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NCS President Canvasses for Technology-Driven Economy

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Prof. Adesola Aderounmu, President, Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), has called on the Federal Government to raise modern manpower that could sustainably drive the nation’s economy.

 

Prof. Aderounmu made this call recently while giving Keynote Address at the first International Conference on ICT for National Development and its Sustainability organised by the Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences, University of Ilorin, to mark its 10th anniversary.

 

In his lecture, entitled “Leveraging ICT for National Development and its Sustainability”, the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), he lamented that the country’s economy has not fully embraced technology as its driving force.

 

Prof. Aderounmu said that nearly 90% of technologies used in Nigeria are imported despite the huge knowledge infrastructure of 162 legally recognized universities, 125 polytechnics and more than 500 agencies.

 

The NCS President said, “It is sad that after 58 years of independence, Nigeria had failed to come up with neither a globally recognized company nor product originating from Nigerian indigenous technology because the national economy had not been technology-driven”.

 

He then called on the Federal Government to develop the Information Technology Industry through research centres, technology parks and incubators, provision of reliable and affordable infrastructure and provision of fiscal incentives for indigenous software developers.

 

He further suggested that the government could develop the sector through the creation of a special fund to assist start-up businesses as well as grow existing developers, enactment of a law that mandates MDAs to patronize indigenous software while mandating the immediate implementation of the approved Scheme of service for IT professionals.

 

While recommending that priority should be given to registered IT professional in the award of IT contracts in the country, Prof. Aderounmu equally tasked the academia to promote productive collaborations and partnerships both internal and external and create learning opportunities for the students.

 

He said, “The system of mentoring, apprenticeship and tutelage, which existed in the past should be re-introduced and strengthened.

“Split-site arrangements should be encouraged to enable young researchers to be acquainted with new trends, globally. Spend a considerable portion of its yearly budget on global promotion activities”

 

Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, while declaring the conference open, assured the participants that the University would do everything possible to ensure conferences are successfully held in the institution.

 

He submitted that conferences are crucial to the students’ development and growth as it gives them exposure and cross-fertilization of ideas, adding that students should be invited in large numbers to attend conferences.

 

Prof. Abdulkareem revealed that discussion is ongoing to mobilize the Faculty leaders and talented students to work together to house the University’s ICT incubation room so that the entire University processes could be automated.

 

He also disclosed that facilities required in improving ICT research activities for staff and postgraduate students have been identified.

 

Dr. Rasheed Gbenga Jimoh, Ag. Dean Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences, In his welcome address, explained that the conference received over 100 articles from over 41 different academic institutions nationally and abroad cutting across computing, library and information science, telecommunication science, mass communication and media technology, information and cyber security and information technology.

 

Dr. Jimoh said that a major hindrance to national policy implementation is lack of full integration of ICT, which he submitted, has prevented the nation from being able to retrieve vital information for effective decision making.

 

He said, “The Faculty under my leadership is therefore committed to doing everything possible to assist the University to realize her dream of becoming a citadel of learning to be reckoned globally with full integration of ICT”.

 

Awards were later presented to some distinguished Nigerians for outstanding services.

 

Notable among the recipients were former Vice-Chancellors of the University, Prof. Shuaibu Oba Abdulraheem (OFR), Prof. Is-haq O. Oloyede (OFR), and Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON); as well as the incumbent Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem’ the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Osun State, HRM Oba Abdur-Rasheed Ayotunde Olabomi.

 

Other awardees are Former Deans of the Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences, Dr. Omenogo Mejabi, Prof. Lenrie Aina and Prof. Joseph Sadiku; as well as the pioneer Head of the Department of Mass Communication, late Nureni Doyin Mahmoud were also awarded at the Gala Night that marked the end of the conference

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Infinix Mobility Unveils Hot S3X, The First Notch Screen Smartphone with A.I Selfie Camera

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Premier smartphone brand, Infinix Mobility has just unveiled Africa’s first and biggest notch screen smartphone with A.I Selfie camera – Infinix Hot S3X.

The device is the latest addition to the Hot S series family, it joins a long list of devices that make up an impressive product portfolio from Infinix and reemphasizes the brand’s aptitude for designing stylish smartphones with sophisticated tech features.

The Hot S series which was officially launched in 2016 is a lifestyle smartphone series comprised of devices with innovative features and an apparent stylish appeal which most smartphone consumers find utterly irresistible.

With the Hot S3X, Infinix Mobility has delivered a 6.2-inch notch screen smartphone which is a first of its kind within the African smartphone ecosystem.

The notch screen is essentially a cut-out, at the top, of a part of the screen display that retains the display space on either side of it, for information such as date, battery statistics and more, and for apps.

The HotS3X comes in a lustrous design measuring at 156.7×75.3×8.3mm. The notch screen is inculcated with a 6.2-inch screen size, 720×1500 screen resolution and the 18:9 screen aspect ratio that gifts the Hot S3X a scintillating aesthetic. This device is also poised to be a trendsetter for subsequent devices to be released within the field of smartphone creation.

The Hot S3X has a 16MP A.I (Artificial intelligence) selfie camera with dual LED flash. The A.I selfie camera recognises the user’s environment within milliseconds, the best various light shades and automatically picks the best settings for high quality images.

It also has dual rear cameras (13MP+2MP) which features geo-tagging, autofocus and face detection for the best quality photos.

The Hot S3X is powered by a 4000mAh battery with 2A quick charge and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo OS coupled with 430 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor chipset for a fully optimized system without glitches. The Hot S3X also possesses rear fingerprint sensor, Face Unlock system, accelerometer and so much more.

Marketing Communications Manager, Infinix Mobility Nigeria, Tayo Odunowo deliberated on the device’s significance to its target audience as it is a tool to bridge the gap between futuristic technology and today’s world

“OEMs globally are always on the lookout for the next big thing to talk about. It is evident carefully looking at the features on the Hot S3X that we at Infinix take pride in our ability to understand and meet our youthful consumers’ needs, and eventually surpass their expectations”.

The Hot S3X comes in colour variants such as Berlin Grey, Milan Blue, Ice Blue and is currently on sale within every authorised Infinix retail store nationwide.

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NCC Tackles Sharp Practices through Consumer Outreach

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Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)‎ has said that it would continue to ensure that consumers of communications enjoyed the services expected to be provided by the Service Providers.

 

Speaking at the 97th Edition of Consumer Outreach Programme (COP), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, executive vice chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)‎, represented by Alhaji Ismail ‎Adedigba, deputy director of Consumer Affairs Bureau at NCC, stated that the customer is king.

 

“At NCC, we believe customer is king and as such, we must accord consumers their basic rights which include the right to be heard, right to be educated, right to choose, right to redress as well as right to safety,” he stated.

 

He disabused consumers’ fears against mast erection near residential areas.

 

“NCC has full-fledged monitoring and complain department that ensure that service providers do not mount masts and towers where not suitable. However, WHO says radiation from telecom masts does not have any health effect. Masts and towers do not have any negative health implication,” Danbatta further stressed.

 

Also speaking, Mrs Felicia Onwuegbuchulam, director of Consumer Affairs Bureau at NCC, stated that the outreach “educates telecommunications consumers and other stakeholders on contemporary issues generating interest in the industry” as well as “serves as a feedback mechanism for the Commission towards regulatory interventions.”

 

With a theme: “Using Information and Education as Tools for Consumer Empowerment and Education,” Onwuegbuchulam stated that the outreach fortifies consumers ‎with necessary tools to be protected from market exploitation; and to make rational and informed decision when making choices of services.

 

The programme was attended by Service providers including Globacom, 9mobile, MTN and Airtel.

 

Highlights of the Outreach programme included questions and answers.

 

 

 

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Rapid Renewal of Android Smartphone Portfolio brings Nokia 5, Nokia 2 to Nigeria

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HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has continued to rapidly renew its portfolio of Nokia Android smartphones by today announcing that Nokia 5.1 and Nokia 2.1 will be available to buy from accredited dealers in Nigeria from 20th August, 2018.

Offering access to the latest Google services, such as the Google Assistant, the duo of smartphones continues to deliver a pure, secure and up-to-date Android experience with Android One and Android Go, combined with the premium craftsmanship and design expected from a Nokia smartphone and the performance to match.

Joseph Umunakwe, General Manager, HMD Global West, East and Central Africa says: “We are encouraged by the response that we are getting to our products. Our consumers tell us they love their Nokia smartphones on Android. It is our constant endeavour to enhance the experience to better suit the everyday needs of our fans.

“Every single detail on a Nokia smartphone has been designed with consumers in mind, which is why we are delighted to introduce these refined smartphones that deliver a dramatic step up on performance, continue to drive the most premium design elements to price points accessible to everyone and deliver the class-leading quality that you expect from us.”

“With this range, we deliver larger screens, enhanced performance across our range with processor upgrades offering up to 50% higher performance while maintaining the perfect balance with power consumption and stunning designs – all in a segment where consumers often need to compromise. With our renewed portfolio, you can now enjoy a premium smartphone experience without paying a premium on the price.

“Each phone radiates effortless style with meticulous attention to detail and no matter your budget, you will be able to find a Nokia smartphone that is right for you,” Umunakwe added.

Continuing with the classic design of the previous generation, the new Nokia 5.1 is understated, compact and effortlessly stylish.

It gets its structural integrity from a single block of 6000 series aluminium, refined through a rigorous 33 stage process of machining, anodising and polishing to give an exquisite satin finish and feel in the hand. The new Nokia 5.1 packs a 0.3-inch bigger display in a 2mm narrower body and precise attention to the finest details like harmonising the rounded edges on the screen bezel with the corners of the phone to offer a compact, pocketable experience.

Nokia 5.1 comes with a higher resolution 5.5-inch Full HD+ display in 18:9 aspect ratio, making watching your favourite content – be it browsing the web, watching your favourite shows, sharing funny memes or gaming – a delightful experience.

The new Nokia 5.1 comes in three classic colours: Copper, Tempered Blue and Black (available a few weeks later); with storage/RAM of 2GB/16GB, and will be available starting 20th August, 2018 from N67, 000.

Serving long-lasting entertainment needs for consumers who are always on the go, Nokia 2.1 comes with a 2-day battery life, a large 5.5-inch HD screen and dual front-facing stereo speakers.

The Nokia 2.1’s huge 4,000mAh battery now charges even faster so you can get back up and running even more quickly than before.

With its HD display almost 20% bigger than the original, you can enjoy high-definition videos on the go while the dual speakers with bespoke 3D formed stainless steel detail gives you an amazing stereo sound.

The new Nokia 2.1 will come in three metallic colours: Blue/Copper, Blue/Silver and Grey/Silver and will be available starting 20th August, 2018 from N32, 000.

Together with Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 plus and Nokia 6.1, Nokia 5.1 also joins the Android One family, delivering an experience designed by Google that is smart, secure and simply amazing.

Nokia smartphones with Android One offer more storage and battery life out of the box, as well as the latest AI-powered innovations from Google to help you stay ahead of the game every day. Nokia 5.1 will receive three years of monthly security patches and two years of OS updates, as guaranteed in the Android One programme.

This puts them among the most secure phones out there, always up to date with the latest Google services like the Google Assistant and Google Photos with free unlimited high-quality photo storage.

Meanwhile, Nokia 2.1 comes with Android Oreo™ (Go edition), designed for smartphones with 1GB RAM or less, giving you a smooth Android experience, more storage out of the box and consuming less data. The two phones are ready for Android P.

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