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iiDENTIFii wins KPMG Tech Innovator in Africa

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iiDENTIFii

Following the incredible success of the inaugural competition last year, KPMG again called on tech innovators across the continent to bring their innovations to the table with the aim of not only highlighting new technology breakthroughs that transform and revolutionize businesses in diverse industries, but to identify those businesses truly leading the pack.

After a four-month long competition, KPMG Private Enterprise has announced the winner of their Tech Innovator in Africa Awards where iiDENTIFii took the top spot, followed closely by Chekkit Technologies Inc in second place and Troygold in third place.

iiDENTIFii stood out this year, given their level of innovation and disruption, long term potential (there are broad application opportunities for their solution) and the quality of their pitch. 

iiDENTIFii will go on to compete in the global event taking place in Lisbon, Portugal in November 2022. The global competition is made up of 20 countries across key economies globally and while each region runs their own competition, the global platform allows for various players across the world to pitch their businesses’ products and services and be recognised for leading tech innovation and business model excellence, judged by a panel of local and global industry experts.

The entire iiDENTIFii team is honoured to have won this prestigious competition. We’ve been inspired by all the world-class innovators who were in the running throughout Africa,”

said Lance Fanaroff, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of iiDENTIFii. 

“As Africa’s representative for the global finals, we’re determined to make our continent proud when we compete on the global stage, at the Web Summit 2022 in Lisbon in November.”

“Our team has worked hard to make innovation a consistent thread throughout the business, and we are grateful for KPMG’s commitment to tech trailblazers.” 

Africa is ripe with innovation and this competition truly showcases Africa’s leading tech innovators on a local and global scale – demonstrating the impact that the fastest-growing tech innovators are having across the globe.

“We opened the competition in February this year and had an overwhelming response with 159 applications from across the continent – almost double compared to the number of applications received last year. This demonstrates not only the growing tech innovation in Africa but indicates the appetite for African tech businesses to be recognised and scale their operations for the greater good of the continent and its people,”

said Alan Barr, Partner and Head of Private Enterprise at KPMG.

“It was great to see the shift in innovations this year and how African businesses have used the challenges of the past two years to truly define their strategies and ensure they have adapted to what the market wants and needs,”

concluded Barr.

Umidigi Bison 2 Leaks Online alongside the Umidigi C1 and G1

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Umidigi Bison 2, Bison 2 Pro

According to insider report, Umidigi will soon unveil the latest iteration of its rugged Bison Series. The flagship rugged BISON 2 series (BISON 2 and BISON 2 PRO) will be launched alongside two entry-level stylish phones to meet market demand. We can confirm that the two smartphones will be named the Umidig C1 and Umidigi G1, respectively.

The leaked renderings of the Bison 2 shows a break away from the previous design’s intransigent design, providing an eye-catching, fingerprint-resistant back. It appears distinct and strong from all angles, blending durability and chicness. BISON 2 PRO, on the other hand, maintains its traditional back design – industrial rubber material for extensive and durable protection. It can also be seen that the BISON 2 series’ standard camera setup includes a triple camera, with higher resolution than its predecessor, although it remains to be determined.

In the front, BISON 2 has been upgraded compared to its forebear. It no longer uses the water drop design, rather opting for the currently popular dot-in display, which provides a wider field of vision and a stronger visual experience.

Umidigi C1

UMIDIGI C1 bears a striking similarity with F3 series in appearance, although the G1 is just like A13 series. They have novel finishes with matte dazzling textured and three colour options. We conjecture that they are exactly the low configuration models of F3 series and A13 series, but the names have changed, although we do not know the reason. Their chins are thicker and bezels are thinner on waterdrop screens, which seems to corroborate our presumption.

Umidigi G1

As shown in the images, C1 and G1 are equipped with dual cameras clearly, and the specific parameters are estimated to be slightly lower, but they still meet daily needs.

It’s said UMIDIGI has decided that BISON 2 will be launched together with C1 and G1. As for the release time, there are rumors that it will be in the middle of June or the end of June.

Seeing the overall design of BISON 2, do you have any further understanding of its configuration? The brand has a specs-guessing giveaway on its official Facebook. Meanwhile, UMIDIGI’s global giveaway on the official website is still going on. If you are interested, follow them to get more information and activities as soon as possible.

Infinix Launches Note 12 VIP with 120W Super Fast Charger

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Infinix Note 12 VIP Launches

Infinix has unveiled one of the most premium versions in its Note Series. The new Infinix Note 12 VIP boasts a 120W Hyper Charge design, a brilliant 6.7-inch FHD+ Super Light AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, 108MP Cinematic Triple Camera and more. The Note 12 VIP launched alongside the Infinix Note 12 G96, which is very similar to the earlier model but swaps out the Mediatek Helio G88 for a more capable Helio G96.

The Infinix Note 12 VIP and the Note 12 G96 offer the same Helio G96 chipset. They also offer well rounded, innovative performance features such as aerospace-grade ultra-thin glass fiber, up to 5GB of extended random access memory (RAM) and 103 charging and battery protections that keep users’ devices charged up safely whenever they need them.

Vento Lin, Product Manager of NOTE Series at Infinix Mobility said:

“INFINIX IS CREATING A NEW STANDARD FOR HIGH-QUALITY SMARTPHONE PERFORMANCE AND DESIGN WITH ITS NEW NOTE 12 SERIES, WHICH EMBODIES IMPECCABLE FORM AND FUNCTION.”

Lin also went on to say:

“THIS SERIES PACKS QUICK-CHARGING POWER AND STRONG CHIPSETS INTO AN ICONIC DESIGN THAT IS PERFECT FOR EMERGING PROFESSIONALS WHO NEED A LIGHT, FLEXIBLE AND HIGH-PERFORMANCE DEVICE.”

120W Ultra Fast Charger

Infinix NOTE 12 VIP is the thinnest smartphone equipped with 120W ultra-fast hyper charging speeds, making this lightweight smartphone more portable than ever while staying powered all day long.

Infinix integrated the NOTE 12 VIP smartphone with 120W Hyper Charge and a 4500mAh battery to give users maximized battery capacity and supersonic charging speeds that power up the device from 0% to 100% battery power in just 17-minutes.

To help achieve fast-charging capabilities, Infinix incorporated a dual-charge pump and dual-cell battery. This enables the NOTE 12 VIP to adjust the voltage and amperage to the optimal ratio, as well as double the available input.

Keeping ultra-fast charging safe, the smartphone includes 103 charging and battery protection features, which span the entire charging cycle for the charger, circuit and battery.

On top of the all-encompassing projection features, the NOTE 12 VIP also has 18 thermal sensors to monitor the device’s temperature in real-time to ensure that the smartphone charging is always safe.

Enhancing the charging benefits even further, the NOTE 12 VIP uses platinum superconducting material that increases the corrosion resistance of the charging cable for great charging material longevity.

By combining all of these beneficial features, the NOTE 12 VIP’s charge cycle counts up to 800 with up to 85% battery capacity retained. Additionally, the NOTE 12 VIP’s 120W Hyper Charge is certified by the TüV Rheinland Safe Fast-Charge System certification, which proves its reliability and longevity when charging daily.

Breathtaking Design Language

Infinix Note 12 VIP

The NOTE 12 VIP boasts a stylish and sophisticated design wrapped with high-performance features to create the ideal smartphone. The device is the first to utilize aerospace-grade ultra-thin glass fiber material with the texture of glass and the strength of carbon fiber.

The material gives the NOTE 12 VIP feather-light proportions and a 7.89mm ultra-sleek design that weighs only 199 grams.

Encased in this next-level design is a 6.7-inch FHD+ Super Light AMOLED display that provides users with a crisp screen packed with crucial image features such as 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, 10-bit color depth with over 1 billion colors and great contrast ratios.

The AMOLED display features a flexible screen that enables a stunningly capable 3.1mm narrow lower bezel and a 93.1% screen to body ratio with stronger screen impact resistance.

The display also provides users with a silky-smooth visual experience with a sharp 120Hz ultra-refresh rate and 360Hz touch sampling that instantly synchronizes with every swipe. Additionally, a low blue light eye comfort certification, accredited by TÜV Rheinland, the NOTE 12 VIP allows users to enjoy hours of use with less eye fatigue.

Users can also experience immersive visuals with the NOTE 12 G96’s 6.7-inch FHD+ True Color AMOLED display that yields crystal clear brightness even in broad daylight offering a range of flexible options for different consumers.

Capture Fantastic Photos

The NOTE 12 VIP smartphone’s 108MP Cinematic Triple Camera, consists of a 13MP Ultra-wide angle lens and a Depth lens with Laser Detection Auto Focus that shoots fantastic photos.

The camera incorporates a large 1/1.67-inch sensor with a 12000×9000 ultra-high resolution. It supports 9-in-1 pixel binning, producing large 1.92μm pixels that take in more light for maximum detail. The addition of Laser Detection Auto Focus also effectively improves the phone’s focus in low light conditions.

The NOTE 12 G96 is equipped with a 50MP Ultra Night Camera with a depth and AI lens.  All devices in the NOTE 12 lineup feature a 16MP selfie camera for the perfect selfie.

All the Speed and Power You Need

The MediaTek Helio G96 Ultra Gaming Processor provides more speed and power to the NOTE 12 G96 and NOTE 12 VIP. The octa-core processer incorporates two powerful Arm Cortex-A76 processors cores clocked up to 2.05GHz and Arm Mali G57 GPU that works in tandem to harness next-level intelligence for groundbreaking performance.

This is paired with fast 2133MHz LPDDR4X memory and turbo-charged UFS 2.2 storage that yields super-fast data bandwidth.

Infinix expands the NOTE 12 VIP, NOTE 12 G96’s 8GB memory to 13GB by integrating RAM and ROM to provide users with up to 5GB extended RAM. This improves the smartphone’s processing speed and accelerates performance when users are using their smartphone to multi-task with various functions and tasks delivering extra power when it’s needed.

Additional key Features:

  • Dual Speakers with DTS: The NOTE 12 Series creates a powerful 360-degree surround sound with enhanced audio.
  • Graphene Cooling System: The NOTE 12 VIP has 9-Layer Colling System with graphene and Vapor-Chamber Liquid Cooling for up to 15-degrees Celsius reduction[4] in core temperature. Additionally, the NOTE 12 G96 is equipped with a 10-Layered Graphene Cooling system.
  • Linear Motor Tactile Systems: The NOTE 12 VIP integrates a Dual X-axis Linear Motor Tactile System giving users a completely new touch experience while gaming. Meanwhile, the NOTE 12 G96 boasts a Linear Motor Tactile System that simulates shorter and crisper vibrations while gaming.
  • Infinix’s Dar-Link 2.0: The software improves image stability based on an AI algorithm, while simultaneously reducing device temperature for an immersive gaming experience.
  • XOS 10.6 Software: The NOTE 12 Series features new XOS 10.6 software based on Android 12, which includes new features such as Storage Optimizer, Lightning Multi-Window, Privacy Guardian and more. Additionally, the NOTE 12 VIP supports Folax AI voice assistant adding quality of life improvements.

Infinix Note 12 VIP, Note 12 G96 Pricing and Availability

Infinix Note 12 VIP, Note 12 G96, Note 12 G88 Price in Nigeria

The NOTE 12 VIP will be available in Cayenne Grey and Force Black in 256GB; the NOTE 12 G96 will be available in Sapphire Blue, Force Black and Snowfall in 128GB and 256GB. The NOTE 12 VIP will cost ₦199,900 and the cost of NOTE 12 G96 is ₦132,100. The earlier model now known as the Note 12 G88 will cost ₦111,000.

Infinix Note 12 Series Preorder

You can now preorder the Infinix Note 12 VIP and Note 12 G96 with ₦5,000 right now. If you preorder any of the two phones you stand a chance to win ₦1,000,000 and gift worth 15,000 Naira.

This article was first published on NaijaTechGuide with title Infinix Launches All-New Show Stopping NOTE 12 Series with Ultra-Fast Charging

Blackview BL8800, BL8800 Pro Launches at Mouthwatering $335 Off

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Blackview BL8800, BL8800 Pro

Blackview, a leading rugged phone brand has launched two new smartphones, the Blackview BL8800 and BL8800 Pro. To reward early birds, Blackview is launching the smartphones at an attractive $335 Off. The 5G phones feature Thermal and Night Vision, an impressive 8380 mAh battery, 8GB RAM, and 128GB built-in storage. See Offers.

Both smartphones offer a rugged build with IP68 and IP69K ratings to withstand exposure to dirt, dust, water, and extreme temperatures. Blackview BL8800 and BL8800 Pro can survive up to 30 minutes in up to 1.5 meters of water.

They also come with military grade toughness with MIL-STD-810H certification. Both can withstand drops from a height of up to 1.5 meters.

This rugged design makes the Blackview BL8800 series great for an active lifestyle or working in tough environments. The series is also equipped with glove-on working technology, which makes it easier to use your phone when you are wearing gloves in workplaces, in sports, or on winter days.

Thermal Vision, Night Vision, Underwater Camera

Blackview BL8800 Pro Thermal Vision, Night Vision

Both smartphones offer Night Vision, thanks to improvements in the low-light photography capability. You can actually take photos and record videos in complete darkness and the phone will still come-up with clear images and videos.

Thermal Vision is only available in the more premium Blackview BL8800 Pro. The thermal vision capability is available whether it is day or night. The android phone can sense heat through out the day for 24 hours thermal imaging.

Underwater camera mode is another impressive feature of the BL8800 series. Like the name suggests, this features enables you shoot in water. More popular camera features like HDR, Ultra-wide are all included in the BL8800 series.

8380 mAh Battery

While most smartphones in their range offer 5000 mAh battery, the Blackview BL8800 series offers an impressive 8380 mAh battery. This ensures great battery stamina and a long battery life that can last depending on how you use it.

The 33W fast charge can fully refill the giant battery in just 1.5 hours. This means you are up and loaded in no time. You also get reverse charging, which means that both smartphones are essentially power banks.

The Hardware and Software

The Blackview BL8800 series is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G chipset, coupled with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS2.1 ROM, which enhances literally everything you do — faster uploads, downloads, streaming, gaming.

Most of all, it delivers peace of mind for the user in the 5G-prevailing times. And it runs our brand-new Doke OS 3.0, based on Android 11 — it’s smarter, swifter, and more intuitive. With exquisite and concise icons, comfortable visual effects, simple interactions, and more efficient operation, everything is fast, smooth, and efficient.

Difference between BL8800 and BL8800 Pro

The only difference between BL8800 and BL8800 Pro is the rear camera. BL8800 Pro features a FLIR® Lepton® thermal imaging camera and a 50MP ultra-clear camera; BL8800 features a night vision camera, a 50MP ultra-clear camera and a 117° ultra-wide camera. Check more camera features through the sheet below.

BL8800Camera featuresBL8800 Pro
×Thermal vision
Night vision×
50MP main camera
16MP front camera
Underwater mode
117° ultra-wide×
HDR 2.0
Night mode 2.0
PortraitColor
PortraitColor
2k 30fps video

Blackview BL8800, BL8800 Pro Price and Availability

Blackview BL8800 and BL8800 Pro price starts at $499.99 and $699.99 respectively. However, from now to Midnight (PT) May 27, 2022, you can buy both smartphones at 50% off exclusive on AliExpress. During this early bird offer, the BL8800 starts at US $249.99 ( US $499.99 ) while BL8800 Pro starts at US $334.99 ( US $669.99 ). It’s worth noting that the offer is limited to 500 units.

Umidigi Fan Festival 2022, up to 75% Off Phones, Earbuds, Smartwatches

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Umidigi Fan Festival 2022

Umidigi Fan Festival will be holding on May 19 and May 20, 2022. This is a great time to buy a smartphone as there will be loads of discounts during the event. The Umidigi Fan Festival on AliExpress is where to be right now, you will be able to see exciting deals on not just Umidigi smartphones, but also smartwatches and earbuds. See Deals.

Umidigi will be unveiling two of its smartphone series during the event, namely the Umidigi F3 series and Umidigi Power 7 series.

The highlight of the Umidigi Fan Festival 2022 will be the premium smartphone in both series. For the F3 series, the Umidigi F3 with 8GB RAM, 128GB Built-in storage, and 48MP triple camera will be on sale for just $179.99. The most compelling deal in the Umidigi Power series is the Umidigi Power 7 Max going for $169.99 with the highlight being the 10000 mAh, but you also get 6GB RAM, 128GB built-in storage, and 48MP Triple Camera.

There will also be deals on other members of the two series. Joining the F3 will be the more affordable Umidigi F3s and Umidigi F3 SE. Similarly, the Power 7 Max will be launched alongside less premium Umidigi Power 7 and Power 7S.

In addition to the unveiled devices, you will also find deals on existing models. The Umidigi A11 Pro Max, one of the most popular smartphones from Umidigi will be on sale as well as, the Umidigi A13 Pro. Both smartphones will be going for an attractive $139.99 during the Umidigi Fan Festival 2022.

The Top of the line Bison GT2 5G and Bison GT2 Pro 5G will go your $299 and $349 respectively during the event.

More Umidigi Fan Festival Deals

There and many more deals will be available during the event. Hurry and secure the deals.

Here are the highlights of the two main devices on offer

AliExpress is the place to be on May 19 and May 20 for the best value on smartphones, earbuds, and smartwatches. For the best deals, Click Here.

Tecno Spark 8C receives Virtual Expandable Memory update and is the First Budget Smartphone with this feature

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Increase RAM on Tecno Spark 8C

Its official guys! If you own and use a TECNO Spark 8C, then your smartphone experience is about to get more lit! Your TECNO Spark 8C can now run more efficiently with an overall better performance, thanks to a new feature called “Memory Fusion”, which the brand confirmed has been pushed to all Spark 8C smartphones.

Simply put, the Memory Fusion feature allows you expand the RAM (Random Access Memory) of your device, which is responsible for your smartphone’s ability to multitask, i.e., smoothly run multiple apps simultaneously, and quickly retrieve frequently accessed files and apps.

With memory fusion, the RAM on your Spark 8C can be expanded by as much as 100% and what’s more interesting is that you could do this right within the comfort of your home!

Tecno Spark 8C

How can I get the Memory Fusion feature on my Spark 8C?

To enable memory fusion on the Spark 8C, there are two OTA (Over the Air) update versions – v.032 & v.034, that you would need to download and install. Your Spark 8C should typically notify you of the available updates, however you can also manually check for them in “system update” which you can locate in your smartphone settings.

The memory fusion function comes with the v.034 update, hence you would need to first download and install v.032, after which update v.034 will be available for download/install.

MemFusion

TECNO Spark 8C: Smartphone for the Vibrant Young Generation

The Spark 8C is the smartphone for the passionate, vibrant and trendy youth who is on a budget. It has a futuristic and fashionable design, beautiful color choices and feels great to hold, complementing its user to stand out stylishly within any circle.

Photography on Tecno Spark 8C

Spotting a 13-megapixel AI enhanced dual camera that enables more detail in your photo, a 6.6-inch HD+ dot notch screen, 90-hertz refresh rate (on the 3 & 4GB RAM models only), and a 5000mAh battery amongst other specs, the Spark 8C is that budget smartphone that comes with many specifications found mostly on mid-range devices, making it arguably the market’s best budget smartphone.

Tecno Spark 8C

The Spark 8C comes in Turquoise Cyan, Magnet Black, Iris Purple and Diamond Grey, and is available at all authorized TECNO retail outlets nationwide at the recommended retail price of NGN 66,000 for the 64+3GB model and NGN 59,500 for the 64+2GB model.

Tecno Spark 8C Specs

Spectranet launches Stryker Internet MiFi Modem

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Spectranet Stryker MiFi

Spectranet, the leading  Internet Service Provider offering 4G LTE based Home Broadband services and  Fiber-based ( Fiber to the Home and Fiber On Air)  Fixed Broadband services in Nigeria has launched a new MiFi modem. Named, the “STRYKER”, the new high tech internet modem enables multiple users to browse the internet while on-the-move or at their homes/offices.

With the year 2022 being the year of the biggest football event of the year, the Qatar 2022 World Cup, the launch of the new MiFi modem is timed to show support for the Super Eagles of Nigeria as they squareup against the Black Stars of Ghana in a World cup qualifier in March.

The MiFi is named STRYKER to show support and to acknowledge the natural flair of the Nigerian National Team and their ability to strike for the world cup ticket.

At the unveiling of STRYKER MiFi, Ajay Awasthi, Chief Executive Officer of Spectranet said, the attractive pricing of Stryker and the bundled data will enable more people to have access to high speed internet.

“WE KNOW THAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT FOOTBALL. THE SEASON WILL BE A GREAT TIME TO ROOT FOR THE SUPER EAGLES AND ENCOURAGE MORE PEOPLE TO CHEER THEM UP TO STRIKE FOR WINNING GOALS.

Speaking on the brand’s interest to support the business and lifestyle of Nigerians, Mr. Awasthi further added that the efficiency of the STRYKER MiFi Device will empower users to strike action on the internet, achieving great targets without boundaries.

“… AFTER TWO YEARS OF LOCK-DOWN, THE INTERNET IS WHERE WE ALL PLAY, LEARN AND TRANSACT BUSINESS; WE SHOULD ALL BE STRIKING GOOD DEALS AND MAKING QUALITY PROGRESS WITHOUT BOUNDARIES.”

The Sprectanet Stryker MiFi is powered by a Qualcomm MDM9225 chipset that intelligently offers high-speed performance. With a Wi-Fi technology that supports multiple inputs and multiple outputs (2 x 2 MIMO), this device offers users the flexibility to share their MiFi connection with up to 10 devices at the same time.

The built-in 2300 mAh battery delivers backup power for up to 6 hours offering enough juice to keep you productive or entertained for a long time. The portable pocket-size device offers high speed and a seamless secured Internet connection that makes it suitable for outdoor and indoor purposes.

Spectranet Stryker MiFi Price and Availability

Spectranet Stryker MiFi price starts at 23,500 Naira. You get 75GB free data on activation. You also get 10GB data bonus for six subscription renewals within 190 days of activation for subscription of the 5,000 Naira plan or more.

Ckrowd launches Ckrowd Studios to Revolutionize Digital Entertainment in Africa and Diaspora

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Ckrowd Studios

2 March 2022, London, UK:  Ckrowd, Africa’s most preferred and premium content streaming platform, has announced today the opening of a new digital entertainment branch, the Ckrowd Studios. Ckrowd Studios will allow content creators and content enterprises to leverage Ckrowd’s digital tools, innovation and the digital marketplace to earn revenue for their Live & On-Demand creations.

Ckrowd will provide premium distribution and monetization services to film and content producers that deliver great quality in content, but often find other studios and traditional cinema models challenging for their content goals.  

Ckrowd Studios, a private enterprise driven and a business-to-business initiative between Ckrowd and independent producers across Africa & Diaspora, will offer content producers and creators a digital cinema format to release and distribute exclusively their creation, both to local and global audiences.

Ckrowd will provide its secure and scalable digital infrastructure to power Ckrowd Studios, deepening its connection and relationships with its audiences worldwide. Using the Studios will also enable digital creatives to make smarter business decisions, and connect to their audiences anywhere, while also enabling access to business insights and monetisation using data analytics and geo-localisation. Furthermore, film producers and creators will be able to receive foreign exchange earnings for their locally, but quality crafted and produced TV and film content.  

Live or On-Demand content are co-created and formatted together with the Ckrowd Production & Marketing team. The team of experts at Ckrowd will then formulate ad-hoc integrated marketing and distribution plans, which will be supported by Ckrowd marketing innovative tools to drive paid viewership and revenue to the content via the website at www.ckrowd.com.

This Digital Cinema formula will produce and offer audiences many original and well-produced content, that are often overlooked in the global market due to the many intricacies and bureaucratic processes behind other studios and global entertainment companies that cannot fully grasp how to effectively reach local audiences and the Diaspora.  

The entertainment platform will feature English speaking films, but also some in local languages, including Yoruba, which will be produced by entertainment mavericks who have just been signed to Ckrowd Sudios, such as Adeleye Fabusoro, CEO of Rare Edge Media, and Ola Abraham Emmauel of Owambe Productions, creators of Bro Code (TV Series) starring Adedimeji Lateef, Baaj Adebule.  

Furthermore, Ckrowd Studios will help to accelerate cultural integration within the film and content creation industries by supporting and connecting producers across East, West & Southern African regions and bringing their films to distributor and consumer audiences across the continent and global audience for better distribution and funding.  

Karine Barclais, founder of Cannes Pavillon Afrique commented:

“All these initiatives make Ckrowd a rallying point and a go-to for African and Diaspora film creators” 

“We believe that Ckrowd Studios will be a winning solution for talented producers and production houses seeking to drive profit for their content, including Live or On-Demand film, TV series, short films, documentary, educational series, music videos and more, “

said Kayode Adebayo, CEO of Ckrowd.

“Viewers will also enjoy and be able to consume a vast array of content options for a small fee using Pay-Per-View options, which will simply mean they do not have to pay any fees for content they are not interested in, which is what the subscription payment encourages. In this manner, consumers can seek for tailored content about Africa and the Diaspora across the different verticals such as fashion, music, gastronomy, history, folklore, languages, culture, mythology, literature and more and not be tied to a huge archive and library of superfluous content that might not interest them, through the specific subscription payment model.”

He continued

“By leveraging Ckrowd Studios and its technology, distribution, marketing, ad sales platforms, capital support, expertise and monetisation, producers, directors and content creators alike will seamlessly build and enhance their reach and revenue worldwide.”   

Ckrowd intends to become the biggest content and concept company for Africa and Diaspora Content, complete with production and financing opportunities for Content Producers. This is because Ckrowd will also provide producers and creators with an ultra-modern audio-visual & film studio facility to support local and global production projects, showcasing its commitment to be directly involved in producing 50% of its original and exclusive content and forming strategic partnerships to co-finance and license content from producers and content creators across Africa and the Diaspora.  

Ckrowd Studios presents a tremendous opportunity to engage audiences across Africa and the Diaspora, supporting content producers and creators to earn a revenue, through the offer of Ckrowd’s secure technology solutions, data analytics and distribution platforms as it continues to transform the content creation industry into a viable business digitally, and connect with more viewers globally.

This will contribute to connecting content and content creators from emerging economies with a global audience, to attract the highest monetary return on investment for their content, whilst facilitate culture exchange and global connections to explore and understand the driving force of culture. 

Nokia C21, C21 Plus, and C2 2nd Edition launches with Nokia Go 2+ Earbuds and Headphones

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Nokia C21, C21 Plus, and C2 2nd Edition launches with Nokia Go 2+ Earbuds and Headphones

LAGOS, NIGERIA, 1 March 2022 – Hot on the heels of the recent launch of the G11 and G21 this month, HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today announces three new Nokia C-series smartphones –the C21, C21 Plus and C2 2nd edition– in response to success for Nokia smartphones within the affordable smartphone market, which saw a 41% smartphone revenue growth for HMD increase from 2020 to 2021.

HMD Global reached its first full year of operational profitability in 2021.

Forecasting 1 million subscriptions to its Services Suite in H1, HMD is also announcing a new Services focused division to further continue this period of growth. This will allow the company to foster further growth, attract talent, and better support existing clients by streamlining processes internally.

Florian Seiche, Chief Executive Officer, HMD Global: 

‘2021 was a transformational year, resulting in solid revenue growth across the business and today, we are celebrating a profitable new chapter for HMD Global with the release of three new affordable Nokia devices which are not only safe, reliable and durable, but ensure as many people as possible can access the latest innovative technology for less.

I am excited to announce that our services portfolio includes a secure device financing solution for smartphones and other devices. At HMD, we are bringing together these two ingredients, a high-quality smartphone experience and a financing solution which builds upon our mission to make modern mobile technology accessible to everyone.

Combined with the success of our enterprise services offering scaling to 1 million subscriptions in H1, and delivering the exceptional level of services clients expect from us, we are delivering an accessible and seamlessly connected experience for people and enterprises worldwide.’

Nokia C-Series

The three new devices epitomise the durability and long-lasting battery life qualities Nokia phones became famous for all those years ago. This, combined with the best of Android™ software, and security updates cements HMD’s vision for 2022 and beyond – building Nokia phones that last for longer whilst maintaining excellent build quality. 

Nokia phones have incorporated a beautiful Finnish aesthetic that is also functional. The company are bolstering their successful Nokia C-series range, which was introduced in 2020 and already makes up 16% of total company smartphone sales in the last 5 years.

Nokia C21 Plus

Nokia C21 Plus

The hero of the C-series family – Nokia C21 Plus – is the smartphone that keeps on giving. It’s designed for durability and is rigorously tested to achieve sleek style and strength, while also delivering on battery life and most importantly, remaining affordable. The device comes with two different battery sizes, 4000 mAh and 5050 mAh which deliver up to two- and three-day battery life respectively – allowing people to stay connected for longer and recharge less.

Built around a robust inner metal chassis with an IP52 rating protecting against elements, with dirt, dust, and water droplet resistance thanks to a toughened cover glass that protects the dazzling 6.5” HD+ display – ensuring Nokia Hope can stand up to all of life’s hustle-and-bustle.

A 13MP dual camera with panorama and portrait modes allows you to capture life’s best bits in stunning detail. A clean OS with minimal preloads gives you more space for the apps and content you choose. Plus, 2 years of quarterly security updates, and fingerprint and AI face unlock technology ensures the Nokia C21 Plus stays secure, inside and out.

Nokia C21

Nokia C21

The Nokia C21 maintains the excellent build quality, security promises and the all-day battery life signature to the popular C-series. The device brings an improved 8MP camera with autofocus technology that seamlessly reads QR codes – so whether people are scanning menus, making payments or simply looking up information – the Nokia C21 ensures scanning QR codes is a breeze.

Enhanced memory capabilities, thanks to a multi-core processor, bring efficiencies without sacrificing the all-day battery life, while AI-powered face unlock is now supported by a fingerprint sensor for extra security and convenience. Two years of regular security updates also come as standard for C-series devices so people can rest assured that the Nokia C21 works hard in the background to keep their smartphone phone safe.

Nokia C2 2nd Edition

Nokia C2 2nd Edition

The Nokia C2 2nd edition comes with super-tough and reliable Nokia build-quality with even more ways to connect.  Designed to withstand life’s knocks, thanks to a tough inner metal chassis, and premium Nordic craftsmanship, this C-Series device has been rigorously tested to ensure it meets high durability standards and delivers a thoughtful and purposeful design at an affordable price point.

Giving you greater freedom to connect, and a reliable, super-smooth smartphone experience, the all-day battery-life from a single charge which enables hours of talk time and days of standby. The generous 5.7” display lets people easily stream, share and scroll through their favourite content and apps in brilliant definition – and capture the best bits of life, day or night, thanks to front and rear flash cameras. 2 years of quarterly security updates also ensure that the Nokia C2 2nd edition stays secure on the inside. The up-to-date OS with minimal preloads helps data go further, freeing up more space for the content and apps you love. 

C-Series Accessories

HMD’s growth story continues with their accessories range, doubling the accessories business in 2021 with ambitious plans for future growth. Nokia C21, C21 Plus and C2 2nd edition come with a range of accessories including over ear wired and wireless headphones and truly wireless earbuds offering an easy, hands-free calling experience.

  • Nokia Go Earbuds 2 + A truly wireless, clear sound and comfortable fit at ultra-high value, whilst environmental noise cancellation (ENC), sweat and splash resistance, up to 24-hour playtime will see users through even the rainiest of days
  • Nokia Headphones (Available in Wired and Wireless) – a super lightweight design with soft over-ear cushioning and a foldable arm for extra comfort and convenience, make for a seamless experience whether working or listening to music

HMD Enterprise Division

The one million subscriptions are split between the three core products (Connect Pro, Enable Pro, and Softlock) currently sitting under HMD Global Services, and are made up of IoT connections, EMM licences, and device lock licences. The global growth of the existing HMD Global Services lines led to the subdivision, which will further enable the team to focus on improving existing product lines, as well as innovating and creating new product offerings to clients.

Janne Lehtosalo said,

“Our range of enterprise IoT offerings has already made a significant impact on multiple industries including logistics, healthcare, and financial technology around the globe. Following the creation of the new division, we believe we will be better organised to further grow our offering to more industries, better serve our existing clients, and bring new services to the market. We’re excited to have hit a projection of over one million subscriptions in H1 and are proud that we are able to consistently offer them unparalleled services regardless of where they are on the globe.”

Pricing and Availability

Local pricing, variants and availability will be shared in-market at a later stage.

Businesses Can now Save More with Bolt Special Ride Offering

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Bolt Business

Bolt, a leading ride-hailing service provider, is committed to building a sustainable city by easing mobility for Nigerians and is running a solution-based offering for business and corporate offices. The service tagged Bolt Business aims to support the efficiency of SMEs, large private businesses, and other corporate offices in Nigeria.

Bolt Business offers fast, convenient, and affordable business rides. Since its launch in 2019, the platform has recorded significant traction from top corporate offices and other private businesses in Nigeria. With this service, corporate offices and businesses can manage and pay for corporate trips via a single and easy-to-use portal. The business management can manage how team members commute for business trips.

The Bolt Business platform allows a corporate office or business to create an account where their teams can book rides, as well as keep track of the routes and expenses of the company’s business travels and trips. To enjoy this, employees can connect their Bolt accounts to the company’s Bolt Business account and switch their payment method to the corporate account.

Speaking on the service, Chinedu Ossai, Country Lead for Bolt Business in Nigeria, said:

“The Bolt Business service was introduced to enable companies of all sizes to manage and pay for corporate trips via one simple portal. Since the launch, we have successfully completed hundreds of thousands of trips on the platform for several of Nigeria’s top corporate offices as well as small and medium-sized businesses. We are committed to easing mobility in Nigeria and the Bolt Business offering is one of the ways we achieve this. The goal is to ease mobility concerns for companies because we provide an affordable and easier option for transportation.”

Recently, Bolt rewarded drivers on its platform with new cars from its Driver’s League Challenge to promote excellent customer service delivery. The Bolt Business offering advances the commitment to excellent service delivery as it simplifies employee transportation management.

The service has a detailed history overview for managers which help them monitor trips and comes with expense reporting. With this, employees can focus on value creating activities while Bolt manages the administrative hassles of moving around the city for meetings or other work-related trips.

With the innovative offering for businesses, Bolt reiterates its position as the leading platform in Nigeria’s ride-hailing industry. With unparalleled expertise in delivering a safe and affordable service Bolt’s ultimate focus is optimal customer satisfaction.

Since launching in the country, Bolt has redefined the mobility sector in Nigeria with innovative and unique offerings that ease mobility for riders and provides earning opportunities for drivers.

For more information about Bolt Business visit the website.