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Social networking site, Twitter is reported to be "considering" implementing a new paid subscription tier that would be introduced in a premium package for TweetDeck, Twitter's popular desktop client, and be aimed directly at professionals. 

If this happens it'll be the first time Twitter would be charging for any of its services since their inception 11 years ago.

The plan is for Twitter to make the professional experience more appealing for serious users and add in a bunch of advance tools and features not found anywhere else on the service. 

The package is being touted to cost $19.99 per month, available on both desktop and mobile.

Some of the features being bandied around are:

- Exclusive news/alerts summaries personalized for you
- Content management tools like bookmarks, to-do lists, and 'save for later'
- Cross posting to other social media platforms
- Advanced custom trend analysis and alerting tools
- Exclusive content on social media best practices and strategy
- Enhanced tools for managing and creating custom audience lists (e.g., by interest, customer, or region, etc.)
- Exclusive priority customer support
- The ability to manage multiple Twitter accounts
- Advanced publishing features (e.g., scheduling, collaboration, drafting, etc.)
- Advanced tools for sorting or filtering searches
- An ad-free experience
- Analysis tools for understanding topics or conversations on Twitter
- Ability to access this experience on both desktop and mobile devices
- Ability to securely manage the account across multiple team members
- Twitter customization such as color themes and layouts
- Access to pre-populated lists of users and influencers by interest topic (e.g., industry or subject experts)
- Additional account activity details (e.g., influence scores, account unfollows, or ability to see who is looking at your profile page)
- Ability to import user lists from outside sources
- Advanced analytics on my own content performance

According to The New York Times affiliated journalist Andrew Tavani, "Twitter is considering offering a more advanced TweetDeck experience, with more powerful tools to help marketers, journalists, professionals, and others in our community find out what is happening in the world quicker, to gain more insights, and see the broadest range of what people are saying on Twitter. Whether you use Twitter for work or just want to be more informed on the latest news, sports, entertainment, political viewpoints, and information in today's world, this more advanced TweetDeck experience will be designed to help you get even more out of Twitter.

"This premium tool set will provide valuable viewing, posting, and signalling tools like alerts, trends and activity analysis, advanced analytics, and composing and posting tools all in one customizable dashboard.

"It will be designed to make it easier than ever to keep up with multiple interests, grow your audience, and see even more great content and information in real-time. It would also offer extra features such as advanced audience insight and analytics, tools to monitor multiple timelines from multiple accounts and from multiple devices, including mobile, all in an ad-free experience."

Twitter is conducting a survey to see if this will fly with potential consumers meaning it's not a shoo-in yet, but it could certainly happen. This may go some way in helping Twitter recover as they've had a huge chunk of their market eroded by other competitors such as Snapchat and Facebook. 

In an update that many tech users will be pleased by, Gmail now accepts attachments up to 50mb.

The limit used to be 25mb which was frustrating for some (graphic artists) as for instance it became a nightmare to send large files to clients and the like and people had to resort to alternatives such as dropbox or WeTransfer.

Now before anyone gets too excited, Google are saying that the 50mb increment only works for incoming mail as the sending size remains 25mb and perhaps the alternatives are still the best, but it is what it is.

Google says that the complete rollout of the increased incoming file sizes feature will be finished in 1-3 days for all Gmail users.

You know how it is that you get a new phone or laptop and the battery lasts for ages and then after some time it seems to die in an instant? (Currently facing that with my laptop, dies after like 10 minutes without power) well, it's a universal problem-- one that might be dead and gone if reports are to be believed.

Tech news provider BGR report that some Harvard researchers have developed a new battery technology that will be able to last for at least a decade and is also affordable to boot.

Along with its 10-year lifespan, the researchers also successfully designed the battery to remain inexpensive, non-corrosive, and non-toxic.

The newly developed power technology is used in what is called a “flow battery.” Flow batteries utilize the ion exchange between two liquids to provide electric current. It’s a flexible, adaptable system that is used in many applications, but can be prone to degradation over time and require regular maintenance.
Harvard researchers found they had the ability to change the chemical composition of the positive and negative electrolyte solutions, making them water-soluble and pH neutral. This makes the battery rechargeable, without the huge amount of energy degradation. The Harvard battery loses only one percent of its capacity every 1,000 cycles. In turn, the battery could last more than a decade with minimal maintenance and upkeep.

If this becomes a thing, it could completely revolutionize the power industry all over the world. Just imagine being able to power your device or other applicable instruments for years and years because of the power of this new technology.

Just imagine.

The wise men had 3 gifts for the baby Jesus and if they could, they would probably have gotten him something tech related as that would have been really useful for all his preaching and stuff.

Well, Christmas is around the corner and you're probably wondering what to get for the folks, well, worry no more! Here are 3 totally awesome gifts you can get for your Parents this Christmas

  • Nixplay Seed 7-inch Wi-Fi photo frame- Parents (most anyway) love photos, so why not take advantage and get them a Wi-Fi-enabled digital photo frame that can download images and video from the cloud. There's even an app for iOS and Android that sends photos from any phone. Available in four awesome colors! $86 (N27,000) on Amazon.

  • Fitbit Charge 2- Easy to set up, fun to use, and incredibly comfortable, the Fitbit Charge 2 is one of the best fitness tech gifts you can give mom or dad this year. With great apps for iOS, Android and Windows, unparalleled support, and a huge network of people ready to challenge and motivate, the Charge 2 is Fitbit's best tracker yet. Even better? It lasts five days on a battery charge! $120 (N37,800) on Amazon

  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite- If your parents are avid readers then nothing will be more fun for them than a Kindle. Its got a big, bright screen, amazing selection, and plenty of storage for even the massive anthologies. Plus, the e-ink screen never gets drowned out by the sun, so mom and dad can take it to the pool, the beach, or the park. $100 (N31,500) on Amazon
These are all amazing gifts you can give to the parents with Christmas just around the corner. Make Christmas special and get something special for the special people in your life (Teehee)

Technology is far advancing and many future technologies have been teased in most of the movies we have watched,from the hover boards that can levitate high up above the ground and now a motorcycle that stays upright even when not on motion,this we have seen in  the BATMAN movies but the BMW family are celebrating a 100th year anniversary and have decided to make a similar futuristic prototype that would come in the next 100 years.

The German Automobile are calling this prototype the "Motorrad Vision Next 100",it's a motorcycle that is so confident in its stability and needs no brake pedal to stand upright.

With the BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 riders are guaranteed maximum safety...you don't even need a helmet to ride on it.Edgar Heinrich, the design director of BMW's motorcycle division said,
Its self-balancing system will help protect the rider at any time,Any late reaction from the driver will trigger and the vehicle will balance out.
The electrically powered bike assures zero emission as long as the electricity comes from a zero emission source.Also a bionic riding suit and visor will accompany the bike.

If seeing is believing check out this video below and see for yourself:

General Electric (GE) is going to begin a skill training programme this November in Lagos Nigeria, themed "GE Lagos Garage" with the aim of improving and promoting Nigeria's most promising entrepreneurs.

The programme is set to kick off from the 14th of November to December 9th.The applications are still open till midnight November 1,2016.

It's going to be a very innovative and intuitive programme as participants will work with a variety of world-class instructors, investors, technical experts, and partners that would guide them through and also widen their IT knowledge as they will be using 3D printers to create products.

According to reports:

GE created the Garages program in 2012 to reinvigorate America’s interest in invention, innovation, and manufacturing. In 2014, Garages went global with three weeks of workshops at GE’s regional headquarters in Lagos, using the latest in advanced manufacturing technologies. CNC mills, 3D printers, and laser cutters filled the first-ever fabrication lab in West Africa, driving innovation in the region.
The GE garage will train participants on the latest manufacturing technologies to enable innovation through rapid prototyping. They will learn and apply the core principles of design thinking, product development, finance, marketing, sales, and customer acquisition in real-time to their ventures. and also providing access to a robust mentorship network, supporting entrepreneurialism with an aim to drive growth across all sectors of industry.

The programme is being managed by NeuBridges,which is a Nigerian consulting company that helped the programme launch back in 2014.

Interested Applicants should apply HERE

Apple recently acquired TupleJump,which happens to be an Indian Startup company that uses machines in huge data analysis to produce quicker results.According to reports TupleJump is a Hyderabad-based company that Apple acquired in June. It has about a dozen employees,who's co-founders Rohit Rai and Satyaprakash Buddhavarapu stopped working in April and started working for Apple in May.

What interests Apple more in this purchase is the opensource project FiloDB that the startup is building to efficiently apply machine learning.

After acquiring two artificial inteligence company already Turi and Emotient,this would make it the third AI company Apple has acquired this year.

NBA hall of fame Star Kobe Bryant has teamed up with investor Jeff Stibel to launch a $100 million fund for tech companies, according to the Wall Street Journal report.The investment coming from their personal pockets will not be just for tech but also for media and data companies and it is expected to last “the next few years.”

Kobe Bryant says he believes he has the ability to identify young and promising entrepreneurs.He also adds;
It’s the inner belief that a person has that he will endure no matter what the obstacle may be. It’s that persistence, the entrepreneur doing what he or she truly believes in and truly loves to do,” he said.
Jeff Stibel made it clear that the purpose of investing in companies is to add real values to them and not for someone to use Kobe as an endorser.

Kobe Bryant adds up to the list of NBA players that finance and manage startup companies which includes Steph Curry,Carmelo Anthony and Shaquille O’Neal.

This is indeed a good initiative from Kobe Bryant as he nears retirement from playing basketball.
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