The Lowdown

14th August '17

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The Coracle World Championships?! Whatever Floats Your Boat

Yes, that’s right. Just three months after the last event, Source are at it again; banding together and raising money for another worthy cause. This time, the event takes place on the banks of – or should we say “in” (probably!) – the River Severn. Once again, we’re delighted to be taking part in the Macmillan Coracle World Championships.

What is Coracle Racing?

Are you new to the idea of coracle racing? Essentially, the aim is to navigate yourself from one side of the River Severn to the other and back again, all whilst onboard a rather small, sometimes tough-to-steer coracle.
Taking part in the fundraising this time are Sally, Kit, Gareth, Mike, Nick and James. Whilst Sally, Gareth and Kit have seen their fair share of coracle races in the past, Mike, Nick and James are all new to the concept. However, on Friday 15th September, they’re all willing to set any apprehensions aside to brave the unpredictable River Severn and raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
If you’d like to support us, please feel free to come along to the Pengwern Boat Club in Shrewsbury Quarry at 3pm on Friday 15th September to motivate us with your cheers and well wishes. Or, even better, please dig deep and donate; every penny is welcome and your donation counts, no matter how big or small.
At the Race for Life event, the ladies of Source raised a whopping £1,057.50, so please help us again by making a donation here – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sourceshrewsbury.
It really is a fun day out and some of the fancy dress costumes are amazing! We’re delighted to be taking part again and we’re really looking forward to it. And, incidentally, the 15th September is actually Kit’s birthday – needless to say, one way or another, he’ll be going in the river for a good, old fashioned birthday dunking!

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1st August '17

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Digital Economy Act: 2017 Updates

We are half way through 2017, yet this year has already proven a rambunctious time for digital lawmakers!

In the UK, discussion has been rife over recent changes in Internet law. The Investigatory Powers Act, which controversially allows our secret services to snoop on and record Internet habits, came into being earlier in the year. Against the advice of… well, almost everyone.

The US is hardly quiet on this front either. They are busily attempting to change net neutrality laws. The principle of net neutrality is that ISPs and the authorities must treat everything on the Internet the same, regardless of what it is. As an example, without net neutrality, if you used Sky as your ISP, they could block you from watching BBC or ITV. The could then effectively force you to pay for Sky content. More alarmingly, the government could censor websites that they don’t agree with!

What’s next for the Internet in the UK?

There will be further changes, which may affect Internet users more directly. Starting in April 2018, any website that publishes pornographic content will require that users prove their age by some form of identification. For example, a passport, driving licence or credit card details.

This seems a sensible precaution – after all, businesses check for ID when people visit bars, go to the cinema or buy tools. However, supplying a permanent copy of your identification digitally, over the Internet, is different and comes with its own set of problems. The most prominent being identity theft. Also, imagine if the website suffers from a data breach.

If your website is deemed by the Act to require an age gate, your business must implement the new robust check (simply asking for a visitor’s age without evidence will not suffice.)

It is obvious that children need to be protected from some online content; no-one could disagree with that. However, placing that responsibility on ordinary businesses seems crazy. Many of whom will not be well versed in digital security.

Should the responsibility for policing Internet access stand where it always has? Ensuring that parents and guardians are involved, to parent and guard their dependents? Or should personal use of the web be policed by businesses and governments, all of whom have their own agendas?

The debate will no doubt continue over the coming months and years. Watch this space!

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26th July '17

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Source At The Shropshire Business Awards 2017

Suited and booted in our finest clothes, several members of the Source team recently headed over to the Telford International Centre to attend this year’s Shropshire Business Awards. The awards ceremony is a firm favourite of ours and, as usual, a great night was had by all. We enjoyed a fun-filled evening to honour the numerous successful Shropshire-based businesses. Many...

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10th May '17

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The Importance of Mobile-Friendly Design

Mobile optimisation sounds simple on paper. It is making your website, application, or digital advertising work properly on a smaller screen (like a smartphone) by altering its layout. Mobile optimisation is becoming a very important aspect of design and digital marketing. Here we have outlined a few points you need to consider. Responsive Design Is The Future Of Design When designing...

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28th February '17

opinion

UX: User Experience

How many times have you visited a website but you’ve been infuriated by how it works? Hard-to-find buttons, menus that don’t work properly, and information obscured by popups are all common complaints. It can be a very frustrating user experience. the importance of user experience online There are now more ways to browse the Internet than ever before. You can...

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Out with the Old

We hope 2017 is being kind to you so far. In (great) anticipation of next month’s start to Daylight Saving Time, Source is having a spring clean. Putting A Spring In Our Step Since moving to our current offices in 2014, we’ve seen an influx of new clients and exciting projects. Many of these include packaging and photography, and with...

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7th February '17

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Virtually Reality

2016 was the year virtual reality became, well, a reality. You might have seen people wearing these oversized headsets, a futuristic gateway to a digital world that leaves you looking like a muppet to onlookers. For the uninitiated, virtual reality headsets allow you to see a virtual world all around you, such as a completely immersive video game, or a...

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