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Diamond Bank to Train 500,000 Kids on Coding

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Diamond Bank, in collaboration with Code Camp Africa will train 500,000 Nigerian children on computer programming and coding within a short period of time. In preparation for objective, the organisations have already trained some of the children. The teens between the ages of seven years to 15 years, were trained over a period of five weeks on computer coding and technology development.

Showcasing the children, who benefitted from the training in Lagos recently to the delight of their parents, the Managing Director of Diamond Bank, Uzoma Dozie, expressed satisfaction over the children’s performance in coding and website design in just few weeks of intense training that was packed full with extra curriculum activities. He explained that the bank’s vision of empowering young Nigerians with the language of technology, was to equip Nigerian children with technology skills, especially those that have developed interest in computing.

“The future of almost everything nowadays is technology and will depend on the ability to use technology. The Western world is outsourcing jobs to India because of this ability to write code. It is paramount that we develop in this area of development,” Dozie said.

“In 10 years’ time, the kids can work in Nigeria and across the world. It is critical that we equip them with the ability to code and understand the language of technology,” he added.

Code Camp Africa promoter, Mr. Edwin Momife said the vision of the organisation is to train at least 500, 000 youngsters in coding within a short period of time.

“If you learn how to code you become a global citizen. We need Nigerians to get to code and use technology to solve problems,” Momife said.

Head, Retail Banking Businesses, Diamond Bank, Mr. Robert Giles said the bank was motivated to partner Code Camp Africa in training the children because it became interested in developing Nigerian children digitally, being one of the foremost banks in Nigeria that is promoting technology development in the financial sector.

“It is important to develop Nigerian children technologically when they are still young and when they grow with technology skills, they will become stars in computer coding and other areas of computing. With technology skills, they could develop technology solutions that will address the needs of Nigerians,” Giles said.

The technology skills they acquire over the years will help generate employment in the future and also develop the society. The children will grow to become future employers of labour and create initiative that will enhance development,” Giles added.

“We will be working with the youth team of our bank to continue supporting the children in technology development. It is pleasing to see children develop codes and create websites and we wish they grow up with the skills,” Giles added.

Diamond Bank collaborated with Code Camp Africa and programming firm Andela Limited to deliver the five-week programme that equipped about 25 youngsters with knowledge and skills in various computer languages.

Some of the children spoke of their thrilling experiences in learning various computer programming languages, from JavaScript through Python and Scratch, among others. Daniel Abass, a participant, attested that he could now make his websites while Judex Umorgu and others displayed various websites and applications.

One of the apps uses geo-location to enable parents to track the movement of their children and teachers, while others showed apps for games, cars and other hobbies.

Awards of recognition were given to four participants for innovative idea, good behaviour, best design and best programmer, during the camping period.

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E-commerce Black Friday Sales Estimated to Surge by 40% to 10.2 Billion

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The 2020 holiday shopping season will be unique, as the pandemic shifted consumer behavior from retail stores to online shopping. In response, many retailers moved their services online to not miss out on this year’s profits. Atlas VPN team decided to look into how e-commerce sales are set to perform in the upcoming long weekend.

Researchers predict that the US e-commerce revenue will exceed last year’s earnings by 49.5% on Thanksgiving day, totaling $6.18 billion in revenue. Black Friday is calculated to reach $10.2 billion in sales, exceeding last years numbers by 39.4%

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“Watch out for too-good-to-be-true deals from unknown sellers, as cybercriminals will also expect to turn a profit during the holiday season, even though they are not selling anything, except maybe a bag full of disappointment.”

 Finally, analysis shows that on the last day of the long and full of special offers Thanksgiving weekend, consumers will go all out to bring record sales for e-commerce businesses, adding up to $12.89 billion.

To look at these five days from a wider perspective, e-commerce companies can expect to earn around 39.72% more than they did last year.

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Alibaba Merchants Sell $40B in First Half Hour of Singles Day 2020, More than 2019 Event Full Sales

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Singles Day 2020 was a roaring success, cementing its position as the world’s biggest shopping holiday. Sales across Alibaba’s platforms during the event totaled $74.1 billion, up from $38 billion in 2019.

According to the research data analyzed and published by Stock Apps, within the first 30 minutes of the event, the gross merchandise volume (GMV) surpassed 2019’s full-event sales, reaching $40.87 billion.

Moreover, instead of live events, Alibaba had 400 company executives and 30 celebrities hosting livestreams. Based on a study by Coresight, the Chinese livestream market is set to rack in sales worth $125 billion in 2020, compared to $63 billion in 2019. The US livestream market is a small fraction of that, valued at $5 billion.

China’s Tech Heavyweights Lose $280 Billion in Market Cap

Alibaba Singles Day 2020 dwarfed other major shopping holidays as has been the trend in previous years.

According to Practical eCommerce, Amazon Prime Day 2020 sales totaled $10.4 billion up from $7.16 billion in 2019. Cyber Monday sales in the US amounted to $7.9 billion in 2020 according to Statista. Black Friday and Thanksgiving added $9.7 billion to the figure to make $17.6 billion for the weekend.

Similarly, in 2018, Singles Day sold $30.8 billion while Prime Day sold $4.19 billion and Thanksgiving weekend got $14.2 billion.

However, the 2020 Singles Day event came in the wake of Ant Group’s suspension of a $37 billion listing. The suspension resulted in a $76 billion drop in Alibaba’s market cap, as the tech giant owns a two-thirds stake in Ant Group. Moreover, China’s regulators released anti-trust draft rules prior to the event, aimed at controlling monopolistic behavior.

Following the release, Alibaba shares plunged by 9.8%, as JD.com shed off 9.2%. Tencent similarly saw a 7.39% drop and Xiaomi fell by 8.18%. For the five companies, there was a combined loss of $280 billion in market capitalization.

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Top Three PC Vendors Shipped 121.5 Million Units in 2020, Lenovo Leads with 47.1 Million Shipments

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Remote working and distance learning amid the coronavirus outbreak continue increasing global demand for PCs and laptops. After a sharp fall in the first quarter of 2020, global PC shipments have grown in the last six months, despite the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.

According to data presented by Stock App, Lenovo, HP, and Dell, as the world’s three largest PC manufacturers, shipped 121.5 million units in the nine months of 2020. With 47.1 million shipments in this period, Lenovo tops the global PC vendor ranking.

More than 187 Million PCs Shipped Between January and September, a 1.6% Drop YoY

The rise in smartphone usage and the global shift from hardware to cloud solutions had been driving a downturn in global PC shipment for seven years in a row. In 2011, 365.3 million units were shipped worldwide, revealed the Gartner data. By the end of 2017, this figure dropped by almost 30% to 262.7 million.

The 2018 shortage in Intel central processing units brought a new hit for merchants’ supply chains and cut global shipments to 259.7 million that year, under 2007 levels.

In 2019, 261.2 million PCs were shipped worldwide, which was a slight increase from 2018 figures. However, the COVID-19 outbreak triggered the biggest fall in shipment since 2013, as pandemic affected supply chains.

The Gartner data showed 51.6 million PC units were shipped in the first quarter of 2020, down 12.3% from the previous year. Between April and June, the market started showing signs of recovery, with global PC shipment rising by 2.8% YoY to 64.8 million.

Consumer demand for PCs due to remote working, home entertainment, and distance learning amid an ongoing pandemic, along with the strongest US PC market growth in a decade, drove the global market momentum in the third quarter of the year. Between July and September, 71.4 million PCs were shipped worldwide, a 3.6% jump year-over-year.

Statistics show that 187.8 million PCs were shipped worldwide in the nine months of 2020, a 1.6% drop YoY.

Lenovo`s Sales Rose in 2020, HP`s Market Share Dropped Down

The Gartner data also revealed that Lenovo, as the market leader, increased its market share in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. In the fourth quarter of 2019, the Chinese tech giant had a 24.8% market share, with 17.5 million shipments worldwide.

In the third quarter of 2020, the number of shipped units jumped by 8.3% YoY to 18.3 million, while its market share rose to 25.7%.

As the second-largest PC vendor globally, HP hit a 21.6% market share in the third quarter of 2020, down from 22.8% in December last year.

The Gartner data indicate that Dell’s market share, as the third-largest PC vendor globally, dropped from 17.2% in Q4 2019 to 15.2% in Q3 2020. The US computer technology company also witnessed the most significant drop in PC shipments among the top three vendors, with the figure falling from 12.1 million in December to 10.8 million in September.

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