Tech Giant, Transsion holdings launches Scooper – premium news app

Premium news and fun content app, Scooper, is now official in Nigeria with the promise to deliver ‘More Than Just News’ to all active users. Scooper is a ‘fast and reliable’ news App that aggregates local and global content across several categories of interest. With Scooper, users can enjoy special daily benefits for staying on the app. Users can earn virtual money and redeem cash (600NGN – 5,000NGN) among other prizes from the app’s Prize Centre. Scooper’s outstanding features include the following; Personalized News Feed: The ‘For You’ tab provides…

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Andela Secures $100M Series D to Build Engineering Teams

Andela, the company building distributed engineering teams with Africa’s top software developers, today announced the completion of a $100M Series D funding. The round was led by Generation Investment Management with participation from existing investors including Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, GV, Spark Capital, and CRE Venture Capital. The most recent financing brings Andela’s total venture funding to $180M. Andela was founded in 2014 to connect Africa’s engineering talent with the demand for software developers worldwide. In four years, Andela has assessed more than one hundred thousand applicants, hired one thousand software…

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NCC faults Falana’s claim of annual N600bn revenue loss

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has faulted the claim by Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana, (SAN) that the country was losing about N600 billion from the telecommunications industry. The NCC, through its Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management, Sunday Dare, faulted Falana’s claim in a statement in Lagos on Monday. Dare gave assurance to stakeholders in the telecommunications industry that the NCC was committed to due process and high integrity in its regulatory roles. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Falana said the loss was due to the failure of the…

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Active lines increase to 165m in October – NCC

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Active telephone lines in Nigeria increased from 162,058,918 in September to 165,239,443 in October 2018, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said. The commission made this known in its Monthly Subscriber/Operator Data published on its website on Thursday. The regulatory body said that the lines increased by 3,180,525 from the 162,058,918 recorded in September. It said that of the 165,239,443 active numbers, the Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) network recorded 164,865,417 in the month under review. The GSM network had an increase of 3,179,670 customers as against 161,685,747 recorded…

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Winners of first Google Impact Challenge Africa announced

Google tonight announced the winners of the first Google Impact Challenge in Nigeria at an event held in Lagos. Twelve non-profits and social enterprises were each awarded a share of $2m in grant funding. Three out of four winners were chosen by the judges, they include – The Cece Yara Foundation, HelpMum, Project Enable Africa and the final winner chosen by the general public was Vetsark. All four winners will receive $250 000 each, while the eight runners up will each receive $125 000. The funding will be allocated in…

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Instagram ousting fake followers from accounts

Instagram on Monday said it is booting fake followers, likes, and comments generated by applications tailored to make accounts appear more popular than they actually are. The crackdown comes as Instagram parent Facebook strives to assure people that the leading social network and its services can be trusted. “Recently, we’ve seen accounts use third-party apps to artificially grow their audience,” Instagram said in a blog post. “Starting today, we will begin removing inauthentic likes, follows and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to boost their popularity.” Instagram is using…

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Budget phones at war: Can itel mobile weather the storm?

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If you’ve recently shopped for an affordable smartphone, you will realize how less challenging that could be. The mobile market is fiercely competitive with the likes of Xiaomi, Gionee, TECNO, itel, Fero and others churning out every quarter top-of-the-line smartphones without the top-of-the-line prices, all in a bid to claim the top as the number 1 smartphone maker. With OEMs saving consumers who don’t have the luxury of purchasing fancy phones by making more affordable phones without compromising on quality, consumers have been able to streamline their search to specific…

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MTN/CBN Court Hearing Looms Near as Minister of Finance Regrets Sanctions Levelled Against the Telco

As the scheduled court hearing – October 30th – for the CBN/MTN issue draws near, investors and industry watchers remain on edge in anticipation of an amicable resolution to the case that has swept the media space in the last 2 months. The Nigerian Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, has admitted in an interview that the series of sanctions levelled against ICT company, MTN Nigeria is currently maligning the country’s reputation in the international community. “The MTN incident was a very damaging one for us, that was one of the…

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NITDA to Nigerians: Be watchful online

The government is taking awareness as a critical step in addressing the scourge of cybercrime in the country and preventing losses. Disturbed by the increasing rate of frauds and attacks being perpetrated on the internet, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has warned Nigerians to be more sensitive and on the alert while using the internet. This warning, the agency said became imperative as there has been a tremendous increase in the number of incidences where Nigerians have lost money and data through vulnerabilities arising from lack of knowledge…

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Huawei holds Nigerian Universities ICT competition

Huawei, a global leading ICT solutions provider, in partnership with Nigerian universities, will hold an ICT competition in Nigeria to cultivate local ICT talents, promote a greater understanding of ICT, increase interest and develop a healthy ecosystem for the sustainable growth of the sector. More than 10,000 students from 15 Universities in Nigeria, including University of Nigeria, Ahmadu Bello University, Lead City University, America University of Nigeria and Federal University Technology are expected to participate in the contest which features learning of various subjects including Cloud Computing, artificial intelligence, mobile…

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