A List Apart

  • A Content Model Is Not a Design System

    Do you remember when having a great website was enough? Now, people are getting answers from Siri, Google search snippets, and mobile apps, not just our websites. Forward-thinking organizations have adopted an omnichannel content strategy, whose mission is to reach audiences across multiple digital channels and platforms. But how do you set up a content management system (CMS) to reach your audience now and in the future? I learned the hard way that creating a content model—a definition of content types, attributes, and relationships that let people and systems understand content—with my more familiar design-system thinking would capsize my customer’s omnichannel content strategy. You can avoid that outcome by creating content models that are semantic and that also connect related content…

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  • Design for Safety, An Excerpt

    Antiracist economist Kim Crayton says that “intention without strategy is chaos.” We’ve discussed how our biases, assumptions, and inattention toward marginalized and vulnerable groups lead to dangerous and unethical tech—but what, specifically, do we need to do to fix it? The intention to make our tech safer is not enough; we need a strategy. This chapter will equip you with that plan of action. It covers how to integrate safety principles into your design work in order to create tech that’s safe, how to convince your stakeholders that this work is necessary, and how to respond to the critique that what we actually need is more diversity. (Spoiler: we do, but diversity alone is not the antidote to fixing unethical, unsafe tech.) The process for inclusive safety When you are designing for…

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  • Sustainable Web Design, An Excerpt

    In the 1950s, many in the elite running community had begun to believe it wasn’t possible to run a mile in less than four minutes. Runners had been attempting it since the late 19th century and were beginning to draw the conclusion that the human body simply wasn’t built for the task.  But on May 6, 1956, Roger Bannister took everyone by surprise. It was a cold, wet day in Oxford, England—conditions no one expected to lend themselves to record-setting—and yet Bannister did just that, running a mile in 3:59.4 and becoming the first person in the record books to run a mile in under four minutes.  This shift in the benchmark had profound effects; the world now knew that the four-minute mile was possible. Bannister’s record lasted only forty-six days, when it was snatched away by Australian r…

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  • Voice Content and Usability

    We’ve been having conversations for thousands of years. Whether to convey information, conduct transactions, or simply to check in on one another, people have yammered away, chattering and gesticulating, through spoken conversation for countless generations. Only in the last few millennia have we begun to commit our conversations to writing, and only in the last few decades have we begun to outsource them to the computer, a machine that shows much more affinity for written correspondence than for the slangy vagaries of spoken language. Computers have trouble because between spoken and written language, speech is more primordial. To have successful conversations with us, machines must grapple with the messiness of human speech: the disfluencies and pauses, the gestures and body language, a…

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  • Designing for the Unexpected

    I’m not sure when I first heard this quote, but it’s something that has stayed with me over the years. How do you create services for situations you can’t imagine? Or design products that work on devices yet to be invented? Flash, Photoshop, and responsive design When I first started designing websites, my go-to software was Photoshop. I created a 960px canvas and set about creating a layout that I would later drop content in. The development phase was about attaining pixel-perfect accuracy using fixed widths, fixed heights, and absolute positioning. Ethan Marcotte’s talk at An Event Apart and subsequent article “Responsive Web Design” in A List Apart in 2010 changed all this. I was sold on responsive design as soon as I heard about it, but I was also terrified. The pixel-perfect designs…

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  • Asynchronous Design Critique: Giving Feedback, Part 2

    “Any comment?” is probably one of the worst ways to ask for feedback. It’s vague and open ended, and it doesn’t provide any indication of what we’re looking for. Getting good feedback starts earlier than we might expect: it starts with the request.  It might seem counterintuitive to start the process of receiving feedback with a question, but that makes sense if we realize that getting feedback can be thought of as a form of design research. In the same way that we wouldn’t do any research without the right questions to get the insights that we need, the best way to ask for feedback is also to craft sharp questions. Design critique is not a one-shot process. Sure, any good feedback workflow continues until the project is finished, but this is particularly true for design because design wo…

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  • Asynchronous Design Critique: Giving Feedback

    Feedback, in whichever form it takes, and whatever it may be called, is one of the most effective soft skills that we have at our disposal to collaboratively get our designs to a better place while growing our own skills and perspectives. Feedback is also one of the most underestimated tools, and often by assuming that we’re already good at it, we settle, forgetting that it’s a skill that can be trained, grown, and improved. Poor feedback can create confusion in projects, bring down morale, and affect trust and team collaboration over the long term. Quality feedback can be a transformative force.  Practicing our skills is surely a good way to improve, but the learning gets even faster when it’s paired with a good foundation that channels and focuses the practice. What are some foundationa…

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  • That’s Not My Burnout

    Are you like me, reading about people fading away as they burn out, and feeling unable to relate? Do you feel like your feelings are invisible to the world because you’re experiencing burnout differently? When burnout starts to push down on us, our core comes through more. Beautiful, peaceful souls get quieter and fade into that distant and distracted burnout we’ve all read about. But some of us, those with fires always burning on the edges of our core, get hotter. In my heart I am fire. When I face burnout I double down, triple down, burning hotter and hotter to try to best the challenge. I don’t fade—I am engulfed in a zealous burnout.  So what on earth is a zealous burnout? Imagine a woman determined to do it all. She has two amazing children whom she, along with her husband who is als…

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  • Beware the Cut ‘n’ Paste Persona

    This Person Does Not Exist is a website that generates human faces with a machine learning algorithm. It takes real portraits and recombines them into fake human faces. We recently scrolled past a LinkedIn post stating that this website could be useful “if you are developing a persona and looking for a photo.”  We agree: the computer-generated faces could be a great match for personas—but not for the reason you might think. Ironically, the website highlights the core issue of this very common design method: the person(a) does not exist. Like the pictures, personas are artificially made. Information is taken out of natural context and recombined into an isolated snapshot that’s detached from reality.  But strangely enough, designers use personas to inspire their design for the real world. …

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  • Immersive Content Strategy

    Beyond the severe toll of the coronavirus pandemic, perhaps no other disruption has transformed user experiences quite like how the tethers to our formerly web-biased era of content have frayed. We’re transitioning to a new world of remote work and digital content. We’re also experimenting with unprecedented content channels that, not too long ago, elicited chuckles at the watercooler, like voice interfaces, digital signage, augmented reality, and virtual reality. Many factors are responsible. Perhaps it’s because we yearn for immersive spaces that temporarily resurrect the Before Times, or maybe it’s due to the boredom and tedium of our now-cemented stuck-at-home routines. But aural user experiences slinging voice content, and immersive user experiences unlocking new forms of interacting…

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IT News Africa

  • Nigeria’s Andela Achieves $1.5-Billion Valuation in Latest Series E Round

    Andela, a global engineering talent outsourcing company launched in Nigeria in 2014 has secured a $200-million investment during a Series E funding round led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, the venture capital arm of Japanese mega-corp SoftBank. This latest funding round brings Andela’s total valuation to $1.5-billion, officially making it Africa’s fifth unicorn startup. According […]

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  • Nigeria’s Central Bank Launches eNaira Website

    The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has officially launched its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) website for the eNaira. Last month, the CBN announced that it was working with Barbados-based fintech firm Bitt Inc as a technical partner to launch the West African country’s own digital coin. The eNaira is set to launch in October. […]

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  • South Africans Are “Extremely Bullish” About Crypto – Luno

    Cryptocurrency buying and selling platform Luno has conducted a survey of over 1000 of its customers in South Africa in August 2021, along with customers in the UK, Malaysia and Indonesia. Luno found that 82% of South Africans who hold cryptocurrency on its platform expect the bitcoin price to rise significantly, some believe as high […]

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  • SA Has Less Than 3 Days Worth of Blood Stocks Amid COVID Impact

    The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) says that it has less than three (3) days blood stock currently on hand as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospitals has stretched blood supplies in the country. SANBS has also been experiencing poor collection due to, among other challenges, low donor turnout to mobile blood […]

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  • UKheshe Partners Chipper Uniting 2 of the Most Valuable FinTechs in Africa

    Ukheshe Technologies, a leading fintech enablement partner, has announced a new partnership with Chipper, one of Africa’s most valuable startups and the purveyor of the Chipper Cash app, to enhance and accelerate the rollout of Chipper’s digital payment offerings. Chipper’s new planned offerings through Ukheshe include free and unlimited P2P payments across South Africa, value-added […]

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  • Ransomware Attacks Grew 1070% Since Last Year According to Fortinet

    Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated, and automated cybersecurity solutions, today unveiled the 2021 Global State of Ransomware Report. The survey reveals most organizations are more concerned about ransomware than other cyber threats, it also reveals that ransomware grew 1070% year over year from 2020. “According to a recent FortiGuard Labs Global Threat Landscape […]

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  • Amazon’s New Household Robot Can Learn Your Family’s Habits

    Amazon has revealed a new camera-equipped home robot that can patrol homes and investigate activity on your orders in a move that the billion-dollar tech giant is calling “a breakthrough for security and convenience.” The “Astro” robot as Amazon calls it is roughly 60cm tall and weighs around 9kgs. The motorised device can map out […]

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  • South Africa Braces for Petrol Price Hike as Crude Oil Hits 3-Year High

    Last week, South Africa’s Central Energy Fund (CEF) published its mid-month report showing that petrol prices in the country were set for a small decline in October to the brief relief of motorists who have been dealing with some of the highest fuel prices in SA’s history. However, the CEF stressed that the data was […]

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  • AI & Data Storage: Tintri & DDN Together Enable this Symbiotic Relationship

    In the field of enterprise IT, artificial intelligence (AI) is a buzzword that we’ve seen used time and again over the past few years, with the promise of making every part of a business better. What does this mean specifically for data storage? This is the question posed in a recent Tintri blog, which clarifies […]

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  • Businesses Need to Be “Data Driven” for True Digital Transformation says Altron

    Over and above leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cloud services; it has been widely acknowledged that the key building block for true digital transformation is the need for businesses to become data-driven. Of course, this is a uniquely challenging task for almost every business. Dealing with the Data Challenge At the core of any data […]

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Mashable

  • Improve your Microsoft Excel skills with the help of this certification training bundle

    TL;DR: The All-In-One Microsoft Excel Certification Training Bundle is on sale for £25.04 as of Oct. 18, saving you 98% on list price. Microsoft Excel is a platform many of us are familiar with but have never mastered. In fact, there's a pretty good chance you're not using the software to its fullest potential. From intense data analysis to the fundamentals of VBA, there are so many layers to Excel. To get a deeper understanding of the leading spreadsheet program, sign up for this All-In-One Microsoft Excel Training Bundle while it's massively discounted.  This online course collection features over 650 lessons and over 50 hours worth of training. And you'll be learning from the best of the best — including Jordan Goldmeier, who was the former Chief Operating Officer at Excel.TV. He's the…

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  • We asked TikTok baristas about Riddler's question mark latte art in 'The Batman' trailer

    In the new trailer for the upcoming move The Batman starring Robert Pattinson, there are explosions, balls of fire, gritty voiceovers about retribution, and...latte art? Yep, one of the most talked-about moments involves a cup of coffee. Specifically, an artisanal flat white with a foam pour that depicts Batman villain Riddler's (Paul Dano) calling card: A question mark. I think the latte art really stole the show, Rohan Cooke, a long-time Melbourne barista who runs the TikTok account for his coffee roastery, gear, and media company, Golden Brown Coffee, said. Tweet may have been deleted The opening scene of the trailer shows (probably) Paul Dano, who plays Riddler, sitting at the counter of a grimy late night diner. The cops bust in, and he puts up no fight as he's taken into custody. Th…

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  • The result of Apple's new privacy policy? More money for Apple.

    Apple wants to be the privacy Big Tech company. But it won't say no to some extra cash as a result. Earlier in 2021, Apple instituted a new App Store policy that limited apps' ability to track user behavior without getting express permission first, which has made targeted advertising more difficult. The result may very well be less snooping on our iPhone habits by companies like Facebook and Google. However, a new report from Financial Times shows there was an unexpected (for us, at least) upside for Apple, too. Speaking with multiple analytics firms and advertisers, FT found that Apple's own App Store advertising business skyrocketed after initiating the policy change. Apple sells advertising space in the App Store. For example, if you search for a specific iPhone game, you will see spon…

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  • 'Y: The Last Man' won't get a Season 2 from FX. The search for a new home has already begun.

    In a devastating turn of events, Y: The Last Man showrunner Eliza Clark confirmed on Sunday that FX decided against moving ahead with a Season 2. It's a surprising move for a series that is still three episodes away from finishing its first season, and one which has also received relatively high praise from critics and audiences alike. In sharing the news, Clark made it clear that she'll do what she can to ensure the story doesn't end here. Tweet may have been deleted Y: The Last Man is about gender, about how oppressive systems inform identity. We had a gender diverse team of brilliant artists, led by women at almost every corner of our production, Clark wrote. It is the most collaborative, creatively fulfilling, and beautiful thing I have ever been a part of. We don't want it to end. Sh…

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  • Selena Gomez privately put Facebook execs on blast in 2020 for all the hateful content

    In internal documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal, a whole host of people have been pushing back against Facebook for hate speech for some time now — and that list includes pop star and Only Murders in the Building comedy breakout Selena Gomez. It all started in 2016 when Gomez visited the company's Menlo Park headquarters to celebrate becoming the most-followed account on Instagram. When a particularly hateful response to her post on the photo opp stuck with Gomez, a spokesperson told the Journal, she reached out to Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg during the pivotal 2020 election year, urging them to take action in DMs that she later shared widely. Now, thanks to the WSJ's reporting, we know Gomez also emailed the Facebook executives privately to voice her issues. Sandber…

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  • Daniel Craig crashes Rami Malek and Kenan Thompson's audition to play Prince on 'SNL'

    From Get Out to Us, Jordan Peele has taken on directing his share of horror films about racism. Up next? A biopic about Prince that turns into a horror film about racism. That is, if you're watching Saturday Night Live. During a sketch on the latest SNL, Kenan Thompson, Rami Malek, and surprise guest Daniel Craig each audition to earn the starring role in Peele's (Chris Redd) pretend film. At first, the competition is only between Thompson and Malek — playing themselves — as they're asked to have a Prince-off. Redd has them each act out things like Prince stepping on a Lego brick or getting hit with a football. Thompson earns the role because Malek is not Black, but when Craig enters the room it flips. Craig is dressed as a prince, not the Prince, and he still takes the role from Thompson…

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  • Chris Redd returns to 'SNL' Weekend Update to pay for a 2020 COVID joke that aged so poorly

    Saturday Night Live's latest Weekend Update segments were highlighted by some actually-strong one-liners about COVID-bearing bats and, unexpectedly, trickle-down economics. But Chris Redd's appearance cast a shadow over all of it. It's not just his rant wanting to know who the hell drive blimps, though that part is hilarious. It's also not his incisively funny take on angry people overreacting to a bisexual Superman. The bit that really lands is when Redd is forced to face an off-the-cuff comment he made on a Feb. 2020 Weekend Update, where he declared — in a very poorly aged attempt at humor — Black people can't get the coronavirus! To his credit, Redd is a great sport about the whole thing. He's also a gifted comedic talent who doesn't always get his due. So watch, and be entertained.…

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  • 'SNL' hilariously explains 'Squid Game' with country music. Now it's stuck in your head, too.

    There's nothing like a good Saturday Night Live earworm, especially when it's Pete Davidson (and his uncanny lookalike Rami Malek) doing the singing. This absolute winner of a musical comedy sketch finds Davidson and Malek crooning a heartfelt country number about loss, desperation, and a homicidal game show popularized by Netflix. Yup, it's time for the inevitable marriage of classic country music tropes and... Squid Game? It works. It works so well! You'll be humming this tune in your head long after the sketch is over. And probably firing up the old Netflix app to find out just how much of the over-the-top bloodletting seen here is a reflection of the actual series. (All of it. This is Squid Game.)

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  • Fictional detective Olympics: The oldest, the best, the most murdery

    Grab your magnifying glass and get ready to investigate as Mashable uncovers Big/Little Mysteries. Who doesn't like a good fictional detective? The genre, which sprang out of nowhere in the 19th century, has become arguably our most enduringly popular over the last 120 years. Sherlock Holmes spawned armies of imitators, many with quirks as curious as his coke habit. The amateur sleuth begat the PI, the superhero detective, and more police inspectors, pathologists and lieutenants than you can shake a rumpled trenchcoat at. Personally, my tolerance for detective fiction is limited. I can take a story or an episode at a time — but in a binge watch or binge read, the unreality of endless mysteries leaves me cold. How many murders are taking place in this sleepy town? What grim dystopia is thi…

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  • A sharp 'SNL' cold open knows the bigotry of NFL bosses didn't start with Jon Gruden

    Another week, another case of the National Football League stumbling over attempts to explain and address the deep-rooted bigotry of one of its top names. By now, most of us know that former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is out of a job because he couldn't keep his hateful opinions on women referees, gay players, and racial justice protests to himself. It's been headline news all week. That's what led Saturday Night Live to ditch some rather obvious political targets in favor of a cutting takedown of the NFL for its latest cold open. While the chaos of this mock press conference is littered with reminders of the NFL's we'll deal with it when it's news strategy for addressing the toxic leadership issues of individual teams, the inevitable appearance of Colin Kaepernick (Chris Red…

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Naija Tech Guide

  • Wyze Cam V3 Price, Specs and Best Deals

    Wyze Cam V3 is a 1080p indoor/outdoor wireless smart home security camera with 1080p resolution, colour night vision, 130º FOV, intelligent motion and sound detector, two-way audio system, voice control, a built-in siren, and local video storage, inside the all-new IP65 weather & dust resistance body. It has a rotating base, so it can effortlessly […] The post Wyze Cam V3 Price, Specs and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Apple Watch Series 7 Aluminium Price, Specs and Best Deals

    Apple finally launched the Apple Watch Series 7 Aluminium frame as an upgrade to the last year’s Apple Watch Series 6. The Series 7 watch comes featuring a refined design, larger always-on Retina display with 41mm and 45mm. It also comes with the new QWERTY keyboard, Ion-X crack resistance glass on the screen, as well […] The post Apple Watch Series 7 Aluminium Price, Specs and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Nokia T20 Tablet Specs, Price and Best Deals

    The Nokia T20 tablet is Nokia’s second attempt in the Android tablet space. Taking a quick look at its offering shows it’s one of the tablets you may consider when in the market for tablets cheaper than the likes of the iPad and the Galaxy Tab. The highlights of this tab include a Unisoc T6010 […] The post Nokia T20 Tablet Specs, Price and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Tecno Camon 18 Premier Specs, Price and Best Deals

    The Tecno Camon 18 Premier takes displaces the Camon 17 Pro to become the new most premium smartphone in the Camon series. The highlights of the improved offerings guy will find within, includes a higher refresh rate, a higher processor, and more. Where to Buy Tecno Camon 18 Premier Jumia Nigeria – See Offers | Jumia Kenya […] The post Tecno Camon 18 Premier Specs, Price and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Tecno Camon 18P Specs, Price and Best Deals

    The Tecno Camon 18P offerings fall in between the standard Camon 18 and the Camon 18 Premier. The package being offered is slightly more premium compared to the Camon 18 and slightly less premium compared to the latter. Do well to read through this article for further clarification. Where to Buy Tecno Camon 18P Jumia […] The post Tecno Camon 18P Specs, Price and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • How to Hire the Best Possible Local SEO Agency for Your Business

    Hiring a local SEO agency is an important decision that can have significant long-term consequences for your business. There are many reasons to choose one company over another, but it often comes down to the staff’s calibre and level of experience in this field. If you’re looking for local SEO packages, then this blog post […] The post How to Hire the Best Possible Local SEO Agency for Your Business appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Car Tire and Maintenance Guide: Everything You Need to Know

    Over the years, we have learned the importance of tires and how they affect the function of our vehicles. Tires are connective points between the car and the road and are essential for the movement of all vehicles. Car tires are connected using the axles and central shaft. There are so many features that make […] The post Car Tire and Maintenance Guide: Everything You Need to Know appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • How to Crop a Video Online

    There are many instances we would like to capture over the phone or camera and watch them later. The curiosity shall also influence you to upload the video online or send it to your friends and family. While you do so, the raw video will not be the fun-filled one. You might require to crop […] The post How to Crop a Video Online appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Tecno Camon 18 Specs, Price and Best Deals

    The Tecno Camon 18 is yet another smartphone that once again confirms Tecno’s ability to dish out a better Camon smartphone. It takes off from where the Camon 17 stopped. As a successor, it offers a higher refresh rate display, an improved processor and more. This article stretches through it’s specs and price in a […] The post Tecno Camon 18 Specs, Price and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Vivo iQOO Z5 Specs, Price and Best Deals

    The Vivo iQOO Z5 is the successor of the iQOO Z3 5G. The smartphone was announced in India with impressive specifications such as a nice camera set up, 5G network support, generous inbuilt storage, and a big battery capacity. Where to Buy Vivo iQOO Z5  Jumia Nigeria – See Offers | Jumia Kenya – See Offers Vivo iQOO […] The post Vivo iQOO Z5 Specs, Price and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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