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Fusion Radar: April 15, 2015

April 16th, 2015 - 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.

Smart Dust

The Michigan Micro Mote (M3) project at the University of Michigan has built a computer one cubic millimeter in size. One possible use is to insert them into the brain to monitor tumors or evaluate head trauma.

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Improving Rendering Performance

An in-depth and worthwhile read from Google Developers about improving rendering performance and reducing jank.

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Free Photos

Here’s another resource for free photos.

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Your Passwords

Your passwords might not be as strong as you think.

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Learning Regular Expressions

You should learn regular expressions. They’re incredibly powerful and useful, even for non-developers.

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Fusion Radar: April 8, 2015

April 9th, 2015 - 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.

Dropplets

In terms of simplicity, it’s hard to beat Dropplets for a stripped-down, bare-bones blogging platform. It doesn’t even require a database.

Dropplets

Vector

Netflix released some on-host performance monitoring software called “Vector.” It’s a client-side application based in d3 and angular, and presents data gathered by another piece of software called “Performance Co-Pilot (PCP).”

Vector

Continuations in Ruby

Continuations allow you to persist the state of your stack and registers to the heap. This can be used for a variety of things: program control flow, implementing tail-recursion in languages that do not offer proper tail-recursion, and so on.

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Oyster

Oyster is a subscription service for reading books on your smart devices.

Oyster

Google Pac Man

You’ve likely already played Pac Man on Google Maps. Wired Magazine presents their 15 top locations for playing the game.

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Firefox’s BroadcastChannel

The BroadcastChannel API now works in Firefox Developer Edition. It allows an app to send alerts to other browser tabs that have the same app open. So, if you have multiple tabs for some app open, and you log in in one of the tabs, it can update the other tabs (without refreshing) to show that you are logged in there as well.

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Galen Framework

Galen helps automate the testing of front-end look and feel.

Galen Framework

Codie on Indiegogo

We’re fans of anything that results in more developers in the world, even if it means starting them young. Codie is a robotic toy that helps kids learn how to program. Buy one for your kid; we’ll keep an eye out for their resume.

Codie

Fusion Radar: April 1, 2015

April 1st, 2015 - 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.

Native vs. Web App Ceasefire

People can be pretty passionate when it comes to native vs. web apps, but Matt Asay says it’s time to declare a ceasefire, and we agree. It’s better to focus on building a great app. Most apps are (and should be) a hybrid of both approaches.

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6 Ruby on Rails Testing Tips

If you aren’t writing tests, you should be. If you’re already writing tests, these tips might be helpful to you.

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Ephemeral VHS

Wish you could see that movie you used to have on VHS, but it never made it to DVD? Check here, someone may have uploaded it.

Ephemeral VHS

Ruby Together

Ruby Together is a community formed to help with the maintenance of shared Ruby tools, like Bundler, RubyGems, and RubyGems.org. It’s supported by Stripe and Engine Yard, among others.

Ruby Together

Debugging Ruby Memory Leaks

Read up on memory leaks in Ruby and tools to debug them, as well as a look into how these tools can be applied to track down and fix a severe memory leak.

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Amazon Dash Buttons

Buy a Dash Button for products you order frequently, and Amazon will ship a new batch whenever you press the button. It’s interesting to think of other ways a physical trigger might help a customer initiate a digital process.

Amazon Dash Buttons

Understanding SQL’s Null

Null in SQL means something different than what it means in many other languages. This is a good explanation of some common pitfalls caused by null values in SQL.

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Vince Vaughn Stock Photos

iStock teamed up with Vince Vaughn and a few of his co-stars to recreate some pretty classic stock photography.

Vince Vaughn Stock Photos

Outsourced QA

If you can’t afford your own QA team, you can outsource to Testlio.

Testlio

Fusion Radar: March 18, 2015

March 19th, 2015 - 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.

UX Project Checklist

This isn’t strictly limited to User Experience tasks, but it’s an interesting list nonetheless which may help you plan your next project with the user in mind.

UX Project Checklist

Public Domain Project

Access thousands of free images, videos, and audio files that are in the public domain.

Public Domain Project

Developer Compensation

Wondering what average compensation looks like for various roles within software and web development? This data completely ignores geography, and therefore may not be relevant to your particular situation.

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Comic Papyrus

Now you can hate both fonts at once.

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Regexp

This Ruby gem allows you to put in a regular expression and get out a list of examples that the regular expression would match. It is a helpful tool for debugging regular expression problems, or for learning regular expression syntax.

Regexp

Treeline

Treeline is a way to build a backend for an app without writing code. Software is definitely eating the world.

Treeline

10 Apple Watch Apps

10 Apple Watch apps to be excited about.

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World Time Buddy

This site has a great interface for converting between time zones. It also tells you if the time zone is currently in daylight savings time or not.

World Time Buddy

Brand Color Swatches

Download Photoshop swatches for well-known brands.

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Fusion Radar: March 4, 2015

March 4th, 2015 - by Danielle - 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.

HTTP/2

The IETF has finalized its work on HTTP/2 which brings some much-needed performance enhancements to the HTTP protocol.

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Mobile Affects Google Rankings

Google is now ranking your site higher in search results if it is mobile friendly.

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Paperspace

Paperspace is a computer in the cloud. You can use a normal browser to access it.

Paperspace

JavaScript in 2015

Some cool new JavaScript features for 2015, including block-level variables and iterable objects.

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An Exploration of Carousel Usage

This article aims for a better understanding of the current argument against carousels and whether they really deserve the reputation they’ve gained.

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An Exploration of Carousel Usage

This article aims for a better understanding of the current argument against carousels and whether they really deserve the reputation they’ve gained.

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Parrot Bebop Drone

Parrot has a brand new drone on the market, featuring a 1080p video camera that captures motion at 30FPS, and that can take stills at 14MP.

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