Google Home vs. Amazon Echo – A comparative study

The best smart speakers: Google Home vs Amazon Echo

 

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo – which smart speaker is best? Google Home is the first major competition in a field dominated by the Amazon Echo. But which one is a better smart speaker? Which of the two speakers answers your questions more reliably and accurately? Which one has the...

 

Paperless office: the advantages of digital archiving

Paperless office: can you really digitize everything?

 

Digitized photo albums and music collections are nothing new; for years now, internet users have been able to manage their music and images online. This phenomenon allows us to share our snapshots with friends via social media platforms and listen to our favorite songs while on...

 

The Google evolution: Mobile search results

Google mobile search: the evolution of the Google search

 

In the modern world you don’t just have your smartphone on you at all times – you have Google as your daily companion as well. Through its broad range of services and applications for mobile devices the search engine market leader has taken a firm grip of the mobile phone...

 

The best Alexa Skills

Amazon Echo upgrade: the best Alexa Skills

 

So you think Alexa can do a lot? Well, it’s now possible to add even more capabilities to the smart Amazon Echo speaker. If you network it with external providers, you can extend the pre-configured functions with different applications. With Amazon Alexa Skills, Alexa becomes a...

 

The best WhatsApp alternatives

The best WhatsApp alternatives

 

Invitations to dinner parties; updates about work; an excursion with the uni football team: if you’re not using WhatsApp, you run the risk of missing out on important information. With more than a billion worldwide users to date, the app is more popular than almost any other on...

 

Perfect out of office message: Examples and templates

How to create the perfect out of office message

 

The out of office message is a crucial part of email communication in the workplace. If you don’t have access to your email, your contacts will want to know when you’ll be back and whether or not you’ll be represented by someone else in your absence. An out of office reply may be...

 

Rich Cards: the new Google results format

In May 2016, Google launched the next big change to the appearance of its search engine results pages with Rich Cards. Given that more than half of searches on the world’s most popular search engine come from mobile devices today, it’s hardly surprising that the latest results format update is designed specifically for smartphones and tablets. So what do Rich Cards entail? And how can web...

Google mobile search: the evolution of the Google search

In the modern world you don’t just have your smartphone on you at all times – you have Google as your daily companion as well. Through its broad range of services and applications for mobile devices the search engine market leader has taken a firm grip of the mobile phone industry with the help of its many partners. Google offers more than just a mere mobile search, the company provides personal...

Open Graph: An Explanation of Tags and Functions

Website operators usually like it whenever their content is shared on social media. However, occasionally the way it is displayed leaves much to be desired. The Open Graph protocol (OGP) allows you to optimize your website’s preview. Using Open Graph tags can help generate more likes and clicks.

Graph databases explained

There are plenty of models for processing and storing large quantities of data. However, conventional databases with their rigid tabular structures quickly reach their limits when modeling complex relationships. So-called ‘graph databases’ have proven themselves to be particularly efficient for dealing with intensely interconnected data. But what exactly can they do?

PHP 5.6: Support stops at the end of 2018

Security support for PHP 5.6 ceases at the end of the year. Although developers had already postponed the end date by a year, many website operators still seem to be unprepared. A large number of websites still run on PHP 5.6. From January onwards, these websites will be at risk. However, many are dreading the update. How can you protect your website?

PHP7 – shorter loading and access time online

Those running dynamic websites that use complex content management systems benefit from quick loading times. In comparison to its predecessors, PHP7 is a new script language that noticeably shortens loading times for pages. This new feature increases both performance as well as user-friendliness for your web presence.

PHP 7.1 EOL - support is expiring

PHP 7.1 has many fans in the web developer community. But now it's time to say goodbye and switch to a newer version. The development team has set the end-of-life date for PHP 7.1 for December 1, 2019. From that date on, the version will receive no further updates. Even security gaps will no longer be closed by the official developers. What should you do now?

Archiving Emails with Outlook – Here's How it Works

Old emails, past appointments, and completed tasks are automatically archived by Outlook after a preconfigured period. AutoArchive can be configured individually, if required. Outlook also provides the ability to manually archive selected folders. We’ll show you how to do it.

Doxxing: The Danger of Being Too Open

Personal data that you carelessly make available on the Internet can later cause considerable harm. If you are the victim of a doxxing attack, your most private information is picked up on the web and disseminated with lightning speed. This can result in insults, threats, and defamations – offline as well as online. Why do perpetrators resort to this sinister method?

BOM: What is a Byte Order Mark?

How information actually read? For some people the answer seems obvious – from left to right. For people from many cultures, however, the opposite direction is considered normal. These are all conventions – something that computers do not understand. So, in which order should bytes be read? The byte order mark (BOM) solves this problem.


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