At its Flash Perspective event,Western Digital Corp. unveiled three new SSDs for its WD_BLACK™ portfolio of products, providing gamers around the world with fast, high-performance storage solutions to upgrade their PC and next-gen console gaming experience.
“Our WD_BLACK brand delivers a clear and simple promise to gamers – fast and reliable storage that enhances their gameplay,” said Rob Soderbery, executive vice president and GM, Flash Business, Western Digital. “With today’s new products, the WD_BLACK portfolio has diverse flash-powered solutions so that every gamer – whether they’re just starting out or more advanced – can explore the rich worlds of today’s most inventive games.”
Living at the intersection of technology and entertainment, the newly introduced WD_BLACK gaming portfolio products delivers innovative storage solutions customized for the gamer. The WD_BLACK SN750 SE NVMe SSD allows enthusiast gamers level up their PC or laptop gaming experience with PCIe Gen4 technology and storage space for more games. With up to 30% less power consumption than its predecessor,laptop gamers can expect longer playtimes between charges.
For console gamers looking to minimize game load times, the WD_BLACK D30 Game Drive SSD features read speeds up to 900 MB/s. Gamers can spend more time playing games and less time deleting them with expanded storage for up to 50 games with capacities up to 2TB.Designed to perfectly complement next-gen consoles, the drive has a detachable stand for placement next to a system.
Also, the WD_BLACK D30 Game Drive SSD for Xbox is built to complement the Xbox console gaming experience. This officially licensed version of the WD_BLACK D30 Game Drive SSD offers accelerated speeds and capacity packaged in a compact Xbox-inspired design.
Gamers can plug in their drive and quickly begin building their game library or making room on their console for new titles, while also being able to play legacy Xbox One favorites directly from the drive. Included with purchase is a 1-month membership of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate with access to 100+ games on consoles and PC, plus online console multiplayer.
“Over the past few years, the graphics and fidelity of immersive game worlds have become more intense, and flash technology has become critical to enhancing the gaming experience. Gamers not only need more storage, they need speed for quick access so they can instantly step into these rich game worlds and experience games the way they’re meant to be played,” said Geoff Keighley, industry veteran and host of The Game Awards who spoke at today’s event.
With the introduction of the new SSD Storage drives, Western Digital continues to lead in data infrastructure, driving innovation needed to help gamers capture, preserve, access and transform the gaming experience.
Virtual Learning: Coca-Cola Gifts 30 Schools PC Hardware and Software Accessories
The Tech Relevant Teacher Project, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation and implemented by the Bunmi Adedayo Foundation, organised its Grant Award Ceremony which was held on Monday, May 3rd in Lagos, Nigeria.
The award ceremony witnessed the provision of 30 schools with computer hardware and software accessories to support their learning, content production and digitisation.
Developed to improve the learning capabilities of 200 low and middle-cost schools, the Tech Relevant Teacher (TRT) project was deployed through the training of school heads and teachers in virtual teaching technologies. The project also introduced virtual learning to schools that lacked relevant resources and requisite skills by supporting them with computer hardware and software.
Following a rigorous assessment and selection process, 30 of the 200 Schools were selected and recognised for their stellar performance since the commencement of the project. Each beneficiary school was presented with a mini-content production suite to help teachers expand their sphere of influence through the acquisition of content digitisation skills. The production suite consisted of a computer, a PC external speaker, a headset, and a microphone.
Speaking on the next phase of the TRT project, Femi Martins, Programme Director, Bunmi Adedayo Foundation said, “We appreciate The Coca-Cola Foundation for supporting this project. We are currently at the semi-final stage as the learning competition continues. Through this project, we are providing access to subject mentoring in Maths and English and we will also provide access to the latest equipment. The teachers will also be profiled and taught how to develop global courses to help students across Africa succeed”.
Ifeyinwa Ejindu, Communications Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, reiterated the company’s commitment to community building and education, saying,
“At Coca-Cola, we are passionate about the communities we serve. We remain committed to enabling the economic empowerment of the people who need it most. Through our philanthropic arm, The Coca-Cola Foundation, we are proud to partner with the Bunmi Adedayo Foundation on this transformational project as we hope to impact the lives of hundreds of teachers and children across the country. By investing in the education of our children, we are investing in the future of our country and as we navigate the new normal, we believe that technology is crucial to success just as the learnings from this project will help bolster the education sector in Nigeria”.
Since its inception in 1984, The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded over $1 billion in grants to support diverse sustainable community initiatives around the world. Driven by a need to create a better shared future for communities across the world, the foundation offers community support programs that have led to the improvement of the quality of life of these communities.
Quickteller Gives Out Phones, Game Consoles in ‘Transact and Win’ Promo
Quickteller, Africa’s leading digital payment platform, has announced plans to reward 10 of its highest transacting customers with amazing gifts, including iPhone 12, Play Station 5, and Samsung A21, in the grand finale of its ‘Transact and Win’ promo.
The ‘Transact and Win’ promo is designed to reward customers for using the various Quickteller digital channels. The promo started on March 1, 2021 and will end on May 2, 2021. So far, about 1,000 customers have been rewarded with weekly and monthly airtime and phones.
For the grand finale, Quickteller is set to reward 10 people with the highest transactions with iPhone 12 or Play Station 5, while other two customers will be rewarded with Samsung A21 phones.
Cherry Eromosele, Group Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Interswitch Group, commended customers of the payment platform for their unwavering trust and loyalty in the product and assured users of its continuing commitment to its qualitative service delivery.
She noted that Quickteller allows you to pay for almost anything, in just a few clicks. In addition to payment, Quickteller gives easy access to exclusive flight deals, global shopping with guaranteed local delivery, events tickets and more.
She encouraged customers who were not selected to remain committed to the brand. She also said that beyond the rewards, it was important for customers to enjoy making payments because Quickteller is constantly upgrading its platform to make payment one less thing to worry about.
In its recent upgrade, Quickteller introduced an interesting feature called ‘Transfer link’. The link helps users create unique payment links that allow them receive payment from people, monitor collection and share transaction history. This can be used typically for group contributions among friends, family and colleagues.
According to the company, to qualify for the grand prize in the ‘Transact and Win’ promo, you need a minimum of 10 transactions before May 2, 2021, using any of the Quickteller digital channels. The more you transact on Quickteller, the better your chances of winning the grand prize.
Customers can perform any of the following transactions for a chance to win the grand prize: bills payment (DSTV and GOTV subscription, electricity bill, Bet9ja, toll fees, tithe and offering, etc.), airtime purchase and fund transfer (local and international).
The grand prize winners will emerge from the final draws that will hold on May 2, 2021.
Audiomack Partners with MTN to Stream Music to 76 million subscribers at Zero Data Cost
Audiomack has partnered with MTN Nigeria (www.MTNonline.com) to unveil the Audiomack+MTN Data Bundle program (www.MTN.tc.Audiomack.com), which offers MTN subscribers tailored data bundles for streaming unlimited music and accessing content on Audiomack free of data charges.
The partnership will see MTN subscribers gain free access to Audiomack’s streaming service via their mobile devices on weekly and monthly subscriptions. The weekly plan offers 1.2GB + Free Audiomack at N270 while the monthly plan offers 2.5GB + Free Audiomack at N550.
Commenting on the partnership, Dave Macli, CEO and Co-Founder of Audiomack Africa said, “At Audiomack, we recognise the importance of access to quality music, and this coupled with Nigeria’s vibrant music industry has influenced this partnership. This relationship not only allows us to create shared value for MTN subscribers by delivering the best musical experiences but also enables us to further connect with the Nigerian music fans.”
Charlotte Bwana, Head of Business Development and Media Partnerships for Audiomack Africa described the partnership as a reinforcement of Audiomack’s commitment towards democratising music streaming, a mission from which MTN subscribers will greatly benefit from.
“High data costs are one of the barriers to music streaming and we are glad to be partnering with Africa’s leading telecommunications company to provide the Audiomack+ Data Bundle. We are truly excited to offer the best and hottest new musical tracks—a mix of real-time trending, top charts, and expertly-curated playlists to MTN subscribers.”
Also speaking, Srinivas Rao, Chief Digital Officer, MTN Nigeria said, “Collaboration is not just rhetoric for us; it is the guiding philosophy behind everything we do. We are good together. We recognize the growing need of our customers to have more options to access entertainment and have partnered with Audiomack to offer them an uninterrupted stream of the best, newest and most diverse music selections.”
With millions of monthly active users in Nigeria, Audiomack continues to demonstrate its commitment to moving music forward across the region by providing accessibility for all.
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