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Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami

Minister: Nigeria needs to reboot entire ecosystem with digital technology

Nigeria’s Minister for Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, has declared that Nigeria needs to reboot the entire ecosystem with digital technology in order to survive the present regressive economic outlook as a result of Covid-19 disruption.
Opera for Business is an expansion of the company’s existing portfolio of products and services supporting small and medium enterprises.

Opera launches Opera For Business, announce new partnership with Google My Business

In 2019 Opera launched OLeads, a lead generation platform, and OList, an online marketplace for local merchants. Today hundreds of thousands of local merchants and businesses have already been onboarded and remain active on these platforms, allowing them to establish an online presence and connect with the quickly growing internet user base in the country.
Google and Samsung are in discussions for a deal that would give the US tech giant’s services more prominence on Samsung phones at the expense of those from the Korean manufacturer, according to a report by Bloomberg.

Google ‘negotiating’ with Samsung to push Assistant over Bixby

Google and Samsung are in discussions for a deal that would give the US tech giant’s services more prominence on Samsung phones at the expense of those from the Korean manufacturer, according to a report by Bloomberg. The deal would reportedly involve promoting the Google Assistant and the Play Store over Samsung’s own alternatives.
Fahim Saleh, the Bangladeshi-American tech investor and founder of Nigerian startup Gokada, was found dead and dismembered in his New York apartment in Manhattan’s Lower East Side on Tuesday (July 14).

Police: Gokada’s founder murder financially motivated

Fresh facts have emerged that the gruesome killing of Gokada founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fahim Saleh, was “financially motivated”.
(FILES) A file photo taken on November 20, 2017 shows logos of US multinational technology company Google displayed on computers' screens. Google is dropping out of the bidding for a huge Pentagon cloud computing contract that could be worth up to $10 billion, saying the deal would be inconsistent with its principles. The decision by Google, confirmed to AFP in an email October 9, 2018, leaves a handful of other tech giants including Amazon in the running for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract aimed at modernizing the military's computing systems. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE

Google announces $10 billion ‘digitization fund’ for India

Alphabet’s Google on Monday said it will spend around $10 billion in India over the next five to seven years through equity investments and tie-ups, marking its biggest commitment to a key growth market.
The COVID-19 pandemic reaffirms the urgency to protect global biodiversity, said Acting Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity Elizabeth Maruma Mrema on Thursday.

Coronavirus pandemic reaffirms need to protect global biodiversity – UN official

The COVID-19 pandemic reaffirms the urgency to protect global biodiversity, said Acting Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity Elizabeth Maruma Mrema on Thursday.

Oil industry begins third phase coronavirus intervention in Bayelsa

The oil and gas industry in Nigeria weekend embarked on the third phase of its intervention in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, with the takeoff of an infectious diseases centre in Bayelsa to serve the entire Niger Delta region.

Turning coronavirus tragedy into opportunity for new Nigeria

As many people are now aware, the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID–19) in China has rapidly permeated and profoundly changed the world.
Antarctica has experienced its first heatwave with scientists expressing fears about the long-term damage to animals, plants and ecosystems.

First heatwave recorded in Antarctica

Antarctica has experienced its first heatwave with scientists expressing fears about the long-term damage to animals, plants and ecosystems.
This photo taken on August 23, 2018 shows the Google logo on display at the Smart China Expo at Chongqing International Expo Center in southwest China's Chongqing. - AFP PHOTO - STR - China OUT

Google launches own developers space in Lagos

Google on Tuesday launched its first Google Developers Space in Lagos, previously referred to as the Google Launchpad Space.
A picture taken on February 4, 2019 shows the Huawei logo displayed on a tablet in Paris. – A government amendment to establish a pre-authorization for the operation of telecom networks, with a view to deploy 5G, received on February 4, 2019 an “unfavorable opinion” from the special commission charged with examining the draft law Pact. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Huawei’s 2019 revenue to jump 18%, forecasts ‘difficult’ 2020

Huawei Technologies on Tuesday said its full-year revenue would likely jump 18% in 2019 to 850 billion yuan ($121.72 billion), lower than its earlier projections, as a U.S. trade blacklisting curbed growth and disrupted its ability to source key parts.
Buhari Media Organisation (BMO)

BMO: World Bank’s poverty report correct, incomplete

The Buhari Media Organisation has described the 2019 Nigeria economic update by World Bank as correct but incomplete.
Phone SMS is used for more than just text messaging in Africa

Telecoms sub-sector loses N221 billion in two years

Value Added Service (VAS) operators, a sub-sector in the telecoms industry, operating under the aegis of Wireless Application Service Providers Association of Nigeria (WASPAN), has decried the heavy loss it incurred in the last two years, amounting to N221 billion.
Seyi Makinde

Oyo: Why we revoked 26,000 hectares forest allocated to Senator Ajimobi

The Oyo State Government on Tuesday shed light on the revocation of 26,000-hectare forest land, which was allocated to former Governor Abiola Ajimobi during his administration.

Soldiers destroy illegal refineries in Delta

Angered by the mindless destruction of the ecosystem and huge loss to the oil-economy of the country, Nigerian soldiers have taken over an expanse of land used as illegal refineries at Otumara Community in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.

Fidelity Bank signs MoU with OTF, adopts open banking

Consistent with its commitment to the adoption of innovative digital technology to drive its retail strategy, reduce cost and improve revenue and returns, Fidelity Bank has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Open Technology Foundation (OTF) for the adoption of a standard Application Programming Interface (API) for its operations as a financial institution.
Global technology giant, Huawei Technologies, at the weekend, unveiled a new operating system (OS), HarmonyOS ostensible to counter the pulling of its Android licence by Google. It said it is microkernel-based, distributed OS designed to deliver a cohesive user experience across all devices and scenarios.

Huawei unveils Harmony operating system

Global technology giant, Huawei Technologies, at the weekend, unveiled a new operating system (OS), HarmonyOS ostensible to counter the pulling of its Android licence by Google. It said it is microkernel-based, distributed OS designed to deliver a cohesive user experience across all devices and scenarios.

NCC hosts second emerging telecoms technologies forum

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), is set for the second edition of its Emerging Telecoms Technologies Research and ICT Innovation Forum.

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Governor Nyesom Wike on Tuesday claimed the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, spent the sum of N10 billion to fight him during the 2019 governorship election.

Governor Wike asks President Buhari to make Edo election a model

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to make Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State a model.
Governor Douye Diri has expressed worry over the development, following the lifting of the ban on interstate travel.

Governor Diri sues for understanding over Bayelsa, Rivers boundary dispute

Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa has called on the Rivers State government to show understanding in order to amicably resolve the dispute between Oluasiri Clan in Bayelsa and their Kalabari neighbours in Rivers.
The Commissioner of Education in the state, Prof. Badamasi Lawal, made this known during media briefing in Katsina on Thursday.

Katsina spends N3 billion on WAEC, NECO fees in five years

The Katsina State Government has spent more than N3 billion on payment of Senior School Certificate Examination fees for 320,058 candidates who sat for the examination between 2015 and 2019.
A handout picture provided by Saudi Ministry of Media on August 2, 2020 shows Muslim pilgrims circumambulating around the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine,

Saudi Arabia set to begin Umrah for local pilgrims

The Ministry of Interior announced on Sunday that the “resumption of Umrah will be done gradually depending on COVID-19 conditions.”
Lionel Messi did not take long to get back among the goals with Barcelona, scoring a right-footed beauty in Wednesday's friendly against Girona before later adding a second.

Bernd Schuster: Barcelona can only win La Liga this campaign

Former Barcelona midfielder Bernd Schuster said he can see the embattled club winning LaLiga but little else in 2020-21.