Contributed by Julian Moffatt and Wil Alambre over the course of December 19th…
Glowing Auras and âBlack Moneyâ: The Pentagonâs Mysterious U.F.O. Program
A little holiday alien visit news fir you.
Chrome will start blocking ads on February 15
In June, Google revealed that Chrome will stop showing all ads (including those owned or served by Google) on websites that display non-compliant ads “starting in early 2018.” Now the company has committed to a date: Chrome’s built-in ad-blocker will start working on February 15, 2018.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of December 15th…
AOL shut down AOL Instant Messenger, aka AIM, today after 20 years of existence.
Microsoft forced users to install a password manager with a critical flaw
For almost two weeks, Microsoft quietly forced some Windows 10 computers to install a password manager with a browser plugin that contained a critical vulnerability almost identical to one disclosed 16 months ago that allows websites to steal passwords, a researcher said Friday.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of December 14th…
FCC Votes to Repeal Net Neutrality Rules
The Federal Communications Commission today voted to repeal Net Neutrality rules put in place by the United States government back in 2015 under the Obama administration. Instead of classifying internet service providers as "common carriers" under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, the FCC has voted 3-2 in favor of rolling back to reclassifying ISPs as "information service" providers, as they were between February 1996 and February 2015.
Patreon cancels new service fee, apologizes to users
"Many of you lost patrons, and you lost income. No apology will make up for that, but nevertheless, I’m sorry."
Apple opens its promised podcast analytics service in beta
Apple has launched a beta version of that free podcast analytics service today, giving more information on who is listening on Apple’s Podcast app and their behaviors and preferences.
The Walt Disney Company To Acquire Twenty-First Century Fox
The two companies today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox, including the Twentieth Century Fox Film and Television studios, along with cable and international TV businesses, for approximately $52.4 billion in stock. Immediately prior to the acquisition, 21st Century Fox will separate the Fox Broadcasting network and stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network into a newly listed company that will be spun off to its shareholders.
Microsoft is adding native OpenSSH to Windows 10
It’s available immediately as a beta option in the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10. TechCrunch reports that the native client will mean developers won’t need to download a third-party client to gain access to remote servers, and ServeTheHome has a quick instruction video on how to enable the new SSH support.
Previously I talked about how archaic the standards for HTML emails have been. Well, while things have improved a bit, they still aren't great. We are still looking at late 90s, early 00s for our HTML when creating email templates. Now we add to that the technology of smart phones and tablets. Our HTML emails now have to be responsive to a variety of screen sizes on top of working in multiple email clients.
Here are the general rules that any developer should be following to get their HTML email layouts to work for the vast majority of email client options. Since the email rendering engines vary depending on the email client being used, for example later versions of MS Outlook are using MS Word as their email rendering engine. MS Word does not do HTML well at all.
- <table> instead of <div>,
- Hex value colours should be complete (#FFFFFF) instead of abbreviated (#FFF),
- padding instead of margin,
- CSS2 instead of CSS3,
- HTML4 instead of HTML5,
- background-color instead of background,
- HTML attributes instead of CSS,
- inline CSS instead of style sheets or <style> blocks.
Source: Smashing Magazine
Since all email clients handle HTML slightly differently trying to have a consistent look to your email layouts is extraordinarily difficult, so for best results the K.I.S.S. ( Keep It Simple Stupid! ) protocol will give you the best results. The Smashing Magazine article goes into much deeper detail and has many suggestions to help with the construction of standards compliant emails.
When creating email templates, a good tool to use to see what the results will be for a variety of email clients is Litmus. If you send a substantial amount of HTML email, this service will be worth the subscription fees. At the very least try the 7-Day free trial to see what to look for when creating your templates. It can give you a set of steps to follow during your development process.
When it comes to a client who wants a super complicated and beautiful HTML Email design, it is important to supply the client with your knowledge by explaining these issues. We want our clients to be satisfied, but they need to understand that when it comes to email, functionality needs to come before design. If they insist, then sending the email as an image becomes an option, but other functionality will be lost. As long as you communicate this to the client, you've done your due diligence. Remember, you're the expert. Your client has hired you for that expertise. If they decide to ignore that expertise, at least you tried.
Contributed by Ross McDowall over the course of December 13th…
Spelling Out HTML Emails
This article by Lee Munroe of HTMLemail.io written for Smashing Magazine goes into some of the finer details about developing HTML email layouts for email campaigns. As I've written about before, developing for HTML email is complicated since there are very few standards and the variety of email clients don't necessarily render the HTML they get in the same way. Mr. Munroe provides some very good advice and some nice resources to help with the issues inherent in developing HTML emails.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of December 12th…
Twitter is offically adoting "tweetstorm" functionality, calling them "threads". When drafting a new tweet, a plus icon will allow another line, up to a current maximum of twenty-five. They all remain in draft until the "tweet all" button is pressed, submitting each line as a connected twitter thread. Rolling out to iOS, Android, and the web in the coming weeks.
Canadian Trade Committee Warns Against Unbalanced U.S. IP Demands in NAFTA
"That the Government of Canada, during the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations, oppose provisions that would reduce its ability to ensure that the Canadian intellectual property regime balances the interests of right holders and users. As well, the government should work to preserve Canada’s ability to modernize its regime following domestic reviews."
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of December 11th…
- Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse, trailer
- Ready Player One, official trailer
Apple Acquires Shazam
On Friday, TechCrunch reported that Apple had agreed to acquire music discovery service and app-maker Shazam. Today, Apple made it official confirming the deal to BuzzFeed News. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed in the announcement, but according to TechCrunch, Shazam cost Apple somewhere in the neighborhood of $400 million.
Kleptocrat is an iOS-only mobile game that challenges players to play as billionaire tax-dodgers, who construct ruses to hide their money from the tax authorities. The game is developed by the Mintz Group, investigative/forensic accountants who specializing in finding hidden offshore wealth.
Patreon defends new pricing after user uproar
The change, which goes into effect on December 18th, adds a processing fee to each individual patron pledge, instead of taking the cut out of creators’ total earnings. Because this fee includes a flat 35-cent charge on top of a percentage, it disproportionately affects people making small pledges, or pledging to multiple artists.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of December 6th…
2017 Time Person Of The Year
Time magazine calls them the Silence Breakers, women who've come forward to call out men for sexual harassment or sexual assault by name.
Spotify's new "Wrapped" feature replaces the personalized "Year In Music" campaign from 2016. Spotify users can receive a summary of the amount of time they spent playing music and the number of songs and artists they listened to.
Chrome Apps are dead, as Google shuts down the Chrome Web Store section
With the shutdown of Chrome Apps, Google is working to bring Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) to the desktop. PWAs again aim to bring a few app-like features to websites, giving them a full-screen interface, an "installable" app icon, push notifications, and offline capabilities. They already work on Chrome for Android, so once Google is done here, PWAs would be the only Chrome app type to work across desktop and mobile.
Not Just Bell: Shaw Calls on CRTC To Support Website Blocking
The Shaw submission seeks to equate access to grey market satellite services with unauthorized streaming services. It acknowledges that Canadian copyright law already addresses Internet piracy and that court orders can be obtained to shut down services that violate the law. It argues, however, that even with a court order, the CRTC must still approve website blocking. Unlike Bell, which envisions a website blocking system without court review, Shaw is focused on granting approvals for blocking with court oversight.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of December 5th…
- Are You Lost In The World Like Me?
Android 8.1 Oreo goes final, rolling out now to Pixel and Nexus devices
Google announced that the new OS is rolling out now and is posting system images for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, the Pixel 1 and 1 XL, the Pixel C tablet, and the Nexus 6P and 5X. The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code drop should be happening now, too
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of December 4th…
RIP Every Frame a Painting
Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramos have shut down their excellent video series on film, Every Frame a Painting. They wrote about their decision in the form of the script for a final episode that never got made.
Apple Classifies 2011 Mac Mini as Obsolete
Mid 2011 models have officially been classified as vintage or obsolete as of November 30, 2017, according to an internal memo distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers and later obtained by MacRumors. The distinction means that Apple and Apple Authorized Service Providers will no longer repair or service the 2011 Mac mini, given over five years have passed since it was last manufactured, except where required by law.
Winnipeg reveals plan to allow Uber, Lyft to operate alongside taxis as early as March
Initially, the Winnipeg Parking Authority will oversee the vehicle-for-hire bylaw, Wardrop said, noting the city does not have time to create a new special operating agency before provincial ride-hailing legislation kicks in on March 1.
After 37 years, Voyager 1 has fired up its trajectory thrusters
the Voyager 1 spacecraft is 21 billion kilometers from Earth, or about 141 times the distance between the Earth and Sun. This week, the scientists and engineers on the Voyager team commanded the spacecraft to fire a set of four trajectory thrusters for the first time in 37 years to determine their ability to orient the spacecraft using 10-millisecond pulses.
Google bans Android developers from adding lock screen ads
What some of the shadier developers on Google Play have been doing is replacing the existing lock screen, without asking, and showing a screen that can have a big ad slapped onto the lower half.
Bell Leads on Radical Proposal for CRTC-Backed Mandatory Website Blocking System
The plan is to create a new not-for-profit organization (IRPA) similar in structure to the CCTS, which would be responsible for identifying sites to block. The organization’s board would include representatives of rights holders, broadcasters, ISPs, and consumer groups. There is no reference to independent voices or free speech or civil liberties groups.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Max Chiriac over the course of November 29th…
- Avengers: Infinity War, official trailer
Apple Releases macOS High Sierra Security Update to Fix Root Password Vulnerability
Apple today released Security Update 2017-001 for macOS High Sierra version 10.13.1 and later to fix a serious bug that enables access to the root superuser on a Mac with a blank password. Everyone running High Sierra should be applying this patch immediately.
Amazon launches web browser for Fire TV
The Amazon Silk browser, which already comes on Fire tablets, is now available for Amazon Fire TV set-top boxes, sticks, and Fire TV Edition HDTVs. Curious to see how cumbersome it feels, as any and all web browsers designed for TV sdet boxes have historically been terrible.
Pixelmator Pro, free trial
Pixelmator Pro for macOS has been officially released, for $85 CDN on the App Store. You can also try it for free for thirty days by downloading it directly from the Pixelmator website.
Responsive & accessible content overflow, just HTML & CSS. No JS, no media queries, just flexbox wonders.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of November 28th…
MacOS High Sierra Bug Allows Root Access Without Password
The bug, discovered by developer Lemi Ergin, lets anyone log into an admin account using the username "root" with no password. This works when attempting to access an administrator's account on an unlocked Mac, and it also provides access at the login screen of a locked Mac. Until the issue is fixed, you can enable a root account with a password to prevent the bug from working.
Tabs come to every window in Windows 10 "Sets"
In a feature announced today, Microsoft is going to bring two-level grouping and management to every window and every application. Tabs won't just be for browsers; they'll be for Notepad, or Word, or Visual Studio, or Explorer, or Minecraft. The feature is currently called "Sets," and it'll be coming soon to the Windows Insider Program.
Tumblr CEO David Karp is stepping down from the company
“David Karp will depart Oath by the end of the year,” the statement reads. “David founded Tumblr 10 years ago as a space for the world’s creators, and we thank him for his commitment and passion driving the growth of the platform to almost 380 million blogs and over 155 billion posts.”
Desert Bus VR
One of the worst video games of all time, Desert Bus, has a sequel. In very good news for anybody who hears "notorious game's sequel" and flinches, this new take, dubbed Desert Bus VR, is now completely free to own for PC gamers, whether they own a virtual reality headset or not.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of November 27th…
- Obsession , by OK Go
Explore an infinite, procedurally-generated Ikea
"The good thing is: Food stores get restocked every now and then. You won't starve. The bad thing is that the staff tries to kill you as soon as the lights go out. Barricade yourself with furniture, battle the staff and survive as many days as you can."
Microsoft Office now available on all Chromebooks
Chrome Unboxed reports that the apps are showing up on Samsung’s Chromebook Pro, Acer’s Chromebook 15, and Acer’s C771.
Two Major Cydia Hosts Shut Down as Jailbreaking Fades in Popularity
"What do you get in the end?" asked Cydia creator Jay Freeman, in an interview with Motherboard. "It used to be that you got killer features that almost were the reason you owned the phone. And now you get a small minor modification."
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of November 23rd…
A screenshot-taking tool which works just like macOS's screenshot tool - one keyboard shortcut and drag - and it uses OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to recognize text in your screenshots.
Canada and the U.S. stand divided at the crossroads of net neutrality
Michael Geist writes for the Globe And Mail, reminding us that Canadian consumers may be shielded from net-neutrality abuses, but the effects of the U.S. decision may still be felt north of the border.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of November 15th…
MariaDB coming to Azure as Microsoft joins the MariaDB Foundation
On the first day of its Connect developer conference, Microsoft announced that it is joining the MariaDB Foundation, the group that oversees the development of the MariaDB database. MariaDB is a fork of the MySQL database that's developed and maintained by many of the original MySQL contributors.
Amazon launches Alexa, Echo, and Prime Music in Canada
Amazon launched its Alexa virtual assistant and smart device platform in Canada today. In tandem with Alexa, Amazon is now shipping three devices there: the Echo Dot, the Echo, and the Echo Plus.
Kickstarter Launches Drip
Today, the company is launching its first new funding product since launch, Drip. Instead of supporting a specific project, subscribers can now make a recurring payment to a creator. A Drip can offer rewards to subscribers based on when they pledged, or how much they give.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of November 14th…
Most Downvoted Comment In Reddit History
EA has made some contraversal changes to progression in the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront 2, and fans have been very vocal about it. As of this writing, this EA PR comment is currently at over negative six-hundred and sixty points.
Firefox's faster, slicker, slimmer Quantum edition now out
Version 57 of the Firefox browser is out today. It has a sleek new interface and, under the hood, major performance enhancements, with Mozilla claiming that it's as much as twice as fast as it was a year ago. Not only should it be faster to load and render pages, but its user interface should remain quick and responsive even under heavy load with hundreds of tabs.
From Anil Dash and Fog Creek Software, an update Fogbugz. Project management, bug tracking, issue tracking and support. Integrations with key tools like Slack, GitHub & Trello are free and easily customizable, and search and management features are simple and powerful.
CompuServe Forums, RIP
Holy crap, the compuserve forums were still around?
Canada Revenue Agency Obtains Broad Court Order for Years of PayPal Data
The Canada Revenue Agency has obtained a federal court order requiring PayPal to hand over years of transactional information from all business accounts in Canada. The scope of the order is incredibly broad, covering any business account holder who sent or received a payment over a nearly four year period from January 1, 2014 to November 10, 2017. The information to be disclosed includes:
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of November 9th…
Logitech will give all Harmony Link owners a free Hub after backlash
Logitech has been taking heat in recent days for announcing plans to permanently disable its Harmony Link device this coming March. The company had previously offered a free Hub to Link owners who were still under warranty, and tried to assuage frustrations from everyone else with a 35 percent discount.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of November 8th…
- Microsoft integrates LinkedIn with Word to help you write a resume
Cryptojacking craze that drains your CPU now done by 2500 sites
Willem de Groot, an independent security researcher who reported the findings Tuesday, told Ars that he believes all of the 2,496 sites he tracked are running out-of-date software with known security vulnerabilities that have been exploited to give attackers control. Attackers, he said, then used their access to add code that surreptitiously harnesses the CPUs and electricity of visitors to generate the digital currency known as Monero. About 80 percent of those sites, he added, also contain other types of malware that can steal visitors' payment card details.
Chrome will start blocking annoying website redirects
Over the next couple months, the browser will start blocking various types of annoying, unwanted redirects, where a website or ad suddenly loads a new page, either because it’s been hijacked by a bad ad or because it intentionally wants to force visitors to see one.
Apple Is Working on 2018 iPad Redesign With Facial Recognition
At least one new iPad model with a screen size similar to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is planned to include Face ID for unlocking the device, making payments, and sending animated emojis. The feature would replace the iPad home button that has come with a fingerprint scanner since 2014, one of the people said. The updated tablet is expected to be released later next year, a little more than a year after the last major iPad Pro upgrade, the people said.
SuperDuper! Updated for macOS High Sierra and APFS
Today, Shirt Pocket Software announced an update to its backup utility SuperDuper! that is compatible with APFS. In fact, the app can create a bootable clone for any Mac running Mac OS X 10.9 and later.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of November 7th…
- Horizon Zero Dawn: Frozen Wilds, launch trailer
Seán Doran used images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to create a 100-megapixel image of the Moon. The image is also available at Gigapan for easier exploration.
Quebec Digital Sales Tax Bill Demonstrates the Complications That Come With Implementing a "Netflix Tax"
Quebec Bill 997 adopts the “just do it” approach to digital sales tax. The bill covers the waterfront of digital tax issues: sales tax collection for those with a significant online presence, penalties for failure to file income tax returns, as well as penalties for payment providers who do not report purchases in the province when asked and for sites that conceal data about a significant provincial online presence. The key phrase in the bill is “significant online presence”, which triggers most of the obligations.
US judge says "global de-indexing order" against Google threatens free speech
A US federal judge has stopped a ruling from the Canadian Supreme Court from going into effect in the US. The Canadian order would have ordered Google to de-index all pages belonging to a company called Datalink, which was allegedly selling products that violated the IP of Vancouver-based Equustek. When the order came down earlier this year, Google filed a lawsuit in US federal court seeking to render the Canadian order unenforceable stateside.
Flaw crippling millions of crypto keys is worse than first disclosed
A crippling flaw affecting millions—and possibly hundreds of millions—of encryption keys used in some of the highest-stakes security settings is considerably easier to exploit than originally reported, cryptographers declared over the weekend. The assessment came as Estonia abruptly suspended 760,000 national ID cards used for voting, filing taxes, and encrypting sensitive documents
Contributed by Julian Moffatt over the course of November 6th…
US government climate report: Climate change is real and our fault
Well duh. Nice to see it being spelled out though.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of October 31st…
- Shadow of Colossus, remaster in 4K, PGW 2017 trailer
- The Last of Us Part II, PGW 2017 trailer
- Guacamelee! 2, PGW 2017 trailer
New Data Demonstrates that Canada's Anti-Spam Law is Working
New data disclosed at the House of Commons committee's statutorily-mandated CASL review reveal that Canada is a now a world anti-spam leader, resulting in more effective e-commerce campaigns and a significant reduction in the number of spam organizations operating within Canada.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of October 30th…
Introducing Square Register
Square builds its own end-to-end integrated point of sale. With Square Register you get dedicated hardware (including a seller display, customer display, hardware hub, and mounting kit), embedded point-of-sale software, and Square’s secure payments technology.
Contributed by Max Chiriac over the course of October 27th…
HEML - Quickly craft clean, responsive emails
HEML is an open source markup language for building responsive email. It gives you the native power of HTML without having to deal with all of the email quirks. HEML makes building emails as easy as building websites.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of October 25th…
Single opt-in will become default setting for MailChimp signup forms
"Starting October 31, single opt-in will become the default setting for all MailChimp hosted, embedded, and pop-up signup forms. This change will impact all MailChimp users, so here’s everything you need to know..."
Google launches the Android 8.1 Developer Preview
The headline feature of the OS update seems to be a new "Neural Networks API" (NNAPI), which Google says "provides apps with hardware acceleration for on-device machine learning operations."
Animal Crossing is coming to smartphones
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will launch for iOS and Android devices "in late November" as a freemium game, with in-app purchaseds of "tickets".
Today, Amazon announced yet another way for Prime members to get their packages. The new Amazon Key system allows delivery personnel to drop off packages inside Prime members' homes, providing "secure home access" when the homeowner is not available. Amazon Key works in two parts: choosing in-home delivery while checking out on Amazon and providing access to your home through Amazon's new Key in-home kit, which includes a smart lock provided by Kwikset or Yale and a special version of the company's new Cloud Cam security camera.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of October 23rd…
Snap reportedly stuck with 'hundreds of thousands' of unsold Spectacles
The Information reports that Snap expected demand for Spectacles to continue after the holidays and ordered “hundreds of thousands” of additional units. But after it opened sales to a wider audience, that didn’t happen, and those units are now reported to be sitting around in warehouses, unsold.
Stephen Hawking's PhD thesis now online
In celebration of "Open Access Week 2017," Cambridge University Library has made Stephen Hawking's 1965 117-page doctoral thesis freely available online.
Canadian spy agency releases its top anti-malware tool as free software
The Canadian Communications Security Establishment has released the sourcecode for Assemblyline, a "Swiss Army Knife for malware analysis" that rolls up several malware analysis tools into a single unit, which can scan files for known malware and also assign a score to files indicating the likeliness that the file has a previously unseen form of malware.
The Universe is much bigger than it is old
In a Twitter thread, author Oliver Morton compares the physical scale of the Universe with its age (from the perspective of humans).
Contributed by Julian Moffatt over the course of October 20th…
Blue Origin just sent a jolt through the aerospace industry
Awesome. This opens up possibilities for a possible return to the moon and future deep space missions.
Gord Downie passed away yesterday, October 17, 2017. He succumbed to his battle with brain cancer. While we all knew it was coming, death is always a shock with the finality of it. Gord will be greatly missed by a nation that he and his bandmates nearly perfectly encapsulated in their music as the Tragically Hip.
As a teenager growing up and living on the Canadian Prairies, right next to the 100th meridian, Gord's lyrics about butterscotch rivers and fields of wheat, vaccination scars, open skies, water meeting the shore, strangely coloured highschool walls, the group of seven, pine trees, and canoes painted vivid images of all the parts of my life and that of many of my friends.
Gord's lyrics were always underscored by the bands rhythm and guitars that often started like a slow canadian season, then quickly jumped right to mid-summer, and faded out like the last leaves giving up their grip in a late fall wind.
My first connection and understanding of how important the Hip would become came at Sunfest, in Gimli Manitoba in the summer of '91. This was the year we had graduated from highschool. Most of us figured it was the last time the high school gang would be together before we all went off into the world to try out being adults. It was also the summer weekend I met up with my future wife.
Their show at Sunfest was something else. The crowd at the previous year's festival was a few thousand people. However, this year the festival had the Hip and Saturday's crowd grew steadily over the course of the day reaching a peak nearing 15,000 people around 8pm in preparation. The Tragically Hip hit the stage around 9pm and they blew the sunset out of the western sky as they seared their way through tracks from Up to Here and Road Apples.
Shortly into the show, someone needed medical attention near the stage. The band stopped playing and helped organize the crowd so that an ambulance could be driven through the field. The band remained calm and Gord spoke directly to the audience, telling them what was happening. Everyone at the festival helped as they could, being Canadians and all, and the band didn't get back to the set until the ambulance was out of the crowd and headed for the hospital. Then they proceeded to rip raw energy out of the cosmos and played for another 2 hours, in perfect summer weather, to a very appreciative crowd. Not a person I knew there wasn't converted into life long fans of Gord and the Hip.
Later on, in 1999 I caught the Hip again at Woodstock in NY. They played an early Saturday show to a sea of Canadian flags, which where rapidly hidden away when their set finished. While the crowd was largely Canadians that had come down for the festival, the Americans in attendance that I spoke to couldn't believe they had never heard or seen these guys. It was then, at the peak of their success in Canada, that we all knew their brand of wisely crafted lyrics and carefully consutructed music was our secret. A tiny Canadian voice reaching around the world and being picked up by only a few who cared to listen.
As life moved along from the 90s to now, through weddings, funerals, births and a global world that seems increasingly in need of intelligent observers, the Tragically Hip and Gord's poetry have always been a constant. They encapsulated what it means and feels like to be Canadian better than most Canadians can describe for themselves. From long drives across the country, down gravel roads to the cottage, at parties, on decks, working, relaxing, paddling, sitting on the dock in the summer or getting ready in the dressing room before hockey, the Hip have always been there.
I'm going to miss knowing that there is nothing new on the horizon from Gord, but I'm also so grateful for all that he gave. Having taken the last exit, may you rest in peace Gord.
The statement from his family does a far better job than I can of bringing some closure to Gord's life.
Statement - pic.twitter.com/3quqCF4zah— Gord Downie (@gorddownie) October 18, 2017
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of October 17th…
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
Windows 10 version 1709, build 16299, the Fall Creators Update. Members of the Windows Insider program have been able to use this latest iteration for a while now, but today's the day it will hit Windows Update for the masses.
Meet the new Google Calendar for web
Starting today, a fresh look and new features are coming to Google Calendar on the web to help you manage your time more efficiently and get more done.
Microsoft is redesigning Outlook for Mac and Windows
Reducing complexity is one of the key aims of the redesign, to make it easier for new and existing Outlook users to navigate the email app.
Samsung will lose another major executive soon. Shortly after posting the company's third quarter financial results, CEO and Vice Chairman of Samsung Electronics Oh-Hyun Kwon announced he is leaving the company in March 2018.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of October 16th…
- Fluent Design, #WindowsDevDay
- Black Panther, official trailer
Severe flaw in WPA2 protocol leaves Wi-Fi traffic open to eavesdropping
The proof-of-concept exploit is called KRACK, short for Key Reinstallation Attacks. A website disclosing the vulnerability said it affects the core WPA2 protocol itself and is effective against devices running the Android, Linux, Apple, Windows, and OpenBSD operating systems, as well as MediaTek Linksys, and other types of devices. The site warned attackers can exploit it to decrypt a wealth of sensitive data that's normally encrypted by the nearly ubiquitous Wi-Fi encryption protocol.
One person's history of Twitter, from beginning to end
Mike Monteiro writes about his experience of Twitter over the years, and the growing failure of its leadership to take responsibility for what it has become.
Scientists detect incredible collision of neutron stars
Astronomers have detected the collision of a pair of dead stars, called a kilonova, that caused a cosmic ripple of gravitational waves around 130 million years ago. It turns out these kinds of massive explosions forged most of the gold, silver, and other heavy elements in our universe.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of October 6th…
- Pacific Rim: Uprising, official trailer
- This band used Facebook Live's lag to loop their song
AIM is be discontinued December 15, 2017
MSN Messenger shut down in 2014, and Yahoo Messenger shut down last year. Replaced by other social apps like Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of October 3rd…
Shopping on Instagram is Growing with Shopify
"In this new rollout, merchants selected by Instagram and Shopify will be able to start tagging their posts with products in Instagram’s apps to showcase to their over 800 million monthly active users."
Yes, The Rabid Wolves In Our National Park Keep Mauling Hikers, But The Wolves Are All Acting Individually So We're Not Really Seeing A Pattern Here
Yet another worst ever wolf tragedy, but there is no connection between all these wolves and their individual actions producing similar results.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of October 2nd…
Simple tooltips made of pure CSS. No JS required.
GeForce Now for Mac
GeForce NOW for Mac provides you with instant, on-demand access to a GeForce GTX gaming PC in the cloud. You can use the GeForce NOW app to play games you own. The service provides a simple way to enjoy the latest games, with amazing visual quality, on machines that otherwise would not be able to run them. After the free Beta, there will be a pay-as-you-go model.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of September 29th…
- Cuphead, launch trailer
IF you need a calculator for pretty much anything, it is likely here. This might be my new favourite website.
Designing Websites for iPhone X
Out of the box, Safari displays your existing websites beautifully on the edge-to-edge display of the new iPhone X. But your website can make use of a few similar new pieces of WebKit API introduced in iOS 11 to take full advantage of the edge-to-edge nature of the display.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of September 28th…
- Blue Planet II: The Prequel
- Red Dead Redemption 2, official trailer 2
Russian Interference in 2016 US Election, Bots, & Misinformation
"Twitter deeply respects the integrity of the election process, which is a cornerstone for all democracies. We will continue to strengthen Twitter against attempted manipulation, including malicious automated accounts and spam, as well as other activities that violate our Terms of Service."
Manitoba Hydro Power Smart Rebate Program returns for Fall 2017
Save energy and money this fall with instant rebates on a variety of energy efficient products. Instant rebates are available from September 28 to October 31 at participating retail locations.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of September 27th…
- Annihilation, teaser trailer
The Spot has a 2.5-inch screen and is an evolution of both the Echo Dot and the Echo Show, marrying a screen with the kind of small device that can be placed throughout the house, the company says. “It works great as an alarm clock. But it does a lot more,” Amazon devices chief Dave Limp said.
Pirate Bay and Showtime using visitors' computers to mine cryptocurrency
“The question at this point is: how far can publishers push the limits towards a really bad user experience? You may be surprised that for many, this is not really a problem at all and that double dipping is, in fact, a fairly common practice,” he added.
New gravitational wave detector almost immediately spots black hole merger
Today, a huge scientific team announced that humanity has added a third gravitational wave detector to its arsenal. And, only two weeks after Europe's VIRGO detector joined forces with the two LIGO detectors, the three combined to pick up a new black hole merger.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of September 26th…
A Short Trip
"Short Trip" by Alexander Perrin is the first instalment in a collection of interactive illustrations created for the web.
Firefox today announced that the latest version of its web browsing software -- which it's calling "Firefox Quantum" instead of "Firefox 57" -- will be available as an update for users beginning November 14, with a beta of the browser hitting iOS, Android, and desktop today.
"We want every person around the world to easily express themselves on Twitter, so we're doing something new: we're going to try out a longer limit, 280 characters, in languages impacted by cramming (which is all except Japanese, Chinese, and Korean)."
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Max Chiriac over the course of September 21st…
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of September 18th…
- Automatica 4K - Robots versus Music
HTML5 DRM finally makes it as an official W3C Recommendation
Final approval came after the W3C's members voted 58.4 percent to approve the spec, 30.8 percent to oppose, with 10.8 percent abstaining.
Merriam-Webster Adds 250 New Words
These terms have shown themselves to be fully established members of the language, some after hanging about on the fringes for decades, and others after proving themselves too useful to ignore in relatively short order. All have demonstrated significant use in a variety of sources, making them words our readers expect to find in the dictionary.
Apple responds to ad groupâs criticism of Safari cookie blocking
“Apple believes that people have a right to privacy – Safari was the first browser to block third party cookies by default and Intelligent Tracking Prevention is a more advanced method for protecting user privacy,” Apple said in a statement provided to The Loop.
A small scratch-pad that sits in your taskbar, when you need to "hold" something for copy-pasting, or need a tool to strip rioch-text formatting. One of those brilliant small apps that *everyone* has needed more often than they've ever considered.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Max Chiriac over the course of September 15th…
- NASA Mission Control Live: Cassiniâs Finale at Saturn
Listen To The Clouds
Background noise while you work or relax. Inspired by You are listening to. Built by Anders Åberg (@andersaberg).
Google Chrome will block autoplay video starting January 2018
Starting in Chrome 64, which is currently earmarked for a January 2018 release, auto-play will only be allowed when the video in question is muted or when a "user has indicated an interest in the media."
Advertising Groups Ask Apple to 'Rethink' New Cookie Tracking Standards in Safari 11
"We are deeply concerned about the Safari 11 browser update that Apple plans to release, as it overrides and replaces existing user-controlled cookie preferences with Apple’s own set of opaque and arbitrary standards for cookie handling."
The state of CSS Support in Email in 2017 by Campaign Monitor
Up-to-date guide to CSS support in email. Campaign Monitor updated their email compatibility charts, which include cutting edge email layout techniques and progressive enhancements.
Removing the White Bars in Safari on iPhone X
Embrace the notch
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of September 14th…
- Lore, trailer
Sublime Text 3.0
If you purchased your Sublime Text license from February 2013 onwards, then it's already valid for Sublime Text 3.0. If your license key is for Sublime Text 1 or 2, then you can purchase an upgrade.
Faviconographer is a little utility that displays Favicons for the tabs you have opened in the current Safari window, just like almost every other browser does it.
"It’s a company named Bodega, and Fast Company’s headline says it all: 'Two Ex-Googlers Want To Make Bodegas And Mom-And-Pop Corner Stores Obsolete'."
Polaroid OneStep 2
A new Polaroid camaera, ten years after the company stopped making the original instant film cameras and nine years after it stopped making the film those cameras use. The new camera is being made by the Impossible Project, the company that spawned out of the groundswell effort to preserve Polaroid’s film.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of September 8th…
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of September 7th…
Google Drive app for PC and Mac officially deprecated
No longer be supported starting on December 11th, 2017, and shut down completely on March 12th, 2018. Google encourages uses of Drive File Stream, or an upgrade to new version of Drive for Mac/PC, called Backup And Sync.
FTC settles with Lenovo over selling laptops deliberately infected with Superfish spyware
"In conjunction with the FTC settlement, 32 state attorneys general have settled with Lenovo for fines totalling $3.5m. The FTC settlement does not involve fines, but puts Lenovo on notice -- any similar malware loading in the future will be subject to significant fines and other punishments."
Atlassian introduces Stride, which replicates the core of Hipchat while adding natively hosted audio and video meetings, task and decision tracking, and a “focus” mode. Its direct competition are other team communication apps like Slack, Microsoft Teams and Google Hangouts.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of September 5th…
The new software has a redesigned look and an array of new tools for jobs including retouching photos, creating vector graphics, digital painting, and designing layouts. On sale later this year for an undisclosed price.
Apple bids farewell to Apple Music Festival after 10 years
Apple gave no official reason for ending the music festival, but the move comes as the company focuses more on original content for its various services, including iTunes and Apple Music.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of September 1st…
Apple event, September 12th
Rumor has it that Apple could debut three new iPhone models at the event: an iPhone 7S, 7S Plus, and the showstopper iPhone 8. The presentation will be held in the newly constructed Steve Jobs Theater at Apple's new Cupertino headquarters
Le Burger Week, 2017 Winnipeg Participants
As you may or may not know, Winnipeg has the highest amount of participating restaurants out of any city in the country!
iOS Human Interface Guidelines for Augmented Reality
If you design anything for other people to use, reading the Apple Human Interface Guidelines is always time well spent. With mobile devices becoming an essential tool for modern communication, augmented reality is going to be here for the foreseeable future.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of August 30th…
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Dwayne Kristjanson over the course of August 29th…
YouTube Updates to Material Design
The service is getting a revised logo, a new typeface, color scheme, and a bunch of major changes to the look, feel, and functionality of its desktop and mobile app.
Google is taking a second swing at augmented reality with a new SDK called "ARCore." The SDK is available for download today, along with a set of ARCore demos.
Forty Years Later, the Golden Record Goes Vinyl
The audio comes from the original tapes that sat untouched in an underground warehouse since the Voyager launched in 1977.
DeepL extends the AI-based Linguee phrase translator into something that translates general text.
DeepL étend le traducteur de phrases Linguee basé sur l'IA en quelque chose qui traduit du texte général.
I'm not sure how good that French translation is, but it translates back to this:
DeepL expands the IA-based Linguee phrase translator into something that translates general text.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of August 28th…
- Why Black Holes Could Delete The Universe
Fitbit is clearly trying to infiltrate the mindset of Apple's and Google's consumers with the $299 Ionic, but without forgetting its fitness roots in the process.
Why Are There So Many Knobs In Garageband?
Audio software is ugly and confusing, but it doesn’t have to be this way. John Lagomarsino explores the skeuomorphic hell of music-making apps.
The life and death of the touch bar: revisiting the MacBook Pro
A very thoughtful article on the MacBook Touchbar. I’ve had mine since launch, and the number of times I’ve wished it wasn’t there vastly out number the amount of times I’m really glad it is. A single touch sensor and a regular row of function keys would be way better than the current setup.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt over the course of August 24th…
Wikipedia is one of the greatest resources on the internet. If you plan on being offline for any amount of time, or if you want to have a local copy to keep on hand, you should know you can grab a full copy of Wikipedia anytime you want. Go!
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of August 21st…
Android 8.0 Oreo
Google is pushing the sources to Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for everyone to access today. Pixel and Nexus 5X/6P builds have entered carrier testing, and Google expects to start rolling out in phases soon, alongside Pixel C and Nexus Player. Google have also been working closely with their partners, and by the end of this year, hardware makers including Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp and Sony are scheduled to launch or upgrade devices to Android 8.0 Oreo. Any devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program will also receive this final version.
Contributed by Max Chiriac over the course of August 14th…
Bootstrap 4 Beta
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of August 9th…
25000+ 78rpm Records, Digitized
Through the Great 78 Project the Internet Archive has begun to digitize 78rpm discs for preservation, research, and discovery with the help of George Blood, L.P.. 78s were mostly made from shellac, i.e., beetle resin, and were the brittle predecessors to the LP (microgroove) era.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of August 8th…
Note to employees from CEO Sundar Pichai
"This has been a very difficult time. I wanted to provide an update on the memo that was circulated over this past week."
NASA is Still Tracking Voyager I and Voyager II
Forty years later, the two spacecraft are still sending back data, Voyager I from interstellar space, and Voyager II as it is crossing the the boundary of the solar system. Possibly even more surprising is that NASA engineers are still monitoring the mission.
Using CSS Grid where appropriate
Silverstar has a nice little walkthrough using CSS Grid to layout menus.
Java ported to Commodore 64
Based on a port of Java made for Lego Mindstorms, it lacks a few key features of the language but is quite an astounding feat.
"Podcasting patent" is totally dead, appeals court rules
As Personal Audio began to gain more public attention, the Electronic Frontier Foundation stepped in and said that it would challenge Personal Audio’s US Patent No. 8,112,504, which describes a “system for disseminating media content representing episodes in a serialized sequence.”
Contributed by Julian Moffatt and Wil Alambre over the course of August 2nd…
Mozilla's new tool lets you send self-destructing 1GB files for free
Hamilton 68: Tracking Putin's Propaganda Push... To America
This gives you an idea of how influential Twitter can be.
The Codex Arundel
The British Library has one of Leonardo’s notebooks and has digitized and put all 570 pages of it online.
Why the Bitcoin network just split in half and why it matters
Each block in the Bitcoin blockchain - the network's public, shared transaction ledger - is limited to 1 megabyte. That artificial limit prevents the network from processing more than about seven transactions per second.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of July 31st…
Spotify preps to go public with 60M subscribers
Spotify is gearing up for what’s being called a “direct listing,” where the company intends to go public without doing an IPO. Insiders, not the company, will be selling shares to the stock market.
Twitter Introduces US$99 Monthly Subscription
In an announcement, Twitter stated that “instead of creating and optimizing Twitter Ads campaigns yourself, this program will do the heavy lifting. You just need to continue using Twitter as you normally do…the promotion of your tweets will be automated.”
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of July 27th…
Twitter added zero users last quarter
Twitter reported earnings Thursday morning, claiming 328 million total users — the same number it reported after Q1. Analysts had been hoping the company would add around four million new users last quarter.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of July 26th…
The Evolution Of Trust
Nicky Case thinks game theory can help explain our epidemic of distrust... and how we can fix it! So, to understand all this, they've made a little game you can play.
Roomba maker may share maps of users' homes with Google, Amazon or Apple
The maker of the Roomba robotic vacuum, iRobot, has found itself embroiled in a privacy row after its chief executive suggested it may begin selling floor plans of customers’ homes, derived from the movement data of their autonomous servants.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of July 24th…
- Thor: Ragnarok, official trailer
Linkrot on the Million Dollar Homepage
While it has clear value as an example of the internet’s ever-evolving culture, emergent potential, and sheer bizarreness, the site reveals itself to be little more than an empty directory upon closer inspection.
Snopes turns to readers to avoid shutting down
The popular debunking site published a plea to its readers Monday requesting they donate money to help keep its doors open amid a legal fight against Proper Media, a small digital services company that owns, operates and represents web properties.
A device mockup generator for your screenshots.
RIP Microsoft Paint
Now Microsoft has announced that, alongside Outlook Express, Reader app and Reading list, Microsoft Paint has been signalled for death having been added to the “features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update” list.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of July 12th…
Google releases Backup and Sync for Mac and Windows
Google’s Backup and Sync desktop app is now available for download for Mac and Windows after a delay last month. Users now have the power to sync up anything, including photos and videos from cameras, SD cards, and USB devices, instead of their files remaining stuck in one place.
Tech giants rally today in support of net neutrality
Technology giants like Amazon, Spotify, Reddit, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and many others are rallying today in a so-called “day of action” in support of net neutrality, five days ahead of the first deadline for comments on the US Federal Communications Commission’s planned rollback of the rules.
Ubuntu Available Through Windows Store
Microsoft announced at its Build 2017 developer conference earlier this year that Ubuntu would be heading to the Windows Store, and now the popular Linux distro is available to download.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of July 10th…
Amid Unprecedented Controversy, W3C Greenlights DRM for the Web
Im an article for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Cory Doctorow write, "Early today, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards body publicly announced its intention to publish Encrypted Media Extensions (EME)—a DRM standard for web video—with no safeguards whatsoever for accessibility, security research or competition, despite an unprecedented internal controversy among its staff and members over this issue."
Photobucket Is Holding People's Photos For "Ransom"
Late last month, Photobucket changed its policy so that if you want to host your photos there and post them to another website - your eBay seller page, or perhaps your blog or website - it’s going to cost you $400. People are pissed, saying it’s tantamount to holding their photos for ransom, a form of extortion.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of July 7th…
Created by veteran journalist Maggie Farley, ‘Factitious’ sports a Tinder-inspired interface to quiz your fake news judgment. Swipe left if you think a piece of news is a phony, or swipe right if you believe the news presented is accurate.
I Got Hacked and All I Got Was This New SIM Card
"I use a password manager, unique passwords as complex as the site will allow, and turn on 2-factor authentication when possible. So how did I, someone who is reasonably secure, have his cell phone disabled, his PayPal account compromised, and a few hundred dollars withdrawn from his bank account?"
Contributed by Wil Alambre, Max Chiriac, and Dwayne Kristjanson over the course of July 5th…
Slurpee Capital of the World
For the 18th consecutive year, Manitoba has been crowned the Slurpee Capital of the World. Manitoba had the highest highest average number of Slurpee cups sold per store in a region.
How Not To Sort By Average Rating
You are a web programmer. You have users. Your users rate stuff on your site. You want to put the highest-rated stuff at the top and lowest-rated at the bottom. You need some sort of "score" to sort by. Many big websites still do it wrong way.
Software developer Noah Levenson has created a short film short film that incorporates your Instagram photos into the narrative.
- Accessibility according to people with disabilities
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of July 4th…
A programmer turned Wikipedia into a classic text adventure
Wikipedia: The Text Adventure generates a list of major landmarks, and clicking any of them takes you to a landing page with a basic location description as pulled from its Wikipedia article summary, along with a list of nearby locations marked off by cardinal directions. You're restricted to a text box, and, appropriately, typing "help" into it brings up a list of commands you can type.
Nice collection of free animated icons.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of June 30th…
- Rick And Morty, season 3
Microsoft's Cancelled Surface Mini Tablet
While the Surface Pro 3 was announced to much surprise, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop canceled the Surface Mini project just weeks before. We’ve heard about the Surface Mini many times over the past few years, but Windows Central has now obtained images of the device.
Square’s been slowly rolling out its physical Square Cash Cards to users for the last few weeks. Today, Square CEO Jack Dorsey announced that, starting now, anyone can get one of the prepaid debit cards through the Square app or website.
Whats Open and Whats Closed on Canada Day 2017
Access Winnipeg has compiled a list of what’s open and what’s closed this weekend, for your planning.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of June 28th…
Google News Redesign
Google is launching a major redesign for Google News, bringing the site more in line with Google's company-wide "Material Design" guidelines.
Ransomware crook's email provider shuts down account, so now no one can pay their ransom
Yesterday's massive ransomware outbreak of a mutant, NSA-supercharged strain of the Petya malware is still spreading, but the malware's author made a mere $10K off it and will likely not see a penny more, because Posteo, the German email provider the crook used for ransom payment negotiations, shut down their account.
No Share Buttons on Mobile Sites
Only 2 out of every 1000 mobile web users ever tap a custom share button. That means people are over 11 times more likely to tap a mobile advertisement than a mobile share button for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of June 20th…
Ebook projects like Project Gutenberg transcribe ebooks and make them available for the widest number of reading devices. Standard Ebooks takes ebooks from sources like Project Gutenberg, formats and typesets them using a carefully designed and professional-grade style guide, lightly modernizes them, fully proofreads and corrects them, and then builds them to take advantage of state-of-the-art ereader and browser technology.
Download 2500 Japanese Woodblock Prints
The Library of Congress has announced the digitization of 2,500 Japanese woodblock prints from the 17th to 20th centuries by artists including Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi, Sadahide, and Yoshiiku, that are free to download.
The Size of iPhoneâs Top Apps Has Increased by 1,000% in Four Years
According to Sensor Tower’s analysis of App Intelligence, the total space required by the top 10 most installed U.S. iPhone apps has grown from 164 MB in May 2013 to about 1.8 GB last month, an 11x or approximately 1,000 percent increase in just four years. In the following report, we delve deeper into which apps have grown the most.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of June 15th…
CRTC bans cellphone unlocking fees, orders all new devices be unlocked
As of Dec. 1, cellphone customers can ask their provider to unlock their phones free of charge, the CRTC announced Thursday. At the same time, it said, all newly purchased mobile devices must be provided to customers unlocked
The Internet In Real Time
‘The Internet In Real Time’ lets you know with a colorful and informative grid featuring the world’s most popular sites, including YouTube, Netflix and Amazon. It uses annual data reports to give an idea of how much each site grows per second.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of June 14th…
Verizon closes $4.5-billion Yahoo deal
Tuesday’s closure of the sale ends Yahoo’s 21-year history as a publicly traded company. Verizon is counting on the combination of Yahoo and AOL to build a strong third alternative in a rapidly growing digital advertising market that is currently dominated by Google and Facebook.
Firefox 54 finally goes multiprocess, eight years after work began
Firefox has finally been outfitted with simultaneous multiple content processes, a UI process, and a GPU acceleration process—eight years after the project, codenamed Electrolysis (E10S), began. In theory, moving to multiple content processes will improve stability and performance (one bad tab won't slow down the rest of your computer). Electrolysis is also a prerequisite for full security sandboxing in Firefox, which is currently only available for a few media-decoding plug-ins such as Flash.
What Next for Canadian Copyright
The last five years have largely achieved what the government had in mind as the days of labelling Canada a “piracy haven” are over, the cultural industries such as movies and music are enjoying record earnings, and new digital services have found great success in Canada.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of June 13th…
- Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, E3 2017 VR trailer
- Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, E3 2017 announcement trailer
- Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds DLC, E3 2017 trailer
- Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, E3 2017 story trailer
- Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, E3 2017 trailer
- Monster Hunter: World, E3 2017 announcement trailer
- Kirby for Nintendo Switch, E3 2017 trailer
- Super Mario Odyssey, E3 2017 trailer
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of June 12th…
- Black Panther, teaser trailer
- Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, E3 2017 reveal trailer
- Metro Exodus, E3 2017 reveal
- Anthem, E3 2017 official reveal
- Star Wars Battlefront 2, E3 2017 official gameplay trailer
- A Way Out, E3 2017 official reveal trailer
- Assassin's Creed Origins, E3 2017 official gameplay trailer
- Crackdown 3, E3 2017 trailer
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps, E3 2017 teaser trailer
- Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, E3 2017 announcement trailer
- The Evil Within 2, E3 2017 announcement trailer
- Skull and Bones, E3 2017 announcement trailer
- Beyond Good and Evil 2, E3 2017 announcement trailer
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of June 6th…
WWDC 2017 Keynote
The video of Apple's WWDC keynote address, which was held on Monday at the San Jose Convention Center, is now available on the company's website.
Has home management features, but currently focused more on music than on Siri. Available December in the US, the UK, and Austrailia.
Google Home available in Canada
The Google Home is available for preorder in Canada for $179, and Best Buy’s preorder page says the device will be available on June 26th.
- Beaker Browser
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of June 1st…
- 125 Days: Donald Trump Makes One Last Try To Patch Things Up With Comey
8 of the Best Plugins for Securing Your WordPress Site
Sitepoint with a decent run down of some security related plugins you can (should) use if you are setting up Wordpress.
Andy Rubin smartphone startup today announced the "Essential Phone," a flagship device headed to the US for $699. The device has a 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 SoC with 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 5.71-inch, 2560×1312 display (504 PPI) with an extra-tall 19:10 aspect ratio.
Intel unveils X-series platform
Up to 18 cores and 36 threads, from $242 to $2,000. The new X299 platform replaces X99, and scales both lower and higher.
OneLogin suffers breach
An e-mail to customers provides a bit of detail—warning them that their data may have been exposed. And a support page that is only accessible to OneLogin account holders is even more worrying for customers. It apparently says that "customer data was compromised, including the ability to decrypt encrypted data."
- Murder on the Orient Express, trailer
Contributed by Dan Steele over the course of May 26th…
ActivityPub: a standard for the federated social web
The ActivityPub protocol is a decentralized social networking protocol. It provides a client to server API for creating, updating and deleting content, as well as a federated server to server API for delivering notifications and content.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of May 19th…
Twitter abandons Do-No-Track privacy protection
With the advertisers and privacy advocates unable to agree on basic principles, DNT increasingly offered users no privacy protection worth the name.
Dutch king reveals double life as an airline pilot for KLM
For 21 years, King Willem-Alexander has taken to the skies twice a month to ferry passengers around on short-haul services for the Dutch airline KLM.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of May 18th…
- Star Trek Discovery, first look trailer
Manton Reece and Brent Simmons have developed JSON Feed, a format similar to RSS and Atom but in JSON. The spec is at version 1, and it reflects the lessons learned from their years of work reading and publishing feeds.
Android O beta
Google has announced the second Android O device preview. This version is officially a "beta," which means it will automatically go out to anyone enrolled in the Android Beta Program.
Google Assistant for iOS
Users will be able to open up the Google Assistant app, press the voice button, and speak to the Assistant. At launch, it is only available in the US.
Kotlin on Android
Kotlin is a new programming language built by JetBrains. Like Java, Kotlin is a language that runs on the JVM (Java Virtual Machine), and it's already possible to use it and many other JVM languages for Android development. Official Google support will be a huge boost for the nascent language and will presumably make working with Kotlin on Android a lot more natural.
Facebook Adjusts Algorithm to Bury Clickbait
Facebook on Tuesday rolled out new changes to its algorithms that determine what posts users of the social network see in their feeds. The new changes increase the scrutiny of posts linking outside Facebook and reduce the visibility of posts with "clickbait" headlines by pushing them further down users' news feed page.
Today Cultured Code launched the long-anticipated next version of its task management app, Things, for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Things has been one of the go-to task managers on Apple platforms since its initial release in 2008, and for good reason; the team at Cultured Code is known for the thought and care they put into their apps. For much of its life, Things has been a shining example of quality iOS and macOS development.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt over the course of May 11th…
I Got Rejected by Apple Music... So I Redesigned It
So design student Jason Yuan decided to redesign Apple Music as a pet project. Excellent write up and nice work.
Tesla is taking orders for their solar roofing tiles. Hmmm…
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of May 10th…
Microsoft Build 2017, Livestream
Today and tomorrow morning, Microsoft will be offering a video livestream from its Build developer conference taking place in Seattle. On Wednesday, May 10, the keynote begins at 8 am Pacific (11 am Eastern). On Thursday, May 11, the keynote will start at 8:30 am Pacific. During the keynotes, we can expect a flurry of announcements around Windows, Cortana, HoloLens and mixed reality, cloud-computing, and Microsoft’s education-related initiatives.
Opera is Reborn
Opera Reborn has received a rather attractive new lick of paint, with refined tabs and a slightly more lively sidebar. So, instead of tabbing to another browser window to respond to a friend or colleague, the chat window is right there in front of you.
The Thunderbird Council will be managing all operations and infrastructure required to serve over 25 million users and the community surrounding it. The Mozilla Foundation will work with the Council to ensure that operational decisions can be made without substantial barriers.
Visual Studio for Mac
This version of Microsoft’s flagship development tool is based on the cross-platform IDE from Xamarin, which it acquired last March.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of May 5th…
Contributed by Julian Moffatt over the course of May 4th…
Someone Hit the Internet with a Massive Google Doc Phishing Attack
PSA: Don’t open any emails with links to google docs right now. Someone is on a phishing trip looking for all the credentials they can get their hands on.
Contributed by Wil Alambre, Julian Moffatt, and Lauren Zacharias over the course of May 3rd…
- The Dark Tower, trailer
- The Defenders, trailer
You're not going to believe what I'm about to tell you
The Oatmeal with a very easy to understand piece on the backfire effect and why our brains are hard-wired to defend our beliefs rather than look at new information. The drawings are funny too!
Fork for Git
Fork is a new (still in beta) Git client for MacOS. With its clean, intuitive UI it looks like a promising tool.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt over the course of May 2nd…
Doritos Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Soundtrack
Doritos has come out with a bag, that contains an MP3 player, audio jack and the sound track to Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2.
Marketplace.org has a nifty little page setup to show you what jobs will belong to robots, most likely before anyone reading this dies of old age.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of April 25th…
- Kingsman: The Golden Circle, trailer
2017 Webby Awards
Congratulations to Adam Savage, Internet Archive, and all of the other winners and nominees!
"The Future You", April 24 through 28, in Vancouver BC.
The First-Ever Banner Ad on the Web
The banner ad that’s widely described as the first ever was a little rectangle purchased by AT&T on HotWired.com in 1994. About 44 percent of the people who saw it actually clicked on it.
Australian Copyright Scandal Points to the Need for Greater Oversight of Copyright Collectives
A former director of the Copyright Agency describes the latest situation as “pathetic” noting that it was outrageous to extract millions from publicly-funded schools for a lobbying fund.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of April 21st…
CRTC Crafts Full Code With Zero Rating Decision
In sum, this is a huge win for net neutrality in Canada as the CRTC was ultimately guided by its longstanding principle that telecom regulation should restrict the ability of ISPs to determine winners and losers through their power as the Internet’s gatekeepers.
Original StarCraft is finally free-as-in-beer
After a delay, that free version is finally available to download worldwide. Blizzard has posted links to Mac and Windows builds.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of April 20th…
- Hans Zimmer performs "Inception" live at Coachella
iWork and iLife apps are now free for old and new Mac and iOS users
In 2013, Apple made iWork and iLife apps free for new Mac and iOS customers, but that meant you had to purchase a new Apple device before you could download any of those apps at no cost. Until now, users with hardware released before 2013 still had to pay for iWork and iLife if they hadn't made a new Apple purchase recently.
How Google eats a business whole
In 2014, Warner got an email from Google asking if he would be interested in giving the company access to his data in order to scrape it for Knowledge Graph, for free.
Facebook Unveils Two New VR Cameras With 'Six Degrees of Freedom'
At Facebook’s annual developer conference in Northern California, Brian Cabral and team unveiled blueprints for two new cameras designed to capture spherical video with extreme fidelity. Facebook’s immediate aim is to provide professional filmmakers with the tools needed to shoot monoscopic 360-degree video for smartphones, laptops, and PCs as well as the stereoscopic 3-D video that gets shuttled into VR headsets like the Samsung Gear.
The Macintosh Software Library
A collection of emulated software for the early Macintosh computer, created by Apple as the successor to the Apple II series. The Macintosh Software Library provides more than 40 programs from the 1980s and ’90s, from Microsoft Multiplan to Frogger.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt over the course of April 19th…
Start Using CSS Grid Layouts Today with Rachel Andrew
A talk to watch over lunch from CSS guru Rachel Andrew on using CSS grid layouts today.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt over the course of April 18th…
A huge repository of data from former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s stealth start up. The goal of the data exposure is to allow citizens to gather non-partisan information from government data points. Interesting that this idea sounds revolutionary in 2017.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of April 10th…
- Thor: Ragnarok, teaser trailer
Uber said to use "sophisticated" software to defraud drivers, passengers
When a rider uses Uber's app to hail a ride, the fare the app immediately shows to the passenger is based on a slower and longer route compared to the one displayed to the driver. The software displays a quicker, shorter route for the driver. But the rider pays the higher fee, and the driver's commission is paid from the cheaper, faster route, according to the lawsuit.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of April 6th…
Crew sold to Dribbble
"Unsplash has been growing at an incredible rate and we were doing it a disservice if we didn’t give it more focus. Crew, meanwhile, was also growing but not at the rate we needed it to. We weren’t profitable yet, so we needed to reduce the team and put enough money aside for what we thought was needed to get Crew in the black."
A new mobile web experience which minimizes data usage, loads quickly on slower connections, is resilient on unreliable mobile networks, and takes up less than 1MB on your device.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of April 4th…
- An Inconvenient Sequel, trailer
- Preacher, season 2, teaser
A new service allowing for customers to display a barcode at a participating retailer and deposit cash directly to their Amazon account. Previously, anyone wanting to use Amazon without a bank card was forced to buy gift cards or prepaid debit cards.
A Retiree Discovers an Elusive Math Proof, And Nobody Notices
Known as the Gaussian correlation inequality (GCI), the conjecture originated in the 1950s, was posed in its most elegant form in 1972 and has held mathematicians in its thrall ever since.
A tour of iOS 10.3
Written by Andrew Cunningham for Ars Technica, a great rundown of the changes and additions in 10.3.
Google shuts down Google Maps editing tools
During the shutdown, Google said that the current moderation process was overloaded, noting that "every edit you make is essentially going to a backlog that is growing very fast."
Verizon plans to combine AOL and Yahoo into a new company called Oath, after completing the acquisition of Yahoo. The new name is already being ridiculed online, with one site saying, "At least it's better than Tronc."
Mastodon is a free, open-source social network. A decentralized alternative to commercial platforms, it avoids the risks of a single company monopolizing your communication. Pick a server that you trust — whichever you choose, you can interact with everyone else. Anyone can run their own Mastodon instance and participate in the social network seamlessly.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of March 30th…
Sophisticated text features, amazing Live Preview with Browser Xray, CSSEdit tools, the Navigator, Dynamo auto-building, and Server Sync.
140 characters for your Twitter replies
Now, when you reply to someone or a group on Twitter, the tagged @usernames won’t count toward your tweet’s 140 characters limit.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of March 27th…
- Justice League, trailer 1
Based on the 19 year old "StarCraft: Brood War" and will reportedly not change the mechanics of the game. Blizzard fed the patch's details to the community site TeamLiquid, and these indicate that the patch will launch first for Windows players on March 30.
Elmo, Laid Off
Due to cuts in funding to PBS, our favorite furry monster is out of work. Featuring #ParodyElmo performed by Jeremy Olenski! Written by Adam Bozarth and Alex Firer.
Twitter might build a paid subscription service for power users
“We’re conducting this survey to assess the interest in a new, more enhanced version of Tweetdeck,” a spokeswoman told The Verge. “We regularly conduct user research to gather feedback about people’s Twitter experience and to better inform our product investment decisions, and we're exploring several ways to make Tweetdeck even more valuable for professionals.”
macOS Sierra 10.12.4
The 10.12.4 update focuses primarily on Night Shift, but the update also includes dictation support for Shanghainese, cricket score integration for Siri, improved PDFKit APIs, and new iCloud Analytics options.
Includes "Find My AirPods", a new Apple File System (APFS), a revamped open/close animation for apps, an Apple ID profile in Settings, a better breakdown of iCloud storage usage, warnings about outdated apps that may not work with future versions of iOS and could slow down devices, HomeKit support for programmable light switches, improvements to SiriKit (bill paying, bill status, and scheduling future rides), CarPlay interface improvements, and iCloud analytics options.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of March 15th…
- Coco, teaser trailer
Futaracha Pro is a typeface designed to take excessive advantage of alternatives, ligatures and other features of modern fonts, so much so that as you type, the words evolve into striking, but consistent new forms.
David Bowie Did Some Impressions
And they are great! Here is the list of who's who in the video.
- American Gods, launch trailer
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of March 14th…
Bumpr is a small app that identifies itself to your Mac as your default browser and email client. When Bumpr is running, and you click on a link, it displays menus of the other available browsers or email apps on your Mac and you can choose which one to “handle” that link.
Originally launched in beta under the name Gomix, Glitch is primarily based around the ability to remix existing code and projects, allowing users to take already functional apps, bots, and websites and tweak them however they want.
In one of the latest updates to the Google Chrome browser, a security feature was added as part of web standards moving toward proper secure websites using SSL certificates under the HTTPS protocol. What we discovered however, is that websites that are still under development that have form elements for passwords or credit card numbers are being flagged (and rightly so) as part of an insecure website. The notice of this isn't the problem. A second effect of this new feature is that the Google Chrome browser takes it upon itself to completely disable the form. Again, on an active website this is a nice security feature. It doesn't give the user the opportunity to enter data that could possibly be sent over an insecure site.
From a developer's standpoint, it becomes difficult to do any light programming tests or styling because the forms don't display. In searching for any mention of this issue, before we were aware of this specific change, we found nothing about how to disable this feature so that tests could be run. We were fairly certain that it would be part of the Google Developer Tools for Google Chrome, but there don't appear to be any easily accessible rules that describe this issue.
We did a thorough review of all of the tabs in the Google Developer Tools. We wanted to see if there were any settings that may have needed adjustments to allow for the forms to render even though our development sites are under standard HTTP protocol. There was nothing specific to our issue, however we did come across the browsers caching settings. This was about the only thing we could find that looked like it might help. By disabling the caching in the browser, it forces the page to reload from scratch. It retrieves all of the information from the server as if it were the first time. This bypasses the security protocol in the browser that prevents the offending insecure form from rendering. It is recommended that if you use the Google Chrome Browser on a daily basis that you do not disable this caching as this new feature is quite helpful in helping prevent users from accidentally sharing personal information on insecured websites.
For the developers however, the following is a quick step by step on finding and disabling the caching in the Chrome browser so that you can develop your styles and do your light functional tests. (The following steps are for a Mac. PCs should have a similar, if not the same set of steps)
- Step 1: Open the developer tools. View -> Developer -> Developer Tools
- Step 2: Select the Application tab;
- Step 3: In the left navigation bar under Application, select Clear storage;
- Step 4: In the settings to the right of the navigation bar;
- Step 5: Scroll to Cache and uncheck Cache storage and Application cache;
- Step 6: Close the developer tools, and refresh the page on which your form is located.
Your browser's cache is a useful tool that helps webpages to load quickly. The storage of frequently used webpage assets makes for a fast and efficient user experience. It's just a bit of a pain when it comes to development.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of January 30th…
- Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire, Kickstarter campaign trailer
Every active satellite orbiting earth
David Yanofsky and Tim Fernholz created an interactive chart showing the weight, national origin and position of more than 1,300 active satellites orbiting the planet Earth.
Google quietly makes "optional" web DRM mandatory in Chrome
Some time in the past few days, Google quietly updated Chrome (and derivative browsers like Chromium) so that Widevine (Google's version of EME) can no longer be disabled; it comes switched on and installed in every Chrome instance.
Trumpâs Executive Order Eliminates Privacy Act Protections for Foreigners
"Agencies shall, to the extent consistent with applicable law, ensure that their privacy policies exclude persons who are not United States citizens or lawful permanent residents from the protections of the Privacy Act regarding personally identifiable information."
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of January 19th…
- Hallelujah Money, Gorillaz feat. Benjamin Clementine
- Logan, trailer 2
This is an attempt to categorise different APIs scoured from the web which make their resources available for consumption.
Android One in the US
A report from The Information claims that Google is going to bring its cheap smartphone initiative, Android One, to the US. Android One was originally cooked up for developing markets like India, which saw Google lay out guidelines for OEMs to make cheap smartphones that were actually good. Android One took "good enough" hardware and paired it with stock Android and fast updates.
Mozilla's new logo
The wordmark, which replaces the “ill” in “Mozilla” with the colon and twin slashes commonly found in URLs, was one of several design candidates the company floated last fall.
Not exactly a Netflix tax
The takeaway was that extending GST/HST to foreign based digital service providers seems inevitable, but is unlikely to happen in Canada until global standards are adopted at the OECD.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of January 9th…
Atlassian Acquires Trello
Atlassian today announced that it has acquired project management service Trello for $425 million. The vast majority of the transaction is in cash ($360 million), with the remainder being paid out in restricted shares and options. The acquisition is expected to close before March 31, 2017.
Official Tor Browser For iOS Is Free To Use
"Given recent events, many believe it's more important than ever to exercise and support freedom of speech, privacy rights, and digital security," Mike Tigas wrote in a blog post. "I think now is as good a time as ever to make Onion Browser more accessible to everyone."
Renewing Mediumâs Focus
"To continue on this trajectory put us at riskâÂÂ—âÂÂeven if we were successful, business-wiseâÂÂ—âÂÂof becoming an extension of a broken system."
- Voltron: Legendary Defender, season 2 trailer