Facebook-owned mobile messaging app, WhatsApp will stop working on a number of platforms from December 31, the company has confirmed.
The messaging app will drop support for ‘BlackBerry OS’, ‘BlackBerry 10’, ‘Windows Phone 8.0’ and older platforms, from December 31, 2017, according to an express.co.uk report published on Monday.
“We will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time,” WhatsApp said.
“These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version, or to a newer Android running OS 4.0+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8.1+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp,” the company added.
WhatsApp said that it will not work on ‘Nokia S40’ after December 2018. Also, the app will stop functioning correctly on Android OS version 2.3.7 and older, after February 1, 2020.
MTN Launches E-Simcards, To Replace Physical Simcards In Nigeria
According to the reports, MTN Nigeria Plc on Wednesday unveiled the trial of e-SIM services on its network to improve customer experience and maintain the highest quality of service for its customers.
The network provider disclosed during the virtual unveiling in Lagos that the launch followed approvals received from the Nigerian Communications Commission.
Mazen Mroue, Chief Operating Officer, MTN Nigeria, said that the company was eager to get through the trial process so that the technology could be deployed for the benefit of every Nigerian, The Nation reports.
Mroue said that the evolution of e-SIMs (Subscriber Identity Modules cards) was designed to deliver unprecedented freedom and flexibility.
“Unlike the physical SIMs, e-SIMs are built into smartphones, devices and wearables. They support multiple profiles and allow customers to connect multiple numbers to their e-SIM devices.
“Notwithstanding the sophistication of e-SIMs, the onboarding requirements are the same, as are required for a physical SIM.
“Hence, SIM registration, in line with existing regulatory prescriptions, remains a requirement for activating a device embedded with an e-SIM,” he said.
The CEO, however, said that the e-SIMs were particularly useful for people who wanted to manage personal and business lines easily and effectively, or want a separate profile for data.
He noted that the new technology would also be extremely convenient for frequent travellers and tourists, making it easier for them to opt for and keep a local subscription when visiting Nigeria. Mroue disclosed that the trial would run for one year and open on a first come first served basis to a limited number of subscribers.
“We are in a fast-paced digital age, with new technological advancements driving the constantly changing landscape.
“Against this backdrop, customers depend on us to provide high quality, reliable and easy-to-use connectivity solutions.
“With the introduction of the e-SIM, we will offer customers a seamless and distinctive digital experience, with new levels of flexibility, simplicity, and convenience.
“This is a further demonstration of our firm commitment to delivering the benefits of a bold new digital world to our customer and we will continue seeking new ways to provide solutions that address old and new challenges, making life a little easier and brighter,” Mroue stated.
According to him, MTN is spearheading e-SIM adoption in Nigeria as part of efforts to enable the digital economy.
He advised that the subscribers who own e-SIM compatible devices, setting up an e-SIM profile with a new or existing mobile plan was quick and easy.
“All it takes is a visit to an MTN service centre where frontline staff will help in registration and onboarding at no cost.
“The e-SIM users will also be able to link multiple compatible devices and smart wearables such as tablets, smartwatches and others to their profile.”
FG Lists Benefits Of 5G Network, Insists On Deployment
The Federal government through the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has further enlightened Nigerians on the benefits of the controversial Fifth Generation mobile network, 5G, to their lives, business, economy and general wellbeing.
The Commission said that the country cannot shy away from the 5G while the rest of the world is leaving it behind.
The NCC, in a statement made available on Thursday, said it was working with various stakeholders currently towards developing a policy document that will provide guidance and policy direction for 5G deployment in the country, adding that, “We have moved from 0% to 1G, 2G, 3G and 4G. The next frontier is 5G.”
While highlighting the benefits, the Commission explained that the 5G is a new global wireless standard after 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks, which enables a new kind of network that is designed to connect virtually everyone and everything together, including machines, objects, and devices.
It stressed that “5G wireless technology is meant to deliver higher data speeds, ultra-low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more uniform user experience to more users.
“5G has the potential to provide 20X faster data speeds and carries a massive amount of data for a large number of simultaneous users. So users in high-density areas – like airports, stadiums or urban areas – can still experience the fast speeds and low latency of 5G service.
“As the world replaces more and more household items with ‘smart devices’ that connect to the internet, also known as the Internet of Things, this network capacity will be critical. 5G will potentially be able to handle more than 2.5 million connected devices per square mile. 5G is a transformational change from 4G.
“5G will enhance technological development because of the extremely fast transfer rate of large quantities of data. Overall, it enables interconnected devices for instant communication. This is a new connected world of ‘Smart cities’ made possible by 5G networks.
“5G is extremely fast: it supports data transfer rates of up to 20Gbit/s, if supported by robust fibre infrastructure. On top of that, wireless data delays drop to one millisecond. This opens up the potential for multiple driverless cars, where large quantities of potentially lifesaving data have to be transferred almost instantaneously.
“5G network is designed to carry data up to 10 times faster than 4G networks. This means HD movies can be downloaded in seconds.
“5G tops out at 10 gigabits per second (Gbps). 5G is 10 to x100 faster than 4G.The use of shorter frequencies (millimeter waves between 30GHz and 300GHz) for 5G networks is the reason why 5G is so fast.
“5G has been deployed commercially and in use in some countries. As with the previous technologies, the International Commission for Non-ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) has classified radiation from 5G as non-ionizing and therefore safe for human beings.
“5G represents the future. While we have made tremendous progress since the advent of the global system of mobile communication (GSM) in Nigeria, 5G will be the bedrock of future communications.
“According to GSMA’s Policy Position on 5G spectrum, ‘5G is expected to support significantly faster mobile broadband speeds and lower latencies than previous generations while also enabling the full potential of the Internet of Things.’
“5G will revolutionize and transform our way of life. From education to agriculture, security to entertainment and governance in general. On education, 5G will transform our educational system. The availability of a fast wireless network will enable virtual learning.
“For our educators, 5G will empower them to reimagine what is possible inside and outside their classrooms. The ability to download high quality and feature-length documentary in seconds, hosting a guest speaker via hologram or tutoring students virtually in real-time will speak to a 5G powered Nigeria.
“Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to revolutionise healthcare. 5G will make it easier to determine potential diagnosis and decide on the best treatment plan.
“By moving to 5G networks, healthcare organisations can use the AI tools they need to provide the best care possible – from wherever they are in the hospital or clinic.
“5G will support businesses’ innovative ambitions and create new markets, transforming supply chain management and creating smarter, more efficient manufacturing. It is also a fundamental platform for the Internet of Things (IoT) — the rapidly expanding number of devices that collect transmit and share data via the internet.
“Studies have shown that by the end of 2020 more than half of all new businesses will rely on the “IoT” to cut costs, build efficiencies, and grow their bottom lines. However, many of the innovations 5G technology will fuel literally may not be available yet especially in Nigeria. For the “IoT” to realise its limitless potential, 5G is critical.
“5G will allow us to stream, download, and upload huge quantities of data at a much faster rate than we are currently able to. This means higher definition video either from TV or using video conferencing. Additionally, 5G is designed to facilitate a wealth of new applications for wireless technologies.
“Driverless cars and drones will be able to safely and near-instantaneously send and receive information about their surroundings that will allow them to operate safely.
“Immersive virtual and augmented realities will become increasingly feasible experiences as the large quantities of data associated with HD graphics and processing external data can be transferred between devices accurately and quickly.
“Artificial Intelligence can help predict which patients are more likely to have postoperative complications, allowing healthcare systems to provide early interventions when necessary.
“Mobile augmented reality (AR) shopping experiences will revolutionise retail, with customers able to visualize products in a local environment. In-store, AR will enable shoppers to view additional information on a product simply by pointing their phones at it.
“A key benefit of 5G could be helping businesses work more quickly and more efficiently – in turn, saving costs and increasing revenue.
“Many countries are looking to 5G to better connect rural communities, allowing more people to start businesses from home and opening up opportunities.
“The shift from hardware to a software-based network environment will bring about lower overheads for mobile operators. Those savings will, in turn, be able to be passed on to business customers.
“With network slicing, it will be possible for a business to own their own private 5G network, precisely set up according to its specific business needs. 5G will certainly have much greater capacity across a much wider range of spectrums, but it will also use that space more intelligently, assigning only the resources necessary for each application.
“Generally, Quality of Experience (QoE) by users of telecoms will improve significantly with 5G just as there has been improvement in speed and user experience from the evolutionary shift from 1G, 2G,3G and current 4G in the country.
“What will 5G do: With 5G, we would have connected cities. In the area of transport and infrastructure, we would have Smart cars, car to car communications, smart parking, traffic decongestion and smart grids amongst others.
“We can have large scale events with thousands of users connected. Improved residential connections, smart energy and smart homes, e-health for health care and hospitals. Smart farms, Smart utilities, Remote management and Multi hop.
Features of 5G
· Faster response time
· Very high capacity
· More software options to upgrade
· Ubiquitous connectivity
· Wide range of applications
· Speed up to 10Gbit/s
· Virtually ‘0’ latency
· 100 times more devices.
Benefits of 5G to Internet of Things
· Deep coverage – to reach challenging locations.
· Ultra low energy- 10+ years of battery life.
· Ultra-low complexity- 10s bits per second.
· Ultra-low high density -1 million nodes per km2.”
REVEALED! This Is How Scammers Hack Into Your Social Media Accounts
You may have wondered at one point: “How do scammers hack into my account?” Whether is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest, today we’re going to expose some of the methods so you can protect yourself from now on.
How Scammers Get Into Your Facebook Account:
The most common way for a scammer to get into your account is by sending you an email claiming to be from Facebook. The message resembles the social media giant’s branding and informs you that you have many unread notifications. It could be that you have a new message from a friend, someone has added you to their list, or that people liked a particular picture on your feed.
The email invites you to check the notifications by opening your account clicking on a link provided. Once you access the link you are taken to a page that looks exactly like the Facebook login page.
Unfortunately, the page is an exact replica of the original one, so when you put in your credentials (email and password) you are just passing along your key to the gate.
Another way to hack into someone’s social media account is through third-party applications. But let’s use Twitter for that example, with a concrete case of how that works.
How Scammers Hack Into Your Twitter Account:
A lot of mobile applications in the app stores are legitimate, but there are many that are less reliable. How many times did you see your cell phone screen showing a notification such as: “[App name] would like to access your Twitter/Facebook account. Click OK to allow”.
Well, by letting questionable applications accessing your accounts you are just opening another door for hacking. We are not saying to reject every single app that needs access to your major ones, but maybe take a second to review online the legitimacy of the app you are just about to let ‘in’.
Scammers initially hack into these less-trustful apps and then log into your Twitter or any other app that has access to.
How Scammers Hack Into Your Pinterest Or Instagram Account:
This way of hacking works for all social media networks as well, but for the sake of the example let’s use Pinterest.
The scammers get access to your account via email. Branded just like it would come from the Pinterest offices, the email says that someone is trying to access your account in Argentina (or any other country, for that matter). Indeed, the message asks if that was you – just like any other platform does.
As many people who are concerned about their accounts being hacked into, you may be clicking the button “That was not me”. If you then immediately take to a page that looks exactly like the Pinterest login page – similar to the Facebook Notification scam described above.
Needless to say, once you put in your credentials, you are offering scammers access to your account.
How To Avoid The Facebook/ Twitter/ Pinterest/ Instagram Hacking:
Although you probably hear this many times, change your password to your accounts every 6-8 weeks. There are too many social media accounts to keep track of their passwords, but here is a good tip:
Set your password having a couple of capital letters in the beginning and a number at the end, followed by a special character (punctuation mark). For example EMekaAdeleke36-. You should always remember that. When time comes to change the password, change just the number, from 36 to 37. And so on. This way you will only have to remember one character, while the old password is just not the same.
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