Facebook Now Accepts Ads Payment In Naira

Chris Cox, chief product officer of Facebook, says the social networking company is now accepting payment for advertisement in naira.

According to NAN, Cox disclosed this at an interactive session with journalists in Lagos, on Monday.

He said the decision was one of the requests made of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder, when he visited Nigeria in 2016.

“In response, Facebook has started accepting locally issued Nigerian naira cards from new advertisers for payments on its ads platform,” he said.

“With 8.6 million people in Nigeria using Facebook on mobile every day, Facebook is a great place for businesses to reach their customers and market their products and services.

“We are listening to our community of partners, developers, advertisers and content creators to understand what we can build to best serve their needs.”

He said Facebook had been working to offer new payment options to make its ads more accessible for all advertisers.

Cox also said Facebook would kick off ‘Boost Your Business’, a series of free training sessions, from March 8, 2017.

He explained that the training sessions were designed to help thousands of Nigerian small business owners understand how to leverage digital platforms for growth.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, said the company has over four million advertisers, which signifies the growing importance of mobile to consumers and marketers.

Sandberg said while majority of advertisers on Facebook were small and medium-size businesses, many small businesses still needed to catch up.

Nokia Unveils New 3310 2017 Model [Photo, Video]

And now, the Nokia 3310 is back for 2017.

At its press conference at Mobile World Congress, Nokia – now owned by HMD – announced three new budget Android phones accompanied by a choir singing the Nokia tune.

To answer your burning questions about the 2017 Nokia 3310:

– Yes, it will have Snake
– Yes, it will have the Nokia ringtone
– Yes, it will last essentially forever: a month on standby.

Here’s the official blurb:

Nokia 3310 – a modern classic reborn. Thin, light and incredibly durable, the Nokia 3310 is a head turning modern twist on one of the best-selling feature phones of all time. Boasting an incredible 22-hour talk-time and month long stand-by, the Nokia 3310’s fresh, colourful, modern design brings it bang up to date.

The Nokia 3310 is available in four distinctive colours – Warm Red and Yellow, both with a gloss finish, and Dark Blue and Grey both with a matte finish. The Nokia 3310 will retail at an average global retail price of €49 (about 16, 500 Naira only).


Credits also to Gizmodo UK

Weststar Unveils Four New Mercedes-Benz In Lagos

Mercedes-Benz, represented in Nigeria by Weststar Associates has consolidated its leadership position in the luxury segment with four new models.

Highly respected in Nigeria because of its decades of resilience and first class after sales support, the new products according to the company were unveiled to meet the demands of the markets.

The new models are the all-new E-Class, GLE Sport Utility Vehicle, the V-Class multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) and GLC models.

Unveiling the products in Lagos, Nigeria, Managing Director of Weststar Associates, Mr Mirko Plath said: “The new models, which are the latest edition of Mercedes GLE 400, V 250, GLC 300 and E 200 would be followed with the introduction of other “exciting products” to meet the specific needs of the market”.

According to Plath, the fresh design would continue to inspire confidence in the minds of customers especially in the area of customer satisfaction.

Regarded as a house hold name in Nigeria, the E-Class now boast of series of luxurious and safey conscious attributes.

Part of the attributes on display in the E-Class are the 10th generation intelligent units.
E-Class:

The foremost auto firm said: “Mercedes-Benz is taking a big step into the future with the new E?Class. Tenth-generation business saloon delivers stylish highlights with its distinct, emotive design and high-grade interior.

“New E-Class also marks the world premiere of numerous technical innovations. They enable comfortable, safe driving on a new level plus a new dimension in driver assistance – among other things.

“Complete with infotainment and control systems offering an all?new experience. Likewise exemplary: a newly developed diesel engine coupled with lightweight design and record-breaking aerodynamics figures set the standards for efficiency in this segment, while new, optionally available multi-chamber air suspension ensures outstanding ride comfort and driving dynamics. The sum total of its innovations, including the Active Lane-change Assistant which allows the driver to steer into the selected lane as if by magic, make the E-Class the most intelligent saloon in the business class.

“ The E-Class is the core of the Mercedes-Benz brand and in the past has repeatedly redefined the standards in the business-class segment. Now it carries this tradition into the future with a wealth of top-class innovations. The new E-Class takes another major step towards fully autonomous driving. In addition, it enhances efficiency, safety and comfort, reduces the stress level when driving and intensifies the motoring pleasure” – Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

Don Jazzy Patners Tech Coy To Launch Free WiFi Service

Mavin Records founder, Don Jazzy, and technology company Tsaboin on Friday launched Flobyt, a free WiFi service.

Flobyt is an easy-to-use WiFi service which has been installed across several locations in Lagos.

Some of these locations include eateries, parks, taxis, buses, restaurants, and cafés, Dele Odufuye, Tsaboin MD/CEO, revealed during the launch in Ikeja, Lagos.

The service, he said, was designed to replicate the home WiFi experience when people are out and about.

At the specified locations, between 10-30 people can be connected to Flobyt at the same time while in locations with higher traffic, Flobyt Max can provide internet service to 10 – 80 concurrent users.

“It’s quite easy. You simply walk into any of our partner outlets and patronise them. While you are at that, you can log into Flobyt’s free WiFi service available. Join the “Flobyt FREE Wifi”. If your browser pops up for authentication, just visit www.mavinrecords.com or click on “Free Access” button shown to you,” said Odufuye.

“We are using state-of-the-art Wifi technology equipment that balances speed, quality of service, security and data consumption. These equipment are light weight and easier to manage. These are the technological and business edges,” he added.

Don Jazzy, in his remarks, noted that he believes in Flobyt to succeed, disclosing that it is one of the “few investments” he’s set to unveil.

“I believe so much in this. This is one of the few other investments we are going to be sharing with you.

“I have been on social media for a long time. I know how expensive data is. I give free airtime, now it’s time to give free WiFi,” he said.

Flobyt is currently installed in Bar Enclave, Ilupeju; FoodHouse, Ikosi; Lounge 9a, Anthony; Massimo Bar, Ikeja; Grace’s Cakes, Ogba; Jazzment Salon Lekki; Kayz Place Barbershop, Lekki; Amala Express, Lekki; White House, Sabo, Yaba and Road Star Burger, Lekki.

Samsung Electronics Ushers In A New Era In Home Entertainment With QLED TV

Samsung Electronics has launched its new QLED Q9, Q8, and Q7 TV series with the belief that this latest range of TVs will create an entirely new era in home entertainment.

“With the advent of QLED TV, Samsung can provide the most true-to-life picture on screen, having been successful in solving past inconsistencies in the viewing experience and consumer pain points. While we are redefining the fundamental value of TV with this range, we have also placed a strong focus on ensuring that there will be models available that will suit the pockets of our customers in the emerging markets,” says Lance Shaun Berger, Business Unit Head: TV/AV at Samsung South Africa.

With picture quality remaining a top priority for consumers around the world, especially as the average TV continues to increase in size, Samsung’s 2017 QLED TVs represent yet another leap forward. The new line-up offers dramatically improved colour performance. Displaying DCI-P3 colour space accurately and in another world first for Samsung, QLED TVs are capable of reproducing 100% colour volume. This means the devices can express all colours at any level of brightness, with even the subtlest differences visible at the QLED’s peak luminance – between 1,500 and 2,000 nits.

Colour volume presents colour that can be expressed at different levels of brightness. For example, a leaf can be perceived as different shades, from yellowish-green to turquoise, depending on the brightness of the light. Samsung’s QLED TV displays can capture even these subtle differences in colour pertaining to brightness.

“This breakthrough is a result of Samsung’s adoption of a new metal Quantum Dot material, making it possible for the TV to express a significantly improved range of colour, with much greater detail compared to conventional TVs,” Berger explains.

The new Quantum dots allow Samsung QLED TV to express deep blacks and rich detail regardless of how light or dark the scene is, or whether the content is being played in a brightly lit or darkened room. With its metal alloy Quantum Dot technology, brightness no longer has to be compromised to boost colour performance, which is maintained regardless of how wide the viewing angle may be.

Samsung has so far declared that its Q7 range varies in price from $2 500 (R32 800) for the 55-inch (140cm) 4K flat panel QLED TV, to $6 000 (R78 800) for the 75-inch (190cm) version. Its Q8 range of curved panel 4K models are available from $3 500 (R46 000) for the 55-inch (140cm) model to $4 500 (R59 000) for the 65-inch (165cm) TV. The prices for the Q9 range are still to be announced.

“We see no reason why African consumers should be left behind by this ground-breaking new technology, which is why our innovative new QLED TVs have been designed to not only offer a vision of the future, but to do so at a price point that takes into account our many valued customers across the African continent,” Berger concludes.

Etisalat Empowers Subscribers With Facebook Free Connectivity, Facebook Flex

Nigeria’s most customer-friendly telecommunications company, Etisalat, is treating its customers with another innovative service to stay connected with their friends and families on Facebook and access to other basic internet services at absolutely no cost.

This new feature, Facebook Flex, provided by Etisalat in partnership with Facebook, allows subscribers on the Etisalat network to switch seamlessly between free and data modes thereby making it possible for them to chat, post, comment, like or share content for free with friends and families.

Commenting on the latest offering, Director, Digital Business, Etisalat Nigeria, Adia Sowho, said the introduction of the new service was borne out of the company’s firm commitment to continually develop innovative solutions that can improve the lives of Nigerians by leveraging the power of technology.

“We are happy to announce that we now offer our subscribers free access to Facebook any time so they can stay in touch with their friends and family members 24/7. The service is available through the Facebook app or web browser and is flexible and user-friendly. The new feature, Facebook Flex, gives real time access without having to pay data charges”, she said.

She said further, “This partnership with Facebook will further help to boost broadband utilisation in Nigeria by reducing affordability barriers while at the same time increasing access of more Nigerians to the Internet.  This is a perfect fit for our vision at Etisalat to continue to leverage innovation as a tool to improve the lives of Nigerians and empower communities.”

Francisco Varela, Director of Mobile Partnerships and Alliance at Facebook commented, “We are excited to partner with Etisalat to help improve connectivity among different communities of people across Nigeria by bringing access to Facebook and other basic internet services, like news, education and health information to people free of charge.”

“There are more than 85 services included in Free Basics which Etisalat subscribers can use for free. Entrepreneurs and app developers in Nigeria can take advantage of this free access to the Internet to create solutions to problems in their communities.”

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City Partners Nigerian Tech Company

For all football fans in Nigeria, you will now have a rare opportunity of turning your passion and knowledge of the game into a once in a life time experience – watch your team play live from the VIP Box.

The VIP Box Ticket from the clubs is a one week all expense paid trip for the consistent top player on the Striker Challenge and Powershot Challenge mobile games. The top player will have the opportunity of watching and taking part in team training sessions, interact with his or her football star, have a meal with the team, and watch the last league match right from the VIP Box. And the player would not have to travel alone, he can take a loved one along. The games already have more than 50,000 downloads.

We connect Nigeria through its series of mobile games – Chelsea Striker Challenge, Manchester City Striker Challenge, Tottenham Hotspur Striker Challenge available for Android and iOS devices got the endorsement of the big clubs. Striker Challenge is a simple, fun and addictive game that requires you to register a high score for any of the competition of choice – VIP Box Ticket or the Signed Jersey from your Football icon.

The support of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur etc is rare for Nigerian Technology companies, this is no doubt a welcomed endorsement for the Local fans of the beautiful game of football.

Although, Striker Challenge and Powershot Challenge are free to download and play, the challenge is in beating other players while the football season is on-going. To qualify for the prizes, you’ll have beat the best and top the leaderboard which is updated weekly according to the EPL style of weekly matches. There is a weekly team competition – just like the league tables, in which you play to support your football club to top the Games League Table

You can watch leaderboard updates, aired weekly during the Fansconnect Football show on NTA Sport every Thursday(6:30pm) and Saturday(10:30am). Each episode is available for online stream on the FansConnect page on the Weconnect Social Website:

Dubai To Launch Sky Taxi [Video]

A drone that can carry people will begin “regular operations” in Dubai from July.

Matter al-Tayer, head of the city’s Roads and Transportation Agency has announced at the World Government Summit.

Al-Tayer said that the drones have been inspected and certified by the nation’s civil aviation authority.

The vehicle can carry one passenger weighing up to 100kg (220lbs).

The passenger selects a destination on a touch screen but there are no other controls inside the craft.

The drone can travel up to 50 kilometers and can travel at a top speed of 100 miles (160km) per hour.

The craft, Ehang 184 was manufactured in China.

Five Helpful Ways To Avoid Online Identity Theft

Identity theft is very common today because more people have access to the internet. In addition, almost everyone has a presence online, thanks to social media. This is why many celebrities verify their social media accounts to prevent impersonation. So, what happens to persons who cannot verify their accounts? You may probably be at the mercy of those who impersonate you to rip off friends and family. It doesn’t have to be this way. Jumia Travel shares 5 helpful ways to avoid online identity theft.

Don’t disclose too much info on social media

The easiest way for anyone to get information about anyone is via their social media account. Many of us tell it all on social media from personal phone numbers, house address, emails as well as other sensitive information that other people don’t need to know.

Shop on secure websites

There are so many e-commerce websites where you can shop. Of course, you can shop on all of them. However, to prevent identity you should shop on popular ones that are safe and secured. You are assured that your personal information will not end up in the wrong hands.

Protect your wireless network

Protecting your wireless network is a way to prevent identity theft. If anyone can access your wireless effortlessly, they have access to the personal online activities. Through this, they can get your personal profile which makes it easier to impersonate you. Always password your wireless network.

Download from safe websites

The rule of thumb for anyone who downloads any data online is to download from a safe website. If you don’t,  you may download virus or software that allows hackers or impersonators to steal sensitive information.

Use a unique password

Using a unique password has been over flogged. A weak password leaves you vulnerable to all kinds of attack especially if all your information is online. Importantly, you should try as much as possible to avoid using the same password for all your accounts.

Over 200 Million People Now Use Facebook Lite Monthly

Facebook has announced that as of today there are over 200 million people using Facebook Lite, also called ‘FB Lite’ every month. With this rapid growth, Facebook will continue rolling out this version of its native app to other countries around the world.

FB Lite was first launched in 2015 as a standalone native app designed for lower end Android devices on spotty network connections to give people a reliable Facebook experience when bandwidth is low.

With FB Lite, Facebook wants to deliver the power of a native app, with features such as News Feed, status updates, push notifications, and camera/photo integration, while still being lightweight.

Over the years, Facebook has made a lot of improvements on the app including:

Improving performance: Facebook has been working hard to make sure FB Lite is fast and reliable, regardless of where you connect. Improving look and feel: Facebook wants to make sure people can have an easy and good experience, so they have integrated more features that other Facebook apps have, while keeping it simple. For example, you can now like, comment, and share posts. Easier onboarding: Facebook found out that people who use FB Lite are also those that share devices. The social Silicon Valley based company has made it easier for people to log on and off their accounts.

Facebook understands that a lot of the features of FB Lite are a good fit for emerging markets and with interest from other countries they are rolling out in additional countries: South Korea, UAE, Italy, and Israel. The company is hoping to roll it out to further countries soon.

WhatsApp Introduces Security Verification Feature

WhatsApp has introduced an optional two-step verification feature to prevent other people from gaining unauthorised access to your messaging account.

In a statement on its website, the popular messaging application announced that the feature, after testing it since November, is now available to all Android, Windows and iOS users.

“Two-step verification is an optional feature that adds more security to your account. When you have two-step verification enabled, any attempt to verify your phone number on WhatsApp must be accompanied by the six-digit passcode that you created using this feature.”

To enable the feature on your device, open WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable.

“Upon enabling this feature, you can also optionally enter your email address. This email address will allow WhatsApp to send you a link via email to disable two-step verification in case you ever forget your six-digit passcode, and also to help safeguard your account.

“We do not verify this email address to confirm its accuracy. We highly recommend you provide an accurate email address so that you’re not locked out of your account if you forget your passcode.

“If you receive an email to disable two-step verification, but did not request this, do not click on the link. Someone could be attempting to verify your phone number on WhatsApp.

“If you forget your own passcode, but did not provide an email to disable two-step verification, even you will not be permitted to re-verify on WhatsApp within seven days of last using WhatsApp. After these 7 days, your number will be permitted to re-verify on WhatsApp without your passcode, but you will lose all pending messages upon re-verifying – they will be deleted.

“If your number is re-verified on WhatsApp after 30 days of last using WhatsApp, and without your passcode, your account will be deleted and a new one will be created upon successfully re-verifying.

“To help you remember your passcode, WhatsApp will periodically ask you to enter your passcode.”

Before now, WhatsApp introduced end-to-end encryption to prevent third party access to messages.

17 Year-old Cameroonian Wins Google Code-in Competition

On the 30th of January 2017, Google announced winners and finalists of ‘Google Code-in’ (CGI) via a blogpost. According to the announcement, 1,340 students from 62 countries had completed 6,418 tasks to bring the competition to a close.

Every year, Google hosts the Google Code-in allowing teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 especially pre-university students complete tasks specified by partner open source organizations which include Drupal, Wikimedia and Sugar Labs among others.

Of the hundreds that participated, 34 teenagers completed 842 tasks to emerge grand price winners. And one of the winners is a Cameroonian reportedly marking the continent’s debut in the global competition.

Nji Collins is an art inclined final-year high-schooler who loves contributing to Open Source projects and is interested in technology-related knowledge especially web development. ‘Collin Grimm‘, as his online alias goes, participated in Google Code-in with OpenMRS; an open source enterprise electronic medical record system platform.

According to a blogpost documenting the CGI experience, Collins Nji recalls that this was his second and final time in the competition as participants are only allowed a two-time chance of participation.

The 34 teenage grand prize winners had completed 842 assigned tasks in total. According to Google, each of the winners will be flown to the Google Campus for four days to meet and interact with Google engineers and have a feel of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Google Code-in first kicked off as the now defunct Google Highly Open Participation Contest that was discontinued in 2008. The 1,340 students that jointly completed 6,480 tasks in 2016 were the largest turnout witnessed by the competition since it started in 2010.

Send this to friend