Ancillary copyright for press publishers in Europe

Ancillary Copyright for Press Publishers

 

Upload filters and ancillary copyright are two planned changes to EU copyright law that are viewed with great concern by internet activists and various associations. This is because ancillary copyright law is criticised for restricting freedom of communication on the Internet,...

 

VerpackG – a guide to German packaging law

VerpackG: The new German Packaging Act of 2019

 

From 2019, a new packaging law will be enforced in Germany, with implications for international sellers who retail to the German market. Any sellers whose goods come in packaging are required to comply with this new law. The purpose of the law is to make competition fairer and to...

 

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...

 

WordPress Gutenberg

WordPress Gutenberg: What does the new editor do?

 

The upcoming version 5.0 of WordPress will use the Gutenberg editor to make some changes to how articles are created. Gutenberg uses “blocks” instead of HTML and CSS. The act of creating an article has a playful element, with the author assembling their articles block by block....

 

Upload filters

Upload filters: a danger to free internet content?

 

The planned redesign of European Union’s copyright laws includes two very controversial acts. What is especially receiving a fair share of criticism though, is the projected commitment of website operators to establish upload filters designed to protect the intellectual property...

 

The best WhatsApp alternatives

The best WhatsApp alternatives

 

Invitations to dinner parties; updates about work; an away day with the college 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...

 

Pinterest advertising: all you need to know about Pinterest ads

It’s no longer a secret that advertising with social networks can effectively target specific customer groups. Each network offers a different set of benefits depending on its thematic orientation and functions. Pinterest focuses predominantly on image-based content. The pinboard network has almost no thematic restrictions and is therefore in high demand when it comes to advertising. What do you...

The 7 best alternatives to PayPal at a glance

Americans love shopping online because it’s so convenient. Fast, easy, and secure payment methods have contributed to the rise of this sector. Until recently, online payment systems were heavily dominated by one industry heavyweight: PayPal. But not everyone is enthused by this payment method, having been criticized for both security as well as data protection issues. Fortunately, there are plenty...

Elasticsearch: the flexible search engine

If you work with large amounts of data, you’ll need a powerful search engine. Elasticsearch offers you a full-text search that you can configure so that it is perfectly tailored to your needs. But first you have to understand the principle behind it – what is Elasticsearch?. In this Elasticsearch tutorial we’ll explain the first steps in using the search engine, from installation to creating a...

The best alternatives to Amazon at a glance

Amazon’s market power is huge and puts other mail-order companies worldwide under a lot of pressure. The all-rounder is particularly successful when it comes to electronics, toys, and fashion. It might be the most popular online store in the US, but it doesn’t come without criticism. Luckily, there are alternatives to Amazon for those that want to shop elsewhere.

Solr: the powerful search platform from Apache

What exactly is Solr? The answer to this question lies in our article. In combination with the Java library, Lucene, Solr can be used to build powerful web search engines. Do you need to index your documents? Solr will take care of this. First, we explain the basic terms of practical open source software and its functions. In our Solr tutorial, we’ll explain how to set up the search platform. In...

Apache Lucene: free search for your website

Who wouldn’t want to build their own search engine that’s adapted precisely to their requirements? Apache Lucene makes this possible. The open source project can be precisely adjusted and also works extremely quickly, which is why even large companies such as Twitter rely on Lucene. In our Lucene tutorial, we show you how to use the full-featured text search. But first the question: What is...

Geo-blocking ban: what’s behind the new EU regulation

Since April 2018, Netflix and Spotify users have been able to use their accounts across borders in the EU. Thanks to the Portability Regulation, geo-blocking technologies used presently will no longer be permitted. With the geo-blocking regulation in December, the ban will also be extended to e-commerce in December in order to strengthen digital domestic trade in the long term.

The public cloud – more computing for everyone!

Cloud computing is an important aspect of digitization. An offshoot of this technology is the public cloud, which provides storage space and IT services publicly on the internet. Data protectors see certain dangerous weaknesses in this concept, but public access offers enormous potential, and data protection concerns are increasingly stimulating innovative solutions. We explain what lies behind...

PHP7 – shorter loading and access time online

Running dynamic websites that use complex content management systems benefit from quick loading times. This is because they ensure good performance and therefore increase user-friendliness. With the release of PHP7, a new scripting language is now available with which the loading times of your own website can be significantly shortened compared to the older script version.

Snackable content – bite-sized web content

Snackable content has become an online marketing buzzword. The term refers to content on the web that can be taken in quickly and easily. Examples of snackable content include posts and tweets, pictures or memes, and short videos. Snackable content is designed to suit the average attention span of web surfers, and is usually sensationalist or emotional, designed to pique a reader’s interest...