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2nd August 2019/Issue #329
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giffgaff Happeningsby bluemoonbaz
An update on giffgaff's billing issue
@vespaash2 has an update for us on the billing issue that came to light in 2018. The issue has been fixed and refunds to the members affected have started. Ofcom have announced £1.4 million fine, as giffgaff agreed to enter into Ofcom’s settlement process though giffgaff did set aside some funds from their 2018 profits to ensure the fine isn’t passed down to the members. If anyone wants to check the status of their refund or if they think they are still owed money, you can check by entering your account details into here for the full update.
£10 Bonus credit for your friend when they join through you this August
From the 1st of August, all members (including Super Recruiters) will be able to offer their friends and family £10 in bonus credit for joining giffgaff through their referral rather than the usual £5 credit on offer. The offer starts as soon as the clocks strike 12 on the 1st of August 2019 (00:00) and will run until 23:59 on Saturday the 31st August 2019. This offer is applicable for any new activation if they activate a SIM through your referral link. Full terms & conditions here.
@captainben has recently created a post about the issue of smishing (where scammers try to pose as giffgaff to retrieve card details and other personal details). This post gives info on how to stop yourself from being affected by this issue and what to do if you fall for it. Check it out here.
Test the new platform
@roxy_r recently posted on the Contribute board to mention that members are now able to access a test environment version of the new community platform (running on Flarum). Feedback is wanted though ensure you organise your piece of feedback in the categories mentioned in the post or post them in the thread on Contribute. Find it here.
On This Day In Historyby jammydodge
1100 The son of William the Conqueror, King William Rufus was allegedly mistaken for a deer out hunting and killed by an arrow.
1865 Lewis Carroll published Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland but print was withdrawn due to poor printing. It is one of the rarest 19th Century books with only 21 copies of the first edition surviving.
2017 Prince Phillip aged 96 made his final solo public engagement before retiring from public duties. He still attends major royal events and private engagements.
Huawei Matebook D Laptopby toxiic
Hi everyone. This week I’m going to be listing some pros of the Huawei Matebook D laptop (the version with: Ryzen 2500U, 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM). This laptop comes at a competitive price (£530-580 at the time of writing though it does change regularly) and generally is a great laptop for general use and even some non-intensive gaming.
The speakers are front-facing (so face upwards, looking at you) so are clear and vibrant. Considering they point upwards, you can’t accidentally cover them with a surface that you’re resting the laptop on (like bed sheets) that muffle the sound.
It can handle non-intensive games like This War Of Mine and Euro Truck Simulator pretty easily. I’ve tried more intensive games like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and it was unplayable - though if you’re looking for a device that is dedicated to playing games, consider a gaming laptop/desktop.
The design/aesthetics look premium (it looks quite a lot like an Apple Macbook). It feels quite sturdy in the hand.
Charges via USB-C (which is reversible).
Backlit keyboard. This isn’t very bright but it gets the job done. Great if you’re using the laptop whilst in a dimly lit room.
Caps-lock and fn keyboard lights (something that Acer really don’t seem to like). Once you press them, there’s a white light that appears in the corner of the cap (not near the top of the keyboard like some external keyboards).
In my next section of The gaff, I’ll be covering the cons of this laptop (on 16th August). After that, on the 30th of August, I’ll be covering some general tips and more info on buying the laptop (as this laptop can be quite confusing on product listings). Enjoyed this? Check out my other content here.
Say Hello!by kathleen414
Welcome @astronomical over here.
Give @angel92539 a hug over here.
Welcome @justme49 to giffgaff right here.
Photo Of The Weekby brulaw
This week's featured photo is Puffin by @cawallbank. Some of the comments included: "Great shot. I love puffins. Visited Bardsey Island off the Lleyn peninsular North Wales. Huge colony there. Love the way their little wings fly" (jeanlk), "What lovely photo, and I think puffins are lovely too" (yvonnearmstrong), "Lovely... Thanks for sharing" (ergnagaraj), "So cute! Love it" (annebrooke64), "Good morning what an amazing photo! Thanks so much for sharing it" (spiritquest), "What a beautiful bird, that beak is so good looking..." (putrikarina), "Great shot of puffin, really nice" (themzbiker), "Wow, That is a beautiful picture of a beautiful bird. Puffins are such cute things. Thanks for sharing the pic with us" (bobrobinson), "I really love these comical-looking birds" (frenchielove), "Great pic of a puffin, strange-looking birds, they are" (kicker).
Click here to see the original post. As always, it was a tough job selecting just one out of all the excellent images everyone posted. Thank you all, please keep snapping and sharing.
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