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By Adedapo Adesanya
HMD Global, the makers of Nokia phones, has launched the Nokia G21, an affordable smartphone boasting of impressive three-day battery life and 50 per cent better display refresh for an extra smooth experience in the Nigerian market.
The introduction of the Nokia G21 smartphone comes weeks after it launched three new C-series smartphones – the C21, C21 Plus, and C2 2nd edition.
Speaking on this, Mr Florian Seiche, CEO at HMD Global: “Our mission from day one has been to make quality mobile technology accessible to everyone around the world. Since we introduced the G-series last year, we’ve enhanced each new addition that has followed in every way – the Nokia G21 encompasses all our hard work. And not only today but for years to come thanks to our regular software updates and quality materials.
“We believe in connecting the world without costing the earth. We want to empower people to feel good about keeping their smartphones for longer and combat the upgrade culture so we can all reduce our carbon footprint.”
The Nokia G21 comes with three years of monthly security updates and offers more updates than most smartphones in this price range. This means that the Nokia G21 works seamlessly in the background to protect the user.
For the first time on the Nokia G21, the Mask mode feature has been introduced to the affordable phone. The feature ensures the convenience of face unlock is never disrupted which protects the user’s data with or without a protective face mask.
Working with Android 12TM, the Nokia G21 device gives access to the latest features and comes with two years update. Supported by industry-leading partners for best-in-class experiences, the Nokia G21 comes pre-loaded with Spotify and ExpressVPN.  Spotify will give Nokia smartphone owners access to 70 million tracks and 3.2 million podcasts out of the box. For enhanced privacy and added peace of mind, ExpressVPN will be available on all new Nokia smartphones with a 30-day free trial.
Channelling the Nokia feature phone legacy to the world of smartphones, the Nokia G21 makes battery life a thing of the past. With unmatched three-day battery life, the phone can last a full weekend getaway without a charger. The device possesses an all-new bespoke Super Battery Saver mode that enables it to last longer – available exclusively on selected Nokia phones.
The Nokia G21 also allows for this feature to be switched on at 20 per cent, rather than until it dips down to 10 per cent as per the standard Android solution, enabling it to be prolonged further. When the time to fuel up does arrive, 18W fast charging ensures it won’t have to wait long to get going again.
It also allows for a fast response for increased productivity and immersive entertainment. Unlocking the power of 90Hz for the first time in G-series, the improved refresh rate makes scrolling and typing even more fluid, and photos look smoother. From reading the news to drafting emails, the improved response to touch brings an even more seamless experience.
For the first time on a Nokia G-series device, users can now stream Netflix in HD, making for optimum streaming of all their favourite movies and TV shows on the go on the Nokia G21.
In terms of photography, the phone delivers beautiful detail even in low light, the 50MP triple-lens camera will fully equip anyone to create professional-looking photography. On the front, AI smarts ensure evening selfies will have just the right amount of light and clarity.
Introducing an all-new design, the Nokia G21 is thinner and more ergonomic. Made from a tough polycarbonate, the new design honours the durability and Nordic excellence to expect from a Nokia phone whilst bringing a refreshed look to the range. For extra peace of mind, the Nokia G21 Clear Case will show off its beauty. It’s made from 100 per cent recycled materials and can also be recycled after use.
Pricing and availability
Nokia G21 is available in Nigeria in Nordic Blue (navy) and Dusk (dark taupe) in 4/64 GB variant starting at N80,300.
The 4/128 GB variants will be available later.
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Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.
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By Rotimi Onadipe
What is internet safety?
Internet safety refers to precautions that should be observed when using the internet in order to ensure the safety of the user’s personal or sensitive information, device, properties, life etc.
Human life has become very interesting with the introduction of the internet, social media, smartphones, iPad and other High Tech devices.
With this development, there is no doubt that the first thing we view in the morning and the last thing we view at night is our mobile phone or computer because of our need to communicate with friends, family members, neighbours, business partners etc.
However, as good as the internet is, we must be informed about the dangers associated with internet usage e.g. internet fraud, hacking, cyberbullying, social media addiction, online gaming addiction, pornography or cybersex addiction etc.
As far as internet abuse and cyber crimes are concerned, we are all vulnerable in one way or the other and the best way we can reduce our vulnerability is to be educated about internet safety irrespective of our age, sex, status, nationality, profession or academic qualification.
It is very important for us to know that we don’t have to become information technology experts before we can stay safe online. If we have the right information that we need, we can protect ourselves against many online risks associated with internet usage.
Adopting the following safety tips is a good way to educate ourselves about internet safety:
Rotimi Onadipe is the CEO of Onadipe Technologies and founder of Internet Safety Magazine
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In a move to ensure its over 50 million customers continue to enjoy the best experience on voice call and mobile internet services, Airtel Nigeria has upgraded and overhauled its network infrastructure nationwide.
With this development, all the 2G and 3G sites of the leading telecommunications services provider have been upgraded to 4G, allowing customers to enjoy expansive mobile broadband and a flawless voice call experience.
The Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Mr Surendran Chemmenkotil, while commenting on the network upgrade, said Airtel was focused on ensuring that customers continue to enjoy the best experience on the network.
He also noted that the company was committed to taking mobile broadband everywhere, including the remotest rural location in the country.
“Our commitment is to our customers and we are focused on ensuring that they continue to get the right and the best experience on our network.
“This exercise is inspired by the fact that we want to serve our customers better and we also want to contribute significantly to deepening broadband expansion in Nigeria as this has a direct correlation to GDP and economic productivity of a country.
“Therefore, we will continue to support the Federal Government agenda of increasing and expanding the penetration of broadband in the country,” he said.
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By Kenneth Horsfall
What is an NFT? An NFT is a non-fungible token (NFT), a non-interchangeable unit of data stored on a blockchain, a form of digital ledger that can be sold and traded.
Types of NFT data units may be associated with digital files such as photos, videos, and audio because each token is uniquely identifiable, NFTs differ from blockchain cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin.
NFT ledgers claim to provide a public certificate of authenticity or proof of ownership, but the legal rights conveyed by an NFT can be uncertain. NFTs do not restrict the sharing or copying of the underlying digital files, do not necessarily convey the copyright of the digital files, and do not prevent the creation of NFTs with identical associated files.
NFTs have been used as a speculative asset, and they have drawn increasing criticism for the energy cost and carbon footprint associated with validating blockchain transactions as well as their frequent use in art scams and claimed structure of the NFT market to be a Ponzi scheme.
An NFT is a unit of data stored on a digital ledger called a blockchain, which can be sold and traded. The NFT can be associated with a particular digital or physical asset (such as a file or a physical object) and a license to use the asset for a specified purpose. An NFT (and, if applicable, the associated license to use, copy or display the underlying asset) can be traded and sold on digital markets. The extra-legal nature of NFT trading usually results in an informal exchange of ownership over the asset that has no legal basis for enforcement, often conferring little more than use as a status symbol.
How Is an NFT Different from Cryptocurrency?
NFTs function like cryptographic tokens, but, unlike cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or Ethereum, NFTs are not mutually interchangeable, hence not fungible.
While all Bitcoins are equal, each NFT may represent a different underlying asset and thus may have a different value. NFTs are created when blockchains string records of cryptographic hash, a set of characters identifying a set of data, onto previous records, therefore, creating a chain of identifiable data blocks.
This cryptographic transaction process ensures the authentication of each digital file by providing a digital signature that is used to track NFT ownership. However, data links that point to details such as where the art is stored can be affected by link rot.
NFTs are different. Each has a digital signature that makes it impossible for NFTs to be exchanged for or equal to one another (hence, non-fungible). One NBA Top Shot clip, for example, is not equal to EVERYDAYS simply because they’re both NFTs. (One NBA Top Shot clip isn’t even necessarily equal to another NBA Top Shot clip, for that matter.)
How Does an NFT Work?
NFTs exist on a blockchain, which is a distributed public ledger that records transactions. You’re probably most familiar with blockchain as the underlying process that makes cryptocurrencies possible.
Specifically, NFTs are typically held on the Ethereum blockchain, although other blockchains support them as well.
An NFT is created or “minted” from digital objects that represent both tangible and intangible items, including:
Even tweets count. Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sold his first-ever tweet as an NFT for more than $2.9 million.
Essentially, NFTs are like physical collector’s items, only digital. So instead of getting an actual oil painting to hang on the wall, the buyer gets a digital file instead.
They also get exclusive ownership rights. That’s right: NFTs can have only one owner at a time. NFTs’ unique data makes it easy to verify their ownership and transfer tokens between owners. The owner or creator can also store specific information inside them. For instance, artists can sign their artwork by including their signature in an NFT’s metadata.
Early History of NFT (2014–2017)
The first known “NFT”, Quantum, was created by Kevin McCoy and Anil Dash in May 2014, consisting of a video clip made by McCoy’s wife, Jennifer. McCoy registered the video on the Namecoin blockchain and sold it to Dash for $4, during a live presentation for the Seven on Seven conference at the New Museum in New York City. McCoy and Dash referred to the technology as “monetized graphics”.
A non-fungible, tradable blockchain marker was explicitly linked to a work of art, via on-chain metadata (enabled by Namecoin). This is in contrast to the multi-unit, fungible, metadata-less “coloured coins” of other blockchains and Counterparty.
In October 2015, the first NFT project, Etheria, was launched and demonstrated at DEVCON 1 in London, Ethereum’s first developer conference, three months after the launch of the Ethereum blockchain. Most of Etheria’s 457 purchasable and tradable hexagonal tiles went unsold for more than five years until March 13, 2021, when renewed interest in NFTs sparked a buying frenzy. Within 24 hours, all tiles of the current version and a prior version, each hardcoded to 1 ETH ($0.43 at the time of launch), were sold for a total of $1.4 million.
The term “NFT” only gained currency with the ERC-721 standard, first proposed in 2017 via the Ethereum GitHub, following the launch of various NFT projects that year. The standard coincided with the launch of several NFT projects, including Curio Cards, CryptoPunks (a project to trade unique cartoon characters, released by the American studio Larva Labs on the Ethereum blockchain) and rare Pepe trading cards.
Increased Public Awareness of NTF (2017–Present)
The 2017 online game CryptoKitties was monetized by selling tradable cat NFTs, and its success brought some public attention to NFTs.
The NFT market experienced rapid growth during 2020, with its value tripling to $250 million. In the first three months of 2021, more than $200 million were spent on NFTs.
In the early months of 2021, interest in NFTs increased after a number of high-profile sales and art auctions.
Copyright of NFT
Ownership of an NFT does not inherently grant copyright or intellectual property rights to the digital asset a token represents. While someone may sell an NFT representing their work, the buyer will not necessarily receive copyright privileges when ownership of the NFT is changed and so the original owner is allowed to create more NFTs of the same work. In that sense, an NFT is merely proof of ownership that is separate from copyright.
According to legal scholar Rebecca Tushnet, “In one sense, the purchaser acquires whatever the art world thinks they have acquired. They definitely do not own the copyright to the underlying work unless it is explicitly transferred.”
To be continued…
My name is Kenneth Horsfall and I’m the creative director and founder of K.S. Kennysoft Studios Production Ltd, fondly called Kennysoft STUDIOs, a Nigerian Video and Animation Production Studio. I am also the founder and lead instructor at Kennysoft Film Academy and can be reached via director@kennysoftstudio.com
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