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Int’l Literacy Day: Make Your Children’s Reading Journey Simple and Fun

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Google today joins the world in marking International Literacy Day (ILD) by upscaling the Read Along app, a speech-based reading app designed to help primary grade kids learn to read – anytime, anywhere.

Read Along, formerly known as Bolo, acts as a personal reading tutor for children. It uses speech-based technology to provide personalised assistance in a student’s reading journey, correcting them when they need help and encouraging them when they get it right.

 Students select stories to read from a growing app-based library and earn stars and badges when they read correctly. After an initial download, the app works offline, even on low cost phones, making it more accessible and relieving worries of privacy and security.

The Read Along app now includes improved features that make it easier for multilingual children to switch languages or get phonics support when they tap a word. The app also has more than 700 unique books across all nine languages, including Arabic, with a refreshing new look for the content library. 

“Google is taking the education journey back to the basics by providing a digital platform that will make learning to read simpler and fun especially in the light of COVID-19 related school closures,” notes Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde, Head of Brand & Reputation, Sub Saharan Africa. “At Google, we believe technology can help children around the world learn how to read to help achieve the goal of basic universal literacy.”

Google will run a global story-a-thon from 8-30 September 2020 to encourage children to bring out their imagination through writing. Through participating, children stand a chance of getting published on the Read Along app. Parents can share stories written by their children during the month of September. Read Along will publish some of those submissions on the app.

UNESCO’s theme for International Literacy Day 2020 is Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Schools have remained closed due to COVID-19 restrictions and parents and teachers are increasingly turning online to find educational resources for children.

Since Read Along’s introduction, children have cumulatively spent more than 3 million hours on the app reading over 32 million stories. Google’s internal analysis, as well as feedback received from parents and children across the globe, is encouraging. Beginner readers register an improvement of between 38 per cent and 88 per cent in their oral reading skills after reading for 100 minutes on the app. 

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Middle East & Africa PC Monitors Market Rise In Q3 2020

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The Middle East and Africa (MEA) PC monitors (PCM) market saw shipments increase 12.8 per cent year on year (YoY) in Q3 2020 to total 1.1 million units.

That’s according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation (IDC), with the firm’s recently published Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker also showing a 45.5 per cent YoY increase in the market’s value to $232.1 million.

“The growth was driven by a surge in consumer sales for home office and distance learning purposes,” says Nourhan Abdullah, a senior research analyst at IDC. “Although COVID-19 lockdowns were relaxed across the region during Q3 2020, many workforces continued to adopt work-from-home policies, with the same story applying to educational institutions and their use of home schooling.”

The top five countries experienced mixed results in Q3 2020. While the major markets of Turkey, Israel, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia all recorded YoY growth, the South African market continues to struggle, suffering a double-digit decline due to the lack of spending on the technology caused by currency depreciation and a declining GDP.

Shipments to the consumer segment increased 47.1 per cent YoY in Q3 2020 to account for 40.4 per cent share of the overall MEA market. Demand was highest for mid-level screen sizes (i.e., 23.8″ and 27″) offering full high-definition (FHD) resolutions. Gaming monitors accounted for 33.8 per cent share of the total consumer shipments during Q3 2020, recording a value of $46.3 million.

The top three vendors accounted for a combined 55.0 per cent share of the total market’s shipments in Q3 2020. Dell ranked first, followed by HP Inc. in second place. Samsung moved into the top three for the first time, spurred by its competitive prices and discount promotions.

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Strides Ahead: How 5G Will Become The New Frontier of Sports

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Kevin Murphy, Vice President and Head of Ericsson Levant Countries and Global Customer Unit Ooredoo

Sports fans are a passionate breed and whether they’re at the match or on their couches, they demand the full experience. For fans, and athletes alike, leading technologies enrich the sporting experience, bringing people closer to the action, and creating new immersive ways to showcase the commitment, excitement, and teamwork of sports.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a growth in digital experiences which may become permanent. The increase in virtual events is raising the bar for the quality and design of the experience, with audiences becoming increasingly sophisticated, demanding a more social, innovative and engaging event.

To transform the digital experience for fans, players and support staff alike, three main types of support is required: a sports performance information system; a digital experience backend system; and technology consulting and innovation services.

The combination of 5G, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) supports completely new user experiences in sports – pushing boundaries and taking the consumer to the heart of the game itself. For a team playing before a packed stadium or a lonesome runner on a forest track, connectivity and mobility enable new values in an emerging internet of sport.

This is where 5G can be a vital tool for the sports sector, as it seeks to re-invent the fan experience at home and at the sports arena. Sporting events could better serve both the traveling fan attending every game in person and the die-hard fan catching the game remotely.

In this age of digital and mobile consumption, fans expect an experience boosted by their mobile devices. Through live-streaming video, mixed reality experiences and real-time access to information about the game, the next generation in mobile wireless technology can create an enhanced experience, reinventing how fans participate in sports.

Immersive Sporting Experiences at Home

Sports fans today are looking for new ways to connect to the sporting experience digitally. There is potential to create more immersive fan experiences with the introduction of 360-degree cameras, virtual and augmented reality. Fans can walk the sideline, see what the goalkeepers are seeing or join the victory celebration in the locker room – all serving the purpose of bringing fans closer to the action at the venue from home.

What’s more, the trend of increased solitary viewing due to the development of personal screens and on-demand viewing could be reversed thanks to the capabilities and promises of Virtual Reality (VR). It can provide a way to connect with friends watching the game at different physical locations, creating a “virtual hangout” for the times you can’t be there in person.

VR also brings an exciting prospect to the table: the ability to watch 4K/UHD content without owning a big physical screen and allowing on-demand viewing to become more of a social activity than it is today. Soon, friends and people with similar interests can watch content together in a VR living room, viewers will have the freedom to look anywhere in every scene of a movie and consumers can experience a football match with other fans in a VR arena, as if they are actually there.

And for sports fans in areas that don’t have access to fiber coverage, 5G enables fixed wireless access applications for very high-quality video streaming in 4K video, 360 or AR/VR formats.

This means that you get to watch the 4K video on your mobile device. But 5G is also so fast and so reliable that it will make fixed wireless a real challenger in the broadband market, streaming 4K video wirelessly to your big screen TV as well. And it’s not just the quality either. You’ll be able to choose what camera angles you like, or if you want information overlaid on the screen, or if you want to watch in VR or not.

Creating the Connected Stadium

A great experience at the arena is fundamental to enjoying live sports. Where fans today see broadband connectivity to their smartphone for social media posts as table stakes, there is so much more that could be done digitally to connect fans to the action. This is an area where 5G can improve the overall experience, compared to standard WIFI solutions.

5G can expand the experience for fans at the game, creating new possibilities by connecting sensors in balls, goals, and even players – all in real-time with extremely low latency. The next generation technology can deliver enough capacity to the stadium for fans to stream high-quality video and share the views from their seats with others at the same match.

Other future changes coming to the fan experience with 5G connectivity include the ability to experience matches from new vantage points, using phones to switch between different 360-degree, ultra-high definition virtual reality cameras filming all around the stadium.

The introduction of 5G at a stadium also creates a horizontal platform to serve additional applications. Fans would be able to monitor and track athletes’ performance during practice and competition in real time, for example. This represents a major opportunity for service providers to deliver enhanced networks in stadiums and arenas to ensure their subscribers are well connected.

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CIBN Forum: Emefiele To Unveil Banking Scorecard, Regulatory Roadmap

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The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele is set to provide economic insight into the monetary policy and regulatory direction for the coming year at the 55th annual bankers dinner organised by the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).

A statement by the head, marketing/ corporate communication & external relations, CIBN, Nelson Olagundoye recently, stated that the CBN governor who will be delivering the keynote address is also expected to present the banking industry score card for the current year at the event which will hold on Friday, November 27, 2020.

The event with strict adherence to the protocol against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic will be graced by over 1,500 participants across the world. This year’s edition of the Dinner will also be transmitted simultaneously through Zoom teleconferencing to accommodate participation across the globe.

Also, governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and other state governors, are expected to grace the occasion as special guests of honour. President/Chairman of Council, CIBN, Bayo Olugbemi will deliver the welcome address while Registrar/CEO, CIBN ‘Seye Awojobi will give the vote of thanks.

The organising committee of this year’s edition of the dinner is chaired by the managing director/chief executive officer of Sterling Bank Plc, Abubakar Sulieman.

The annual bankers’ dinner is a thought-led socio-economic event of the Industry and being the biggest high-profile social forum annually organized by the Institute for the banking and finance industry, distinguished personalities including captains of industry, top Executives of Banks and non-bank institutions including CEOs and Chairmen, Diplomatic Missions, top government functionaries, legislators, accomplished businessmen, academics and other stakeholders are usually gathered to interact and network under a pleasant social setting.

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