It’s undeniable that Smartphones are one of the best inventions of the last century. We carry around in our pockets small sleek gadgets that are more powerful than the huge desktop computers that we had less than 10 years ago. But phone technology has advanced quicker than battery technology and now we’re forced to compromise between power and battery life – if you want the best smartphone on the market, you can’t really expect it to stay charged for much longer than 12-24 hours.
Having a source of additional power on the go is becoming more and more essential in our lives. Some people address this by carrying around a variety of chargers, or even buying gadgets specifically because they use the same power cable as another gadget meaning you only have to carry one charger. The influx of Micro SD is certainly helping. But there’s another solution – portable, rechargeable battery packs. Read more
(title photo by Marc Thiele)
Every September since 2007 I’ve made an annual pilgrimage to Brighton to visit what can only be described as one of the greatest creative festivals in the world. Originally it was known as “Flash on the Beach” and was clearly aimed at Flash designers and developers – a 3 track blend of design, development and artistic inspiration.The best of the best in the industry descended onto Brighton to share their collective knowledge, their personal methodologies and their inspiration. However with the changes in the industry a few years ago, the conference began to spread its wings accordingly into different areas of digital design/development and so Flash became only a minor subject in a much bigger creative spectrum.
In 2012 the conference organiser, John Davey, made a brave decision to rename and rebrand the conference to something more fitting with its new subject matter – and Reasons to be Creative was born. A conference featuring art and design from all walks of life. Digital artists, cinematographers, print designers, painters, original developers and font designers. If it’s creative, it’s welcome. Read more
I’ve been a big fan of the band Talk Talk on and off now for (here’s the scary bit) almost 30 years. They were unlike any other band when I was growing up – they had an experimental edge that cut straight through the pink plastic and neon green socks of the 1980s. And they had the odd pop hit too, which kept them firmly on the radar of the John Hughes generation.
It started for me when I first heard the (now iconic) piano riff of “Life’s what you make it” in 1986. The lyrics kicked in and a tingle ran down my spine in the way that only 12 year olds discovering their music taste can get.
Baby, life’s what you make it
Nothing can change it
Life’s what you make it
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m referring to one of these:
So now you can and very easily. Read more
So let’s say that you’re building a complicated Facebook app that involves a user becoming an ‘admin’ in some way. For example, you want your user to login to the app, invite some friends and then interact with their friends inside of your app. At some point the question is going to arise, how will the users know that their friends have accepted the invite?
Well the simple answer of course is that you rely on your users to return to the app to check if anyone else has signed up to it. But this is isn’t 2004, apps are now plentiful and most are overlooked even if your user has taken the trouble to sign up in the first place. They get forgotten about. They become unloved. Poor little things. Read more
Got a Kindle? Well then you really need this freebie in your life.
Send to Kindle is a free series of apps and plugins that allow you to easily send documents, webpages and emails directly to your Kindle for reading at a later date.
I use the Google Chrome plugin and it’s extremely effective. If you’re come across an article and you don’t have time to read it, simply press the button and next time your Kindle is online it will download. It’s made cloud services such as Instapaper completely redundant for me. It really couldn’t be easier to use.
Like most other developers, I’m addicted to coffee. But unlike many, I’m hooked on the silky black stuff because of its taste and not just because of its caffeinated properties. If you too share a love for good coffee, you may be interested in a fantastic service that I use called Kopi.
I’ve been subscribing to Kopi for almost a year now and I can’t rate them high enough. Every month I receive a neat pack of fresh coffee beans and a booklet explaining the origins of that month’s coffee, what food it goes best with and sometimes even unusual cocktails and recipes that you can use it with.