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Free Microsoft upgrade from Windows 8.1 to 10 Ends in 24 hours

Free Microsoft upgrade from Windows 8.1 to 10 Ends in 24 hours

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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
80% of UK business leaders worry about where their data stored in the cloud

80% of UK business leaders worry about where their data stored in the cloud

Business, Mobile, Technology
IBM may have its head in the cloud with their latest European Iaas capabilities going live today, but a new survey from the tech giant digs deeper into data security concerns. As ever, cyber security is a persistent concern for would-be cloud customers, with 57% of IT decision makers citing it as the main barrier for adoption. Indeed, 90% of UK IT decision makers expressed concern that their firm will be the target of a malicious attack. This fear may well prove justified, given a recent CA Veracode survey which found just 50% of business leaders were knowledgeable about the risks posed by software flaws. In the same survey, just one in three respondents had heard of WannaCry ransomware which infected Microsoft PCs in 150 countries during May. Encouragingly, IBM found that just 9%...
Forrester Says Amazon is ‘Exploiting’ Google’s Weaknesses

Forrester Says Amazon is ‘Exploiting’ Google’s Weaknesses

Business, Mobile, Technology
Google's 78% share of U.S search ad revenue in 2016 shows the company continues to dominate the market, but the share represents a decline from 88% in 2011. It seems the move to mobile by consumers has created competition for Google. Amazon has become a more preferred destination for online shopping searches, according to a research report released this week from Forrester Research titled Forrester Data: Search Marketing Forecast, 2017 to 2022 (U.S.) written by analyst Brandon Verblow. It is becoming a preferred destination for online shopping and search because of the way "Amazon is exploiting Google’s weakness in online shopping," according to the report. U.S. consumers are now more than 2.5 times likely to find out about the brand of a recent purchase from Amazon than from online
Transformation in Africa’s digital retail landscape

Transformation in Africa’s digital retail landscape

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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
Computer Science Offers Students New Opportunities across Africa

Computer Science Offers Students New Opportunities across Africa

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As the level of startup activity continues to grow pan-Africa, students of a Masters in Computer Science online will gain useful insight into high-level technology planning, coding of apps, and IT resource management. These types of skills are valuable to the new breed of young startups gaining funding from venture capital investors that see value in the burgeoning Africa technology sector. Here are some opportunities and how to tap into them. Skilling Up To be useful, your skills have to be on par with your peers. Not every college offers quality education in the region, so it’s beneficial to take advantage of the online Computer Science Masters from the New Jersey Institute of Technology that is completely accessible over an internet connection. This type of course covers com