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Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 7

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

While Apple and the FBI commanded the headlines this week, there was also plenty of exciting news for web developers & designers. Find out for yourself with another week of the Spry Hive!

Tech

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, released a letter to the company’s customers, challenging the FBI’s request for a security crippling backdoor on iPhones following the San Bernardino case. Then the ever eccentric John McAfee provided his own criticism of the FBI, saying he could unlock the phone in 3 weeks or he would eat his own shoe.

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Researchers at Southamton University have upped the ante on long term data storage, announcing that their slivers of 5D quartz glass can hold 360 terabytes for 14 billion years.

Apps

Quartz has released its first new app, exclusive to iPhones, that feeds you the news through conversational texting.

The Web

Evidently, security experts have discovered a bug in the GNU C Library, an important building block of the internet, that has left apps & devices vulnerable for the past 7 years.

Design

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Paris officials, with the help of the creative team Dragon Rouge, announced their bid to host the 2024 Olympics in style this week, fronting the effort with an abstract and beautiful logo for the city.

Web Development & Design

A big update is coming for iTerm 2, a terminal replacement app for Macs. Some of the new features we’re looking forward to are automatic profile switching, session restoration, and a new “flat” look.

Mule Design’s director of research, Erika Hall, recently spoke at Creative Mornings about digital writing. Bottom line? Derive your content from real conversations.

Echoing the sentiment of many, Lubos Kmetko from XFive as spelled out why you should stop supporting IE8, IE9, and IE10.

For the first time since 1999, the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is receiving an update. Make sure you’re ready for HTTP/2.

Misc.

If you were following the historic flooding that hit Missouri this winter, you may be interested to learn that researchers are calling it a manmade calamity.

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Die hard Star Wars fans have begun rejoicing after a group called Team Negative announce the discovery, recovery, and release of an original 35mm print of A New Hope.

Renato Bialetti is well known as Italy’s ‘coffee king’ for his popularization of the octagonal coffee pot. Following the 93-year-old’s final days, his children thought it’d be fitting to place his ashes inside one of his famous pots.


Well, that wraps up another week of intriguing and exciting news. Enjoy the weekend and don’t forget to stop by next week for another dose of the Spry Hive!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 4

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

As we finish off the first month of 2016, businesses on Facebook are in for a treat with the release of various new tools. That’s not all that happened this week, though, so sit back and enjoy another dose of the Spry Hive.

The Web

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Facebook has rolled out a whole new way for companies to share stories and engage their audiences with Canvas.

Web Development & Design

Proving that age & experience have little to do with your ability to develop an app, the 83-year-old former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, recently released his own mobile game.

Take your website to the next dimension with quick loading, easy to build 3D models using Voxel.CSS.

Use Gridlover’s online HTML/CSS editor to set your website’s font styles.

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Creating brand assets for Social Media has never been so simple. Check out Social Kit Pro for Photoshop.

Use Sketch for your app and web design needs? Be sure to check out all the changes made in Sketch 3.5.

There are more tools for designing and building websites than ever before, but some are beginning to think that process and use of these frameworks is killing creativity on the web.

Misc.

If you own one, you’ve probably already experienced some of Apple TV’s gorgeous aerial video screensavers. Well, now you can watch them on any device.

Are you a fan of the Bachelor, Game of Thrones, or even both? Then you’ll definitely get a kick out of Lena Headey reading insults from the Bachelor as Queen Mother Cersei on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

For those who have been doubting the unprecedented nature of last year’s temperatures, the world’s leading meteorologists have the data to prove that 2015 was by far the hottest year on record.


With that, the weekend and the end of January is in sight. Don’t forget to drop by next week for February’s first Spry Hive!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 2

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

While the past week brought us Wikipedia’s 15th birthday and the promise of new technologies, it has been overall bittersweet as we find ourselves celebrating the lives of multiple cultural icons. So, join us in looking back at all of this week’s news as we work our way to the weekend.

The Web

Turn your next message into a work of art with this instagram font generator.

Do you enjoy the challenge of research & problem solving? Test your skills of searching with A Google a Day.

Speaking of Google, the company’s branch in Germany recently released a artistically beautiful promo for Google Maps.

There are very few websites as popular as the self-described ‘free encyclopedia that anyone can edit’, so be sure to show some love to Wikipedia on it’s 15th birthday.

Web Design & Development

Are you a fan of fonts and typography in general? Head over to Typewolf to find the most popular fonts of 2015, and which ones you should use instead.

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Creating or editing a graphic without damaging the source file is essential to professional design, so be sure you know your way around blending modes.

For those who weren’t able to tune in live, Codeship released a webinar introducing users to the process of building apps with Docker.

Misc.

Following a slower than expected holiday season and the announcement of imminent job cuts, GoPro’s stock plummeted by 28% this week.

The more people play around with the newest graphics engine, the more it seems, well…unreal. Get a taste of the action with a beloved classic as GoldenEye 007 Meets Unreal Engine 4.

The headaches of flying can easily be attributed to sub-par technological advances for commercial aircrafts, but that’s about to change as NASA continues building towards the future of flight.

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Only two weeks into the new year, the world sits in mourning as some of the biggest stars of a generation have faded into darkness and are laid to rest. As you find time throughout the weekend, take some time to pay tribute to and celebrate the revolutionary life of David Bowie, the many faces of Alan Rickman, and the enormous impact Giorgio Gomelsky had on the music industry.


So, after a rollercoaster of a week, we’ve made it to another weekend. Don’t forget to stop by next Friday for your dose of the Spry Hive as we dig into all the important, quirky, and humorous news.

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 45

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

Halloween may have been this past weekend, but that didn’t stop the working world. In fact, the holiday provided plenty of inspiration for designers, developers, and, of course, the internet. So, try not to fall out of your seats, and enjoy another week of the Spry Hive.

Tech

Superman isn’t the only one who can see through walls anymore, as developers at MIT have harnessed the superpower using wifi.

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Source = Naval Research Laboratory

Move aside, Glass. Furthering the legacy of Star Trek, Dr. Jas Sanghera has proven the feasibility of transparent aluminum.

Web & Apps

Step up your internet game with the ultimate Gif dance party.

If you’ve never heard of Basecamp, it’s about time to catch up. As of Nov. 3rd, Basecamp 3 is already available.

Have you been a fan of Snapchat’s sense of anonymity? Well, the company just reserved the rights to store your selfies.

Evidently, after luring customers into using OneDrive with unlimited storage, Microsoft has decided to drop the too good to be true offer, resetting the max limit at 1 Terabyte.

Design

Love the design of historic artifacts? Take a look at the Massimo and Lella Vignelli papers on Tumblr.

 

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Source = Go Monster Project

Acknowledging how creative our kids can be, the designers at Go Monster Project have created some stunning digital renditions of monster drawings from children.

Development

If you haven’t already heard, Drupal 8 will finally be released on November 19th! Join the celebration and find a release party near you.

Bring the weather to your users with Rain & Water Effects.

Interested in learning more about Apple’s cryptography?

Responsiveness is taking over the web, so be sure you keep up on all your CSS, jQuery, and JavaScript.

Front-end development has been, well… developing. So, what do we know now about the community?

Misc.

Watch out now, studies say your cat may want to kill you!

Space

Before NASA held another major press conference this week, the US Space agency put out an open call for the next generation of astronauts that will guide humanity to Mars.


So, as you can see, the holiday weekend did everything but hinder the week’s productivity. Hopefully you found something worth sharing with friends and family. Don’t forget to stop by next week for another dose of the Spry Hive!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 44

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

With Halloween only a day away now, the week’s news cycle has been heavily focused on preparing for the holiday. That didn’t stop the working world, though, which means we all have some catching up to do. So, sit back and enjoy this extra special Halloween edition of the Spry Hive.

Tech

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Source = Glowforge

After running the largest 30-day crowdfunding campaign ever, printing your dreams into reality just became an in-house job with the newest 3D Laser Printer, Glowforge.

InFocus is setting out to redefine the meaning of “pocket pc” with their new Windows 10-based PC, Kangaroo.

Web

Already feel like emoticons and emojis are grossly overused? Well, now they’ve made their way into the courtroom.

Design

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Source = Karl Stiefvater

Deep learning algorithms have been taking over the internet recently, and now you can turn any photo into a classical work of art. Someone has already reimagined previous presidents in the style of Picasso.

People have been designing replica Batmobiles since the comic series first surfaced. That said, how many of you have ever seen a Batmobile go-kart?

Development

Github is central to the workflow of millions of developers, and has made a huge impact on open source development over the years. Did you know, though, that the companies hardest worker isn’t even a person?

Creating a beautiful, user-friendly form has never been easy. Check out Typeform today.

Looking for a way to test and build upon your coding skills? Then give thanks for Codevember, a 30 day challenge of 30 creative experiments.

If you frequently use jQuery, then you have to take a look at these tips that everyone should know.

Misc.

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Source = New York Times

No matter what you want to call it, Earth’s geography continues to change around us at an alarming rate. Recently the New York Times released an amazingly beautiful piece on Greenland melting away.

Thanksgiving isn’t the only day people look forward to in November now that the Friday after has become the biggest day for sales out of the year. Don’t make any plans to stop by REI though, as they encourage everyone to go outside instead.

St. Louis, and everyone West of the Mississippi, celebrated the 50 year anniversary of the iconic Gateway Arch this past Wednesday.

Halloween

We have all seen some fascinating carvings as we get closer to the holiday, but have you ever used a pumpkin to play tetris?

Proving that there is indeed life after death has never been easy, but “paranormal investigators” are making the most out of modern technologies and techniques to help bolster their case.


And just like that, we are one step closer to the holiday weekend and the beginning of November. Have fun out there, stay safe, and don’t forget to stop by next week for another dose of the Spry Hive.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 42

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

While the first debate for Democratic Presidential Candidates took over our feeds this week, a world’s worth of news flew right by! So, sit back, relax, and catch back up with your weekly dose of the Spry Hive.

Tech

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Boeing shocked the tech world with the lightest metal ever, which happens to be 99.99% air.

Without the help of Comcast, or any other large ISP, the town of Chattanooga, Tennessee now offers internet speeds of 10Gbps!

Web

Use caution with Adobe’s Flash Player, as the company just announced a critical vulnerability in the software.

Following Google Chrome’s lead, Mozilla recently announce that Firefox will stop supporting plugins.

It’s always nice to hear someone own up to their mistakes, especially when they are internet advertisers.

Apps

Math class just got a lot more musical with the newest mod for TI graphing calculators.

Design

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While it’s no hoverboard, Lexus’ latest design was inspired by origami…and cardboard.

Here are a few UX habits that will aid any designer.

The countdown to Halloween has begun! Get excited with 31 days of your favorite horror characters, illustrated and motion animated.

Development

While Foundation 6 is still in production, Zurb has released a Sass library for custom CSS animations, Motion UI, for free.

Once again attempting to create a more user-friendly experience on the mobile web, Google has announced a new project for developers aptly named Accelerated Mobile Pages.

Misc.

Ever thought you’d have a shot at graduating from MIT? Well, now you have a better chance than ever, as the university announced their first degree using free online classes.

Forget about water on Mars, astronomers may have just found signs of life in space.

Evidently, some people were surprised to find Microsoft using the Start Menu to display ads. Thankfully, this feature is easily turned off.


And with that, we have caught up on at least a few of the stories that didn’t take center stage this week. Keep preparing for the fast-approaching Halloween and don’t forget to stop by next week for another weekly dose of the Spry Hive!

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 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

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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

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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!