A List Apart

  • 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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  • Do You Need to Localize Your Website?

    Global markets give you access to new customers. All you need to do is inform potential buyers about your product or service.  Your website is a good place to introduce your product or service outside your locale. Localizing your web content sounds like the right way to reach out to the global market. Localization will bridge the language barriers, or the wider scope of differing cultures.  Before we move on further with the discussion, let’s focus on the definition of “localization.”  What is localization? According to the Cambridge Dictionary, localization (as a marketing term) is “the process of making a product or service more suitable for a particular country, area, etc.,” while translation is “something that is translated, or the process of translating something, from one language t…

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  • Human-Readable JavaScript: A Tale of Two Experts

    Everyone wants to be an expert. But what does that even mean? Over the years I’ve seen two types of people who are referred to as “experts.” Expert 1 is someone who knows every tool in the language and makes sure to use every bit of it, whether it helps or not. Expert 2 also knows every piece of syntax, but they’re pickier about what they employ to solve problems, considering a number of factors, both code-related and not.  Can you take a guess at which expert we want working on our team? If you said Expert 2, you’d be right. They’re a developer focused on delivering readable code—lines of JavaScript others can understand and maintain. Someone who can make the complex simple. But “readable” is rarely definitive—in fact, it’s largely based on the eyes of the beholder. So where does that le…

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  • Now THAT’S What I Call Service Worker!

    The Service Worker API is the Dremel of the web platform. It offers incredibly broad utility while also yielding resiliency and better performance. If you’ve not used Service Worker yet—and you couldn’t be blamed if so, as it hasn’t seen wide adoption as of 2020—it goes something like this: On the initial visit to a website, the browser registers what amounts to a client-side proxy powered by a comparably paltry amount of JavaScript that—like a Web Worker—runs on its own thread. After the Service Worker’s registration, you can intercept requests and decide how to respond to them in the Service Worker’s fetch() event. What you decide to do with requests you intercept is a) your call and b) depends on your website. You can rewrite requests, precache static assets during install, provide off…

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IT News Africa

  • The 5 Digital Trends Transforming Higher Education in Africa

    Pandemic life has resulted in a rapid shift to digitisation, most notably in the education sector. This has meant that teachers, students and parents had to acclimatise to remote e-learning via digital platforms. As a result, traditional face to face teaching methods have made way for novel approaches in the education sphere. Institutions such as […]

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  • Why the Central Bank of Nigeria is Cracking Down on Forex Sales

    The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has banned the sales of foreign exchange (FX/Forex) to Bureau De Change (BDC) operators in Nigeria. The registration of new BDC operators has also been halted with immediate effect. Godwin Emefiele, CBN’s governor, made the announcement at the end of the monetary policy committee (MPC) meeting in Abuja on […]

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  • Jonas Bogoshi, CEO of BCX SA, on Digital Transformation & The Future of Work

    Jonas Bogoshi is the CEO of BCX South Africa, an ICT company based in Johannesburg that offers solutions to help future proof businesses. The company says, “We take care of your technology so that your workforce is free to focus on your customers’ needs, build productivity, grow profits, and embark on the journey to Digital […]

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  • More People Could Be Switching from Android to iPhone, According to Apple

    Apple recently released its Q3 2021 earnings report showing earnings that were above expectations, with revenues increasing 36% year-over-year to $81.4-billion and profits jumping 93% to $21.7-billion. The increase in revenue is reported to be because of a boom in iPhone sales during the quarter. “This quarter, our teams built on a period of unmatched […]

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  • IBM Announces New General Manager for Africa and Middle-East

    IBM announced today that Saad Toma has been named General Manager of IBM Middle East and Africa (MEA). Toma succeeds Takreem El-Tohamy, who has been appointed General Manager, Global Strategic Sales at IBM. “Mr. Toma brings deep industry, services and technology expertise and over 30 years of experience at IBM working across multiple geographies. He […]

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  • Twitter is Testing a New E-Commerce Feature: Shop Module

    Social media platform Twitter has begun testing its new Shop Module e-commerce feature, beginning on Wednesday. The new feature is set to be Twitter’s version of other e-commerce novelties offered by social networks like Facebook’s Marketplace and Instagram’s Checkout. With Shop Module, Twitter users can scroll and tap through a catalogue of products, learn more […]

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  • Why Technology Needs to Be Harnessed for Africa to Recover from the Pandemic

    Despite the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on African economies, there is no doubt that the continent has the potential to recover given the fact that with a large youth population it promises to be a major consumption market in the years ahead with significant capacity for growth. Throughout Africa, there is a […]

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  • 5 Pivotal Topics to be Discussed at the DFA 2021 – Register Now!

    On 31 August, the Digital Finance Africa 2021 virtual summit begins. Over 20+ visionary speakers and over 300 finance and technology leaders will enter the summit’s virtual exhibition hall to discuss how accelerating digital transformation in the financial services industry can turn the crisis of the pandemic into distinct opportunity. Since the onset of COVID-19, […]

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  • Latest Mambu Research Reveals Gap in Global Financial Awareness and Accessibility

    A study of 2,000 global consumers released by Mambu, the market-leading banking and financial services platform, revealed that both banked and unbanked individuals feel underserved, with 56% of banked customers claiming that there are other services they should be able to access. “With more than 1.7 billion unbanked adults globally, the data that’s usually reported […]

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  • Beware: The Top 5 Cybercrime Schemes Running Amid the Tokyo Olympics

    After an unprecedented year-long delay, the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics began in earnest last week. This time, all the events will take place with no spectators, which reduces physical risks – in terms of health and from a cybersecurity point of view (such as data theft using the vulnerabilities of public Wi-Fi at the stadium). […]

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Mashable

  • Decode your future in software development with this course bundle

    TL;DR: The 2021 Google Software Engineering Manager Prep Bundle is on sale for £28.84 as of July 30, saving you 98% on list price. Aspiring to be a software engineer is admirable. Aspiring to be a software engineer at Google is extraordinarily ambitious — but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to achieve. Just like any other dream job, the only way to get there is by simply taking the first step. And this 2021 Google Software Engineering Manager Prep Bundle offers the perfect stepping stone. This bundle is curated with key courses to help you master all the tech skills you need to become a Google software engineer. There are a dozen courses total and each of them is taught by a top online instructor, including Minerva Singh, a data scientist with a 4.3-star rating; Mark Misin, an aerospace…

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  • Learn important digital marketing skills with this online course bundle

    TL;DR: The 2021 Premium Digital Marketing for Entrepreneurs Certification Bundle is on sale for £25.24 as of July 30, saving you 98% on list price. Discover how to expand your brand’s reach with the 2021 Premium Digital Marketing for Entrepreneurs Bundle. Through 10 courses, you’ll dive into the major digital marketing tools at your disposal. You'll take classes on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, and YouTube, as well as more general topics like email marketing, podcasting, and building a community online. There's over 70 hours of content, but you can work your way through it at your own pace. You'll also have lifetime access. You’ll learn about Google Ads from Isaac Rudansky, who is the co-founder of AdVenture Media and has earned an instructor rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars. You’ll get an ema…

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  • Lorde gives 'Hot Ones' her criteria for the perfect onion ring

    Grammy-winning singer Lorde joined high priest of the hot sauce universe Sean Evans on Hot Ones this week, remaining admirably composed as she happily worked her way through Evans' selection of high-Scoville sauces as though they were simply sharing a normal lunch. Speaking about her new album Solar Power, becoming famous at 16, and her love of New Zealand cheese, Lorde also finally provided the criteria she uses to judge onion rings on her Instagram account famously dedicated to the fried snack. SEE ALSO: Watch 'WandaVision' star Elizabeth Olsen conquer 'Hot Ones' like a superhero I want an onion that has been cut thickly, Lorde told Evans, indicating with her fingers just how big she's talking. I want a pretty toothsome vertical bite. I want a pretty crisp yet thick crust, you know, I w…

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  • Lady Gaga dominates new 'House of Gucci' trailer

    Lady Gaga will always be known for her pop hits and meat dresses, but the trailer for upcoming movie House of Gucci sees her dominate the screen in slightly more luxurious couture. House of Gucci follows Italian socialite Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga) throughout her relationship with eventual ex-husband Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver), the head of luxury Italian fashion house Gucci. The biographical film isn't all clothes and canapés though, eventually culminating in an intensely high profile murder. Directed by Ridley Scott, House of Gucci also features Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, Salma Hayek and Al Pacino, who will all presumably perform Italian accents to the best of their varying abilities. However if the trailer is anything to go by, it's Gaga's big voice, big hair, and bigge…

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  • Snapchat is down for some U.S. users

    The Snapchat ghost is even more elusive than usual right now. Users on Twitter and on Downdetector reported Thursday that they were unable to access Snapchat. Snap confirmed on Twitter that it was aware of the issue. Tweet may have been deleted Multiple people have posted on Twitter that they were unable to sign in, and that the issue did not resolve after deleting the app, restarting their phones, and re-installing. Tweet may have been deleted Downdetector shows that outages occurred in cities across the U.S. (Editor's note: Mashable's parent company, J2, owns Downdetector). A spicy Thursday! Credit: SCreenshot: downdetector Snapchat had an outage last month involved with updates to its app. That issue resolved in about one day. Mashable has reached out to Snap for more information. This…

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  • Airbnb listings will finally show WiFi speeds

    When work from home becomes work from the Airbnb, you better hope the rental host has a good WiFi setup. Now, with a new change to Airbnb's listings, you no longer have to hope — you'll know exactly what type of internet connection you'll be dealing with. On Thursday, Airbnb announced plans to include a new section on its rental listings that will show WiFi speed and quality — before you book. Hosts can now fill out a WiFi speed check available in the app. Airbnb is using M-Lab's download and upload speed checker, which tests the connection through the host's mobile device. The new feature will begin rolling out in U.S. locations before going global a few weeks later. WiFi info added by hosts will show up on the Airbnb app as part of the rental description for browsing guests. WiFi info i…

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  • A robot just ran a 5K, and now we feel bad about ourselves — Strictly Robots

    Cassie is a robot created at Oregon State University that made history by running a 5K thanks to machine learning.

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  • A star of 'The Office' confessed he may actually be the Scranton Strangler

    The Office successfully wrapped up its fair share of complex storylines over the course of nine seasons, but in the year 2021 fans still don't know the identity of the infamous Scranton Strangler. Or do we? For anyone who needs a refresher, the Scranton Strangler was a mysterious serial killer referenced within Dunder Mifflin's Scranton branch during Season 6 to Season 9. There have been a number of theories (both on and offscreen) surrounding the identity of the killer, but we never got definitive closure. Some people assumed the chaotic, constantly unhinged Creed Bratton was to blame, while others swore that the incredibly dull and largely loathed HR rep Toby Flenderson was more capable of murder. Toby eventually served on the jury for the strangler case and said he believed the man acc…

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  • Please just look at these cute little singing blob things — Future Blink

    The Airship Orchestra is an interactive art installation that just so happens to incredibly cute and mesmerizing.

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  • Jetpack man is back, adding to the flying mystery over LAX

    The mysterious figure known as the jetpack man was spotted again over Los Angeles. A pilot spotted a flying object that resembled a person wearing a jetpack on Wednesday evening near Los Angeles International Airport, where at least four jetpack sightings have been reported in the last year, CBS News reports. Upon the pilot's sighting, air traffic control warned other flights to watch out for what's since been dubbed the jetpack man. A Boeing 747 pilot reported seeing an object that might have resembled a jetpack 15 miles east of LAX at 5,000 feet altitude, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. Out of an abundance of caution, air traffic controllers alerted other pilots in the vicinity. In recordings obtained by CBS Los Angeles, the figure was described as a UFO and Iro…

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Naija Tech Guide

  • Samsung Q60A 4K QLED TV Price, Specs and Best Deals

    Samsung Q60A is Samsung’s cheapest 4K QLED TV in the 2021 series. It features a AirSlim design, excellent display with long-lasting color, thanks to the Quantum Dot technology, Dual LED panel, the smarter, and faster Quantum Processor Lite 4K and Motion Xcelerator technology that offers up to 60Hz refresh rate for exceptional low input lag, […] The post Samsung Q60A 4K QLED TV Price, Specs and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • ZTE Blade V30 Vita Specs, Price, and Best Deals

    The ZTE Blade V30 Vita is the affordable version of the ZTE Blade V30 smartphone that was announced by the Chinese Tech Giant in Mexico. The android phone comes with a triple rear camera set up and maintains a large screen display size as well. Where to Buy ZTE Blade V30 Vita Jumia Nigeria – […] The post ZTE Blade V30 Vita Specs, Price, and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • ZTE Blade V30 Specs, Price, and Best Deals

    The ZTE Blade V30 is a new smartphone that was unveiled in Mexico. This new mid-range phone comes with a big display, a Unisoc processor, 64-megapixel quad cameras, and a large battery. Below is the ZTE Blade V30’s full specifications, features, and price. Where to Buy ZTE Blade V30 Jumia Nigeria – See Offers | […] The post ZTE Blade V30 Specs, Price, and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • OnePlus Nord 2 5G Specs, Price and Best Deals

    The OnePlus Nord 2 5G comes place as the direct successor to the first-gen OnePlus Nord released in year 2020. The major highlights of its provisions as a successor includes a more refined design, more capable processor and a slightly bigger battery. It joins other members of the 2021 Nord series like the OnePlus Nord […] The post OnePlus Nord 2 5G Specs, Price and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 10T 5G Specs, Price and Best Deals

    The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10T 5G falls in as a sequel to the Redmi Note 10 5G. Comparing both smartphones actually shows both smartphones fall in the same category, which may have you trying to understand the need for this sequel. More on that later in the article. Where to Buy Xiaomi Redmi Note 10T […] The post Xiaomi Redmi Note 10T 5G Specs, Price and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Samsung Galaxy M21 2021 Specs, Price and Best Deals

    The Samsung Galaxy M21 2021 emerges as the following of the 2020 Samsung Galaxy M21. Placing both smartphones in a comparison table shows pretty much the same features as far as performance goes. However, Samsung did make some changes in the design department. More on that later in the article. Where to Buy Samsung Galaxy […] The post Samsung Galaxy M21 2021 Specs, Price and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • The Best Mobile Games in Every Category

    The gaming business has changed dramatically. From old-school titles like Space Impact and vintage Snake of the 1990s, to modern games like PUBG and Clash of Clans. Not only can you find entertaining zombie-killing games on your mobile phone, but you can now find card games like baccarat on there too! Not only have the […] The post The Best Mobile Games in Every Category appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • American Visa Interview Tips – Question & Answer And All The Necessary Papers

    The U.S. Embassy interview is the culmination of the American visa application process. It depends on the communication with the visa officer whether the applicant will get a visa to America or it will be decided to refuse him. In a short time you need to explain the purpose of your trip, convince the Embassy […] The post American Visa Interview Tips – Question & Answer And All The Necessary Papers appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Adapting to the Next Normal in Retail: Technology Everywhere

    The advancements in retail technology have been life-saving for the industry since the COVID-19 pandemic began. As many businesses struggle to stay afloat with newly imposed lockdowns, online shopping, delivery, and AI-powered analytics have come to rescue and can trace the new shape of retail all over the world. Some of the emerging trends are, […] The post Adapting to the Next Normal in Retail: Technology Everywhere appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • My Passport SSD: The Backup Drive that Saved my Business

    If there is one thing people know about me, it’s that I carry my laptop everywhere. Everything I have, everything I do, everything I work on, is on that laptop, it has been a constant companion right from my university days even now it helps me navigate the uncharted waters of entrepreneurship. So, it came […] The post My Passport SSD: The Backup Drive that Saved my Business appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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Ogbongeblog

  • Barter Dollar Card Rate

    Barter dollar card rate is #525 (naira) per $ as at 30th of July 2021. I confirmed this while I was trying to create barter virtual card for some online payments. So, if you want to confirm the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit Ogbongeblog.com for the full content, other content, and more! ]]

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  • SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type C : The Perfect Storage Device for a Devoted Content Creator

    As someone who typically doesn’t concern myself with technical stuff, when I started creating content at the beginning of the year, one of my New Years’ resolutions was to become more mindful about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit Ogbongeblog.com for the full content, other content, and more! ]]

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  • BBNaija Channel 29 on GoTV Not Showing, Displaying Invalid Channel? Here is How To Fix It

    Season 6 of Africa’s biggest reality Television show, Big Brother Naija, premiered on Saturday on DStv channel 198 and GOtv channel 29 at 7 p.m. The bbnaija live show was also aired on Africa Magic... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit Ogbongeblog.com for the full content, other content, and more! ]]

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  • The Voice Nigeria 2021 Winner is Esther Benyeogo

    Esther Benyeogo has emerged as the Voice Nigeria 2021 winner on Saturday, 24 July 2021, after 18 weeks of breathtaking musical performances. This was announced at the Grand Finale, which aired live... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit Ogbongeblog.com for the full content, other content, and more! ]]

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  • Dstv Business Packages Now Available in Nigeria

    Pay-TV Service Provider, MultiChoice Nigeria has launched new DStv Business packages for businesses and corporate organizations in Nigeria. The DStv Business packages, which contain curated content... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit Ogbongeblog.com for the full content, other content, and more! ]]

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  • CAC Verification Site Where You Can Verify CAC Certificate Number

    There is a cac verification site where you can verify cac number of any registered Business name, Incorporated Trustees and Companies in Nigeria. Hence, if you want to do transact with any business... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit Ogbongeblog.com for the full content, other content, and more! ]]

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  • Get Up To 6OGB Free Data When You Buy Glo Mifi Modem

    Below is the new Glo Mifi device that allows any globacom subscriber to connect. up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices at the same time. You can use it to create a mobile hotspot which multiple devices can... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit Ogbongeblog.com for the full content, other content, and more! ]]

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  • Glo Modem Price in Nigeria

    If you are a Globacom subscriber and would like to buy glo modem in Nigeria at Glo offices nationwide, what you can get at the time of publishing this post is the glo mifi modem which is a rebranded... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit Ogbongeblog.com for the full content, other content, and more! ]]

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  • EFCC Eagle Eye App Lets You Report Financial Crimes Anonymously

    The Economic and Financial Crimes commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, launched an App, Eagle Eye, designed to ease the process of reporting economic and financial crimes in Nigeria.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit Ogbongeblog.com for the full content, other content, and more! ]]

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  • TikTok Resumes Lets You Find and Apply for Jobs With Short Videos

    With the rise of career and job-related creative content, TikTok believes there’s an opportunity to bring more value to people’s experience with TikTok by enhancing the utility of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit Ogbongeblog.com for the full content, other content, and more! ]]

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