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Fusion Radar: August 13, 2014

August 14th, 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.

Amazon Local Register

Amazon is entering Square’s turf with the release of Local Register, an app and card reader, with an initial transaction fee of 1.75%.

Amazon Local Register

Wifi-Sniffing Cat

That neighbor’s cat wandering through your backyard might be up to no good. Security researcher Gene Bransfield outfitted a cat with Wifi sniffing tools to see which neighbors had unsecured or vulnerable Wifi networks.

Wifi Sniffing Cat

Responsive Dashboard Layout

Responsive marketing sites are everywhere, but dashboards haven’t gotten the same device-friendly redesigns in many cases. Here’s an open source responsive dashboard if you’re in the market.

Github Project

Rails Wizard Gem

Wicked is a Ruby on Rails gem that helps you create a step-by-step user-flow in your web app while keeping your controller code clean.

Wicked

Google Classroom

In Google’s continuing effort to worm their way into every aspect of our lives, they’ve created Classroom, a suite of tools for teachers and students who use Google Apps for Education. Classroom lets teachers distribute and collect assignments, provide feedback, and share grades digitally.

Google Classroom

Spectacle

Mac users: if you don’t use a window management app, you’re missing out. We’re fans of both Divvy and Slate, and we just discovered another app for controlling window size and position: Spectacle.

Spectacle

Using Design to Change Behavior

Brian Wansick believes menu design can be used to encourage patrons to choose healthier food options.

Full Article

Guacamole

Most remote desktop control gateways require a client app to be installed in order to access the remote server. Guacamole leverages HTML5 to facilitate access through a browser.

Guacamole

Fusion Radar: August 6, 2014

August 6th, 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.

The Word “Just”

We have a saying around the office: “Just is a dirty word.” One of these days we’re going to write a post about why this is true, but in the meantime the folks at A List Apart have an article which touches on this same subject.

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The Gender Gap in Tech

Wired is featuring an article about some of the gender problems in the tech industry, particularly when it comes to getting funding.

Full Article

The Simpsons in CSS

If you aren’t familiar with CSS, it stands for Cascading Style Sheets, and developers use it to help control style, positioning, and appearance of elements in HTML. Take our word for it that it’s very impressive to render the Simpsons characters using nothing but CSS.

Simpsons Characters in CSS

Devices in CSS

While we’re on the subject of CSS, someone else has rendered 8 different mobile devices using pure CSS. Also impressive.

Devices in CSS

Behind the Scenes: Google Code Search

Although Google has now retired its Code Search product, this interesting write up from a developer who helped create Code Search is a technical but informative read.

Google Code Search

OpenGrok

Another code search find: OpenGrok is a fast and usable source code search and cross reference engine for Mercurial, Git, SCCS, RCS, CVS, Subversion, and more.

OpenGrok

Navdy

Hands-free, with a heads-up display projected in front of you, Navdy looks like a great solution for using your mobile phone while driving safely.

Navdy

Responsive Logos

Most responsive websites keep the logo fairly static, or at best, scale it down a bit. Some dude named Joe Harrison created an experimental demonstration of responsive logos. Resize your browser to see the logos adjust to your browser’s changing viewport size.

Responsive Logos

Facebook Flux

We use MVC design patterns and frameworks on a regular basis. MVC isn’t a silver bullet for all app development needs, though, and Facebook has open-sourced Flux which offers an alternative to the model-view-controller paradigm of MVC.

Facebook Flux

Office Lovin’

If you’ve been to our downtown SLC office you know we value a great office space. This site highlights other great tech office spaces if you’re looking for some inspiration.

Office Lovin’

Terraform

If you’ve used Vagrant before, you’ll be interested in reading about HashiCorp’s newly-released product, Terraform. Terraform lets you define and build infrastructure programmatically from multiple service providers like AWS, Heroku, and more.

Terraform

Manything

Use any iOS device as a home security camera.

Manything

Fusion Radar: July 23, 2014

July 23rd, 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.

Taco

If you’re feeling the pain of task list fragmentation, Taco is worth a look. Taco aggregates tasks from multiple task systems, including Asana, Evernote, Gmail, Basecamp, and more.

Taco

Tesla S API Documentation

If you A) own a Tesla model S, and B) want to control your car via an iPhone or Android device, this unofficial API documentation is for you.

Tesla S API

Client Feedback

When it comes to creative endeavors, getting meaningful, appropriate client feedback is challenging. A List Apart features a good article which discusses this issue. Here’s a quote to whet your appetite: “As designers, we can’t expect other people to know the right language to describe exactly why they think something doesn’t work. We need to know the right questions that prompt a client to give constructive criticism and valuable feedback.”

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Netflix Open Connect

When you sit down to watch a movie on Netflix, how often do you think about where that streaming video originates and what complexities make it possible for you to watch at the same time as hundreds of thousands (or millions) of others? Learn more about the Netflix Open Connect devices which help make sure your content is available when you want it.

Netflix Open Connect

Five Sentences

Five Sentences is yet another take on how to deal with inbox overload.

Five Sentences

Redis Bitmaps for Metrics

This is fairly technical, but if you’re interested in a creative, efficient way to get real-time metrics, take a look at Getspool’s approach based on the binary properties of bitmaps.

Bitmap Metrics

Hemingway Desktop App

We’ve written previously about Hemingway, an app that helps you write more clearly and concisely. They’ve now released desktop apps for Windows and Mac.

Hemingway Desktop App

Papa Parse

We’re doing CSV parsing in the HR system we’re building for small companies (Built for Teams), so we’re interested in any solid tools that assist with CSV parsing. Papa Parse looks legit.

Papa Parse

Should I Remove It?

At Agency Fusion we’re all on Macs, but most of us have spent enough time on a Windows machine to recognize that this tool could be valuable for Windows users wanting to clean up their computer and remove unneeded programs.

Should I Remove It?

PennyWhale

Use natural language search to research and compare stocks, funds, etc.

PennyWhale

Frequent Job Switching

Employees (especially twenty-somethings) are getting a reputation for changing jobs frequently. This Huffington Post article points out some potential risks from bouncing between jobs too often.

Full Article

Fusion Radar: July 16, 2014

July 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.

Google Analytics iPhone App

Google has finally released a native iPhone app for its Analytics product offering. The app features dashboard views and more than 80 reports and real-time graphs.

Google Analytics App

The Twelve-Factor App

Written by developers, for developers, The Twelve Factors is a set of broad conceptual solutions to common problems facing software and web developers.

The Twelve-Factor App

Better Ideas Faster

The Do Lectures are featuring a 19-minute video presentation by Matt Hart on the topic of innovating more quickly through learning by doing.

Video: Better Ideas Faster

Internationalizing Names

Asking for a person’s name in your app’s form fields isn’t as simple as you thought, if you have international users. This W3C write-up on the issue is eye-opening and worth a quick read.

Internationalizing Names

Brakeman

Securing a web app isn’t easy. Brakeman aims to give Ruby on Rails developers a leg-up in the process. Brakeman checks Ruby on Rails apps for security vulnerabilities and can be combined with Guard for continuous monitoring.

Brakeman

Apartment

For multi-tenant Ruby on Rails apps, Apartment promises to be a helpful gem worth evaluating. Apartment provides tools for easily adding and switching between tenants within an app.

Apartment

YouConvertIt File Conversion

Upload a document, image, music file, video file, or archive file and convert it to just about any other format.

YouConvertIt

Fusion Radar: July 9, 2014

July 9th, 2014 - by marissa - 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.

Doitlive

Doitlive is a free online tool for live presentations in your terminal. Just install the tool (which requires Python), and create a file filled with bash commands. When you run Doitlive, it will replay the commands in a fake terminal session as you type random characters.

Doitlive

Google Venture Library

The Google Venture (GV) Library is a collection of articles, guides, videos, and insights, all targeted towards entrepreneurs and new businesses. Articles are divided into categories like “Design,” “Founder Interviews,” and “Hiring,” and all materials are either written or curated by Google staff.

Google Ventures Library

Smarty Pins

Smarty Pins is a series of map-based trivia questions that have you place a pin on a map to give your answer. Run on Google Maps, these games can be customized to include certain topics and locations. Points are given based on your pin’s proximity to the real location and how quickly you answer.

Smarty Pins

PennyWhale

PennyWhale is a site designed to help you access and analyze financial data for various stocks. Visitors and subscribers simply type queries into their search box and use the $ symbol to denote a ticker (for example, “Show me the PE ratio for $AAPL”). PennyWhale then pulls up the information, complete with graphs for over-time analysis and relevant headlines.

PennyWhale

Should I Remove It?

Should I Remove It? is a simple Windows application that helps users decide what programs they can afford to remove from their PC, and which programs have to stay. It’s a great tool for removing adware, spyware, unnecessary toolbars, and bundled applications. It just scans your PC for all the installed programs and then ranks them to let you know which programs you can safely get rid of.

Should I Remove It?

Sourcegraph

Sourcegraph is a website that allows you to search the source code of various languages for the implementation of functions. You can also search for and examine other people’s code for examples of how to use a function. It supports Python, Go, and Node.js.

Sourcegraph

Your Product Is All There Is

Because they are completely immersed in their product and plans for their company, many entrepreneurs can forget that nobody else really knows (or even cares) about their grand vision. That means that the only thing that matters to customers is the product: either it works for them or it doesn’t, and entrepreneurs need to keep this in mind when working on marketing.

Your Product Is All There Is

OldVersion

Most of the time, upgrading your software is a good thing–you get better security, more features, and fixed bugs. However, there are times when upgrading to new versions can be more negative than positive. New versions can slow down your computer, could be incompatible with other software you have, or could eliminate options or features you liked. OldVersion is a site that stores older versions of popular software, so you can always go backwards if you regret upgrading.

OldVersion

Avoid Humans

Avoid Humans is a web-based app that scans data from social networks like Foursquare and Instagram and analyzes the number of check-ins at local restaurants, bars, parks, and stores. It then makes suggestions on where you could go to avoid people as much as possible.

Avoid Humans

Netflix Roulette

Netflix Roulette is a site that generates random TV shows and movies to watch on Netflix. You just set your preferences, which include genre, rating, and keywords, and spin the wheel.

Netflix Roulette