What is GitHub, GitLab Etc?

What is GitHub, GitLab Etc?

In this insight, we take a look at what GitHub and GitLab are, and why they are important in the world of software development.  GitHub, from GitHub Inc., is a not-for-profit website and cloud-based hosting service for open-source development projects – it is the largest open-source host. It helps developers, working on software projects, to…

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Pros and Cons of Weakening Encryption

Pros and Cons of Weakening Encryption

With the Online Safety Bill threatening to undermine end-to-end encryption, we look at the strengths and weaknesses of this security trade-off.  Encryption  Encryption comes from the science of cryptography. In today’s digital world, encryption refers to using electronic devices to generate unique encryption algorithms which essentially scramble messages and data, making them unintelligible to anyone…

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Most People To Have Digital Wallets by 2026

Most People To Have Digital Wallets by 2026

While some people are busy asking whether we’re seeing the death of cryptocurrencies, a new report says 60 percent of us will be using digital wallets by 2026.  Digital Wallet Usage Driven By ‘Superapps’  A Juniper Research study says that the presence of ‘superapps’ will drive digital wallet use in developing countries that are currently…

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Google Improves ‘Quoted Search’

Google Improves ‘Quoted Search’

Google has made it easier to do quoted searches by adding snippets to search results to help users save time in locating a phrase in a web page.  Quoted Searches  Quoted Searches are searches where the search term is placed within quotation marks to find an exact match in the search engine results. However, although…

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Spotting Fake Reviews And Dubious Ratings On Amazon

Spotting Fake Reviews And Dubious Ratings On Amazon

Following Amazon suing the admins of more than 10,000 Facebook groups over an alleged co-ordinated fake reviews campaign, we look at how to spot fake reviews and dubious ratings on Amazon.  Why Use Fake Reviews?  On the site of one of the world’s largest retailers and the top online marketplace, large numbers of positive reviews…

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Playing Video Games For Long Periods Isn’t Bad For You

Playing Video Games For Long Periods Isn’t Bad For You

A new Oxford University study involving 38,935 video-game players overs six weeks has concluded that there is little to no evidence for a causal connection between game play and well-being.  Why Do We Believe Spending Time Playing Video / Online Games Is Bad For Us?  A combination of previous research, social judgements, anecdotal evidence, online…

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1976 Apple Expected to Fetch $500,000

1976 Apple Expected to Fetch $500,000

A 1976 Apple-1 prototype, believed to have been owned by Steve Jobs and hand-soldered by Steve Wozniak is being auctioned and is expected to fetch around $500,000.  At $400,000+ Already!  The prototype is essentially a broken circuit board with a crack in it but at the time writing this, after 19 bids and with the…

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Chrome Cookie Removal – Delayed

Chrome Cookie Removal - Delayed

Google has announced that due to the need for more time to evaluate alternatives, it is delaying (by nine months) its plans to rid Chrome of third-party tracking cookies.  Third-Party Cookies  A cookie is a piece of code (used for tracking) that takes the form of a small text file that is stored on the…

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Where Do People Get Their News From?

Where Do People Get Their News From?

With young people now unlikely to read newspapers or watch the TV news, and following the latest Ofcom report, we look at which channels people get their news from.  Decline of Printed Newspapers  Newspaper readership has been declining for many years but the drop in readership during the pandemic years has been much more pronounced,…

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How Many People Are Homeworking Now?

How Many People Are Homeworking Now?

With an ONS survey showing that from October to December 2019 and January to March 2022, homeworking in the UK more than doubled from 4.7 million to 9.9 million people, we take a closer look at the figures and what’s behind them.  COVID 19 Pandemic Triggered Huge Rise In Homeworking  With the UK government first…

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