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 +

Covid-19: African Development Bank Creates $ 10 Billion Fund

The African Development Bank announced on Wednesday the creation of a $ 10 billion fund to help regional member countries combat the spread of Covid-19 on the continent. This new initiative by the Bank will serve as its main relay to direct its operations in the context of the current crisis. This fund is made available to governments and all stakeholders in the African private sector.
African Development Bank Creates $ 10 Billion Fund

The President of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi Adesina, said that this envelope took into account the budgetary difficulties of many countries of the continent. "Africa is facing enormous budgetary challenges to respond effectively to the coronavirus pandemic. The African Development Bank is deploying all of its emergency response capabilities to help Africa at this critical time. We have to protect lives. This fund will assist African countries in their efforts to contain the rapid spread of Covid-19. "Said President Adesina, welcoming the unwavering support of the directors of the Bank.

The fund has $ 5.5 billion for sovereign operations in member countries of the Bank and $ 3.1 billion for sovereign and regional operations through the countries of the African Development Fund, the loan window to Bank Group concessional rates charged with meeting the needs of fragile countries. An additional $ 1.35 billion will be spent on private sector operations. "The implementation of this system required a collective effort and courage on the part of all our staff and our shareholders," said the acting senior vice-president of the Bank, Swazi Tshabalala, about the creation. of this fund.

Two weeks ago, the Bank issued a record $ 3 billion "Fighting the Covid-19" social bond, the largest social loan denominated in US dollars issued on the international market. capital. Last week, the Bank’s Board of Directors also approved $ 2 million in Covid-19 emergency aid to support World Health Organization interventions on the continent. "We are living in an exceptional time, where we must take bold and decisive action to save and protect millions of Africans. We are engaged in a race to save lives and no country will be left behind, ”said President Adesina.