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82% of Browsers will soon be blocking Cookies by Default

BlockingCookie ArmageddoncookiesFeaturedGDPRPrivacy+-
2019AfBlgFirefoxSecurity700-min

The latest moves by Google and Firefox show how inevitable it will be that 3rd party cookies will be blocked as standard, leading to and end of the current web infrastructure as we know it.

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Affino's Next Level Search Engine

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2019AfBlgImprovedSearch700-min

Affino’s site search raises the bar on how users can find and drill down into all the content they are looking for.

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The Rapid Evolution of Affino's Contact Lists

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1029AfBlgContactLists700-min

Affino’s Contact Lists have become the heart of audience profiling and targeting within Affino. Clients have anything between half-a-dozen lists to well over a hundred thousand.

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Microsoft has Edged out Internet Explorer

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2019AfBlgMicrosoftEdge700V2-min

Microsoft's recent updates to Edge, leave Internet Explorer firmly in the past.

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120 Years of Icelandic Art - 9 Favourite Artists and Artworks

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2019AfBlg120YearsIceArt700-min

This post was inspired bizarrely by an advertisement in the ’Seaman’s Day’ issue of ’Fiskifréttir’ - an Icelandic fishing industry weekly which my Dad brought with him when he last made a visit. Seaman’s Day is a public holiday in Iceland (first weekend in June) to celebrate all those who work at sea and in related fishing industries. This issue featured another advertisement by Icelandic bank Landsbankinn featuring the unique talents of Iceland’...

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LEGO yet again underlines its credentials as the King of Licensing with superb new Stranger Things The Upside Down Set

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2019AfBlgLegoStrangerThings700

Just announced today and available right away for LEGO VIPs - the topsy-turvy Set of the Byers’ home features both the right-side-up and ’Upside Down’ versions of their house - which you can turn up either way - tree-side or creeper-side! You get 8 key character minifigs including Joyce and Will and the gang, a Demogorgon and Eleven of course - and you also get Chief Jim Hopper and his jeep/truck.

 

The concept and execution here are just superb - whoever thought this ...

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Japanese Kawaii Culture and the ever pervasive influence of Cute

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I am not ashamed to say that I’m a massive fan of ’Cute’ or a Kawaiiista of sorts and this has seemingly been with me my whole life as born out by the following key references. In Japan - Kawaii culture is a sort of obsession with everything cute - which informs a lot of Japanese society in the like of manga, anime and popular culture in general, including things like Pokemon, Hello Kitty, pack-lunches even and various Arcade and Computer Games over the decades. For some ...

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The Death of UK Customer Service - AKA Please phone unconnected 3rd party call centre helpline with Zero Executive Powers

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2019AfBlgCustomerServiceDeath700-min

I’ve born witness to declining service standards for a number of years now and things are alas still getting worse. We have seen such a huge decline in customer services over the years that the customers themselves have now almost become the customer service departments for many companies and service providers - often being the ones offering advice and support on communal bulletin boards and the like.

 

Nowhere is this drop more acute than with airlines - where I believe if they ...

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Spotify is Failing to Meet Expectations!

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2019AfBLGSpotifyFailing700-min

Spotify’s recent Q1 results show overall subscribers up to 217 million, with paying subscribers reaching 100 million for the first time. At the same time revenues are rising to $1.68 billion while the bottom line is still one of loss - or around -$159 million this quarter - slightly down year-on-year.

 

In Q1 I also discovered a limit to Spotify’s capabilities that did not impress me much - the maximum 10,000 tracks you can download to your mobile devices. I for one am ...

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May The 4th Be With You on Combined Star Wars and Comic Book Day!

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2019AfBlMayFourthComics700-min

I’ve long grown up and out of Record Store Day and ’FREE’ Comic Book Day - I’ve never liked queues, and there are very few things that make long-term queueing anyway worthwhile. When I used to indulge in Free Comic Book Day the whole thing was fraught with disappointments - you queue for an hour or more selecting 5 preferred free comic books from the longlist - but unless you were out queuing the night before - most or even all your first picks are gone by the time you ...

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