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HP Strengthens Portfolio with its Largest Launch @ CES 2022



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HP Inc. has unveiled new devices and solutions designed to enhance collaboration and creation experiences so people can work and create wherever they are.

Hybrid work requires more than simply collaborating and working together. It challenges technology to provide the same experience no matter where people are.

Workplaces are now wherever people want them to be, but the expectations of their work doesn’t change. People need to be seen and heard clearly and be productive and inspired.

“Hybrid changed everything. We now have more freedom to be productive and creative from anywhere,” said Alex Cho, president, Personal Systems, HP Inc.

“Our hardware, software, and solutions innovations deliver the experiences needed to thrive in a hybrid world, providing the power to blend our most productive environments for work and creativity with our most inspired ideas.”

Continuing to build on the recent launch of HP Presence, HP added exciting new features for better video conferencing experiences. People can now enhance their onscreen image to personalize how they show up in meetings with the Appearance Filter, while the myHP application provides a single dashboard to control and customize their PC experience – like applying video settings across their conferencing apps with a single click.

HP has also made its advanced collaboration technology available across more of its portfolio, including the EliteBook 800 G9 Series PCs, EliteBook 1000 G9 Series PC, ZBook Firefly G9, and Z40c and Z34c G3 Curved Displays, and newest Elite Dragonfly PCs. From 5MP cameras with HP Auto Frame to AI-based noise reduction filters and dynamic voice leveling technology, HP Presence delivers a better way to be seen, be heard, and share ideas for people outside of the meeting room.

Taking workforce collaboration to a whole new level, HP has expanded its portfolio of Elite Dragonfly devices, delivering on the customer demand for premium mobile devices when it comes to hybrid work. These devices drive progress towards increasing sustainability with recycled magnesium, aluminum, and ocean bound plastics.

The HP Elite Dragonfly G3 with Windows 11 empowers mobile professionals to bring their best to every meeting. Still lighter than air at under 1kg and available in Slate Blue or Natural Silver, the HP Elite Dragonfly G3 is powered by 12th Gen Intel processors. The HP Elite Dragonfly G3 features a 13.5” clamshell design, while giving users more screen with a taller 3:2 aspect screen ratio to keep them productive.

Enhanced by HP Presence, the Elite Dragonfly delivers an exceptional collaboration experience with Audio by Bang & Olufsen and four discrete amps working together to create immersive sound, HP Dynamic Voice Leveling automatically optimizing voice clarity, and AI-based noise reduction 2.0 enhances audio so people can be heard even when wearing a mask.

Equipped with intelligent charging, the battery learns work patterns to optimize power consumption. HP Wolf Security for Business provides a resilient defense against malware and hacking.

Purpose-built for the mobile intensity of cloud-centric workstyles, the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook Enterprise is the world’s most advanced Chromebook for business.

Delivering breakthrough collaboration experiences and security, the new premium Chromebook empowers business and cloud users with the simplicity of Chrome OS to collaborate, share and capture ideas.

The HP E24m, E27m, and E34m Conferencing Monitors are the world’s most advanced conferencing monitor series that deliver the most authentic face-to-face meetings in your dedicated workspace.

Present your best self on any call with a 5MP tiltable privacy webcam, improved lighting sensors, Windows Hello login, noise-cancelling mics, and front-firing speakers. Meeting over 200 quality benchmarks, these monitors are Zoom Certified so you can rest assured that you can be seen and heard with high-quality video and audio.

For people looking for a sleek and easy-to-use conferencing experience, the HP M24 and M27 Webcam Monitors are ideal for connecting with friends and family or learning from home via a 5MP webcam, front-firing speakers, and noise-cancelling mics. Connect your device with just one USB-C® cable and get seamless connectivity to any Chromebook with Works with Chromebook certification.

Every company needs their workforce to have improved productivity, collaboration, and security for how they work in a new hybrid world.

Additional new Windows 11 devices created with this in mind include the HP Elite x360 1040 G9 and HP EliteBook 1040 G9 which push the limits of performance and lightness for mobile workers everywhere.

Others include the HP EliteBook 800 G9 Series PCs which have been redesigned with an ultra slim chassis, a new 16:10 ratio screen, and a larger clickpad ratio, the HP EliteBook 600 G9 Series PCs, the powerful, easy to manage, and highly secure PCs that allow easy standardization into existing IT environments, while giving users the tools they need to work from almost anywhere; and the HP ProBook 400 G9 Series PCs which combine lightweight, upgradeable designs with commercial performance, security, and durability ideal for growing businesses.

In today’s hybrid world, we have entered a world of multi-device experiences, constantly swapping one device for another while navigating quick bursts of creativity on the go to extended focus times at a desk. Creators in this new environment need digital solutions that are accessible, consistent, complementary, and continuous.

This is where the HP ENVY Desktop PC comes in. It is the new expansive powerhouse for creatives, designed to be the central hub to help you learn, create, and manage every aspect of modern life.

The device keeps up as your creative skills grow with Windows 11, up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 processor and up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080 Ti graphics, along with one touch tool-less expandability for easy upgradeability.

Next is the HP Z2 Mini G9, the world’s most powerful mini workstation, which brings high performance that’s packed into a new versatile, contemporary design. Architects and graphic designers in need of a device small enough to fit space-constrained environments no longer need to sacrifice performance.

The Z2 Mini G9 comes equipped with low-profile NVIDIA RTX™ professional graphics, combined with next-gen Intel® Core™ processors, including K-Series, for seamless transitions between multiple applications for design, rendering, and simulation and the ability to power 2D to 3D workflows.

Another is the HP Z40c G3 and HP Z34c G3 Curved Displays, designed for creators and power users who want to replace their dual monitor setup with one large, immersive, and color accurate display.

The HP Z40c G3 Curved Display, the world’s largest conferencing monitor with an integrated 4K webcam, lets you see every detail on a sharp 5K:2K 40” screen with a high aspect ratio, critical pixel density, and get a seamless and fast connection with Thunderbolt 3 – enough to charge two PCs at once.

When creators are working on multiple devices, files, and projects at once, HP Device Bridge 2.0 brings uninterrupted creativity to your workstream. Connect both the Z2 Mini and Firefly – or any Windows® or Mac® devices – to either display and simultaneously work with the ability to drag and drop files between the two computers effortlessly.

Additional new devices and accessories for creators include the ZBook Firefly 14 G9, HP’s most mobile ZBook workstation, and ZBook Firefly 16 G9 which brings professional-level performance, an AI-enhancing webcam, and a 16:10 color-accurate HP DreamColor display to a truly sleek and light mobile workstation.

Also Designed for creators by creators is the new HP ENVY 27- inch All-in-One Desktop PC which lets you be at your best when you create, connect, and collaborate. A smaller but equally powerful version of the recently announced 34-inch model – this 27-inch 4K version features true-to-life color, powerful performance, and a detachable magnetic camera.

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Omatek Board Meets to Review, Approve Q2 Results



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The Board of Omtek Ventures Plc will meet on July 25 to among others review and possibly approve the Company’s Unaudited Financial Statements (UFS) for the second quarter (Q2) of 2024.

Omtek also told the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) that its Board will meet to also update the stakeholders on the business status of the Company.

Consequently, the Company commenced its closed period from Monday, July 1, 2024, and this will remain in force till 24 hours after the filing of the UFS at the Nigerian Exchange Limited.

“All Insiders and related persons are duly informed and prohibited from trading in the Company’s shares during this period,” it said.

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Mastercard and Kalabash54 launch innovative travel card in Nigeria and Ghana



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Mastercard has collaborated with Kalabash54, the fintech subsidiary of one of West Africa’s leading online travel tech company, Wakanow Group, to introduce innovative travel cards for customers in Nigeria and Ghana. This collaboration aims to offer a secure and convenient payment solution designed to meet the unique needs of travellers across the region.

L-R: Ladi Ojuri, Chief Executive Officer of Kalabash54; Folasade Femi-Lawal, Country Manager and Area Business Head for West Africa, Mastercard; Bayo Adedeji, Group Chief Executive Officer, Wakanow Group, and Akintunde Ajayi, Director, Business Development, Fintech & Enablers, EEMEA, Mastercard.

The Kalabash54 travel card empowers travellers with a convenient all-in-one payment solution. Benefits include the ability to fund trips directly from the Kalabash54 app using the physical or virtual card, available in local currency or USD. Users can easily manage their card through the app, handling activation, PIN changes, and security controls while enjoying worldwide acceptance, airport lounge access, exclusive discounts, no hidden fees, free card loading, and a loyalty program with cashback, discounts, and more.

This offering will allow consumers to leverage their spend through a product that will enhance their travel experience, supported by Mastercard’s global network and Wakanow’s strength with travel suppliers globally.

“We are thrilled to team up with Kalabash54 and Wakanow to bring this innovative travel card to Nigeria and Ghana. Mastercard is committed to fostering a more inclusive, digital economy, where every journey is powered by seamless financial services.

“Through this collaboration, we aim to leverage the collective strengths of our global network and Wakanow’s industry expertise to transform travel payments in West Africa with secure, convenient, and rewarding options,” said Folasade Femi-Lawal, Country Manager, West Africa, Mastercard.

The timing of this collaboration is particularly significant given the current landscape of the payments industry in Nigeria and Ghana. Both markets have seen a surge in the adoption of digital payment solutions, driven by increased internet penetration and growing purchase power of consumers.

The introduction of the Kalabash54 travel card, officially launched at the ‘Wakanow Unpacked’ tech and innovation expo in June, is poised to capitalize on this trend, offering a reliable and widely accepted payment method for international travellers.

Bayo Adedeji, Group Chief Executive Officer of Wakanow Group emphasized the impact of the strategic alliance, stating, “We are thrilled to collaborate with Mastercard to introduce this unique payment solution to our customers in Nigeria and Ghana. This collaboration underscores our dedication to enhancing the travel experience by offering secure and efficient payment options.

“Our customers can now enjoy the convenience of a global payment solution managed through the Kalabash54 app, providing ease and flexibility. The collaboration aims to enhance electronic payment adoption in the travel and tourism sectors.”

Ladi Ojuri, Chief Executive Officer of Kalabash54, said, “We believe this collaboration with Mastercard will set a new standard in the travel and payment industry. Our goal is to empower our customers with the most innovative and reliable financial tools, enhancing their travel experience and providing them with the confidence to explore the world seamlessly. This collaboration reflects our commitment to leveraging global partnerships to deliver unparalleled value and convenience to our customers.”

This collaboration aims to boost financial inclusivity by providing more secure, easy, and accessible payment solutions. With the travel industry Ghana and Nigeria on the rise, the demand for convenient payment methods is high. The Kalabash54 and Mastercard alliance is set to meet this demand, offering tools for seamless international travel.

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AfDB Appoints Dr Babatunde Samson Omotosho as Director of Statistics Department



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African Development Bank has appointed Dr Babatunde Samson Omotosho, an economist and statistician, as Director of the Statistics Department, effective June 16, 2024.

Dr Babatunde Samson Omotosho

Dr Omotosho, a Nigerian national, has more than 21 years experience in developing data strategies to align with the strategic objectives of organisations. He also brings expertise in data compilation, data analytics, macroeconomic research, and policy analysis.

Omotosho previously served as Director of Research and Statistics at the West African Monetary Agency (WAMA) in Sierra Leone, where he was seconded from the Central Bank of Nigeria. At WAMA, he provided advice on monetary and economic integration within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Prior to that he held various positions within the Statistics and Research Departments of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

As an Assistant Director in the Statistics Department, he led the data analytics team and managed the Central Bank’s strategic initiatives on big data and data analytics. He oversaw projects aimed at enhancing data analytics capabilities for policymaking, automating surveys and statistical systems, improving data sharing infrastructure and developing social media listening tools. His leadership fostered a culture of data analytics within the Central Bank, driving innovation and efficiency in operational and policy processes.

Dr Omotosho holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom (2021); a master’s degree in Applied Statistics and Datamining from the University of St Andrews, United Kingdom (2011); a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Benin, Nigeria (2008); and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria (2000).

He has contributed extensively to academic literature, with publications in reputable journals, including the Journal of Economic Dynamics & Control, Journal of International Money & Finance, Macroeconomic & Finance in Emerging Market Economies, and the Central Bank of Nigeria Journal of Applied Statistics. His research covers big data, econometrics, monetary and fiscal policy interactions, business cycle drivers, and the macroeconomic implications of resource shocks for small open, emerging economies.

Omotosho is a member of the Nigerian Statistical Association, the International Association for Official Statistics, and the Royal Statistical Society.

Commenting on his appointment, he said, “I am grateful to President Adesina for this appointment, and I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to the continued success and growth of the African Development Bank Group, an institution that plays such a pivotal role in the economic and social development of our beloved continent, Africa. I am fully committed to fulfilling the responsibilities of the position while collaborating effectively with the Bank’s senior leadership team, colleagues, and other strategic partners.”

Dr Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group, commented: “I am pleased to appoint Dr Babatunde Samson Omotosho, a respected statistician, as Director of the Statistics Department. Dr Omotosho brings to this role an impressive track record in statistics, economics, and data analytics. He will support the Bank in building a robust data ecosystem to achieve our strategic objectives and sustain our long-term development goals.”

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