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Anibe IdajiliAnibe IdajiliJul 21, 2017
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3min

Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba and Chinese billionaire is visiting Kenya in what he has described as a trip to inspire young entrepreneurs.

Ma is on a 3-day visit to Africa, his first time on the continent, from July 19 to 21 where he is expected to attend the Youth Connekt Africa Summit in Rwanda.

In his entourage are 38 other billionaires, including Internet tycoon Bob Xu, Alibaba’s founding partner Lucy Peng, founder and chairman of Mengniu Dairy Niu Gensheng, and real estate tycoon Huang Youlong, Business Day Africa reports.

Jack Ma is a special adviser for youth entrepreneurship and small businesses for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

In a public lecture at the University of Nairobi, Jack Ma said Africa’s poor infrastructure, social, economic and political situation should be a source of innovation for entrepreneurs.

“I came here (Africa) to share the entrepreneurial dream not to sell Chinese products,” Ma said.

Ma said lack of e-commerce in his home country, China inspired him to start one of the biggest online marketplaces.

The billionaire has dropped several nuggets of wisdom on starting a business, including:

“Individual commitment to a group effort, that is what makes a team work, a company, a society, a civilization… work.”

“Find people who can be your boss, not those who are willing to be your servants. That is how you’ll grow.”

“When you’re profitable, after paying your employees, you can then pay yourself as an entrepreneur.”

“Opportunities are always found where people complain.”

 


Anibe IdajiliAnibe IdajiliJul 21, 2017
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8min

Mobile applications have become very popular in today’s business world, as the number of mobile users increase daily. The question is, why would you like to build a mobile app for your business? The response to this question will decide if your app will be well-received or not.

We made a list of steps to take in building a mobile app. But note that it may not work for everybody. The critical part is to begin and you can have the unique business you’ve always dreamed of.

 

Step 1: Identify a problem

On the off chance that you currently have an app idea, then move to step two. If not, read on. Do you need to build an app but don’t have an idea? What you truly need are problems that need solving. And they are all over!

Problem-solvers are people who take care of issues in ways no one could have envisioned. So search for problems or difficulties in your everyday life and make a list. With a comprehensive list,  you then begin to think of the best solutions.

 

Step 2: Identify the need

An approval on the Google Keyword Planner instrument will indicate if a request exists for your kind of app. You can approve your idea by using the instrument to search for the number of people searching  for what you intend to do.

You could also build a presentation page that highlights your app idea and look for client enthusiasm through an email information exchange.

 

Step 3: Lay 0ut the flow and features

An approval of your app idea simply means that you have a solution people need. While listing down your idea on paper, be sure to be as detailed as possible on how you intend to cater for the needs of your potential users.

Include a flow or stream of how the client should explore the app, showing every components in detail. This will help your engineer to clearly understand what you want.

 

Step 4: Remove less important features

From the stream and components you arranged, start taking a look at elements that can be expelled. Offer just the core estimation of your app idea.

This will help keep the expenses low and further give you the opportunity to showcase speed.

 

Step 5: Design should be priority

Concentrate on simply building an app with a fundamental outline. Note that configuration is not just about how your app looks, but rather it’s about how a client will navigate the app.

So, search for an engineer who puts client experience and designs first.

 

Step 6: Hire a designer/developer

Look for an advancement organization that has incredible plan ability. While enlisting a designer, take a look at their previous works.

If the apps they have built for others have good reviews, odds are, yours will be good too.

 

Step 7: Create a developer account

You should enlist an engineer account with the individual app stores to have the capacity to offer your app through this  stage. Google’s Android charges $25 a year and Apple charges $99 every year.

However, you have the option of enlisting as an individual or organization, if you have one already.

 

Step 8: Integrate Analytics

Analytics enable you to track downloads, users’ engagement and maintenance for your mobile app. Ensure you use devices, for example, Flurry, which is accessible at no cost, and Localytics, that has both  a free and paid form.

 

Step 9: Get feedback and improvise

Once your app goes live on the app store, the first arrangement of clients’ utilization and conduct will help you know how to enhance and upgrade your app.

Improvements and changes are consistent, so watch out for client observations and keep building.

 

Step 10: Introduce features

Having manufactured variant one with constrained components and just the center advertising, you can then assess other elements. Present those forgotten in the underlying adaptation. You will know through assessment and users’ input whether the elements are applicable or not.

Once you’re prepared to start, realize that building a mobile app is the easy part. But getting clients is the real test.

 

Did these tips help? Tell us in the comments!


Anibe IdajiliAnibe IdajiliJul 20, 2017
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3min

Some foreign banks have agreed to finance a N5bn investment project scheduled to commence in October this year.

The proposed project, an ultra-modern three-storey edifice called Ikeja ICT Mart, is being positioned as the hub for Information and Communications Technology-related matters in the country and Africa in general.

Scheduled to open in early 2019, the project is expected to boost economic growth and enhance the Federal Government’s quest to diversify the economy.

The Group Managing Director, Master Reality International Concepts Limited, a member of the CFL Group, the firm building the modern architecture, Mr. Lai Omotola, said arrangements had been concluded to begin the construction in the next two or three months.

He said the firm was waiting for necessary approvals including that of the Lagos State Government to commence work on the edifice, which is expected to be completed within 18 months.

Omotola said the proposed Ikeja IT Mart would be located in Ikeja, not very far from the famous Computer Village.

He said, “We introduce to you Ikeja IT Mart, the next hub of ICT for Africa at large. We are building it on Simbiat Abiola Way directly beside the new Ikeja bus station on the axis of Otigba Computer Village and the rest.

“We believe strongly in government’s effort to diversify the economy. One of the fastest ways of diversifying our economy is through ICT. Why ICT? Basically today, there is so much crave for content and content development. How does content travel? Content travels through data. It is now known that data will move faster than voice and that people will be using more of data than voice in the nearest future.”

He added, “In order for us to prepare for the coming demand and even the existing demand that is making our network today shaky, we have decided to pioneer the Ikeja IT Mart as a way of solidifying the value chain end of the IT and communications industry. We have come to realise the value chain end is very important in bringing us to global recognition as an IT super house.”

According to Omotola, the company has chosen Ikeja as the location of the Ikeja ICT Mart because the history of IT in the country started in Ikeja, adding that the country must not lose that history.

 


Anibe IdajiliAnibe IdajiliJul 20, 2017
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7min

As a digital marketer or founder of an online brand, you are probably overwhelmed by the vast array of web analytics tools out there. However, you need to figure out exactly where you want to place the heaviest focus on and seek suitable technologies.

Whether you decide on using pure analytics or combine it with marketing automation and web personalization, the metrics to consider are: Traffic, Conversion Rate and Average Order Value.

With these three metrics you can determine your:

1. Orders = Traffic x Conversion Rate

2. Revenue = Traffic x Conversion Rate x Average Order Value

So, the best analytics tools you should know about are:

 

1. Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a great base tool. It is extremely robust,  flexible, and free. It does not require digging and setup time to get it to display the data specific to each site. This is one tool that every business should have on their website. One of the many benefits of having Google Analytics installed on your site is that it has features that are critical for those engaged in eCommerce.

 

2. OpenLinkProfiler

OpenLinkProfiler is a freemium tool that can be used for Backlink analysis. With it, you can check backlinks, their count, influence score, anchor texts, etc. Also, this tool can be the determinant of many decisions in SEO.

 

3. Mixpanel

Mixpanel is mainly used for Marketing Analytics and it is  free for 1000 profiles. It can be used to to measure users’ activities, retainership and needed improvements. Mixpanel has amazing features like retention metrics, A/B testing, retrospect funnels, and push notifications.

 

4. Facebook Analytics For Apps

Facebook analytics is a tool that can be used to analyse users and their behaviour. This is a free tool, especially for app users. It lets you check traffic, sources, send notifications, etc. Facebook Analytics is definitely a complete package.

 

5. Zoho

In addition to other business features, Zoho is used for CRM application, is of a freemium model for 10 free users. Zoho should be your first choice when managing leads. Its interface is easy to use and can set lead status, mark comments, and integrate the platform with other applications.

 

6. Piwik

Piwik is a good alternative with practically identical features to Google Analytics. It provides all the functions to help you gain an insight into your site performance and measure your goals. Piwik is available in both free and paid versions. It is also downloadable and can be hosted correspondingly.

 

7. Clicky

Clicky is an analytics system specifically created to cater to the needs of small and mid-size businesses. It has features that are easy to use and excellent for real time monitoring. Clicky helps to provide all the data quickly, so you can react to any changes quickly too.

 

8. Sprout social

Aside Hootsuite, SproutSocial is an effective social media monitoring platform. It offers some features that you can’t get from Hootsuite, especially if you are willing to put up a little extra cash. Some of its best features are the aggregation of all social activity and mentions into a simple “messages” format and their many exportable reports.

 

9. Woopra

Woopra analytics provides a robust and comprehensive report on every visitor on your website. It tracks their actions, helps you understand their behaviour, and help better their user experience. It provides a somewhat individuality to every statistic viewed.

 

10. Zen desk

You are nothing without your customers. So keeping them happy and resolving any issues that they have should be one of your highest priorities. ZenDesk allows you to do this when you don’t have the budget for full time customer service over the phone. ZenDesk is undoubtedly one of the best solutions for customer support.

 

11. Adroll

Identifying itself as the leading retargeting platform, AdRoll is a must for retailers that want to recapture the attention of visitors that did not buy or did not buy enough.

 

12. Mint

Mint helps you to understand where and what interested is being generated on the website.  With this you can better understand and serve your visitors.

 

Evidently, there are too many solutions in terms of analytics tools to use. However, it comes down to what areas of your business you want to optimize.


Anibe IdajiliAnibe IdajiliJul 18, 2017
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6min

A tech startup is usually made up of two kinds of persons: The builder of the scalable products, who stays in touch with cutting edge technology trends. And the builder of the market, who brings in clients, partners, and revenue.

The tech part of most businesses might be where the magic happens, but it should not be the only focus of any successful business. Starting a technology start-up as a non-tech person would mean that your core team members are competent enough to handle immediate technical challenges.

To build and launch a successful tech startup as a non-tech person, here’s what to do:

 

Have an idea/product

When starting up, every idea is the “best idea”, but an idea isn’t worth much, if it is not implemented. Going by the simple mathematics of probability, so many people already have the same ‘best’ idea as yours. However, only a few can execute it right.

So, the right place to start is by drafting a one-page Google Drive document which identifies the need for your startup’s product/service (value proposition).  Set it aside and re-write it a couple times; be sure that you are crystal clear about what you want to do.

 

Find tech experts

It is preferable to find a technical co-founder and give him/her same ownership of the product that you have (in the areas of responsibility and decision-making). Start by looking into your close circle of friends, relatives, classmates, etc, anyone who is tech-related. Lastly you can look for a like minded co-founder on local start-up forums. It is always better to start-up with a friend than stranger.

Even if you are unable to find the right fit or persuade anyone on-board, you will get some insight into the technology around the product that you wish to build.

 

Online & Offline Visibility

The tech startup world is merit-based. Technical guys can afford to display their codes and show how they built them.  But a non-tech person may not have that opportunity. However, you can write curated content for people by creating a list of productivity tools and apps or build a social media following.

These things will make it easier to understand your potential customers, first users, and attract technical co-founders and investors.

 

Recruit Developers

If you have money to invest in your own idea, you can hire several developers to handle front-end and back-end tasks and bring your dream product to life. But if otherwise, depending on what you are building, there may be some ready-made software available for you. Though this is good for quick prototyping, but it is bad for building serious products.

If your business can be built using a ready-made software, then your competitors can replicate it in a day. Such a low entry barrier will surely drive away potential investors from your venture. With this approach, you can only build a basic tech-enabled business (like small scale e-commerce) , but not a technology-based startup.

 

Improve

With the right vision, network, and team, you can now start some hard work.  Earn the valuation you want and figure out what could be improved. Once you’ve got a team, make your expectations known and motivate them to work hard.

This is the stage where you start pushing them for all the experiential knowledge and insights that you can get. Everyone should know that they are expected to put in their best in order to grow the company.

 

We hope these tips helped. Let us know in the comments!


Anibe IdajiliAnibe IdajiliJul 17, 2017
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6min

Petya Ransomware is the latest in the realm of ransomware attacks. According to recent reports, it is believed to be more dangerous than the WannaCry ransomware as it comes with much stronger encryption. Unlike WannaCry, Petya doesn’t just encrypt data for a ransom. It hijacks and renders computers entirely inaccessible with the encryption of  their Master Boot Record (MBR).

The initial Petya ransomware released in March 2016. However, a new Petya variant released in June 2017, has so far affected organizations in over 65 countries across the world.  In fact, the new Petya variant is not exactly ransomware. Instead, it’s wiper malware disguised as ransomware to destroy data and corrupt systems.

 

Similarities:

WannaCry and the recent Petya ransomware variant both targeted only systems running the Windows OS. In addition, they both took advantage of an Server Message Block vulnerability to rapidly take ove a network, using EternalBlue exploit. The use of this exploit provided both types of malware with worm capabilities, helping attackers maximize the damage.

 

Differences:

It should be noted though, the WannaCry and this Petya variant have more differences than similarities, the Petya variant was far more destructive.

    • Vulnerabilities exploited: In addition to using EternalBlue, the Petya variant also included the EternalRomance vulnerability, causing remote privilege escalation on some Windows versions. Though it was patched by Microsoft 17-010, it did not protect victims from the Petya variant.

 

    • Patch immunity: With WannaCry, systems that were up to date with the latest patches were protected. Unlike the Petya variant, WannaCry required EternalBlue and failed if the vulnerability had been remediated. Individuals and organizations with systems that had applied all the relevant patches were still able to be infected with the Petya malware.

 

    • Malware execution without connection: After the initial infection, WannaCry malware asked for a connection with the attacker’s Command and Control server before it could execute. However, The Petya variant was able to execute, spread and encrypt without connecting out to the Command and Control server.

 

    • Lateral movement: Though both types of malware attempted to spread using an SMB vulnerability, the Petya variant did not neccesarily need the it to spread. The Petya variant was still able to access credentials from the infected system by accessing other systems on the network with PsExec and WMIC .

 

    • Encryption: WannaCry encrypted data files on infected machines using asymmetric RSA 2048-bit encryption. But the Petya variant encrypted also encrypted and corrupted the Master File Table and Master Boot Record. The encryption was done with a private key that was randomly generated, and the attackers had no way of knowing what that key was even if a ransom was paid.

It is evident that though a bit similar, these ransomwares had very different intents. The intent of WannaCry was purely financial gain. Victims were made to lose data if they did not have recent backups and were not willing to pay the ransom.

In the case of this Petya variant, the intention was to cause wide scale system destruction and disrupt operations in organizations. The corruption of the MBR and MFT made it very difficult to recover data on infected systems.

 


Anibe IdajiliAnibe IdajiliJul 17, 2017
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8min

A Mobile Application, commonly referred to as an app, is a software designed to run on mobile devices, like smartphones or tablet computers. These applications usually seek to provide users with similar services to those accessed on personal computers. So, due to increased use of smartphones, the number of mobile app downloads have also increased tangibly.

The Mobile Applications market is huge — and it’s not going to stop growing. In fact, according to many investigations done in recent years, about 3.2 billion people use mobile apps on the internet in everyday life.

There are multiple trends in the mobile development industry in 2017. Some of these trends are in the application in the areas of augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence, IoT, location-based services, among others. 

We present some of the trends generating huge revenues and profits for the mobile app market all over the world. 

 

1. IoT + Wearables Apps

With Google recently releasing Android Things to increase Internet of Things adoption, there has been an increase in the demand for connected things. Apps are now required for smart devices, besides smart phones.  This means developers will have to keep innovating to meet diverse needs.  According to a survey, the wearable market will have 20% of market growth till 2020. Fitbit & Apple iWatch are some of the common innovations to gain over gadget freaks.

Internet of things is one of the most influential and preferable technology in probably every sector. From healthcare to infrastructure, IoT covers many big sectors and provides incredible solutions to the public.

 

2. Beacon With Integrated GPS Technology 

Beacon technology, a subclass of IoT is also gaining grounds across so many countries. Many businesses use this technology for better user experience for their customers.

For instance, companies like Uber have made the most of this technology. More companies are jumping into the domain to measure the same success and popularity.

 

3. Augmented & Virtual Reality Apps

AR and VR apps have slowly but steadily started invading our lives.  Apart from games like PokemonGo, real estate, fashion, and retail, more AR apps are being developed to get customers. VR-supported contents like apps for 360-degree short films that are getting Oscar nominations, VR Headsets, online broadcasts, and 3D performances are growing exponentially.

Due to the increasing power of mobile devices, many new concepts based on these two technologies are gaining traction in 2017. The demand for immersive experiences across many industries is seeing a big jump.

 

4. Micro and Enterprise Apps

In today’s competitive world, Enterprise Mobile applications have become a focal point in the current market trend. This app plays a crucial role in innovative ways for businesses like FMCGs, industrial product, etc to grow. Moreover, it is estimated that the area of enterprise apps will become large in the coming years.

The fundamental and the most desirable features of Enterprise mobile applications are their availability, reliability, scalability, and security.

 

5. Security Apps

With the development of the mobile app industry, security concerns and threats to the apps have also grown. For instance, Apple has incorporated the robust App Transport Security (ATS) for all iOS applications. Google is also using more stringent app permissions model and security updates.

Due to recent massive cyber attacks like WannaCry, the focus on security app is inevitable. It is a known fact that the free apps currently in the market wouldn’t even pass the basic security tests. Sadly, people have fallen for baits to share their private information and fall prey to privacy threats.

 

6. Cloud-driven Apps

Cloud technologies have become the favourite of mobile app developers. They can be used more to develop apps that require integration with IoT, wearables, artificial intelligence etc. Cloud-based apps can be run on any device and it is difficult to tell if it is a cloud-based app or not. Developers, customers and tech professionals enjoy the impact of cloud technologies in our collective lives.

Currently, cloud computing can directly fetch data from cloud and take minimum space in your smartphone internal memory on Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive.

 

7. M-Commerce

Cashless currencies are the fastest developing currencies in the world. So, it is no surprise that M-commerce is spreading like wild fire. Innovations like Google’s Google Wallet and Apple’ s Apple Pay are great examples. This trend has been predicted to be the future of mobile apps in few years. 

Now, numerous number of people make purchases through Google wallet and Apple Pay, instead of with credit or debit cards. This is giving a big push to m-commerce.

 

 


Anibe IdajiliAnibe IdajiliJul 14, 2017
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6min

Big Data. Analytics. If you ask twenty people what these terms mean, you are likely to get twenty different answers. 

Big Data Analytics is a simply analysis of patterns and behaviours of people –like clicks on social media apps and corporate websites. Why would a business want to do that? Well, your traditional data processing tools can not handle such data. However, with big data analytics, you have different architecture, as well as algorithms to process and store them.

In today’s digital world, with the impressive number of it that is generated every second, data is king. Apparently, with such an overwhelming amount of data, businesses now have a large pool of information to work with. Patterns can then be yielded on consumers’ habits and provide feedback on the company’s actions.

In effect, big data analytics helps businesses reveal various hidden patterns, latest trends in marketing, customer choices and other vital business information. Simply, big data analytics helps in building business relationships by providing a holistic view of customers to enhance communications.

Big data analytics offers three key benefits to enterprises.

 

Vital Information about Traffic Source and Conversions

Interestingly, even the smallest businesses generate data these days. A business with a website, a social media presence, or one that accepts credit cards has data collected on its customers based on site traffic. 

For any business enterprise, the two key performance metrics needed would be to track the website’s conversions and traffic sources. Therefore, to make its marketing strategies more effective, a company needs to know from where its visitors are coming. Through business analytics, the company can know the number of visitors arriving at its site via the different search engines.

 

Behavioural Patterns of the Website Visitors

Like it or not, the quantity and diversity of what you know about your market is key to business growth. Companies, no matter how small, get better insights into what customers want, how they use it, their purchase channels, etc. This is how businesses create/maintain their privacy policies and security needed to protect all that user data. For instance, the backlash against Microsoft 10 recently must have required that Microsoft gather data on why customers wanted to opt-out.

Additionally, big data analytics help to show visitors behaviour with respect to a company’s website. The company can identify how much time visitors spend on specific pages of its site. With this information, decisions can be made on the pages of its site that require some work. Consequently, for the pages that are not performing well, improvements can then be considered.

 

Effective Determination of KPI’s

Using big data analytics, an enterprise can effectively determine its key performance indicators. For example, this might include the number of generated leads, revenue earned and online sales made. Soon, with this important knowledge, the business can figure out clearly what’s working and what’s not.

Big data has the potential to improve internal efficiency and operations for almost any type of business and in many different departments. Businesses can track performance, optimise delivery routes, better track employee performance and even recruiting top talent. Also, data can be used to quantify what makes a good manager or employee, thereby, improving the HR and hiring process at any level.

Evidently, data is slowly but steadily breaking away from the IT department. It is becoming an integral part of every department in a company.

 

Are you a budding or a seasoned business owner? Did these tips help? Tell us in the comment box!


Anibe IdajiliAnibe IdajiliJul 12, 2017
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7min

Most Nigerians have just one stream of income — a job or business with insignificant revenues. If you’re a part of this majority, you’re one layoff away from a catastrophe.

Regardless of whether or not you want to become a millionaire, you need to maintain some side hustles to keep money on the table for that fledgling company or day job.  There are lots of ways to make money online, and collectively they can add up to a lot of cash for you. Some of these businesses just need your best efforts and may only require 0% of your time. 

Here are a few online side gigs with the best recurring revenues (plus they sound like fun).

 

Mobile Apps

There is no magic wand to make your app successful in terms of making money, but anything based on a collection of data can have an audience. With the right efforts and hard work, you can earn good revenue from an app development. 

You can create custom apps for companies and sell them (the price will depend on the app and its complexity, the client, and their niche). You can also make apps and sell on the normal platforms for IOS and Android. The third option is making free product-based apps and monetizing them with ads. 

 

Affiliate Marketing and List Building

Affiliate marketing is one of easiest way to earn money online. Everyone is obsessed with creating the killer product or service that will rake in revenues. The reality is beginners can become full-fledged marketers right away, often with well-established products with proven sales. 

It is quite simple. Create a free “info product”, such as an eBook and ask people to subscribe to a mailing list to get the download link. Once they are on the list, start promoting offers. You can  make a lot of extra money every time you send out an email. 

 

Publish a book on Kindle

Everyone is an expert at something and people are earning a living off making Amazon Kindle Publishing. This is how it works: Do you know about something that other people don’t? Write it down, go to Fiverr  to get a book cover designed, publish it on Kindle, but stay in the $2-$10 range. To promote it, make it free on kindle for the first 5 days. You will get paid for downloads and this will boost the visibility of your book after the free period ends.

You can do this even if you are not a gifted,  many people get “ghostwriters” to write the entire book for them. On completion, you can launch your work across Amazon Kindle Publishing and viola, you’re a published author! People can read your work from their phones or smart devices

 

 

Create WordPress Themes and plugins

You can create themes and sell them on sites like ThemeForest. There are developers selling on ThemeForest who have made over $1 million. For plugins, if they are really great, well developed, explanatory, and solution-based, they should be easy to sell on Codecanyon or similar sites. 

One point to be noted is that your themes and plugins should be of high quality, unique and helpful. You might also need to invest in marketing them too.

 

Create niche Ecommerce sites using Amazon’s affiliate program 

Fulfillment by Amazon or FBA is another option to selling products online. Simply put, you purchase a quantity of products upfront and have them shipped to Amazon’s ridiculously large fulfillment center for them to fulfill all your orders.

Your job? Get the “right” product to sell, create an Amazon merchant account, make it unique, send test products to yourself, purchase the products ahead of time in bulk, ship the ordered products to Amazon, have them listed on Amazon, sell them, and manage reviews.

Now, we hope these suggestions helped. Let us know in the comments!


Anibe IdajiliAnibe IdajiliJul 11, 2017
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9min

A smart watch is a computerized mobile device that is worn on your wrist, whose functionality goes beyond timekeeping. And no, they are not only for techies. These watches very important to our daily lives –from running apps, to displaying notifications, to monitoring your heart rate, the latest batch of smart watches do a lot more than just tell you what the time is.

Here are 5 smart watches that are lifesavers; they work effortlessly, giving you the right mix of features, and all that without making life too complex for you. 

 

Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch

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The Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch  is a smart fitness watch that helps you maximize every workout routine. It is an advanced technology with a versatile design. This device is built to track your workouts, gauge your performance stats, and monitor your progress. Click here, to get the Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch.

 

Apple 42mm Smart Watch

 

smart watchThe Apple 42mm Smart Watch is a unisex and versatile gadget helps you organize your daily activities efficiently and achieve your goals. With this virtual wrist-worn assistant, you can receive and make calls, dictate text  and messages, book a taxi, browse through apps, and track your fitness activity – all this without the need to even take your smartphone out. The Apple 42mm Smart Watch can be purchased here.

 

Garmin vívoactive HR GPS Smart Watch

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The Garmin vívoactive HR GPS Smart Watch is a run, bike, swim, golf, ski and more with vivo active HR, the GPS smartwatch with Elevate wrist heart rate technology. It comes with sunlight-readable, high-resolution colour touchscreen, 24/7 heart rate monitoring and smart notifications. Get the Garmin vívoactive HR GPS Smart Watch here

 

Motorola Moto 360 Sport

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The Motorola Moto 360 Sport is a smartwatch to power your workout with a long hours yet comfortable design. It comes with a hybrid display making it easier to read indoors and out, including built-in GPS, Android fitness apps and Moto Body to track your steps, calories, and heart rate. You can purchase Motorola Moto 360 Sport here.

 

Samsung Gear Fit2 Smartwatch

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You can keep track of your fitness goals and stay motivated with the Samsung Gear Fit2. It includes advanced fitness tracking, built-in GPS, auto and multi sport tracking, easy access notifications and apps, standalone music player and a convenient charging cradle. Go here to get the Samsung Gear Fit2 Smartwatch.

 

Here are things you should consider when deciding on the right smartwatch.

Pick the right one for your phone

Smartwatches are extended accessories to your mobile phone. So your current handset will have a big say in the device you should be picking up. For instance, Apple watch works only with an iphone, Samsung watches run their own OS – “Tizen” and these devices work with a limited number of Samsung Phones. 

 

Know the apps it can run

Smartwatches send you notifications without you taking the trouble of checking your phone always. So, the apps support would play a major role in your decision to buy. For example, Apple has  over 8,500 compatible apps while  Samsung has over 1000.

 

The right mix of features

The display, battery life and sharp visuals should probably be the top ones in your list. You may need to compromise on screen quality for a longer battery life. You should also check out the kind of features each smartwatch champions.

 

We hope you found this article helpful. Let us know in the comments!


Anibe IdajiliAnibe IdajiliJul 10, 2017
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8min

Cloud computing is simply the delivery of computing services over the Internet. These services include databases, analytics, software, servers, networking, storage, etc. You can store/access information, programs over the Internet for personal or business use, and to perform numerous tasks on PC or mobile. 

Only few startups or small businesses have their own in-house IT departments and when something needs to be fixed, outside onsite services are always needed. These services are usually expensive and time-consuming.  While waiting for the technician, systems may be down, resulting in a loss of productivity and revenue.  Cloud computing solves many of these issues over traditional IT infrastructure.

With easy-to-use implementations and customizable features, cloud computing services providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) provide long-term business processes and transformations. However, in Nigeria, some cloud hosting companies include Rack Centre, MDXi, Excelsimo Networks, and Medallion Communications Limited.

As a startup owner, do you really understand the key benefits of cloud? Let’s talk about the major advantages of cloud computing:

 

Lower IT infrastructure cost

Cloud-based software applications can often cost less than their on-the-shelf counterparts. They can significantly lower the cost of online backup, data storage, and IT infrastructure. There are far less operational costs with a cloud service as compared to traditional, on-premise infrastructure.

Typical items associated with on-premise infrastructure are servers, operating systems, licensing fees, and network switches. There is also the cost of maintaining the physical, tangible hardware, like powering them with electricity and installing security systems to protect them.

With a cloud-based solution, there are none of those costs involved. A system administrator is able to oversee included and automatic processes that would otherwise be more manual work to put in place. Not only is money being saved from not having to purchase hardware, the IT team member has more time to spend productivity-wise on other projects.

 

Less space

Cloud computing evidently means less memory is utilised on office machines, increasing the lifespan of machines. Some of the space needed for network routing is also eliminated.

Like Google Cloud, particularly G Suite, with an internet connection, anything related to a company could be accessed at anytime and anywhere. Crucial documents that may need to be viewed outside of work hours is available, if needed. There is no need to wait until you’re back in the office to connect to the on-premise server. Many companies set up Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), so that access to files are limited to certain IP addresses or locations. This is not a limitation for access to documents using the cloud.

Another benefit for cloud-accessible items is the allowance of flexible hours and locations for business operations.  A company is free to hire more remote employees, full-time, part-time, or freelance, if it would best fit its business needs.

 

Flexible IT infrastructure capacity

There is no need to consider any changes to a cloud service’s capacity. If extra resources are needed, you can get them when you need them. If you run out of storage when adding files, you can add more storage, and only an amount that is needed.

Capacity in regards to on-premise IT infrastructure is not as flexible as the cloud. If you have a server that stores 2TB of data, and the files you have need more storage than that, you may need to buy a new server altogether.

Unlike cloud computing, there is no way to add more storage onto hardware. This is because it is built to only support a certain amount.

 

Latest and inexpensive versions of software

There are no expensive software upgrades. For instance, you can set automatic updates from a certain product, i.e. Oracle for databases. You could also have it customized so that only certain versions of that product are upgraded. 

The process of upgrading software for on-premise infrastructure tends to be more complex. If a software update is released, a system administrator typically needs to manually download and implement it. Once it is installed, the system administrator needs to test it to ensure nothing has been broken.

This entire process could take up to an entire day. But if it needs to be done when no employees are accessing the service, the system administrator needs to spend time on the weekend or late at night in order to fix the issue. In the end, productivity goes down for all employees.

 

Do you always need to visit the server room to troubleshoot issues? With cloud computing, you can put the administrative tools in the cloud and actually concentrate on what is important for your business.


Anibe IdajiliAnibe IdajiliJul 6, 2017
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1min

At the 29th ordinary session of the African Union Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, it was announced that Africa finally has its own internet domain fully owned by Africa named ‘DotAfrica’.

According to APA reports on today, a communiqué stated that “DotAfrica will bring the continent together as an internet community under one umbrella and create an opportunity to forge a unique online identity which will associate products, services and or information with the continent and the people of Africa.”

The objective of this domain launch is to create a platform by Africans for Africans and the worldwide audience of companies, organisations and individuals interested in, associated with and connected with the African community and markets.

The idea of DotAfrica was conceived in 2000 when some African internet professionals argued that DotAfrica should be operated by Africans for the benefit of the entire continent.

This is coming after more than 25 years the first ever domain name was registered and the World Wide Web was launched.

 


Anibe IdajiliAnibe IdajiliJul 6, 2017
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4min

If you are a budding web and software developer, you must be aware of the several boot camps and programs to get people into the industry quickly. These programs are not bad in themselves, but they do lack some of the core computer science fundamentals needed to tackle the higher-order problems around “big data, ” Internet-of-things, and machine learning, etc.

And no, no one is insinuating you become a mathematical genius or a systems expert. Of course, mathematical knowledge is valuable, but in reality, only a few will solve the hard problems in these areas, and adapt them with a good compromise between power and usability.

Now, here’s what you should be focusing on as a software developer:

 

Higher level language

This includes Java, Python and even the latest C++, which all have some very nice features. Get comfortable with them as they’ve been around for a while and will be for a long time. Look out for  other very cool but not very broadly adopted languages.

 

Get comfortable with big data

This may not be for everyone, but  it is incredibly lucrative and useful for businesses, digital assistants, and human-computer interfaces. As more and more data is being collected ,  the understanding of data is going to become more crucial. Big data  helps you process an internet-worth of data to understand what you like. Get comfortable with SQL and distributed analogs for querying and transforming data.

 

Cloud computing

Be familiar with cloud computing. Think of it as a way of being able to scale solution options, depending on the amount of data / customers you have in a given period. Get comfortable with AWS (Lambda, EC2, SQS, SNS, S3, CloudFront, etc.) 

 

Non-qwerty interfaces like touch

You don’t need to learn how touch is tracked, and the mechanics of voice recognition. Rather, be sure you’re able to utilise these techniques and others such as gestures into your applications.

 

The universal screen

Try becoming familiar with technologies which span device categories. A typical example is how Microsoft has unified their operating system ecosystem to the very large from the small. 

 

Mobile rules

On the client side, mobile is where it’s at. There are more smart phones and tablets out there than PC’s, laptops, and notebooks. I think this will only continue. Learn how to write apps and interfaces for mobile devices  because native coding may no longer be “Best practice” in the nearest future. It already isn’t for mobile games.

 

Web technologies

The web may never go away, although it looks that way. HTML5 and web protocols are sound investments that are beneficial and worth considering.

The key is keeping a tab on emerging technologies and see where and how it overlaps with your current skills as a software developer.


Anibe IdajiliAnibe IdajiliJul 6, 2017
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6min

I mean, if we asked, you’d likely say you’re a pro at using Google, right? You’re on it every single day of every week. You don’t want to get all smug, but it’s kinda your best friend—at least as far as search engines go, you know exactly what you’re looking for.

But, did you know there are some great tricks that can make your searches even smarter? We’re talking beyond the basics (which I know you know). Like when you can’t figure out that one missing word in the quote you need to send over to your boss—you can use an asterisk.

When it comes to Google searches, there are smart commands that will make your Google searches more specific, and make Google an even more useful tool.

Here are a few of them to help help you fall even more in love with Google:

1. Use quotes to search for an exact keywords

This method which is also called concatenation in programming, is one of the most vital search tips, especially useful if you’re trying to find results containing a specific a phrase. If searching for a specific quote, use double quotation marks (“”). Google will find out the results containing accurate set of words without any change in order. You can also get the same result using  the ‘+’ sign immediately before the word without any space. For example, “TechCityNG.com was founded in 2016”

2. Use the minus sign to narrow the search

The minus sign will help to exclude keyword. For example if you search for Car in google, the results will display car brands and model information. In this case you wanted google to show Jaguar information. Then you need to use minus to exclude Car. For example, type Jaguar -Car and re-run the search.

3. Don’t use common words and phrases

Punctuation and common terms like a and the are called stop words and are usually ignored by Google. But there are exceptions. Common words and punctuation marks should be used when searching for a certain phrase inside quotes. There are cases when common words like the are significant. For example, Raven and The Raven return entirely different results.

4.  Use unique specific term

You probably have no idea how many Web pages are returned when performing a search. You might guess that the terms hangout spots are relatively specialized. A Google search of those terms returned 827,000 results! While on the other hand, the terms hangout spots in Lagos returned just 141,000. To minimize the number of pages returned, use unique terms that are specific to the subject you are researching.

5. Search information from specific websites

To make search results from a website easier, think of the “site:” function as a Google search that searches only a particular website. If you want to see everything TechCityNG.com mentioned  on Google, use the search “Google site:techcityng.com” or just TechCity. If you want to search information from a specific website then use the keyword with the name of your desired website and separate them with double colon. For example, [samsung: techcityng.com or infinix or tecno or startups]. You get the drift.

 

 


Anibe IdajiliAnibe IdajiliJul 4, 2017
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2min

Etisalat Nigeria appoints Boye Olusanya as its new CEO. This comes after the former Chairman Hakeem Belo-Osagie resigned early this week.

It also confirmed the appointment of a new board and top management constituting of Dr. Joseph Nnanna – Chairman, Mr. Oluseyi Bickersteth, Mr. Ken Igbokwe, Mr. Boye Olusanya and Mrs. Funke Ighodaro.

Etisalat Group took over Etisalat Nigeria as a result of the telecommunications firm’s inability to repay its debts reaching $1.72 billion (about N541.8 billion).

On Monday, the company’s CEO Matthew Willsher and Chief Financial Officer Olawole Obasunloye stepped down as part of its transition process.

Boye Olusanya was the former Deputy MD of Celtel Nigeria, former Deputy CEO of ECONET Wireless, and former Chief Business Transformation Officer at Dangote Industries.

Boye Olusanya holds a BSc in Civil Engineering and MSc in Environmental Civil Engineering from a Liverpool University. He also has another MSc in Computer Science from Manchester University.

 


Anibe IdajiliAnibe IdajiliJul 4, 2017
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7min

It all starts with an idea, but a great idea alone does not make a startup. When you’re ready to start talking to investors, you’d find out that most venture capitalists and angel investors receive dozens of pitches everyday. Yours might simply just end up in the pile. Attracting investors to what you have to offer entails building a business first. This means actually creating a product/service, providing value, and gaining customers.

The good news is, there are now more platforms than ever to help you find the best investors for that tech startup in Nigeria—and you can actually reach them. Here are five tips to getting the right people to invest in your company.

Start with something

Have a minimum viable product –this can be a proof of concept, prototype or even just some ugly, but functional code, but you must have a product or an advanced mock-up. Then, build a team. And no, they don’t have to be Co-Founders. They can be freelancers, advisers and mentors who are smart, skilled, talented and/or well known.

Learn everything there is to know about what your customers currently use, what solution it provides and how to improve on the current solution. Finally, gain some traction by getting potential customers saying they would buy (or sell) your product.

Identify potential  investors

Given the odds of any individual contact resulting in an investment, it’s easy to want to talk to as many people as possible. But given the number of tech companies springing up in Nigeria recently, you can save yourself a lot of time and stress.  Simply focus your efforts on the 20-50 investors who are most likely to be a good fit for your company. You can always update your list.

Start by coming up with a list of startup incubators, angel investors and venture capital firms in Nigeria. Co-Creation Hub, the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program (TEEP), and Wennovation Hub are some examples of startup incubators to add to your list. Invaluable angel investors include Lagos Angel Network (LAN), Chika Nwobi – Founder of 440.ng and investor in Jobberman, Opeyemi Awoyemi – Co-founder at Jobberman and investor in Cashenvoy. EchoVC and Adlevo Capital are venture capital firms with Nigerian interests.

Note: Approach them only if you are a “burning meteor”.

Utilize your networks

Investors receive so many pitches, so it’s likely they would favour companies that are introduced by a common contact. Think about how much stronger an applicant is at your company if he or she is referred by a current employee!

Go through your contact list person-by-person and see if you have any common acquaintances. If so, great! Wait, before you ask your contacts for an introduction, show them how viable your startup is. Ideally, your mutual connection should feel like he or she is doing both you and the investor a huge favour.

Craft an introduction

If you are unable to get someone to introduce you, simply become more selective about who you reach out to. Your emails should prove you’re not just sending out hundreds of cold emails to investors. A typical example is: “I don’t usually do this, but with the knowledge that you invested in tech startup A and B, I thought it would help to reach out and introduce myself.”

While working on attracting investors to your startup, be sure not to send too many cold many mails. Your response rate would be better this way. Be very specific on why you thought they’d be interested in your company.

Give Investors a reason to reach out to you

It goes both ways –as much as you want to find investors, investors also want to find great companies. So, make sure you spend some time putting your best sides out there. Even if your product/service isn’t live yet, you can still generate some attention. Write guest posts for tech blogs and/or start a blog or website.

Now, even with the best tips for attracting investors available, be prepared to get turned down or not get a response. However, never be afraid to follow up in a professional manner. If you don’t get a response in a week, send a quick follow up. Subsequently, strategically follow up with news on a product/service launch, or milestones that you hit. 

In summary, investors invest in businesses, not ideas. And though, you may get a lot of “Nos”—but never give up. Soon, there’s going to be a “Yes!”.



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