Five Computer Accessories To Make Life Easy

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Very few people leave home without their smartphones, their tablets, their laptops, and often with all three, or more of these devices. With so many digital devices to carry around, it is not surprising that there are still a few computer accessories that are essential for the efficient running of your day to day life.

Considering how mobile you have become, there are certain computer accessories that make life a lot easier. Here are a checklist of the most necessary computer related items that will make your life easy.

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1.A memory card

This goes without saying: you will never have enough memory on your devices. Luckily, most digital devices like phones, cameras and tablets have SD card expansion slots. Memory cards range in capacity anywhere from 4 to 64GB’s, so you will never run short of memory if you are prepared. Always keep a spare memory card handy.

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2. A portable USB hub

There are times you may need an extra USB port on your Tablet or notebook. Running out of USB ports is a common problem; however, it can easily be solved with a portable USB Hub. The portable USB Hub will ensure that you can add a number of additional devices to your Laptop, PC or other devices.

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3. Flash drive

Leaving home without a flash drive these days is like leaving home without your keys. A flash drive is essential for carrying extra files or for transferring information from one device to another. Keep one handy for emergencies.

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4. Car charger

In today’s world we are always on the go; running out of power between meetings and the office is always a strong possibility. Power for your devices is usually at a premium and a car charger for your devices is essential.

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5. Surge protector

Having your device blow up in your hands can lead to a serious crisis. So, when you are charging your devices, you cannot always be sure of the quality of the electricity you are getting and a surge protector becomes essential, especially if you are charging them away from home.

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AGREEMENTS IN NIGERIA

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In the last few decades technology has greatly disrupted the way humans live and the export of technology remains a key revenue earner  in developed countries e.g. in 2016, India generated about $100 billion from the export of software to other countries. The reverse is the case in Nigeria which has lagged in the development of home grown technological solutions that can empower its citizenry and generate foreign exchange.

This scenario is however changing and there are indications that our tech entrepreneurs are now looking inwards in coming up with solutions that would reduce consumption of foreign technology. A common way of regulating commercialization of technology is Technology Transfer Agreements which basically documents the movement of technology from the inventor/owner to the recipient.

This week we examine some elements of this type of agreement and the safeguards put in place by the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) to encourage technological development in Nigeria.

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A Technology Transfer Agreement may be defined as a legally binding document that contains the terms and conditions under which technical skills, specialized knowledge, technical know-how and other proprietary rights for the manufacturing of goods and services are transferred from one individual, enterprise or organization to another person, enterprise or organization through licensing and other contractual arrangements that are mutually beneficial to both parties.

It is important that a Technological Transfer Agreements indicate the ownership of the Technology and the rights being granted to the Recipient. It should also indicate the intellectual property rights associated with the technology and limitations of use by the Recipient as well as provisions for support services by the Inventor/Owner.

In a bid to help Nigeria achieve technological growth and to correct trade imbalances, the Federal Government set up the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP)which has the mandate to encourage the adoption of the best contractual terms and conditions in Technology Transfer Agreements. The body is also saddled with the responsibility of promoting locally generated technologies. Section 4(d) of the NOTAP Act gives the body the right to register all Technology Transfer Agreements and issue a certificate in respect to such registration. In other to enforce the registration of transfer agreements, section 7 goes further to forbid the Ministry of Finance, Central Bank of Nigeria and other Financial Institutions from paying any form of licensing fees to a body outside Nigeria without the certificate of registration being tendered.  In registering the agreements NOTAP ensures that they are in conformity with Nigerian Laws, and the fees charged are not excessive. In the case of imported technology, the body also ensures that the agreement reflects local content development.
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PROCESS OF REGISTRATION WITH NOTAP.

  • Submission of the Application Form and accompanying documents at the Director General’s Office;
  • Assessment and evaluation of the Technology Transfer Agreement;
  • Communication of observations/ Approval Letter to Applicants;
  • Response by the Applicants/Payment of Applicable Registration Fees;
  • Issuance of Certificate of Registration along with Certified Copies of the Registered Agreement

CONCLUSION

Technology Transfer Agreements regulate the relationship between Inventors and end users of technology and it is pertinent to note that the technology transfer need not be from a foreign company into Nigeria, it could also be from a local inventor who intends to commercialize his product by granting licenses to others to reproduce the invention on a larger scale.

CREDITS: This opinion is brought to you by the Iyiola Oyedepo & Company

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Introducing Jumia One App: An All-in-One Mobile App to Facilitate One-Stop Shopping For Online Transactions

Lagos, Nigeria, 22 March 2018: Africa’s largest e-commerce company Jumia, has announced the launch of Jumia One, a new Android all-in-one lifestyle App that allows customers to conduct all online transactions – such as, Airtime recharge, DSTV & Electricity payments, and access all Jumia services – on just a single App.

While making the announcement in Lagos, the new company’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Midy said, “Our mission is to bring every online service in one place and make them easier, more secure and more affordable to everyone.” Jumia One is in line with Jumia’s mission of improving people’s lives through the internet. “We have built a one-stop shop for Africa where people could fulfil their daily needs or payments online on a single  App,” added Midy.

Similarly, the managing director of Jumia One Nigeria, Kushal Dutta noted that small-scale businesses and full-fledged companies can use the App to attract more customers, as it provides them with a free opportunity to download (for customers) and install  (for businesses).

Dutta stated, “The new App is useful to both customers and entrepreneurs looking to sell everyday goods and services. You can sell or buy airtime, make payments across different banks, pay your church offerings, pay for your betting games or favourite sports, book Uber, pay for internet data, and most importantly, access all Jumia services, be it shopping for grocery or buying gadgets; ordering food online; or booking flights or a hotels.”

The icing on the cake, Dutta added, is the fact that customers who purchase airtime on Jumia One App will get instant 5% cash back, and those who choose to make payments through Jumia Pay will get 10% cashback. Commenting on Jumia’s long-term goal for the continent, Midy said, “Hundred of thousands of local African companies are doing businesses on the Jumia platform daily. We are taking the entire economy online and enabling small, medium, and large African companies to find new customers and serve them in a new way.”

The new lifestyle App enables customers to meet all their daily needs or payments online on just a single App

5 Amazing Ways Technology Has Changed The Way We Travel

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Technology has beamed its searchlight in almost every sector you can think of including the travel industry. For example, today, you can easily open an app on your smartphone, decide where you want to go, book your flights and hotels in under 15 minutes and before you know it, you’re all set for your quick weekend getaway. Technology has undoubtedly changed the face of travel and made travelling so much easier.

We look back at how travel has changed over the years.

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1.Staying in touch

While on the go, you’d send back pretty postcards, write letters and occasionally spend on that long-distance phone call from the hotel reception, or a local phone booth. Staying in touch certainly wasn’t easy and most people back home didn’t expect to hear from you unless it was an emergency. Now, free WiFi hotspots at airports and cafés make it so easy to email, Skype and Tweet as much and as often as you like.

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2. Booking the hotel/flight

Brochures were the lifesaver in the past. You have no choice than to go through hotel brochures, ask friends where they have stayed during their holiday and then actually phone the hotel to book a room. While doing all this, you do not know if you will like the room or not. Now, we have Online Travel Agencies like Jumia Travel now provides everything you need to know about the hotel you want to book including room pictures and review. This is almost the same for flight.

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3. Learning local language

You can travel anywhere in the world today and can communicate with ease without any difficulty. This is because you can learn or understand any language you want with the aid of apps like Google Translate, iTranslate or Waygo. These apps can help you dialogue with the locals.

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4. Determining your destination

In the past, you have to exhaustively look over holiday brochures at a travel agent’s office, buy guidebooks or taking a friend’s recommendation when it came to deciding where to go. But today, you can easily Google any destination and all the information you need will be at your fingertips within seconds.

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5. Taking photographs

There was nothing like a selfie in the pre-technology travel age. However, presently you can take as many pictures as you so desire and even share them on any of your desired social media platforms. Smartphones have made this very easy and clearly, these gadgets are a huge threat to digital cameras.

Welcome to the new Green World of Farmcrowdy

The Nigerian agricultural sector is gradually becoming a focal point of discussions as the economy continues to recover from recession.

On today’s edition of Office Tours, we visit the headquarters of Farmcrowdy, a digital agricultural platform that is simplifying the level of involvement of corporate and non-corporate Nigerians in the agricultural sector.

Farmcrowdy matches indigenous farmers with sponsors and at the end of the farm cycle, the proceeds are shared between farmers and sponsors.

So far, Farmcrowdy has sponsored 6,170 farm units with the help of 996 sponsors. The platform has engaged 3,088 farmers across eight Nigerian states through the company’s outreaches.

 Join me as we see the new space where the humans of Farmcrowdy work out of!

On arrival, you are greeted by a map of Africa artwork

The faces on the map are those of farmers, field specialists and individuals impacted by the platform.

A walk through the entrance reveals the comfy reception area

The carpet grass on the wall is a deliberate choice because Farmcrowdy is about agriculture. Early spoiler: There’s green in almost all parts of the office.

We move on to the ‘Engine Room’

The Engine Room is an open space that is void of cubicles or dividers. Every table represents a department.

The empty seats are those of field specialists who are barely in the office

The field specialists engage farmers and help them in various capacities for optimum farm production.

A screen on the wall shows realtime updates on milestones reached

The company’s motto is clearly visible on the wall to remind everyone of the collective goal of ’empowering farmers’.

There’s an indoor event space that doubles as an interview area

And here is the Community Wall, which represents the 23 early team members of Farmcrowdy

Each member has been promised a bottle of champagne in their name if the company reaches the desired valuation as a business in 2018

Green Room / Meeting Room

For every busy office there’s need for some privacy and that is what the green room is meant for. Cozy furniture surrounded by tree imagery on both sides of the wall.

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Sleeping Pod

Most tech companies are known for long extended work hours. To cater to the need for a nap, there’s a room designated for that purpose.

Meeting Area/Private Workspace

Working in an open space can be distracting sometimes. Employees who require less distraction can use the private workspace.

The Yellow Room

Eating takes place here. There’s an in-house cook that uses a menu created by the staff to provide lunch meals.

Staff Lounge

The staff lounge is a display of Farmcrowdy’s flexible work structure.

Employees are encouraged to ‘play hard and also work hard’. The space is a large room with bean bags, a couch, snooker table, console games and everything fun. It’s a relaxation centre or, rather, a cool off zone.

Conference Room

Balcony/Outdoor Events Space

Outdoor company events happen here. Employees who need some fresh air while working with limited level of disturbance can also use this space.

Our tour through Farmcrowdy’s office shows a company culture that embraces openness and a lot of employee interaction. The interior design of the office space is based on input from various members of the team. Big thumbs up to Farmcrowdy.

CREDITS: Office Tours is a production of techpoint.ng

5 Interesting Technology Trends For 2018

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It does not really count if you are a tech enthusiast or an ordinary consumer, you will always look forward to the tech developments especially the tech trends that will make a difference in the future or New Year.

We highlight 5 technology set to define 2018.

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1.Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) will be bigger this year. More and more organisations will embrace AI which is made possible through machine learning algorithms and will be incorporated in uncountable applications.

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2. 5 Generation Technology

This year, developers and engineers are getting ready to make a new generation of internet possible. By the end of 2019, 5G networks and phones with 5G will be available.  5G internet has the potential to be almost 10 times faster than 4G, making it even better than most home internet services.

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3. Data overload

In 2018, data collection is going to become an even higher priority as companies have seen the advantage of collecting consumer data. With consumers talking to smart speakers throughout their day and relying on digital devices for most of their daily tasks, companies will soon have access to big amounts of personal data.

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4. Automation

Automation is inescapable as robots are becoming more effective in performing jobs. AI has become advanced enough to replace at least some white collar jobs for years. 2018 may be the year that we see more sweeping job transformations and companies making big technology changes by automating functions.

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5. IoT becomes Blockchain IoT

The Internet of things (IoT), which involves adding smart sensors to connected devices so that users can do things like asking Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant to turn off the lights or order a pizza. Combining IoT with blockchain —or BIoT—brings in a whole host of new services and businesses. For example, BIoT can be used to track shipments of pharmaceuticals and to create smart cities in which connected heating systems better controls energy use and connected traffic lights better manage rush hour.

5 Reasons You Should Root Your Android Phone

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Rooting has its disadvantages even if it gives you more control of your phone. This is due to the complexities associated with rooting your devices. The risk is even worse if it is not done by a professional. Here are some of these risks:

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1.Phone data will be lost

When you root your phone, you will be resetting it to the factory settings. This means that you will lose all the data that you have on your phone. You will be able to backup text messages and your gallery files with the help of apps, cloud syncing or by copying to your PC. Those can be easily restored. What you won’t be able to backup is your app data.

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2. Exposes your phone to security risks

Rooting exposes your device to unauthorised access, data leaks and theft, as well as hardware failure among others. Thus, if you have sensitive information on your phone, do not root it.

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3. It invalidates your warranty

Manufacturers will not welcome warranty claims for devices tampered with by their customers. That includes both hardware and software changes, the latter of which includes root. So if rooting goes wrong, you may need to get another phone.

4. Can cause update issues

One of the issues related to rooting android is performing updates. Updates may fail to install due to software changes that occur while the phone has been rooted. Being unable to update your phone makes it susceptible to hackers. They will have a field day stealing your information.

5. Rooting never goes wrong

A tech whizz may find the process of rooting android phones very easy. But if you are a learner or beginner, there is a 99% of you to damage your phone if you attempt to root it yourself.

2 Innovators emerge winners, as notable personalities share Key Lessons for regional renaissance at The Ola Ndi Igbo Inventions and Innovations Fair

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Emeka Nelson Ugwueze (l) and Martin Mbamalu (r) were the joint winners of the 2017 Ola Ndi Igbo Innovations and Inventions Fair

Enugu, Nigeria- “AKPAIKE (Power box) a portable hydro electric generator” by Emeka Nelson Ugwueze and “Firewood Saving Stove” by Martin Mbamalu emerged as joint winners of the 2017 Ola Ndi Igbo Inventions and Innovations Fair

 

– an initiative set up by a group of passionate, credible and committed young Igbo professionals and hosted by South Saharan Social Development Organisation to honour and celebrate individuals of Igbo descent who have distinguished themselves in their profession on a global stage – held at the Oakland Amusement Park & Events Centre, Enugu yesterday.

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Chairperson BOT South Saharan Development Organisation, Dr Chichi Aniagolu Okoye

The pitch event held earlier in the day where participants picked “Alignment Gauge and Oil Pump Machine” by Timothy Kogbara as the People’s Choice Award. 25 innovations were pitched at the event to a panel of judges made up of Professor Barth Okolo, former Vice Chancellor University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN); Engr CN Agulanna, DG/CEO Projects Development Agency (PRODA); Fred ‘CFA’ Agbata, Producer/Presenter Channels Television Tech Trends; Udo Jude Ilo, Head of Nigeria Office, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA); Dr Jacinta Johnson, Technical Consultant United Nations Development Programme; and Obiora Okolo, Regional Manager Nigerian Breweries.

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Dr Jahlil Tafawa Balewa Flanked by Dr Oby Exekwesili (r) and Prof Bartho Okolo (l)

This year’s edition, themed “REVITALIZING THE CAN-DO IGBO SPIRIT: SHOWCASING INVENTIONS AND INNOVATIONS FROM THE SOUTH EAST,” provided a platform for entrepreneurs, inventors and tech innovators to pitch their ideas and attract financial and mentorship support from the Sponsors – Fidelity Bank Plc, MTN Nigeria, Ford Foundation, Ellington Electric, Nigerian Breweries Plc and South East Society of Professionals (SESOP).

Delivering the Keynote Address, Former Minister of Education, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, admonished Ndi Igbo to make values the bedrock of their attitude. “If we are desirous of revitalizing the can-do Igbo Spirit, we must begin to look away from oil and develop human capacity. A Nations backbone is built on events like this. We must make human development a foundational value. The values of the people are the bedrock of their attitude. As such, every system is a function of the values that form the underlying structures of her people. If everything is taken away from you, the only thing that will remain is character. Values must never be compromised’ she concluded.

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Cross section of participants at the event

Other speakers at the event included: Dr Jahlil Tafawa Balewa, who spoke on “A country united in the progress of its people;” and Dr Jacinta Johnson, “Be inspired to become an innovative leader.”

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K9, performing his hit track “Kokoma” at the event

Cultural performances from Ikeogu Oke, the winner of 2017 NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature,; Deji Ige, Performance Poet; Amarachi Atama, founder of OJA Cultural Development Initiative; Udu Bunch Dance Group, and one of Nigeria’s fast rising performance artists, K9 – spiced up the event.

 

5 Clear Indications That You Are A Social Media Junkie

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Social media has, no doubt, almost completely changed how we communicate. But, there is a point where the obsession with social media goes from harmless fun to an intrusion on your life. How do you know if you have arrived at this point?

These signs will definitely help:

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1.It is the first thing you do in the morning

Almost every social media addict will begin their daily routine by scrolling through what they have missed on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more during your eight hours of sleep.

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2.Your friends only contact you via social media

Social media has made it possible to keep in touch with friends and family. If your friends use these apps to get in touch with you, it’s because they know you’re most likely already on them. Very few people now bother to make calls.

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3. You check your timeline and feeds at every location

There’s nothing wrong with checking your phone once in awhile. But when you scroll through your feeds or timeline at every location, you are simply engrossed or attached to social media.

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4. You hear imaginary notifications

It is a serious case of addiction when you start to imagine notifications in your head. Many of us have experienced the imaginary phone vibration causing you to quickly check your phone for a notification that never came.

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5. You monitor likes and retweets

Social media likes and retweets mean a lot to someone addicted to it. It has become a form of acceptance and after a while getting more can become an addiction. They keep monitoring who liked and did not like their pix.

6 Rules To Record Smartphone Videos Like A Pro

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Smartphones with a good camera and the ability to record high definition videos are no longer difficult to find because you do not have to break the bank to get one. So, anyone can record videos. However, the question now is if you are shooting or recording your video the right way. It is important to ask this question since using poor video-making techniques will probably result in a poor video. In line with this, we share tips to record smartphone videos like a pro.

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1.Shoot horizontally

If you want people to watch your video in full on a computer screen, keep your smartphone horizontal when you are recording. Shooting a video clip with your phone upright may not be an issue because you are watching it on your device with a vertical screen. But when you watch that same video on a horizontal computer screen, you won’t enjoy it.

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2.Keep it steady

Hold your phone firmly with both hands, and lock your elbows into your body for stability. This will prevent shaky hands.

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3.Be conscious of light

If you want to shoot good videos, you need to know how to work with the available light and use it to your advantage. When shooting outside, find a position where the sun is evenly lighting the scene. If some parts of the shot appear too bright or too dark, find another angle that allows you to still achieve the shot.

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4.Get close to your subject

Staying physically close to your subject ensures better image quality, less digital noise and better focus in your videos.

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5.Always use the back camera

This may seem like an obvious rule, but it’s easy to forget. While front cameras have gotten more reliable, they have not yet reached the point where you can shoot decent videos with them. Unless you’re recording a short video of yourself, always use the back camera for your videos.

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6.Edit and share your videos

You can download free video editing apps to edit your videos. This will enhance the quality of your videos.