Microsoft Set To ‘Replace Journalists With Robots’

  Microsoft is planning to replace journalists in its MSN news website with robots, according to reports. The journalists to be made redundant curate news articles, headlines and images from across the internet to be displayed on the MSN website. But in future, this work will be done by artificial intelligence algorithms, the Seattle Times reported. Around 50 contract journalists are set to lose their jobs at the end of June, while a smaller full-time team will remain, according to the paper. Microsoft said: “Like all companies, we evaluate our…

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NigComSat, Trefoil Networks Unveil Indigenous TV Network

Nigerian Communication Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT), in collaboration with Trefoil Networks has launched an indigenous television network. The launch was held on Wednesday during a news briefing in Abuja, to promote local content programming The Managing Director of NIGCOMSAT, Mrs Abimbola Alale, said from the satellite distribution service to the local manufacturing of the set up boxes and local programming content is totally Nigerian. The MD, who was represented by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs Directorate, Mr Adamu Idris, called on other potential clients to take advantage of the resources on…

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Subscribers Group Rejects DStv/GOtv New Tarrif

Subscribers under the aegis of the Association of Telephone, Cable TV and Internet Subscribers have rejected the proposed hike in monthly subscription to Pay TV, DStv/Gotv during the coronavirus pandemic. The group, in a letter to MultiChoice, expressed their displeasure at the plan to increase monthly DStv/GOtv tariff in Nigeria starting from June 1. The letter signed by the National President, ATCIS, Adesina Bilesanmi, and the Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Mrs Loris Anger, read in part, “We write on behalf of Board of Trustees, Elders Forum, Executives and…

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COVID-19: MTN Puts Strict Measures In Place To Preserve Resources

South Africa’s MTN Group Ltd (the parent company of MTN Nigeria) said it will cut down on spending plans for the year due to the economic uncertainties created by the Coronavirus pandemic. In specific terms, the telecoms giant will only invest between R21 to R22 billion, as against an earlier plan to invest as much as R28.3 billion this year. According to Bloomberg, the telco is sticking to its medium-term growth forecast. Meanwhile, in a statement released earlier today by MTN Group Ltd, the President and Chief Executive Officer, Rob…

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Airtel Employees Donate N20m to Lagos Govt To Combat Coronavirus

Employees of telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, have donated the sum of N20m to the Lagos State Government in support of the fight against the COVID-19 global pandemic currently ravaging communities and nations the world over. The gesture makes them the first employee group in the country to make such a donation. The donated sum is specifically meant to support the Lagos State Government in the provision of relief materials to indigent residents and citizens as well as families who are badly affected by the on-going COVID-19 crisis. Commenting on…

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Jumia Supports Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic, Donates 100,000 Facemasks to FG

Leading eCommerce platform Jumia donated 100,000 CE certified face masks to the Federal Ministry of Health to support the government in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The donations were received by the Director, Hospital Services, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi on behalf of the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, at the Ministry’s headquarters in Abuja. Jumia has also offered the support of its integrated logistics network to support the distribution of essential products, medical equipment and Personal Protective Equipment. Juliet Anammah, Chairwoman, Jumia Nigeria and Group Head, Institutional…

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Airtel Unveils Exciting Plans for Home Broadband Customers

As part of its efforts to deepen Home Broadband connectivity as well as offer Home Broadband customers more value for money, Airtel has announced the introduction of Ultra Plans, a new value offering that will empower users of Airtel’s Routers and MiFis to enjoy quality and reliable broadband service at highly discounted rates. Under the new Ultra Plan, which comes in three variants, a customer who purchases the Ultra 20 will get 120 GB monthly for N20,000; the Ultra 15 offers 75GB at N15,000 while Ultra 10 gives a value…

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Seven Ways Jumia Has Impacted Lives Since the Outbreak Of COVID-19

Coronavirus pandemic has taken the world by storm. Since the outbreak in Wuhan China in December 2019, over two million cases have been recorded, with over 130,000 lives lost. Governments across the globe have enforced lockdown measures to flatten the curve of COVID-19. New normal has emerged: online shopping is now the safest channel for buying, selling and distribution of essential and hygiene products necessary for daily survival. In Africa where access to eCommerce is still relatively low, Jumia has introduced some initiatives and strategic partnerships to keep life going…

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Lagos NIPR Holds First Virtual PR Clinic

The Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations made history by hosting the first virtual PR Clinic, themed: Technology and the Future of Work, to prepare participants with the skill sets required to thrive in a fast-changing practice environment on Thursday April 16, 2020. The virtual clinic, featuring the Chief Executive Officer, WOWBii Interactive, Terae Onyeje, as the guest facilitator, was the first in the history of the Institute, in compliance with the lockdown, social distancing and sit at home directives by the government to keep people…

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COVID-19: How to Manage Brands and Talents?

By Solabomi Okonkwo As a Brand communication and consumer marketing expert who has had the privilege of working with global brands and talents within our continent and beyond, one is inspired to share one’s knowledge and experience on the matter of managing brands and talents, especially during a crisis. In this article, I have used talents loosely to refer to Musicians, Actors/Actresses, Social Media Influencers, Entertainers and Public figures or Celebrities. As Brand Marketers, we have clearly seen from research and data that consumers want brands to connect with them…

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