Earlier today, we mentioned that Google might have gone covert ops to deliver Android 4.1 a.k.a. Jelly Bean to a few Galaxy Nexus S devices. Sources from the web said that a few folks have already received Jelly Bean via OTA, although it was never confirmed by Google. But it looks like we can finally call it official as Google has just confirmed via Google+ and Twitter that it has already rolled out Android 4.1 to Nexus S phones on a number of carriers. The list of carriers will include T-Mobile, H3G, O2, Rogers as well as Vodafone, in most countries. Google also said that more carriers will be getting all the Jelly Bean goodness soon. So, if you’re on any of the carriers listed, you should be able to receive a system update notification by now for your Nexus S. Google announced Android 4.1 at the Google I/O developer conference last month.
Google officially announces Jelly Bean OTA update for Nexus S phones
Digital Revolution and Repression in Myanmar and Thailand
Activists have also proactively published social media content in multiple languages using the hashtags #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar and #WhatsHappeningInThailand to boost coverage of events on the ground.
How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?
– After falling significantly in 2020, oil prices have returned to pre-pandemic levels
– The rise has been driven by OPEC+ production cuts and an improving economic climate
– Higher prices are likely to support a rebound in oil-producing emerging markets
– Further virus outbreaks or increased production would pose challenges to price stability
A combination of continued production cuts and an increase in economic activity has prompted oil prices to return to pre-pandemic levels – a factor that will be crucial to the recovery of major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and Africa.
Brent crude prices rose above $60 a barrel in early February, the first time they had exceeded pre-Covid-19 values. They have since continued to rise, going above $66 a barrel on February 24.
The ongoing increase in oil prices, which have soared by 75% since November and around 26% since the beginning of the year, marks a dramatic change from last year.
Following the closure of many national borders and the implementation of travel-related restrictions to stop the spread of the virus, demand for oil slumped globally.
In the wake of the Saudi-Russia price war in early 2020, Brent crude prices fell from around $60 a barrel in February that year to two-decade lows of $20 a barrel in late April, as supply increased and demand plummeted. The value of WTI crude – the main benchmark for oil in the US – fell to record lows of around $40 a barrel last year on the back of a lack of storage space.
While global demand for oil remains low, one factor credited with reversing the trend is the decision to make significant cuts to oil production, which subsequently tightened global supplies.
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