A SMART REPLY APP- TAKING CARE OF YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA CHATS AND EMAILS

Being in the middle of a jungle, surrounded by wildlife and the beauty of nature, nothing can struck my mind better than what type of technology can deal with my emails, chats on WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, Slack e.t.c? You might be wondering, who the heck* wants a type of technology to deal with all these platforms whereas the thrill is in engaging with the platform to share with others.

Yes, you might think am becoming one of those type of nerds who will hardly connect with the world. Mmmh! What if I am to tell you, I enjoy the thrill and fascination brought about by those platforms? But what of the times am on a vacation, or having my meditation sessions ( they say successful people have moments away from the world where they disconnect with the world to connect with their internal being). I need that technology that will control my engagements.

Luckily, or should I say technology will never cease to amaze me. It always has an answer to my questions And worries. Let’s take a moment to appreciate technology(mmh). It thrills the mind with some rush that cannot really be explained.

The good news is knocking tight at our doorsteps. Remember the Smart Reply that Google had created previously to operate on emails? Where a user could have their email auto-replied to. The smart reply, presented to users three short replies whereby a user selects one reply and continues with their other activities or decides to have additional information along with the short reply.

The technology uses some form of machine learning and artificial intelligence to operate efficiently. The smart reply technology scans through emails and translates reply to natural language using the machine learning technology. The more we use the reply feature, the better the response replies it would generate.

Google is planning to release a new app later on this week that will have the same concept but, this time round the Smart Reply will be able to function across all major chatting platforms. Name it, from Facebook Messenger, Slack, WhatsApp, Twitter, emails, WeChat.

The smart reply is able to figure out the context of the conversation and provide responses according to the conversation. It will have the ability to tell your current location to generate responses based on arrival time when conversing with others. It will also have access to your calendar to check your availability status.

That’s barely the least of it’s capabilities. The new app will have the ability to allow users to turn on the “Do not disturb Mode” when doing very critical activities like when in meetings or driving or in church. Allow me to thank Google for this. It’s upon us especially when driving to allow the app do it’s task as we concentrate on the road to avoid accidents brought about by phone distractions.

The app will also have the ability to detect when one is on some holiday or vacation and they aren’t available. Finally, someone got hold of my thought process. You can relieve me off the mentality of some nerd who doesn’t communicate aha, when I began with I need some type of technology to control my communication channels. The app will recognize the non-availability of the user and it will add an auto-repsonder across all platforms.

The app is currently being tested and is set to be released later on this week with a hint of it being called REPLY.

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NO MORE TEARS ON DATA BUNDLES

Data bundles is the word. It makes us feel like tearing apart our phones to get to the Internet Service Providers. ( Not literally tearing apart the phone, but well, we cannot ignore the fact that when some of us were young, we would try to open up the TV set just to get to the news anchors speaking at the back of the screen). The same applies to the bundle issue. 

We all can admit at one point or another we felt like that. That time when you have purchased some data bundles and login to your WhatsApp ready to break everyone’s status with the memes, and out of nowhere, a text message comes in: “Dear customer your data bundle is almost finished.” Aaargh! I dread seeing this popup kind of message.

Severally, many have come up with different slogans, ” bitter option”,  to mock the rate at which their data bundles are being consumed. 

We come with good news for you today. Google’s has got your back. It heard your cry and since they never disappoint, they did it once again. Stolen our hearts with two amazing apps that will sort your data bundles issue. 

Google has created YouTube Go and Datally to help in saving your data bundles. The two apps work to ensure you get the best out of your internet experience at a lower and reduced data bundles usage. I will break it down for you how each helps to save your bundles. 

YOUTUBE GO

This is a new version of YouTube.  Similar to the “normal” YouTube, however, unique in the perspective that it saves on data. YouTube Go app has been launched by Google on its play store to 11 countries and Kenya being one of them. The app is currently in development, but, one can be able to download it and enjoy the experience.

I recently downloaded it and I must say, it has amazing features. The advantages are amazing.  What are some of the advantages am referring to here:

It saves on data by allowing users to select the quality at which they would like to watch the videos at. By offering three qualities to select from: Basic- Saves most of the data bundles, Standard and High quality, allowing users to decide their preferred choice.

It allows users to download videos for offline viewing  at a fast speed while saving data bundles.

It allows users to share their videos with their contacts. It does this by allowing the app to access a user’s contacts list and allows users to share the video with those on their contact list having the YouTube Go app. However, this is an extended functionality from their main YouTube version, the difference is YouTube Go accesses your contacts while YouTube allows sharing with those who me you are connected to on email.

DATALLY 

This is an app that has control over your data bundles by using a bubble that floats on your screen which is like a speedometer for mobile devices. The app creates like a VPN (Virtual Private Network) which bypasses the ISP providers, in order for the app to save on data.

This app, works on all smartphones that have android 5 and other higher versions of android for it to work effectively.

The app has features that lets the user control the data on each and every app so that the data is only consumed by apps they are currently using while other apps in the background do not consume any data. 

The app lets users view the amount of data they consume on a daily, weekly and monthly basis to minitor their spending and usage. It also provides personalized alerts to let users know when apps start consuming a lot of data.

The app which was initially tested in Phillipines, according to the data collected, it was stated that users were able to save up to 30% of their mobile data depending on how they used the app.

The app only gets to work when users turn on the data saver, otherwise, downloading and installing the app without turning on the data saver will be as good as having an item with no purpose on the phone.

All you need to get this amazing apps, is

go to Google’s Play Store

Search for the one you want whether YouTube Go or Datally.

Download and install. And you have them in your phone.

The question would then be how much data do I need to download this apps? Google is smart. It made sure the apps have a great effect but with very little data bundles required when downloading. For the YouTube Go, It is currently downloadable with only 8mb while it’s still in development but expected to be an app with a total size of only 9mb while Datally only requires 20mb to download it.

This is good news to everyone. We no longer need to cry and lament about how fast our data bundles are being consumed. I believe those slogans will remain in 2017 as we get to take advantage of the new apps from Google from now onwards as we await to usher in 2018.

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USERS CAN NOW DELETE SENT WHATSAPP MESSAGES

We all have experienced at one time or another, some embarrassing moments on Whatsapp. This is where, we accidentally send out a wrong message to the wrong person or to the wrong group. We end up wishing there is a way to delete sent whatsapp messages. Aaaargh! irritating right? That’s the point where we begin phrasing statements like, “sorry, wrong group” or “sorry, it wasn’t meant for you.” Those are some of the statements we all hate typing after realizing we sent a wrong message. This at times leads to laughter in groups or condemnation in other groups especially, if the text was an abusive one or totally different from how others perceive us. It then totally begins becoming a norm to cross-check the person’s name or group before sending out a text to avoid those embarrassing moments.

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A ROBOT CITIZEN COULD BE YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOUR

AI (Artificial Intelligence) seems to be taking the lead faster than we expected. Beginning with the gurus in AI, one of them being Elon Musk, it has proved to be going beyond its barriers and taking over several activities including having a robot citizen.

From having the driverless cars from Tesla which proved to be a miracle in a world where, it seemed impossible. If we had been asked in the early 90’s whether we could ever have driverless cars, our obvious answer would have been NEVER, that’s totally insane.  But, well, it did happen.

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Though, we cannot refute the fact that AI technology is beneficial, it is also harmful and a previous call by Elon Musk on watching the extend of use of this technology explained that robots could take over human beings if caution is not taken.

This can be seen as some robots are creating their own languages as experienced by Facebook developers. They had to shut them down before they end up with bots communicating in their own language and maybe they could be planning an attack on their own developers. Imagine being in a surrounding with bots communicating in a different language. What you would experience is the same as though you visit a region where the people are speaking a different native language than yours and you have to get an interpreter but unfortunately for the robots, there will be no interpreter.

Much can be said about the growth of AI and to save you all the jargon on what AI is check out full details on AI  here.

The interesting bit is that, now, AI may be controlling us after giving us a fascinating thrill with all its capabilities. It has peered deep into our minds and it soon could be part of us. (Oh my! Did I just say it could soon be part of us?) Scrap that out. Artificial Intelligence is now part of us. We have robots living next to us.

This comes days after Saudi Arabia gave citizenship to a robot. The robot goes by the name, Sophia. Sophia was developed by Hanson Robotics team, led by David Hanson, the lead AI developer. The robot was announced a Saudi Arabia citizen during a business event at Riyadh. It is stated that the aim of making it a Saudi Arabia citizen is to, “Promote Saudi Arabia as a place to develop artificial intelligence.”

Sophia has stated during this year’s Future Investment’s Initiative, that it wants to live peacefully with human beings and to even work at their workplaces. This comes after it had previously stated that it would destroy humans during an interview.

 

Sophia was designed in Audrey Hepburn’s image, with high cheekbones and a slender nose. This gives it a human-like image and look. Interestingly, Sophia will be able to coexist with human beings due to its emotional nature that it has. Sophia has emotions just like any other human being, it can smile, frown like any human. However, there are some emotions like anger that it cannot display. The developers state that they made it this way to allow it to interact with humans effectively. It has 3D sensors that are able to sense anything and the sensors have a camera that allows her to see a person and communicate with the person. It can remember the person’s face enabling it increase its intelligence levels.

During the same interview, where it claimed it wanted to destroy humans, it claimed that it wants to have full functionality as a person, to be able to eat, work and even have a family of its own. That caught you by surprise, right? Well, it is absolutely true, it stated it wants to have a family. However, it stated, it is not a fully legal entity and that limits its capabilities. Good news for her, she is now a legal robot citizen of Saudi Arabia where it even thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It went further and made a remark when asked that people want to prevent a bad future, it stated, “people have been reading too much of Elon Musk and watching too many Hollywood movies” As shown here

According to the company, it states, Sophia is an evolving genius machine, over time, her increasing intelligence and remarkable story will enchant the world and connect with people regardless of age, gender, and culture.”

Previously, it was stated that, soon we might have receptionists who are robots to attend to people. With Sophia already a robot citizen, do not be shocked when you walk up to a hotel front desk and you are welcomed by a robot citizen living within your country.

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Having Sophia being instituted as the first ever humanoid robot given legal citizenship, it is soon expected that more and more upcoming robots are likely to be given legal citizenship by various countries.

You now may never know who your next door neighbor is, unless you take a closer look at them. It might not be the perceived, “girl next door,” as we call it. It could as well be, “the robot next door.” This is after Sophia has become the first ever robot citizen. This only justifies that some of the SCI-FI movies we watch are now becoming a reality.

However, lets appreciate the advantages of having the robots but let us not allow their power to overwhelm us and forget our creator in heaven. As some have moved on, into creating their own god’s like Anthony Levandowski, a former google employee who is creating his own religion.

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WEARABLE TECH MAKES A DEBUT IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY

Going for a bicycle ride and receiving an official call by the touch of a button on your cloth or by swiping your finger over a section of your cloth. Am sure such a thought never crossed our minds at any one time in our early years and we could term it as something insane and impossible if it was mentioned in the early 2000’s. Well, nobody ever prophesied that the impossible will remain impossible, otherwise, the statement would have been termed as invalid. The true realization of the impossible being possible has had another comeback in yet another stylish, cool and elegant way.
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WEARABLE TECH, THE INS AND OUTS OF IT

Walking down a lane and having a feel of my pocket. Oh no, not again. I left my phone in the house and I have to dash off to get it otherwise this post won’t get you in good time. Damn! I had to stop my work out schedule to get that phone. I need to post a picture with my friends at the gym working out and post it on Instagram #lose weight #exercise #fat lose. This are phrases we are fond of stating severally. What am I going to do to keep up with my practices and still get trends on what is happening around me? Wearable tech.
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DNA NOW USED TO HACK COMPUTERS

 

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It is no longer just in SCI-FI movies or series where all sorts of unbelievable happenings took place. Things that remain unbelievable including using DNA to by-pass a computer’s pass codes in the investigative series. Continue reading “DNA NOW USED TO HACK COMPUTERS”

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FACEBOOK IS EATING AND BREAKING THE INTERNET ONCE AGAIN

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They never cease to stop amazing us with new inventions and items that the programmers at Mark Zuckeburg’s chamber have in store for each of us. They are ever releasing new features and inventions to keep us all in the look for what next they are about to release. They did it once again. They are introducing a new video option within its feeds and menu.

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PASSWORD SECURITY GUIDELINES:THE HIDDEN TRUTH REVEALED

Big Brother is watching…N3v3r m1^d, L1f3 Characters, letters and numbers mixed up all together is a common item for our eyes to see and for the brain to jumble about. This isn’t something new to us. We have used them severally with the believe that they are protecting our data and ensuring our privacy is intact. Continue reading “PASSWORD SECURITY GUIDELINES:THE HIDDEN TRUTH REVEALED”

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A REASON TO SMILE; GUARANTEED INTERNET SPEEDS WITH A NEW ERA OF 5G TECHNOLOGY

Hello there techies. What can be a much better gift to us other than fast internet speeds and fast download speeds with the evolving apps and sites that require much data? Well, I may say, I am one person who blames the speeds especially when it comes to downloading content.

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