I have a theory about February. You know how after Christmas you're usually broke and the first pay cheque of the year goes to paying off visa bills and the general overindulgence of the festive spell? And that usually means that February is a pretty tight month too. So I think the smart people who made the original calendar figured that they'd shorten the month in order to help with that. Far fetched for sure, but definitely plausible. Definitely :-)
Regular readers will know I've got a bee in my bonnet about security, so this news from Instagram is very welcome. Word is that they're launching Two Factor Authentication, which will help users fight against hacks. Read more here
And while we're on security, have you heard of Ransomware? I hadn't until I read this article about a hospital who's data had been compromised with hackers demanding monies to let them back in. Secure your data people.
The Economist magazine might not be one that you'd think of when it comes to successful transformation in the digital era, but successful it is. And they plan to be even more so. Interesting article on their plans on Digiday
The team at Twitter have been making lots of changes recently, and copping a lot of flak over those changes too. But this is one change I think we can all get behind. That's right, they're introducing GIF search! #Winning
This weeks covetable item is a life size BB-8 Droid. Let that sink in. Then get really excited. Then wonder at how much it'll cost and figure you can never afford it. And then get excited again because the price is going to be like $179!
Data storage, you don't really think about until you run out of it. But I read this story about how they've cracked optical storage and I get a little excited because it's actually really important. This had me at 360 terabytes
When you think space you think NASA. It's hard not too. They walked on the mooon. And they have massive plans for other planets. So they released 14 posters to show off their plans and have some fun in the process. Beautiful.
More security stuff. Usually I'm not a big fan of Apple (Shocker I know), but for me this is the best thing Tim Cook has done since becoming the boss. He's basically told the FBI to do one instead of handing them access to your phone.
By the way - contactless payment is thriving in Ireland with over 1m transactions per week. Given the latest budget measures you can expect this number to continue to rise and hopefully we'll see this happen on our phones more often too. But I just wanted to say well done you - for actually using contactless payments.
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