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Microsoft Rebuilds its Edge Browser on Google Chrome foundation

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Microsoft is reportedly giving up on the core technology in its Edge browser for Windows 10 and will rely instead on Google’s browser software.

The new browser is codenamed Anaheim and will use software from Chromium, Google’s open-source project on which Chrome is based, Windows Central reported Monday. Specifically, it’ll use Google’s Blink, the browser engine with the key job of interpreting website coding and displaying it on your screen, the report said. An announcement about the plans could come this week, the Verge reported.

Microsoft declined to comment. However, one source familiar with the company’s plans confirmed that Microsoft indeed plans to package its own browser software around a Chromium core.

If the move indeed comes to pass, it’ll make life easier for web developers who won’t have to bother testing their software with as many browsers. But the flip side of that coin is that it means the web becomes less an independent technology platform and more whatever Google’s Chrome programmers say it is. Ten years after it was first introduced publicly, Chrome dominates the web.

The web already lost a major independent browser engine when Opera mostly killed its own Presto in 2013, ultimately moving to Chrome’s technology. There are still two browser forces independent from Chrome: Mozilla’s Firefox, which uses the Gecko browser engine, and Apple’s Safari, which uses WebKit.

Independent projects are useful for experimenting with new technology such as Firefox’s WebRender, which could make web pages display dramatically faster. Independent engines also let browser makers and web developers figure out the best way to balance priorities like security, speed and programmability when developing new web standards.

Edge, which is based on the EdgeHTML rendering engine, has struggled since it came to Windows 10 in 2015 as a replacement for Internet Explorer. It held a little over 2 percent of the browser market in November, according to StatCounter, while Chrome ruled overall at 62 percent.

Edge lags even Internet Explorer, the browser it was designed to replace. One part of the problem: Windows 7 remains widely used, but Edge runs only on Windows 10. So even though Edge and EdgeHTML help offer an independent voice about the future of the web, they didn’t have much clout in practice.

There’s change afoot with other browsers as well. Chrome itself just underwent its first redesign in a decade — Google has been rethinking its browser to keep pace with the massive shift from desktop computing to mobile. Apple’s Safari has been incorporating new privacy features, and Mozilla’s Firefox has been adjusting its approach to ad tracker blocking. The ad-blocking Brave browser is in the midst of a major overhaul, too.

Microsoft’s Edge browser for Android already uses Google’s browser technology, too.

If Microsoft does indeed switch to Chromium technology, it’ll be in good company. In addition to Opera, companies building browsers built on Chrome technology include Samsung, Brave, Yandex, Baidu and Vivaldi.

In September, Microsoft reversed course on a hostile approach to non-Edge browsers on Windows 10 by removing a warning against installing rival browsers from a test version

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Trane® Appoints JMG as New Distributor in Nigeria

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Trane, a global provider of indoor comfort systems and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, has entered into a new distribution agreement with JMG Limited Nigeria, that will significantly expand and strengthen the distribution capacity of Trane in Nigeria.

The launch of Trane in Nigeria was at the MEGA CLIMA exhibition, dedicated to the refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation and heating sector, which took place in the Landmark Exhibition Center in Lagos from the 11th to the 13th of July 2019. JMG Limited and Trane exhibited the Trane brand and conduct a seminar for the professional in the HVAC market.

Under the agreement, JMG Limited will be the Authorized Distributor of Trane residential and light commercial systems in Nigeria through a dedicated team of experienced sales and services engineers. This Distributorship allows JMG Limited to complete its strategic development in the building infrastructure segment in order to offer a One Stop solution to developers from power, electrical products, mobility equipment and now efficient air-conditioning systems.

Mr. Hazem Bouzaiane, Africa Distributor Management Leader, Trane, said “We believe in selecting a Distributor who reflects Trane’s commitment to environmental sustainability with a strong focus on understanding and delivering value to customers, and the region they operate in. We are pleased to begin this journey with JMG Limited and will be very proactive in working with them to deliver the Trane promise of energy efficiency and reliability to the region”.

Mr. Ramzi Dabaghi, Head of Power Solutions & HVAC Division Manager, JMG Limited, said, “The HVAC industry is a very large industry that covers system design, operation and maintenance. Like most industries within the construction business, the HVAC sector has been gradually growing lately, with the end user spending substantial business expansion plans and supporting new enterprises in the industry. Our interest in the HVAC business arises after we have monitored the increasing market trend and identifying the areas/businesses that will benefit from our service. Add to this our concern to reduce energy consumption and to build a healthier environment.

We are quite aware that the success of any business lies in the foundation on which the business is built on, which is why we are confident enough that the JMG Limited – Trane partnership in the HVAC sector will succeed and develop rapidly.

JMG Limited has a dedicated team of professional engineers (Mechanical and Electrical), trained by Trane and specialized in Total engineering solutions and turnkey projects to deliver reliable and immediate results.

Thanks to the vast expertise and experience of our team, our aim is to provide the optimum solution, irrespective of category and scope of supply. We are always committed to provide high reliability with low maintenance, maximum safety and great flexibility. With the expertise and experience of our team and the name Trane and not to forget the quality and innovation of Trane products, we simply offer the best solutions.

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Funke Akindele Announces Dettol Clean Naija’s National Handwash Challenge On Silverbird TV

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L-R: Winifred Okolo; Today On STV host, Funke Akindele; Nigerian Actress and Dettol Brand Ambassador, Cassandra Uzo-Ogbugh; Brand Manager, Purposeful Marketing, Reckitt Benckiser at Silverbird TV recently.
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Funke Akindele was recently hosted on the popular Silverbird TV breakfast show, ‘Today on STV’, where she discussed her career, motherhood and her CSR work on promoting hygiene and good health in Nigeria through Dettol’s Clean Naija Initiative. The Jenifa star also spoke on the need for better general health practices including daily hand hygiene as this singular act can prevent the transmission of illnesses like diarrhea, making families and communities healthier and happier.

The Clean Naija initiative, which was created to achieve a cleaner nation through the continuous habit of proper handwashing and personal hygiene, has so far been achieving its mandate, through mass awareness, social education and provision of infrastructure towards proper hand hygiene habits.

When asked what her partnership with Dettol means for Nigerians, Funke Akindele said, “Our goal is to get 20 million clean hands by the end of year 2020, and as such, I’d personally champion the promotion of proper personal hygiene in Nigeria. This is possible because, Dettol has products such as the antiseptic liquid, the anti-bacterial soap and hand sanitizer which will be instrumental to the achievement of our mandate.”

She rounded up her time on the show by announcing the start of the National Handwash Challenge which is a social campaign that will help raise the consciousness of Handwashing amongst active Nigerians.

L-R: Winifred Okolo; Today On STV host, Funke Akindele; Nigerian Actress and Dettol Brand Ambassador, Cassandra Uzo-Ogbugh; Brand Manager, Purposeful Marketing, Reckitt Benckiser announcing the National Handwash Challenge during the show on Silverbird TV recently.

To get the conversation going, she asked people to join the challenge by taking a picture or video whilst washing their hands, after which they’d post it on social media, tag @DettolNigeria and @Cleannaijang, and also tag 5 of their friends to do the same using the hashtag #DettolCleanNaija and #NationalHandwashChallenge

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Youth Population to Drive Strong Subscriber Growth Across Sub-Saharan Africa- GSMA Study Revealed

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 Sub-Saharan Africa will remain the world’s fastest-growing mobile region over the coming years as millions of young African consumers become mobile users for the first time, according to a new GSMA study.

 

It reveals that more than 160 million new unique mobile subscribers[i] will be added across the region by 2025, bringing the total to 623 million, representing around half of the region’s population, up from 456 million (44 per cent) in 2018. Subscriber additions will be concentrated in high-growth markets such as Nigeria and Ethiopia, the report says.

 

“A new generation of youthful ‘digital natives’ across Sub-Saharan Africa are set to fuel customer growth and drive adoption of new mobile services that are empowering lives and transforming businesses,” said Akinwale Goodluck, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa, GSMA.

 

“With mobile technology at the heart of Sub-Saharan Africa’s digital journey, it is essential for policymakers in the region to implement policies and best practices that ensure sustainable growth in the mobile industry, and enable the transition to next-generation mobile networks.”

 

The study calculates that the mobile ecosystem across Sub-Saharan Africa generated almost $150 billion in economic value last year – equivalent to 8.6 per cent of the region’s GDP. It is forecast to generate almost $185 billion (9.1 per cent of GDP) by 2023.

 

The 2019 Sub-Saharan Africa edition of the GSMA’s Mobile Economy report series is being published at the ‘Mobile 360 – Africa’ event being held this week in Kigali, Rwanda. The new report also reveals that:

 

  • Around 239 million people, equivalent to 23 per cent of the region’s population, use the mobile internet on a regular basis.
  • Smartphones accounted for 39 per cent of mobile connections[ii] in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2018, forecast to increase to two thirds of connections by 2025.
  • 3G will overtake 2G to become the leading mobile technology in Sub-Saharan Africa this year.
  • 4G will account for almost one in four connections by 2025. However, 4G uptake is being dampened in some markets by the high cost of 4G devices and delays in assigning 4G spectrum.
  • The region’s mobile operators are increasing investment in their networks and are expected to spend $60 billion (capex) on network infrastructure and services between 2018 and 2025 – almost a fifth of this total being invested in new 5G networks.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa’s mobile ecosystem supports around 3.5 million jobs, directly and indirectly, and last year contributed almost $15.6 billion to the funding of the public sector through consumer and operator taxes.

The new report ‘The Mobile Economy, Sub-Saharan Africa 2019’ is authored by GSMA Intelligence, the research arm of the GSMA. To access the full report and related infographics, please visit: https://www.gsma.com/r/mobileeconomy/sub-saharan-africa/

 

 

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