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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.”

Full Article

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

Fusion Radar: July 2, 2014

July 2nd, 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.

LaMetric

LaMetric is a customizable ticker (similar in appearance to old digital clocks) that lets you track metrics (or life events) and display stats in real time. This smart display can show you a wide variety of notifications, including those from social media, email, weather, PayPal, stocks, your calendar, and many others.

LaMetric

MockFlow

MockFlow is an online wireframing tool that enables designers and developers to design and collaborate on user interface concepts for apps and websites. Features include an app planner; tools to create banners, brochures, and annotated images; and a platform to create and publish your website. Pricing ranges from a free basic account to a team account for $39/month.

MockFlow

6 SEO Services You Shouldn’t Waste Your Money On

SEO Manager Travis Biffen recently published an article with a list of 6 things you shouldn’t waste your money on when it comes to SEO. These include GoDaddy’s SEO services, Yelp’s purportedly exploitative practices, and anything to do with the Yellow Pages. For the full list, click on the link below.

6 SEO Services You Shouldn’t Waste Your Money On

Napwell

Napwell is a sleeping mask designed to help you nap efficiently and wake up refreshed. To accomplish this, Napwell wakes you slowly and gently by using interior lights to simulate sunrise–supposedly eliminating post-nap headaches and lingering tiredness.

Napwell

Ajenti

Ajenti is a Linux and BSD web admin panel for your servers. With Ajenti, it’s possible to configure operating system specifications like users, files, or services. You can also modify and control open source apps, and Ajenti has virtual web hosting capabilities.

Ajenti

How a Password Changed My Life

Creative Director Mauricio Estrella recently published an article that describes how he used a simple password–which he had to type in multiple times a day to access his work computer–to change bad habits, thought patterns, and accomplish goals. He began with the primary pain point in his life at the time: his divorce. In order to attempt to get over the anger and betrayal he felt when his wife left him, Estrella made his new password “Forgive@h3r”. He describes the changes he was able to make (and some of the limitations of his experiment) over the next few years.

How a Password Changed My Life

Authority

Authority is a Ruby gem that helps you authorize actions in your Rails app. It has minimal syntax, and is ORM-neutral: users simply group their models under one or more Authorizer classes and write plain Ruby methods on them.

Authority

Title Capitalization

This site does one thing, and does it quite well: it automatically capitalizes titles for you. Just type in the title you have a question about, and it does all the work.

Title Capitalization

Secrets of the Creative Brain

Nancy Andreasen is a leading neuroscientist and psychiatrist who has spent decades studying the link between creativity and mental illness. In this Atlantic article, she shares her insights, theories, and research on that topic. She also discusses her experiences interviewing and studying renowned subjects like Kurt Vonnegut, George Lucas, and novelist Jane Smiley.

Secrets of the Creative Brain

LEO

LEO is a wearable device that uses “Fitness Intelligence” to monitor your body’s biosignals; this includes analyzing muscle activity, fatigue, heart rate, lactic acid, hydration, and calories. LEO then sends that information to you through its mobile app and makes suggestions on how you can improve your technique or efficiency.

LEO

Fusion Radar: June 25, 2014

June 25th, 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.

Fast.js

To put it simply, Fast.js makes writing very fast JavaScript programs easier. It includes fast replacements for several built-in native methods like .map and .reduce, as well as common utility methods like .clone.

Fast.js

Apple’s Swift Programming Language

Mashable’s recent Ask A Developer video is a quick, 2-minute long discussion that focuses on some of the ways Apple’s new programming language, Swift, could affect iOS developers.

What Apple’s Swift Programming Language Means for iOS Developers

Vessyl

We post a lot about smart devices on here–watches, thermostats, rings, etc. One smart object we hadn’t previously encountered, however, is a cup. And that’s exactly what Vessyl is: a smart cup that can identify and record almost any liquid you pour into it. It tracks the calories, caffeine, and amount of water you drink each day and syncs up with various fitness apps to help you stay healthy and hydrated.

Vessyl

A Comparison of Popular Ruby Application Servers

This article details a performance comparison of four application servers in Ruby: Passenger, Thin, Unicorn, and Puma. These four servers were compared across four different categories: mode of operation, use cases, configuration, and performance. Check out the article for a detailed description of how each server did in each category.

A Comparison of Popular Ruby Application Servers

Web Starter Kit

Google Developers recently released the Web Starter Kit, a responsive boilerplate and tooling that’s designed to be a great starting point for multi-device web development.

Web Starter Kit

Scribble

Scribble is a coloring device that can scan colors in the real world and transfer them directly to either paper or a mobile device. The pen/stylus is equipped with an RGB color sensor that you hold up to any object in the real world or on a screen. The pen has a small CMYK ink cartridge inside of it, which it then uses to produce an ink that matches the color you selected.

Scribble

The $5 Logo

Designer Sacha Greif’s recent article is a detailed review of his experience with Fiverr, a marketplace where design services start at just $5. His experience revealed some unpleasant aspects of Fiverr (including plagiarism and terrible artwork), and overall reinforced the idea that when it comes to design, you get what you pay for.

The $5 Logo

Pay It Forward

Content strategist and UX designer Karen McGrane recently published an article on Medium about paying it forward professionally; this was in response to another article written in the New York Post about professionals charging people for mentoring sessions. McGrane believes that a conversation she had with a professional in her field years ago set her on the right path to her current career, and thinks that people should always give advice and have conversations for free when they have the time.

Pay It Forward

Splinter

Splinter is an open source tool that allows developers to test web applications using Python. It uses a high-level API that lets you write automated tests for browser actions, like visiting URLs and interacting with their items.

Splinter

Google Maps Borders

When it comes to controversial borders, Google Maps tends to cater to whichever country the viewer is from. For example, parts of the Tibetan border are different when viewed from India, China, and Tibet. The contested region, Arunachal Pradesh, is shown as part of China when viewed in China, as part of India when viewed as India, and as distinct from both countries when viewed in the U.S. and Tibet.

Borders Change on Google Maps Depending on Where You View Them