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Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 33

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“My opinion is it’s a bridge too far to go to fully autonomous cars.”
– Elon Musk

Web Design & Development

Chris Coyier decided to jot down what goes through his head when examining a website. Good items to think about when building your next website.


Microsoft and An Event Apart are teaming up for another 10k Apart, a contest for web designers and developers to create ultra lean, compelling experiences that are under 10 kilobytes in size and don’t use JavaScript. Did we mention there are awards?


Dan Mall, former design director at Happy Cog and technical editor at A List Apart, shares his design trade secrets.


When PHP attacks:


Also found on Twitter… The importance of code reviews:


More emails are opened on mobile devices and that number is growing. Here is a great list of lessons learned from building responsive emails.


Still exploring what you can do with scalable vector graphics (SVG)? Well, learn what’s new with SVG 2.


If you prefer your sites on the static side, then you’re probably familiar with Jekyll. If you’d like to try the new Jekyll Admin before its release next week, they’re looking for early user feedback.


Misc

Twitter has some new features that allow you to better control your experience.


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Courtesy Foo Conner / Flickr via Motherboard

Uber will begin transporting customers around with driverless cars starting this month in Pittsburgh.


After years of financial troubles and its share of controversy, Gawker will end operations come next week.


NASA is making 861 research papers available for free as part of their new PubSpace database. While you can expect the number of NASA-funded articles published to PubSpace to increase over time, the space agency will not be releasing all of their research. Exempt are materials governed by personal privacy, proprietary, or security laws.


Kick your legs up at the pool, beach or backyard and enjoy a lazy summer weekend with the Spry Hive. See you next week!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 13

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

0This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

Around Spry

This week we hosted the St. Louis Drupal Users group for the first of many planning meetings for 2016 Drupal Camp St. Louis. Keep your eyes peeled here for more information about the event that will be happening this Fall. To get involved, visit the DrupalSTL Meetup Page.

Members of Spry will be representing the Drupal Association at the PHPTek Conference from May 23-27, so make sure you visit us at the Drupal table in-between the excellent sessions scheduled throughout the week.

Web Design & Development

Ensure that the website you’re designing meets the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines with these helpful tips.

The Spry team is a fan of Zurb’s Foundation tools as we’ve discussed previously. This week, we had the opportunity to hear from the Zurb team and ask them questions about their products in the form of an AMA.

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Rep your favorite brands in programming and development tools with three free dev stickers.

Developers can sign-up for the Safari Technology Preview to get early glimpses into future browser and Webkit application releases.

To much applause, Microsoft has announced that Bash, the Linux command line, is finally coming to Windows.

Misc.

The FBI officially dropped their headline case against Apple. Now the tables have turned, as Apple is demanding that the agency reveals how they hacked the San Bernardino iPhone.

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Find out how Google caused a panic among users with this year’s April Fools Day joke, Google Mic Drop (that’s already been disabled).

Just when you thought Microsoft had learned its lesson after last week’s gaff with their Twitter AI, Tay, the company once again had to shut off the A.I. after it got stuck talking to itself.

There’s no excuse not to make your photos look great, as Google has announced that their photo editing software, the seven plugin Nik Collection, is now free.

Dig into the roots and legacy of the blues at the grand opening of the National Blues Museum in St. Louis this weekend.


 

Stay safe out there during the rest of April Fools Day and don’t forget to stop by next week for more Spry Hive!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 1

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

The craziness of December is finally behind us, and the beginning of the year has been packed with plenty of big stories. So, kick 2016 off right and stay up to date on all the latest news with the year’s first Spry Hive.

Tech

The original Fitbit was a real hit, but get fit in style with the Fitbit Blaze.

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Inspired by the likes of Google Glass, Garmin has created a device that will bring delight to any cyclist.

News has begun to leak about the upcoming iPhone 7. Evidently, Apple is getting rid of the headphone jack and, in the EU, might switch to using a Micro Usb charger.

The Web

Still sticking to Internet Explorer these days? Be sure to update, as Microsoft is dropping IE 8, 9, and 10.

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Twitter loyalist have been up in arms the past few days as the company announced their development of a 10,000 character word limit.

Web Design & Development

Zeldman, as usual, has a lot to say on the current state of web design. Read his thoughts on the Year in Design.

Developing and testing for tablets just became a whole lot easier now that you can use top-notch front-end web development tools on the iPad.

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An early contender for “Best Product Name of 2016”, Git Kraken is a cross-platform git client that makes working with Git easy and intuitive.

We’ve always enjoyed using Emmet with Atom editor, but their newest product looks promising in speeding up front end development tasks.

Misc.

Evidently, Australians can now dedicate their night to a Hollywood favorite as they usher in a George Costanza themed bar.


The first full week of the year may have flown by surprisingly fast, but, with the help of companies like Twitter, Apple, and Garmin, 2016 is gearing up to be quite exciting. Enjoy your weekend and don’t forget to stop by next week for another dose of the Spry Hive.

Make A Difference On #GIVINGTUESDAY

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Events.

As we return from a holiday where we gave thanks and expressed our gratitude to others, today we embark on another day to show our generous spirit… this time not in saying thanks, but in giving back. #GivingTuesday is a global initiative to make the world a better place through the action of giving. Giving in the form of volunteering, helping a neighbor or donating to a charity.

Every year following Thanksgiving (and the double shot of Black Friday and Cyber Monday), #GivingTuesday aims to bring some attention during the bustling giving season back to the organizations that need it the most: nonprofits. Nonprofits have always been close to our hearts. Providing digital solutions to nonprofits is one of the reasons we formed Spry Digital and developed OpenDonor, a product that helps nonprofits track their fundraising efforts and streamline their activities.

 

Assuming that you survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we encourage you to reach out to a cause that is close to your heart and give today in the form of volunteering or a gift. To get you in the giving mood, there’s a slew of activities and virtual meetups happening all over Twitter. You can learn all about today’s events at givingtuesday.org.

When you give, don’t forget to share with others how you helped today with the hashtag #GivingTuesday on Twitter and let us know in the comments below. The world is a better place when people come together for good.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 46

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

While commercials and retailers have turned their attention to the holidays that are just around the corner, this past week was all about honoring our veterans. No matter what we were tuned into, though, there’s always some news that happens to slip right past us. Don’t fret just yet because it’s finally Friday, which means another dose of the Spry Hive!

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is booming right now, and companies like Lytro are learning to capture the 360 degree experience in a new way with their innovative camera, the Immerge.

Leading the way for journalists, the New York Times has begun pushing the immersive experience to users with stories from around the world.

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Source = Veterans United Foundation

Virtual reality has helped our veterans experience the war memorials from the comfort of their homes.

Lastly, are you wanting to experience VR but not sure where to begin? Get a Google Cardboard then begin with the Vrse app. There’s a high-quality immersive VR experience for everybody, we assure you.

Web & Apps

If you aren’t following Jim Kenney, the next mayor of Philadelphia, then you’ve got some catching up to do because his Twitter game is top notch.

The app called Yik Yak became popular in colleges and high schools across the country thanks to its sense of anonymity, but students are quickly learning that their words aren’t so incognito.

Design

Enjoy reminiscing about retro game design? Take a look at Gameartlover on Tumblr.

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Source = Pantone Smoothies

Have even more fun picking your next brand’s colors with these pantone smoothies.

Development

The Goofus and Gallant characters had some choice words of wisdom for CSS users.

While we are all excited about the launch of Drupal 8, don’t forget to prepare for the end of Drupal 6.

We all encounter a uncaught exception from time to time. Next time you do, make sure you take a proper process dump using a tool like this Hapi plugin, Poop.

A headstone is the perfect place to leave a personal message for the world. Well, CommitStrip.com has come up with a list of epitaphs perfect for coders.

Misc.

Finding its way back to the big screen after twelve year, Pixar’s classic movie Finding Nemo is finally getting a sequel focused on Finding Dory.

Life can sometimes feel like a plane crashing down to Earth, but every once in awhile it’s good to take a step back and acknowledge that it’s going to be okay.


And like that, we have made our way through another week of news. Hopefully you found something entertaining or touching enough to share with your friends and family. As always, have the spryest of weekends and don’t forget to drop by next week for more!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 41

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

As we move into October, NASA has unlocked a trove of old mission photos and robots decorate beaches. Sip on that pumpkin latte and enjoy another dose of the Spry Hive!

Tech

As if it wasn’t already hard enough to find a job as an artist these days, robots have started taking their jobs at the beach.

From the company that advertises their device as, “The tablet that can replace your laptop,” we present the new Surface Book – Microsoft’s first laptop ever.

Web

What do you get when you mix Twitter, eBooks, and Music? A quirky yet awesome karaoke generator for any party!

Haven’t updated Internet Explorer to IE11 yet? Well, it might finally be time, as Microsoft is cutting off support to IE 8, 9, and 10.

See your face from a different perspective with this webcam manipulator that’s full of emotion. You’ll want to zoom in to see what’s really going on. (WARNING: do not click if you are prone to epileptic seizures or motion sensitivity).

Design

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Source = Adobe

Hey, UX designers, Adobe is working on a new prototyping tool that works beautifully with Creative Cloud called Project Comet.

Development

Looking to put a little bounce into your next web animation? You’ll love Popmotion.

Some Google interface developers have shared how they create better user experiences by optimizing their web products using the RAIL Model.

We love Gulp for how it speeds up front end development tasks. Now it’s even easier to use with one of our favorite code editors. Check out Sublime Gulp.

The tickets have been selling fast for the inaugural WordPress Community Summit, WordCamp US 2015, so grab yours while you have the chance!

Misc.

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Source = NASA

Still don’t believe we landed on the Moon? Well, see for yourself with the 8,000+ photos from the Apollo missions, recently released by NASA.

Now, we know the internet is a place for cats, but this puppy playing with baby goats will steal your heart.

Fallout 4 is one of the most anticipated games being talked about right now, but nobody is as excited as this guy.


We hope you were able to lose yourself for a while with the baby goats, artistic robots, and other stories from the week. Don’t forget to come back next week to grab your weekly dose of the Spry Hive!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 40

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

When NASA opens the week with major news about a planetary neighbor, it’s hard to focus on all the other happenings from around the world. Thankfully, it’s Friday, which means another recap of the past week’s news, all in the Spry Hive!

Tech

It’s usually a good idea to keep liquids away from any electronics, but this new, liquid clock perfectly visualizes the flow of time.

Learning and following along with sign language has never been so easy with the new SignLanguageGlove.

Thanks to Netflix, you can turn your living room into a true home theatre with the click of a Switch.

Web

World-wide fugitive Edward Snowden caught everyone’s attention when he surfaced on Twitter this week.

Digital Advertising

Advertisements have almost become an expectation when visiting a news site, but have you ever wondered how much mobile data we waste on them?

Design

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If their new store in Brussels is a sign of things to come, then keep your eyes peeled for a major redesign at the Apple Store near you.

Trying to make your latest design scream, “America”? Your job just got a whole lot easier with this new guide for U.S. web design standards.

Clean up your folders and make sense of those duplicates with this simple version control app, Folio for Mac.

Development

Create a lot of animations with CSS? Then you’ve got to check out Velocity.js, an engine so easy that it feels like cheating.

Move over Vagrant, you’ve been replaced! HashiCorp released their newest development/deployment tool for developers this week, Otto,

Gatsby lets you create dynamic websites with a plain text editor and React.js. Now that’s easy, and live!

Misc.

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Those living under a rock might have missed NASA’s major announcement on Monday where they confirmed the existence of liquid on Mars.

As if fast food wasn’t spooky enough already, Burger King has unveiled its Halloween Whopper that features a startlingly black bun.


We can’t guarantee that next week’s Spry Hive will include another major announcement from NASA (is discovery of little green men next?), but we’re sure to find some other tasty morsels from around the web. See you next week!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 30

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

In case you didn’t hear, NASA has once again captivated the world by announcing the discovery of a planet eerily similar to Earth. While everybody else may not have been performing rocket science this week, the founder of Wikipedia announced his plan to revolutionize social networking and a group of hackers figured out how to wirelessly control a car. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of this week’s news!

Web & Apps

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For those who aren’t adventurous enough to explore the popular dating app Tinder, the developers at Holidog have created an alternative that puts your canine in the spot light. Whether the app is really for the dog or the owner doesn’t really matter as both benefit from the genius of Tindog.

If you frequently engage major companies on Facebook, asking a question or even complaining about service, then you’d better look out! Evidently, a couple comedians out of Atlanta have taken the popular social media site by storm, providing customers with fake answers while posing as ‘Customer Service’.

Evidently, the founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, is preparing to launch a donation based social network in the United States. Allowing users to connect with and receive updates from participating charities and individuals, The People’s Operator, or TPO, is self-described as, “similar to Twitter, but better.

Design

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As creative teams everywhere continue to utilize and experiment with digital design for their clients, it’s become more and more difficult to remember how beautiful and fitting physical, visual art can be. So, to help jog the memory and provide some inspiration, take a look at these gorgeous examples of analog typography.

Businesses require design that is both intelligent and enjoyable. Like most tasks, though, such an accomplishment is much easier said than done. Alina from Zurb Blog writes that the root of the problem may stem from the inability of a company to properly utilize their own design team.

Development

Those who have never come across Sitepoint’s, “12 Little-Known CSS Facts,” now have some catch up to do! Following up to last year’s successful and helpful blog post, Louis Lazaris provided coders with 12 more little-known CSS facts.

Looking to add beauty, class, and powerful, data-driven widgets to your web-based dashboard? Then you have to check out this charming yet powerful framework called Dashing.

WordPress has served the web development community since its first appearance 2003, growing from a simple blogging system to the multi-purpose CMS it is today. Now, the system is on it’s way to becoming a fully integrated and functioning application framework, making it easier external, mobile programs to communicate with the WordPress database using the new WP Rest API.

Tech

Just as a disclaimer, stopping a vehicle on the highway in the middle of the day is never a good idea, and can probably end up with a ticket. That said, we should probably give a free pass to the team of researchers who showed the world how vehicles like the Jeep Cherokee are currently vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Have you been following the incredible progress Tesla Motors has been making with electric cars? Well, if you haven’t, then there’s no better time than now. Touting acceleration of 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds, the popular car company has announced the release of “ludicrous mode,” for the Model S.

While the technology behind music has expanded leaps and bounds in the recent decades, it took almost 500 years for someone to finally create Leonardo da Vinci’s musical invention. Dubbed the Viola Organista, da Vinci’s instrument combines the qualities of the harpsichord, organ,and viola da gamba.


So, while the likes of Tesla Motors and Jimmy Wales continue innovating life here on Earth, NASA might want to consider some creative upgrades for their rockets to expedite the journey to our planet’s newest cousin. We hope you were able to find at least one piece of interesting, informative, or just plain entertaining news. Don’t forget to stop by next week and enjoy a well-deserved break of the weekend!

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.

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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 13

Posted by Ben Scherliss & filed under Tips.

Social media grabbed some headlines this week with a few exciting new announcements from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And after 13 years Fox announced the return of one of our favorite detective pairings — but do we have Netflix to thank? The answers to that and more in this week’s Spry Hive.

Social Media

At its annual F8 Developer Conference this week, Mark Zuckerberg announced that “Now Facebook is a family of apps” rather than a single service. The company announced a whole series of features and updates and introduced Messenger for Business, which could rival some of Twitter’s customer service capabilities.

This week Instagram announced it’s new collage feature called “Layout,” which takes the content on the app to another level. Users will now be able to combine as many as nine photographs together into one (thus for cat lovers, the sky’s the limit).

Twitter has always offered the ability for anonymity to run a bit rampant, and unfortunately that can open the door for abusive behavior. But the company is now taking steps which may bring that activity to an end with a new ‘quality filter’ which removes threats and abusive tweets.

Also on Twitter, Elon Musk recently tweeted that photos from a recent SpaceX mission would be made available for non-commercial use. One user then pressed him to go a bit further, and Musk obliged.

Tech

According to an Executive at Microsoft, they don’t have nearly the connectivity between their products that Google and Apple have engineered. That said, the company has a plan which it hopes will allow it to better compete.

Google likes to watch you watch TV. Users of Google’s TV service Fiber shouldn’t be entirely shocked, but the company gathers data based upon viewing behaviors and then serves targeted ads more likely to grab attention. If it creeps you out, you have to opt-out.

They say one of the keys of good UX is that you’ve got to design like “the user is drunk.” If you like, this guy will actually get drunk and do exactly that (for a fee).

GoPro is everywhere nowadays, hence it’s concept. But if you’re not filming an extreme sport, it can be awkward and difficult to hold steady by hand. CAMPanion provides a mounting which merges your phone or tablet to Gopro for your “less extreme” needs.

Most people are aware that devices capable of license plate scanning exist on our streets and highways. What you may not know is that depending upon municipality, they may also be available via public record.

If you’ve always wanted to know what it feels like to fly like a bird, a new simulator uses Oculus Rift to make that experience very real. Birdly provides a full-body simulation of flight, and the rig even uses a fan to simulate wind to put the experience over the top.

Development

We are excited for the imminent arrival of Drupal 8 for many reasons. The latest improvement to catch our attention: improved media management. Even kittens approve.

Another announcement at the F8 Developer Conference was the open-sourcing of Facebook’s React Native Framework, now available on Github. This framework may not end the debate between web vs native, but certainly provides another option in the ever-growing array of app development frameworks

If you learn by doing, Code4startup is an online resource that lets you clone and hack copies of real services you already use on the web in order to help you make something new. In addition, it also offers video services for instruction.

Misc

People who are colorblind live in a very different daily world than the rest of us. Now, thanks to specially developed glasses by EnChroma these videos are able to capture their reactions when they experience colors for the first time.

To raise awareness about internet censorship, the company Psiphon commissioned a paper poster series of various social media icons crafted from paper. While the point is well-taken, the visuals are rather enjoyable in themselves.

Just what separates “old Millennials” from “new Millennials?” The answer is an innumerable amount of things, but this list paints the picture in a very amusing and thoughtful manner.

Signaling that the truth is in fact still out there, this week Fox announced it is rebooting it’s hit series The X-Files. But as this article details, we may have Netflix to thank for it’s return.

The Netherlands-based designer Florian de Looij prides himself in trying to create a new form of GIF each day. What he’s been doing with these hypnotizing geometric GIFs is nothing short of amazing.


 

So, that’s a wrap on Week 13 and the month of March for us here at Spry Hive.  Let’s reconvene a week from now with a new month and a whole new slate of topics.