A partnership between Google and Twitter that has placed tweets in Google search results on mobile devices since earlier this year has now been expanded to the desktop.
Relevant tweets will appear in desktop results for queries performed in English. The search doesn’t need to include the term “twitter” or twitter hashtags — if there are tweets that Google thinks are relevant, it will surface them anyway.
On Friday, for instance, a search for “President Obama” returned recent tweets from Obama’s Twitter account near the top of the page, below a few news articles.
The tweets that appear will include photos and links that may have been contained in the tweet.
Google has provided links to tweets in its search results for a long time, but showing the actual tweets could potentially give a boost to Twitter at a time when it’s struggling to add new users.
Google noted the expansion on Friday in an update to its earlier announcement around the mobile rollout.
The company has said it will make the feature available in other languages besides English.
Windows 10 was launched July 29, 2015 across 190 countries all over the world for existing Windows users as well as those purchasing new PCs and tablets.
Windows has been one of the most prominent operating system that is being used by millions of people across the globe in smart devices with easygoing user interface and features.
If you are wondering how you can get Microsoft’s latest operating system, here’s a little guide that shows you how to obtain and install Windows 10.
Windows 10 is a free upgrade for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 users, but those running older versions may have to buy a copy. Depending on the operating system your computer is currently on, the process to obtain and install Windows 10 could differ a little. If you are unsure about it, here’s a guide to help you out. Make sure your system fulfills the Windows 10 minimum requirements.
There are different ways to install Windows 10 on your PC. Here are various ways that guides you to install Windows 10 on your PC.
Upgrade your Existing Versions to Windows 10
You can install Windows 10 on your PC or Laptop just by upgrading your existing version of Windows (7, 8, 8.1) to Windows 10. Microsoft has promised that it offers free version of Windows 10 for all its trustworthy users that can be upgraded very easily. Windows 10 upgrade is not just a free trial or limited version, you can run this new version on your PC or laptop for the supported lifetime of your device till one year. So, you can now Upgrade your Windows 7, 8, 8.1 to Windows 10.
As mentioned earlier, Windows 10 is a free upgrade if you are running Windows 7 or Windows 8.x. Here’s how you can upgrade:
Open Windows Update (search for Windows Update in Start Menu or Start Screen).
If your computer is eligible, you’ll see the option to upgrade to Windows 10.
In some cases, like in Windows 7, you may need to first download the SP1 update, before going to Windows 10. Do note that this could take a while.
In case you don’t see any update, you will need to manually reserve a copy of Windows 10. You can do so by following these simple steps. If you can’t wait for the upgrade to show up and don’t mind making some effort, download the Windows 10 ISO as mentioned above and follow those steps to get Windows 10 right away.
If the Windows 10 update does show, your computer will automatically begin to download the new updates and get you to the new operating system. Agree to all Microsoft’s terms in the following prompts.
Downloading Windows 10 ISO
The surest way to get Windows 10 right away is to head over to Microsoft’s website and download the Windows 10 ISO file. Considering the size of the download, you will need a fast Internet connection to download this file, as well as a blank USB or DVD drive to burn the ISO file so you can run setup on your machine. Visit theMicrosoft websitefor further instructions and license requirements.
After downloading Windows 10 using ISO image, then you can enter the product or serial key then, you can install Windows 10 on your PC by using the Serial Key that depends on the edition of Windows 10. There are various editions like Windows 10 Home edition, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise edition. Here are few approved serial keys which could assist you in downloading the Windows 10 ISO in your Windows PC/laptop.
Windows 10 Serial Key: NKJFK-GPHP7-G8C3J-P6JXR-HQRJR
Windows 10 Serial Key Technical Preview for Consumer: 334NH-RXG76-64THK-C7CKG-D3VPT
Technical Preview for Enterprise: PBHCJ-Q2NYD-2PX34-T2TD6-233PK
Windows 10 Enterprise: CKFK9-QNGF2-D34FM-99QX2-8XC4K
Windows 10 Home: KTNPV-KTRK4-3RRR8-39X6W-W44T3
Windows 10 Pro: 8N67H-M3CY9-QT7C4-2TR7M-TXYCV
If none of the above product and serial keys doesn’t work, then try VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T
You’re using Windows 10 Developer Preview
You don’t need to do anything. Microsoft will automatically download the latest update to your system and move you to the latest version of Windows 10.
Dual Boot Windows 10 along with Windows 8
This is the final and most interesting way of installing Windows 10 on your PC or Laptop. Dual boot system is the process of installing a new operating system along with the existing operating system which is currently running on your device. You can use both dual operating system on a single device simultaneously. Dual booting helps users to install Windows 10 along with your existing version (say windows 8).
Dual Boot Configuration assists you not to remove your currently using OS and moreover it is safe to test all the features and working procedure of the latest version. You can then reboot your device to switch between your installed versions of Windows.
You purchase Windows 10 from a retail store (preferred option for Windows XP users)
1. Plug-in the Windows 10 USB drive to your computer or Insert Windows 10 disc to the DVD drive.
2. Reboot your computer.
3. Alter the standard boot preference to boot from your USB or DVD drive. You can do so by pressing the Esc key or F1 key before the booting process begins. It could vary depending on your motherboard manufacturer.
4. Press any key to continue, and select Next on the following screen.
5. Click Install.
6. Select the first option if you prefer to keep your existing operating system and files. Select Custom if you want to replace your system’s existing operating system with Windows 10.
In case if you’re going with the second option, you will need to either install Windows 10 on existing partition, or delete one and then create a new partition first. In either case, you will find the options on your screen. Click Next when you’re done.
Your computer has begin the installation of Windows 10. The process could take a while, so be patient.
All the above mentioned are the different ways to install Windows 10 on your PC. You can use any of this different ways that suits your device and follow the detailed steps to install the latest Operating system Windows 10 on your PC or laptop.
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Apple has seen its iPad sales stagnate a little, with larger phones, such as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, partially negating the need for larger devices. That doesn’t mean that the tablet is dead, just that Apple needs to do something a bit different. The big rumour has been that the company is looking to create a larger, more powerful iPad Pro or iPad Plus, to sit alongside its regular tablets. Originally the rumours seemed to suggest that the larger iPad Pro would come out last year, but we got the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 only.
Earlier this year, rumors surfaced that Apple was working on an iPad Pro, a 12.9-inch version of its tablet.
Initial reports claimed the size of the device, and that it would be announced by Apple on its upcoming event in Sept. 9. The device will supposedly be an ultrathin tablet measuring about 9.17 inches by 12 inches by 0.28 inches.
However, several reports have been released since then to provide more information about the upcoming iPad Pro by Apple, though the company has not confirmed that it is working on such a device.
In August, rumors surfaced that the iPad Pro could be shipped with a stylus made by Apple, which would be a first for the company. The rumors stemmed from a patent that was filed by Apple with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a stylus.
The stylus described in the patent application is not an ordinary one though, as it features a camera built into the device that will allow the stylus to detect the surfaces that it is passing over and create textures for the user.
Including a stylus for the iPad Pro goes against the sentiments of the late former CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs, who expressed disdain for the accessories. While most users are fine with using only their fingers on operating tablets, there are some tasks that would be easier if a stylus is present, such as taking down notes or drawing objects.
While reports claim that the iPad Pro could be a part of the devices that will be discussed at Apple’s Sept. 9 event, there remains a possibility that the announcement of the tablet could be pushed further back.
That possibility looks to be the case, with a recent report stating that while the device is being produced shortly, it will not be a part of the Sept. 9 event. However, the iPad Pro will still have a projected date of release later on within the year, just in time for the holiday shopping frenzy.
In addition, the report claimed that the large-sized iPad Pro will have a Force Touch-capable screen with the Bluetooth-enabled stylus as an optional accessory. The stylus would be able to enhance productivity as it would be able to offer additional precision to the operation of the tablet compared to using only fingers, said KGI analyst Ming Chi Kuo, adding that the stylus could even possibly be used in other tablets aside from the iPad Pro depending on supporting software.
Kuo thinks that there will be 3.5 million units of the iPad Pro to be produced, with 1 million units of the stylus, with production expected to start in September or October.
Until Apple reveals official information about the tablet, the market will remain guessing on what the iPad Pro will offer customers. However, until then, the device and its stylus will fuel several more reports.
What you need to know, quickly
What is it?
A larger 12.9in iPad, aimed at businesses and professional users
When is it out?
If Apple sticks to its normal release schedule, and it tends to, then we should see it around October 2015
There’s a 12.9in screen for starters, but we can expect Force Touch, a better keyboard and better multi-tasking for starters
iOS 9 gives some details away
Fortunately, we’ve just had the official unveiling of iOS 9 at Apple’s WWDC conference, which has given away a few juicy secrets that seem to show that a larger iPad is on its way. The biggest clue of the bunch is the code for a larger iPad keyboard, as spotted in the image below. On a larger screen with more resolution, the keyboard introduces new keys when in portrait mode. These include a Tab key and dedicated Caps-lock, plus a row of punctuation across the top of the keyboard. The second keyboard page now fits on all of the other symbols and numbers, so there’s no longer need for a third page.
It seems obvious from this that Apple has a larger-screen device in the works, the iPad Pro. As we’ve known for a while, the new iPad is designed to give people a more powerful tablet that will let people work properly on it. A better keyboard is certainly a step in the right direction, as is the split-screen multi-tasking mode (see below for more information), which is coming to the iPad Air as well. For more rumours and information, keep reading.
Side-by-side multi-tasking coming
Apple’s iPad sales have been falling, and the company is keen to reinvigorate the market by making some substantial changes to the way that they work, particularly in regards to their larger screens. One key feature, introduced with iOS 9, is split-screen multi-tasking.
The new side-by-side feature would let you split the screen in two, using either side for a different Safari tab or two completely separate apps. Apparently, the mode will let you choose 1/2, 1/3 and 2/3 views, depending on the apps you’re using, letting you use the screen space in the most efficient way.
It’s not the first time that this kind of mode has been mooted, with many people thinking that it would come out with iOS 8. This new mode will be rolled out to 9.7 iPads, although this kind of mode arguably makes even more sense on a larger 12in screen.
If you can rely on Apple for one thing, it’s that once it likes a new feature, it tends to roll it out on all of its devices. The big thing at the moment is Force Touch, which was first announced with the Apple Watch and has since appeared on the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display and the new MacBook. In case you haven’t come across the technology before, Force Touch uses a pressure sensor: when you press once, it’s a normal click; push a little bit harder and you operate the secondary mode (a Force Click). This additional click performs different options, such as giving you a preview of a link in Safari.
It’s an additional and unique way of interacting with a touch device and, given that Apple has included it on so many devices so far, not to mention that it looks likely to use the technology on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7, it makes plenty of sense that the iPad Pro would also get Force Touch. Quite what it will do is, as of yet, unknown, but it’s very likely that iOS 9 (the next version of Apple’s operating system), will introduce support for the technology. As with OS X, Apple will write an API for Force Touch, allowing iOS developers to create their own apps that use the additional Force Click.
It’s currently a matter of guess work at the moment, but we’ve had some tantalising glimpses of what might be on offer with the new iPad Pro. First up, it’s likely to have a 12.9in screen, making it considerably bigger than the 9.7in iPad Air we’ve currently got.
Rumour has it that LG is ramping up production of high-resolution oxide TFT panels, which will be used by Apple to manufacture the new iPad. Speaking to the publication, an LG Display related official said, “Investment to produce 30,000 sheets next year’s second quarter have started. Apple is creating iPads with 12.9 inch display, which shows they are increasing the panel size. And because so, we are planning in expanding production rate as well.”
Some rumours have said that the panel will have a 2K resolution, which is 2,048×1,536: the same as the iPad Air 2. Given that this resolution on a larger screen would reduce the pixels per inch (PPI) and make the screen a non-Retina one, we can’t see that happening. Instead, Apple’s likely to increase resolution. The Korean Times has reported that the iPad Pro will have a 4K resolution. This is normally 3,840×2,160, although that’s on a display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. As Apple has used 4:3 screens on previous iPad’s, a 4K resolution would most likely be 3,840×2,880. In truth, we’re likely to get something somewhere between the iPad Air 2’s resolution and 4K. In fact, information inside iOS 9 has showen that the OS has support for a screen with a resolution of 2,732×2,048, which would mean the new tablet would have the same 264PPI as the existing line-up.
When it comes to the processor, the iPad Pro is likely to get the latest mobile chip available. Given that Apple created the special tri-core A8X for the iPad Air 2, we’d safely say that the iPad Pro is likely to get a new the A9X chip, which will launch later in the year. We’re also likely to see 2GB of RAM, which the iPad Air 2 also ships with.
According to an online media, Apple is considering adding USB ports to the iPad. We don’t know if this will be in addition to the Lightning connector, or as a replacement: the new MacBook uses USB C for everything.
Otherwise, the rumours are that the iPad Pro will weigh 700g, have an 11,000mAh battery and will be 7mm thick. There’s also a chance that the tablet will ship with a stylus, making it the first touchscreen Apple device to do so.
Design and leaked photos
It seems as though the iPad Pro won’t be too different from the existing iPad line. Alleged leaked photos shown show a close-up of a case that looks reassuringly familiar. It also seems to show a second port on the side, which could well be a USB C port.
Given that the iPad Pro is likely to launch later in the year, the smart money says that it will launch with the latest operating system, iOS 9. This operating system is due to be announced at WWDC in June and will have a beta available for it later in the year before it launches alongside the iPhone 6S.
It’s hard to work out the pricing at the moment, but it’s safe to say that the iPad Pro will cost more than the iPad Air 2. The question is, how much more? If we take the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus the price difference started at £80 more for the larger screen model. We can expect at least that between the iPad Pro and iPad Air 2, so the minimum that the iPad Pro will cost is £489. Realistically, we can expect a bit more of a premium, but we’ll have to wait until there’s more information.
What do you think about these rumors aimed at the iPad Air 3? Will Apple push for expected upgrades? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Africa’s N°1 hotel-booking website, Jovago.com continues to showcase its passion for Africa’s hospitality and hotel industry evident in its very first hotel management and customer relationship training workshop, “CUSTOMER SERVICE… EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY, EVERY TIME”
Jovago, Africa’s N°1 hotel-booking website is proud to announce the commencement of training workshops to boost the skills of grassroot agents in the African hotel and hospitality industry. These trainings are open to all types of workers ranging from hotel receptionists to hotel managers and the previous workshop and its theme support the importance Jovago places on the customer and satisfying their needs.
“As hospitality experts, we are glad to announce the incorporation of these training workshops in Africa, starting from Nigeria to improve upon the standard of services offered, upgrade them to world-class level and be an example in the global digital shift” stated CEO Paul Midy “Jovago.com continues to make a conscious effort to improve on the services rendered in the hospitality sector.”
With ongoing successes in Africa, Jovago aims to accelerate the innovative nature of the hospitality and the hotel industry and has since inception incorporated great initiatives to make the hospitality sector more accommodating for its clients. After the first training in Lagos (Nigeria), Jovago plans to launch subsequent workshops in Cameroon and Senegal. Training workshops for Kenya is scheduled for next week. The workshops encompass tutorial sessions on use of internet, online booking, customer service management and feedback sessions from the Jovago personnel.
Recent occurrences across the African continent have resulted in a sharp drop of tourist arrivals. The 6% decline in the tourist numbers can be credited to acts of terrorism which have occurred across the continent from the Sousse attack in Tunisia to the Garissa attack in Kenya and the Boko Haram menace in Nigeria. The insecurity does not stop here but is also extended to the maintenance of state and private infrastructure – the killing of a woman at Lion Park, Johannesburg underlies not only the lack of enforcement measures for the park rules but also the poor management as an ambulance couldn’t be made immediately available. The list goes on but these events not only cause panic for the locals but for foreigners as well. Jovago.com shows some interesting pointers which could boost tourist arrivals as well as render the country much more habitable for the locals.
Government focus on security supported by affirmative action is important in order to ensure that both locals and foreigners are reminded that their safety is a key priority for the government. On the other hand, a nonchalant government would show no effort to alleviate the fears of its populace and ensure their safety. This would not fare well for the progress of the nation in general aspects as well as in terms of tourism which is a major source of employment for many African countries.
After visible efforts on the part of the government to ensure security, the consolidation of their efforts can commence. This is seen in the case of Kenya which is undergoing its consolidation phase after the unfortunate Garissa attack. The visit of President Barack Obama, the Global Entrepreneurial Summit amongst others have gone a long way in consolidating the safety of the country in the minds of not only the locals but also for tourists and this is projected to have a positive impact on the tourist numbers.
Setting up enforcement capacities in destinations where safety rules need to adhered to is also important in order to ensure the safety of the visitors. This would result in good reviews which would subsequently boost the attractiveness of these destinations for tourists.
By putting into place these measures, the decline that was witnessed in the tourist numbers is sure to be reversed and this would have a positive impact. The key aspect is to ensure sustainability for the measures to be continuously reinforced. What other measures could be enforced to boost the rate of tourist arrivals?
With e-commerce integration into Facebook and plans in place for other social networks, brands have seen the need to adjust their social media marketing strategies to accomodate this trend.
But what does this giant leap say about the future of e-commerce in Nigeria?
Over time social media has become a significant tool for marketers. Companies use the visual characteristics of social network to attract fans, promote images of their products, and create viral campaigns in hope to influence consumers purchasing decisions.
The shop now button on Facebook for instance radically transforms marketing as we know it by compressing the traditional funnel of awareness to purchase.
According to Kaymu‘s Head of Social Media and Community Africa, Abiola Fabio, “social shopping is a breakthrough in how businesses market and sell to consumers. Among the social networks, Facebook dominates as a source of social traffic and sales and accounted for over 36,000 orders on Kaymu in the first quarter of this year”.
In the past social media was seen as a platform to create content for consumers while building an audience for it through advertising. However the shop button has significantly shifted the social network’s role in the relationship between consumers and businesses, and has huge impact on the path-to-purchase.
With the growing popularity of social shopping in Nigeria, the e-commerce industry is expected to align with the trend in order to provide the best shopping experience for their consumers.
Android One is expanding beyond Asia, Google announced on Tuesday. The company’s budget-focused stock Android smartphones are heading to six countries in Africa, though for now there’s only one available handset.
The HOT 2 is a sleek plastic Android phone developed by a Hong Kong-based company called Infinix. It’s available for as little as N17,500 ($87) in Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco and the Ivory Coast. That should cover about a third of the continent to start.
The new device packs a 5-inch 720p display, a 2200mAh battery with power saving features, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter, 16GB of expandable storage, dual SIM slots, a quad-core MediaTek processor, an FM radio tuner and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. It’s available with 1GB of RAM in black, white, blue and red. There’s also a pricier version with 2GB of RAM and a gold design.
This benefits Google by ensuring that customers in developing markets use the company’s core services (rather than rival software running on forked versions of Android), while also providing a uniform user experience and building consumer confidence.
Beyond promising regular Android updates, Google is also planning to rollout offline YouTube support later this year. The feature will make it possible to save videos for later and then watch them in the next 48 hours, even without an Internet connection.
A report last week suggested Google could be relaunching Android One with a cheaper $50 phone after struggling to make an impact in Asia with its first round of releases. It’s unclear if the company is still working on a larger reboot, but for now it clearly isn’t slowing down its plans for expansion.
Apple has just released tiny but crucial updates to iTunes and iOS that look to squash some persistent bugs in Apple Music.
iTunes 12.2.2 fixes an issue where artists wouldn’t be sorted properly and playlists wouldn’t display, despite being in your library, according to the release notes. It also adds a few new features: You can now view the schedule for Beats 1 Apple Music’s radio station, and you can view a list of the artists you’re following on Connect, the service’s social media arm.
If you’re a fan of Beats 1 then iTunes 12.2.2 is the update for you. Moving forward you’ll be able to check out the entire broadcast schedule from inside the desktop app by clicking on the Beats 1 banner. Apple’s Music Connect feature is getting some improvements as well. You can now see a list of who you follow, while musicians will be able to submit posts straight from inside iTunes.
The newest version of iTunes should also fix issues the app has been having with local music libraries. Everything should be organized correctly now. A bug that caused you to lose your page in Apple Music when you went back has been fixed too.
You can grab the update now from the Mac App Store. Just click on the Updates tab and start downloading.
Samsung has dropped a surprise at its Unpacked 2015 event by showing off a new Gear S2 smartwatch. The model appears to be a far cry from the original Gear S, however. Samsung has upped the style quotient considerably with a round watch face, metal body and new user interface. Given the naming convention (it lacks the “Galaxy” moniker that generally denotes Android), it likely runs on Samsung’s Tizen OS rather than Android Wear, like the original Gear S.
Another clear sign that this is not an Android Wear device is the new UI design, which consists of a circle of apps arranged around the face. Samsung actually teased a round watch back in February, but that device did appear to be an Android Wear model. All we saw today was a quick glimpse of the hardware and watch face, but Samsung promised the Gear S2 would get a full reveal at IFA next month in Berlin.
Samsung has an awful lot riding on the success of the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 handsets that the Korean tech behemoth unveiled Thursday at Lincoln Center.
Samsung’s flagship S6 smartphone hasn’t been near the runaway success the company hoped it would be. And Samsung is facing stiff competition from a gaggle of global competitors, including a bevy of low-cost Android challengers coming out of China, not to mention its natural rivalry with Apple, which only intensified after Apple upped the screen size on the iPhones.
It’s been less than six months since Samsung pulled back the curtain on the eye-catching Galaxy S6 Edge, and now it’s getting a very familiar-looking sibling. Say hello to the Galaxy S6 Edge+, a super-sized sequel that powers up the original formula with a larger screen, more RAM to help its multitasking prowess and… well, not a whole lot else. Oh, and before we go any further, you’ll be able to pick one up from all five major US carriers starting on August 21st
If you’re looking for hardware differences between this and the newly announced Galaxy Note 5, you won’t find many at all. The only major changes between the two are the shapes of those 5.7-inch, Quad HD, Super AMOLED screens (the S6 Edge+ has that lovely dual-edge display that curves away from you) and the fact that one has an S Pen and all the little software accoutrements that go with it. Seriously. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, the actual hardware built into both phones is identical: an octa-core Exynos 7420 chipset with 4GB RAM, 16-megapixel rear cameras, 5-megapixel front-facing shooters, either 32GB or 64GB of storage and absolutely nothing in the way of expandable memory. And if you’re looking for design differences between this thing and the original S6 Edge, you’ll come up with a similarly short list.
Launching alongside the Note 5, the Galaxy S6 edge+ is built on the exact same platform internally — and that’s a good thing. The high-powered processor is backed up by a healthy bit of RAM and plenty of other good features, along with the same limitations as the Note — no removable battery or SD card.Here’s the full spec sheet:
Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, TouchWiz
5.7-inch QHD (2560×1440, 518 ppi) Super AMOLED
Dual edge screen
Micro USB 2.0, Adaptive Fast Charging
Qi wireless, Powermat wireless, fast wireless charging
154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9mm
black sapphire, white pearl, gold platinum, green emerald
(colors will vary by market)
If I’m honest, the S6 Edge+ feels like the result of some gadget-y SAT logic problem. People like the Galaxy S6 Edge. People also like big phones. Therefore, people should like a big Galaxy S6 Edge, right? They probably will, if only for the thing’s first-rate looks and its gorgeous (and huge) screen, but the Edge+ and its smaller cousin are both in dire need of truly cool experiences that are only possible on a curved display. Only time — and a freshly shipped review unit — will tell, so stick around for a deeper dive someday soon.