With internet speeds on the rise and more affordable smartphones, we are using our smartphones now more than ever. Find out some shocking stats and apps for monitoring internet use in order to free up more time.
2016 has been an amazing year for all of us atgiffgaffcommunity, especially for us at "The gaff", your weekly giffgaff online newspaper. We have seen so many fantastic things happening. The giffgaff agents got a new home, PayPal was implemented, WFH educators, the giffgaff MarketPlace and much more. Let's take a look back at what has happened.
"How many PM’s do you receive a day from forum members? Should members contact an educator if they are stuck on something?"
We each get a lot of PM’s, a number that has only increased, even with the addition of new Educators. A large part of our job is communicating with you guys behind the scenes. On the whole though, the community is getting it right and directing members to us correctly – so most of these PM’s are correctly intended for us. Things we get are member having trouble contacting an agent, sometimes members come to us with problems around the forum, we get ideas and suggestions for improvements in processes, we get directed to interesting threads (and do the same in return), or the rare occasion their case is particularly tricky and we have to chase responses, and sometimes they just want to have a chat – and we’re always there for that too.
Over the past couple of years, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has had its share of struggles. It’s seen switches in leadership, its latest operating system delayed until next year and there have even been talks of potential buyouts. Speaking with The Telegraph, RIM’s CEO Thorsten Heins addressed the possibility of switching software platforms à la Nokia, but explained why his company decided not to. “We took the conscious decision not to go Android. If you look at other suppliers’ ability to differentiate, there’s very little wiggle room. We looked at it seriously – but if you understand what the promise of BlackBerry is to its user base it’s all about getting stuff done,” said Heins. It’s obvious that RIM’s platform caters to a different audience than Google’s Android operating system. While there are several business savvy Android applications, BlackBerry’s biggest appeal has been its enterprise solutions and unique platform features such as its BBM messaging system.
Blogging Award for Matt Bird
I am here to say a big, big thank you to all of you who voted for me in the recent blog awards. I am a very happy bunny to be considered the best mobile blogger by the UK's coolest and fastest growing MVNO. This is an accolade I'm very happy to accept and be able to add to my CV. Most of my previous writing experience was in the music industry with fanzines and local newspapers, so the chance to actually get some work published online was a massive opportunity for me that I remain thankful to giffgaff for giving me. (Note to self; Do some more!)
I came up with the idea of the series of articles I wrote, 'The Brief History of Telecommunications' which giffgaff quickly approved. Clearly they have a good eye for spotting talent as all you wonderful giffgaffers voted for me as the 'best blogger'. I am honoured to accept the award (although the prize itself is still unknown), and I'd like to say that if I can do it, so can many, many of you guys too... giffgaff are always looking for more members to write (or even video) some blogs for them, so if you're interested PM Zobia!
'Food and Drink' Category on iOS App Store
Earlier this month, Apple announced it was bringing a new “Food & Drink” category to the App Store, which would not only include all of the apps found in the “Cooking” section, but also all of the related apps that were getting lost under categories like “Lifestyle” or “Reference.” The Cupertino company said that the new category would include apps that “help users cook and bake, mix drinks, manage recipes, ﬁnd new restaurants and bars, and learn what their friends like to eat and drink.” However, it will not include apps that focus on dieting, grocery shopping, coupon clipping, or related games. Today the new “Food & Drink” category has gone live in the App Store. It already boasts nearly 3,000 apps, according to 9to5Mac, and you can be sure that that number will continue to increase over time.
Apple thinking of making a car!
Apple is a brand that has established itself as a leader in computers, smartphones and tablets. How about cars? During the Apple v Samsung trial, which was taking place in California, Apple’s senior vice president of marketing Phil Schiller took the stand and said that Apple has considered building a car, as well as a camera. This is according to The New York Times reporter Nick Bilton, who was on the scene. The camera aspect seems a lot more plausible: Apple’s iOS could probably make a pretty stellar camera user interface, but the company already includes a decent 8-megapixel camera in its iPhone so it’s pretty much unnecessary at this point. But an Apple car? Or the iCar? That seems wild. We’re imagining a complete iOS experience — the ability to display music tracks on your dashboard and the option to stream content to displays on the seat backs. Or imagine if you could plug your iPhone in and use it to power the car’s GPS system? The phone itself would provide complete connectivity inside the vehicle for local search, too.
Where the Web was born
giffgaff is based on the technologies of the world wide web. What most people won’t realise is that the World Wide Web was invented at CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research)...the same organisation currently searching for 0(and finding) evidence for the Higgs Boson aka the God Particle. Sir Tim Berners-Lee came up with the idea for the World Wide Web to enable scientists to better exchange information while working on the previous major experiment at CERN (LEP). Over 20 years later and his gift, seen at the Olympic opening ceremony, “this is for everyone”, forms the backbone in which has made giffgaff possible.