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Dell Elevates PC Experience with Flawlessly Designed XPS, Inspiron Portfolio

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Dell listens to what consumers want and need from their PCs – convenience, powerful performance, beautiful design and a device that fits their lifestyle.

Timed to Computex 2019, Dell is delivering on this, introducing multiple new products across its consumer and small business portfolio. Starting with its acclaimed, premiere XPS line and weaved throughout its mainstream Inspiron and Vostro brands, the devices create a harmonious balance of both experience and design and take innovation to a new level with precise attention to meaningful details and flawless execution.

“We’re thrilled to be back at Computex further spotlighting the exceptional innovation we kicked off earlier this year at CES 2019”, said Ray Wah, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer and Small Business Product Group, Dell. “We’re always listening to the needs of our customers and we’ve really delivered with smaller and sleeker designs, flawless detail and high performance in each of these new devices.”

The XPS line is Dell’s most awarded line of devices celebrated for its best-in-class technologies, exceptional build and materials, and ability to blend both power and beauty. Dell is taking that commitment one step further with the launch of the new XPS 13 2-in-1, redesigned and higher performing than the previous generation.

To achieve this, the display experience has been elevated on all fronts, refining the InfinityEdge display in a 16:10 format, now offering a stunning edge-to-edge screen and 7% larger viewing experience. The most innovative webcam and Dell’s smallest laptop camera ever is now located at the top bezel, a long awaited ask from customers.

The new display offers improved color accuracy and resolution with FHD+ and UHD+ options to capture precise detail and sharp images, as well as the ability to enjoy HDR content with a HDR400 certified UHD+ panel and Dolby Vision.

With the addition of Eyesafe® display, Dell is helping reduce potentially harmful blue light emissions while maintaining color gamut performance. Because today’s device-driven culture has people staring at devices for hours on end each day and consuming high levels of blue light, Dell has partnered with Eyesafe® to intelligently manage light energy at the source to selectively reduce harmful blue light and disperse it across the light spectrum.

While the display and design are stunning, Dell hasn’t pushed performance aside. In fact, it’s been elevated from what was previously a fanless design to an actively cooled 15W design for up to 2.5 times more performance than the previous generation.

The XPS 13 2-in-1 is Dell’s first laptop with Intel’s 10th Gen Intel Core processors and features adaptive performance based on the latest Intel Dynamic Tuning Technology, which proactively changes the power of the CPU according to the performance of the workload. Dell has reengineered the thermal design to cool the higher performing processor while creating an overall 8% thinner 2-in-1 than the previous generation.

The new design combines expert craftsmanship and premium materials, including CNC machined aluminum with high polished diamond cut sidewalls, black carbon fiber or arctic white woven glass fiber palm rests, along with Gorilla Glass 5 for both durability and beauty.

Dell has also elevated the essentials with a larger touchpad, edge-to-edge MagLev keyboard and new cleverly crafted hinge design, blending together an exceptional user experience and beautiful design, in a remarkably small size.

The beloved XPS 15 is back and better than ever. Dell’s flagship and one of the smallest 15.6-inch laptops, now offers even more power with the latest 9th Generation Intel® Core™ processors up to 8 core i9 and up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 graphics, enabling creators to experience faster speeds across graphic design, photography and music production.

It includes a stunning UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge 15.6” touch display option to deliver high brightness, saturated color and precise details, enabling content creators to perform at their best for intensive projects.

As previewed at CES 2019, the XPS 15 will offer an OLED option, the first in the XPS line – complete with self-lighting pixels which switch off completely to achieve perfect black for significantly higher contrast, so content comes alive with a wider color range (100% DCI-P3) and breathtaking detail, especially in dark areas. The 4K display paired with Dolby Vision content can deliver highlights up to 40 times brighter and blacks up to 10 times darker, creating an ultra-vivid picture quality experience*.

The addition of Killer™ AX1650 built on Intel WiFi 6 Chipset delivers nearly 3x faster throughput than previous generation in crowded environments*. Coupled with up to 64GB of memory* and up to 2TB PCIe SSD*, and the longest battery life of any 15-inch laptop, consumers have a high performance, unmatched device.

Finally, the XPS 15 comes with the most innovative laptop camera at the top bezel without sacrificing the InfinityEdge display. Dell continues to prioritise beautiful design in the product by leveraging premium materials including CNC machined aluminum, carbon fiber and Gorilla Glass to create a durable yet one of the smallest 15.6-inch laptops of its kind.

Dell’s new Inspiron portfolio includes a range of new, versatile laptops, 2-in-1s and AIOs, with fresh and contemporary designs, features, and prices; so that everyone can find something to fit their needs and spark their potential.

The new Inspiron 15 7000 is an ultralight laptop prioritising performance, equipped with 9th generation Intel® CoreTM H-class processors that offer up to 8 cores, up to 16GB of DDR4 memory and dual NVMe SSD options, along with latest NVIDIA® GTX® 1650 graphics to deliver a high-performance laptop for everyday use and creative side-projects.

The laptop is built with magnesium alloy for incredible lightness and maintains the rigidity and stability of traditional aluminum. The power button is incorporated within the keyboard and fingerprint reader for a cleaner look, allowing room for a full number pad on a more compact system. The new Adaptive Thermals of the Inspiron 15 7000 detects if the laptop is on a lap or desk and adjusts the thermal profiles accordingly.

Along with dual heat pipes, fans and a drop-hinge, the components work together to keep the system cool by exhausting heat out of hidden vents in the hinge, allowing for an overall thin and light design without compromising on performance.

In addition, Dell is introducing the new Inspiron 13 5000 laptop which combines a 13” display with a thin and light design and mobile broadband connection – a perfect companion for the busy, on-the-go lifestyle.

Many consumers want a portable and striking device, so Dell focused on creating a stylish aesthetic with aluminum material, narrow borders, and diamond cut edges around the touchpad, along with contemporary colors, including cool Platinum Silver and calming Iced Lilac*.

Finally, users can get work done or stream their favorite show wherever they are, even without a WiFi connection, with optional mobile broadband* via a Micro SIM card slot.

Lastly, previously announced at CES 2019, the thin and sleek Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 offered in both 13 and 15” displays, the world’s first 2-in1 with a full size pen garage in the hinge*, is now available globally.

Dell is announcing two new completely redesigned All-in-Ones that bring a clean and renewed focus back towards the screen to minimise outside distractions. The Inspiron 24 5000 AIO and Inspiron 27 7000 AIO feature InfinityEdge and a vivid and clear 23.8” or 27” FHD 1080p display with a pop-up webcam.

Both contain a forward-firing speaker bar beneath the display to direct the speakers’ acoustic energy towards the listener, and with the addition of Dell Cinema, the AIOs provide an enjoyable, immersive experience whether in a kitchen, dorm or family room.

Dell transitioned traditional stands to a TV-inspired stand for simple setup and to deliver a neat aesthetic allowing users to slide the keyboard underneath the display. Both are available in several finishes with color-coordinated stands and speaker mesh to fit seamlessly into their environment.

Designed with a beautiful, harmonious style and significant performance from Next Gen Intel® Core® i3, i5 or i7 CPUs and optional NVIDIA MX 110 discrete graphics, the Inspiron AIOs are reliable, simple and affordable systems that keep consumers connected – to catch up on a favorite Netflix series or dive into homework.


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Sterling Bank Adopts Blockchain Technology to Revolutionise Credential Verification

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Sterling Bank, has partnered with the School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG) to revolutionise credential verification through blockchain technology.

The bank in a statement noted that this collaboration marks a significant milestone in enhancing the efficiency, security, and accessibility of academic credentials in Nigeria.

Commenting on the collaboration, the Chief Growth Officer Sterling Bank, Obinna Ukachukwu, stated: “We are thrilled to partner with VX Technologies and SPPG to introduce this game-changing initiative.

“We believe in the power of innovation to drive progress and transform lives at Sterling Bank. By supporting the adoption of blockchain technology in education, we are not only revolutionizing credential verification but also advancing our H.E.A.R.T strategy for Education, which prioritizes Access and Equity.”

On his part, Ryan Hawkos, Director of Operations, VX Technologies, added: “We are pleased to acknowledge the impactful generosity of Sterling Bank, who has provided the funding necessary for the initial phase of this project. This support ensures that thousands of SPPG alumni can access their digital certificates, with the first one thousand certificates being provided at no cost.”

According to the Chief Executive Officer of SPPG, Alero Ayida-Otobo, “Sterling Bank’s commitment to quality and positive educational experiences for people is yet again demonstrated here in their commitment to supporting the adoption of innovative technology across the educational ecosystem.

“We are one of the first institutions in Nigeria to embrace blockchain for academic credential management, and we look forward to a near future where this is the norm across Nigeria,” he added.


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NDPC Slams N400m Fine on Four Banks, Three Firms for Data Violation

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Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC), has fined four banks and three companies N400 million for breaching data of Nigerians.

NDPC Slams N400m Fine on Four Banks, Three Firms for Data Violation

Vincent Olatunji, national commissioner, NDPC,

The NDPC also said that over the past year, more than 1000 financial institutions, schools, insurance companies, and consultancy firms have undergone investigations for breaches of citizens’ data.

Vincent Olatunji, national commissioner, NDPC, disclosed this while speaking of the implementation of the NDPC Act, since June 14 when the nation’s data protection law was enacted.

He added that there are ongoing investigations concerning data infractions.

According to Olatunji the activities of the NDPC have led to increased levels of compliance with the Nigeria Data Protection Act in both the private and public sectors.

He said: “When we started, the level of compliance within the private sector was about 49 percent while the public sector was 4 percent. But today, private sector compliance is above 55, while the public sector has reached 15 percent,” Olatunji said.

“The nation’s data ecosystem is now worth over N10 billion and the commission considers it imperative to ensure that citizens’ data are safe, secure and protected in line with global best standards and practices.”

He further said Nigeria is now at the forefront of the activities of the global data assembly due to the Data Protection Act 2023 and the impact of the data ecosystem on the national economy as nations like Kenya, Ghana, China, Singapore, and Malaysia, among others now share experiences with Nigeria.

“The Data Protection Act 2023 is a major milestone for Nigeria. Mr President laid our apprehension to rest when he signed the Act on June 12, 2023,” he said.

“It was a major turnaround for the industry. Now the data ecosystem is beyond everybody because it is a global phenomenon due to the impact of technology.

“In terms of jobs and wealth creation, promotion of tourism, perception and attraction of foreign direct investments into Nigeria, we have taken a leapfrog and even overtaken some countries.

“And that’s why Nigeria was given the hosting right for 2024 All African Data Protection Commission’s and Institutions. About 30 countries will be here next year for the event.”

Olatunji said the NDPC now collaborates with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), and other regulatory organisations to make sure stakeholders under their supervision abide by the Data Protection Act.

According to Olatunji, capacity building, awareness raising, and stakeholder engagement have raised the bar for compliance within the ecosystem.

He also said to check the activities of digital loan platforms, the commission collaborated with CBN, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other regulatory authorities.

The national commissioner, however, said awareness would continue to be created for vulnerable Nigerians who become victims of the loan sharks due to ignorance.

Olatunji also said the country’s population and landmass are a challenge to a total clampdown on the digital loan sharks as most of them operate from isolated or remote areas without known addresses.

 

 

 


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AI in African Marketing: Transforming Customer Engagement and Efficiency

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By Reuben Kalu

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing industries globally, and marketing is no exception. For organizations in Africa, adopting AI marketing strategies presents a significant opportunity to enhance competitiveness, drive growth, and navigate the complexities of the digital landscape.

AI in African Marketing: Transforming Customer Engagement and Efficiency

This essay explores how African organizations can effectively leverage AI marketing to gain a competitive edge, focusing on the benefits, strategies, and practical applications.

Understanding AI Marketing

AI marketing involves using artificial intelligence technologies to analyze data, automate tasks, and optimize marketing efforts.

It encompasses a wide range of tools and techniques, including machine learning, natural language processing, predictive analytics, and chatbot automation.

These technologies enable marketers to gain deeper insights into consumer behavior, personalize marketing campaigns, and improve overall efficiency.

Benefits of AI Marketing for African Organizations

Enhanced Customer Insights:

AI tools can analyze vast amounts of data to uncover patterns and trends that provide valuable insights into customer preferences and behaviors.

This enables organizations to tailor their marketing strategies to better meet the needs and expectations of their target audience.

Personalized Marketing:

AI allows for hyper-personalization of marketing campaigns.

By analyzing individual customer data, organizations can create personalized content, offers, and recommendations, leading to higher engagement rates and improved customer satisfaction.

Improved Efficiency and Productivity:

AI can automate repetitive marketing tasks such as data analysis, content creation, and customer segmentation.

This frees up time for marketers to focus on strategic activities and creative thinking, thereby increasing overall productivity.

Predictive Analytics:

AI-powered predictive analytics can forecast future trends, consumer behavior, and market dynamics. This helps organizations to make data-driven decisions, optimize marketing strategies, and stay ahead of the competition.

Cost Savings:

By automating routine tasks and optimizing marketing efforts, AI can reduce operational costs. Additionally, more targeted and effective marketing campaigns lead to better returns on investment (ROI).

Strategies for Implementing AI Marketing

  1. Invest in Data Infrastructure

The foundation of effective AI marketing is high-quality data. Organizations need to invest in robust data infrastructure to collect, store, and manage data from various sources. This includes customer data, social media interactions, website analytics, and sales records. Implementing data management platforms (DMPs) and customer relationship management (CRM) systems can help in organizing and leveraging data for AI applications.

  1. Adopt AI Tools and Platforms

There are numerous AI tools and platforms available that cater to different aspects of marketing. Organizations should evaluate their specific needs and choose the right tools to integrate into their marketing operations. Some popular AI marketing tools include:

Google Analytics: For data analysis and insights.

HubSpot: For marketing automation and CRM.

Hootsuite: For social media management.

IBM Watson: For advanced AI applications like predictive analytics and chatbot automation.

  1. Focus on Customer Experience

AI can significantly enhance customer experience by providing personalized and timely interactions. Implementing AI-powered chatbots and virtual assistants can offer 24/7 customer support, answer queries, and assist with transactions. Additionally, using AI to analyze customer feedback and sentiment can help in improving products and services.

  1. Leverage Predictive Analytics

Predictive analytics uses historical data and machine learning algorithms to predict future outcomes. African organizations can leverage predictive analytics to forecast demand, identify emerging trends, and optimize marketing campaigns. For instance, retailers can use predictive analytics to manage inventory and reduce stockouts.

  1. Create Personalized Content

AI can help in creating personalized content that resonates with the target audience. Content recommendation engines, powered by AI, can suggest relevant articles, videos, or products to individual users based on their past behavior and preferences. This enhances user engagement and drives conversions.

  1. Optimize Ad Campaigns

AI can optimize advertising campaigns by analyzing performance data and making real-time adjustments. Programmatic advertising platforms use AI to automatically buy and place ads in the most effective channels, targeting the right audience at the right time. This improves ad performance and reduces wasted ad spend.

  1. Train and Upskill Employees

To successfully implement AI marketing, organizations need to invest in training and upskilling their employees. Marketing teams should be well-versed in AI technologies and their applications. Providing training programs, workshops, and certifications can help in building the necessary skills and knowledge.

  1. Collaborate with AI Experts

Collaborating with AI experts and technology partners can provide valuable insights and guidance. Organizations can work with AI consultants, data scientists, and technology vendors to develop and implement effective AI marketing strategies. These collaborations can also help in staying updated with the latest AI trends and innovations.

Practical Applications of AI Marketing in African Organizations

  1. Retail Industry

The retail industry in Africa can benefit immensely from AI marketing. By analyzing customer data, retailers can understand shopping patterns, preferences, and trends. AI can also help in managing inventory, predicting demand, and optimizing pricing strategies. Personalized marketing campaigns can drive customer loyalty and increase sales.

  1. Financial Services

AI marketing can transform the financial services sector by providing personalized financial advice, automating customer support, and detecting fraudulent activities. Banks and financial institutions can use AI to analyze transaction data, identify potential risks, and offer tailored financial products and services to customers.

  1. Healthcare

In the healthcare sector, AI can improve patient engagement and communication. AI-powered chatbots can provide instant responses to patient queries, schedule appointments, and offer medical advice. Predictive analytics can help in identifying health trends and managing resources effectively.

  1. Travel and Tourism

The travel and tourism industry can leverage AI to enhance customer experience and streamline operations. AI can analyze travel data to offer personalized travel recommendations, optimize pricing, and manage bookings. Chatbots can provide real-time assistance to travelers, helping with itineraries, reservations, and travel updates.

  1. Agriculture

AI can revolutionize agriculture in Africa by providing data-driven insights into crop management, weather patterns, and soil conditions. Farmers can use AI to optimize irrigation, predict crop yields, and manage pests. AI-powered platforms can connect farmers with buyers, improving market access and profitability.

  1. Education

In the education sector, AI can personalize learning experiences, automate administrative tasks, and provide insights into student performance. Educational institutions can use AI to offer tailored learning programs, monitor student progress, and identify areas for improvement.

Case Studies of AI Marketing Success in Africa

  1. Jumia

Jumia, Africa’s leading e-commerce platform, has successfully integrated AI into its marketing strategies. By analyzing customer data, Jumia offers personalized product recommendations and targeted marketing campaigns. AI-powered chatbots provide instant customer support, enhancing the shopping experience.

  1. MTN

MTN, a major telecommunications company in Africa, uses AI to optimize its marketing efforts.

By leveraging predictive analytics, MTN can identify customer churn, personalize offers, and improve customer retention.

AI-driven insights help in understanding customer preferences and tailoring marketing strategies accordingly.

 

  1. Flutterwave

Flutterwave, a leading fintech company in Africa, uses AI to enhance its financial services. AI-powered fraud detection systems help in identifying and preventing fraudulent transactions. Personalized marketing campaigns drive customer engagement and increase the adoption of Flutterwave’s payment solutions.

Challenges and Considerations

While the benefits of AI marketing are significant, there are also challenges that African organizations need to consider:

Data Privacy and Security:

Collecting and analyzing customer data raises concerns about privacy and security. Organizations must ensure compliance with data protection regulations and implement robust security measures to protect sensitive information.

Cost and Resource Constraints:

Implementing AI marketing requires significant investment in technology, infrastructure, and talent. Organizations with limited resources may find it challenging to adopt AI solutions. Exploring partnerships and collaborations can help mitigate these constraints.

Talent Shortage:

There is a shortage of skilled AI professionals in Africa. Organizations need to invest in training and development programs to build the necessary expertise. Collaborating with academic institutions and technology partners can also help in addressing this talent gap.

Cultural and Market Diversity:

Africa is a diverse continent with varying cultural and market dynamics. AI marketing strategies need to be tailored to local contexts and preferences. Understanding regional differences and customizing approaches can enhance the effectiveness of AI marketing campaigns.

Conclusion

AI marketing presents a transformative opportunity for African organizations to enhance their competitiveness and drive growth.

By investing in data infrastructure, adopting AI tools, and focusing on customer experience, organizations can unlock the full potential of AI marketing.

Practical applications across various industries, such as retail, financial services, healthcare, travel, agriculture, and education, demonstrate the versatility and impact of AI.

Despite the challenges, the benefits of AI marketing far outweigh the risks. By addressing data privacy concerns, managing resource constraints, building talent, and understanding cultural diversity, African organizations can successfully implement AI marketing strategies.

Embracing AI marketing will not only improve marketing efficiency but also contribute to the overall economic development of the continent.

In conclusion, the future of marketing in Africa lies in the intelligent use of AI. Organizations that proactively adopt and integrate AI marketing will be better positioned to compete in the global market, drive innovation, and achieve sustainable growth.

 

 

 


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