[Infographic] A Minute on the Internet in 2019

A lot can happen in a minute. Sixty seconds can pass in the blink of an eye for someone mindlessly scrolling through Facebook or checking their email. Combine all those actions together and we have an extraordinary view of the life of the internet in a minute. According to data compiled by Lori Lewis and Officially Chadd on Visual Capitalist, a single internet minute holds 1 million Facebook...
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Please Reboot: BT Tower displays ubiquitous Windows error message

The famous BT Tower appeared to be having technical issues over the weekend as it began displaying the dreaded Windows error message to Londoners. The screen, or "infoband", went down on Saturday afternoon but has now been resolved. The band usually displays colours on the 36th and 37th floors of the 189 metre-high structure which forms London's skyline. A BT spokesperson said: "A technical issue...
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Swindon’s O’Brien Media Among The Winners of the 2019 Designer Awards

Swindon, Wiltshire – The team at Swindon based website design agency O’Brien Media are pleased to have picked up two awards this year’s LUXlife Design Awards for the South West England region, Creative Design Agency of the Year 2019 & Award for Excellence in Web Design Services 2019. The Designer Awards focuses on quality, not quantity, and having won these awards for their work with...
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It’s Time to Give Your Business a Spring Clean

Spring is officially here and it’s time to deep clean, reorganise, and declutter everything from your closet to the garage. Giving your place a deep clean is a great way to revamp your surroundings and celebrate a transition into a new season. I love giving my house a spring cleaning because when my life is organised, I can accomplish more and feel less stressed doing so. You can also take...
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Tom’s top tips for putting together better marketing emails

Getting started with emails can be the most intimidating part! Here's my top three tips for where to begin. 1. Make the most of your subject line If you want your marketing emails opened, read and clicked, it starts off with the subject line. The best subject lines are short, descriptive and give your clients a reason to explore your message further. Top Tips Keep it short and sweet / Tell them...
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Micro Interactions – Are you engaging your website visitors?

Micro interactions are the latest (possible biggest) UX trend to be recorded so far, thus critical for modern design which can’t go without them anymore.  We are surrounded by micro interactions, as they are present on every website, app, or program we’re using.By micro interaction, we refer to every task-like engagement of users with their devices, smooth enough to pass unnoticed as the...
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The world-wide-web turns 30, what’s next #ForTheWeb

It all started rather innocently. In 1989, some scientists at CERN, the science research center in Switzerland, wanted to automatically share their information with fellow scientists working elsewhere in the world. Email already existed, but there was no easy way to transmit large amounts of data other than saving it on a disk and physically bringing it to another computer.So Berners-Lee, a...
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Controlling call flow in the Asterisk Dialplan using Curl and Json

It's very common that we want to use external services from our Asterisk Dialplan, and many times those external services are accessible via HTTP (such as a REST HTTP API). In this article we are going to see how we can use cURL to query an external HTTP service and read a response in JSON format and take action on the values returned to control the call flow in our dialplan. Using cURL to...
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The most dangerous phrase in the language…

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper was a U.S. Naval officer, and an early computer programmer. She was the developer of the first compiler for a computer programming language; at the end of her service she was the oldest serving officer in the United States Navy. Grace Hopper is also famous for a quote, that guides so many programmers and developers, including our team at O'Brien Media. The quote, "The...
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[Infographic] For smartphone users mobile data can come with a hefty price tag

For smartphone users fond of streaming, mobile data can come with a hefty price tag. The cost varies heavily between different countries and a new analysis of mobile data prices by UK-based price comparison website cable.co.uk shows where a gigabyte of data is cheapest and most expensive. The analysis focused on 6,313 data plans in 230 countries with India being named the cheapest. The analysis...
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