Microsoft Windows 10 Surpasses 1 Billion User Mark

Microsoft Windows 10 Surpasses 1 Billion User Mark


Last September, Microsoft announced that it had reached 900 million users worldwide. It took only 5 months to reach a decisive milestone. And the announcement is official, since it comes from the Italian site of Microsoft. Windows 10 is today installed on a billion devices.




It is therefore through its Italian site that Microsoft sends a “billion thanks” to its users. When Windows 10 was released in 2015, we remember the announcement of Microsoft which envisaged reaching the billion machines “within 2 to 3 years”. Despite the success of the operating system, the Redmond giant had to quickly lower its claims and in 2017, there were “only” 500 million users.


It is now a reality: the billion is reached. In this figure and if we rely on Microsoft’s statements of 2015, the company includes both PCs and tablets like the Surface, but also the Xbox One game console and its different versions (Xbox One S and Xbox One X). Because the console is also running Windows 10. Originally, Microsoft even took into account smartphones running Windows 10 Mobile, but the number of users who still use this type of smartphone is in free fall, we imagine that ‘it doesn’t weigh very much in the balance.





The recent abandonment of Windows 7 on the part of Microsoft has also probably helped to cross this milestone. Especially since it is still possible to migrate for free from Windows 7 to Windows 10. In short, Microsoft has done everything to accelerate the adoption of its operating system. See you in a few years for the 2 billion, who knows? It is very possible.

Whatsapp Will Stop Working On Thousands Of Smartphones

WhatsApp will no longer work on thousands of smartphones from 1 February.


Android and iPhone smartphones which only support outdated operating systems will no longer be able to use Whatsapp.
WhatsApp said the move was necessary in order to protect the security of its users.

Smartphones using Android 2.3.7 and older, and iPhone iOS 8 or older, are those affected by the update.
The operating systems that WhatsApp is dropping support for are legacy operating systems, which are no longer updated or installed on new devices.



Most users have to just update their operating systems in order to continue using the messaging service

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However, certain devices, such as the iPhone 4, which only supports iOS 7, will no longer be compatible with the app.

"WhatsApp clearly had no option but to ensure its service remains secure, however it faces the difficult side-effect that the app is no longer compatible with older smartphones," said CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood.

"This is likely to disproportionally impact the long-tail of its users, particularly in growth markets where there is a high proportion of older devices."

WhatsApp, which was one of the most-downloaded apps of the decade , first warned users that these changes would happen back in 2017.




"This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp," said a spokesperson for the company.

It is the latest in a series of moves after the messaging app withdrew support for numerous devices in 2016, and then from all Windows phones on 31 December, 2019

Huawei Plans To Release A Smartphone With 3 Movable Cameras

Another patent documenting educates us concerning the plans envisioned by Huawei. Here, we can see a smartphone with three camera sensors that can move from the back to the front of the smartphone.
This patent describes a smartphone that is equipped with a configuration with three camera sensors. With a small twist of course, these are integrated into a rotating part of the phone. Which would most likely be motorized.



The concept is reminiscent of the Asus Zenfone 6 of 2019. The latter had rightly seduced us for its ability to offer shots with the same quality at the front as at the rear.
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Thanks to its motorized sensor. A fairly similar solution had also been adopted by Samsung with its Galaxy A80




As always, however, this is only a patent that does not determine whether a smartphone will use a design like this or not. Huawei’s advantage is that this concept could be used by the brand as well as by Honor, which tends to take a little more risk than its parent company. It is however possible that this design is simply that of the new Huawei P Smart Z for 2020. But we will obviously have to wait to determine it. What do you think about this design? let us know in the comment box below.

Jumia Closes Down it's Services in Rwanda.



According to Nairametrics, Africa’s e-commerce giant, Jumia, has continued to shut down its operations across Africa, with the latest being Rwanda.

The company recently sent a message to its Rwandan customers saying that We regret to inform you that Jumia will suspend our on-demand delivery operations in Rwanda on January 9th, 2020”. The company has been operating in the country over the past six years.




According to Financial Times, Jumia Rwanda will stop taking and processing customers’ orders starting from January 9th, 2020. For its prime subscribers, a separate arrangement will be made regarding their refunds.
Reason for the shutdown: The e-commerce company has recently been struggling to maintain profitability in its various markets, including Rwanda.




Managing Director of the Rwandan operation, Albert Munyabugingo, confirmed this. According to him, the financial struggle had informed the decision to shut down the Rwandan restaurant delivery service, as well as other operations across Africa.
 Last month, the company shut down its Cameroonian operation. One week afterwards, it shocked many more people by announcing that it had also decided to shut down its Tanzanian operation. Altogether, the company has completely shut down operations in about six African markets including Gabon and Congo.



Also bear it in mind that,  the company recently divested from its Jumia Travel arm in Nigeria, selling it to Travelstart. Employees affected by this development will reportedly be offered placements in Travelstart, Jumia Food, and Jumia Mall.
We hope this shutdown effect doesn't reaches Nigeria.

Redmi 8 Vs Tecno Camon 12 (Full Comparison)

Hello Guys, I'll be comparing between Redmi 8 and Tecno camon 12. Make sure you read till the end. 

The redmi 8 is priced at N47,800 while the Tecno Camon 12 is priced at N46,500. Best place to buy both devices is on Jumia. Both smartphones have 4GB of Ram and 64GB of internal storage.





Here's a quick review of both phones:
Display : Both phones comes with 720P IPS LCD Display
Display Size: 6.22'' screen on the redmi 8, 6.52'' on the Tecno Camon 12
Processor: Redmi 8 posses a Snapdragon 439, while Camon 12 posses Mediatek Helio P22.
RAM: Both Phones have 4GB of Ram
ROM: both Phones have 64GB of Rom
Ports: USB Type C on the redmi 8, Micro usb on the Tecno camon 12
Battery: 5,000Mah battery on the redmi 8, 4,000Mah battery on the Tecno camon 12

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For the built material quality, both phones are made from plastic but because the redmi 8 display is covered with corning gorilla 5 glass, its more durable and scratch resistance than the glass found on the Tecno camon 12.


Performance: The redmi 8 comes with a snapdragon 439 chipset, its a 12nm chip set while the Tecno camon 12 comes with a Mediatek Helio P22 chipset, also a 12nm chip. Performance on both devices are similar because they are both made using the same 12nm fabrication process.

User Interface: The redmi 8 comes with Miui with Android 9 while the Tecno Camon 12 comes with Hios 5.5 with android 9. 




Camera
The camera section is where the Tecno camon 12 excels. It comes with a triple camera setup at the rear. It has a 16MP main camera, a 8MP ultra wide camera and a 2MP depth sensor while the redmi 8 comes with a dual camera setup, a 12MP main camera and a 2MP depth sensor. At the front, the Tecno camon 12 has a 16MP camera while the redmi 8 has a 8MP camera. Pictures taken with the Tecno camon 12 are better than the redmi 8.




Battery Capacity: the redmi 8 is better with a 5,000mah battery while the Tecno camon 12 comes with a 4,000 mah battery. The redmi 8 also has fast charging and can use a 18 watts charger to reduce battery charging time. It took 3hrs : 39mins to charge the Tecno camon 12 from 0-100% while it took the redmi 8 3hrs : 15mins to charge from 0-100% using the standard 10 watts charger that came with the box. Using the 18 watts fast charger on the redmi 8, it took 2hrs : 45Mins to charge from 0-100%.



So guys, after comparing the two very good budget smartphones, the redmi 8 wins the comparison test. Both phones offer great performance and great value for money.
If you need to buy any of these phones from jumia, kindly whatsapp me on 08100418355. You'll get 50% discount off delivery fee. 

ExpressVPN and HP Partnership to Enhance Cybersecurity

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ExpressVPN and HP Partnership to Enhance Cybersecurity

A virtual private network (VPN) is a secure way of communication between computing devices and the internet. VPNs are used to guard online users against snooping, interference, and attacks. ExpressVPN is a select type of VPN that acts as proxy hence allowing online users to change their locations and use the internet anonymously from any part of the world.  ExpressVPN is now working with HP to make its users stay safe and secure online. Through the partnership between ExpressVPN and HP, many HP customers will be secured from the first day with ExpressVPN preinstalled in their machines. 




About HP and Spectre x360 13
HP is a computer company that has been in the market for a long time with a variety of laptops and computers. The new HP Spectrex360 13 is 13% smaller compared to the previous generation, with a system Y dimension reduction of 23.4mm. The top border reduced by12mm and the bottom border reduced by 15mm. It will have ExpressVPN included in it and users will have a free 30-day VPN trial, which will enable them to have access to all ExpressVPN applications. When customers connect public Wi-Fi networks, they do not realize the security and privacy risks that they are bound to encounter, but through the use of ExpressVPN, all users will be safe when browsing the internet.

Inner Working of ExpressVPN
Through ExpressVPN TrustedServer Technology, all data will be deleted on every machine reboot since the VPN servers run on RAM alone. The server does not write on the hard drive to reduce data risk. On server startup, the whole software stack is reinstalled afresh. This technique being used by ExpressVPN is to make sure that all user information is safe and free from attacks. Deleting data on every machine reboot makes it hard for hackers to trace information on servers. 






Security techniques of EpressVPN
ExpressVPN makes use of four key strategies to meet their security and privacy goals. The VPN makes the system very difficult to compromise by not providing real physical locations and critical information. The multi-factor authentication is also used to make sure it difficult for intruders to access devices and systems. The VPN minimizes potential damage by doing data encryption and hashing using MD5 techniques. To reduce potential damage, the company has put measures to ensure that if an attack occurs, the amount of time the system can remain compromised is minimized. It utilizes intrusion detection systems and automatic robots to detect attacks. The last technique is the validation method where the company invites security researchers to test the systems and get rewards for any problems that they find. The company also performs regular audits to make sure they comply with regulatory policies.

Other Ways to Protect Yourself from Cybercrime

Other than using ExpressVPN, there are multiple measures you can take to secure your online privacy, such as:

Create Strong Passwords
Secure all your online accounts with strong, unique passwords to prevent online attacks. Neglecting password security can expose you to hacking, especially when browsing from an unsecured, public Wi-Fi network. Create a strong and unique password for every account by utilizing a combination of letters (both lowercase and uppercase), numbers, and special characters like #%&[email protected], etc. It’s also a good idea to make your password long enough (a minimum of 16 characters) to make it difficult for hackers to crack using brute force attack.





Update your Devices
Always keep your computer, tablet, and smartphone up to date with the latest security patches. More often, updating a computing device seems annoying and time-consuming, but it can help to prevent cybercriminals from exploiting any bugs or security flaws that may have penetrated your device prior to the update. 

Bottom Line
The ExpressVPN and HP partnership help users to securely browse the internet by hiding their IP address and location. The VPN encrypts communications using the 256-bit encryption to protect user-information when browsing the internet from public Wi-Fi networks. HP users can now stream HD videos on any device at the fastest speed since ExpressVPN has optimized its network to ensure fast speeds with no bandwidth limitations.  Moreover, users can unblock censored websites that are not available in certain countries. By using ExpressVPN, users can avoid spying and throttling by government, network administrators, and ISPs.

5 Reasons Why You Need A Website For Your Business

5 Reasons Why You Need A Website For Your Business

A website or web site is a collection of related network web resources, such as web pages, multimedia content, and so on. Every business needs a website. 




There are lots of benefits to gain if your business has a functional website. The reasons why your business needs a website are outlined below. 

1. Sales Increment
A website will enable you provide information about your products and services online. Consumers are increasingly searching online for information about products and services they are interested in buying.

 A website enables you use techniques like Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Email Marketing (EM), and Social Media Marketing (SMM) to target consumers who are more likely to be interested in your products and services increasing conversion rate and boosting sales.
With SEO, SEM, and SMM you can drive targeted traffic to your website. Combine these with good landing pages and the only direction sales will be going is up. There are also other opportunities offered by the internet to increase sales, but you will never actualise their full potential if you do not have a website.
With a website you can also use emerging and fast growing marketing techniques like Affiliate Marketing and Influencer Marketing to get other people to recommend your products and services online.
These influencers and affiliate marketers can easily recommend your product page or service page driving their fans and followers to it. These could result in massive sale if you play it right.
2. Saves Cost
website also has a cost saving benefit. It saves cost on marketing since you can now target consumers more accurately online and benefit from viral marketing from social media. A website also reduces the cost of educating and informing customers.
You no longer need to spend so much on printed materials as some of your customers can access information from your website. Just update your website and it is accessible to all.




3. Free Viral Marketing 
Word of mouth sells. People are more likely to buy stuff if recommended by a friend. Although word of mouth, sales can also occur offline, the internet creates the possibility of speedy viral marketing.
An interesting news about your business or a product you just launched can go viral on social media sites.
Your business website makes it easier for people to spread information about your business. They can easily share links from your website with their friends and their friends with their friends and so on on BBM, WhatsApp, Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. And you do not have to pay for it they are doing it because it is interesting to them.
4. Customer Friendly 
website makes your business more customer friendly. Customers deserve to know what is going on in your business like new products, price changes, new offices, changes in contact phone number and email, etc and your website is a good platform to inform and educate customers.
Without a website, customers can’t get up to date information about your business. Imagine a customer not being able to reach you through an old phone number you left in an old ad campaign in a newspaper.
That is very wicked of you. The customer is king and should not be toyed with. Build a business website,’ and update it regularly too.

5. Promote Your Contacts
A business website will enable you populate the web with your office addresses and other channels through which customers can reach you.
Consumers who have heard of your business from a friend or from your offline campaigns may want to reach you. Can they? If they cannot reach you, they will most definitely reach your competitor who has made the smart investment on a website.





I hope with these reasons above, if you have no website for your business, you should give it a second thought. If you have any thoughts or opinions as regards the above post, kindly comment below. 

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