Covering everything from the latest social media news and digital trends to tech reviews, The Digital Bakery team works hard each week to bring our readers a range of fresh, exciting and engaging content. So, whether they’ve been getting the most love on social, caught our eye in the email, or are #trending online, we’ve rounded up the top stories from the past week, in case you missed any…
1) Best Black Friday Deals In Ireland for 2017 Including All The Latest Offers As They Are Announced
Black Friday has been dubbed the biggest shopping day of the calendar year – but are the deals really that good? This year it will take place on Friday 24 November 2017, marking the official start date of the consumer rush for bargains in the countdown to Christmas.
However a number of major retailers are launching deals early, turning the shopping bonanza into a full week-long event. Follow the best deals as they appear on the Irish Mirrors live blog. Follow the link.
Read The Full Story Here #BlackFriday #Shopping #Deals #Christmas
2) Where In The World Can You Use CryptoCurrencies?
Who Accepts Bitcoins as Payment? Interesting guest post from the guys at Jincor, whose ICO is launching on December 1st. This first appeared on the blog here.
If you’ve recently learned the answer to the question “What is Bitcoin?” you’re now probably wondering what you can do with this disruptive cryptocurrency, which saw a 55 percent increase in transaction volume this year, exploding to $260 million per day and it’s getting clear — crypto is not a bubble. The answer is obvious: you can use Bitcoin to pay for various goods and services both online and in shops and the number of such points of sales increasing.
Many Bitcoin-friendly merchants use third-party Bitcoin payment service providers such as BitPay to receive settlements for Bitcoin payments directly to their bank accounts. BitPay and other similar services allow merchants to protect themselves against Bitcoin’s volatility. They also make it effortless for anyone — even those who still wonder, “What is Bitcoin?” — to start accepting Bitcoin payments for their business, helping the emerging Bitcoin economy grow larger.
In the article is a categorized list of select businesses, organizations, and institutions who accept Bitcoins as payment. The list is by no means exhaustive, but we hope that it provides you with a glimpse into what a future where fiat currencies have been replaced by digital cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin might look like, a future where nobody wonders, “What is Bitcoin?” and “How do cryptos work?”
Read The Full Story Here #Jincor #Bitcoin #CryptoCurrency #HowDoesItWork
3) YouTube Strengthens Rules Around Kids’ Videos Amid Growing Concerns
The troubling trends within certain YouTube videos aimed at kids see the company take a harder line. In recent weeks, YouTube has come under scrutiny regarding certain types of content available on the platform aimed at children, which often has disturbing imagery that younger people would find upsetting and possibly triggering.
The New York Times and tech writer James Ringland both wrote of issues around content involving scenes of danger or grotesque imagery that would certainly not be suitable for a child to be consuming.
Tougher rules on YouTube. Yesterday (22 November), vice-president of product management at YouTube, Johanna Wright, outlined five new ways the company is responding to worries and implementing further safeguards for children using the platform. See these 5 ways by following the link to the rest of the article.
Read The Full Story Here #Youtube #Companies #Rules #ChildrenSafety
4) Vodafone Competition Challenges Girls To Get Into Coding
Vodafone Ireland today announced #CodeLikeaGirl, a series of week-long workshops which aim to teach teenage girls how to code. The initiative – run in partnership with CodeFirst: Girls and supported by Technology and the Women’s Network – will provide female students with basic knowledge of computer languages and development programmes, with the aim of building a website upon completion.
The #CodeLikeaGirl project forms part of global Vodafone partnership with CodeFirst: Girls to provide teenage girls across 26 countries with coding training. It is the largest international, in-person global coding programme and aims to encourage more young girls to consider a career in STEM in the future by teaching them to build something tangible they can be proud of.
It is estimated that there are more than 120,000 people in Ireland working directly in roles requiring STEM experience but just one quarter of those working in this area are women. In 2015 only 5.3% of Leaving Certificate engineering students were girls and boys outnumbered girls 3:1 in technology subjects.
Read The Full Story Here #Coding #Technology #Vodafone #Competition #CodeLikeAGirl
5) Here Are The Best Ways To Avoid Computer Eye Strain
Computers have become absolutely essential to working life, so how do you avoid the deleterious effects of staring at a screen all day? It is a truth universally acknowledged that for the vast majority of jobs, you have to use a computer for most (if not all) of the day.
If you find yourself suffering from symptoms such as dry eyes, neck and back pain, eye pain, blurred vision, difficulty focusing, and headaches, you could be suffering from ‘computer vision syndrome’. It is estimated that as many as 70m people worldwide are spending so much time staring at screens each day that they run the risk of developing computer eye strain.
Why is staring at a computer bad for you?
Digital content comprises thousands of tiny pixels with bright centres and blurred edges. Staring at pixels for extended periods of time, and then trying to process the information therein, necessitates that the eyes work harder. People don’t blink as much when they stare at screens, which can leave the eyes more susceptible to drying out. Additionally, the blue light that screens often emit reaches deeper into the eye and risks damaging the retina.
Screens are not that good for your eyes, but their ubiquity means they’re pretty difficult to avoid. There are some tips to lessen their negative effects by reading the rest of the article.
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6) Viral Of The Week – Here’s A Sight To Cheer Up Your Day – A Seal Being Chased Away By A Fishmonger
There are so many things to love about this image – the Irishness of it, the cheekiness of the seal, the nonchalant attitude of the fishmonger – however you view it, it really is a delight.
Derek Byrne or @Derek1052 spotted the chancer this morning, being chased from a fishmonger’s shop in Wicklow town. The seal, whose name is Sammy, already has a rep for trying to steal fish in the local fishmongers and fish and chip shops. Can’t blame the big guy for trying!
#SammyTheSeal #FishBandit #ViralOfTheWeek
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