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BlackBerry Service update from RIM CIO

To All BlackBerry Customers:

 

I want to first apologize for the service interruptions and delays many of you have been experiencing this week. I also wanted to connect with you directly, give you an update on the service issues we are trying to solve, and answer some of the questions and concerns you’ve expressed.

 

You’ve depended on us for reliable, real-time communications, and right now we’re letting you down. We are taking this very seriously and have people around the world working around the clock to address this situation. We believe we understand why this happened and we are working to restore normal service levels in all markets as quickly as we can.

 

Here is the current status of service and issues for the various regions that were impacted:

 

For Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA):

Email systems are operating and we are continuing to clear any backlogged messages. Support teams are working to minimize the impact on our customers.

BBM traffic is online and traffic is passing successfully

Browsing is temporarily unavailable as the Support teams monitor service stability and continue to assess when this service can be safely brought online

Support teams have added capacity to help with message delivery between regions and continents Read more

BlackBerry services collapse

Millions of BlackBerry smartphone users have been cut off by a major fault at RIM, the Canadian company that makes the devices.

The glitch, which struck at around 11AM, was affecting online services for consumers all over Europe, the Middle East and Africa. All are served by a RIM data centre in Slough.

They have been unable to browse the web or instant messages, or access other internet services such as email.

A RIM spokesman was not immediately available for comment. Users who are served by a corporate server appeared to be unaffected.

 

SOURCE: Telegraph

 

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish By Steve Jobs

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish By Steve Jobs
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish By Steve Jobs

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish By Steve Jobs

Speech made by Steve Jobs, the late Apple co-founder at the 114th Commencement Address to graduating students of Stanford  University on June 12, 2005.

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories!

The first story is about connecting the dots

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife.

Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.” My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:

Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating. Read more

Steve Jobs was a citizen of the world~ Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan posted on his facebook page.

Steve Jobs was a citizen of the world. Two months ago on this page, I opined that his idea which became Apple Inc had proved that ideas are more valuable than natural resources seeing as Apple Inc at that time overtook ExxonMobil as the world’s most valuable corporation.

I believe there are many Steve Jobs amongst our youth who would help build our country and add value to human existence. His impact on our world would be remembered many centuries from today. May his soul rest in peace. GEJ

Videos: Tributes to Steve Jobs

 

 

 

Reactions to the Death of Steve Jobs

The Jobs family: “In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness.”

Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak: “It’s like the world lost a John Lennon – I mean Steve was clearly the most outstanding business thinker and almost everybody high up in the technology business recognized that somehow he had the ability to think out new ways of doing things, not just ways to improve what we have (do a better version of something) but do it in a totally different way that the world would swing towards.”

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates: “Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives. The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook: “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being.”

Apple’s Board of Directors: “Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”

Ignite Media CEO Funmi Iyanda: Just woke up to the news of Steve Jobs death. Feel so bereaved. Apple made my work my play.

Executive Director at Paradigm Initiative Nigeria Gbenga Sesan: Steve is gone. Steve is still with us. Each time you use an i-Device, or a derivative, you’ll remember whose Job made it possible. #RIPSteve

Web4africa CEO Oluniyi D. Ajao: Rest in Peace, Steve Jobs. You came, you did, you conquered. I’ve never used your company’s hardware but I know you were a great man. #tech

Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter: “He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply ‘make it great.’”

Walt Disney President Bob Iger: “Steve was such an ‘original,’ with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started.”

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen: “We’ve lost a unique tech pioneer and auteur who knew how to make amazingly great products. Steve fought a long battle against tough odds in a very brave way. He kept doing amazing things in the face of all that adversity. As someone who has had his own medical challenges, I couldn’t help but be encouraged by how he persevered.”

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer: “I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work.”

Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang: “Steve was my hero growing up. He not only gave me a lot of personal advice and encouragement, he showed all of us how innovation can change lives. I will miss him dearly, as will the world.”

Google CEO Larry Page: “He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me.”

Google co-founder Sergey Brin: “From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration for vision and leadership, we needed to look no farther than Cupertino. Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the macbook I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in person the few times we have met.”

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt: ““Today is very sad for all of us. Steve defined a generation of style and technology that’s unlikely to be matched again. Steve was so charismatically brilliant that he inspired people to do the impossible, and he will be remembered as the greatest computer innovator in history.”

NaijaMotivation MD/CEO Adebola Oni: It is never about the number of days but the quality of living. Your life has been an inspiration to Millions of people all over the world. Rest in Peace the man that gave us Mac, Ipod, Itunes, Ipad, Iphone etc, STEVE JOBS!

Google Research Director Peter Norvig: “Honor Steve Jobs: resolve to do something insanely great.”

Google head of web spam Matt Cutts: “The tech industry lost an amazing, world-changing person today. Rest in peace, Steve.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: “Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.”

Dell CEO Michael Dell: ” The legacy of Steve Jobs will be remembered for generations to come.” Read more

US Consulate hosts youth town hall meeting on elections and governance

The United States Consulate in Lagos has announced New Tools, New Governance, a Town Hall with Young Nigerian Leaders to discuss the use of technology during the 2011 elections and to monitor governance and accountability after the elections. The town hall meeting, which holds on Thursday, June 16 is presented by development firm, The Future Project.

“Following the elections where young Nigerians were part of a successful movement to engage the process using technology tools including ReVoDa, ReclaimNaija, Facebook, Twitter and the successful RSVP (Register.Select.Vote.Protect) campaign,” said a statement from the Consulate, “we believe there is no time such as now to point the young population towards the direction of sustaining good governance and public accountability using these tools for citizen engagement.” Read more

The Alternative 2.0 on June 12, 2010

The Alternative 2.0

The Alternative 2.0

Paradigm Initiative Nigeria and Microsoft Nigeria are proud to announce ‘The Alternative 2.0’, the event that highlights the need for young Nigerians to redirect their energy – from cybercrime – towards positive online opportunities. The event is free and open to all, but you must RSVP through this FaceBook page or by eMail to info@pinigeria.org.

It holds on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 10am (Green Carpet reception at 9am) at the Main Auditorium, University of Lagos. Featuring Cobhams Asuquo (producer, ‘Maga No Need Pay’), MI, Rooftop MCs, Modele, Bez, Wordsmith, Kemi Adetiba (director, ‘Maga No Need Pay’ video), Deolu Akinyemi (discussing ‘Alternatives to Cybercrime’) and Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani (award-winning author, I Do Not Come To You By Chance)!

We will provide updates on MISSPIN activities to date, announce new activities and thank the outgoing MISSPIN Ambassadors, the new Call for MISSPIN Ambassadors will be announced at the event.

For more information, see flyers and watch out for the radio and TV adverts or visit www.pinigeria.org.

ICT Empowerment Programme For Young Women 2009

The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre is a Nigerian nongovernmental organization working to encourage Nigerian girls and women to use information and communication technology (ICT) to empower themselves socially and economically is currently accepting application for its coming ICT empowerment Young Women’s Programme. Read more

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