“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” - Mark Twain
7th February 2020 / Issue #356
January 2020 Payback Calculations
Well, here's one the members never get tired of seeing. Alex has brought us news on the community payback points and it's a much more detailed update this time around. You can see it for yourself right here.
giffgaff grow our own corner 2020 our 4th year running!!
Brilliant to see our long-running gardening corner is back for its fourth year. It's time for our green-fingered community members show us how their garden grows and give us all some tips on how it's done. Head over here.
Charity Nominations Feedback
giffgaff need the community’s help with feedback on our charity nominating. By focusing on three key points, this will help create a clear framework to get the ball rolling, here are the three main questions that we think will help generate some actionable insight. Read about it here.
Take part in a giffgaff shoot for The Voice UK
Fancy featuring in the adverts? giffgaff are shooting in some fantastic locations around the UK. This time we're filming in the Bristol and Port Talbot areas of Wales in February and we would love to get you folks involved. Head over here to find out more.
Our weekly round from our fellow members' recent discussion threads, head over and give them your views:
Secondary Tags in General discussions - part 1
Our @roxy_r has popped in with an update and you can carry giving your thoughts on how and where things should be. Read the update here.
Our member is not new to giffgaff but is new to the community, so let's show @mammabear77 what they have been missing. Say hello here.
Please welcome our new member @seanm71623 who is hoping for good things going on. Well, we know they made the right choice, so give Sean a big giffgaff hug over here.
Our new community friend @steve58379 says: "Morning, I've just joined giffgaff. Finding my way around this amazing community". That's what we think and it's fab to meet you. Pop over and say hello to Steve here.
by as7861 and ijustcantdoit
Say restart on welcome text by @abreaction
Our member's idea: "is born from when they realised after a few days why his phone wasn't working and had a head slap moment. Of course, I should have restarted my phone. Once this was done, I was released! Please consider adding in the welcome message to restart your phone. This will help plebs like me get going quicker." A simple idea but one that could really help, what do you think? Would this make life easier for the members?
Using full limited goodybags while roaming from @pedrito
Our member's idea: "I honestly think all limited goodybags should be available to be used in full while in Roaming up to the 63 days. It makes absolutely no sense to only be able to use 50% of the 40Gb goodybag." Head over and read the full idea. Do you agree?
eBay, Amazon buys from @magicman1484
Our member's idea is: "can use your payback points to buy stuff straight from eBay and Amazon or gift cards." Would you like this or are you happy with the present choices for our payback?
Anyone ready for Lab 3.0?
There has been a discussion going on here about the future of Labs, how labs are gonna work in future. In addition, how feedback can be given and members can be involved more in the process. If you want to be part of it, ask an educator to be added to the discussion group. The team will kick off a thread in Contribute really soon.
Photo Of The Week
This week's featured photo is Love is in the air, must be getting close to spring... by @johnf52382. Some of the comments on the photo included:
- "Aww how lovely really nice photo" (themzbiker)
- "My goodness that's an amazing photo, beautifully captured" (tinawilliams0410)
- "Well done on getting that spot on, great photo" (wedgington)
- "It'll soon be Valentine's day and even these swans seem to know it. I can't help but notice a jealous rival swimming by, though the besotted couple won't notice!" (amejoy)
So, spring is almost with us, it's starting to get lighter in the evenings and the sun is trying to shine. What's already shining are the terrific pictures all you giffsnappers are sharing with us... Thank you all and please keep them coming.
On This Day In History
1991 British Prime Minister John Major and several Cabinet Ministers escaped from an assassination attempt by the IRA when a van parked a few streets away from No.10 Downing Street fired three mortars onto it.
2015 Missing printing plates for a disused typeface, ‘Doves Type’, were discovered in the River Thames just under a century after they were thrown in there in 1917.
10s in Tech: Part 4
Hello! This is part 4 of 10s in Tech, where we explore the changes that have occurred in the mobile industry from the very beginning of the last decade, right up until the end of 2019. This week we’ll be making good ground and looking at the developments of 2015 and 2016 (again, two big years so apologies I can only fit two years in from here on out!). Before we start, I just wanted to clarify someone asked me the other week about this series - we cover the hardware and software changes that we have seen over the last decade, and not industry or corporate changes within manufacturers (I am currently working on a few articles which cover this kind of thing). Without further ado, let’s jump in!
As we usually do, let’s dive into the biggest of all phone companies, Apple. 2015 brought the end of the iPhone 5C and the continuation of the 6 range. 2015 saw the launch of both the 6S and the 6S Plus. The 6S was a 4.7” beast which was heavily built upon the many successes of the entry-level 6.
Compared with the 6, it had an upgraded 2GB of RAM, up to 128GB of storage and the Apple A9 Bionic Chip, again an upgrade from the 6’s A8. The larger storage models were not released until later. The 6S Plus came with similar features, it’s distinguishing features being a larger 5.5” screen, an upgraded battery and better camera features such as optical image stabilisation. 2015 would also mark the last year that Apple launched a device that included the headphone jack, and all phones from the 7 onwards (except the SE) would need either Bluetooth audio devices or a lightning adapter.
On the Android side, OnePlus brought about it’s second “Flagship Killer”, the OnePlus 2. It was announced on 25 January and was available in the UK from August. It featured a 5.5” display with a 13MP rear camera and 5MP selfie camera. OnePlus had taken a step above Apple in terms of RAM, with 3GB or 4GB options available alongside up to 64GB of storage. The camera came with OIS as standard and the first of its kind within OnePlus to be wide-angle.
Moving on, Samsung had a busy year, with not just the Galaxy Note 5 being released, but the A7 and A8 (part of their affordable range) and the J series being taken in a new direction from when it first started with the Galaxy J in 2013. The J1 was launched that year, the first of that range in two years. We also saw the On Series 7 & 5 is released. The Core series was completely phased out in 2015, being fully replaced by the J series. Xiaomi took 2015 a miss, choosing to launch their current range in a wider range of places rather than focusing on phone production solely. Oppo launched the A33 and A31 as well as a range of other phones. 2015 saw the wind up of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon range running on 32-bit, which meant that in the following years, phone manufacturers would be looking to upgrade.
How could we look at Apple in 2016 without recognising the iPhone SE? This integral part of the iPhone’s history is long forgotten by the tech industry, as it was definitely a step away from the traditional year after year releases for the California-based firm. The SE stands for Special Edition, and it was special. Announced in March of 2016, it aimed to bring newer specs and upgraded systems to an older-looking device. It featured the same outer design as the 5S, but internally it was totally different, reflecting a design similar to the 6 and upcoming 7 ranges. It had a fingerprint reader button, alongside an upgraded camera with 4K capabilities on the front and a new system of facial detection on the selfie camera. The SE had 2GB of RAM as standard and (eventually) 128GB of storage. Whilst all these new features were internal, Apple aimed to keep the price low, with the launch price being £399. In 2019, Apple sold the SE as a clearance item on its store, selling various models for cheaper prices. Apple also launched the 7 and 7 Plus in 2016.
Again, jumping ship to Android, Samsung brought us the curved-screen, and highly controversial Note 7. Why was it controversial? I hear you ask. Well, take your minds back to 4 years ago, when news of a popular Samsung phone which was setting on fire and exploding hit the headlines (overexaggerated by mainstream media, of course). The Note 7 was that phone - in order to satisfy people’s burning need (I’m sorry) for a safer phone, Samsung recalled the entire range. This had a huge impact on Samsung’s phone revenue. Samsung would, almost one year later, cool down fan’s desires (I really am sorry) with the Galaxy Note Fan Edition - but we’ll cover this next time.
At a launch event in 2016, Google announced the launch of its first smartphone range since the end of the Nexus series in 2015. The Pixel range began in October 2016, the largest selling point of the Pixel range then, and what is still the biggest selling point of the range now is the camera quality. The original Pixel range saw a 12.3MP rear camera and 8MP selfie camera. In February 2016, Xiaomi launched the Mi 5, and also the Mi Max just a month later. 2016 marked the beginning of Xiaomi’s push to popularise Redmi as a brand. September 2016 marked the official start of an agreement which allowed the company to start officially selling phones in Europe directly.
Thanks for reading folks! I realise that this series has been very brief in each year, however, it is extremely hard to pick and choose what content I can pack into the tiny space I have for each year, which is why I thought it best to cover two years at a time to give me more space. Watch out for 2017 and 2018 next week, see you then!
Thanks for reading!
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