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LeoVegas is at the forefront of using state-of-the-art technology for mobile gaming - and are Europe’s premier GameTech company. 🚀
They have an extreme product and technology focus, coupled with effective and data-driven marketing, which is a large part of their success.
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📲 Big Tech & Startups
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Tech giant Apple is always releasing exciting innovative features - the latest being that iPhones could soon be able to accept contactless payments.
This will be a huge win for small businesses, which will be able to utilise the new feature without the requirements of extra hardware. Apple has reportedly been working on this feature since 2020 when they acquired Mobeewave, a Canadian startup that specialises in transforming phones into payment portals. But how will it work? The user simply types in the amount they want to charge, and the customer taps their credit card on the back of the device.
We could see the introduction of this feature to our phones come early spring, with the final version of iOS 15.4. 📲
🎓 Supporting Early Years Talent
Not enough is being done to help and support self-taught developers or university graduates to get into the world of tech.
It’s competitive, challenging, and can be incredibly frustrating. Getting that important first step on the career ladder can seem like an impossible and daunting task.
So, Haystack is changing the game. Tech roles that require less than 12 months of experience will be completely free-forever to post. If you know someone, or a company, that could benefit from knowing this, tell them and signpost them! 👇
Supporting and nurturing emerging tech talent is how we shape the leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators of tomorrow. There is a level of responsibility that we all hold to be as socially responsible as we can, and give back to the community when we can.
💻 Programming, Data & Design
Why don’t developers take accessibility seriously? 🤔
“I feel like I don’t matter at all”. Senior Design Systems Engineer, Melanie Sumner has heard this from people who need assistive technology to use websites but often find them completely unusable. When it comes to design, there are things that need to be considered - such as colour contrast and interactive elements, just to name a few. More often than not, we build websites from a sighted user’s perspective and, as a result, it’s not uncommon for accessibility-focused design and development to be ignored.
What processes and procedures do you go through to ensure your design and development is accessible? Just some food for thought.
In other news, Gmail is getting a glow-up. 💅 From this week, Gmail is rolling out its new interface and you can opt-in and revert to “classic Gmail” if you don’t get on with it.
The integrated view will make it easier to swap between Mail, Chat, Spaces and Meets. It’ll also make it easier to search - with an enhanced search bar including both email and chats so you don’t have to navigate to different places.
⚙️ Miscellaneous
  • Instagram’s testing a new subscription service that will let creators charge a monthly fee for exclusive Instagram Stories and Lives 🤑
  • Spotify continues to side with Joe Rogan causing even more controversy 🎙
  • Wordle has been bought by the New York Times - but fear not, it’s still free! ✏️
  • Facebook’s daily returning users have dipped for the first time in 18 years 📉
🔦 Highlighted Opportunities
North East
📌 Opencast - currently hiring for 11 opportunities
North West
📌 Peak - currently hiring for 5 opportunities
Yorkshire & Humber
📌 Gear4music - currently hiring for 12 opportunities
West Midlands
📌 Huel - currently hiring for 5 opportunities
📌 Datatonic - currently hiring for 3 opportunities
📌 Cronofy - currently hiring for 2 opportunities
📌 Cloudsoft - currently hiring for 1 opportunity
📌 Kinderly - not actively hiring but check them out
🎙 Haystack: Tech Uncovered
🎙 The next episode of the Tech Uncovered podcast with Andrew McFetrich is live!
In this episode, we speak to Andy, Talent Acquisition Campaign and Channel Manager at Sage. Sage is a global market leader for technology with over 15,000 employees worldwide and Andy is responsible for their global recruitment marketing strategy.
They discuss 👇🎨 What exactly Employer Branding is and why it’s so important💼 Challenges in hiring tech talent🏢 Company transparency and valuesYou can find us on all your usual podcast platforms ⬇️
🎧 Listen on Apple Podcasts here:🎧 Listen on Spotify here:🎧 Listen on YouTube here:
📚 Blog Round-up
TypeScript has become increasingly popular over the last few years, and many jobs are now requiring developers to know TypeScript. But don’t be alarmed – if you already know JavaScript, you will be able to pick up TypeScript quickly. Read more.
There are so many apps and sites out there now, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed! But with all those options comes opportunity — if we take the time to find what works best for us in our personal lives or professional endeavours then success will come much easier than before. Read more.
Whether you’re looking for your first step on the tech career ladder or take your next step up - you need to know what you’re worth and benchmark yourself against the industry average salary of software developers. Read more.
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