Happy Friday, everyone and welcome to SpryHive. It’s summer vacation season and a lot of people are out and about on road trips. One of our favorite ways to pass the time is catching up on the backlog of podcasts I’ve missed during, well, LIFE. If you’re going on the road and looking for some new audible treasures, here are a few of our favorites.
A quick survey of the Spry team recommends:
Let us know what you think!
ICYMI this week, Spry Digital Partner, Ken, treated us to a blog post about protecting your security online. There’s more to come but it offers a great first step toward making sure your data stays in your hands. Check it out.
Enough small talk. I know you’re really here for a quick hit of the latest. I saved you all the best. Pull up a chair.
Social Media Sound Bites
Proving that they are hip with the youths, the FBI made a hilariously bad list of “current Internet slang“. The hefty tome clocks in at 83 pages and treats the reader to more than 3,000 terms that no self respecting internet dweller has even considered using. Given that one of the new frontiers of terrorist recruiting is the internet, we don’t doubt they had the best intentions. Whether the end result is actually…. useful is probably lost in translation. IDK what they were thinking, but it made me ROFL.
We were treated to an accidental teaser a couple weeks ago and Facebook’s newest messenger app is now live officially. Meet Slingshot. Obviously designed as a competitor to Snapchat, Slingshot lets you send photos and 15-second videos to one (or more) friends you’ve recently “slinged” with. Like Snapchat, the content is promoted to be ephemeral. Unlike Snapchat, the app boats a “reply to unlock” feature that could set it apart assuming people want to do that much work for a fleeting message.
In a heartwarming coming of age story, it’s being argued that Reddit, the massive forum-based crowd sharing platform, has finally earned the self appointed title of “the front page of the internet”. After a few rough starts and some rough instances of vigilante journalism, Reddit is being taken seriously as a breaking news source. Reddit engineers developed a moderated live-thread system that aims to keep the site at the forefront of live-news sourcing and reporting. If you’ve spent any time on there lately, you’ve likely already seen the benefits – news stories appear on Reddit sometimes days before national news picks it up, usually with more depth and cited sources. Is this the future of journalism? I’m sure you’ll find that answer on Reddit before you see it anywhere else.
What do you get when you put a server, a workstation, a PC, and a phone in a room with a little candlelight and some Barry White? Ok, it’s the internet. I’m sure there’s some variety of porn for that. But really, what you’d get is is HP’s newest offering, called simply (and slightly ominously) The Machine. Based on a completely unique and highly specialized design, The Machine can process 160 petabytes of data in 250 nanoseconds. Excited yet? Hold on. Samples won’t be out until 2015 and products won’t be rolling out for another three years after that. But it’s pretty shiny to think about.
Unicode added 250 new emojis to the latest Standard Update. Given that many major software platforms make use of Unicode, this means there is now a beginning of support for new emoji to arrive on smartphones soon. It sounds like Apple has been working closely with Unicode for this update, especially. Look for the Vulcan salute, a hot pepper, and a chipmunk to be headed to your text messages soon.
Speaking of new, Firefox 30 appeared last week and with it, some tips and tricks for developers. However, if Firefox 30 is, like, SO last week. don’t worry – the Firefox Beta channel for 31 is already up for Linux, Mac, Windows, and Android. Developers will happily note that Firefox is pretty much giving everyone an early birthday present a bunch of features that will make dev life a lot easier like a canvas debugger and an eyedropper tool.
Another great release for developers, ZURB has rolled out Foundation 5.3, or Foundation for Sites. ZURB promises that they’ve closed hundreds of issues and Sites is virtually bug-free. They’ve also included some new features to make dev life simpler, like an icon bar and a newly revamped switch component that doesn’t require JS. Check out the full stats in their announcement.
Adobe’s got it in for your apps. The latest major update to their Creative Cloud includes a software development kit for mobile devices, potentially allowing third party developers to embed select Adobe technologies within their iOS apps. Making that Instagram selfie look flawless could be getting a lot easier.
Verizon’s new #InspireHerMind campaign is not only beautiful, it’s hoping to get more parents and caregivers invested in encouraging young girls to pursue STEM programs. Along a similar vein, Google’s Made With Code initiative is trying to address the obvious gender gap in tech by getting girls involved in elementary. We readily approve of both of these developments.
When marketing is good, it can be really, really good. But (and the nursery rhyme says), when it’s bad, it’s horrid. This week, the Mexican government did some major backtracking after public outrage over it’s latest campaign to encourage breastfeeding, The campaign needlessly sexualized women while simultaneously addressing concerns that don’t actually exist for the average new mother. Demonstrating an epic fail of understanding your audience, marketers admitted the concept was a little premature. The campaign has been scrapped and sent back to gestate a little longer.
If you’ve ever seen a fast food ad that made your mouth water only to be disappointed in the real life results, this cuisine crusader’s project is for you. Frustrated at the lackluster presentation and misleading marketing rampant in the fast food industry, he politely asked for a do-over. Turns out, with a little more effort, that burger and fry can actually look pretty appealing.
Science may be nearing the ability to rebuild bones based on beer byproducts. Drink up for happy hour. You’re doing good in the world.
AMAZING things we bet you didn’t know you could do with Google Spreadsheets. Not going to lie, this is way more exciting that it should be. I’m a sucker for a sexy spreadsheet.
Hold on to your butts. The Steam Summer Sale just started. If today’s your payday, kiss that check goodbye.
That’s it for SpryHive this week. If you need us, we’ll be drinking a beer and pwning n00bs until Monday.