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Heavily illustrated websites and apps are quite common nowadays, no matter the industry, but not too long ago that wasn’t the case. Some of the world’s smartest companies have bet on illustrations early on, gracing their digital products and accompanying marketing pages with tiny artworks, and today they are reaping the rewards. They’ve sparked a worldwide trend in digital design, which others have been trying to catch up to ever since. I believe that the storytelling element of illustrations is crucial to their effectiveness. In this article, I’m going to share some insights on how Dropbox, Uber and Slack – world-renowned leaders in their industries – have increased conversion rates through illustration.
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After managing software development projects for some time, you may find it surprising how design projects can differ from them. In this article, you will find five important tips on how to survive and succeed. If you have any doubts about their usefulness – it is not only the Project Manager’s point of view, the tips gathered are the essence of my conversations with designers as well.
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Global e-commerce sales have exceeded $2 trillion, and they are going to double by 2020. That said, there's no surprise in saying that e-commerce is one of the most optimized tech sectors. Still in this ultra-optimized sector, only three years ago, Tobias Buxhoidt, Anton Eder, and Julian Krenge found yet another way to improve customer experience and increase online stores' revenues and retention rate.
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Fintech continues to be one of the most exciting sectors for growth and innovation. However, when it comes to software development, due to the complexity of building robust and secure applications that are compliant with stringent financial industry regulations yet still provide a seamless, highly functional, and beautiful user experience, it’s crucial that the right tools are used for the job.
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How the quarter flies! Since this year, it became a sort of a habit that at the very last week of each Q I put my headphones on, turn off Slack, and dive into hundreds of transcripts of earnings calls. What for? I look for any meaningful references to fintech. Why? Because at Netguru, beyond developing and designing fintech apps and solutions (API, backend, frontend, SEPA, you name it), we are always keen to see the broader picture.
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A huge amount of a developer’s daily work is debugging. It’s the thing that makes this job really annoying, however on the other hand, resolving an issue and making something work is such an amazing feeling that being a developer is still worth it.
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We’re seeing a shift in consumers’ financial habits. The world is moving towards fintech products. The companies and traditional banks that don't capitalise on this trend will get left behind. On top of that, the game is no longer just about creating any fintech product. It’s about creating a product that will make a difference. A product that users will use on a daily basis. What’s the recipe for a product like this? What aspects should be taken into consideration when creating a fintech product? How will the fintech industry change in the next couple of years? Is it going to disrupt itself? Let’s try to find the answers to those questions together during Disruption Forum London Fintech.
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There are various types of testing and many quality assurance techniques. You can choose from methods ranging from manual testing, through unit tests, functional test, to end-to-end tests. Each testing technique brings additional value to the project and improves its quality. Some of those techniques are also confused or misused.
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"The fastest-growing use of Python is for data science, machine learning, and academic research" - says a StackOverflow analysis. These are actually the biggest trends in tech recently. As we can read, "Python became a common choice for that purpose". Why did people fall in love with this general purpose programming language for research and data science? Well, there are many reasons.
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One of the major European banks has recently admitted that it has failed to spot money laundering in its books for years. As a result, the bank has agreed to pay $900 million in a settlement with prosecutors. While it was a man (the CFO) who stepped down for this negligence, would a machine (Machine Learning) be a better guardian to prevent such situations in the future?
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How UK Tech Could Be Left Behind After Brexit

As the UK’s Brexit secretary Dominic Raab continues to assure us that the UK will not crash out of the EU next March, while simultaneously preparing for that very eventuality, the minds at the Confederation for British Industry have been looking at the effects Brexit will have on daily working life.
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Machine learning is undoubtedly one of the hottest topics in software development right now. And for good reason. Machine learning opens up a whole world of new possibilities for developers, exciting app owners and end users alike. From greater personalisation to smarter recommendations, improved search functions, intelligent assistants, and applications that can see, hear, and react – machine learning can improve an app and the experience of using it in all manner of ways.
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Access to capital? Naaah. Corporate tax rates? No biggie. Sponsored by the fintech company Stripe, a global survey of 1,000 bank and financial firm executives found that they are way more concerned with access to skilled software engineers. Some key statistics from the survey:
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Google began sending emails notifying about the coming changes in the Google Play Store policy. Starting from November 1, 2018, every app uploaded as a new application or an update of a previously launched app has to target Android Oreo (API level 26) or higher.
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Have you ever wished for a time or life-saving function of your choice existing in Sketch? Well, the good news is you are not the only one, and your desired feature probably already exists as a plugin.
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For a start, lawyers are nowhere near the top of the list of the jobs most likely to be automated in the nearest future. The popular site willrobotstakemyjob.com estimates the chance to be as low as 4%, which is notably low when compared to the chances of the same happening to other professionals.
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Why is Python good for Blockchain?

Blockchain is conceivably one of the most disruptive technologies that have recently appeared on the tech scene. You'll find Blockchain at the core of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that have enjoyed the spotlight for the last few years. But you will also find it in finance, Internet of Things applications, healthcare, and even government.
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Python has rapidly increased in popularity in recent years and is now one of the most widely used programming languages in the world. If you are considering using it for your next web development project, then you may also be aware of Python’s emerging rivalry with a younger language, Go.
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This post tells my story about becoming a project manager in Netguru and gives you a sort of a “recipe” how to do so.
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Within a business, many things can go wrong unexpectedly that you will have little or no control over. The more complex your business is, the more providers you probably rely on. This means that your website could go down, your communication channel might stop working, or you may experience data leak. You can’t be 100-percent ready for all possible scenarios. However, you can develop a process of mitigating the negative impact of any unexpected event that comes in your way. We’ve just tested our processes in battle.
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