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Rigworld Training Centre Partner Up With Senegalese Polytechnic.

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Rigworld Training Center (RTC) has signed a partnership agreement with the « Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique » (ESP) of Senegal to improve the course content of the latter.

Under the partnership agreement, RTC will help raise the level of local skills of students in ESP to help them integrate well in the different industries in Senegal and across the world.

The signing of the agreement between the two educational institutions in West Africa here in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, is expected to offer African expertise to develop African competences to enable graduates take up emerging jobs in the oil and gas and mining industries.

“This model of partnership between African structures (Ghana and Senegal) comes at the right time to meet the challenge of vocational training adapted to new jobs emerging in oil & gas, mining etc.…,” a statement released by Daba DIENG, Rigworld Group West Africa Manager (French Territories) says.

Rigworld Training Center is a Ghanaian-owned, world-class, ISO 9001:2015 Oil and Gas accredited safety training center that excels in providing a range of client focused safety training services and products to the offshore and onshore oil and gas, maritime, underwater, construction, and general hazardous industries.

To extend its operations to other African countries, Rigworld Training Center recently opened a new branch in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.

The « Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique » is a public institution with a regional vocation, attached to the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, Senegal.

The ESP’s mission is to train both theoretically and practically which cover different technical and management fields.

It also offers training for people who want to improve themselves in their professional fields or learn new skills altogether.

By Roger A. Agana

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Techbit Inc Releases 4th Issue of Techpreneur Mag.

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Techbit Inc, a tech consulting and digital agency in Ghana on Friday released the Fourth issue of its digital Tech magazine called “Techpreneur Mag”. Techpreneur is the first tech magazine in Ghana and has been running since 2016.


Techpreneur Mag offers an insider view on Ghana’s growing tech space, entrepreneurship and tech startups across West Africa. Driven by trends and insights gleaned from the tech community, seasoned entrepreneurs, CEOs, Angel Investors and Tech Enthusiasts, Techpreneur Mag encourages readers to be creators of technology and not just users.


“This issue is not for the wishful thinker but one is who is on the move to achieve greatness.” Clement Safori Fianko – Publisher Techpreneur Mag.
Gracing the cover of the 4th issue is Iddris Sandu, Ghanaian born tech prodigy who has sat down with the likes of Elon Musk, received the Presidential Scholar Award from President Obama, worked on projects with rappers like Kanye West and the late Nipsey Hustle, and consulted for Uber, Snapchat, Instagram, just to name a few.


“Iddris has made tremendous impact in the global tech space and is on a mission to literally change the world as we know it. This year marking our year of return we concluded he is the best fit for the cover” said Clement Safori Fianko.


Joining Iddris in this power packed issue are revolutionary thinkers, radical movers and innovators of our time; such as Kendall Ananyi (CEO of Tizeti), Diana Wilson (Founder YAAW), Frank Y.Owusu (Consultant at IBM), Adolf Akuffo – Afful (Co-founder Hive refrigeration), Alex and Sharna Darko (Co-founders of MenuFinderAfrica), Sorji Grey (Tech YouTuber), Joshua Opoku (Founder IoT Network) and Paulina Kuranchie (PR Lecturer and Consultant) amongst others.


The digital magazine is available for free downloads at www.techpreneurmag.com and can be read on any digital device with a screen large enough.

ABOUT TECHBIT INC
Techbit Inc is a fourth generation agency that seeks to leverage Technology and Marketing in a single covering hybrid role to propel the growth of businesses.


We are a full service agency, which means we have all the elements and tools in-house and in fact the right guys to handle and execute the job from start to finish. We are here to help you craft an enhanced business experience with an integrated marketing and technology model.

ABOUT TECHPRENEUR MAG
Techpreneur Magazine is a Digital Media platform that shines a spotlight on the amazing young tech professionals and entrepreneurs that are behind the brightest innovation and startups in Ghana and the sub region and guiding African tech startups towards greater success.

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Clement Safori Fianko – Publisher Techpreneur Mag
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Huawei Smartphone Sales Hit Amid US Curbs.

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Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has said international sales of the Chinese telecoms giant's handsets have sunk 40% in the past month as a US-led backlash against the firm intensifies.

Speaking at the firm's headquarters, Mr Ren also said the company would slash production by $30bn (£23.9bn).

Last month, the US put Huawei on a list of companies that American firms cannot trade with unless they have a licence.

The move marked an escalation in efforts by Washington to block Huawei.

The US argues that the Chinese company - the world's largest maker of telecoms equipment and the second biggest smartphone maker - poses a security risk.

"In the coming two years, the company will cut production by $30bn," Mr Ren said at a panel discussion at the firm's headquarters in Shenzhen.

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Sales are now expected to remain flat at $100bn in 2019 and 2020. Earlier this year, Huawei had predicted sales of about $125bn for 2019.

However, Mr Ren said the company would "regain [its] vitality" in 2021.

He also said that while overseas smartphone sales had dropped sharply, in China growth remained "very fast".

Spending on research and development would not be cut, Mr Ren added, despite the anticipated hit to the firm's finances.

The Huawei founder had previously downplayed the impact of the US restrictions on the Chinese firm.

However, the actions by the US have prompted tech companies around the world to retreat from Huawei.

Google barred Huawei from some updates to the Android operating system, meaning new designs of Huawei smartphones are set to lose access to some Google apps.

Japan's Softbank and KDDI have both said they will not sell Huawei's new handsets for now.

UK-based chip designer ARM told staff it must suspend business with Huawei, according to internal documents obtained by the BBC.

Surveillance fears
Washington's clampdown on Huawei is part of a broader push-back against the company, over worries about using its products in next-generation 5G mobile networks.

Several countries have raised concerns that Huawei equipment could be used by China for surveillance, allegations the company has vehemently denied.

*Should we worry about Huawei?


*Trump declares emergency over IT threats


Huawei has said its work does not pose any threats and that it is independent from the Chinese government.

However, some countries have blocked telecoms companies from using Huawei products in 5G mobile networks.

So far the UK has held back from any formal ban.

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Adobe’s Next iPad Drawing App Is Called Adobe Fresco.

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Adobe’s upcoming iPad drawing and painting app will be called Adobe Fresco, the company announced today on its blog. Previously called Project Gemini, the app will arrive sometime later this year.

Named after the Italian Renaissance-style painting technique of applying water-based pigments to wet plaster, Adobe Fresco’s main selling point is its Live Brushes, which mimic the way paint would mix and blend in real life. Adobe’s chief product officer, Scott Belsky, writes that Live Brushes use Adobe Sensei, the company’s AI platform, to recreate how oils and watercolors bloom and react with each other.

The app also lets artists draw with vector and raster brushes, combining the features of the Adobe Illustrator Draw and Photoshop Sketch iPad apps. It’ll support Photoshop files across Creative Cloud, and exporting to PDF for editing in Illustrator. The UI and toolbar layout is also similar to Adobe’s upcoming Photoshop for iPad app, which is also arriving this year. You’ll be able to import your Photoshop brushes so you can draw and paint with the brushes you’re used to.

If you want to try out Fresco before it’s officially out, you can apply to be in the prerelease testing here.

Source: The Verge

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Samsung’s Security Reminder Makes The Case For Not Owning A Samsung Smart TV.

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Samsung has reminded owners of its smart TVs that they should be regularly scanning for malware using its built-in virus scanning software. “Prevent malicious software attacks on your TV by scanning for viruses on your TV every few weeks,” a (now deleted) tweet from the company’s US support account read alongside a video attachment that demonstrated the laborious process.

The obvious question here is why in the world doesn’t Samsung automate this process. When so many people don’t even know how to turn off motion smoothing, what are the chances that they’re going to be mindful of security practices? It also illustrates how dumb some smart TVs can be.

It’s unclear whether the tweet has been put out in response to a recent threat. There haven’t been any recent security vulnerabilities reported for Samsung’s smart TVs, but back in 2017 WikiLeaks revealed that the CIA had developed a piece of software called “Weeping Angel” that was capable of turning Samsung’s smart TVs into a listening device. Less than a month later a security researcher found 40 zero-day vulnerabilities in Samsung’s smart TV operating system, Tizen. At the time, Samsung released a blog post detailing the security features of its TVs, which includes its ability to detect malicious code on both its platform and application levels.

Virus scans are another reminder of how annoying modern smart TVs can be. Sure, they have pretty much every streaming app under the sun built in, and Samsung’s models can even be used to stream games from a local PC. But they also contain microphones that can be a privacy risk, and are entrusted with credit card details for buying on-demand video content. Even when everything’s working as the manufacturer intended, they can be yet another way of putting ads in front of you, either on your home screen or even in some cases directly into your own video content.

Samsung’s little PSA about scanning for “malware viruses” (eh hem) might be a sound security practice on a Samsung smart TV, but it’s also an excellent reminder for why you might not want to buy one in the first place.

Source: The Verge

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