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Google Photos Will End Its Free Unlimited Storage On June 1st, 2021

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After five years of offering unlimited free photo backups at “high quality,” Google Photos will start charging for storage once more than 15 gigs on the account have been used. The change will happen on June 1st, 2021, and it comes with other Google Drive policy changes like counting Google Workspace documents and spreadsheets against the same cap. Google is also introducing a new policy of deleting data from inactive accounts that haven’t been logged in to for at least two years.

All photos and documents uploaded before June 1st will not count against that 15GB cap, so you have plenty of time to decide whether to continue using Google Photos or switching to another cloud storage provider for your photos. Only photos uploaded after June 1st will begin counting against the cap.

Google already counts “original quality” photo uploads against a storage cap in Google Photos. However, taking away unlimited backup for “high quality” photos and video (which are automatically compressed for more efficient storage) also takes away one of the service’s biggest selling points. It was the photo service where you just didn’t have to worry about how much storage you had.

 [EVERYTHING UPLOADED BEFORE JUNE 1ST WON’T COUNT AGAINST YOUR CAP]

As a side note, Pixel owners will still be able to upload high-quality (not original) photos for free after June 1st without those images counting against their cap. It’s not as good as the Pixel’s original deal of getting unlimited original quality, but it’s a small bonus for the few people who buy Google’s devices.

Google points out that it offers more free storage than others — you get 15GB instead of the paltry 5GB that Apple’s iCloud gives you — and it also claims that 80 percent of Google Photos users won’t hit that 15GB cap for at least three years.

The company will send alerts and warnings when you begin to approach that cap. Google is also putting new storage management tools into Google Photos, including a tool that makes it easier to find and delete photos you might not want anyway, like blurry images or screenshots.

Google is also going to show a more useful “personalized estimate” of how much longer a storage tier will last in terms of time instead of gigabytes. It estimates each user’s average uploads over time to guess how much longer they’ll be able to use their current tier.

Why the change? One possibility is that it’s part of a larger push to get more people to sign up for Google One storage. The service now also includes a free VPN for Android at some of its higher tiers, and it seems as though many Google products are aligning with Google One. Google’s explanation in a brief interview is simpler: there is already a nearly unfathomable number of photos and videos uploaded to Google Photos, and the service needs to be sustainable. That’s the gist if you read between the lines of its blog post:

Today, more than 4 trillion photos are stored in Google Photos, and every week 28 billion new photos and videos are uploaded. Since so many of you rely on Google Photos to store your memories, it’s important that it’s not just a great product, but also continues to meet your needs over the long haul. In order to welcome even more of your memories and build Google Photos for the future, we are changing our unlimited High quality storage policy.

Google One pricing is not changing. It starts at $1.99 / month for 100GB and has tiers going through 200GB ($2.99 / month), 2TB ($9.99 / month), and all the way up to 30TB ($149.99 / month).

Alongside photos, “Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms and Jamboard files” will also begin counting against storage caps. The reasoning is “to bring our policies more in line with industry standards,” Google says. (This puts an end to some very clever hacks like this one that turned files into Google Docs through a binary conversion tool.)

As for the inactive account policy, it seems fairly reasonable: if you haven’t touched your Google account for two years and don’t respond in any way to the multiple warning emails and notifications Google sends you, the company may delete data from your account. Here’s how Google explains it:

If you’re inactive in one or more of these services for two years (24 months), Google may delete the content in the product(s) in which you’re inactive. […] Similarly, if you’re over your storage limit for two years, Google may delete your content across Gmail, Drive and Photos.

We will notify you multiple times before we attempt to remove any content so you have ample opportunities to take action. The simplest way to keep your account active is to periodically visit Gmail, Drive or Photos on the web or mobile, while signed in and connected to the internet.

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Camidoh Joins Ololo Express As Official Brand Ambassador

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In their quest of announcing their presence in the Ghanaian business and online marketing space, Ololo Express; a digital shopping and retail center has officially signed afrobeat – afropop artiste, Camidoh, as the firm’s brand ambassador. In this deal, the GB Recz signed artiste will use his presence in the creative space to represent the marketing entity in a positive light, and by doing so, help increase brand awareness and sales on a consistent basis.

Visit Ololo Express here: https://ololoexpress.com/

Signed on Monday, January 11, 2020 at the GB Interactive LLC, head office in Accra, the “For My Lover” hitmaker will also embody the corporate identity in appearance, demeanour, values and ethics, and thus far, will use his ability together with his management and shopping-retail company to map out promotional strategies that will strengthen the customer-product-service relationship and influence a large audience to buy and consume more.

Camidoh And The OloloExpress Team

With his Knowledge and appreciation of marketing, Online presence, Passion, and a sense of Professionalism in his endeavour, Camidoh, has proven to be the best influencer for the job. Within the last half a decade, he has earned an impressive critical acclamation to his name as he’s been able to front numerous non-governmental organizations delivering nothing but success.

Offering the best and secured online store with prompt express delivery to their customers, Ololo Express is typical Ghanaian marketing and online shopping center that provide amazing shopping experience with a pliable payment options and guarantee an awesome service to all their Shoppers. They deal in quality products from world renowned manufacturers, ranging from food items, household goods, electrical home appliances and variety of items at the most affordable prices.

Camidoh

They also serve as brokers, who pick up products from your preferred shops in Ghana and deliver to your exact and preferred location. As part of their mandate, they make online shopping simple and secured. The 24 hours online shopping centre is located at East Legon, Adjirigano, Accra, you call them on 054 874 4234.

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Joeboy Unveiled Brand Ambassador For Samsung Mobile

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JoeBoy; a Nigerian singer and songwriter has been unveiled the official brand and product ambassador for Samsung Mobile, Nigeria. The emPawa signed artiste will represent the company positively in a multitude of settings and increase the awareness and the sale of the Galaxy A series; line of mid-range smartphones and tablets manufactured by the South Korean multinational electronics company.

Samsung introduced the 2020 Galaxy A series a few months after the release of mid-generation refresh of the 2019 series (Ax0s models). The series brought new features such as geometric design, newer and faster SoCs (compared to their predecessor), Hole-punch display (on some devices) & increased RAM and storage options.

The dimension of the smartphone is 164 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm and it weighs 205 grams. The smartphone is pack with 3 GB, 4 GB, and 6 GB RAM with 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB internal storage options. The device runs on the Android 10 operating system. It features GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, USB Type-C 2.0, and FM radio. It is built with a Glass front, plastic back, and plastic frame.

It is fueled with a non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery + Fast battery charging 15W. The smartphone features a 6.5 inches TFT display that has a 720 x 1560 pixels resolution. The device comes in various colors such as Black, White, Blue, and Red. The smartphone is integrated with a Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by). It features quad camera: 48 MP (wide) + 5 MP (ultrawide) + 2 MP (macro) + 2 MP (depth) while on the front there is a 8 MP camera.

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Zimbabwean Billionaire, Strive Masiyiwa, Appointed Board Member Of Netflix Inc.

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Strive Masiyiwa; London-based Zimbabwean billionaire businessman and philanthropist has been appointed board member of Netflix Inc. as it looks to new markets for future growth, according to Bloomberg. Making the top three board members, two of whom are European Masiyiwa will bring a fresh set of connections and experience as the first African — and the third international media executive — to join Netflix’s board in recent years.

Netflix now has more than 190 million subscribers, and is looking to regions beyond the U.S. and Europe for its next batch of customers. Asia accounted for the most new subscribers last quarter.

For now, Africa is a small market for paid streaming video. In a continent of more than a billion people, Netflix has just a couple million customers, according to Digital TV Research. But the company has long argued that it would play the long game adding customers in Asia and Africa, home to the majority of the world’s people. Toward that end, Netflix has started offering cheaper, mobile-only plans and has commissioned a slate of original series and movies.

Strive Masiyiwa is the founder and executive chairman of the international technology group Econet Global. Earlier this year, he paid $10 million in cash and other assistance to more than 1,700 health-care workers, which helped land him on Bloomberg’s list of the 50 most important people in business during 2020.

He has gained international recognition for his business expertise and philanthropy, and is considered one of Africa’s most generous humanitarians. Masiyiwa has provided scholarships to over 250,000 young Africans over the past 20 years through his family foundation. He supports more than 40,000 orphans with educational initiatives and sponsors students at universities in America, The United Kingdom, and China. Over the last few years, Masiyiwa has devoted his time to mentoring the next generation of African entrepreneurs on Facebook.

“We are delighted to welcome Strive to the Netflix board,” Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings said Wednesday in a statement. “His entrepreneurship and vision in building businesses across Africa and beyond will bring valuable insights and experience to our board as we work to improve and serve more members all around the world.”

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MTN Awards MoMo Agents For Their Outstanding Output Amidst COVID-19

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MTN MoMo Agent, Chafal Communications, has emerged as the Overall Best MTN Mobile Money Agent in South East Business District of MTN for the Year 2020. This was announced at the 2020 MTN Mobile Money Agents Awards ceremony held in Accra. Chafal Communications received a brand new 2020 Toyota Rush, a four-wheel drive sports utility vehicle (SUV), and a certificate of honor.

The Managing Director of Chafal Communications Limited, Kelvin Atsu Wilson, whose company won the overall award was very excited about the prize. He thanked MobileMoney Limited for the honor and promised to continue working hard.

The General Manager of Mobile Money, Eli Hini speaking at the awards expressed gratitude to the agents and merchants for their immense support to the brand in such a difficult year. He said, “This year has been a tough one any how you look at it, and you our partners have proven to be tougher in the midst of a pandemic.” In spite of all the challenges, you demonstrated your commitment to grow the business by working to exceed the targets set for the year. The significance of your contribution to curb the spread of COVID-19 cannot be overemphasized. The fact that people could easily locate you and send or receive money as and when they needed it most especially during the lockdown needs commendation”, he added.

Mr. Hini also took the opportunity to encourage stakeholders and customers to remain vigilant in the fight against fraud especially as we approach the festive season. He indicated that fraudsters keep revising their strategies as the business continues to intensify its fraud education. He reminded customers of the Three Golden Rules which serve as a weapon in the fight against fraud. He said,” Do Not disclose your pin; Do not let others transact on your behalf and Do Not discuss your wallet with any stranger”.

A total of 150 Agents and 100 Merchants from Accra, Eastern, Volta and Oti were awarded with amazing prizes. These included 49-inch flat screen Televisions, Motor Bikes, Phones and Tablets. Guests were also entertained with a live performance by Ghanaian highlife musician, Fameye.

The MTN Mobile Money Agents awards is a proprietary event of MTN Mobile Money to recognize and celebrate MoMo Agents and Merchants for the hard work and commitment in deepening the move towards a cash-lite economy. Since 2014, the company has recognized the hard work and significant contributions of over 5000 agents and merchants. Other initiatives introduced by MTN MoMo to support the wellbeing of the Agents is an Insurance scheme aimed insuring Agents against unforeseen events that can affect their lives and businesses adversely.  MoMo Agents will benefit from an insurance solution which includes a Life Cover, Death Benefit, Total Permanent Disability and Critical Illness.

MoMo customers should report fraud incidence by calling 100 while agents and merchants are to call 114. Alternatively, one can send a text to 1515 or 419 or send an email to: MMFraudteam.GH@mtn.com.

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