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Meet 82-year old iPhone app developer, Masako Wakamiya

Masako Wakamiya is 82 year old and one of the world’s oldest iPhone app developers, a trailblazer in making smartphones accessible for the elderly.

According to Yahoo Tech, she became interested in computers in the 1990s when she retired from her job as a bank clerk and it took her months to set up her first system, beginning with BBS messaging, a precursor to the internet, before building her skills on a Microsoft PC, and then Apple’s Mac and iPhones.

Frustrated by the lack of interest from the tech industry in engaging older people, she said she taught herself to code.

Wakamiya learned the basics of coding and developed ‘Hinadan’ one of Japan’s first dedicated app games for the over 60s. She was also the oldest app creator at Apple’s prestigious Worldwide Developers Conference.

“As you age, you lose many things: your husband, your job, your hair, your eyesight. The minuses are quite numerous. But when you learn something new, whether it be programming or the piano, it is a plus, it’s motivating,” she says.

Her app ‘Hinadan’, which has been downloaded 42,000 times with hundreds of positive comments from users was inspired by the Hina Matsuri, a doll festival which takes place every March, where ornamental dolls representing the emperor, his family and their guests are displayed in a specific arrangement.

And while these figures are relatively small compared to Japan’s big-hitting apps which are downloaded in their millions, ‘Hinadan’ which is currently only available in Japan has proved popular enough that Wakamiya plans to release English, Chinese and possibly French versions of the app before next year’s festival.

Its success has propelled her on to the tech world stage, despite the industry’s reputation for being notoriously ageist

Wakamiya concedes that she finds writing lines of code difficult but has a voracious appetite to learn more.

“I want to really understand the fundamentals of programming, because at the moment I only learned the elements necessary for creating Hinadan” She explained.

More than a quarter of Japan’s population is aged 65 and above, and this is projected to rise to 40 percent by 2055. The government is struggling to ensure its population remains active and healthy and so also see the dynamic octogenarian as an inspiration.

Wakamiya says her ultimate goal is to come up with other apps that can entertain older people and help transmit to young people the culture and traditions the old people possess.

Most old people have abandoned the idea of learning, but the fact that some are starting again is not only good for them but for the country’s economy.

Once you’ve achieved your professional life, you should return to school. In the era of the internet, if you stop learning, it has consequences for your daily life,”said Wakamiya, who took up the piano at age 75.

She said that her good health is down to an active mind and busy life.

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Nokia 7 Plus Sold Out In 5 Minutes In China

The first batch of Nokia 7 Plus  releases in China has reportedly sold out in 5 minutes. Can I imagine ?

As soon as the virtual shop doors opened at 10:07am, it took only 5 minutes for all available units of the new Nokia phone to be sold out.

The phone sold for CNY 2,300 for the 4GB/64GB version and CNY 2,500 for the 6GB/64GB version (that’s €239 and €318 respectively).

There will be another batch available in about a week – on March 15 at 10:07am. Chances are that the new batch will be gone just as quickly. Of course, neither HMD nor the stores will say how many phones are in a batch.

As for people not in China, we’ll have to wait until April. The Nokia 7 plus is set to cost €400 in Europe (and it doesn’t look like the Old Continent will get the 6GB RAM version).

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BMW Recalls 11,700 Cars over Wrong Engine Management Software

BMW has announced the recall of over 11,700 cars last Friday after it discovered an issue with the engine management software.

The German auto brand are recalling the cars because a wrong engine management software had been installed on its luxury 5- and 7-Series models. The statement read;

“In the course of internal tests, they discovered that a correctly developed software update was mistakenly assigned to certain unsuitable model-versions”.

BMW issued the statement after a report suggested it had installed software that manipulated emissions of harmful gases such as nitrogen oxide, something its management has always denied.

Years ago Volkswagen was hugely penalized and also reached a multi-billion-dollar U.S. settlement after admitting installing so-called “defeat devices” on its diesel models designed to game emissions tests.

The Dieselgate” emissions scandal has forced VW to set aside 25.8 billion euros ($31.7 billion) to cover fines and related costs, of which it has paid out nearly 20 billion euros.

The models affected were 5- and 7-Series cars made between 2012 and 2017 containing high-performance diesel engines and three turbo chargers.

BMW said the offending software was mistakenly loaded into cars with a different system for removing harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the exhaust than originally intended.

“Corrected software will be made available for these vehicles after approval by the relevant authorities”.

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4 FUTO Students Builds Surveillance Drone as School Project

Four students of the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) successfully constructed a drone as they rounded up their engineering course.

The four students namely, Ekeh Isidore, Kizito Onyema, Aloysius Nwokedike, and John Kenedy Kalu built the quadcopter surveillance drone for the university campus as a school project.

The Drone has a wooden constructed Controller and First Person View (FPV) system, the drone pilot sees the video footage of the campus in real time.

See more pictures of the four amazing students below.

4 FUTO Students Builds Surveillance Drone as School Project

4 FUTO Students Builds Surveillance Drone as School Project

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