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Samsung Unwraps Galaxy Note 8 in Nigeria, Says ‘Do Bigger Things’

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(L-r): Emmanouil Revmatas, director, Information Communication and Technology; Olumide Ojo, director, Mobile; Hungbae Kim, business manager, all with Samsung Electronics West Africa; and Ebuka obi Uchendu, popular media personality/MC at the launch of the newest Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Smartphone, which held at Four Points by Sheraton, VI, Lagos on Thursday.

By peter oluka

Samsung’s newest flagship Smartphone, the Galaxy Note 8 is now available in the Nigerian market, according to an official statement by Samsung Electronics West Africa.

The Note 8 which was launched in Lagos on Thursday, takes cues from Samsung’s Note and Galaxy S lines, while boasting even more exciting features making the smartphone a stunning device. It is noteworthy that customers who pre-registered will get a free fast-charging battery pack and a free back cover, from the 13th of October, 2017.

Made with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5.0, the new smartphone has a 6.3-inch QHD screen, the largest screen on a Galaxy Note phone, a dual camera, two 12-megapixel cameras on the back – a dual pixel primary wide-angel sensor with f/1.7 aperture and OIS, and a secondary telephoto lens with f/1.4 aperture and OIS. The smartphone features the company’s signature Infinity Display, giving the screen more surface area for use with the S Pen.

Emmanouil Revmatas, director of Information, Communication & Technology for Samsung Electronics West Africa, said that the infinity display is a game changer for Note users because where others see more screen, users see more space to do what they love and get things done.

Biggest Screen Ever

“The Galaxy Note 8 has the biggest screen ever on a Note device, yet its narrow body makes it comfortable to hold in one hand. With the Super AMOLED technology, combined with a resolution of 2,960 x 1,440, all the typical characteristics featured in previous Samsung phones such as vibrant colors, high contrast, and inky dark blacks are incredibly sharp. The Note 8’s display is absolutely gorgeous with a screen fantastic for all kinds of use such as watching YouTube videos, playing games, casual web browsing, and boosting productivity,” said Mr.  Olumide Ojo, director of Mobile for Samsung Electronics West Africa.

Memory

Built with 6GB RAM, a 10nm processor, and 64GB memory space (expandable up to 256GB), the Galaxy Note 8 offers users more flexibility for internet browsing, video streaming, playing games, and multitasking. Importantly, the device is also water and dust resistant (IP68).

Users do not have to worry about getting the device damaged when accidentally dropped in fresh water, as deep as 1.5 meters, for up to 30 minutes.

The S Pen

The S Pen, like the Galaxy Note 8 itself, is IP68-rated for water and dust resistance; users can easily jot down thoughts and ideas on a wet screen without interruption. The S Pen can also translate full sentences in foreign languages, depending on the country and region. All you need do is let the S Pen hover above the selected words.

Get Your Day More Oranised with ‘Screen Off’ Memo

Thanks to the “Screen Off” Memo, users can write up to 100 pages of notes, as well as edit and pin them to the Always-On Display, an easy way for users to capture and share their thoughts with ease. The S Pen also automatically converts units of measurements and foreign currencies. There is also an alarm that will go off once you start moving without docking it away.

Camera

The Galaxy Note 8 is equipped with two 12MP rear cameras with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) on both the wide-angle lens and the telephoto lens, allowing users capture crisp and sharp images.

For more advanced photo-taking, the Galaxy Note 8’s Live Focus feature allows for control of the depth of field by adjusting the blur and focus of the background in real time. The background blur can be adjusted even after the picture is taken.

In Dual Capture mode, both rear cameras take two pictures simultaneously, allowing users save both images; one close-up shot from the telephoto lens and one wide-angle shot that shows the entire background. The wide-angle lens has a Dual Pixel sensor with rapid Auto Focus, so you can capture sharper, clearer shots even in low-light environments.

“One of the things our consumers look out for when purchasing a device is the camera. Samsung has clearly set the standard for smartphone cameras and, with the Galaxy Note 8; we are delivering our most powerful smartphone camera yet. The Galaxy Note 8 is also equipped with an industry-leading 8MP Smart Auto Focus front-facing camera for sharp selfies and video chats,” said Mr. Emmanouil Revmatas.

Battery

“With the Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s Adaptive Fast Charging technology, users can get their battery charge up from zero to 50% capacity in just 30 minutes.

“Its ultra-power saving mode also lets users make the most of their battery power, helping them stay connected for longer periods.“ Consumers do not need to worry about the safety of their devices as Samsung continues to uphold its commitment to lead the industry in battery safety. The Galaxy Note8’s battery has undergone Samsung’s 8-Point Battery Safety Check—the most rigorous in the industry,” continued Revmatas.

In addition to its innovative technological advancements, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 offers a choice of biometric authentication options—including iris and fingerprint scanning.

The Galaxy Note 8 is available in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, and Maple Gold colours. To purchase the device, customers can visit the network providers, MTN, Airtel, Etisalat and GLO; Samsung Experience Stores, and select retail partners nationwide. Customers are encouraged to purchase their Galaxy Note 8 only in Nigeria and only from authorized dealers so they can enjoy a 24-month warranty.

 

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PTECSSAN Calls for call for Implementation of Executive Order on Local Contents

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Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communication

Private Telecommunication and Communications Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PTECSSAN) has called for the implementation of the President’s Executive Order on local contents.

 

Oladapo Moses, president of PTECSSAN, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, alleging increase in number of foreigners working in Nigeria.

 

Moses noted that four months after the executive order was signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, there had been no blue print for its implementation.

 

NAN recalls that President Buhari signed the executive order on February 2 to improve local contents in science, engineering and technology components.

 

The order, among others, prohibits the Ministry of Interior from giving visas to foreign workers whose skills are readily available in Nigeria.

 

Moses claimed that since the order was signed, the number of expatriates whose expertise was available in the country had continued to increased.

 

He said that if the trend was allowed to continue, the plans of the current administration to create 740,000 in the country would fail.

 

He said: “The rate at which Ministries, Departments and Agencies grant expatriate quotas to foreign workers is worrisome.

 

“This is a direct abuse of the laws. Imagine an expatriate working in Nigeria as a Security Manager, Fleet Manager, Account Manager and Human Resource Manager. This is sad.”

 

According to him, telecommunication companies keep Nigerian workers as casual or outsource staff while their foreign counterparts, some of who are less qualified, are treated with full benefits.

 

He said: “This is against the laws as no Nigerian worker understudies the expatriates; rather the reverse is the case.

 

“We have companies with 30 per cent locals and 70 per cent foreigners as staff.”

 

Moses said it was wrong to believe that Nigerians in the telecommunication sector “still needed to learn forever, after over a decade of learning and teaching the supposed teachers”.

 

He said that some multi-nationals hid under redundancy policy to terminate employment of the indigenous workers only to bring in foreigners to take over their positions.

 

Moses added: “The result is that Nigerians lose their jobs to foreign workers.

 

“We urge the MDA’s to immediately work with all labour unions in the information sector to nip this development in the bud.”

 

The union leader lamented that the executive order has not been implemented and advised Nigerian telecommunication workers to wake up and be united to be able to tackle the challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

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Internet of Things Spending to Reach $1.2 Trillion in 2022- IDC

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International Data Corporation (IDC) reports on Internet of Things shows that spending will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.6% over the 2017-2022 forecast period and reach $1.2 trillion in 2022.

 

The forecast is based on the latest research in the burgeoning IoT technology market, which offers business investment opportunities across a spectrum of industries and illuminated through use case implementations.

 

As the diverse IoT market reaches broad-based critical mass, innovative offerings in analytics software, cloud technologies, and business and IT services have expanded rapidly.

 

Carrie MacGillivray, group vice president, Internet of Things and Mobility, said, “The IoT market is at a turning point – projects are moving from proof of concept into commercial deployments.

 

“Organizations are looking to extend their investment as they scale their projects, driving spending for the hardware, software, services, and connectivity required to enable IoT solutions.”

 

The intersection of multiple technology domains is one key to successfully understanding and developing a supply-side product and market development strategy.

 

The IDC IoT Spending Guide is an industry defining market intelligence tool that details end-user adoption and spending across multiple segmentations.

 

Marcus Torchia, research director, Customer Insights & Analysis, said, “The latest IoT Spending Guide release fully aligns to IDC’s Industry Taxonomy.

 

“We now forecast all 20 standard IDC Industries,”

 

“As a result, we are proactively mapping IoT use cases that have segmentations in shared domains, such as in Smart Cities and Digital Transformation investment areas.

 

“As a part of these improvements, IoT supports spending forecasts for 100 use cases.”

 

Forecast highlights show that the consumer sector will lead IoT spending growth with a worldwide CAGR of 19%, followed closely by the insurance and healthcare provider industries.

 

From a total spending perspective, discrete manufacturing and transportation will each exceed $150 billion in spending in 2022, making these the two largest industries for IoT spending.

 

From an enterprise use case perspective, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) solutions will experience the fastest spending growth (29% CAGR) over the forecast period, followed by traffic management and connected vehicle security.

 

The Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide forecasts IoT spending for 14 technologies across 20 vertical industries in nine regions and 53 countries through 100 use cases.

 

 

Unlike any other research in the industry, this comprehensive spending guide was designed to help vendors clearly understand the industry-specific opportunity for IoT technologies today.

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ALTON Seek Policy Breather for Ailing CDMA

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Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has called for policy flexibility in favour of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators.

 

Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, ALTON Chairman, said in Lagos that the federal government should give the operators access to capital and other incentives to survive.

 

“With the declining CDMA operation in Nigeria, there is urgent need to help the operators remain in business in order to allow for the continuity of their operations, which has cheaper tariff than GSM service,” he said.

 

Adebayo called on telecommunications regulators to revisit the interconnect rate model and give preferential treatment to CDMA operators.

 

CDMA is a wireless communication technology that allows multiple people to use a single radio channel at the same time with little interference and very high security.

 

Adebayo said that CDMA operators still existed and had subscribers but were not as prominent as they used to be. “The fact remains that the choice of technology being used now does not favour CDMA operators,’’ he said.

 

The chairman noted that CDMA lines were mostly used in the country in the past.

 

He said that the use of the CDMA lines was reduced as a result of stiff competition with GSM operators.

 

Adebayo said that GSM operators churned out innovative and exciting products for subscribers and lowered call tariffs and SIM cards, causing decline in the number of subscribers on CDMA network.

 

Adebayo said that GSM operators’ subscriber base had continued to rise to the disadvantage of CDMA operators. According to statistics released by the Nigeria Communications Commission for 2018, active mobile telephone lines in Nigeria rose from 149 million in March to 160 million in April.

 

 

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