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WhatsApp Business finally rolls out for Android and its Free



After months of speculation and testing, Whatsapp Business has been launched to help improve the business experience like making it easier for businesses to respond to customers, separating customer and personal messages, and creating an official presence. The company today launched the simply-named WhatsApp Business, available on Android devices as a free download

Whatsapp Business Features

#1 Business Profiles: Help customers with useful information such as a business description, email or store addresses, and website.

#2 Messaging Tools: Save time with smart messaging tools quick replies that provide fast answers to frequently asked questions, greeting messages that introduce customers to your business, and away messages that let them know you’re busy.

#3 Messaging Statistics: Review simple metrics like the number of messages read to see what’s working.

#4 WhatsApp Web: Send and receive messages with WhatsApp Business on your desktop.

#5 Account Type: People will know that they’re talking to a business because you will be listed as a Business Account. Over time, some businesses will have Confirmed Accounts once it’s been confirmed that the account phone number matches the business phone number.

Whatsapp Business will remain free in the long term, but WhatsApp plans on charging for additional capabilities in the future. Basically, it’ll eventually take on a freemium model, but at least the company doesn’t plan on taking away any existing features, and you are getting a fair bit of functionality to start.

The app is already up and running from the Google Play Store in Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, the U.K. and the U.S. The rest of the world will be able to access the app in the coming weeks.


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Lithium Discovered In Ghana



Ghana, a nation on West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, is known for diverse wildlife, old forts and secluded beaches, such as at Busua. Coastal towns Elmina and Cape Coast contain posubans (native shrines), colonial buildings and castles-turned-museums that serve as testimonials to the slave trade. North of Cape Coast, vast Kakum National Park has a treetop-canopy walkway over the rainforest.

Ghana has discovered a new mineral, Lithium in commercial quantities.

Lithium, which is among the top 10 most expensive minerals in the world was discovered in the Volta Region by the Minerals Commission.

According to the Chief Executive of the Commission, Kwaku Addai Antwi-Boasiako, the mineral was identified during a nationwide exploration exercise.

The mining activities will start but we want to attract investments into the Volta Region, that is where we have the Lithium and all these rare minerals. These are the minerals of the future. Lithium is about green energy and renewable energy. So if you have lithium and all these rare minerals in the Volta Region, you will want to expand the base of mineral production.

The presence of these minerals is as important as having the money to mine them for now, we know we have it,” he told Citi News.

Mr. Antwi-Boasiako added that the Commission was making efforts to ensure that the discovery sites are not encroached upon by illegal miners.

He further noted that the Commission will follow due procedures before it considers issuance of licenses to companies to mine the mineral in the country, noting that it will primarily consider electronic applications from interested investors to avoid issues of corruption.

What is Lithium and  What are its Benefits? 

Lithium can be used for the manufacture of batteries, heat-resistant glass, ceramics, among other things.

Both lithium metal and its compounds have many uses. Lithium stearate is mixed with oils to make all-purpose and high-temperature lubricants.

Lithium hydroxide is used to absorb carbon dioxide in space vehicles

Lithium is alloyed with aluminum, copper, manganese, and cadmium to make high-performance alloys for aircraft.

Bahnmetall consists of lead-containing 0.04% lithium, 0.7% calcium and 0.6% sodium is harder than pure lead and was used for railroad car bearings in Germany.

Compounds such as LiAlH4 and organolithium reagents (LiMe, LiPh, etc.) are very important as reagents in organic chemistry

Lithium metal has the highest specific heat of any solid element and its sometimes used as battery anode material (high electrochemical potential). Lithium compounds are used in dry cells and storage batteries.

Lithium is used in the manufacture of special high strength glasses and ceramics sometimes, lithium-based compounds such as lithium carbonate (Li2CO3) are used as drugs to treat manic-depressive disorders.

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Iran seems flustered over currency depreciation against the US dollar



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Iran seems flustered over currency depreciation against the US dollar, and has, therefore, put in measures to halt the devaluation of the country’s currency. This is a move seen as a great disappointment in President Hassan Rouhani’s efforts to create more jobs in the country after the 2015 nuclear deal.

The Iranian rial has been dwindling in value for some time now, depreciating to an all-time low against the US dollar on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, when it traded for 50,000 rials, 30 percent higher than its value in August 2017.

But the rial posted a slight rebound later in the day, when police arrested black-market currency dealers, shut down a number of exchange offices and blocked hundreds of bank accounts owned by major currency traders, local media reported.

According to the Arman-e Emrooz newspaper, 755 bank accounts were also blocked as part of the police operation.

For many Iranians, the dollar-to-rial exchange rate is an indicator of the country’s overall economic climate.

The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) made an announcement in response to this sharp fall of the local currency to pre-sell gold coins and Certificates of Deposit (CDs) with an interest rate of 20 percent for a one-year term.

The country’s central bank was putting in these measures to scare speculators from continually betting against the rial as they had been doing over the past months, which has led to the currency’s drop in value.

Failure of the government to pump more money into the economy, drop in oil price, and high levels of non-performing loans, have drastically strained Iran’s economy thus far.

The central bank is doing all that it can to contain this financial crisis through structural reforms.

“The central bank used to issue the CDs at a rate of 16-17 percent. Now it will increase it to 20 percent, with the aim of creating financial stability,” Pouya Jabal-Ameli, a CBI analyst, reported.

One of the strategic plans the central bank put in place last year was to reduce interest rates on deposits from more than 20 percent to 15 percent.

The move is aimed at encouraging Iranians to withdraw their money from banks and invest it in small- and medium-sized businesses – to help fight against a slump in the industry as well as boost employment.

Cash now stays in the currency market instead of being used for job creation with the unusual depreciation of the rial and the gaining of US dollar. Buying foreign money is a type of investment for many Iranians – and the more the US dollar gains, the more demand increases, resulting in less investment in businesses.

In summer 2017, the unemployment rate stood as high as 11.7 percent, according to the Statistical Center of Iran. But the Iranian parliament’s research agency puts the unofficial unemployment rate as high as 22.6 percent.

Nearly 5,000 people were detained and 21 also died in an unrest over joblessness in Iran, which erupted in late December and continued for days, spreading to dozens of cities across the country.

The protests were kindled after Rouhani’s budget bill, which was submitted for review in parliament, proposing a 50 percent increase in the price of fuel, as well as a review on the number of households receiving monthly cash subsidies. After the strife, the administration rescinded their decisions supporting the bill.

Rouhani won re-election in May 2017 in a landslide win built on his success at stabilizing the economy and having crippling international sanctions lifted.

Iranians have been pinning their hopes on the historic nuclear deal – reached between Iran and world powers three years ago – to bring about foreign investment and jobs, but the deal has not been able to do wonders.


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Cryptocurrency turning into criminal grounds



Cryptocurrency has earned a popularity for instant returns on funding or investment, however, it’s an avenue for exploitation too. Over 15,000 cryptocurrencies out there in the market, Bitcoin stands out tall over the rest.

Whilst the Winklevoss twins are making a living out of cryptocurrencies, criminals such as cyber frauds are as well making a hit in this new era of digital currency over the internet.

The rapid rise of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecon, etc that makes use of the blockchain network and protocol for its activities and security has flourished several investors in this field. Again, the same cryptocurrency has doomed a number of online users and investors as well in diverse ways. By Mid-December last year, one bitcoin valued over $19,000. It has since devalued to around $7,000.

Don’t get too excited about the use of Bitcoins and other digital monies. There is vast number of criminal activities. Hackers, for instance, would require bitcoins as a medium of payment for a ransom-like what we experienced last year on a global WannaCry attack. Viruses are also created on victims computers as slaves to mine these cryptocurrencies, shared over the internet.

The application and threat intelligence director at security firm Ixia, Steve McGregory mentioned;”It’s usually being used for something illegal,”. He reckons that 99 percent of illegal activities online use cryptocurrency.

This is cryptocurrency’s dark face, which most forget to remind themselves and instead hype the evergreen value of bitcoin and other family of digital currencies. But just as digital currency has turned into a red-hot new investment avenue, it has given hackers and cyber criminals new opportunities for exploitation.

Beware in all your dealings in this mouth-watering adventure.


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