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Google to Invest a Further $1.1bn to build Data Centers in the Netherlands

Once the expansion and Agriport data center are completed, Google’s total investment in data centers in the Netherlands since 2016 comes to $2.85 billion.

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An aerial view of Google's data center in Eemshaven, Netherlands

Alphabet Inc.’s Google on Monday unveiled plans to invest an additional $1.14 billion to build data centers in the Netherlands, including a new facility in Middenmeer, Netherlands.

Since announcing the opening of its first cloud region in the Netherlands back in March 2017, Google has heavily invested in the region both in the building of data center facilities and in expanding its renewable energy sources.

The new investment budget includes building a new data center in Agriport, around 30 miles north of Amsterdam, as well as expand its existing data center in Eemshaven.

That expansion comes on top of the extension that was already announced last year, at a cost of $569m. Sources claim that the additional investment was being made to boost local cloud services in a market that continues to grow due to consumer and enterprise demand for digital services.

Once the expansion and Agriport data center are completed, Google’s total investment in data centers in the Netherlands since 2016 comes to $2.85 billion.

The Agriport and Eemshaven will employ an expected 500 people ranging from security guards to facility managers.

According to Joe Kava, vice president of Google’s Global Data Centers, the Netherlands are an attractive location for its “ample sustainable energy sources”.

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Huawei Launches Y9s & Band 4 Phones in Kenya – Here’s What You Need to Know

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Huawei technologies has launched Huawei Y9s and Band 4 in the Kenyan market, coming after great expectation and anxiety. Huawei Y9s seems to have made great features that Kenyan users will get to love. Huawei Y 9s presents 48 MP sensor using Quad-Bayer technology to combine four pixels into one for better low light performance.

For selfie lovers it does not fail, it has 16MP camera that pop-ups and retracts back into phone’s body when the sensors notice a sharp and fast decline. It can sustain up to 100,000 pop-up. It rocks a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. The 6.59” LCD display comes with a resolution of FHD+ at 2340 x 1080 and in a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, this  will offer you enough screen real-estate to consume multimedia content  or for gaming. It boasts power capacity of 2.2 GHz octal-core Kirin 710F chip couple. Its storage capacity can be expanded using external micro-SD with internal memory of 6GB RAM and 128 GB on-board storage.

The pricing of the Huawei Y9s will start from 31,999 and you can pre-order from today November 14, 2019 until 28th November, 2019 to get a gift hamper with wireless headphones. A quick snap of Band 4 series, it features an ergonomic design and offers a fitness –focused features plus on the go alerts for incoming calls and message from connected phone. It brags of Basketball mode support and 14 days working time. Huawei brings new gadgets that truly blow someone’s mind take a snap at when going to purchase a phone shop.

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Google’s New Ad Blocker to Get Rid of “Heavy Ads”

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Google is creating a new ad-blocker for Chrome that will specifically aim at ads which consume a lot of CPU and Bandwidth.

The tech giant says that its working on a way for Chrome to spontaneously obstruct heavy Ads that are demanding in resource and thus causing a sluggish behavior of the browser.

Despite Advertisements being a major source of revenue to the internet, they also slow down the browsing process and for this reason, Google sorts to solve the problem using “The Heavy Ad Intervention”.

Ads that are dubbed “heavy” are those that use main processor thread for more than a minute in total, the kind that uses more than 4MB network bandwidth to load resources and the kind that use main thread for more than 15 seconds in any 30-second window.

“This intervention unloads ads that are in the .1% of bandwidth usage, .1% of CPU usage per minute, and .1% of overall CPU time. The current numbers are 4MB network and 60 seconds CPU, but may be changed as more data is available,” the Chromium document states.

When the Ad is blocked, it will be replaced by an error message that explains why it has been obstructed.

Heavy Ad Intervention allows you to disable or enable the ad-blocking feature while Disable heavy ad privacy tones down the ad-blocker’s built-in privacy protection.

These flags mean ad-blocking is currently in the experimental phase and won’t be rolled out before Chrome 80.

Google previously developed a built-in Ad blocker into Chrome that got rid of ads that didn’t adhere to the Better Ads Standards created by the Coalition of Better Ads.

Some of the offending categories include pop-up ads, prestitial adverts with countdowns, auto-play video adverts with sound and large sticky ads.

Google however experiences a dilemma with advertising, in the sense that though it is a major income generator – it is also able to spoil the browsing experience for Chrome User particularly when it compromises their privacy or affects browsing speeds.

Google has suggested a way to serve targeted ads to users without monitoring their online activity using tracking cookies.

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Optiven Group Launches Kenya’s Inaugural Real Estate App at an Event in Nairobi

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Kenya’s leading land developer, Optiven group, on Friday morning launched the inaugural Real Estate mobile app in Kenya. The event which was held at the Hotel Fairmont The Norfolk in Nairobi’s CBD gathered hundreds of land owners and real estate enthusiasts including Optiven group clients. The launch was led by the company’s Chief, Mr. George Wachiuri.

The app, which has already been availed at play store will allow prospective land owners to access all their investments solutions from the company at the comfort of their hands.

User with android phones can download the app available on play store through this link while their IOS counterparts and those using personal computers can visit plots.optiven.co.ke.

The mobile app will allow one to view properties on offer (satellite photos, maps, topography and even track the development your projects in real-time from any part of the world), make project selection and proceed to check out.  No brokers, no paperwork, no hassle.

As a multiple award-winning property development pacesetter in East Africa, Optiven Group has over 20 years’ experience in the real estate market.

Alongside its head office in the capital, the company also has offices in South Africa as well as satellite branches in the US and Europe.

The company offers flexible payments for everyone. Where clients are allowed to pay property in installments in up to 24 months through cash, bank financing, Wave, MPESA, PoaPay.

Now through the mobile app, Optiven is allowing everyone to partner with them (as an affiliate) and earn a commission between $200 – $500. Registration of affiliate partners is done through this link.

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