Tech Briefing 17: App changes, Google 2017 I/O highlights, and Mor


I’m Ayoola Efunkoya.

This is the 17th instalment of Tech Briefing, your round up of news, tips and more for the week May 15-21, 2017.

There is news, app updates and podcasts you should check out.


WhatsApp on Android received a feature which now allows you to pin a conversation or group of conversations to the top of the chat tab, removing the need to scroll through numerous conversations to reach one with your loved one or favourite group.

To pin a chat, just double tap and hold down a specific conversation, the option to pin should be one of the choices that will appear at the top of the screen. Tap to pin and that conversation will always be at the top even if you do not chat with them for weeks.

The Nigerian financial institution Guaranty Trust Bank introduced a new mobile app for Android and iOS that now allows you to, among other things, sign in to your account using facial recognition or finger print.

It’s still quite too early to say how blind-friendly GTWorld is but anyone with an account may check out the Android version at and the iOS at


, the Cisco Academy for the Visually Impaired which offers numerous training on computer and audio production is the focus of Eyes on Success Episode #1721. Listen or download at


A number of screen reader users on Windows certainly know JAWS and NVDA are not the only options.

Now, the choices have been reduced by one with the discontinuation of the sale of Window-Eyes recently.

From Apple came a number of OS updates: iOS 10.3.3 beta for iPhone and iPad; WatchOS 3.2.2 for Apple Watch; and macOS 10.12.5.

Meanwhile, a report suggests Apple is very likely to discontinue the 7.9-inch iPad Mini in future. Apple’s failure to release updates for that line of iPad in recent years seem to support the claim in the report.

Google dominated the news during the week with announcements from its 2017 I/O developer conference. It’s therefore just right to end this episode with a quick round up of some of the major announcements:

Android Go to optimise the OS for low-level devices running on 512MB or one GB RAM, with focus on minimal storage and data use.

The next version of Android to be known as Android O enters the second phase of the Beta Program with improved security, performance and battery life as some key focus.

Keyboard input finally added to Google Assistant in addition to the previously available voice input.

Google Assistant now available on iPhones in the U.S., to roll out elsewhere later and in more languages.

Smart speaker Google Home to add hands-free calling, proactive assistance and Bluetooth streaming.

Google Lens to roll out later this year first on Photos and Assistant with the ability to understand what you’re looking at and provide actions to interact with the world around you.

Google Photos adds suggested sharing, shared libraries and photo books.

Google’s I/O developer conference is always an event to look forward to. The keynote where many of the developments were unveiled for this year is available for replay at

Thank you for your time. Again, I’m Ayoola Efunkoya.


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