Contributed by Lauren Zacharias, Julian Moffatt, and Wil Alambre over the course of November 26th…
Waves Chrome Experiment
Can't look away...
TinyPNG Rolls out Their Developer API
Hmm, I wonder if we can bake this into Catalyst to help our clients with image saving/compression. #futureplans
A foldable photo studio for smartphone photographers.
Bob Dylan "Like A Rolling Stone" Official Interactive Video
Wow. Best thing I have seen all week.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt, Wil Alambre, and Max Chiriac over the course of November 25th…
Studio Neat has a New Glif Available
Looks awesome. Unlike the first one, this one works with any smartphone.
Its a kickstarter for a rollerball pen that writes with conductive silver ink... a pen that draws working circuits!
Tab Closed; Didn't Read
Annoying popups on the web prevent us from getting the information efficiently. Here is a collection of sites that demonstratehow exactly things shouldnt be done on the web. And I do close the tab immediately when I encounter such atrocities.
Contributed by Lauren Zacharias, Julian Moffatt, and Max Chiriac over the course of November 22nd…
- We're Gettin' Festive
ONE WORLD FUTBOL
Great project. They made a nearly indestructible soccer ball that never needs a pump, can be used on hard surfaces, and feilds. You buy one and one gets sent to kids who need it. Sport and play are so incredibly important to growing as a human, so get on board! Win, win!
When We Lose Antibiotics, Heres Everything Else Well Lose Too
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of November 21st…
Contributed by Julian Moffatt, Wil Alambre, Max Chiriac, and Lauren Zacharias over the course of November 20th…
Man Live-Tweets Couple Breaking Up On Rooftop
Sometimes I wish I lived in a bigger city that has the same problems of our small little town, you just get to seem them more often. Worth your time this AM to have a read over coffee.
Wordpress Incorporates Markdown
Seems like it should have been in there from the get go, but better late than never.
Fantastic little iOS Quiz game we just discovered. One of the most awesome interfaces too. So many stats and so much knowledge.
Winamp Shutting Down
AOL is shutting down the media player 15 years after Nullsoft originally released it.
Mozilla releases some JS and HTML that that adds collaboration features and tools to your website. If its as easy as they say, it is worth a try!
"We started this website because we are sick of seeing our own work and the work of our peers ripped off by unscrupulous designers in an effort to make a quick buck."
IE development team is becoming more open. Now everyone can submit feedback to IE developers. P.S. Not sure what was the necessity to use images instead of live text on that page though ))
Canada's natural and historic treasures are on Google Street View
Explore CanadaÂ's national parks and historic sites. Â meaning go travel and see them live!
Chrome Experiment: Middle Earth
A Google Chrome experiment for The Hobbit that lets you explore Middle Earth.
Happy Monday all. We arrived at the office to a dead network switch this morning. That means all of our office phones are down. Internet is up, so email is the best way to reach us until we can replace the network switch and get voice calls back.
If you do phone, you will be able to leave a voicemail and it will be emailed to us.
12:02pm - Alex from Precursor is here. Hurray!
1:18pm - We have a borrowed switch in place. Doug and I have phones back, but for some reason (unkown) our remaining phones won't talk to the switch. Grrr... still working on it.
Nov 20, 1pm: Well, that took way longer than it should have. We finally got our Talkswitch phones all back on the network. We had to do the following:
- Map IP addresses on our Apple Airport Router to each of the Talkswitch units. This is to ensure that they always get the same IP addresses.
- On the 5 older phones that don't dynamically read the network and figure out where the talkswitch primary units live, we had to manually configure:
- TFTP server
- HTTP server
- SIP server address
- FTP server
- Scan through the rest of the settings on the phone looking for incorrect IP addresses that did not match up to the IP addresses assigned to the primary and secondary units
- Restart all the phones a bunch fo times
Good news, we have all phones back and all network related devices are happy as clams.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of November 18th…
Available through the Firefox Nightly builds, Australis is the next iteration of the Firefox user interface. Looks impressively smooth, a nice direction.
Big thanks to Paul Irish for making these high resolution browser logos (with transparent backgrounds) available for those who need them. And the list of browsers is pretty impressive!
Contributed by Wil Alambre, Julian Moffatt, and Dwayne Kristjanson over the course of November 15th…
Contributed by Max Chiriac and Wil Alambre over the course of November 14th…
Contributed by Julian Moffatt and Wil Alambre over the course of November 13th…
Free 32px web icons that don't suck
Nice set of icons from Visual Idiot over on Dribble. Go grab them!
Sass for Web Designers
By Dan Cederholm through A Book Apart, and available through almost every format available.
Twitter releases "custom timelines" like Storify, built right into Twitter itself.
- Maleficent, teaser trailer
Drew Roper and Ryan Paule put together a site that pits two designers in a week long "font feud and these are some wicked awesome letters that are a-battling!
Wikileaks has obtained and released the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement that most governments have until now been doing their best to keep under the hats.
As a web developer working on a Mac, one of the more intriguing additions to OS X Mavericks was Safari Push Notifications. Though local notifications have been around for a while, those only worked as long as the site visitor had a browser window open on that page. Push notifications held a lot more potential: the user didn't have to stay on the webpage. They didn't even have to have their browser open.
Using our website a testbed, we decided to implement this new functionality on our blog. We wanted blog authors to receive notifications on their OS X desktop when anyone left a comment on any article they wrote. This took a little more wrestling than we anticipated… though Apple provided documentation about Safari Push Notifications, it extremely frustrating to follow because it skips some steps around certificates. I'll save you the headache of digging around, and point you to the documentation you'd need that covers the creation of .P12 and .PEM certificate files.
Now, once permission has been granted, all future interaction is handled through web servers and Apple's services. How and when notifications are sent are handled by web developers and their code. For example, a visitor can leave a comment on this blog and that'll trigger PHP on the server, sending a notification through Apple's push notification services to the blog article's author. Whether we're at our computer or not, whether we're working in any app or not, we'll receive an OS X notification that looks like this:
Handy! And how these notifications display on your desktop are managed just like any other notifications, through the OS X preference pane:
However, there are some downsides. These notifications seem to be device specific. If you sign up to receive notifications on your computer, you won't receive them on your iOS devices. It's set to your OS X desktop, not to your Apple ID. And you'll need to use Safari 7.0+ to grant and deny permissions from then on. You don't have to trust the website developers to enforce any "do not spam me anymore" functionality (thankfully) as you can handle that through Safari's preferences… but that ties these alerts Apple's browser.
The end result? Some pretty cool functionality… but web developers like myself won't find may opportunities to use it. In our testing, it does provide feedback from our site much faster than email (which is limited by when cron jobs run and how often our mail apps fetch information). It would be very useful for any Catalyst administrators looking for near-instantaneous updates on online purchases, registrations, or similar items from their site that require manual review. But because it's tied to OS X Mavericks and Safari 7.0+ specifically, it narrows the number of people that would be able to use it.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of November 12th…
Adobe Edge Web Fonts
Adobe launches a free web font competitor to Google Webfonts.
Graphical User Interface Gallery
Take a walk down memory lane, checking out what OSes link Commodores GEOS looked like back in the day.
- The Humble Store
Its like Netflix, but for for books. 100,000 titles for $9.95 a month.
Apple maps: how Google lost when everyone thought it had won
I have to admit that Apple maps is pretty awesome on iOS7. If it keeps improving at this rate, I will be lobbying Apple to release an API for this data so we can build projects on it.
Typhoon Haiyan (Northwestern Pacific Ocean)
NASA has a great page with all their coverage of typhoon Haiyan. Some of the shots from space are scary.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of November 7th…
- RoboCop, second official trailer
- Internet Explorer, the anime
Satellite Will Fall to Earth, but No One Is Sure Where
Fun times! I guess that is one way to clean up space junk, just have it drift back into the gravitational pull of the planet then pick it up where it smashes down.
Internet Explorer 11 globally available
IE11 is available worldwide in 95 languages for download today for Windows 7 users.
Christmas is coming and these might be a nice little gift for someone you know that loves Star Trek. Thanks Threadless!
About the new iWork for Mac: Features and compatibility
Wow. Apple has published a development road map for features that are going to added to the latest version of iWork. Nice to see some of the tools I use frequently coming back.
Tiny Death Star
Nimblebit and LucasArts join forces to make a Star Wars themed version of Tiny Tower.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of November 5th…
- Google Helpouts
Helix, first trailer
First trailer for the highly anticipated TV series from Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ronald D. Moore.
- Knock to Unlock
"The mix of calm and commotion in an environment like a coffee house is proven to be just what you need to get those creative juices flowing."
WhatÂ's new in unicode 7? How about over 2800 new characters, over 1800 of those from 23 newly added scripts.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt over the course of November 4th…
Scientists believe lasers could help cure Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
You know at some point lasers are going to be useful for more than props in sci-fi movies. Having known several people to go down with Parkinsons and Alzheimers, my fingers are crossed that this research proves fruitful.