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Here’s how to buy Bitcoin for the first time
There are a few steps you need to take to make your first purchase, but if you’re ready and willing to follow along, we’ll teach you how to buy Bitcoin in no time.
Quick tips
Although each step does take some consideration, these are the main points you need to think over when it comes to making your first Bitcoin purchase:
  • Install an offline Bitcoin wallet and setup a strong password to protect it.
  • Set up an account on Coinbase (and GDAX if you want additional control).
  • Choose your preferred payment method.
  • Buy some Bitcoin!
Step 1: Find a good Bitcoin wallet
How to buy bitcoin: Mycellium
Digital “wallets” are used to store Bitcoin until you are ready to spend them or exchange them for another currency. Wallets range in terms of features, platforms they can be used on, and security, so it’s important to choose one that works for you.
To get you started, your best bet is to use the wallet that’s automatically provided to you on our recommended exchange, Coinbase. However, it’s also a good idea to set up a wallet that’s not linked to an exchange as that way if the exchange ever goes down or becomes rammed with traffic, you still have ready access to your Bitcoin.
Here are our recommended options:
Exodus An all-in-one offline application with support for a number of cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Exodus is free to use, has built in shape-shift trading and some simple graphing tools to help you visualise your cryptocurrency portfolio.
Mycelium is a popular mobile wallet known for being compatible with more advanced tech, like Trezor hardware wallets (for maximum security) and Tor.
For a look at a few other of our favorite wallets, here’s a more in-depth guide to the best Bitcoin wallets.
Note: Although an online wallet is fine for your first Bitcoin purchase, if you find yourself with a lot of valuable cryptocurrency because of trading or an upswing in value, make sure to store it in an offline “cold storage” wallet for maximum protection.
Step 2: Choose the right Bitcoin trader
How to buy bitcoin: CEX
The best place to make your first Bitcoin purchase is on an exchange. There are a whole lot of exchanges out there, with varying performance. Some are less trustworthy than others and some can be quite limited, so it’s important to pick the right exchange to start with. We recommend using Coinbase, though there’s no harm in checking out the competition using a Bitcoin exchange comparison site.
Signing up for a Coinbase account is easy, though you will need to provide some form of identification. That may involve sending a copy of your photo ID and potentially also sending a live image of your face using a webcam. These rules are important to follow as they allow the site(s) to comply with ‘know-your-customer’ regulations.
Although Coinbase alone will allow you to buy and sell Bitcoin, it’s also worth signing up to its linked exchange platform, GDAX, which will give you greater control over your purchases.
If you would rather take a more direct route in buying Bitcoin, you can opt to use a peer to peer service, such as LocalBitcoin or BitQuick. They offer a wider array of payment options and let you purchase Bitcoin directly from a seller without the exchange middle man. That said, make sure to be safe if you plan to do a trade for cash in person.
Step 3: Select your payment method
How to buy bitcoin: Buying on Coinbase
Exchanges accept a variety of payment options based on what they are willing to use. This is sort of a sore point for many exchanges, since some payment methods have been used to scam sellers for a quick buck in the past. Coinbase allows both bank account and credit or debit card transfers for payments and one payment solution must be linked to your account before you can make the trade. Paypal is not supported by Coinbase and with good reason.
Note: Bitcoin ATMs allow you to exchange Bitcoin in compatible wallets for cash. These ATMs are available in a limited number of cities, but do provide an alternative to withdrawing money using an exchange. Again, most exchanges and online wallets will not deal directly with cash.
Step 4: Buy some Bitcoin and store them in your wallet
How to buy bitcoin
You will notice that exchanges provide you with information on how many (or how much of a) Bitcoin you can buy for specific sums of money. However, due to its volatile nature, Bitcoin prices can vary dramatically by exchange and from moment to moment — especially lately.  That means that even if you have a lot of money to burn, you’ll probably be buying a fraction of a Bitcoin. There’s nothing wrong with that and for most people is the route they’ll go down as few but the wealthy can afford more than that.
To make your first trade, input the amount of Bitcoin you want to buy in the provided field and click the buy button. On Coinbase or GDAX, this will be a basic “market” buy order, which will purchase Bitcoin at the best market rate. Alternatively, you can place a “limit” order, which lets you set a price you’re willing to pay for a certain amount and a trade will only happen if that amount shows up at that price.
Once you’re made your purchase, your new Bitcoin will be stored in your Coinbase wallet. You should then seek out the option to transfer these funds to the address of the Bitcoin wallet you have created that’s off the exchange. You will have to pay a small fee to do so, but that is part and parcel of Bitcoin transfers. Fortunately, the fees for such trades are far from their peak.
Important note: Bitcoin transfers can be a bit sporadic. Unlike other currency trades, when you buy Bitcoin funds. the transaction needs to be recorded in the blockchain and affirmed. This can take time, especially during busy trading hours. It’s not uncommon for a trade to take an hour or two to complete, so you may not want to immediately leap over to your account and start moving funds around.
Step 5: Get ready to use it
Bitcoin
Whether you plan to ultimately sell your Bitcoin (hopefully at a profit) or use it to purchase something, be ready to do so at a moment’s notice. The way Bitcoin value fluctuates it’s important to have your end-game planned out early on. Be prepared by setting up a seller account now, or figure out how to buy what you want with it before you actually plan to. That way when the time comes, you’ll not have a panicked rush while everyone else is trying to do the same.
For a look at where you can spend your Bitcoin, here’s a list of compatible online stores. Always read reviews and fine print before making any purchase or exchange with your Bitcoin.

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Arla has expanded its high-fibre yogurt line with addition of plain variant
Arla Foods has expanded its high-fibre yogurt range in the UK with the launch of a plain variant.
Introduced in response to UK government guidelines which revealed that consumers are not hitting the recommended 30g of fibre a day, the plain format sits alongside the current range of four fruit-based flavours which were released earlier this year.
With 5.3g of fibre per 150g, Arla Fibre’s new plain format is said to be a low-fat source of the nutrient but without the taste or texture of fibre.
Arla Fibre brand manager James Quayle said: “When developing Arla Fibre, we wanted to make sure it was tasty as well as helping to increase intake so it is easy for consumers to just swap their normal yogurt without having to make any drastic changes to their diet.
“With the introduction of plain into the range, this offers another choice and with plain yogurt being so versatile in usage occasions, Fibre can be enjoyed at any time in a number of different ways, whether it’s breakfast or dessert.”
The yogurts are now available in Tesco stores in 450g pots.

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Win Camon X in the Tecno Mobile #ItTakesObsession Competition ‎
HOW TO PARTICIPATE ONLINE 
‎STEP 1 
– Share a video not more than 60 secs showing you doing what you are obsessed about and also telling your story at the same time. 
STEP 2 
– Upload on either Facebook (as a comment on the pinned post), Twitter, Instagram or on our TECNO Spot Forum with hashtags #ItTakesObsession and #TECNOxManCity, don’t forget to mention @tecnomobileng. 
 NOTE: You must be following our Social Media page(s) to make your entries valid. 
STEP 3 
– Ask your friends to like/retweet your entry to increase your chances of winning. 
 How it will work online: 
The top 5 entries decided by our panellists automatically qualify for the final stage. At the close of entries, the top 5 across our social media pages will be reposted on all our pages. 
The obsession video with the most views will be announced as the winner on the 27th May and will be rewarded with the Camon X. 
To qualify for the top 5 – your obsession story has to show you doing what you are obsessed about and your story must be genuine. 
The other 4 entries will be compensated with branded gift items. 
Activity starts 7th May, 2018 and ends 31st May, 2018, but entry closes 21st, May. 
Terms and Conditions for #ItTakesObsession
‎By participating in any of our competitions, entrants agree to be bound by the rules set out below (which may be amended or varied at any time without notice). 
The responsibility is on participants to acquaint themselves periodically with the rules/terms. 
a) #ItTakesObsession Activity is open to everyone who is a legal citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
b) This activity commences on 7th May, 2018 and closes on 21st May, 2018. All entries must be completed no later than 11:59pm on 21st May, 2018. No entry received after this time will be considered.
c) TECNO Mobile Nigeria reserves the right to select winners and disqualify erring participants. 
d) Winners must possess a valid form of identification which includes, but not limited to, International Passport (compulsory for prizes involving international travel), Drivers’ License, and the National ID card. 
e) Winners agree to co-operate with TECNO Mobile Nigeria in any post-event publicity where they may be required to appear on television or radio, or in printed and online publications, for which no fee will be payable. 
f) TECNO Mobile Nigeria will not divulge the database of entries received to any 3rd party except in litigation. 
g) TECNO Mobile Nigeria reserves the legal right, at any time, to verify the validity of any part of an entry and participant (including a participant’s identity, age and place of residence, authenticity of activity) and to disqualify any participant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Terms and Conditions or who cheats during the entry process. 
Failure by TECNO Mobile Nigeria to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights. h) Except for any liability that cannot be excluded by law and except as stated in these Terms and Conditions, TECNO Mobile Nigeria (including its officers, employees and agents) excludes all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity). 
i) Employees of TECNO Mobile Nigeria online (or any of its group companies or affiliates/sponsors), or anyone associated with this cause cannot participate in this activity.

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With Three Crowns Milk Shoppers Promo you are always a winner
This season, buy 8 tins of Three Crowns 160g and get 1 tin free! 
Offer valid while stock lasts.
Locations: Lagos, Ibadan, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Abakaliki, Bayelsa, Abuja and Kano.

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Google wants to let you cast a vote from your Android phone
Android has not always been seen as the most secure operating system in the world, but recent results show that Google is working hard to change that perception. The “What’s new in Android security” session at Google I/O revealed Google has its eyes set on making Android the sort of operating system that is secure enough for you to cast your vote for the next U.S. president.
But how is Google looking to make that happen? Specifically, it’s all about making sure that the right stuff is running in the right place. Android P may still be nameless, but it looks as if the next major Android iteration will be packing some major security upgrades, at least where transactions are concerned. Called “Android Protection Confirmation,” this is supposedly the first time that a major operating system API will be able to send a “high assurance transaction”, running on secure hardware, in a trusted execution environment (TEE).
android protected confirmation i o voting protection
I/O is a developer conference, so the use of obscure buzzwords is fairly common — but, in essence, Google is creating is a system that runs separately from the main operating system, and is harder for attackers to gain control as a result of being independent. When required, the TEE will take control of the display and ask the user to confirm the action they are about to take and then take final confirmation by pressing a hardware key. We suspect the exact procedure will change depending on the phone used since the power key is rarely in the same place on different phones — but the key seems to be that it be a secure hardware confirmation, rather than being software-based.
Of course, it’s not just about your civic duty — possible uses for this extremely secure technology obviously includes voting, but it also includes financial transactions, regulating insulin pumps, and two-factor authentication. Google was excited to reveal a small list of partners it was working with, and partners included Bigfoot Medical, the Royal Bank of Canada, and Duo Security.
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Does this mean we can all expect to vote on our phones once Android P rolls around? Unlikely — but it is a step in the right direction for that, and even if an “Android Vote” app never surfaces, more security on your smartphone isn’t a bad thing.

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Brand Review : HTC will offer a transparent version of the upcoming HTC U12 Plus phone
Design
What will the HTC U12 Plus look like? We’ve seen several leaks to give us some strong clues. Phone leaker Evan Blass posted an image showing the U12 Plus with a large screen and dual-lens cameras on both the front and the back of the phone. It also has a fingerprint sensor on the back.
In terms of colorways, the HTC U12 Plus is rumored to come in four colors. GSMArena reports the upcoming HTC U12 Plus will be available in Black, Rose Red, Violet, and Translucent. While HTC offered a semi-transparent version of the HTC U11, this would be the first time the smartphone manufacturer offered a phone with a completely transparent body.

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At a trade show in Taiwan, unreleased HTC phones were on display, and a tweet from #iamaniff, a senior member at XDA Developers, gave us a glimpse of them. While names were not revealed, the design appears similar to other HTC U12 Plus leaks. The tops and bottoms of the units had been covered up, presumably to aid in stand stability — but also to stop further details of a new phone from leaking. While not confirmed, these were likely test units of the new HTC U12 Plus.
The HTC U12 Plus will also apparently come with water-resistance, possibly even IP68, to match or improve upon the water-resistance on the latest flagships from Samsung and Apple.
Whether Edge Sense will return also remains to be seen. The “squeeze-to-activate” function was well-received enough on the HTC U11 for Google to request the feature in the Pixel 2 range, and so it seems likely that it would return in the U12 Plus. Of course, HTC may decide to try something new instead.
Launch and release date
HTC has said its next flagship phone will arrive on May 23, calling it, “A phone that is more than the sum of its specs.” Although it hasn’t said the name of the mystery device, it’s likely to be the HTC U12 Plus. Previous rumors placed the U12 Plus’s announcement somewhere in May, when it’s expected to be joined by the Desire 12 and Desire 12 Plus.
The 128GB model is expected to cost 23,990 new Taiwan dollars (around $810), so expect the 64GB model to be in the $600 to $700 range.
Wondering if you missed the HTC U12? You didn’t. Rumors claim HTC will skip the U12 name and opt for calling the new phone the HTC U12 Plus. This is apparently for branding reasons, and to stop the HTC U12 from being seen as a lesser product compared to the latest Galaxy S9 or iPhone X. Any rumors related to the U12, likely apply to the U12 Plus.
Camera
HTC has often made strong camera phones. Will the U12 Plus be another? A dual-lens setup is highly likely, according to evidence found in the data attached to a series of leaked U12 Plus sample photos by Let’s Go Mobile and Mobielkopen. Based on this, the primary lens on the HTC U12 Plus will probably come in at 12 megapixels and feature an f/1.8 aperture. We believe the secondary lens on the U12 Plus may also come in at 12 megapixels with an f/2.4 aperture; this lens is likely aimed at creating portrait mode photos that have become common on other phones.
Specs
It seems that buyers may have only one choice to make when buying the HTC U12, and that’s the choice between 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. We had suspected the U12 Plus would contain Qualcomm’s latest processor even before a leaked list of phones containing the upcoming powerful Snapdragon 845 was leaked. With many 2018 flagships containing Qualcomm’s latest chip, it would have been odd if HTC released a flagship without it.
Snapdragon 845
According to the latest leaks from Verizon Open Development Lab, the U12 Plus will come with a 6-inch LED display — this contradicts an earlier rumor that stated the phone would ship with an OLED display. Granted, we can’t verify the information on Verizon’s site, but registration to use the site requires a completed nondisclosure agreement, as well as a certificate of insurance.
There are several rumors regarding the battery in the upcoming HTC U12, with older rumors stating it would have a 3,420mAh capacity. The latest rumor from Verizon’s Open Development site shows the U12 will feature a hefty 3,500mAh battery. The HTC U12 Plus should launch with the latest version of Android Oreo, and have HTC’s Sense UI laid over the top.

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Samsung’s wireless mixed reality headset could launch this year
For Samsung, a flagship mixed reality headset experience that is cordless will allow the company to showcase its components business, using internally developed processors, OLED displays, and sensors, one Samsung official told The Korea Times.
The deal would be a major win for Samsung’s silicon business. As a condition for being a partner in Microsoft’s mixed reality efforts, Samsung wants Microsoft to use its processors for Windows Mixed Reality and Mixed Reality Ultra experiences. Currently, Microsoft partners Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung create wired Windows Mixed Reality headsets. This could give Samsung similar positioning to Qualcomm, which was the exclusive chip supplier to phone manufacturers that use Microsoft’s Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile operating systems. We still don’t know specifics about the wireless Windows Mixed Reality hardware requirements.
Samsung could showcase its wireless mixed reality headset as early as this fall at the IFA 2018 show. This would give Samsung some lead time in the market against rival Apple, which is expected to debut its wireless mixed reality headset in 2020. A successful Samsung launch will benefit Microsoft as it expands its mixed reality ecosystem and attempts to attract more content to the platform at a time when competition is increasing.
Even though Samsung and Microsoft had partnered in the past to launch the Samsung Odyssey Mixed Reality headset, that headset still required a wired connection to a Windows 10 PC. It’s reported that Microsoft had lowered royalty demands from its partners for mixed reality experiences, and Samsung wants more content developers to join consortiums that it leads in relevant segments.
“It’s premature to say how successful Microsoft will be driving a rich ecosystem which will, in turn, drive its adoption to mixed reality,” a second Samsung official said. “But Windows MR is expected to boost the existing VR ecosystem. Because the market is extremely new, Samsung Electronics can understand how the markets go by partnering with Microsoft.”
Additionally, Samsung also partners with Facebook on a mobile VR experience with the Gear VR, a virtual reality headset that works in conjunction with Samsung’s Galaxy line of phones.

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Kwikset has introduced new smart lock technology
Kwikset smart lock conversion kit holds the key to better home security
So how does the Conversion Kit enable keyless entry and smart lock security? It utilizes Z-Wave wireless protocol that allows users to control the lock from across town or across the world, as long as they have a Wi-Fi-enabled smartphone or tablet. Users can remotely give delivery personnel, neighbors, or family members access to enter their home. They can also double-check to make sure the front door is locked, eliminating the need to ask your neighbor to check for you when you’re vacationing in another country.
One of the Kwikset Convert system’s critical features is the Z-Wave 500 Series chip, which allows for additional conveniences such as extended wireless range and wireless security features. The addition of this chip helps to reduce the vulnerability of the home during the enrollment process, and also works to extend the battery life of the system.
Kwikset Convert is currently available in Brass, Venetian Bronze, and Satin Nickel, allowing users to choose the design that best suits the home’s exterior aesthetic. The system is compatible with locks from Kwikset, Baldwin, Weiser, and Schlage.

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Sterling Bank Launches Experience Centre
As part of Sterling Bank Plc’s commitment to promote innovation in banking and add value to the lives of its customers, the bank has launched a new banking initiative known as Sterling Bank Experience Centre,which is a digital and lifestyle experience centre.
Christened Café One, the centre was designed for comfort and equipped with modern work devices such as smart phones, laptops, tablets and free internet connection with coffee and canapés provided by gourmet shop, My Coffee Lagos.
Speaking at the launch of the experience centre, Lagos, the Head Service Standards and Branch Support, Oluwabusola Awosile, said the concept of the experience centre is new to the market, adding that the common knowledge of an experience centre is that of a banking hall.
She also stated that the centre, which is located in Lekki Phase 1 has free wifi for customers who visit the centre to connect their devices in order to learn and enjoy the banks’ numerous products such as Specta (the banks’ community lending loan initiative), noting that the customer has the opportunity either to use their own laptop, phone or make use of the banks’ gadget on display.
Awosile further stated that this is an opportunity the bank made available for customers to use their facilities, while enjoying coffee in the centre, adding that “it is a infusion of leisure and banking.”
She explained: “This is an opportunity made available by the bank for customers to use our facilities. The customer will also be enjoying coffee while banking which for us is a infusion of leisure and banking. “The bank is using this means to give our customers an opportunity to enjoy the ambience of the environment.
“This is the first of its kind in Nigeria. We chose Lekki Phase 1 because we want to connect with the young entrepreneurs and through this platform. What we are pushing is digitalisation.
“We are looking at other spaces as well. We are looking at a place in Ikeja. Looking at the proximity and vicinity, we felt this place was fitting to launch this.
“For us, it doesn’t have to be about the money, it is about the value we are bringing to the community. We want customers to enjoy something different.”

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Bake your way to victory
Be 1 of the 4 ultimate bakers to bake alongside celebrity bakers. Send in your video today
 
HOW TO ENTER
* Upload a 1 Minute Video of yourself makingany confectionary using Baileys as the Key Ingredient.
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