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ITPulse is a wholly information technology communication (ICT) news website, with a special focus on the African continent. The website provides up-to-date biz-tech news, analysis and comprehensive and thorough insight into the continent's ICT terrain

Bolt, Africa’s leading ride-hailing platform, has concluded the last and final phase of its Bolt Accelerator Program – an initiative in collaboration with The Nest Innovation Park to empower its driver community to redefine their roles as entrepreneurs and amplify economic growth prospects across Nigeria. The post-mentorship graduation ceremony was held virtually on January 19, 2024, to send forth the top 10 winners. Launched on September 19, 2023, the Bolt Accelerator Program has empowered drivers beyond conventional ride-hailing services and contributed to the economic growth of drivers in Nigeria. The initiative witnessed a myriad of applications from drivers in diverse…

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By Martin Ekpeke The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Aminu Maida has said the Commission is going to be working with its licensees on data tariff, speed and coverage to have a transparent tariff regime. “We are going to be working with our licensees to see how tariff can be simpler and more transparent,” he is quoted to have said on X (Formerly Twitter) as part of his 100 days in office. He noted that as a regulator, the Commission is going to be stepping in to see what the common issues that consumers are…

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Experts at Zenshield Technology have highlighted seven of the hidden dangers of seemingly innocuous bedroom tech, even though most bedroom technology intends to enhance comfort or convenience. The experts believe that certain tech items have potentially negative health implications, even to the extent of being deadly. Here’s a comprehensive look at seven such hazardous bedroom techs: 1. Overhead Wi-Fi Routers Wi-Fi is a game-changer. But, placing routers in the bedroom, especially overhead, may trigger health issues, including insomnia, depression, and even certain cancers. Wi-Fi uses a kind of energy called electromagnetic radiation to send information. This radiation makes something called…

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In today’s increasingly digital world, fraud and financial crime has become a significant concern. Global research shows that 2022 saw a 72% increase in fraudulent activity while almost a quarter of survey respondents expect a significant budget increase for anti-fraud technology through 2025. Given how generative artificial intelligence (AI) has been reshaping virtually all industry sectors, the challenge of fighting financial crime has become more complex and multifaceted.  Generative AI has been proven to be a groundbreaking technology capable of creating realistic data and media. But this means it has also opened significant new avenues for financial crimes. The increasing…

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Skip the generic gifts! These Google AI tools will inspire unique presents and unforgettable experiences for your loved ones.  Valentine’s Day is one of the most daunting gift-giving holidays. You want to get something for your partner, of course, but also you like to let your friends and family (and even your dogs) know how much they’re loved. It’s a tricky holiday: The perfect Valentine’s Day gift is sentimental but not saccharine-sweet. Genuinely useful but not overly practical. It has a personal touch — but could potentially be replicated for a friend or two (or three). If you need a…

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The United Kingdom has signed a landmark partnership with Nigeria that is set to boost trade and investment and build on the already £7 billion strong UK-Nigeria trading relationship, with a target to unlock new opportunities in sectors such as legal, financial services and clean energy.  The UK’s Secretary of State for Business and Trade, Se Kemi Badenoch signed the deal in Abuja, saying Nigeria is an important growth market for the UK-based financial and related professional services industry. “TheCityUK welcomes the MoU signing and looks forward to continuing engagement to increase market access and remove regulatory frictions,” she said.…

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The Chief Commercial Officer, Jumia Nigeria, Ijeoma Arum has urged operators of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria to leverage eCommerce to boost sales and grow their business. The Jumia CCO, while making a presentation titled: ‘Growing your business’, at the maiden edition of Ecobank Nigeria’s MySME Growth Series, observed that small and medium-sized businesses in Africa are faced with challenges such as access financing, stiff competition from established brands and regulatory compliance. Thus, leveraging technology such as eCommerce has the potential to transform their businesses.  “eCommerce increases reach and awareness of products and services, allows businesses to gain…

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The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has assured that it will deliver its mandate of transforming Nigeria’s technology and innovation landscape. The Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of NASENI, Mr. Suleiman Halilu gave the assurance during a 2-day staff training of NASENI by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) in Abuja. The training was led by its Director-General, Mr. Dasuki Ibrahim Arabi for the mandatory deployment of Self-Assessment Tools (SAT) for service delivery. Halilu reaffirmed the commitment of the Agency to fulfilling its mandate by maintaining a steadfast focus on NASENI 3Cs principles of Collaboration,…

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By Martin Ekpeke The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has said if Nigerians want to be frank with themselves as business people, the government should not be blamed for the continued decline in the value of the Naira. Rather, it is the attitude of the average Nigerian to import everything responsible for the fall of the Naira. The President of LCCI, Mr. Gabriel Idahosa, who spoke to Journalists on the sideline of the launch of Zandaux, a Business-2-Business e-Commerce platform in Lagos recently, noted that Nigerians import virtually everything to the country. Thus, giving the dollar priority over…

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Kaspersky has gathered some top tips for staying safe whilst dating online below based on a new survey which revealed shocking data about the extent of digital abuse, where a quarter of respondents (23%) of 21,000 people worldwide, reveals had experienced some form of online stalking from a person they were newly dating. A third (34%) of respondents believe that Googling/checking the social media accounts of a person you had started dating as a form of due diligence is acceptable and 41% admitted to doing so when they started dating someone. The tips are: Keep passwords to yourself and make…

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