Brand ITEL
  • itel announces their new brand direction and slogan “Enjoy Better Life”
  • Launches the latest S series smartphones with new category of products – the itel TV and accessories

 itel, the global forerunning producer of quality and fair priced mobile phones, has today presented its new brand direction and slogan at the online brand launch event with a batches of new products. After roots and serves the African markets over 12 years, the journey provided itel a better understanding and in-depth insights about consumers and market demand.

Based on all these insights, itel did a consumer research and survey in Africa last year to further explore what’s the consumers concern, pain point and what they actually need. From the result, itel has found that consumers have very high interest and demand on the electronic products. Not only on smartphones but also TV, TWS earphones and smartband.

According to the Marketing Communications person Mr. Tuekpe Michael, the brand is concerned about consumer needs hence decided to launch new category of products with user-friendly, customized features at budget-friendly price. Ensure consumers can create and enjoy a better life through the convenience and enjoyment brought by itel brand and its products.

Latest Smartphones from Selfie Series – S16 and S16 Pro

Both S16 and S16 Pro come packed in a super slim 8.3mm unibody design culminating in a curved glass edges of the display. The 2.5D screen provides both an aesthetic and an ergonomic advantage to the user. Now swiping around the edges smoother than ever before and the grip in hand senses more secure. Thus, one-handed operation continues to be comfortable despite the wide-screen displays.

The ergonomic improvements will come in handy with the huge fullscreen displays. The itel S16 Pro comes with a 6.6-inch dot-notch design, and the itel S16 with 6.5-inch waterdrop design. The two large displays take full advantage of the minimal presence of front cameras to make watching videos and playing games a bigger and more enjoyable endeavour. The radial texture of colors on phones creates a refreshing feel. Whether you are a fan of the chilly S16 Ice Crystal Blue, or the uplifting S16 Pro Gradient Green – both natural colors are crafted to create an invigorating impact on sight. Stay cool and look fashionable.

S16 key feature is there to help users up their selfie game. The Triple Rear Camera setup consists of an 8MP main camera, 2MP Macro camera, and depth sensing camera. The collaborative effort managed by the refined AI Selfie 2.0 will help capture great moment with details no longer blurred out. Now clear and vivid photos can come from an affordably priced device. The sharpened AI Selfie 2.0 has mastered several new modes to make the pictures shout louder than ever before.

New Product Category is Also Available Now!

  • itel TV – S321 and S431 will be built-in with the user-friendly i-cast feature, allows users to enjoy a bigger viewing experience by projecting the smartphone screen to itel TV without wifi, router or cables. Both of the devices also comes with A+ grade panel and DVB-T2/S2 decoder. It’s a digital satellite transmission technology to offer more number of channels for user’s TV transmissions.
  • The itel D243 TV will be covered by an extra glass made by tempered glass materials which can better protects against shocks.
  • itel Accessories – true wireless ear buds ITW-60. It comes with a Bluetooth V5.0 and pop-up pairing function. It also offers 18hours play time and the case provides 6 full charges to ensure users can enjoy with the smart pop-up pairing function, just a tap on the smartphone to connect with the ear bud, music all day long and without worrying about running out of power.
  • Smartband, IFB-11 – The colourful and light smartband comes with an HD color display that will help keep track of time without needing to take out the phone. The smartband can pair with the smartphone to give gentle notifications from phone to watch, and upload activity and sleep monitor data from watch to phone. The health and fitness accessory is IP67 certified (splash and sweat resistant), has 3 training modes, and the battery can last up to 20 days. itel’s IFB-11 tracker is an accessible way to join social sharing of fitness activities.

The new products will be rolling out in October and will be available in all itel shops across the country , log on and follow itel’s Facebook page to participate the giveaway activity!

Itel Facebook Page

If Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE are banned from developing 5G networks infrastructure, the next generation of mobile networks would cost 55 billion Euros ($62 billion) more for European mobile companies, the wireless industry’s biggest association GSMA revealed in a new report cited by Reuters.

The US President Donald Trump has started a trade war with China by adding two of the world’s biggest telecom equipment makers to a trade blacklist in May. This has prompted global tech giants including Google to cut ties with Huawei and European countries are also likely to follow suit. However, this ban on Chinese telecom giants will not only raise the cost of 5G networks in Europe but it will also delay the technology by about 18 months.

US govt and intelligence agencies alleged that Huawei’s equipment is potentially used by Chinese govt’s institutes for spying, something the Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE have repeatedly denied.

The ban on Chinese telecom equipment would also deprive the European Union of around 45 billion euros in productivity growth, according to a report drafted by the GSMA trade association cited by Bloomberg. The report said;

“The need to replace network equipment and the capacity constraints on the remaining mobile equipment vendors would disrupt current rollout plans. Such a delay would widen the gap in 5G penetration between the EU and the U.S. by more than 15 percentage points by 2025.”

The GSMA’s concerns came to light just after the US banned Chinese vendor last month by restricting its access to Google’s Android operating system for upcoming 5G smartphones. This will disrupt Huawei’s ability to function or access popular apps on the Play Store.

“We continue to stress that it is imperative that the market has the widest possible choice of equipment, technology, and partners, to drive, scale innovation and competition,” a GSMA spokeswoman said.

Meanwhile, an immediate and complete ban on Huawei appears to be uncertain in Europe as the region relies on most for growth outside China, after Germany, France, and Britain signaled more limited restrictions and stronger oversight of their networks.

The Ghanaian tech space is a booming industry. With Ghana’s mobile money penetration, being posed as one of the best on the continent and thousands of smartphones being sold across the country, each day.

In a vibrant industry, collaborations are needed to accelerate growth. This is why Vodafone Ghana and Homechow food delivery App have partnered in what they describe as, “A move towards a cashlite society”.

The unprecedented announcement was made in a joint release, issued by both companies. Speaking on behalf of Vodafone, Mr. Martison Obeng-Agyei was confident that the move is “Another step, to make Vodafone cash a ubiquitous platform”. The Head of Vodafone Cash explained that the company is happy to be partner with Homechow, “as we aim towards becoming a market leader in Ghana”.

With the expanded Homechow food delivery App, featuring access to over 400 restaurants and an effervescent delivery service, Vodafone user will be in for incentives, such as reductions on all deliveries on Fridays.

press release
Vodafone and HomeChow press release

The CEO for Homechow described the partnership as a win for users and customers. Mr. Gabriel Ankamafio stated, “The tech space in Ghana and the sub-Saharan African region is picking up pace, and we at Homechow App, are relentlessly working to stay ahead of the pack”.

“The beauty of Bakor nation must be redefined  in grand style” says Kingsley Agbor, the organiser of Face of Bakor Nation Beauty Pageant/Bakor Pillars and Legends Award.

The award winning creative writer and CEO, Soultide Media has unearthed the boiling of his heart concerning the Bakor nation and this geared the reason to expose the beauty of Bakor nation to the world through the forthcoming Face of Bakor Nation Beauty Pageant/Bakor Pillars and Legends Award.
Kingsley Agbor noted that the pageantry is not the focus but to have a face for the Bakor people while measuring with intelligence, creativity, hard work, entrepreneurship, academic excellence and independence in the Bakorians. “We are out to expose and export great Bakorians who are impacting the world” he said. But we have to make use of the trend to achieve this Kingsley added.

AGBOR noted that the event is proposed to boost the region socially, economically, politically and mentally thereby projecting not only the youths but make the world know that the people and the notable values and rich cultural heritage that is capable of attracting tourists to the land.

Agbor added that all hands must be on deck to achieve this mission and he called on sons and daughters of the Bakor nation to support the event vigorously to ensure that Bakor beauty is seen and her voice is heard globally.

He also said that the highlights of this year’s event include; inter school competition cutting across all Bakor nations, nominations and voting awardees, display of Bakor traditions and dance, profiling of successful Bakorians and more.

The tentative date for the event is 13th – 15th September, 2019 and the venue will be communicated soon Kingsley said.

Kingsley shared that according to Bakor anthropologists, Bakorians are part of the Niger Congo family and are related to the Efik people, Kasem, Gban and the part of the Niger Congo family. It is claimed that the language is quite similar to Bantu as well, Kingsley added.

The Bakor nations are the group of energetic that is part of the Ejagham subgroups and is further divided into nine clan namely Abanyum, Ekajuk, Nde, Nta, Nselle, Nkim, Nkum, Nnam, and the Ofutop who recently identified herself with the great people of Bakor.

He concluded by saying this is our collective baby, let us nurture it together.

A new startup company, FARASSI is launching its operations in Ghana this month. Farassi operates an App which focuses on a service that allows its members/users to bargain fares/prices and Service Providers, i.e., Drivers, Motorbike riders etc. to negotiate prices for delivery of goods and services including but not limited to pick-up and drop-off of passengers and/or movable items.

 

The vision is to create a network transportation marketplace, that allows people to search for the lowest bidder to complete a pickup and or delivery. The Farassi service allows its members to e-bargain or e-negotiate prices when requesting a pickup and or delivery of almost anything. The delivery could be done via a saloon car, minivan, motorbike, bicycle, water tanker and trucks. Also included is the messenger/runner service called Farassi CoCu (Community Couriers) who receive requests from people within the community to pick items, example, food, flowers etc. and deliver to a destination by foot, bicycle, motorbike or car.

 

The Farassi solution is specifically designed for a market where it is the norm for one to haggle or negotiate prices during a business transaction. The opportunity for a person to state the price s/he is willing to pay during the barging process is an African art that dates back many centuries. Farassi has digitized this cultural practice and experience through an App and a web‐based system to give an edge to both parties in the transaction.

The objective of this startup is to revolutionize the movement of people and or items/goods within major cities and towns in Africa and North America. The App currently supports an Android OS with the iOS version in its final stage of development.

 

All one needs to become a Farassi SP, is to download the Farassi Solution Provider App from Google Play Store, create an account and wait for verification and activation. All you need to become a CoCu is a cellphone and drive to earn money at your leisure time.

 

Becoming a Farassi member or user is easy. Follow the steps below

  1. Download the App from Google Play store
  2. Open the Farassi App and create an account
  3. Let Farassi know your pick-up and drop off locations
  4. Enter Pick-Up time if you desire to schedule the booking
  5. The AMOUNT you are willing to pay or bargain for
  6. Now relax and wait for the Farassi Magic

The User and Service Provider Apps are on Google Play Store. See links below

User App

Service Provider App

To find out more about Farassi, visit http://farassi.com

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/farassicocu/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/farassicocu/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/farassicocu/

Links to Download Apps

Service Provider App:  (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.farassiprovider.gh&hl=en)

User App:   (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.farassi.gh&hl=en)

 

Hackers have stolen over 7,000 Bitcoins from Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trade volume, as reported by TNW.

CEO Binance, Changpeng Zhao in a support article on the official website wrote that a “large scale security breach” was discovered earlier on May 7. In this security breach, hackers were able to access user API keys, two-factor authentication codes and “potentially other info”, that Zhao has not disclosed until now.

Consequently, hackers were able to withdraw roughly $40.7 million in bitcoin from the exchange, according to a transaction published in the security notice. Currently, the exchange’s team is also unaware that how many accounts have been affected, though it claims that users’ funds will remain safe as the company plans to reimburse accounts affected by this breach.

The disclosure of breach comes hours after Zhao tweeted that the exchange was undertaking “some unscheduled server maintenance,” writing that “funds are #safu.” After the disclosure announcement, Zhao tweeted that the exchange would “provide a more detailed update shortly.”

The CEO of crypto exchange claims the malicious actors used a number of techniques including phishing and malware to carry out the hack. The security breach easily tackled to circumvent Binance‘s security checks, but when the company’s security team noticed this strange activity, the exchange blocked all withdrawals.

What we know so far, withdrawals are likely going to remain blocked until next week. In the meantime, Binance will carry out a security check and will also use its SAFU (Secure Asset Fund for Users) emergency insurance fund, to reimburse accounts affected by this breach.

• Presidents of Rwanda and Senegal to Join Over 5,000 African Entrepreneurs

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), Africa’s foremost champion of entrepreneurship, will host its 5th Annual Forum — the largest annual gathering of African entrepreneurs – on July 26 – 27, 2019. The two-day event will take place at the iconic Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

The Forum is the culmination of the annual Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme, which this year mentored, trained and seeded over 3,000 young Africans, selected from over [216,000] applicants. The event provides a unique opportunity for young women and men, from all 54 African countries, to meet, learn and network with the broader African and global entrepreneurship ecosystem. It is also a critical opportunity for political leaders and policy makers to meet, face to face, a new generation of African business leaders, who are transforming Africa’s economic trajectory.

Keynote speakers at the highly anticipated Forum include His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, and His Excellency Macky Sall, President of Senegal, who will join Tony O. Elumelu, CON, TEF Founder and Chairman of Heirs Holdings and the United Bank for Africa (UBA) in an intimate open house discussion. The Presidential Convening is a highlight of the Forum, allowing the African entrepreneurs in attendance to closely engage with political leaders, to give first hand testimony of the important role government can play in catalysing growth and encouraging business ambition.

The Forum agenda includes masterclasses and panel discussions with leading speakers and sector experts, from Africa and globally, who will engage attendees in specialised training sessions to share insights, deepen their knowledge and refine their skills. The Forum will also feature a pitching event, where select entrepreneurs will deliver exciting presentations on the goods and services they provide to a distinguished judging panel.

For first time the Forum will be hosted in Abuja, the Federal Capital of Nigeria and will bring together leading policymakers, business leaders, development agencies and the entire entrepreneurship ecosystem including alumni of the Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Programme. Last year, a significant highlight was the launch of TEFConnect, the digital networking platform for African entrepreneurs, which provides a unique digital hub for the African entrepreneurship, facilitating networking, mentorship and most importantly business beyond borders. Previous Forums have been headlined by African leaders, including President of Ghana, HE Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Kenya, HE Uhuru Kenyatta, Former President of Nigeria, HE Olusegun Obasanjo, Former Prime Minister of Benin and TEF Advisory Board Member, HE Lionel Zinsou, Vice President of Nigeria, HE Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

The Tony Elumelu Foundation’s determination to bring change in scale, across Africa and its relentless focus on entrepreneurship is rooted in the inclusive philosophy of Africapitalism, created by its Founder, which recognizes economically empowering Africa’s youth — the continent’s future wealth creators — and thereby creating sustainable economic and social wealth, as one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century. In 2015, the Foundation committed $100 million to empower 10,000 entrepreneurs from across the continent, over 10 years. Now in the 5th year, the Foundation has funded, mentored and provided business management training to over 7,500 start-ups and small businesses, from all 54 countries in Africa.

“The TEF Entrepreneurship Forum will not just convene the most important stakeholders in the African entrepreneurship ecosystem, it provides an opportunity for everyone to make a commitment to advance entrepreneurship and scale the impact of our entrepreneurs if we are to accelerate the development of the continent,” TEF CEO, Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu said.

She added: “We are constantly inspired by the stories we receive from our entrepreneurs who are creating jobs, employing people and impacting their local communities and ultimately, the continent. We believe that these entrepreneurs are our future. Invest in them now and reap the Africa of our dreams tomorrow. This is what we are committed to.”

For more information on the Forum, please visit www.tonyelumelufoundation.org.

Launching a new product or business is an overwhelming experience, with entrepreneurship requiring that you become a jack of all trades. But when it comes to legal issues, taking the DIY approach is a big mistake, and it’s vital you don’t underestimate the wide range of legal issues young businesses face. Scaling might be the top priority for your startup, but what about the legal implications of rapid growth? Don’t leave these considerations until it’s too late.

Be sure to tick off this legal checklist before launching your startup.

Top 5 Legal Issues Startups Should be Aware of

The path to long-term success for every company is paved with legal consequences. Here are the key legal challenges startups face:

1). Business Structure
Your business structure will influence your liabilities and capacity to acquire funding. Make sure you have an agreement in place for outlining ownership, operational responsibilities, investment, and equity among company founders.

2). Intellectual Property Protections
Initiate appropriate patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. Protect your intellectual property including inventions, logos, and software to prevent costly legal battles when other companies infringe on your IP.

3). Non-disclosure Agreements
Issue non-disclosure agreements to protect your business strategy, trade secrets, algorithms, client information, and more.

4). Employee Contracts
Issue employee contracts. These legally-binding documents are there to protect both your employees’ rights and your company’s.

5). Privacy Policies
The issuing and management of privacy policy protections is your responsibility as the founder. These protections safeguard user data in the event of a security breach or external attack.

Recording calls is very easy and one can do it with the help of different software. However, Recording WhatsApp call is different and many people do not even know that WhatsApp calls can be recorded. So, many people would be thinking why to record a call? There may be many reasons however the most important reasons to record WhatsApp call is to save some important information. Moreover, many people also save calls for fun and sometimes for forwarding it.

Record WhatsApp Calls on iOS with just a few Steps

Journalists record phone calls so that they should not forget any important information. While interviewing people on the phone, the best way to save all the information is by recording a phone call. Recording WhatsApp calls is not an easy process, and if you are thinking of recording WhatsApp video calls, just forget it.

Both WhatsApp for Android and iOS can record calls however both have the same issues, the method does not work for all devices.

How to record WhatsApp calls on the iPhone:

Recording WhatsApp calls on iPhone is an easy task, all you require is both Mac and an iPhone. The problem is that the iPhone cannot be your primary devices so you need another phone that supports WhatsApp group voice calls having your WhatsApp account.

Follow these steps to record WhatsApp calls:

  1. Connect the iPhone to a Mac with a lightning cable.
  2. check on  ‘Trust this computer’ on the iPhone.
  3. Now open QuickTime on the Mac.
  4. Under File, choose New Audio Recording.
  5. Click the arrow pointing down which is placed next to the record button in QuickTime and choose the iPhone.
  6. Click the record button in QuickTime.
  7. Now use the iPhone to call your phone via WhatsApp.
  8. When you are connected, click the add user icon.
  9. Now choose the person you want to talk to. At the backend, the call would be recorded automatically.
  10. Disconnect the call once it’s complete.
  11. Stop the recording in QuickTime and save the file on the Mac.

These were the easiest steps to record any call. However, it should be mentioned here that it is necessary to let other person know that his/her call is being recorded

E-learning or “electronic learning” is an umbrella term that describes education using electronic devices and digital media. The Future Is E-Learning Indeed!

Scope Of E-Learning

In a broader perspective, it may include non-certified, non-interactive, non-professional people sharing their skills and educating people of what they know of over the Internet like things you learn from Youtube or Google!

However, if we precisely talk about E-learning then it refers to access the educational curriculum outside of a traditional classroom.  In most cases, it is a course, program or degree delivered completely online. It is interactive as you can communicate with your professors or other students. Maybe delivered live, where you can “electronically” raise your hand and interact in real time or sometimes it has been prerecorded. But There is always a teacher communicating with you and grading your participation, assignments, and tests.

Advantages Of E-Learning

You will already be aware of the infinite advantages of E-learning! But to freshen it up a few are listed below

No Travelling Cost

whether it be your time, energy or money all are saved through E-Learning. You are able to learn from the comfort of your home. Available 24/7.

Versatility

Infinite options and professors are available to choose from. One is able to educate themselves with whatever they wish for irrespective of the boundness they face in a university or college. They may opt. for their passion or career-related courses or both at once!

Personality And Portfolio Upgradation

Self-Grooming is something which is very important yet taught scarcely. But through E-Learning, you get to interact in the Global Village. And come across various personalities which not only helps you to groom your skill but also has an overall impact on the personality building. E-Learning maybe the little extra effort you may put into your work or passion to achieve something extraordinary. 

Obtaining Certificates

The good thing is that all of this is not virtual you can actually get certified in any field through E-Learning and most of the authentic sites providing courses from top universities from all over the world tend to do so.

Where To Learn From?

Provided below is a list of a few websites which you can visit and get courses of your choice with CERTIFICATES!

  1. Coursera -Providing a wide variety of PAID courses from top universities.
  2. LQ Toronto– A complete FREE course to learn the Arabic Language.
  3. DigiSkills – High demand Digital market courses offered FREE. Know more about Digiskills
  4. Zaras Bakeshop – Complete code to professional cooking and baking PAID.
  5. Udemy-Providing a wide variety of PAID courses
  6. lynda-Providing a wide variety of PAID courses

To Sum It All Up

E-Learning is the modern learning. It saves space, time, energy, paper, can be adjusted according to the individual’s schedule, may or may not be career-related, adds a dash of passion to the stagnant routine and it may also be just for the sake of learning for fun without certificates and all. Each day is an opportunity to learn and stand out of the crowd, utilize it well!