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Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 29

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“One person’s data is another person’s noise.”
– K.C. Cole


Pooper is for when you can’t be bothered to do the dirty work of picking up after your dog.


Bond-villain-in-training Elon Musk has revealed part deux of his plan for Tesla. If anybody can successfully make the leap from idea to concept to large production manufacturer, he can.


Meet Graham

Hello there, handsome. Graham is a human designed to demonstrate the fragility of humans in front impact crashes.


Noisli provides just the right mix of ambient noises, whether you are looking to relax or for a productivity boost.


This comic from NewScientist just might be a commentary on how we relate to others during a political season:

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Courtesy NewScientist


Birkenstock is quitting Amazon after a huge surge of counterfeit products were found on the website.


Will dating join the on-demand economy? The Ohlala app allows women to charge for dating services. If you think that might be blurring the line a bit with the oldest profession, then you should definitely read on…


Apple has made many great ads, but this one speaks to our hearts and why we do what we do:


As designers of systems, we are fond of good transit maps. In this article, a brave soul takes on Google and Apple to see if their transit maps can be improved upon. Hint: it’s not easy.


This Kickstarterer wants to build a hotel with a purpose.


We’ll be back to share more from the hive next week!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 31

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

After receiving plenty of hype over the past year, Windows 10 was finally released this week, seemingly avoiding any major hiccups during the process. While the new OS is definitely newsworthy, there were plenty of other stories to follow this week including some intriguing developments in virtual reality and the release of a teaser for ABC’s new Muppets sitcom. So, without further adieu, we present to you this week’s news.

Tech

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Source = Nokia

If you haven’t noticed yet, the past year has seen some major developments in the world of virtual reality. While a few other companies have already announced their efforts to develop a camera optimized for capturing virtual reality, Nokia decided to finally enter the conversation this past week. Releasing pictures of a product that is slightly reminiscent of a probe droid from the Empire Strikes Back, the tech company excitedly announced their new camera called Ozo.

If you’ve been following the Spry Hive for awhile now, you might just remember us discussing how Amazon wants you to push its buttons a couple of months ago. Now, some of your everyday household items are literally one click away as the internet-based retailer has finally released the first series of Dash Buttons.

Web

As designers and developers continue to focus web pages on providing users with more options and more images, the average size of a single page continues to rapidly grow. Unfortunately, coupled with the rise in mobile browsing, this trend of ‘bloated’ websites is beginning to threaten the user experience on mobile devices.

Design

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Source = FiveThirtyEightScience

This week, we came across an interesting story from another creative designer that we just had to share. Hitting on the notion of ‘blind searching’, Christie Aschwanden discusses how such a research method could act as the foundation for a plethora of creative innovations. Detailing her experience working on a specific project, she came to the conclusion that, sometimes, you just need to stop trying to be creative.

Development

Do you manage or develop any websites using WordPress? Well, if so, then make sure secure your site by checking for updates as version 4.2.3 of the CMS was released about a week ago.

Whether you’ve been struggling to learn CSS FlexBox or you are just now becoming interested in learning more about the module, a little assistance rarely hurt anyone. Fortunately, you only have to search as far as their domain, FlexBox.io, where developer Wes Bos has put together 20 free, helpful videos for guiding users through the basics.

If you are a developer familiar with Drupal CMS, then you have most likely come across the heated debate currently surrounding the use and effectiveness of ‘Headless Drupal’. Thankfully, Andrew Berry from Lullabot has shed some light on the dispute, highlighting both sides of the issue and, instead of choosing sides from the beginning, asks the question, “Should you Decouple?

Misc.

Finding their way back to television, the Muppets are landing on ABC this Fall in what’s described as an, “office-style mockumentary.” Evidently, an 11-minute clip was recently shown at Comic Con, where it received so much fan-fare that the producers decided to release it the public.

While a Breaking Bad inspired coffee shop is far from the best reason to visit Istanbul, it’s definitely a novel reason. Born from a Kickstarter campaign, Walter’s Coffee Roastery has done a great job at capturing the shows aesthetics, even serving coffee in test tubes and beakers.


As you can see, the doers of this world produced a plethora of topics to discuss over the weekend. Whether it was gaining the ability to push Amazon’s buttons or the lesson about having faith in your messy, yet time-tested methods, we hope you found something of interest to walk away with. So, don’t forget to send your System Administrator some love today and have a spry weekend!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 15

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

It can be difficult staying spry and motivated with the kind of week the St. Louis area has endured. From 20 inches of hail in the Manchester area to a tornado in Farmington to rain just about everywhere, we have finally made it to Friday. Fortunately, the sun is out and we can all relax as we jump into this week’s Spry Hive!

Tech

SOURCE = Youtube.com

While everyone else was preparing their wrists and wallets for the reviews on the Apple Watch, Netflix was working on something of it’s own. With the debut of the Netflix Watch across the internet, one might think that Netflix forgot the date of April Fool’s day.

For those looking to camp outside the Apple Store for a chance to be one of the first with their new device, Apple suggests ordering online first. The company hopes to curb the crowds and madness often associated with the release of their products.

Where Netflix was trying to bring a little joy to those of us as robotic as the computers we work on, a company called MudWatt is using kickstarter to teach and entertain the kids. Their goal? Allowing kids to create electricity using Mud. Maybe we will think twice before telling our kids to not play in the mud?

Wrapping up this week’s world of tech is a company we are all familiar with; Amazon. According to recent news, the FAA has officially given Amazon the ability to begin testing their drone delivery service. Evidently, in the 6 months it took the FAA to respond to the company’s first request, Amazon had enough time to develop an entirely new system. A system that wasn’t a part of their first request. Like it or not, we could soon start seeing robots at our doorstep.

Development

For individuals looking to break into the C++ world or even seasoned developers just looking for another pool of samples, the website C++ Samples was launched April 6 just for you! They make it easy to find the code you are looking for, breaking the samples into categories like Common Tasks, Patterns, and Algorithms.

Looking to couple this knowledge with a better understanding of source code? Aria Stewart has your back, providing a lengthy post about how to read source code based on a talk she gave at Oneshot Nodeconf Christchurch.

Website performance optimization is an ongoing process, and there’s no shortage of articles on how to squeeze every extra millisecond out of website response time. With so many ways to approach performance, sometimes it’s easy to overlook the basics. This article by Sam Dutton reminds us of the importance of clean, concise HTML structure for high-performing websites.

Web

SOURCE = Engadget.com

In a big win for customers and the Internet in general, HBO has finally released the long awaited HBO Now service. While you can still watch HBO through your contracted cable service, all you need for HBO Now is a computer with the internet and $15 a month. With Game of Thrones’ new season beginning this Sunday, maybe HBO’s new service can help fix the major pirating problem they face.

While HBO is attempting to give customers an option that doesn’t include a $30+/month contract for unwanted channels, Youtube is in the process of developing a plan for customers to enjoy Ad-Free web-based videos. With web-based shows premiering directly on the site and the introduction of companies like Vessel, Youtube has found itself scrambling to keep it’s hold on the market.

On the other side of the web this week, Microsoft and Dropbox announced their enhanced integration of services. Attempting to compete with the all-in-one package that Google offers the working world, you will now be able to utilize Microsoft Office Online with all of your Dropbox files. This includes easy and effective editing, commenting, and saving. Will you stick with Google Drive & Docs, or will you give Microsoft and Dropbox a try?

Business

From innovative operations to unorthodox practices to another merger, the business world has seen some promising changes throughout the week.

Over the past year, venture capitalists have taken the healthcare system by storm, utilizing untapped features of the Affordable Healthcare Act. In 2014 alone, venture capital dedicated towards implementing high-tech programs into the healthcare system rose to $308 million. Compared to 2013, that is a 250% increase from $88 million raised. Compared to 2012, $308 million raised is a 556% increase in funds per year. With the new digital infrastructure being put into place, we can all be happy with the potential for fewer costs and better coverage.

Are you in the market for a new employee? Evidently, Google has gone out of their way to implement more informative interview questions in their hunt to hire the best. Check this article out to see how Google does their hiring.

While Google shares their experience in hiring the best, LinkedIn is on a quest to purchase and merge with the best. Over the past week, news has surfaced stating that LinkedIn is attempting to enter the online education business by purchasing the site Lynda.com. Offering lessons, courses, and workshops about Development, Design, Business, Video, and more, a visit to Linkdin may soon include more than networking and job hunting.

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As a final note, we would like to congratulate our very own Sheila Burkett. Sheila has been recognized for her extraordinarily hard work & talent in the St. Louis business world. This time around the St. Louis Small Business Monthly has included Sheila in their list of “100 St. Louisans You Should Know.” If you haven’t already, reach out to Sheila and get know her and Spry Digital a little better.


And with that, Week 15 can become another shining star in our collective past. Enjoy the weekend, come back next Friday, and, as always, stay Spry.

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 6

Posted by Ben Scherliss & filed under Tips.

We’ve finally drilled our way into February and scratched-out a few more minutes of daylight for ourselves. Let’s reward ourselves by drilling-into the week’s hottest topics in our latest offering of Spry Hive.

Tech and Email

Werner Koch wrote email encryption software that is currently being used worldwide, but he’s not paid for his efforts. As one could imagine he’s now running out of money, and his story is one which needs to be seen.

As if Amazon wasn’t dipping its toes into enough various pools already, the company has now announced that it will offer it’s own email service as well. The service will be called “WorkMail” and includes features that present some fitting competition for Google and Microsoft, such as a $4 per month per inbox price and a tool to ensure that your email is stored only in designated geographic regions.

For everyone who has never experienced the joys of assembling IKEA furniture, a new video game has arrived which simulates those charms in your own virtual home. The game presents you with all of the flat boxes and random pieces you could ask for, and lets you get down to work. It’s currently free on both Mac and Windows PC’s.

Cable and Cellular

Cable bills have become hurtful enough these days, but a (now former) Comcast customer received further insult-to-injury when his bill arrived with his name changed to “A-hole.” Undoubtedly one of the best means by which to get your cancellation fee waived.

When it comes to smartphones we’re always wondering what the next big thing will be. British chip designer ARM is pushing towards giving your phone enough muscle that it closes-in on  the PC experience.

With as much as we can instantly achieve with our camera phones, printing is one process which has been left out of the mix. But Prynt wants to become the first instant camera case for both iPhone and Android, and it’s well worth a look.

And Verizon may be learning how to pick it’s battles the hard way. After it initially sued the FCC over its original net neutrality regulations, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has now turned around and proposed new rules which will regulate ISP’s much like utilities.

Art Technology

British artist Nick Smith has done some pretty amazing things with Pantone color swatches. For starters, he’s recreated famous works of art by Van Gogh, Da Vinci and others using swatches as his medium.

“Time Sliced,” SOURCE = Bored Panda

One of many fields constantly evolving along with technology is photography. Using a technique that allowed him to stitch 36 images from different times of day into one, this photographer captured the changing light from day to night cast upon famous buildings.

 

Misc

Have you began noticing a bit of a visual trend with how most modern movies appear? It may not come to mind immediately, but after you see this collection you’ll be wondering why every movie looks sort of orange and blue. As you may imagine, it’s no accident.

If you’re a designer or just someone who enjoys visual culture, there are quite a few notable options on Netflix for you to digest. This collection called 22 Movies Every Designer Should Watch On Netflix is a great place to start.

The topic may avoid regular discussion, however it’s been long understood that the poo emoji is just downright charming. And since we all can agree on that, we can all now purchase this gorgeous Poo Emoji Button-Up Shirt for the low cost of $80.00.

Everyone knows that Japanese fashion can be known to push the limits here and there. Because nothing screams “I’m an intellectual” more than walking around with a small kitten straddling your head, one designer has now created “Cat Hairbands.

Development

If you’re just getting started in coding, or thinking about taking-on a career you might be looking for an idea of what to expect. A good place to start might be this write-up appropriately titled Why Learning to Code is So Damn Hard.

A few Spry Digital employees had the privilege of attending Twitter Flock 2015 last night. The social media giant has taken to the road (flashy bus included) for a second year to meet developers across the country. The main focus of discussion was Fabric, the company’s new mobile Software Development Kit which aims to make it easy for developers to build great apps.


 

That brings us to the end of this week’s collection. Let’s set a date for the same time, same place next week and we’ll refresh the full rundown on the latest and greatest.

 

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2014: Week 48

Posted by Ben Scherliss & filed under Tips.

Hi all, and thanks for dropping in to kick-off the ever-busy month of December. With the holiday season really revving-up we’ve got plenty of new, shiny goodies to share, so let’s get to it.

Star Wars

As we all know by now, The Force is about to awaken soon with a new Star Wars film. Now that we’ve gotten everyone’s attention, here’s a couple appetizers while we wait patiently until December of 2015. The Lego version of the trailer goes lock-step with the official version, even down to the length. Special effects appear to be a tad cheaper, however.

Then there’s this collection of the best parodies of the trailer, offering-up seven different twists.

Tech

Some just crazy news filtering-in that the recent SONY Pictures hack was even worse than everyone thought. There was a heap of exposed info released in the first 40 GB of data leaked by hackers, including movie scripts, employee social security numbers and passwords, and the word is there remains a total of 100 terabytes. Ouch.

Apple wants to help you avoid breaking your phone screen. So much so, that it has filed for a patent to design iPhones so that they actually rotate as they fall.

Lumino City, Source = COLOSSAL

“Handmade” and “Paper’ aren’t typically words you associate with modern video games, but Lumino City may change that. It’s producers created each set or “puzzle” by hand and then coded it. You’ll have to see to believe.

Apps

Sick of all those snooty baristas? Well, Starbuck’s is dreaming-up a new ordering service which lets you avoid dealing with another human entirely. Welcome news, as we already have far too much human interaction these days as it is.

Speaking of avoiding humans, Amazon has launched a food takeout and delivery service to compete with the likes of GrubHub and others. The service was made available as an app in the Seattle area last week with plans to expand.

For those of us who love to snooze, a new app called iCukoo offers a way to turn those unproductive minutes into charity. Essentially each time you snooze you rack up “debits” toward a charitable donation.

Web Development

For twenty-four days each December, 24ways.org publishes a friendly daily dose of web design and development help. If you’d like to learn a little more about what we do, have a look at the first part here.

How would you redo the Google interface? This was the question posed to four different designers and you can read their interesting and diverse answers here.

Misc

Copy in digital products is very important but it can also be very difficult to get right. Content Snippets collects specific copy examples from different websites and applications to provide inspiration for writing professionals.

Legos tend to draw-up a lot of nostalgia in many people. When we came across this manufacturer’s letter from Lego to parents in the 1970’s we were tickled.


So that’s it for the first week of December. As always, there will be much more in store next week and we hope you’ll join us then for another go-round.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2014: Week 46

Posted by Ben Scherliss & filed under Tips.

In a week during which the human race somehow, some way managed to land a space explorer on a freaking COMET, much of the news was naturally dominated by the Moon of Kim Kardashian. But then, maybe this is why we compile Spry Hive each week. We’re out here trending a little differently with a little tech, a little development, and some silliness too. So let’s get on to it.

Web

If you read last week’s Spry Hive, we discussed Mozilla’s launch of a new browser for developers. As an additional part of it’s tenth anniversary the company is also launching a special release of Firefox with new features that it says puts the user in control. Much of this appears to translate into one word: privacy. New additions include a pre-installed search option which doesn’t track the user’s identity or search results and a “Forget” feature which clears-out recent activity.

With Google’s recent announcement that https sites are a positive factor in search engine rankings, many with http addresses are taking notice and coming on board. Google itself also provided a few additional positive points as to why a non-ecommerce site should go https, such as the protection of data integrity and the trust factor amongst users. If you also find that interesting, Bill Hartzer expounds a bit more in this article.

Tech

Tuesday Microsoft released a gang of hot fixes for a set of bugs called Schannel which, according to the company, could be one of the most serious threats that the Windows operating system has faced in years. As this affects nearly every version of Windows currently on the market, here’s more detail as to why you should drop what you’re doing and apply the latest update now (if you haven’t already).

Big Hero 6

Animation takes another big step forward with the release of Disney’s Big Hero 6.The film features the debut of Hyperion, which is a cutting-edge light rendering software that Disney’s artists and engineers have been working on for the past two years. In simpler terms, the software tracks how light rays bounce off multiple objects in an environment before they enter your eyes. “Seeing is believing,” may have never been as fitting as it is now.

Development

Do you suffer from “Blank Walls Syndrome?” Do you tend to think every nook and cranny is screaming for an object, painting or piece of furniture? Well, often these same urges can overcome Developers during site builds as well. It’s a concept called horror vacui, which is the natural tendency of humans to fill empty spaces with stuff. As this writer explains, the lesson for both interior design and development is simple: “If you want your software to be perceived as valuable, don’t fill every empty corner with some kind of feature or widget.”

Not to be outdone by Google’s debut last week, Amazon has now followed with their own announcement of it’s first docker-centric product. Their EC2 Container Service for managing Docker containers on its cloud computing platform. It’s available in preview now and developers who want to use it can do so free of charge.

If you’d like to manage all of your Vagrant machines in one place, take a look at Vagrant Manager for OS X, which is both customizable and has indicators for which VM’s you have up or halted.

From our friends at Javascriptissexy.com come these guides for learning Meteor for both beginners and seasoned developers. They even start-off with a comprehensive overview of the technology before you invest any time and resources.

If you’d like a little primer for SVG’s and their benefits, we like this write-up on Styling And Animating SVGs With CSS. They also go over how to export and optimize SVGs, techniques for embedding them and how each one affects the styles and animations applied.

Misc

What’s in a Gnome? Well, a lot for non-profit Gnome Foundation, which recently challenged Groupon’s use of it’s trademarked Gnome namesake. Groupon attempted to strong-arm the small company and take over the “Gnome” name for it’s new tablet point-of-sale system. The non-profit then raised over $87,000 in donations to oppose registration for the trademark, and Groupon eventually backed-off.

So, you think you’ve got skills? Well, let The Skill Project be the judge of that. Their aim is to build the largest, most accurate skills database ever made by allowing a diverse and skillful community to contribute their individual skills to a global map. The thinking is that humans have been around for centuries, yet we have no actual comprehensive database of all the various human skills.


With that, we’ve reached the finish line of Week 46. Come on back around next week for another full serving, and we’ll have you covered. And as always, please do leave a thought or comment below – we’d love to hear from you!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2014: Week 44

Posted by Ben Scherliss & filed under Tips.

So, we’d have to be fools to ignore the 800 pound gargoyle in the room and not start-off by wishing everyone a Happy All Hallows Eve. And falling on a Casual Friday when you have people who are not only dressing-down for work, but dressing as unrecognizable characters and objects begging the question, “Now…what are you supposed to be?”

All Hallows Eve

If you’re like some of us grinches, you might take a little pride in doing as little as possible to observe a day when so many others go over-the-top. If that’s the case, you may enjoy this collection of Last Minute Costumes for techies like ourselves. We’re partial to the Instagram and Ice Bucket Challenge versions, but the right one will come to you.

Why not do a little something different and delve into some things you likely didn’t know about this day? It may not be shocking that Trick or Treating stems from an ancient form of begging. But did you know that hundreds of years ago, the “Tricks” used to be rather raucous and violent pranks? Or perhaps you didn’t know that bobbing for apples was used to predict which girl would marry next, and even to whom. Or it might be interesting to hear that carving pumpkins (or Jack O’Lanterns) was actually inspired by a drunken farmer named “Stingy Jack” who unwisely attempted to trick the devil. Here is a run-down of a few others.

SOURCE: Pizzacomedy.com

We’ll move on from the topic by leaving you with this really fun and clever IKEA Halloween commercial which pays a little tribute to The Shining while also enticing late night shoppers. Now, it’s a bit creepy, but they’re not gonna hurt you…

Tech

So, on to a timelier scary note, the news broke that Wal-Mart’s “CurrentC” was already hacked. This coming just after a spokesperson sited not supporting Apple Pay because,”Ultimately, what matters is that consumers have a payment option that is widely accepted, secure, and developed with their best interests in mind.”

And the latest quarterly earnings release from Amazon turned into a total fright-night when it was revealed that the company has $83 million worth of Fire Phones that it can’t sell. Adding insult to injury (with a sprinkle of irony) to the cauldron, the device is currently rated as only 2-stars on Amazon’s own store page. Ouch.

Speaking of Apple, CEO Tim Cook has always maintained a good level of distance between his role with the company and his private life. But yesterday Bussinessweek published a rather moving essay written by Cook in which he confirms that he is in fact, gay, and “I consider being Gay one of the greatest gifts God has ever given to me.”

If you’re still getting used to Lollipop, there may be a sleek feature or two you’ve missed, especially considering there was no single event to highlight them. But not to fret. This list will get you up to speed on all of the ambient-display-tap-and-go-face-recognition-quick-settings details before you can say, “OK, Google.”

Apps

Instagram seems to have bewitched more users each time we see an updated usage chart. Difficult to believe, it was once left for dead on the drawing board. Four years now after it’s initial launch, this article revisits with one of it’s co-founders and examines why Instagram worked.

If you love a song so much that you’d like to let it play forever, then have a peep at Infinite Jukebox. The web app will let you upload your MP3 to generate an ever-changing version of the song. It even allows you to take control of the velocity.

If you’re looking for a quality ASCII art editor and you’re running on OSX, then you might want to check out Monodraw, which lets you create some nifty text-based art. Since it’s just simple text, it can be embedded practically anywhere.

Web & Development

When Greek philosopher Heraclitus declared “The only constant is change,” he could have never even imagined the existence of the internet. Yet now with the world-wide-web being over 25 years old, Paul Boag believes some major changes are in store for 2015. He envisions some rather eye-opening trends, even including the decline of the website itself.

Take a look at Zenhub, which is one of the latest project management services which aims to make working with GitHub faster and easier. Some of the features it offers are task boards, file uploads and instant feedback. It’s currently only a Chrome extension but a FireFox plugin is promised soon.

Misc

We happen to believe that the internet is a place reserved for efficiency in hard work. But if you’re one of the rare people who actually enjoys wasting time on the internet, the University of Pennsylvania has a class for you, officially titled just that. The idea is interesting, being that we all create a lot of writing and content in our tweeting, posting and commenting, and it holds some form of value…someplace.


Well, the Midnight Hour is upon us (in terms of speaking), so time to snuff-out the candles on the week and the month of October. Be safe out there kids, we’d hate to miss you when we reconvene for next week’s Spry Hive.