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Fusion Radar: December 17, 2014

December 17th, 2014 - by Agency Fusion - Salt Lake City, Utah

Keeping up with technology is a lot of work. Luckily, we enjoy wading through the noise just to find the gems of awesomeness sprinkled throughout. Fusion Radar is our gift to you, Current or Potential Client, so that you can enjoy all of the awesome without any of the drudgery. Unwrap it each week, and know that you’re loved by the geeks and pixel-pushers at Agency Fusion.

Intent vs. Behavior

When doing market research, people often use surveys which measure intent, believing that intent will lead to behavior. Research shows, however, that intent isn’t always an accurate barometer of actual behavior.

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Great Digital Products Don’t Happen By Accident

Creating a great digital product does not come easy. You don’t just mock up some designs, slug out some code, and ship. It requires mindfulness, a real understanding of customer need, and a tight partnership between the client and the studio it’s working with.

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Dissent

This is a project that is supposed to provide a communication platform with accountable anonymity, meaning the system provides provable anonymity to its users, while also preventing spam and other similar attacks common to forums and other anonymous communication platforms. The source code is located at https://github.com/DeDiS/Dissent.

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Stretchable Artificial Skin

American and Korean researchers have created a new artificial skin that has a dense network of sensors that can detect pressure, heat and cold, and even moisture. The skin also has an elasticity that gives the prosthetic a more realistic feel as it moves. They’re still researching the best way to connect the sensors into human nerves.

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Chartist

Chartist is a simple, lightweight Javascript library for creating responsive charts.

Chartist

Google Search Tips

Most people don’t leverage the full power of Google’s search capabilities. Learn a few tricks in this article.

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Sweep the Sleaze

Should you have social media share buttons on every page/post?

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R for Programmers

R is a well-liked language amongst stats people. However, it’s very different from the usual languages that most developers are used to. This isn’t really an introduction to R; it’s more of a “be aware of this” guide for people that know other programming languages.

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Free Christmas Icons

Smashing Magazine released a set of free Christmas-themed icons.

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The Ways We’ve Changed

Started in 2005, 24 Ways is a design and dev blog that posts 24 days each December (advent calendar style). This article covers a number of different trends in the industry seen since 2005. Namely early CSS hacks, surviving a recession, and taking mobile development seriously.

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Using Smartphones to Bond

Read a few ways families can use smartphones/technology during the holidays to bond and to have fun. This article list apps for family games, video chat, and other ways to stay in touch with family during this holiday season.

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Fusion Radar: December 10, 2014

December 11th, 2014 - by Agency Fusion - Salt Lake City, Utah

Keeping up with technology is a lot of work. Luckily, we enjoy wading through the noise just to find the gems of awesomeness sprinkled throughout. Fusion Radar is our gift to you, Current or Potential Client, so that you can enjoy all of the awesome without any of the drudgery. Unwrap it each week, and know that you’re loved by the geeks and pixel-pushers at Agency Fusion.

Flic

Flic is a physical button that, when pressed, can initiate one of several actions on your smartphone. Hopefully the product is simpler than their pricing options.

Flic

Bro Pages

Bro pages show a quick, consise description along with some examples for Unix commands. You can also submit entries and those entries can be voted up or down by the community.

Bro Pages

There is No Fold

Luke Wroblewski wants you to forget about designing for the fold, and he has some data to support his argument.

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Disambiguating Databases

If you have ever wanted to know more about how different types of databases function, this article is for you.  It explains the differences in data models, indexing, and other features that you may not consider when deciding which type to use.

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Two Words Steve Jobs Hated

Neither of these words is going away (nor should they), but Steve Jobs had an aversion to the words “brand” and “marketing,” according to former Apple VP of Worldwide Marketing Communication Allison Johnson.

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The Secret Life of Passwords

A discussion of the hidden lives of passwords and how people saturate their passwords with meaning and sentiment.

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Wakie

Wakie is a creepy new iOS app that lets you receive wakeup calls from complete strangers. If you’ve got nothing better to do with your morning hours, it also lets you make wake up calls to strangers as well.

Wakie

Vivus

Vivus is a javascript library that allows you to animate SVGs to make them look like they are being drawn.

Vivus

Establishing Design Quality in the UK

Designers in the UK are attempting to create (or are at least discussing) a certification that would help potential clients know if a designer is qualified.

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Introduction to Service Workers

This article presents an overview of service workers, which allow you to control when things get cached offline and to programmatically decide when to use the cached thing (image, stylesheet, etc.) or when to try to download it. This differs from using an ApplicationCache manifest file, which doesn’t let you easily decide when to update cached files.

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Choosing a WordPress Theme

With thousands of available WordPress themes to choose from, the folks at Smashing Magazine want to help you choose the right theme.

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Google’s One-click Turing Test

Google created a checkbox that can, when clicked, decipher if you are human or a robot.  No more CAPTCHAs!  It was created, however, not merely to simplify the user experience but because 90% of all CAPTCHAs can be bypassed by skilled hackers.

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Fusion Radar: December 3, 2014

December 3rd, 2014 - by Agency Fusion - Salt Lake City, Utah

Keeping up with technology is a lot of work. Luckily, we enjoy wading through the noise just to find the gems of awesomeness sprinkled throughout. Fusion Radar is our gift to you, Current or Potential Client, so that you can enjoy all of the awesome without any of the drudgery. Unwrap it each week, and know that you’re loved by the geeks and pixel-pushers at Agency Fusion.

Tindddle

Dribbble meets Tinder. Swipe to share your opinion of Dribbble shots.

Tindddle

Remee

Remee is a sleep mask that flashes red lights in a pattern of your choosing while you dream.  When your subconscious recognizes the signal, you will realize that you are dreaming and (supposedly) take control of your dreams (lucid dreaming).

Remee

Declarative Thinking

Learn how to use the declarative style of programming in Ruby, instead of relying on the imperative style.

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Supersonic

The web vs. native vs. hybrid app debate isn’t going away anytime soon. Each approach has its merits. Supersonic is positioned squarely in the hybrid camp with a solution that promises to help you reach more platforms with less code.

Supersonic

How Repetition Leads to Rhythm

The last bit of the post sums it up pretty well: “Repetition leads to rhythm through unification of design elements, such as color and space. Through the skillful use of variation, rhythm is made. Rhythm keeps your audience engaged and always looking at the right beats.”

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TypeGenius

Get help finding your next font.

TypeGenius

Fusion Radar: November 26, 2014

November 26th, 2014 - by Agency Fusion - Salt Lake City, Utah

Keeping up with technology is a lot of work. Luckily, we enjoy wading through the noise just to find the gems of awesomeness sprinkled throughout. Fusion Radar is our gift to you, Current or Potential Client, so that you can enjoy all of the awesome without any of the drudgery. Unwrap it each week, and know that you’re loved by the geeks and pixel-pushers at Agency Fusion.

Firefox Developer Edition

Mozilla created a browser specifically for web developers with features like multi-browser debugging, responsive design view, and more.

Firefox Developer Edition

Protected Method Visibility in Ruby

If you’re unsure whether to use protected method visibility in Ruby, this article is for you.

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Badassify Your Terminal

For terminal users, this article is a must-read. It details how to install zsh and plugins for syntax highlighting and extra auto-completion in the terminal.

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Why Google Split Inbox from Gmail

This article covers the battle of feature parity, unused features, and how engineers usually aren’t the target users. Instead of getting rid of Gmail or trying to build Inbox on top of it, Google decided to build the new product in parallel in hopes of making everyone happy.

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Speeding up Capybara Tests

You may need to blacklist some external URLs in order to speed up your Capybara test performance.

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IEVMS

Instructions and command line tools for downloading Windows VMs for Virtual box. Each comes with a specified version of IE (6-11). You can get them all, specify one or more… and if you need your disk space back, you just `rm -rf` your `~/.ievms` directory.

IEVMS

Animated GIFs of Your Screen

LICEcap can capture an area of your desktop and save it directly to an animated .GIF, which is great for support, testing, etc.

LICEcap

Fusion Radar: November 19, 2014

November 19th, 2014 - by Agency Fusion - Salt Lake City, Utah

Keeping up with technology is a lot of work. Luckily, we enjoy wading through the noise just to find the gems of awesomeness sprinkled throughout. Fusion Radar is our gift to you, Current or Potential Client, so that you can enjoy all of the awesome without any of the drudgery. Unwrap it each week, and know that you’re loved by the geeks and pixel-pushers at Agency Fusion.

 

.Net Goes Open Source

Microsoft is open sourcing the .Net framework in an attempt to woo developers and make their technology stack more cross-platform.

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Stop Breaking the Web

From the article’s author: “This article is where I rant about how we are breaking the web, the not-immediately-obvious reasons why we should stop doing this, and how not breaking the web would be a great thing.”

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Ad Slogans

A look at advertising slogans for some popular brands, and how those slogans have changed over the years.

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Charlie

Assuming you’re trying to get to know someone who has a fairly public profile, Charlie might come in handy.

Charlie App

jQuery DotDotDot

This jQuery plugin makes it easy to dynamically add an ellipsis to content that is too long for its HTML container.

DotDotDot

Weather System

Uniform created three different data-powered devices which react to weather conditions.

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Smarter Link Underlines

If you hate having a link’s underline cross the characters’ descenders, this article is for you.

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Tracking Screen Sizes

Set up your Google Analytics to give you better insight into your visitors’ screen sizes and behavior.

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Sublime Text Plugins

Make Sublime Text extra powerful by adding autocomplete, Git commands, a color-picker, and much more.

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The Spam Backstory

Learn a bit of the backstory behind Russia becoming such a spam powerhouse.

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