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28th June 2019/Issue #324
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giffgaff Happeningsby bluemoonbaz
New Forum Platform updates
If you've not been paying attention to the "New Community Platform" forum (it's right underneath Contribute on the Forums index), giffgaff have started posting some updates about our new Flarum community platform. This is a great way to get used to the layout and see how it’s progressing and ask any questions.
Security Update - Phishing, smishing, and SIM swaps.
I mentioned this last week but it’s really important to read this and so it’s back for people who may have missed it. Please go and have a look at the information from @_kara_, it will help you stay safe from the mentioned threats! Click here to have a read.
A new partnership with Airtime Rewards
“Airtime Rewards allows members to earn credit to use against their mobile payments. Members earn credit back by linking their bank and using their debit card to shop at retailers that are signed up to Airtime Rewards.”. You can find out all about this link up and leave the team your feedback here.
Together with our members we give back - Meet our hero Kerry!
Yes, it's that time of the month again, where we pick a run by you hero to celebrate. This month’s hero is Kerry (@kezbear26)! She’s been a giffgaff member since 2015. You can find our latest giffgaff hero here.
Double Data on the £20 goodybag, from July 3rd
Some great news from giffgaff which will be implemented on the 3rd of July 2019. It doubles the data on the £20 goodybag. That means it’ll now come with 40 GB full speed data rather than 20GB. That also means that members on our £25 Always On goodybag will now have 40 GB full speed data before moving to the throttled data speed. For all the news, head over here.
Lab Highlightsby as7861 & ijustcantdoit
Holly has given an update on how much ideas there are to be looked at by giffgaff: 4322 ideas have been internally categories into 26 categories, so product owners can pick up the ideas more easily. Also, 20 ideas have been implemented (Wohay!) one of which involves improving the phone journey, the thread by themiguel describes the changes here.
Already existing ideas issue by @msmon55
This idea states: I have sent a couple of ideas but they have been sent back as idea already suggested. Not a problem I thought, I'll just support the existing idea. Did a search for it but nothing came up. How about put a link on the already suggested wording to where the idea does exist? After all, we can't support the original idea if we can't find it. It's an interesting idea and worth having a look at.
Password manager friendly login screen by @kimts
This members idea states: The current layout of the login screen puts the option to 'show password after the user name and before the password entry box. This stops anyone using a password manager auto-login facility and forces a manual entry. This is less convenient and increases security risks because longer (more secure) passwords become cumbersome and it increases the danger of the password being stolen by key loggers or 'shoulder surfing'. Solution: Move the 'show password option to AFTER the password entry box and you will make the login screen more secure and make all those using password managers very happy! Seems like a nice simple idea that will help members, what do you think?
Tech Developmentsby revilo10
British In Apple: Sir Jony Ives
Apple has made headlines again this week, but for rather different reasons that we're used to. British designer Sir Jonathon Ives has announced his departure from Apple later this year, bringing a noteworthy career, nearly 3 decades long, to an end.
It all started back in 1993, when Ives had left his the industrial technology startup he joined the previous decade. After a few years of rejecting Apple's employment advances, Jony joined Apple in 1993 as part of the Industrial Design Team. Throughout the 90s he worked on and developed many Apple products, a lot of which are now long forgotten, such as the MessagePad, which saw its creation, height and decline all in the space of 5 years, starting in 1993, and ending production in 1998. The MessagePad, however, laid the foundation for further development in the tablet market, which eventually lead to the iPad. Ive was also around for the 'Apple Revival', when Steve Jobs, who was dropped by the very firm that he started in 1985. Jobs wanted to take Apple in a new direction, designing revolutionary technology that the world had not seen ever before. Therefore industrial design was a large part of the redevelopment process. As head of the Industrial Design team, Ive lead the way in the design of the Mac, which saw its very first launch in 1998. In 1997 Ive was promoted to Senior VP of Industrial Design, and lead the way on the development of the iPod and it's release in 2001.
From there, he lead continuous development of these products until, when June 2007, when the very first iPhone was launched. Development reportedly started in 2004, with a team of almost 1000 Apple employees from various different backgrounds working on design, R&D and software engineering. The development process, code-named 'Operation Purple' cost in the region of £120 Million throughout the entire process. Assumingly, Ive was at the spearhead of a large part of the pre-production process, designing and developing key parts of hardware and physical outside features of the phone. When Janaury 2007 came around, Apple CEO Steve Jobs made the legendary speech that started it all. Then in June of the same year, the iPhone finally launched. Ive continued to have a growing influence over development of future iPhones, and then eventually the iPad, until in 2015 he was promoted to Chief Design Officer by Tim Cook.
His bequest can be found all over Apple products, from the earliest iPods, to the newest iPhones. However, he has now announced he will move on to pastures new in late 2019, when he will start his own design firm, named LoveFrom, but will have Apple as a major client, to retain his links to the company. But there is no doubt that Apple will find it hard to find someone with his compassion, skillful eye and talent, and he will leave behind a gaping hole to be filled, at one of the world's largest technology firms.
Say Hello!by kathleen414
Give @smart_swag55 a big hug here.
Welcome @rabn49 to giffgaff here.
Say hello to @clara4 right here.
Photo Of The Weekby brulaw
This week's featured photo is Jesmond Dene by @yvonnearmstrong. Some of the comments included: "Wow cracking photos" (deborah123456), "That takes me back, I used to live right next to Jesmond Dene a number of years ago. I'd forgotten how lovely it is. Thanks." (anth006), "It looks really beautiful" (frenchielove), "Those are beautiful photos you post every week", and also for posting them together (as in this thread) rather than one at a time as has become the 'norm' these days", (essie122mm), "Wow what really gorgeous pictures & I really love the steam, the old bridges and the waterfall" (the_bookie), "Amazing picture I really like it and thanks for sharing with us" (haseebhejazi), "Great pictures. Well done. It looks like a very nice location" (pete2009), "Stunning photos, thanks for sharing" (sarahjardine), "Wow looks beautiful absolutely gorgeous photos" (themzbiker), "Awesome view and waterfall is love" (smart_swag55), "Now that's a familiar place..." (themrbarso), "Loving the peacefulness of those 2 photos, I had missed some brilliant shots in the week I was off." (guy_ow community giff-staffer), "Fab photos" (thesepticpheasant).
Click here to see the original post. The weather is supposed to be really hot this weekend so hopefully all you brilliant snappers will be out there getting some brilliant shots... Thank you all for sharing your images, please keep them coming.
On This Day In Historyby jammydodge
1838 Queen Victoria is crowned at Westminster Abbey in London as Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The coronation took 5 hours and suffered from a severe lack of rehearsal due to only her majesty and the Lord John Thynne knowing exactly what should be happening.
1914 Archduke of Austria, Franz Ferdinand and wife Sophie were assassinated by Serb Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo. This was the spark that ignited the First World War between the Triple Alliance: Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary and the Triple Entente: Britain, France and Russia.
1935 32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders the now-famous Fort Knox, a federal gold vault to be built in Kentucky. Its official title is the United States Bullion Depository, which contains about 2.3% of the gold ever refined in history.
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