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

  • After update, only 4 percent of iOS users in U.S. let apps track them

    Sorry, Facebook. Apple released iOS 14.5 to the public at the end of April, which included the ability to stop apps from tracking your activity for ad targeting purposes. New data shows just how popular the feature is. When a user opens, downloads, or updates an app for the first time after they download the new iOS, they have to opt in to letting that app track them.  According to Verizon Media-owned Flurry Analytics, almost everyone is saying no, thanks. Just around 4 percent of U.S. users have said yes. Flurry is an analytics tool that the company says is installed in 1 million apps. Since iOS 14.5's public launch, it has been tracking the opt-in rate every day using data from 2.5 million devices.  Read more...More about Advertising, Ios, Privacy, Tech, and Big Tech Companies

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  • Tesla messes with Model 3, Y pricing — again

    Not even two months since Tesla made price changes to its lineup of electric cars, the EV company has bumped up the prices for its two cheapest cars yet again. The Model 3 and Model Y used to start at $37,490 and $46,490, respectively, as recently as Thursday. As CNET spotted Friday, that base price just jumped to $39,490 for the Model 3. A $5,000 increase for the Model Y now puts it at $51,490 for its lowest price. This is the fourth time in 2021 that Tesla has increased prices for its cars, according to EV news site Electrek. The fluctuating prices for the two more affordable Teslas come the day before Tesla CEO Elon Musk is slated to host Saturday Night Live. Sketches about Musk's electric vehicles seem likely and should attract visitors to Tesla's website. At the same time, there are…

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  • Welp, 3D printed wood is a thing now — Future Blink

    The manufacturing company Desktop Metal debuted a process called Forust for 3D printing wood using upcycled wood waste byproducts.  Read more...More about Mashable Video, Wood, 3d Printing, Upcycling, and Future Blink

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  • Umm, this AI tool can...smell for you — Future Blink

    Inspired by COVID-induced smell loss, a principal programmer at Microsoft created a fake nose that uses artificial intelligence to smell.  Read more...More about Microsoft, Mashable Video, Ai, Smell, and Tech

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  • The 11 best tweets of the week, including hummingbird feet, beer, and Melinda Gates

    It's Friday, May 7, 2021 and no...that doesn't feel right? It's May 7?  I could've sworn it was March 2020. Maybe it is. Who knows? Anyway, it's Friday, baby! How 'bout that? To celebrate the end of the week, we collected some of the tweets that made us laugh in the past seven days. Why? Because it's nice to laugh, that's why. Let's get to it. Here they are, our 12 favorite tweets of the week.  1. Oh this one's a banger pic.twitter.com/QcEnttwvpE — nona (@trenodin) May 4, 2021 Read more... 2. You know what — and I say this with great love in my heart for the humble em dash — this one really hit me where it hurts and for that reason I am including itMore about Tweets Of The Week, Culture, and Web Culture

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  • Phunkeetree wireless chargers are unbeatably pretty, but otherwise very average

    Personally, I don't really get the hype about wireless chargers. I'm perfectly fine plugging my phone into the cord, thank you very much.  But the Phunkeetree wireless chargers made me want to believe. They made me want to be a wireless charger stan, simply because of how STUNNING they are to look at, to display on my desk, to proudly showcase to the world.  Alas, their middling charging performance really just reaffirmed my original beliefs: Wireless chargers are just… fine. And Phunkeetree is gorgeous, but also, just fine. Read more... Phunkeetree Wireless Charging Crystal Pad and Marble Pad $59.99 View Product The Good Gorgeous • Easy to maneuver and setup The Bad Middling charge speeds • Doesn't actually use MagSafe • Makes phone hot if not placed correctly The Bottom Line Phunkeetree…

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  • Hear the hum of NASA's Mars helicopter as it takes off

    The whirring sound of NASA's Ingenuity helicopter taking flight on Mars was shared by the space agency on Friday. Amid the gusts and gales sweeping across Jezero Crater, the buzzing hum of Ingenuity's blades can be heard spinning in the thin atmosphere as it takes flight. The audio was synced up with Percy's video of the April 30 test flight. At 2,537 rotations per minute, it sounds kind of like a giant, alien bumblebee. I’ve seen what the #MarsHelicopter can do – and now I’ve heard it🎧 Grab headphones and listen to the otherworldly hum of Ingenuity’s blades as it headed south to scout a new area on its fourth flight.How I captured both sight and sound: https://t.co/95J9X3bcyO pic.twitter.com/Lw44x7kqYZ — NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) May 7, 2021 Read more... More about…

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  • The cast of 'Jupiter's Legacy' chooses their ultimate superhero squad

    The Jupiter's Legacy stars go head-to-head drafting iconic superheroes onto their ultimate superhero squads. Read more...More about Netflix, Disney, Mashable Video, Marvel, and Superheroes

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  • 'Jupiter's Legacy' tells two stories and gets nowhere with either

    Read more... More about Netflix, Tv Review, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows

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  • Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar: A maximalist watch for hardcore, data-loving athletes and explorers

    Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar smartwatch $799.99 View Product The Good Built-in solar charging • Top-of-the-line activity tracking and mapping • Battery saving mode The Bad Heavy device • Heart rate monitor isn't reliable • Significant investment The Bottom Line The Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar caters to extreme, niche, and data-driven athletes and adventurers. ⚡ Mashable Score 3.75 😎 Cool Factor 4.0 📘Learning Curve 3.0 💪Performance 4.5 💵Bang for the Buck 3.5 Before I tried out the Fenix 6 Pro Solar, all I knew is that it’s one of Garmin’s more maximalist models that’s “tested to U.S. military standards for thermal, shock and water resistance” and priced at $799.99.  Read more...More about Reviews, Wearables, Tech, Consumer Tech, and Health

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Naija Tech Guide

  • 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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  • Infinix Hot 10T Specs, Price, and Best Deals

    The Infinix Mobility has officially announced the Infinix Hot 10T and it comes with an amazing body design and great camera setup as well. It packs a MediaTek Helio G85 chipset similar to the Infinix Hot 10S and Hot 10S NFC. It also features a large battery, and a 48MP Triple Camera. Where to Buy […] The post Infinix Hot 10T Specs, Price, and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Infinix Hot 10S NFC Specs, Price, and Best Deals

    The Infinix Hot 10S NFC is a special model of the Hot 10S that comes with support for NFC. The handset packs similar specifications but comes with less battery and powered by Android 11 OS. It sports a 6.82-inch display and a 5000 mAh battery. Where to Buy Infinix Hot 10S NFC Jumia Nigeria – […] The post Infinix Hot 10S NFC Specs, Price, and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • HP ZBook Power G7 Laptop Price, Specs, and Best Deals

    HP has recently updated its mobile workstation ZBook series with impressive new models among which is the HP ZBook Power G7, a powerful, beautiful and portable laptop. As the successor of the popular ZBook 15v, this 15.6-inch laptop sports a durable yet premium design, a display configurable up to 4K resolution with long life battery, […] The post HP ZBook Power G7 Laptop Price, Specs, and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • HP ZBook Fury 15 G7 Laptop Price, Specs and Best Deals

    HP ZBook Fury 15 G7 is a 15.6-inch portable workstation designed for high-performance and professionals use. It comes with plenty of display options ranging up to a 4K, non-touch, DreamColor display. The Fury 15 G7 like the bigger ZBook Fury 17 G7 is equipped with the latest Intel CPU, Intel Xeon W-10885M, but you can […] The post HP ZBook Fury 15 G7 Laptop Price, Specs and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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