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Posted on12 February 2016 2:05 PM GMT

How the condition of your gut is key to your health and wellbeing

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How the condition of your gut is key to your health and wellbeing

Your gut is home to approximately 100,000,000,000,000 (100 trillion) micro-organisms. The human gut contains 10 times more bacteria than all the human cells in the entire body. Everyone has a pretty unique signature ’microbiome’ or micro-organism ecosystem which has changed significantly from that of our parents and predecessors. A microbiome ecosystem consists of both good and bad bacteria - bacteria that we call ’good’ helps us digest our food and protects us from bad

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Posted on12 February 2016 12:06 AM GMT

5 Strategies for dealing with Ad Blockers

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5 Strategies for dealing with Ad Blockers

Like it or not Ad Blockers are here to stay and their impact is growing every day. Germany and Poland already passed 50% last year, the rest of the world’s browser-based audience is catching up fast, and there’s no mystery as to why all this is happening. Ads are generally woefully poorly targeted (I got a Pampers pre-roll ad on a Nine Inch Nails Vevo Video???), too invasive and pervasive, eat into your bandwidth costs, slow down you page loading speeds, often carry malware, and

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Posted on06 February 2016 12:28 AM GMT

Facebook Freeze

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Facebook Freeze

Pretty much since the start of this year, perhaps earlier even, I have noticed that Facebook on Desktop seems to freeze up and crash the browser after about 5 or so minute of regular scrolling and perusing. I’m not doing anything unusual here, and have been a Facebook user from the earliest days with plenty of experience on how things should work - I can’t quite recall it ever performing as poorly as this. First I thought it was my preferred browser - Chrome, but I’ve tried

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Posted on26 January 2016 10:05 PM GMT

10 Essentials for Growing your Digital Business in 2016

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10 Essentials for Growing your Digital Business in 2016

You may have heard some of these before, some are more vital than others no doubt, at least a couple here are business-critical, yet all can and likely will contribute to your business being more successful this year - either by elevating its market presence, or introducing efficiencies and economies of scale with greater flexibility and speed of change / reaction, as well as increased productivity.

 


Responsive Design

If you haven’t done it already, now’s the time. Your

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Posted on15 January 2016 6:16 PM GMT

Working together to deliver more success in 2016

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Working together to deliver more success in 2016

Beyond most technology companies, Affino is truly all in it for the long run. We have a special Onboarding process for our Clients - where we introduce them to our people and expertise, and our own unique, unified approach and solutions platform. By the same measure we encourage our Clients to fully take Affino Onboard and to collaborate with us to build and keep evolving a better business.

 

Our expertise is very much in the business of ongoing change management and innovation - leading

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Posted on12 January 2016 4:42 PM GMT

Microsoft ends support for IE 8, 9 and 10

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Microsoft ends support for IE 8, 9 and 10

As of January 12th (today!), Microsoft will stop technical support and security updates for older versions of its Internet Explorer browser. It is in effect issuing a decree that all who wish to continue using IE need to be running the latest 11th generation version of the browser.

 

Affino has always technically supported the 2 latest versions of the 4 key browser platforms - Chrome, Firefox, IE and Safari, so Microsoft has really done us a favour by instituting this new policy. Older

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Posted on12 January 2016 10:12 AM GMT

2015 Christmas Retail Review

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2015 Christmas Retail Review

Seems this past Christmas was quite the mixed bag. Those companies I use predominantly seemed to fare well - including of course Amazon in particular, John Lewis and House of Fraser. The mild weather had a significant impact on Fashion Retail, with several in that sector posting results below expectations - including Next. The Entertainment sector was saved by Adele’s latest album, the Paddington Movie DVD, and a few blockbuster game releases - FIFA 16, Call of Duty Black Ops III and

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Posted on12 January 2016 3:20 AM GMT

A most fitting tribute to David Bowie

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A most fitting tribute to David Bowie

David Bowie has meant a great deal to my brothers and I throughout our lives. Our introduction was initially via the rather atypical Let’s Dance album, but we were encouraged to explore his earlier works and beyond, and found that we loved pretty much everything about him - his persona, his uniquely resonant singing voice, and his chameleon-like ability to continually evolve his style - musical and otherwise.

 

He is truly one of just a handful of musical icons who indelibly stamp

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Posted on06 January 2016 4:02 PM GMT

The Future of Music Online 2016

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The Future of Music Online 2016

Solo women ruled 2015 as far as I was concerned - occupying 8 of my top 10 album spots and topping my tracks chart. Despite ongoing rumblings about the value and viability of streaming services and a strange and disruptive year on SoundCloud, music is very much in rude health. Vinyl sales - supported by humongous Christmas sales of vinyl players are still on the rise (just when I’m buying less and less).

 

Looking at the longlists for new artists for 2016, there is no shortage of

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Posted on30 December 2015 7:43 PM GMT

BBC Sound of and New Artists for 2016

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BBC Sound of and New Artists for 2016

It’s that time of year once more when we look to the future to see which lucky, plucky musicians stand to make a career out of their vocations. This year’s accumulative longlist numbers 102. I’ve excluded artists from other lists which I have myself featured in previous years, and anyone who has already released a proper official album - full-length mix-tapes and such are fine.

 

My short list (Top of the Props) is narrowed to a selection of just 11 - consisting of

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