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Weekend Special - TECH EVENTS

There are a whole lot of tech events coming up you don’t want to miss out on...
Here are a few that might interest you.

Diamond Bank partners MTN, VISA, Microsoft, NIBSS, others to unveil TECH FEST Nigeria’s technology space is set to witness a game-changing experiential platform with the unveiling of Tech Fest by Diamond Bank Plc in partnership with MTN, Visa, Microsoft, NIBSS, Deloitte and Touche, Interswitch and Beat FM....read more https://www.google.com/amp/dailypost.ng/2018/04/11/diamond-bank-partners-mtn-visa-microsoft-nibss-others-unveil-tech-fest/amp/ Date: Tuesday, 15 and Wednesday, 16 May 2018 Venue: Landmark event Centre, Oniru, Lagos.
The Lagos Angel Network (LAN) announces that applications are now open for the 1st DealDay event for 2018.
The Lagos StartUp DealDay is an Angel investment round run by the Lagos Angel Network. This events brings together LAN members, other angel investors and Lagos start-up ecosystem players in a process where the most worthy startup ventures (…
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Facebook Deploys ‘sleep mode' In Its Messenger Kids App

Messenger Kids, Facebook’s chat app for children ages 6 to 12, is getting a sleep mode so parents can have more control over how much time a child spends using the app. The idea is that parents and children will talk about when it’s appropriate to send messages to friends and family, and when it’s time for other activities. 
When sleep mode is enabled, kids won’t get any notifications, can’t play with the app’s camera, and won’t be able to send or receive messages.
The app, which launched last December, has not been without controversy. More than 100 child development experts, health advocacy groups, educators, and parents are calling for the app to be shut down. The app does not require a Facebook account and primarily offers video and text chat with colorful, playful filters and GIFs. Within Messenger Kids, parents can control a child’s contact list, and messages sent on the app can’t be hidden and don’t disappear.
Facebook has said it has gone to great lengths to make sure the app is …

Nigeria and Turkey Satellite Companies To Deploy Satellite In Africa

The Nigerian Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Ltd and the Turkish Satellite Company (TURKSAT) have partnered  to ensure the deployment of satellite solutions across Africa. They have reached an agreement to serve the served and the underserved on delivery of satellite based services in Africa, a statement from NIGCOMSAT.  The agreement provides for a framework of cooperation between the two satellite operators in various areas which include shared satellite ground infrastructure in Africa and Europe, backup capacity arrangements and satellite communication training with particular emphasis on e-government applications. This new partnership is expected to allow both operators to use their resources and specific expertise to provide new and innovative satellite-based solutions. It is also expected to meet government interest in broadband penetration in every part of Nigeria. The two agencies signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Ankara, Turkey.The Nigerian delegation was led by…

Snapchat Launches Spectacle V2 Cameras

Snapchat has launched its new wearable camera - Spectacles V2. Launched by the same company that creates the messaging app; the glasses can take HD photos & videos, and upload the content straight to the app via your smartphone. They're available to order now through Snap's website.

So what’s new about these glasses? For a start, these specs can take photos too. They’re water-resistant, so you can swim with them. Rumors of Spectacles 2 have spread for some time, but it was never certain the product would be released, given the massive volume of unsold pairs of original Spectacles the company was rumored to have hidden away. However, this new model may prove more popular among customers. You can buy the Spectacles 2 in three colors: onyx, ruby, and sapphire.
In addition to still photography support and water resistance, these new wearables also feature two microphones, which should help up the ante on audio quality for far-field voices, and should also aid in canceling out ext…

The Sixth Edition of Nigerian Entertainment Conference 2018 Held in Lagos

The sixth edition of Nigerian Entertainment Conference, held in Lagos; yesterday, Wednesday the 25th of April, 2018, it focused on how the creative industry can study, understand and access opportunities in emerging market segments, how to exploit the tools, trends and possibilities that technology provides, and how to build a totally new world of impact, locally and globally.

Among speakers who were at the event were; Jason Njoku, Dbanj, Banky W, Cobhams Asuquo, Ubi Franklyn and a host of many others.

It held at the Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, #NECLive6 recorded tremendous success despite the heavy downpour as artists, influencers, industry observers, media and every one present were treated to an intelligent gathering focused on understanding the emerging markets, trends and opportunities present in the Nigerian music industry.

It was emphasized that with the recent promise displayed by the Nigerian music industry, Nollywood, Fashion Media, and Comedy, there is no bett…

VC4Africa Launches Its Business Angel Academy in Lagos and Nairobi

VC4A launches Business Angel Academy with the aim of giving individuals the tools needed to become model investors/mentors and render support to exciting new startups across Africa, particularly in Lagos and Nairobi.
It gives people an opportunity to associate with a community of dedicated business Angel investors across Africa with a chance to test their impact as mentors on promising entrepreneurs selected as part of the Make-IT program.
The training will cut across several sectors of business. 15 aspiring business angels will be chosen and will have access to; Mentorship Marketplace & Online Platform, learn from industry-experts and also engage their peers while going through the training. Participants will also take part in two mentor capital bootcamps in Nairobi or Lagos, and have access to six masterclasses.
According to the VC4A website: “Through mentoring, business angels offer more than just money. Mentor-driven capital is the approach to creating value for startups by shari…

YCombinator Declares Intention To Start Up In China

High-profile U.S. startup accelerator; Y Combinator is making a push to bring more China-based startups into its program after it announced its first official event in the country. The company has announced plans to enter China and welcome startups in all phases to join their program whether it's at concept phase, product testing phase or fast-growing phase.

Y Combinator said that they are looking forward to meeting and working with more Chinese entrepreneurs and announced the launch of their Startup School on May 19th at Beijing Tsinghua University. The event will be free to attend — though attendees might apply for a ticket — with the goal of showing the benefits of participation in its U.S. program.
Participants of the program will have the chance to work with YC partners, president Sam Altman and founders of YC-invested US startups such as Airbnb and Stripe as well as China-born Raven Tech and Strikingly. Raven Tech; a Chinese AI startup, was acquired by Baidu in 2017.
YCombinato…