What is the freshest news from the world of informational technologies? Find out in our weekly digest from the 10th of May.
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If you see this word first, it’s time to get acquainted with the project, which has the potential to become a major graphic format on the Web in the nearest future. Note that Facebook has already started to try it.
Would you take your $1500 Google Glass in the shower? This guy did, New Google Glass app lets you Tweet photos, in addition Google Glass app lets you sneak photos with a wink. Pay attention to Google Glass tech specs. Moreover, there is an online gallery of white men wearing Google Glass + Glass how-to: Getting Started (video). The post by Robert Scoble: My two-week review of Google Glass: it all depends on the price. Google’s Schmidt says talking to glasses can be weird, inappropriate.
The most important conference that gathered IT professionals from Eastern Europe was held recently. This year’s conference attracted more than 7,000 visitors. 50+ well-known web companies placed their stands there together with a large number of Ukrainian start-ups. You can see the detailed description of the conference made by one of the participants here and here.
- Facebook is buying a startup specializing in powering mobile applications — Facebook confirmed the purchase of Parse, a mobile app platform that provides developers tools to use a unified back-end for their apps. Facebook did not reveal the price it paid for San Francisco-based Parse founded in June 2011, but according to online reports the deal might value not less than $85 million.
- Facebook is losing more than 1 million users per a month — according to independent data millions of users are leaving Facebook seeking for new social media platforms. SocialBakers analysts stated that Facebook users from the USA dropped by 4% (6 million active users) in April 2013 while British logins fell by 4.5% in comparison to a number of active users last month. Alternative social networks such as Instagram, the photo sharing social media network and Path, a mobile based social media website become more and more attractive for Internet users looking for something different from Facebook.
- Q1 2013 Facebook report — on May 1, 2013 Facebook released its Q1 earnings report which included the revenue of $1.46 billion with the increase of 38% year-over-year. Total of 85% revenue was $1.25 billion which is the revenue from advertising with the increase of 43% year-over-year. The quarter of advertising revenue which is 30%, accounted with mobile advertising. $213 million was revenue from payments and other fees.
- Jelly Bean overtook Ice Cream Sandwich in Android rankings in April 2013 — according to Google the number of active devices running Jelly Bean, Android 4.1 and 4.2 rose 3.4 points to 28.4% in April, overcoming Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), which fell 1.8 points to 27.5%. Note that a major update called Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie is expected to be released in the middle of 2013 with many significant amendments.
- FoxConn is paying Microsoft royalties for Android devices — Microsoft Corporation and Hon Hai, the parent company of Foxconn, signed a worldwide patent licensing agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for smartphones, tabs and TVs running under Android and Chrome OS. The contents of the agreement are not revealed by the participants, but the parties state Microsoft to receive royalties from Hon Hai under the agreement. Thus, Hon Hai joins a rapidly growing list of contract manufacturing and original design manufacturing companies with Android and Chrome patent licenses.
- Android 4.3, but not 5.0 will be at Google I/O — Google I/O 2013 is less than in a month with a new version of Android. But those who are waiting for Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie might become a little disappointed. The matter is that according to Android Police, Google is really doing their best working on the next version of Android, but it’s just Android 4.3, not 5.0. Moreover, the build number is JWR23B, which suggests the update will continue to use the Jelly Bean moniker. There are no rumors that Key Lime Pie won’t be announced at I/O 2013, but so far it was not mentioned anywhere yet.
- Microsoft is launching Skype on Outlook — Microsoft proclaimed their mail service Outlook.com to support Skype voice and video calling as well as instant messaging. The service is already launched in the UK. While it is going to be supported in the USA and Germany in the upcoming weeks and all around the globe in the upcoming months. According to US reports when a user links their Outlook.com account with Skype, they will be offered to install a browser plug-in which enables the integration.
- Windows 8 now takes 3.84% OS market share — even in Q2 2013 Windows 8 seems to continue its slow but steady growth. The recent market share data from Net Applications shows that April 2013 appeared to be successful enough for Windows 8, which gained 0.53% more (increasing from 3.31% to 3.84%) while Windows 7 has lost 0.01% (from 44.73% to 44.72%). However, Windows 8 does not grow so rapidly as someone could hope. The OS obtained only 0.66% in December 2012 while the next four months of 2013 brought just tiny positive gains.
- Windows Phone strengthens its third-place position at US market of smartphones — Kantar Worldpanel ComTech stated that Windows Phone has already occupied the 3rd place in the US mobile market accounting for 5.6% of all smartphones sales in Q1 2013 from 3.7% it occupied a year ago. Although Windows Phone is still far away from such giants as Android and iOS with their 49.3% and 43.7% market shares in the US, it demonstrates bigger increase in its share nowadays.
- Apple’s next new product will not be a gadget, but a new software — the soft is rumored to be announced at WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference) which will be held on June 10-14. Those programmers who are busy with the development of apps for iPhone, iPad and Mac will gather together there to know more about the latest innovations from Apple. Moreover, according to Business Insider the conference may be the first one where Apple’s products developed under Tim Cook’s surveillance will be presented.
- Apple’s low-cost plastic iPhone is promised to be launched in limited supply — according to Digitimes Apple is already developing a new plastic iPhone model for emerging mobile markets only. The device manufactured by Foxconn and Pegatron is rumored to have a 4″ display and an Apple A6 processor. To test the market response the budget iPhone will be launched in a short supply with shipments totaling just 2.5 million to 3 million units per a quarter.
- iOS 7 redesign details — Apple’s iOS 7 update is expected to be shown at WWDC 2013 on June 10, 2013. Numerous reports state that iOS 7 will feature a major redesign without a number of elements and textures used in previous versions of iOS replacing them with flatter and more modern UI elements. The look and feel of the new iOS 7 won’t be more difficult in use than it was before, although it may seem to be a bit “unusual” to faithful iOS users + Video.
- Google recognizes Palestine — on 1 May, 2013 Google changed their localized search page previously labeled as “Palestinian territories” to “Palestine” only. Nathan Tyler, a spokesperson from Google officially confirmed the change explaining that the company is following the lead of the United Nations, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, International Organization for Standardization and other international organizations. While Israel officials raised strict objections to such decision.
- Google Now successfully comes to iOS — since April 29, 2013 Google Now is available for iPhone and iPad becoming an integral part of an updated Google Search App for iOS. Before the release Google was available just on devices running Android Jelly Bean. Note that unlike its original Android version, Google Now on iOS platform only works within Search app limiting its appeal significantly.
- iForum 2013 – the most important IT conference in Eastern Europe — 7,000+ participants not only from Ukraine, but also from abroad have visited iForum this year. The conference introduced the stands of more than 50 outstanding Ukrainian and international IT companies, and was represented by a large number of local start-ups. Five informational streams such as Investment climate in Ukraine, Ukrainian IT market, How Internet changes business rules, Mobile and games, What will be hot in 2013 were available to the participants of the conference where the highly-qualified speakers shared modern and priceless IT knowledge with the visitors of the conference.
- 7″ tab Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 presented officially — on 29 April, 2013 Samsung has announced the Galaxy Tab 3, a 7″ tablet with 1.2 GHz dual-core processor running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean powered by a 4,000 mAh battery. In addition, the device has the following modern features: 1024 x 600 TFT display, a 3-megapixel camera on the rear and a 1.2-megapixel snapper on the front. Wi-Fi direct, Bluetooth 3.0 and USB 2.0. 8GB or 16GB versions of the tablet with a microSD slot for memory expansion are now available. The size of the device is 111 x 188 x 9.9 mm and its weight is 302g. The price is unrevealed yet, but promised to be rather cheap.
- Mozilla demanded to stop spyware masquerading — Mozilla Corporation sent a letter of warning to Gamma International demanding to stop the illegal use of the Firefox trademark in FinFisher software. FinFisher is legally sold spyware, developed to organize the monitoring of activities performed on any computer with further stealing of necessary data. The product is mainly used by intelligence agencies and the governments of countries with repressive regimes to monitor the opposition and control the situation during the elections.
- Opera Company sued their former employee for illegal transfering of secret technologies to the Mozilla project — Opera Company has initiated legal action against one of its former employees, accusing him of disclosing trade secrets, namely in transferring of secret technologies to developers of a competing product. Opera officials claim that their former employee gave Mozilla representatives some information concerning the innovative changes when creating the interface, developed within the project to build a new mobile browser for iPad.
- IE 10 doubled its market share in April 2013 — IE 10 is getting a little bit more popular and currently occupies 6.02% of the browser market share, being just behind IE6 with its 6.22%. IE 10 is currently in 6th position, with IE8 remaining to be the first with 23.08%. In comparison, IE 9 is the 2nd with 18.17%, Chrome is the 3rd with 13.22% and Firefox 20 occupies the 4th place with 9.57%.
- Lock screen app alarms and IE11 developer improvements in the latest Windows 8.1 build — the screenshots of the latest, build 9385, reveal some additions to Windows 8.1. Thus, a new lock screen app setting allows Windows 8.1 users choose an app to show alarms. Now any existing apps do not support the feature, but it is believed that third-party app developers will be able to create alarms together with notifications for their applications. Build 9385 also includes improved developer tools for IE11, with a new interface for accessing debugging and other options. A boot to desktop option and start button are still not present, but expected to be added to the upcoming final versions of Windows 8.1.
- Blink and the end of vendor prefixes — a lot was said about the forking of WebKit into Blink by Google, but just a few noticed Blink’s intention to terminate the creation of new vendor prefixes. And meantime, according to the author of the post this is one of the most significant changes happened in the world of the browser recently.
- State of the Browser 2013 — a conference where world-known browsers representatives gather to show community how their technologies are being used to bring the web to tablets, smartphones, games consoles and TV-sets. The author of this post visited the conference and made a detailed description of the events and discussions he took part in.
- Browser Usage/Feature Statistics — the application made by Ben Toews takes data from caniuse.com and presents it in a pack chart powered by D3 for visualizing browser support of features.
Amazing Websites’ Design:
- hereistoday.com — a dynamic timeline that shows the most important periods in life of the Earth.
- fanta.com/playfanta/graphicnovel/1 / — online scroll effects with sound.
- svc.by — an interesting portfolio of Belarusian studio.
- adamhartwig.co.uk — a full-screen slider with animated typography.
- welovenoise.com — non-standard navigation and portfolio design.
- holler.co.uk — one more version of non-standard website navigation.
- handsome.is — parallax, animation, transformation, all in trend.
- dspg.sg — an example how static graphics can turn into dynamics.
- smartphood.it — and once more about parallax and animation.
- When was the last time you did something for the first time?
- Easter icons vector.
- Bing, Skype, and Xbox rebranding plans revealed in Microsoft design presentation.
- LivIcons v1.1 — a package of vector animated icons with fallback for older browsers.
- Sync Google Fonts to your Desktop with SkyFonts.
- Hyundai Motor — showroom product guide design case study.
- Insect Definer — interactive insect field guide.
- Hexels — a brand new, grid-based art program for Mac and PC that lets users paint with shapes.
- Jony Ive paints a fresh, yet familiar, look for iOS 7.
- How to radically simplify your user interface.
- Previewing the new Reuters.com.
- The best Photoshop actions for preparing designs for iOS or optimized for Retina-display websites.
- Infinite Scrolling: let’s get to the bottom of this.
- iOS grid system, a free extension for Adobe fireworks.
- How to create an 8-Bit pixel character in Illustrator.
- Creative Business Cards.
- Interview with Designer: Fred Nerby.
- Blend color trends and flat designs perfectly.
- Effective chat logo designs as well as inspiring examples of negative space in logos.
- Logo design: motorcycles.
A Bunch of Design Freebies:
- Free typography — free font blog.
- Textures: Fire textures, Bokeh backgrounds, Marble textures, Stains, 100+ high resolution blurred backgrounds.
- Icons: map icons for Google maps.
- Brushes: Nature silhouettes trees & grass brushes, swirl brushes.
- Fonts: Verb Cond Extralight, elegant fonts from Pacifico to Tertre Extra Bold.
- Templates: PSD business card templates, PSD website templates.
- slid.es — the easiest way to create and share beautiful presentations.
- spiffygif.com — a generator of customizable pre-loaders in GIF or. PNG sprite.
- Making forms & surveys awesome.
- colorhexa — color encyclopedia: information and conversion.
- svg-edit — online SVG editor.
- diagnosticss — a bookmarklet to analyze styles for potential problems.
- LD26: Cube, Cube, Cube — a funny mini-game.
- Foxes & shotguns mini-game.
- Epic Games has made HTML5-Epic Citadel demo available on the Internet.
- Shape Shifter.
- Yet another CSS/JS animation test.
- The good old Itch A Skitch is now in canvas.
- Mobile Web Development.
- How to make custom scrollbars show in all browsers?
- Firefox OS Simulator 3.0 released.
- How to easily create charts using jQuery and HTML5.
- WordPress 3.6 will have native support for video and audio.
- Hot in web standards: March/April 2013.
- How to use HTML5 audio (part 2).
- Editr – HTML, CSS, JS playground.
- Differences from HTML4.
- Bootstrap: Bootstrap toolbox – tools, utilities, generators and templates, as well as a list of 318 useful Twitter Bootstrap resources.
- How to mark up subheadings, subtitles, alternative titles and taglines.
- Image sprites vs web icon fonts.
- Launchlist – your one stop website checklist.
- noBackend — a new approach to build data driven apps without thinking backend.
- Try Foundation — interactive lessons and projects to learn ZURB Foundation.
- tryGit — be introduced to the basic concepts of Git version control.
- Turn your web application into a Firefox OS app in 5 minutes.
- 9 Ways to optimize your Front End performance.
- An exclusive touch cursor while emulating touch events.
- Turbulenz engine goes open source.
- Mixing HTML pages inside your WebGL.
- 3D inset parallax effect.
- Fixed background scrolling layout.
- A responsive vertical timeline layout with icons and example media queries.
- A minimal Sass and Compass web structure for responsive design and development.
- Slant — a collaboratively edited resource that helps users quickly make decisions.
- Select This! CSS Selectors.
- CSS Animatable Properties: Browser support.
- Defensive HTML and CSS.
- The Star Wars Intro in Pure CSS3 thanks to 3D transform & animations.
- 20 exceptional CSS boilerplates and frameworks.
- Vanishing acts: the CSS :empty Selector.
- SASS Triangle Mixin.
- Tool tip in a form of semicircle.
- Gallery — pure CSS, not a script to be found.
- Automatic figure numbering with CSS counters.
- Geometric masks.
- 20 responsive web design tutorials for web designers.
- Swinging keyframe animation.
- A look into: cubic-bezier in CSS3 transition.
- CSS3 Geometry.
- Text opening sequence with CSS animations.
- I know jQuery. Now what?
- jQuery Annotated Source.
- MixItUp — a CSS3 and jQuery filter & Sort plug-in.
- iio Engine — an extensive application framework that helps with the creation and deployment of HTML5 applications.
- redactor — a fantastic WYSIWYG editor on jQuery.
- Kartograph — a simple and lightweight framework to build interactive map applications without Google Maps or any other mapping service.
- Real time multiplayer in HTML5.
- jquery.transit — Super-smooth CSS transitions & transformations for jQuery.
- Even better in-browser mockups with Node.js.
- Your first Backbone.js App – service chooser.
- Sco.js overview.
- A truly responsive light-box (for jQuery and Zepto.js).
- WATable — a jQuery table plug-in with sorting, paging, filtering and other good stuff.
Fun & Entertainment:
- Google Glass: Would you take your $1500 Google Glass in the shower? This guy did, New Google Glass app lets you Tweet photos, in addition Google Glass app lets you sneak photos with a wink. Pay attention to Google Glass tech specs. Moreover, there is an online gallery of white men wearing Google Glass + Glass how-to: Getting Started (video). The post by Robert Scoble: My two-week review of Google Glass: it all depends on the price. Google’s Schmidt says talking to glasses can be weird, inappropriate.
- How Google’s self-driving car works (video).
- Twenty years of a free, open web.
- UFO casebook – UFO case files – database.
- SkyNet — artificial intelligence controlled network defense computer system.
- Moving Atoms: Making the world’s smallest movie.
- War of words: myth-busting social media marketing.
- WebP — a new image format for the Web.
- This is the world’s first entirely 3D-printed gun + photos.
- Game Dev Tycoon developers give pirates a taste of their own medicine.
- I’m still here: back online after a year without the internet.
- GALAXY S4 Design Story.
- A quick guide to getting the most out of YouTube.
- Nokia to invest in ‘array’ mobile cameras that use small lenses to capture big images.
- Switch to the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone funny video clip.
- Samsung Galaxy S4 ad – Graduation pool party.
- This week in holograms: Microsoft’s MirageTable will let you play virtual chess in real life.
- UK: Guardian newspaper’s Twitter feeds hacked.