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Posted April 02, 2018 | Feature Friday, Holidays, Technology Industry | No Comments »

April Fool’s Day 2018: top tech pranks

This weekend saw the return of April Fool’s Day, bringing with it a flood of bad jokes and misguided pranks, but also some really cool concept products. Many major tech companies, including google, got involved with teasing new products, services and concepts that you could quite easily believe. Whilst traditional April Fool’s Day jokes can be somewhat terrible, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite and best tech company pranks of 2018.


Lexus and 23andMe

Knowing which car is right for you can be tricky business, but no more! Lexus have teamed up with 23andMe, using your DNA to accurately find out which Lexus is the best for you. Their “Genetic Select” chooses you a vehicle based on your specific chromosomes, matching you with the ‘car of your genes!’.


Google are crowd favourites for tech innovation, which is why people blindly fell for some of its pranks over the weekend. Our favourite prank was Google Cloud Hummus API, their answer to the problematic decision that is picking the best hummus. Google is here to fix this major issue by rolling out a new API that’s based on a ‘quick lick test’.


Pokemon returned to mainstream media last year when Niantic released the hugely successful Pokemon Go app. There were so many downloads of this game that it became outstanding in the mobile gaming world. Nintendo has now said that it will be releasing new cutting-edge 8-bit graphics for it’s augmented reality game. Unfortunately for some users, Nintendo has said that not everyone will be able to play this game due to the really powerful and efficient hardware required.



LEGO’s fake concept product this year is something that we think should really be more than a concept: a vacuum cleaner that not only picks up your bricks, but also stores them by size and colour. We’re sure anyone who’s ever stepped on a piece of LEGO will attest to this fantastic idea!


Snapchat threw major shade at Facebook, this April Fools’, by creating a filter that makes it look like Russian bots are liking your posts. First reported by The Verge, the new Snapchat filter places a Facebook UI on top of your picture with Cryllic script-looking text, which is an apparent dig towards Facebook, and the news that tens of thousands of bots, with links to the Russian government, were used on Facebook to influence the 2016 US presidential election.

Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge


If cars have sensors for avoiding collisions, why don’t pedestrians who are distracted by their mobile phones? Cue the Sixth Sense app from Honda. It has “sidewalk departure warning” that will alert you when you’re close to veering off the pavement, pretty smart. The ultimate feature has to be the “personal avoidance system” though, which lets you know of people you don’t want to bump into and reroutes you. An ideal app for recluses!

Enigma People is an award-winning technology recruitment consultancy. Visit our job search page for the latest vacancies in digital, electronics and software in Scotland. Check out our blog for the latest in the technology industry. You can get in touch with us or call us on 0141 332 4422.

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Posted October 31, 2016 | Holidays, Software | No Comments »

Halloween Technology Treats!

In the spirit of Halloween, we bring you a run down of some scary apps and mobile games which have us truly terrified!

    • Snapchat Filters & Facebook Masks – Facebook unveiled Masks for Facebook Live, the social network’s live video streaming feature, just in time for Halloween in a bid to challenge Snapchat and its popular filters.
    • Race Yourself – Google Glass App that lets you race against giant boulders, zombies, fire, virtual friends, and even an oncoming train.
    • Zombie Rig – Sony Pictures Animation gives you a fun opportunity to animate using an actual character rig from one of their feature films, Hotel Transylvania.
    • The Walking Dead – Turn yourself into a photo-realistic Walker zombie from The Walking Dead with the official free app.
    • Halloween Jungle Run – Halloween Jungle Run is an endless running game with terrific backgrounds, coffins, ghosts, holy water, spiders, witches, pumpkins and more.
    • Waterstones’ Halloween Themed ‘Blogger Mystery’ Game – an online horror game in which five bloggers will, over the next fortnight, fall victim to an ‘unknown horror’ in the manor they have become guests of.
    • Halloween City –  iTunes app which lets you create your own Halloween-themed City! Decorate your city with lots of amazing Halloween Characters including Witches, Vampires, Pumpkins, Monster Plants, Werewolves, Mummies, Zombies etc.
    • Make Me A Zombie – upload a photo of yourself and make yourself a zombie.
    • Free Halloween Sounds Pro – iTunes app creates a bunch of spooky Halloween sounds remotely!
    • 63 Most Amazing Pumpkin Carvings – Here are some of the best examples of pumpkin carving art in the world.
Happy Halloween from Enigma People Solutions!

Happy Halloween from Enigma People Solutions!

Enigma People is an award winning technology recruitment consultancy. Visit our job search page for the latest vacancies in digital, electronics and software in Scotland.

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Posted November 30, 2015 | Holidays, Scotland, Technology Industry | 1 Comment »

What Scotland Gave The World

St Andrews Day / Scottish Technology Inventions
On November 30th Scotland celebrates it’s National Day, St Andrews Day.  Traditionally celebrating Saint Andrew, the Patron Saint of Scotland, the day, for many, means street festivals, great days out and for a lucky few, a bank holiday off work. The day is celebrated around the world in cities which have a connection to Scotland and what better way for us to commemorate this day than to look at what Scotland has given the world (technology wise of course).

Today, Scotland’s technology industry can boast exports of £6.5 billion and this all began with the wealth of Scottish inventors who have helped make the industry what is today. Wired Magazine’s ‘Salute to Scottish Inventors’ lists just a few of Scotland’s inventions which have laid the foundations for today’s technology successes.

  • Alexander Bain: Inventor of the electric clock, and the world’s first fax machine.
  • James Blyth: An electrical engineer, his pioneering windmill became the world’s first structure to generate electricity from wind.
  • Robert Davidson: Builder of the first electric locomotive.
  • William Kennedy Dickson: Creator of the Kinetoscope, an early movie-projection device. (Dickson developed the machine based on an idea by his employer, Thomas Edison.)
  • James Goodfellow: Invented the automatic teller machine and patented personal-identification-number tech.
  • Robert Wauchope: Inventor of the time ball, a shore-based device that lets mariners synchronize and check the accuracy of their marine chronometers while at sea.

A few of Scotland’s other inventions include:

  • Robert Watson-Watt: inventor of the microwave. Ready-meals would be a distant dream if the magnetron had not been developed. These short-wave radio waves are now used as the source of heat in microwave ovens – essential for students, exhausted parents and rubbish cooks the worldwide.

“Mr Watson – come here – I want to see you,” are the famous first words that Scottish inventor uttered to his assistant during his invention of the first practical telephone in the 1870s. He rushed his design to patent within hours of another inventor. It took another two years before he could get Mrs Bell off it.

There are an estimated 1.5 million ATMs around the world, and they owe their invention to John Shepherd-Barron, a Scot born in India. The idea occurred to him while he was in the bath. The first ATM opened for business in London in 1967. An earlier US version had been tried and scrapped in the late 1930s; Shepherd-Barron’s device, says Burnett, “was the first true and successful cash dispenser”. His original PIN code had six digits, later reduced to a more memorable four.

Scotland has a rich history in technology innovation and today has a diverse and highly successful tech industry made up of digital, electronics, communications, security and gaming, amongst others. The industry contributes £4 billion GVA (gross value added) to the economy, with 300 companies employing 4,000 people, while another 2,000 work in software teams of electronics companies and 12,000 in internal computer departments. Growing at 16% per year, and almost 3 times the European average, the software sector in Scotland is huge. As is Scotland’s successful gaming industry – home to hit games such as Grand Theft Auto, Lemmings and Minecraft – the sector is worth millions to the UK economy. The success of the tech industry is further propelled by the tech start ups that have emerged all over the country and have helped Edinburgh offer the second highest paying tech jobs in the UK, closely followed by Glasgow. Earier this year, two of Edinburgh’s start ups FanDuel and Skyscanner both reached billion dollar status, dominating international markets and paving the way for other software and IT services firms in the area to reach similar success.

Enigma People love working closely with clients at the forefront of the industry, who are major contributors to the economy and innovating our future with their talent. Our interview with award winning, Edinburgh based xDesign talks about the highly successful mobile app sector, which has created 70,000 new UK jobs this year and was by far one of the toughest categories at this years Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards.

Also bringing jobs to our tech industry is Californian firm indie Semiconductor. With $10 million in global semiconductor sales and a manufacturing office in China, indie Semiconductor has specifically chosen sunny Scotland to recruit their design team. What brought them here? As our interviews with their CEO and Chief Technology Officer explains:

“Scotland has an extremely high average in terms of what is available in talent and in maturity”

“it is suited to building teams who work hard and get projects done.”

“We have been impressed with the quality of engineers here in Scotland”

Technology today has created a level playing field across economies and it seems that it is people that make the intrinsic difference between success and failure. Scotland’s talented tech industry can make the nation proud and is something definitely worth celebrating. Want to know more about the celebrations, or just find out more history around St Andrews Day? There’s an app for that!  Download the St Andrews App for android and iOS here!

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Posted March 25, 2014 | Holidays | 3 Comments »

Enigma Team-building with Cupcakes and Cocktails


Thanks to our wonderful bosses, the lovely ladies of Enigma People Solutions enjoyed a rather posh Sunday afternoon baking Easter themed cupcakes, and afternoon tea at Glasgow’s Blythswood Hotel. Having to get out of our beds early on a Sunday morning didn’t turn out to be quite as bad when we were greeted with a glass (or few) of Prosecco, followed by a fun filled demonstration from Naked Bakes on creating our unique cupcakes. We each created 4 Easter themed cupcakes, scoffed down a variety of sandwiches and hit the bar to sip on some delicious cocktails. The only thing that could have made the day better would have been a trip to the hotel spa but hey maybe next time! Candidate Manager Daria seemingly has a hidden talent for this kind of thing and so here is gallery consisting mostly of her cakes…




Daria's Cakes



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Posted December 23, 2013 | Holidays | No Comments »

Happy Holidays from Enigma!

We will be out the office from Monday 23rd December 2013 to Monday 6th January 2014.

If you require to speak with Enigma People Solutions urgently you can still get in touch with Director Ben Hanley directly at:

Mobile: 07768 174270


We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Fantastic New Year!

See you in 2014!

The Enigma Team 🙂


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Posted December 16, 2013 | Holidays | 1 Comment »

The Enigma Elves

Well it’s that time of year where we are finally allowed to say the ‘C’ word around the office.

Yes Christmas! Amongst all the excitement of Christmas socks, the signing of Christmas cards and decorating of our whiteboard makeshift Christmas tree (budget cuts much?), we have been working just as hard as Santa’s elves – you could even call us the Enigma Elves!

The holiday season is a time for celebrating, but also to reflect on the past year and what joys it has brought to us. Given the reputation that recruitment agencies seem to have, there are many who would firmly believe all of us were on Santa’s naughty list, however judging by the gifts this year has brought, I am glad to say that doesn’t seem to be the case!

These gifts have come in many forms but I would say the best gifts are the new additions to the team this year. Enigma has brought in a new Administrator, a Candidate Manager and a Marketing Executive. How well the new team has gelled and created an all important company culture speaks volumes for David and Bens recruiting skills (not that you needed me to tell you that!) The successful growth of the team I would say is a reflection of a successful business and of the hard work and commitment of the year gone by.

Gifts also came in the form of recognition. Recognition and praise of the hard work that has gone into making Enigma the successful business it is. This year has seen Enigma awarded with the Scottish S1 Jobs runner up Best Small Recruitment Company 2013 (for a consecutive year!). In addition to this Enigma was recognized as one of the nation’s top 8 Best Small Recruitment Agencies with its nomination at the Recruitment Business Awards 2013. Both have been a great honour and nominations such as these not only act as a reminder to strive for excellence, but also as a motivator when things get a little tough.

Of course what we often forget at this time of year is that whilst receiving gifts is always nice, giving is just as important.

Being a part of recruitment there is a great satisfaction in seeing candidates progress along their career path, setting them up with their dreams jobs and achieving their own goals. A little motto of mine which seems to be catching on around here is ‘sharing is caring’ and getting to share in candidates joy, knowing you’ve made that difference in their lives is a fantastic reward for what recruiters do. We get to work with clients and business owners and help them in their time of need. The recession is easing and businesses are looking to grow and invest in their people. Enigma has the joy of finding the ideal candidates to allow clients to do this and achieve their business goals.

With unemployment in the UK hitting a 3 year low in 2013, everybody is excited to see what 2014 will bring. For us it will see us continuing in this war for talent. Demand for specialist skills, particularly in Software Development, will continue to rise. With contractors stepping in to fill these roles where possible, this is an area I think will continue to grow and gradually change the face of IT recruitment in 2014 and beyond.

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Posted February 11, 2013 | Holidays, Recruitment Industry | 1 Comment »

Recruitment: A Love Story

It’s all so romantic, this recruitment business.

As an employer, you’re trying to find that special someone but nobody is quite what you’re looking for. You can’t just ask anyone; this is a very important decision and one that you plan to stick with for a very long time.

If you’re too quiet, you’ll miss out on someone who could change your life. But if you shout from the rooftops you risk being bombarded by the masses because, let’s face it, you’re a catch.

All the while your perfect match is sitting by the window, looking at the rain outside, wondering when their dream career is going to come and rescue them while U2’s ‘With Or Without You’ floats into one ear and out of the other.

Recruitment: A Love Story

Enter, Cupid!

This is the recruiter’s time to shine. We might not be great sports people or famous artists (though we might like to think otherwise), but we can spot your soulmate before you even knew you believed in them.

And there creates the recruitment love triangle. You become cautiously more open about the fact that you’re looking, giving us the signal to raise our feathers and show you what we can do – all the while the candidates sit pretty in the hope to be whisked off into their dream job.

The only problem is that unlike Cupid, recruiters are real people. We can’t fly around and shoot arrows made of bubble hearts that burst sparkly lovedust over our targets.

What we can do, and very well for that matter, is identify amongst the masses those very select few who are perfect for you. They’d have all the skills and attributes you’ve listed on your ‘Perfect Candidate’ checklist and above all that, they’ll just click.

There might be obstacles along the way but every great love story has its complications. In the end you’ll be enjoying a glass of bubbly with your new match and toasting to a long and happy partnership, and we’ll float off into the horizon to our next matchmaking endeavour.

If you’re looking for that someone special, send a Valentine to or be a lovebird and Tweet us @enigmapeople!

Maybe you’ll find a perfect match on our Vacancies page?

(And if you’re wondering where to send a box of chocolates…)

3rd Floor,
137 Sauchiehall Street,
Glasgow G2 3EW

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