IT Digest: Web Design Trends for 2013, Mega and Its 1M of Users at First Day, Opera Ice and Much More

What is the freshest news from the world of informational technologies? Find out in our weekly digest from the 25th of January.

News:

  1. Announcing the Firefox OS Developer Preview Phone! — Mozilla has announced the arrival of the devices, designed by Geeksphone, based in Madrid, Spain, in partnership with Telefonica, intended for software developers experienced in Web development technology to be available in February 2013. Any prices or any ways to pre-order the phones have not been declared yet.
  2. Mega reaches 1M users a day after launching, Dotcom says — Launched by Kim Dotcom in New Zealand at the end of last week, Mega website demonstrated tremendous growth of its audience. More than 1 million of users registered in the first day of the service existense. Even famous social network Facebook cannot boast of such numbers, having got its first million not in the first months of its operation.
  3. Russia’s Top Search Engine, Yandex Joins CERN Project — The agreement will allow physicists from the European Organization for Nuclear Research to filter large datasets to find extremely rare events, using MatrixNet, Yandex’s search technology that ‘learns’ to improve search results based on a wide range of dynamic factors related to the Web pages that match any particular query.
  4. Russia’s Yandex launches its first US app: Wonder, experiment in voice-controlled social search — the application combines its own proprietary search algorithms with data from social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare, along with voice recognition from Nuance, in the iOS app.
  5. Twitter Introduces its “Instagram for Video”: Vine — Now the only way to share a video on Twitter is to post a link, but the new application allows users to include videos directly into tweets. A video can be run by clicking on the ‘view media’ option at the bottom of a post.
  6. Google Improving Image Search Speed, Reliability — The updated Google image displays a large image preview and metadata inline under the search results instead or redirecting you to a separate page, allowing the users to scroll through the results with keyboard controls.
  7. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich web browser engagement surpasses the iPhone — The battle between mobile operating systems iOS and Android does not stop even for a minute. Not so long ago, Android managed to beat iPhone by the number of active smartphone users.

Browsers:

  1. Opera Ice: New browser for Android and iPhone equipped with Webkit is coming in February 2013 — the new browser is announced to have a touch-based interface, skipping buttons in favor of gestures for key control elements. While Opera Ice is being only prepared for the coming release, CEO Lars Boilesen notes Opera Mini will still be supported, even though “it is not a fully-fledged offering like Chrome or Safari”.
  2. Internet Explorer, Our Favorite 90s Comeback — Preying on the nostalgia of children of the 90s and their love of long forgotten toys IE, being the first in the Internet era, is trying to come back to the market. But can IE, turned into the laughing-stock of techies and browser snobs, really compete with Firefox, Safari and Chrome in 2013?
  3. Rumor: Firefox Junior Coming In 1H 2013 — Having not proclaimed any release date yet Mozilla describes FF Junior as an iPad browser that makes browsing more fun, ergonomic and with lots attention paid to UI.
  4. Firefox Development Highlights – H.264 & MP3 support on Windows, scoped style sheets + more — the latest and the first 2013 developments in FF have been officially highlighted recently.

Amazing Websites’ Design:

  1. ishothim.com — a funny website with a magic “IE Mode” button.
  2. libertine-libertine.net — an unusual approach to create an online store.
  3. therexstudio.com — a modern website with parallaxes and pleasant animation.
  4. weareanonymous.fr — a website with non-standard elements.
  5. legworkstudio — a corporate studio website with a twist.
  6. borjagonzalez.info — entertaining implementation of the slider controls.
  7. todaythe12.com — a website with lots of non-standard elements.
  8. byhook.com — a creative website of the creative web studio.

Design It:

  1. Web Design Trends – Predictions for 2013.
  2. Usability and Web Design: New Trends.
  3. The 4 UX Principles Microsoft Forgot That Doomed Windows 8.
  4. 20 top web design and development trends for 2013.
  5. UI Design Guidelines for Responsive Design.
  6. Redesigning Google: how Larry Page engineered a beautiful revolution.
  7. Web and Design Trends 2013.
  8. 6 Biggest Challenges for Designers in 2013.
  9. UI Design Guidelines for Responsive Design.
  10. Design Process is a Myth.
  11. Empty States — empty screens of apps.
  12. The Post-PSD Era.
  13. 15 Years of Apple’s Homepage.
  14. Famous Business Cards.
  15. Mobile UI Design Inspiration: Charts and Graphs.
  16. In the World of Web Designing, Minimal is the New Sexy.
  17. The Ultimate UX Design of: the Sign-Up Form.

A Bunch of Design Freebies:

  1. Collection of Free Fonts and Typefaces for January 2013.
  2. 5 Light and Free Image Editors.
  3. Pixel-perfect icons for web cartography.
  4. Web design FM CMS Icon Set Featured on Designrfix.
  5. 46 Social Smarties Icons.
  6. Soft UI Set.
  7. 25 Highly Detailed New PSD Files For Free.

Services:

  1. UI.livetools — an online CSS-code generator for interface elements.
  2. Android Color Picker.
  3.  regexpal 0.1.4 — a JavaScript regular expression tester.

Demo:

  1. iso — an interesting effect with canvas.
  2. HTML5 Canvas Vibrating Text Effect.
  3. HTML5 Canvas Particles Clock.

Development:

  1. Webfonts are investigated with antialiasing under Windows (UPD).
  2. HTML 5.0 and Canvas 2D Reach Candidate Recommendation Status.
  3. Creating an HTML5 Responsive-Ready Contact Form with JavaScript Detection.
  4. A perfect cheat sheet on Emmet.
  5. Building Blocks – Reusable UI Components for Firefox OS.
  6. Mobile Boilerplate v4.1.0.
  7. Mobile Frameworks To Develop Multi-Platform Apps.
  8. List of displays by pixel density.
  9. xy.css : responsive liquid matrix.
  10. Front-end performance for web designers and front-end developers.
  11. Visual Studio: Web Dev Bliss.
  12. Quick Prototyping: Collection of Free HTML/CSS/JS UI Kits.
  13. Introduction to the performance tests in WebKit.
  14. Guide to SVG Part 1.
  15. How to Make WordPress Images Responsive.

CSS:

  1. CSS Matrix3D transform.
  2. Correct cursor on active elements.
  3. Sizing Boxes (Back to the Future).
  4. IE10 CSS Hacks.
  5. Css-only Lavalamp-like Fancy Menu Effect.
  6. Sneak Peek Into The Future: CSS 4.
  7. CSS for Babies: A Critical Analysis.
  8. Defending Presentational class names.
  9. The pro’s guide to CSS layouts.
  10. Coding Q&A: CSS Performance, Debugging, Naming Conventions.
  11. In the future, CSS shaders will rule the web.
  12. Create Post Tags With CSS.
  13. One-Armed Bandit in CSS.
  14. Actual options for converting images to black & white.
  15. Css-only Lavalamp-like Fancy Menu Effect.
  16. 2013 CSS Wishlist by Chris Coyier.
  17. Animated Progress Bar.

JavaScripts:

  1. pros and cons of javascript async loading vs jquery ajax(or getscript) async loading.
  2. Frontend Trends. Javascript APIs for mobile devices.
  3. Beautiful social like buttons with jQuery.
  4. Parsley.js – Javascriptpt forms validation.
  5. Fullscreen Video Testing.
  6. Working with Cookies in jQuery.
  7. Canvas Query – a wrapper library for HTML5 Canvas element.
  8. Introduction to Functions in JavaScript.
  9. The Return of the jQuery Plugin Registry.
  10. CORS isn’t just for XHR.
  11. binarize.js converts any variables, arrays or objects in binary format.
  12. Building a Syntax-Highlighted Input Box with JavaScript.

Fun & Entertainment:

  1. Could governments impose data tax on Google, Facebook, others?
  2. Google offers an alternative to passwords.
  3. Internet 2012 in numbers.
  4. Anti-Semitic Hashtag Causes Outrage In France.
  5. Internet Explorer vs Murder Rate.
  6. Dynamic Physical Buttons on Touch Screens : Tactus Technology.
  7. Stephen Hawking gets birthday gift from Intel.
  8. Why I Might Ditch My IPhone for an Android.
  9. Will Adobe’s new cloud strategy pay off?
  10. Slide show of the fun and trash 404 web pages.

About the Author:

Alex Korovin
Alex Korovin, Senior Front-end Developer at Zfort Group.
Alex is a Team Lead of front-end developers at Zfort Group. He is a skillful web designer and front-end developer. Alex is passionate about technologies, travelling, photography, football, foreign languages and his family.

 

About the Author:

Alex Smolyaninov
Alex Smolyaninov, Senior Front-end Developer at Zfort Group.
Alex is a senior front-end developer with strong experience in the web standards, CSS/HTML and everything that is connected with those. His hobbies coincide with his work. In his free time he writes his own blog.

 



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