“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” - Coco Chanel
19th June 2020 / Issue #375
giffgaff's commitment to support our frontline NHS staff has been extended
Great news that giffgaff will be extending this offer until September 30th and the allowances will be valid for another month after that, until October 31st. Terms & Conditions. If you are an NHS frontline staff member, you can find more information on how you can register for this offer here.
Preview is open
For those members who haven't seen, the Preview version of the community has been re-opened. Head over here to see and get involved in the latest updates and changes. giffgaff are keen to get as much feedback as they can now the Beta 13 version of Flarum is available.
We've entered the goodybank's 9th week
Our fantastic goodybank through giffgaff and our members have made such a positive difference to the community with the amazing donations. Head over here for the latest update from @shaina_k. Find out more about goodybank here.
Our weekly roundup from your fellow members’ recent discussion threads
Please say hello to another lovely newcomer @aliyahakhtar111 to the community here.
Our fab new friend is @xxsjd91 who has already heard of how good giffgaff is 🧡 and is looking forward to joining in the community. Say hello right here.
Another new member joins us 🤗. Please welcome @david19743 whose first impressions about the service and community are superb. We agree, David 🧡. Welcome our newcomer here.
@janny27 says "Wow doesn't time just fly. I've just been informed I've been with giffgaff six years today. For me it's the ideal company, it's good value, the flexibility that goody bags allows, but not least I just love this community. Thanks for great service giffgaff."
@dpw6049 says "I've been a giffgaff member and I've never looked back."
5 years on giffgaff
@davidevans0000 says "5 years on giffgaff this month"
2 month anniversary 🎉
@cp3jose says "Been on giffgaff for 2 months now having remained loyal to my previous network... should have joined sooner. Loving it!!!!!"
If it's YOUR giffgaffiversary, please let the team know by sending a private message to @ijustcantdoit.
On This Day In History
1829 A new police force in London and the surrounding area was created when Robert Peel’s Act was passed through Parliament. They were referred to as Peelers and Bobbies, referencing his name.
1917 The royal family gave up the German titles of Saxe-Coburg and became the Windsor’s.
1997 Following his victory over Kenneth Clarke, William Hague became the youngest Conservative Party leader, following the resignation of John Major.
Photo Of The Week
This week we have two photos! We have Rain 🌩️ and Happy Hedge 🙂, both from @giffgaffstumartin.
Some of the comments on Rain 🌩️ were:
- "That's one hell of a shot" (netes81)
- "That's a dramatic sky!" (eldee)
- "That is superb!" (frenchielove)
Some of the comments on Happy Hedge 🙂 were:
- "That's just fantastic, lovely smiley hedge" (yvonnearmstrong)
- "That's great, cheered me up!" (nethe82)
- "Fantastic & lovely creativity, well captured!" (samantha_ben7962)
Another unsettled week weather-wise, but that hasn't stopped you all getting out there and taking some brilliant shots to cheer us all up. In fact this week, I couldn't make the choice of just one picture, so we're getting two, so enjoy them and please keep those amazing pictures coming!
Hi everyone. This week I thought I’d cover some recent notable threads on the Tips and Guides tag. Hopefully you’ll find some of them useful!
- @alanscarr posted a useful tip about vehicle scratches. Check it out here.
- @harrrrrry has given us a reminder about the issue of missing payback. See it here.
- @musiclis123 has posted a link about coronavirus travel advice from the airline TUI about cancellations, refund and more. Have a gander here.
- @johnrooney80 posted a link to an article about a dodgy Android app. Have a read here. Remember to be careful what you download, folks!
- @barishna noted useful uses of banana peels from an article. Check it out here.
- @robasto recommended going to the website of sellers that sell on Amazon and eBay to purchase their products. Have a read here. Just make sure that the website is safe and reputable before doing so!
- @ken_peck recommended a useful method of reducing adverts online. See it here.
- @lisagoodchild noted some useful ‘staying safe online’ tips. Have a look here.
- @sibtahmed recommended a good way of removing your address from parcels. Have a read here.
- @munglespoon recommended quicker, alternative ways of making bread. See it here.
Disclaimer: Please conduct your own research before applying any of the information mentioned in the articles above. Me, The gaff team nor giffgaff will be held responsible for any issue that arises as a result of applying such information.
Government switches up on contact tracing
Trials for NHSX, the government’s contact tracing app are still in progress, and a recent shift in technologies has left the date of launch across the country uncertain. Some expected the date to be in the Summer, but now reports are showing we will not see the initial rollout until Autumn. This is problematic for many reasons, as many European countries already have their apps close to being public, or already public. France’s StopCovid was an immediate hit and was downloaded over 500,000 times in the first few days of operation. To many, the UK is lagging behind, desperately trying to push for a release as soon as possible
Yesterday the BBC reported that the base of the app’s technology, that is what development base it is built off in the first place, will be shifted to more standardised technologies provided by Apple and Google themselves. This adds more problems to the equation, not just of the release date but of the app’s functionality to provide the NHS with detailed information about people’s whereabouts and their contact with potential carriers of COVID-19. As we have previously explored there are many vocal people on social media across the UK who have been voicing their concerns, to varying degrees of success about the privacy behind the app.
There are also issues with the technology that the app was initially built off. During the initial trials in the Isle of Wight, tests found there were issues with Apple’s tracking for third-party apps which made some of the data inaccurate. Building the app off Apple’s own development base will make the app less useful in terms of the data it provides, but the data it will provide will be more accurate. We all know Apple’s reputation for being very closed off, and we see this reflected in its devices and their openness to run well with third-party apps, even though they are for a good cause like NHSX.
Some of these concerns are very legitimate, and as we have explored in the past, they are easily addressed by looking deeper into the details of the app’s privacy terms. However, the most vocal minority who aimlessly protest that they will not be installing the app and that they want no contact or connection with any of their friends who sign up for the app, because of false claims that the app can somehow track a person’s friends through them being connected on social media sites. It doesn’t take much to disprove these claims, as I talked about a few weeks ago.
The whole situation is complex, and that is precisely the reason we will likely not see the app for another few months, if not very late this year.
Thanks for reading!
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