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Getting into Technology Consulting Panel

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

June 27, 2019 · 5:30 pm8:00 pm

In the technology consulting field, the battle is on for the best talent. But, who are these people? Among many other things, successful technology consultants are able to bring together their thoughtful and strategic consulting approach and a client- and solution-focused mindset, with a solid understanding of leading-edge technology (which is ever-evolving). Regardless of the industry (or their precise job title!), technology consultants are positioned to influence change and work on a variety of projects to have a significant impact. This sounds exciting and interesting and full of career potential, right? It can be – except that some people (and women, in particular) may find that it is a challenging and competitive field to join and ultimately thrive in.

Let’s learn from those who are doing it!

You’re invited to a special event to hear from a panel of technology consulting pros from all types of consulting companies. The goal of this discussion is to learn from what they’ve done right in their careers, what mistakes they’ve learned from, and the advice they may have for others looking to …read more

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Twitter bruising egos online by alerting users when someone unfollows them

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

Is there someone on your Twitter News Feeds who annoys you, posts irrelevant content, or is outright boring? Well, you can unfollow them and not feel guilty about it, unless of course, you know they will be proactively checking out, you follow them.

It will be awkward if the person you are following is someone you are most likely going to bump into as you go about your day. But there is always the chance that they may never know you unfollowed them. Especially if they have hundreds of followers.

That used to be the norm, until sometime early this month when users started complaining of being notified of someone who already followed them, having followed them.

As it works out, there has been a bug in Twitter’s system, which sends out a notification to someone you unfollow. What makes things worse, is that it notifies them that you have followed them; while in reality, you have unfollowed them.

In the past, which is the norm, when you unfollow someone, they get no notification. They may, however, get a notification when you follow them; it’s an opt-in feature. But …read more

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Stay away from GBWhatsApp and WhatsApp Plus or risk permanent ban

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

Remember that story we ran about WhatsApp banning users using the copycat (read illegal) version of its popular instant messaging app? More on that at this link. Well, the Facebook-owned IM app is still coming down hard on these copycats, and is now threatening a permanent ban should you continue using these fork of its app.

That means you should stay away from GBWhatsApp and WhatsApp Plus. Unless you want to permanently not be able to communicate with your family and friends on the popular messaging app.

If you receive an in-app message stating your account is ‘Temporarily banned,’ this means that you’re likely using an unsupported version of WhatsApp instead of the official app. If you don’t switch to the official app after being temporarily banned, your account might be permanently banned from using WhatsApp.” – reads in part a statement from WhatsApp.

As with any copycat, GBWhatsApp and WhatsApp Plus do infringe on the Terms of Service of the authentic WhatsApp app. It also infringes on their copyrights. In layman’s term, these two forks are bad for business, especially now that Facebook is …read more

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So you’re done with gaming, what else can you do with your PS4 console?

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

When you first get your hands on the PS4 console alongside a title worthy your game. You will wake up next to it, stay late into the early mornings next to it, and spend the entire day right next to it. Basically, you will just be wasting your time with the damn thing.

However, there will come a day when you will have finished all levels of the game. Sure, you can always start the game at the very beginning with a higher difficulty level, but let’s face it. The thrill is just never the same.

The next alternative would be to buy another gaming title, but the really good ones cost quite a bit of some money. I would advise you to take some time off playing video games, especially if you spent weeks after weeks playing the title you just finished. That way, you give your eyes, hands, and the rest of your body some much-needed rest from the TV and controller.

So what else can your PS4 console do?

So you now have your PS4 with no real interesting game to play on it. Does this …read more

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East Africa Community’s Standard Gauge Rail network remains a mirage, with Kenya already shoulders-deep into Chinese debt

East Africa Community's Standard Gauge Rail network remains a mirage, with Kenya already shoulders-deep into Chinese debt

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

In 2013, East Africa states Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda convened at the first Northern Corridor infrastructure summit in Uganda. The three countries came up with a resolution to build a high-speed standard gauge railway network linking the three countries, with the hopes it will spur up their socio-economic growth.

The Standard Gauge Rail (SGR) network was to span over a distance of 1,500 km and was supposed to be up and running by 2018. Well, it is June 2019, and the only nation that has laid down some of the railroads is Kenya. The SGR is now running from the coastal city of Mombasa to the capital Nairobi, a distance of some 487km, which was constructed at a cost of $3.8 billion.

90% of the funds to build the Mombasa-Nairobi SGR network was obtained by Kenya from the Exim Bank of China back in May 2014. The loan has a grace period of five years, and a repayment period of 15 years.

Kenya is now extending the SGR to Naivasha, some 120km west of Nairobi at a cost of $1.5 billion loan from China. Remember, in the original …read more

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About Google Stadia, launch date, pricing, and game title ready for play

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

Google decided to put its mighty weight behind the gaming industry, and we expect significant disruption in that market. If you are a die-hard gamer, I bet you are twitching to get your hands on the Google Stadia control pads and start leveling up your game.

However, the Stadia console will be a stream-first and stream-only gaming rig. Unlike the traditional gaming rigs, we have had from Sony and Microsoft that uses Blu Ray Disks or downloaded games. Google Stadia games will stream online, which will be a hard sell to consumers in regions with slow, unreliable, and expensive internet connection.

You can access Stadia games through the Chrome browser, meaning gamers will be able to play the game from a wide range of platforms. You will not need to buy the Stadia. Your current laptop might be good enough to access the Stadia title and get you gaming in an instant provided you have reliable, fast, and consistent internet connection.

Other goodies packs that come with Google Stadia

High-end Visual Experience: With Stadia, much of the heavy graphics works will be done by the Google servers (not natively …read more

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If you’re reading this on Firefox, stop right now and update your browser immediately

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

There is a zero-day vulnerability with Firefox browser, that hackers are already exploiting. As a Firefox user, that means you are a sitting duck, and it is just a matter of time until you get attacked.

To safeguard yourself, make sure you are running the latest version of the browser; Firefox 67.0.3 or the Firefox 60.7.1. Mozilla has already sounded the alarm that their browser if flawed by a zero-day vulnerability, which is already being exploited out there in the world wide web.

Mozilla has hence issued an emergency patch in an attempt to secure the security breach:

A type confusion vulnerability can occur when manipulating JavaScript objects due to issues in Array.pop. This can allow for an exploitable crash. We are aware of targeted attacks in the wild abusing the flaw” – said Mozilla

How to update Firefox browser

To update the browser, click on the hamburger icon located on the upper right-hand corner. Then type update in the search bar and click on Restart to update Firefox button. Alternatively, you can download a new copy from Mozilla website.

If you are already using the latest version …read more

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Girl Geek Summit to get more disadvantaged girls into STEM

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

Africa Teen Geeks, is launching a new flagship event to inspire 100 high school girls from disadvantaged communities to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Sponsored by MMI Holdings and Apodytes, the inaugural Girl Geek Summit will take place from 28 to 29 June 2019 at the Momentum Headquarters in Centurion. It will bring together women leaders from Silicon Valley and South Africa to engage in speeches, panel discussions, one-to-one career coaching, and workshops around entrepreneurship.

Globally, the participation of women and girls in STEM is low, with women making up just 35 percent of all STEM students in higher education. In sub-Saharan Africa, only 30 percent of professionals in the sciences are women, according to a UNESCO study. “Prejudice and assumed stereotypes keep women of color, especially black women from pursuing and staying in STEM fields. Psychologically, stereotypes on black women’s intellect, cognitive abilities, and work ethic contribute to their lack of confidence in STEM. Girls interested in STEM are often told that they inherited a male brain. Our goal is to …read more

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South Africa signs an Oil Production Agreement with South Sudan

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

Here is some news, the pan-Africanism crusaders might enjoy reading about. The government of South Sudan has contracted, not the Chinese, British, or offshore government, but the South African government to manage oil production in the young nation.

The South African government will be investing in the Juba’s nascent petroleum industry, which has failed to produce any substantial oil production over the years. The South Sudan government and the South African government signed the Exploration and Production Sharing Agreement (EPSA). That will see the South Africa state-owned Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) be granted the permission to explore oil in Block B2 area, an oilfield spreading across the Muglad basin straddling both South Sudan and Sudan.

The SFF exploration will take place over six years and any oil production undertaken will be sold in partnership with the local petroleum company Nilepet. In 2018, the South Africa Department of Energy pledged $1 billion investment into the South Sudan petroleum exploration venture.

The two countries are targetting to produce 60,000 barrel per day to be consumed in the local South Sudan market. Excess supply will be exported to neighboring countries.

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How to make a Safaricom Reverse Call

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

Hey, reverse calls are back. You know, that thing you used to do with the booth phone calls provided by Telkom back in the 80s and 90s. Where you could call an operator, to call the person you want to talk to but have no money to pay for the phone call. So the operator calls them on your behalf and asks them if they would be will to pay for the cost of the phone call.

Well, Safaricom has done a major TBT of that feature and brought it into the 21st-century mobile phone communications. The principle is the same, you (the initiator of the phone call) transfers the cost of the call to the receiver (the person you intend to call), by dialing #0728******.

When you dial the receiver phone number, beginning with the hash and followed by the 10 digits of their phone number. The receiver will get a normal phone ring with your number or name on their phone screen. When they accept the call, a pre-recorded voice prompt in English and Swahili will as you (the receiver) to press 1 to accept …read more

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