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

  • TikTok is reportedly testing paid subscriptions

    TikTok is testing paid subscriptions, because the cogs of capitalism must continue to turn. As first reported by The Information, the popular video sharing platform is experimenting with allowing creators to charge a subscription fee for their videos. Not many details are available about TikTok's limited test, how it works, or whether TikTok will take a commission. However, it's reasonable to guess it might be similar to Twitter's Super Follow feature in that not all of a creator's content will be paywalled. After all, it's much easier to draw in new customers if you let them sample the goods. A TikTok spokesperson declined to comment specifically or confirm its purported paid subscription test, but told Mashable that it's always thinking about new ways to bring value to our community and…

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  • Samsung announces that it will announce its next big Galaxy phone in February

    We’re barely a few weeks into 2022 and it’s already time for some new flagship Samsung phones. Better strap in. This isn’t a rumor, either. Samsung itself announced in a blog post on Thursday afternoon that its next Galaxy Unpacked livestream will take place in February, but without a firm time or date yet. It can most likely be streamed on Samsung’s YouTube channel. In the words of Samsung mobile head Tae Moon Roh, the event will cover “the next generation of Galaxy S,” which we’re pretty certain will be called Galaxy S22. Of course, details about this new phone have leaked ahead of time because that’s what always happens. We’ve specifically seen renders of the 6.8-inch Galaxy S22 Ultra courtesy of MySmartPrice. The new Ultra in those renders has rounded sides with a flat top and bottom…

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  • Watch the cast of 'Peacemaker' hysterically butcher the show's plot — Mash Libs

    John Cena, James Gunn, Danielle Brooks and the cast of Peacemaker cook up an alternative plot for their new HBO Max series.

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  • Reese Witherspoon is going to read us a bedtime story

    Reese Witherspoon loves a good book. I mean, she runs her very own book club, Reese's Book Club. Not to mention her production work in turning many well-loved books into popular TV shows and movies: Big Little Lies, Little Fires Everywhere, Where the Crawdads Sing, to name a few. Witherspoon is about to turn her hand to another type of storytelling. The Oscar-winning actor is set to take the BBC's CBeebies Bedtime Stories seat to read Extraordinary, written by Penny Harrison on Jan. 28. The book, which is illustrated by Katie Wilson, encourages readers to discover the beauty in everyday life. SEE ALSO: Everyone loves Reese Witherspoon on 'Big Little Lies' and it’s about damn time Sometimes, when we're busy, it can be hard to find time to notice the world around us, Witherspoon begins in h…

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  • The could-have-been 'Scream 5' ending that keeps me up at night

    Stu Macher should've come back as the new Ghostface. That's the hill I'm willing to die on following Scream (2022), the disappointingly Stu-less but still fun re-quel from Ready or Not co-directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett.  I know what you're thinking: But Stu Macher is dead! Sidney Prescott dropped a TV on his head at the end of Scream (1996), and he died. To that I say: If Billy Loomis can return as a guiding ghost-dad, then there's a lot that’s fair game in modern-day Woodsboro — and the reprisal of iconic co-conspirator Stu was well within reach. How could Stu have survived his brush with home-entertainment head trauma? Well, in the final faceoff between Sidney (Neve Campbell) and the two original Ghostfaces, Billy (Skeet Ulrich) succumbs to a rash of chest wounds befo…

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  • The best VR games and apps that make working out fun

    Every January we all seem to make (then inevitably break) the same New Year's resolution. So in 2022, maybe it's time to rethink what getting in shape looks like altogether. Fitness isn't the first thing that springs to mind when it comes to virtual reality, either. But a certain magic happens when you combine the unexpected bedfellows of exercise and VR: Suddenly, working out stops being a chore and can instead be a call to adventure. So if you're like us and need to trick yourself into exercising by entering a whole other reality, we've got you covered. There's a huge variety of VR fitness games and apps, so it's just about finding the right virtual adventure that gets your heart pumping. The best part of VR fitness is finding joy in moving your body at your pace rather than doing more…

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  • Where to buy sex toys online (yes, even including Target)

    Whether you're looking for your very first vibrator or have lost count of how many sex toys you have in your collection, the internet can be a pretty great place to find your next toy. Of course, the insane amount of options that make finding that just-right sex toy possible can also make the process more overwhelming than you'd wish, especially for a product that's supposed to deliver big on pleasure. SEE ALSO: Best sex toys for women: Take pleasure into your own hands So where does one begin? The first step is to make sure you're going to retailers that make quality products. Sex toys get a lot less fun when they're not made out of materials that are okay to go on or in your genitals. To best guarantee this, we highly recommend shopping directly from trusted names in the sex toy busines…

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  • Looking for love on campus? Here are the best dating apps for college students.

    We love a good party as much as anyone. But the logistics of trying to get to know someone in a packed basement over blaring trap music while someone does body shots in the corner are a bit challenging. It's not exactly the ideal environment for romance. (Although maybe you're not looking for romance? Party on, friend.) Dating apps are the saving grace of college students everywhere. Whether you’re serious about finding someone or just looking for a quick hookup, you may not need to look further than the right app. After all, everyone’s doing it. At this point there are dating apps for every niche you can think of; whether you're into gaming, geek culture, getting high, or focusing on your career, there are people seeking the same things you are. As a college student, you have specific ne…

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  • The best online dating sites for geeks, nerds, sci-fi buffs, and more

    Mashable's readers (and writers) are known for being OBSESSIVE about the things we love. You may say we kind of geek out about things. Okay, fine, we *are* geeks. Whatever. Geeks are awesome. But sometimes, awesome can use a bit of assistance in the dating department. Not because there aren't enough geeks out there — how do you think Avengers: Endgame became the highest-grossing film of all time? (Thanks to geeks, that's how.) Dating as a geek requires combing through normies and too much dating through the same group of locals. For women, it can involve a lot of creepy guys who want their manic pixie dream girl. For men, it can involve a lot of simply trying to not be that guy. If you're in the majority of geeks who are a little bit introverted, dating can be hella intimidating. News fla…

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  • The best dating apps for lesbians and gay women

    Online dating as a lesbian, for the most part, still involves having your space invaded by straight people. The heteronormative weirdness got so alienating that lesbians began turning to TikTok as a means of meeting other single lesbians — turns out, it's a damn good matchmaker. But it's unrealistic to expect a social media app to work like a dating app for everyone. (It's hard for some of us to comprehend, but not everyone spends every free minute on TikTok.) Lesbians who have exhausted their local romantic options are still going to want to see who else is out there. For much of current history, some people have acted as though lesbians didn't exist outside of porn and Ellen DeGeneres, while jokes swirled about how girls only turned to dating women if they had a bad experience with a ma…

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Naija Tech Guide

  • Best VPN for Watching / Streaming DSTV App

    DSTV is the most popular satellite TV provider in Africa. With the DSTV App subscribers can stream live and on-demand content while on the move. However, since DSTV is only available in Africa, you will not be able to watch DSTV outside the region. Hence the need for a VPN. In this article we share […] The post Best VPN for Watching / Streaming DSTV App appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Best VPN for Watching / Streaming Showmax

    Showmax is a leading streaming service in Nigeria and across Africa. However, like most streaming services some of the content are blocked outside its main countries like Nigeria and South Africa. So, if you are going outside your home country on holidays or for business, you need to look for a good VPN provider that […] The post Best VPN for Watching / Streaming Showmax appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages without Backup

    Have you just lost or deleted your WhatsApp messages in error? Without a backup in place this could be a real nightmare. However, there are tools like ChatsBack to help you recover deleted WhatsApp messages without a Backup on Android an iOS. Here we show you how to recover WhatsApp messages without backup. Whatsapp is […] The post How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages without Backup appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • How to Buy USDT / Tether in Nigeria with Naira

    Tether or USDT is the most popular stablecoin with the largest market value. It is backed by the US dollar and has taken prime position as the stablecoin of choice for traders moving value from one cryptocurrency to another. In Nigeria, USDT’s ties with the dollar and its stable nature makes it a good choice […] The post How to Buy USDT / Tether in Nigeria with Naira appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Yellow Card Returns: Buy and Sell Bitcoin, USDT in Naira

    Yellow Card, the American VC-backed crypto exchange with a target on the African market, has resumed operations in Nigeria. With a revamped app and addition of new features like KYC that makes it more compliant with international best practices, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) solution, and USDT support, Yellow Card is positioning itself as the go-to app for […] The post Yellow Card Returns: Buy and Sell Bitcoin, USDT in Naira appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • What is the Best Screen Recorder with Facecam and Audio?

    If you’re looking for a good screen recorder with Facecam and audio, then you’re in the right place! Most popular screen recorders give you the option to record Facecam videos with ease. For this article, we’ve closely compared the most popular screen recorders out there and concluded with our picks of the top screen recorders […] The post What is the Best Screen Recorder with Facecam and Audio? appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Here’s Everything you need to know about VPNs

    VPNs or virtual private networks are useful in a number of ways. The main reason they are used around the world is that VPNs allow you to see content that’s blocked in your area. Whether that’s to overcome state censorship or to triple the size of your Netflix catalog. VPNs will also hide your online […] The post Here’s Everything you need to know about VPNs appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • BBC StoryWorks Creates Content for TECNO to tell the Story of how inclusive Mobile Camera innovations bring People Together

    TECNO, a premium smartphone brand focused on emerging markets, is working with BBC Storyworks, BBC Studios’ in-house commercial content studio, who have created a short film The Future Lens: Looking Ahead With TECNO to explore the brand’s mobile camera innovation and its impact on smartphone users’ experiences. The video showcases TECNO’s inclusive mobile camera technology […] The post BBC StoryWorks Creates Content for TECNO to tell the Story of how inclusive Mobile Camera innovations bring People Together appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Blackview BV8800 is Available now with Limited $199

    Over half a month after the Blackview BV8800’s world debut, the BV8800 finally hits the market today with limited early bird offers — people can get one as low as $199.99 at AliExpress, limited to 500 units with a $20 coupon. After the 500 units are sold out, the price will be bounced to $239.99 […] The post Blackview BV8800 is Available now with Limited $199 appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • What Are Perm Rods?

    A perm rod is a type of horizontal hair curler often made with plastic. It comes in various sizes to achieve different looks. If you choose the right rod and pair it with a good styling product, you can end up with clean and beautiful curls that are frizz-free. Whether you’re new to perm rods […] The post What Are Perm Rods? appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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Ogbongeblog

  • Chinese Gift Card Vendor That Buy and Sell On WhatsApp

    There are lots of guys out there climaing to be chinese gift card vendors on the internet and if you are not careful, you might end up been scammed. Hence, you have to be sure of who you are doing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit Ogbongeblog.com for the full content, other content, and more! ]]

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  • EARN BETWEEN #68,000 & #204,000 IN PENNYTREE ASSOCIATE PROGRAM

    TACKLING UNEMPLOYMENT; PENNYTREE LAUNCHES ASSOCIATE PROGRAM FOR NIGERIAN YOUTHS PennyTree, a gamified digital lifestyle platform, has launched an Exclusive Associate Program for young people to help... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit Ogbongeblog.com for the full content, other content, and more! ]]

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  • How Businesses on Loans in Nigeria Stands 80% Chance of Profitability

    Small business owners can be wary of taking out a business loan when business funds are low. They fear several risks; high and unstable interest rates, giving up a percentage of ownership stake in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit Ogbongeblog.com for the full content, other content, and more! ]]

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  • Top Nine Reasons You Should Jump On PennyTree App Now

    PennyTree is a Lifestyle payment and savings application that helps you keep up with your savings habit and make payments. It is a digital lifestyle platform using AI features with a mission to take... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit Ogbongeblog.com for the full content, other content, and more! ]]

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  • Free Guide on Gadget and Fashion items Importation from USA for Profit

    USA is about the largest gadget market in the world. The rate of tech adoption in this nation is amazing and virtually everyone is an early adopter. It is also interesting to know that people switch... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit Ogbongeblog.com for the full content, other content, and more! ]]

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  • Free Guide on Gadget and Fashion items Importation from USA for Profit

    USA is about the largest gadget market in the world. The rate of tech adoption in this nation is amazing and virtually everyone is an early adopter. It is also interesting to know that people switch... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit Ogbongeblog.com for the full content, other content, and more! ]]

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  • 22Bet Committed to Grassroot Football Growth in Nigeria

    On Saturday 30th October 2021, a global sports betting brand, 22Bet NG, who are also the official sponsors of PSG Football Club, made a donation of various football training kits & equipment,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit Ogbongeblog.com for the full content, other content, and more! ]]

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  • 22Bet Committed to Grassroot Football Growth in Nigeria

    On Saturday 30th October 2021, a global sports betting brand, 22Bet NG, who are also the official sponsors of PSG Football Club, made a donation of various football training kits & equipment,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit Ogbongeblog.com for the full content, other content, and more! ]]

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  • WD Red NAS HDD Review: When Durability Matters Most

    We have been following Western Digital products for years and I think one constant thing with the brand is ‘innovation’. It’s quite impressive how the brand has over the years improve each products... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit Ogbongeblog.com for the full content, other content, and more! ]]

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  • WD Red NAS HDD Review: When Durability Matters Most

    We have been following Western Digital products for years and I think one constant thing with the brand is ‘innovation’. It’s quite impressive how the brand has over the years improve each products... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit Ogbongeblog.com for the full content, other content, and more! ]]

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