Category Archives: Technology

NCC revises USSD pricing, says 20 seconds costs N1.63

The Nigerian Communications Commission has revised the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data pricing to allow mobile network operators and financial institutions negotiate mutually beneficial rates.

The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said the commission amended the determination earlier issued in July 2019 by removing the price floor and the cap.

Samsung unveils new version of folding smartphone

Samsung on Wednesday unveiled an upgraded version of its folding smartphone along with other devices aiming to jump-start sales in a market hit hard by the global pandemic.

The Galaxy Z Fold2 was one of several new devices announced at a livestreamed event by the South Korean electronics giant, which recently lost the top position in the smartphone market to China-based Huawei.

Nigeria leads Egypt, Kenya, attracts $747m venture capital investments

The National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has listed Nigeria among the top three countries in Africa attracting largest volume of investments from venture capitalists for technology startups and hubs.

The Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, in an interview, said interestingly, Nigeria occupied the first position with a total investment of $747 million, followed by Kenya with $564 million, and Egypt attracted $211 million in 2019.

Microsoft Set to Acquire TikTok Holds talks with Trump and ByteDance

Chinese owned Video app TikTok found itself in hot water after President Trump expressed concerns about the app collecting data on American citizens and the threat that poses to national security.Owner ByteDance has so far been unsuccessful in working out a deal with the US government so an alternative solution is proposed – Microsoft could acquire TikTok.

Tiktok Responds To President Trump: We Are Not Going Anywhere (VIDEO)

TikTok has finally responded to the President of the United States, Donald Trump, saying they are not going anywhere after her threatened to ban the Chinese-owned video app from the US.

In a statement released by a spokesperson for the company, the platform disclosed that they have provided millions of Americans with “entertainment and connection” during the coronavirus pandemic and denied criticism that its Chinese owner shares user information with Beijing.

Trump to Ban Chinese Video App, TikTok in America

President Donald Trump has announced he is banning the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok in the US.He told reporters he could sign an executive order as early as Saturday.

Twitter Considers Subscription option as Revenue Drops

Twitter is exploring extra ways to make money from its users, including by considering a subscription model, CEO Jack Dorsey said Thursday.The move comes as Twitter suffers a sharp decline in its core advertising business, according to CNN.

Five Leading Android Games Hit $197 Million in Revenue in June

As the largest revenue stream of the global gaming industry, mobile games continue generating enormous profits for game developers. According to data gathered by SafeBettingSites.com, the five leading Android gaming apps reached $197 million in revenue in June.

Mobile Games Top the List of Highest-grossing Android Apps

The first half of 2020 has witnessed a surge in the mobile gaming revenue, with millions of people turning to popular gaming titles amid coronavirus lockdown. The PrioriData survey revealed that Coin Master ranked as the most successful Google Play game last month. Thanks to in-app purchases and microtransactions, the popular Moon Active’s game generated $70.95 million in profit in June, almost double the other top-grossing games on the list.

With $37.24 million in revenue, Garena Free Fire: Rampage ranked as the second-leading Google Play game last month. Statistics show the popular battle royal shooter game was also the eighth most-downloaded Google Play game with more than 21.5 million downloads among Android users last month. The mobile games megahit developed by 111 Dots Studio and published by Garena passed $1 bn in lifetime revenue during the last year and ranked as the most downloaded mobile game of 2019.

UAE Successfully Launches Hope Probe, Arab World’s First Mission To Mars – VIDEO

The first Arab space mission to Mars has blasted off aboard a rocket from Japan, with its unmanned probe – called Al-Amal, or Hope – successfully separating about an hour after liftoff.

A live feed of the launch showed the rocket carrying the probe lifting off from the Tanegashima Space Centre in southern Japan at 6.58am (9.58pm GMT).

Blockchain technology in a post COVID-19 world

The blockchain ecosystem is one that continues to manage a crisis of perception. This is no thanks to one of its offspring known as cryptocurrency, which is today linked with all sorts of scams, frauds and hacks. This perception seems to have darkened the immense positive possibilities of blockchain technology itself.

Blockchain, like other types of technologies, can serve a dual purpose depending on the goals of the individuals involved. This is why I believe that the technology has a major role to play in a post COVID-19 Africa.