If you’re still running Windows 8.1, be advised that Microsoft shut down mainstream support a week ago. But there’s still a last-ditch upgrade path: Microsoft’s assistive technology loophole, which closes in 24 hours. Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 8.1 on January 9, five years after the operating system’s debut. Essentially, it’s dead, and for the average consumer, Windows 8.1 will remain forever unchanged, with no new features or bug fixes. Instead, Microsoft has migrated the OS to “extended support,” which will only provide security updates for another five years, until 2023. In Microsoft’s world view, consumers should have already migrated to Windows 10, a modern OS with big fixes, patches, and period updates. And while the company gave users a one-year window to f
Undeniably, digital transformation continues to dramatically change the way we live and do business – almost daily it seems. Globally, the retail industry is one of the top industries in which we are seeing massive strides and changes when it comes to the adoption of technology, the evolving customer journey, and innovation in terms of products and services. Africa’s retail landscape is no exception. On the face of it markets in Africa are outperforming some first world countries in their pace of transformation to meet the needs of the rising digitally-savvy customer population – a consumer base which is now generally better informed, and demanding a more personalised, convenient, on demand service. The retail journey is no longer about merely walking into a store and grabbing something
The Internet penetration in Kenya is now estimated at 112.7 per cent with the number of Kenyans accessing and using the Internet on the rise, the latest sector statistics by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) show. The figures released by the CA also point to an increased uptake of broadband Internet in particular, which has gone up by 14.3 per cent in the period ending September 2017. “The growth has now put broadband subscriptions at 17.6 million compared to 15.4 million posted in the preceding quarter. Consequently, broadband penetration increased to 38.8 per cent during the quarter from 34.2 per cent,” the report added. According to the report covering July to September 2017, the demand for data/Internet continues to soar, with the number of estimated data/Internet use
FreeConferenceCall.com has launched free conference calling services in Malawi. The East African country joins Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa on a growing list of countries in sub-Saharan Africa with free international conferencing. The company’s free conferencing services are used by millions of people around the world for business meetings, crisis response, charity work, religious meetings, distance learning and a range of other applications. FreeConferenceCall.com delivers a cloud-based technology that focuses connecting users without any fees. “This expansion into Malawi marks another milestone in the evolution of FreeConferenceCall.com, as we continue to introduce our world-class products and services to new audiences,” says Bertrand Daumalle, managing dir
Online payment solution platform, PayU has announced the launch of a new service called PayU Receive. The new product, according to the company, will allow businesses in Nigeria to securely request and receive payments directly from their customers without any hassles. PayU Receive is a payment solution that facilitates business-to-business and business-to-consumer payments via email or SMS. It allows businesses to make use of PayU’s payment services by allowing them to send payment requests via email or SMS to their customers. Customers then have the flexibility of paying via their bank cards or their bank accounts. This is another way for businesses to receive payment as all they need is their customers’ email address or mobile phone numbers to which a payment link can be sent.