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Cheap, Fast and Quality – Been Told You Can Have Only Two?

At Purr, we offer supportive services to creatives, both freelancers and agencies. We have enjoyed great working relationships with a number of these truly skilled people and teams and grown right alongside them. Although, as we ourselves continue to grow, so too will our connectivity within the industry. Which is why we have just finished putting the finishing touches on our brochure giving a little overview of what it is like to work with us. If you want to take a peak,.

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The Brilliance That Saved the Web from WannaCry to Removing Ignorance From Those That Build It

WannaCry No More The WannaCry scam is a virus that infiltrates your computer and locks you out of it, providing a code which you must quote when making a ransom payment in bitcoin for the safe return of your system. The virus is implanted using code that originated as a ‘cyber weapon’ of the NSA, called Eternal Blue, which was developed to provide unprecedented levels of access to computers using the Microsoft Windows operating system (for the purpose of accessing terrorist and.

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Smart Home War, Google and New MasterCard Security

Cortana Joins The Fight As The War for the Smartest Home Rages On The smart home space is starting to get competitive, especially as Cortana (Microsoft) throws its hat into the ring against Alexa (Amazon) and Google Home. Expected to hit stores in Autumn 2017, Microsoft’s latest Cortana offering is near identical to that of its competitors (it even looks like a sleeker version of Alexa), just with minor tweaks for its own product range, e.g. Cortana will work across your Microsoft.

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70 Years and Only Growing Stronger

Do you know what ENIAC is? Well, it is something of particular interest this month as the 12th April this year marked the 70th birthday of something that has undeniably shaped the world we know today. We are referring to the birth of a highly skilled and current profession, programming. 70 years ago this month, a machine known as ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) ran the first code using modern conventions. Admittedly, when running computations for the Hydrogen bomb on a machine.

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Earth and the Internet

Earth’s population continues to grow, pushing the number of internet users dramatically. Hootsuite (a popular social media publishing tool) and WeAreSocial have published their Q2 2017 update to the global internet statistics report. Inside which are many useful pieces of information when thinking about your website and digital presence: If you’re considering a social campaign, you should definitely read the report and give its findings some consideration. For further advice on that topic, talk to Deepak over at Purr Traffic who can advise.

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Closing The Blinds Wont Get You Privacy Anymore, Your Computer Is An Open Window!

Password Privacy Issues With LastPass This week has dealt a couple of nasty blows to privacy. LastPass, a widely used password storage system, has experienced a major vulnerability this week. The company has even advised users to stop using the in browser plugin until the issue is resolved. The vulnerability was discovered by Tavis Ormandy, a security researcher at Google, who has since publicly cautioned users and advised LastPass of the issue (without broadcasting specifically what the issue is to the public)..

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Tech Jargon Busting with Sideways and Yet More Google News

Sideways Jargon Buster Sideways has released to solve a common problem. Everyone knows some form of jargon. It doesn’t matter if you’re a techie, a civil servant, a fashion designer or work in a pizza shop. Each has their own words and phrases that mean nothing to the general public. Either way, you start to see how confusion can occur when talking to someone from a different specialism. As developers, we strive to talk to our clients in plain English to avoid any.

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Google’s Been Busy With Guetzli and Chrome

Guetzli “Cookie” breaks JPEGs down even further Google has been driving the movement towards a mobile first internet. Amongst their repertoire of methods, markups, and tools are AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages), Brotli (better compression rate than GZip) and separate SERPs (Search Engine Result Pages) for desktop and mobile browsers. Their latest development, Guetzli, is a JPEG compression tool that boasts a 35% reduction in file size with minimal sacrifice in quality. When put head to head with libjpeg, the Guetzli algorithm typically.

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Senior Citizen Coders, .Net WordPress and ISIS WordPress Sites

This week, we take a look at an 81 year old lady who’s had an app published on the iOS App store, a company that have built a compiler for WordPress using .NET and WordPress.com’s inaction against ISIS’ use of their blogging platform. It’s never too late to start coding! Most people associate coding with younger generations, imaginging the typical developer as a teenager sat in a hoody in front of a laptop. All signs point towards a growing new generation of.

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DeepCoder and The Beginning of the End

Microsoft has been a market leader in many different areas of technology for years. Whilst it’s often beaten by other behemoths in certain elements, there is one way in which they are definitely the market disrupters (and not just by removing a USB port or a headphone jack): their latest innovation, DeepCoder. DeepCoder is a form of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that allows computers to write code themselves. The implications of such software, in a mature form, are often portrayed in apocalyptic movies.

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