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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Naija Tech Guide

  • 5 Ways to Make Money With a Mobile App

    Have an idea for a mobile app but need help figuring out where to start? You’re in luck. Here are five ways to make money with a mobile app. Whether you’re looking for venture capital or want to partner with a larger company, these tips will help you get started. So what are you waiting […] The post 5 Ways to Make Money With a Mobile App appeared first on NaijaTechGuide.

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  • Several Compelling Reasons Why AI Will Not Replace Human Programmers

    “Will AI replace programmers?” This is a hot topic of the last decade. There are automated platforms for code generation trained on bases from such public repositories as GitHub (Open AI Codex, Code T5, Polycoder). Smart algorithms have already reached an extremely high level: they can assess the quality and uniqueness of code and check […] The post Several Compelling Reasons Why AI Will Not Replace Human Programmers appeared first on NaijaTechGuide.

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  • TECNO Mobile Won “Most Innovative Mobile Phone Manufacturing Brand, Asia” Award at Global Brands Awards 2022

    Hong Kong, November 14, 2022– Recently, TECNO Mobile, the innovative technology brand broke through the competition at the Global Brand Awards hosted by the UK Global Brands Magazine and won “Most Innovative Mobile Phone Manufacturing Brand in Asia” award. As a heavyweight brand trophy of the media industry, this marks TECNO’s success in its global […] The post TECNO Mobile Won “Most Innovative Mobile Phone Manufacturing Brand, Asia” Award at Global Brands Awards 2022 appeared first on NaijaTechGuide.

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  • 3 Best Nigerian Sports Betting Apps of 2022

    The growth of sports betting worldwide is showing absolutely no sign of slowing, with convenience often being at the heart of the market development. More people than ever before now have access to sports betting apps and websites and with more sport than ever before available to watch, punters are truly spoilt for choice when […] The post 3 Best Nigerian Sports Betting Apps of 2022 appeared first on NaijaTechGuide.

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  • Infinix wins Best Mobile Phone Brand in Nigeria

    Infinix Nigeria established in 2013 has gone ahead to not only make the lives of its users more pleasurable and convenient with smart devices that have technology and innovative design but has also placed itself as arguably the best mobile brand in Nigeria. This was affirmed on Sunday, November 6th 2022, when the smartphone brand […] The post Infinix wins Best Mobile Phone Brand in Nigeria appeared first on NaijaTechGuide.

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  • Why are Casino Games not Popular in Nigeria?

    Casino games are a big deal all over the world, but here in Nigeria, the industry hasn’t quite taken off. There are only a handful of land-based casinos in Nigeria, while stand-alone local online casinos are also very uncommon. Many betting companies in Nigeria have online casino sections on their sites, but in a lot […] The post Why are Casino Games not Popular in Nigeria? appeared first on NaijaTechGuide.

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  • Speakers from Counterpoint Research, TECNO, MediaTek and Forbes Magazine to Present Perspectives on the Evolution of Premium Smartphones

    Hongkong, November 20, 2022: Organized by Counterpoint Research, Editor-At-Large of Forbes Magazine and experts from TECNO, MediaTek will join Counterpoint Research senior analyst to speak at the webinar on November 22 at 7 pm Jakarta time (12 pm London, 8 pm Beijing). They will collectively present insights into the continuous evolution of cutting-edge smartphone technology with […] The post Speakers from Counterpoint Research, TECNO, MediaTek and Forbes Magazine to Present Perspectives on the Evolution of Premium Smartphones appeared first on NaijaTechGuide.

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  • How to Automate Trading in TradingView?

    Everyone who trades cryptocurrency or any other asset must know how important analytical work is for a trader. It is thanks to analytics that you can determine the price movement of a particular coin in order to profit from its sale or investment. TradingView was launched in 2011 to unite traders from all over the […] The post How to Automate Trading in TradingView? appeared first on NaijaTechGuide.

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  • Infinix Nigeria Begins Black Friday Sales, Win a Trip to Qatar Promo

    Want a lifetime opportunity to see the football stars you’ve always admired? Won’t you love to make history attending the first world Cup held in an Arab Nation? Would you like to experience the 2022 FIFA World Cup games live in Qatar? If your answer to these questions is yes, then this opportunity is for […] The post Infinix Nigeria Begins Black Friday Sales, Win a Trip to Qatar Promo appeared first on NaijaTechGuide.

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  • Infinix Zero Ultra and Zero 20 Stands out as a Fast Charging and Front Camera Smartphone Compared to Samsung A73 and A53

    Tech Influencers Kagan tech and Miss Techy were guests on Africa Tech Radio (ATR) and they spoke about the flagship smartphones, Infinix recently released- the zero Ultra and Zero 20, its key feature and compared it with Samsung Galaxy A73 and A53 respectively. Price and Charging Capability Kagan tech said although the Zero ultra is […] The post Infinix Zero Ultra and Zero 20 Stands out as a Fast Charging and Front Camera Smartphone Compared to Samsung A73 and A53 appeared first on NaijaTechGuide.

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  • Chinese gift card supplier WhatsApp number, buy & sell

    There are numerous Chinese gift card vendors on the internet, but you have to be sure of who you are doing business with so you won’t fall victim to scammers. In that regard, we are unleashing the best Chinese gift card vendors WhatsApp Number where you can easily buy and sell gift cards anytime. What’s […]

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  • Browse Websites FREE With Glo Sponsored Data

    The grandmaster of data, Globacom, has unveiled a service tagged “Glo Sponsored Data” that enables companies to give Glo customers access to their websites or mobile apps at zero cost i.e without being charged for data. The data charge is borne by the company i.e website/app owner (the sponsor) through the procurement of a Glo […]

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  • AmoCRM is Now Kommo

    So, while I was trying to follow up with leads via my amocrm dashboard earlier today, I was logged out and noticed a change in url from amocrm.com to kommo.com I was a bit skeptical, wondering if Amocrm have been hacked. lol After I signed in via the new url, I saw a pop up […]

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  • Samsung Nigeria Unveils Galaxy A04s codenamed ‘The Eagle’

    Today, Samsung Nigeria officially launched the Galaxy A04s into the Nigerian market. The launch of this device reinforces Samsung’s commitment in providing affordable yet quality devices that addresses the daily needs of consumers. The smartphone is packed with 4G/64 GB & 4G/128GB storage variants expandable to 1TB and runs on a One UI Core 4. […]

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  • Google Provides Updates on its $1B Commitment in Africa

    Google yesterday, 5th of October 2022, announced its intent to establish a new Google Cloud region in South Africa – its  first on the continent. The news, which came at the second Google for Africa event, is the latest example of how Google is delivering on the $1bn investment commitment made last year by the […]

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  • BRG Academy Training For Realtors in Nigeria

    The BRG Academy recently graduated over 160 students from the 1st Biggest Realtor Academy in Africa in Partnership with Metropolitan School of Business & Management, UK 🇬🇧 & Dubai 🇦🇪 (MSBN) The 3 Days Billionaire Realtor Group Certification Training Program was held in Lagos Nigeria from Wednesday, 17th of August – Friday, 19th of August, […]

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  • 22Bet Provides Water Borehole Facilities to two Markets in Ibadan, Oyo State

    It was jubilation galore amid in encomiums as global sports betting brand, 22Bet.ng, this week, provided functional water borehole facilities to two key regions of Ibadan – Moniya Market and Gbagi International Market, a popular market in the heart of Ibadan, respectively. The water borehole facilities, part of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative of […]

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  • Psychology of Football Betting

    Betting is a very serious activity that can change your life forever for better or for worse. There are clear examples in the world of how people lose their temper and get into numerous debts, sell jewelry, and sometimes steal just to make a deal with a bookmaker. But there are also examples of millionaire […]

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  • BRG Group Launches Real Estate Training Program

    Billionaire Realtors Group, BRG, one of the real estate companies in Nigeria, has launched its basic certificate training program in partnership with the Metropolitan School of Business and Management. This is a sequel to a partnership signed in Dubai earlier in the year with the United Kingdom-based Metropolitan School of Business and Management. The academy […]

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  • Savings vs. Investments: Do You Know The Difference?

    Savings vs. Investments: Do you know the difference? Savings vs Investment – Is saving equivalent to investing money? The answer is NO. We make the biggest and the most common money management mistake by not understanding the difference between saving money and investing it. Although most of us use these two words interchangeably, saving and […]

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Stuff South Africa

  • Want to win the latest stylish HUAWEI nova 8i smartphone, valued at R6,999?

    There’s a new superphone on the block, and it’s the Huawei nova 8i — a 6.67in wonder that incorporates Huawei’s new Edgeless Display and unmatched internals. And… Stuff has one to give away. All you need to do to become eligible is a little reading, and maybe watch a video, but you were going to do that anyway. Details of Huawei’s latest smartphone are just below, with the entry form just a little lower than that. Read more

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  • Deathloop (PS5) review: At first, you don’t succeed

    If you do one thing before lockdown runs out: play Deathloop. No, seriously. If we weren’t here writing this review, we’d be playing Deathloop.  The latest title by Arkane Studios, the ones who made Dishonored, brings a vivid 60s aesthetic and a wonderfully wacky storyline to PS5s and PCs this year. We reviewed the title on our PlayStation 5.  If you played Dishonored, you’d know that Arkane loves to show off its brilliant formula consisting of dynamic combat, ingenious puzzles and expansive verticality. Read more

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  • Apple AirTags have a vulnerability that can turn them into malware vessels

    Most of the time Apple’s AirTags can be a lifesaver. You’re late and lost your keys somewhere in your house? If you’ve got an AirTag attached you’ll find them in no time. They also have a cool feature that, if found out in the wild, can be scanned to show its owner’s info. But a recently discovered vulnerability allows would-be attackers to use that feature to redirect people who scan the tag to a website of their choosing. Read more

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  • Honda intends to throw investment at eVTOL aircraft, robotics and rocket development

    Automaker Honda doesn’t just make the Civic and motorcycles that used to be loads more popular than they are today — the company’s also known for exploring the worlds of robotics and… extreme lawnmowers? That’s… actually, that’s accurate. Huh. But the company has announced a slight change of direction, in the same direction as loads of other automakers, including Toyota. Honda intends to invest in several up-and-coming technologies, including robotics (more heavily than previously), rockets, and eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) aircraft. Read more

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  • South Korea gives Google and Apple until mid-October to draw up compliance plans for app store amendments

    Back in August, South Korea made an amendment to its Telecommunications Business Act which prohibits Apple and Google from forcing developers to process all in-app purchases through their billing systems. Instead, they should be allowed to use third party services. While most of the new bill went into effect by the middle of this month, both tech monoliths have yet to allow users access to third-party billing services. Now Reuters reports that South Korea has told them both they have half a month to present compliance plans for the new law. Read more

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  • Samsung’s new budget Samsung Galaxy A03s offers upgraded features at just R2,500

    Yes, generally we’re more excited by Samsung‘s flagships but that tech, unlike the money hoarded by billionaires, actually eventually trickles down. This is how we get handsets like Samsung’s Galaxy A03s, a new entry into the Galaxy A-series of phones that’s within reach of… just about everyone. What’s inside the Galaxy A03s? At R2,500 — which is what Samsung’s newest budget smartphone will cost you — it might seem a little unreasonable to expect high-end features but it isn’t 2014 anymore. Read more

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  • Meet the updated Mini 3-door and 5-door Hatches

    It’s probably one of the most well-known icons in the motoring world — the Mini Hatch is back this year, and it brings with it all the tiny-car nostalgia, but with a few updates. It is 2021, after all — some tech upgrades were on the cards, surely. Meet the new Mini 3-door and 5-door Hatches, including the S-variations.  Oh look, it’s a Mini From afar, the exterior is quintessential Mini, but on a closer look, there are a few tweaks that both change ‘em a bit and make ‘em more Mini. Read more

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  • YouTube bans anti-vaccine videos outright

    Vaccine misinformation has been an issue for a while now, and it’s become a particularly poignant issue in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Social media platforms like YouTube have been tackling Covid-19 vaccine misinformation in a variety of ways. YouTube removed over a million videos spreading Covid-19 misinformation back in August, and is now taking its hard stance on medical misinformation a step further by banning any anti-vaccine content outright.  YouTube bans all vaccine fibs The video-sharing platform’s Community Guidelines have long prohibited many other forms of medical misinformation, such as unsubstantiated (see: false) claims of cures for certain diseases, but until now hasn’t put its foot down on anti-vaccine content. Read more

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