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Trouble for Nigeria, other crude oil economies as Toyota, Honda produce cars that run on water

Trouble for Nigeria, other crude oil economies as Toyota, Honda produce cars that run on water

Autos, What's Hot
If you watched local TV channels at a lot in the late 2000s just like me, you must have seen that Bank PHB advert where they predicted that "one day, cars will run on water". The advert shows a man driving his car on the highway and when the fuel gauge signaled an empty tank, he stopped the car at a fueling station and refilled it with water before continuing his journey. Although Bank PHB is now defunct and transitioned into Keystone Bank or something, THAT day when cars are running on water is here and it doesn't look great for Nigeria. I will explain. World's largest car brand, Toyota, recently announced the 2020 Toyota Mirai HFC in Japan. Mirai is a Japanese word for future and the car itself is a hydrogen-powered sedan that is now being touted to replace our "normal" petrol-...
Odunayo Eweniyi of PiggyVest wins SME Entrepreneur of the Year at Wealth and Society West Africa

Odunayo Eweniyi of PiggyVest wins SME Entrepreneur of the Year at Wealth and Society West Africa

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Co-founder of PiggyVest, Odunayo Eweniyi, was recognized as the SME Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 during the annual Wealth and Society West Africa Awards ceremony held in Lagos on Thursday April 25th. Odunayo helped create PiggyVest alongside Joshua Chibueze and Somtochukwu Ifezue. She currently serves as the chief operations officer of the brand. PiggyVest itself is a smart online bank that helps users save money by automatically deducting a specified amount from their debit cards at specified intervals. The saved money can be accessed and withdrawn by customers anytime. “Nigerians are mostly tech-adverse,” according to Odunayo, “and so we try to convince them to trust more in tech; we are working a lot to make sure we can deliver on our promises so that our users can trust us.”
Innoson, a car manufacturer or just a company assembling cars?

Innoson, a car manufacturer or just a company assembling cars?

Autos, What's Hot
Ever since the first set of 100 cars were rolled out from the stables of Innoson in Nnewi, a heavily industrialized city in the Southeastern Nigeria state of Anambra in November 2014, the most common question on everyone's lips seems to be: does Innoson actually manufacture cars or do they just sell assemble? This particular question dominates discussions anywhere industry experts are discussing cars and the name Innoson is mentioned, so much that people rarely have time to discuss the reliability, speed and other aspects of Innoson vehicles like they do when Toyota, Honda or Mercedes Benz is mentioned. The question was again a fiercely-argued topic at a social event yours faithfully attended last week (the event didn't even relate to technology or cars ) so I decided to address this is...
OP ED: Computer Village Lagos and the story of Iyaloja and Babaloja

OP ED: Computer Village Lagos and the story of Iyaloja and Babaloja

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While the Asians and Caucasians think strategically, the West African is almost always emotional. There has been an uproar with the intention of the Tinubus to appoint an Iyaloja for the Computer Village in Lagos...and probably other modern business entities. Some claim it is anti-business, anti-Igbo or anti-democracy. Whatever! But would they have broken any law in the real sense? Hell, no!For the avoidance of doubts, the Iyaloja is a title for the Traditional African Market where the officer presides over the affairs of the Traditional Market. She is a titled Chief and a representative of the Oba or King. She collects the taxes and pays to the coffers of the Town, adjudicates over market disputes and ensures sanity. It is a part and parcel of the Yoruba Culture. In the 1999 Consti...
Using Big Data to solve Lagos’ Traffic Problems

Using Big Data to solve Lagos’ Traffic Problems

Technology: General, What's Hot
Lagos State is the busiest activity hub in Nigeria. Located in the South-west region, Lagos can easily be said to be the most advanced area in Nigeria in terms of overall development, technological advancement, infrastructural growth and as well, revenue generation. The land, surrounded by water, has experienced an influx in the number of citizens residing there over the years. This has led to the increase in population density and the problems that arise with it, one of those being traffic jams. Government and individuals have devised ways over the years to combat this issue of traffic. Some work, others just relieve the problem for a while till it doesn't work anymore. Currently, big data (i.e large amounts of digitized data) is seen as a way through which the Lagos traffic pro...
Are Mercedes Benz cars overrated and over-hyped in Nigeria?

Are Mercedes Benz cars overrated and over-hyped in Nigeria?

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Benz or nothing. Mercedes and others. You must have surely heard any of these rhetoric from Mercedes Benz admirers if you stay in Nigeria, Africa's largest country by population. In Nigeria, people - especially young people - fantasize over Mercedes Benz products as though they are magical creatures and or they are totally different from other brands'. Don't get me wrong. Mercedes are QUITE different. But do they totally worth all the hype they get here? Nigeria is one of the poorest countries in the world. With 91 million living in abject poverty, the UN believes that more poor people are found in Nigeria than anywhere else in the world. But there's a growing trend among young people in Nigeria; One that has to do with many young men between the ages of 18 and 35 driving f...
Electric cars are not the future. Here’s why

Electric cars are not the future. Here’s why

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With all the nice things being said about electric cars and how sales of battery-powered vehicles have been soaring recently, its common to see analysts predicting that electric cars will replace combustion engine cars in the nearest future. But that's not true my friend. Electric cars explained Electric vehicles (EVs) do not require fossil fuels like diesel or petrol to function neither do they litter the air with carbon-filled smoke when they run. The concept of EVs is to reduce global warming caused by combustion engine or fuel cars. When you charge an EV, a large quantity of electrical energy in stored in high capacity battery cells under the cabin or hood. After charging, the energy is then used to power the vehicle to travel distances. This way, there's no smoke...
Revolutionary Nokia 9 Purview Android smartphone launches in Nigeria

Revolutionary Nokia 9 Purview Android smartphone launches in Nigeria

Mobile, What's Hot
First announced back in February, HMD Global's Nokia 9 Pureview smartphone has finally been launched and has become available for sale in Nigeria today. Nokia 9 Purview Android smartphone is the first of its kind - having a 5-sensor camera array (each sensor has a resolution 12 megapixels) on its back to guarantee seamless high quality picture capture and video recording. In Nigeria which is known as Africa's largest smartphone market, the 9 can be purchased for N225,000 in any of the online stores of Konga and Jumia. In terms of specifications, the Nokia 9 has so many features to recognize apart from its revolutionary camera but the most noticeable and perhaps interesting is its phablet-size 5.9 inches screen that has an ample quad HD resolution. The smartphone is powere...
Huawei Introduces G-Power

Huawei Introduces G-Power

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Huawei unveils its latest product, the Huawei G-Power. It is an addition to their line of android phones, and its best feature is its super long battery life. It is not the much awaited great battery breakthrough; they just inserted a bigger battery in the case. With a 4000mAh battery, they promise 24 hours of idle time, or 3 hours talk time, that is on a 10-minute charge. With a full charge, you can get 113 hours of music, 39 hours talk time, 18 hours of HD video or 15 hours of internet surfing. What’s great about the G-Power, also called Huawei Y6 Pro, it can also serve as a powerbank. You can plug other smartphones to it through a microUSB cable. Its features include a 5-inch, HD IPS screen, a 13-megapixel, 2.0 aperture rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. It is expected to p
Disney’s “Frozen 2” Revealed

Disney’s “Frozen 2” Revealed

Technology: General, What's Hot
Good news is about to excite fans of the much-loved Frozen. Disney Animation Chief Creative Officer, John Lasseter, announced during the Disney’s Shareholders Meeting that development of “Frozen 2” is on the process. Disney Times confirmed that Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee will be on the sequel again. Your Modern Family revealed that the release date for Frozen 2 will be on 2017 or 2018. Prince Hans will also be back but will have a change of character. “Second chances” will be the theme of the movie which may include Elsa and Anna forgiving Prince Hans, who may become Elsa’s love interest. The sequel will focus on Elsa and will show her fun side. Olaf may also get his love angle. The sequel will also feature new dresses, which means new merchandises. Brand new song for Frozen 2, which w
Aquaris M10 to Launch Second Quarter This Year

Aquaris M10 to Launch Second Quarter This Year

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The Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet is set to launch on the second quarter of 2016. It is a new tablet PC that will come with the latest Ubuntu software to be launched by Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution. According to Canonical, they are bringing the clients everything to expect from Ubuntu PC, now on the tablet with BQ. They boast its single, visual framework and set of tools for applications to run any Ubuntu smart device; that’s something no other OS can provide. Hardware specifications of the Aquaris M10 include: 10.1-inch touchscreen 7,280mAh Li-Po battery MediaTek quad-core MT8163A 1.5GHz processor 2GB RAM 16GB internal storage 8MP camera with autofocus and dual flash 1080p video Frontal speakers Micro HDMI port MicroSD slot (up to 64GB) Dim
Gameloft launches office in Nigeria

Gameloft launches office in Nigeria

Technology: General, What's Hot
Gameloft has opened a newly built office in Nigeria which allows Africa's potential to increase its revenue at about 536 percent over the previous years. According to Vincent Brezillon, Sales Director of Gameloft Nigeria, the success that they had experience since the opening of their office in Nigeria and the heightening sales in Africa, justified the opening of a subsidiary in Nigeria, which is the strongest economy of Africa. He also added that it would facilitate interactions with their current and future partners. Gameloft had also joined forces with several mobile operators in the continent like Orange, MTN, Safaricom, Vodafone, Etisalat, and Ooredoo. They were also planning to reach Paris and make partnership in the future. Some popular games of Gameloft includes Asphalt 8: Airborne...
LPG Rollback on Basic Goods

LPG Rollback on Basic Goods

Technology: General, What's Hot
The party-list group Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers’ Association (LPGMA) stated that the low cost of cooking fuel should lead to lower prices of other basic commodities such as pan de sal (bread) and other bread products. LPGMA party-list Representative Arnel Ty announced that local cooking gas prices have been starting to reflect the fair cost of LPG in the international market due to highly aggressive free market competition. The emergence of more LPG importers and suppliers led bigger companies to continuously adjust prices to keep up with their smaller rivals. He added that the ones who will benefit the most are the consumers since they will be able to enjoy fair and reasonable prices as a result of tough competition. A total of P37.40 is reduced in the price of 11-kilogram tank
GELI Direct Entry Program Fully-funded Scholarships for Australia and New Zealand Citizens, 2019

GELI Direct Entry Program Fully-funded Scholarships for Australia and New Zealand Citizens, 2019

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48 years ago in 1971, Griffith University was established. It is a public research university in South East Queensland and ranked 14th out of 29 universities in Australia. Why at Griffith University? Griffith will offer innovative degrees that meet the ever-changing needs of students, industry and the community. Along with introducing Australia’s first degrees in important fields such as Asian studies, it will give chances for enhancing their talent in diverse fields. Application Deadline: Open Eligibility Eligible Countries: Citizens other than Australia or New Zealand are worthy for this grant. Acceptable Course or Subjects: They are eligible to join the undergraduate or postgraduate degree program in any subjects offered by the university. Admissible Criteria: Must
Fully-funded Trendhim Talent Scholarship in Australia

Fully-funded Trendhim Talent Scholarship in Australia

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Eligibility In order to apply, students must be enrolled or accepted to undergraduate or postgraduate degree programs in the following fields: Business, Accounting or Finance Marketing and Management, Digital Marketing or Sales IT and Web Development Leadership and Organisation Entrepreneurship Fashion and Design There are no age or nationality restrictions. Students from public, private and online Universities and Colleges are eligible. Ph.D. students may also apply for the Scholarship. Benefits The Trendhim Talent Scholarship will be offered to one winner. If there is more than one worthy applicant, Trendhim will select two winners and give them $1,000 each. The Trendhim Talent Scholarship should be used to cover expenses related to your studies such ...
2020 Toyota Corolla announced with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0

2020 Toyota Corolla announced with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0

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Toyota's best-selling sedan is out in its 2020 edition. The angry-looking redesign on the new Corolla shows that Toyota is far from playing. The Japanese carmaker is currently the top seller of cars in the world and doesn't seem like it would slow down anytime soon. The miniature sedan now comes with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, a driver assist feature that consists of pre-collision system, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert, lane tracing assist, automatic high beams, road sign assist and the rest. The new Corolla packs a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 132 [email protected] pounds torque for the L, XE and XLE variants while SE and XSE models come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine beefing up 169 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. Drivers can choose a 6-spe
Your top app backend options now that Parse is shutting down

Your top app backend options now that Parse is shutting down

Technology: General, What's Hot
Facebook acquired Parse, a mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) company in April 2013 but now they have announced that the app-hosting service is shutting down. Here are the top choices to replace Parse in your system. Applicasa Applicasa is an MBaaS which labeled themselves as a “One-Stop-Shop”, a complete package. What’s good about it is that they have a unique business model wherein they charge monthly per number of users, not on the number of API calls. They also offer adaptive pricing – the pricing model scales in proportion with the growth of your user base. Firebase It is a better choice than Parse for gamers and other applications that are highly interactive since it observes a model-observer scheme. Data changes on the server are automatically pushed out to all devices that are reg
Uganda launches one stop web portal for easy access of government services

Uganda launches one stop web portal for easy access of government services

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The Government of Uganda, through the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), initiated eBiz, a One Stop Centre web portal which paves way for fast and convenient access to government services. This initiative by Uganda is in track with worldwide best practices for effective and efficient data sharing among different government agencies. This move is forecasted to increase the business ventures of the nation. The eBiz web portal will enable traders, entrepreneurs, and investors to apply permits and licenses which are necessary for doing business in Uganda. List of requirements for applications are specified to make it a reliable source of information for all applicants. Services offered include guiding information for Foreign Investors and Local Entrepreneurs, applying for Land title verif
Opera holds press conference to discuss its free mobile VPN alternative Opera Max

Opera holds press conference to discuss its free mobile VPN alternative Opera Max

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Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a network that is created using public wires through the internet to connect to a private network. Opera introduces a new addition for VPN applications called Opera Max.The Opera Max is a free app which enables Android users to save data while browsing large photos and streaming videos and music using WiFi connection and mobile data. The Opera Max is a free app which enables Android users to save data while browsing large photos and streaming videos and music using WiFi connection and mobile data. Opera Max is not a VPN app that lets you avoid Netflix geo-restrictions since the video streaming service is serious in hunting down VPNs. It is just an app that compresses video size and allows you to save data while streaming your favorite videos. To discuss ...
Twitter substitutes Favorites’ Star feature for Hearts

Twitter substitutes Favorites’ Star feature for Hearts

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Twitter is going through a process that is seeing a total revamp of the company and with the amount of changes we're seeing these days, its hard to even keep up at all with them anymore. The new wave started with the announcement that the social platform is looking to increase the tweet count from 140 characters to a still unknown number, then followed the launch of the Twitter Moments which we must say, is a laudable improvement over the ordinary hashtag feature. Then and again, Twitter introduced the ad for Moments feature and now, they have come with yet another feature as Twitter replaces the Favorite (star) feature that we've been used to over years with the Love (Heart) symbol. This means that we can no longer choose tweets to be favorites, but we can express our love for them. You...