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Dell Precision M6700 Equipping Mobile Workstation with Faster Performance



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Annie Odo-Effiong, Client Product marketing manager, Dell has said that workstations are usually a different work tool compared to the typical business laptop, even though modern workstations comes and function much as PCs do.

“The era of the workstation with custom proprietary processing and graphics hardware might be behind us. The Dell Precision M6700 is one of this new breed of mobile workstations. These systems go through the rigorous software and driver qualifications necessary to sell to the professional that function in the graphics or engineering sector”.

The Dell Precision M6700 is a high end 17″ mobile workstation that is meant to meet the high performance and specialized computing needs of Engineers, Scientists, 2D and 3D Artists, and people in Media and Entertainment.

It is provides a level of performance that exceeds almost all other mobile systems while maintaining a professional appearance. It is meant to allow users to work away from their desks while compromising the least amount of performance

Mobile professionals whose work schedule is heavy on speed and effectiveness now have a ready work tool in the new Dell Precision M6700 which is both built on speed and effectiveness.

Having a long lasting battery life is yet another plus point for the new Dell Precision M6700 over competition.

Pundits argue that with the Precision M6700 is a perfect offering for speed and effectiveness.

Dell has no doubt created a very attractive piece of kit with the Precision M6700 mobile workstation and, it stands out both in functionality and in terms of beautiful designs.

It is also full to the brim with high-performance components. According to Odo-Effiong, the Precision Product Line is Industry Software Vendor Certified on over 95 applications from 35 key industry vendors including; -Media and Entertainment: For 3D Creation/Animation, Video Editing/Broadcast, Professional Audio, Image Editing & Digital Content Creation, CAD: For Architectural Engineering & Construction.

Others are: Oil & Gas: For GIS and Geosceismic• Medical: For Image Display and Diagnostic Systems, PACS, Scanner Compute Engines and Pharmaceutical/Chemical ModeISV certification to help ensure reliability for demanding applications.

“The DELL Precision M6700 was specifically designed with movie editors, graphic artists and animators in mind as it provides raw processing power with the 3rd Generation Intel Core i5, i7 and up to Core i7 Extreme Edition processors which effectively meet the needs of people looking to develop quality graphics with ease”.

Gamers will also be interested to note that the precision provides high grade graphics rendering which affords them smooth gameplay even with most advanced gaming graphics.

The Astonishing 17.3″ screen display also provide accurate color reproduction and brilliant images.

The Dell Ultra Sharp™ IPS RGBLED display with Premier Color technology offers 100% Adobe RGB color gamut for the utmost in color precision.

“The Precision M6700 comes with a memory size of up to up to 32GB 1600MHz memory with Support for four storage devices, so if you are running multiple programmes concurrently, users will not have to worry about time lags or slow response times,” Odo-Effiong further stated.

Also speaking on the new workstation, Terry Ayantunji, creative director of a leading advertising agency based in Ikeja, Lagos, said:  “One of the cutting edge features I find amazing in the Dell Precision includes a slot-load DVD-RW drive, though a system of this class and expense should sport a Blu-ray burner instead.”

The Dell Precision M6700 also offers a phenomenal battery life offering up to 20 hours of battery life with its 9-cell (87Wh), the longest of any 17″ mobile workstation.

The display is excellent with photographic or video material. The M6700 was tested and passed with an Nvidia Quadro K5000M mobile workstation-class GPU, which handles high-definition video well.

Though not a gaming system, the user will still be able to play games with reasonable frame rates if the detail setting is dialed down some bit. Audio quality for music is excellent. Bass may be lacking, the sound it produces is pleasing and loud enough so much that using external speakers will ordinarily not be a popular choice.

No matter where work takes you, the enhanced usability and robust feature set of the Dell Precision M6700 enables the mobile professional to accomplish more in less time as it is backed by a long lasting battery that lasts for hours.

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FG Unveils Roadmap for Africa’s Digital Trade Revolution Under AfCFTA



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The Federal Government on Friday unveiled a comprehensive strategy to lead Africa’s digital trade revolution within the framework of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

The strategy is part of the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration to harness trade as a catalyst for economic growth and continental cohesion in line with AfCFTA objectives.

To this effect, Vice President Kashim Shettima said Nigeria is in a unique position to spearhead the continent’s technological transformation.

He made the observation while delivering the keynote address during a Stakeholders Summit with the theme, “Digital Trade in Africa: The Renewed Hope Strategy,” held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“We are in a vantage position because we are the continent’s largest ICT hub, and as such, we must lead the way to the future of this peculiar wave of the Industrial Revolution.

“Our collaboration must prioritize comparisons of our policy initiatives to those of developed economies and fine-tune them to sustain our place and fast-track our growth,” the Vice President stated.

Senator Shettima outlined key components of the roadmap to include implementation of AfCFTA’s Digital Trade Protocol and the development of expansive technical talent hubs.

The plan, according to him, also focuses “on enhancing digital infrastructure investments, promoting disruptive innovation and entrepreneurship, and ensuring the alignment of multiple government agencies to support digital trade initiatives.”

The VP stressed the need for strong synergy between the public and private sectors in implementing the AfCFTA’s Digital Trade Protocol, just as he assured that the federal government remains committed to investing in digital infrastructure and human capital development to drive the process.

He continued: “Our collaboration must prioritize comparisons of our policy initiatives to those of developed economies and fine-tune them to sustain our place and fast-track our growth. For a sector upon which all others rely to survive, digital technologies hold the nation together, and we cannot afford to slow down.

“Our programmes, from the Investment in Digital and Creative Enterprises (iDICE) to the ongoing intervention to train 3 million technical talents by the Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, to the Outsource to Nigeria Initiative (OTNI), are lifelines in our digital economy.

“They offer us an avenue to not only maximize our potential but also commit to the adoption of the Digital Trade Protocol within AfCFTA,” VP Shettima further explained.

Earlier in his remarks, Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr Bosun Tijjani, said the Tinubu administration is investing significantly in every aspect of the digital trade protocol, with a view to harnessing opportunities in the country and continent at large.

He explained that through innovative policies and programmes such as the 3 Million Technical Talent (3MTT) programme, data protection policy and improved investments in digital infrastructure, the administration is equipping the country’s young population for the opportunities of the present and future.

Underscoring the significance of technology in trading across the continent, Dr Tijjani said opportunities that exist within the single market area are unprecedented and could best be harnessed through effective collaboration and networking facilitated by digital technology.

In his welcome address, the Special Assistant to the President on ICT Policy, Dr. Salihu Dasuki Nakande, thanked President Tinubu and Vice President Shettima for their commitment and dedication to the Renewed Hope Agenda, which he said has laid a solid foundation for the digital transformation journey in the country.

He said their continuous support has led to the discourse on digital transformation which will equally lead to a prosperous Nigeria.

Quoting the Vice President in his address at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year, Dr. Nakande said, “Looking ahead, there is a need for speed and cohesion among African countries, the idea of AfCFTA must be revived and there is no hope in keeping waiting in this world, we must act swiftly and together ensure that the AfCFTA succeeds.

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Cybersecurity Firm Uncovers Scams Targeting Olympic Games Fans



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The first in-person Summer Olympics since the lifting of pandemic restrictions is set to begin on July 26, attracting millions of sports enthusiasts.

Kaspersky experts have noted a surge in scamming activity surrounding the event, with fraudsters targeting users’ money and data.

To understand how scammers are exploiting viewers’ interest, Kaspersky experts analysed Olympic-related phishing websites and identified the main schemes currently in use.

Fake Tickets

With the Olympic Committee warning of fake ticket offers and news of a UK swimmer’s family being scammed out of £2,500 while attempting to purchase tickets for the Paris Olympics, Kaspersky’s telemetry confirms that fraudsters are actively crafting phishing websites.

These sites offer tickets for Olympic competitions at exclusive prices or claim to have seats for sold-out events. This well-tested yet effective fraudulent scheme has resurfaced during many Olympic seasons, and Kaspersky’s experts expect such websites to proliferate during Paris 2024 events.

In this scenario, users fill out a data form and transfer both their personal information and money to scammers. As a result, they may receive invalid tickets or, more likely, nothing at all, leading to financial loss and their data being sold on Dark Web forums.

Fake Corporate Giveaways

Many organisations host giveaways for their employees, partners, and customers during major events. Recently, Kaspersky experts uncovered a fraudulent page impersonating a French bank, falsely promising a chance to win event tickets.

Employees are enticed to fill out a form with personal details, including their Internet account login credentials and passwords. This allows fraudsters to infiltrate victims’ corporate resources and potentially spread malicious content further.

Fake Merch Stores

Kaspersky experts have also discovered fraudulent online stores selling merchandise such as shirts, uniforms, accessories, and more. Needless to say, those who were enticed by these offers never received the items they ordered.

Special Cell Phone Plans

Fraudsters have set up phishing websites offering a free 48 GB data package for all networks. These sites entice users to provide personal information, such as phone numbers and payment details, under the guise of activating the data package.

Once submitted, this information is harvested for malicious purposes, leading to potential financial loss and privacy breaches.

“During major events like the Olympics, the sheer volume of offers can be overwhelming and deceptive,” says Anton Yatsenko, security expert at Kaspersky. “Scammers prey on the excitement and urgency people feel, making it crucial to approach every offer with a healthy dose of scepticism.

Remember, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Take the time to verify the authenticity of offers and protect your personal information. Your vigilance can be the difference between enjoying the event and falling victim to a scam.”

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Nigeria inflation rate hits 34.19%



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Nigeria’s annual inflation rate increased for the fifth consecutive month to 34.19 per cent as Nigerians battle with high living crisis.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), released on Monday, the June figure is 0.24 per cent higher than the 33.95 per cent recorded in May. The lowest figure in 2024 was 29.90 per cent, recorded in January.

On a year-on-year basis, the headline inflation rate was 11.40 per cent points higher compared to the rate recorded in June 2023, which was 22.79 per cent.

“This shows that the headline inflation rate (year-on-year basis) increased in the month of June 2024 when compared to the same month in the preceding year (i.e. June 2023),” the NBS said.

NBS said on a month-on-month basis, the headline inflation rate in June 2024 was 2.31 per cent, which was 0.17 per cent higher than the rate recorded in May 2024 (2.14 per cent) meaning that in the month of June 2024, the rate of increase in the average price level is higher than the rate of increase in the average price level in May 2024.

According to the NBS, the food inflation rate in June 2024 rose 40.87 per cent on a year-on-year basis, which was 15.62 per cent points higher compared to the rate recorded in June 2023 (25.25 per cent).

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