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Jumia Black Friday and Konga Yataka 2015 Deals And What To Expect

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Welcome to 2015! Well, we are still in 2015 even if it’s just a few weeks to the end of the year, anyways, it’s that time of the year when everyone is busy running around looking for the best Black Friday deals and what have you. Africa’s e-commerce giants Jumia and Konga will once again thrill shoppers with superb shopping deals and lots of great discounts.
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Konga has so far started the black Friday sales today 26th November with some great deals but not as great as we would love them to be :) Konga black Friday event tagged Konga Yakata will see some new phones unleashed like the Alcatel OneTouch Pop amongst others. There are also some great items currently on sale in the Yakata sales, items such as DVDs, smartphones, TVs, home equipment received some cool price slashes, other items such as Fashion accessories received discounts up to 60%.

To ensure you don’t miss out on your dream item, head over to the Konga Yakata page, as items with reduced ‘Yakata’ prices will be sold solely on the dedicated page which you can access here (Konga.com/Yakata. The deals will last till tomorrow, and there will be some great flash sale products with super slashed prices, so be ready and be fast!.

Jumia Black Friday
Jumia Black Friday on the other hand will start tomorrow, maybe around midnight or maybe mid morning. One thing however is sure, Jumia Black Friday will be crazy! There will be infinix hot 2 at half price, Innjoo Halo at half price, PlayStation 4 at 45% off and lots of other super mouth watering deals. As is customary for Jumia, expect flash sales.

Flash sales depict little inventory and plenty buyers, so you definitely have to be on high alert if you want to cup anything from tomorrow sales. So far, I see Jumia have set the whole stage ready and ready to shut down the Nigerian internet once more with super fantastic deals come 27th of November on it’s most talked about Black friday shopping spree!. Don’t miss out, head over to Jumia Black Friday exclusive page to stay updated.

Jumia Kenya is also having the Black Friday sales which you can find on this page (Jumia Black Friday Kenya) and it promises to be super fun for shoppers!. Toshiba 7″ tablet would go for Ksh 5,000 against it’s original KSh12,000 price tag, Skyworth LED 32″ TV for just KSh10,000 instead of it’s orginal KSh 26,000 price tag and many more deals. Don’t miss it Kenyans! Visit Jumia Kenya Black Friday Page now!.

ProtonMail Pays $6,000 Ransom To Stop DDOS Attacks, Gets Taken Out By DDoS Anyway

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A supplier of end-to-end scrambled email said it paid a payoff of just about $6,000 to stop exceptionally propelled disavowal of-administration assaults that thumped its systems, and the systems of some of its upstream suppliers, disconnected from the net.

In a blog entry distributed Thursday, authorities of Switzerland-based ProtonMail said they “grudgingly agreed” to pay 15 bitcoins, which at current valuations came to about $5,850 USD to the assailants in return for them stopping the DDOS strike. Indeed, even in the wake of paying the total, the crippling assaults proceeded. However at the time the blog entry was being written, the attacks had died down. The payment installment is creating challenge from commentators who say it will just empower more assaults. ProtonMail authorities said:

We hoped that by paying, we could spare the other companies impacted by the attack against us, but the attacks continued nevertheless. Attacks against infrastructure continued throughout the evening and in order to keep other customers online, our ISP was forced to stop announcing our IP range, effectively taking us offline. The attack disrupted traffic across the ISP’s entire network and got so serious that the criminals who extorted us previously even found it necessary to write us to deny responsibility for the second attack.

The battle started not long after 12 pm on Tuesday, when ProtonMail got a blackmail email from a gathering of crooks said to be in charge of a series of DDoS assaults crosswise over Switzerland in the course of recent weeks. The message was soon trailed by an appropriated disavowal of-administration assault that went on for around 15 minutes. The assault continued at 11am that day and was at that point demonstrating “an uncommon level of refinement.” By 2pm, the surge of garbage movement came to volumes of 100 gigabits for each second and started focusing on ProtonMail’s datacenter and upstream suppliers, incorporating switches in Zurich, Frankfurt, and different areas where the ISP has hubs.

“This planned ambush on key foundation in the end figured out how to cut down both the datacenter and the ISP, which affected many different organizations, not simply ProtonMail.”

The blog entry went ahead to say:

Through MELANI (a division of the Swiss federal government), we exchanged information with other companies who have also been attacked and made a few discoveries. First, the attack against ProtonMail can be divided into two stages. The first stage is the volumetric attack which was targeting just our IP addresses. The second stage is the more complex attack which targeted weak points in the infrastructure of our ISPs. This second phase has not been observed in any other recent attacks on Swiss companies and was technically much more sophisticated. This means that ProtonMail is likely under attack by two separate groups, with the second attackers exhibiting capabilities more commonly possessed by state-sponsored actors. It also shows that the second attackers were not afraid of causing massive collateral damage in order to get at us.

At present, ProtonMail’s infrastructure is still vulnerable to attacks of this magnitude, but we have a comprehensive long term solution which is already being implemented. Protecting against a highly sophisticated attack like the second one which was launched against us requires sophisticated solutions as we also need to protect our datacenter and upstream providers. Cost estimates for these solutions are around $100,000 per year since there are few service providers able to fight off an attack of this size and sophistication. These solutions are expensive and take time to implement, but they will be necessary because it is clear that online privacy has powerful opponents. In order to cover these costs, we are collecting donations for a ProtonMail defense fund.

The battle started not long after 12 pm on Tuesday, when ProtonMail got a blackmail email from a gathering of hackers said to be in charge of a series of DDoS assaults crosswise over Switzerland in the course of recent weeks. The message was soon trailed by an appropriated disavowal of-administration assault that went on for around 15 minutes. The assault continued at 11am that day and was at that point demonstrating “an uncommon level of refinement.” By 2pm, the surge of garbage movement came to volumes of 100 gigabits for each second and started focusing on ProtonMail’s datacenter and upstream suppliers, incorporating switches in Zurich, Frankfurt, and different areas where the ISP has hubs.

“This planned ambush on key foundation in the end figured out how to cut down both the datacenter and the ISP, which affected many different organizations, not simply ProtonMail.”

The blog entry went ahead to say:

RIAA To Pandora “That Will Be $90 million for playing pre-1972 songs”

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Web radio organization Pandora has consented to pay the RIAA $90 million over spouting of pre-1972 tunes, which aren’t secured under government copyright however are secured by state-level copyrights in territories including New York and California.

It’s the second huge installment that will go to the Recording Industry Association of America, which has effectively won a $210 million settlement with SiriusXM satellite radio over the same issue.

The settlement covers Pandora’s past plays of pre-1972 music, and it likewise covers the music administration through the end of 2016. Around then, Pandora will need to reach another permitting manage the RIAA in the event that it needs to continue playing the old music.

The two gatherings keep on being occupied with a debate at the Copyright Royalty Board about the amount Pandora ought to pay per melody. The settlement reported today doesn’t influence that question, which is progressing.

“Pandora is eager to have discovered determination with these record names,” said Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews in an announcement. “We sought after this settlement keeping in mind the end goal to advance the discussion and keep on cultivating a superior, synergistic association with the marks.”

“Real settlements with SiriusXM and now Pandora implies that a notable era of specialists and the names that upheld them will be paid for the utilization of their inventive works,” said RIAA Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman. “That is a critical turning point and a major win for the music group.”

Pandora and Sirius were both sued over pre-1972 tunes by the RIAA in 2013. They additionally face implied class-activity prosecution brought by individuals from a 1960s band called The Turtles. The RIAA soon caught up with its own claims. After key legitimate decisions in the RIAA’s support, both organizations have consented to settle.

Prior this week, an Illinois couple who claimed a few recording organizations in the 1950s and 1960s documented their own claim over pre-1972 melodies against Pandora, SiriusXM, and iHeartRadio. That claim looks for installment under New Jersey normal law.

Your Facebook App Sucks, Battery Life That Is.

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FACEBOOK’s app had been under pressure for draining the life out of our iPhones. Even after it wasn’t running, and even with iOS 9’s new regard for sparing your battery life, Facebook’s app was depleting iPhone batteries all over the place.

Today Facebook, tended to the issue in a column from Engineering Manager Ari Grant. Grant says a portion of the issue was the CPU in the application’s system code: “A CPU spin is like a child in a car asking, ‘Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?’ Are we there yet?’ with the inquiry not bringing about any advancement to the arrival to the destination. Facebook additionally confessed to fumbling sound sessions, as was alleged. In the event that you watch a video on Facebook and afterward leave the application, the sound session just continues going, depleting battery life.

Grant says Facebook has redesigned its application, and these things have been tended to. So go re-download your Facebook application ASAP. Praise those additional seconds, minutes, perhaps hours of battery life before you tie yourself to a Lightning Cable, Car Charger, or Outlet.

Want to Replay a Snapchat Snap? That Will Be 99 Cents, Sir

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Ever daydream while seeing a Snap and really miss something great? Not to long ago, Snapchat gave you a chance to answer one Snap a day, yet that is going to change.

Snapchatters in the U.S. can now buy additional replays, beginning at three for $0.99. You can utilize a replay on any Snap you get, however you can just replay only one snap once — so make sure you’re focusing the second time around.

“A Replay is similar to a compliment! So why stop at only one?” Snapchat wrote in a blog entry. “They’re somewhat pricey — yet time is cash!”

The new element comes after Snapchat initially presented the replay highlight just about two years back. The organization said the cutoff of one replay a day has now and then baffled clients so it’s presently seeking you’ll open your wallet after additional Snaps are needed.

Other than paid replays, the redesign brings a fun new element for energizing your selfies. When you’re utilizing the camera to take a selfie, press and hang all over to enact Lenses.

“You can play with Lenses before taking a Snap — simply select one from the line at the base and take after the on-screen guidelines!” Snapchat composed. “You’ll additionally discover some fun shocks in this redesign, including Trophies (tucked over the camera).”

In the interim, Snapchat had an occupied summer including new elements. The organization a month ago acquainted Travel Mode with assist you with sparing versatile information and in July took some of a letting so as to grate out of review Snaps and Stories you tap to see rather than press and

 

Crank Up Your Workout With ‘Spotify Running’ on Android

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Need some inspiration to get your butt off the love seat and go for a run? Spotify needs to offer assistance.

In May, the music-gushing administration dispatched Spotify Running, which serves up substance taking into account your rhythm and listening history. At dispatch, then again, it was just accessible on iPhone, yet it has now touched base on Android, as well.

“Since the dispatch of Spotify Running, a large number of you have bound up and taken off together with the best musical inspiration out there,” the organization wrote in a blog entry.

Spotify Running offers various kind playlist choices covering everything from hip jump and electro to pop and established, and in addition some unique running pieces. When you select the kind of music you’re in the state of mind for, simply begin running and Spotify will recognize your rhythm — 170 stages for each moment, for example — and convey a constant playlist, redid to your pace.

“We’ll coordinate the ideal music so as to your progression to assist you with going the additional mile,” Spotify composed. “Running in time with the music makes you feel more fiery, more propelled.”

For a look at how it functions, look at the feature underneath.

In the interim, Spotify a week ago propelled another microsite where you can figure out which craftsmen you spilled before they became wildly successful. Simply make a beeline for the site, sign in with your Spotify account, and you’ll see which breakout specialists you found at an early stage, and the date you initially listened to them. Besides, you’ll likewise get an altered playlist of other comparable specialists you have yet to f

iPhone Charging Cable That Can Store Up to 128GB Of Files

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Apple’s possess various storage alternatives for it’s iPhone and iPads, as well as the most recent main product iPhone 6 and iPhone 6. The iPhone Plus does have huge storage, up to 128GB. Although not everybody would be ready to spend more $$ on an iPhone with more storage. Especially with apps such as Box and the infamous iCloud.

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It is an indisputable fact that smart phones are becoming more and more significant in our day-to day lives. As technology advances it is necessary that our palm-sized products be strong and durable, it is virtually unavoidable our reliance on them. That is why forgetting to charge your smart phone, as well as worse, using it with your battery running out is the stuff of nightmares. Therefor I present to you the MemoriesCable. A mobile lightweight, mobile charge and sync cable that provides the capacity to synchronize and charge on the go, but it also packs a huge surprise to 128 GB.

The PhotoFast MemoriesCable seems somewhat different for your normal Lightning cable that Apple and numerous third party producers offer. It basically does the same work when linked to an iPhone or iPad, but this tiny beauty from PhotoFast additionally has a layout that enables a 128GB of added storage to be used. Sure, it basically does the same work the a car charger does. But this tiny beauty from PhotoFast additionally has a layout that enables a 128GB of added storage to be used. PhotoFast is getting benefit of iOS’ newfound skill to read and write information to Lighting interface linked mobile drives drives that are mobile, but supplying a somewhat different take on the competition.

PhotoFast has yet to announce any official marketing strategy for the MemoriesCable. However it will be offered in 64GB and 128GB when it finally launches to the public.

Say goodbye the the icloud

iPhone Now Has a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Inside, With Enough Power to Last a Week on a Charge

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A company in the UK has now created a prototype based on an iPhone that not only delivers enough power to power an iPhone for a week, but is also environmentally friendly. The company has fitted a specially designed fuel cell inside a normal iPhone 6, which develops power by mixing hydrogen and oxygen, and the result is a phone that won’t need recharging for a week. When it does, hydrogen gas is pumped in through the modified headphone jack, rather than plugging the device into an electrical wall socket.

“We have managed to make a fuel cell so thin we can fit it to the existing chassis without alterations and retaining the original battery.” -Henri Winand Intelligent Energy’s CEO

It’s only a prototype for now, but the company is looking at ways to market the product. Intelligent Energy said while the tech is still two or three years from being prepared for the general public, they did say however

“it’s about how quickly does our partner want to press the button and get on with it?”

Google Is Officially A Sub-Company Under Alphabet

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Google is taking a step back to re-structure, and it’s great one! Now officially owned by Alphabet INC, and thus Alphabet Inc. will replace Google Inc. as the publicly-traded entity and all shares of Google will automatically convert into the same number of shares of Alphabet, with all of the same rights. Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet. Alphabet’s two classes of shares will continue to trade on Nasdaq as GOOGL and GOOG.

You can read the full transcript of Larry Page and Sergey Brin new company portfolio – Alphabet below.

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As Sergey and I wrote in the original founders letter 11 years ago, “Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one.” As part of that, we also said that you could expect us to make “smaller bets in areas that might seem very speculative or even strange when compared to our current businesses.” From the start, we’ve always strived to do more, and to do important and meaningful things with the resources we have.

We did a lot of things that seemed crazy at the time. Many of those crazy things now have over a billion users, like Google Maps, YouTube, Chrome, and Android. And we haven’t stopped there. We are still trying to do things other people think are crazy but we are super excited about.

We’ve long believed that over time companies tend to get comfortable doing the same thing, just making incremental changes. But in the technology industry, where revolutionary ideas drive the next big growth areas, you need to be a bit uncomfortable to stay relevant.

Our company is operating well today, but we think we can make it cleaner and more accountable. So we are creating a new company, called Alphabet (http://abc.xyz). I am really excited to be running Alphabet as CEO with help from my capable partner, Sergey, as President.

What is Alphabet? Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google. This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main Internet products contained in Alphabet instead. What do we mean by far afield? Good examples are our health efforts: Life Sciences (that works on the glucose-sensing contact lens), and Calico (focused on longevity). Fundamentally, we believe this allows us more management scale, as we can run things independently that aren’t very related. Alphabet is about businesses prospering through strong leaders and independence. In general, our model is to have a strong CEO who runs each business, with Sergey and me in service to them as needed. We will rigorously handle capital allocation and work to make sure each business is executing well. We’ll also make sure we have a great CEO for each business, and we’ll determine their compensation. In addition, with this new structure we plan to implement segment reporting for our Q4 results, where Google financials will be provided separately than those for the rest of Alphabet businesses as a whole.

This new structure will allow us to keep tremendous focus on the extraordinary opportunities we have inside of Google. A key part of this is Sundar Pichai. Sundar has been saying the things I would have said (and sometimes better!) for quite some time now, and I’ve been tremendously enjoying our work together. He has really stepped up since October of last year, when he took on product and engineering responsibility for our Internet businesses. Sergey and I have been super excited about his progress and dedication to the company. And it is clear to us and our board that it is time for Sundar to be CEO of Google. I feel very fortunate to have someone as talented as he is to run the slightly slimmed down Google and this frees up time for me to continue to scale our aspirations. I have been spending quite a bit of time with Sundar, helping him and the company in any way I can, and I will of course continue to do that. Google itself is also making all sorts of new products, and I know Sundar will always be focused on innovation — continuing to stretch boundaries. I know he deeply cares that we can continue to make big strides on our core mission to organize the world’s information. Recent launches like Google Photos and Google Now using machine learning are amazing progress. Google also has some services that are run with their own identity, like YouTube. Susan is doing a great job as CEO, running a strong brand and driving incredible growth.

Sergey and I are seriously in the business of starting new things. Alphabet will also include our X lab, which incubates new efforts like Wing, our drone delivery effort. We are also stoked about growing our investment arms, Ventures and Capital, as part of this new structure.

Alphabet Inc. will replace Google Inc. as the publicly-traded entity and all shares of Google will automatically convert into the same number of shares of Alphabet, with all of the same rights. Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet. Our two classes of shares will continue to trade on Nasdaq as GOOGL and GOOG.

For Sergey and me this is a very exciting new chapter in the life of Google — the birth of Alphabet. We liked the name Alphabet because it means a collection of letters that represent language, one of humanity’s most important innovations, and is the core of how we index with Google search! We also like that it means alpha-bet (Alpha is investment return above benchmark), which we strive for! I should add that we are not intending for this to be a big consumer brand with related products–the whole point is that Alphabet companies should have independence and develop their own brands.

We are excited about…

Getting more ambitious things done.
Taking the long-term view.
Empowering great entrepreneurs and companies to flourish.
Investing at the scale of the opportunities and resources we see.
Improving the transparency and oversight of what we’re doing.
Making Google even better through greater focus.
And hopefully…as a result of all this, improving the lives of as many people as we can.

What could be better? No wonder we are excited to get to work with everyone in the Alphabet family. Don’t worry, we’re still getting used to the name too!

Abc.xyz

Selfie Craze! Man Takes Selfie With Rattle Snake, Gets Life-Threatening Venom

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So it’s the period of sporadic evolution of tech, and Selfies are among the top things in vogue now. We’ve seen the advent of selfie sticks to aid that perfect selfies, we’ve seen folks posing with selfie hands, guns and all sorts to make that perfect selfie, however, what we haven’t seen until just recently is someone posing with a wild, poisonous snake.
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San Diego’s Todd Fassler wasn’t so keen on taking that perfect selfie with a cat or a dog, so he settled for his ‘pet’ – a rattlesnake he found in the bushes over a year ago, and apparently decided to keep it as a pet.

The said pet wasn’t feeling the selfie union and opted to give Mr Fassler a dose of it’s super poisonous venom. Thankfully, Mr Fassler was rushed to an area hospital where doctors had to use all of the anti-venom stored at two hospitals in order for Fassler to recover.

Fassler recently released the snake into the wild. And while he might not have been able to take a selfie that would have helped him remember his pet forever, at least he does have something that will always bring back the memory of his snake. That is the $153,161.25 hospital bill he incurred for a five-day stay.