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FILE PHOTO - The Huawei logo is seen at Huawei Connect in Shanghai, China, September 23, 2020. REUTERS-Aly Song

Huawei takes ICT to pig farming, as smartphones sales drop

Huawei, the Chinese telecoms giant, is turning to technology for pig farmers, as sanctions begin to take a toll on smartphones’ sales, BBC reports.
Apple overtook Huawei to reclaim its spot as the second-bestselling smartphone manufacturer in the world in 2020, according to new research reports from Counterpoint Research and Canalys.

Apple retakes second place in smartphone shipment rankings as sanctions bite Huawei

Apple overtook Huawei to reclaim its spot as the second-bestselling smartphone manufacturer in the world in 2020, according to new research reports from Counterpoint Research and Canalys. Samsung was still the leading seller in terms of number of smartphones shipped, while Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo took the next three spots, according to Counterpoint.
FILE PHOTO - A man wears a face mask while waiting at an Apple Store before Apple's 5G new iPhone 12 go on sale, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues in Shanghai China October 23, 2020. REUTERS-Aly Song-File Photo

Apple logs record quarterly smartphone shipments, Huawei in freefall

Apple Inc’s smartphone shipments jumped 22% to record levels in the fourth quarter, making it the world’s biggest seller, while those for Huawei plunged as U.S. sanctions took effect.
Linking your WhatsApp account to your computer’s web browser or desktop app is getting a little more secure. Soon, if you’ve got biometric authentication enabled on your phone, you’ll have to unlock the app before you can link your account

WhatsApp adds biometric authentication for logging in on desktop

Linking your WhatsApp account to your computer’s web browser or desktop app is getting a little more secure. Soon, if you’ve got biometric authentication enabled on your phone, you’ll have to unlock the app before you can link your account.
FILE PHOTO - The logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is pictured at its headquarters, in Hsinchu, Taiwan, January 19, 2021. REUTERS-Ann Wang

Taiwan says chipmakers to prioritise auto chips amid global shortage

Four major Taiwanese chip makers met the island’s economics minister on Wednesday and told her they were willing to prioritise supplies for auto makers amid a global shortage of chips for the industry, the minister said.
FILE PHOTO - 3D printed coronavirus model and Google logo are placed near an Apple Macbook Pro in this illustration taken April 12, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

Developer complains to EU over Apple, Google app rules after coronavirus game rejected

A German app developer has filed a complaint with European Union antitrust authorities against Google and Apple which he said last year rejected a game aimed at encouraging compliance with government COVID-19 rules.
FILE PHOTO - The logo of Amazon is pictured inside the company's office in Bengaluru, India, April 20, 2018. REUTERS-Abhishek N. Chinnappa-File Photo

Amazon faces backlash from Indian ruling party lawmakers over web series ‘Tandav’

A local official from India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party on Sunday registered a police complaint against an Amazon Prime web series alleging it insults Hindu gods and goddesses, and threatened to launch a protest at the company’s office in Mumbai.
Following a meeting with the Federal Government, staff of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) have agreed to suspend the industrial action embarked upon on Thursday.

Nigerian government says obtaining NIN by BVN is not enough

Generating your National Identification Number (NIN) automatically, because you once went through the rigours that came with obtaining a Bank Verification Number (BVN), isn't enough to stop your phone line from being blocked, according to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, made the assessment in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday.

ASUU: Nigerian universities unsafe for reopening

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said that Nigerian Universities may not resume activities amidst the second wave of coronavirus pandemic.
Apple has given Parler, the social network favored by conservatives and extremists, an ultimatum to implement a full moderation plan of its platform within the next 24 hours or face expulsion from the App store.

Amazon, Apple, Google yank off Parler after US Capitol riot

Over the past several months, Parler has become one of the fastest-growing apps in the United States. Millions of President Trump’s supporters have flocked to it as Facebook and Twitter increasingly cracked down on posts that spread misinformation and incited violence, including muzzling Mr. Trump by removing his accounts this past week. By Saturday morning, Apple listed Parler as the No. 1 free app for its iPhones.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, on Saturday advised the Nigerian youth to develop their skills and drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the space sector.

Nigerian government launches mobile app that will assist in securing NIN slip

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has approved the development and release of an improved National Identity Number (NIN) slip and a mobile application that will help in securing NIN.
Samsung’s One UI 3.0 update has started hitting older Samsung devices starting with the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus, according to SamMobile.

Samsung’s One UI 3.0 update starts rolling out to Galaxy Note 10 devices

Samsung’s One UI 3.0 update has started hitting older Samsung devices starting with the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus, according to SamMobile. The update, which brings Android 11-specific feature changes and some small visual and interface tweaks to Samsung smartphones, is only arriving on last year’s Note 10 devices in Germany, Spain, and Switzerland for now, but a wider release is expected at some point early next year if not in just a few weeks time.
Samsung will reportedly discontinue its Galaxy Note phone line in 2021, according to Reuters, as the company contends with falling demand for pricey smartphones caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Samsung to ‘discontinue’ Galaxy Note line in 2021

Samsung will reportedly discontinue its Galaxy Note phone line in 2021, according to Reuters, as the company contends with falling demand for pricey smartphones caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Huawei is selling its budget brand smartphone unit Honor to a consortium of over 30 agents and dealers in a bid to keep it alive, the company and the consortium said on Tuesday.

Huawei confirms plan to sell its Honor smartphone unit to ensure its survival

Huawei is selling its budget brand smartphone unit Honor to a consortium of over 30 agents and dealers in a bid to keep it alive, the company and the consortium said on Tuesday.

CITAD tasks state governments on ICT

The Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), has advised State Governments in Nigeria to key into the Federal Government’s digitisation programme by initiating policies on Information Communication Technology (ICT).
Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee, who transformed the South Korean firm into a global tech titan, died at the age of 78 on Sunday, the company said.

Samsung Electronics supremo Lee Kun-hee passes on at 78

Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee, who transformed the South Korean firm into a global tech titan, died at the age of 78 on Sunday, the company said.
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Nigerian banks urged to address increasing numbers of customers visiting daily

Prof. Olayinka David-West of Information Systems/Academic Director, Lagos Business School, has urged banking institutions to embrace digital economy to address the increasing numbers of people visiting their branches daily.
People are seen in a street of Mathare Settlement in Nairobi, Kenya. Billy Mutai-Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Kenyan students mourn lost year as school scrapped over virus

Kenyan teenager Bella Achieng Otieno wants nothing more than to return to her classroom, growing anxious about her future with every passing day her school is closed because of coronavirus.
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Huawei to stop smartphone chip production due to US sanctions

Chinese telecom giant Huawei said production of its most advanced smartphone chips would stop in September due to US sanctions, causing a “huge loss”.
Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was arrested Friday in Tampa, where the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office will prosecute him as an adult. He faces 30 felony charges, according to a news release.

Florida teen arrested as mastermind of Twitter hack

A Florida teen was identified Friday as the mastermind of a scheme earlier this month that commandeered Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls and scammed people around the globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin. Two other men were also charged in the case.

MTN begins embedded SIM services trial in Nigeria

e-SIM is basically a small chip inside the phone which does not require physical SIM cards or swapping. It enables the phone work in a similar way to the Near Field Communication, NFC, chip that is used for payment technologies.

MTN launches e-Sim to boost quality services

MTN Nigeria Plc on Wednesday unveiled the trial of e-SIM services on its network to improve customer experience and maintain the highest quality of service for its customers.

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Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake, has revealed his anti-Coronavirus vaccine stance, claiming he would rather miss the Tokyo 2020 Olympics than get the jab.

Yohan Blake: I’d rather miss Olympics than take coronavirus vaccine

Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake, has revealed his anti-Coronavirus vaccine stance, claiming he would rather miss the Tokyo 2020 Olympics than get the jab.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revealed that the aggregate domestic credit in commercial banks grew by 7.61 percent in October 2020, compared with 7.35 percent in the previous month.

CBN to revive oil palm sector, stop importation – official

Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emiefele, has reiterated the apex bank’s commitment to reviving the oil palm sector with a view to stopping importation of the commodity.

Fire razes over 15 shops in Edo market

Goods worth millions of naira were last Saturday night destroyed by fire, which razed a section of the Ikpoba Hill market in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

Nigeria’s central bank plans to strengthen Naira, economy through $15 billion Dangote refinery

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has concluded plans to strengthen the Naira, and by extension the nation’s economy through the $15 billion Dangote Refinery.
Paris Saint-Germain are making a move for Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero.

Manchester City boss: Kun Aguero needs time to return to best form

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero needs time to rediscover his best form after a lengthy spell out and the Argentine will have to fight for his spot in the squad, manager Pep Guardiola said.

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FILE PHOTO - A UNICEF logo is pictured outside their offices in Geneva, Switzerland, January 30, 2017. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse

UNICEF sends syringes to Maldives, Ivory Coast for COVAX vaccine rollout

The U.N. children’s fund UNICEF said on Tuesday it had sent an initial 100,000 syringes for COVID-19 vaccines to the Maldives in preparation for first deliveries of Pfizer and AstraZeneca shots under the COVAX vaccine-sharing plan.

JAMB announces deadline for 2020 admission into Nigerian tertiary institutions

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced June 15 as the deadline for the 2020 admissions into Nigerian tertiary institutions.
World number three Simona Halep has pulled out of next week’s Qatar Open, organisers of the WTA event announced on Tuesday.

Simona Halep pulls out of Qatar Open

World number three Simona Halep has pulled out of next week’s Qatar Open, organisers of the WTA event announced on Tuesday.
Manchester United were left frustrated by a VAR penalty controversy in their 0-0 draw at Chelsea.

Manchester United’s damning stat in big games after frustrating draw against Chelsea

Manchester United failed to provide a decisive moment against a top six side yet again in a frustrating 0-0 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Prosecutors in Malta charged two men on Wednesday with supplying the bomb used to kill journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Two men charged with supplying bomb that killed Maltese journalist

Prosecutors in Malta charged two men on Wednesday with supplying the bomb used to kill journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.