5 Clear Indications That You Are A Social Media Junkie

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Social media has, no doubt, almost completely changed how we communicate. But, there is a point where the obsession with social media goes from harmless fun to an intrusion on your life. How do you know if you have arrived at this point?

These signs will definitely help:

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1.It is the first thing you do in the morning

Almost every social media addict will begin their daily routine by scrolling through what they have missed on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more during your eight hours of sleep.

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2.Your friends only contact you via social media

Social media has made it possible to keep in touch with friends and family. If your friends use these apps to get in touch with you, it’s because they know you’re most likely already on them. Very few people now bother to make calls.

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3. You check your timeline and feeds at every location

There’s nothing wrong with checking your phone once in awhile. But when you scroll through your feeds or timeline at every location, you are simply engrossed or attached to social media.

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4. You hear imaginary notifications

It is a serious case of addiction when you start to imagine notifications in your head. Many of us have experienced the imaginary phone vibration causing you to quickly check your phone for a notification that never came.

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5. You monitor likes and retweets

Social media likes and retweets mean a lot to someone addicted to it. It has become a form of acceptance and after a while getting more can become an addiction. They keep monitoring who liked and did not like their pix.

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6 Rules To Record Smartphone Videos Like A Pro

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Smartphones with a good camera and the ability to record high definition videos are no longer difficult to find because you do not have to break the bank to get one. So, anyone can record videos. However, the question now is if you are shooting or recording your video the right way. It is important to ask this question since using poor video-making techniques will probably result in a poor video. In line with this, we share tips to record smartphone videos like a pro.

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1.Shoot horizontally

If you want people to watch your video in full on a computer screen, keep your smartphone horizontal when you are recording. Shooting a video clip with your phone upright may not be an issue because you are watching it on your device with a vertical screen. But when you watch that same video on a horizontal computer screen, you won’t enjoy it.

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2.Keep it steady

Hold your phone firmly with both hands, and lock your elbows into your body for stability. This will prevent shaky hands.

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3.Be conscious of light

If you want to shoot good videos, you need to know how to work with the available light and use it to your advantage. When shooting outside, find a position where the sun is evenly lighting the scene. If some parts of the shot appear too bright or too dark, find another angle that allows you to still achieve the shot.

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4.Get close to your subject

Staying physically close to your subject ensures better image quality, less digital noise and better focus in your videos.

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5.Always use the back camera

This may seem like an obvious rule, but it’s easy to forget. While front cameras have gotten more reliable, they have not yet reached the point where you can shoot decent videos with them. Unless you’re recording a short video of yourself, always use the back camera for your videos.

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6.Edit and share your videos

You can download free video editing apps to edit your videos. This will enhance the quality of your videos.

5 Reasons We Love Android Devices

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The debate on which is the better operating system between the iOS and Android operating system is a debate that will probably never be concluded, however, it is impossible to deny some of the impressive features that the Android operating system offers. Here are 5 reasons we love Android devices.

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1.It’s Affordable

Buying an Android device is unlikely to devastate your bank account, and for that affordability it remains an attractive option to many. With varieties of devices, designs and specs, Android devices really have something to suit every budget range and offers a true and enjoyable smartphone experience. Android’s affordability is what has driven and continues to drive its worldwide dominance.

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2.It Allows Customization

Another strong feature of Android devices is the fact that it allows customization. Unlike most Apple devices, Android devices let you choose any level of customization you want and this flexibility is what really appeals to most smartphone users. This is because many smartphone users generally tend to want to explore the limits of their devices, and they typically like having the ability to freely customize and play around with features and design of their phones.

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3. It Allows For Multi-Tasking

Some might argue that iOS devices also allow multi-tasking, but what they cannot deny is that the level of multi-tasking that iOS devices support, does not come anywhere near the level of multi-tasking some Android phones offer. Samsung phones are a good examples of Android phones that have great multi-tasking features. This is one area that Apple is more or less playing catch-up to Android devices.

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4. Its Seamless Integration With Google’s Services

Android devices integrate seamlessly with Google’s varieties of services, and this works just great because Google is largely considered the ‘king of the web’. Apple and iOS doesn’t seem to be able to keep up in this area, and have had to yield to accommodating more Google services on their platform. Unfortunately, the seamless integration enjoyed between Android devices and Google services, is not replicated in the integration of iOS and Google services.

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5. There are Widgets!

With widgets you can ‘see all the information you need at a glance’ without having to open an app. Widgets are a major advantage Android devices have over iOS devices, mainly because even with Apple’s recent launch of widgets on their iOS devices, it still remains very limited on iOS compared to the widgets of Android devices that are more unbounded and offer more varieties.

FIVE CREATIVE WAYS TO MAKE MONEY ON TWITTER

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There are plenty ways to make money online and Twitter is one of them.

We share five creative ways to make money on twitter.

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  1. Crowdsourcing

This involves soliciting ideas and contributions from a large group or community. If done correctly it can make you plenty of money, or at least capital for your business or idea. The best way this is done is tweeting to your followers to bring in contributions to fund your business or idea and asking them to help ‘retweet’ to spread the word. Some marketing expertise needs to learn to successfully market your business or idea in order to get positive responses.

2. Produce a Twitter Related Service

You already know that the majority generally use Twitter during their free time, you can take advantage of this by creating a product or service that will appeal to them. A similar product or service might already exist but you can create a better or cheaper one that the users will know and love you for. For example, you can charge people to help them build a Twitter presence and make your prices reasonably and attractively low.

3. Sponsored Tweets

Companies and businesses are willing to pay for your tweets, just as long as you have a large enough following. You can find sponsors willing to pay you to Tweet about their products for an arranged fee.

4. Twitter Contest

A contest is one of the most effective ways to engage people on Twitter. You can try linking up with a local business that wants publicity, offer to hold a contest on Twitter to help them with this publicity and ask to be paid a percentage of sales that come in. Be sure that everything is as legally binding as possible to avoid being cheated. There a lot of fun and enticing ways to engage followers in a twitter contest, just brainstorm a little on it.

5. Sell Your Own Products and Services on Twitter

This might seem obvious but the funny thing is that a lot of people don’t recognize it. Many people aren’t using Twitter to effectively sell their products and services; this unfortunate because Twitter is one of the best ways to do so. Be on the lookout for and take advantage of trending hashtags related to your products and services and use this opportunity to put your work out there for not just your followers to see. Remember, ‘a little self-promotion can quickly lead to a job.’

How Technology is Improving Education |By Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata

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Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, presenter of Tech Trends on Channels Television

 

The importance of Education Technology, Edu-Tech for short, in modern day teaching and learning cannot be over-emphasized, especially now that ICT has taken a pivotal role in our everyday life.

Today, there are many applications available for distant learning through online means, etc. I recently interviewed Wale Ogunjobi, Founder of Primaltutor.com.ng on the input of technology on education.

Wale Ogunjobi is a digital trainer, digital consultant and motivational speaker.

On ways that technology is assisting in solving some of the problems in our education sector, Wale is of the view that one of the ways is the reach which technology enables more people to have access to education and also allows some that are unable to afford to attend an institution or learning centre, can easily have access to an e-learning platform and learn from there.

Another area that technology is assisting in solving the problems in the education sector, he said is in the affordability as most of the online courses are cheaper and affordable. A third point Wale raised is that, with technology, the barrier of distance has been broken as you can even learn without leaving the confines of your bedroom.

Wale concurred that the rate of adoption of learning platforms by the public is low and the reason for this may be because of inadequate policies.

He is of the view that, if there are policies on ground to support Edu-Tech, this might be a plus for the sector in terms of patronage. He, however, stated that there has been some improvement in patronage in recent times.

Stating some of the problems his startup, Primaltutor.com.ng is solving, Wale stated that, apart from educating people, his platform is trying to solve the platform of unemployment as the platform has so far absorbed over 300 tutors that train on the platform. He stated that the process of certifying these trainers involves going through series of tests, interviews, etc., as the platform only seeks to ensure that the trainers on the platform train only in their areas of strength and competence.

As a Startup, Wale stated that some of the problems he faced when he started and which he is still facing include the issue of penetrating the market because of lack of trust as well as inadequate infrastructure.

Reacting to a question as to mentors working with him on his startup, Wale responded that he has been working with some mentors.

He stressed that, for a startup to be successful, he needs to have a mentor to put him through on how to run the business successfully in the areas of marketing strategy, financials, etc. In his own case, Wale said he has mentors for different aspects of his startup.

Stressing on some opportunities he sees in the Edu-Tech sector that Nigeria is not yet seeing as a country. Wale pointed out the huge opportunities in terms of knowledge-based economy such as it is helping advanced countries like the UK and the USA. In those climes, he said, they leverage on Edu-Tech to platforms where citizens can study up to the PhD level without even stepping into the four walls of a university. Wale believes that government policies can really help to deepen and fast-track the Edu-Tech sector.

Wale is of the view that more startups should be encountered to invest in the Edu-Tech sector if we really want to solve the problems we have in our education sector and the startups should focus on taking on the Nursery.

Primary and Secondary school levels while the tertiary level, which is a more advanced one, could be addressed as time goes on. He sees a bright future for the Edu-Tech sector as long as the right government policies to make it thrive are put in place as it is the next phase of education in Nigeria.

CFA is the Founder, www.CFAtech.ng & Co-producer/Presenter, Tech Trends on Channels Television

Six Things Nigerian Startups Are Worried About

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Startups are the backbone of any economy. They are established by young Nigerians who make efforts to secure capital and start something on their own. This is not a simple task. Ask any young person who owns a business, you will be taken aback by their experiences and tales of running one in Nigeria. These startups which can be likened to small scale businesses have provided employment and contributed their own quota via creative ideas, to either offer solutions to societal problems or a service.

Despite this, there are quite a number of challenges they are encountering and are quite worried about. We discuss some of these worries.

1. Power

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The issue of electricity can’t be over flogged. If power can be stroked off the list of things startups are worried about, it will have an overall impact on the startup. First of all, you will not factor in money for buying a generator or fuel into your budget. Such a money will be invested in the business or employ more hands. But power is epileptic. You will be gobsmacked if you see the amount even big organizations budget for huge generators and diesel let alone startups.

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2. Business registration

Kudos to the Nigerian government for launching the 60-day national plan for ease of doing business in the country. It is good but it is more than just launching a plan. The time, money and stress of registering just a startup are discouraging. This is why many startups just register their business name while they leave the other paperwork for later. Business registration should be automated so that it won’t take more than a week to register a startup. In fact, priority should be given to startups.

3. Capital

Thanks to venture capitalists and seed investors who are supporting these startups to keep them afloat. Obviously, this is usually after you have invested a certain amount of your capital in the business. Where do you get the capital from? It is usually from friends and family. Banks are likely to deny you loans. And of course, the Naira to dollar fluctuations is also an issue.

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4. Little tangible corporate or government support

Corporate organizations rarely support startups. They prefer to sponsor or support entertainment programmes or ideas. If you pitch your idea to them and it is not entertainment related, you are probably wasting your precious time. Corporate organizations should sponsor competitions, where individuals with startups ideas can compete and get, will get financial support to implement the idea. As for the government, they are trying but there is more to be done.

5. Taxation

There are different bodies that collect taxes in Nigeria. And they charge to pay all sorts of rates. Although some organisations fail to pay tax, it’s not their fault sometimes. The government needs to block these loopholes and harmonize the taxation process. Hence, startups will know that they are not double taxed.

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6. Lack of patronage from Nigerians

It is worrying that Nigerians don’t buy made in Nigeria goods. They prefer foreign to Nigeria made. Patronizing Nigerian startups doesn’t only means you are supporting them, it shows you recognize their efforts.

Five Smart Ways To Reduce Smartphone Expenses

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The amount spent on maintaining a smartphone is definitely on the high side. It has become a recurrent expenditure for some people. Regardless, you cannot do without your smartphone. Hence getting rid of your smartphone is not an option. At the same that if you are not careful, you will be spending an outrageous amount on your phone.

Therefore, it is important for you to reduce your smartphone expenses. In line with this, we roll out smart ways you can lower the monies you spend on maintaining your smartphone.

1.Use chat apps instead of SMS

The number of individuals who send SMS has significantly dropped. The reason for this is not farfetched. It is because there more instant messaging platforms like WhatsApp, BlackBerry Messenger and Facebook messenger that you can use to exchange messages. In fact, you can get immediate feedback.

2.Subscribe to the same network with your partner and family

You should use the same network with whoever you interact with frequently. It is cheaper to call similar networks and quite expensive if you subscribe to different networks. Interestingly, since mobile phones can accommodate as many as 3 sim cards, they have all the networks.

3.Be conscious of how you data usage

Another way you spend money on your smartphone is via data subscription. In Nigeria, 1.5 GB cost 1,000. And the fact is you will subscribe twice or thrice before the month runs out. So, you should be conscious of how you use data. You can decide to do away with apps and make use of the web version (opera mini). And if you can use Wi-Fi if you have access.

4.Turn off in-app purchases

For those who download all sorts of apps on their phones, there are some in-app purchases you have to make to have the full complement of the app. So, turn off in-app purchases so that you don’t have to pay for it. It is quite unnecessary. But you will be surprised that some people pay for these addition fees to download an app.

5.Get an ordinary phone

This is quite radical but if you want to drastically lower your phone cost, you should get an ordinary phone. The only money you will spend on an ordinary phone is on a prepaid card. In other words, take a break from your smartphone. It helps. But, the truth is it is difficult. Still, you can try.

Five Reasons Nigerian Children Are Not Speaking Their Mother tongue

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In the past children spoke Nigeria’s indigenous languages namely Yoruba, Igbo, and Hausa fluently and unashamedly. However, today, the complete opposite is the case. Kids can barely communicate in Efik or Idoma without adding a bit of English.

The consequences of this are that many of these languages are facing extinction while some of them have gone extinct. A research that is cited by those concerned to lend credence to the import of indigenous languages is that of former Minister of education, Prof. Babs Fafunwa.

The late Prof made a case for the mother tongue as the medium of education for the first 12 years of the child’s life. Through an organized mother-tongue education program, they discovered children taught in the Yoruba language performed better. Regardless, it has not changed the fortunes of these languages because kids have refused to communicate.

In line with this, we share five reasons children are not speaking their mother tongue.

1.Parents don’t speak the languages to them

Parents don’t speak their mother tongue to their children anymore. In fact, some of these parents when they go for attending events one of the best hotels in Lagos, they order their children not to speak the language. How can such a child learn the language? Parents should speak more to their kids in their mother tongue.

2.It is tagged vernacular

In some schools today, Yoruba, Hausa, and Igbo among other languages are banned because they are considered vernacular. A child who speaks his or her mother tongue would be penalized. So from the formative years of these children, they already have the perception that speaking their mother tongue is bad.

3.They are uncivilized

Many people believe that you are uncivilized or local if you speak your mother tongue. So, in other to join the bandwagon and be accepted, they ditch Ibibio for English. This is all in the name of being civilized. Children have also been caught in this web

4.It is not compulsory in primary and secondary schools

While English is compulsory in secondary schools today, the indigenous languages are not even though a child must study one of these languages. Children will think the languages are a joke. Hence, they won’t bother to learn or speak it.

5.Technology

The engagement or interaction of children with technology is entirely in English. Their smartphone, video games, laptop and other tech gadgets are in English. So since many of them spend so much time with these gadgets, they don’t have anything to do with the languages. This is a challenge to Nigerian developers to design tech gadgets in the indigenous languages.

How To Attract Customers With Your Mobile App

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As smartphones are becoming more popular, so are mobile apps. This is why many companies and organizations are developing their mobile apps. However, you will discover that customers don’t use these apps for one reason or the other. Unknown to these companies, a viable way to attract customers is via mobile apps because many Nigerians now own internet savvy smartphones.

In line with this, we take a sneak peek on how to attract customers with your mobile app.

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Give discounts for using mobile app

On some e-commerce websites, there is always a discount code for downloading or using their mobile app. In other words, when you shop with the app and use the code, you will have 5% or 10% off your purchase. This is a good incentive to attract customers.

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Simple to use and navigate

Some mobile apps are very difficult to use or navigate. This is because they are not interactive. If the app is too technical and irresponsive, your customers will just abandon it. They either download a competitor’s app or use the desktop version.

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Gamification

Gamification according to Wikipedia is the application of typical elements of game playing to encourage engagement with a product or service. This involves point scoring and competition with others. This is a reward system that will encourage your users or customers to always come back to use your app.

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Make mouthwatering offers

You should make mouthwatering offers to customers which they cannot refuse. This offer should be for using the mobile app. You can give users ridiculous discounts/coupons and reward them with prices for using the app.

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Connect your app with social media

There are some people who like to share their purchases with friends on WhatsApp, Facebook, and twitter. Hence, ensure that you connect the app to social media to enable easy sharing.

Five Techy Ways To Save Time When Shopping

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Shopping can take so much time especially if you have so much to buy. Nevertheless, you can save so much time if you explore technology. This has no doubt made shopping interesting even though many people do their shopping online.

Here are five techy ways to save time whenever you go shopping:

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1.Have a shopping list on your mobile

You can misplace the pad you used to list what you want to buy. But when you have your shopping list on your mobile, you can easily access it anytime. This better because your phone is always with you.

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2.Find items with your phone

No matter what you want to buy, you will always find it when you search online. So, if you want to save time you should first do a search before you do your offline shopping.

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3.Create alert for particular products

Google is quite versatile. You can now create alert for certain products you want which you didn’t find after doing your search. You will be alerted whenever the product is available. You get all the information like where to buy and the cost after receiving the alert.

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4.Know where to go for daily deals

For those who addicted to shopping online, you should know where to go to get amazing daily deals. This is because there are some websites that offer these deals that come with a fantastic discount. If you can get a list of these websites, it will really save time.

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5.Pay with your phone

Today, you don’t need to pay for your shopping with ATM card or cash. You simply tap your phone at a contactless terminal and the amount will be deducted from your account. Apple Pay is leading when it comes to settling bills with your phone as far as the contactless terminal is available.