A List Apart

  • 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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  • Keeping Your Design Mind New and Fresh

    “Only a fool knows everything.” — African Proverb Since March 2020, most of us have been working from home, and the days blend into each other and look the same. This is not the first time I have experienced this type of feeling.  My commute — New York to New Jersey — is what folks in my area call the reverse commute.While going to the office, my days began to look the same: riding the subway to a bus to a shuttle to get to my job. Have you ever arrived at a destination and not even realized how you got there? This is how I began to experience the world everyday. I stopped paying attention to my surroundings. Because I worked a lot, the only time I would take off was for the holidays. During this time, I was a consultant and was coming to the end of an existing contract. For six years str…

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  • How to Get a Dysfunctional Team Back on Track

    Maybe you’ve been part of a team that you’ve seen slowly slide into a rut. You didn’t notice it happen, but you’re now not shipping anything, no one’s talking to each other, and the management’s Eye of Sauron has cast its gaze upon you. Maybe you’ve just joined a team that’s in the doldrums. Maybe the people who used to oil the wheels that kept everyone together have moved on and you’re having to face facts—you all hate each other. However you’ve ended up in this situation, the fact is that you’re now here and it’s up to someone to do something about it. And that person might be you. You’re not alone The first thing to understand is that you’re not the only person to ever encounter problems. Things like this happen all the time at work, but there are simple steps you can take and habits y…

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  • The Future of Web Software Is HTML-over-WebSockets

    The future of web-based software architectures is already taking form, and this time it’s server-rendered (again). Papa’s got a brand new bag: HTML-over-WebSockets and broadcast everything all the time. The dual approach of marrying a Single Page App with an API service has left many dev teams mired in endless JSON wrangling and state discrepancy bugs across two layers. This costs dev time, slows release cycles, and saps the bandwidth for innovation. But a new WebSockets-driven approach is catching web developers’ attention. One that reaffirms the promises of classic server-rendered frameworks: fast prototyping, server-side state management, solid rendering performance, rapid feature development, and straightforward SEO. One that enables multi-user collaboration and reactive, responsive d…

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  • Designing Inclusive Content Models

    In the 1920s, Robert Moses designed a system of parkways surrounding New York City. His designs, which included overpasses too low for public buses, have become an often-cited example of exclusionary design and are argued by biographer Robert A. Caro to represent a purposeful barrier between the city’s Black and Puerto Rican residents and nearby beaches.  Regardless of the details of Moses’s parkway project, it’s a particularly memorable reminder of the political power of design and the ways that choices can exclude various groups based on abilities and resources. The growing interest in inclusive design highlights questions of who can participate, and in relation to the web, this has often meant a focus on accessibility and user experience, as well as on questions related to team diversi…

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  • The Never-Ending Job of Selling Design Systems

    I’m willing to bet that you probably didn’t start your web career because you wanted to be a politician or a salesperson. But here’s the cold, hard truth, friend: if you want to work on design systems, you don’t have a choice. Someone has to pay for your time, and that means someone has to sell what you do to an audience that speaks value in an entirely different language.  It’s not exactly easy to connect the benefits of a design system directly to revenue. With an ecomm site, you can add a feature and measure the impact. With other conversion-based digital experiences, if your work is good, your customers will convert more. But because a design system is (usually) an internal tool, it’s just harder to connect those dots.  This article boils down the methods I’ve put into practice convin…

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IT News Africa

  • What Is Synthetic Identity Theft?

    Identity theft is a common practice used by criminals, and users are relatively aware of it. Traditional identity theft has been around since forever, and it’s a practice where criminals steal personal information to then use for their benefit. However, identity theft can be synthetic as well. This crime relates to fraudsters combining real and […]

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  • IBM Introduces World’s First 2 Nanometer Chip

    IBM has unveiled the world’s first 2 nanometer (nm) chip – this technology uses semiconductors that play critical roles in everything from computing to appliances, to communication devices, transportation systems, and critical infrastructure. Demand for increased chip performance and energy efficiency continues to rise, especially in the era of hybrid cloud, AI, and the Internet […]

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  • The Best Strategies For Trading Gold in Africa

    Trading in commodities like gold, silver, and oil has been at the heart of investing for generations, and it’s the accessibility of these markets that make them so attractive to investors. From Asia to Africa, precious commodities are a trading sector that ‘never sleeps’ – a market is always open somewhere on earth, after all. […]

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  • Africa Tech Week Day 2: Africa is a Magnet for Investors

    The second day of Africa Tech Week was bursting with tech trends and practical insights from speakers and acclaimed sponsors Vaxowave, Liquid Intelligent Solutions, Visa, PPC and Gijima, the overarching emotion is one of gratitude and the outlook optimistic. The main focus was strategies for living in a digital world – a reality that has […]

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  • 3 Tactics Hackers Use to Steal Passwords

    Passwords, a basic yet essential part of cybersecurity, are the first line of defence against cyberattacks in our increasingly digital world. However, according to research from Check Point Software, many users are under the false impression that cybercriminals have no interest in their personal information or data on their computers. And it is for this […]

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  • Unpacking the Improved Huawei MateBook Lineup

    Huawei has launched a number of improvements to its laptop range – including the MateBook X Pro, MateBook D14 and the MateBook D15 – in the hopes of making them smarter, easier-to-use devices that add value to everyday life. Here’s a look at how Huawei has improved these devices:  Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 The […]

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  • Sub-Saharan Africa Trade Agency Appoints Kaspersky as Cybersecurity Partner

    Africa House London – a trade agency established to encourage trade, commerce, and investment between the UK and a selected number of Sub-Saharan African high-growth markets – has appointed Kaspersky as its cybersecurity risk management commercial partner for its trade initiative. This is expected to see Kaspersky provide cybersecurity services to both British companies setting up […]

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  • MÉTISS Undersea Cable Connects South Africa to Mauritius

    MÉTISS is a 3,200 km subsea fibre optic cable system that connects South Africa to the Indian Ocean islands of Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius – it lands in Amanzimtoti and is backhauled by Liquid Telecoms to Teraco’s data centre in Durban. With MÉTISS consortium members having the infrastructure in both the Teraco Durban (DB1) and Johannesburg (JB1)data […]

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  • Here’s How Much it Costs to Recover from a Ransomware Attack in 2021

    The cost of an average ransomware attack has more than doubled in a year, increasing from $761,106 in 2020 to $1.85 million in 2021. According to “The State of Ransomware 2021” report from Sophos, the average ransom paid is $170,404. While the number of organizations that experienced a ransomware attack fell from 51% of respondents surveyed […]

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  • Are All Satellite Internet Services Created Equal?

    Are all satellite services created equal? Are the low latency services promoted by Starlink the holy grail to a mass market for satellite broadband? What is really required to support business connectivity requirements, and what are the real details to be considered? As media awareness grows and the market realises the potential of satellite services, […]

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Mashable

  • Roku's new Voice Remote Pro lets you ditch batteries for good

    Once upon a time in a world where streaming was still a novelty, TV remotes were filled with what seemed like thousands of buttons. They were complicated to navigate and intimidating to use. On top of all that input overload, you also had to memorize an ever-increasing glut of channel numbers and then punch them into a number pad like you were calling someone on the phone. It was cumbersome but we accepted it. Over the past several years, however, streaming's dominance has shifted the remote's form and function from an overwhelmingly long channel changer to a simple and compact menu navigator. Roku, a pioneer which helped popularize dedicated streaming hardware more than a decade ago, is back to further cement this sea change with an upgraded remote that brings even more quality-of-life i…

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  • See NASA's Mars helicopter settled into its new home after a successful fifth flight

    Welcome home, Ingenuity. The small helicopter that NASA sent to Mars as carry-on baggage for the Perseverance rover back in July 2020 finished what was originally supposed to be its final flight on Friday. But after a series of escalating successes for the little aircraft, NASA decided recently to extend Ingenuity's mission by at least another month. That turned the helicopter's fifth and would-be final flight into a relocation exercise, with Ingenuity lifting off and embarking on a one-way trip to its new landing field. From here, NASA will stage another lineup of tests that will last no longer than through the end of August. Read more...More about Nasa, Mars, Science, and Space

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  • Here's how to watch YouTube TV on Roku even while the two companies feud

    If you're a Roku user, you may have heard about the ongoing dispute between the company that makes your device and Google. The result of the negotiation dispute between the two companies means that Roku customers cannot currently watch YouTube TV, YouTube's subscription-based TV streaming service, on their Roku device. However, Google has a simple solution rolling out that will make consumers very happy (even though Roku is clearly not happy about it.) Over the next coming days, if it's not rolled out to you already, Roku users will be able to access YouTube TV from right within the main YouTube app. A “Go to YouTube TV option will be available within the menu on the YouTube app. This will allow YouTube TV's paying subscribers to watch YouTube TV within the YouTube app on Roku devices. Re…

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  • These are the best mattress toppers for pet owners (and everyone else)

    A comfortable mattress is one of the most important ways to ensure you get a good night's sleep that's restful in every way. However, buying a new one is often expensive and not always convenient. That’s where mattress toppers come in. A mattress topper can be a quick and easy fix to ensure your bed feels much more comfortable to sleep on without costing you a fortune. Even better, because they’re removable, mattress toppers particularly lend themselves to pet owners, keeping your pricey mattress safe from stains (even though that's not really what they were created to do). There are even some that come with waterproof covers that can help a ton.  Read more...More about Mashable Shopping, Mattresses, Culture, and Consumer Tech IMAGE: BEST LUXURY MATTRESS TOPPER Tempur-Topper Supreme For a…

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  • Learn how to stand out on Instagram with this training on sale

    TL;DR: Expand your Instagram reach with the Instagram Growth Marketing Bundle, on sale for $19.99 as of May 8. From Insights and Ads to Shopping and Stories, Instagram has an entire toolbox at your disposal, whether you’re an individual or a business. The only obstacle standing in your way is a pool packed full of competition. To stand out against competitors, you need to understand what makes Instagram tick — and this Instagram Growth Marketing Bundle can give you some pointers. With six courses and 15 hours’ worth of content, you can finally get to the bottom of that finicky Instagram algorithm and actually make the platform work for you. Courses are led by a variety of well-rated instructors like Sophie Ackroyd, a social media expert, copywriting consultant, and songwriter with 12K fol…

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  • Grab a pre-owned MacBook Pro for under $600

    TL;DR: Score a pre-owned MacBook Pro for just $599 — a 7% savings — as of May 8. You don't have to spend thousands of dollars to get a quality MacBook that will last you throughout the years. You just have to know where to shop. With this 13.3-inch MacBook Pro, you'll get a solid computer that works well at a lower cost than buying new. This MacBook Pro features a 2560 x 1600 retina display, an Intel Core i5 processor, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. You'll also get 500 GB of storage space and 8GB of RAM. Unlike newer MacBook Pros, this laptop is also equipped with two USB 3.0 ports, AirPort Extreme, a Firewire 800 port, a Thunderbolt port, audio in/out, and an SD card slot. Read more...More about Macbook Pro, Mashable Shopping, Tech, and Consumer Tech

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  • 20 deals to smile about: Toothbrushes, flossers, and teeth whitening kits on sale

    Your smile is magical. No, really. A simple smile can help you recover faster from stress, reduce your heart rate, and even boost your mood. So, if you’re not confident in that grin of yours, you could be missing out on some major benefits. The solution, however, is simple: Invest in some great oral health care products. For a limited time, you can save on 20 different toothbrushes, flossers, and teeth whitening kits to get a healthy, glowing grin all season long. That’s something to smile about. Brushing AquaSonic DUO Dual Ultrasonic Toothbrushes In a relationship or have a roommate? Invest in oral hygiene for two with this duo of luxury ADA-approved ultrasonic toothbrushes with three cleaning modes. For a limited time, you can snag the set, along with 10 extra brush heads and two travel…

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  • Snag a pair of refurbished wireless Beats by Dre earbuds for $40

    TL;DR: As of May 8, get a pair of refurbished Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX Wireless In-Ear Headphones for just $39.99 — a 66% savings. Whether you're a music lover or podcast-obsessed, a good pair of headphones is a necessity. You've likely worn yours out over the past year, which means it could be time for an upgrade. For those on the hunt for their next pair, these renewed Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX Wireless In-Ear Headphones should be at the top of your list. These headphones are equipped with a unique flex-form cable and come with a range of ear tip options, offering a more personalized fit. They also have secure wingtips for added stability. Read more...More about Wireless Earbuds, Mashable Shopping, Tech, and Consumer Tech

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  • Master Microsoft Excel with these free online courses

    TL;DR: As of May 8, you can master Microsoft Excel with free online courses on Udemy. There are absolutely loads of online courses out there that provide you with the opportunity to learn something new. The problem is that the best courses don't tend to come cheap. Sometimes it's necessary to spend big on an education in a specialist subject, and we're all for investing in your future, but there is another way. If you're patient and ready to capitalise on an opportunity when it presents itself, you can take some of the best online courses for free. SEE ALSO: Unblock top streaming services with a subscription to CyberGhost VPN Read more...More about Mashable Shopping, Online Courses, Microsoft Excel, Tech, and Work Life

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  • Learn to code for free this weekend on Udemy

    TL;DR: As of May 8, you can take free online coding courses on Python and HTML from Udemy. You've probably got big plans for this weekend, right? You're probably seeing friends and family. Going out for a meal. Marching through the great outdoors. Oh, you're not doing any of that? No problem, because we've got the perfect alternative lined up. As of May 8, you can take free online coding courses on Python, HTML,  from Udemy. All you need to access these free online courses is a set of codes, and we've got them for you. We're nice like that. SEE ALSO: The fastest VPNs for browsing, streaming, and shopping securely Read more...More about Coding, Mashable Shopping, Online Courses, Uk Deals, and Tech

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Naija Tech Guide

  • Nokia C10 Specs, Price, and Best Deals

    HMD Global has announced six smartphones with three different series. We have the Nokia C10 under the C-series and Nokia C20, there is also the Nokia G series and Nokia X series. The Nokia C10 and the C20 fall under the budget category and they come in a nice body design with average inbuilt storage. […] The post Nokia C10 Specs, Price, and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G Specs, Price, and Best Deals

    The ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G is a nice flagship smartphone that was announced by ZTE and the handset will be available in the USA and Canada plus other African and Asian countries. The device comes with a premium-looking body and also packs Snapdragon 888 processor with 8GB or 12GB of RAM, four rear cameras […] The post ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G Specs, Price, and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • ZTE Axon 30 Pro 5G Specs, Price, and Best Deals

    The ZTE Axon 30 Pro 5G is part of the smartphones unveiled in China. The phone comes alongside the ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G. Despite having similarities, you will notice some differences in battery, camera, and display. Let’s see the device specifications with features and price. Where to Buy ZTE Axon 30 Pro 5G Jumia […] The post ZTE Axon 30 Pro 5G Specs, Price, and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Nokia C20 Specs, Price, and Best Deals

    The Nokia C20 is an entry-level smartphone that joined the C-series. The device is the bigger version of the Nokia C10 and it packs the same body design and has similar specifications but with some little upgrades. Where to Buy Nokia C20 Jumia Nigeria – See Offers | Jumia Kenya – See Offers | Jumia […] The post Nokia C20 Specs, Price, and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Dreame L10 Pro Robot Vacuum Price, Specs and Best Deals

    Dreame L10 Pro Robot Vacuum is an mid-range hybrid cleaner with 4,000 Pa Suction power and 570ml (0.15gal) dust tank capacity to collect the dirt, dust, and crumbs on the floor. This vacuum cleaner also mops with a water tank of 0.07gal (270ml) to give a superior clean no matter the surface it is cleaning. […] The post Dreame L10 Pro Robot Vacuum Price, Specs and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Acer Spin 3 Convertible laptop Price, Specs and Best Deals

    Acer Spin 3 is a budget-friendly 2-in-1 convertible laptop featuring a 2560 x 1600-pixel touch display, a portable design, and a good up-firing speakers. This laptop is powered by the 11th Gen Intel Core Processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics and dual PCIe SSDs.  It also packs a strong 48 Wh battery with fast charging technology. Where […] The post Acer Spin 3 Convertible laptop Price, Specs and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Oppo A54 Specs, Price, and Best Deals

    The Oppo A54 is the company’s latest smartphone announced in Indonesia. It falls under the mid-range category in the A-series and its parades an attractive body design with Helio chip and 18W fast charging. Where to Buy Oppo A54 Jumia Nigeria – See Offers | Jumia Kenya – See Offers Oppo A54 Key Specs & […] The post Oppo A54 Specs, Price, and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 Laptop Price, Specs and Best Deals

    ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 is a stylish portable laptop with elegant design, 15’’ IPS-level panel with high refresh rate and equipped with up to an 8-core AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900HS CPU and GeForce RTX™ 3000 series GPU  with up to 2 NVMe PCIe® SSDs to offer fast and smooth performance. Where to Buy ASUS ROG […] The post ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 Laptop Price, Specs and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • ASUS Zenbook 13 OLED (UX325) Laptop Price, Specs and Best Deals

    ASUS Zenbook 13 OLED (UX325) is one of the cheapest, lightest and thinnest 13.3-inch laptop with OLED display option. This ultraportable laptop boasts 88% screen-to-body ratio with full-size connectivity options, including dual Thunderbolt 4 ports and one full-size HDMI 2.0b connection. It is also equipped with the 11th-gen Core processors and Iris Xe graphics to […] The post ASUS Zenbook 13 OLED (UX325) Laptop Price, Specs and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • ASUS TUF Dash F15 Laptop Price, Specs and Best Deals

    ASUS TUF Dash F15 is a thin gaming laptop with a super slim chassis, 1080p IPS display and 240Hz refresh rate. It is equipped with up to the latest 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11375H CPU with GeForce RTX™ 3070 GPU and paired with up to 32GB of DDR4-3200 memory, and 1TB SSD. Where to Buy […] The post ASUS TUF Dash F15 Laptop Price, Specs and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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