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Meet The Phone With ‘World’s First’ Foldable Screen

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Meet the phone with 'world's first' foldable screen

Some 10 years after the debut iPhone all but killed the flip phone, a little-known tech firm has unveiled what it claims is the first foldable handset.

The FlexPai – formally announced by the Royole Corporation in Beijing – boasts a “virtually unbreakable and extremely durable” screen, which can be bent more than 200,000 times.

It can be folded up like a wallet, at which point the device displays three separate smaller screens on the front, the back and along the spine – the latter of which will show notifications.

California-based Royole, which was founded by Stanford engineering graduates in 2012, has also kitted it out with a speedy Snapdragon 8-series chip, two cameras, and its own Android-based operating system called Water.

The phone will be released in December, meaning it will beat industry heavyweights like Samsung.

South Korea’s Samsung will reportedly showcase its own foldable screen technology at an event in San Francisco next week, but it is not understood to be ready to put such a product on sale.

Other manufacturers such as Apple and LG are said to be even further behind in the development of their own takes on the format.

FlexPai is available for pre-order on the Royole website, priced at $1,318 (£1,021) for the 128GB storage model and $1,469 (£1,138) for one coming in at 256GB.

That makes it more expensive than the base models of the recently released iPhone XS and Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

Some industry observers have questioned whether the new form factor will prove suitable for the average customer, with the FlexPai coming in at more than 50% heavier than the already hefty Note 9 and the iPhone XS Max.

The Verge reports that folding it up also makes it significantly bulkier than both of those phones.

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Project Enable Africa Commences ICT Training For New Cohort Of Persons With Disabilities

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Project Enable Africa, a non-governmental organisation that advocates for the rights and empowerment of persons with disabilities in Nigeria, is set to commence the Year 2020 Fellowship program with an orientation and familiarization program for the first cohort of the 2020 Fellowship.

Speaking in Lagos at the Orientation program,  the Fellowship co-ordinator, Miss Ngozi Ukpai-Okoro, explained that the orientation program was to ensure that the Fellows who are persons with different forms of disabilities are familiarized with the disability-friendly digital hub – The Inclusion Hub located in Surulere, Lagos.

According to Olusola Owonikoko, founder and Project Director of Project Enable Africa, “the orientation marks the official opening of the Fellowship program where 50 fellows will be inducted for the first stream of the 2020 fellowship year. The orientation provides an ample opportunity to introduce the fellows to the fellowship program and the ICT classes available.

The first cohort of the fellowship class starts on the 3rd of February and run for about 3 months after which there will be a leadership and advocacy training, and field trip to tech organizations. This will be followed by internship placement for fellows” This is aimed at positioning them for economic opportunities towards gaining work-relevant and entrepreneurship, skills.

According to Miss Ukpai-Okoro, the courses offered include digital marketing, Web and graphic design for non-visually impaired, Web design for visually impaired, Introduction to computer appreciation, and Smartphone photography.

Taking questions on how the fellows are selected and how much they pay to benefit from the training, Miss Ukpai-Okoro mentioned that only persons with disabilities, between ages 18 to 35 years old are eligible. And that the training is absolutely at no cost to the participants. She also mentioned that It is important for persons with disabilities joining the program to have basic knowledge about the use of computers for other courses besides the introduction to computer appreciation.

“We believe that when persons with disabilities are equipped with accessible and inclusive skills in ICT, they are able to access and harness opportunities, enhance productivity, become economically independent, and more importantly, are empowered to overcome discrimination, and integrate better into the mainstream society,” says Miss Ukpai-Okoro.

 

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NCC Bars Glo Subscribers From Making Calls To Airtel

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The Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC has partially disconnected GloMobile Limited, operators of Glo Mobile network from Airtel network as a result of non settlement of interconnect charges.

In a letter signed by its Director of Public Affairs, Henry Nkemadu and a copy obtained by Naija Center, the NCC disclosed that subscribers on the Glo Network can no longer make calls to Airtel lines, but can however receive inbound calls.

“The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC hereby notifies the general public and subscribers Glo mobile limited(Glomobile) that approval has been granted for partial disconnection of Glo mobile from Airtel Networks limited (Airtel) as a result of non settlement of interconnect charges.

“Glomobile was notified of the application and was given opportunity to comment and state it’s case. The Commission having examined the application and circumstances surrounding the indebtedness determined that the affected operator foes not have sufficient reason for non payment of interconnect charges”.

The Commissions thereby informed the subscribers that, it “approved the partial disconnection of Glomobile by Airtel in accordance with section 100 of the Nigerian Communications Acts of 2003 and the guideline on processes for granting approval to disconnect telecommunications operators “.

“At the expiration of 10 days from the date of this notice, subscribers of the Glo mobile network will no longer be able to make calls to Airtel, but will be able to RECEIVE CALLS.

“The partial disconnection, however, will allow in bound calls to Glo mobile networks and please note that this disconnection will subsist until otherwise determine by the commission”, the letter reads.

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Uber Launches Abuja Greenlight Hub

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Uber on Monday announced the official opening of its Abuja Greenlight Hub, a resource centre where existing and potential driver-partners can receive support for app-related inquiries.

Tagged Uber Greenlight Hub, the centre will open five days a week.

“Driver-partners remain a critical part of Uber operations in West Africa,” said O’Yoma Ukueku, Greenlight Operations Manager for West Africa.

“Providing a functional, modern and technologically enabled support centre for them reinforces our commitment to continually providing real-time, onsite support to driver-partners.

“Uber’s team of dedicated, well-trained and professional experts will ensure that their concerns and inquiries are addressed and resolved.”

Notable driver-partners, who had distinguished themselves by providing excellent and professional service, were on the occasion rewarded with a variety of gifts including brand new generators, refrigerators, plasma televisions and microwaves.

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