning”. The News Feed is cleaned up and divided in categories, including music, photos, and pages, a lot like the mobile and tablet version of Facebook. Not only does the new design take care of the side clutter, it also gives advertisers more wiggle room. A CNET review of the new look notes that ...

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iTunes launches in South Africa

On Tuesday, Apple launched music sales in the South African version of the iTunes Store, bringing a range of local albums, songs and music videos as well as access to the popular iTunes Match service. Media downloads have been expanded to 56 new markets. iTunes Match allows Apple to scan users’ music libraries and match songs for playback from its servers. The service costs R199.99/year. Music not in the iTunes Store can be uploaded for playback and download to supported devices. The launch of the South African iTunes store follows Apple’s move in October to price applications in the local ...

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11-year old boy burns his leg in freak BlackBerry mobile explosion

Kian McCreath, 11, woke up screaming, according to the Daily Mail, when a BlackBerry mobile exploded and set fire to his bed. The bizarre and traumatizing incident has left Kian with a burn on his leg, the report said. He cried out in pain with melted plastic stuck to his legs after his brother’s phone burst into flames in the bedroom they share at their Holsbrook, Coventry apartment. Hearing the screams, the boy’s mother, 39-year old Sarah, rushed to douse the flames and quickly put Kian in the bath before rushing him to hospital for treatment. The family of the ...

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Three UNILAG students win Google App Developer Challenge

360Nobs – Three University of Lagos (UNILAG) students who contested in the Google Apps Developer Challenge have emerged winners in the sub-Saharan catergory. Bolutife Ogunsola, Michael Adeyeri and Willie Aniebiet, created the Form+ application software; an interface that creates application forms by just dragging and dropping components. The user can create forms – such as curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé submission forms for businesses and coursework submission page for lecturers. In a statement to the press, The Program Manager, Google, Emeka Afigbo stated: “Our expectation is that this motivates more young Nigerian developers to develop apps that change the way ...

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