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10 sounds that make us miss the olden days of tech

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Technology is improving everyday which had lead to new creative thought and improvement in mobile app and gadget.

Yesterday Afternoon when updating myself online i found this great article on digital trends and i decided to Share it with you…As you  all know that Technology is improving everyday which had lead to new creative thought and improvement in application  and gadget.These days, technology is eerily quiet. You have complete control over which sounds you hear and when you hear them. If you want to silence your smartphone, all it takes is the flip of a virtual switch or the press of a touchscreen button.Remember when technology was loud and obnoxious? while many of the sounds from days past annoyed us to no end back in the day, it’s so fun to reminisce now that we’re rid of them forever. Thanks to YouTube and the amazing archive that is the Internet, we’ve put together this charming list of antiquated tech sounds.

WARNING: While reading this post you may suffer from traumatic flashbacks and fits of nostalgia.

1. Typewriter

When visting a friend of mine at Office Technology department of Yaba college of technology , and i look at the way he is typing on his Typewriter , i laughed no wonder Malarie Gokey the author of this article describe it as the oldest dinosaur whose sounds we’ve unearthed is one that has been popular since the 1860s and alive in some incarnation since the 1570s. The typewriter enjoyed more than 100 years of uninterrupted domination in the lives of journalists and writers everywhere before finally being displaced by computers in the 1980s and 90s. Of course, if you’ve ever ventured into your parents’ basement or gone to a flea market in Brooklyn, you’ve seen a typewriter in person and maybe even used one. If you get real sad, there’s always Tom Hanks’ viral Hanx Writer typewriter app on iOS for those of you who long for the era of clacking keys, ink ribbons, and whiteout.

2. Rotary phone

If you were around in 1960s through the 80s, you probably grew up dialing your best friend’s digits into this slow-moving wheel. The rotary phone first arrived in the 1890′s and became popular in 1900s. For the next 60 odd years, people went through the painstaking process of entering seven to nine numbers into the rotary dial. There was a lot of waiting involved, so it was a good thing calling 911 only required three swipes (though it seems unfortunate that folks had to wait for the 9 to go round).

3. Busy signal

Remember when people actually had land lines and sometimes the signal was busy? Then you had to hear this horrible sound for what seemed like forever. And then you’d have to try calling again, and again, and again until it stopped.

4. Pager beep

Before there were text messages, there was the pager. First used to call doctors to New York City hospitals in the 1950′s the pager quickly became the ultimate device for businessmen on the go and the tech savvy. Then, in the 1990s, hip-hop culture picked up the pager and glamorized it. Ice Cube, Destiny’s Child, and other major acts referenced pagers in their songs. Pagers were so cool and so annoying. Oddly enough, many doctors still use them today. Remember this terrible sound?

5. VCR rewind

We know it’s hard to believe, but yes, there were movies before Netflix. Once upon a time you had to go to actual movie theaters to watch anything (gasp), but then the world got really advanced and created the VCR and VHS tape. The only bad part about the VHS was you had to rewind it when you were done or face the wrath of your older sibling when they popped it in the VCR a week later and had to wait a minute or two for the darn thing to rewind … and they would wear out pretty fast. I think we can agree that VCRs can stay in the past.

6. Floppy disk drive

Saving your class project on a floppy disk when everyone else had CDs was not fun — ask any 90s/00s kid who had cheapskate parents. But before floppy discs became lame, they were the best and only way to save and transfer files from PC to PC. Up until Apple eschewed the floppy disc drive for the CD-ROM drive, Floppy discs were the bees knees — even though the drives sounded ridiculous while reading the small discs (and unless you had an old 5-inch drive, they also were not floppy at all even though the word floppy was in the name).

7. CD skipping

If you were around in the 80s, you probably heard about CDs from your rich friends. 90s kids may have owned a cassette or two before their rooms became full of CDs. Cassette tapes existed for a very long time before CDs, but once they arrived in the early ’80s, CDs took over quickly. Then Apple released the iPod, ending the reign of the CD with the MP3, which is now being replaced by the likes of Spotify and Pandora, but we digress. The thing about CDs is that they’re delicate. Scratch ‘em once and you’re stuck cursing the world every time the CD skips right in the middle of your favorite song. In honor of this horrible experience, we give you Tony Soprano.

8. Dot Matrix Printer

It’s no secret that printers are loud, but no printer shuffles along more loudly that the Dot Matrix printer from the 1970s. Boy was this thing LOUD.


9. Dial upNowadays the Internet is super fast. Even “low-speed” Internet is fast. Don’t believe us? We suggest you go talk to someone who lived through the 90s. You need only say three words to this person: Dial-up Internet. That loud groan you’ll hear is the collective frustration of every person who ever had to suffer the torture of dial up. Not only did you take over the phone line, which gave your grandmother anxiety attacks because she kept getting the busy signal (see above) while she dialed you on her rotary phone, but you also had to wait half an hour for anything to appear on the screen.But that wasn’t the worst part. Oh no. The worst part was the sound. That horrible dial-up ton

10. AOL You’ve Got Mail!

No doubt you’re still traumatized by the dial up tone and just experienced a horrible flashback, so we’ll end things with a much nicer sound that many of us actually miss. So here it is. You’ve got mail!

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NCDMB: The agency providing funding, incubation and mentorship opportunities for technology startups and innovators

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Win up to $10,000 Seed Funding in the NCDMB Oil & Gas Technology Hackathon 

The Nigerian Oil and Gas Technology (NOGTECH) programme is the first ever Oil and Gas hackathon with the primary aim of fostering innovations in the oil and gas industry as well as creating a platform for the proliferation of local content. The programme is headlined by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) with partnership from Learners Support Consultancy and BrentHub.

NOGTECH aims to address the challenges faced by the nation’s oil and gas industry and its linkage sectors by ideating, developing and prototyping digital technology solutions that solve these pertinent problems. The programme is promoting innovation by offering seed funding, business mentorship and incubation to the winning ideas.

Call for Submissions

The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, disclosed that “five teams will get $10,000 equity-free grants each”.

 

 

In a webinar session titled “Innovating for the future of Nigeria’s Oil & Gas Industry and its Linkage Sectors.”, Engr. Wabote revealed that submissions into the programme will be scrutinised based on several factors.

”Participants must be a team/company of at least two or more members with at least 75 percent of the founding team as Nigerians. The team/company must be a registered, or intending to register as a profit/business entity. The solution described in response to the challenge must be driven by digital technology – Software, Hardware or both.”

He also disclosed that “the solution must either be at the ideation stage, prototype level or a launched solution that hasn’t gained commercial traction. The team must be available to participate in a three-day hackathon as well as a three-month incubation programme, if selected.”

Solving the Industry’s Toughest Challenges

NCDMB is determined to unearth scalable solutions to the industry’s biggest challenges. Some of the identified problem areas include the rising problem of pipeline vandalism, increase in cyber-physical risk, widening skill gap, supply chain and logistics inefficiency, rising carbon footprint and issues surrounding transparency, accountability and civic engagement.

Innovators are encouraged to proffer sustainable and scalable solutions to these biggest challenges faced by industry stakeholders.

Pitching to Investors

Ultimately, the winning teams will have an opportunity to pitch their prototypes to investors. But before then, the NOGTECH programme is taking place over several weeks with the selected ideas advancing on a stage by stage basis.

The first stage is the call for submissions where teams and startups are encouraged to submit their ideas. Shortlisted teams in each of the challenge areas will first be invited to present online to a team of experienced entrepreneurs and industry professionals. The most promising teams will then be selected to participate in an all-expense paid 3-day hackathon. Submit your ideas here

During this time, shortlisted participants will have a couple of days to collaborate and build their prototypes or fine-tune existing prototypes with guidance from industry stakeholders, experts and mentors. At the end of the bootcamp, teams will revalidate their solutions and have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of judges.

Prizes for Winning Teams

The winning five teams will undergo a 3-month incubation program where each team will get a $10,000 equity-free grant, a work-space, expert mentors, global partners and unprecedented market access over three-months, ensuring they become commercial and investor-ready.

At the end of the incubation, the teams will participate in a showcase day to demonstrate their progress. This showcase will aim to connect them with investors and industry stakeholders where they can further amplify their market access.

So if you are an innovator seeking opportunities, identifying them and seizing the ones that then match, then you have to apply to NOGTECH.

In order to participate in the hackathon, innovators, teams and startups can get started here.

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Slack announces Connect, an improved way for companies to talk to one another

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Virtual events are the new norm for product rollouts in 2020, with Slack taking to the internet earlier today to talk about a new part of its service called Slack Connect.

On the heels of Apple’s lengthy and pretty good virtual WWDC that took place earlier this week, Slack’s event, part experiment and part press conference, was called to detail the firm’s new Slack Connect capability, which will allow companies to better link together and communicate inside of their Slack instance than what was possible with its shared channels feature. The product was described inside of a business-to-business context, including examples about companies needing to chat with agencies and other external vendors.

In its most basic form, Slack is well-known for internal chat functionality, helping teams talk amongst themselves. Slack Connect appears to be a progression past that idea, pushing internal communications tooling to allow companies to plug their private comms into the private comms of other orgs, linking them for simple communication while keeping the entire affair secure.

Slack Connect, a evolution past what shared channels offered, includes better security tooling and the ability to share channels across 20 orgs. The enterprise SaaS company is also working to give Connect-using companies “the ability to form DM connections independent of channels,” the company told TechCrunch.

The product could slim down email usage; if Slack Connect can let many orgs chat amongst themselves, perhaps fewer emails will be needed to keep different companies in sync. That said, Slack is hardly a quiet product. During his part of the presentation, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield noted that the service sees up to 65 million messages sent each second at peak times.

According to the CEO, Slack Connect has been piloted for a few months, and is now available for paid plans.

Slack shares are off 3.8% today, before the news came out. Its broader company cohort (SaaS) are also down today, along with the market more broadly; investors don’t appear to have reacted to this piece of news, at least yet.

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Apple has acquired Fleetsmith, a startup that helps IT manage Apple devices remotely

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At a time when IT has to help employees set up and manage devices remotely, a service that simplifies those processes could certainly come in handy. Apple recognized that, and acquired Fleetsmith today, a startup that helps companies do precisely that with Apple devices.

While Apple didn’t publicize the acquisition, it has confirmed the deal with TechCrunch, while Fleetsmith announced the deal in a company blog post. Neither company was sharing the purchase price.

The startup has built technology that takes advantage of Apple’s Device Enrollment Program, allowing IT departments to bring devices online as soon as the employee takes it out of the box and powers it up.

At the time of its $30 million Series B funding last year, CEO Zack Blum explained the company’s core value proposition: “From a customer perspective, they can ship devices directly to their employees. The employee unwraps it, connects to Wi-Fi and the device is enrolled automatically in Fleetsmith,” Blum explained at that time.

Over time, the company has layered on other useful pieces beyond automating device registration, like updating devices automatically with OS and security updates, while letting IT see a dashboard of the status of all devices under management, all in a pretty slick interface.

While Apple will in all likelihood continue to work with Jamf, the leader in the Apple device management space, this acquisition gives the company a remote management option at a time when it’s essential with so many employees working from home.

Fleetsmith, which has raised more than $40 million from investors, like Menlo Ventures, Tiger Global Management, Upfront Ventures and Harrison Metal, will continue to sell the product through the company website, according to the blog post.

The founders put a happy face on the deal, as founders tend to do. “We’re thrilled to join Apple. Our shared values of putting the customer at the center of everything we do without sacrificing privacy and security, means we can truly meet our mission, delivering Fleetsmith to businesses and institutions of all sizes, around the world,” they wrote.

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