World Mental Health Day 2019 – Mental health: Chris’ Story

My name is Chris and I'm the Senior Developer, and Creative Director, at O'Brien Media - most of our clients, past and present have come into contact with me at one point or another but many will be surprised to know that my life is complicated by, at times, poor mental health. I want to share my experience of living with mental health conditions to coincide with World Mental Health Day 2019 in...
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Business Continuity Support for customers affected by adverse weather conditions (30/09/19 – 04/10/19)

Friday 4th October 2019 Our Customer Business Continuity Support (CBCS) plan is no longer in effect, existing requests under the CBCS will continue to be actioned Due to Environment Agency public advice and Met Office warnings being in effect for most of the UK over the next 24 to 48 hours we have activated our Customer Business Continuity Support (CBCS) plan to provide assistance to customers...
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WordPress buys Tumblr for “less than $3m”, down from $1.1b in 2013

Sarah Krouse reports that Automattic, the company behind WordPress, is buying Tumblr from Verizon. WordPress is the software reportedly powering a third of the world's websites and was itself originally focused on blogging. Tumblr was (and still is for the most part) the blogging service of choice for millions of young people, but floundered after being sold to AOL Yahoo and subsequently...
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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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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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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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Meet the 230 new emojis approved for 2019

The Unicode Consortium, the group which approve the icons before they appear on the likes of Android and iOS, has given the green light for no less than 230 new emojis.This means that the designs included on the official list should be visible on smartphones in the second half of 2019. The list is the sixth major update since the birth of emojis, way back when, and it's a big...
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Adrian Evans of Wiltshire School of Motoring is fundraising to help with basic support for bereaved families

Adrian Evans, of Wiltshire School of Motoring, is swapping his steering wheel for running shoes to take on the Parish Walk on the 23rd June 2018. Adrian hopes to raise £2000 to to help with basic support for bereaved families. donate to Adrian's JustGiving Crowdfunding page and help make it happen: https://wiltshiresom.com/justgiving My name is Adrian. my Grandson Jake passed away just over a...
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O’Brien Media has (you guessed it) a new Privacy Policy

I'll keep this short, as you've probably already received no less than 50 of these privacy policy update notifications in the last week alone. We've updated our Privacy Policy, effective May 24, 2018. These changes were made primarily in preparation for the EU's new data privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Nothing is changing about how your information is processed....
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