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NowNow Says ‘Ditch Traditional Leather Wallet’ as Mobile App Goes Live



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NowNow, has launched an innovative consumer mobile wallet (M-Wallet) to boost financial inclusion in the country.

NowNow, a mobile wallet offering from Contec Global InfoTech Limited is a PCI DSS compliance platform which ensures all transactions are secure and certified by Commodo SSL.

Mr. Sahir Berry, the managing director of NowNow told Nigeria CommunicationsWeek that the m-wallet has been unleashed as an app for doing payments recharges and transfer money electronically.

The wallet, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek learnt, can be opened against a mobile number, First Name and Last Name. You can use the service if you have a smartphone and internet access to the phone. The NowNow Wallet is easy to use, safe and having faster payment process.

The NowNow wallet aims to eradicate the habit of keeping traditional leather wallets.

“The NowNow wallet, “allows user to perform mobile recharge, bill payments, money transfer to bank accounts, Peer to Peer transfer very quickly directly from the pre-funded wallet without entering the card details every time before performing the transaction.

“You don’t have to carry your leather wallet full of debit cards. Every time you don’t have to put your card details for every payment which is actually minimizing the risk of exposing your full bank account, unlike using a Bank app or USSD code especially at smaller merchants you may not be comfortable exposing your card or bank account details or for performing simple transactions like Mobile Recharge, Pay TV, Money Transfers”.

He said that over a period of few months’ consumers will be able to use NowNow wallets for payments at offline and online merchants.

“Moreover, when you pay using our wallet you will get cash back for every transactions or you may get a free discounted coupons usable at eatery, shoe shop, saloon, boutique redemption of the coupon may end up making your transaction absolutely free,”

Mahesh Nair, chief operating officer of the company, further explains he is optimistic about the future of mobile wallets in Nigeria in the coming years. As more people go mobile and embrace the newer and faster ways of making payments from mobile wallet.

Speaking further, the MD said that by using NowNow Wallet (App) customers stand to get “Hassle free fast, secure transaction procedure; cash back or discount coupon on every transaction; limiting your exposure to your direct full bank account to all merchants, especially for smaller transactions and monitor and keep a control on your daily expenses.

Other Specialities:
The NowNow app allows the unbanked easy access to financial services. Users gain access to a wide variety of financial and value added services which include but is not limited to being able to;

Receive Money Using Only a Phone Number
Send a request for money that allows people to pay you with a simple tap. Whether you’re collecting money for a group dinner or contributing to a friend’s upcoming nuptials, we make it easy for everyone to send and receive money.

Generate a QR Code and request for money is a very easy functionality available on the app.

Send Money Within Seconds
Send money to anywhere in Nigeria in just seconds. Send Money to NowNow wallet holders in the country using their mobile number.

Transfer Money and Cash Out at NowNow Agent point without an account number.

Transfer Funds to Bank Accounts
With your NowNow wallet you are able to transfer money to any bank account in the country and the money will be delivered to recipient’s account in minutes any day, anytime 24x7x365.

Pay Utility Bills with No Delays
Renew your subscription with your favourite pay TV and internet service provider. You can also take care of your electricity bill using your NowNow wallet. Merchants you can make payment using your NowNow wallet include but is not limited to GOtv, DStv, StarTimes, Consat, Smile Networks, Spectranet, Swift Internet, IkejaElectric.We can even buy itune credits, good play, xbox, skype credits and much more.

NowNow, Nair said, is constantly working to add more merchants and billers on the platform.

Purchase Airtime/Data
Recharge: Now stop scratching heads on scratch cards and USSD for recharging your airtime and data packs. You can easily recharge from anywhere and anytime and happily continue with our phone calls with our loved ones using NowNow Wallet.

Creating A NowNow Wallet
So now you don’t have to take the stress of carrying and paying by cash for any transactions the mobile wallet can be used for all types of transactions.

Over a period of time the wallet will be accepted at all online and offline merchants the idea is to promote wallet transactions.

Funding Your NowNow Wallet
You can fund your mobile wallet through any of the following ways: at any NowNow agent outlet; using the internet banking platform. At Bank branch, using your debit/credit card.

How It Works: Select phone number from your contact list; create a beneficiary list for recipients of your most frequent transactions; send and request money from using QR code; earn rewards for every transaction performed.

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Samsung Launches the Incredible Crystal UHD TV



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TV has become a massive part of our lives from those must-watch series to the sports matches that have us glued to the screen. World-renowned for pioneering innovation in this popular category of technology, Samsung has now launched Crystal UHD TV.

Featuring Samsung’s cutting-edge Crystal Display, the new Crystal UHD TV will bring high-resolution content to life in a whole new way, delivering a viewing experience like never before in a mainstream UHD TV.

Controling all function with Voice Assistant and enjoying multiple contents on one screen with Multi View are just some of the welcome advancements on this incredible TV.

“Samsung TV has been constantly paving the path for technological innovations by offering consumers a new TV experience and a future for global TV industry. This is the core driving force that makes Samsung No. 1 TV for 14 consecutive years. Crystal UHD builds on this success in ways that people will truly love.” said Dudu Mokholo, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung Central Africa.

Crystal UHD is the purest form of picture quality with 1 billion rich and vibrant colours with guaranteed crisp and vivid images time over time. Its features include:

Real 4K UHD Resolution – 4K UHD TV goes beyond regular FHD with 4x more pixels, offering your eyes the sharp and crisp images they deserve. See it like you’re really in the scene.

Lifelike colour expression – Immerse yourself in the picture with a wider range of colour. Dynamic Crystal Display delivers lifelike variations so you can see every subtlety.

Crystal Processor 4K – Experience picture quality that moves you, made possible by a single chip that orchestrates colour, optimises high contrast ratio, and masters HDR.

See the picture, not the TV – A sleek and elegant design that draws you to the purest picture. Crafted with an effortless minimalistic style from every angle and a boundless that sets new standards. You will see only the most immersive cinematic experience ever.

Get what you want just by speaking up – Everything is so much easier with voice control. Now you can quickly access favourite content, get answers, and even control your TV and other connected devices around your home. Just tell it what you want.

See multiple contents at the same time – Multi View splits your TV screen in two, putting the content you’re watching on one side, and mirroring your mobile screen on the other. This means you don’t have to look away from the TV screen to glance at your phone anymore.

Get gaming faster – Get into the game faster with Game Enhancer, which optimises your screen so you have more control with barely noticeable input lag. Experience smooth gaming in its most impressive form without motion blur and judder.

Decorate your space with your favourite photos  – When you project your favourite photos onto the TV screen, the TV itself blends into your décor elegantly. You can lay out multiple photos in a beautiful collage or place them in a slide show for to keep the visual fresh and on point.

Clean up the clutter – Samsung UHD offers a neat solution for keeping all your TV cables tidy, hiding them away right in the stand. This helps you reduce your clutter so you can fully enjoy your TV’s beautiful design.

Samsung Crystal UHD clearly does what many TVs cannot, in the most amazing ways.

The Crystal UHD TV is now available at various retailer stores and retailer online pages. For extra peace of mind, Crystal UHD TV comes with a 24 month warranty.

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FG to Boost Artificial Intelligence



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Federal government on Tuesday announced that it has developed initiatives for the adoption of Artificial Intelligence technology in Nigeria.

FG to Boost Artificial Intelligence


The establishment of a Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Nigeria (CFAIR) is also expected soon.

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said that AI applications enable innovative solutions, improve risk assessment, better planning, and faster knowledge-sharing.

Abdullahi Usman Gambo, director of IT Infrastructure Solution, NITDA, spoke at a workshop in commemoration of International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

He noted that AI would open up opportunities for access to information and also help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations (UN) in the 2030 Agenda.

Gambo said: “Artificial Intelligence is poised to revolutionize the way we go about our daily lives – from governance to business, legislation to medicine to defence, etc. We can all agree that AI is humanity’s new frontier.

“We have developed initiatives for adoption of emerging technologies such as AI, strengthen cybersecurity, digital skills for digitally excluded citizens while enhancing the regulatory and market environment to increase access to ICTs, and promote seamless access to information.

“We believe AI and associated emerging technologies will completely enhance the speed, efficiency and effectiveness of information gathering during the exchange of data or the ways of communication,” he said.

Delivering his paper, Yushau Shuaib, publisher of PRNigeria, described access to information as the right of the citizens to accurate, transparent, and timely facts and figures.

The former National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesman stated that governments at all levels have obligations to communicate with people, while the public has the right to know and criticize authorities through constructive engagement.

The media executive, however, appealed to Nigerians not to use social media platforms for fake news dissemination.

“The merits of new media on affordability, accessibility and instant delivery are occasionally marred by the fact that social media is sometimes used to spread fake news”, he said.

Shuaib called for collaboration of stakeholders in ensuring appropriate legislation through public awareness campaigns in order to improve access to universal information.

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Samsung Unveils Technologically Advanced 2020 Consumer Products



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Samsung Electronics Nigeria has unveiled its 2020 consumer products range. The launch which held in Victoria Island, Lagos showcased the latest in its revolutionary and innovative QLED and Crystal UHD Television Series  along with Wind Free Air Conditioners, Side by Side Refrigerators and Drum Washing Machines.

Keeping with its resolve to utilize its transformative ideas and technologies to shape the future and inspire the whole world, Samsung has once again demonstrated its determination to continuously redefine the living space and entertainment of its customers.

According to Mr. Caden Chiyeon Yu, Managing Director, Samsung Electronics Nigeria, “QLED uses exceptional and revolutionary technology which offers an unparalleled visual and auditory adventure from the comfort of your living room. QLED series is available in 4K or 8K and from 58″ to 98”, and was designed with options to fit any space and budget”. For Crystal UHD Television, Mr. Yu said, with cutting-edge Crystal Display, the new Crystal UHD TV will bring high-resolution content to life in a whole new way, delivering a viewing experience like never before in a mainstream UHD TV.

Also showcased at the launch were the new Windfree Air Conditioner, Drum Washing Machines and Side by Side refrigerators. The Windfree Air Conditioner is designed specially with the latest technology to provide coolness in quick time while ensuring that users don’t experience any chills through out its use. It also has an in-built digital inverter which reduces energy consumption by 73 percent. .

The newly introduced drum washing machine of 2020 from Samsung is very efficient and is built with eco bubble technolgy which allows it to provide cleaning of very dirty garments or clothes without the use of water.  Futhermore, the new Side by Side Refrigetor was built with Spacemax technology which has enabled  Samsung to offer more spacious interior without increasing the external dimentions or compromising energy efficiency.

Also speaking at the event, Mrs. Oluwaremilekun Adesola-Ogunsan, Head, Consumer Electronics, Samsung Nigeria stated that “Samsung understands the economic diffulties currently being experienced in the country and has consistently produced pocket friendly premium consumer products. We are very consistent in our approach as we understand that our customers like the good things of life and we have provided that without compromising our standards”. “So I can say boldy that there is a Samsung for everybody regardless of your income stream” She added.

In 2019, the Samsung consumer range of products received universal praise for its innovative quality and design and numerous pioneering features. This year Samsung has added even more beneficial features which its customers will appreciate in great deal.


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