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CcHUB, Ojoma Ochai To Launch Creative Economy Practice

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Africa’s acclaimed largest innovation hub, Co-creation Hub, and Ojoma Ochai have announced the launch of a new Creative Economy Practice.

The Africa-focused Practice to be led by Ojoma Ochai as Managing Partner will join the family of leading innovation enablers under the CcHUB umbrella which includes the CcHUB Design Lab in Rwanda, iHub and eLimu in Kenya, Growth Capital by CcHUB and CcHUB Syndicate.

Ochai has over 15 years of experience supporting the development of the global creative economy through contributions to various initiatives including capacity building, technical assistance to the public and private sector and leading international cooperation projects in the cultural and creative industries.

A Fellow of the DEVOS Institute of Arts Management, University of Maryland, USA, an Associate Fellow of the Nigerian Leadership Institute, she also sits on the board of the African Technology and Creative Group.

Ochai also worked for many years at the British Council and her most recent posting in the organisation was as Regional Director for Arts and Creative Economy Programmes for British Council in Sub Saharan Africa until October 2021.

While at the British Council, she worked with colleagues across Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK to devise strategies and lead programme teams to deliver positive artistic, social, economic and Cultural Relations outcomes, particularly for young people working in the Arts, and the Creative and Digital Economies.

She is a member of the UNESCO Global Expert Facility for the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions where she advises the multilateral agency and has supported national governments like The Gambia, Jamaica, and Nigeria to implement the convention and grow their Cultural and Creative Industries.

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She has worked on various international creative and digital sector development efforts including with the World Bank as well as with the Swedish Arts Council.

The practice will be focused on stimulating increased innovation and technology adoption in the African creative economy to catalyse further growth in the sector and capture maximum value for African creatives and other sector players.

These outcomes will be delivered through a range of activities including ecosystem and community development activities, research and insight sharing, business incubation and acceleration as well as investor education and advocacy.

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How SHAREit Lite Is Connecting Nigerians Through File-Sharing Without Mobile Data

SHAREit Lite is aiming to help Nigerians access high-speed file transmission without mobile data

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SHAREit Lite is a flagship application to enable Nigerians to transfer files very efficiently and fast, without mobile data.

Propelled by its mission to make digital content equally accessible by everyone, as the transmission-oriented utility app, SHAREit Lite aims to smoothen the process of near distance peer-to-peer file transfer for Nigerian users.

A study by Data Reportal shows that 92.4% of the total internet users in Nigeria are from smartphones.

This number is forecasted to grow beyond 140 million by 2025, demonstrating the importance of the continued growth of mobile internet connectivity in the country.

As the digital inter-connectivity of people increases, there is a corresponding uptick in the rate that files such as images, videos, music, movies, comedy shows, and other entertainment content are shared.

Conversely, Africa has relatively limited network infrastructure to meet the growing file transfer needs of users despite that digital content transmission plays a vital part in emerging markets.

The company said in a release on Monday that SHAREit Lite is laced with unique features that afford users file transfer flexibility and high-speed transmission as well as cross-platform transfer across Android, iOS and Web devices.

All file types are speedily shared on the app.

Broadly, as the world sets to recover from the global pandemic, other use cases for larger file sharing are surfacing in recent times, especially in the study and corporate fields where large documents need to be exchanged very fast and without barriers or time lags.

SHAREit Lite is enabling a much lighter file-transmission route for users by condensing its numerous features into an APK-Lite app to maximize the running efficiency, speedy file transfer and ultimately save time.

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Currently, the number of mobile users in Nigeria has exceeded 100 million. Such a huge user base requires an efficient solution to satisfy files exchange needs on a daily basis.

Android is by far the most preferred operating system in the African region with 88.47% of the market share.

High internet charges and low internet accessibility and connectivity make it a good potential market to solve the day-to-day issues of people through the app.

With SHAREit Lite, it has introduced a faster and simpler option for millions of Nigerian users to share files and enjoy digital content transfer even without mobile data.

SHAREit Lite’s condensed solution will take away the pain point of lengthy file-sharing times, enable high file transfer speed with a smaller easy-to-use apk that people can easily download.

Also within the SHAREit Lite app is a file manager that cleans junk content and ultimately tackles the problem of low storage on phones.

Currently, Android users who love to share files like images, videos, games etc. with their friends, family, communities, as well as colleagues looking to transfer files related to study/work, can assess all features of SHAREit Lite from their Android devices via Google Play Store or use the link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=shareit.lite&hl=en&gl=US

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HP Unveils Smartest Ink Tank Printer

New HP Smart Tank 700 Series designed for those who care about the environment and want to print sustainably without compromising on speed, affordability, or quality

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HP Inc. has introduced the innovative HP Smart Tank 700 series to help families and small business owners stay productive and creative while working and learning from home.

The new series offers a seamless and versatile printing experience that does not compromise on the speed, affordability, or quality.

“We know that 68% of new printer purchases are made to work and learn from home, but it’s tough on everyone. Kids, parents and small business owners alike need smarter devices that are easy-to-use, affordable, and versatile that will accommodate their everyday printing needs,” says Xavier Garcia, GM and Global Head, Print Hardware Systems, HP.

“The Smart Tank 700 series provides an excellent printing experience with high-quality prints.”

Building on HP’s long history of developing products with sustainability in mind, the HP Smart Tank 700 Series is HP’s first ink tank printer to be made from over 25% recycled plastic.

The HP Smart Tank 700 Series has several key features including a smart experience. Users can easily manage tasks with a magic touch panel that appears only when needed and smart-guided lighting for an intuitive experience.

It also has seamless integrated display and tank lights make it easy to see ink levels in situations where ink is running low, so you are less likely to run out.

The HP Smart Tank 700 series also delivers worry-free performance with a quick and easy set-up through the HP Smart App.

Users also get to save money as they get up to two years of ink – perfect for low-cost, high-volume daily printing, with up to 18,000 black or 8,000 colour pages included.

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Smart productivity is another of the printer’s features as users save time and paper when printing everyday documents with automatic two-sided printing.

There’s also a reliable self-healing dual-band Wi-Fi®3. The product will be available in Nigeria from November this year.

 

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Workz Unveils World’s First Open eSIM Platform

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Workz Group, a mobile IoT solutions provider, has launched Multi-eSIM Hub (MeSH), the first multi-tenant eSIM management platform that enables mobile network operators (MNOs) to manage the eSIM lifecycle across any mix of vendors, clients, entities, or locations, through a single platform.

Before now, eSIM platforms operated as closed systems, otherwise known as walled gardens, making a multi-partner or multi-system approach difficult to implement without considerable investment.

With MeSH, MNOs can enjoy enhanced capabilities from their existing eSIM management platform creating the opportunity to fluidly add multiple tenants, platforms, sites, or sales channels without the extra time and cost of setting up additional systems.

Being a platform-agnostic solution, MNOs are also able to extend their multi-vendor procurement strategy to eSIM and capitalise on improved competitiveness, business continuity and geo-redundancy by utilising more than one vendor’s system.

The system allows MNOs to orchestrate all eSIM subscriptions from one place with a common interface for real-time monitoring, billing and reporting for both consumer and M2M users.

Comprising of GSMA SAS-certified hosted site and software, it is available as an on-premise or cloud set up through Workz’ datacentres in Dubai, Paris and soon, Virginia, USA.

CEO of Workz Group, Tor Malmros said, “Today’s eSIM platforms require telcos to make a heavy capital investment but are highly restrictive in terms of additional tenants and systems integration.

“MeSH offers the next generation of eSIM management where MNOs can unlock new possibilities and get far more return from their current platform.”

Counterpoint Research estimates that eSIM devices such as smartphones, watches, tablets, cars, and utility meters will grow from 1 billion in 2020 to more than 6 billion by 2025.

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Workz has been identified by market reports as one of the world’s top five leaders in eSIM technology and is one of a few providers in the world to be fully accredited by the GSMA to manage the complete embedded SIM lifecycle.

 

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