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5 Quick Fixes for Smartphone Camera Problems

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There are common camera problems smartphone users occasionally run into when trying to take pictures and record videos.
Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares 5 of these problems with ways to fix them.

Blurry Images
This is probably the most common problem with smartphone cameras. Blurry images occur for two major reasons: either because you are not holding your smartphone properly when taking pictures or there is not enough ambient light in the area you are shooting the image.
You can fix the first cause by resting part of your phone on one of your fingers or in the palm of your hand when you are framing a shot.
You can also brace the phone against a wall or table, or use a tripod for smartphones to help you steady a shot. For the second cause, you need to shoot in the brightest areas possible or use the flash of your camera (if it has one). You can also try using an image editor to sharpen the images.

Photos Lack Contrast
Especially when photos are shot in low light setting, they tend to lack good contrast. To fix this, the best solution is to use an image editor to process the photo after it has been taken.
The automatic brightness/contrast tools of the image editor will help liven your pictures and make them pop.

Subject Appears Small
All you need to do to fix this is to shoot closer to the object. If you can’t be as physically close to the subject as you should, you can use the camera’s digital zoom.
But, for the best result, you should first move as close as you can to the subject, before using the camera’s digital zoom.
You should ensure that you fill the frame with the subject of the image. Additionally, you can use an image editor to crop your images to make the subject appears closer and larger. But you should be careful with this because cropping too much can cause increased pixilation.

Images Are Dark
To fix this, you should avoid shooting in low light areas, if you must do so, use a flash. Also, backlighting can cause dark images.
Backlighting is when there is more light in the back of the subject than there is facing the subject. To avoid this, you should ensure that when shooting, the light is coming from behind you and is facing the subject.

Misuse
Smartphone camera problems like blurry images are also caused by smartphone misuse. Most times, due to misuse, the protective coating on the lens of the camera is scratched and this makes your photos appear blurry.
To keep the protective coating of the camera from getting scratched, you should take note of the surfaces you place your phone to ensure that none are rough enough to scratch the camera. You can also invest in a good phone cover to help protect the camera.

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NCC Hosts UNODC, Vows to Sustain Collaborations Against Cybercrimes

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) will continue to collaborate with other government agencies and international partners towards stemming the tide of cybercrimes.

Mr Sunday Dare, NCC’s executive commissioner, Stakeholder Management, stated this on recently at the Commission’s Headquarters during an interactive session with representatives of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC.

Kamal Toure, the UNODC eLearning Project Officer and Patrick Boismenu, cybercrime expert, were at the Commission’s Headquarters as part of their assessment mission to West Africa to gauge how well Nigeria, Senegal and the Gambia are able to fight cybercrime.

Mr. Dare noted that the Commission performs its regulatory functions in a way that ensures that its licensees take the steps necessary to combat cybercrimes.

He explained that “The role of the NCC here is to do an audit and make sure that we have all the ISPs having active databases and meeting the six months (data retention requirement) as stipulated in the license provision.”

Responding, Patrick Boismenu stated that UNODC is willing to provide assistance in needed areas to ensure that ISPs comply with requirements for data retention because of the crucial role data plays in fighting cybercrimes.

“Our goal is to ensure that cybercrime investigators have access to the tools they need to do their work,” Mr Boismenu explained.

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TCP: NCC Says Consumer Satisfaction, Robust Sector Top Priorities

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By Ugo Onwuaso

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is determined to carry out its regulatory functions to ensure that the companies operating in the industry were healthy.

Prof. Umar Danbatta, the executive vice chairman of the Commission, made the remark during the 81st edition of the Telecoms Consumer Parliament (TCP) held in Lagos.

He added that “it has taken steps to ensure that the telecommunications sector remains vibrant”.

Mr. Sunday Dare, the executive commission, Stakeholders Management, NCC, who represented the Executive Vice Chairman, said that “the commission would carry out its regulatory functions to ensure that the companies operating in the industry were healthy”.

The Chairman said that the regulatory body had made interventions to prevent disruptions in the consumer’s experience.

According to him, “NCC has commenced aggressive enforcement of the Code of Corporate Governance to ensure that licensees in the industry continue to operate as viable businesses.

“The consumer deserves all the credits for the past and indeed the future successes of this industry.

“The Nigerian telecommunications consumers are at the centre stage of our regulation.

“We at the NCC, being consumer centric regulatory organisation have decided to celebrate consumers of the Nigerian telecommunications industry consistent with the eight point agenda that I set out when I assumed office in 2015.

The number two and six items of the agenda are the core drivers of the NCC year of telecommunications consumer initiative.

“While the number two item of the agenda addresses improved quality of service.

And item six is concerned with protection and empowerment of the telecommunications consumers,” he said.

He also stated that all NCC’s initiatives such as SIM card registration, Mobile Number Portability, Broadband policy implementation, development of 2442 and 622 short codes as well as various consumer awareness campaigns were to ensure consumer satisfaction and protection.

Danbatta added that the commission would continue to look out for and protect the interest of the consumer without compromising the interests of other stakeholders in the industry.

Mr Abdullahi Maikano, director, Consumer Affairs Bureau (CAB) of NCC, said that over the years, TCP had proven to be an innovative way of bringing all stakeholders together to discuss and proffer solutions to industry issues.

Maikano said that the TCP had continued to occupy a pride of place in the commission’s activities.

He said that NCC would continue to provide significant resources to ensure that the parliament is held regularly for the benefit of consumers and the industry.

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Banks’ Working for Early Sale of 9Mobile — Fidelity Bank Boss

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Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, managing director of Fidelity Bank Plc, has said that all the banks whose money is trapped are working together for smooth sale of the telecoms on or before the end of the year.

This is as the 180 days’ window handed down to the receiver managers of 9Mobile draw nearer.

Explaining industry issues in a recent interactive session with select editors and publishers in Lagos, he said “As you are aware, the creditor banks came together to appoint a new Board and Management for the company, with the Deputy Governor of the CBN as chairman of the Board”.

“The company has good fundamentals with about 22 million subscribers, and it is also very strong in data. Our interest is to ensure the company remains a going concern so that it can attract interested buyers. The banks are working collectively on this,” Fidelity bank chief executive revealed.

It would recalled that at the heat of the $1.2bn syndicated loan default crisis which nearly grounded the former Etisalat, both the telecoms regulator and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), considered the volume of subscribers and intervened.

Part of the intervention was the appointment of Dr. Joseph Nnanna, former Deputy Governor of the CBN to head the chair the board and prepare it for potential investors between 90 to 180 days.

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