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KEY POINTS
  • Apple plans to open approximately 100 more stores in 21 states this week.
  • When the stores re-open, about 130 Apple stores will be operational in the United States.
  • Some stores re-opening this week will be available for walk-in customers. 

Apple reopening about 100 more U.S. stores

Apple plans to open approximately 100 stores in the United States this week, a company representative told CNBC.

In total, about 130 out of 271 Apple Stores in the United States will be open by the end of the week. Apple operates 510 stores around the world. 

Apple’s retail openings are being closely watched as both a key demand driver for Apple as well as a leading indicator for the health of the retail industry, where Apple’s locations often anchor important malls or shopping districts.

The stores in the United States that have re-opened so far have focused on Apple’s Genius Bar, which enables customers to get service and support for broken iPhones and other Apple products. Some stores re-opening this week will be available for walk-in customers. 

“This week we’ll return to serving customers in many US locations,” an Apple representative said in a statement. “For customer safety and convenience, most stores will offer curbside or storefront service only, where we provide online order pick-up and Genius Bar appointments.”

Apple’s head of retail Deidre O’Brien wrote an open letter earlier this month outlining the company’s retail re-opening strategy. In March, Apple closed its retail stores outside of China in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Curbside service at an Apple Store.
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“In every store, we’re focused on limiting occupancy and giving everybody lots of room, and renewing our focus on one‑on‑one, personalized service at the Genius Bar and throughout the store,” O’Brien said in the letter. She also wrote that face masks will be provided to customers at the door, that staff will perform regular “enhanced deep cleanings,” and that the company will screen employees for symptoms of coronavirus. 

This week Apple will re-open stores in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. 



An EasyJet spokeswoman declined to comment on who was responsible for the attack.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Data of about 9 million EasyJet users is at risk
  • The data breach could result in a hefty fine for the budget airline
  • Credit card details of about 2,000 people are also at risk


Chinese hackers are suspected of accessing email and travel details of about nine million easyJet customers, said two sources familiar with the investigation into a cyberattack disclosed by the British airline on Tuesday.

The sources said the hacking tools and techniques used in the January attack pointed to a group of suspected Chinese hackers that has targeted multiple airlines in recent months.

The news of the data breach could result in a hefty fine for the budget airline, which has already been forced to ground its flights because of the COVID-19 pandemic and is battling its founder and biggest shareholder in a long-running dispute over the carrier's business strategy....

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Cars45, a Nigerian automotive trading platform, recently announced the launch of a new product, the Premium Inspection Service. Cars45 has committed to exploring new platforms for end-users.

The Premium Inspection Service is aimed at users who are not able to visit any of the company’s inspection centres but would still like to use the company’s services. In order to use the new inspections service, users are required to make an upfront payment of $33 to book an appointment. The company will then be able to visit the potential buyer’s location to inspect, provide an evaluation report and purchase the vehicle.

Cars45 is a consumer-first and value-driven business as such we are always seeking new and innovative ways to make the car trading process as seamless as possible for consumers. With this premium inspection service, we are enabling convenience and offering consumers best-in-class experience,” said Mayokun Fadeyibi, Vice President, Consumer-to-Business services, about the launch of the new inspection service.

The Premium Inspection Service is currently being tested in Lagos, Nigeria, and Cars45 claims that it will add a number of value-added services which the company provides across Nigeria’s automotive industry. Other services the company provides include vehicle auctions, fleet liquidation, vehicle financing and concierge services. Vehicle financing is done in partnership with financial institutions across Nigeria.



Samsung announced two new Galaxy A Series mid-range telephones, the A30 and the A50. The phones were first found on the website of Samsung India, and on February 28 invitations appear to be sent out for a press case in Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata. It's a push by Samsung against the market share lost to Chinese producers like Xiaomi in India, whose cheaper devices with competitive characteristics are becoming more common in the nation.

With both the A30 and the A50, cameras are one of the primary focus areas. The A50 has three rear cameras: a primary 25 megapixel main camera, an ultra-wide 8 megapixel lens (which the phone smartly recommends using depending on what you shoot), and a 5 megapixel depth sensor. The front also features a 25 megapixel camera for blurring backgrounds with a unique selfie focus. The A30 has two cameras on the back— a main lens of 16 megapixels and a broad angle lens of 5 megapixels— together with a front camera of 16 megapixels.

Both devices have a sensor for fingerprints, but while the A50s are on-screen, the A30s are on the back. Samsung's announcement says that the A30 can also be unlocked by facial recognition, but it's not saying whether the A50 also has this.

Samsung claims the phones are made of "3D Glasstic," a glass and plastic portmanteau, with a 6.4 "Super AMOLED Infinity-U display edge-to-edge. Infinity-U is the word for Samsung's notch design, which is almost identical to the tiny, half-oval notch design of the Essential Phone.

Some other information: The Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A30 both have fast-charging batteries of 4,000mAh. The A30 will have either 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage or 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, while the A50 can have 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, or 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Both can increase storage by microSD to 512 GB.

Samsung and Xiaomi have market dominance in India, which together accounts for about 60% of the mobile phone market in India. The presence of both businesses has risen in India over the previous year, but Xiaomi has seen a substantial jump from 18% of market share to 30 in specific. At the moment, Canalys analyst TuanAnh Nguyen said in a declaration that Samsung focused on "striking back" against Xiaomi: "It introduced phones directly opposed to Xiaomi's portfolio and focused on its cameras and imaging capabilities." Pricing and accessibility have not yet been published either for the Galaxy A30 or A50.



parents and educators should help kids learn to code 
Learning to code, regardless of the path a child chooses to take, is crucial today. Research shows us that this knowledge will be important in any career. As both a female leader in technology and a mother of a 10-year old boy, I am acutely aware of its critical importance in both my professional and personal life. Coding is a necessary literacy in this technological age.
Computer coding is a part of everything and is everywhere in the world around us. Scientific and technological innovation are cornerstones of our global economic system. Our economy, our well-being... everything depends on it.
It is not just important in technology-related fields. Coding is vital in manufacturing, healthcare, farming... virtually any industry has a coding component. The question that remains should not be "why?" but "how?" How can I inspire my child to learn to code, when should I start, and what are the many benefits?

How Can I Start?

It is the parent's job to encourage children's interests and help them develop life skills. My personal philosophy is to start children coding early, and make it fun!
As we all know, learning by doing is much more impactful. Children are innately curious and love to explore. They love discovery... picking things up, examining them, smelling them, touching them, and asking why?

Coding Demystified

Coding is easier than you may think! Coding is extremely easy for children to grasp and thus, after a brief introduction and some exploration, rudimentary skills can be mastered.
This basic knowledge helps children interact with the technology around them versus passively consuming it. Through this quick mastery, they build their self-confidence. As children become more confident, it encourages them to press further in their coding education and learn more.

Coding Develops and Fosters Creativity

The reality is technology is going to evolve at lightning speed in the future, but the set of skills a child develops from learning to code will be there for a lifetime. Children develop creativity by experimenting and making mistakes. They learn through coding education that there is more than one way to do something. Just keep trying!
One of my favorite quotes is from Margaret Meade: "Children must be taught how to think, not what to think." Coding teaches children how to think!

Coding Is Like Learning a New Language

Learning a new language teaches children another way to communicate. It is exciting it for a child to learn how to communicate more directly with technology around them. As with learning any language, children should be exposed to coding at an early age.
Coding teaches logical thinking and strengthens both written and verbal skills. Children who learn to code better understand how to organize their thoughts. Coding is a language skill that opens the world to children.

Coding Helps Children With Math

Learning to code helps children visualize abstract concepts. Through coding, children learn how to apply mathematics to real world issues and formulate creative solutions.
Coding makes math more practical, appealing and fun!

Coding Teaches Collaboration

In creative environments there are no right answers and no guidebooks. Through the discipline of coding, children seek validation from their peers and tend to work in groups. They learn to collaborate, to give and receive criticism in a positive way, and to incorporate feedback in what they are doing.
The development of these skills is extremely important in their later lives and careers, as is the understanding that there are many solutions for the same problem. Children learn through coding that knowing how to ask the right questions is sometimes more important than having the right answers.

Why Coding Is Important to Me

My biggest inspiration in everything I do is my son. He is fascinated with science and technology and can't help himself from constantly asking "how does this work?" about almost everything around him.
As an innovator in the tech space, I want to enable a new generation to feel empowered by technology and feel comfortable in being proactive with it, rather than being beholden to it and consuming it passively.
Learning to code is critically important in this process. As a parent, I plan to encourage my child to learn to code and continue to evolve and expand his skills as long as possible, and encourage him not to give in to any moments of discouragement. I want him to push beyond his limits as often as he can and reap the corresponding benefits.
For parents looking to increase their children's exposure to coding, I have personally found that great programs are available at local libraries, museums, summer camps and learning centers to supplement what children are exposed to in school. A variety of STEM-related products are available as well.

The Educator's Role

I also believe that coding education and its importance must be understood by the educator. Educators know that making math and science both fun and interesting helps students do much more than just learn.
Learning through play and "by doing" is critical -- it is entertaining and educational. Coding education should be tailored to a student's abilities and educational level as well. This type of modification and evolution of subject matter by educators is critical in the learning process.

Future Employment

Almost every job in the future will require basic understanding of math and science and software. As an employer, however, I still find it challenging to fill coding-related jobs.
I am here to tell you that aside from being lucrative, jobs that require coding are both interesting and readily available!

The Diversity Mission

Although coding education has the potential to break the traditional gender roles, there is still an under-representation of women and minorities in related fields. Because of my personal experiences, it is of great importance for me to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
I have made it my personal mission to hire and cultivate women in technology. I encourage both parents and educators to help me in this mission by insisting upon and supporting coding education for all children worldwide, especially for girls and minorities.

MTN is still releasing new offers just after announcing MTN Mifi Bundle offer. This time around, MTN is presenting the most affordable smartphone just for you.

MTN NG has just introduced a Smart Feature phone at an affordable price. The phone has been designed with you in mind, providing a compact, high quality device while keeping the cost lower for a smartphone.
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We all know MTN, they always have a way to get their customers to themselves. Getting this Smart Feature phone will give you 500MB data every month for good 6 months. Interesting right?

Features Of MTN Smart Feature Phone


The MTN Smart Feature Phone runs on KaiOS and has at the minimum the following apps: WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google Maps, MyMTNApp, FM Radio, Google Assistant, etc.

It offers Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity and includes other smart services. The phone has two basic cameras, dual-Sim support and a long battery life - thanks to a 2000mAh battery. It is powered by the SC7731EF processor, has 2.4-inch screen, 256MB RAM and 512MB of storage.


How To Get Free MTN 500MB Data On MTN Smart Feature Phone

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According to MTN, this is what they have to say;
Cheap isn’t always bad and here’s proof. A smartphone for everyone is here #JustForYou! With N8,000, you can enjoy the benefits of owning a smartphone + 500MB data bonus every month for 6months! Great right?
What this means is that, you have to walk into any MTN office nearest to you and buy the MTN Smart Feature phone which cost N8,000. After inserting an MTN sim into the phone, your line will be activated for the free 500MB data per month for 6 months.



Microsoft resurrected Kinect yesterday during the company’s HoloLens 2 press event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The software giant has shrunk Kinect into a $399 PC peripheral that can be used as a sensor in similar ways to how developers used Kinect for Windows or even the original Xbox 360 Kinect. Microsoft has designed this new Kinect to be primarily used with Azure, the company’s cloud-based service, for computer vision and speech models.
I got a chance to get a closer look at Microsoft’s new Azure Kinect DK at Mobile World Congress today, and I’m surprised at how much smaller it is compared to the Kinect for Windows sensor. It’s also a lot lighter (440 grams vs. 970 grams) and more capable thanks to a range of upgraded hardware. There’s a 7-microphone array inside compared to the 4-microphone array in the previous Kinect, and an upgraded RGB camera capable of 3840 x 2160 images. The depth sensor is the same one found on the HoloLens 2, and it’s now capable of a range of resolutions and framerates. 

Microsoft is planning to release a range of SDKs for this new Azure Kinect DK, and developers will need to port any existing Kinect for Windows apps over to this new platform as they won’t work directly with this new Kinect model. There’s a new sensor SDK, body tracking SDK, vision APIs, and speech service SDK for the Azure Kinect DK. Microsoft hasn’t published all of these SDKs just yet, but preorders for this $399 Kinect have already begun. It’s expected to ship in late June to developers.
Microsoft has a range of examples of how developers will use the Azure Kinect DK from retail to manufacturing and even healthcare. In retail stores, developers could use this new Kinect to track products and manage inventory, and given its body tracking support it could even potentially be used in cashier-less stores. Much like the original Kinect, the use cases will depend on how creative developers get with this latest model.
One thing this new Kinect sensor won’t do is replace Kinect for Xbox. It’s not designed to be used with an Xbox, but developers will be able to use it with or without Azure. I tried a brief demo of the body tracking capabilities of the new Kinect, measuring how high I could jump using the new SDKs that will be available once the device ships in late June. It reminded me a lot of the early Kinect demonstrations, but Microsoft now has a much smaller sensor and a clear aim for what the Kinect will be used for. It’s no longer a gaming peripheral, it’s a big part of the company’s “third era of computing” with HoloLens, and its big Azure cloud push.


Samsung A series

Samsung has announced two new mid-range Galaxy A Series phones, the A30 and A50. The phones were first spotted on the Samsung India website, and there appear to be invites sent out for a press event in Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata on February 28th. It’s a push by Samsung against the market share its lost in India to Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi, whose cheaper phones with competitive features are increasingly popular in the country.
Cameras are one of the main focuses with both the A30 and A50. The A50 has three cameras on the rear: a primary 25 megapixel main camera, an 8 megapixel ultra wide lens (which the phone will intelligently recommend you use depending on what you’re shooting), and a 5 megapixel depth sensor. The front also boasts a 25 megapixel camera with a special selfie focus for blurring out backgrounds. The A30 has two cameras on the back — a 16 megapixel primary lens and 5 megapixel wide angle lens — along with a 16 megapixel camera on the front.
Both phones have a fingerprint sensor, but while the A50’s is on-screen, the A30’s is on the back. Samsung’s announcement mentions that facial recognition can also unlock the A30, but it isn’t say if the A50 has this as well.
Samsung says the phones are made of “3D Glasstic,” a portmanteau of glass and plastic, and they will have an edge-to-edge 6.4” Super AMOLED Infinity-U display. Infinity-U is Samsung’s term for its notch design, which is near identical to the Essential Phone’s small, half oval notch design.
Some other details: Both the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A30 have 4,000mAh, fast-charging batteries. The A30 will come with either 3GB RAM and 32 GB storage or 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, while the A50 can be had with 4GB RAM and 64 GB of storage, or 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Both can have storage increased to 512 GB via microSD.
Samsung and Xiaomi have market dominance in India, together making up about 60 percent of the country’s mobile phone market. Both companies’ presence increased in India over the past year, but Xiaomi in particular saw a significant jump, going from 18 percent of the market share to 30. At the time, Canalys analyst TuanAnh Nguyen said in a statement that Samsung’s focus was on “hitting back” against Xiaomi: “It has launched devices pitted directly against Xiaomi’s portfolio and is focusing on its cameras and imaging capabilities.”
Pricing and availability have not yet been released for either the Galaxy A30 or A50.

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