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Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta Is Free For Download

Contributor: Godwin Bassey is a System Administrator, and an enthusiastic blogger with particular interests in concept devices, automobile tech, audio video tech, computing, gizmos & mobile devices. You can follow him on twitter - @DaTecNerd

Adobe recently released its Photoshop CS6 beta with a new, faster and more modern user interface, re-engineered design tools and content-aware patching. “Photoshop CS6 will be a milestone release that pushes the boundaries of imaging innovation with incredible speed and performance,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe.

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Microsoft Makes ASP.NET MVC A Lot More Open

In the world of web application development especially on Microsoft’s Platform, ASP.NET MVC has been adopted on several small to large scale software projects.  MVC stands for Model View Controller and is a design pattern employed to make building robust applications easier. ASP.NET MVC started out as a third party framework and was later adopted by Microsoft.

ASP.NET MVC, Microsoft’s Web application framework, has been open sourced since its first version, and was switched to Microsoft’s permissive license in 2009. However, there’s a difference between open development and mere open source (as those following Android’s development will be well aware). Previously, the source was available, but its development was Microsoft’s sole concern; third parties had no ability to suggest changes or contributions of their own, and little ability to comment on the work that Microsoft was doing.

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Opera Mini 7 For Android Now Up For Grabs

Earlier this month, Opera and Android briefly made headlines together when one analytics firm found that Google’s OS, Android, had finally overtaken Opera as the world’s largest mobile browser. Today, the two are in the news again for a slightly different reason: Opera is releasing the newest version of its popular (and free) Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers with added camera, HTML5 and 3D graphics support — one way for Opera to claw back some share on Android, currently the biggest smartphone platform in the world.

The new version of the browser is something that Opera had hinted was in the works back in February, when it announced deals to further its reach in the area of mobile payments. As with that news, today’s release is another example of how mobile browser developers are looking to add more features to make their products more like native platform experiences. The release comes at the same time that Opera has also released a new edition of its browser for Symbian.

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Utility App: JuiceDefender Battery Manager For Android

One of the major problems that comes with smart phones is the rate at whcih battery life is drained. Its not a virus eating your battery life away or your Android device not in good condition, neither is it the screen resolution (even though its partially responsible).

If you are a heavy data user, then you are sure your battery life would not last 12hrs even when fully charged and when heavily used for mobile application such as twitter, facebook, skype, yahoo messager, whatsapp messenger just to mention a few.

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Qualcomm Talks Next Generation Mobile Solutions At Developers Parapo

March’s edition of Developers Parapo is set to potentially transform the realm of possibilities of what we know as customer experiences via mobile. CcHub presents Qualcomm (a world leader in next generation mobile technologies) whose ideas and inventions are driving wireless growth and helping to connect people to information, entertainment and one another.

Alex Dadson, Qualcomm’s Managing Director West Africa will be joining us to talk about the firm’s plans to stimulate growth of the mobile market through the development of technologies and services for 3G devices. He will also highlight recent work that Qualcomm has done in Augumented Reality and illustrate with cool demos. You dont want to miss this.

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Angry Birds Space: 10 Million Downloads In 3 Days

Editor’s Note: Remember we did a story about the launch of the ‘Angry Birds Space‘? That was only a few days ago, and now we just got word on how the app is fairing in the market place. Definitely something developers would be thrilled to read about. Draw Something by OMGPOP (recently acquired by Zynga) may have given the guys at Rovio a run for their money,  I’m pretty sure with these latest download figures of Angry Birds Space, an equilibrium may have just been attained.

The Mighty Eagle has landed! Released late last week, the latest edition of Rovio’s Angry Birds franchise was downloaded 10 million times in its first three days. Unfortunately since the announcement came by way of a tweet, it doesn’t include detailed data concerning platform penetration or the number of people who paid $.99 for the extra levels (I did). But 10 million in three days!

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Cashless Policy In Nigeria Needs Mass Adoption For Smooth Operation


Why Cashless Policy?

The CBN, in collaboration with the Bankers’ Committee, aims to achieve an environment where a higher and increasing proportion of transactions are carried out through Cheques and Electronic Payments (e-payments), in line with the global trend.

The term Mobile Money has often confused a lot of people, including myself. While I was doing a research on this piece, a tech writer here in Nigeria went on to say that cashless policy is essentially mobile money. I am glad to tell you that it is not.

I am not writing about mobile money today, but about the cashless policy, there will be another article to take care of that. It is a confusion that has been created by the mobile money operators. Know this; there are different types of mobile financial services.

A case for adoption

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, is going about the cashless policy in good faith with lots of benefit for everyone. The Nigerian economy does not exist in isolation. Any of the other existing economies have been moving towards cashless policy.

What good will it serve if the people who are meant to benefit from this policy are not at ease with it and are not willing to adopt it?

Oduntan Odubanjo of Twinpine Networks, a mobile ad company in Nigeria wrote a piece where he highlighted the role of mobile advertisement in driving cashless policy. Here is an excerpt from what he said;

It’s pretty obvious that the early adopters of this change will be the Millennials. Young people aged less than 30. They are fresh, have the tendency to try new things, want to be up-to-date and are easily influenced by what happens around. I strongly believe that the change should and will begin right where these people are, Mobile.

He presented it clearly in this piece that since young people are usually on their mobile, they will adopt the cashless policy more. Since the CBN and the banks will be working hand in hand to drive mass awareness of the programme, they will certainly reach the youth population more if they devote some budget to mobile advertising. But to reach the other sector of the economy, they have to look at using the traditional media—TV, radio, bill boards, BRT busses and holding town hall meetings.

Issues against the cashless or cash-light policy economy include: the aged population, the unbanked and the illiterates. It is paramount that in addition to the pilot program currently being done in Lagos that a mass education and enlightenment of the public should be done, while targeting the youth using mobile advertisement.

The vehicles that would drive cashless policy and make it smooth as stated by the CBN document are Cheques, ATM cards and e-commerce [There was mention of other payment solutions, but it was not particularly called m-money. I have written to them. As at the time of publishing this piece, I have not gotten a response yet]

The cashless policy is a large concept that has components. Each of the components will have to play its role for the policy to run smoothly. Prof. Pat Utomi, Lagos Business School was asked about how effective this new policy will be, he said for cashless policy to succeed, cost of e-payment transactions must be reduced by service providers while building public confidence.

He said, “We must reduce cost if we must achieve the cash-lite policy of the CBN, we must reduce cost of transactions, and there is also the need for us to get it right. People who are competing in this case must cooperate and not create entry barriers as first entry movers for others. We must build confidence, and government has a very big role to play here. And there must be a very high level of mass education.’’

Smooth running does not mean that some people will not find it challenging. Even in a Nordic country—Sweden—where cashless society is near perfect, there are still people in the society that still find it hard to adapt.

You will remember how it was when ATM was first introduced. Many of us did not find it convenient, like people are already complaining about the cashless policy. But see where we are today. There are definitely going to be challenges, but it is not enough reason not to go ahead with the policy. The implementation is what is vital.

The time is ripe and right. At this time the CBN has granted Mobile Money licence to some companies, ATM is working [even if not optimally], the number of people who have mobile phones are high. It is left for the CBN and partners to ensure that they make it less stressful for people to adopt while ensuring that banks and e-payment providers reduce the amount of downtime experienced on their networks.

The pilot programme, Cashless Lagos, will open the way and allow the government to see what needs to be adjusted in order for the policy to be gradually rolled to other states.

The charges placed when the deposit /withdrawal limit is exceeded have recently been adjusted. The daily cumulative limits of N150,000 and N1 million have been reviewed upwards to N500,000 and N3 million on free withdrawals and lodgements by individual and corporate customers respectively.

The processing fee for withdrawals above the limit for individual customers has been reviewed downwards from 10% to 3%, while the processing fee for withdrawals above the limit for corporate bodies has also been reviewed downwards from 20% to 5%.

With this few words of mine—like it were a secondary school debate—I hope I’ve been able to make it simple and clearer to those who were like me, shying away from the topic.

Is there any other thing that you think will make the mass adoption of the cashless policy a fail?

Microsoft and Nokia to Invest Up to 18 Million Euros in AppCampus

To drive innovation and business opportunities in Finland’s mobile ecosystem and beyond, Microsoft Corp. and Nokia will each invest up to 9 million euros into a newly established mobile application development program at Aalto University during the next three years. The AppCampus program has been set up to foster the creation of innovative mobile applications for the Windows Phone ecosystem and in addition, Nokia platforms, including Symbian and Series 40, to create a new generation of self-sustaining mobile startups.

Kicking off in May 2012, the Finland-based program will be led and managed by Aalto University, which has a growing reputation as a hotbed of new startup companies. AppCampus is intended to attract thousands of application proposals from students and entrepreneurs from all over the world. Aalto University will make a significant contribution to the project by providing premises, coaching services, and access to both academic and business networks for budding app developers.

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What is BlackBerry Mobile Fusion?

Contributor: Godwin Bassey is a System Administrator, and an enthusiastic blogger with particular interests in concept devices, automobile tech, audio video tech, computing, gizmos & mobile devices. You can follow him on twitter - @DaTecNerd

The simplest answer is that Mobile Fusion is a Mobile Device Management (MDM) platform that fuses the deployment and management of multiple device platforms to on console. It should be said that this is nothing new and there are many MDM options out there, but for my it’s exciting because with the Fusion announcement we have a better look at how the PlayBook and BBX devices will be handled at the corporate enterprise level.

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Intel’s Greatest New CPU Already Overclocked to 7 GHz

Contributor: Godwin Bassey is a System Administrator, and an enthusiastic blogger with particular interests in concept devices, automobile tech, audio video tech, computing, gizmos & mobile devices. You can follow him on twitter - @DaTecNerd

It’s not available to us mere press and plebes, but alleged internal benchmarks show a walloping 100 per cent overclock  from 3.5 GHz to 7. The method required an insane dry ice contraption, of course, but still!

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