Samsung Electronics West Africa, has unveiled its line-up of high-performance Smart Cameras featuring wireless sharing connectivity and compatibility with a broad range of Android and iOS devices.
According to Samsung, the Smart Cameras embody style and functionality, and will raise the bar for compact system cameras all over the world.
Key among the products on display was the award-winning Smart Camera NX300, Samsung’s flagship model in its successful NX Series.
The NX300 boasts outstanding imaging performance, with its 20.3 Megapixel sensor which is capable of capturing high-quality images with sharp, life-like colours that are clear in all lighting conditions.
It possesses a wide ISO range of 100-25600, making it twice as sensitive to light as the previous model.
The NX300 features Dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wi-Fi support that enables users connect faster and with more stability to wireless networks.
A dedicated Direct Link hot key lets users wirelessly send images to mobile phones, tablets, PCs or Smart HDTVs, directly from the camera.
The device lets users shoot continuously at an ultra-fast rate of 8.6 frames per second while its advanced hybrid autofocus system brings clarity to fast moving objects.
The camera comes with a 3.31” AMOLED screen and shutter speed of 1/6000s, the fastest in its class.
Also announced at the event was the new NX45mm F1.8 2D/3D lens, the first one-lens 3D system capable of capturing both still images and full HD movies in perfect 3D quality when combined with the Smart Camera NX300.
Samsung is currently organizing a photo challenge with the NX300 on its website where photographers across the country can showcase their skills with the amazing device.
Samsung also announced the “soon to be launched” Galaxy S4 Zoom, a revolutionary new product that, according to Samsung, delivers on the company’s mission to create a single device that fulfills the role of both an industry leading smartphone and a high-end compact camera.
A part of the Galaxy S4 family, the device combines 10x Optical Zoom, 16 Megapixel CMOS Sensor and Xenon Flash with the very latest Samsung Galaxy S4 technology, setting new standards for mobile photography.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Emmanouil Revmatas, director, Hand Held Devices, Samsung Electronics West Africa, said the NX300 and Galaxy S4 Zoom will set the benchmark for how digital imaging devices can turn daily routine into unforgettable moments, with their unrivaled smart functions.
“Across the world today, the ability to take professional photos and to customize communications has become a critical consideration for many individuals when choosing an imaging device. More and more individuals are looking for the twin features of enhanced functionality of sharing and editing on their devices and also to tell the world about it. It is for this reason that we have bridged the gap in the market through our new range of Digital Imaging devices, offering consumers the ability to do just this; take photos, customize their communications and obtain instant gratification through the sharing of experiences wherever they are,” he said.
Revmatas added that Samsung’s new digital imaging line-up were developed by harnessing core engineering technologies to offer superior image capturing while maximizing simplicity and ensuring that users are just one touch away from seamless connectivity.
On his part, Mr. Taiwo Adediran, product manager, Digital Imaging for Samsung Electronics West Africa, said, “Since its launch in 2010, the Samsung NX System has become synonymous with innovation and design, making it the best digital imaging technology available to everyone without compromising on style. The NX300 builds even further on this illustrious heritage. Not only does it deliver incredible speed and accuracy through advanced photographic features, but it is truly built around the user with its modern retro design and upgraded Smart Camera functionality – making shooting and sharing both easy and seamless. We are also very proud to introduce the first one-lens 3D system alongside the NX300, opening up a whole new world of 3D photography and video recording.”
Speaking of the Galaxy S4 zoom, Ms. Olajumoke Okikiolu, marketing manager, Hand Held Devices, said the device is a portal to a new visual communication era and shifts accepted standards in communication. “With the growth of social networking and the prevalence of instant messaging and communication, people today communicate faster than words can manage. There is an increasing need to articulate our experiences through pictures and videos and the Galaxy S4 Zoom has been created to lead the way in this new era of voice and visual communication,” she explained.
Samsung also introduced its built for Africa (BFA) campaign with focus on Wigshot, a fun app that connects with its African consumers who love to be creative with the images they share.
The Wigshot feature lets consumers choose from over 50 various wigs styles from the Samsung smart camera and stylishly fits them to taste on subjects captured with the device.
Users can share their images directly from the camera using the Samsung Smart Camera app which is available for free on Google Play
CBN Pulls Rate Cut Trigger, King Dollar Returns
By Lukman Otunuga, Senior Research Analyst at FXTM,
In a move that caught investors off-guard this week, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) slashed interest rates by 100 basis points bringing the MPR to 11.5%. Given how inflation has been above target since 2015, rates were expected to remain unchanged for the rest of 2020 and possibly early 2021.
The question on the mind of many is whether the rate cut will achieve the desired effect by stimulating consumption and economic growth? Ongoing border closures and disruptions created by COVID-19 have pushed inflation to levels not seen since March 2018 above 13.20% while a drop in the production and price of Oil continues to rub salt into the wound. While looser monetary policy could support growth, it may come at the cost of rising inflation and weaker Naira.
Over the past few months, central banks across the globe have deployed unprecedented measures to defend their respective economies against the coronavirus menace. However, fiscal policy has been identified as the sharper tool with governments across the world providing a critical lifeline to keep the wheels of their respective economies rolling.
Outside of Nigeria, King Dollar made a return by appreciating against every single G10 currency. In times of uncertainty, everyone wants a juicy piece of the world’s most liquid currency. As coronavirus cases rise in Europe and other parts of the world, the flight to safety is likely to boost appetite for the Dollar. This is bad news for many emerging markets currencies, especially those with high Dollar-denominated debt.
On the commodity side, Oil prices remain heavily influenced by demand-side factors and the state of the global economy. Prices are likely to remain stuck around the $40 regions in the near term, especially If another round of possible lockdowns hit Oil demand. Looking at the technicals, WTI Crude is under pressure on the daily charts. If prices are unable to break away from the sticky $40 regions, the next key point of interest remains around $38. A weekly close above $41.50 could pave a path towards $43.
NCC Arrests Man for Hacking into DSTV System
Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC), has arrested one Mr Aliu Olalekan, for allegedly hacking into DSTV system and watching the channels free without subscription.
Mr Matthew Ojo, NCC Director in the Lagos Directorate Office said this while speaking with newsmen in Lagos, on Tuesday.
He said that the suspect used to watch DSTV channels free without subscription on his Android phone via an app which he downloaded on google play store.
“This suspect distributed the know-how to his telegram followers and on his blog with the aim of gaining more followers and viewership on his blog and makes more money through google ad-sense.
“The operation was based on surveillance which had earlier been carried out by the Multi-choice team and verified by a copyright inspector, ” he said.
He added that the arrest was made in collaboration with a team of copyright inspectors led by the Head of Enforcement Department, Mr Charles Amudipe.
Others included; a team from Multichoice Nigeria led by Mr Umar Ibrahim and policemen from Lagos Command Headquarters, Ikeja.
Ojo said that the joint team conducted an anti-piracy operation at the premises of the culprit in Amukoko, Lagos.
According to him, the suspect was contacted on phone by a member of the operation team on the disguise of patronising him. “The suspect came out to meet the caller and in the process of discussion, he was apprehended.
“The suspect took the team to his resident. The squad paraded his one-room apartment and recovered his laptop and phones used in perpetrating the ungodly act. “He was arrested and brought to the copyright commission office for further investigation, ” he said.
Ojo said that, on getting to the commission’s office, the statement of the suspect was taken and the inventory of items seized from him taken. He said that investigation on the matter was still ongoing and if found guilty the suspect will be charged to court.
NCC, Digital Encode Support NITRA Innovative Tech Forum On Post-COVID-19 Strategies
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria’s telecommunications regulator and Digital Encode, Cybersecurity and Compliance advisory company, have indicated interest to partner with the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA), the national umbrella body of ICT reporters, as it organizes a forum that will x-ray the industry’s future plans for ICT growth post pandemic era.
The event, slated to hold on October 15, 2020, will seek to discuss the needs for a fortified ICT sector after the COVID-19 era, and the level of preparedness of ICT stakeholders to embrace the challenge of being pivotal to the stability and growth of all other sectors.
A statement from NITRA National Secretariat in Lagos indicates that due to the pandemic and need to observe the COVID-19 protocol on social distancing, the event will be held via a Webinar.
This year’s theme, “Multi-stakeholder Approach To National Recovery Post-Pandemic”, is in line with the annual event’s generic theme, ‘NITRA Innovative Tech Forum’, a contribution by NITRA to the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) innovations and policies in Nigeria.
Prof. Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman, NCC is expected to deliver the keynote speech at the event and will throw more light on Federal Government’s plans, programmes and policies on post-pandemic strategies using ICT.
Dr. Adewale Obadare and Dr. Seyi Akindeinde, founders of Digital Encode, while accepting to support the event expressed their readiness to offer their expertise in Cybersecurity for organisations to prepare against cyber- attacks with the new normal.
They will also highlight areas that are high risks that need fortification in terms of cybersecurity.
Speaking on the event, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, national chairman, NITRA, noted that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave its negative trails across the globe, economic reboot for countries will not only depend on how well they readapt to the new normal, but also more on their recovery plans.
According to him: “While the federal government has consistently expressed its willingness to set all policies in place to engender growth, and accelerated implementation of these policies, private sector firms have also shown great hunger for the task ahead in post-COVID-19 era.
However, the question that needs to be answered is whether all stakeholders are ready for the required task ahead.”
The event will also offer participating companies opportunities to publicize some of their individual efforts at contributing to reacting a soft landing or lifeline for SMEs and other ancillary companies as the pandemic threatens their survival.
Digital Encode is a multi-award winning and leading consulting and integration firm that specializes in the design, management, and security of business-critical networks, telecommunications environments and other Information Technology (IT) infrastructures.
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