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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 2016: Week 8

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

The final week of February saw a handful of developments in technology alongside a plethora of news from the web development industry. So, dive into this week’s news with another exciting Spry Hive!

Apps

The wishes & dreams of millions have finally become a reality as the navigation app Waze will allow you to receive directions from Morgan Freeman.

Web Development & Design

The saying, “Never judge a book by it’s cover,” applies to more than just paperbacks and hardcovers. For example, while studies show that women tend to produce better computer code, their work is less often approved when the public knows they are female.

Robots don’t only exist in the physical world. Find out how and why graphical user interfaces (GUIs) are finally being replaced by bots on Slack, Facebook, and SMS.

Jump on Google’s newest mobile-bandwagon by enabling Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) on your WordPress site.

Software fixes can sometime lead to more problems than they solved. That’s because software maintenance is an anti-pattern that desperately needs more attention.

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Bring your code to life and get a better idea of how unique each piece of code truly is with Codeology.

Are you familiar with SASS? Well, you may recognize more of the features in ES2015 than you first thought.

Skip the constant bouncing back-and-forth between applications and prototype your design in Sketch with Silver.

Tech

Keeping up with the ever-changing computer industry can be quite the chore, but blogger Chris Dixon just made it a little easier with a comprehensive overview of what’s next in computing.

While the video game industry has already begun dabbling in virtual-reality and 3D scanning, Sword Art Online: The Beginning may be the first to combine these technologies with IBM’s supercomputer, Watson.

Boston Dynamics released a new video this week, announcing the newest version of Atlas and demonstrating the robot’s ability to navigate and manipulate objects.

Misc.

Cable cutters took a huge step forward this week as the FCC proposed that cable companies should allow people to access your favorite channels via devices like Apple TV, the Roku Box, or Amazon Fire.

Wish starting a business was easier? Most people agree, which is why Stripe Atlas launched a service that helps you easily incorporate your business, open a bank account, receive payments, and get legal advice.


And like that, February is now behind us as we push towards Spring. Enjoy your weekend and don’t forget to stop by next week for another dose of the Spry Hive.

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 6

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

Between a thrilling Harry Potter announcement and various other updates and breakthroughs, the sixth week of 2016 produced plenty to talk about. So, without further adieu, here’s your weekly dose of the Spry Hive!

The Web

POTUS has a difficult job that requires thoughtful consideration about a variety of issues. One of those issues is now password security.

Most people know Yeezy has plenty of absurdly hilarious quotes out there. Well, put them to good use by bombarding your friends with Kanye Text.

Design

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In their attempt to propel us into the future, NASA has recently released three absolutely stunning posters dedicated to space travel.

Apps

Instagram’s latest update on iOS and Android finally allows users to switch between accounts without logging in and out.

Mac users will be delighted to hear that you can now use virtual reality to view your desktop.

Web Development & Design

You can never have enough music for when you’re coding, so don’t miss out on this playlist curated for programmers.

Tired of the same old Lorem Ipsum when developing your websites? Switch over to Post Rationalism Ipsum!

While vector editing tools have been a cornerstone of digital design for over two decades now, the company Figma felt that the mechanisms behind creating and editing vectors were becoming archaic. That’s when they came up with Vector Networks.

Building a truly beautiful email has never been easy, especially when trying to make it responsive too. MJML took up the challenge, though, and just made responsive emails easy.

When it comes to image manipulation, Una Kravets explains how CSS’ lack of per-channel manipulation really holds it back alongside how one uses SVG to truly gain control over color.

Misc.

The Star Wars themed dance album you never knew you were waiting for, featuring Rick Rubin, Flying Lotus, and many others, has been officially sanctioned by the brand’s owners.

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Harry Potter fans were ecstatic this week as the world-renowned author J.K. Rowling announced the release date of an 8th book, The Cursed Child.

The scientific community was probably the only group of people happier than Harry Potter fans this week. For the first time ever, scientists with the Ligo Collaboration have found proof of gravitational waves.


With the conclusion of this week’s Spry Hive, we all have plenty of reasons to be excited about the future. Don’t forget to stop by next week for more!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 5

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

We’ve finally made it back around to another Friday, and the upcoming weekend is extra special! Before jumping into the Mardi Gras celebrations and festivities for the “Big Game”, relax and enjoy the past week’s biggest news!

The “Big Game”

Need some last minute ideas for creating the perfect party dish this Sunday? Check out these insane snack recipes.

While watching Denver & Carolina duke it out this Sunday, follow the action with Geckoboard and get stats on everything from social media hype & trends to advertisement returns.

While the long-awaited “Big Game” means the end of another long football season, no season is truly complete without a brilliant NFL edition of bad lip readings.

Apps

Looking for the next big thing in B2B marketing? According to Gary Vanderchuck, don’t be surprised if you see more and more businesses taking advantage of Snapchat as the app & it’s crowd begins to age & mature.

Tired of your Android smartphone dying before the end of the day? Evidently, by simply uninstalling the Facebook app, you can save up to 20% of your battery life.

Design

Over the year or two, Uber has successfully made a place for itself in the transportation market. Celebrating and solidifying its newfound staying power, the company has created and rolled out their new logo & identity.

No two brains are identical, thus there is no single design that caters to every human. So, be sure you learn up on how to design for autism.

Web Development & Design

Skip the headache of constantly searching for digital ad sizes for each platform with the one-stop-shop, Adsvise.

Catch up on everything CiviCRM related with the recently released video sessions from CiviCon London 2015.

For those who are curious, Ashley Nolan has outlined both how to use and the benefits of using Sass with PostCSS.

Understanding Git is an integral part of digital development, so home in on your skills with Git for Humans by David Demaree. Don’t stop there, though. He has also written an extraordinarily helpful piece on the benefits and art of crafting the commit.

Misc.

Directors Nick DenBoer & Davy Force will be showing their newest short-film, The Chickening, a masterfully remix of the Stanley Kubrick classic, the Shining, at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. BEWARE: The video is both mind-blowingly bizarre and NSFW (not-safe-for-work). You have been warned.

Taking a shot at Hollywood’s terrible portrayal of the Boston accent, as well as the accent itself, Late Night with SNL’s Seth Meyers released a brilliantly hilarious (and fake) trailer of Boston Accent.

Holding onto one of the oldest traditions and celebrations in the US, people flocked to Pennsylvania this week in search of meteorological prophecies from the ever popular Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day.


So, with the promise of an early spring and plenty of delicious takeaways this week, enjoy the weekend of celebrations!

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 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 37

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

The fact that Fall is almost here means a few things for sure. The newest line of Apple products are on their way and the NFL has kicked off the regular season by adopting some real-time technology. That’s just the beginning of this week’s news though, so sit back and enjoy your weekly dose of the Spry Hive!

Tech

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Source = Apple

This past week Apple, the ever-popular tech giant, announced their iPad Pro, touting desktop-level hardware alongside their newest accessories. The one piece that really has artists and designers clamouring, though, is the announcement of the Apple Pencil.

With the regular season beginning this week, the NFL has made it a lot easier to follow every game using their new app for Windows 10 that gives real-time stats and field position of every player. How is the NFL able to provide such an experience, you ask? By placing RFID chips on all the shoulder pads.

Apps

Looking for an easier and more organic way to jot down some notes, create diagrams, or even make a checklist on your mobile device? Then you’ve got to check out the new app called Paper, available for free in the Apple App Store.

Design

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Source = A List Apart

Appealing to as many people as possible is a fundamental aspect of design. While some people have begun complaining about the shift to dynamically and swiftly changing content with sidescrolling and parallax effects, many might not have considered how these features are affecting those with vestibular disorders.

It’s no secret that the number of applications available to designers seems to be growing exponentially these days. Attempting to make sense of all the utilities and how they are really being used, Subtraction.com surveyed more than 4,000 people from 200 different countries. Well, the results are in and there is finally a list of the tools designers are using today.

Development

While last week’s discussion of Angular vs. React focused on how quickly React has been growing, some may still be wondering, “Which one is right for me and my project?” Well, Benton Rochester from effective thinking is here to help you decide.

For those who don’t know, SEO by Yoast is the go-to plugin on WordPress for your Search Engine Optimization needs. For those who did know, you’ll be happy to hear that the extension is finally coming to Drupal.

Misc.

Reminiscent of SeinfeldVision, an extraordinarily talented video editor has created a video that flawlessly brings together characters from dozens of classic films. Including the likes of Scarface, the Terminator, and the Mask (just to name a few), Hell’s Club is something you’ve got to see to believe.

If we hadn’t split from Britain all those years ago, we would all have one more excuse for celebrating this week. Evidently, Queen Elizabeth II has finally surpassed Queen Victoria as the longest-reigning monarch in all of British history.


And with that, another week is in the books. Grab yourself some fish & chips or a nice pint of beer, it’s finally time to relax and enjoy the weekend. Thanks for stopping by for your weekly dose of the Spry Hive!