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Tech: Real Identity of new owners of 9Mobile, formerly Etisalat Nigeria

Tech: Real Identity of new owners of 9Mobile, formerly Etisalat Nigeria
Recent reports indicated that Teleology Holdings Limited may have been finally selected as the preferred bidder for 9Mobile, formerly Etisalat Nigeria, the country’s fourth-largest mobile network.
This development may have brought to an end the acquisition process supervised by Barclays Africa, the transaction advisors.Promoted by Adrian Wood, the pioneer chief executive officer of MTN Nigeria, Teleology emerged as the new owner of 9mobile ahead of Smile, which had been the only other bidder in the final round of the takeover bid.
Though over 10 bidders had indicated interest in acquiring the mobile network, only five were shortlisted before the number was further reduced to three.While Globacom and Helios failed to back their technical bids with concrete financial bids, Airtel later pulled out of the process, leaving just Teleology and Smile Communications.
Teleology, a private equity firm with an investment portfolio of $11 billion, offered more than $500 million to acquire the mobile network while Smile offered about $300 million.
According to industry sources, the company was purposely set up by some influential investors to revive the embattled telecom.Teleology is run by the pioneer Mr Adrian Wood, chief executive officer (CEO) of MTN Nigeria,.
Adrian Wood
Wood is an economist. He was trained at Cambridge and Harvard Universities. He is also the CEO of Brymedia West Africa Limited.After quitting MTN, Wood, an Australian-born launched an unsuccessful bid for Nigeria’s pioneer national operator, Nigeria Telecommunications Limited (NITEL).

Tourism:The world's most expensive painting 'Salvator Mundi,' exhibited at Louvre Abu Dhabi

Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi," the world's most expensive painting, is headed to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, it has been revealed. The newly opened museum made the announcement in a series of tweets, without confirming whether it had purchased, or is simply borrowing, the $450.3 million masterpiece.
Dating back to approximately 1500, "Salvator Mundi" smashed auction records when it went under the hammer at Christie's New York last month. It is one of fewer than 20 authenticated da Vinci paintings in existence.
Yet the identity of the successful telephone bidder has yet to be revealed, sparking intense speculation about the painting's new owner.
The New York Times yesterday claimed to have seen documents linking the sale to a low-profile Saudi prince with no record of buying major artworks. French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche earlier reported that two investment firms had purchased the painting in the hope of lending it to museums.

A spokeswoman for Christie's offered her congratulations to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, telling CNN that she was "delighted that the piece is going to be on view in public." But the auction house would not confirm whether the museum was behind the purchase.
A major attraction
The announcement comes less than a month after the Louvre Abu Dhabi -- the Paris institution's first outpost outside France -- opened its doors. Built on a man-made island in the Emirati capital, the museum is part of the city's drive to transform itself into a cultural hub.
In a 30-year deal worth a reported €1 billion ($1.18 billion), the French Louvre assists with exhibition management, offers advice and lends artworks to its Middle Eastern franchise. The new museum currently houses a permanent collection of 600 artworks, with a further 300 on loan from Paris -- among them another Leonardo painting, "La Belle Ferronnière."
But "Salvator Mundi" is set to be the museum's biggest attraction. Even before becoming the world's most expensive painting, it drew huge crowds during pre-auction viewings in London, Hong Kong and San Francisco.
The 26-inch-tall painting, which was created at around the same time as the "Mona Lisa," depicts Jesus in Renaissance-style clothing. Originally commissioned by Louis XII of France, the artwork seemingly disappeared in the late 18th century.
Upon re-emerging at auction in 1958, it was dismissed as a copy and sold for just £45 ($60). The painting was subsequently acquired by a group of art dealers for less than $10,000 in 2005. It was restored and authenticated, before being sold to its most recent owner, Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev, for $127.5 million.

Tech: Toyota launches mobility service alliance and autonomous e-Palette Concept Vehicle

Toyota has partnered with Amazon, DiDi, Mazda, Pizza Hut and Uber to form the e-Palette Alliance, forming a broad hardware and software ecosystem for utilizing advanced mobility technology to better serve customers in the future.
As a first step, Toyota has announced a new concept vehicle: the e-Palette is a fully autonomous, battery-electric vehicle with open control interface to allow partner companies to install their own automated driving system.
toyota epalette autonomous concept vehicle
toyota epalette autonomous concept vehicle
Unveiled at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, the new e-Palette Alliance is a flexible, purpose-built car that comes in three sizes and a cube-shaped design. The next-generation battery electric vehicle (BEV) is designed to be scalable and customizable for a range of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) businesses.

“The automobile industry is clearly amidst its most dramatic period of change as technologies like electrification, connected and automated driving are making significant progress. Toyota remains committed to making ever better cars. Just as important, we are developing mobility solutions to help everyone enjoy their lives, and we are doing our part to create an ever-better society for the next 100 years and beyond. This announcement marks a major step forward in our evolution towards sustainable mobility, demonstrating our continued expansion beyond traditional cars and trucks to the creation of new values including services for customers,” said Toyota President Akio Toyoda.
In addition to its extensive interior space and low floor that can be modified into hotel rooms, eating spaces, offices and working environments, and more, other key features include the next-generation video control interface and compatibility with the car manufacturer’s Mobility Services Platform.
Vehicle control technology is being used as an interface for technology providers. Technology providers can receive open Application Programming Interface (API) such as vehicle state and vehicle control, necessary for development of automated driving systems (automated driving control software and cameras/sensors, etc.). The e-Palette Concept also leverages the power of Toyota’s Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) to enable over-the-air updates of the automated driving systems.
Vehicle information is gathered from the Data Communication Module (DCM) fitted to the e-Palette Concept and accumulated in the Toyota Big Data Center (TBDC) through a global communication platform. The e-Palette Concept will capitalize on this vehicle information to support a variety of finance options, as well as high-level maintenance in cooperation with Toyota dealers. The API required by service providers, like vehicle state and dynamic management, can be viewed on the MSPF.
toyota epalette autonomous concept vehicle
toyota epalette autonomous concept vehicle
Consumers should expect feasibility testing of the e-Palette Concept in various regions, including the United States, in the early 2020s. Residents in Tokyo and visitors to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games may get an early preview, though, since Toyota plans to provide mobility solutions like the e-Palette during the Games.
Source: Japantrends

Nissan drives hospitality to a new level with self-parking slippers

Old traditions are constantly being updated with new technology, and one ryokan (guesthouse) is making use of automated driving technology to offer the latest in hands-free hospitality — self-driving slippers.
Nissan Motor Co. has developed a system for slippers to “park” themselves at the entrance of the traditional inn at the push of a button, ready for guests to use upon arrival.
Each slipper is equipped with two tiny wheels, a motor and sensors to “drive” across the wooden lobby floor using Nissan’s ProPilot Park technology.
The automaker uses the same technology in the latest version of its all-battery electric Leaf vehicle. High-tech sensors and cameras allow the car to locate and back into parking spots without any driver input.
A simplified version of the technology has been installed at the ryokan, which is located in the Mount Fuji-area resort town of Hakone. Selected guests will be able to experience the technology in March.
“The self-parking slippers are meant to raise awareness of automated driving technologies — and their potential, nondriving applications,” said Nissan spokesman Nick Maxfield.
And it is not just the slippers that scurry across the inn’s floors. Tatami-matted guest rooms feature floor cushions and chabudai (traditional low tables) that also wheel themselves into place.
Many of the world’s top auto brands are developing self-driving technology. Nissan plans to market a car that can drive itself on city streets by 2020. Watch and tell us what you think....

NASA satellite that's been lost for 12 years was discovered by Amateur astronomer

For 12 years, a NASA satellite called IMAGE was lost in space.
NASA scientists hadn't heard from the satellite since 2005, after it abruptly stopped responding.
But earlier this month, an amateur astronomer happened to be searching for traces of the secretive Zuma mission launched by SpaceX when he stumbled onto something entirely different: signals from a satellite that was not accounted for.
    Scott Tilley, who is based in Canada, then matched the signal to a NASA spacecraft and theorized that it was the long-lost satellite IMAGE. He blogged and tweeted about his findings. He also reached out to the principal investigator who had been responsible for the satellite's mission, according to Tilley's blog.
    NASA set off to investigate and trained its Deep Space Network, a constellation of radio telescopes used to communicate with space missions, to search for the satellite. Five separate antennas then confirmed the signal and matched the satellite's identity.
    IMAGE launched in March 25, 2000. It was designed to study the Earth's magnetosphere -- the magnetic field that shields the Earth. It was hailed as a success, helping map out the Earth's magnetic field in detail and resulted in 37 unique scientific discoveries, according its final report.It successfully completed its initial scheduled mission -- originally slated for two years -- and had been in its extended phase when the satellite stopped routine contact on December 18, 2005.
    NASA tried to regain control of the satellite, but it ultimately concluded that the spacecraft likely suffered an event that disabled its power supply and wasn't able to recover. The mission had been declared over in 2007.
    After IMAGE was lost, its original software and databases needed to operate the satellite had been decommissioned. NASA said that it will now attempt to adapt the software to its more modern systems.
    "Scientists and engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, will continue to try to analyze the data from the spacecraft to learn more about the state of the spacecraft," NASA said.
    After the confirmation, Tilley wrote on his blog: "Welcome back IMAGE! Serve us well again..."
    He told the CBC: "As somebody who's loved space since being a kid, I'm happy to have contributed something positive."
    Source: CNN

    ArchiWorld: World's longest glass bridge opens in Hebei, China

    ArchiWorld: World's longest glass bridge opens in Hebei, China


    Because walking across a glass-bottomed suspension bridge just isn't scary enough, China is finding new ways to bring the fear.
    The country's latest -- billed as the world's longest -- opened at the end of 2017 in Hebei Province's Hongyagu Scenic Area.
    And just in case the 488 meter span (1,600 feet) over a vertical drop of 218 meters (715 feet) doesn't bring visitors to their trembling knees, there's an added sway to test the nerves at this destination.
    "Hongyagu glass suspension bridge marks the 2.0 era for China's glass-bottomed bridge," says Yang Minghua, the chairman of Hebei's Bailu Group, which created the span linking two peaks in the mountainous region of northeastern China.
    The three-year construction project has given birth to several record-breaking claims -- some more objective than others.
    These, Yang told local media, include the largest span, the greatest transparency and "the most spectacular pedestrian glass suspension bridge."
    The bridge is 4 meters wide (13 feet) and made of 1,077 glass panels that are four centimeters thick (almost 1.6 inches).
    Glass Bridge China 1

    Opened to the public on December 24, 2017, the bridge can accommodate up to 2,000 people, but only 500 to 600 visitors will be allowed to walk on it at the same time.
    Staff will be stationed along the bridge to help the fainthearted get back on their feet.
    Visitors must wear special provided "shoe gloves" to protect the glass surface -- a necessary precaution given other bridges suffered broken glass panels not long after opening.
    Hongyagu's swaying suspension bridge isn't the first glass walkway with a nerve-jangling extra.
    The 266-meter aerial path in East Taihang Scenic Area, also in Hebei, looks and sounds like it's about to shatter when visitors walk on it.
    While Hongyagu's glass bridge might have stolen the "longest" crown from another Chinese structure, it's predecessor -- which spans the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon -- can still claim to be the highest, at 300 meters.See more photos below....

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    Science: NASA uses Google AI to discover eighth planet in distant solar system

    Science: NASA uses Google AI to discover eighth planet in distant solar system
    Kepler solar system picture (picture alliance/dpa/AP Photo/NASA/W. Stenzel)
    US Space Agency NASA announced on Thursday that applying artificial intelligence to Kepler telescope star data uncovered a new planet in a distant solar system, bringing the system's total planet count to eight and making it the largest known such system outside of our own.
    "Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star," NASA said in a statement. Previously, earth's solar system had the largest known number of planets.
    The newly discovered planet, which has been named Kepler-90i, circles the Kepler-90 star, which is some 2,545 light-years away from Earth. One light-year equals about 9.5 trillion kilometers (5.8 trillion miles.) The rocky planet is much close to the Kepler-90 star than earth is to our sun and orbits it once every 14.4 days.
    "The Kepler-90 star system is like a mini version of our solar system," said Andrew Vanderburg, an astronomic researcher at the University of Texas at Austin who worked on the discovery.
    "You have small planets inside and big planets outside, but everything is scrunched in much closer."
    NASA estimated the planet's surface temperature to be around 426 degrees Celsius (800 Fahrenheit) and said it likely was inhospitable to life.
    Google AI teams up with NASA
    Kepler-90i was discovered by training a computer to scan massive amounts of star data collected by NASA's Kepler space telescope, which has scanned more than 150,000 stars since its launch in 2009.
    Vanderburg and Google AI software engineer Christopher Shallue taught a computer to review some 35,000 planetary signals that the Kepler telescope had collected and identify when the transmitted signals had dimmed. This indicates when a planet passes, or "transits," in front of a star. The computer then found weak transit signals that had previously been missed and that pointed to the existence of the eighth planet, Kepler-90i.
    Source: DW

    Tech: BUA, Orange, Bharti Airtel In The Race For 9mobile

    The race for 9mobile
    In a matter of days, a new owner will be announced for the country’s fourth largest telecom network, 9mobile. The company, which was hitherto known as Etisalat, ran into troubled waters when it could not meet its obligations of $1.2billion to a consortium of 13 banks that were asking for the loan repayment with accrued interests. This forced its United Arab Emirate-based major shareholders to pull out of the company, giving up 45 per cent stake to a trustee after the intervention of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). This left the local company with no option but to go for a name change. That was followed with the constitution of a new board. But the industry regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), determined to protect the interest of the company’s millions of customers, decided to get a new owner for it so that it can operate optimally. Thus began the process of getting a new investor for the company.
    At the initial stage, the process, supervised by Barclays Bank, the financial adviser to the creditor banks, had as many as 16 companies expressing interest in the takeover. The companies include, Globacom Limited, Virgin Mobile, Helios Investment Partners LLP, MTN, Smile Telecoms Holdings, Blackstone Private Equity, Ntel, Vodacom, Teleology Holdings Limited, Obot Etiebet & Co, Bharti Airtel, BUA Group, Morning Side Capital Partners, and Hamilton and George International Limited but a number of them baulked when it was time to back the expression of interest with a bank guarantee of $100m.
    The number was further pruned down to five by Barclays Bank. Those who made the last five are Globacom Limited, Smile Telecoms Holdings, Bharti Airtel, Helios Investment Partners LLP and Teleology Holdings Limited.
    Speaking recently about the takeover of the company, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, emphasized that the takeover would not be a hostile one, adding that whichever of the shortlisted bidders is eventually picked must be able to grow the business and deliver value to the subscribers.
    His words, “In the final analysis, we will like to see a 9mobile taken over by a bidder who has the financial and technical capacity to improve on the operations of the telecom and add value in delivery of qualitative telecoms services in the country.”
    Going by the submission of the NCC boss, the regulator is looking at picking a company that is financially strong, technically competent and sufficiently innovative to keep pace with other service providers. The question is which of the bidding companies fits the bill the most?

    How the bidders stand
    Here is how each of the bidding companies stands.

    Teleology Holdings Limited
    Teleology Holdings Limited was established for the purpose of taking over 9mobile. It is a special purpose vehicle (SPV) formed by a former CEO of MTN, Adrian Wood, some wealthy Nigerians and a few foreign stakeholders in collaboration with Ericsson. So, for this SPV, funding may not pose a serious challenge given the names being bandied as backers of the company. The challenge that may arise with this company is about technical competence because telecommunications service such as the one being rendered by 9mobile is beyond accessories vending or fund mobilization. When push comes to shove will the company be able to meet the expectations of NCC with respect to “adding value in delivery of qualitative telecoms services in the country”? Does the company possess the capacity to improve the company’s service delivery? Can it hold on to the current subscribers by unleashing innovative products and services? These are questions to which answers must be provided in determining the suitability or otherwise of Teleology as the preferred bidder for 9mobile.

    Smile Telecoms Holdings
    Smile is a multinational telecommunications company operating in Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa with strength in the area of broadband services, though it also offers voice services. Smile provides 4G LTE mobile broadband services, with data speeds of up to 21Mbps. The company runs with the vision of facilitating the deployment of reliable broadband services to accelerate development and wealth creation. Its intention to acquire 9mobile is in furtherance of its transitioning “from a spectrum rich start-up to the most reliable data gigabyte factory in Sub-Sahara Africa.”
    Although raising the funds to turn 9mobile around may not be a serious challenge given Smiles ties with the Saudi Arabia-based Al Nahla Group, the issue is with its spread and capacity. Currently, its spread in the country is limited. Therefore, taking up a network with over 17million subscribers may be biting more than it can chew because it may not be able to satisfy customers’ yearnings. This may worsen the situation of the telecoms company which has witnessed migration from its network since the issue it had with the consortium of banks reared its head.

    Helios Investment Partners LLP
    Helios is a multidimensional investment company with tentacles in various African countries. It is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in buyouts of going concerns. It has investments in oil and gas, telecommunications, financial services, horticulture and online retail. It currently operates a range of funds valued at more than $3 billion in capital commitments. Helios has interest in Africatel, a telecommunications company based in Lisbon, Portugal as well as Helios Towers, which provides support services for telecommunications companies. Helios had run cell towers operations in the country before selling same to HIS Nigeria.
    Although, Helios has worked closely with operators in the telecommunications industry and may not find raising the required funds a problem, it is likely to have issues with technical competence. Managing ancillary telecoms operations is not the same as running a full-fledged telecommunications company. Since Helios does not have proven competence in the area of network management, getting the nod to run 9mobile may be a difficult one.

    Bharti Airtel
    Bharti Airtel is a strong telecommunications company with its base in India. The company offers GSM, 3G and 4G LTE mobile services, fixed line broadband and voice services. With a total asset of $36 billion, total equity of $12 billion and operation base which spreads across 17 countries in South Asia and Africa, Airtel is in a good stead to take over 9mobile and turn it into a profitable and value-adding business.
    The downside, however, is the statement by Bharti Airtel Chairman, Sunil Bharti Mittal, that the Group was considering shutting down about 15 of its African operations in order to cut debt and make its biggest overseas acquisition profitable. Although Airtel Africa CEO, Raghunath Mandava, later played this down and said that the company had no plan to scale down its African operations, what the statement by the Group CEO did was to sow a seed of instability among its African networks. If there is anything that 9mobile requires at the moment, it is stability.
    The network being currently managed by Airtel has undergone a series of takeover which nearly grounded it. The telecommunications company started as Econet, then was transformed to Vodacom and later Vmobile. When ownership changed, it became Celtel and Zain before eventually being re-christened Airtel. This negatively impacted the fortune of the company and for a long time was an industry laggard. 9mobile should not be subjected to the same fate.
    Given that background, approving Airtel’s bid to take over 9mobile may turn out as a recipe for further destabilization of the already challenged network.

    Globacom is a Nigerian company with operations in a number of West African countries. The company has always made a statement right from its inception.  Its entry into the telecoms industry was the game changer Nigerians had long awaited as tariffs came tumbling following the introduction of per second billing system. Since then, there has not been any looking back. It has championed innovative interventions in the country, which despite being a late entrant into the industry, have propelled it to the industry front row.
    Glo has an edge over other networks with its 4G network covering major cities in 700 Mhz band unlike any other operator in Nigeria. Its operation is boosted by its submarine cable from Europe which is laid across the length and breadth of Nigeria. This is buoyed by cutting-edge infrastructure, including towers, generators, MSC and datacenter buildings. The company is built on the bedrock of sound financial strength. It is the only private operator in Nigeria that fully owns submarine cable connecting Nigeria to Europe and the Americas and from there to the rest of the world.
    Led by the indefatigable business icon, Dr Mike Adenuga Jnr, who is never tired of pushing for improvement, Globacom boasts of arguably the most inspired and most passionate workforce in the industry. This has been responsible for the endless innovative and life-enhancing products and services the company dazzles its customers with.

    9mobile is not a startup; it is a well established company with over 11 million subscribers who are expectant of world class services. Therefore, the company that will take over its operations must be a proven authority in the industry. Everything considered Glo has an edge and should win the bid but it will have to increase its capacity so as to be able to cope with the upsurge in the number of subscribers and the attendant issues

    Introducing The Zanco tiny t1 - The World's Smallest Phone

    Introducing The Zanco tiny t1 - The World's Smallest Phone
    The Zanco tiny t1 in comparison to a coin and pencil
    Introducing the tiny t1 from Zanco - Officially The World’s Smallest Mobile Phone! This fully functional, talk & text mobile phone is unbelievably tiny!
    The Zanco tiny t1 mobile phone is smaller than your thumb, lighter than a coin and is ridiculously cute. The first time you see it you can’t believe it exists. Your second thought is why does it exist? When you look a third time you realize how much you want it. 
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    Dimensions of the Zanco tiny t1
    Credit: Kickstarter 

    Energy: Europe’s largest coal-fired power unit opens in Poland

    Energy: Europe’s largest coal-fired power unit opens in Poland
    Polish state-controlled energy company Enea on Tuesday inaugurated Europe’s largest coal-fired power unit, at a time when other nations want to shift away from greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels.
    Enea opened a 1,075 MW capacity unit built by Japan’s Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems at its Kozienice plant to join a dozen other units in the 250-300 MW range at the site.
    “The B11 section is the largest and most modern in Europe,” said the firm’s head of production Krzysztof Figat during a ceremony carried live over the internet to mark the 1.5 billion euro ($1.8 billion) project.
    Total capacity at the plant, which uses some three million tons of coal annually, mainly from the Bogdanka mine in southern Poland, is now nearly 4,000 MW.
    As well as the major plant at Kozienice, Poland is home to Europe’s largest plant at Belchatow near the city of Lodz, one of the largest coal-fired plants in the world.
    Coal remains a sector of primary importance in Poland, employing some 100,000 people.
    Coal and lignite account for around 90 percent of Polish energy production.
    “The new unit will increase energy security of Poland and the Polish people, which is an economic and political priority for our country,” said new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
    Warsaw has recently slowed development of wind power and is still to decide on whether or not to build a first nuclear plant in a country suffering some of the worst air pollution in Europe.
    Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2017