The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development is set to expand its digital skills training by involving 500,000 youths nationwide as part of the COVID-19 stimulus budget. The digital skill training titled: ‘A New DEEL for the Nigerian Youth’ is aimed at empowering Nigerian youth towards the digitization agenda of the country and further economic growth. This was disclosed in a statement on Thursday made by The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare. The statement read in part, ”Through the stimulus plan budget under President Muhammadu Buhari, we can now implement 65 and 75 percent of DEEL concentrating on digital skills acquisition to bridge the existing gap we have in the area of technology.
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in line with the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) has commenced a four-day awareness campaign to inform and ensure citizens are safe and secured online. The four-day awareness campaign summit which began on Monday is themed "Cyber-Aware Citizenry: A Foundation of the Digital Economy" and will share simple tips and easy resources to help people ensure safety and security online throughout the campaign. The Director-General, NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa explained that the cybersecurity awareness summit was aimed at empowering Nigerians in efforts to enable them to protect their cyberspace, especially as the level of cyberattacks is on the increase.
Research by scientists suggests that designed ‘transparent wood’ could replace conventional glass in the future, and might trickle down to windows and mobile phones. The innovation developed using wood from the balsa tree, which is native to South and Central America, and created by the University of Maryland and University of Colorado claims to be five times more thermally efficient than glass. The team from the two universities, which set out to find a greener alternative to conventional glass treated balsa wood in an oxidizing bath that bleaches it of nearly all visibility and then penetrated it with a synthetic polymer called polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), creating a product that is virtually transparent.
Facebook has on Wednesday launched its dating service, Facebook Dating in 32 European countries, the social media company said after it postponed the release of the services following regulatory concerns. According to Reuters, Facebook had in February announced the postponement of the dating services after complaints were raised by Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), the main regulator in the European Union (EU) for several tech companies including Facebook. However, the services were launched in September last year in the United States and 20 other countries.
Stripe, an online payments platform company has recently announced its acquisition of Nigeria-based online and offline payment service, Paystack for a whopping $200Mn (N9.2Bn), making it one of the largest technology Nigeria-based startup acquisitions in the history of our nation. Paystack is a payment platform that has a customer base of about 60,000, the company currently processes over half of all online transactions in Nigeria. Paystack is expected to still continue its operations independently despite its acquisition by Stripe.
Microsoft has disclosed that it has experienced a significant outage of its cloud-based office services including meeting software, Teams, Outlook, and office, making them inaccessible by users worldwide. The company made this known in a series of tweets, saying the outage was following update on the service, adding that it is investigating the cause of the software outage. "We’re investigating an issue affecting access to multiple Microsoft 365 services. We’re working to identify the full impact and will provide more information shortly.