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Why iPhones, Androids will no longer run WhatsApp from January 1, 2021

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By implication, Whatsapp said all iPhone models up to the iPhone 4 will from January 1st, 2021 begin to lose support for the messaging platform.

Some WhatsApp enthusiasts may have cause to worry as their phones may no longer run the Whatsapp app from January 1st, 2021.

Some of the affected phones include iPhones and Android smartphones.

According to the company, the move is to withdraw its support for older versions of Operating System (OS) from next year, noting that several Android and iOS phones may no longer be able to run the app going forward.

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Information released by WhatsApp said the company will only be compatible with phones running the Android 4.0.3 operating system or newer as well as iPhones running on iOS 9 and newer devices.

It listed affected mobile phones like iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6S.

Others in the Android category are: HTC Desire, Motorola Droid Razr, LG Optimus Black, and the Samsung Galaxy S2 will lose WhatsApp support as 2020 ends.

It, however, explained that the instant messaging platform will keep the app running for select phones with KaiOS 2.5.1 OS or newer, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2.

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To check which OS in the iPhone category is running, go to the Settings menu, then to the General and Information option, Software and the users will be able to see the OS running that particular iPhone.

Similarly, for Android users, go to Settings, then About Phone to see which Android version their smartphone is running on. Meanwhile below are some of the phones that would lose WhatsApp support from January 1, 2021: Apple iPhone 1-4; Samsung Galaxy S2; HTC Desire; LG Optimus Black; Motorola Droid Razr; Any Android released before 2010. These phones will need to update to at least iOS 9 or Android OS 4.0.3: Apple iPhone 4S; iPhone 5; iPhone 5S; iPhone 6; iPhone 6S; Samsung Galaxy S3; Samsung Galaxy Note; HTC Sensation; HTC Thunderbolt; LG Lucid; Motorola Droid 4 and other newer devices. Other phones that need to be updated include Samsung Galaxy S2; HTC Desire; Motorola Droid Razr; LG Optimus Black and any Android released before 2010.

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CJN, VP, Rep, Senate chart path for legal tech

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The vice president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN); Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed; the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan; Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) are among other captains of industry and legal luminaries set to participate in the first Legal Technologies Virtual Conference slated for August 13-14, 2020.

The conference, which would be available to participants all around the world through Zoom video conferencing app, is being organised by Nigeria’s foremost LegalTech company, LawPavilion Business Solutions Limited, in conjunction with Telnet Group, Nigeria’s leading digital transformation company.

Managing Director of LawPavilion Business Solutions, Mr. Ope Olugasa explained that his firm has been at the forefront of providing and improving access to digital tools for the legal services industry in the last two decades.

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It has become imperative, he said, to leverage technology to accelerate access to justice for Nigerians and organisations interested in doing business in Nigeria.

Speaking further, Olugasa stated that the role of the judiciary comprising judges, lawyers, arbitrators, mediators and legal institutions are so critical, that where the justice system is fraught with inefficiencies and inadequacies, economic growth is stunted.

According to him, in today’s global market, true wealth is no longer in having only expansive real estate or tangible cash, but in holding intangible intellectual property. “Thus, economies that do not accord enough recognition and protection to intellectual property stand a genuine risk of not being at par with other economies,” he said.

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The conference, which would hold for two days will feature keynote lecture and panel discussions on the role of an efficient justice system in driving the wheel of innovation and economic growth.

Panelists such as Justice Olukayode Ariwoola (JSC), Hon Justice Amina Augie (JSC), Dr. Babatunde Ajibade (SAN), Mr. Wale Fapohunda, Attorney General of Ekiti State.

Others such as Mr. Folorunsho Aliu, Group MD of Telnet Nigeria Ltd and Mr. Gbenga Sesan, CEO Paradigm Initiatives will participate.

There will also be breakout sessions focusing on seamless court integration as well as tools and resources to run an efficient law firm post COVID-19, using technology.


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Top Story: Huawei moves ahead Samsung as top smartphone seller

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China’s Huawei has overtaken Samsung to become the number-one smartphone seller worldwide in the second quarter on the back of strong domestic demand, industry tracker Canalys said Thursday.

Canalys said the embattled firm, which is facing US sanctions and falling overseas sales, shipped 55.8 million devices — overtaking Samsung for the first time, which shifted 53.7 million units.

The findings marked the first quarter in nine years that a company other than Samsung or Apple has led the market, Canalys said.

US sanctions had “stifled” Huawei’s business outside mainland China, the research group added, but it had grown to dominate its substantial home market.

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More than 70 percent of Huawei smartphones are now sold in the country, Canalys said, where Samsung has a very small share of the market.

Huawei said in a statement it was a sign of “exceptional resilience”.

Overseas shipments, however, fell nearly a third in the second quarter and Canalys analyst Mo Jia warned that strength in China alone “will not be enough to sustain Huawei at the top once the global economy starts to recover”.

“Its major channel partners in key regions, such as Europe, are increasingly wary of ranging Huawei devices, taking on fewer models, and bringing in new brands to reduce risk,” Mo said.

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Huawei — the world’s top producer of telecoms networking equipment — has become a pivotal issue in the geopolitical standoff between Beijing and Washington, which claims the firm poses a significant cybersecurity threat.

A man wearing a face mask uses his mobile phone as he walks past a Huawei store in Beijing on May 16, 2020. WANG Zhao / AFP
A man wearing a face mask uses his mobile phone as he walks past a Huawei store in Beijing on May 16, 2020.
WANG Zhao / AFP

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Washington has essentially barred Huawei from the US market and waged a global campaign to isolate the company.

The British government bowed to growing US pressure and pledged earlier this month to remove Huawei from its 5G network by 2027, despite warnings of retaliation from Beijing.

The politically-fraught change requires companies to stop buying new 5G equipment from Huawei starting next year and strip out existing gear by the end of 2027.

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On Wednesday the US ambassador in Brasilia warned of “consequences” if Brazil chooses Huawei for the project to develop the next generation of telecommunications technology in Latin America’s most populous country.

Australia and Japan have taken steps to block or restrict the Chinese company’s participation in their 5G rollouts, and European telecoms operators including Norway’s Telenor and Sweden’s Telia have passed over Huawei as a supplier.

The US has also requested the extradition of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on fraud charges, further damaging relations between China and Canada, where she is under house arrest.

Meng, the Chinese telecom giant’s chief financial officer, was arrested on a US warrant in December 2018 during a stopover in Vancouver and has been fighting extradition ever since.


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US Huawei’s Ban – China Threatens Retaliation.


China has urged the United States to stop the “unreasonable suppression of Huawei and Chinese enterprises”.

It also threatened retaliation against the US for the move by putting major U.S. firms on an “unreliable entity list”, according to Communist Party tabloid Global Times.

US tech giants Apple, Cisco, Qualcomm and plane maker Boeing are among the firms that may be targeted, the report said.

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The reaction came after Washington announced new export controls to restrict Huawei’s access to semiconductor technology.

The latest restrictions on the world’s second-largest smartphone manufacturer, which is at the centre of US spying allegations, are a new escalation in the US-China battle for global technological dominance.

“The Chinese government will firmly uphold Chinese firms’ legitimate and legal rights and interests,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Saturday.

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“We urge the US side to immediately stop its unreasonable suppression of Huawei and Chinese enterprises.”

The ministry said the Trump administration’s actions “destroy global manufacturing, supply and value chains”.

The US Commerce Department said Friday the controls would “narrowly and strategically target Huawei’s acquisition of semiconductors that are the direct product of certain US software and technology.”

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US officials have repeatedly accused the Chinese technology giant of stealing American trade secrets and aiding China’s espionage efforts.

This step ramps up tensions with the rival superpower while both sides were involved in a long-simmering trade war.

As a result, Huawei has increasingly relied on domestically manufactured technology.

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However, the latest rules will also ban foreign firms that use US technology from shipping semiconductors to Huawei without US permission.

The new restrictions will cut off Huawei’s access to one of its major suppliers, the Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC.

The Taiwan form also manufactures chips for Apple and other tech firms.

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The US last year banned Huawei from using US-manufactured semiconductors in their products.

US-China relations hit the rocks again with Washington and Beijing trading barbs over the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.


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Tecno launches latching 5-Camera spark 5. (Photos)


TECNO Nigeria, a global premier mobile phone brand, has announced the launch of the groundbreaking Spark 5 smartphone. Equipped with five cameras and a powerful 5,000 mAh battery, the Spark 5 will bring photos and videos to life on its 6.6 inch dot-in-display.

The SPARK 5 brings unmatched quality in image and video creation powered by its 13 megapixel AI Quad camera on the back, and an 8-megapixel front camera. Each of the four rear AI cameras are equipped with specific capabilities – depth, primary camera, macro lens, and AI lens – delivering an extraordinary visual experience to users and showcasing TECNO’s innovative use of artificial intelligence technologies.

Speaking on the launch of the phone, Attai Oguche, Marketing Manager TECNO said; “We continue to see demand for our innovative smartphones in Nigeria and we are excited to be launching the Spark 5 to that effect. As a brand founded on the principle of innovation and the value of AI technologies, the new Spark 5’s five cameras will appeal to users looking for a power-packed smartphone at an accessible price. Users can enjoy a better-connected life by sparking their creativity with the state-of-the-art camera technology at your fingertips, and share content easily with their friends and families through social media channels.”

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Photography enthusiasts can take professional-grade photographs in all modes and with various effects, including the bokeh effect, AI HDR, macro mode and AI portrait mode, making full use of the Spark 5’s powerful cameras. The cutting-edge “immersive screen” will provide users with a one-of-a-kind true full screen viewing experience.

With its upgraded AI Camera 3.0 algorithm and AI Scene Detection, users will transform their photography experience: elevating the quality of photos they take, and making full use of the phone’s six flashes– including four which are situated around the rear camera with dual front camera flash. With the macro mode, users will be able to take extreme close-ups up to four cm away from the subject, allowing them to focus on the details that matter.

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The SPARK 5 also features AI HDR technology which increases dynamic range beyond what is captured by the camera’s sensors, allowing users to take photos with less noise and sharper details.

The Spark 5 comes in 2 variants; KD6-Spark 5 air and KD7H-Spark 5. Both variants feature TECNO’s HIOS 6.0 built on Android Q, and will be available at leading retailers across the country at a sweet price range of ₦47,000 and ₦49,000 respectively.


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France fined Apple over slow software – iPhone users


France’s consumer watchdog said Friday that Apple had agreed to pay 25 million euros ($27.4 million) for failing to tell iPhone users that software updates could slow down older devices.

The scandal erupted in December 2017, when the US tech giant admitted that its most recent iOS software was slowing the performance of older telephones whose battery life was deteriorating.


Critics accused the firm of surreptitiously forcing users to buy phones sooner than necessary, and the outcry forced Apple to upgrade its software and offer steep discounts on battery replacements.

French prosecutors opened an inquiry in January 2018 at the request of the Halt Planned Obsolescence (HOP) association.


“IPhone owners were not informed that installing iOS updates (10.2.1 and 11.2) could slow down their devices,” the DGCCRF anti-fraud agency said in a statement.

“This is a historic victory against scandalous ready-to-rubbish practices, for consumers as well as the environment,” HOP co-founders Laetitia Vasseur and Samuel Sauvage said, adding that they will consider filing claims for additional damages for iPhone clients.

Apple said it welcomed the accord with the DGCCRF, which will allow it to avoid a potentially embarrassing public trial.

“Our goal has always been to create secure products appreciated by our clients, and making iPhones that last as long as possible is an important part of that.”


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