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Microsoft Imagine Cup: Nigeria among 35 finalists heading to Seattle

Microsoft Imagine National Finals winners: From left: Otalu Babatunde, Victor Shoaga, Obasegun Ayode, and Oyatope Blessing, Team Humane from Obafemi Awolowo University,  Ile-Ife in a short demo shortly they were announced as the national winners at the weekend at the Microsoft office in Lagos . They will compete in the Middle-East and Africa finals for a ticket to the World-Wide Finals. Photo by Emeka Aginam.

Team Humane from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria is among 35 teams from around the world selected to contest at the 2016 Microsoft Imagine Cup world wide finals holding next month in Seattle, Washington, the United States of America.

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Digital solutions to drive SDGs by 2030- Study

Leading global professional services company, Accenture has declared that the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector can play a vital role in helping achieve the objectives of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. In its latest study prepared for the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), it said that the ICT through digital solutions would drive the progress of the SDGs with special focus on improving lives, fostering growth and environmental protection.

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Austin Okere

Why government must develop informal sector- Okere

If we don’t address it, it will be a setback for us. It’s good to celebrate successful moguls like Dangote, Elumelu and others; they are billionaires, which is fine. But the true motivation is to have a situation where a billion Naira is spread over a million entrepreneurs. Each will then have access to N1m to invest in their respective ideas. I believe the impact will be more significant and inclusive. I am not advocating that you give out money to people as a gift, but give them to start a business from which they will pay back and uplift others.

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New global ICT trends: How technology can aid faster economic recovery

Nigeria’s economy over the years has been predicated upon crude oil production and sales. But going by current realities, oil is no longer a viable economic mainstay. Globally, the price has continued to nosedive and economies which made the mistake of putting their eggs in one basket are quickly looking for a way out. Diversification, has however, been identified as the viable solution and that is where Nigeria is headed. Eventually, knowing what to diversify into is as important as the diversification itself.

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ASUS debuts with new ZenFone Max

Taiwanese smart phone maker, ASUS has started singing a new song in the Nigerian smart phone market with the release of ZenFone Max, its latest flagship. The product which is already gaining market attention armed itself with an incredibly-long-lasting, high-capacity 5000mAh capacity lithium-polymer battery that provides up to 38 days of standby for an unprecedented amount of mobile freedom.

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Yahoo’s Tumblr unveils live video

Tumblr, the Yahoo-owned blogging platform, said Tuesday it was launching live video to help compete against similar offerings from Facebook and Twitter. The new feature, unlike Facebook Live and Twitter’s Periscope, won’t have its own underlying technology platform but will allow users to post from YouTube and other video services. “By the end of today,
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Skype Chief Executive Tony Bates, left, Microsoft Chief Executive,Steve Ballmer, at a news conference in San Francisco on the acquisition:Reuters

Microsoft launches new MEA centre of excellence for oil, gas in Dubai

“Digital transformation is top of mind for executives in the oil and gas industry, which is why we built the centre of excellence in the Middle East,” Omar Saleh, director for Oil and Gas at Microsoft, Middle East and Africa, said, adding that, “For the industry to transform, companies need to develop sound digital strategies, built on secure and agile platforms, either on a company’s premises or in the cloud. Continuous dialogue with our customers and partners is essential for enabling innovation and moving the industry forward. This is what the centre of excellence is built for.”

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