How Many Websites Are There In The World?

The Internet is BIG! Very big. However it is dominated by just a few hundred organisations and their websites. So how big is the Internet? How many websites are there? According to the Netcraft January 2018 Web Server Surveythere are 1,805,260,010 (over 1.8 billion) websites. Yes, the Internet is very big. However, most of those websites get almost no visitors.

The human brain is often compared to a computer, full of bits of information, able to make swift, steady connections. Just like a computer, the brain has many programs like the ones that allow us to move, think and make decisions. To operate, a computer uses software, a set of instructions to tell it what to do.

(This post first appeared in January 2014 and was updated in January 2015, September 2017 and February 2018.)


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The hippocampus is a small organ located within the brain’s medial temporal lobe and forms an important part of the limbic system, the region that regulates emotions. The hippocampus is associated mainly with memory, in particular long-term memory. The organ also plays an important role in spatial navigation.

How Many Websites Are Active?

The size of the Internet can be measured in various ways, including totals such as: How many websites are there? How many domains are registered? How many websites are being used? What are the most popular web sites? How much storage is required to hold all the web data? How much data is transmitted? Etc., etc. The trouble is the Internet is so big that these totals and numbers change all the time. For this brief look at the size of the Internet the total number of websites is examined. In other words you can type a unique domain name into your browser’s address bar and you will get a response.

The January 2018 Netcraft Survey shows a modest rise compared to last years number:

A Yearly Table of the Number of ‘Websites’ in the World

Month and Year Number of Websites
January 2018 1,805,260,010
January 2017 1,800,047,111
January 2016 906,616,188
January 2015 876,812,666
January 2014 861,379,152

When this article was first written in 2014 it used the Netcraft January 2014 Web Server Survey. Then there were 861,379,152 websites. During 2014 the total number of websites exceeded 1 billion for the first time (in September). The number of web sites peaked at 1,028,932,208 in October 2014 before falling back below 900 million. Had the world enough web sites at that time? Especially as mobile phone apps have become so popular as a way of accessing Internet services.

Despite the number of websites staying below a billion for a while, the peak had not been reached. It was not until March 2016 that the billion website mark was broken again, at 1,003,887,790 sites. This time not falling back. Indeed 2016 saw big growths in websites with Microsoft being the big winner. Their web server platforms and Azure cloud offering seemed to be hitting all the right notes. However, as with all things in computing nothing lasts for ever, and the NGINX web server is now on the rise.

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What is the Total Number of Domains in the World?

Those of you that don’t understand the workings of the Internet may not realise that the 1.8 billion plus website number is just over three times larger than the number of registered domains. Why?

According to the Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief the total number of registered domain names in Q4 2017 was 332.4 million. So 330+ million domains support over 1.8 billion websites. But not all registered domains get used. Some are just registered so that no one else can register them. Some are registered and never used.

When this post was first written in January 2014 the ZMap project, a high speed open source network scanner, had scanned the entire Internet and estimated the total number of hosts at 108 million. Then it was likely that the then 861 million websites were active on 108 million hosts. This is because a domain can be divided into sub-domains. For example a blogging website, such as Blogger, WordPress or  this website ! , will let a user create a website that hangs of the main domain name, e.g.     for free !

The January 2019 dotifi Survey reports 17.2 million (17,228,005) web facing computers. So 7.2 million computers serve up 1.8 billion web sites. Most of these sites are static and hardly change. Dotifi estimates that there are  1-2 million active sites (those that get regular changes).This is minus the Dark Web where Millions of robot websites exist  The number of active sites has risen  from  2015. Despite the huge growth in websites only around 10% contribute fresh information to the Internet. That is a lot of underutilized resources and a lot of wasted money.

A Few Hundred Sites Dominate the Internet

Despite there being over 1.8 billion websites only a few hundred dominate the Internet. Less than 1 million, or 0.1%, account for over 50% of web traffic. To get an idea on how much such a small percentage of the total websites dominate look at The Internet Map.

The Internet map

Or Icons of the Web.

Icons of the Web

The website Alexa owned by amazon lists the world’s top websites.

Summary for How Many Websites Are There

As of January 2018:

  • There are 332 million registered domains…
  • for over 1.8 billion websites…
  • served up by 7.2 million computers.

With 1.8 billion websites, if you publish a website it is very unlikely it will get noticed… Unless you are prepared to produce quality content, perform Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and spend on marketing. Or you may get lucky, and be the next big thing, as all the top sites were once.  can start you off for free and maybe make you some money too.  The gigagiants won along time ago. But the world is big enough for niche websites. Find your passion and produce good content, keep producing content to fill the niche. Meet the needs of a target audience and promote it on social media. If you get to 50,000+ page views per month you are in the top 0.1% of world websites. 99.9% of websites get almost no traffic. Even the gigagiants started out with no traffic, but they found an idea that worked.


Your brain functions a lot like the Internet or a network of friends, scientists said Tuesday.

Researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study the activity in peoples’ brains and how different regions connect. They conclude the human brain can be visualized as a complex interacting network that relies on nodes to efficiently convey information from place to place.

Very few jumps are necessary to connect any two nodes, the study found.

“This so-called ‘small world’ property allows for the most efficient connectivity,” said Dante Chialvo, a physiologist at Northwestern University.

Other networks — social and biochemical — rely on the same principle.

The scientists measured the degree of correlation between activities in tens of thousands of brain regions. They found that many of the nodes had only a few connections, and a small number of nodes were connected to many others. These “super-connected” nodes act as hubs — as with the Internet or your most gossipy friend — getting the word out quickly and widely.

So maybe, the thinking goes, if you can figure out how the Internet works — or why your gossipy friend succeeds — then you can grasp your own mind.

Or, put more scientifically, these findings of basic principles of brain function suggest “that the underlying properties can be understood using the theoretical framework already advanced in the study of other, disparate, networks,” Chialvo said. The research could help frame other studies of the brain’s role in schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease and chronic pain, Chialvo and his colleagues say.

The results were detailed in the Dec. 31 online version of the journal Physical Review Letters.


5 Reasons Your Business Should Have a Blog

Does your business have a website? If so, it should have a blog as well. While the content on your main website will remain static, the content you share on a blog will take on a life of its own. Incorporating a blog into your business’s marketing strategy will enable you to reach out and make contacts you may not have been able to create before. Not sure blogging is for you? Here are some of the benefits of building a blog for your business.

5. Building Better Relationships

Adding a blog to your business website will help you to build better relationships with both your current and potential clients. By reading the comments, you’ll get to see what your clients really like (or don’t like) about the products and services you offer. You’ll also gain a better understanding of what your potential clients are really looking for.

4. Establishing Authority in Your Area of Expertise

By providing informative content, as opposed to advertisements alone, you’ll show your audiences that you are a trusted authority in your area of expertise. Blogging gives business owners the opportunity to share their knowledge, not only telling their readers what they can do, but by shedding some light on the processes as well. The more educated your clients feel, the more likely they are to trust you when it comes time to make a purchase.

3. Blogs are Inexpensive Marketing Tools

Building a blog is incredibly inexpensive. Your blog can be on a separate website or may exist as a subsection of your business site. Blogging platforms, like WordPress, can be installed for free. You may choose to use a free or premium theme or you may opt to have a designer create a theme unique to your website. After your blog is built, you’ll spend very little on hosting and upkeep. You’ll only need to worry about the time spent creating content.

2. Search Engine Optimization

Search engine optimization, aka SEO, is essential to the success of your business website. A blog will enhance your SEO campaign by giving you a place from which to create links back to your main website. You’ll also be able to incorporate your site’s main keywords into your blog content in order to drive more traffic to your sites. The authoritative content on your site will not only impress your customers but will gain the attention of other website owners as well. They’ll link to your site, thus increasing your search engine rankings.

1. Better Branding

At the end of the day, your business’s brand is what will make a difference to your sales. Your blog will prove a valuable tool for building trust, establishing your reputation, and creating a sense of familiarity. Your happy customers will always remember your name and will refer you to friends via word-of-mouth advertising. A personal referral is the best type of free advertising you can earn.

The task of building a blog will prove relatively painless. Once it’s created, you’ll begin to experience increased web traffic and you’ll be amazed at the feedback you get from your visitors – especially as they evolve from prospects into new and repeat clients!

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Diagnosed with the disease as a toddler, Revée Agyepong was always down with chronic bone and joint pain, irregular heartbeat, kidney stones and shortness of breath. Today, 26-year old Revée is among the first adults in Canada to be cured of sickle cell anemia with the help of a stem cell transplant.

Two years ago, the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Canada announced that they have been successful in treating sickle cell disease in young patients using stem cell transplants. On hearing the news, Revée, whose health was declining, decided to leverage on the opportunity but doctors told her she was too old to undergo the procedure.

According to Alberta Health Services, the older the patient and donor in bone marrow transplants, the greater the risk of graft versus host disease, which is a type of immune rejection that can have serious health repercussions and can even result in death.

But Revée’s older sister, Stephanie started to research other centers testing the treatment on adult patients, before approaching Revée’s doctors to share with them the stem cell transplant procedure.

Coincidentally, Revée’s 

Coincidentally, Revée’s doctor had been thinking about conducting adult stem cell transplants for sickle cell disease. They tested Stephanie and found out that she was a perfect match for her sister. Stephanie’s stem cells were then collected and given to Revée.

Today, Revée’s blood tests does not show any signs of sickle cell disease, which means she is totally cured.

The physics of where to put a WI-FI ROUTER: Scientist proves that the centre of your home is best for signal strength Jason Cole at Imperial College London simulated Wi-Fi router locations Through complex equations he proved the centre of a home was the best place for optimum connection He had been frustrated by blackspots in his flat when accessing the internet Walls, doors and corners were found to greatly decrease signal strength His simulation found there was no substitute for line-of-sight to the router While he has not tried the simulation in the real world yet, he tells MailOnline some people have suggested ‘taping an antenna to a robot vacuum cleaner’

Deciding where to place a Wi-Fi router at home to minimise signal blackspots is a fine art.

But a physicist has attempted to tackle the problem by mathematically working out the optimum position for a router.

He studied how walls and reflections affected signal strength and concluded that, as common sense might suggest, there’s just no beating the centre of a house for router location.

Jason Cole at Imperial College London simulated Wi-Fi router locations (shown above in the diagram of Mr Cole’s flat). He found that the best location, as common sense might suggest, was in the centre of a home. He had grown frustrated after finding blackspots in his flat

The ‘complex’ research was carried out by Jason Cole, a PhD physics student at the John Adams Institute at Imperial College London.

ARE WI-FI SIGNALS DANGEROUS? Wi-Fi signals use very low intensity radio waves. Whilst similar in wavelength to domestic microwave radiation, the intensity of Wi-Fi radiation is 100,000 times less than that of a domestic microwave oven.

The type of radiation emitted by radio waves (Wi-Fi), visible light, microwaves and mobile phones has been shown to raise the temperature of tissue at very high levels of exposure – but that’s much higher than what people are subjected to on a regular basis.

This is called a thermal interaction, but researchers are divided as to whether the radiation we receive daily can cause damage.

The UK Health Protection Agency (HPA) has been monitoring the safety of Wi-Fi. It says people using Wi-Fi, or those in the proximity, are exposed to the radio signals it emits – and some of the transmitted energy in the signals is absorbed in their bodies.

However, the signals are very low power. Sitting in a Wi-Fi hotspot for a year results in receiving the same dose of radio waves as making a 20 minute mobile phone call.

Benin has numerous markets strewn across the city to cater for the needs of its inhabitants as well as to serve as sales outlets for the numerous farm produce cultivated in the rural areas of the state. The nodal nature of Benin makes it an ideal place for various commercial activities as these farm produce can be easily transported to cities like Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt

A visit to the major markets in Benin shows that there is still a lot that can be done by both the government and traders to make shopping in Benin a better experience.This article is on the top 10 popular markets in Benin CityA market in Benin CityGods Market (Ekiosa) This market is located along Sakponba road, stretching across second and third east circular (Murtala Muhammed Way) roads at the very heart of Benin City. The name of the market (Eki meaning market and Osa meaning God) is related to the origins of the market.

It is reportedly traced back to the days of the arrival of the early Jehovah Witness missionaries in Benin City, when the once bushy area was used as a venue for crusades. The local traders intended to take advantage of the large crowds that gathered during these religious events to sell their wares.Ekiosa is known as a bustling market where foodstuffs such as rice and beans brought from outside Edo State, as well as locally grown food items like yams, melons, vegetables, etc. are sold at quite affordable rates.

However, it is somewhat ironical considering its name and origin that the market is also a major hub for the sale of traditional worship and ritual materials (locally called kemwinkemwin).Shopping at ekiosa is quite convenient with parking spaces available for a small fee along the second east circular road.

Oba Market (Ekioba) The Oba market is located at ring road Benin City, right in the city centre. This market is probable the oldest of the large markets in Benin as it is recorded that business activities were taking place at the same location as far back as the 15th century as they are today.Oba market is known for the sale of food items, clothes and fabrics, traditional beads, jewellery, and it also has a major mobile phone shopping plaza as well as computer sales and repair services.

A prominent feature of Oba market is the Emotan statue and shrine located right opposite the market.Agbado Market (Ekiagbado) Agbado market is located along the Akpakpava and mission road axis of the city.

Agbado market which was created by Ogiso Ere and was named Ogiso market (16 and 66 AD) is the first market in Benin kingdom but was later renamed Agbado market. Although food items, clothes and other items can be purchased there, it is mostly known as a market where all forms of cooking utensils such as pots, pans, spoons, plates and kitchen paraphernalia are sold in large quantities at affordable prices. Agbado market also has a large plastics sale section.Shopping at ekiagbado is quite convenient because of its layout and accessible car park.

New Benin Market The New Benin market is located in the New Benin, Mission road and New Lagos road area. It is probably the busiest market in Benin City. A wide range of commodities are sold there at really good prices such as food items, electronics and electricals, clothes and fabrics, traditional beads as well as a large bush meat section.Probably due to its super busy nature, New Benin market is very crowded and quite disorganised.

Not only is there a persistent traffic grid lock around the market, it is also quite filthy due to inefficient waste disposal system. It is a common sight to see decaying food and animal remains around the market, resulting in the constant stench that seems to hang around the market.New Benin market is also associated with poor parking and unregulated street trading.

Santana Market Santana market is located along Sapele road in Benin City. Items traded at Santana market include food items, beverages, and fish mostly brought in from neighbouring Delta state.

It is a major cause of traffic jam along sapele road because of shoppers who have to park along the road because of the unavailability of a suitable carpark.Uselu Market (Edaiken Market) Uselu market is one of the most prominent markets in Benin City, located on the Ugbowo Lagos road in Egor Local Government Area.

Uselu market stocks practically anything from food items, clothes, fabrics, vegetables, meat, plastics, cooking utensils, cosmetics, drinks and beverages. It is highly patronised by people living around the Ugbowo area and also students of the University of Benin because of the proximity of the market to the Ugbowo campus.Shopping at Uselu market is quite convenient but parking could be a bit of a challenge.

Oliha Market The Oliha market is located in the Siluko road area of Benin City. It serves as a major trade outlet for the farm produce cultivated in the interior villages. Apart from the farm produce, Oliha market also has sections for clothes, food items, drinks, locally made beads and fabrics.Along with Ekiosa market, Oliha market is well known for the sale of objects of Benin traditional worship and rituals such as native chalk, red, white and black fabrics, alligator pepper, tortoise, ostrich feathers, animal skulls and bones, etc.

Oregbeni Market (Ikpoba Hill Market) Oregbeni market also known as Ikpoba Hill market is located in Ikpoba Hill in Ikpoba – Okha local government area of Edo state. Oregbeni market is not a daily market, it holds traditionally every four days. The market days usually draws customers from far and wide because of its huge stock of freshly harvested crops, fruits and vegetables and also its strategic location.Due to street trading and the large number of customers, the market days are often characterised by heavy traffic in the Ikpoba Hill area.

Ugbogiobo Market Ugbogiobo market is located in Ovia North East local government area of Edo State. The market opens traditionally every four days. It is well known for the sale of fresh food crops and fruits brought in from the hinterland. It is also a major palm oil and cassava flakes (garri) hub in Benin City.

Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, OwoAcademic activities were yesterday suspended following the gruesome murder of a lecturer of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State, Mr. Taiwo Akinyemi, by kidnappers.

Akinyemi was abducted on Tuesday along with three others near Amurin Village along Owo-Akure Road.

The killing may be due to the inability of the kidnappers to pick the N500,000 ransom where it was placed as three other victims kidnapped with Akinyemi had regained their freedom.

The ransom was still intact after Akinyemi’s body was found by a farmer, suggesting that his abductors might have killed him because they could not find the money where it was dropped by the institution who negotiated his release.

It was gathered that the kidnappers tied the 52-year-old lecturer to a tree and used his clothes to tie him before shooting him. The kidnappers also macheted him gruesomely.

Akinyemi’s murder led to the suspension of the second semester examination scheduled to begin yesterday while students and staff of the institution moved round the school in procession as a mark of respect for the deceased.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu also suspended all official assignments and rushed to the school to commiserate with the academic community, describing the lecturer’s death as unfortunate.

The body of the 52-year-old lecturer was found in a bush tied to a stick on Sunday evening after being in the den of the kidnappers for six days.

Addressing journalists, chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnic (SSANIP), RUGIPO chapter, Chris Olowolade, described the death of the father of three as sad. He explained that the union had entered into negotiation with the kidnappers in order to secure his release.

“We lost him to the kidnappers and received his body yesterday. The kidnappers placed a ransom of N100 million on him, which nobody can afford but they reduced it to N7 million after two days and later grudgingly asked us to come with N500,000.

The money was taken to them and the person who took the money was directed by the kidnappers to where he should drop the money. They asked him to stop, reverse and move just to confirm if he was the actual person bringing the money.

“But after some hours, they called that the man bringing the money should come back that they didn’t see the money, only for the Rector to be called yesterday to come and identify a body. We rushed to the morgue and discovered it was his body.

“The body was recovered by the police and deposited at the morgue, it show he was badly maltreated before he was killed. We, however, recovered the N500,000 ransom taken to them. We suspect that maybe Akinyemi died in their hands before the ransom was taken to them,” he said adding that the deceased was shot at the back by the kidnappers while he was also heavily macheted before he was killed.

Addressing the institution’s community, Akeredolu explained that the state government and the security operatives tried to rescue the deceased.

He gave the assurance that the government would be committed to the security of lives and property, saying he has directed the security operatives in the state to increase road patrol to curb the activities of kidnappers on the roads.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph, policemen are on the trail of the kidnappers but no arrest has been made. He enjoined the people to be more security conscious and report strange faces or movement to the police.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in the state has called on the state government to convene a security summit to address the incessant kidnap and killings in the state.

The state’s NMA chairman, Dr. Olawale Oke, made the call yesterday in Akure at a press conference.

The association expressed its dissatisfaction with the security situation in the state following the kidnap of a pregnant doctor and two nurses by gunmen on the Akure-Owo Road on Thursday.

“It is on this note that we are crying to the whole world that those that are carrying out their legitimate duties are no longer safe in Ondo State.

“We, therefore, call on the Chief Security Officer of this state, Rotimi Akeredolu, to do the needful by paying more attention to the security of lives and property of the people in the state so that law-abiding citizens can be more productive. There is an urgent need to call a real state security summit, which will address the present situation and proffer general panacea to insecurity,” he stated.

In another development, the police command in Nasarawa State has confirmed the abduction of David Ayele, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Obi II constituency in the 2019 election.

Kennedy Idirisu, a superintendent of police and the command`s spokesman, told journalists yesterday in Lafia, the state capital that the politician was abducted by gunmen from his Lafia residence around Tudun Kauri at about 8:00p.m. on Sunday.

Idirisu said the police responded immediately the report was made by trailing the suspects and later found the victim`s car along Obi-Awe road.

He said the police was working to ensure that the victim was rescued and also stem the tide of kidnapping in the state.

“We have deployed our men to comb the area where the victim`s car was found and we are also gathering intelligence that would lead to the rescue of the victim,” he said.

The spokesperson appealed to the public to always report suspicious movements in their areas to security agencies for prompt action.


This Christmas is the perfect time for you to buy your kids a robot toy for them to enjoy and maybe learn a few things from. Here’s a look at some of the best robot toys out there for kids of all ages.

There are plenty of different robot toys out there so we’ve narrowed things down to key areas like the age of your kids, and what you want them to gain from the robot. Of course, they’re all great fun to play with but a few of these toys will also teach your kids useful skills such as programming concepts—if you’re looking for even more options to encourage an interesting in coding and science check out our favorite coding kits for kids and coding toys. As for robots, here’s our pick of the bunch.

Best For Toddlers: Dimple Wireless Remote Control Robot Puppy ($45)

There’s barely an age that’s too young for robot toys these days. That’s thanks to cute robotic toys like Dimple the Wireless Remote Control Robot Puppy. The pooch offers multiple different play modes, with the ability to sing, dance, crawl, stand, and speak. He can teach your kids the alphabet, as well as play familiar songs to teach them key concepts. As you’d expect, he’s super cute looking too.

Dimple charges via USB and his remote works from up to 6.5 feet away, so he’s simple to use yet technologically sound. Consider him a fine introduction to intelligent toys.BUY ON AMAZON

Best For Simple Programming: Makeblock Codey Rocky ($99)

The Makeblock Codey Rocky is a cute little robot that rides around on wheels. You can teach him basic actions like following a circuit, relaying a message on his LED screen, and even get him to say hello.

Where things get smarter is through his 10 programmable electronic sensors, including a gyroscope, so that programming potential is fairly varied. You can even attach building blocks like LEGO pieces to him, to expand his look and style. There’s the option of hooking him up to IoT devices too.

This gets a little complicated though, so Codey Rocky’s greatest strength as a Christmas gift lies in the simple tasks you can teach him, and his durability. Your toddler can drop him without much issue, while your older child can teach him basic commands. Effectively, he can grow with your child’s knowledge. We looked at him in-depth earlier this year.BUY ON AMAZON

Best For Voice Activation: Wonder Workshop Dash ($120)

Wonder Workshop’s Dash is a lot like Codey Rocky but with a few neat extra features. Notably, Dash will listen to your child’s voice and respond accordingly. As well as that, kids can program it, giving them the opportunity to learn about loops, events, and conditions. Dash Challenge Cards are included which teach you and your child more about what everything means. Several games are built into Dash but you can code many more too.

The robot is used in various schools around the world, so you know it’s educational. For older kids, consider buying Cue, a similar but more advanced take on Dash with a slew of features that appeal to tweens and teens.BUY ON AMAZON

Best For Star Wars Fans: BB-8 Sphero ($100)

Who doesn’t love BB-8? The beloved Star Wars robot is cute and full of personality. The BB-8 Sphero captures some of that magic, and gives your kids a cute robot companion of their own.

The device has autonomous behavior so BB-8 will happily head out on patrol on his own, checking out what’s going on around your home. He’ll also happily watch Star Wars films with you, and react accordingly.

He’s smart too. You can use character specific commands to program him, learning a little about STEM subjects along the way. There’s the option of controlling him via your smartphone or a rather neat Force Band too, giving your kids plenty of control. He’s cute and plucky — just like the film version.BUY ON AMAZON

Best For The Cute Factor: UBTECH JIMU Unicornbot ($120)

Robots are often cute but, well, they look like robots. The UBTECH JIMU Unicornbot looks like a unicorn that was transformed Robocop style into a cyborg. Luckily, he looks far happier than Robocop. Kids need to build the robot themselves with 440 snap together pieces keeping them occupied for much of Christmas morning.

Once constructed, it’s possible to use the unicorn’s many sensors to program him to do many things. You can get his magical horn to change color on command, or you can teach him to wander around the room. It’s all done via Blockly coding so it’s pretty intuitive. Even if your kids don’t remember much from their programming lessons, who could resist the allure of a cute unicorn roaming around?BUY ON AMAZON

Best For Alexa Support: Anki Vector ($250)

You name it, there’s Alexa support. Admittedly, the Anki Vector doesn’t have Alexa support just yet, but it’s coming soon. Regardless, it’s a pretty powerful robot that’s keen to help out at every turn.

He’s voice-activated and answers questions as varied as what the weather is to converting measurement units for you. He’ll take photos, time dinner, and solve mathematical equations along the way. As well as that, Anki Vector can independently navigate, head back to base when he needs to charge up, as well as recognize people and dodge obstacles. You can’t program him like with the other robots, but he is a tiny glimpse into a future that could be awesome or could all go a bit Terminator-ish.BUY ON AMAZON

Best For Advanced Robotics: Sphero ($150)

If your child is a little older, they’ll be less fussed about how cute the robot is and more interested in what it can do. Sphero is a good solution here. It’s a robotic ball that can be programmed quite extensively. With an 8×8 LED matrix, you can animate it and display real-time data as you progress. There are also programmable sensors including infrared, compass, light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, and motor encoders. Impressively, it’s waterproof and durable too.

Powered via the Sphere Edu app, it’s possible to program it via drawing, using Scratch blocks, or by writing Javascript, so it caters for a variety of different skill levels. It might not be cute, but it’s certainly powerful.

Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo has insisted that the country’s current president Muhammadu Buhari must be voted out when the West African nation goes to poll in 2019.

Obasanjo, who supported Buhari in 2015 against Goodluck Jonathan, said in a statement on Sunday that his former ally had done almost nothing to reposition the country.

Buhari rode into power in 2015 on the wings of populist promises of remodelling the economy, fighting biting insecurity, especially in northeast Nigeria and rein in the reign of corruption that has blighted the country for decades.

But critics like the former president said Buhari’s government has performed way below expectations.

In January, the former president accused Buhari of being nepotistic and said the president was lacking in the requisite capacity to make Nigeria better.

Obasanjo acknowledged his complicity in making a man who he said “is weak in the knowledge and understanding of the economy” the president. He said he thought that Buhari could make “use of good Nigerians in that area.”

“The lice of poor performance in government – poverty, insecurity, poor economic management, nepotism, gross dereliction of duty, condonation of misdeed – if not outright encouragement of it, lack of progress and hope for the future, lack of national cohesion and poor management of internal political dynamics and widening inequality – are very much with us today,” Obasanjo said in a 13-page statement titled ‘The Way Out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement’ at the beginning of the year.

He doubled down on those claims in the Sunday statement issued by his media aide Kehinde Akinyemi.

Akinyemi said his principal believes that “only a fool will sit on the fence or be neutral when his or her country is being destroyed with incompetence, corruption, lack of focus, insecurity, nepotism, brazen impunity and denial of the obvious.”

That Sunday statement came after a News Agency of Nigeria’s report said Obasanjo had chosen to be a neutral participant as Africa’s most populous nation prepares for general elections.

The report noted that Obasanjo had shifted “gear to neutral, from outright partisanship and endorsement of the opposition candidate.”

“It is disingenuous, if not malicious, for anyone to suggest that Chief Obasanjo was being neutral when he chose not to use the Owu Convention as a platform for political campaign but instead adopt a communal and familial approach in talking to members of his Owu family,” Akinyemi said.

“For the records, and as accurately reported by some media organisations, what the former president said at the convention in Iwo was that while he would not impress any candidates on them, Nigerians should vote for credible candidates who will drive growth and development and make their lives better than it is now.”