IT Digest: Beta Is Open to the Public, Gmail 2.0 on iOS, Skype Confirms Video Messaging Feature and Much More

December 7, 2012

What is the freshest news from the world of informational technologies? Find out in our latest digest from the 7th of December.



  1. Microsoft's social search network, Socl, has finally opened its beta site to the public – The product of Microsoft's Fuse Labs research team, Socl was originally intended to appeal to educational communities – design students, for instance – and folks who are want to collaborate online in unconventional ways. A year into testing, Microsoft has invited newcomers to try out Socl and redesigned it to be more adept at helping people connect around shared interests.
  2. iTunes 11 review: Simple is as simple does – Apple promised that the eleventh major version of its media cataloging, syncing, and playback app would feature a "dramatically simplified new interface" and better integration with iCloud. So last Thursday, Apple finally released the highly anticipated update to iTunes after an initial one-month delay.
  3. Google Launches Gmail 2.0 On iOS With New Design – The app most noticeably introduces a cleaner-looking user interface, but it also brings a number of flourishes to improve the overall experience, including the addition of profile pictures in messages, new animations, infinite scrolling, and more, as well as a hugely in-demand feature: support (at last!) for multiple accounts..
  4. Google Releases November's Platform Distribution Numbers – Gingerbread At 50.8%, Jelly Bean Up To 6.7% – With the end of another month comes a fresh batch of Android platform distribution numbers. Like clockwork, Google has once again updated their numbers, showing Gingerbread's cold, withered hand still holding almost 51% of the pie (though it's down from 54.2% in October), with Jelly Bean making gains to 6.7%, up 4% from last month.
  5. One month after launch, Windows 8 sees lower Internet usage share than Windows 7 did – Microsoft this week announced that Windows 8 sales had surpassed the 40 million mark after one month, which we pointed out looked better than early Windows 7 sales numbers. Nevertheless, it looks like those Windows 8 sales aren't translating into Internet usage share, or at least not yet, when compared to Windows 7 at one month.
  6. R.I.P. The Daily, The World's First iPad-Only Newspaper – News Corp. has announced that it will cease publication of The Daily on December 15, less than two years after the iPad-only newspaper made its debut. The company has said that “technology and other assets from The Daily, including some staff,” will be folded into its New York Post tabloid.
  7. Skype Confirms Video Messaging Feature with Legal Change – The service will allow short video messages to be sent between subscribers.
  8. Supplies of iPad in the quarter could reach 26 million, which by 6-7 million will fall on iPad Mini – According to the analyst Samir Sinha (Sameer Singh) of the consulting group Finvista Advisors, based on an analysis of past dynamics, holiday sales of Apple tablet should be high due to iPad Mini iPad and fourth generation.
  9. Evernote defers “eventual” IPO, raises $85 million in funding – Seventy five percent of the money is going to buy stock from existing investors and shareholders, said CEO Phil Libin in a blog post.
  10. Mozilla has joined the Internet Society – Mozilla officially became one of the members of the organization silver Internet Society (ISOC), responsible for the development and maintenance of efficiency of the Internet.
  11. What Gadgets American kids want to have for Christmas – Nielsen conducted a survey in which they asked kids aged 6-12 and then 13+ what gadgets they would most like to receive in the next six months. iOS devices are the most demanded pieces of tech by American children ahead of consoles and phones.



  1. Comparison of web browsers for resistance to phishing – Independent research firm NSS Labs has implemented testing four popular browsers (Apple Safari 5, Google Chrome 21, Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 and Mozilla Firefox 15) for resistance to phishing attacks and published a report of the test results.
  2. IE10 grabs 0.51% market share, Firefox passes 20% again, Chrome loses users third month in a row – November 2012 wasn't too crazy a month for browsers, but there were some notable milestones. It was the first full month of IE10 availability. Mozilla launched Firefox 17 and Google released Chrome 23. The latest market share numbers from Net Applications show that Chrome was the only loser last month.
  3. 18 Firefox Tweaks to Improve Speed And Performance – A list of settings that the user can change to improve Firefox speed and performance, in case they are not happy with them, the users may revert back to the default settings. Just remember to re-start Firefox after every setting change.
  4. Open your Facebook chat from your Mozilla Firefox – Easy access to your Facebook accounts directly from the toolbar, chat, see pictures, comments, change status, read messages.


Amazing Websites' Design:

  1. – fullscreen website with interesting navigation elements.
  2. – portfolio with interesting 3D transformation.
  3. builtbybuffalo – honeycomb items.


Design It:

    1. A Basic Look at Typography in Web Design.
    2. A Study of Symmetry: When, Where, and Why to Use It.
    3. Search Engines and Web Designers.
    4. Color Accessibility or how to make design accessible to people with color blindness.
    5. Rethinking the Lockscreen.
    6. Rounded Rectangle Radius Resizer.
    7. 30+ tips to improve your iOS design workflow (in Photoshop).
    8. Working With Logo Designs in Photoshop.
  1. Cool Illustrations Featuring Santa Claus.
  2. 20 Cool Web Designs Featuring Retro Photo Effects.
  3. 10 of the Best Photoshop Tutorials Created in November.
  4. A Useful Mini Guide of Using Textures in your Projects.
  5. 15 Practical Tips How To Use Typography For Emotional Design.
  6. UXmas – winter holiday season calendar with articles for UX designers.


A Bunch of Design Freebies:

  1. Few blurred backgrounds.
  2. A Lot Of Free Christmas And New Year Vectors.
  3. Clean Portfolio One Page PSD Template.
  4. 9 New Free Fonts for your Designs.
  5. The small, recently opened collection of web fonts.
  6. Bourbon Typeface – a retro Sans Serif Typeface. Lower/Upper Case and Numbers.
  7. There Is No Getting Round These 40 Inescapable Fonts In 2013.



  1. HTML_CodeSniffer – a client-side script that checks HTML source code and detects violations of a defined coding standard.
  2. – A-Z HTML Codes.



  1. C&C - HTML5 by Aditya Ravi Shankar – The recreation of the original Command and Conquer RTS game, entirely in HTML5 and JavaScript.
  2. Chambered Test.
  3. PlayTTD –The browser game based upon Transport Tycoon Deluxe.
  4. 3D Hartwig Chess set.
  5. Non-standard 404 error web page.



  1. CSS3 Pseudo-Classes and HTML5 Forms: Their Limitations and a Possible Solution.
  2. New tools for web design and development: November 2012.
  3. New developments in Semantic Web and Internationalization at the W3C.
  4. Responsive & Touch-Friendly Audio Player.
  5. How To Build Your Own WordPress Theme.
  6. WP Parallax Content Slider – a customizable JQuery content slider with CSS3 animations and parallax effects.
  7. Karaoke Web Standard.
  8. Responsive Email Templates.
  9. HTML5 Video Bumpers.
  10. Half of GitHub Code Unsafe To Use.
  11. Responsive Responsive Design by Tim Kadlec.
  12. HTML & CSS Advent 2012.
  13. A Guide To: Better And Sharper UI Icons With Web Fonts.
  14. Chrome Devtools Cheatsheet.



  1. GitHub's CSS Performance.
  2. Current work on CSS at W3C.
  3. CSS3 Image Filters.
  4. Focused Input Trick.
  5. IE's CSS3 Transforms Translator.
  6. Sprite sheet animation with steps().
  7. Responsive Column Layouts.
  8. Writing CSS For Print Stylesheets.
  9. Visual Effects with CSS3 Filters.
  10. Testing @font-face Support on Mobile and Tablet.
  11. Focal Point: Intelligent Cropping of Responsive Images.
  12. A Look at the Future of CSS.
  13. How to use the CSS3 transition property.



  1. jQuery Paypal Buy It Now Plugin.
  2. Literally Canvas – an extensible, open source HTML5 drawing widget that currently supports a minimal set of drawing operations.
  3. Essential JavaScript And jQuery Design Patterns – A Free New Book.
  4. Stackslider – a fun 3D Image Slider.
  5. Photobooth.js – widget / jQuery plugin that allows the user to take pictures directly on your website.
  6. nanoScroller.js – jQuery plugin that offers a simplistic way of implementing Mac OS X Lion-styled scrollbars for your website.
  7. jsMovie – jQuery plugin to animate image sequences.
  8. Performance with JavaScript String Objects.
  9. JavaScript secrets of Bret Victor's homepage.
  10. a!ertifyjs – an unobtrusive customizable JavaScript notification system.
  11. Heyoffline.js – Warn your users when their network goes down.


Fun & Entertainment:

  1. The Top 10 Viral Video Ads Chart.
  2. How to mount Google Drive in Linux?
  3. Look at this Instagram (Nickelback Parody).
  4. Z-Type – time killer toy, as well as a good coach for blind typing.
  5. Foldify allows users to draw, create, print and fold beautiful 3D figures.

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