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Fusion Radar: January 26, 2015

January 26th, 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.

The Mom Test

A great read on how to talk to customers and know if your business is a good idea.

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9 Principles of Web Design

Even if you’re not a designer or a developer, it’s good to understand these 9 basic principles of responsive web design.

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Shaking up the Garbage Industry

Rubicon uses a software program and incentives to businesses to keep recyclable garbage out of landfills.

Full Article

Updates for Google Translate

The updated Google Translate App will allow users to speak, type, or photograph words they wish to translate.

Full Article

Kimono Labs

Kimono is a service that lets you turn a website into a structured API using an interface.

kimonolabs

Non-Skier Guide to Ski Towns

A guide to ski towns for non-skiers. Utah destinations dominate 1/3 of the article.

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Connect. Compute. It’s That Simple

The compute stick transforms any HDMI display into a fully functional computer.

Intel Compute Stick

Cheetyr

A handy collection of cheatsheets and shortcuts to speed up the work of designers and developers.

Cheetyr

Unleash Your Inner Musician

Your smartphone can now do everything from tune your guitar to store music sheets.

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100 Years of Computer Science

See how computer science has evolved and progressed over the past 100 years.

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Fusion Radar: January 15, 2015

January 15th, 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.

If You’re Not Failing, You’re Not Growing

Good read on the paradoxical relationship between failure and growth. 

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Caniuse.com

This site shows browser support for tons of newer browser features, including JS API features, HTML5, and CSS.

Can I Use

How Learning to Code Kept Me Sane

A good example of someone with very little skill in programming making their job less tedious through automating some of it.

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3 Common Misconceptions About the Conversion Rate

Conversion is tricky. If you’re selling online, there are many things you should be doing before you start creating A/B tests.

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The Reactive Manifesto

A manifesto of creating software that is responsive, resilient, elastic, and message driven.

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Jank Free

Tools and resources for making jank-free sites and applications.

Jank Free

Instant Terminal Sharing

Tmate.io is a fork of tmux and tmate that can coexist in the same system without conflicting with each other.

tmate

An Opinionated Style Guide for Writing Sass

A good list of coding style rules for Sass. Most are specific to Sass (not regular CSS).

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Design Meltdown

A lovingly-curated gallery of interactive design.

Design Meltdown

Timeetc.com

Outsource your task list to a virtual assistant with timeetc.com

Time Etc

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