Tech

Akeem ReachnaijaMay 28, 2019
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Huawei has been hit with plenty of blows that doesn’t look good at all, One Of the Blow include the loss of chip designer ARM from the UK

Chip designer ARM has sent a memo to employees telling them to cease “all active contracts, support entitlements, and any pending engagements” with Huawei because of “US origin technology” in ARM’s designs. ARM’s technology is the foundation for most mobile chipsets and without it Huawei wouldn’t be able to develop its own chips.

ARM has officially stated only that it is “complying with all of the latest regulations set forth by the US government”. Huawei has also responded by stating that, “We value our close relationships with our partners, but recognise the pressure some of them are under, as a result of politically motivated decisions.”

Huawei has been de-listed from the SD Association and no longer appears on its list of members. That means that Huawei can no longer officially use microSD cards or microSD slot in its devices. The ban doesn’t impact the smartphones Huawei already has on the market, but it will impact upcoming devices. Android devices commonly have microSD card slots, and that is seen by many as one of the big benefits of Android devices over iPhones.

The SD Association is the non-profit that controls the standards for SD products. It controls all formats from full-size SD to the microSD cards used in smartphones. Companies who aren’t a member can’t officially produce smartphones, tablets, or other devices using the standards or media. It’s also worth noting that Huawei had previously been moving away from microSD cards and slots to something it developed in-house called NanoMemory. It’s unclear if that NanoMemory tech uses any patents that might be restricted.


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 28, 2019
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WhatsApp have confirmed that status updates will begin showing ads in year 2020, Techmachos Reports.

At an annual Facebook Marketing Summit in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Facebook offered a first look at how its ads would look once implemented.

This revelation was confirmed on Twitter by Olivier Ponteville, the media head at a digital marketing agency based out of Brussels.

According to Ponteville, the advertisements will be shown between Whatsapp stories, just like Instagram stories.

In a video ads preview, Olivier explained that stories would be displayed entirely on the screen and a link will redirect users to the website.

From what we know so far, the advertisements will be powered by Facebook’s native advertising system and would be aimed at helping users understand and participate in businesses using the messaging app.

Facebook’s intentions to monetise WhatsApp had earlier forced the hugely popular messaging service’s co-founders to leave the company.

For those who’re aware, WhatsApp’s “Status” feature allows users to share text, photos, videos, and animated GIFs that disappear after 24 hours — identical to how Instagram stories work.


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 27, 2019
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This development is laudable as again, the major driver of this trend is attributed to the influx of Asian brands specifically targeted for the Nigerian market.

According to the report, this trend is largely driven by the entry of affordable phones from China into the market.

Asian brands have consistently enjoyed massive patronage because of their Africa-specific strategy of introducing lower price point smartphones into the Nigerian market.

In 2018, Fero, Samsung, Nokia, Infinix and Tecno remained the customers’ favourites and the top-selling mobile brands on Jumia. It is interesting that a one time king of mobile phone, Nokia is gradually returning to the limelight, riding on its durability claim. Infinix continues to lead the pack, year on year.

Nigeria’s largest commercial city, Lagos, had the highest number of mobile phone orders in 2018, followed by Abuja, Rivers (Port Harcourt), Edo, and Delta. The mobile phone category still remains one of the top-selling categories on the Jumia website.

Some 700 million new mobile subscribers from various countries across the world will push the total number of global mobile subscribers to 6 billion between now and 2025.

Nigeria has been identified among these countries, with others being India, China, Pakistan, Indonesia, USA, and Brazil.

According to the report, Nigeria has been identified among these countries, with others being India, China, Pakistan, Indonesia, USA, and Brazil.

It is predicted that Nigeria will contribute 4% of the estimated 700 million new global mobile subscribers, making it the only country in Africa marked with a significant contribution to increasing mobile penetration in the world. By this quota, it is expected that 28 million new mobile subscribers will emerge from Nigeria between 2019 and 2025, that is, an average of 7 million new mobile subscribers annually if the country is to meet its quota.


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 22, 2019
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UK-based chip designer ARM has told staff it must suspend business with Huawei, according to internal documents obtained by the BBC.

ARM instructed employees to halt “all active contracts, support entitlements, and any pending engagements” with Huawei and its subsidiaries to comply with a recent US trade clampdown.

ARM’s designs form the basis of most mobile device processors worldwide.

In a company memo, it said its designs contained “US origin technology”.

As a consequence, it believes it is affected by the Trump administration’s ban.

One analyst described the move, if it became long-term, as an “insurmountable” blow to Huawei’s business.

He said it would greatly affect the firm’s ability to develop its own chips, many of which are currently built with ARM’s underlying technology, for which it pays a licence.

Cambridge-headquartered ARM had been described as the UK’s largest tech firm until its takeover by a Japanese fund. It employs 6,000 workers and lists eight offices in the US.

In a statement it said it was “complying with all of the latest regulations set forth by the US government”, but declined to comment further.


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 20, 2019
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U.S Tech giant Google annouces it’s cutting ties with Huawei,whose Android mobile operating system powers most of the world’s smartphones, said Sunday it was beginning to cut ties with China’s Huawei, which Washington considers a national security threat.

Despite trade war with Beijing, President Donald Trump has barred U.S companies from engaging in telecommunications trade with foreign companies said to threaten American national security.

American companies can only engage in trade after obtaining the green light from the authorities.

The ban includes technology sharing.

“We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications,” a Google spokesperson told AFP.

The move could have dramatic implications since Google, like all tech companies, must collaborate with smartphone makers to ensure its systems are compatible with their devices.

Google will have to halt business activities with Huawei that involve transfer of hardware, software and technical services that are not publicly available — meaning Huawei will only be able to use the open source version of Android, a source close to the matter told AFP.

Huawei will no longer have access to Google’s proprietary apps and services, such as the Gmail email service.

Huawei did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 20, 2019
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Google severs Huawei access to Android software
The move means new Huawei smartphones won’t be able to access many popular apps. The embattled Chinese company is under immense US pressure over its alleged government ties.

US tech giant Google said on Sunday it was pulling Huawei’s license to use its mobile phone operating system Android, forcing the Chinese company to rely on an open source version of the software.

New Huawei smartphones will no longer have access to services such as Gmail, maps and YouTube as well as security updates.

However, people already owning Huawei phones will be able to use and update apps already downloaded.

Last week, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to stop US companies from using telecommunications equipment made by “foreign adversaries” deemed to pose a national security risk. Trump blacklisted Huawei, denying it access to domestic markets and restricting US sales to the company.

“We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications,” a Google spokesperson said.

Huawei has come under immense US pressure following allegations it allows Chinese intelligence agencies to use alleged backdoors in the software. The allegations prompted the Chinese Foreign Ministry to denounce Western “hysteria” .

Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei has refused to bow to US pressure. Last week, Ren said his company had “already been preparing for this.”

“We have not done anything which violates the law,” Ren told Japanese business daily The Nikkei. “It is expected that Huawei’s growth may slow, but only slightly.”

Huawei is said to be a pioneer of 5G technology but relies heavily on foreign suppliers. The company buys about $67 billion (€60 billion) worth of components each year, including about $11 billion from US suppliers, according to The Nikkei.

Adverse impact

US media reports suggest Huawei had developed its own operating system in the event it lost access to Google and Microsoft services. Some of this technology is already being used in products sold in China, Huawei has said.


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 17, 2019
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MTN Nigeria Communication Plc successfully floated its shares on the Nigeria stock exchange market yesterday Thursday 15th May. The shares price is placed at a unit price of N90 per share, making it the second largest listed company in Nigeria. The shares started trading around 2.14 PM on Thursday, only 16 minutes before the market closed for the day.

MTN stocks provide an amazing investment opportunity for anyone who wishes to invest. With revenue of 282 billion naira in the first quarter and having solidified its place as Nigeria topmost communication giant, putting your money in MTN stock would be a good investment according to analysts.

If you are interested in investing in MTN Nigeria stocks, then you can follow this guide to get on with it. Investing in stock today is quite easy unlike before, here are the three basic steps you should take to make your investment.

Open An Account With A Stockbroker

A stockbroker is your access to the market. They are licensed to trade share and other instruments like commodities, indices and currencies. Typically, you will need millions to invest in stocks, but the stockbroker buys in large quantity and allows individuals open mini trading accounts with little capital.

There is a list of licensed stockbrokers by the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC). Here is a list of licensed stock brokers with the NSE coned from the NSE Website >>http://locals.com.ng/list-of-active-members-stock-traders-with-the-nigerian-stock-exchange/<<

Choose a stockbroker that will suit you. Check for their charges and features. Most brokers have apps that allow you trade on your phone; some have various other tools that aid your trading. Choose the one that suits your trading style.

The requirement for opening an account is no different from those you need to open a bank account.

Fund your account

After opening your account, you need to fund it to be able to place order for shares. The MTN Nigeria share has a price of N90/share, so you have to furnish your account with enough funds to purchase as much shares as you want. You can chat up your broker to know of any charges and make enquiries if you are confused.

Place your orders

The final step of the process is to place your orders. As stated earlier, most stockbrokers have online platforms where you can easily place your orders. However, if you find it difficult getting through with it, then simply email your broker to place the orders for you.

Note that each stock broker has a minimum number of shares you can buy. Some allow as low 5,000, 10,000, and upwards.

The MTN Nigeria share rose by 10 percent at the close of market yesterday Thursday May 16, 2019, giving it a market value of 2.01 trillion naira. There is a massive rush for MTN shares and the time to invest is now.


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 12, 2019
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TECNO Mobile after a successful outing in Lagos is in the Eastern heartland town of Owerri for the Spark 3 Party. The Spark Party is an annual party hosted by TECNO to thrill her fans and also unveil the new 3 Spark device.

The event is currently on going at the Freedom Park Owerri and it’s open to students from Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Alvan, Imo State Polytechnic and Imo State University.

Dj consequence is the official DJ for the party and he his supported by other top artistes in the east like F2 and Busta.

Check out live photos from the venue.


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 11, 2019
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The President of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, ATCON, Mr Olusola Teniola revealed 30 millions Nigerians in some remote communities have never seen a mobile phone.

Mr Olusola Teniola while discussing some of major challenges and the potential of the telecoms industry.

When he was asked if he believe that there are some remote communities in Nigeria that are still without mobile networks. He said:

“That is correct. There are 102 market gaps that we have identified through research, which represents 20 to 30 million Nigerians, who have never made a voice call because they have never seen a mobile phone in their lives, let alone get onto the Internet. They are in darkness.”

According to report by United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA), Nigeria has 201 million in population.