Apple Reveals New Emojis for World Emoji Day 2019 ⭐🎉

Apple has shown its new emoji collection for 2019 for the first time, in celebration of World Emoji Day. Approved earlier this year by the Unicode Consortium, the 2019 updates include a number of popular additions such as a flamingo, waffle, and sari. In keeping with the focus on greater human representation within the emoji set, this year also sees people in wheelchairs, with a cane, or...
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The ICO has published updated guidance on the use of cookies and similar technologies

On 3 July 2019, the ICO published its updated guidance on the use of cookies and similar technologies. This came shortly after it updated the cookie consent collection mechanism on its own website. Much of the guidance is unsurprising and reflects what companies already do in practice. However, other parts of the guidance are likely to require many organisations to make changes to their current...
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Two new site launches for June – Azone Storage and Morley&Co

June was a busy time for us, with two new business website launches, for Azone Storage, and for Morley&Co Certified Chartered Accountants. Both based in Swindon, Azone, and Morley&Co chose O'Brien Media for their new websites primarily because of our reputation for delivering high-quality websites at affordable prices. Azone Storage Azone Storage have been an O'Brien Media customers for...
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A fun and successful day at the Southwest Business Expo

At the last minute, well, a week before the event, we decided to exhibit at the Southwest Business Expo at the Steam Museum, Swindon.The event was a great success, we spoke with a whole host of different people representing a diverse range of businesses in Wiltshire and further afield. This was the first event we've exhibited at (with the exception of the Swindon Women's Aid fun day) and although...
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What are Dark Patterns and what do they have to do with websites?

Dark Patterns: Then and Now Dark patterns have been around for as long as we can remember; they aren’t limited to websites and apps, but the term "Dark Pattern" is quite new, coined by Harry Brignull in 2010. An age-old Dark Pattern example For example, some credit card statements boast a 0% balance transfer but don’t make it clear that the percentage will shoot up to a much higher number...
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We’ll be at stand 105 at the Southwest Business Expo on 4th July, see you there?

We like last minute decisions and so with less than a week to go before the event we've decided that we'll be exhibiting at Southwest Business Expo, Swindon - stand 105, just before you reach the entrance  - and would love to meet you there on the 4th July (this coming Thursday) between 10am and 3pm at Steam Museum (Steam Museum, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon, SN2 2TA) Date And Time Thu, 4 July 2019...
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Don’t lose out on your .uk domain

If you have a .co.uk, org.uk, or .me.uk domain name did you know that your Right of Registration for the, shorter, new .uk domain registration is due to end on 25th June 2019 at 06:00 BST? As an example, if you own example.co.uk you may have a right to register the new, shorter, example.uk domain name (which Nominet have reserved for eligible domain name owners) - but that right ends soon. The...
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Is your website suffering from Mobile-Unfriendliness?

It’s remarkable to see in 2019, but many websites still seem to treat mobile visitors almost as an afterthought. It’s still not uncommon to find a mobile site where items are misaligned, overlapping, formatted strangely or subject to some other oversight from the designer, all of which can signal to a visitor that your company doesn’t take the time to go over little details. It’s worth...
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Why you should care about your About Us page

Learning how to write an About Us page may seem unimportant at first, but it can offer substantial benefits to your site and brand. By sharing details about your origins, mission, and team, an About Us page provides authenticity and humanizes your brand for visitors. This is an important step in building trust with the people who view your site. A trustworthy website encourages visitors to take...
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Our very own cat dad has something to say about cat ownership gender stereotypes

News released today by the charity Cats Protection shows that men who like dogs are still seen as more masculine than those who like cats, even though owning either pet requires the same compassionate qualities. The findings came from a survey that asked 2,000 men to assign attributes to a man in two photos – one with a cat and one with a dog. The man with the dog was more likely to be seen...
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