Telecoms giant, Huawei, turns to pig farming as smartphone sales crash

  The Chinese telecoms giant was stopped from accessing vital components after the Trump administration labelled it a threat to US national security.     Telecoms giant, Huawei, is turning to technology for pig farmers as it deals with tough sanctions on its smartphones. The Chinese telecoms giant was stopped from accessing vital components after the Trump administration labelled it a threat to US national security. In response to struggling smartphone sales, Huawei is looking at other sources of revenue for its technology. Along with Artificial Intelligence (AI) tech for…

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REVEALED: Nigeria, 17 other African Nations are testing 5G – Report

  “MTN is believed to have tested 5G in Nigeria and Uganda; Safaricom has trialed the technology in Kenya and Gabon Telecom has tested it in Gabon.” 18 African countries including Nigeria are testing or rolling out 5G, according to new stats from the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA). As of February 2020, ‘there are 24 operators in 18 African countries that are evaluating/testing/trialing/deploying 5G’ and of those operators eight ‘have deployed 5G into pre-commercial or commercial networks,’ the GSA told tech news portal Connecting Africa. The organisation would not name…

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NIN AND NIGERIA’S NATIONAL DATABASE CREDIBILITY QUESTION

  This article, originally christened “NIN: TOWARDS A CREDIBLE NATIONAL DATABASE SYSTEM IN NIGERIA” by Waheed Ogunjobi, takes a deeper look at the National Identification Number (NIN) and the question repeatedly asked on the credibility or lack of it about Nigeria’s National Database   Ever since the Federal Government issued the new order on the linkage of the National Identification Number (NIN) with the Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card by all Nigerians, there has been flurry of activities around the offices of the National Identification Management Commission by Nigerians who…

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Nigeria shifts NIN-SIM linkage deadline by two months

  The Federal Government has extended the ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) integration exercise by eight weeks, with a new deadline of April 6. This is contained in a statement by the Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde on Tuesday made available to Platforms Africa. He said the extension was ordered by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami after the meeting of the Ministerial Task force on NIN-SIM registration. Pantami, stated that the extension was to give Nigerians and…

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Couple in Trouble, Jailed over forwarded Fake COVID-19 Message on WhatsApp

  Here is how a WhatsApp message on Zimbabwe President’s alleged death from COVID-19 vaccine landed a couple in soup   A young husband, Vongai Nomatter Chiminya, and his wife, Devine Panashe Maregere, have been jailed after forwarding an audio message to each other and later on, on a WhatsApp group, alleging that President Mnangagwa had died on Monday 25 January 2021 as a result of a COVID-19 vaccination, They were found guilty after been charged with publishing or communicating falsehoods by sharing the message on a WhatsApp group. The…

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You Use WhatsApp? You Need to Change These Security Settings

  Cybersecurity specialist Zak Doffman shared his tips for users to better protect their data on WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram. After WhatsApp announced the update of its policies to share data with Facebook , millions of users migrated to other messaging apps. The two favorites have been Telegram and Signal , apparently for offering greater privacy. However, none of the three is completely reliable, unless you change certain security settings to better protect your information . Cybersecurity expert Zak Doffman claims that Telegram and Signal promise more privacy than traditional platforms. However, like WhatsApp , they have important settings that are not predetermined and that must be modified from now…

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MTN, Glo, Etisalat harvest 47.8m NINs from Nigerians

  So far, a total of 47.8 million National Identification Numbers (NINs) have been collected by the MTN, Glo, and other mobile operators. This data was rolled out by the Technical Implementation Committee under the Ministerial Task Force at a meeting to review the ongoing NIN-SIM linkage exercise. At an average of three to four SIMs per subscriber, this means many millions will be linked up before the deadline in February 2021. Reacting to the report, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, expressed satisfaction…

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WhatsApp puts “Policy on hold” as backlash shatters subscribers’ strength

  WhatsApp has reassured users about privacy at the Facebook-owned messaging service as people flocked to rivals Telegram and Signal following a tweak to its terms. There was “a lot of misinformation” about an update to terms of service regarding an option to use WhatsApp to message businesses, Facebook executive Adam Mosseri, who heads Instagram, said in a tweet. WhatsApp’s new terms sparked criticism, as users outside Europe who do not accept the new conditions before February 8 will be cut off from the messaging app. WhatsApp that has been…

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Why Millions of Users may dump Whatsapp for Telegram, Signal, others

  A new privacy policy by the popular social media platform, Whatsapp, is triggering an exodus of users to other less popular but equally functional platforms such as Telegram, Signal, among others. Technology experts say if this is addressed, it could lead millions of users away from WhatsApp. The new privacy policy which comes into force from February 8, allows WhatsApp and Facebook to share user information with businesses and third-party service providers that transact on these platforms. Whatsapp in its new ‘Terms of Service’ which the users are expected…

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