The Federal Government through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has announced the extension of NIN-SIM linkage and verification till June 30, 2021. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), made this disclosure in a joint statement signed by both agencies. The meeting between NCC and NIMC was chaired by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, and had the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of NCC, Prof Umar Dambatta, and the Director-General/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr Aliyu Azeez, in attendance.
Nigeria’s popular lifestyle platform has announced the revamp and re-launch of its mobile app, introducing new features including a cinema subscription service to allow users to enjoy the full experience of the platform. The platform, being the first of its kind in Nigeria will enable users to watch four of their favourite movies in a month for the cost of one. “This offering is the first of its kind in Nigeria and will bring more value to users and more traffic to the cinema,” Nairabox said in a statement. The platform which hit the scene in 2015, leading in the lifestyle and entertainment sector took a step back during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, reevaluating and enhancing its platform for growth and better user experience.
American online streaming service, Netflix has reported an increase in the number of subscribers totaling 203.6 million subscribers, making a profit of $2,761.4 million in 2020 showing about 47.9 percent increase when compared to 2019. However, the company recorded a loss of 7.6 percent ($542.15 million) in the last quarter, a decrease of 31 percent when compared to the previous quarter. Rival streaming companies, Hulu and Disney Plus have proved popular with Disney accumulating 90 million subscribers from its launch date and boasts to have about 260 million by 2024.
WhatsApp has announced that from January 1st, 2021, millions of smartphones worldwide would no longer be able to support the latest version of the messaging app. The company has scheduled an update of the app which would require users to either update their mobile devices’ Operating System (OS) or purchase a new smartphone. According to the company, any phone not running at least Android OS 4.0.3, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, or any iPhone not using iOS9 or the latest would no longer be able to access or operate WhatsApp. iPhone 4S to iPhone 6S were released before iOS9, but owners have the option of updating their operating system but all iPhone models between iPhone 1 to iPhone 4 would be unable to update to iOS9.
Nigeria’s mobile internet subscribers decreased by 563,837 in December, with the total number of Internet users dropping to 153.87 million from 154.43 million in November 2020. The latest figures from the Nigerian Communications Commission also showed that broadband subscription fell by 0.12 percent, from 86 million in November to 85.9 million in December.
Chief Executive Officer, CEO of Electric and self-driving car, Tesla and Aerospace manufacturing company, SpaceX, Elon Musk has become the richest person in the world with a net worth of $185 billion, passing Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos who held the position since 2017. Musk’s Tesla recorded a surge in its value, reaching a market value of $700billion, making the company worth more than Ford, Hyundai, Toyota, Volkswagen, and General Motors combined. The Entrepreneur’s wealth increased over the past year, seeing his wealth increase from $27 billion in early 2020 and making a dramatic turnaround from Tesla’s rapid cash burn.
Apple Inc. is taking the next step with, joining the self-driving car technology, targeting 2024 for productions including its own next level battery technology. According to Reuters, the automotive move called “Project Titan” began in 2014 when the company started designing its own vehicle from scratch but reassessed its goals and turned its focus on software. Doug Field, an Apple veteran who worked at Tesla Inc began overseeing Project Titan in 2018, laying off 190 people working on the project in 2019. “If there is one company on the planet that has the resources to do that, it’s probably Apple. But at the same time, it’s not a cellphone,” a person who worked on Project Titan said.