Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Pokemon Go articles flood the Internet

Yesterday, we’ve read and shared 9 articles on our Facebook page about Pokemon Go. As a science and technology page, we read and share dozens of interesting articles every day. However, since yesterday, the Newsfeed has been reporting non stop about this new gaming craze. See the list of articles and snippets below:

1) Nintendo shares soar on Pokemon GO craze, Richard Morgan,  July 11

Pokémon Go’s massive blastoff as a mobile game pushed Nintendo’s ADRs up 34 percent Monday — adding $9 billion to the video gamer’s valuation over the last few days.
The free game has dominated digital downloads since its US launch on July 6, with 7.5 million users signing up at Apple’s App Store and Google Play, according to SensorTower, an app-analytics company.
SimilarWeb, another app analyzer, reported the game has already eclipsed Tinder in installations on Android phones and is running neck and neck with Twitter in terms of daily active users.

"Pokémon Go is a (possibly overrated?) augmented-reality game that launched in the United States late last week. In a nutshell, the game lays a sort of semi-transparent Poké-world over your actual, geographical location, which you can explore by physically walking around while staring zombie-like at your screen."

3) Trading is coming soon to Pokemon GO, Sal Basile Jul. 11, GEEKhttp://www.geek.com/games/pokemon-go-ceo-teases-trading-in-future-update-1661289/:

"Pokemon GO is taking the world by storm but a major core element essential to the franchise is missing: trading. Even John Hanke CEO of Pokemon GO developer Niantic knows trading is what makes Pokemon go round. In an interview with Business Insider, Hanke said trading would tie in to Pokemon GO’s mantra of encouraging players to interact. He went on to say that a plan to implement some kind of trading aspect is very much on the horizon.”

First of all why does a Pokémon game need full access to your account? Second why aren’t users warned that this is the level they are granting and given a chance to reconsider? And third why didn’t Google say a thing when it happened "Notably, Niantic’s previous AR game, Ingress, only required partial access." like “are you sure you want to give a game about making made-up animals fight access to the confidential documents in your Gmail and Docs?”

5) Drivers are offering to chauffeur Pokémon Go players to hot spots, Why walk when you can ride?, Julia Alexander, Jul 11 2016, POLYGONhttp://www.polygon.com/2016/7/11/12152978/pokemon-go-hot-spots-gyms-drivers?utm_campaign=polygon.social&utm_medium=social&utm_content=polygon&utm_source=facebook

On marketplaces like Craigslist, people have begun to offer their services for a hefty fee. In Vancouver, (where the game hasn't even officially launched, but is available through side-loading APKs on Android devices) one driver says they'll pick up drivers at a requested location and drive them around the city. The poster says they've been playing Ingress for about two years, and as such, has an idea of where to go for popular PokéStops and gyms.  This particular driver is charging $30 for the first hour and $20 for every hour after that. They will not, however, do anything illegal like stop in the middle of the highway, users must wear seat belts, and they're not speeding.

6) Pokemon Go: Gotta catch all your personal data, If you signed into Pokemon Go with your Google account, you might have just handed your digital life over to the game's developers, Laura Hautala, CNET, JULY 11 2016, http://www.cnet.com/news/pokemon-go-gotta-catch-all-your-personal-data/?ftag=COS-05-10-aa0a&linkId=26452776

The developer of the wildly popular Pokemon Go, Niantic Labs, has full access to your Google account if you used it to log into the game from an iOS device. In response to reports of this all-you-can-eat data buffet, Niantic said in a statement it's drastically limiting the access it requests going forward and that it didn't access anything beyond user IDs and email addresses.  "We recently discovered that the Pokémon GO account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user's Google account," the company said in a statement. "Once we became aware of this error, we began working on a client-side fix to request permission for only basic Google profile information, in line with the data that we actually access."  But for the time being, the full account permission could give Niantic access to all of your information, as well as the ability to post, delete and send things from your account. In other words, logging in with your Google account is a super effective way to hand over your email, contacts, photos, documents...everything!

7) The top game in China right now is a Pokemon Go clone, Steven Millward, Jul 11, 2016, TECH IN ASIAhttps://www.techinasia.com/pokemon-go-clone-china

Everyone seems to be going nuts for Pokemon Go right now – but the game hasn’t rolled out to a number of countries, including China. That might explain why the top free game in China today on the Chinese iOS App Store is a Pokemon Go clone.  The knock-off game, City Spirit Go, features a creature in the app icon that looks like Pikachu crossed with a racoon.

8) Pokémon Go is doing what few apps can – driving real-world traffic, Darrell Etherington, JULY 11 2016, TECH CRUNCH,  https://techcrunch.com/2016/07/11/pokemon-go-is-doing-what-few-apps-can-driving-real-world-traffic/?sr_share=facebook

Already, people are using the tools made available by Niantic and Nintendo in Pokémon Go to capitalize on the potential for real-world traffic. Forbes contributor Jason Evangelho details how smart business owners are using “Lures,” an in-game item that turns any existing PokéStop into virtual feeding frenzy for players looking to catch Pokémon.  But this requires there to already be a PokéStop nearby – so naturally, businesses are already looking to get Niantic to add ones to their locations.  Not only Niantic, but Nintendo, too has a history of using the popularity of its products with consumers to drive foot traffic. The Nintendo Zone service offered special downloadable virtual items to players when they connected to specific locations, and Nintendo worked with McDonald’s in Japan and Boingo in the U.S. to provide access to Nintendo’s content free to users. 

9) From Pokéstops to Pikachu: everything you need to know about Pokémon Go, The game has been flooding the news and neighbourhoods but for many it seems as silly as it is impenetrable, Clem Bastow, 11 July 2016, THE GUARDIANhttps://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jul/11/from-pokestops-to-pikachu-everything-you-need-to-know-about-pokemon-go?CMP=fb_a-technology_b-gdntech:

If you’ve been out and about over the past few days, chances are you’ve seen people frantically swiping their smartphones in front of places of interest, or listened with slight alarm as friends chattered excitedly about how they “caught a Sandshrew behind the supermarket”. You may have wondered: what the heck is happening?  The answer is Pokémon Go, the new smartphone game from Nintendo and Niantic Labs. According to data tabled by Digital Vision, two days after the app’s launch, Pokémon Go was installed on 5.16% of Android devices in the US and had roared to the top of the iTunes app store’s free app charts. Nintendo’s stocks are reported to have risen to their highest value since 1983 and demand for the game was so high, with servers crashing regularly, that Amazon’s chief technology officer, Werner Vogels, even offered to share the traffic load.

End Note

But what does it all mean for us reading this news in Liberia? A company's valuation increased by almost US $ 10 billion because of a computer game.  Apparently, everyone is walking around like a zombie trying to catch computer game characters on their screen that shows a virtual character embossed on a real view of the world through the device's camera. Urban spaces and other companies are riding the craze by offering cab services and hot spots in cafes. And, disturbingly, the game gets full access to one's e-mail account. 

It would be easiest to say news of this game bears no relevance for us in Liberia but not entirely correct because a significant portion of the population has a mobile connection and, even has a simple smart phone. Almost everyone is on Facebook and other social media platforms. I often see youngsters and even marketeers playing a video game on their phones.  Selfies and posing for group photographs are loved in Liberia. Addiction to mobile technology is common everywhere and, changing the way we interact with our world, our friends, and even how we communicate. Am I little glad, though, that no Pokemon Go craze will catch here soon? Yes. 

Living in Liberia, one sometimes envies the latest technological progress elsewhere: better public transportation, medical innovations that battle disease and treat illnesses better, greener urban spaces, newest gadget to convert garbage to energy, interactive museums, digital access to art and history, etc. 

Do I wish I had Netflix? More apps to automate my life or useless devices? Selfie sticks? A Kindle? Another tablet besides my laptop and smart phone (already too many devices)? No. 

Social media, apps and hyper connectivity has not really made our lives more enriched. In fact, even grown up adults have sacrificed etiquette, art of conversation, and the virtue of patience because of their addiction to their phones. It seems society has not paused to reflect on how much has changed and, what we are losing at lightening speeds. Unless there is a technology out there that will actually improve the lives of Liberians, I am not envious at all. 

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Antivirus Configuration on the Server

Hello Everyone I am going to talk about how to install and configure Antivirus on your workstation that are not Domain platform or Domain network so that the workstation can update Antivirus on your client computer or your Clients computer can get update from your workstation.  This platform and setup is very good because it help cause less bandwidth consumption on your network.   During my work on one of our client site, I was able to setup a files sharing Server and all the clients’ computers are getting Antivirus update from the server without internet access. This is what I did for the client:

   A.  Antivirus Configuration on the Server   

1.    I installed Antivirus   on the windows Server  and all the Clients computer or users computer   
2.    I created a folder with the name AV Update in C drive of the server, in that folder is where the server will storing  all the AV update that it will get from internet or Antivirus server.     
3.    On the server, I open the Antivirus and, click on setting in Antivirus.   
4.    In setting of Antivirus  I click on update   
5.    In the update settings I checked in the box of copy update to folder and browse to the (AV) Antivirus folder that I created in the C drive of the Server.     

B.   Configuration setting for all the clients computers   

1.    After installing the Antivirus on the entire clients or users computer.   
2.    I Clicked on Schedule tasks and went  to update     
3.    In update, I went  to setting and clicked on Source   
4.    In update source setting, I went to add and added the update source by Browsing for the server on the internet and browse for the (AV) Antivirus Update folder that was created in the C drive of the server.     
5.    After  that  Clicked ok and save the configuration     

Note:  you can also use this configuration for any windows Operating System. This is working for the client and it can also work for you.   Watch out for my next blog post on how to configure WSUS.   

Thanks   By: Jonathan Barwon            

Friday, 10 June 2016


Dear Readers,

For the past months, I have solved lots of complex problems for our customers in and out of Monrovia.

We got a purchase order from one of our clients for supply of laptops with the following system requirements: Brand: Lenovo, OS: Windows 10, HDD: 500GB, RAM: 8GB Office: 2013.

These laptops were configured, setup and supplied to the client. Early one morning I saw an email in my inbox requesting urgent need for technician. Thou I was surprise for I know even newly supplied computers give problems when going into first boot or power on. I quickly arrange my tools and other necessary software to take on the customer site just in case the problem may be a software of hardware issue.

I arrived at the client 18st Sinkor Monrovia office and my presence was announced by the securities to the office manager. She took me the end user desk were they both explained the issue to me. According to her, the laptop goes Off & ON. I asked her in a very professional and polite manner to save her work and turn the laptop over to me and so she did. I open this laptop and checked every hardware component and software as well. Restarted the machine, observed it for one to two hours and nothing happened. I went back to her and asked her to continue her work while we both observe it.

She left the laptop on her desk for about 2-3min and the laptop suddenly went to sleep. When she turned around she saw that the lap screen had gone dark, she responded ‘’ you see? This is what happening. It has gone off again’’. Then I said to her that you have left it for a while madam, it is not off but rather at sleep and you don’t have to press on the power button, if you do you are turning it off completely. You can type the ‘’Enter’’ or any key as many times to wake the computer up but she still wasn’t satisfied.

After few weeks the same complain came in again. I was disturb that night until the next morning I went back at their office and started to show her the settings from the Control Panel. I set the computer on ‘’ ‘’Never go to sleep’’. We both observed it again the laptop never went to sleep. This wasn’t a good idea I told her for this will weaken the laptop battery life and it was set to go to sleep after every 1 hour. Since then they have never complain of such problem. 

As a technician here at New Africa Technology Company, we do not only solve complex issues for our customers on site. At times there are some puerile issues we have to resolve like this one.

Prepared By: Daniel W. Collins
IT Technician (NATC).

Monday, 16 May 2016

New Trainee: Khatelay Sheriff

My name is Khatelay D. Sheriff. 

I'm a Mauritanian born Liberian. I was born unto the union of Mr & Mrs Sheriff in a small village called Bolahun in Lofa County. 

I gained my high school education at the College of West Africa (CWA ). 

In 2010 the same year I enrolled at AMITY UNIVERSITY, Uttar Pradish of India studying for BSC in I.T. After a successful three years of study, I got my first major university degree (BSC) in Information Technology (I.T) in 2013.

I was assigned to do my internship with cellcom GSM Liberia but it was unfortunate that I couldn't materialise the opportunity due to some family engagement. 

I worked for Right to Play for few months & resigned as an I.T administrator to help manage a family business. 

I worked as an assistant manager for four years & resigned in 2016 to pursued my career in the I.T field. 

As a youngster, I really used to love everything about radio, from fixing & repairing FM radios to even dreaming of being a radio announcer. 

In 2009, after finishing the national examination test I needed to wait for three months for the examination results and the exam results was very important because it's based on the outcome of the results that will determine my university career. The wait was too long so I decided to take computer classes to get familiar with the basic computer knowledge and that was when I became more passionate about doing advanced courses. 

However, it all started with technology. Like many young people out there, I went through different phases in life. I love innovation & I can't do without social media in this 21 century. I love to visit I.T companies sites to get updates about new inventions. 

On April 10, 2016, I visited New Africa Technology Company (NATC) website, one of Liberia's best & leading IT service provider. 

I applied for an entry level position. 

What motivates me more is the level of the exceptional team at the company. 

I'm a detail-oriented, organised and self-sufficient person. 

I see myself as a respectful, trustworthy and hard working person. 

I believe knowledge is power and I'm ready to take instructions from my bosses & my colleagues to share and achieve New Africa Technology Company's (NATC) goals. 

I'm very pleased to work for NATC as trainee, once again thank the entire team for giving me the opportunity, I'm eager to make possible contributions for the company.