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Fed Govt lifts ban on new SIM activation

he Federal Government on Thursday lifted the ban it placed last year on the registration and activation of new Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards in the country.

The effective date for implementation, the government said is on Monday, 19th April 2021.

It however made National Identity Number (NIN) registration mandatory for registering new SIM cards.

Microsoft in talks to buy AI firm Nuance Communications for about $16 billion

Microsoft Corp is in advanced talks to buy artificial intelligence and speech technology company Nuance Communications Inc at about $16 billion, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The price being discussed could value Nuance at about $56 a share, the source said, adding that an agreement could be announced as soon as Monday.

Elon Musk’s Neuralink shows monkey with brain-chip playing videogame by thinking

American Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s brain-chip startup released footage on Friday appearing to show a monkey playing a simple videogame after getting implants of the new technology.

Neuralink video shows monkey gaming via brain chip

The 3-minute video by Neuralink here shows Pager, a male macaque with chips embedded on each side of its brain, playing ‘Mind Pong’. Although he was trained to move a joystick, it is now unplugged. He controls the paddle simply by thinking about moving his hand up or down.

LG to Withdraw From Mobile Phone Business Worldwide

Information reaching our technology dest says that South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc will wind down its loss-making mobile division after failing to find a buyer, a move that is set to make it the first major smartphone brand to completely withdraw from the market.

Its decision to pull out will leave its 10% share in North America, where it is the No. 3 brand, to be gobbled up by Samsung Electronics and Apple Inc with its domestic rival expected to have the edge.

KPN sues Sweden’s Ericsson over telecom patents

KPN NV, the largest Dutch telecommunications company, has filed a patent-infringement complaint against Ericsson in a district court in Texas, the Swedish telecom equipment maker said on Thursday.

The issue revolves around Ericsson’s alleged infringement of five KPN patents covering various wireless network functions.

Court Ruling on SIM blocking Deadline – FG, Telcos To Meet

The Federal Government of Nigeria will be meeting with telecommunications operators and other key stakeholders in the sector over the recent court judgement halting the government from disconnecting SIM cards not linked to National Identity Numbers by April 6.

The PUNCH reported on Wednesday that a Federal High Court in Lagos State had barred the government from blocking SIM cards not linked to NINs in April.

White House Warns of Hack of Microsoft’s Outlook Email Program

The White House on Sunday urged computer network operators to take further steps to gauge whether their systems were targeted amid a hack of Microsoft Corp.’s Outlook email program, saying a recent software patch still left serious vulnerabilities.

“This is an active threat still developing and we urge network operators to take it very seriously,” a White House official said, adding that top U.S. security officials were working to decide what next steps to take following the breach.

United States has Sent Five Rovers to Mars — When will Humans Follow?

With its impeccable landing on Thursday, NASA’s Perseverance became the fifth rover to reach Mars — so when can we finally expect the long-held goal of a crewed expedition to materialize?

NASA’s current Artemis program is billed as a “Moon to Mars” mission, and acting administrator Steve Jurczyk has reiterated his aspiration of “the mid-to-end of the 2030s” for United States of American boots on the Red Planet.