“To live is the rarest thing in the world, most people exist, that is all,” - Oscar Wilde
13th September 2019 / Issue #335
Exciting community team news
It’s been a year or so since the last giffgaff team update, and as giffgaff have rolled out our shiny new home, it's a great time to share some team news. Over the last year, giffgaff has grown and changed and so has our community team. Head over here and get to know our team and their roles.
New and improved Super Recruiter advertising assets
The new and improved Super Recruiter advertising assets are now up and running on the site. We have new posters, new banners and a new Super Recruiter leaflet. Head over here to get the latest tools to help your recruiting.
New community platform
"Everything you need to know" Got a question about our new forum? Head over here and see what your fellow members are asking about, the answer may already be there.
Our Members' Discussions
Here are a few of our fellow members' recent discussion threads, head over and give your views:
Our newcomer @lucifer1758 says "Hi all I'm new I just wanted to say hi". Welcome to giffgaff and your fab new community, head over here and give our friend a big hug.
Please give our new member @danny10745 a big warm welcome to the giffgaff community here.
Another new friend has joined our ranks <3. Please give @mikal87 a big welcome to the community and giffgaff, right here.
On This Day In History
1598 Phillip III was crowned King of Spain and Portugal. As a ruler, he principled in his private affairs but when it came to ruling he was aloof and grandiose with his spending, heightening Spain’s worsening financial problems.
1759 General Wolfe led British troops at the Battle of Quebec successfully defeating the French and securing Canada for the British Empire. Alas Wolfe and the French commander were both killed during the battle.
1989 The biggest ever banking error in Britain gave customers an additional £2 billion just over half an hour. 99.3% of the money was reported to have successfully been returned.
Photo Of The Week
This week's featured photo is Goldfinch by @djreynolds. Some of the comments included:
- "Well done @djreynolds, that's a really gorgeous Goldfinch and such fab pictures too thanks" (the_bookie)
- "That certainly brings out more detail" (illneverrememberit)
- "Two beautiful photos and it's hard to tell" (yvonnearmstrong)
- "Beautiful bird, striking colours, great pic" (kicker)
- "Nice pictures there. I wanted to take pics of Robins and the longtailed tits which are my favourite birds but they are rare to see here nowadays" (jimvee288)
- "Lovely pics there although I agree with yvonnearmstrong the difference is very subtle" (anth006)
- "Truly stunning photo we don't get them around where I live anymore, haven't seen them in years" (lucifer1758)
- "Brilliant photo - have to say I think I prefer the first one out of the two" (guy_ow)
- "Absolutely beautiful but the first one for me is my favourite" (frenchielove)
- "Two great pics again and I think the second one (treated looks a bit better) all the best Bob" (bobrobinson)
Click here to see the original post, the picture above is the second of two photos (after HDR treatment). Another week and another tough choice, you all make it very difficult to pick one image to be featured, please keep snapping and sharing... We all love your pictures.
Hi everyone. This week I thought I’d cover some tips from the community that have been tagged under Tips and Guides. Let’s get into it!
- @zeenat5 recommended the use of egg white to help your face. Check out their guide here.
- @davidvarley said that we should use 188.8.131.52 protocol by CloudFlare. Check out the thread here.
- @elli87 mentioned that, to save battery, you should turn off your data and keep your device’s screen brightness low. Have a gander at this thread, where other members have added their tips.
- @fintytin is trying to spread awareness about a recent scam they’ve encountered. They answered their landline phone where they were told by an automated voice purporting to be their internet provider that their internet was being disconnected. Read the thread here.
- @wedgington recommended the use of the “Radio Garden” app or the Radio Garden website to be able to listen to radio stations from all over the globe with ease. See the thread here.
That’s all for now, folks. If you’re interested, check out my content hub here.
iPhone 11 - The big reveal
This week, an event took place which takes place every year, and millions worldwide look forward to this day in which, for a few hours, all eyes are on one stage. I am of course talking about Apple’s Autumn product launches. If you’re not familiar, or have been living under a rock since the launch of the first iPhone, then it is protocol for at least once a year, for Apple to invite the world’s technology media to California, and launch a new range of products, specifically iPhones. Last year we saw the launch of the highly successful iPhone XR, which was, according to Apple, the best selling phone of 2018. This year we have the iPhone 11 range in which a line of three phones, 11, 11 Pro and the 11 Pro Max were launched. Let’s dive in.
First of all, the iPhone 11 is the entry-level phone in the 11 range. Let’s start off in the display department, where we see a 6.1” Liquid Retina Display, and inside we have Apple’s new A13 Bionic Chip, which claims to be the fastest chip ever in a phone. The cameras have also been an increased focus for Apple this year, on the back we have a dual-lens 12MP + 12MP wide and ultra-wide camera - ultra-wide being new for the iPhone 11. The camera now comes with 4k video recording at a max of 60fps. On the front, we see a 12MP TrueDepth camera with all the same features, and some upgrades in terms of 4k capabilities and slow-mo support. The 11 is IP68 rated, meaning it can withstand a maximum 2 meters underwater for up to 30 minutes. The storage options come in at 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.
Secondly, the iPhone 11 Pro comes with 2 options, the 11 Pro itself and the 11 Pro Max - meant for people who truly care about getting the best out of an iPhone. The Pro comes with a 5.8” super retina XDR display, and the Pro Max with a 6.5” super retina XDR display. As with the 11, both come with Apple’s new A13 Bionic Chip. The camera on both is the same, and Twitter has definitely gone to town on the triple-lens camera, coming with 12MP + 12MP + 12MP ultra-wide, wide and telephoto lenses. As with the 11, they can record 4k at 60fps, and the front camera comes in at 12MP. The Pro and Pro Max can withstand 4 meters underwater for up to 30 minutes. The storage options are 64GB, 256GB and 512GB for both.
In terms of pricing we’re looking at £729 for the iPhone 11 and £1049 for the 11 Pro. Last year’s phones and previous models have reduced pricing on as displayed in the image above, meaning you can grab yourself an iPhone XR from £629 and an 8 from £479. Pre-orders are available now, with shipping starting September 20th.
Thanks for reading!
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