Saturday, 26 October 2013

Top Nigerian Hip-Hop Albums of The Decade

Top Nigerian Hip-Hop Albums of The Decade
This is a comprehensive list of the top Nigerian Hip Hop albums of the decade based on how these albums shaped the current music trend we have in Nigeria right now ranging from the controversial albums to the trend setters. Please feel free to air your opinion on who should be on this list and who shouldn't.


MI - Talk About It (2009)
Modenine Malcolm IX - The Lost Sessions  (2004)
                                  Ruggedman -Thy Album Come (2004)
                                              Da Grin – CEO (2010)
Gino –Pain Plus Work (2007)
Naeto C  U Know My "P" (2008)
Jesse Jagz - Jagz Nation (2013)
Terry Tha Rapman - Boys Are Not Smiling BANS (2010)

Sauce Kid -African American  (2010)

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Sunday, 20 October 2013

Issues In Leadership ” The Yahoo Context”

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Leadership, what is leadership? According to Merriam Webster dictionary
lead·er·ship
noun \ˈlē-dər-ˌship\
: a position as a leader of a group, organization, etc.
: the time when a person holds the position of leader
: the power or ability to lead other people
Wikipedia describes Leadership as "a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task"
Leadership challenges vary by organization, but many of the most common have to do with motivating, encouraging, and effectively managing people. This is particularly true in business settings, where employees must learn to work together in order for a company to be profitable. So-called “good” leadership is often a lot easier to describe than to actually implement. Many of the most common leadership challenges arise when leaders are either unaware of common pitfalls, or are inattentive to developing problems.
10 of the most common leadership problems
1. Lack of Feedback
2. Not Making Time for Your Team
3. Being Too "Hands-Off"
4. Being Too Friendly
5. Failing to Define Goals
6. Lack of Motivation
7. Hurrying Recruitment
8. Not "Walking the Walk"
9. Not Delegating
10. Misunderstanding Your Role
Once you become a leader or manager, your responsibilities are very different from those you had before.
However, it's easy to forget that your job has changed, and that you now have to use a different set of skills to be effective. This leads to you not doing what you've been hired to do – leading and managing. Leadership as a position of influence do carry with it a tonne of responsibilities and in the process of executing these responsibilities to the better gain of the organization, different issues arise and can affect the progress of the organization even though this is not the aim of the leader or leaders of the organization. Take for instance Yahoo over the years has experienced changes in leadership.
Chief Executive Officers
• Marissa Mayer (2012–)
• Ross Levinsohn Interim (2012)
• Scott Thompson (2012)
• Tim Morse Interim (2011–2012)
• Carol Bartz (2009–2011)
• Jerry Yang (2007–2009)
• Terry Semel (2001–2007)
• Timothy Koogle (1995–2001
A leadership issue worthy of note in the case of Yahoo is current CEO Marissa Mayer’s decision that Yahoo’s 14,500 employees have to drive into work every day — otherwise they could be fired. “To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side,” Mayer wrote. A leaked copy of a Yahoo memo from its head of Human Resources, Jackie Reses, that proclaimed, “We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.” She argues that in-person meetings boost the quality of decisions and business ideas. As she wrote, “Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings.”
And telecommuting slows down Yahoo and cuts into the quality of its services. According to Reses, “Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home.” These moves sent ripples throughout the web with some in favor of the decision and others against it .
There have been a number of news reports suggesting that Yahoo employees exploited the company’s work at home policy, which might explain why the company is in the situation that it’s in. If that’s the case, you can understand that Mayer is looking for a solution. Looking at the trend of Yahoo changing it’s CEO has perhaps put Mayer on a lot of pressure to deliver and this tends to lead to disaster as critical thinking is sometimes pushed to the background and drastic decisions are made without looking at the long term goal and bigger picture.
References:
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leadership
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leadership

10 Common Leadership and Management Mistakes
http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/leadership-mistakes.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahoo
Memo To Yahoo's Marissa Mayer: Leaders Admit When They're Wrong http://www.forbes.com/sites/michelinemaynard/2013/02/26/memo-to-yahoos-marissa-mayer-leaders-admit-when-theyre-wrong/
4 Reasons Marissa Mayer's No-At-Home-Work Policy Is an Epic Fail http://www.forbes.com/sites/petercohan/2013/02/26/4-reasons-marissa-mayers-no-at-home-work-policy-is-an-epic-fail/

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Interactive Public Displays “Engaging The User”



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Large interactive displays are becoming increasingly widespread in urban public life. This is due largely to rapid developments in display and projection technologies, input methods that enable different types of interaction mechanisms, and our expanding understanding of the potential for interaction variations and scenarios. Large displays are now in public spaces such as museums, libraries, plazas, and architectural facades, where they present information and enhance experiences in a highly visual and often interactive way. Researchers from disciplines such as human-computer interaction, architecture, social sciences, design, art, and media theory have started exploring public-display installations' potential for educational, entertaining, participative, and evocative experiences and marketing purposes particularly advertisement.
Public settings have unique characteristics and therefore impose unique challenges. Public spaces attract diverse audiences who differ in age, interests, and experience with technology and who will engage in spontaneous and often unpredictable activities, individually and in groups.
Public-display installations range from large-scale media facades that people can interact with only from a distance to direct-touch interactive kiosks in plazas, coffee shops, or community centers that provide information of local interest. The public nature and diversity of these installations present different requirements and concerns regarding interface design and interaction techniques.
In addition, public settings' spatial layouts, sizes, lighting conditions, and social connotations affect which display technologies and interaction techniques are adequate and how people will interact with and experience an installation.
The public nature and diversity of these installations present different requirements and concerns regarding interface design and interaction techniques.
For instance, a large body of research presents unique technical solutions for display installations, designed for particular public settings and display technologies. However, interaction paradigms and techniques often don't generalize across different public settings. In "Making Public Displays Interactive Everywhere," Sebastian Boring and Dominikus Baur address the challenge of designing interaction techniques that apply to a variety of settings and that maintain some independence from the particular characteristics of the public space, people's activities, and the display technology. They've devised a conceptual framework and have implemented techniques that leverage cell phone cameras to enable from-a-distance interaction with any public-display technology.
In "Beyond Information and Utility: Transforming Public Spaces with Media Facades," Patrick Fischer and his colleagues discuss how to enable and promote from-a-distance interaction with public displays from a design perspective. Considerations regarding expressiveness of interaction, performance, and participatory experience influenced their design of an electronic slingshot that lets people send messages to a large-scale media facade. On the basis of their experiences deploying the installation in a variety of urban settings, they describe how different urban spaces' contexts, sizes, and spatial structures influenced people's behaviors and experiences with the installation.
However, for some scenarios such as community settings, a public display might offer options for multiple applications (for example, local events and attractions, news, and weather forecasts). This implies that the display interface must enable users to choose between the different applications
New Research Directions
With the exploration of different types of public-display installations in a variety of real-world scenarios, research in this area has expanded from addressing just technical concerns to examining topics such as participation and engagement. As the number of large public displays increases, the need for interaction techniques to control them is emerging. One promising way to provide such interaction is through personal mobile devices. However, although much research has covered this topic, it hasn't yet brought those technologies fully into the public that is, by allowing for interactions in a variety of public spaces. A proposed tracking technology has led to several prototype applications that employ mobile devices to interact with large public displays. Mobile devices, as interaction gateways to large displays, may be used for interaction as they widely adopted by people and can be relatively easily customized for the purpose of interaction with large displays.
A part of surface computing research at the University of Sydney, reveals that despite holding important information or relevant subject matter such as train timetables, flight arrival and departure information, weather updates and news, it is hard to make realise they can explore interactive PIDs.
Lead researcher Professor Judy Kay, from the University's School of Information Technologies, says for interactive PIDs to be more useful they need to alert users to their presence and their interactive capabilities - they need to help people really engage with them.
"They need to convey to users that they are not just conventional displays and that people can interact with them. Fundamentally, they need to help people realize what they offer and how people can make them do the job they were deployed for in the first place," says Professor Kay.
The study identified ways in which users are significantly more likely to notice an interactive display, such as using spotlight and follow-me visual cues in combination with dynamic skeletal representations.
What is important, says co-author and postdoctoral researcher Dr Rainer Wasinger, also from the School of Information Technologies, is that interactive display designers effectively communicate the "interactivity" of PIDs to end-users.
Without this communication, people are likely to assume the display is non-interactive and will often just walk straight past them, says Dr Wasinger.

Reference
Interactive Public Displays Published by the IEEE Computer Society: http://phys.org/news/2013-06-interactive-full-potential.html#jCp
University of Sydney 
Interactive public displays not being used to full potential, says research
http://phys.org/news/2013-06-interactive-full-potential.html
Types of Public Interactive Display Technologies and How to Motivate Users to Interact by Neal Buerger
http://nealbuerger.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Neal_Buerger_Types-of-Public-Interactive-Display-Technology.pdf

Interactive Public Displays “Engaging The User”

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Interactive Digital Media …”My Journey”

Interactive Digital Media …”My Journey”

Interactive Digital Media …”My Journey”

Interactive digital media is here to stay and in one way or the other it has become a driving force  be reckoned with in all areas of industry , from journalism, to film production, smartphone applications e.t.c Looking at the rich content projected by big media houses like CNN and Aljazeera and how their content has impacted our world and our view of different topics  ranging from human trafficking, child labour , natural disasters and coverage of crisis regions , how this information is spread across all forms of media from social media such as twitter and Facebook  to video sharing platforms like youtube .Phone applications have taken a role in our lives like a personal assistant , applications like Trello keeps one organized , Pulse brings updated news articles from websites we enjoy reading from ,Facebook keeps us updated on whats going on around us, in our community, gives us updates on our friends and what is on going on in their lives.The desire to see the way interactive media affects decision making in our daily activities , how to add more value to content , how content is sourced and how it is been projected has fueled my passion for this course and has placed me on the path to new exciting discoveries which i believe by the end of this course i would have achieved the desired knowledge in areas of content management , content strategy and user experience and how to use this knowledge to open doors to a successful career and be able to influence the world positively through posts,pixels and clicks.