Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Nigeria becomes Africa's largest economy

South Africa overtaken as biggest economy in Africa after Nigeria rebases GDP calculation to more than $500bn.

Nigeria has overtaken South Africa as Africa's largest economy after a rebasing calculation almost doubled its gross domestic product to more than $500bn, data from the statistics office showed.

GDP for 2013 in Africa's top oil producer was 80.22 trillion naira, or $509.9bn, the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics said on Sunday, up from the 42.3 trillion estimated before the rebasing, according to the Reuters news agency.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Nigeria suicide attack 'kills 21' near Maiduguri

At least 15 civilians have been killed in a suicide bombing by suspected Islamist militants in north-east Nigeria, officials say.

Six of the attackers also died in the explosion, which took place on the outskirts of the city of Maiduguri, a defence ministry spokesman said.

Authorities said the Boko Haram group was behind the assault.

At least 1,500 lives have been claimed in the restive north-eastern region this year, according to latest figures.

Borno: 4 Suicide Bombers Killed As Army Foils NNPC Blast

The Nigeria Special Forces have foiled an attempt by four suicide bombers to blast an NNPC facility along the Maiduguri Damboa Road.

According to a statement by the Director of Defence Information, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade on Tuesday, the four suicide bombers were killed in the operation.

Okukolade said three of the four cars laden with the Improvised Explosive Devices exploded when soldiers fired at the vehicles at a community called Mule on the outskirt of Maiduguri.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

BlackBerry Stops Typo From Selling For iPhone

If you wanted to get your hands on Ryan Seacret’s Typo keyboard accessory for the iPhone, you might want to grab one real quick before you won’t be able to get one at all.

The Verge has a detailed report up about the lawsuit that BlackBerry enacted against the start-up company Ryan Seacrest invested in to create Typo, the iPhone keyboard extension that looks like the BlackBerry’s keyboard.

Paid App Market Is Shrinking With Stunning Speed

Tired and disgusted with free apps that try to hawk in-game purchases and ads to you at every turn? There is no escape; the entire app market is going freemium. The reason for the rapid transition is spelled out by App Annie’s new survey. It claims that revenue from paid apps dropped by a drastic -29% in 2013 from the previous year. Over the same one-year period, freemium app revenue growth topped 210%. This explains the speed with which the entire mobile content industry has migrated to the freemium model. The app revenue information covers both Apple’s iOS ecosystem and the Google Play content empire.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Ford eyes switch to BlackBerry software for vehicles

BlackBerry Ltd.’s transformation from smartphone maker to software services provider is starting to take shape.
The company that once dominated the smartphone market is in the process of making some of its most popular software available on a variety of new platforms, including its messaging system on rival smartphones and its user interface technology on Ford’s in-car entertainment and information consoles.

On Monday, Bloomberg reported that Ford Motor Co., which currently uses a Microsoft Windows-based system called Sync in many of its vehicles, plans to switch to an operating system designed by BlackBerry subsidiary QNX. A number of other car manufacturers already use QNX-based systems in their vehicles, and the automotive industry represents a significant revenue source for the company. QNX has been one of BlackBerry’s most successful assets since the smartphone maker purchased it in 2010.

Microsoft brings Office to Apple's iPad

 Microsoft made it official on Thursday: Office is coming to Apple's iPad.

The long-expected announcement is a calculated risk that Microsoft's support of a major rival's competing tablet will work to its advantage. The hope is that enough iPad users will forgo free alternatives such as Google Docs and Apple's iWorks software, and so compensate for potentially lost sales of its own Windows-based Surface tablets.

"It's a beautiful set of applications," said new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
Meet Office for iPad

    Office tools for the iPad's larger screen (first take)
    ZDNet: Microsoft Office for iPad sets the gold standard for tablet productivity
    ZDNet: A closer look at Microsoft Office for the iPad (photos)