Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of July 24th…
The web's transition from nomadism to feudalism
Corporate Feudalism has emerged to create centralized, “safe” spaces for the peasantry to work & play. Attention is farmed and sold in exchange for convenience, protection, mediated self-expression & an indifferent audience. You can do anything if it’s within their borders.
Today's the day that Chrome brands plain old HTTP "not secure"
Since February, Google has planned to brand non-HTTPS sites as "Not Secure," and today, with Chrome 68, that change is being rolled out to a wide audience. With the change, every site now gets a label in its address bar: "Secure" if the site is loaded over HTTPS, "Not Secure" otherwise. In September, Google will make another change and remove the "Secure" label, marking the transition to a world where secure HTTP is the default rather than the exception.
Court Rules Quebec Plan for Mandated ISP Blocking of Online Gambling Sites is Unconstitutional
The provincial government introduced the rules in 2015, which create a list of unlicensed sites that ISPs must block or face financial penalties. While the government tried to frame the blocking system as a health and safety measure, it was always obvious from its own documentation that the plan was primarily focused on increasing revenues of Loto-Quebec, a provincially licensed online gambling site.
Google launches a DRM-free audiobook store: finally, a writer- and listener-friendly Audible alternative!
A decade ago, when Amazon acquired Audible, the two companies promised that they'd phase out their DRM, which locked listeners into using their proprietary software and devices to enjoy the books they purchased. Audible never made good on that promise, and stonewalled press queries and industry requests about when, exactly, this fairtrade version of their industry-dominating audiobook store would finally emerge.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of July 13th…
Microsoft Teams for free
On 12 July, Microsoft announced the release of its Teams communication tool for free, thereby propelling it into head-to-head rivalry with Slack. The free tier of Teams is catered for small- to medium-sized companies and is available for any organization’s first 300 users. Each user will receive 2GB of storage, along with 10GB for sharing amongst the group.
Adobe to Launch Photoshop for iPad in Strategy Shift
The app evolution strategy is a long-term effort that will spread to Adobe’s other programs in the future. A new version of Illustrator is in development but a longer way off from being released, the people familiar with the plans said.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt over the course of July 12th…
How I dropped 250KB of dead CSS weight with PurgeCSS
Nice right up on using PurgeCSS to clean things up at the end of the project.
Design at 1x - It's a Fact
Worth the read and refresher at why you want to start your designing at 1x resolution.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of July 11th…
Browsh is a fully-modern text-based browser. It renders anything that a modern browser can; HTML5, CSS3, JS, video and even WebGL. It can be used from a terminal or from within a normal browser. Its main purpose is to significantly reduce bandwidth and thus both increase browsing speeds and decrease bandwidth costs.
Tuesday the City of Winnipeg unveiled an "idea mill", now open at the Millennium Library downtown. High tech tools such as 3D printers, sound booths for audio recording, and a media studio with PC computers loaded with graphics and design programs. You'll also find a craft room with sewing machines, and space for creative arts.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of July 10th…
Greyhound to Discontinue Services in Manitoba in October
Greyhound Canada has announced that it will discontinue passenger bus and freight services in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba by the end of October. The move comes due to a 41 per cent decline in ridership since 2010.
Microsoft Takes on Apple's Entry-Level iPad With 10-inch Surface Go
Priced at $399, the company's smallest and lightest tablet computer to date is aimed at the same $500-and-under market as Apple's 9.7-inch iPad, which starts at US$329.
Stolen certificates from D-Link used to sign password-stealing malware
The certificates were used to cryptographically verify that legitimate software was issued by D-Link and Changing Information Technology. Microsoft Windows, Apple’s macOS, and most other operating systems rely on the cryptographic signatures produced by such certificates to help users ensure that executable files attached to emails or downloaded on websites were developed by trusted companies rather than malicious actors masquerading as those trusted companies.
Apple Releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 With AirPlay 2 Multi-Room Audio Support for iTunes
The macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 update is minor in scale, focusing on bug fixes and security improvements. No major feature changes were discovered during the beta testing process, but Apple's release notes say it adds AirPlay 2 multi-room support for iTunes with the accompanying iTunes 12.8 update.
Sonos files to go public, has sold over 19 million devices
Sonos will trade on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol "SONO". Recent numbers seem impressive, with the company generating $655.7 million in revenue in the six months from October 2017 to the end of March this year, with a net income of $13.1 million. But the company’s $992.5 million in revenue in the 2017 - despite being up 10 percent from 2016 - wasn’t enough to put the company in the black, with a net loss for the fiscal year of $14.2 million.