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Monday, January 17, 2022

January 17, 2022

Digital Innovation: NITDA Hackathon Challenge To Hold In Adamawa, Oyo, Cross River (See How To Apply)

NITDA DG Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi


The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, says it will organise editions of its national Hackathon challenge in three states.

The three states are Adamawa, Oyo and Cross River.

Hadiza Umar,Head, the Corporate Affairs and External Relations of the agency, who made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the gesture was to drive digital innovation and entrepreneurship in the country.

NITDA Hackathon challenge is a national event held in collaboration with academic institutions.

The aim is to drive digital innovation and entrepreneurship targeted at challenging Nigerian youths to ideate and develop solutions from inception through commercialisation process.

Umar said the challenge, expected to hold this month, would be coordinated by its subsidiary, the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence, NCAIR.

In Adamawa, she said the first edition would hold in Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20, the second edition would be in the University of Ibadan from Jan. 25 to Jan. 27.

According to her, the third edition is expected to hold at the University of Calabar, Cross River from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.

“The hackathon is set to develop and grow a global network of IT experts, comprising Nigerian youths within the country and in the diaspora.

“It is targeted at inculcating entrepreneurship spirit in academia, creating a platform where industry and public institutions will leverage the academic research ecosystem to solve national challenges using technology.

“This year, the focus is on agriculture, security and logistics,” she said.

According to her, the challenge is open to all students, entrepreneurs and innovators, while the successful startups’ groups in each category will be awarded cash prizes and will have the opportunity to develop their idea further for commercialisation with NITDA’s support.

She urged interested Nigerian youths to visit the link:

The NCAIR is one of NITDA’s special purpose vehicles created to promote research and development on emerging technologies and their practical application in areas of national interest.

NCAIR is also focused on creating a thriving ecosystem for innovation-driven entrepreneurship, IDE, job creation, and national development.


Tuesday, November 9, 2021

November 09, 2021

8 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Charging Your Mobile Phone


For most people, charging their smartphones has become a part of their regular practice. But there are some huge mistakes you can make when charging your phone which are harmful and could potentially damage it. Some might be risky to your health while others might shorten your phone battery life.

Here are eight mistakes you should stop doing when charging your mobile phone:


1. Don’t leave your phone connected to the charger overnight:


Most chargers that come with the latest smartphones have built-in circuits to cut off the current when the battery is full. But if you’re not sure if your charger has this feature, play it safe and don’t leave it charging overnight. This can lead to overcharging which damages the battery.

2. Avoid using your phone while it’s charging:

Some people have the habit of playing gaming while their smartphone is getting charged, which is not a recommended behavior because heat is a battery’s biggest enemy. Putting the phone through a heavy load, be it gaming, using the camera, or using any other heavy apps causes the processor to generate a lot of heat. When that heat is added to the heat that’s already being generated by the battery charging process, it can be a lot and can degrade the battery’s health, which ultimately leads to shorter battery life.

3. Listening to music with an earphone when charging:


Charging your smartphone and listening to music using an earphone is very risky. Such a thing can damage your brain because of a lot of radiation. On the other hand, a chance of electrocution can occur.

Similarly, it could be dangerous to use your earphone while charging because electricity is easily conducted from the electric socket to the earphones, especially if your charging plug was faulty. Many people have died because of such a mistake, so it is best to avoid it by all means.

4. Don’t use low-quality chargers from unknown manufacturers or low voltage power supply:

Charging your phone with low currents, power banks and laptops is wrong. Such things are just made for emergency use and not for charging your phone all the time or using them as a normal source while charging. It is good to use a high voltage light supply, so your phone will charge faster and have a strong battery life- something that can charge your phone with high current voltage. That’s the reason why some batteries when charged with laptops or fake chargers don’t last long or get weak. This is because those items don’t have as much power or voltage to charge your phone as normal electricity does. Instead, it will weaken your phone battery.

5. Avoid constant recharges:

Allow the battery to discharge to around 50% before you plug it in. Constant and unnecessary recharges shorten the lifespan of the battery. On the flip side, avoid allowing the battery to lose all power.

6. Try removing the phone’s protective case while charging:

It is recommended that you remove the phone’s protective case while charging. It is natural for the battery to become slightly warm but the case may act as a barrier and slow down heat dissipation. If possible, flip the phone over and place it on a soft cloth to protect the display.

7. Avoid placing your phone under the pillow while charging:

Many people have a habit of keeping their phones under their pillow so that it is easier to reach. Sometimes, they leave it under the pillow even when the device is getting charged, which is extremely dangerous. The phone generates heat while getting charged, and that heat needs to be dissipated in order to save the phone from any possible damage or battery degradation. However, when the mobile phone is placed under the pillow, it can no longer dissipate heat and gets extremely hot. In some cases, it leads to the pillow catching fire which then spreads to the entire mattress and the room.

If you want to have easy access to the phone while it is getting charged during the night, it is better to place the phone on the bedside table.

8. Avoid using third-party battery apps

Avoid using third-party battery apps. Most of them affect battery life negatively as they constantly run in the background, aggressively shut down other apps; some take over the lock screen to load advertisements and even recommend apps that will further optimise your smartphone. Also, do not fall for the browser ads that con you into installing an app because your phone is “apparently” low on memory.

Source: The Nation

November 09, 2021

NCC Alerts Nigerians Of Another Very Dangerous Malware On Google Play Store That Takes Control Of Phones


By Temitayo Jaiyeola

The Nigerian Communications Commission has said there is a new android malware gaining access to smartphones and taking control of infected phones.

In a statement signed by the commission’s Director, Public Affairs, Ikechukwu Adinde, the NCC said the malware is called AbstractEmu and can gain access to smartphones, take complete control of infected smartphones and silently modify device settings while simultaneously taking steps to evade detection.

According to the NCC, this discovery was made by the Nigerian Computer Emergency Response Team. The commission claimed that the malware is distributed through Google Play Store and other third-party stores.

The commission said, “AbstractEmu is distributed via Google Play Store and third-party stores such as the Amazon Appstore and the Samsung Galaxy Store, as well as other lesser-known marketplaces like Aptoide and APKPure.

“The advisory stated that a total of 19 Android applications that posed as utility apps and system tools like password managers, money managers, app launchers, and data saving apps have been reported to contain the rooting functionality of the malware.

“The apps are said to have been prominently distributed via the third-party stores and the apps include All Passwords, Anti-ads Browser, Data Saver, Lite Launcher, My Phone, Night Light and Phone Plus, among others.”

According to the commission, rooting malware is very dangerous, and uses the rooting process to gain privileged access to an android operating system.

The NCC added that once installed, the attack chain is designed to leverage one of five exploits for older Android security flaws that would allow it to gain root permissions.

The NCC said the malware will take over the device, install additional malware, extract sensitive data, and transmit to a remote attack-controlled server.

The commission said, “Additionally, the malware can modify the phone settings to give app ability to reset the device password, or lock the device, through device admin; draw over other windows; install other packages; access accessibility services; ignore battery optimisation; monitor notifications; capture screenshots; record device screen; disable Google Play Protect; as well as modify permissions that grant access to contacts, call logs, Short Messaging Service (SMS), Geographic Positioning System (GPS), camera, and microphone.”

The NCC said ngCERT advises users to be wary of installing unknown or unusual apps, and look out for different behaviours as they use their phones. It added that users should reset their phones to factory settings when there is suspicion of unusual behaviours.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

August 22, 2021

Nigeria Now Produce Mobile Phones, Sim Cards Locally - Minister


The Federal Government says it has achieved 100 per cent in the production of Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards as well as manufacture of many components of cell phones used in the country.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, said this when featured in a special News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) interview programme in Abuja.

He said government was partnering private sectors on the local production of SIM cards, cell phones, tablets and other ICT facilities.

Pantami said that the local production was sequel to the national policy on local content signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on the promotion of Indigenous Content in the Nigerian Telecommunications Sector.

Pantami said this was in line with the Nigerian government’s commitment to ensure that Nigerians become active participants in the different sectors of the economy.

He said the policy had addressed pertinent areas, including manufacturing, services, people, research and development, thus further advancing the goals of the nation.

Pantami said developing the capacity of Nigerians would ensure an enhanced role for Nigerians in the design and manufacture of devices and in meeting the manpower requirements in the sector.

“The main aim of the policy transcends the literary translation to more of a technical one when Mr President said Nigerians must produce what we eat, and eat what we produce.

“In the digital economy sector, we consider this statement not just the literary meaning of agriculture but extends to other sectors.

“We produce what we want to consume in Nigeria and manufacture what we need in ICT sector, telecommunication sector,” he said.

The minister, however, said the policy had ensured local manufacturing, developing skills, sponsoring and mentoring of other Nigerians to acquire the same skills to serve the country.

“After launching the policy until date, SIM cards are being manufactured in Nigeria.

“Before this administration, SIM cards were being imported into the country but today Nigeria has the capacity to produce SIM cards for the African continent.

“In Nigeria we manufacture smart phones, we have been licensed internationally and we partner others in the production of smart phones and Tablets,” he said.

Pantami said in the next few months and years, Industrial Training Fund in collaboration with other private sectors would manufacture phones that could be exported.

“The policy is to make sure we manufacture what we patronise, and patronise what we manufacture.

“On 12th of Feb., Mr President signed the Executive order on local content patronage where Federal institutions were directed to give priority and preferences to citizens when it comes to consulting work and many more.’’

The minister said the production of SIM cards and ICT facilities were beyond reducing importation, adding it would increase job creation as well as bring about large produce for citizen.

He said the country was faced with the challenges of unemployment and unemployability “where graduates have relevance certificates sometimes without the basic skills and opportunities.

“Where ICT items are being produced locally, they can get the hands on and get skills required. It will bring an end to brain drain as many Nigeria are leaving the country to other countries.

“It will support us in strengthening the value of our local currency; one of the major challenges with Naira today is more of our being a consuming nation rather than a producing nation.

“Almost whatever you need, you discover it is being imported. So, it is putting so much pressure on our local currency,” he said.

The Minister said there was need to change the perception to being producers rather than consumers, saying it would reduce the demand for international currency and forex.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

December 29, 2020

Whatsapp To Stop Working On Millions Of Phones From Jan 1


A new WhatsApp update will prevent the popular messaging app from working on millions of phones from 1 January 2021.
Older Android and iPhone devices will no longer support the latest version of the app, forcing owners to either update their mobile operating system or buy a new smartphone.

A report by says any iPhone not running iOS 9 or newer, or any phone not running at least Android 4.0.3 – also known as Ice Cream Sandwich – will no longer be able to open or operate the Facebook-owned app.

This means all iPhone models up to the iPhone 4 will be unable to support WhatsApp, as these phones are not capable of updating to iOS 9.

The iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S were all released before iOS 9, however owners can still update to the operating system if they are yet to do so.

Android phones that will lose WhatsApp support include the Samsung Galaxy S2, HTC Desire and LG Optimus Black.

Phone owners can see what software their device is using by checking the settings section. For iPhone users, this can be found under Settings > General > Software update.

Most of the 2 billion WhatsApp users around the world will not be hit by the change, though the small fraction that are will likely comprise several million people worldwide.

A similar update at the start of 2020 saw WhatsApp make the “tough decision” of ending support for even older phones.

Phones set to lose WhatsApp support on 1 January 2021:
Apple iPhone 1-4
Samsung Galaxy S2
HTC Desire
LG Optimus Black
Motorola Droid Razr

Any Android released before 2010 

Phones that will need to update to at least iOS 9 or Android OS 4.0.3:
Apple iPhone 4S
iPhone 5
iPhone 5S
iPhone 6
iPhone 6S
Samsung Galaxy S3 and newer
Samsung Galaxy Note
HTC Sensation
HTC Thunderbolt
LG Lucid
Motorola Droid 4
Sony Xperia Pro and newer

The messaging giant will also be updating its Terms of Service next year, forcing users to agree to new privacy rules in order to keep using the app.

Earlier this month, WhatsApp confirmed to The Independent that all users “must agree" to the new terms by 8 February 2021 or else lose access to their chats.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

April 03, 2019

FG to provide free WiFi all over Nigeria

The Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, says the federal government will ensure free access to the internet in public places across Nigeria.

Mr Shittu said this on Tuesday in Abuja at a one-day stakeholders workshop on the role of the Public Internet Access for Economic Development.
“We are trying to ensure the vision of free Wi-Fi all over, particularly in public spaces, at the airport, schools and all that,” Mr Shittu said on Tuesday.
Mr Shittu said the government had been trying to ensure that internet accessibility is made available not just for privileged Nigerians but everyone.
“The Federal Ministry of Communication will ensure the privacy of beneficiaries of the free internet services is protected,” he said.

He said for this to be a reality, more investments are needed because the government alone cannot handle the financial responsibilities involved.
Mr Shittu listed some of the challenges faced by the government in providing free internet services to include high cost of access, low broadband penetration, poor internet infrastructure, and poor enabling environment.

“The solutions to these challenges are beyond government’s intervention,” he said.
“In order to bridge the existing digital divide and encourage more Nigerians to participate in the global digital economy, private organisations and international partners are encouraged to support the government in different strategic ways.
“One of the models being adopted recently is the provision of free internet access by Public Internet Access Providers (PIAPs) in strategic locations to help more Nigerians connect to the internet in pursuit of social and developmental objectives for a return on investment (ROI) through advertisement or other means.