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Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 34

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

“The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.”
– Tim Berners-Lee

Advertising

The Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri School of Journalism delivers the scoop on malvertising and its affect on the publishing and advertising industries.


Custom Avocados

Custom Avocados is pushing the boundaries of corporate tchotchke. That’s expensive guacamole.


Web Design & Development

Accessibility Refresher

If you design and build web products for humans, then this article about accessibility design from the team at Vox Media is a must read. Slide show included.


Some friendly pointers from UX Thought of the Day about designing a better style guide.


Misc

Blackbox Shipping

The creators of Cards Against Humanity have started a new shipping company that “works like a co-op” for independent artists and creators to get the lowest price.


Nextdoor has tweaked its algorithm for reporting incidents that has resulted in a significant reduction of racial profiling by its online community.


 

The Revenant movie reimagined as an 8-bit battle game. Warning: possible spoilers.


NASA wants YOU to go to Mars. These official posters put the call out for teachers, explorers, and farmers to help inhabit the red planet.


Enjoy your weekend and we’ll see you next week for the final Spry Hive of Summer, 2016!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 39

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

Chipotle wasn’t the only company playing around with video games, space, or lawsuits over the past week. So, catch up on all of the latest news in another edition of the Spry Hive!

Web

taste-invaders-chipotle

Source = Chipotle

Tired of taking fire from the competition over their alleged use of GMOs, Chipotle is making their point by letting you shoot down the additives!

Don’t think you’re so sneaky. Facebook and employers everywhere are well aware of how much time is spent on Facebook at work. Now you have an excuse, though, with the introduction of…(wait for it)…“Facebook at Work”.

Tech

Volkswagen is taking some serious heat from the USA. Unfortunately for the company, their rigging software can only hide the truth during an emissions test and not the news cycle.

The world of technology is chock-full of overly complicated bugs and hacks, but the latest flaw on Android is just plain silly.

The once unthinkable for Microsoft has now become a proud reality for the tech giant; the company has started using Linux to run it’s cloud.

Somehow, it seems only fitting that the individuals behind Cards Against Humanity are actually very interested in preserving our own humanity by supporting Women in STEM.

Design

isotopic designs

Source = Nodegram

Looking for a little inspiration to end the year on a high note, or maybe just some eye-candy? You’ve got to check out the best isometric designs of 2015 (so far).

Having trouble convincing clients to buy those pieces of paper you value so much as a designer? Here is a helpful article on teaching the purpose of a style guide.

Learning should be constant, but it shouldn’t be a constant struggle. Use this guide to make it easier to keep up with the latest and greatest tools for web designers.

Development

Wondering whether or not your favorite modules are ready for Drupal 8? Keep up with the latest news using this database that details the status of the top 100 contributed modules for Drupal 8.

Misc.

Seeing the Earth as the size of a marble can change anybody’s perspective. Thankfully, a group of friends took it upon themselves to bring the scale of the solar system to us.

Pluto might not be considered a planet anymore, but it’s still a part of our gorgeous solar system! So, show our farthest cousin some love and check out the newest pictures of it’s landscape.

For the first time in decades we are seeing a video game like no other. Panoramical centers itself around meditative music that manipulates fascinatingly artistic and engrossing visuals.

In case you weren’t aware enough, there is only one day left in Sea Otter Awareness Week, so make it count!


So, now you can enter the weekend with a new view on life and a few new talking points. Don’t forget to stop by next week and, as always, have the spryest of weekends!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 14

Posted by Ben Scherliss & filed under Tips.

April inevitably arrives with a few pranks, but also with plenty new to discuss. Amazon wants you to push their buttons while Facebook wants to create a social presence for your children. We’re no fools here, so let’s discuss it all in the latest edition of Spry Hive.

Tech

April Fools Day has now passed, and who wasn’t fooled by the 360 Selfie Ring or Google Fiber dial-up? But there were more than a few other enjoyable fabrications launched in the tech world this year and here is a fun collection of some of the best.

And in what was not a hoax, Amazon announced that it wants you to be able to re-order your products from any room, closet or corner of your house. So they’ve made it all possible with their new “Dash Buttons” which will instantly purchase an order and can be placed literally anywhere in every residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse.

Google had to kill about 200 different Chrome extensions this week, having to reclassify them as Malware. Apparently more than a third of these extensions which inject ads were, in fact,  deceptive and merited the reclassification.

If boring, traditional round pancakes are causing you ongoing morning depression, life no longer has to go on that way thanks to PancakeBot. The device pairs an electric griddle and a batter dispensing system which will effectively “print” pancakes into nearly any shape.

Social Media

We all know that there just isn’t a large enough of a social presence for babies on Facebook, so luckily the social media giant has announced Scrapbook. The company says this feature will “grow with your child” as you add photos of them. Nothing creepy here.

Facebook’s Engineering Director is now headed to the White House. 28 year-old David Recordon will join the administration as Director of Information Technology, a position which was created specifically for him.

Twitter has been showing ads in the news feed for some time now, but they’re about to take it up to another level — a personal one. The social company has apparently been testing promoted tweets which would begin showing-up on user’s actual profile pages, possibly appearing as tweets endorsed by or from that account.

Misc

A warning that this one may hurt your eyes a bit. Two of the most cringe-worthy fonts – Comic Sans and Papyrus –  are now merging to create Comic Papyrus.

SOURCE = Adweek

Moving on to some much more pleasant writings, you won’t believe how perfectly this calligrapher effortlessly re-creates the logos of iconic brands like Google, Adidas, Star Wars and Converse with pen and ink.

Cards Against Humanity has ironically found a means by which to benefit humanity. The popular, typically raunchy game is now releasing a science themed expansion to benefit women in STEM.

Development

Bloomberg’s been cooking-up a new single-page application framework called Brisket. The company is billing it as having “the best perceived speed, the greatest code freedom, and the strongest search engine optimization.”

If you’re a beginner with AngularJS you may get some good value from the interactive book Angular Basics. It covers Directives, Modules, Services, Controllers, Routing and is free.

Docker marked it’s second birthday this past week and as this article suggests, we should continue to expect big things from the open source software project.

SEO

With “mobilegeddon” fast approaching, many businesses and website administrators are scrambling to get in front of Google’s upcoming new mobile-friendly algorithm. Google is stating that it will impact more sites than their previous Panda or Penguin updates did, with the bottom line being that you’d better get mobile-friendly and fast.

Spam bots cause multiple annoyances such as corrupting your analytics data and using-up your server’s resources just to name a few. But there are some effective steps you can take to stop them from ruining your analytics referral data.


That’s a wrap for the first week of April. See you next Friday and we’ll have another go ’round again.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 11

Posted by Ben Scherliss & filed under Tips.

This week had Wikipedia tangling with the NSA and the FAA tangling with drones. And we also said goodbye to one of the world’s finest writers. That and so much more in Week 11’s edition of Spry Hive.

Tech

Google’s “Project Loon” which would effectively put cell tower balloons in the sky has continued to make progress towards becoming reality. Initially the balloons were able to remain in the sky for about 5 days, now this period has averaged over 100 days along with the ability to provide 4G to an entire state.

And as Google prides itself with boldly going where few have gone before, it has continued with a recent addition to it’s popular Street View. After partnering-up with mountaineer Apa Sherpa, the company is now able to offer stunning views of the Mount Everest Region.

Even Apple isn’t short of it’s share of outspoken critics and in this enjoyable write-up noted as “off-the-cuff,” Matt Wilcox details why he believes Apple has a software problem.

MySpace had a variety of internal flaws and made a series of bad moves before finally succumbing to Facebook’s popularity. These were some of the topics discussed in a conference last week where the former VP of MySpace offered some insight as to what went wrong with the social network.

The FAA is sending letters to some drone owners ordering them to take their videos off of YouTube. This coming as it appears that the agency has found a manner to extend the meaning of “commercial flights.

Wikipedia is suing the NSA. The non-profit which prides itself on being “founded on the freedoms of expression, inquiry, and information” says it believes that the agency’s surveillance practices violate the US Constitution’s First and Fourth Amendments.

Apps

In a move likely to align with the trend towards larger screens, Twitter announced that it’s official app for iPhone will now feature revamped profiles and display larger photos.

Topps Star Wars Cards, SOURCE = Gizmodo

 

Digital has brought the world of trading cards to a universal level, literally. Topps, the company which once provided chewing gum with it’s trading cards now offers the ability for users around the world to trade their Star Wars cards via mobile app.

If you obsess about getting the best possible deal on airline tickets, you’ll likely want to have a look at Hopper. The app provides useful price predictions and will notify you of price drops.

Development

If someone told you it could actually be possible to scroll or control your computer’s sound with a wave of the hand, would you be interested? It is a real possibility when motion detection and the Doppler Effect are combined.

The release of Drupal 8 is nearing and some new essential Symfony components will be arriving with it. If you’re interested in learning more about them this article offers a nice run-down.

With all of the deserved excitement surrounding the Apple Watch, many third party developers are wondering “What about us?” With the device being so new and uncharted, this article explores the struggle some developers are facing in getting prepared for it.

Misc

We know how much you love Cards Against Humanity. The only drawback is that you have to wait until you’re drunk in the comfort of a friend’s home to play it. But now thanks to the web app Cards Against Originality you can take the game any place you like.

There’s a remake of the famous Disney classic Dumbo coming and believe it or not, it will be in the form an actual live-action film. On top of that, news now that Tim Burton has signed-on to direct it.

With 1,100 yards of real scrolling paper built into it’s legs, the Analog Memory Desk was engineered to record years of random thoughts and ideas the old fashioned way. The student who designed it has no intent of putting it up for sale and offers the blueprints for free.

If you’ve got an infinite amount of time to kill, you should really spend at least some of it staring into this infinitely zooming image.

And an RIP to Sir Terry Pratchett. The author of the Discworld series and over other 70 titles died this week after losing his battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. As Pratchett wrote in his novel Good Omens,”Don’t think of it as dying,” said Death. “Just think of it as leaving early to avoid the rush.”


That will do it for already our second Friday the 13th of 2015. As always, if you have any thoughts or comments please do share them with us below.