Facebook Hosts Leading Women In Nigeria’s Technology Industry

The premier edition of Facebook’s Women in Technology event held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the Co-Creation Hub, Yaba, Lagos. The event was designed by Facebook to engage with influential Nigerian women working in Lagos’ technology ecosystem and to share Facebook’s mission on diversity.

Guests at the invite-only event shared personal experiences of how they ventured into technology, the importance of women taking more active roles in technology and the countless number of opportunities for women in the tech space.

According to Jennifer Fong, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Middle East and Africa, Facebook: “We designed this event to engage female tech influencers in Lagos on ways we can come up with solutions that will encourage the participation of more women in technology.”

Speakers at the event include: Bolanile Afuye, Head of Digital Services 9Mobile; Mayokun Fadeyibi, Head of Business Development and Strategy, OLX; Gbonjubola Amuda, Software Engineer at Flutterwave; Bolanile Olatunji, Country Manager, Mara Group, and Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho, founder, Futuresoft.

Also present at the event were Cynthia Obioma, Product Growth Manager at Facebook; Barbara Mbanefo, Software Engineer, Facebook; Cynthia Obioma, Product Growth Manager at Facebook; Nana Akyaa Amoah, Head of Platform Product Operations at Facebook and Cynthia Obioma, Product Growth Manager at Facebook.

Data Theft: Abiru, Skye Bank CEO Urges Close Collaboration between Tech, IT Security Experts

Skye Bank CEO, Tokunbo Abiru has advocated practical strategies, concerted efforts and close collaboration from technology, Telcos and IT security experts to prevent current proliferation of clone apps with its attendant impact on safety of smart phone users in the country.

Abiru made this suggestion in a keynote note address on the topic: ‘Strategizing against Malicious App Clones’ delivered at 3rd quarter General Meeting of the Nigeria Electronic Fraud Forum (NeFF) held in Lagos to review the activities of the body and work out a more proactive means of mitigating electronic fraud.

The Skye Bank Boss, who was represented by the Bank’s Executive Director Technology & Services, Innocent Ike noted that “one of the strategies to deal with this menace was the enactment of the Cybercrimes Prohibition, Prevention Act, 2015 which is meant to regulate the cyber security space in the country and provide for the application of stiff penalties for internet infractions”.

Unfortunately, the top Banker was of the opinion that more still needs to be done by all stakeholders, even as he went ahead to outline other steps part of which “is to ensure that innocent app users never download apps from untrusted third parties adding that “users should always download apps from official app marketplaces like appstore for Apple phones, Google play for Android phones, and windows phone store for Windows phones to dramatically reduce the risk of downloading mobile application malwares”.

“Users of mobile devices not enabling the option to accept apps from any source or app market on their devices and avoid giving administrative access/privileges to apps where possible, and listed the need for installation of anti-malware tools to detect malicious apps installed on their devices.

“The best way to protect oneself from these malicious apps, is to avoid accepting or installing mobile apps originating from unfamiliar sources.

While asking for vigilance on the part of smartphone and computer users, Abiru pointed out that “the intent of the developers of malicious app clones is to deceive smartphone users and get them to download the malicious app onto their phones and these apps are designed primarily to steal information, track users’ activities, send un-solicited content, re-configure the target device or carry out sundry malicious activities such as Smishing (short form for SMS Phishing).

“The explosion in the development and distribution of “apps” has increased the risks associated with the use of smartphones and one of such risks is the Malicious App Clones which is a discourse at this meeting”.

In the process, the experienced banker opined that “information such as individual and corporate emails and data, banking transaction data and personal data on social media sites, WhatsApp, SMS amongst others do get compromised with devastating consequence

Earlier in his address, Dipo Fatokun, Director, Banking & Payments System Department, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Chairman, NeFF spoke of the readiness of the regulator through NeFF to confront emerging threat in electronic payment with introduction of USSD mode of payment by Banks working in concert with NCC and by co-opting relevant stakeholders on preventing fraud incidence through sim swaps.

He then disclosed that “through a shared services initiative with key stakeholders across the e-payment channels, that will be domiciled with NeFF by first quarter 2018 through which incidence of electronic fraud would be curbed.

He expressed joy that this was the “first time we are having representatives of Airtel, MTN, Glo and 9mobile join us at this quarterly forum to enable us work in unison and jointly explore and look at issues that would make the USSD mode of payment, threat free”.

Accelerate Labs Programs kicks Off With Opening Sessions Across Six States

The opening sessions for Accelerate Labs, an initiative by The Future Project in partnership with Microsoft Nigeria to galvanize and boost youth entrepreneurship in Nigeria, was held across the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria from 18 – 28, September, 2017.

Starting the eleven-week accelerator program for stream 1, 2017 at different zones in Abuja (North Central), Bauchi (North-East), Kaduna (North-West), Edo (South-South, Anambra (South-East) and Lagos (South-West), the events had in attendance industry leaders including Professor Adesoji Adesugba, Vice-President, ICT Abuja Chamber of Commerce; Bishop Feb Idahosa, President, Ben Idahosa University; Mr Femi Oye, Co-founder, SME Funds, among others.

 “About 3,987 applications were received for the first stream of the sessions, with 150 participants selected per zone through our SME jury. We are excited to be part of their success stories and look forward to working with them to build competitive and viable businesses,” said Bukonla Adebakin, Deputy Chief Operating Officer. “This can fundamentally change the lives of many youths and reduce unemployment in the country as we gear towards entrepreneurship and drive inclusive economic growth and development.”

 The opening session in the six geo-political regions concluded with the commencement of the 3 weeks taught session, mentorship, research classes and demo week for all participants of the Accelerate Labs project across regions.

 “Microsoft Nigeria is proud to support this important initiative that brings together a diverse group of youth entrepreneurs entering the accelerator program,” said Olusola Amusan, Philanthropies Lead, Microsoft Nigeria. “Entrepreneurship has always played a critical role in development of countries and reduction of unemployment, we believe at the end of this program a significant positive impact will be made in our economy,” he added.

Why You Should Stop Charging Your Phone Overnight

Charging your phone while you’re sleeping results in the phone being on the charger for 3-4 months a year, Hatem Zeine, founder of Ossia, has said.

According to the developer, the process inevitably lowers the capacity of phone’s battery.

Experts also warned that leaving phones to charge overnight can actually make the daily battery life struggle even worse.

A recent report has explained that batteries depreciate from the moment they’re first used, according to The Sun, including the ones in our smartphones.

Plugging them in overnight increases the time your phone’s connected to a power supply, which effects the battery’s long-term ability to hold charge much faster than if you just charged it for the amount of time needed.

The Independent

FG Partners Ireland On ICT Innovation

The Minister of Communications, Barr. Adebayo Shittu  has said that Nigeria is a country with great potentials in ICT/Telecom Industry, stating  the country’s readiness to partner with the Government of Ireland.
He disclosed this in his office during a meeting with International Development Ireland (IDI) led by the Ireland Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Sean Hoy.
The Permananent Secretary, Abdullaziz .M. Abdullahi who represented the Minister enumerated some of the areas the Ministry would need Ireland intervention to include the establishment of ICT University, the Smart  City Project, ICT Hubs Centres and ICT Parks, which he said were some of the components of the National ICT Road maps, adding that the actualization of the second and third Nigeria Satellites in orbit would need the support of foreign partners.
Ambassador Sean Hoy, who led the delegation, said they were in Abuja to seek for areas of collaboration with the Ministry, especially in Smart City Innovation and ICT Parks which his country had earlier established in some African Countries like Ghana, Gambia, Gabon, Sudan etc.
Making their presentation, Greg Hogan of International Development Ireland (IDI), said his team are practitioners who were involved in extremely successful economic transformation in some countries , adding that the team also specialises in prompt projects, capacity building and implementation.
He said the key drive is to partner with the country’s investment promotion agency that would have vital role to play in the establishment and implementation of National ICT Road Map.

Facebook Launches Ad Control For Advertisers

Facebook is making changes to its platform in order to provide more clarity and control for advertisers over where advertising appears and the kind of content that can be monetized. This announcement was made at Dmexco which had a host of its senior executives including COO Sheryl Sandberg in attendance.

Caroline Everson, Facebook’s VP of global marketing solutions, while making this announcement, unveiled some of the changes that will apply to the content types that can be monetized around Facebook’s in-stream ads and Instant Articles feature. The new brand safety tools, partnerships and monetization eligibility standards and guidelines being introduced by Facebook is to allay marketers’ fears over brand safety, measurement, and viewability on its platform.

Facebook will also begin to roll out pre-campaign publisher lists, and this tool will give advertisers a preview of partners using Instant Articles and in-stream videos on Facebook as well as publishers monetizing their sites and apps via Audience Network. Brands will also be able to see the exact places where their ads ran after campaigns. This pre and post campaign reporting system being provided by Facebook will help brands exercise greater control over where their content appears.

“We’re introducing new monetization eligibility standards that will provide clearer guidance around the types of publishers and creators eligible to earn money on Facebook and the kind of content that can be monetized. These standards will apply to ad placements where context could matter, including in-stream ads and Instant Articles,” Everson stated.

“Because brands also want to know where their ads are delivered, we’re also announcing that in the coming months we will begin providing advertisers with post-campaign reporting that clearly identifies the publishers that their ads ran on across Instant Articles, in-stream ads and Audience Network. Together, these standards and tools will give advertisers the clarity and control they need to run their campaigns,” she added.

To also improve measurement of ad performance, Facebook is seeking accreditation from Media Ratings Council, the US-based non-profit industry organization that will review and accredit its measurement services in three key areas: first-party served ad impression reporting, third-party viewability partner integrations, and upon launch, its new two-second video buying option.

Facebook already works with 24 partners including Oracle Data Cloud, Nielsen, Kantar Millward Brown, on ad measurement and is also in the process of adding two ad tech companies: Double Verify and Meetrics to help improve brand safety controls.

To combat fraud on its community, it is in the process of joining the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) ‘Certified Against Fraud’ program as it moves to embrace industry efforts to improve advertisement measurement.  It has also added 3,000 more content reviewers to its team to report content violating community standards.

Facebook is showing its commitment to building a more brand-safe digital ecosystem through these changes.

What You Should Know About The New iPhone 8

The new iPhone will come in at least one brand new colour.

Apple has taken to revealing new hues alongside its new handsets in recent years.

This time around, that will be a coppery colour that is being referred to as “blush gold”, according to numerous leaks. And that colour has already been seen, in leaked SIM trays that will eventually slot into the side of the mystery handset.

Though the tray looks metallic and shiny, it’s likely that the phone itself will be much more glossy. But the tray will match the colour of the body of the phone, leaks report.

Apple has introduced major new metallic colours in each of its new phones: a yellow gold with the iPhone 6, which was followed by a pinky, rose gold in the 6s. For the 7, it launched two new colours – jet black and black – and even released a red version of the handset halfway through the year.

Those colours are thought to be important ways of marking out the new handsets as well as generating excitement about the look of the phone.

Aside from the new look, Apple is expected to add a screen that sweeps across the entire front of the phone, and sensors that allow people to unlock the phone with their face. For all that, Apple is expected to ask more than $1,000 for the new handset, making it by far the most expensive ever.

It will be announced at an event on September 12. It’s expected to go on sale about a week and a half later.

The same launch event is expected to see the release of a new Apple TV, a Watch and upgraded versions of the iPhone 7.

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Facebook Announces New Ways To Enjoy Memories With Friends

Facebook, on Friday, announced new ways users can enjoy Memories – a tool that makes it easier for people to see and share old memories with friends on the platform.

The company’s goal is to create a supportive environment that allows people to authentically express their feelings, connect with what matters to them, and come together online as well as in person. This is why it is building thoughtful products that are meaningful to the range of experiences people have every day.

According to Oren Hod, Product Manager at Facebook, “People come to Facebook to experience, share and talk about some of the most important moments happening in their lives, communities and around the world. Many of these moments are reminiscing past memories and moments between friends.”

“Since launching On This Day over two years ago, we’ve learned that there are many different types of memories and moments that people enjoy revisiting and celebrating, which is why we are excited to share that we’ve added two new ways for people to relive meaningful memories and celebrate special moments on Facebook.”

Recapping Your Memories

Facebook has launched a new experience that packages your recent memories in a delightful way for you to enjoy and share. For related recent memories, Facebook will bundle them into a monthly or seasonal memory recap story. Like On This Day, these memory recap stories will show up in News Feed and are shareable.

Celebrate Your Friendships

Facebook is launching a new way to celebrate the actions that connect you and your community. There are two types of moments where you may see these celebratory messages – when you make a notable number of friends on Facebook, and when your friends have liked your posts. Facebook plans to launch more messages like this in the next few months. Additionally, these messages are currently only shown to you, but will become sharable in the near future.

Occasionally there are some memories that may spark negative feelings that people would rather avoid, Facebook has invested a lot in developing ways to filter content that will select photos believed to be the most relevant and enjoyable to you.

Facebook knows how much people cherish their friendships and memories, which is why the company is approaching these experiences with sensitivity and care.

Facebook Adds Publisher Logos To Articles In Trending And Search Section

Facebook has announced that it will start introducing publisher logos to articles in the trending and search sections on its platform.

This is part of the tech giant’s effort to ensure that sources of news distributed on its platform are identified. This announcement which will give room for publishers to extend their brand identity on the platform is a welcome development as users will now be better able to decide what content they want to read or share.

The update which Facebook says was developed in collaboration with some of its partners as part of the ‘Facebook Journalism Project’’, will allow for publishers to upload their logos through a newly created Brand Asset Library in order to have it featured next to their content.

While this update is now being rolled out to all publishers on its platform, it will still be limited to the Trending and Search sections – desktop and mobile – of the over 2 billion strong community. Facebook is, however, planning, to ultimately extend this feature to cover the entirety of its platform. This upgrade will give the company a boost in its fight against fake news.

A study conducted by the Pew Research Center shows that just about 56% of people on social sites actually remember the source of links viewed. This Facebook update will help them become more aware of the sources of content consumed on the platform.

Facebook Celebrates World Photo Day, Announces In-App Tools To Take And Share Better Pictures

In celebration of World Photo Day which is celebrated on the 19th of August annually, Facebook and Messenger released some insights into how photos are shared by its users around the world.

Photographs have always been an important part of the interactions of users on Facebook-since inception-with millions of people posting, sharing and celebrating pictures on a daily basis.

In the data released by Facebook to celebrate World Photo Day, countries posting and sharing the highest number of photos are USA, Thailand, Egypt, India, Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, and Indonesia.

Facebook and Messenger are sharing data to show how people engage with photos all over the world as well as tips about the latest in-app photo tools that you can use to share better photos on both platforms and ensure a more enjoyable experience.

Facebook Stories and Messenger Day are both new formats that can be used to tell your stories by sharing photos. Both apps allow you share photos and videos of moments throughout your day with your friends, and this stories-which are short format-are designed to automatically disappear after 24 hours.

Facebook and Messenger have also added several in-app cameras that can make your photos better than ever. You now have access to a wide range of frames, masks and style effects that you can use to enhance photos and tell your stories in a faster, simple and more fun way.

Users can also keep all your memories in one place with Facebook’s newest changes to Albums. Now you can share your favorite albums with friends, follow and unfollow specific albums, and collaborate with friends to create an album. Also with the 360 degrees photos, you can capture a  360 degree photo and make your friends feel like they are right in the middle of the experience you’re sharing with them.

Spectranet Introduces Pebble Mifi, Offers More To Subscribers

As part of its product development agenda to enrich customers’ experience, leading internet service provider Spectranet 4G LTE has introduced the new Pebble MiFi that comes with unique classy features matched with speed and reliable data services

The Pebble Mifi device, an addition to the Spectranet device family, will enable subscribers to connect more to the world and get value; affordability, speed and unbeatable service.

The new Pebble Mifi is artistic and comes with 30GB data for #20,000. It is equally handy and easy to move around for indoor and outdoor purposes and has a long battery life. In addition, customers will enjoy free unlimited night browsing from 1am -7am.

Mike Ogor, Head Marketing, Spectranet 4G LTE, stated that the Pebble MiFi will bring the world closer to the brand’s customers and internet users in Nigeria.

“The new Pebble Mifi is a great addition to our family of devices, offering great internet experience at affordable price. The device will enable our customers to connect more to the world flourishing with possibilities and connections.

“As a customer-centric brand, we are making a bold statement with the Pebble Mifithat more value will be derived from our devices. This device is giving them a lot more data at an affordable rate’’.

The new device can be purchased at Spectranet sales outlets and channel partner shops around you.

SystemSpecs Releases Full Version Of Remita Mobile App

SystemSpecs has released the full version of its Remita Mobile Application, for both Android and Apple users, to help individuals and businesses manage their accounts across multiple banks, settle bills of various kinds and generally stay in control of their finances.

The release of the full version of the app is coming after its beta version was released on the Android platform in March of this year. With the full release of Remita Mobile App on Google playstore and Apple app store, millions of Nigerians with accounts in any commercial bank can easily access their account balances on one screen, conveniently make and receive payments across various bank accounts, and settle bills to several merchants within the private and public sectors from their mobile phone.

An exciting feature of Remita App is that it allows users, whether individuals or businesses, to request payments from anyone in style. At a click, they can simply share a QR code via email, WhatsApp and other social media platforms. All the payer would need to do is to snap the QR code from their smartphone or tap their device against the biller’s to complete transactions.

For SME owners, they can easily switch between their business and personal profiles and also translate their existing physical process flows into a virtual form. As a result individuals, who for instance play different roles in various organisations as transaction approvers, would be able to play such roles using Remita Mobile App from their mobile phone – without needing to make physical appearances at work.

“Remita App places so much power in the hands of users by making it much easier and faster for them to manage their accounts across various banks and settle bills, on-the-go,” said John Obaro, Managing Director of SystemSpecs.

“It is particularly exciting that so much can be done from the comfort of their mobile device, without needing any other mobile app, any token, or visiting any bank branch.”

In addition to the features earlier made available on the app during its beta release, users of Remita Mobile App will now enjoy a number of new features which would enable them to seamlessly make payments for others, view their payslip, and manage their business and personal accounts.

“As an organisation, we strongly believe that there is no ceiling to innovation. As a result, we are always working to surpass expectations and increase the ease experienced by individuals and businesses. Among other benefits, the power to make more financially intelligent decisions is now at their fingertip,” said Adédèjì Olówè, Executive Director, Products and Services, at SystemSpecs.

The security of access and transactions on the platform has been prioritised through standard industry security measures as well as specific security layers built into the app. Such measures include Personal Security Number, fingerprint authentication and One-Time Password (OTP) verification.

Developed by SystemSpecs, Nigeria’s leading financial technology firm, Remita App is the mobile version of the award-winning Remita payment solution which has for more than a decade helped many individuals and organisations to make and receive payments easily.

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