IT Digest: BlackBerry 10, Startups Incubator, Modern.IE, YouTube’s Paid Subscriptions and Much More

February 1, 2013

What is the freshest news from the world of informational technologies? Find out in our weekly digest from the 1st of February.

News:

  1. Top 10 Social Networking Sites — Social Networking continues to grow rapidly with innovative social networks springing up all over the World Wide Web. Some are occupying special topics, hoping to cut out their own niche in the social networking world, while others try to compete with such monsters as Twitter and Facebook, allowing their users to share interests, exchange messages, videos and pictures.
  2. Introducing modern.IE - Testing sites for Internet Explorer made easier — Microsoft has launched a new project, Modern.IE, aimed at bringing together all necessary tools and instruments to test websites performance both in older versions of Internet Explorer and other modern browsers.
  3. End of an era: Philips sells off consumer electronics division — Philips Electronics announced the leave from the consumer electronics market after facing consecutive losses and failing to measure its strengths with powerful competitors.
  4. iPad marketshare is down to 43% due to intense Android competition — according to International Data Corporation (IDC) Apple has lost almost 3% of tablet market share in the last quarter of 2012 because of Android strong competition.
  5. Google+ outranks Twitter as no. 2 social network after Facebook — Google+ has overtaken Twitter as the world's number two social network, according to British research firm Trendstream's Global Web Index. Google's social network attracted more than 343 million of active monthly users in December, as much as 25 per cent of all internet users globally.
  6. BlackBerry 10 is RIM's last, best Comeback Attempt — after seizing the world community with a swift thrust, BlackBerry was basking in the light of the countenance for several years. But a slow reaction to a rapidly changing mobile market and loss of vigilance made RIM to lose its ground. However, BlackBerry 10 represents a collection of all the right pieces in one place.
  7. First Look At BlackBerry OS 10 — a brief video review displaying all the main innovative features of BB OS 10 installed in BlackBerry Dev Alpha B.
  8. RIM names multiple BlackBerry 10 music, video partners — last week, the Canadian RIM announced the renaming of its application store in the BlackBerry World (from the BlackBerry App World) because of the intention to add music and videos to smartphones and tablets equipped with BlackBerry 10. The new store is going to include a large catalog of various songs, movies and TV shows.
  9. RIM Is Dead, Long Live BlackBerry — the company known as Research in Motion (RIM) is now called just BlackBerry, to underline the extent to which the company and its brand are one entity with one identity. Just after rebranding a couple of new devices have been represented without any mentioned release date, but expected in March 2013.
  10. One Week In, Vine Could Be Twice As Big As Socialcam — Vine Video Service, launched just a week ago, appeared to be not only in top ten of free apps in the App Store, but it has become the number one in the social category. According to KeyHole analytics research Vine is twice more popular than the Twitter app SocialCam, not to mention Cinemagram, Telly and Viddy.
  11. New York Times Launches Startups Incubator — The New York Times announced about launching a four month incubator for early stage media startups allowing 3 to 5 chosen companies to connect with NY Times staff, to work in the company's headquarters and “teach/learn alongside entrepreneurs and employees who make their livings in digital media, technology and journalism”.
  12. Android captured almost 70% global smartphone market share in 2012 — The fourth quarter of the last year appeared to be a watershed one for the smartphone market. For the first time in history only two platforms - Google Android and Apple iOS - took 92% of the market. For comparison, last year the result was 75%.
  13. Microsoft Office 2013, Office 365 Home Premium are available now — Office 2013 Customer Preview has been released in July 2012, having appeared in tablets with Windows 8 soon, and finally the time has come for all the other PCs. Microsoft has announced an update of the home version of the software on January 29, 2013.
  14. Facebook has blocked Wonder forever — On Friday, January 25, 2013 three hours after Yandex has launched Wonder, a new search app for social networks, Facebook has blocked it in its environment without any clear explanation.
  15. Facebook For iOS Gets Video Recording, Voice Messaging — On 28 January 2013 Facebook has updated the mobile app for iOS and added there functionality for recording, sending video and voice messages.
  16. YouTube planning to introduce Paid Subscriptions this year — The popular video hosting YouTube is planning to start selling subscriptions to certain channels by the end of 2013 competing cable TV and various streaming services like Netflix.
  17. Show off Your Security Skills: Pwn2Own and Pwnium 3 — Google has increased the prize fund up to 3.14159 million $ (the amount corresponding to the initial sequence of PI digits) in the tournament on hacking Chrome browser and Chrome OS. In parallel with the Pwn2Own contest on Chrome browser hacking which will be held on 6-8 March 2013 at CanSecWest conference in Vancouver, Google is holding Pwnium 3 focused on hacking Chrome OS.
  18. ITU approves H.265 video codec — Increasing RAM could not solve the problem of storing large amounts of video, so there is a big demand of a more advanced compression algorithm to store more files on your computer / phone, to reduce network traffic and to get ready to meet Ultra HD. All the differences between the new codec and its previous H.264 modification can be expressed in one sentence - while saving video of the same quality its files will take just half of the space.
  19. Windows RT tablets sales miss expectations — Shipments of Windows RT devices were expected to reach between 4 million and 4.5 million units by the end of 2012, but in reality vendors are now believed to have shipped half of the original estimates, somewhere around 2 million units, and actual sales are said to be even worse.
  20. Apple Announces 128GB iPad — On January 29, 2013 Apple has announced a 128GB version of the fourth generation iPad equipped with Retina display to hold even more valuable content including photos, documents, projects, presentations, books, movies, TV shows, music and apps.

Browsers:

  1. One line browser notepad — Opening a new tab and copying a certain line in the address bar one can turn the browser into the notepad in 1 second.
  2. Putting Users in Control of Plugins — Mozilla developers have announced their intention to expand the scope of the Firefox 17 innovative feature to disable plug-ins such as Flash, Java and Silverlight selectively. If in the earlier version the content has been blocked only for specific versions of the blacklisted plug-ins because of their vulnerabilities, then now any content related to plug-ins by default requires clicking in a special area (Click to Play) for its activation.
  3. EU report on online terrorism calls for 'Report a terrorist' button in browsers — Internet users in the most European countries can see the "Report this site for terrorism" button in their browsers. This strange proposal to eliminate terrorism in the Internet has been presented in the CleanIT project, funded by the European Union expecting Internet companies' strong support.

Amazing Websites' Design:

  1. canvas.is — the essence of the modern web site, being in the trend of new products related to functional web design.
  2. handytesten.usedtobe.no — an interactive web site appreciated by fans of handmade.
  3. nationalacademy.org — a nice web site of the National Academy.
  4. sidigital.co — a perfectly illustrated process of the modern web development.
  5. jeclat.in / tour.php — an interactive map with the route.
  6. everylastdrop.co.uk — an illustrated one-page web site-story.

Design It:

    1. Pinterest is testing out a new look!
    2. I Want My Helvetica: MTV's Millenial-Friendly Minimalist Design.
    3. Helvetica and garamond.
    4. The Ultimate UX Design of: the Credit Card Payment Form.
    5. Web Design Trends in 2013.
    6. All about Masks in Photoshop.
    7. Make it flat, motherfucker.
    8. Golden Ratio Shapes.
    9. Planning your web design with sketches.
    10. An alternative version of CanIUse design.
    11. Photoshop Lady — your favorite photoshop tutorials in one place.
  1. 6 Photoshop Masters You Should Know.
  2. Create Default Type Styles in Photoshop CS6.1
  3. 20 Creative Mobile Website Designs.
  4. Symmetrical Logo Design – 35 Examples.
  5. British Airways logo evolution.
  6. 40 New and Creative Business Cards.
  7. Typographic furniture.

A Bunch of Design Freebies:

  1. Free Download: Brick and Stone Textures.
  2. 10 Blurred Backgrounds.
  3. Freebie: 10 Seamless Dark Concrete Textures.
  4. A Collection Of Free Very Colorful Vector Backgrounds.
  5. Free Retro Vectors Vol 2.
  6. Gestures for IPhone.
  7. 20+ Free Patterns for Your Design Projects.
  8. Higher - Free Font.
  9. 10 Free and Beautiful Serif Fonts.
  10. A Collection Of Free Digital/LCD Fonts For Designers.
  11. Attitude + free font.
  12. 30 Free PSD Website Templates.
  13. 100 Free PSD Web Design UI Elements and mobile kits.
  14. Free sketch templates for web, mobile and tablet.

Services:

  1. The best image compression tools.
  2. Fake Images Please?
  3. Instacode — Instagram for your code.
  4. Top 15 Most Popular File Sharing Websites.
  5. UI.livetools — CSS-code online generator for interface elements.
  6. Selector — make HTML5 editable without any hassle.
  7. ZenPen — a built-in the browser text editor with the ability to share records.
  8. ChromaNope — a color-blindness simulator made for the web.
  9. Vizualize your resume in one click.

Demo:

  1. tweetping — a world map showing tweets in real time, the project was written using Nodejs, Socket.io, Processing.js, Backbone.js.
  2. zoom-and-pick — an image colour picker/CSS generator using HTML5 Canvas and Drag+Drop.

Development:

  1. Media Source Extensions Draft Published.
  2. InPlace editor for static pages that you can use in your browser.
  3. What size is my viewport?
  4. Power Polygon — HTML5 slides with theming and much more.
  5. Winding rules in Canvas.
  6. Webkit image effects with masks.
  7. HTML5 Accessibility Chops: section elements.
  8. 5 things you didn't know Sublime Text 2 could do.
  9. 10 More Responsive Navigation Solutions.
  10. Introducing the Firefox OS Boilerplate App.
  11. Remote Debugging Firefox OS with Weinr.
  12. Bouncing a Ball Around with HTML5 and JavaScript.
  13. The new rules of the responsive web.
  14. Sublime Text 3 Beta.
  15. Retina for web workflow.
  16. Creating 3D worlds with HTML and CSS.
  17. From Drupal to WordPress – The Ultimate Guide.
  18. High Performance Networking in Google Chrome.
  19. You can't create a button.
  20. On Layout & Web Performance — process optimization, when the browser recalculates layout and how to avoid it.

CSS:

  1. Save CSS - Chrome extension makes you fly.
  2. CSS4 Today: Address Parent Elements Using cssParentSelector.js.
  3. Balancing Text for better readability with Adobe.
  4. Hover Effect on Images From Different Directions Using Pure CSS.
  5. CSS: Responsive Navigation Menu.
  6. Ouroboros Sass/CSS Spinner.
  7. Your logo is still an image… and so is mine!
  8. How to create smoother reveal menus in small contexts using CSS3.
  9. An imageless and responsive "Fork me on GitHub" ribbon.
  10. Ouroboros Sass/CSS Spinner.
  11. In Defense Of Rem Units.

JavaScripts:

  1. Javascript positioning tree node.
  2. Custom JavaScript Events.
  3. Twitter's Flight JS Framework: First thoughts and comparison with Backbone.
  4. Flipping Circle Slideshow.
  5. opentip — a javascript tooltip framework.
  6. howler.js — Modern Web Audio Javascript Library.
  7. Lazy Line Painter — jQuery plugin for SVG Path Animation.
  8. productColorizer — Product Colorizer jQuery Plugin.
  9. JavaScript ‘this' in Different Contexts.
  10. Selectik — jQuery plug-in that represents custom design of the standard select form element.
  11. Fix IE 10 on Windows Phone 8 Viewport.
  12. Store Data in the Browser with IndexedDB.
  13. Canvas kaleidoscope implementation with drag & drop.
  14. Teamwork Gantt — a JavaScript component built on jQuery for creating Gantts, task trees, dependencies which exports the resulting data in JSON format.

Fun & Entertainment:

  1. Microsoft's 64GB Surface Pro will only have 23GB usable storage.
  2. The first transparent smartphone could reach the market this year.
  3. Mark Zuckerberg:"Facebook Is a ‘Mobile Company,' But Is That a Good Business?"
  4. Raspberry Pi Dog Treat Machine Dispenses a Treat When You Email Your Pet.
  5. Google Glass Hardware Patents.
  6. SEO in 2013: 7 Surprisingly Simple Factors That Will Take The Lead.
  7. Is Google's search manipulation hurting consumers?
  8. Does the world need more mobile OSs?
  9. How to hire a front-end developer with the games only.
  10. Antigua Government Set to Launch “Pirate” Website To Punish United States.
  11. The no-hire paper trail Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt didn't want you to see.
  12. Top 10 Social Networking Sites.
  13. dogstudio.be / barktowork / — a freaky interactive game.
  14. Cats + a suitable track = Procatinator.

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