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Friday, October 31, 2014

iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus enter Nigeria market November 14

… iStore, Airtel seek pre-registration



Plans have been strategically advanced to release the newly iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus into the Nigerian market, commencing 14th November 2014, reports ITRealms.
Sources close the Core Group Africa, the sole and exclusive distributors for Apple in Nigeria, confirmed this much to ITRealms, today, Friday, October 31, 2014.

This is coming as Airtel Nigeria says it’s ready to accept pre-registration of interest on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at www.alwayson.ng/iphone.

ITRealms also gathered that Core Group will offer iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, at leading retail outlets across Nigeria beginning 14th November 2014. 

Further, ITRealms gathered that customers could now pre-order both models beginning 7th November 2014 at www.isocietynigeria.com.

ITRealms notes that additional information on availability, pricing and retail location, could be accessed at www.isocietynigeria.com or more information on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at www.apple.com/iphone.

Meanwhile, Airtel Nigeria announced that Nigerians can pre-register for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at www.alwayson.ng/iphone.

ITRealms reports that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been described as the biggest advancements in iPhone history.

Also, ITRealms learnt that iPhone 6 comes with a smooth metal surface that seamlessly meets the new Retina HD display. The Retina HD display of iPhone 6 is 1334×750 while the iPhone 6 Plus possesses 1920X1080 resolution.

Just as it was built on 64-bit desktop-class architecture, the new A8 chip delivers more power, even while driving a larger display. The M8 motion coprocessor efficiently gathers data from advanced sensors and a new barometer. With increased battery life, iPhone 6 lets the user do more, for longer than ever.

 

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Hungarian Netizens prepare for protests over Internet tax



Over 30,000 internet citizens or users otherwise known as netizens in Hungary may be warming up for a protest over the government tax on the internet come Sunday, November 2, 2014, reports ITRealms.

As confirmed by Viktor Orban, the government has advanced plans to tax internet users from the beginning of 2015, according to a bill submitted to Hungary's parliament on last Tuesday.

ITRealms recalls that a few days ago, the Hungary said it would charge Internet Service Providers (ISPs) 150 forints (around 60 US cents or N99.39 in Nigeria) for each gig transferred. Hungary shifted 1,150PB in 2013, and 18PB in mobile data, according to figures from consultancy eNet and TheRegister.

Also, the government was reported as saying that the tax is no different to the levies it collects from telecos for long-distance calls, and there will be an upper limit to the download tithe, but would be set soon.

+Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) @HUNGARY
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EFCC arraigns UNIBEN undergraduate over Internet scam



A final year student of Computer and Statistics at the University of Benin (UNIBEN) Kenneth Rukewe Ebule, has been arraigned before an Edo State High Court in Benin-city over Internet scam by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), reports ITRealms.

Head, Media and Publicity at EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren confirmed this in a press statement sighted by ITRealms, saying that Ebule was arraigned Thursday, October 30, 2014 before Justice E. F Ikponmwen of an Edo State High Court, sitting in Benin-City on a 6-count charge bordering on Internet-related scam including forgery, obtaining money by false pretence and possession of fraudulent documents.

ITRealms also gathered that the accused person allegedly duped Sabine Albert, a German, of the sum of $12,088.75 (Twelve Thousand Eighty Eight Dollars and Seventy Five Cents) through fraudulent claims. 

Rukewe, 30, was arrested by officials of a new generation bank on May 28, 2014 in Benin City and handed over to the EFCC for further investigation. Troubles started for him when Albert alleged that within two months after he had internet contact with him, Rukewe fraudulently obtained the sum of $12,088,75 (Twelve Thousand Eighty Eight Dollars and Seventy Five Cents) from him.

Rukewe allegedly posed to Albert as an English businessman on transit in Nigeria. He gave his name as Bob Albert and told his victim that he had a contract with a Nigerian company worth €1.200, 000.00 and that he needed a loan to facilitate a transaction with the company. He promised to pay back the loan and even doubled it because he was sure of pulling through the transactions. He also told Albert that he had complications and suffered a robbery attack.

Rukewe also falsely told Albert that, a levy of  of N1,975,861 (One Million, Nine Hundred and Seventy Five Thousand, Eight Hundred and Sixty One Naira only) was imposed on him by the Federal Inland Revenue Service for the release of his International Passport, and a cheque  worth 1, 200,000 Euros. He also pleaded for a flight ticket to London.

Based on all these, Albert offered to loan him the money by sending it through Western Union, only to discover that he had been scammed.

Investigation also revealed that the suspect had defrauded other German nationals to the tune of $110,975.00USD (One Hundred and Ten thousand, Nine Hundred and Seventy Five United States Dollars) between May 2013 and January 2014.

When the charges were read to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty.

One of the charges read in part:
“Ebule Kenneth Rukewe (a.k.a. Bob Albert), on or about the 17th day of July, 2013 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with Intent to defraud, obtained the sum of  $12,088,75 (Twelve Thousand Eighty Eight Dollars and Seventy Five Cents) from Sabine Albert (a German National), under the false pretence that the money represented part payment of N1,975,861 (One Million Nine Hundred and Seventy Kobo) levy imposed one Bobby Albert (a British citizen) by Federal Inland Revenue Service for the release of the International Passport, Cheque worth 1,200,000 Euros and flight ticket to London of the said Bobby Albert, which representation you knew to be false”.

In view of the plea of the defendant, prosecution counsel, Kayode Oni asked for a trial date and prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison custody. The defence counsel, Maureen Morka informed the court of her application for bail dated September 9, 2014 and prayed the court to grant the defendant bail.

Justice Ikponmwen granted the defendant bail in the sum of One Million Naira and two sureties in like sum. The sureties must be resident in Benin City and must be gainfully employed in Edo State. The defendant must also produce his student identity card.

Justice Ikponmwen subsequently adjourned the case to November 21, 2014 for hearing and ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of his bail.


+Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) +Efcc Ibrahim Lamorde +EFCC MEDIA +Naija AgroNet @DigitalSENSEng @InternetScam #Nigeria

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Pix: Suspected Kenneth Ebule as supplied by EFCC

Media Perspectives kicks off academy



For the records:
Nigeria’s leading media planning and buying agency, Media Perspectives, has announced the launch of its training academy tagged Media Perspectives School of Media. The academy is a technology-enable platform set up to increase the agency’s capacity to deliver world class media planning and implementation to its client.

The Media Perspectives School of Media kicked off with the agency’s staff member on Wednesday, October 29th 2014. It incorporates a blended learning approach to on-the-job training, where participants access the training content via specially designed android tablets while attending lectures, discussion forums and online/offline interaction sessions.

According to the Managing Director of the company, Dr. Tayo Oyedeji, the objective of the academy is to further consolidate the agency's leadership position in the media advertising industry. According to Dr. Oyedeji, "Media Perspectives' goal is to remain Nigeria’s No. 1 media advertising agencies in billings and reputation for excellence by deploying the nation's best trained media advertising specialists to develop consumer-focused media strategies for our clients. 

"The only way to achieve this vision is to empower our people with the best training materials available anywhere in the world. We believe that if we take care of our people and consistently do good work, then success will follow”.

Speaking further, he added that “All the participants will be given free android tablets that have been pre-installed with the training materials to provide real time, unhindered access to course content. The training academy would run three times a week for the entire duration of the programme and will cover courses on Media Planning, Media Buying, Digital Media, Marketing Management and Finance.“ 

Justicia Amedu, Associate Analyst contributed this from The Quadrant Company
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NCS says NITMA is unique value addition, sets for 2014 edition



The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) has described its National Information Technology Merit Awards (NITMA) as a unique value addition to the essence of NCS promotion, just as they are set to host the 2014 edition of NITMA, reports DigitalSENSE Business News.

Speaking to DigitalSENSE Business News in Lagos, today, NCS President, Prof David Adewumi said that  NITMA reinforces the unique values NCS promotes by combining this prestigious long-standing awards ceremony with unparalleled networking opportunities in a highly celebratory environment that will include IT professionals, innovators, researchers and entrepreneurs, as well as policy and decision makers in the private and public sectors of the economy. 

He also told DigitalSENSE Business News that NITMA is a credible event that is forward looking and important in promoting the long term sustainability of the IT sector and developing Nigeria’s knowledge society, which in essence defines the responsibility of Nigeria Computer Society. 

According to him, this year NITMA, an annual award ceremony would take place at the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) Centre Onikan Lagos on Friday November 14, 2014.

Prof. Adewumi, who is also the Dean College of Science and Information Technology, National Open University, (NOUN), pointed out to DigitalSENSE Business News that NCS is made up of all Information Technology professionals, interest groups and stakeholders in Nigeria.

NCS is the national platform for the advancement of Information Technology sciences and practices in Nigeria and is committed to shaping the future of IT, supporting people who make IT work and employing IT to drive positive change in the society

DigitalSENSE Business News recalled that NITMA is an annual event of Nigeria computer Society since 2009, which honours and rewards excellence and outstanding contributions in the Nigeria’s Information Technology Industry. 

“It is an event to honour those who have made a giant stride and significant impact in expanding the frontiers of Information Technology in Nigeria. It is a night of awards to celebrate the best of Nigerian Information Technology creativity and innovation that has fundamentally changed, and is still changing the Nigerian nation. Award winners are recognised for being inspiring symbols of the IT community,” he said.

Additionally, he said, the awards categories are based on IT specialisation, NCS standards and global best practices. 

These, NCS president, includes awards for the distinguished IT Personality of the Year Award; which  is already generating immense interest within IT community as the most prestigious IT award. 

Also attracting serious attention, he told  is DigitalSENSE Business News Professional fellowships that will be conferred on deserving practitioners. 

Yet, other category of award comprise the Special Recognition Awards that will be given to individuals and organizations who have been most consistent over time in moving the IT industry and profession forward. Just as the Outstanding individuals in society  will be honoured with  Honorary Fellowship awards.

+Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) @NCS @NITMA2014

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Pix: middle is NCS president, Prof. Adewumi at the press conference.