IT Digest: Ubuntu for Phones, ASUS Stops Producing Netbooks, 2012 Browsers Results and Much More

January 4, 2013

What is the freshest news from the world of informational technologies? Find out in our weekly digest from the 04th of January.


  1. Announcing Ubuntu For Phones — South African millionaire and Canonical boss, Mark Shuttleworth, has officially presented Ubuntu for phones project, implementing the first attempt to create a new version of Ubuntu Linux, specially adapted for use on smartphones. But for now just a video demo of the new system and a pre-release version of SDK for mobile developers are available.
  2. No more netbooks in the New Year — In 2013 ASUS and Acer have officially stopped producing netbooks. Hyper cheap with min performance and comfort devices have rapidly lost their popularity and have been actually alive for not more than 5 years.
  3. Hands-on with Jolla's Sailfish OS (video) — Having presented Sailfish OS as "designed with the most recent consumer needs in mind," Jolla developers have focused on quick multitasking and abilities to interact with running apps from the home screen without necessity to entering the app itself. Moreover, there are such innovative features as a new "Pulley Menu" that allows users to see a menu and operate with it sliding up and down on the display, personalization features and others.
  4. Windows 8 App Store Now Has 35,000 Apps — According to tracking website MetroStore Scanner, rapidly developing Microsoft Windows 8 app store continues to enlarge, having added 14,557 apps in the past 35 days, including 35,167 apps in total, 22,000 of which are available in the web market of the United States.
  5. Windows occupies more than 90% of market share — According to Net Applications survey in December 2012 Windows in its various versions, is still the most popular OS in the global market.


  1. Windows 8 passes Mac OS X on Steam survey — According to the recent Steam Hardware & Software Survey for 2012 Windows 8 appeared to be the fourth most popular operating system with a 4.6% user share, overtaking Apple's Mac OS used by 3.3 % of users.
  2. StatCounter: Chrome got a leadership in December, but by the end of the year IE was the 1st — According to StatCounter Global Stats, 2012 was exactly a year of Chrome in the market of browsers, which slowly but surely was seizing additional shares of the web traffic, even appeared to be the first in December 2012, but gave the pas to Internet Explorer by the end of the year.
  3. Mozilla's iPad web browser, 'Junior' rumored to launch in Q2 of 2013 — The web browser still remains in the design stage, planned to be released not earlier than in the second quarter of 2013.With updated UI similar to Firefox for Android, the browser is said to be integrated with the Firefox Sync feature that allows its users to synchronize bookmarks, tabs and other personal info on all types of the devices, the browser will be installed on.
  4. Microsoft says IE 6, 7, and 8 vulnerable to remote code execution — The identified flaw affects earlier versions of IE, but not applicable in IE 9 and 10, allowing Windows 8 users to breath easily. However, having critical severity, the bug was first discovered by security research company FireEye and enables attackers to execute code under the privilege level of the current user.
  5. 2012 Browsers Results — The last year appeared to be quite productive, having brought to billions of users Internet Explore10 and Google Chrome 23 that are really in great demand according to Net Applications, and defined the browsers market losers such as Firefox and Safari.

Amazing Websites' Design:

  1. — a nice web site with lots of animation.
  2. — another web site with lots of animation and interesting solutions.
  3. — a tiled web site with custom navigation.
  4. — this web site will be appreciated by those who have prepared for a post-apocalyptic future.
  5. — a one-page web site with well-designed concise graphics and video intros.
  6. — an effective use of canvas.

Design It:

  1. Hartmut Esslinger's early Apple computer and tablet designs.
  2. Ubuntu Design for smatphones.
  3. Web Design: 20 Hottest Trends To Watch Out For In 2013.
  4. Future trends in web design: predictions for 2013.
  5. The Design Lesson: 1 of 1.
  6. Import Swatches From CSS to Photoshop.
  7. Top 24 Dribble Shots of 2012.
  8. Pixeltaks: Video presentations from the best Web conferences in the world: creativity, web design, typography, UX Design and others.
  9. Beautiful Web Type — the best typefaces from the Google web fonts directory.
  10. Techniques for Creating Motion in Web Design.
  11. Seven New Year's resolutions for designers in 2013.
  12. 30 Human Body Expressions Logo Designs, as well as Artistic Use of Animals in Logo Designing.
  13. 30 Creative Website Footer Designs.
  14. Web Design Trends 2012: The Top 10 of WDL.

A Bunch of Design Freebies:

  1. 20 Highly Useful Free Sets of Vintage/Retro Photoshop Brushes.
  2. Few Colorful Abstract Backgrounds.
  3. 75 Free Buttons For Online Payment Service Providers.
  4. Exclusive Freebie: Free Real Estate PSD Template (English and Arabic).
  5. 41 Eye-catching Progress and Loading PSD Files.
  6. Free, High Quality, Useful Vector Graphics for Designers.
  7. 25 Sets of Appealing Calculator Icons.


  1. SpritePad — the easiest way to create your CSS sprites.
  2. regexper — a service to render JavaScript-style regular expressions.
  3. One more CSS3 Gradient Designer — Dojo AMD widget.
  4. placeit.breezi — creating photos with a mobile device or a monitor that displays your screenshot.


  1. Stagering CSS animations.
  2. 3D ROFLCopter!
  3. HTML5 Amiga Emulator.
  4. Responsive Design for Apps — Part 1.


  1. Rounded Corners in IE 7, 8 and 9.
  2. Animate your HTML5 with CSS3, SVG, Canvas and WebGL.
  3. Framer — a modern prototyping tool that helps you to build and test complex interactions and rich animations for both desktop and mobile.
  4. Progressive jpegs — a new best practice.
  5. Windows 8 HTML5 WinRT RSS reader app.
  6. The Making of the Interactive Treehouse Ad by Chris Coyier.


  1. Selective Styling in CSS3.
  2. Another Retina Image Option for Sass.
  3. Sass for Designers.
  4. Research of CSS gradients by PPK.
  5. All you need to know about CSS Transitions.
  6. Crunchapp - the LESS editor and compiler.
  7. Separation, Abstraction, and Cascading in CSS.
  8. In search of the perfect radius.
  9. Elusive Icons — 270 Sleek vector icons for bootstrap.
  10. The mask-type property is now available in Firefox Nightly.
  11. Pseudo Element Animations/Transitions Bug Fixed in WebKit.


  1. 10 Useful and Time Saving JavaScript Snippets.
  2. The Basics of jQuery.
  3. jKit — a very easy to use, cross platform, jQuery based UI toolkit.
  4. Revolver.js — a new content slider for making your own slider in a fast and easy way.
  5. Analytics.js — the hassle-free way to integrate analytics into any web application.
  6. Conditionizr — an intelligent jQuery plugin, that detects the end-users browser and pixel ratio, allowing you to serve specific conditional JavaScript and CSS files they need.
  7. How to Create a Simple Multi-Item Slider.
  8. JSHint 1.0.0 RC3 — the library is already in pre-release status.

Fun & Entertainment:

    1. Google Analytics In Real Life — Landing Page Optimization.
    2. Deadliest Web Attacks — Entertaining insights into web security.
    3. QR Codes VS Bar Codes — What You need to know.
    4. Internet connected TVs are used to watch TV, but not more.
    5. Top 10 popular places on Instagram in 2012.
    6. 27 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts in 2012.
    7. Most viewed articles on Wikipedia 2012.
  1. The most creative inventions in 2012.

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