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Italy ban Uber operation in the country

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In a court ruling issued today, all of Uber’s services have been banned in Italy after a judge in Rome ruled in favor of Italy’s major taxi associations that the ride-hailing service amounted to unfair competition. The ruling means Uber’s Black, Lux, Suv, X , XL, Select, and Van services are all blocked from operating in Italy and Uber cannot advertise at all in the country.

Uber’s lawyers said in a statement says:

“‘we’re shocked. We will appeal this ruling that is based on a 25-year-old law. Now the government can’t waste more time and needs to decide whether it wants to remain anchored to the past, protecting privileged profits, or whether it wants to allow Italians to benefit from new technologies.”

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Dubai set to launch driverless flying taxis this year

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Dubai is moving on from amazing innovations like the world’s first rotating skyscraper and 3D printed office to a new fleet of flying taxis. According to Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA), they are small enough to fit into a car parking space when folded up, the one-seater passenger drones made by Chinese company Ehang are set to start picking up passengers in July this year.

The electrically powered driverless drones named Ehang 184 have already been seen hovering above the sand dunes near the city’s airfield during test flights. “The 184 provides a viable solution to the many challenges the transportation industry faces in a safe and energy-efficient way,” said Ehang founder and CEO Huazhi Hu when the vehicle was unveiled during the 2016 CES gadget show in Las Vegas.

Powered by eight propellers, Ehang says the 184 (which stands for one person, eight propellers, four arms) will cruise at around 100 kilometers per hour. The routes will be programmed by a ground control center through an encrypted 4G network which will monitor the flight.

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Facebook now prohibits companies and organizations from using its services for surveillance

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A new update to its policies on both Facebook and Instagram prohibits developers from using “data obtained from users to provide tools that are used for surveillance”. The latest policy change comes on the heels of investigations from the ACLU, which found social media monitoring companies sold their services to law enforcement, who targeted individuals through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Social media surveillance is a growing concern, especially among people who use Facebook and Twitter for activism.

Law enforcement agencies rely on social media tools to track and monitor citizens. According to a study from the Brennan Center for Justice, 156 jurisdictions have spent a total of almost $6 million on these tools since 2010. And the public largely has no idea how they’re being used.

In a blog post announcing its new policies, Facebook says it’s already taken action against developers who used its platform for surveillance. Geofeedia, for instance, was cut off from Facebook following the ACLU investigation.

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8 Ways to Use Twitter for Business

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Twitter is a place for people to connect, share opinions and keep abreast of happenings around the world. In addition to this, Twitter can also be used as a powerful tool to market your business because there is a prevalent discovery mindset in people when they are on Twitter, which makes them open to interactions.

Jumia Travel, in this first part, shares 8 ways you can leverage Twitter to drive traffic to your business and bring new life and ‘renewed business purpose’ to your Twitter efforts.

PAY ADEQUATE ATTENTION TO YOUR BUSINESS TWITTER PROFILE

First, the name of your twitter handle should help people easily find your business. Also, your profile photo should visually represent your business brand and should be consistent. You shouldn’t constantly change your business profile photo.

Your profile bio should let people know all they need to about your business and why they should follow you. It should contain useful information about your business and a link to your website.

Your header image should basically be considered as a ‘billboard for your business’. You can use twitter to feature products, highlight your employees or spotlight events, promotions or product news. In addition, pin an important Tweet at the top of your timeline and use the feature to ensure visitors to your profile don’t miss out on the latest news, products, offerings or events about your business.

Lastly, make sure you tweet regularly. Regular tweeting is a sign of an active profile and it helps you stay relevant on the Twitter medium. Daily postings and engagement is recommended to help you remain ‘top of mind’ on a consistent basis. Be sure to Tweet relevant, useful and engaging content.

REGULARLY INTERACT WITH THE INFLUENCERS AND EXPERTS IN YOUR TARGET AREA(S)

You can use a ‘Twitter Search’ or a tool like ‘Topsy’ or ‘Followerwonk’ to discover these influencers and experts by searching keywords that relate to your industry. You should then follow and interact with them regularly. In your interactions with them, try to be casual and helpful, rather than promotional. Build a relationship with them first, before seeking for ways to collaborate with them. Remember to be wise and prudent in this pursuit, as much as you are to interact with them and build a relationship, don’t overdo it. Manage your interactions with them properly so they don’t end up seeing you as a pest or stalker.

PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR CONTENT

Try to create tweets that incite conversations and keep your followers, visitors and audiences engaged. You can do this by keeping your tweets short and focused on a specific message. If you have a longer message, include a link to your blog or website on the post. Also try to use visuals (images, videos or GIFs) in your tweet. Visual posts are usually more engaging and help to increase Tweet engagement rates.

In addition, try asking questions and running polls to interact with your audience, bring readers into the conversation and understand people’s opinions. Polls will help you to survey on specific responses.

REMEMBER YOUR CO-WORKERS

Marketing your business on Twitter doesn’t have to be a ‘one-man’ or ‘one-department’ effort; you should try to get your co-workers involved in the process. Encourage them to follow your business Twitter handle and tweet, retweet, like and engage with the business’ Twitter content. This will help to further build your business brand and increase your visibility on Twitter.

BE GENEROUS TO YOUR TWITTER FOLLOWERS

Offer discounts and special deals to your Twitter followers. Do this from time to time, alongside ‘Twitter contests’ to drive traffic to your handle.

BE INTERACTIVE

From time to time, ask for some ‘Twitter love’ and ask followers to retweet, mention and like your tweets. Track brand mentions and keywords about your business to know what is being said about you. Respond in a polite and professional manner to replies and mentions, especially because many customers now post complaints and queries on Twitter.

You can also set up Twitter searches for terms relevant to your brand, and follow relevant trends/hashtags to monitor conversations relevant to your business brand. Try to occasionally jump into these conversations when appropriate. For example, if your brand is a hotel booking brand in Lagos, you can type in relevant search terms like ‘hotel booking Lagos’. Then, when you see a tweet there like, ‘Is there any good hotel booking portal that I can use to get a nice hotel for my sweetheart and I this Valentine, at an affordable price?”, you can jump in with something like, “Of course there is, visit [insert your website link] for the best and most affordable hotels in your area. You are guaranteed 100% satisfaction!”

In addition, retweeting and liking the tweets of some of the influencers and experts you follow, including some of your own followers, can go a long way in help to build good relationships with them. You can also tag your posts with one or two relevant and trending hashtags to help you increase your visibility and reach out to new users. But only use this sparingly, because overdoing this can be seen as ‘Twitter Spam’

USE TWITTER ANALYTICS

Twitter analytics can help you grasp what is and what is not resonating with your audience. It helps you understand how the content you share on twitter grows your business. The analytics dashboard gives you information that can help you determine the best days to tweet, the type of content that’s more favoured by your audience and the demographics of followers that are interacting with your posts. This can help you determine and replicate what’s working for your business brand, and revaluate and rework what isn’t.

INTEGRATE TWITTER WITH OTHER MARKETING EFFORTS

There is no rule that says your Twitter marketing efforts must stand alone. Twitter marketing efforts are much more effective when integrated with other marketing efforts. For example, you can occasionally let your email subscribers know about Twitter promotions and contests that you are running.

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How To Use PS4 Controller With Your iPad or iPhone

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Let’s face it, gaming on mobile has never been perfect. For hardcore gamers, the touchscreen will never be a replacement for game controllers. There are several controllers sold separately that are basically built for mobile gaming and if you’re on Android OS, you’re lucky as you could pick up a controller off the shelf, pair through bluetooth and start using with your device.

For iOS devices though, this isn’t the case. You can’t just pick up any controller, it has to be a MFi (Made For iPhone)- certified accessory. I have a PlayStation 4 console and it doesn’t really make sense buying another controller for my iPad when I have a Wireless DualShock 4 controller. Whether you own a PS3, a PS4 or a  WiiU console, you can use the controller with your iPhone or iPad.

However, you need to jailbreak your device. Don’t worry, we have a comprehensive tutorial on how to jailbreak iOS 10 using Yalu tool.

How to use Wireless DualShock 4 controller with your iOS device

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As mentioned earlier, you need a jailbroken device to do this. Since non-MFi controllers like the DualShock 4 are not meant to work on iOS, a jailbreak tweak called Controllers For All enables the function. This tweak makes your iPhone or iPad think your non-MFi game controller is actually an MFi controller. This Cydia tweak costs $2.99 and it’s available in the Big Boss repository.

At the moment, it supports the following game controllers:

  • PS3 controller
  • PS4 controller
  • Wii U Pro controller
  • iPEGA 9025/9021
  • Wamo
  • iPEGA 9017
  • Regular Keyboard

I used a Wireless DualShock 4 controller with Controllers For All and it worked quite well.

How to use Controllers for All

1. Download and install Controller for All from Cydia.

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2. After this, head on to Settings > Controllers for All.

3. Go to Controller Type and select the type of controller you have.

4. Make sure the Enabled toggle is turned on and tap  Pair Controller.

5. For PS4 Dualshock, you will be prompted to press the PS and share buttons until the controller LED starts blinking.

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6. After some seconds, you should get a notice that connection has been established.

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Simply launch any game supporting game controllers and you should be prompted to press the PS button. I was able to play Asphalt 8 and GTA: SA with the PS4 controller.

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5 Tools To Help You Track Your Website’s Traffic

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The aim of any website is to attract as much traffic as possible. This is one of the key metrics website owners will present to prospective investors and advertisers. In other situations, it may happen that you want to know the web traffic of your competitor. The truth is that no organization will publish their stats publicly. Nonetheless, there are certain websites that can give you a fair idea or reliable traffic data of a competitor’s traffic. Jumia Travel, identify some of these websites for monitoring your web traffic.

Alexa

Alexa is arguably one of the most popular tools for checking a website’s traffic. It ranks your website based on the number of visits as well as give information about the location of your visitors as well as the bounce rate. You can use for free for 7 days after which you have to pay.

SimilarWeb

SimilarWeb provides 3 important websites date including the global rank, the country rank, and the category rank. This ranking is hinged on the traffic you get on your website. You can also find monthly traffic, pages per visit and even social media traffic.

Traffic Estimate

If you want to know the estimate of your website visits, then traffic estimate is the website to use. It is very simple to use as it shows you the traffic estimates daily, monthly and yearly. It sources most of its data from Alexa and SimilarWeb.

SitePrice

SitePrice is mainly focused on determining the worth of your website. But before SitePrice calculates the value of your website, your website traffic is also considered. This said you can still rely on it to know your web traffic.

 Quantcast

This is arguably one of the most accurate websites for getting web traffic. You can only find leading websites on Quantcast. This is perhaps why it is very reliable.

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Facebook Building World's Most Advanced Data Center

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Best Tech For Men: 10 Top Gadget Pick For Any Man In 2016

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Create A Workplace That Makes No One Want To Work From Home

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Apple Watch review: 1 months with Apple's smartwatch

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