“Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.” - Kobe Bryant
26th June 2020 / Issue #376
giffgaff’s 2020 Charity update
giffgaff matched the members’ donations and together we raised a wonderful £63,580. To see who benefitted and how much they received, click here.
Our fantastic goodybank’s 10th week
Through giffgaff and our members, we’ve supported 175 causes, 1,429 members and 43,000 people across the country. For the full update from @shaina_k, head over here. Want to donate, or just find how the goodybank works? Click here. To read the stories from the charities and communities who are benefitting from the donations, head over here.
New Community Educator
Please pop over and say hello to Bethany @bethany_j, the latest community educator to join the ranks. She would love to hear the members’ thoughts on places to visit for her future travel destinations. Head over here and say hello to Bethany.
Recruiting more members to be giffgaff pioneers
Do you want to be a pioneer? and help shape the future of giffgaff, through polls and surveys, testing new website journeys, giving feedback and ideas on the giffgaff app, as well as being featured in our brand campaigns. Then make sure you let @amy_b_d know here.
Our weekly roundup from your fellow members’ recent discussion threads
Our new member @mobbymani “Has just joined us after a reference and is looking forward to a good friendship!” Please give our new friend a big giffgaff community hug here.
Welcome to giffgaff and the community @fivepints002. Love your username 😁, I think you’re going to enjoy our vibrant community. Say hello here.
Say hello to another fab new giffgaffer @justeena1 who joined last week. I hope you’re setting in and enjoying the community. Say hello here.
It’s My giffgaff Anniversary!
@formulaone says “As of the (20th June 2020) I have been a member of this awesomeness and the friendliest community for the past 6 years now. I cannot believe how the time has gone.”
Time flies by when you’re the driver of a train
@shaunm1963 says “Received an email from giffgaff saying I’ve been with giffgaff for 8 years today!!! I’m actually quite happy and proud. I think the main reason I have stayed so long is that I am not tied to any contract. When times are hard I drop down a goodybag notch, and crank it up when I’m back out in the lead.”
My First Anniversary with giffgaff!
@ihett0 says “Hello Friends it’s my First Anniversary and I have not been disappointed for making giffgaff my preferred network and meeting great friends!”
1 year and 1 day
@maureennotmary says “Found email in my junk folder, saying been with giffgaff for 1 year. This account is now our home phone (don’t use landlines anymore), so may have many more years ahead of us.”
If it’s YOUR giffgaffiversary, please let the team know by sending a private message to @ijustcantdoit.
Photo Of The Week
This week’s featured photo is My Charlie by @timberlake8. Some of the comments on the photo include:
- “A very beautiful poser wondering what you are up to!” (jeanlk)
- “So lovely and gorgeous” (barishna)
- “Nice one” (vijay42924)
- “How cute is that cat” (cawallbank)
- “Very beautiful” (sha_shah1)
- “Lovely eyes and cute little cat” (justeena1)
- “What a gorgeous cat! I used to have one that colour too!” (annebrooke64)
- “Awww so cute” (fay2020)
It’s been a much better week weather-wise, the sun is back with us and the temperature is climbing. It’s given all you giffsnappers plenty of opportunities to capture more terrific images. Thank you all for sharing and please keep those amazing pictures coming.
On This Day In History
1857 The first Victoria Cross investiture ceremony occurred in Hyde Park, where Queen Victoria presented 62 service personnel with the highest military honour in the country.
1909 The Victoria & Albert Museum in London’s South Kensington opened to the public.
1997 Dresses owned by Diana, Princess of Wales, sold for over £2 million in an auction in New York.
Apple: WWDC 2020 Summary (Part 1)
Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference took place this last week, with a twist: it was virtual. In past years we have been used to seeing the livestream showing a hall packed with App Developers and journalists, with Tim Cook and his associates at the front excitably announcing new parts to Apple’s timeline. Due to the pandemic, the event was hosted remotely and delivered via a livestream online. However, in true Apple fashion, the event still went ahead smoothly and was delivered with the same energy and power as any previous WWDC. With all that said, let’s dive into some of the key things Apple announced at WWDC 2020. Today we’ll mostly focus on iOS 14, with the rest of the new developments being covered next week.
The biggest change of all, and the one that hit headlines and trended on Twitter for days in a row, was iOS 14. This update, visually at least, is focused on redesigning the home screen to become more widget focused. The home screen pages will play host to widgets for music, messages, Apple Health data, calls, calendar functions and so much more, making all of our most-used apps accessible and their key data/information displayed readily on the home screen without us having to even open the app.
Another key development on the home screen is the app library, a hub for all the apps on your phone. I think it’s about time to address the elephant in the room with all of this, lifelong Android users like myself have lived with these features on our devices for as long as we can remember, and Apple seems to be making a move towards such a design. This was a big part of why iOS 14 went trending on Twitter for days in a row.
Other additions packed into the update are new way messages, Siri and other important features are displayed on the screen. Anyone who has used Siri at all knows that you couldn’t access Apple’s virtual assistant without the whole phone being covered by the Siri interface. Now when you request Siri, a small bubble will pop up on the bottom of your screen rather than it covering the whole screen. Siri can now also send audio messages, and as usual, Apple has updated Siri’s knowledge bank. A highly requested feature we have also already seen on other devices is video-on-screen mode, also known as picture-in-picture mode which allows you to play videos and films on screen whilst navigating through other parts of their device.
iOS 14 is now available to all those enrolled on Apple’s Developer Programme.
Images: Apple Inc.
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