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IdeaPad 110 Laptop (15)

Lenovo Ideapad 110 (15, Intel)

AFFORDABLE 15.6″ INTEL LAPTOP

Get the features you need without the big price tag from this value-priced laptop: dependable processing power, good memory, lots of storage, an attractive display, and integrated graphics.
  • Features

    Windows 10 Home

    It’s the familiar feel of Windows, only improved. The Start menu is back, better than ever �?expand it, customize it, make it yours. Work with more of the devices you care about, like printers, cameras, USBs, and more. And enjoy additional security features that help to safeguard you against device theft and malicious software.

    Lightning-Fast Web Browsing

    802.11 a/c WiFi connectivity comes standard on the ideapad 110, making it perfect for for blazing-fast browsing, streaming, and downloading. 802.11 a/c WiFi delivers up to 3 times the connection speeds of 802.11 b/g/n.

    Optional Optical Drive

    There’s no need to purchase an external optical drive with the ideapad 110 �?select models come with an integrated DVD/CD-RW drive so you can load programs, listen to CDs, or watch movies offline.

    Plenty of Storage

    With up to 2TB HDD, you won’t have to worry about where to put all your data, videos, music, or photos.

    Smile, Swap, and Sort – in Seconds

    Lenovo Photo Master 2.0 combines a modern photo library with powerful, easy-to-use navigation and editing tools. Now, with features such as Auto Face Replace and Smart Event Sort, you can organize and optimize your photos to perfection.

  • Tech Specs

    Processor
    Up to Intel® Pentium® N3710 Processor
    Operating System
    Windows 10 Home
    Graphics
    Integrated Intel® HD Graphics
    Webcam / Microphone
    0.3MP with Microphone
    Memory
    Up to 4 GB DDR3
    Storage
    Up to 1 TB HDD
    Audio
    Stereo Speakers with Dolby Audio™
    Battery
    24WHr; Up to 3 Hours Video Playback
    Display
    15.6″ HD (1366 x 768) TN
    Dimensions (W x D x H)
    • (inches) : 14.88″ x 10.43″ x 0.9″
    • (mm) : 378 x 265 x 22.9
    Weight
    Starting at 4.8 lbs (2.2 kg)
    Colors
    Ebony Black
    Optical Drive
    Built-in DVD Recordable Drive
    WiFi
    WiFi 802.11 a/c
    LAN
    10/100M
    Bluetooth®
    Bluetooth® 4.0 Combo with WiFi Card
    Ports
    • 1 x USB 3.0
    • 1 x USB 2.0
    • 3.5 mm Combo Audio Jack
    • 1 x HDMI™
    • 1 x RJ45 Ethernet
    • 4-in-1 Card Reader
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UNCLAIMED E-DIVIDEND REGISTER SEARCH

You can now search to know if you have not mandate your Registrars for E-Dividend Crediting into your Bank account HERE

Note: all investors whose name(s) appear, are advised to URGENTLY download and fill their respective Registrar’s e-mandate form and submit same at the nearest branch of their Bank or Registrar to register for the collection of their unclaimed dividends and subsequent dividends electronically; as well as for the proceeds from their secondary market transactions, to be credited to their preferred Bank Account (Direct Cash Settlement).

The Commission also wishes to remind the investing public on the deadline of 30th June, 2017, which will mark the end of issuance of physical dividend warrant, with a view to mitigating the risks associated with physical dividend warrants and improving investors experience.

Furthermore, the 30th June, 2017 deadline will see the end of free registration of e-dividend, being bank-rolled by the Commission since the inception of the exercise in November, 2015. Hence, members of the investing public are encouraged to urgently key into the on-going free registration.

REMINDER: All investors in the Nigerian Capital Market are please advised to take advantage of the on-going free registration and register by approaching the nearest branch of their Bank or Registrars for enrollment before the deadline.

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7 Wonders of the Modern World

 The American Society of Civil Engineers selected Seven Wonders of the Modern World, engineering marvels that exemplify the abilities of humans to construct amazing features on Earth. The following guide takes you through these Seven Wonders of the Modern World and describes each “wonder” and its positive impact.

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Channel Tunnel

Channel Tunnel

 Trains enter the Channel Tunnel in Folkestone, England. The Channel Tunnel is a 50 km long rail tunnel beneath the English Channel at the Straits of Dover, connecting Folkestone, Kent in England to Coquelles near Calais in northern France. Scott Barbour/Getty Images News/Getty Images

The first wonder in alphabetical order is the Channel Tunnel. Opened in 1994, the Channel Tunnel is a tunnel under the English Channel that connects Folkestone in the United Kingdom with Coquelles in France. The Channel Tunnel actually consists of three tunnels: two tunnels carry trains and a smaller middle tunnel is used as a service tunnel. The Channel Tunnel is 31.35 miles (50 km) long, with 24 of those miles located under water.

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CN Tower

CN Tower

 The CN Tower appears on the left-hand side of this photo of the Toronto, Ontario, Canada skyline and waterfront. Walter Bibikow/Getty Images

The CN Tower, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is a telecommunications tower that was built by Canadian National Railways in 1976. Today, the CN Tower is federally owned and managed by Canada Lands Company (CLC) Limited. As of 2012, the CN Tower is the world’s third largest tower at 553.3 meters (1,815 ft). The CN Tower broadcasts television, radio, and wireless signals throughout the Toronto region.

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Empire State Building

Empire State Building

 The Empire State Building towers over the Manhattan skyline in New York City. Getty Images

When the Empire State Building opened on May 1, 1931, it was the tallest building in the world — standing at 1,250 feet tall. The Empire State Building became an icon of New York City as well as a symbol of human success in achieving the impossible.

Located at 350 Fifth Avenue (between 33rd and 34th Streets) in New York City, the Empire State Building is a 102-story building. The height of the building to the top of its lightning rod is actually 1,454 feet.

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Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Cavan Images/The Image Bank/Getty Images

The Golden Gate Bridge, connecting the city of San Francisco with Marin County to its north, was the bridge with longest span in the world from the time it was completed in 1937 until the completion of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in New York in 1964. The Golden Gate Bridge is 1.7 miles long and about 41 million trips are made across the bridge each year. Prior to the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, the only mode of transportation across San Francisco Bay was ferry.

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Itaipu Dam

Itaipu Dam

 Water flows over the spillway of Itaipu Dam on the Parana River, bordering Brazil and Paraguay. Laurie Noble/Getty Images

Itaipu Dam, located on the border of Brazil and Paraguay, is the world’s largest operating hydroelectric facility. Completed in 1984, the nearly five mile-long Itaipu Dam impounds the Parana River and creates the 110 mile-long Itaipu Reservoir. The electricity generated from Itaipu Dam, which is greater than the electricity generated by China’s Three Gorges Dam, is shared by Brazil and Paraguay. The dam supplies Paraguay with more than 90% of its electrical needs.

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Netherlands North Sea Protection Works

Netherlands North Sea Protection Works

 Aerial image of the old church of Wierum (well below sea level), with the North Sea in the background. Roelof Bos/Getty Images

Nearly one-third of the Netherlands lies below sea level. Despite being a coastal nation, the Netherlands has created new land from the North Sea through the use of dikes and other barriers to the ocean. From 1927 to 1932, a 19 mile-long dike called Afsluitdijk (the Closing Dike) was built, turning the Zuiderzee sea into the IJsselmeer, a freshwater lake. Further protective dikes and works were built, reclaiming the land of the IJsselmeer. The new land led to the creation of a the new province of Flevoland from what had been sea and water for centuries. Collectively this incredible project is known as the Netherlands North Sea Protection Works.

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The Panama Canal

Panama Canal

 Locomotives help maneuver a ship through the Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal as it is lowered into the lock. John Coletti/Getty Images

The 48 mile-long (77 km) international waterway known as the Panama Canal allows ships to pass between the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean, saving about 8000 miles (12,875 km) from a journey around the southern tip of South America, Cape Horn. Built from 1904 to 1914, the Panama Canal was once a territory of the United States although today it is part of Panama. It takes approximately fifteen hours to traverse the canal through its three sets of locks (about half the time is spent waiting due to traffic).

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4 Key Traits That Every Successful Disruptive Company Has in Common


4 Key Traits That Every Successful Disruptive Company Has in Common

“Disrupt” is the buzzword and the ultimate goal of the startup and tech worlds these days. It seems like everything is either being disrupted, is on the verge of disruption, or needs to be disrupted. Nearly every entrepreneur and startup founder seek to disrupt their chosen industry – and it’s what every successful disruptive company has in common that’s important for those who want to be disrupters in their own right.

Disruption is more than a potential path to fortune and fame – it’s how you’ll be remembered in your industry for building a better “mousetrap,” so to speak (whatever that “mousetrap” might be). The right disruption can change the world! Think about some of the world’s most famous disrupters:

  • Apple disrupted the way we interact with technology and use it in our daily lives.
  • Airbnb disrupted the hospitality industry.
  • Twitter disrupted the way we get news, share news, and interact with people.
  • Netflix disrupted the way we get our entertainment.

To be the company that changes the way your industry works or does business is huge. So, what’s the secret sauce? What’s the pattern when it comes to disruption, beyond just technological advances, which are moving at lightning speed these days?

Here are 4 key traits that every successful disruptive company has in common:

  1. They understand consumer trends before they become trends.

“A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” – Steve Jobs

This is the first hallmark of a disruptive company. Its leaders anticipate consumer trends before everyone else does.

For Apple, it was creating user-friendly technology – from the first computers you could use right out of the box to personal technology (such as iPods and iPhones). They also created revolutionary cloud services, such as iTunes. For Airbnb, it was tapping into the sharing economy using technology (before it was cool).

  1. They focus on smaller markets first.

According to an article in the Harvard Business Review, “Disruption describes a process whereby a smaller company with fewer resources is able to successfully challenge established incumbent businesses.”

As industry leaders continue to focus on bigger markets and bigger profits, the startup seeking disruption targets smaller, overlooked segments. The soon-to-be-disruptive company provides that segment with something unique that they love. It could be better functionality, increased access, or reduced cost. Whatever it is, the idea sets in and begins to grow. Incumbent businesses at this point don’t bat an eye or even try to compete, because they don’t view as competition this startup that’s serving a tiny portion of the market.

But what began as a popular product for a niche audience takes hold and spreads to the mainstream population. That’s when disruption happens.

One great example of this is Twitter. Twitter was built as an SMS application for broadcasting messages to friends. It started as a platform for a niche community. Today, it has grown to be a network for information – one that even our current president has embraced and uses extensively to broadcast his thoughts, feelings, and agenda.

Another example is Airbnb. Airbnb’s founders initially focused on launching at major events where hotels were impossible to come by. The platform then grew and evolved from serving only people in desperate need of lodging, to a viable and popular option for travelers.

  1. They refine the business model before the product.

One major thing disruptive companies have in common (and where many companies fall short) is they create a solid business model. Before refining their products, they tweak their business model until it’s just right.

Netflix pivoted several times before they disrupted the entertainment industry. From sending out DVDs through the mail to rental kiosks to an online streaming platform for entertainment, Netflix changed its business model several times before they got it right. What prompted them to keep changing and tweaking their model were two things: competition (because every time they started to get popular, other companies tried to copy or challenge their model) and technology (when other models failed, they embraced new technology that made streaming movies possible long before others saw the value in such a service).

Disruptive business models also tend to be very different from the models of competitors within their own industries. With Netflix, the model was to get customers to subscribe to their on-demand platform vs. patronizing brick and mortar video rental stores. Facebook started as a way to connect college students. It wasn’t until later that they figured out how to monetize their service through advertising and data collection. Apple refined the marketplace business model by bringing buyers and sellers together directly (iTunes and the App Store).

  1. They build raving fans that take them into the mainstream.

This is an important step in the process to disruption. Disruptive companies don’t just appeal to a smaller segment. They create evangelized advocates of their brand who essentially carry them into the mainstream.

Think about how die-hard Apple fans are. This is one of the biggest ways Apple has been so disruptive. Their users LOVE Apple and are extremely loyal! Dollar Shave Club did the same thing. They broke into an industry already flooded with huge competitors by offering the same product in a different way. They appealed to the market by making their company feel like a men’s club while offering their product at a lower cost. They built a culture and brand voice that translated into raving fans.

 

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