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Weekly Tech Roundup – September 2, 2011

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

This week’s Tech Roundup includes Android 2.3.3 arriving on VZW Droid 2 smartphones, browser market projections, and workflow tips.

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: September 2011 – I forgot to put this in the Small Business Roundup earlier so here it is. There are a few really good ones this month.

Streamline Your Design Workflow – Some really interesting tips for streamlining your workflow. These ideas can be applied to other disciplines, not just design.

Microsoft’s IE will drop under 50% share by mid-2012 – Very interesting projections on the future of the browser market. We’ve been seeing IE’s share shrink for many years so this isn’t really a surprise. Chrome overtaking Firefox for number two is more so.

Verizon starts Droid 2 upgrade to Gingerbread – New Android upgrade for Droid 2 users like me. I got my upgrade this afternoon and I have to say I find the interface updates appealing. The changes I’ve noticed so far, other than the interface, is the ability to remove individual notifications instead of either going to each application or clearing them all (big yay! there); rearranging of some icons; profiles for Home, Work, and Weekend (if this was there before, I missed it); and a different menu where you can get to “Manage Apps” directly. If you click through to the VZW site you’ll get to a PDF of new features. Looks like other Droids got this update a few months ago, so please share your experience if you’ve had it for a while.

Review Of Cross-Browser Testing Tools – As always from Smashing Magazine, a very thorough review, this time on cross-browser testing. Don’t miss the quick comparison chart at the end!

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Weekly Tech Roundup – July 8, 2011

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

I read a lot of blogs. I subscribe to a lot more blogs than I have time to read. Sound familiar? If you're like me, you don't have time to read everything you want (if you do, please tell me your secret). In an effort to reduce the chaos of life, I do two weekly article roundups: one for technical things and one for small business things.

Here's a roundup of the most interesting tech articles I found this week. Enjoy!

WordPress 3.2 – The newest WordPress release drops support for IE6, includes some big changes to the wp-admin style, and gets a little more secure by requiring newer versions of PHP and MySQL. I’m very much enjoying the new admin, including the full screen editor option. Here’s an article on the release from .net. And, a quick article on why you really need to upgrade if you haven’t already: Unpatched WordPress installations rife with malware. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about your WordPress install.

CHART OF THE DAY: Android Is Blowing Everyone Away – Those commercials keep telling us if we don’t have an iPhone we don’t have an iPhone. Well, apparently a lot of us don’t have iPhones. Android’s growth has been exponential over the past year and currently Apple is a distant second. I feel kinda bad for RIM’s Blackberry. It seems everyone is jumping off their bandwagon onto Google’s. I know I was one of them and haven’t looked back.

How to Get Started With Google+, Your Complete Guide – Great article if you were lucky enough to get an invite and signed up before Google+ “exceeded capacity,” or if you want to take a sneak peek and see if it’s worth all the hype.

One Page Apps I Actually Use – When I first read this article, I immediately added a few of these to my business wiki. They will come in very handy. What one page apps can you add to the list?

My Favorite Programming Mistakes – If you’re a programmer, coder, developer, or just know a few things about code, you’ll get a kick out of this article and probably learn something. Each mistake comes complete with a story and lessons learned. A long, but easy read.

Google Web Fonts v2 Released – I’m super excited for this release. It addresses all of my frustrations with the original website and they’ve added even more fonts. The best part is the ability to preview multiple fonts with your text all on the same page; either as a word, a sentence, or a paragraph. Check it out for yourself: Google Web Fonts v2. If you are a font geek like me or you just want to learn more, check out this presentation from Google:

From the above presentation, TypeDNA is an add-on for Adobe Creative Suite you can use to find similar fonts and fonts that are in harmony (close match, contrasting, etc.) with others. If you have a font on your computer that is not a web font, you can use this tool to search web foundries (like Google Web Fonts) for a close match. It looks pretty cool and for $49 it might be worth checking it out. Works on PC and Mac. Look for the demo version on their website (just beware it’s not fully functional).

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Weekly Tech Roundup – April 1, 2011

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

I read a lot of blogs. I subscribe to a lot more blogs than I have time to read. Sound familiar? If you’re like me, you don’t have time to read everything you want (if you do, please tell me your secret). In an effort to reduce the chaos of life, I do two weekly article roundups: one for technical things and one for small business things.

Here’s a roundup of the most interesting tech articles I found this week. Enjoy!

First, a little more on Firefox 4:

Why I’ve Switched From Chrome to Firefox 4 – A great article on the many benefits of Firefox 4. As I mentioned last week, I’d grown so frustrated with Firefox’s painful slowness that I’d switched to Google Chrome. After the release of FF4, though, I’ve switched back and I can’t see returning to Chrome. Don’t get me wrong, it is a great little browser and I still test all my sites on it, but it just isn’t as powerful as FF4.

Firefox 4 Released for Android, Syncs Amazingly Well with Firefox on the Desktop – For those of you with Android phones, you can now use the new Firefox 4 on your phone. You can also sync all your passwords, tabs, and bookmarks with your desktop or laptop. Pretty neat if you do a lot of work on the road.

And now onto other things:

American Express’ Serve Versus PayPal – What’s the Difference? – American Express launched a new service very similar to PayPal, called Serve. Interestingly, when you search Google for “serve,” there are results for serve.gov, serve.org, and several other sites, but nothing for serve.com. Searching for “serve american express” gets you closer – but still only articles about it. Anyway, this article compares Serve to PayPal.

How to Drive Customers Away From Your Online Shop – This article could really be called “What Not To Do With Your E-Commerce Site.” There are a lot of things listed here that are absolute no-nos but are very common on small business eCommerce websites. The only thing I disagree with is contact forms. The author hates them but most people do like them. In general, as long as you have some electronic contact method (not just a phone number), you’re good. If your website has any of these problems and you want some help, feel free to contact me for a quote.

If you’re in the Seattle area and interested in WordPress, join me at WordCamp Seattle on Saturday, April 16. You don’t have to be an expert, all interest and skill levels are welcome. Take a look at the agenda and see if anything sounds interesting. Tickets are only $30.

OK, here’s your April Fools’ Day fix:

Your 2011 April Fools’ Day Prank Spoiler – Spoiler alert! All the big April Fools’ pranks from today. Google always has my favorites – they have some creative folks over there! Gmail Motion is my favorite but Comic Sans for Everyone and their new (old-school) ads are very good as well.

Celebrate April Fools’ Day with These Harmless Geek Pranks – Some ideas for easy going April Fools’ jokes. Have fun and happy Friday!

Have a great weekend!