FG Supports Google’s Next Billion Users Plan

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai welcomed the VP to the meeting held at Googleplex, the corporate of Google and its parent compay Alphabet Inc. in California, United States.

*VP Osinbajo Meets Top Google Executives in First Leg of US Investment Road Show

*FG, Global Firm working on making content cheaper, localized, accessible to Nigerians

*Google Artificial Intelligence Centres coming to Nigeria soon

In line with its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, especially its strategy to diversify the economy by making technology an enabler for forex revenue earnings, the Buhari administration would be actively supporting Google’s Next Billion users plan intended to ensure greater digital access in Nigeria and around the world.

This will afford millions of Nigerians access to the Internet and particularly support content distribution.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, gave the assurance during a meeting with Google executives at the company’s corporate headquarters in the Silicon Valley at the start of the investment road show he is leading to San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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Small Businesses in South Africa critical to the 4th Industrial Revolution

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One of the major impact industry 4.0 will have on the country remains its effect on the country’s workforce and industry

Small businesses will be critical to South Africa in the 4th industrial revolution while access to information will revolutionize education. This was highlighted at an insightful panel discussion in Midrand on Thursday (5 July). The topic debated was: “Is South Africa Ready for the 4th Industrial Revolution?” Panel speakers included

The discussion, hosted collaboratively by Siemens and CNBC Africa, explored effects industry 4.0 would have on the country. Delegates from business and government heard that shying away from connectivity and artificial intelligence was not the answer. Yes, the robots are rising but they will never replace humans.

Industry 4.0 is drastically changing the work landscape, how we live and how we do things but with the involvement of academic institutions, government, private institutions and the South African society, we can ensure that this digital revolution will only impact the country positively.

There is no place to hide from connectivity. South Africa cannot step aside and not participate. We need to actively participate and shape South …read more

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Western Union set up offices in Ivory Coast to bring customer services closer to the West African market

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Western Union has set up its offices at the Rue du Dr. Crozet, Immeuble XL, Abidjan Plateaur in Ivory Coast. Though the service has been available in the country since 1995, this is the first time it is having a brick and mortar office in the West African nation.

The move to set up an office in the country is informed by the statistics which shows Ivory Coast is increasingly getting remittances from the diaspora. Thus they need to take customer services closer to the potential clients in Ivory Coast who will be receiving remittances from abroad.

The money transfer service is now looking to offer a customer service that is more one-on-one alongside boosting its public relations within the country.

Western Union is committed to Ivory Coast. We are uniquely positioned at the intersection of digital and retail and are proud to be investing our resources to support and serve the local economy and customer base. This office will serve as the regional hub for West Africa,” said Odilion Almeida, the President of Western Union Global Money Transfer.

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Your Phone’s Touchscreen replacement could open you to hacking via the screen taps and swipes you make

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Cybersecurity now seems like a game of whack-a-mole, where you are never sure which will be the next hole the threat is going to emerge from, and when you finally see it, will you be fast enough to arrest the situation.

We recently feature an article about the possibility of hackers reading your password by simply pointing a thermal camera to your keyboard. They can then use the heat your fingers leave on the keyboard to read your keystroke and easily get your password.

As if that was not enough, it now emerges that hackers can actually read data off your touchscreen interactions. This new cybersecurity threat was established by a team of researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU).

The BGU have demonstrated that user’s information can be exfiltrated from a smartphone by tracking the touch movements. That can more likely happen on smartphone using compromised third party touchscreens.

More often than not, broken smartphone touchscreen are replaced using aftermarket components made by third-party manufacturers. These third party touchscreen have been found to contain malicious codes embedded in their circuitry.

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Universal Music Group to expand Strategic Operations within Africa

Universal Music Group to expand Strategic Operations within Africa

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Significant expansion of live music activity throughout the continent in partnership with Vivendi & CanalOlympia

Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, today announced a significant expansion in French-speaking Africa, with the launch of a new strategic division within French-speaking Africa markets with a focus on discovering and supporting local music talent in-order to maximize the commercial opportunities for artists and labels throughout French-speaking Africa to reach audiences globally.

The team will be led by experienced music industry executive, artist manager and live promoter, Moussa Soumbounou, who has been appointed as MD, Western Africa effective immediately. Moussa Soumbounou will report to Olivier Nusse, CEO, Universal Music France and operate from a new Universal Music Africa (UMA) office in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) and covering Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Kinshasa), Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles and Togo. Recent artist signings to the label include Kiff No Beat and DJ Arafat from Ivory Coast, Toofan from Togo and Locko and Tenor from Cameroon.

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Entries open for the AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2018

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Entries are now open for the fourth annual AppsAfrica Innovation Awards which celebrate the best in mobile and tech from across Africa, showcasing the continent’s most innovative ventures.

The awards provide winners with industry recognition, global publicity, and networking with 300+ industry peers at the Awards party in Cape Town on November 12th on the eve of AfricaCom. Winners are also invited to Africa Tech Summit Kigali 2019 to join 400+ tech leaders from across the continent.

The Awards provide are open to corporates, established ventures or start-ups who have launched tech services in at least one African market across 14 categories

Disruptive Innovation

Health Tech

Best African App

Enterprise

Blockchain

News & Entertainment

Edtech

Fintech

Agritech

IoT

mCommerce

Mobility

Social Impact

Changing Africa Award

Applications will be assessed by a team of expert judges who are selected based on their knowledge, influence and contribution to the improvement of technology and business in Africa. The deadline for entries is September 7th, with the shortlisted finalists announced in October 2018.

To find out more, visit this link.

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To curb Fake News going viral WhatsApp will start labeling Forwarded Messages

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In a recent blog post by WhatsApp, the instant messaging service will embark on labeling forwarded messages in an attempt to stop the spread of fake news.

According to the blog post, WhatsApp will label messages that have been forward multiple times from one user to the next.

This extra content will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow. It also helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from someone else.”

This feature, though just now being availed to every user, has been in the trial test among users in India. The country is the biggest market for WhatsApp, alongside Brazil. The move was particularly necessitated in India following numerous incidences of child trafficking information being spread via the app.

The company (WhatsApp) has in the past offered specialists cash awards if they could come up with ways to spot misinformation spreading through the app. These specialists research into how misinformation spread through the service and based on a fact-checking mechanism, be able to detect fake news and thus come up with means to stop their …read more

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How to turn on Dark Mode in Android P manually

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True to its word, Google has released the the Beta 3/ Developer Preview 4 for Android P. The company said it will be out by mid-June and now it is here. Though it doesn’t come with that much difference from the previous beta versions of Android P, there is one particular feature that will pick your interest even more; the dark mode.

Well you can only have this version of the Google mobile OS on the Pixel phone. If you have it, and have updated it to the latest version of this bete OS. You can manually turn on the dark mode by:

Launch the Settings app

Tap on Display

Tap on Advanced

Then scroll down to Device theme and tap it

You should three options Automatic (based on wallpaper), Light, and Dark.

By default, it Device theme will be set to Automatic (based on wallpaper). You can switch it to Dark to turn on the dark mode feature.

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How to recovers deleted WhatsApp Photos and Videos

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These days, it is becoming less and less common to hear cases of people losing their digital photos. If you happen to delete a photo or video accidentally, chances are high; you can log into your cloud storage account, and download the deleted photo or video again. This trick works mainly if you have automatic sync turned on for the folder where you keep your photos or videos.

You probably did not know that you can also recover deleted WhatsApp photos and videos. Yes, you can recover them, provided you did not delete them (in the first place) from the WhatsApp app itself.

Android devices

The WhatsApp app for Android works slightly different from the iOS version. If you have disabled automatic download of multimedia (videos, photos, music, and documents). Whenever someone sends you these files (or it is sent in a WhatsApp group), you will see them as blurred thumbnail with a download icon, and an indication of the size of the file.

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Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) signs first time contract for GE Power’s Software Technology

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With about 70% of the country’s populating having access to electricity. Botswana is currently focused on the digital transformation of its grid network to enhance reliable access for its people.

GE Power’s Digital Energy software will provide a single platform for grid control centers in Gaborone and Francistown

Project will improve customer service, reduce down-time and improve revenue collection

Contract expands GE Power’s software leadership in Energy Management Systems (EMS) in Southern AfricAligning with Botswana’s commitment to provide energy users access to affordable energy services and improve its grid efficiency, GE Power’s Grid Solution business (NYSE: GE) today announced that it has signed its first contract with Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) on May 24, 2018. The contract includes the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of a SCADA/Energy Management system at the principal grid control centers in Botswana Power Corporation’s (BPC) headquarters in Gaborone and the back-up control center in Francistown.

At the contract signing ceremony, Dr. Stefan Schwarzfischer, Chief Executive Officer for Botswana Power Corporation said, “The functionalities of this platform will improve customer services by leveraging our existing customer call system, reduce down-time, improve …read more

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