Earn a Nanodegree, the special edition Samsung phone for Rio and Huawei's focus on MENA

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Earn a Nanodegree from Udacity

Uber geeks can up their game by attending an online course offered by Udacity and selected partners (including Google, Facebook and Amazon) that will teach them, for instance, basic programming skills and qualify them for an entry-level programming and analyst position in the world of computer engineering. 

The online academy promises that, if students don't get hired within six months of graduating, they'll refund them 100% of their tuition fees. These are generally less than $1000 and the degrees are conferred by Georgia Tech in Atlanta in the US. 

Udacity has extended their Nanodegree programme to Europe and Asia and has enrolled more than 11 000 students, 3 000 of which have graduated.

Becoming a data scientist, for instance, was rated by Glassdoor as the number 1 Best Job in America for 2016.

Currently Udacity is teaching 1 606 students in data science, but there are many other courses available, including becoming a self-driving car engineer, a machine learning engineer and a senior web developer. 

Find out more at Udacity.com 

Special Samsung Galaxy S7 for Rio Olympics

Special Samsung Galaxy S7 for Rio Olympics

On 7 July Samsung announced its special Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Limited Edition in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The phone giant has promised to - in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee - deliver 12 500 of these super-looking cellphones to all Rio2016 Olympians.  The Rio 2016-inspired device incorporates an Olympic Games design embedded into the phone and features a custom colour way pattern including the five official colours of the Olympic Rings. 

Athletes will also receive Samsung’s newest smartphone accessory, the Gear IconX cord-free earbuds, which offer a new fitness experience with an in-ear heart rate monitor and standalone music player. When paired with smartphones, they can track fitness updates through the S Health app.

A limited number of these phones have also been made available to the public in selected countries, including Brazil, America, China, Germany and Korea. 

Huawei aims for MENA

Huawei aims for MENA

In the race to grab audience share of the smartphone market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Chinese tech giant Huawei has pulled out all the stops.

It has plans to increase its market share in Egypt from 25% to 30% by the end of 2016 by beating its rivals through providing their high-tech smartphones at affordable prices. 

It will also offer more customer service centres and partner with local distributors and increase sales outlets.

Data from Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) showed the Chinese firm as the third-largest smartphone manufacturer in the second quarter of this year.

This is due to Huawei's expansion in Middle Eastern and African markets, where smartphone growth is higher than that of any other region.

Yibada.com reports that Huawei's market share in the Middle East and Africa has expanded to more than quadruple in just two years, from 2.6 percent in the second quarter of 2013 to 11 percent in the second quarter of 2015, while Samsung's share dropped to 32 percent from 53 percent during the same period.

The IDC's research manager for the Middle East and Africa, Nabila Popal said that they have aggressive plans to expand in the region, especially in Africa, thereby hoping to edge out Samsung.