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Facebook To Invest $300M In Local News

Facebook plans to make a significant investment in local news over the next three years, with $300 million going to a variety of initiatives and organizations.

The company has had a rocky relationship with news publishers recently. While it’s funded programming from partners like CNN and Fox News, it’s also played a role in some of the industry’s most dispiriting trends, like the so-called “pivot to video” — and several of the digital publishers that bet big on the platform have been struggling (to say the least).




So initiatives like this one (and a similar investment that Google announced last year) can seem like attempts to ameliorate the damage that the big digital platforms have already done to the news ecosystem. Or perhaps they’re simply protecting an important content source at a time when the local news business is under tremendous pressure.
Regardless of motivation, if it helps, it helps.



As for why Facebook is focusing on local news specifically, Vice President of Global News Partnerships Campbell Brown said in a blog post that after examining “what kind of news people want to see on Facebook” and talking to industry partners, “we heard one consistent answer: people want more local news, and local newsrooms are looking for more support.”
Brown said the investments will go into two broad areas — supporting journalists and newsrooms in the news-gathering process, and helping them build sustainable business models. More specifically, the company says it will invest:
  • $5 million in the Pulitzer Center (with a $5 million matching gift from Emily Rauh Pulitzer) to launch “Bringing Stories Home,” an initiative offering reporting grants to cover topics that affect local communities.
  • $2 million in Report for America, an initiative to place 1,000 journalists in local newsrooms across America over the next five years.
  • $1 million for the Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund, which is trying to create a hub for evaluating and improving how technology is used in U.S. newsrooms.
  • a $1 million investment in the Local Media Association and the Local Media Consortium, to help their 2,000-plus member newsrooms develop branded content revenue streams (both on and off Facebook).
  • a $1 million commitment to the American Journalism Project, which is using “venture philanthropy” to support local news organizations.
  • $6 million for the Community News Project, which is partnering with U.K. publishers to recruit trainee “community journalists” and place them in local newsrooms over a two-year period.
  • More than $20 million to expand Facebook’s Accelerator program to help local publishers with their membership and subscription models.

“We are grateful for Facebook’s commitment to helping us meet the challenges of today’s journalism, especially in smaller cities where the survival of news outlets depends on new models of reporting and community engagement,” said Pulitzer Center founder and executive director Jon Sawyer in a statement. “We also applaud Facebook’s commitment to the editorial independence that is absolutely essential to our success.”

Current or Savings Option Removed By CBN On POS Transaction Process

Current or Savings Option Removed By CBN On POS Transactions

The Central Bank of Nigeria has approved the discontinuation of Account Type
Selection" feature on PoS transaction processes. This new business process will
further reduce the PoS transaction failure rate and enhance the effectiveness of
PoS transaction process.


Which account will be selected for PoS debit transactions?
From February 1, 2019, merchants will not ask you for the account type but will
select the "default" option during the PoS transaction process.

Recommendation

If you have multiple accounts linked to a single debit card, it's advice that yourequest debit cards for the other Wema Bank accounts you intend to make PoS
payments from.


Airtel Triple Data Offer - How To Get It

AIRTEL TRIPLE DATA OFFER

How To Get It
Buy a New Sim Card On Airtel Network
Or Use A Sim Card Between 1 - 3 Months Old.
 NO OLD SIM CARD WILL WORK

Note: OLD SIMS WILL NOT TRIPLE THE DATA





  • Send GET to 141 as text message
  • They'll send you >>> Dear Customer, Congratulations! You can enjoy 100% DATA BONUS ANYTIME EVERYDAY FOR THE NEXT 3 MONTHS
  • Then send MIFI to 141 afterwards
  • No Replies Will Be Given After Sending MIFI Code. 
  • Load either 500 naira normally and dial *141*500# (14 days) 750mb x3 = 2.2 gigabytes + other smaller bonuses
  • Load 1000 naira normally and dial *141*1000# (30 days) 1.5gb x3  = 4.5 gigabytes + other smaller bonuses 
  • Load 2000 naira normally & dial *141*2000# (30 days) = 3.5gb x3 = 10.5 gigabytes + other smaller bonuses




To check your allocated megabytes dial *140# or *223#

Comment below if u face any issues.
Visit our telegram channel for more free browsing stuff and extra mb



See Reasons Why You Should Start Using TouchPal Keyboard On Your Phone

TouchPal Keyboard is a keyboard  for smartphones that enables you to utilize a progression of alternate ways that empower you to type significantly more rapidly.

Like the greater part of other elective keyboards accessible for Smartphones, TouchPal Keyboard incorporates an automized, enhanced word corrector that will settle any little mistakes that you make while composing. That causes you type all the more smoothly since you don't need to return and fix singular letters or different errors.




TouchPal Keyboard likewise recollects most of the words that you compose, and the request in which you keep in touch with them. That implies that the more you utilize the application, the better it gets at anticipating what you will say straightaway.

Because of the alternate routes, you'll have the capacity to compose numbers and different images without exchanging keyboards. Also, you can switch between eradicating single letters or entire words by swiping your finger over the erase catch.

TouchPal Keyboard is a thorough keyboard with huge amounts of intriguing highlights and additionally alluring customization alternatives. You can exploit its various skins to give yourself a totally new, remarkable console.



There's also the pro version. 
TouchPal Pro includes Talia, an AI assistant to help bring you information you need while using your keyboard. For instance, you might be talking to a friend about how to split up a bill on something you purchased together. Rather than open up a calculator app — or do the math in your head — you can just ask Talia to do it for you. Of course, she's not just a math wiz; she can also show you nearby restaurants, get you the weather forecast, pull up phone numbers or email addresses for your contacts, and help you come up with quick responses to messages.
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Although TouchPal Pro will give you the auto-corrections and predictions that you surely have come to expect, it takes it even further than that. You will also get emoji suggestions, which can be much easier than hunting for the right one and is obviously more fun than just plain text. If emojis aren't your thing, TouchPal Pro also can suggest GIFs to really spice up your conversations.
You can also say goodbye to a bland-looking keyboard with TouchPal thanks to its theme library. You can get a huge number of different color schemes and even more illustrations, from natural scenes to silly characters. Many are live themes as well. TouchPal Pro also allows you to select images from your own device to use as a theme. You can even choose a different keyboard font.




So what not give this keyboard a trial and I promise you will never regret it. 

Why You Should Use Ivacy VPN This 2019

IVACY VPN REVIEWS

Headquartered in the peculiar and great island-country of Singapore, Ivacy VPN has been securing their client's online encounters since mid 2007.

Regardless of their amazing decade-in addition to residency in the VPN commercial center, Ivacy is as yet a generally obscure brand. Worked under the umbrella of PMG Private Limited, Ivacy is a justifiably shrouded organization.




In 2010, it was Ivacy’s technology team that was responsible for unveiling the revolutionary concept of split tunneling, a technology which allows users to decide what traffic is sent through an ISP and what traffic is protected by their VPN. Ivacy offers a VPN services that are compatible with almost every device on the marketplace including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, routers, smart TVs and even your Xbox.
While Ivacy offers an admittedly sparse network of only 200 servers across 50 countries, the servers in question are highly optimized for the price that you are paying (as you will see in a minute).

They make torrenting a breeze with P2P optimized servers in the USA and Canada and also allow their customers to connect to their VPN service using all major protocols including OpenVPN, PPTP, SSTP, L2TP, IKEv2.



IVACY COSTS & BILLINGS 
One of Ivacy’s biggest selling points is their ultra-affordable 24-month pricing package.
Ivacy pricing
Here’s how it all breaks down.
Monthly: $8.95
  • $8.95 per month
  • $107.4 per year
  • 0% Savings
6 Months: $30.00
  • $5.00 per month
  • $60.00 per year
  • 44.13% Savings
12 Month (Get 12 Month free): $48.95
  • $4.08 per month
  • $24.47 per year
  • 54.42% Savings
With the exception of their monthly pricing package, Ivacy offers one of the most competitively priced VPN services that I have ever seen. I was also pleased when I saw just how many different payment methods Ivacy allows potential customers to use.



Whether you want to use your MasterCard, PayPal account, Bitcoin, or Paymentwall, they have you covered.
Payment options for Ivacy VPN
Like several of their competitors, Ivacy technically offers a 7-day money back guarantee, 
Why You Should Use Ivacy VPN
1. Good Speeds (for the price)
2. A True No Logging Policy
3. Good Customer Service
4. Available Protocols: OpenVPN, SSTP, PPTP, L2TP and IKev2
5. 256-Bit Encryption





WITH the above reviews and reason, why try out Ivacy vpn by Signing up here 

The Best 10 Smartphones In 2018

All huge smartphone launches have now passed and as we approach the year's end, the ten best shake out after increasingly broadened use of each. Every one of the ten telephones are phenomenal and certain viewpoints make each a conceivable contender for the best spot.

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 9
The Galaxy Note 9 is the best phone for business.
The Galaxy Note 9 improves upon the Note 8 with a Bluetooth S Pen, more internal capacity and RAM, a massive 4,000 mAh battery, better dual rear cameras with some software intelligence, enhanced audio capability, and new placement of the rear fingerprint scanner.
The new Bluetooth S Pen is an excellent innovation that is sure to please all Note fans with the additional remote control functionality. Later this year a SDK will be released so that third parties can add support for the Bluetooth S Pen.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 continues to have all of the excellent Galaxy Foundation aspects such as a high level of water resistance, fast wireless charging, a stunning Super AMOLED screen, expandable microSD storage, a 3.5mm headset jack, and much more. In addition, extending it to an external monitor with Samsung DeX is quick and easy, while also providing a full functioning desktop experience. Samsung just released a Linux on DeX beta this week that continues to show how capable the Galaxy Note 9 is for business.
Since it has been out now for a few months, you can find great deals on the Note 9. T-Mobile sells it for $900 ($100 less than launch price). You can get for a cheaper price on Jumia and Konga. With a large capacity microSD card you could actually have more than 1TB in the palm of your hand.





2. Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei recently announced the Mate 20 Proand it brings together all of the greatness of Huawei into a single device that is tough to beat. The Mate 20 Pro includes the first Android 7nm process chipset with the Kirin 980 (Apple's A12 Bionic also uses the 7nm process), two Neural Processing Units, a fourth-generation image signal processor, and a LTE Cat.21 modem.
The triple rear camera capability from the Huawei P20 Pro is brought to the Mate 20 Pro, but in a different central two-by-two arrangement with one change made to one of the three lenses. The three rear cameras have 40MP, 20MP, and 8MP resolution with a 24MP front-facing shooter and artificial intelligence to help you capture great shots. The monochrome lens has been replaced with a wide-angle lens so that you now have telephoto, wide-angle, and standard camera functionality.
A large 6.39 inch OLED is on the front with cool Midnight Blue, Emerald Green, Black, Pink Gold, and Twilight color options for the device. Android 9.0 Pie powers things while EMUI has been updated to version 9.0.
One interesting move from Huawei is the inclusion of an external storage card slot using its own new nano memory card rather than standard microSD cards. We also see one of the first fingerprint scanners embedded right into the display. Huawei is known for very long battery life and massive batteries so the 4,200 mAh battery is no real surprise, but much appreciated.
The prices are not so expensive,  check them out on Jumia or Konga

3. Google Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3

While the Galaxy Note 9 offers just about everything you want, software updates are not its specialty. If you want an Android phone that will always have the latest firmware and security updates, while also offering a fairly stock experience, then nothing beats the new Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL. These two phones are the exact same except for the overall size and battery capacity.
The Google Pixel 3 XL has a large 6.3-inch 18:9 display, Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB and 128GB integrated storage, single rear 12.2 megapixel camera, dual front-facing cameras, IP68 dust and water resistance, a 3430 mAh battery, and dual front stereo speakers. The smaller Pixel 3 has a 5.5 inch display and smaller 2,915 mAh battery while the rest of the specs are the same as the XL model. Thankfully, wireless charging is included this year, along with a set of wired Pixel Buds in the retail package.
The larger Pixel 3 XL has a display with a notch while the smaller model forgoes this design approach so often seen today. They both help you shoot stunning photos so if photography means more to you than other functions and features you may want to consider the Pixel 3 or 3 XL over other smartphones in this list.In addition to software being a focus for Google, the camera is another reason to buy the Pixel 3 or 3 XL over other better smartphone hardware. Google just released its Night Sight mode for the camera and it is truly magic.
The smaller Pixel 3 starts at $799 while the Pixel 3 XL starts at $899 for the 64GB model. You can check their current prices on Jumia and Konga.They are both powered by Android 9.0 Pie and will receive OS upgrades for three years. Google's newest Assistant features are present along with some other Google software advances.



4. Apple iPhone XS Max/XS

Apple pushed the entry-level price of a flagship up to $1,000 last year with the iPhone X and raised the bar again this year with the most expensive flagship available in the iPhone XS Max. ZDNet's Jason Cipriani awarded the iPhone XS Max an impressive near-perfect score of 9.6/10 so I'm pretty sure Jason would give the top spot to this phone.
The Apple iPhone XS Max has been shown to best all other phones in benchmarking testing and the Apple A12 Bionic chipset certainly blazes new trails. It has a fabulous OLED screen, good sized battery, and new camera software to make it a very compelling flagship.

6. OnePlus 6T

OnePlus launched the new OnePlus 6T at the end of October and for the first time ever it launched on a US wireless carrier. I picked up my Mirror Black model at a local T-Mobile store, after visiting several stores that were sold out, and took advantage of the $300 launch trade-in option.
OnePlus earns a top five spot on my list because of the high end specifications, reasonable price that is hundreds less than other flagships, extremely responsive performance, and use of new technology.
If I had an affordable smartphone list, then the OnePlus 6T would be number one with prices ranging from $549 to $629. The lowest cost one still has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage while the $629 model has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. You will not find another phone with these great specs for these prices.
The OnePlus 6T is composed of two pieces of Gorilla Glass 6 with a metal frame. No other phone available today uses Gorilla Glass 6. The design is elegant and the build quality is excellent. It has a lovely AMOLED 6.41 inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, dual rear cameras (they are a bit underutilized compared to the high end flagships), ample RAM and internal storage options, some level of dust and water resistance, a large 3700 mAh battery and quick charge capability, with excellent radio support for GSM networks.
The display has a very small notch, similar to what we saw on the Essential Phone, and also runs the latest version of OxygenOS with an extremely responsive software experience. You can even enable an all touch interface, similar to the iPhone X. The in-screen fingerprint sensor works well while the face unlock option is handy for less secure daily unlocking of your phone.



7. Huawei P20 Pro

While US consumers will have to resort to eBay to pick one up, the Huawei P20 Proremains one of the most exciting phones of 2018, even with its new cousin just launching in the form of the Mate 20 Pro.
The unique triple camera design with 68 megapixels worth of shooting power should help you take some fantastic shots with a low light mode that beats out all the other smartphones available today.
Huawei has been including massive capacity batteries in its flagships and the P20 Pro is no exception with 4,000 mAh that is sure to get you through at least one full, busy day. It has a large 6.1 inch OLED with a notch you can show or hide, a powerful Kirin 970 processor with integrated AI, IP67 dust and water resistance, and more.

7. Apple iPhone XR

The Apple iPhone XR differs from the XS/XS Max with a LED screen instead of OLED, lower resolution, no 3D Touch support (does anyone even care about this?), a single rear camera, and a 6.1 inch display that fits in between these other two new phones. It has the same Apple A12 Bionic processor, same camera software and hardware as the 12MP prime camera, and other enhanced Apple features like face unlock. The iPhone XR has a larger capacity battery than the iPhone XS and a reported battery life greater than the XS and XS Max.
You can purchase the iPhone XR in black, white, blue, yellow, coral, and Product Red. The iPhone XR starts at $749, which is $250 less than the 64GB iPhone XS. There is also a 128GB model for just $799, which is likely the best deal for the iPhone XR with the iPhone XS 256GB at a whopping $1,149.
The cellular reception of the iPhone XR is a bit worse in weak signal areas than the iPhone X models, but iPhones have never been able to match the cellular reception quality seen in Android phones. The battery life of the iPhone XR is awesome and the camera does a great job. For many people, it is likely one of the best iPhones you can buy today and is more reasonably priced than the new XS and XS Max.

8. LG V40 ThinQ

LG continues to release great phones that appreciate over time and in a crowded flagship market, the LG V40 may have a tough time finding its place as well.
While Huawei was one of the first major brands to launch a phone with three rear cameras, LG bumped that up by announcing a phone with five total cameras. Three are found on the back and two are on the front.
LG has always stood apart from the others with its second rear camera having a true wide-angle lens for great landscape and large room photography. The new LG V40 keeps the wide-angle camera while also adding a telephoto lens to the standard lens option so you can do just about anything you want, including snapping once to take three photos, with this new flagship phone.
Like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the LG V40 ThinQ has everything but the kitchen sink included. It has a 3.5mm headphone jack with Quad-DAC support, triple rear camera setup, dual front-facing camera, wireless charging, IP68 rating, MIL-STD 810G shock resistant rating, microSD expansion card for inexpensive unlimited storage expansion, a screen that extends nearly the full front with a notch, and incredible audio support with its Boombox speaker system. The 3,300 mAh battery will not get you as far as the top five phones in this list and is one area that keeps me from using it daily over the long term




9. Sony Xperia XZ3

Sony is back on the 10 best list with its best smartphone in years in the form of the Xperia XZ3.
The Sony Xperia XZ3 matches up on the spec sheet closely with the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL with 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, Android 9 Pie, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 3300 mAh battery, wireless charging, and IP68 dust and water resistance.
The Xperia XZ3 has a gorgeous curved design with lovely color options and microSD storage expansion options. The 6-inch OLED screen looks great, especially when viewing video content and experiencing the HDR up-conversion technology.
A single 19 megapixel camera is found on the back with a 13 megapixel shooter on the front. The Sony Xperia XZ3 is available on Jumia and konga  and Best Buy in black, forest green, and white silver.

10. Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus

Samsung launched the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plusearlier this year. It's an evolution in the Galaxy S line, but one that leads as close to perfection as you can expect for a smartphone today.
Samsung's Infinity Display continues to impress and earns a near perfect score like other Samsung displays on the newest Samsung, Apple, and Google phones. There is 6GB of RAM, the fastest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile processor, a rear dual aperture camera, another one with super slow motion support (S9 Plus only), the ability to add inexpensive microSD cards, improved Bixby assitant and a hardware button dedicated to its use, Samsung Pay payment technology, wireless and fast charging, IP68 dust and water resistance, a USB Type-C standard port, and traditional 3.5mm headset jack. It also launches with Android 8.0 Oreo. There is nothing missing from the Galaxy S9 Plus and it still deserves respect several months later.

How To Add Live Chat To Your Website

You don’t have to be a marketing expert to know that quality customer service plays a crucial role in business. Your customers are the ones who spread the word about you and help grow your customer base.
Many websites have been adding live chat support to their help desk software in order to provide real time answers rather than having customers leave their websites. Real time chatting with a customer support expert not only builds customers‘ confidence during their internet experience, but also helps to improve your conversion rates. According to a survey of American online consumers, 68% engage in live chat and 63% prefer getting back to a website with live chat for repeat purchase.





I'll be teaching you on how you can add live chat to your site. We will be using live chat widget from GetSiteControl
Follow the steps below to add your first love chat widget to your website. It will only take a couple of minutes.

Step 1

Open your GetSiteControl dashboard. If you don't have an account yet, Sign up here, it's free.
Click on the Create widget button and select Chat from the list of available widget types.

Step 2

While on the Appearance tab, choose how your widget will look like. First, select where you want to position your widget. There are four positions you can choose from. You can make your Chat widget appear as a button in the bottom right or bottom left corner.




Step 3

Choose what color you want your Chat widget to be. The easiest way to select a color scheme that will match your website design is to use the Apply theme option. You will be offered to choose from the colors present on your actual website. Colors of all the chat controls will be adjusted automatically to match the selected color.

Step 4

Now switch to the Content tab and check the Welcome message and Email form settings fields. You can leave the default messages or change them to any other custom ones.



Operator offline (user email already recorded). This one is also shown when the operator is offline but only if the visitor's address has already been recorded, so there is no need to ask for it again. The default message is 'We are not online at the moment. Please leave a message and we will email you back at {email}.'. The visitor's email address will be automatically inserted instead of {email}.

Step 5

You can also check the widget's Behavior and Targeting settings or you can just leave the default settings.
Now click OK to save your widget and activate it. As soon as you activate the widget it will appear on your website.

Now your website visitors can chat with you in real time. You can view the conversations and reply to them in the Chat section of your dashboard.





NOTE: for this widget and other widgets to be active on your site, you must have installed the the html code given to you in your site settings when you signed up and put in your website. 

Drop your comments if you encountered any issue while following the above steps. 

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