Google’s New Website To Learn Computer Science and Programming

For years, Google has been doing a lot of work to make people aware of computer science and programming. In this article, we’ll be talking about Google’s latest effort to promote computer science and programming. Google launched a new Education website  called Google CS Education which is a collection of different programming tools and other basic resources for the beginners.
This new website is mainly focused on three stages:

1. Learn Computer Science

2. Participate in Academic Opportunities

3. Access Career Opportunities

The main goal of Google CS Education website is to teach computer science in the simplest way. So that even a kid can learn such stuff.

This page contains resources for both student and the educator. It also includes the coding tools and technology.

Apart from learning computer science and programming, you can also use this portal to explore scholarships by visiting the ‘Participate in Academic Opportunities’ tab.

You can also explore multiple Contests and internships that are organised by google by clicking on the ‘Access Career Opportunities’ tab.

This one-stop place for learning includes some well-known learning programs like Google’s Made with Code, igniteCS and CS First.We all know that learning computer science is a way to explore opportunities and implement your innovative ideas. With the new CS EDU website, you can access Google’s programs at one place and keep learning.

Is Airtel Exiting the Kenyan Market?

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Airtel Kenya seems to be in the process of exiting the Kenyan market if the current market structure in terms of market dominance is not addressed.

Airtel, which comes in second after its main competitor in the telecommunication industry, Safaricom has been fighting to sustain itself in the tough industry since its parent company, India Bharti Airtel took over from Zain in 2010.

Data from the Communications Authority of Kenya shows that as of June 2016, Airtel had a market share of 16.6 percent with 6.5 million subscribers on its network. This marked a decline of 200,000 customers in three months. Airtel’s subscriptions dropped from 6,722,412 in March 2016 to 6,588,825 as at the end of June 2016, as the operator relinquished 0.9 percent of its market share. Safaricom on the other hand ranked top with a 65.2 percent market share as its customers in the period grew 3.1 percent to 25.9 million.

The telecommunications firm on Friday sent home 100 of its staff, in what it termed a “strategic organizational restructuring to improve efficiency across function”, adding the redundancy to the 60 others that the telco laid off in January 2016.

Sources have disclosed that the firm has already started selling some of its assets including Airtel Money, Enterprises, customer service and sales and Distribution, which will be merged to operate as one. As if this is not enough, the company is also said to be in the process of abandoning its warehouses across the country including Nakuru, Kisumu, Eldoret, Mombasa and Nyeri. All it services will be offered from Nairobi. Airtel last year laid a good marketing strategy introducing Unliminet that targeted the growing data market and placed it high on the bar. It gained the firm New customers especially the youths. However, they disassembled the initial packages by slashing down it’s elements sending most of the acquired customers to drop it.

After Reading This You’ll Never Throw Away These Bags Again… uses of siliaca gels

The silica gel bags we often find in shoe boxes usually end up in the trash, just because we believe they’re completely useless and even toxic.However, the truth is that there is no poison in them whatsoever. They are filled with a substance called silicon dioxide which shouldn’t be eaten but it can be very useful around the house. They’re a non-toxic inert desiccant that will dry out anything around them. Here is how you can use them:

1. Put them in your gym bag

These bags’ main purpose is to absorb the extra moisture and protect your shoes. Bacteria mostly thrive in damp and moist

environments so they can help you eliminate the dampness and germs from your gym bag. They can also eliminate the foul odor.

2. Put them between towels

Prevent your towels from getting damp and smelling unpleasantly by putting a few of these in the towel cabinet.

3. Make your razors last longer

Instead of leaving your razor around in the bath where it’s always wet put it in a plastic container with a few silica bags inside. It will make it last longer.

4. Save your drowned phone

When your phone drops in water and gets all wet instead of putting it in a jar of rice try the same with silica bags. Fill a jar with them and put your mobile in, it will be much more effective

5. No more foggy car windows

I most definitely adore this one, since foggy car windows cause me a lot of problems especially in this damp weather season. This goes to all you drivers out there; it’s a true lifesaver in the winter. Instead of waiting for the air conditioning to do its job,which in older car models can take forever, put a bunch of these silica gel bags under your windshield from the inside immediately. You’ll see that tomorrow your windows won’t be foggy. It’s the fastest way to stop your windows from fogging up and you’ll save yourself the 10 extra minutes needed to clean them up.

6. Save your old photos

Old photos usually deteriorate with time, which is really sad because they are the sole reminders of our past and are quite dear to our hearts. Put a couple of silica gel bags in your box of old photos to save them from the dampness that can ruin them.

7. Save your make up

Every women needs to have a bag or two of silica gel in her make up purse to stop the powdery make up from curdling.



There you have it, 7 fun and useful tips which can make your life easier. Next time you buy something with silica gel bags in it don’t throw them away, they can be quite useful. Can you think of another way you can use these bags, maybe you’re already using them for something we haven’t mentioned? Please share your thoughts and ideas, we can all learn something new.

Did You Know the First Computer Mouse Was Wooden?

​The computer mouse : undeniably the cutest of the gadget world. The small, clickable tool is the reason we can browse social networks, search Google, play games and send email. And more importantly, where would we all be without the right-click and the cursor?

But this powerful computer piece comes from humble beginnings and had a long road to the sleek, sometimes quirky, often high-tech and efficient tool we now use on a daily basis.

The mouse’s key feature is its trackball. The first known trackball can be traced to the Canadian Navy in 1952. This “mouse” was actually a bowling ball attached to a complicated hardware system that could sense the motion of the ball and imitate the movement on a screen. But the world would never have access to the heavy-duty mouse — since it was a secret military creation the tech was never patented or produced.

Eleven years after the military design, Douglas Engelbart became the father of the modern mouse. He developed a gadget made with a wooden base using two wheels to roll back and forth. It was the first mouse that could fit into a user’s hand.

The mouse — now a circular shape — next surfaced in Germany, complete with a trackball that helped draw vector graphs.

Xerox was next to take a swing at honing the clicker, resulting in the “Alto.” The mouse used LEDs and optical sensors, plus a special grid-printed mousepad for it to function. Then, in 1981, Xerox refined its gadgetry. The mouse worked with Xerox’s Star interface, and was the first mouse that the public could purchase for use — but it would run you $75,000 for the full system.

In 1983, Apple entered the game. Its mouse brought back the trackball technology and used a single, horizontal button. The mouse accompanied Apple’s Lisa computer, costing $10,000 at the time, and the rectangular shape was not the most comfortable, ergonomically speaking.

The popular curved and contoured mouse didn’t arrive on the scene until 1991, when Logitech launched the first wireless mouse. Called the “Cordless MouseMan,” it was the first to use radio signals and could move free of the receiver’s line of sight.

Logitech stepped up its game again in 2004, manufacturing a laser mouse, ditching the popular infrared LED version. This also meant the end to the beloved mousepad, since the MX1000 worked effortlessly on all surfaces.

The scroll wheel made it possible for users to race through documents or down webpages and was a Microsoft creation in 1996, arriving with the IntelliMouse Explorer. And in 1998, Apple popularized the USB, making mice even more universal, since most computers had at least one USB port.

An ever-evolving computer accessory, it’s the future of the mouse that shows real innovation. For example, the Logitech MX Air will work in midair, there are 3D mice that let you feel objects on the screen and mice that use brain waves to let you control on screen activities.

But really, who could ask for something better than this:


(Image courtesy of Fugly.com )


Though it has a colorful history, the mouse may soon be obsolete, if devices like Leap Motion go mainstream.

iPhone 7 Meets Some Power Tools (Video)

We have seen a number of torture tests of the new iPhone 7 using various power tools and now one YouTuber has used power tools to give his iPhone 7 a new design.
YouTuber ParipateticPandas decided he wanted to give his iPhone 7 a bit of a re-design, have a look at the video below.

https://youtu.be/y33yz5CFoSg

As we can see from the video, after the iPhone 7 met the power tools it ended up with a design which is more like the iPhone 5 than the iPhone 7.

Samsung recalls Note 7 flagship over explosive batteries

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Samsung Electronics is recalling its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and said that battery problems were behind phones catching fire.

The decision follows reports in the US and South Korea of the phone “exploding” during or after charging.

The South Korean company said customers who had already bought the phone would be able to swap it for a new one.

Samsung said it had been difficult to work out which phones were affected among the 2.5 million Note 7s sold.

“There was a tiny problem in the manufacturing process, so it was very difficult to figure out,” the president of Samsung’s mobile business Koh Dong-jin told reporters.

“It will cost us so much it makes my heart ache. Nevertheless, the reason we made this decision is because what is most important is customer safety,” he said.

The firm said it would take about two weeks to prepare replacement devices.

According to Samsung, the phone has been launched in 10 countries so far but with different companies supplying the batteries.

The recall comes just one week ahead of an expected presentation of a new iPhone model from its main rival Apple.

What makes lithium batteries catch fire?

Analysis: Zoe Kleinman, BBC technology reporter

This is an extraordinary decision for a tech giant to make based on so few reported incidents – Samsung says it is aware of only 35 cases worldwide.

It’s bad timing so soon after a big product launch and especially given that Samsung’s rival Apple is understood to be preparing to unveil a new iPhone.

However, the firm says it has discovered a problem with the battery cell and is halting sales while it inspects its suppliers.

People who have already bought the device – which is only available to pre-order in the UK – will be issued with a replacement.

Stories about exploding smartphone batteries do make the news from time to time – lithium ion batteries are flammable but very widely used.

Reported ‘explosions’

Over the past few days, several users have reported their phones catching fire or exploding while charging, and Samsung said it had confirmed 35 such cases.

A YouTube user uploaded a video under the name

Ariel Gonzalez on 29 August of a Galaxy Note 7 with burnt rubber casing and damaged screen.

He said the handset “caught fire” shortly after he unplugged the official Samsung charger, less than a fortnight after purchasing it.

Further images of a burnt Galaxy Note 7 were uploaded to Kakao Story, a popular social media site in Korea, on 30 August.

A user wrote: “There was another explosion of the Galaxy Note 7. It was my friend’s phone. A Samsung employee checked the site and he is currently in talks over the compensation with Samsung. You should use its original charger just in case and leave the phone far away from where you are while charging.”

Flagship phone

The phone was only launched on 19 August and has since then been generally well-received by critics and consumers.

The Galaxy Note 7 model is the latest of Samsung’s series of so called phablets – smartphones with very large screens.

Samsung also added an iris scanner to the Note 7, which lets users unlock the phone by detecting patterns in the eyes.

In July, Samsung beat expectations with record earnings in the latest quarter with strong smartphone sales helping the firm post its best quarterly results in more than two years.

Samsung had predicted continued increase in demand for its smartphones and tablets in the second half of the year.

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WhatsApp Gold scam is trying to trick WhatsApp users

WhatsAppers beware! There’s another scam in town, and it’s been catching out LOTS of unsuspecting users.

If you have received an exclusive invitation to install a “limited edition” version of the popular messaging app called WhatsApp Gold, don’t be fooled.

There is only one version of WhatsApp, and it’s the version you are already using.

Victims of the scam have reportedly received a message that says: “Hey Finally Secret Whatsapp golden version has been leaked, This version is used only by big celebrities. Now we can use it too.”

The upgrade claims to offer new features such as the ability to have video chats, send 100 pictures at once, and delete messages after you have sent them.

Users are then asked to click on a link to download the update.

However, the link takes them to website that is riddled with malicious software, infecting their smartphones with nasty viruses.

It is not known how many people have been received the message. However, it seems to have mainly infected Android devices.

If you receive the message, delete it straight away and install antivirus software on your phone – which you should download directly from the Google Play app store.