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Microsoft and Nintendo allay fears and confirms they’re showing up for the E3 2019 Conference

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About the June 2019 E3 conference, an annual event that brings gaming enthusiasts under one roof (well, one location), we do know for sure that Sony will be a no-show and we also know why. Sony came out and confirmed it will not be coming to the E3 2019, but shortly after the company did, its competitors – Microsoft and Nintendo – also came out to confirm they will be attending.

The two studios not only confirmed their attendance but also said they are quite excited about attending the event.

We can’t wait to see you all at E3 2019” posted Xbox official account on its Facebook page.

Reggie Fils-Aimes, the Nintendo of America President, also said, “E3 is an outstanding opportunity for us to share new games and experiences with fans and business partners from across the globe. Every year, we discuss what will be the best way for us to take advantage of the next E3 show in order to bring smiles to people’s faces.”

Where was Nintendo for the past few years?

Unlike its rivals (Microsoft’s Xbox and …read more

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SpaceX granted permission to launch 7,518 Satellites to beam down Fast Internet connection to any surface on Earth

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The ‘crazy ideas’ company SpaceX, headed by ‘Mr. Crazy ideas’ has now set their eyes on an ambitious goal of supplying the entire Planet Earth with internet connection right from the space.

SpaceX has just been given permission to proceed with its ambitious idea of launching 7,518 more satellite into space, to join its already lineup of 4,409 satellites that will be beaming down the internet connection. These ridiculously huge numbers of satellites will be used to enable SpaceX’s Starlink communication system to provide broadband access to any surface on Earth. That is including places with conventional telecommunication infrastructure is not feasible to establish.

Gigabit-per-second Internet connection

Starlink claims that once the project is up and running, they will be able to connect internet users on the ground with internet speeds of up to gigabits-per-seconds. They go further to state that the final constellation will have a connection speeds of up to 32 terabytes per second.

A case or reinventing the wheel perhaps?

By no measure is SpaceX idea a novel one. There has, in fact, all along been satellites in space beaming down internet connection, but their use has …read more

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PlayStation 5 coming out in 2020, alongside a new PSVR 2 – says authoritative sources

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Innov8tiv – Blacks In Technology in USA, UK, Caribbean Islands & Africa

Sony deflated the enthusiasm most gamers and gaming news reporters had about the upcoming E3 2019 conference, by confirming it will not be attending the event. And immediately speculators like us, though the reason behind it is because they don’t want the release of the PlayStation 5 to share the limelight with other gaming related activities.

Well, it turns out that was actually true, as confirmed by one authoritative Redditor RuthenicCookie. We say authoritatively because news about Sony not attending E3 2019 first emerged from the same source, and true enough, Sony confirmed they will not be attending the event.

In the same thread, RuthenicCookie reveals information on the PlayStation 5 and the PSVR 2. Saying that the next generation of Sony gaming console will be launched in mid-2019 during a PlayStation Experience event. The actual release of the console to the general market will be in either March or November 2020. That would be seven years after the launch of PlayStation 4.

PlayStation 5 Titles already in the works

As we all know about any console worth its salt, its success will be hinged on …read more

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Uber mulls venturing into the Matatu Industry in Kenya

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The popular taxi-hailing service, Uber, is reported to be working on the logistics of venturing into the matatu industry in Kenya; that is the public service vehicle (PSV) industry.

We want to be part of the transportation ecosystem in Nairobi and matatus are a big part of how people move around,” said the General Manager for Uber East Africa, Loic Amado during an interview with Reuters.

Stats show about 66% of commutes in Kenya rely on matatu vehicles for their daily commute. The industry in itself is bogged down with a lot of inefficiencies and in most routes, the operators of these vehicles keep on flouting traffic rules. Thereby putting the lives and properties of all road users into jeopardy. Not to mention their arbitrary charging of fare, which can change at an instance depending on the weather; if it rains in Nairobi, you’re sure the matatu fare will hike.

For commuters, the reported entry of Uber into the matatu industry might be good news. Looking at how efficient and affordable the taxi industry has become, perhaps Uber will bring those two things over into the matatu industry.

However, …read more

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How GitLab made $10.5 million with every employee working from home

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Innov8tiv – Blacks In Technology in USA, UK, Caribbean Islands & Africa

GitLab is a company that makes tools for software developers. You might have not heard about it, I certainly haven’t until just recently and you might probably confuse it for GitHub. But this company is a classic Silicon Valley story. A tech startup moves to the Bay Area to set up shop, gets a plan of action, and turn into a big and profitable tech company.

Well, much of that story seems to be adding up, except for the fact that GitLab has very few employees coming to the office. No, leave that! Very few GitLab employees actually line in Silicon Valley. All of the employees work from home; or as might be called within a close circle I know, telecommuting to work.

Currently, the company has 350 employees from across 45 countries around the world. The typical workday in this company is filled with video calls and Slack chats. The employees stay constantly connected online. The employees work with synergy so well remotely that the company revenue hit $10.5 million in 2017. A 6213% growth from the $165,000 it made in 2014. It also received a …read more

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The main cause of Africa’s Underdevelopment is blantant Corruption, and Akon intends to use blockchain to tackle that

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Akon Thiam, or as we popularly know him – Akon. This hip-hop star who first rose into music stardom with his hit single ‘Locked Up’ wants to bring the fictional Wakanda into today’s Africa. But he is not using any Vibranium or some fancy fictional technology to do so, he is using blockchain technology. His is a mission to better the continent of Africa, and not just his home country Senegal.

When this crypto thing came to light, it became something that I felt would be the solution for Africa,” said Akon.

Akon enthusiasm with blockchain technology can be seen by the decision he took to create his own digital currency called the Akoin. He strongly believes the biggest challenge the continent of Africa faces can be solved by blockchain. In his view, the transparency that comes with cryptocurrency would wash away the rot in many governments across the continent. That is the rot of rampant corruption.

I think the cause of Africa’s underdevelopment is corruption,” says Akon.

Akon’s view is consisted with the U.S.’s Council of Foreign Relations, which gave out a report of the world’s most corrupt …read more

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How do I know who I talk to the most on WhatsApp?

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Innov8tiv – Blacks In Technology in USA, UK, Caribbean Islands & Africa

Did you know, you can statistically establish, which one of your contacts you talk to the most on WhatsApp? Well, if you didn’t then keep reading on.

Ever since Facebook acquired WhatsApp, the instant messaging app has transformed tremendously. There are now more features on the app than what the founders had in mind, but that’s an article for another day.

Who do I talk to the most on WhatsApp?

The app these days allows you to send not just text, but also audio, pictures, videos, and other types of files. Oh, you can also make both voice and video calls these days. So with all these rich features, who do you engage with the most on WhatsApp?

To find that out, launch the app on your phone, or even the desktop client (even the web version works). Tap or click on the three dots on the main screen located on the upper right corner of WhatsApp.

Go to Settings > Data and Storage usage > Storage usage.

Here, you should see a list of WhatsApp contacts and groups. They will be listed (or for the purpose of this article, ranked) …read more

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Firefox Price Wise giving Chrome users second thoughts about their choice for browser

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Innov8tiv – Blacks In Technology in USA, UK, Caribbean Islands & Africa

The modern day internet is dominated by Google from two points; as the choice search engine and as the choice browser. Almost 60% of internet users begin their online journey from the Chrome browser, and if they are searching for information, they will certainly use Google search engine to get to where they want. However, Mozilla’s Firefox hopes its latest feature, Price Wise, will be enough to make users re-think their choice browser.

As the name suggests, Price Wise, is a new feature Mozilla baked into Firefox that allows users to cross check prices of items when shopping online. Simply put, it enables you to see the price of an item on one online store, against its price at another (competing) online store.

You could be on Amazon, looking to buy, the HP ProBook 4540S for instance. With Firefox Price Wise, you can check the price for the same laptop on eBay, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, and The Home Depot; which have already enlisted into the program.

The above-mentioned list of online retailers are the top visited e-commerce sites visited by Firefox users. Mozilla says it is working …read more

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Windows 10 October Update is again available for download after Microsoft temporarily discontiued it

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Innov8tiv – Blacks In Technology in USA, UK, Caribbean Islands & Africa

Microsoft has not had good luck when it comes to pushing out updates. It is one of the biggest pain points of using a Windows PC; you leave your PC working fine one night, and in the morning you wake up to a ‘totally’ not working PC. And it is all because of Windows Updates. A pattern that went so bad that it forced Microsoft to shut down the Windows 10 October Update, the next major upgrade to Windows 10. The OS Microsoft said it will keep upgrading in small bits over time, as opposed to a sequential overhaul of Windows.

The Windows 10 October Update was a hot mess. The upgrade kept deleting users’ files to say the least. The outcry from users led to Microsoft putting the upgrade on hold as it addressed the bugs that led to the problem.

It appears that Microsoft completed their investigation in the matter yesterday, and are now confident to bring it back to their servers for public downloads. The company re-launched the upgrade again yesterday. This time, it includes full support for the DirectX Raytracing (DXR).

If you want …read more

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Facebook Messenger now has Unsend Feature that enables you ‘take back’ what you send up to 10 mins ago

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Innov8tiv – Blacks In Technology in USA, UK, Caribbean Islands & Africa

Earlier this year, there were reports that Facebook CEO had this super ability to send messages on the social network and then take them back right out of the recipient’s inbox. At the time, it was a beta feature only availed to a few privileged members at the company. Well, it seems the company is ready to take the feature global, as it has already rolled out the Facebook Messenger Unsend Feature to users in Lithuania, Colombia, Bolivia, and Poland.

According to TechCrunch, the Facebook Messenger Unsend Feature is available to users in the above-mentioned regions across both Android and iOS devices. The user can ‘take back’ their messages within the first 10 minutes of hitting the send button. Longer than that, they will not be able to delete the message from the recipient’s inbox.

However, the recipient will see a marker on their end showing them that an incoming message was deleted. Hopefully for you as the sender, the recipient opens their Messenger app after you have been able to delete the message.

Delete not just Text, but Images, Videos, Links…

The Unsend Feature on Messenger enables you …read more

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