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 digitise everything?

 

Digital 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 snaps with friends via social media platforms and listen to our favourite songs while on the...

 

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...

 

Free alternatives to Microsoft Outlook

Outlook: free and fee-based alternatives at a glance

 

Traditional e-mail is still a big part of online communication for private and for business use, with many users typically opting for Outlook as their e-mail client. But many private users and small businesses often look for Outlook alternatives, since Outlook can often end up...

 

.eu domains and Brexit: What will happen?

EU domain names and Brexit: Will your domain name be revoked?

 

As of the UK’s withdrawal date from the European Union, individuals and businesses owning a .eu domain will face the risk of it being revoked should they fail to have an EU address. Read more about the European Commission’s communication and the steps to follow in order to...

 

The best WhatsApp alternatives

The best WhatsApp alternatives

 

Invitations to dinner parties; updates about work; an away day with your Sunday 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...

 

Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) explained

A fully qualified domain name (FQDN) is a domain name that specifies the unique and complete address of a website. It consists of several name parts called labels, each separated by a dot. The FQDN has a hierarchical structure set by the domain name system (DNS). The mandatory parts of an FQDN are the host name, domain name, and top level domain of the internet presence.

What is clickbait?

‘What you’re about to read in this article has never been discussed before!’ This may not be entirely true, because the topic of clickbaiting is already commonplace in the world of social media. But by using sensational titles and descriptions like we just did, marketers and publishers aim to generate clicks to boost their ad revenue. And for the most part, it works. So how is this tactic so...

Social selling: business relations on the social net

Purchasing decisions are rarely made out of the blue. Customers usually go through a decision-making phase, during which it’s up to the company to convince the customer of their need for the product. This is most effective when you present yourself and your products as trustworthy and honest as possible – particularly on social networks, where your target group conducts research, asks for...

Artists and Patreon: The Path to Financial Independence?

Jack Conte and Sam Yam founded the crowd-funding platform Patreon because Conte, a musician, could no longer accept that he earned so little on YouTube. This was in spite of the fact that he had a few million subscribers. Nowadays, Patreon is a reliable income source for many creatives. However, not every user benefits from the business model, which requires expertise and certain qualifications.

SQL Injection: Protect your database system

There are daily reports on how security gaps in applications are exploited – because hardly a day goes by without a new gap being discovered or a known gap being closed. One attack method, which has always been based on exploiting such weak points, is called SQL injection. But what is actually hidden behind the malicious database exploitation and how can you protect your database system from it?

Spring Boot Tutorial: Developing Java apps with Spring Boot

For years, Spring has been one of the most popular Java frameworks. When combined with Spring Boot, it provides developers with an excellent and easy-to-use basic framework for a wide variety of applications. In our Spring Boot tutorial, we will highlight the requirements for installing and using this framework, as well as show you how to get started with your own app.

XPath Tutorial for Beginners

XPath provides you with a syntax that clearly addresses the elements of an XML document. As a path description language, XPath is the basis for query languages such as XQuery or the transformation of XML documents via XSLT. We’ll introduce to you the XPath data model and use examples to illustrate XPath syntax.

Databases – why do you need them and what kinds are there?

Databases are a fundamental part of our information society today. They organise electronic data and regulate access to it. Databases have a wide range of applications, both commercial and private. Each database system has a database management system based on a specific database model. Whilst the history of the database began with the hierarchical model, today the relational database model is the...

Binary code: what do you use the binary system for?

Computers use binary code which is made up of all “ones and zeroes”. But why? Why don’t PCs and smartphones work in the decimal system that we are all used to? The answer can be found in the technology as well as in the sheer elegance of the binary system. It is a lot simpler than many people think. Can you perform calculations with binary code too?

The Python logging module: How to locate script errors

Python logging is a module in the Python library. Since it is integrated into the source code, developers can use several commands to carry out Python logging to file, i.e. create a log file and send notes to this file that are logged when an application runs. Python logging can be used, for example, for code debugging or error communication.


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