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Solving Nigeria’s Unemployment with IT Job Creation

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Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, presenter of Tech Trends on Channels Television

There is no doubt that the current economic recession being experienced here in Nigeria is adversely affecting quite a lot of the citizens of this country.

Many manufacturing as well s services oriented companies have continually laid off staff in order to reduce costs and stay afloat.

The recent statistics released by the National Bureau of Statistics showed the in one year, between October 2015 and September 2016, a whooping 3.67 million Nigerians lost their jobs!

The hopes of many unemployed in landing a job in any of the existing companies are also becoming slim by the day. One area, I am sure, however, that many of these unemployed as well as those who have lost their jobs to this recession can turn to for succor is the IT industry. I believe that this area is one that still has more than an ample space for those who are ready to kick-start legitimate online money making ventures.

The truth is that, although, lots of scams can be found online, there are still actually a lot of work that people can legitimately do, and are in fact, currently doing online, from which they can make good income.

One advantage of engaging in online work is that you can set up your work space right in the comfort of your home and operate from there.

By doing this, you will be saving yourself the problem of looking for an office space to rent as well as the other accompanying costs that running an office will entail.

Interestingly, working from home is not a new phenomenon just as earning money online is not. For many decades, scores of famous writers, artists and performers are widely known to have worked their way through various home-based programs and the tradition seems to be never ending.

Craftsmen, for instance, generally lived on the same premises as the ones in which they had their shops. Most brick and wall traders today also have their shops attached to their places of abode, hence, working from home can truly be rated among the most time honored human traditions that we know of today.

With the advent of the incredible computer and, a significantly huge number of people went on a voyage of rediscovery – seeking out the golden principles of ingeniously developed ‘work at home’ jobs. In more recent times, unique facilities, along with unlimited opportunities, offered by the use of the internet has rapidly increased the demand, as well as encouraged a vast number of those who have bravely risen to meet this enormously huge demand.

Armed with the new knowledge of how to earn money through the internet by offering numerous income-generating opportunities, they have gladly accepted the prospects put forward.

Technology has now blessed us with the internet today which has eased up the way we communicate, interact and engage with one another. These are the hallmarks that make the conduct of business to thrive.

I know of many Tech businesses these days that conclude most of their business transactions online without physically meeting their clients. What they do is that they project their line of business through a well constructed website which showcases all the businesses they engage in and market these through their social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter, etc.

It will interest you to note that most of these tech-business owners have never personally met almost 90% of their clients but they relate and do business online.

Most of their clients get to know about them through their websites, blogs and social media platforms. These clients contact them and they start conversations that leads to striking business deals which are carried out and delivered to the clients, all these without physical contacts with each other.       

Some of the things you can set up to do online from home include Website Designing, Social Media Marketing, Online Virtual Assistant work, Affiliate Marketing, Writing, Editing, Graphic Designing, etc.

To enable you to work from home engaging in some of these businesses, you need to learn and be a reference point on them to gain the confidence and trust of clients.

To enable you to effectively work from home, you will also need to acquire some basic things such as, a Laptop, internet modem and access to constant electricity. Government should improve the state of these infrastructures to ease the work of those interested in the IT business.

There are also many online sites where you can offer your services as mentioned above so that people interested in your skills can patronize and hire you as well as pay you through those platforms.

You will, have to pay such platforms a token out of each payment you receive for work done through their platforms.

Affiliate Marketing is also a business that you can also carry out online from home. It is a globally known phenomenon, which has now become a household name to everyone who even seldom makes any use of the Internet.

According to Wikipedia, Affiliate Marketing is a performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts.

Earning money through online affiliate search engine marketing is a lucrative way of earning on a constant scale.

It is a sustainable source of producing a steady income by working from home. In reality, making genuine money through online affiliate programs requires getting to learn the true secrets.

There are countless other things you can legitimately do online to make money while working from home. All you need to do is to find the opportunities that exists online and key into one that you are passionate about.

You must not allow the wind of this current economic recession blow you out of existence. Take action today.

 

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Bharti Family Pledges 10% of Wealth To Philanthropy

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By peter oluka

The Bharti Family, which has built one of India’s leading business enterprises, today pledged a part of their personal wealth for philanthropic purposes.

The Family has decided to pledge 10% of their wealth, including 3% of their stake in group flagship Bharti Airtel, towards supporting the activities of Bharti Foundation, the Group’s philanthropic arm, one of the few professionally managed philanthropic bodies in India.

With this commitment, the Bharti Family envisions to significantly step up the scope and reach of Bharti Foundation’s activities, and further enable the Foundation to develop and execute innovative development models to support the aspirations of India’s underprivileged including students of Satya Bharti Schools.

Set up in the year 2000, Bharti Foundation has grown in scale and stature, and evolved well beyond customary cheque book philanthropy to design and implement innovative development models, particularly in the area of education.

Led by a full time CEO and COO, the Foundation’s team of over 200 highly motivated professionals and approx. 8000 teachers work across multiple programs in the areas of education of approx. 240,000 underprivileged children in rural India.

Bharti Foundation has also supported the creation of Bharti School of Telecommunication Technology & Management at IIT Delhi, Bharti Centre for Communication at IIT Mumbai and Bharti Institute of Public Policy at ISB Mohali.

The Foundation has also instituted a number of scholarship programs, the prominent being scholarship for Indian students studying at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Bharti Foundation is a leading contributor to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan that is addressing the sanitation needs of poor households in the country.

The Foundation has built approx. 18,000 toilets in Punjab’s Ludhiana making it an Open Defecation Free (ODF) district benefitting approx. 90,000 people.  Bharti Foundation has now undertaken another similar initiative to make Amritsar District in Punjab ODF with a target to build 50,000 toilets in collaboration with the Punjab Government.

With this, Bharti will become the first corporate to facilitate ODF status for two districts in the country.

Announcing the commitment, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises and Chairman, Bharti Foundation, said, “Today is a major milestone in the journey of the Bharti Family. Being first generation entrepreneurs, we feel absolutely privileged that this nation gave us the opportunity to imagine and build world-class businesses. Bharti’s DNA has always been about creating a deep positive impact on society through our businesses, and we are proud to have contributed to the India growth story.”

“Firm believers in Mahatma Gandhi’s concept of Trusteeship, we have always reckoned that ownership of business is a social responsibility, and wealth creation cannot be an end in itself. Even when we were small in size and relatively modest with our business goals, we always aspired to be part of the wider nation building process.”

“We feel grateful every day for our good fortune and feel the instinctive and overwhelming urge to give back to the society and create opportunities for others. Bharti Foundation has done some exceptional work for uplifting the underprivileged and it stands out as a shining example of how professionally managed development arms of businesses can build innovative and sustainable models that make real and measurable difference on ground. We hope in the years and decades to come, Bharti Foundation will be able to unlock its full potential as a change agent and enable millions of fellow Indians fulfill their dreams.”

Today, Bharti Foundation also announced its plans to set up Satya Bharti University for Science and Technology to complement its existing programs in the area of education. The University will have a strong focus on future technologies like AI, Robotics, AR/VR, IoT, in addition to offering degrees in Electrical & Electronics Engineering and Management. It will be a non-profit centre of excellence and will offer free education to a large number of deserving youth from economically weaker sections.  It will also promote and fund advanced research with global linkages. It intends to add leading global industry partners, i.e. Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft and SoftBank among others.

Making the announcement, Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Vice-Chairman, Bharti Enterprises and Co-Chairman, Bharti Foundation said, “Having built a successful model for primary and senior schooling under Satya Bharti Schools, Bharti Family plans to build Satya Bharti University – a world-class institution, to support the higher education aspirations of India’s youth. Our aspiration is to develop it into a centre of excellence not just in India but globally.”

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Uber Breaches: Sophos Advices Organisations To Be More Security Conscious

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Following reports of massive data breaches suffered, but covered by Uber in 2016, Sophos has advised corporation to be more security conscious.

A report by Bloomberg indicates the data of 57,000,000 drivers and customers was stolen, after which Uber not only kept the breach secret from the victims, but also paid the hackers $100,000 to “delete the data [and] keep quiet”.

Apparently, Uber’s security chief, Joe Sullivan, lured to Uber from Facebook in 2015, has been sacked in the fallout, according report.

Bloomberg quotes Uber as follows:

Compromised data from the October 2016 attack included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world… The personal information of about 7 million drivers was accessed as well, including some 600,000 US driver’s license numbers. No Social Security numbers, credit card information, trip location details or other data were taken.

Going by a report by Nakedsecurity, It seems that Uber’s programmers uploaded security credentials to a GitHub repository – GitHub is a place where you are supposed to store source code, not the keys to the castle! – where the hackers stumbled across them.

From there, the crooks were able to get into Uber servers hosted on Amazon, and from there to access the personal information involved in the breach.

If this sounds terribly familiar, Uber suffered a breach with a similar cause just over three years ago, an intrusion that was discovered in May 2014 but not disclosed until February 2015.

Reliable details of what data was stolen this time round are not yet available.

As mentioned above, driving licence details were acquired by the hackers, meaning that Uber certainly ought to have declared the breach promptly, because sensitive data was involved.

Uber’s claim that customer details such as credit card data and social security numbers were not involved in the heist is a slight silver lining, but how many customers are willing to believe Uber at this point is anybody’s guess.

What to do?

There’s so much still untold in this story that the only sensible recommendation we can make to Uber customers is: “Keep your eyes open for what comes out next.”

If you’re a programmer, repeat these words to anyone who will listen: “GitHub is for code, not for security keys!”

As our friend and colleague Chester Wisniwewski bluntly put it: Uber’s breach demonstrates once again how developers need to take security seriously and never embed or deploy access tokens and keys in source code repositories. I would say it feels like I have watched this movie before, but usually organisations aren’t caught while actively involved in a cover-up as well. Putting the drama aside and the potential impacts from the upcoming GDPR enforcement in Europe, this is just another careless development team with shared credentials and poor security practices. Sadly, this is common more often than not in “agile” development environments, especially in high-growth technology startups.

Commenting on the report, Sophos Principal Research Scientist Chester Wisniewski, believes,

“Uber’s breach demonstrates once again how developers need to take security seriously and never embed or deploy access tokens and keys in source code repositories. I would say it feels like I have watched this movie before, but usually organizations aren’t caught while actively involved in a cover-up. Putting the drama aside and the potential impacts from the upcoming GDPR enforcement, this is just another development team with poor security practices that has shared credentials. Sadly, this is common more often than not in agile development environments.”

From his perspective, Sophos Cyber Security Advisor, James Lyne says: “Uber isn’t the only and won’t be the last company to hide a data breach or cyberattack. Not notifying consumers puts them at greater risk of being victimized with fraud. It’s for precisely this reason that many countries are driving to regulations with mandatory breach disclosure.”

For Uber customers and drivers, Sophos advises that they monitor their credit scores and keep their eyes peeled for additional information on what was stolen.

 

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Apple Begin Sale of MekaMons Built by Adekunle, Nigerian Engineer

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Silas Adekunle with his 4-legged MekaMon robot

Apple stores in the US and UK have begun the sale of MekaMons, a gaming robot built by Silas Adekunle, a Nigerian-Briton.

 

Adekunle, an engineer, graduated with first class honours from the University of the West of England in Bristol, with a bachelor of science in robotics technology.

 

He was born in Nigeria but moved to the UK when he was 11 years old.

 

His company, Reach Robotics, an augmented reality gaming company which creates robots for both fun and STEM education, struck the deal with Apple recently.

 

MekaMons has been on sale since November 16 for $299.95.

 

The four-legged robots can be controlled via an iPhone and other smartphone using a companion app for augmented reality gameplay.

 

“We’ve created an entirely new video gaming platform,” Adekunle said in a statement by Black Enterprise.

 

The 4-legged MekaMon robot

 

“MekaMon straddles both the real and virtual worlds while taking the gaming experience beyond a player’s screen and turning their sitting room into a limitless robotic battle zone.

 

“MekaMon represents a quantum leap forward in the leveraging of augmented reality. Players can whip out their iPhone to battle their multi-functional, connected battlebots in the physical and virtual worlds at the same time.

 

“When I was a student at UWE Bristol I spent some time going into schools to help inspire young people and it struck me that there was a huge untapped market for a consumer robot with a difference.

 

“We used to go in and explain simple robotics to try to inspire the young roboticists and engineers of the future and this experience set me off thinking about designing gaming robots.

 

“This is an exciting time for our company as now after years of development work we are finally able to bring Mekamon to customers across the UK and US and with plans to go global.

 

“UWE Bristol has given us an amazing start and we are so grateful for their support.”

 

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