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Zinox, Intel Partner to Enhance Nigerian Technology

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( L-r) An Intel P/A;   Ekeh, Leo-Stan : Chairman, The Zinox Group;   Pearson, Greg : VP, General Manager, World Wide Sales and Operations Group; and Ekundare, Olubunmi : Country manager Intel West Africa during to a visit to Zinox HQ in Lagos

Zinox Computers, Nigeria’s first internationally certified branded computers, has strengthened its partnership with Intel Corporation, the World’s number one computer chips and hardware manufacturer towards the development of Nigerian technology.

The long technical relationship between Zinox and Intel is sustained through the shared core values of innovation, trust, and grass roots relevance.

The main thrust of this partnership is to continually seek to address the needs of consumers in different strata ranging from individuals in the education sector and ancillary sectors that bear requirements for advanced technology.

Mr. Greg Pearson, global vice president, Intel Corporation, stated that Intel was pleased to partner with Zinox, a regional leader with the capacities and high ethical value required to deliver on its promise to use technology to drive development nationally and internationally.

Pearson who spoke during a courtesy visit to the Zinox Headquarters said that as a long standing member of the Intel Diamond Club, Zinox would continue to enjoy information and technical exchanges to make the company more relevant to the economy.

Welcoming the Intel delegation, Mr. Leo Stan Ekeh, chairman of Zinox Technologies,  said that the partnership with Intel is an endorsement of the world-class standards in production and corporate governance that have been put in place by Zinox.

He said that Zinox shared the Intel passion for adequately empowering the education sector. He informed that Zinox has been responsible for the computerization of over 65% of the tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

Of late, he said, Zinox developed and deployed the largest e-learning suite in Africa solely for the purpose of providing affordable access to content for the education sector.

The Zinox world-class hub which, went live recently would bring relief to many educational institutions beginning from April 2013 when Zinox streams e- Content to educational institutions at half the present cost.

Ekeh, who was recognized as IT Personality of the year 2011 by the Nigerian Computer Society, pledged that Zinox would continue to domesticate world-class products as a bridge to the full transfer of technology.

Ekeh revealed that the Zinox ultra modern factory would begin production before the end of March while explaining properly advised delays based on the irregular power supply in Nigeria.

He noted that only the Federal Government can, through mandatory patronage, ensure the sustainability of the digital assembly plant that Zinox is installing. Of necessity, the Zinox Boss said, that the government should immediately commence the subsidy of computer ownership for all students in tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

Ekeh argued that empowering the young ones today with IT equipment is a surer way of ensuring a future Nigeria that can provide for its people, sustain the unity and stability of Nigeria, and lead the rest of Africa. Until this is done democracy dividends cannot be said to have been delivered.

Zinox Computers set up in 2001 is the largest Intel partner in sub-Saharan Africa and participates in the Intel Inside program, in addition to being a member of the Intel Diamond Club.    

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ESET, Airtel Unveil New Security app for Smartphone Users

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ESET, a security solution company on Thursday launched a new mobile security app specially designed for Airtel Nigeria subscribers.

 

Olufemi Ake, country manager of ESET, said that the mobile security application would provide smartphone users with features for prevention and management of cyber risks associated to android mobile devices.

 

Ake made this known during the ESET Mobile Security Airtel Edition Launch held in Lagos.

 

He said that there was need for average smartphone users in Nigeria to install mobile security apps on their phones, “especially in this age where cyber criminals steal personal data online”.

 

The country manager added that the first telecom-focused security product was optimised for Android and also for bringing both unmatched performance coupled with proactive protection.

 

He said: “The new ESET mobile security for Airtel also welcomes the brand-new premium features such as Anti-Phishing, which protects against malicious websites attempting to acquire sensitive information – usernames, passwords, banking information or credit card details.

 

“It also features Anti-Theft, which locks a device upon detection of suspicious behaviour or when unauthorised SIM is inserted.

 

“The security app also has the Remote Lock feature, allowing a device owner to lock his or her phone remotely, thereby preventing unauthorised access to all stored information, including photos and emails.

 

“It also has the SMS and Call Filter feature, which enables smartphone owners to solely receive the calls and messages that they want and also empower them to define the sender and the time to receive SMS or calls with time-based call management.”

 

Ake noted that the ESET Mobile Security product already exists globally on Google Play Store with over ten million downloads.

He explained that the app also offered precise detection of known and unknown mobile threats with complement of advanced features such as Anti-Theft, Security Audit, App Lock, SMS and Call Filter and Password Protection, amongst others.

 

Dinesh Balsingh, chief commercial officer, Airtel Nigeria, said that the partnership with ESET affirms their strong commitment to protecting customers from cyber criminals.

 

He said that by introducing such apps to subscribers, they would be protected from cyber criminals hacking into their personal data.

 

Balsingh said that Airtel subscribers who wish to benefit from the new security app could subscribe via Google Play store at subsidized and flexible cost of N150 monthly.

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MainOne Takes Blame for Google Glitch

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Main One Cable has took responsibility for a glitch that temporarily caused some Google global traffic to be misrouted through China, saying it accidentally caused the problem during a network upgrade.

The issue surfaced on Monday afternoon as Internet monitoring firms ThousandEyes and BGPmon said some traffic to Alphabet’s Google had been routed through China and Russia, raising concerns that the communications had been intentionally hijacked.

Main One said in an e-mail that it had caused a 74-minute glitch by misconfiguring a border gateway protocol filter used to route traffic across the Internet. That resulted in some Google traffic being sent through Main One partner China Telecom, said the West African firm.

Google has said little about the matter. It acknowledged the problem on Monday in a post on its Web site that said it was investigating the glitch and said it believed the problem originated outside the company. It did not say how many users were affected or identify specific customers.

Google representatives could not be reached on Tuesday to comment on Main One’s statement.

Even though MainOne said it was to blame, some security experts said the incident highlighted concerns about the potential for hackers to conduct espionage or disrupt communications by exploiting known vulnerabilities in the way traffic is routed over the Internet.

The US China Economic and Security Review Commission, a Washington-based group that advises the US Congress on security issues, plans to look into the issue, said commissioner Michael Wessel.

“We will work to gain more facts about what has happened recently and look at what legal tools or legislation or law enforcement activities can help address this problem,” Wessel said.

Glitches in border gateway protocol filters have caused multiple outages to date, including cases where traffic from US Internet and financial services firms was routed through Russia, China and Belarus.

Yuval Shavitt, a network security researcher at Tel Aviv University, said it was possible Monday’s issue was not an accident.

“You can always claim that this is some kind of configuration error,” said Shavitt, who last month co-authored a paper alleging the Chinese government had conducted a series of Internet hijacks.

Main One, which describes itself as a leading provider of telecom and network services for businesses in West Africa, said it had investigated the matter and implemented new processes to prevent it from happening again.

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Paga, Orange Mall Ink Exclusive Partnership to Make Online Shopping Easier

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Paga, the leading mobile money company in Nigeria announced that it has signed on as the exclusive payment partner to Orange Mall, an e-commerce solution making global shopping from over 250 international retailers available for easy purchase and shipment to Nigeria.

 

“Paga’s partnership with Mall for Africa, to provide our payment services on Orange Mall, underscores our overarching commitment to making life possible for Nigerians,” said Folakemi Falodun, general manager, Online & Mobile at Paga,

 

“With Orange Mall, we are making it possible for our customers to shop globally and pay locally, increasing the utility of their Paga Wallets. One of the most important parts of this is that through this partnership, we can guarantee better pricing and painless payments for all Orange Mall customers.”

 

The announcement comes on the heels of the company announcing that they had hit 10 million unique users, raised another $10 million in a series B2 funding round, and had clear intentions to expand their business portfolio by partnering with relevant institutions to create financial ease for the local and global markets.

 

The launch of their P2P money transfer app introduced the easiest way to send and receive money in Nigeria, and this partnership further solidifies Paga’s stance to provide their customers with easy access and use of their money.

 

Orange Mall will be supported by Mall for Africa to handle operations, customer care, and logistics, while Paga will process all payments made through its secure wallet which customers can link to their linked bank cards and accounts, or fund their wallets directly with cash.

 

 

 

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