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!

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