What is the EU-US Privacy-Shield?

Privacy Shield – controversial data transfer agreement between the EU and the US

 

For some years, the Privacy Shield has regulated the transfer of personal data from the EU to the US. But in July 2020, the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU) invalidated the Privacy Shield. For many companies, the end of the privacy agreement came as a complete...

 

What is Instagram Reels?

Instagram Reels: video clips a la TikTok

 

Instagram Reels is Instagram’s new video feature. Much like Chinese app TikTok, Reels lets users create and share short video clips with added background music. But what exactly is Instagram Reels and what are the differences to TikTok? We’ll show you what the new feature can do....

 

PHP 8

PHP 8: What you need to know about the latest update

 

PHP is one of the most important languages on the Internet. Many content management systems like WordPress, TYPO3 or Joomla are based on PHP. The release of PHP 8 is imminent, but we’ve already had some information about its new features. Also some old features will be reworked,...

 

Create Alexa Skills

Program Alexa Skills easily by yourself

 

Alexa Skills extends the functionality of your Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or any other smart speaker from the Echo series with additional abilities. You can activate extensions for the virtual voice assistant in the Alexa Skills Store for free. With the Alexa Skills Kit, Amazon also...

 

Zoom alternatives

Zoom alternatives: a comparison of the main competitors

 

Alternatives to the popular video conferencing software Zoom are having their moment in the spotlight as a growing number of people are organizing video calls daily. Free alternatives to Zoom include a wide range of features, especially since the market for video conferencing...

 

What is a QR code?

What is a QR code?

 

What do stamps, tickets, and posters have in common in the 21st century? More than you might think: Many companies now use QR codes on printed items for a variety of purposes. They can be used to quickly read data and execute commands. How does a QR code work? Which QR code...

 

The best TeamViewer alternatives

Alternatives to TeamViewer

 

You don’t always have to use the market leader – this also applies to remote access. TeamViewer is still the most widely-used solution for remote management and online meetings, but there are numerous alternatives on the market which can be considered. We present some serious...

 

Four current Raspberry Pi alternatives: Single board computers by comparison

Raspberry Pi is the first choice for do-it-yourselfers around the world when it comes to single-board computers: It’s small, cheap, and meets most server and media center requirements. But more and more manufacturers are putting their own mini-computers on the market: Raspberry Pi alternatives want to set themselves apart with lower prices, more powerful hardware, or edgy and exceptional features....

Photoshop alternatives: Adobe’s competitors reviewed

Adobe Photoshop is the gold standard in the realm of photo editing and has dominated the market for years. However, due to its immense range of functions, the program is often too complicated and expensive for amateur photographers and designers. So it’s no wonder that there are so many appealing cheap or free Photoshop alternatives.

Adobe Illustrator alternatives: what free Illustrator alternatives are there?

Vector-based graphics programs can be used to create drawings and designs for web-based or print media. Of all of the applications on offer, Adobe Illustrator is by far the most popular with many professionals swearing by it. But the specialist software comes with a hefty price tag. However, there are several lesser-known vector graphic programmes available free of charge. So, what free...

What is a rewrite engine?

A rewrite engine is a component of the web server software that allows website operators to internally rewrite URLs or to redirect them to external URLs. The most popular rewrite engine is mod_rewrite for the Apache HTTP server, but other web servers also offer similar functions. We show you how URL rewriting works in different web servers.

Google search results: the evolution of the SERPs

Google has more or less shaped the way that we search for things online. The undisputed market leader among search engines has consistently found new features and functions to simplify and speed up the methods we use to find web pages and information on the internet. Since the foundation of the Google search back in 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Brin’s internet giant has consistently kept things...

Free Adobe InDesign alternatives

For creatives and those who are aspiring designers, many programs from Adobe make up a key part of their standard equipment. InDesign is a very popular tool with large publishing houses as well as smaller publishers thanks to its huge range of functions. But quality (and name) come at a price: monthly fees put a hole in the cash register, especially for small companies and self-employed designers....

Typosquatting — the devil is in the detail

The practice of exploiting misspelled variants of popular websites for personal gain is known as typosquatting. Users who incorrectly enter URLs into a browser’s search bar may be getting more than what they’ve bargained for and end up on a squatted domain. We’ll show you how typosquatters exploit the simple workaday mistakes of internet users and how website operators and their visitors can...

North Korea: 28 domains for 25 million inhabitants

In so far as is possible, the communist state of North Korea has managed to shut itself off from the rest of the world. However a western IT expert recently succeeded in sneaking a peek at their internet domains and as a result we now know that there are only 28 domains for the entire country. From recipes to maritime affairs, here you’ll find an insight into what a North Korean can find online.

Advertorials – The king of native advertising

Native advertising is the new buzzword in marketing. But not everyone correctly understands how advertorials and other native advertising work. Advertorials should not be confused with flat advertisements: As an advertiser, you have to stick to certain game rules. An advertorial should not only fit in with its editorial environment, but also needs to lay all its cards on the table – Two words:...

Buying followers: is it worth the investment?

Fans, followers and likes – these are the currency of social media. But building an active and loyal following on Facebook, Instagram, etc. isn’t always easy - huge competition means it can be hard to attract people to your page. For that reason, buying followers and likes can seem an enticing option. Unfortunately it’s one which rarely proves to be the key to long-term success.


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