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Month: August 2015

MultiChoice trains Nigerian youths to deliver DSTV installations, kick unemployment

News, Technology: General
MultiChoice, a foremost player in Nigeria's satellite TV industry, has decided to provide training to about 500 Nigerian youths in the trade of installing and maintaining digital TV systems. The move is basically an attempt to provide optimum services to consumers while creating massive employment in the country. MultiChoice has examined the issue of indigenous trained manpower and has stressed on tackling the lump to boost customer services and offer a push to reach more-than-satisfactory levels in the system. The firm has also introduced tricycle vehicles that will come handy with high quality installation equipment. These will aid installers during travels. The GM of marketing department at Multichoice Nigeria, Mr. Martin Mabutho said that the introduction of tricycles will stretch

M – the all new personal assistant from Facebook

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After Microsoft’s Cortana and Apple’s Siri, it’s now time for Facebook to announce its own and all new virtual personal assistant, Facebook M. Like Cortana and Siri, M is also powered by an artificial intelligence and will actually work like a mobile personal assistant. The software behind the assistant is designed in a special way, so that M can answer you according to the interaction you are having with it -- you can ask M anything and it will communicate with you like you are holding a conversation with a real person. M can make your work schedule and create alarms, make phone calls and send texts. Indeed M can organize a perfect candle light dinner for you or if you are feeling hungry and looking for a restaurant. Above all, it can book tickets for you or can purchase items and acco

39-year-old woman who is allergic to Wi-Fi signals wins ‘breakthrough’ compensation from French government

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Meet Marine Richard, a 39-year-old former radio producer who lives in France. At a first glance, everything looks normal but ask Ms. Richard why she can't live in a "normal society" and the answer you'll get will shock you to bits. Poor Ms. Richard and thousands of other electromagnetic hypersensitivity patients cannot live in places where Wi-Fi and sometimes mobile network radiation pass. Even though medical experts are yet to prove the existence of the condition, Marine claims that Wi-Fi signals make her sick. Last week, she became the first person to be officially recognized and compensated for the disorder after a French court directed authorities to pay her roughly $900 a month for at least three years -- for the alleged discomfort. Marine says she is confined to a barn in the rura

Yuzah the diesel purchasing app hits the market with Airtel Nigeria’s backing

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Yuzah has launched a fuel discovery and delivery mobile app in partnership with Airtel Nigeria. Yuzah is famous for winning Catapult – a startup competition organized by Airtel earlier this year. The upstart launched its mobile app, Yuzah eSeller, in the market with the collaboration of  Airtel. The partnership has promised to help Nigerians to avail new services to improve their reach towards the purchase of fuel. The Yuzah app is available on Google Play Store for free download. How it works Coming to the app details, when anyone log in to this app, first it will locate their position with the help of Google Maps. Next it will locate Yuzah-approved fuel trucks in the nearest perimeter. Once a communication is established, the user will be able to place an order which will be delivered

MTN and Liquid Telecom tie up to share Africa’s mobile network market

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Wednesday saw the handshaking of two companies - Liquid Telecom and MTN Group - who will conjointly offer telecom services across the African continent. The press release ran that Liquid Telecom which prides itself as a leading data and voice service provider in eastern and southern Africa is tying up with MTN Group to feed the rising demand of the business users across the Western part of Africa. Primarily, the collaboration is focusing on broadband services. The tying up of the duo has certainly some clause and under the deal, both of them will be able to avail one another’s fixed and wireless networks when it comes to carrier-to-carrier, broadband access, data services etc. They may avail the other’s service even in countries where one party may not have its presence at all. With thi

HTC A9 caught on camera perfectly resembling the Apple iPhone 6

Mobile
We all know the nice popular phrase called tit for tat. Well that's exactly the case with two rival tech giants in the smartphone industry - Apple and HTC - now. Last year September we saw the grand unveiling of iPhone 6 that had a backside design close enough to resemble HTC One. Speculation ran that it was a clear attempt of Apple, trying out direly to copy the look of their rival. HTC too did not stay far beyond, they too made an exact replica with their HTC A9 or HTC Aero. The leaked photograph clearly indicates that it’s a carbon copy of the iPhone 6. Although sometimes leaked images may not give you an exact idea of the device but the photos available here are sufficient for clear imagination. The new HTC device has a touchscreen made of 2.5D glass which is the only new thing d

Airtel reaches 30 million subscribers in Nigeria, now ranks 3rd largest carrier in the world

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Airtel is booming in Nigeria with their customer base reaching 30 million across the country recently.  Nigeria, which happens to be the most populous nation in Africa, has given Bharti Airtel a new milestone with about 20 percent market penetration in the country. Technically, this success was primarily due to the wonderful GSM network service the carrier has provided, an Airtel executive claimed. Moreover, the steady internet growth from its business as well as residential sector of customers helped mobile networks in the country to grow in general. Stats from the Nigerian Communications Commission reveal that the number of mobile subscribers in the country has gone up significantly from 144 million in May 2015 to 146 million in June 2015. Within a mere span of a month the subscriber

YouTube offline coming to Africa in a few months time

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Google has made a major announcement that it is planning to launch a new feature for the YouTube that will enable its users to take videos offline and watch them later during the time when there will be poor internet connectivity. Since African countries as well as other emerging markets do not have affordable and extensive high speed internet connectivity, this move is said to be taken in order to deal with such issues so that the netizens of African nations like Nigeria can enjoy uninterrupted video watching facility on YouTube. Although Google furthermore cited that all videos would not have this advanced feature for offline watching. It is still under a planning stage. Hence, African net users may have to wait few months more for the final release of this improved Youtube feature as ...

Infinix Hot 2 sells 5,000 units in 5 minutes

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Last week, Google took to the stage in the World's most populated black nation, Nigeria, to unveil the Infinix Hot 2, a smartphone shouldered by the software giant's Android One concept that brings stock Android experience to users via affordable hardware. According to the latest industry reports we received, the Hot 2 is such a HOT product that it sold out within 20 minutes on one of Nigeria's biggest e retail shops, Jumia, in a space of few minutes. Techsuplex reports that Jumia's initial stock of 5,000 units were snapped up within 5 minutes from the word go after the phone's launch on Tuesday 18th August.

Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows set to be released on September 22 2015

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Microsoft is all set to release its latest Office 2016 suite in September. It’s not long ago the company brought us the final version of Office 2016 for Mac in the last month, and we have discovered Microsoft's Office 2016 for Windows may not boast  many significant improvements over the previous version. According to sources, Office 2016 for Windows will be launched for domestic and professional customers initially and is scheduled to arrive on September 22nd. Microsoft earlier revealed that the upcoming desktop version will feature a new "colorful" interface that's quite similar to the latest Mac, iOS, as well as Android apps. The design and layout also shares a lot of resemblance with  Windows 10 touch enabled versions of Office, with a colored theme that goes with the MS Word, Excel

Ghana goes for Digital Television Broadcasting

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Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, the Ghanaian Minister of Communication has revealed that government has started taking the necessary steps to migrate Ghana from analogue to the energy efficient Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting as per the International standards. He also said that the entire migrating process will enable viewers to enjoy enhanced channel preference, high quality visuals and improved sound. Dr Omane Boamah mentioned that the official handing over of enhanced community information center at Bodi located in the Western Region of Ghana is most likely to be accomplished by March 2016. Once the process is completed users who currently have analogue TVs need to purchase Set-Top-Boxes (STB) to receive all the digital signals. When asked about the ongoing ICT 4 Development pr

Nigerians staying abroad can register for BVN from their country of residence: CBN reminds

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As per new guidelines announced by the Central Bank of Nigeria, the norms of the process have been made easier. Nigerians staying in foreign countries will be able to get their BVN numbers from their countries of residence. They will not have to come to Nigeria for this purpose. To begin with, the service has been started in a handful of cities, which include London, Dubai, Leicester, New Delhi, Washington DC, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Guangzhou, New York, Beijing, and Houston. If any Nigerian who is residing in any one of the above mentioned cities wants to register, he/she shall have to physically visit any of the branches of the bank or any of their subsidiaries where this registration process of BVN is available. According to a press statement issued by CBN, “The deployment of scann

Ford Motor Company unveils car assembly plant in Lagos, Nigeria

Autos
Ford Motor Company has announced that it's going to launch a new car assembling plant in Ikeja, Lagos State. Going for a strategic partnership with Nigerian-owned car distributorship, Coscharis, the company will be able to launch 5000 cars every year from the Lagos plant. The facility is expected to cater for the demand of the entire West Africa. Ford Ranger pickup trucks will be assembled in that plant and all components and body parts will be imported from South Africa, the company says. This will be Ford Motor's second plant in Africa, the first one being in South Africa makes 85,000 vehicles every year. The new plant is expected to create around 200 jobs. President of Ford Middle East and Africa, Jim Benintende said, “Assembling Ford Ranger truck in Africa’s largest economy is an imp

Xiaomi smartphones coming to Africa via ‘Mobile in Africa Limited’ stores

Technology: General
According to available reports, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is planning to enter the African market, probably sometimes in the next month.  To initiate the start, Xiaomi will start selling Redmi 2 and Mi 4 phones and the distribution in the entire continent will be done through Mobile in Africa Limited. Speaking to the media, President of Mobile in Africa, RJ Van Spaandonk explained, “I think Xiaomi is currently the one of the most exciting mobile internet brands. It is well suited to the needs and income levels of the emerging middle classes in Africa.” To make its reach much intense, Mobile in Africa is planning to set up their online stores in 14 additional African countries. The strategy is the same that is being followed by Xiaomi in China where they have been selling m

Genuine users face real trouble after 10.7 million SIM cards deactivated in Nigeria

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Thousands of people have thronged the customer centers of various telecom companies in Nigeria as all the Nigerian telecos have deactivated around 10.7 million SIM cards in the country. The step was taken following a directive from the Nigerian Communications Commission that to deactivate within seven days all pre registered SIM cards which do not have proper biometric. Many customers have been found to be quite angry over the development as they complained that their SIM has been deactivated in spite of having proper biometric and has done the registration in a proper way. NCC authorities said that they have taken this decision following a meeting with the Department of state security and National security advisor. Telecom companies were also present in the meeting. They expressed their c...

Samsung Galaxy Note5 Active coming with 4,100mAh battery

Technology: General
A fortnight ago, Samsung took to the stage to announce the Galaxy Note5, a much-anticipated smartphone from a lineup whose importance to the history of smartphones (especially bigger ones) as we have them today cannot be overstated. For those who love it more rugged and beefier, strongly making rounds on the Internet right now, this Note5 variant will sport IP68-certification for water and dust resistance. Reports suggest that the handset will officially make it to the shelves of AT&T, the United States carrier. Among other features which will be preserved from the original Galaxy Note5, the Galaxy Note5 Active is said to be also packing a bigger battery which is allegedly beefed up from 3,000mAh found on the regular Note 5 to 4,100mAh on the upcoming device. Speaking of a releas...

See how to locate nearest blood bank ASAP in emergency

Technology: General
From September, Nigerians will be able to find blood just with the help of their mobile phone quite easily. They will have to send an SMS to a shortcode in a particular format and the nearest blood banks will respond to them within minutes about the availability status of the blood group they are looking for. This was announced at the annual conference of the Blood Bank Society of Nigeria (BBSN) which was held at the National Institute of Medical Research recently. Medical experts and doctors discussed on automation and the Present trends in blood banking, where it was jointly decided that the entire blood collection, diagnosis and testing should be an automated process. It is in this conference, Dr. Bart Ifionu, the chairman of BBSN asked the Rotary Club to launch their product- Red...
175,000 South Africans caught cheating on Ashley Madison aftermath hack

175,000 South Africans caught cheating on Ashley Madison aftermath hack

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Details of over 35 million users that were stolen from popular cheating website in July, Ashley Madison, has been posted online by a hacking group. The hackers known as ‘Impact Team’ took the data following a sophisticated penetration into the deepest file chambers of the married dating website last month. Impact Team warned the owners, Avid Life Media, to close down the website and another one called Established Men  -- or risk their users' dirty secrets getting exposed in the general public. South African news blog ClickNCompare reports that profiles of over 175,000 South African men and women who use Ashley Madison may have been compromised in the attack. Earlier this week, ‘Impact Team’ uploaded a 10GB file online which they claim to be data from Ashley Madison. The file contained n
‘Click N Compare’ gears up to battle PriceCheck for Nigeria

‘Click N Compare’ gears up to battle PriceCheck for Nigeria

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Click N Compare -- the South African website for comparing prices for mobile, insurance, travel, broadband and banking services and products -- is expanding its operations to Nigeria and Kenya. Ryan Marx, the CEO / Co-founder of Click N Compare cites that his company is way different than other firms in the price comparison business, specifically for the fact that the platform has bridged the gap between service providers and consumers, strategically placing itself in between the two parties. He explained that Click N Compare has also successfully formed a strong network with some of the premiere insurance companies in the market. The expansion of Click N Compare to Nigeria is certainly going to face a stiff competition with PriceCheck, which was so far the only price comparison webs
Buhari appoints Prof Umar Garba Danbatta as new head of NCC

Buhari appoints Prof Umar Garba Danbatta as new head of NCC

Internet, News
The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has gotten a new Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer as President Buhari, last week, unveiled Professor Umar Garba Danbatta as the new head of the commission. The commission's outgoing head, Dr. Eugene Ikemefuna Juwah, completed his five-year tenure last week. Although he was eligible to run for another term, Biztech Africa reports that Juwah's replacement could be unconnected with the ban on 35350 Campaign Fund Raising program which allowed people to donate money at N100/text message to Buhari's campaign team when the latter was running for the office of the presidency back in April 2015. The incoming CEO, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, was a lecturer in the faculty of Technology at the Bayero University Kano before his new appoi...