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DHL expands Africa eShop shopping app to 34 countries across Africa

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DHL has expanded its eShop to an additional 14 countries across Sub Saharan Africa since its initial introduction in April of this year.

The DHL Africa eShop app has seen its user base grow rapidly, and within the first three months of operation, it had already been rolled out to 20 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

DHL Express announced this week that the innovative mobile and desktop platform is now available in 14 additional countries across the region. This increases the platform’s reach to 34 countries across SSA.

Hennie Heymans, CEO of DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa, says that user uptake on the DHL Africa eShop app has been remarkable over the last five months, not only from the number of downloads, but just as importantly, from an order perspective. This is why we’re excited to launch DHL Africa eShop in Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Ethiopia, Guinea, Lesotho, Liberia, Mali, Namibia, Niger, Sudan, and Togo.

“DHL adopted a phased approach for the rollout of the platform on the continent, with the initial launch implemented in 11 countries to test the market’s reaction. Within the first seven weeks, the response from the consumer market was so impressive, that the second phase was initiated – which added 9 more countries to the list. Now we are once again able to build on that momentum, with the biggest single rollout phase so far.”

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The DHL Africa eShop app offers African consumers unprecedented access to international retailers on an easy-to-use platform, with great convenience and speed. It also enables many global brands to connect with a captive African market. The DHL Africa eShop enables African customers to shop directly from over 200 US- and UK-based online retailers, with purchases delivered to their door, by DHL Express. This solution was developed in partnership with Link Commerce – a division of Mall for Africa.

He adds that while Africa’s ecommerce market is still lagging behind the rest of the globe in terms of annual turnover, it may well make significant strides to catching up in the near future. “A report by Statista reveals that e-commerce in Africa was valued at $16.5 billion in 2017. McKinsey adds to this calculation by predicting that this value could potentially reach $75 billion by 2025.”

As the global leader in express logistics, DHL is well positioned to connect African consumers with these exciting global brands. “We are committed to driving e-commerce growth on the continent for etailers as they work to expose their brands to international markets and also for consumers, who want easy access to global brands,” concludes Heymans.

DHL is celebrating the launch of the new countries with a promotion of $20 flat rate shipping for up to 5 items from over 100 US/UK selected sites to all DHL Africa eShop countries. The promotion is limited to Clothing and Accessory items only, and buyers need to use coupon code CELEBRATE when completing their order.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 picks up stable Android 10

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is the latest Samsung smartphone series to get an upgrade to stable Android 10.

The devices, which have been in the company’s Android 10 beta programme since late October, will be receiving the update over the course of the next few years.

Users of the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ in Germany who had enrolled in the beta are receiving the update.

Samsung had released 5 builds of the beta software for the Galaxy Note 10 series.

The Galaxy Note 10 series becomes the second smartphone lineup, after the flagship Galaxy S10 family, to receive Android 10.

Initially, it had been estimated that the Galaxy Note 10 series would get its Android 10 update in the new year with the Galaxy S10 receiving it days before the end of the year. In all accounts, the Korean giant has come out ahead perhaps signalling a change in the approach towards updates.

Still, given the dynamics involved in the update process, most users are likely to get the update in the new year.

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Samsung’s Android 10 update brings with it an updated version of its custom user experience interface, One UI 2.0. One UI 2.0 features several new features that build on what the brand started with the first generation of the software as well as all the key changes that Google brought to Android with version 10.

The update also arrives with the latest December security patch.

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Google Rolls Out Chrome 79 With Better Password Protections

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Google has rolled out Chrome version 79. The browser extension will alert users on leaked passwords.

The move is important because cyber-attacks are on the rise. The new chrome with better password protection will ensure a streamlined flow or work.

In 2018, the worldwide spending on Cybersecurity approximated to $114 billion an increase of 12.4 per cent from 2017 according to Cybersecurity Ventures market Report 2019.

However, the figures are gradually growing with businesses as the biggest targets of spending on Cybersecurity.

For instance, The largest cybersecurity budgets belong to Fortune 500 corporations, with financial institutions seemingly having the deepest pockets. In a 2018 letter to J.P. Morgan Chase & Co shareholders, The company roughly spends $600 million each year on cybersecurity up from a projected $500 million in 2016,

Companies will cut on password protection expenditures with Chrome enabled the extension.

Previously, Chrome has been warning about reused passwords once you check in on two separate browsers. The company is now rolling out away chrome can provide warnings as you log in on sites of the web.

From now on, Chrome will send notifications to users on leaked passwords and let them change to secure ones.

It will enable you to control the functionality in the sync settings in chrome and sent you warnings when your password is stolen.

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Google now uses strongly hashed and encrypted copies of passwords to match them using layers of encryption.

Once you sign into a website, Chrome will send a hashed copy of your username and password.  Google will then encrypt with a secret key only known to chrome.

Google will then turn your password into a hash. A chrome algorithm that turns it into a collection of letters or numbers.

According to Forbes, The hash numbers look like for instance, 855c3497ef6299c66733. If the same password has existed in Google’s strove of previously stolen passcodes,  it will be easier for them to note a stolen password.

Chrome 79 now allows you to download a password manager. This will help you create unique passwords for each site you visit.

Alongside password warnings, Google is improving its phishing protection with a real-time option.

Until now, the company has been using a list of phishing sites that updates every 30 minutes but still, fraudsters have been quickly switching domains or hiding from Google’s crawlers.

the new and improved real-time protection will generate warnings for 30 per cent more cases of phishing.

Another thing is Chrome’s multiple profiles support. for people who use multiple profiles in Chrome or share  PC’s with others, Chrome is now equipped with a better visual indicator of what profile is currently being used to ensure the right password and profile is used.


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OnePlus 8 Lite Leaked,The Phone Might Retail Mid Range Market Prices

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OnePlus 8 Lite has been leaked, set for release in the first phase of 2020. The phone will retail at Ksh36,000 only.

The smartphone producer first launched OnePlus One in India for Rs 21,999 as the company’s first flagship phone about six years ago.

The company is a flagship Android smartphone maker and has launched a series of affordable mid-range flagships in the market.

After failing on the OnePlus X the company has since then moved to produce premium devices.

However, as 2020 approaches. There is a number of speculations that the OnePlus is working on a mid-range, the first after OnePlus X. Name not disclosed yet but sources suggest the phone might probably be a OnePlus 8 lite.

In the lineup list, OnePlus 8 pro might as well debut in late 2020 with a possible launch by October.

As revealed by 91 mobiles, the phone has a likely flat display with a centred punch-hole cutout. Also, the device has a rectangular rear camera module that would comprise of two possible cameras and a few sensors.

The OnePlus 8 lite might have a design similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite and the Galaxy S11 as well as the Galaxy A91 models.

According to OneLeaks, the phone is possibly between 6.4 or 6.5 inches approximately 159.2 by 74 by 8.6mm.

The reveals show a type C port on the bottom frame, an alert slider on the side with no presence of the headphone jack.

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Additionally, the phone might have an LED flash and a foreseeable time of flight (ToF) sensor.

Renders according to 91 Mobiles,  reveal that the OnePlus 8 Lite device has an in-display fingerprint sensor which means it also has an OLED display.

Definitely, fewer buyers are interested in such flagship devices.  OnePlus 8 Lite might be one value for your money device.

This device, at just Ksh36,000, will offer top-notch features like the high-end market sellers like Samsung and Huawei who are at least double the price if not more.

With an OLED display projected. The phone might offer a 90HZ refresh rate as the as on the One plus 7T and OnPlus 7T pro premium models which are expensive.

There’s a fairly a good number of phones with of 90Hz or 120Hz display smartphones. The 90Hz or 120Hz technologies are the refresh rates at which the image redraws on the screen.

Displays with a 90Hz refresh rate render images 90 times per second. The 120Hz refresh rate will display images at 120 times per second. If truly the OnePlus offers a 90HZ refresh rate then the will be highly sellable.

Other phones in the market with the 90HZ refresh rate that might compete with the OnePlus comprise of: the Xaimi RealMe X2 Pro and OnePlus 7T series. Other phones include Nubia Red magic 3S and Oppo Reno ACE.


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