Samsung Stuns Apple With 100 Million Galaxy S Series Smartphone Sales

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It said that it had achieved the sales of an incredible 100 million units of the smartphone Galaxy ‘S’ series.

This will be a breakthrough in the Mobile technology for the company, considering the fact that the Smartphones have taken the shine off the basic normal phones in the market, wooing the young and trendy population across the globe.

The Firm described the Galaxy S series as the innovation that has positioned it for the fist time, as the leading player in Gadget and Smartphone Industry ahead of Apple, which has caused analysts to wonder what will be the next stepfor the Americans.
From a New research carried out, the younger generation categorized as the ‘Generation Y’ have recently considered the Samsung products as ‘Cool’ compared to Apple . The Galaxy S2 plus recently launched with the jelly bean Android Operating system could also close the Smartphones market for other competitors.

Samsung said Galaxy S 3 series have been selling at a faster rate than estimated, which for them is a welcome development. Flagship sales of the Galaxy S 3 reached 30 million units in 5 months, and 40 million units in 7 months . Meaning daily sales of 190,000 units per day.

Innovation in the Mobile technology sector has reached its peak, and with the knowledge of the fact that ‘Smartphones’ are now the best bet for driving sales in the Industry, Apple, HTC, RIM and Nokia will have to roll their sleeves ready to take on Samsung.

Culled from: Naij

Osun Acquires Software For Monitoring Growth Indices

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The State of Osun has scored another first, as it acquired a modelling software for predicting the local content capabilities of its budget and projects.

The state Commissioner for Finance, Economic Planning and Budget, Dr. Wale Bolorunduro, made this known during a presentation by a team of the state’s appointed consultants on local content policy led by Professor Adeola Adenikinju.

The commissioner noted that Osun’s version is the latest of such modelling software, saying, the ECO-MATRIX software is specifically designed and customized for the use of the State of Osun.

He noted that the modeling software is the latest of such, and that it is a step above the 2002 version in use by the Federal Government.

Bolorunduro said: “Osun has left others behind and scoring another first by the latest version of the modelling software, by this, planning will be made easier in the State of Osun and the state will be better for it”.

According to him, “the modelling programmed will predict the number of direct and indirect jobs that will be created from every fiscal input of government. With this, the state government can have an accurate evaluation of the impact of its policy decisions on job creation and overall economic development”. Dr. Bolorunduro said the software will make planning easier and results into more verifiable and help in actualizing the administration’s six-point integral action plan.

“The State of Osun local content policy, fondly called Osun Content Policy by Governor Aregbesola calls for a target of 80 per cent utilisation of Osun personnel in all public projects, while the remaining 20 per cent is reserved for effective transfer of technology through hands-on experience by experts”, the commissioner said.

He added that the policy also stipulates that contractors draw 50 to 60 per cent of their manpower and materials input from local communities. He made known the readiness of the planning department of the state’s Ministry of Finance to monitor the compliance of all contractors and ministries, departments and agencies of government with the local content policy since “what is measured is what gets done”.

Analyzing the report, Professor Adenikinju stated that the recognition of the importance of local content, namely, skills, manpower, local manufacturing and managerial abilities in the development of the state’s economy is a wise step.

He said this step will stimulate growth in various sectors of the state’s economy and raise the state’s Gross Domestic Product.

Mali conflict: militants killed as French air strikes pound rebel camps

French military jets continue attacks on Islamist rebel strongholds in northern Mali Link to this video

Islamist militants are fleeing major towns in northern Mali after two days of air strikes by French troops, which sources say have left scores of rebels dead.

French fighter jets have pounded insurgent training camps, arms and oil depots as the French defence ministry confirmed reports of Islamist deaths, together with at least 11 civilians including three children.

“Mali is now at the mercy of the French army,” said a well-connected Malian official in Bamako. “They are bombing the north, they have killed many terrorists. The Islamists have been running into the desert – they have deserted Gao and Timbuktu.”

Residents in Gao confirmed French jets had struck the airport as well as the building that served as the base for the town’s feared Islamic police. “The planes are so fast you can only hear their sound in the sky,” Soumaila Maiga told Reuters. “We are happy, even though it is frightening. Soon we will be delivered.”

Fighting has intensified in northern Mali since France made an unexpected decision on Friday to send troops into the country, to provide aerial support to Malian soldiers in the north, and protect its citizens in the south.

The former colonial power had previously said it would contribute training and logistical support to a planned African-led military intervention in September. But last week al-Qaida linked Islamists, who have controlled northern Mali since April, began advancing further south, prompting fears they could capture new ground.

Since the arrival of French Rafale fighter jets, which are reported to have dropped 250kg (550lb) bombs on militant targets, the Malian army has made significant gains, recapturing the towns of Konna and Douentza, just north of the de facto border between government-controlled southern Mali and the rebel-held north.

But there was uncertainty about the future plans for the French-assisted military operation. One analyst said there were concerns that Islamists were deliberately trying to draw the Mali army into the desert.

“My view is that al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim) are trying to provoke the Malian army into making a general attack on the north,” said Dr Jeremy Swift an expert on northern Mali. “The fighting would start at the beginning of the summer hot season, which is to Aqim’s advantage; it starts before the Malian army have had much time to reorganise and train, and most important it starts before the international troop are fielded.”

A diplomatic source in Bamako said France had considered the risks before deciding to intervene. “The French are being very careful, they are laying the ground properly; they are not pushing north too quickly,” he said.

France’s priority is to protect the military garrison in Severé, close to the strategic stronghold of Mopti, the last government-held city before Islamist control, the source said. “The point of the operation is not to rush north. This will be a continual attrition, while we wait for more forces to arrive here.”

Mali state television announced the African troops, including up to 1,000 from Burkina Faso and Niger, were expected to begin arriving in the country on Sunday.

Britain has offered the use of its planes to transport troops; the US is providing support with communications and transport.

The UK sent the first of the RAF C-17 transport aircraft to France on Sunday afternoon, and the second is expected to leave RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire early on Monday. They will be packed with men and equipment and at least one of the aircraft should be in Mali on Monday.

The Ministry of Defence said no British combat troops were in Mali and none were expected to be sent. However, the UK has pledged support to a training mission in the country.

Before the crisis, military planners had thought of deploying two training advisers, who would probably not be in Mali before the end of this year. David Cameron will chair a meeting of the national security council on Tuesday to discuss the Mali crisis.

International efforts to support and train the Malian army were part of a repeatedly delayed plan for a west African regional military intervention in Mali, which last year won backing from the UN security council.

But a senior source in previous negotiations with the Ecowas west African bloc told the Guardian those plans were “in the bin” after France’s intervention.

The French defence minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said France had more than 400 troops in Bamako, mainly to ensure the safety of French citizens and also to send a warning to the extremists.

Operation Serval as it is known – named after an African wildcat – is believed to have split French soldiers between Bamako and Mopti.

“We will strengthen our operation depending on the situation,” he said on a political talk show with Itele and Europe 1 radio. Le Drian said Rafale jets will be part of the operation and technical support would arriving in the next few hours.

Speaking on Friday, he said French intervention had prevented rebels driving south to seize Bamako, and air raids would continue. “The president is totally determined that we must eradicate these terrorists who threaten the security of Mali, our own country and Europe,” Le Drian told French television.

Humanitarian groups expressed concern at the fighting and called on all parties in the conflict to respect civilians, after amid concerns about casualties in the towns of Konna, Léré and Douentza.

“Because of the bombing and fighting, nobody dares to move in the city and the patients are unable to hospital,” said Rosa Crestani, head of emergency programmes for Médecins Sans Frontières, which is providing treatment in Douentza.

“We are concerned for people living near combat zones and call on all parties to respect the fate of civilian populations and the integrity of medical facilities.”

Human Rights Watch said about 10 civilians had been killed in the fighting, including three children who drowned trying to cross the river to safety.

“The resumption of active fighting brings grave risks for civilians,” said its spokeswoman, Corinne Dufka. “Other children recruited by the Islamists in Gao have been wounded and possibly died in the fighting. The Islamists who have been recruiting kids from both Mali and Niger for months, must immediately release them.

“Furthermore, the Islamists’ threats to retaliate against French non-combatants including hostages, are totally reprehensible and would constitute war crimes. All parties involved in this conflict – Islamist groups, Malian and French army, and Ecowas troops – should do all they can to protect civilians and strictly adhere to the law of war.

Culled from: guardian

Sony Hackers Escape Jail After Leaking Michael Jackson Tracks

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Two men, who hacked Sony Entertainment’s servers and downloaded thousands of songs, including some unreleased material from Michael Jackson, have escaped jail time today after a court hearing in Leicester, UK.

The two men, James McCormick, 26, and James Marks, 27, met online before eventually collaborating together to break into Sony’s vast musical database and helping themselves to the spoils, which also included ELvis Presley and Beyoncé as well as MJ.

They were arrested in May 2011, after Sony identified the security breach, but not before helping themselves to over 7000 songs, as well as artwork and videos.

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) said that the two had also conspired to sell the files on after they had been stolen, after chat-logs recovered from the pair’s computers offered some rather incriminating evidence for the prosecutors to consider.

The pair first appeared in court in September last year, pleading guilty to computer misuse offences.

They now face a suspended 6 month sentence each, reduced from a year, as well as 100 hours of community service.

Mick Jameison, from SOCA’s Cyber Department, said to press shortly after the sentencing, “These men stole thousands of copyrighted files belonging to Sony Music. Our remit is to protect businesses as well the public, and we will continue to work closely with law enforcement and industry partners to tackle online criminality.”

Gregor McGill, head of organised crime at the Crown Prosecution Service, went on to add: “In simple terms, these men broke into a computer system and took music files that were not theirs to take. That was criminal activity.”

Culled from: myjoyonline

‘Aregbesola is Not Identifying With SURE-P in Osun •It’s a PDP Affair – ACN

THE Chairman of the Osun State Implementation Commiittee on Subsidy Re-Investment Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), Dr Bayo Faforiji, on Sunday, allegedly accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola of distancing his government from the Federal Government’s intervention scheme packaged to stem poverty in the state.

He described as unimpressive the posture of the governor to the kick-off of the programme, which was recently inaugurated by Vice President Namadi Sambo in Abuja, as part of measures to cushion the effects of the January, 2012 hike in the prices of petroleum products in the country.

In a statement issued by the communication officer of SURE-P in Osun, Mr.Tewogbade Latona, a copy of which was made available to the Nigerian Tribune in Osogbo, on Sunday, Faforiji debunked the allegation that application forms for the programme in the state were given only to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members.

The SURE-P boss stated: “the negative attitude of the state government is uncalled for. Even after several weeks, the nominees of Governor Aregebsola in the committee have not been forwarded.”

He lamented that there had not been any positive response from the state government for the committee to discharge its responsibilities effectively, stressing that the main task of the state implementation committee of SURE-P was to ensure that the programme was effectively implemented in the state.

But, the state chapter of the Action Congresss of Nigeria (ACN), in a statement signed by its director of media and publicy, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, had alleged that the beneficiaries of the programme were only the PDP members in the state, insisting that SURE-P had largely been politicised.

Faforiji, who charged all state governors, irrespective of party affiliation, to accord the programme priority attention, said, “such gesture was germane to the successful implementation of the intervention programmes in the respective states.”

stressing that the laudable objectives of the programme was to reduce the impact of partial removal of fuel subsidy on the poor and the vulnerable, through the creation of temporary employment opportunities.

According to him, “Some states are not giving SURE-P enough public awareness in their domain yet they draw huge amount of money every month from the proceeds from the subsidy removal. Some states deliberately kept mute about the gains accruing from partial fuel subsidy removal. Many Nigerians are not aware of the fact that state and local governments appropriate funds from subsidy removal on a monthly basis and that the federal government is ploughing back its own portion into the various state and the local governments through SURE-P.”

Culled from TRIBUNE

Osun State to Convert Human and Animal Wastes into Cooking Gas …

The Osun Government is to begin the conversion of human and animal wastes to industrial powder for cooking as part of its industrial package for 2013.

Mr Bola Ilori, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment and Sanitation, said this at Gov. Rauf Aregbesola’s second anniversary press conference on Friday in Osogbo.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the plan was to reduce carbon dioxide emission as a way of lessening the impact of climate change.

Ilori said the Ministry of Environment and Sanitation had already conducted research and discovered that the technology for the industry was locally available.

Specifically, he said, the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, could provide the needed technology such that cooking gas would be extracted from the waste matter.

According to him, for effectiveness and efficiency, the state government had already inaugurated both the technical and enforcement committees to work out the modalities.

Prof. Olubukola Oyawoye, the commissioner in the ministry, stressed the indispensability of the environment to human existence.

According to the commissioner, the growing population and its demand for convenient lifestyle has led to environmental pollution, all forms of degradation and diseases.

“This in turn causes shortages of food, potable or clean water, materials for shelter and other essential resources that would normally make life comfortable.”

Oyawoye said the state was set to curtail environmental ills such as flooding, erosion, water and air pollution, soil degradation and rainstorms.

FAAC: Excess Crude Accounts hits $9.6bn – AGF

The Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) on Wednesday lodged N161.59 billion to the Excess Crude Account (ECA), bringing the new balance to 9.66 billion dollars.

The Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr Jonah Otunla made this known to reporters at the end of the technical sub-meeting of the FAAC for the month of November.

“I think we have fared very well in the Excess Crude Account, we targeted 10 billion dollars at the end of the year and I am happy to tell you that we have 9.66 billion dollars in the account.

“On percentage basis, that is about 97 per cent of our aspiration for the year,’’ he said.

The accountant-general also commented on the recent demand by the 36 state governors for the withdrawal of one billion dollars from the oil savings account.

He said that the federal and state governments would be guided by the “principle of consensus’’ to resolve the matter.

“I am sure that when they table this request before Mr President, as usual a consensus will be reached,’’ he said.

Earlier, Otunla had told reporters that the country’s mineral and non-mineral dropped to N569.46 billion in November compared with N640.76 billion realised the previous month.

A breakdown of the figures showed that a total sum of N483.2 billion was generated as revenue from mineral resources, while N86.2 billion was derived from the non-mineral sector.

He attributed the drop to several disruptions in crude oil production and lifting operation in the Niger Delta.

He noted that during the period a Force Majeure was declared by Exxon Mobil.

Otunla said that leakage and fire outbreaks at Trans Niger, crude oil theft and maintenance work at oil terminals at Qua Iboe, Brass and Forcadoes also affected crude oil production.

Meanwhile, a total of N572.89 billion was distributed among the three tiers of government from the federation account for the month of November.

“The total distributable revenue for the month is N407.86 for statutory revenue; Value Added Tax (VAT) is N62.72 billion.

Airtel Nigeria completes 4G LTE test in Lagos

Bharti-AirtelBharti Airtel today said Airtel Nigeria has completed the 4G long term evolution (LTE) test in Lagos, the commercial nerve centre of the African country.

The company will now start testing in other major cities across the country including Abuja and Port Harcourt.

LTE is based on advanced network technologies with focus on increasing the capacity and speed using a different radio interface together with enhanced core network.

“With the successful completion of the first 4G LTE trial in Lagos, Airtel is ready for test in the other major cities across the country,” the company said in a statement.

“In the coming weeks, we shall take this success story to other parts of the country so that Nigerians will benefit from this innovation when finally unveiled,” Airtel Nigeria Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director Rajan Swaroop said.

In February this year, Airtel Nigeria has announced the roll-out of 3G services across the 36 states in Nigeria and Capital Abuja.

culled from The Economic Time

Digital migration: Hurdles Nigeria Must Cross in 30 Months

TODAY is Wednesday, December 12, 2012. We are all looking forward to the peak of the festive season — Christmas — which comes up in another 13 days. Part of the efforts to celebrate Christmas in a grand style, by many families is the purchase of new television sets, and for those with a little more empowerment, subscription with a pay-TV service provider, all with one goal in mind — entertainment, information, and education, all at the press of a button on the remote commander. Good!

Fast-forward to June 17, 2015. 19 days earlier, on May 29, another set of political office holders would have been sworn-in, after general elections that would have held in April. Imagine that just 19 days after a new federal administration would have been in office, majority of Nigerians could no longer see their leaders on TV.

If that was bad enough, the same majority could no longer receive signals on their TV sets from their favourite local stations — AIT, Channels, Silverbird, and the 34 state TV stations. Even the broadcast behemoth, NTA, and its 58 channels are off air!

What is happening? What has happened? Very likely, Nigerians would reach for their handsets and start calling friends and acquaintances.

“Ol’boy, your TV dey work? My own no dey work o!”

“Na so I see am o! My own too no work, even my neighbour own sef. Wetin dey happen?”

Conversations like this would dominate the airwaves from June 17, 2015, if the Nigerian government and stakeholders in the broadcast industry do not gird their loins and spring into action immediately.

What will happen on June 17, 2015

On this day and date, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will effect a switch-off of all analogue broadcast signals worldwide. In 2006, Nigeria, and other countries of the world signed a treaty agreement at the conclusion of ITU’s Regional Radiocommunication Conference (RRC-06) in Geneva, which treaty heralded development of all digital terrestrial broadcast services for sound and television. What this means is that worldwide, every nation is expected to complete a migration, or transition, as NBC D-G, Yomi Bolariwa said, from analogue to digital broadcasting.

Culled from VANGUARD

MTN Plans $1.3 billion Upgrade For 2013

imagesSouth African telecommunications firm MTN is planning to improve its facilities nationwide investing about $1.3 billion for 2013. This is in a resolve to ensure that it maintains its capacity and leadership in the Nigerian mobile technology market.

This investment is strategically positioned to give its 45 million subscribers more valuable and cutting edge services, even as it plans to gain more leverage in the mobile market through various services planned ahead.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Company Mr Brett Goschen believes the investment is a worthwhile and incisive one which would go a long way to assert the dominance of the network through its vast and upgraded facilities.

He said this while commissioning a new customer experience centre tagged ‘Yello City’.

His words: “We have invested $1.3 billion on the network in 2012 alone. This covers the extensive network optimisation and swap out exercise, which we embarked on in June 2012 and which is now at an advanced stage. And by 2013, we hope to double the investment by putting in another $1.3bn for infrastructure expansion.”

Infrastructure and up to date facilities have been of utmost priority to the South African group as it realizes how stiff the competition is with the other Telcos like Airtel, Globacom, Etisalat, and Visafone.

2012 witnessed some slight challenges for the network in ensuring customers enjoy access to good network and value added services. At the Enugu NCC parliament the customers complained majorly about the MTN network service delivery but with the decision to sustain the investment level in Infrastructure, the Company is definitely poised to show market leadership.

Mr. Akin Braithwaite, the Customer Relations Executive, MTN Nigeria, speaking on the Yello City Initiative said “The Initiative is much larger than our services and retail outlets giving more value to customers”.

The CEO Mr. Goschens went unto apologize to Nigerians for the poor service they experienced at several occasions from the Network which affected service level expectation. He assured its subscribers in the Nation that MTN will step up its game and improve its network quality.

Culled from Businessnews

Etisalat Appointed First GSM Apple Authorised Reseller in Nigeria

With the growing demand for Apple products in Nigeria, especially the iPad and iPhone range of smartphones, innovative telecommunications company, Etisalat Nigeria has en tered into a deal with Core Group Africa, the Apple authorized distributor for Nigeria, to make its products readily available across the country.

The deal makes Etisalat the first mobile network operator to become an authorised resel ler of various Apple iPads and accessories in Nigeria.

Announcing this in Lagos, Chief Commercial Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Mr Wael Ammar said that with the signing of the agreement between the two companies, Etisalat will be the first telecommunications operator permitted to sell Apple’s iPad in selected retail outlets spread across the country, while offering a two-year warranty cover on all iPad devices sold.

In addition, he announced, the company will also be offering customers who purchase the products at its Experience Centres with an unbeatable 12-month free internet data access on its easy blaze product. According to Ammar, “as part of our promise to provide our customers with value added propositions, Etisalat as the first mobile network operator to be an official Reseller for Apple in Nigeria, will also be offering our customers 12 months free data on all iPads purchased at our Experience Centres and sales outlets, and the products come with a two-year warranty”.

He however pointed out that the two-year warranty will only apply once the subscriber registers the iPad purchased from Etisalat on www.isocietynigeria.com.

He assured that the company is ready and well positioned to provide its customers with best support services and support on iPad in Nigeria. He said that with the deal, Nigerians are now able to purchase authentic iPad products in Nigeria with the peace of mind that this will be fully supported locally.

The new iPad which was officially launched in Nigeria by Core Group Africa, redefines the category which Apple created a few years ago, delivering the most amazing experience people have ever had with technology.

Culled from VANGUARD