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MTN Recharge Code | How To Load Airtime On MTN SIM (USSD Code)
You should know that MTN Nigeria recharge codes contain a 12-digit PIN. So, follow the step below for loading airtime n your phone:
- To load or recharge an MTN line, dial recharge PIN in the following USSD format: *555*PIN# and then Send/Ok. For example, If the airtime PIN is 1111 2222 3333, include *555*111122223333# and press Send or Ok on your phone’s dialler.
- If successful, you can dial *556# to check account balance.
MTN Data Plans and Subscription Codes in Nigeria
Here are latest MTN Data Plan Prices. You will also see code for checking your MTN data subscription balance.
- 1.5GB Browsing Plan for Mobile (24/7 30 days) – text 106 to 131 – ₦1000
- 2GB MTN data plan (24/7 30 days) – text 130 to 131 – ₦1200
- MTN 3.5GB mobile data plan (24/7 30 days) – text 110 to 131 – ₦2000
- 6.5GB MTN data plan (24/7 30 days) – text 107 to 131 – ₦3500
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- 2GB 2 days Plan (48 hours) – text 154 to 131 – 500 Naira
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- MTN Daily data plan for mobile, 75MB (24 hours) – SMS 104 to 131 – 100 NGN
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- 200MB 2 days Package (48 hours) – text 113 to 131 – 200 Naira
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To check your MTN browsing data balance, SMS 2 to 131.
Just 8% of South African businesses are Digital Leaders, according to the Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Index (the DT Index). The DT Index, which was completed in collaboration with Intel, maps digital transformation progress of mid to large-sized companies and examines the digital hopes and fears of business leaders. The study reveals that 13% of SouthAfrican heads of business believe their organisation will struggle to meet changing customer demands within just five years and 19% fear they’ll be left behind.
The DT Index’s calculations are based on companies’ perceived performance in the following areas: delivering against the core attributes of a digital business, their existing IT strategy, workforce transformation strategy and planned investments.
Two years after the DT Index’s initial launch in 2016, Dell Technologies and Intel have more than doubled the scope of the research, from 16 countries to 42 and benchmarked 4,600 businesses, using the following groupings: Digital Leaders, Digital Adopters, Digital Evaluators, Digital Followers and Digital Laggards.
The Digital Transformation Index has tracked movement across various groups. For instance, 23% of businesses now are categorised as Digital Adopters. These companies have advanced digital plans and innovations in place to power their transformation.
However, the Digital Transformation Index also reveals that too many companies are still in the bottom two groups meaning they’re either moving too slowly or don’t even have a digital plan in place.
|Benchmark groups||Description||2018 SA analysis|
|Digital Leaders||Digital transformation, in its various forms, is ingrained in the DNA of the business||8%|
|Digital Adopters||Have a mature digital plan, investments and innovations in place||23%|
|Digital Evaluators||Cautiously and gradually embracing digital transformation; planning and investing for the future||39%|
|Digital Followers||Very few digital investments; tentatively starting to plan for the future||24%|
|Digital Laggards||Do not have a digital plan, limited initiatives and investments in place||6%|
Barriers to digital transformation
According to the research, 90% of South African businesses are facing major impediments to digital transformation today.
The top five barriers to digital transformation are:
- Lack of the right in-house skill sets and expertise
- Data privacy and cybersecurity concerns
- Lack of budget and resources
- Regulation or legislative changes
- Lack of alignment and collaboration across the company
These barriers are hampering digital transformation efforts. For instance, 77% of South African business leaders believe that digital transformation should be more widespread throughout the organisation. Only 16% strongly agree they’ll disrupt rather than being disrupted within five years.
“We’ve talked about being on the cusp of tremendous change for some time now. That’s no longer the case,” said Doug Woolley, GM of Dell EMC South Africa. “The next digital era has arrived and it’s reshaping the way we live, work and conduct business. Which means that time is of the essence. Genuine transformation needs to happen now, and it needs to be radical.”
Conquering their challenges
The research indicates that businesses are taking steps to overcome their barriers, along with the threat of being outmanoeuvred from more nimble, innovative players. Although progress in these areas is patchy/slow. We can see this with:
- 64% of local businesses using digital technologies to accelerate new product/services development
- 64% of businesses building security and privacy into all devices, applications and algorithms
- 53% striving to develop the right skills sets and expertise in-house, such as teaching staff how to code
- 60% sharing knowledge across functions, by equipping IT leaders with business skills and business leaders with IT skills
Companies are also turning to emerging technologies and cybersecurity to power (and secure) their transformation.
Planned investments within the next one to three years:
- 65% of South African businesses intend to invest in cybersecurity
- 49% of South African businesses intend to invest in IoT technologies
- 46% of South African businesses intend to invest in Multi-cloud environments
- 41% of South African businesses intend to invest in Flash technologies
- 34% of South African businesses intend to invest in Compute-centric data center design
A small but significant number of businesses are even planning to experiment with nascent technologies. 20% will be investing in blockchain, 18% in quantum computing and 20% in VR/AR.
“It’s an exciting time to be in business. We’re at a crucial intersection – where technology, business and mankind meet to create a better, more connected world,” added Woolley, Dell Technologies. “However, only technology-centered organisations will reap the rewards offered by a digital business model, including the ability to move quickly, to automate everything and to delight customers. This is why digital transformation needs to be a number one priority.”
Twitter on Wednesday announced that over the next few months it will roll out changes designed to increase the safety of users:
- Its algorithms will help identify accounts as they engage in abusive behavior, so the burden no longer will be on victims to report it;
- Users will be able to limit certain account functionality, such as letting only followers see their tweets, for a set amount of time;
- New filtering options will give users more control over what they see from certain types of accounts — such as those without profile pictures, or with unverified email addresses or phone numbers; and
- New mute functionality will let users mute tweets from within their home timelines, and decide how long the content will be muted.
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Twitter also will be more transparent about actions it takes in response to reports of harassment from users.
“These updates are part of the ongoing safety work we announced in January, and follow our changes announced on February 7,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement provided to TechNewsWorld by Liz Kelley of the company’s communications department.
A Fine Balance
“We’re giving people the choice to filter notifications in a variety of ways, including accounts who haven’t selected a profile photo or verified their phone number or email address,” the spokesperson noted.
The feature is not turned on by default but provided as an option.
Still, suggesting special handling for accounts without a profile picture — known as “eggs” because of the ovoid shape of the space left for the picture — and those without an email address or phone number could pose a privacy dilemma.
Twitter “is walking a fine line here between censorship and useful communication,” observed Michael Jude, a program manager at Stratecast/Frost & Sullivan.
Making the Internet Safe for Tweeters
Twitters’ ongoing efforts to curb abuse show that the company is “aware they have a serious problem, and what they’ve done so far is less than adequate,” remarked Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.
Previous attempts ” were pretty pathetic, really, and Twitter needed to do something more substantive,” he told TechNewsWorld. “This seems to be far more substantive.”
Still, the new measures “don’t address the cause of the behavior — and until someone does, they will only be an increasingly ineffective Band-Aid,” Enderle cautioned.
No Place for the Timid
The latest tools may be successful at first, but “people will find ways around them,” Frost’s Jude told TechNewsWorld.
Twitter’s approach “is purely defensive,” he said. “It ought to just open up its space with the appropriate disclaimers; that would be easier and cheaper, and people who are easily offended would be put on notice that Twitter isn’t a safe space.”
The more controls Twitter attempts to impose, the less useful it will be to an increasing number of people, Jude contended. “Ultimately, Twitter may create a completely politically correct and safe place to socialize, but that will only appeal to a niche population.”
Online Crime and Punishment
Twitter’s defensive play is not enough; the hammer should be lowered on abusers, suggested Enderle.
“Efforts need to be made to hold those that are clearly over the line to more painful penalties to effectively address the causes of the behavior and not just the symptoms,” he maintained.
“Currently, laws and enforcement are well below what they should be for most abhorrent online activity,” said Enderle, “including things like identity theft that would typically be considered criminal acts.
Every year in advance of the Super Bowl, there are big sales on TVs, and this year is no exception. It also could be a milestone, as TVs could be bottoming out.
TV prices are near a record low, yet sales continue to slip. In the long run, that won’t be good for the industry or consumers.
There was an “abrupt weakening of global demand for TV sets,” IHS Markit concluded in a report released last year.
That finding is consistent with the fact that most consumers in America, Europe and parts of Asia today have two or more TV sets in their homes.
The consumer electronics industry saw a 4 percent year-over-year decline in TV sales in 2015, even as demand for 4K/Ultra High Definition TV sets grew enormously. 4K sets accounted for 14 percent of total worldwide sales of HDTVs by spring of that year — even though little content was available for the new sets. However, the industry touted the better picture and more amazing colors that viewers would be able to enjoy in the content to come.
To date, there is no cable or broadcast content in 4K, and it remains limited on streaming services. In other words, it’s been marketing hype over what tomorrow will bring that has driven sales. This isn’t the first time the industry has pulled out all the stops to drive the sales of the next big thing, but what it has done is to drive down prices continually in the process. In the long run, that could be a problem.
Cheaper Than Ever
Today, TV prices are actually at an all-time low when inflation is factored in. From World War II on, TVs were the one consumer electronic category that almost kept pace with inflation. While there were declines in the price point over the years, prices increased along with size.
The cost of a TV set in the 1950s ranged from US$129 to $1,295 — not that different from what consumers can expect today. To put this in perspective, the average house cost $20,000 in 1957 while a postage stamp was just 3 cents. The average income in the United States at that time was $4,494.
When Raytheon introduced a 21-inch color set in 1955, it retailed for $795 and sales were slow. To help spur interest, CBS offered consumers the chance to trade in their old black and white sets, offering as much as $400.
That $800 TV was a major purchase — likely the third biggest expense after a house and automobile. By contrast, today’s TVs cost less than what the average family of four probably spends at the grocery store in a month!
This helps explain why only 150,000 color TV sets had been sold by the end of 1957 — less than 60 years ago — and why it took until the mid-1960s for color TV to be widely adopted. Moreover, it took until 1970 for color TV sets to surpass black and white.
By contrast, each new improvement takes little time to move from the early adopter to the mainstream market, as prices quickly fall.
Reaching the Heights
TV prices reached their zenith, ironically, around the same time that TV maker Zenith was forced out of the U.S. market. Zenith, along with Sears and Motorola, tried to fend off lower-priced TVs from Japan in the 1970s and 1980s through legal action.
The case made its way to the U.S. District Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, which found in favor of the Japanese brands. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case, which Zenith argued was a violation of the United States Antitrust Laws and the Anti-Dumping Act of 1916.
Despite the fact that no American TVs were made in the 1990s, the price of sets increased. In 1994, a Japanese-made 35-inch RCA Color Tabletop TV cost around $2,000. While not quite the major purchase it had been in the 1950s, the TV remained a big ticket item.
The big turn of events came with the announced switch from analog to digital broadcast signals and the era of high-definition TV, or HDTV. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the cost of those then-new HDTV sets was as high as their definition.
Sony introduced its first line of plasma sets — 42-inches of HDTV goodness — in the late 1990s with a price tag exceeding $10,000! It was at the time when HDTV was a fantasy item, not even a mere dream.
However, just as the Japanese TV makers, including Sony and Panasonic, had taken the market away from American brands like RCA and Zenith, two companies from South Korea — namely Samsung and LG — appeared on the scene. They aggressively entered the market and underwent a corporate makeover.
Just as few people may remember how expensive those early HD sets were, even fewer likely remember the days of discount electronics maker Lucky Goldstar. By rebranding itself as “LG” and suggesting in its commercials that “Life’s Good,” it became a Cadillac-level TV maker.
LG offered products that weren’t a dream item anymore — they were grounded in reality, though still expensive. For a while, TV purchases remained something people took very seriously. They researched, compared prices and thought carefully about their buying decisions — yet in a few years, TVs practically became impulse items!
Keeping the Sales Going
TV prices haven’t kept pace with inflation since 2005. In fact, the prices have fallen, which has caused waves in the industry. This trend actually drove out some of the premium makers — notably Pioneer, which exited the market more than a decade ago. Other companies have streamlined their offerings.
The more expensive-to-produce plasma sets were discontinued, as consumers opted for the more affordable LCD options, including LED. This may have been bemoaned by videophiles, who often touted the deeper black levels and color of plasma — but for most consumers it just meant prices continued to fall.
High definition has been such a step up that most consumers don’t mind a slightly inferior picture, as it is still much better than what they had just a dozen years ago.
TV manufacturers have faced a bigger concern. The industry experienced a TV crash in 2008 with the economic downturn, but it pulled out all the stops with new bigger sets and add-on features such as 3D, as a way to keep sales going.
In fact, the whole 3D movement could be seen as one of the biggest blunders in TV set history. People didn’t really want it, but that didn’t stop the set makers from trying.
The most recent big push has been to 4K, which offers four times the resolution of still-beautiful-looking HDTV. For TV makers, it represents a strategy to address eroding price points, as well as a rationale for selling new sets — and that is the root of the problem.
TV makers saw massive sales increases as consumers adopted the HDTV standard. However, once everyone had a set, there was little reason to buy another, and the industry never truly returned to its usual replacement cycle. Instead, TV manufacturers have scrambled to keep demand up — which in turn has driven prices down.
It is a cycle that simply can’t continue, or else it becomes akin to a pyramid scheme, in which TV production and ownership of TVs will outpace the population. It’s actually getting close to that in the United States, according to Nielsen. The average American home had 2.93 TV sets per household by 2010, which was up from 2.86 sets per home in 2009.
That is simply unsustainable for TV makers, especially as prices continue to fall — not to mention that the lifespan for the average TV is now more than a decade. In other words, the industry is trying to get people to replace a product that simply doesn’t need to be replaced.
Not Sustainable in Other Ways
Falling TVs prices are also a threat to the environment, a point that seldom gets noticed.
With TVs now costing less than a mobile phone, in some cases, they have become all too disposable. There are few TV repair services today, because TVs are so affordable that if one breaks, it is easier to drive over to Best Buy or click on Amazon and buy a new one!
TVs may have gotten thinner, but that doesn’t mean that their electronics are less hazardous or even that there is less inside. There may be no picture tube, but the plasma and LCD screens are still filled with toxic materials.
Unlike other discarded appliances that might be salvaged for the metal content, TVs often are passed over by the salvagers — the so-called “metal guys” — who often show up before trash day.
The consumer electronics industry has done a decent, even admirable, job of helping individuals turn in old mobile phones, dead batteries and other devices. However, large panel TVs typically are just brought out to the curb on trash day.
Bottom Line: TVs Need to Cost More
Given that the replacement cycle for TVs has become constant, the obvious solution is to make TV sets cost more. This probably sounds anti-consumer, but consider the big picture. Just as Japanese brands displaced the American brands, they in turn were displaced by Korean companies — and now Chinese brands are driving down prices.
This should be a worrisome sign for other industries — automobiles and aircraft, for example. Perhaps higher tariffs could be a way to bring back some manufacturing to American shores.
At least two niche TV makers have been doing at least some assembly in the United States as of 2014: Seura of Green Bay, Wisconsin, produces TVs that turn into mirrors when they are off, as well as waterproof sets for outdoor use; SunBrite TV of Thousand Oaks, California, also assembles waterproof TVs. A third company, Element Electronics, has an assembly plant in Winnsboro, South Carolina.
What stands out with both Seura and SunBrite is that they each produce niche TVs — specifically for outdoor use — and their sets are priced higher than those from Vizio and Samsung. The prices for Seura range from $1,799 to $12,999, while SunBrite’s sets vary from $1,495 to $24,995.
It is therefore true that American TVs might cost more, but if there were more production in America, it could help bring back some jobs — and maybe even keep some sets from filling up landfills.
Today’s TV sets can last 30,000 or more hours, so they really could — and should — be a larger-ticket item rather than a product that is disposed of with disturbing regularity.
Not long ago, I received an email from my health club. I’ve been member there for 13 years, and this was the first of its kind. It said, in part:
We’ve noticed you haven’t been in as regularly in recent weeks. I understand there may be many reasons for not being able to make it in, but I just wanted to send a quick note to check if you’re happy with the service we’ve been providing. Let me know if I can be of any assistance and I hope to see you very soon!”
While I appreciate that the health club is at least trying to stay in contact, this email managed to do several things wrong all at once — and they’re all avoidable.
Don’t Put the Recipient on the Spot
My reaction to this email was probably not what they thought it might be. I felt defensive. “Hey! I went last Friday!” I thought. “I’m planning on going tonight, already!”
Then I caught myself. I used to go to the club three times a week. Since having a child, it’s usually twice a week for two hours. Some weeks more, some weeks less. Still, I don’t have any need to explain my behavior to a health club that gladly takes my money regardless of how often I go.
It wasn’t the club’s intent to raise my defenses. In fact, it’s a smart thing for them to encourage people to continue a regular, ongoing relationship with the club and to make attendance a habit — because membership renewals then become a habit, too.
It’s all about the message — and the audience. I know they know how old I am, and I know they know my actual attendance patterns. When the club “notices” behavior of the doughy middle-ager and calls him on it — even in gentle terms — it can start the conversation off on the wrong note and negate any positive aspects of the message.
Don’t Make Personalization About the Data
Hey, wait a minute — I’m not doughy! I go to the gym pretty often, considering! However, this email was sent on Jan. 12. I suspect it was generated when my attendance dropped below a certain threshold, or was down a certain percentage of visits over the typical month.
“There may be many reasons for not being able to make it in,” indeed. December is anything but a typical month, and I didn’t get to the health club much the last two weeks of the year, thus triggering this email.
So, while it might appear personalized, it isn’t. It’s not about me — it’s about my data. It’s driven by attendance statistics compiled each time I use my badge to check in, but it has nothing to do with my greater life.
In the case of the month of December, the events of that greater life are easy to infer.
Don’t Give Grammar Short Shrift
The email itself uses the pronouns “we” and “I” almost interchangeably. The signature is from the general manager — so the copy ought to read like it’s from her.
I am fairly certain she is not the queen of any known nation, so the royal “we” is inappropriate.
Don’t Be Stingy With Added Value
A check-in is nice, but without some additional information, it seems like just a nudge to guilt the reader to come back in to the club. To be fair, the end of the copy includes links to an article on fitting exercise into a busy schedule and to the class schedule. However, other information would have made the email much more useful.
For example, over the holiday break, the club swapped some new weight training equipment with some older machines. In fact, the next time I went in, I had to hunt around find the equipment for my regular routine. A little update would have been nice: “The next time you’re in the fitness area, you’ll notice some things have changed…” Or, even better: “We’ll have a trainer on duty specifically to make sure you learn your way around the new gear!”
Connecting with customers in a subscription business is vital to survival. However, the best approach is to do it in a way that makes the customer feel good about the relationship, that provides a reason for the customer to engage with the message, and that reflects positively on the business.
The goal of email communications should be to strengthen the bond. Don’t give the customer any reasons to think about switching to a competitor
HTC is reportedly preparing to showcase the first of a trio of new wearable devices at next week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Specifically, the Taiwanese manufacturer will show a smartwatch prototype based on Qualcomm’s Toq device according to a person with direct knowledge of the plans as reported by Bloomberg.
Said device will use a Mirasol display and will feature a music player with Bluetooth connectivity. Unfortunately, it’s likely that we won’t get a glimpse of the device anytime soon as the source said it would be shown to wireless carriers behind closed doors only.
Elsewhere, HTC is said to be working on another watch that will use Google’s Now service and an AMOLED screen as well as a bracelet that can play music. It’s likely that neither of these devices will be showcased at the show, we’re told.
Earlier this month, HTC chairman Cher Wang said the company is planning to release its first wearable device in time for the holidays. They’re currently working to rectify issues with the display and battery life.
It’s these devices that could help the struggling handset maker get back in the mobile race. Once the leading smartphone provider in the US, the company has since suffered through two straight annual revenue declines. That’s thanks largely in part to Chinese competitors like Xiaomi Corp. who are able to sell handsets for just $100.
A year ago, HTC CEO Peter Chou said wearables were critical for the company but they had to figure out how to make one that wasn’t gimmicky and met a need.
In today’s digital world, change is inevitable. The technology and processes that are currently working for your business aren’t guaranteed to work for you in the future. Because of this, it is imperative that you are always planning ahead.
Below are seven ways technology can future-proof your business.
Technology Protects Your Data and Information
While the digital age has brought numerous benefits for businesses, it has also brought on increased risks of cyberattacks. No company is immune to these types of attacks, so it is imperative that your business has the technology in place to best prevent them. By not making this a priority, you are inevitably putting your company’s data and information at risk. Making cybersecurity a priority will save your business in the long run.
Technology Allows Your Systems to Scale Along With Your Business
No matter how great your forecasting models are at your business, nobody can predict the future. Because of this, it’s important that your business invests in technology that can help your company scale up and scale back when it needs to. Consider investing in scalable bandwidth for your company to facilitate growth.
Technology Helps You Adapt to Evolving Trends
The world of technology is constantly changing, and your business needs to be able to change along with it. By always making sure your software, hardware, and other technologies are up to date, you’ll be sure not to fall behind and will keep your business relevant in the future. Additionally, many applications, such as cloud-based technology and various software programs, update automatically, ensuring your business is always set up for success.
Technology Aids in Streamlining Operations
The more buttoned-up your business is, the better equipped it will be to handle any future circumstances. By equipping your business with fast internet and dependable phone systems, you’ll have the communication tools necessary to improve productivity and ensure your business is as efficient and effective as possible.
Technology Fosters a Good Customer Experience
At the end of the day, your customers are what will keep your business alive in the future, so it’s essential that you do everything you can to provide them with positive experiences when they interact with your company. For brick and mortar shops, consider offering customer WiFi so that they can browse around while they’re in your store. For businesses that require wait times, consider providing TV for customers so that they have entertainment to help pass the time.
Technology Assists with Strategic Innovation
Gone are the days that businesses need to guess if their efforts are working and resonating with their audience. With the right technology, businesses can see which tactics are working and which are not. You can even view customer spending habits to gauge the wants, interests, and needs of your consumers. This kind of insight allows businesses to plan for the future.
Technology Makes Employees Happy
The key to a successful company is to invest in the right people, so it’s imperative that you do what it takes to keep them around. Nothing is more frustrating to an employee than not being able to get your job done due to technological obstacles. If employees have fast internet, phone systems, and other technological tools to easily and quickly communicate with one another, they’ll be much better at their jobs and much more satisfied.
In order for technology to best future proof your business, it needs to be a part of a comprehensive strategy that ties into your business goals. Don’t just purchase the latest and greatest technology because it’s “cool” or trendy. Make sure it serves a purpose.
According to sci-fi movies and shows from decades ago, we should all be traveling around in our flying cars by now. That prediction turned out to be slightly optimistic, but thanks to Dutch company PAL-V, we now have “the first certified commercial flying car ever.”
Admittedly, the Liberty doesn’t exactly bring to mind the flying DeLorean from Back to the Future 2. The three wheels and foldable rotor makes it look more like a gyrocopter than most people’s idea of a flying car, but it’s still equally at home on the road as it is in the sky.
As you might imagine, these vehicles don’t come cheap – the Liberty Sport base model costs $400,000 before taxes. If you want luxuries such as flying lessons, power heating, detailing, and an electronic flight instrument display, you’ll have to hand over $600,000 for the Pioneer Edition.
The 197bhp Liberty can hit 100 mph on the road and gets 31 miles to the gallon, giving it an impressive range of 817 miles on a full tank. In the air, it’ll reach 112 mph and has a maximum altitude of almost 11,500 feet, though the range drops to 310 miles while airborne.
Switching from drive to flight mode and vice versa take about five to ten minutes. And you’ll need a license to fly it, along with enough takeoff space – you can’t just hop out in the middle of a busy street, setup the flight mode, and fly over congested traffic, which would be handy.
Only 90 Pioneer Editions are being built for its initial construction run, so if you want one you’d better get your order in fast. The company’s asking for a non-returnable deposit of $25,000 for the more expensive Liberty, or $10,000 for the Sport version, with delivery set for the end of next year. Alternatively, a $2500 returnable escrow deposit will put you on the waiting list.