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Oyo State Government Partners Google To Train 30,000 Students On ICT.

The Oyo State Government, has collaborated with Google to train 30,000 secondary school students on digital media across the 33 Local Government Areas and the 35 Local Development Council Areas (LCDAs) of the state.

The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun, said on Wednesday, that the initiative was in line with the OYSG Digital Advocacy Drive.

Consequently, he reiterated the vision of Governor Abiola Ajimobi to make Information and Communication Technology (ICT) the bedrock of learning.

He stated that the pilot sessions of the programme commenced on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at St. Patrick Grammar School, Basorun, Immanuel College, UI and Loyola College, Ibadan.

He also added that another round of sessions would hold on Thursday March 2, 2017 at Ibadan Grammar School, Molete, Ibadan, Oba Abass Alesiloye Secondary School, Eleyele and Lagelu Grammar School, Agugu, Ibadan.

Arulogun further stated that subsequent training of secondary school students will continue across eight zones of the state which include: Ibadan City, Oyo, Ogbomoso, Irepo, Saki, Kajola and Ibarapa after assessment and evaluation of the pilot sessions.

Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to Governor Ajimobi on ICT, Mr Niyi Ajao, in his remarks at the pilot session explained that the governor considered ICT as a prerequisite skill for students in an increasingly competitive digital economy.

He also noted that the office of the Special Adviser (ICT) and the Ministry of Education have identified centers for the training of the 30,000 secondary school students.

In a related development, Mr Arulogun said that digital technology has a lot of potentials and that the future of the country is bright with the increasing trend of internet connectivity.

The commissioner, while speaking at the launch of a free wireless service by Flobyt Nigeria in Lagos recently, had urged the founders of the initiative not to relent in their efforts to democratise internet usage in the country.


Source: Channels TV

Comic Relief: Even Google is confused about who the President of Gambia is.

As ECOWAS troops continue to march into Banjul the capital of Gambia, in a bid to oust the incumbent president, Yahya Jammeh whose tenure expires today, there has been much uncertainty about the state of the presidency of Gambia.


Presently, the President-elect, Mr Adama Barrow is being sworn-in at the Gambian embassy in Senegal. This unfolding event and more gives rise to the question; “Who is the president of Gambia?” and this has turned out to be a difficult question to answer. So we decided to run a quick search on Google, the world’s number one search engine and this is what we got as result;



Funny, isn’t it?

Tech giants refuse to help Trump build registry of Muslim-Americans

Google, Apple, and Uber have said they won’t support the development of a Muslim registry by Donald Trump, U.S. president-elect.


They said this to Buzzfeed news after over a thousand Silicon Valley engineers pledged never to help build a Muslim registry.


Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter expressed a similar standpoint a few days ago.


During the presidential campaign, Trump harped on the possibility of creating a register of Muslim-Americans.


Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach, a member of Trump’s transition team, said Trump’s policy advisors began discussing a proposal to build the registry right after the election.


“In relation to the hypothetical of whether we would ever help build a ‘muslim registry’ – we haven’t been asked, of course we wouldn’t do this and we are glad – from all that we’ve read – that the proposal doesn’t seem to be on the table,” said a spokesperson for Google.


An Apple spokesperson also said: “We think people should be treated the same no matter how they worship, what they look like, who they love. We haven’t been asked and we would oppose such an effort”.


Uber and IBM also said “no” in response to whether they would take part in this project.


Oracle and Amazon, two companies that specialise in database services, haven’t clarified whether they will participate.

“My arrogant wife tells me to ask Google whenever I ask questions” – Divorce Seeker

A commercial driver, Taiwo Oladepo, on Wednesday prayed an Agege Customary Court in Lagos to dissolve his 11-year-old marriage over alleged lack of care and submission by the woman.

The 35-year-old Mr. Oladepo, father of four, resides at Number 29, Anthony Nwosu, Ileke Estate, Meiran, Lagos.

He claimed that his 36-year-old wife, Biola, was troublesome, disobedient, not submissive and not caring.

“My wife is too troublesome; she is stubborn, arrogant and not submissive. She is also lazy and wayward.

“There has been no peace in this marriage; we live like cat and rat,” he told the court.

The petitioner submitted that his wife went out and returned any time she liked, adding that each time he asked her where she had been, she told him: “Go and ask Google’’.

“I am no longer interested in the union,” he submitted.

Responding, Biola, a petty trader, denied the allegations.

She said that the petitioner lacked respect for her and beat her regularly.

“There was a time his friends tried to caution him about his attitude toward me.

“The beating is unbearable but l kept bearing it because of my children,” she said.

She added that her husband had illicit affairs with different women.

She consented to the dissolution of the marriage, but appealed to the court to give her the custody of the children, urging that her husband should be responsible for the children’s education and healthcare.

The Court President, Philip Williams, adjourned the case till January 31, 2017 for judgment.

‘Nigerians often search for pornography, rape videos on Google’. – Chude

Chude Jideonwo, co-founder of Red Media, says the most searched topics by Nigerians on Google are pornography, suicide and rape videos.

Jideonwo said this on Thursday at the Excellence in Leadership conference holding at Daystar Christian Centre, Ikeja, Lagos.

He noted that the main cause of instability in the world is depression, according to World Health Organisation (WHO).

Jideonwo said people are frustrated, angry and hopeless and only an effective transformation can change the present situation.

The media entrepreneur said society’s values are shifting and more attention is now paid to feminist struggle, fight against patriarchy, disillusionment about pastors and challenge of authority.

“These are all signs that values are beginning to shift, you see it on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook; there is a battle between the stable and the violent”, he said.

He added that the government is somewhat useless and it is one of the major problems affecting the country.

“Ultimately, what they do is useless, one functioning government is more important than 2000 NGOs, if you have a government performing their functions, there would be no need for people contributing money to build schools, save the raped and the abused because the government would be doing its job.

He said transformation can only be effective only when the individual trying to effect the change is transformed already and upright.

See List Of 2015 Most Trending People According To Google

Google released its annual list of the year’s top trending people, a reflection, more or less, of what people were curious about in 2015. The names on this list — all of whom are alive; the list doesn’t include people who died — recorded the highest spikes in traffic over a sustained period in 2015 as compared with 2014.

See list below:

  1. Lamar Ordom
  2. Caitlyn Jenner
  3. Ronda Rousey
  4. Donald Trump
  5. Ruby Rose
  6. Charlie Sheen
  7. Brian Williams
  8. Rachael Dolezal
  9. Adele
  10. Josh Duggar

Google Alphabet Website Blocked In China First Day

Tech geeks in China looking to understand Google’s newly unveiled corporate structure are out of luck: the website of the new parent company, dubbed Alphabet, was blocked less than 24 hours after going live.

Google unveiled a surprise corporate overhaul Tuesday forming Alphabet, a holding company that will include Internet search and a handful of independent companies, such as the research arm X Lab, investment unit Google Ventures and health and science operations.

So far the website only contains a letter from Google co-founder Larry Page and a link to Google’s existing investor relations page.

But the website for Alphabet,, is already blocked in China, which operates the world’s most extensive and sophisticated Internet censorship system, known as the “Great Firewall”.

Despite the block, the announcement of Google’s restructuring was widely reported in Chinese official media, including the People’s Daily, the official Communist Party mouthpiece.

Read More: vanguardngr


Google Set To Change Brand Name To ALPHABETS, Find Details Here

After 16 years of operations and having emerged as one of the world’s major global brand, search giant, Google? is to change its name to Alphabet, in line with its major restructuring.

The company will continue to operate as Google in most of the important ways, including the search engine that made it one of the world’s biggest companies. But it will operate a holding company named ‘Alphabet’.

Alphabet will include not just Google but the company’s huge array of other operations. That includes it’s life sciences operations, for instance, which is working on a special smart contact lens.

Splitting the company up and rearranging it under a new name will allow each of those different businesses to be run by different bosses, the company said. It will also allow it to report each of those businesses’ results separately.

The company also said that its reorganisation would help it concentrate on its more speculative, experimental work.

“Alphabet will also include our X lab, which incubates new efforts like Wing, our drone delivery effort,” the company wrote in its announcement. “We are also stoked about growing our investment arms, Ventures and Capital, as part of this new structure.”

Sundar Pichai, who before ran most of Google’s most important products, will become its CEO. (Pichai had been rumoured to be in the running for the vacant position of Twitter CEO.)

?Google co-founder, Larry Page wrote in a blog post that the company has “long believed that over time companies tend to get comfortable doing the same thing, just making incremental changes.

“But in the technology industry, where revolutionary ideas drive the next big growth areas, you need to be a bit uncomfortable to stay relevant.”

Referencing Google’s 2004 commitment to not become a “conventional company”, Page wrote that Google “is operating well today, but we think we can make it cleaner and more accountable. So we are creating a new company, called Alphabet.

“I am really excited to be running Alphabet as CEO with help from my capable partner, Sergey, as President.”

Google will continue to trade under its existing stock market symbols, GOOG and GOOGL. The company’s shares were up over 5 per cent in after hours trading, following the post-close announcement.

All of the existing Google shareholders will see their stock automatically changed to the new company, Alphabet.

Gmail Adds An Official ‘Undo Send’ Tool To Stop Embarrassing Emails Getting To The Wrong People

For those of us who want to send a mail and you send it to the wrong person, or you want to make a bad decision and then change your mind or just generally send mails to the wrong person and or change your mind about sending a mail, there’s a solution, thanks to Google.
If you’ve ever hit send on an email only to realise you’ve sent it to the wrong person, you’ll know the feeling of dread that hits the pit of your stomach.
But thankfully, for Gmail users at least, there is now a solution to spare any future blushes.
Google has made its ‘Undo Send’ tool an official and permanent feature nearly six years since it launched as an experiment in Gmail Labs.

This is currently available for five, 10, 20 or 30 seconds and effectively delays the message being sent for up to half a minute to give users time to change their mind.

And once they have saved the changes, the tool will be enabled for all future messages until it is switched off.
Google added the feature to Gmail Labs – a scheme the firm describes as ‘some crazy experimental stuff’ – in March 2009.
It was then added to Google’s standalone Inbox app, which launched as an invitation only app in October and was rolled out to all Android and iOS users last month.
To use the feature on the desktop, compose an email in the traditional way and hit send.
A pop-up message will appear at the top of the inbox that says: ‘Your message has been sent. Undo.’
Clicking Undo stops the message being sent and reopens it in a compose window so users can delete it, change the recipient or amend what has been written.
This works in a similar way on the Inbox app, but instead of appearing at the top of the screen, the Undo option appears in the bottom right-hand corner.
The announcement was made in a official blog post: ‘Previously a popular feature in Gmail Labs, and recently added to Inbox by Gmail, today we’re adding ‘Undo Send’ as a formal setting in Gmail on the web.
‘Undo Send’ allows people using Gmail to cancel a sent mail if they have second thoughts immediately after sending.’
It continued that the feature is turned off by default for those not currently using the Labs version.

Source: Mail Online

Girl Who Was Told To ‘Stop Googling’ Cancer That Eventually Killed Her Left Heartbreaking Messages, Begging Doctors To Take Her Seriously

19 year old Bronte Doyne begged doctors to take her seriously in a series of desperate messages written shortly before she died of a rare cancer that doctors told her she didn’t have and should stop googling about. A frustrated Bronte said she was ‘fed up of trusting’ medics who refused to accept she was dying. She eventually died in March 2013, 16 months after she developed fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, a rare form of liver cancer which only affects 200 people a year worldwide.

Full report From UK Daily Mail:
The teenager had an operation in September 2011 to remove the cancer and was told she would make a full recovery, but online research in America told her that FBC often returns.
But ‘aloof and evasive’ doctors at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) treated her with ‘woeful lack of care and empathy’ and refused to accept this and told her to ‘stop Googling’.
In a text weeks before she died she said: ‘Need answers. Want to know what’s going on. Something’s not right. I’m sick of this’.
And days before she died she wrote: ‘Can’t begin to tell you how it feels to have to tell an oncologist they are wrong. I had to, I’m fed up of trusting them’.
Today Bronte’s mother Lorraine Doyne (pictured right)  has made the messages public to reveal her daughter’s plight.
She said: ‘Bronte was denied pain relief, referrals were hugely delayed and efforts by her family to gather information and understand Bronte’s prognosis were handled in an evasive and aloof manner

HHer fears that her symptoms over the preceding months before she died were cancer-related were proved right.
‘The messages from Bronte are all her own words and I believe that’s more powerful for people to understand what she went through.
She added: ‘I want to see changes and action now.’
She and her daughter were forced to do their own research online, but doctors dismissed their fears.
Mrs Doyne said: ‘We had no information forthcoming and the only sources we found were through our own research.
‘We found a website for the Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation, which is based in the United States, and it included an international forum.
‘It’s not just some pathetic website on Google, it’s been endorsed by the White House in publications, and was the only contact we had to get some awareness about this disease. But that information was dismissed here. I told the clinician that I knew what was happening to my daughter and something needed to be done but I was just told to “stop Googling”. 

Bronte was first admitted to hospital in September 2011 with suspected appendicitis, and was told she had fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma shortly after turning 18.
Over a 16-month period, she was told by doctors that she would survive the disease and had nothing to worry about after having an operation to remove a section of her liver in December.
But Bronte and her family knew through their own online research that there was a high chance the cancer would return and eventually claim her life, which it did on March 23, 2013.
The NHS trust who treated her has now promised to embrace the ‘internet age’ – and accept patients use the internet to research their illnesses –  and admitted: ‘We did not listen with sufficient attention’.
Bronte’s tweets, text messages and personal diary entries reveal her fears about death because doctors were not taking her condition seriously.
These were all passed to the hospital as part of a complaint after her death.
In a diary entry less than a month before her death : ‘Mum tried to talk to my consultant but he didn’t give her much help. She even had to ask him when I was going to get my appointment for the oncologist. Really don’t think he likes my mum asking questions.’
She also wrote she was advised by her GP to go to hospital as an emergency case when her symptoms worsened about six weeks before her death, but was told she could not been seen.
She wrote: ‘I got so angry because the doctor was so rude and just shrugged his shoulders.
‘He gave me a sarcastic comment like you can sleep here if you want but they won’t do anything. So I just have to wait for another hospital appointment.’
In a tweet before her death she also warned: ‘My body does not feel very good #helpme.’
After she was diagnosed, Bronte wrote in her diary: ‘I have cancer. I’m scared. Mum rang keyworker. Need to know what this is. He doesn’t know much. Help me.’
She underwent liver resection surgery in December 2011.
Seven months later, after doctors had told her she was fine, she tweeted: ‘My body does not feel very good #helpme.’
Then, in November 2012, Bronte wrote in her diary: ‘Feeling sick for months now. Tired of this feeling c***. Hospital not worried so trying to get on with it.’
The teenager texted friends saying that doctors referred to how she ‘had’ cancer in the past and advised her not to relate symptoms to the disease.
Her fears about feeling like ‘something’s not right’ were ignored, as she said a doctor claimed her weight loss was a result of her being ‘part of a skinny family’.
Bronte was eventually referred to the Hogarth Ward, a Teenage Cancer Trust unit, where she stayed for 10 days before she died – after 16 months of being told she would be fine.
Source: UK Daily Mail

Father Executes Whole Family, Then Himself After Googling Depression & How To Slit Human Throats

A father has stabbed his wife and two daughters to death after researching how to cut someone’s throat – then lived with their bodies for a weekend before hanging himself, an inquest has heard.

The bodies of Jitendra Lad, 49, his wife, Dukshaben Lad, 44, and their daughters, Trisha, 19, and Nisha, 16, were discovered at their home in Clayton, Bradford, last October – days after celebrating Diwali as a family.

Mr Lad was found hanged and the three other members of the ‘model’ family had all been stabbed in their beds with a knife, in what a coroner described as a ‘scene of unimaginable horror’.

Bradford Coroner’s Court heard that Mrs Lad, also known as Daksha, and her two daughters were probably killed in the early hours of Saturday October 25.

But Mr Lad was seen by a number of people later the same weekend and probably killed himself on the Monday afternoon, two days later, the court heard.

The hearing was told how Mr Lad had no medical history of mental illness and relatives and friends said they appeared to be a normal, loving family.

But Detective Sergeant Duncan Jackson told the hearing in Bradford how Mr Lad had accessed the internet on his phone in the weeks before his death to research depression and, just days before the tragedy, he searched ‘how to cut someone’s throat and executions’.

The hearing also heard that Mr Lad had been stressed at work as an IT manager, and was concerned he had been overpromoted.

Det Sgt Jackson however told the court about an incident in Ibiza in August 2014 when the family was on holiday.

He said a woman, Lee Cartwright, told officers about a conversation she had with Mr Lad by a swimming pool in which he said he ‘disliked his current job and wanted to do something better’.

She said he went on to say how he was ‘dreading turning 50’, said he did not like Bradford and wanted to live abroad but had a duty of care to his mother.

According to the police officer, ‘Mrs Cartwright was left with the impression Jitendra was unhappy with his life’.

Source: Dailymail

Apple Beats Google, Becomes The World’s Most Valuable Brand

The 2015 edition of the Brandz Top 100 by Millward Brand is out and your favorite laptop maker has edged out your favorite search engine.

Apple’s value jumped 67% to $247 billion, while Google only increased 9% to $174 billion, according to the so-called BrandZ rankings, which factor in financial performance as well as consumer perception.

That gold MacBook probably did the trick. Have you seen it? It’s absolutely gorgeous.

Apple and Google have been jockeying for No. 1 in recent years, with Apple holding the top spot in 2012 and 2013 before Google took No. 1 last year. While the Apple Watch
has been in the news lately, it was the iPhone 6 that drove Apple’s growth this year, according to Millward Brown.

Have a look at the year’s top 10,
BrandZ Top 10

Patience Jonathan’s “There Is God” Video is Nigeria’s Most Viewed YouTube Clip Ever – Google

The famous, “There is God,” video skit by the first lady, Patience Jonathan, is Nigeria’s most viewed non-music footage ever on popular online video site, YouTube, the site’s owner, Google, announced Thursday.

The video, published in 2014 by Channels TV, showed Mrs. Jonathan breaking down at a meeting over the abduction of about 276 schoolgirls by Boko Haram insurgents in Chibok, Borno State, in a dramatic display of emotion that drew global attention.

The meeting was the First Lady’s first public acknowledgement of the Chibok abduction, one of
Boko Haram’s mass kidnapping that shocked the world.

Addressing a group of women, and the principal of the secondary school where the girls were seized, Mrs. Jonathan launched into what seemed a stagy show of grief, scolding the principal for her handling of the insurgents’ attack.

She questioned why the principal hesitated to honour her invitation for a meeting in Abuja, and the circumstances of the kidnap.

With not satisfactory response from the principal, the Frist Lady exploded, “All these blood you people are shedding, there is God o, there is God o, God…o….Chai, there is God o,” she lamented repeatedly before dabbing tears from her eyes with a handkerchief.

Mrs. Jonathan’s outburst was also transcribed to imitate her inflection as, “All these blood you people are sharing, diaris God o, diaris God oooo, all this bloods you are sharing, chai, chai, chai diaris God oooh”.

The video drew wide attention across the world, at a time the international community was fixed on how the Nigerian government was responding to the abduction.

The girls remain in captivity more than a year after.

The video ranking was released by Google on Thursday as YouTube celebrates its 10th year anniversary.

The most watched videos in Nigerian were ranked in the music, non-music and advert categories.

Mrs. Jonathan’s video came first in the non-music category.

Jay Z slams Google, YouTube, Spotify, Others For Criticizing Tidal

While performing at a private show at Terminal 5 in New York for Tidal subscribers, Jay Z launched into a blistering attack against those he said are criticizing his new streaming service, Tidal. He lashed out at Google, Youtube, Spotify and a host of others.
He claimed he was being depicted as ‘the bad guy’ because he’s going against the grain, before turning on Google and YouTube for underpaying artists, claiming they ‘pay you a tenth of what you supposed to get’. ‘You know n***as die for equal pay right?  You know when I work I ain’t your slave right?’ he rapped.
He also included Beat’s co-founder Jimmy Iovine in that list, who was previously accused of trying to lure high profile artists away from Tidal.
Then he even turned on people he called hypocrites, who dared to complain about Tidal’s high prices topping off Jay Z’s $520 million fortune, when they never complained about filling Steve Jobs’ or Phil Knight’s pockets when they were buying iPhones and Nikes.
‘Oh, n***as are skeptical ’cause they own shit – You bought nine iPhones and Steve Jobs is rich, Phil Knight worth trillions you still bought those kicks,’ he said, before rounding on enemy number one: ‘Spotify is 9 billion they ain’t say sh*t ‘.
The B-sides show was only open to Tidal subscribers who compiled a playlist of the rappers lesser known tracks as part of a competition.
He has tried to defend his fledgling streaming service a number of times before.
At the end of April, he said: ‘The iTunes Store wasn’t built in a day. It took Spotify 9 years to be successful. We are here for the long haul. Please give us a chance to grow and get better.’
In its first month it flopped in the iTunes app store charts, despite a launch from big names.
It is not known why the app has dropped so significantly but the price may be considered too high for some users.
Tidal currently has more than 25 million songs and 75,000 music videos in its library. It is billed as the first artist-owned platform for music and video and the service aims to compete directly with Spotify and Apple’s music service, headed by Dr Dre.
Users can pay either $9.95 a month for a standard streaming service or $19.99 for high quality streaming in the US.
Unlike rival Spotify, the service doesn’t have a free tier – meaning the musicians stand to make more money from it, but this also means it doesn’t play adverts.
Many users who downloaded it and are using it during the trial period may be looking to cancel their subscriptions or uninstall the app.

Google Nigeria Launches Hub to Keep up with Upcoming Elections

Google Nigeria has just unveiled a new online portal via which voters and observers can catch up on the latest news relating to the 2015 General Elections.

The portal, which is accessible via web or mobile, will serve as a one-stop resource for all news, party and candidate profiles, INEC activity, videos and digital media relating to the elections, in the run up to the polls in February.

Eligible voters are also encouraged to pledge their votes ahead of election day, using a social sharing feature on the portal to publicize their intent, and also encourage two other people to do same.

It’s not just for eligible voters. Candidates vying for posts can also better articulate their manifestos and agenda to the voting public using interactive features on the portal.

The concept for an election hub is not the first by Google in Africa. First conceived in 2007, it has undergone over 40 iterations in other African countries.