A List Apart

  • 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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  • 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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IT News Africa

  • How to Successfully Recover from a Ransomware Attack

    South Africa is an attractive target for cybercriminals for a number of reasons, and the last few years have seen a sharp rise in high-profile ransomware attacks. One of the key motivations driving this volume of attacks is the fact that data is a de facto currency and an extremely valuable commodity on the black […]

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  • Online Learning & Working Sees Increase in ADHD Symptoms – Expert

    Technology has enabled remote working, learning and social connections during the Covid-19 pandemic, but increases of up to 80% in time spent in front of screens has seen a rise in ADHD symptoms such as lack of focus, poor concentration, and restlessness among both adults and children. Excessive screen time, either watching television or using […]

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  • Top 4 Most Trending Stories – Week in Review

    As this week comes to a close we take a look at the stories that resonated most with our readers. A free education app for South Africa’s most vulnerable learners, a new CIO for African Bank and new regulations for SA’s adjusted lockdown level 2. Rounding out the week is an announcement from Standard Bank […]

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  • UN Calls on Nigeria, Others to Tighten Cybersecurity Regulations

    The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the global telecommunications arm of the United Nations (UN) has called on the government of Nigeria, and other governments across Africa to strengthen their Internet safety regulations. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and general shift online, many African countries are now more exposed to cybersecurity threats than before, necessitating renewed […]

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  • Safaricom to Bank $481-Million from Kenya Power Meter Deal

    Kenya’s top telecom is set to make $481-million (Ksh53.5-billion) for installing smart electricity meters to Kenya Power’s largest consumers in a new deal meant to curb power theft, and electricity leakages while also fixing significant weaknesses on the utility firm’s transmission network, reports Business Daily. Safaricom is planning on spending $281-million to install an intelligent […]

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  • Microsoft Office 2021 Release Date Revealed

    Microsoft has revealed the launch date for its Office 2021 consumer release on 5 October 2021. The tech giant also announced that its Microsoft Office Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) for Windows and Mac will be available for commercial and government users from today. According to The Verge, Office LTSC is designed for businesses in […]

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  • “The Need for Printing Will Always Remain,” says Epson SA Country Manager

    A report published by the Association for Intelligent Information Management (AIIM) titled State of the intelligent information management industry 2021shows that organisations are expecting the volume of unstructured information flowing into their businesses to increase by 4.5 times over the next two years. Other research conducted in 2020 found 56% of workers are still printing […]

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  • Vodacom SA Launches Coding Programme to Inspire More Women in STEM

    One of South Africa’s big 4 telecoms, Vodacom, has announced the launch of a programme that will see over 600 young girls between the ages of 14 and 18 receive coding training virtually from 4-7 October 2021. The initiative is called the #CodeLikeAGirl programme and aims to encourage more girls to explore careers that require […]

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  • Telkom’s Yep! Takes the Yellow Pages into the Digital Space for SMMEs

    Telkom’s online marketplace platform Yep! has introduced new solutions as part of the Yellow Pages digital suite with a focus on helping SMMEs to digitally transform and benefit from the current hyper-digital climate. “Online marketplace Yep! is determined to help small, micro, and medium businesses to successfully do business in the digital age,” says Yep! […]

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  • 5 Fresh Data Intelligence Trends that Businesses Ought to Know

    Data has undoubtedly permeated every aspect of our modern life, from what we buy to the news we consume to fundamental truths we believe; data has become the bedrock of the modern decision-making process. The data analytics landscape has evolved drastically over the past five years, with Big Data and IoT pushing the limits of […]

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Mashable

  • How to download and save Instagram videos

    Instagram is famously the place to go to look at photos, get distracted by reels, and watch videos. If you want to see videos about food, travel, manifestation, or anything in between, Instagram is quickly becoming the place to look. But if you want to share that video beyond an Instagram DM or sending the link to a friend, it can be difficult. You can save the video, but that won't actually save it to your phone or desktop — instead, it will add it to your saved post bookmarks, which makes it easier to find and watch it later on Instagram. Sometimes, though, you just want to have that video on your own device, and the app doesn't make it particularly easy to download and save videos. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can do this without the innate help of Instagram. Before you dec…

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  • Safety-minded feds want Tesla to pump the brakes on Full Self-Driving

    Elon Musk has been promising a wider rollout of Tesla's Full Self-Driving program for months. Now, just a couple days after his latest tweet on the matter, U.S. authorities are asking Tesla to slow its roll. The National Transportation Safety Board, a federal agency tasked with investigating all manner of vehicular accidents and vehicle safety, would like Tesla to hold off on its wider launch of FSD, citing safety concerns. The agency doesn't have the authority to make that an order, but its publicly shared recommendation still carries plenty of weight. Basic safety issues have to be addressed before they’re then expanding it to other city streets and other areas, NTSB head Jennifer Homendy said in a Wall Street Journal interview. She added that Tesla's Full Self-Driving branding has clea…

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  • The whitest paint ever could save your energy bills and the climate

    Scientists at Purdue University created the world's whitest paint — a discovery that not only adds yet another choice to the which white should we paint this wall dilemma, but also might help the climate crisis. The paint, which earned a Guinness World Records title, was developed by Purdue mechanical engineering professor Xiulin Ruan and his team of graduate students. It works through a process called radiative cooling, Purdue researchers showed in a published paper, which is a passive cooling technology that offers great promises to reduce space cooling cost, combat the urban island effect, and alleviate the global warming. Basically, the idea is to create a paint so white that it reflects sunlight — and heat — away from a building. Xiulin Ruan, a Purdue University professor of mechanic…

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  • How to change your region on Netflix

    If you're sick of the offerings on Netflix in your home country, there is a way to trick Netflix into thinking you're in a different region than you are. Officially, you can only change your region on Netflix if you move, but you can work around this by using a VPN. The content available on Netflix differs by region, so for example what is offered on Netflix U.S. varies from what is offered on Netflix UK. Using a VPN will trick Netflix into thinking you're in a different country and you'll be able to access the content of that country. A VPN is a virtual private network that routes your internet activity through the VPN's own servers, so your IP address will be the country of your choice. How to change Netflix region: 1. Make sure you have an active Netflix account 2. Decide whether you w…

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  • Your time management won't work until you realize how little time you have

    Let us assume, dear reader, that you are young and healthy and lucky enough to live a total of 80 years. Doesn't sound too bad, right? Break it down into days and you get 29,200, which is such a large number that our brains tend to give up trying to process what it means. But divide 80 years into weeks, and you get 4,171. Now we're getting somewhere that sounds uncomfortably small, even for the longest-lived among us. (The current record holder, age 118, has lived less than 6,200 weeks — still a blink in the cosmic eye.) When I first made the 4,000 weeks calculation, I felt queasy, writes psychology expert Oliver Burkeman in his arresting new book, Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. Soon he started pestering friends to guess, off the top of their heads, how many weeks the a…

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  • Save over 20% on this bundle and monitor meats with both wired and wireless probes

    TL;DR: Stay on top of your cooking temps with the Tappecue Touch System: AirProbe2 & Dual Sensor Probe Bundle, on sale for just $159.99 — a 23% discount — as of Sept. 19. If TikTok is any indication, a lot of folks got really into cooking over the last year and a half. The New York Times even dubbed the app as the quickest way to become a food star, with many young people showcasing their unique recipes in short, quirky clips. But before you decide to jump into the deep end and try your hand at all sorts of exotic meals, it’s probably smart to snag some essential tools. Attention meat-eaters: one of the best tools you can invest in is the Tappecue Touch System, which includes the AirProbe2 and Dual Sensor Probe. It’s one of the only systems around that lets you use both wireless and/or wi…

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  • Content creators, rejoice! Here are 20 Movo microphones, mounts, and rigs on sale

    Creators, makers, movers, and shakers, you need more than just your smartphone in this day and age to make content that really wows. Sure, your iPhone is pretty powerful, but there’s always room for improvement — and these microphones, mounts, rigs, and lights can take things to the next level. For a limited time, you can scoop up a handful of products from Movo on sale to help up your TikTok, Youtube, Instagram, or even podcast game. Whatever kind of content creator you are, better sound, light, and stabilization definitely wouldn’t hurt. Movo EDGE-DI Wireless Lavalier Microphone System Compatible with iPhone and iPad (Lightning) Designed for iOS users, this omnidirectional, battery-free microphone system plugs right into your iPhone or iPad’s Lightning port, offering enhanced sound qual…

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  • This dog training class bundle and grooming kit will get you ready to be a pet parent

    TL;DR: Be the best pet parent you can be with the Ultimate Dog Training Course Bundle With Full Grooming Kit, on sale as of Sept. 19 for 85% off. Grab this bundle for just $125.02. Being a pet owner sounds fun until your new pup is peeing on the floor in front of you and you realize you have no idea what you're doing. Seriously, shouldn't important life skills be taught in school or something?  Luckily for you, there are courses available that will teach you everything you need to know about being a stellar pet parent, and now this five-course training bundle is on sale for over 80% off. The courses kick off with everything you need to know about doggie diets. This will show you the best ways to keep your four-legged friend lean, fit, and healthy by feeding him the way nature intended. Ne…

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  • Get a security camera and real-time virtual guards to watch over your home

    TL;DR: Stay safe and secure with a Home Security 1 Cam Kit with a 30-day free Live Guard Subscription (then billed at $60/month) for 10% off as of Sept. 19 — that's a price of just $359.99. Property crime rates — including burglary, larceny, and vehicle theft — are significantly declining. This could be because more and more folks are investing in security systems for their homes. Want to take measures to protect you home? Get yourself a top-rated home security camera and real-time virtual guards. For a limited time, a security camera kit from Deep Sentinel with a 30-day free Live Guard subscription is on sale for $359. After that, it’s just $60 per month for real-time human intervention and protection for your home and those inside. The Deep Sentinel home security system combines AI with…

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  • Here's how to score a 6th generation iPad for less than $350

    TL;DR: Become a proud tablet owner with a refurbished Apple iPad 6th Gen 9.7 128GB - Space Gray (WiFi Only), on sale as of Sept. 19 for only $335.99, which is a 16% savings. If you've always wanted an iPad, but couldn't justify the nearly $1,000 price tag, we've got good news. There are other ways to get a high-quality, fast-speed version of the iconic tablet that doesn't involve emptying your bank account. Case in point: With this 6th generation refurbished iPad, you can get all of the iconic features of an iPad, but for only half the cost. This tablet, hailing from 2018, features a 2048x1536 retina display that lets you surf the web, watch endless videos, and view and send files all in crystal-clear quality. It's powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz Apple A10 processor and comes with 2GB of RA…

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Naija Tech Guide

  • Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max Price Specs and Best Deals

    Amazon Fire Stick 4K Max is an affordable streaming device compatible with 4K UHD, HDR, HDR10+, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos resolution to help improve your TV viewing experience. It is said to be 40 percent more powerful than the Fire TV Stick 4K, thanks to its quad-core MediaTek MT8696 SoC that clocked at 1.8GHz […] The post Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max Price Specs and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Blink Mini Indoor Camera Price, Specs and Best Deals

    Blink Mini is an indoor 1080p Wi-Fi security camera that allows you to keep eye on your home anytime. It sports impressive features including motion detection, motion zones customization, night vision, 110-degree field of view, for clear and precise video and the two-way-talk audio, so you can hear and speak to people in your home. This […] The post Blink Mini Indoor Camera Price, Specs and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Ring Video Doorbell Wired Price, Specs and Best Deals

    Ring Video Doorbell Wired is an affordable video doorbell with 1080p HD camera that can capture a viewing angle of 155 degrees horizontal and 90 degrees vertical. It also allows you to get real-time alerts when motion is detected, and create customizable motion alert zones , so you can get clear and precise videos be […] The post Ring Video Doorbell Wired Price, Specs and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 Price, Specs and Best Deals

    Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 is one of the best wired doorbell camera with cutting-edge security features. It captures 1536 x 1536-pixel square video, which lets you see visitors from Head-to-Toe. The camera has impressive features including dedicated infrared night mode, Pre-Roll video, 3D Motion Detection coupled with Birds’ Eye View radar technology, Ambient light […] The post Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 Price, Specs and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Ring Video Doorbell 4 Price, Specs and Best Deals

    Ring Video Doorbell 4 is an affordable easy to install battery-powered video doorbell featuring improved 1080p camera with HDR support, a 160-degree field of view, night vision, smart alerts, two-way audio that connects to your smartphone, laptop and Amazon smart display. It also has the motion-triggered video recording feature and set up customizable motion zones, so […] The post Ring Video Doorbell 4 Price, Specs and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021) Price, Specs and Best Deals

    Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet has a 10.1in LCD touchscreen with 16:10 aspect ratio and 1920 x 1200 resolution. It also comes with a 2-megapixel webcam above the screen and 5MP rear camera, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage expandable with microSD card up to 1TB in capacity and dual integrated speakers with support […] The post Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021) Price, Specs and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Amazon Echo Show 5 2021 Price, Specs and Best Deals

    Amazon Echo Show 5 2021 is an affordable smart display with wedge-shaped design that houses the 1.6-inch speaker, 5.5-inch display with 960 x 480 resolution, ambient light sensor, which adjusts the screen’s brightness and color temperature according to their surroundings. There is also a 2MP front-facing camera with camera shutter for privacy. Where to Buy […] The post Amazon Echo Show 5 2021 Price, Specs and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Amazon Echo Show 8 2021 Price, Specs and Best Deals

    Amazon Echo Show 8 2021 smart display offers impressive display, camera, speakers with loads of smart home features for a reasonable price. This digital pan-and-zoom device works has a minimalist design with 8-inch display screen which sports a resolution of 1280 x 800, with two speakers, 13-megapixel camera and support for dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac network. […] The post Amazon Echo Show 8 2021 Price, Specs and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Dell Chromebook 11 Price, Specs and Best Deals

    Dell Chromebook 11 is an entry-level Chrome OS laptop with a 11.6-inch display that has a 1366 x 768 pixels resolution and an anti-glare screen for great display. It is powered by Intel Celeron Dual Core processor coupled with ‎Intel HD Graphics and 16GB of RAM and 16GB of HDD storage for productive performance. This […] The post Dell Chromebook 11 Price, Specs and Best Deals appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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  • Nigeria’s First Inverter Chest Freezer: 5 Things you Need to Know

    Living a worry-free life is something we all aspire to have. In our homes, especially the kitchen, it has become essential to have appliances that not only conserve energy but are equally convenient to use as other appliances. Bearing in mind that kitchen appliances are a long-term investment, it is smart to choose appliances with […] The post Nigeria’s First Inverter Chest Freezer: 5 Things you Need to Know appeared first on Nigeria Technology Guide.

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