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CCHUB, OTHERS, WIN GOOGLE RISE AWARDS FOR 2015

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In a quest to ensure all students, no matter the background, have all they need to be creators and not just consumers of tomorrow’s technology, Google launched the Google RISE Awards in 2010.

Google RISE Awards are grants for organizations across the globe that offer extracurricular outreach programs globally to promote Computer Science education — particularly for girls, underrepresented minorities, and children with socioeconomic barriers under the age of 18.

Since then, a number of organizations from around the world have been recipients. This year, 37 organisations were awarded. “All of our RISE Award recipients are working with diverse student populations to increase access and interest in Computer Science, ” was stated in a release on the Google  website.

Four organisations from Sub-Saharan Africa received the award. Co-Creation Hub and Rainbow Gate Foundation from Nigeria, @iLabAfrica from Kenya and African Teen Geeks from South Africa.

CcHub was awarded for its initiative, The Geeks Club, an after-school computing club for secondary school students in Nigeria. Through this program students are introduced to software and hardware programming to empower them with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to become makers, and not just consumers of technology.

This is a second award for Co-Creation Hub, which was also a recipient in 2014.

Rainbow Gate Foundation Nigeria also took an award for its programme, Technovation for Girls (T4Girls), which works to develop a generation of girls in technical careers by connecting students to Computer Science skills and opportunities.

source:http://techcabal.com/2015/02/10/cchub-others-win-google-rise-awards-2015/

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Facebook paid users to track smartphone use

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Facebook paid users, including teens, to track their smartphone activity as part of an effort to glean more data that could help the social network’s competition efforts, according to a new report that may raise fresh privacy concerns.

An investigation by the online news site TechCrunch said the effort, which had been known as the Onavo Project and later rebaptized as Facebook Research, was used to gather data on usage habits.

The news could be a further embarrassment for Facebook, which has been under heightened scrutiny over failing to crack down on manipulation of its platform and for sharing private data with its business partners.

According to TechCrunch, Facebook said it shut down the application on Apple’s iOS on Wednesday after the article was published, but apparently kept it active for Android users.

The report said the initial Onavo app was shuttered for violating Apple’s privacy policy and that the newer version may also contravene Apple’s terms.

The program paid users ages 13 to 35 up to $20 a month for “root” access to their devices to track their location, app usage, spending habits and other activity.

According to a statement to TechCrunch, Facebook claimed there was nothing secret about the effort and that it obtained parental consent for teens where required.

Facebook did not immediately respond to further requests for comment.

The project may have allowed Facebook to scoop up more data about younger users as it fends off a challenge from rival services like Snapchat, which has become more popular than Facebook among US teens.

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Instagram is down for some users (FB)

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It’s not clear exactly how many people are affected, or what’s causing the outage. Business Insider has reached out to the Facebook-owned photo sharing app for more information.

The app’s news feed is refusing to refresh for some users, while the homepage on desktop won’t load.

Down Detector, a website that tracks outages of popular websites, reported a spike in users saying Instagram was down on Monday, with particular hotspots on both coasts of the United States and the UK.

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INSTAGRAM READY TO GIVE INFLUENCERS AND CELEBS SPECIALIZED TOOLS VIA CREATOR ACCOUNTS

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Instagram plans to offer high-profile influencers special tools that will provide them with a deeper insight into various data regarding their followers. These tools will be delivered in the form of Creator Accounts, which will only be available to select Instagram users (i.e. influencers, celebs).

An Instagram official recently told The Hollywood Reporter that the company wishes to make sure that “Instagram is the best place, and easiest place, to build fan communities and also build creators. personal brands.”

These creator accounts are meant to function like business-focused profiles and will offer growth insights, including information about follows and unfollows. Influencers will also be able to see weekly and daily data about their followers count changes so that they can better understand what might have caused a decline in their fan base or a spike in new followers.

Also, direct messaging tools that will enable Instagram users to filter notes from brand partners and friends will be available as well. Furthermore, influencers will be allowed to choose how they want to be contacted via flexible labels.

According to Instagram. these new features are being tested with a small beta group at the moment, but they are expected to be rolled out to everyone sometime in 2019.

 

 

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