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The gaff - 2nd February 2018

Started by: willp789
On: 02/02/2018 | 18:10
Replies: 27

by: willp789
on: 02/02/2018 | 18:10 edited: 05/02/2018 | 19:10


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"I believe in me, so you believe in you"
2nd February 2018/Issue #251

giffgaff Happenings
by bluemoonbaz

run by you awards 2018: Nominees have been vetted - the countdown begins

Amy has been on to let us know that the run by you awards 2018 have now been vetted and to say "I want to say thanks to everyone who has nominated someone for being spectacular". giffgaff also have a really nice signature banner for you pop into your own signature. If you wantto  find the great banner from @amy_b_d and read more about the run by you awards for 2018, then please click here.


Unbox your tickets

giffgaff are excited to announce we have a new promotion. It's running with our partners at Samsung, it's called Unbox your tickets. From the 29th January 2018 until the 18th February 2018, you’ll be able to claim a pair of event tickets worth up to £140 when you buy a Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ or Galaxy Note8 during the promotional dates. This promotion is subject to terms and conditions which can be found by clicking here and @tommy_92 has more information here.


Getting ready for GDPR

@paddy_b brings us news on GDPR. Well, if you're like me and haven't got a clue what this is Smiley LOL. In the UK, the processing, storage and sharing of personal data is governed by the Data Protection Act (DPA) and the Privacy in Electronic Communications Regulation (PECR). These laws exist to protect the privacy of individuals. Organisations who fall foul of these laws can end up being prosecuted and fined by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). For a full breakdown of this important news and changes head over here. In May 2018, the DPA will be superseded by the EU’s brand spanking new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It's a huge regulation, but in a nutshell, it builds on DPA by giving individuals greater control over their personal data.


Member name trial - Results and Next Steps

@riaz7 has brought us an update from this thread by our super smart developer @shivanshuit914. What was this about again? What did we do to fix this? What were the results? What's next? Well, you can find all the news on this great trial from Riaz here.

Blog Highlights
by jammydodge

WeWork: Is The Largest Co-Working Office Space Company Worth $20bn?

If you’re a freelance or small startup then a shared office space is something you’d probably use if you need if you need a base to work from time to time. In this intriguing blog, @jeff_elephant takes a look at the story behind WeWork, the largest co-working office space company in the world. Head over and give it a read.


Are we about to enter a world of checkout-free shopping?

A while back I wrote about Amazon’s checkoutless supermarkets which has just gone into its first public trials in the USA. In this blog, @shadylady gives us some awesome insight into the latest innovative app, Planckly, that removed the need for checkouts in shops. Pop over and check it out, it’s worth the read.


The Top 5 2018 Smartphone Flagship Launch Dates

With one month of 2018 already done and dusted, things are just starting to really hot up in the tech world. With launches about to come out left, right and centre, @zerodudex333 has written a detailed blog on when you can expect the latest flagship smartphones from the giants Apple, Samsung and many others, to be released. Why not give it a read.

Quick Tips
by toxiic

Here are some quick tips that caught my eye whilst browsing through the net, they might just help you out someday!


  • Quick battery check! Drop the battery (with the flat side facing down) around 2 inches from a surface. Good = small bounce. Bad = big bounce. Credit: WikiHow article.
  • Removing Strawberry Stems. Push a straw through the bottom of a strawberry upwards and it’ll take the strawberry stem with it.
  • Cold Drinks. Place a wet paper towel around a drink bottle, put it in the freezer, wait 15 minutes – it’ll then be ice cold. Credit: Bored Panda Life Hacks.
  • Looking to buy hotel or airline tickets? Some websites are said to track if you’ve been on the website before, so can increase the price. Fix: Go Incognito Mode or clear cookies in your browser.
  • A good way to test a printer is to print the Google homepage. It includes all the colours and uses minimal ink.

Check out my other content here.

Say Hello!
by kathleen414

Welcome to giffgaff @o7sagittarius@wattsyourink and @michelleringel78!



Click here to say hello to o7sagittarius.



Click here to say hello to wattsyourink.



Click here to say hello to michelleringel78.

Photo Of The Week
by brulaw



This week's featured photo is Storm by @markulous. Words used to show appreciation for this photo include "gorgeous, beautiful and stunning". All of those words can be used in reference to the lovely dog and also the location, the two together really do compliment each other to make a memorable image.


Click here to see the photo in Mark's thread.



Tech Developments
by revilo10

Christmas Conundrum


Christmas has become a commercialised holiday, where retailers expect to make large profits, and make up for any losses pre-holiday season losses. But is this really the case in practice? January saw many large tech companies accounts filings failing to meet expectations. It was announced that companies including Apple, GoPro, Google and many others in the industry had not met sales targets for the Christmas quarter.


But what does this mean? For many tech industry giants, this will have little effect on their everyday profits and takings, however, due to the large expanse of the world’s media and press, share prices and stock exchange trades will reduce dramatically. In terms of you, the consumer, this will likely mean that during future holiday sales, prices will be lowered even further, in order to attract more attention.


Also, perhaps Apple will have learned its lesson, to not make a new phone on an annual basis, and instead offer up its flagship phones at a reduced price. While many may be disappointed, for the bargain hunters out there, upcoming holiday sales may be the perfect time to grab a good deal. However, only time will tell, and with many shops just finishing and brushing away their New Year’s sales, it’s time for new stock to be brought in and prices will likely see a leap.


So what shall we learn from all this? To put it simply, it’s best to wait for a while to buy your favourite new tech, as the price will likely fall.

Thanks for reading

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Message 1 of 28
by: willp789
on: 02/02/2018 | 18:13

Hello everyone, I hope you enjoyed this week's edition. Following the positive response to last week's trial with using assets from giffgaff studio, we will be continuing to use giffgaff studio graphics within The gaff for the foreseeable future.


If you have any further comments regarding the design and overall readability of The gaff, please don't hesitate to pop a comment down below or send me a PM. You may also want to see @shaina_k's thread: How do you feel about giffgaff studio?

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by: brulaw
on: 02/02/2018 | 18:17 edited: 02/02/2018 | 18:34



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Message 3 of 28
by: bluemoonbaz
on: 02/02/2018 | 18:20 edited: 02/02/2018 | 18:21

Cheers @willp789 and all the team for another top edition 

i love seeing our run by you awards , it gives everyone a chance to tell the community who deserves a pat on the back .

So good luck everyone 🙌👍👍and we hope you enjoy this weeks edition .

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Message 4 of 28
by: yvonnearmstrong
on: 02/02/2018 | 18:43

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Great reading and photo of the week is outstanding👍

Thanks to everyone for there contributions 



Message 5 of 28
by: davidevans0000
on: 02/02/2018 | 18:47
thanks for this weeks the gaff great as ever.
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by: sarahbanahnah
on: 02/02/2018 | 19:02
Hello everyone! Hope everyone is okay? The gaffs are interesting
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Message 7 of 28
by: a1ant
on: 02/02/2018 | 19:38

Hi @willp789@bluemoonbaz@jammydodge@toxiic@kathleen414@brulaw and @revilo10


Thank you all so much for yet another great edition of The gaff this week, all your hard work in putting a very interesting and very informative edition of The gaff is very much appreciated. Smiley Happy


A very warm welcome to our new memebers: @giffgaffprepper@wattsyourink and @michelleringel78

Glad to have you with us and I hope you are enjoying giffgaff. Smiley Happy


Congratulations to @markulous for this weeks great photo. Smiley Happy


I wish you all a great and peaceful weekend everyone. Smiley Happy


Kind Regards


a1ant Smiley Happy

Message 8 of 28
by: frenchielove
on: 02/02/2018 | 19:42

Another great read @willp789 and team, thank you

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