“Success is never final, failure is never fatal,” - Conrad Hilton
11th October 2019 / Issue #339
End of Year Charity Nominations - Now Open
The top five will go to a final vote across all the giffgaffers who have earned Payback. The top two will receive the funds from all our members, who give their Payback to charity. Which will be matched by giffgaff. You can find all the information about this fantastic gesture here.
An early look at our 2019 Halloween campaign
We've got a few early assets to share with the community, the concept and rough cuts of what giffgaff want to do. @laylawest and the team would love to hear your thoughts, so please let them know here!
Community - Development Diary - 11th October 2019
These posts are to keep our community up to date on what giffgaff are working on and to answer any questions our community members have. Check it out here.
RBY fitgaff 2019: New year New you 2
Need a little help getting back on track? You will find some amazing members here, who will be only too happy to give you lots of support and advice. Head over here.
Our Members' Discussions
Here are a few of our fellow members' recent discussion threads, head over and give your views:
Please give our new member @giffg6141 a big welcome to the community right here.
Please welcome our new member @khali27232 who is brought to us by @nosh2. Nice one Nosh and welcome to our newcomer Khalid, say hello over here.
Our new member @xleeatkinson1989x has just joined giffgaff. Welcome to the community and giffgaff, I am sure you will love being a part of our big happy family. Say hello here.
On This Day In History
1521 King Henry VIII is granted the title ‘Defender of the Faith’ by Pope Leo X for his book, The Defence of the Seven Sacraments (Assertio Septem Sacramentorum). This proved to be a very controversial title following Henry’s Break with Rome and his new title, Supreme Head of the Church of England (replacing the Pope).
1966 The Post Office declared that all home and business address in Britain were to be issued with 6 digit alphanumeric postal codes.
1974 President Gerald Ford set up the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to overlook all civilian handling of nuclear materials in the US.
Photo Of The Week
This week's featured photo is Epping Forest by @leeon1988. Some of the comments include:
- "Nice photo, I think my brother used to work somewhere in Epping." (pamfletch)
- "That is such a beautiful photo of the loch and the boats, thanks" (the_bookie)
- "Lovely photo Leeon" (yvonnearmstrong)
- "Great photo. Very atmospheric" (cawallbank)
- "What a great and lovely scene in this picture and thanks for sharing with us" (haseebhejazi)
- "What a lovely composition" (frenchielove)
Tough choice again this week. As always, there were so many excellent pictures to choose from, thank you to everyone. The weather is changing so there'll be new scenes and new opportunities for even more stunning pictures, please keep snapping and sharing.
The Phone Launchers
Hi everyone. This week I thought I’d discuss what phone launchers are (in more detail than a gaff a long time ago). This is a two-part piece meaning the first part is this and then the second part will be posted on the 25th of October’s gaff. In this part, I’ll be giving an overview of what a launcher is and some useful points to note about launchers. So, let’s get into it.
Phone launchers are pretty much a ‘skin’ for your homescreen (and therefore your app-drawer). Why would anyone want to change their homescreen? Well, launchers are mainly used to add extra features, remove annoying features on current home-screens or customise the home screen experience to make it more suited to your individual needs. Your Android phone comes with a launcher pre-installed out of the box but that’s set by the manufacturer, if you don’t like the pre-installed launcher or want to try out the extra functionality a third-party launcher gives, that’s when you download another one.
Luckily, phone launchers are easy to apply and remove. You simply need to download the launcher (in the form of an app) from the Google Play Store, confirm your choice of launcher (for the most case, this is done by tapping the home button and then tapping the launcher you want to use though on some phones you need to change the launcher in Settings - give it a Google if you’re stuck on this bit). There are tonnes of launchers available on the Play Store so if you do download a launcher that you’re not sure about, there are many more out there. To remove the launcher, the simplest thing to do is to uninstall the app.
If you want to get straight into trying new launchers for your phone, typing ‘Launcher’ into the Google Play Store is a good way to start. Alternatively, check out the 25th of October’s gaff where I’ll be listing some popular launchers you should consider based on a variety of different needs and styles as well as some of my favourites.
Thanks for reading! If you’re interested, check out my content hub from the giffgaff forum here.
McLaren + OnePlus unveil 7T Pro McLaren Edition
I’m sure we’re all familiar with the Chinese phone manufacturer, OnePlus, who over the last few years have shot into the limelight in the industry for their innovation and Apple-esque thinking, which has lead to them becoming a highly successful, recording over £1.5 Billion in revenue last financial year. Plus, with the highly anticipated OnePlus TV launching, they are expected to go from high to high, heading into the end of 2019 and into 2020.
After the release of the OnePlus 7, the flagship successor to the incredibly successful OnePlus 6 range (Including the 6T McLaren Edition), OnePlus this week have announced the 7T Pro and the 7T Pro McLaren Edition. Following the path that lead the 6 range to success, not just in Asian markets, but across the world. OnePlus has a small, but loyal and global fan base which has lead to OnePlus’ pop-up and community meetups being incredibly popular. Anyway, let’s dive into what was announced this week.
Starting with the 7T Pro, which is due to go on sale October 17th. We’ll be getting a 6.67” AMOLED display, with the latest Snapdragon 855 Plus Octa-core processor, options for 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. We’re looking at a combined 48MP with an ultra wide and telephoto lens also at 16MP and 8MP respectively. The camera will come with 4K 60FPS video capabilities and 3x optical zoom. In terms of extras, we’re looking at fast charging, in-screen fingerprint reader, facial recognition and of course OnePlus’ custom Android OS, OxygenOS. The price will be £699
Moving on, we have the 7T Pro McLaren Edition, we’re looking at pretty much the same specs as the 7T Pro, with some slight adjustments. The uniqueness of the McLaren Edition comes in when you actually use the phone itself. You get access to a whole host of new wallpapers, UI designs & other customisation options as well as a beautiful orange theme throughout the phone itself and in the software. The McLaren Edition also grants access to exclusively designed, McLaren-inspired icons, lock screen features and other things that aren’t available on the standard 7T Pro, making the small price hike all the more worth it.
However, if you’re not after anything fancy and want to pay a little less whilst still getting something good for your money, the 6T range or maybe even the 7 are worth looking into - bringing together OnePlus’ years of design and perfection experience into some flagships that really aren’t that old. In terms of the future, we can only wait and see what this company does next, we can be assured it will be nothing short of spectacular, as OnePlus never sleeps. Living by their motto of Never Settle.
Notes: Image credit to gsmarena.com & OnePlus. This article was not sponsored, endorsed or supported by OnePlus or any affiliates in any way.
Thanks for reading!
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