CES 2021 - Microsoft announces the Surface Pro 7+ 2-in-1 PC and the deployment of its 85 ″ Surface Hub 2S

Microsoft is unveiling the Surface Pro 7+, a 2-in-1 laptop PC for business and education, which benefits from some improvements over version 7. The Surface Hub 2S digital board will ship in February. Rumors are rife that a Surface Pro 8 will be released soon. To be patient and to satisfy professionals, Microsoft unveils its Surface Pro 7+, a revised version of the Surface Pro 7 promised as more efficient.    Among the major evolutions of this new model, we note first of all the passage of the Intel Core processors from the 10th to the 11th generation. Storage will still be capped at 1TB, but a maximum of 32GB of RAM can now be installed, down from just 16GB previously. The SSD will also be removable and a Full HD webcam integrated into the Surface.  4G is now supported with a SIM card slot and eSIM support. Plus, battery life gets a big boost, from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm - on paper anyway - with a fast charge to 80% in an hour. The Surface 7 Pro +

Africa's economic growth could drop from 3.2% to 1.8% due to the coronavirus (CEA)

During a press conference held on Friday March 13, 2020, the executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Vera Songwe said that economic growth in Africa could be projected decrease from 3.2% to 1.8% at the end of 2020, due to the recent coronavirus pandemic (covid-19).

Africa's economic growth could drop due to the coronavirus

Furthermore, she revealed, the continent could lose almost half of its gross domestic product (GDP), solely because of the macroeconomic effects that are observed. This, notably through the destruction of global supply chains, tourism, the slowdown in foreign direct investment, remittances and the price of oil, etc.

Although Africa has been the least affected continent since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a disturbing increase in the disease in recent days, now affecting almost half of African countries. The spread of the pandemic has finally convinced African governments to adopt a series of drastic measures. These range from the closure of certain public places to the suspension of classes in the education system, including the limitation of passenger traffic to certain destinations.

To date, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), 28 African countries have registered a total of 362 confirmed cases of coronavirus contamination, including 9 deaths.

These include: Egypt (126), South Africa (61), Algeria (54), Morocco (28), Senegal (24), Tunisia (20), Ghana (6), Rwanda (5), Cameroon (4), Côte d'Ivoire (4), Ethiopia (4), Burkina Faso (3), Kenya (3), Seychelles (3) , Nigeria (2), DRC (2), Namibia (2), Sudan (1), Central African Republic (1), Congo (1), Equatorial Guinea (1), Gabon (1), Guinea (1), Liberia (1), Mauritania (1), Togo (1), Benin (1) and Tanzania (1).

Globally, more than 174,000 cases of covid-19 contamination have been recorded to date, with more than 6,000 deaths. Over 77,000 people are healed.