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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  • Save an extra 10% on all LG TVs with this handy voucher code

    SAVE 10%: LG's latest OLED range provides a seriously immersive cinema experience in the comfort of your own home. Until Feb. 1, shoppers can save an extra 10% on LG TVs with the code LG10. There's nothing quite like the cinema experience, but these days you can come pretty close with LG. The latest range of OLED TVs provide a truly immersive cinema experience that feels like the real thing. You'll need to sort out your own snacks and drinks, but we're sure you can manage that. There's so much to like about this range of LG OLED TVs. They're enhanced by Dolby Vision IQ and Dolby Atmos, with a thin and light frame that merges seamlessly into any room of your home. The flicker-free technology and certified low blue light levels result is less fatigue for your eyes, and the smooth image qual…

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  • This stacked computer science certification bundle is on sale for under £30

    TL;DR: The 2022 All-in-One Computer Science Certification Bundle is on sale for £25.85, saving you 98% on list price. If you're interested in learning computer science, but you never knew where (or when) to start, you're in luck! The new year is the perfect time to reflect on how you want to spend your time. In honour of this transition, you can score a comprehensive e-learning bundle that contains over 100 hours of content on how to learn Python, Java, and more.  With the 2022 All-in-One Computer Science Certification Bundle, you'll gain lifetime access to 11 courses and over 1,000 lessons that cover what you need to know to be successful in the industry in the new year. The best part is that it's just £25; there's no coupon necessary to score this deal as the savings are automatically a…

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  • Get a year of live and on-demand yoga classes for under £50

    TL;DR: A one-year subscription to YogaWorks On-Demand is on sale for £43.59, saving you 75% on list price. The season of giving is good for your soul. But it can also lead to unnecessary stress and tension if you don't take care of yourself. Unwind in 2022 by starting a yoga practice. This YogaWorks live and on-demand subscription deal can help you get into a groove — and for a limited time, it’s over $400 off. A one-year subscription to YogaWorks is typically £180, but you can sign up for just £43.59. YogaWorks brings over 30 years of yoga teaching experience into your living room (or office, bedroom, sunroom, front porch, garden, or wherever else you wish). You can enjoy some of the most popular styles of yoga — including Vinyasa, Yin, Iyengar, pilates, and more — taught by some of the…

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  • 'Shared with You' on iPhone organizes all of your shared content so you don't have to

    One of your iMessage groups shared a link to a really interesting article. You vowed to read it, but you got distracted and forgot. Suddenly it's on your mind again, but you can't remember where it is in your group text. You could scroll through the avalanche of new messages, or you could take the easy route and use Shared with You. SEE ALSO: SharePlay lets you watch TikToks with your friends at the same time. Here's how. Along with several other handy features that launched with iOS 15, Shared with You aims to make your life a little more organized. It works by gathering all of the photos, videos, content, and links that have been shared with you through iMessage and compiles them into their own section on each corresponding Apple app. For example, photos shared with you can be found in…

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  • The next Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event will stream on Feb. 9

    Last week, Samsung announced it would be announcing some new phones soon. Now, we know when. Samsung confirmed in a blog post that the next edition of Galaxy Unpacked, its flagship product reveal event series, will take place on Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT. You’ll be able to watch the stream live on Samsung’s website and, if it’s anything like previous Unpacked streams, on the company’s YouTube channel. While Samsung obviously won’t say what’s being shown off at Unpacked before it actually starts, we’re confident the stars of the show will be the new Galaxy S22 series of phones, which would include at least a base S22 and the S22 Ultra. There won’t be a new Galaxy Note this year (or presumably ever again), but renders of the S22 Ultra on MySmartPrice indicate that it’ll bring over some…

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  • The best pillows for a good night's sleep after a doomscrolling session

    BEST PILLOW DEALS RIGHT NOW: Sealy Molded Memory Foam Pillow — $30.99 $33.99 (save $3) Molblly Shredded Memory Foam Cooling Pillows — $31.99 $33.99 (save $2) Getting more sleep may be one of your top 2022 resolutions, but achieving a good night’s sleep may be a little bit harder than you'd think. Busy schedules, frequent stress, and bad rest environments can be culprits for sleep troubles. Poor sleep is a common issue, too. According to the American Sleep Association, 50 to 70 million U.S. adults have a sleep disorder. Plus, spending all day with your neck bent over your phone as you doomscroll through Twitter can take a serious toll on your general comfort level (and mental health). At the end of the day, you want a nice, comfortable pillow to ease that tech neck. If your pillows aren't…

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  • Divers discovered a pristine coral reef deep below the ocean surface — Future Blink

    Unesco divers found a coral reef 30 meters below the water's surface off the coast of Tahiti that avoided damaging bleaching events that harmed nearby reefs.

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  • Make delicious concoctions at home with an Omega cold press juicer on sale

    Save $49.86: Take your breakfast to the next level with the Omega cold press juicer, which is back at its lowest price to date ($280.09) at Amazon. As of Jan. 25, save 15%. Want to start your weekdays with a delicious glass of homemade cold-pressed juice? Get more juice for your buck with the Omega masticating cold press juicer, which is on sale for $280.09 at Amazon. This Omega pick, which was released in 2021, is a juicer of the slow and masticating variety. This separates it from faster centrifugal juicers, which risk breaking down vital vitamins and nutrients due to the heat they generate. This juicer is designed to not only offer a higher yield of juice, but also to pack a better nutritional punch. It also packs plenty of power for more than just juice. Its 200-watt motor means it ca…

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  • A look at the best massage guns for percussive therapy

    Finding time for a proper workout (and adequate recovery) might just be the ultimate form of self care. But between a job, social life, and chasing eight hours of sleep, workouts get squeezed into the day's only free time slot. A proper massage is usually the thing you most want/need, but most often skip. Percussion massage guns make it possible for you to nurture your tissues and sore muscles without waiting for an appointment with a PT or massage therapist. The mesmerizing skin ripples that you've probably seen in an Instagram ad are more than a weird flex: The form of portable muscle therapy that started with professional athletes has trickled down into the lives of your average gym-goer who doesn't have the time or money for foam rolling sessions on sore days. The ability to give your…

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  • The best online guitar courses to get you started on your musical journey

    So, you want to learn to play the guitar. Whether it's part of your 2022 New Year's resolutions or just a spur-of-the-moment decision to take up a new hobby, we're really happy you're making this choice for yourself. But, have you figured out how you're going to learn? If you're anything like us, you'll be avoiding in-person guitar lessons. It's still pretty iffy for most of us when it comes to meeting face-to-face, and in-person lessons are already more stressful as it is. They take up a lot of time, and don't usually come with a flexible schedule. Can't make your Wednesday night lesson because you caught a stomach bug? Too bad, you're still paying for it. Thankfully, you can avoid all of these problems by opting to do your learning online. It's true, you can learn pretty much anything o…

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Naija Tech Guide

  • Best VPN for Watching Nigerian TV Shows, Nollywood Movies

    It is more common for viewers in Nigeria to use VPN to unblock more premium content from US or UK versions of Netflix and other streaming services. However, sometimes the need may arise to unblock Nigerian content using VPN. For example, you cannot watch Big Brother Naija on DSTV outside Nigeria and Africa because of […] The post Best VPN for Watching Nigerian TV Shows, Nollywood Movies appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • How to Watch DSTV in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Worldwide

    DSTV is a leading satellite TV provider in Africa. However, the company offers an App that enables you watch your favourite TV shows, movies, news, and Live sports from anywhere. However, in practice the DSTV App is blocked in countries where DSTV does not have coverage. This is due to international licensing restrictions. So, if […] The post How to Watch DSTV in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Worldwide appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • How to Watch Showmax in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, India, Worldwide

    Showmax is available in many countries outside Africa, especially in Europe. However, some of the streaming service’s most premium African TV shows, movies, and sports maybe blocked outside Africa. This means if you are going on a vacation or on a business trip outside African and counting on catching up with your favourite TV shows […] The post How to Watch Showmax in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, India, Worldwide appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Best VPN for Watching / Streaming DSTV App

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

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  • Best VPN for Watching / Streaming Showmax

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

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  • How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages without Backup

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

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  • How to Buy USDT / Tether in Nigeria with Naira

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Here’s Everything you need to know about VPNs

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

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  • Chinese Gift Card Vendor That Buy and Sell On WhatsApp

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Top Nine Reasons You Should Jump On PennyTree App Now

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 22Bet Committed to Grassroot Football Growth in Nigeria

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

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  • 22Bet Committed to Grassroot Football Growth in Nigeria

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

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  • WD Red NAS HDD Review: When Durability Matters Most

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

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  • WD Red NAS HDD Review: When Durability Matters Most

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

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