Most Popular WordPress Themes for Affiliate Marketers

Affiliates were asked “If you are currently using WordPress to build out affiliate sites, what is your preferred WordPress theme?” for the 2011 Affiliate Summit AffStat Report.

The most popular themes were Affiliate Theme and Thesis for WordPress.

My favorite WordPress theme has been Thesis for years. I’m running it on dozens of affiliate sites.

I like Thesis for the SEO controls and detail, intuitive UI, and extensive options.

Over fourteen-hundred affiliates were surveyed on their methods, preferences, and strategies for the 2011 Affiliate Summit AffStat Report.

More details on AffStat at http://affstat.com/.

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iChemLabs Integrates ChemDoodle into Inkling Titles

“The future of textbooks is not about replicating the printed page on a screen. It’s about creating a first-class, interactive experience that engages the student” said Matt MacInnis, CEO of Inkling.

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Inkling®, creators of the standard for interactive content experiences on iPad, and iChemLabs LLC., the developer of the popular ChemDoodle chemical drawing program, announce the integration of the HTML5 ChemDoodle Web Components into Inkling’s interactive textbooks. ChemDoodle Web Components introduces users to a next generation experience with high quality graphics and interaction for chemical information in 2D and 3D.

Kevin Theisen, President of iChemLabs, adds “As electronic media becomes more and more vital to education, there is a growing need for scientific graphics and interaction on a wider range of devices. Our ChemDoodle Web Components library uses HTML5 standards to provide quality graphics and informatics on all platforms, including web browsers, iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Inkling is dedicated to providing a top quality experience in education, and we are proud to partner with them.”

“The future of textbooks is not about replicating the printed page on a screen. It’s about creating a first-class, interactive experience that engages the student” said Matt MacInnis, CEO of Inkling. “We think ChemDoodle will help us build simply the best chemistry books on the market today.”

An API, tutorial and demos can be found at http://web.chemdoodle.com.

About Inkling Systems Inc.:

Inkling is reinventing publishing in the era of iPad, and we’ve started by redefining the book. Starting with the world’s best textbooks from leading publishers, Inkling rebuilds each from the ground up into enhanced, engaging and interactive experiences. But it’s about more than just books. Look between the lines, and you’ll see a revolution in publishing: a new platform for creating, distributing and consuming media-rich, interactive content. Based in San Francisco, Inkling is backed by Sequoia Capital, and partners with the world’s leading educational publishers. For more information, visit
http://www.inkling.com.

About iChemLabs, LLC.:

iChemLabs, LLC. is a scientific software company excelling in cheminformatics algorithms, visualization and graphics, and groundbreaking technologies such as HTML5/Canvas/WebGL. iChemLabs provides expertise in desktop, mobile and web based technologies for both consulting and custom development.
http://www.ichemlabs.com


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Houston Web Design Company Launches New Website for Local Office Furniture Dealer

Houston web design company Adhere Creative announces the launch of a redesigned website for local office furniture dealer J. Tyler Services.

Houston, TX (PRWEB) March 15, 2012

J. Tyler Services specializes in office furnishings designed to provide more efficient workspaces. With an emphasis on improving profitability through a well-planned and cost-effective office environment, J. Tyler offers a range of quality products and services including design and installation services, ergonomic training and project management. Their team of certified designers are trained to help businesses make the most of their interior spaces.

Recently, the company has refocused on connecting with larger clients and architecture and design firms that spec office furniture into their projects. Reaching this expanded market required a rebranding in the form of a new website. For assistance with this project, the team at J. Tyler asked Houston web design company Adhere Creative to help develop their new online image.

Recognizing that the old website was static and of limited value to consumers, Adhere made major improvements for greater online visibility and better visitor interaction. The redesigned site has more calls to action that give visitors a meaningful way to engage. A new blog page will offer insight and information about topics of interest to anyone designing and planning out office space. New page layouts and improved graphic elements make the new site design more visually appealing and easier to navigate.

Jennifer Longbotham, President of J. Tyler Services says “It was such a pleasant surprise to work with a company who immediately understood our vision and our needs. Adhere helped us create a very innovative and impressive website. Not only were our needs met, but they provided options and solutions beyond what we knew a website could do. Adhere has such a wonderful understanding of the technologies out there and how to use them bring the maximum benefit to their client’s marketing potential.”

Nathan Yerian, Director of Strategy for Adhere Creative, believes that the new web design will give J. Tyler the ability to connect with customers and convert more leads into sales. He states “We love working with passionate companies, and J.Tyler is definitely one of them. Their energy, expertise, and professionalism made this project an awesome experience for our team. Best of all, we know that we have provided J.Tyler with a marketing tool that can help them reach new heights.”

Partnering with Adhere also allows the team at J.Tyler Services to take advantage of analytical data that will measure the success of their new site. Mrs. Longbotham states, “Our new website includes features which will help drive business to our company. The great part is that we have the ability to track the process and measure our ROI. We are all very excited to see our site up and running and the results of the collaborative efforts of our teams.”

Adhere Creative, a Houston web design, branding, and inbound marketing agency, specializes in results-driven marketing initiatives for the Houston business community.

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Article source: http://www.chron.com/business/press-releases/article/Houston-Web-Design-Company-Launches-New-Website-3409730.php

Web Design Company 352 Media Group to Host Free Webinar on Website Navigation …

/PRNewswire/ — When you think of the phrase “dazed and confused,” the first thing you should think of is the movie by the same name, not your latest experience on a website. Unfortunately, without designing and developing a well-thought-out website, this is often what users experience.

So what do you need to do to not only make your site visually appealing, but also easy to navigate?

Daniel Alves, design director for 352 Media Group’s small business web design division, is co-hosting a webinar next week focusing on what exactly businesses need to do to ensure their websites make it easy for all visitors to find exactly what they are looking for. The webinar, “The Formula for Website Success: Navigation + Call to Action = Conversions,” will also feature tips from Jan Siemaszko, the director of sales for the small business division, on how to maximize conversions using clear calls to action. 

Participants are invited to submit their websites when registering for the free webinar so Alves and Siemaszko can provide customized feedback on how webinar attendees can improve their navigation and make clear calls to action.

“We realize that as helpful as it is to relay information to people, it’s even more effective when you take someone’s website and give them specific information about ways they can make it more functional,” Siemaszko said. “Instead of just providing general information about best practices, we can give people tailored information about what to do.”

The free webinar will be held Tuesday, March 20 from 2 to 3 pm. Register online here.

Media Contact: Amy Moczynski amoczynski@352media.com, 877 352 6334

 

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Article source: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/03/15/3940868/web-design-company-352-media-group.html

Reporting News Day around the world

School Reporter Faten reads her report in BeirutConnecting Classrooms School Reporter Faten reads her report from Lebanon

Students from more than 120 schools in countries all over the world took part in School Report 2012.

Pupils from India, Rwanda, Poland, Serbia, Bulgaria, Uganda, Lebanon, Senegal, Ukraine and Malawi were linked to schools in the UK through the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms partnership.

The schools joined more than 1,000 UK schools, working to a strict deadline to publish their news stories.

Students aged between 11 and 16 in participating schools worked together to set their news agenda and publish the stories that are important to them in their own words.

The project aims to engage young people who have an interest in news and international current affairs, to hear young people’s voices and stories, and encourage them to think about the ethics of news-making.

Here are some of the stories they have been reporting on this week:

Lebanon

Meriam, Firas and Faten, all aged 16, from the National Evangelical Institute for Boys and Girls in Saida, reported on a series of big news events.

Firas focused on Cypriot football team Apoel Nicosia’s “unbelievable” defeat of Lyon to reach football’s Champions League quarter-finals.

He saids young people across the Mediterranean in Lebanon are thrilled that a team from their region has got so far in the competition.


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The reporters picked two stories about food and drink: Pepsi and Coca-Cola having to change their manufacturing processes to avoid having to put cancer warnings on bottles.

And Faten reported on worries about imported food from Japan being irradiated.

Students from Central College Jounieh reported on a very serious issue facing many cities around the world – homes and buildings that are in a state of disrepair and at risk of collapse.

India

Reporters from 88 schools all over India took part part this year. They have tackled some very difficult subjects. Students from PBSS Nungambakkam School in Chennai investigated maritime piracy.


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Bal Bharti school reporters in New Delhi produced a report about child labour.

While much has been done to stop children working in factories and so-called sweat shops, some school-aged children are employed as domestic workers.

Reporter Adiya interviewed a boy who was working as a cleaner who told her he was 15, although she thought he looked much younger.


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Reporters from St Thomas Girls School in Kolkata reported on a new law which will make all schools in India accessible for disabled children by 2020.

Special provision will be given for talking textbooks for children who are blind or partially sighted.

New Era Sen Secondary School in New Delhi reported on the rise of English language speakers globally. With a 40% increase over the past 20 years, students carried out interviews gauging opinion on this global phenomenon and question what this means for Indian schools.

Bulgaria

Tisha and Desi at the Foreign Language High School in Stara Zagora reported on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) report which may restrict file-sharing and internet access.


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Teenagers in Bulgaria feel very strongly about this issue, and have even take part in street protests about Acta. They want to make sure that they still have freedom on the internet.

The pupils also looked at Lady Gaga’s plans to perform in the country’s capital, Sofia.

Serbia

Students at Gimnazia Pirot school report from Pirot.


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Urosh, 16, reported on Serbia’s bid to become a member of the EU.

Djordje focused on the Serbian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest and the debate on whether to sing in Serbian or English.

Uganda

Reporter Arnold, 16, from St Kizito SS Bugolobi school in Kampala, reported on the reaction of people in Uganda to the Kony 2012 campaign and video, which has gone viral.


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Hillary, also 16, gave her reaction to a speech from the President, Yoweri Museveni, who thinks sex education should be removed from the school curriculum.

And Yunis, 15, looked at the efforts to outlaw female genital mutilation.


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If you want to read more reports from some of the 120 schools in Rwanda, Uganda, Serbia, Ukraine, Malawi, Poland, Senegal, Lebanon, Serbia and Bulgaria visit the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms website.

School Report is an annual BBC project which helps young people make their own news reports for a real audience.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport/17342468

Microsoft Says It Won’t Be Discussing New Xbox at E3 Conference

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A Microsoft Corp. representative demonstrates an Xbox Kinect video game at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Monday, June 6, 2011. Microsoft Corp. said it struck an agreement with Google Inc.’s YouTube to deliver video on the Xbox Live service, as the software maker lines up a live television service for later this year.

A Microsoft Corp. representative demonstrates an Xbox Kinect video game at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Monday, June 6, 2011. Microsoft Corp. said it struck an agreement with Google Inc.’s YouTube to deliver video on the Xbox Live service, as the software maker lines up a live television service for later this year. Photographer: Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will release the
next version of its Xbox console in 2013 at the earliest, as the
company squeezes at least one more year of sales out of its
current model, said two people with knowledge of the matter.

The company may show the successor to its Xbox 360 in June
2013 at the E3 conference and put it on sale that same year,
said the people, who declined to be named because the plans are
confidential. David Dennis, a company spokesman, said earlier
today that Microsoft won’t discuss new Xbox hardware at this
year’s E3, quelling speculation that the device would be
unveiled at the 2012 show.

Microsoft’s Xbox 360, bolstered by the Kinect motion-sensor
accessory, had its best year of sales in 2011 — the console’s
seventh on the market. Announcing the next model too soon risks
hurting orders for the current lineup, and new consoles
typically lose money for their first few years. The Xbox 360 is
profitable, giving the company incentive to keep it on store
shelves for a longer period.

“They’re still selling a lot of Xbox 360, and they’re
making money,” said Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush
Securities Inc. in Los Angeles. “I don’t think the world needs
them to put a new console out just because we’re bored.”

Sales Growth

Microsoft’s entertainment division, which includes the
Xbox, posted a 45 percent sales gain to $8.91 billion in the
fiscal year that ended in June. The Xbox 360 outsold Nintendo
Co. (7974)
’s Wii and Sony Corp. (6758)’s PlayStation 3 in 2011, and also sold
better than any other TV-connected devices, including DVD
players
and home-theater systems, Dennis said.

“There will be no talk of new Xbox hardware at E3 or
anytime soon,” Dennis wrote today in an e-mailed statement. He
declined to say when Microsoft would release the next model.
“For us, 2012 is all about Xbox 360.”

Microsoft has no reason to put out a new console soon,
Pachter said. He estimates that the company makes about $115 of
profit on the $300 Xbox 360, a model with a hard drive.

Pachter expects Microsoft to release the next version at
the end of 2013 or beginning of 2014. The company will probably
look at competitive pressure and sales in the current year to
determine timing, he said.

Nintendo, meanwhile, is due to release a new machine called
the Wii U later this year. Sony will probably update the
PlayStation around the same time Microsoft puts out a new Xbox,
Pachter said.

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Dina Bass in Seattle at dbass2@bloomberg.net;
Ian King in San Francisco at
ianking@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story:
Tom Giles at tgiles5@bloomberg.net

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Requirements: Web browser with JavaScript enabled

In the beginning, webpages were static documents, composed of bits of text and some images, with very little interactivity. Then JavaScript came along, and browsers got more and more sophisticated, until today we have entire applications that can be squeezed into a single HTML file and run in almost any browser. TiddlyWiki is one such application: A personal notebook with built-in search, autosaving, plugins, themes, and more–all in just a single file (plus a tiny helper file), no server needed.

TiddlyWiki screenshotTiddlyWiki lets you documents your thoughts, tasks, and other bits of knowledge quickly and effortlessly.TiddlyWiki is not new; it started its way in 2004, but development is still going strong today, eight years later. It is one of the simplest Wiki solutions available: Nothing to install, no server software to configure, and no special permissions to set. You just download a ZIP archive containing two files, open “empty.html” in your favorite browser, and off you go. The second file in the ZIP is called TiddlySaver.jar, and is a tiny (5KB) Java applet used for saving your changes to disk. It is only needed on some browsers, such as Google Chrome.

Since TiddlyWiki is built as a single document, it doesn’t use pages. Instead, individual topics are called “tiddlers.” You can have as many tiddlers as you want and even show them all on the screen at the same time. When you’re done with a tiddler, you can click its “close” link and it will be hidden away until the next time you need it. If you want to focus on just one particular tiddler, you can click “close others” to close all other tiddlers cluttering the screen.

You can edit tiddlers in place: Just click the edit button, and change anything you want. You can format text using simple wiki markup: Surround a word with double slashes to make it italic or with two sets of single quotes (like ”so”) to make it bold. You can also highlight text, underline it, and use superscript and subscript. Most importantly, you can link tiddlers using CamelCase or [[double brackets]].

Wikis can grow large, even when they are created and maintained by just one user. TiddlyWiki lets you apply tags to each tiddler, so you can see all tiddlers related to “finance” (for example) with just one click. It also has a live search feature, which brings up relevant tiddlers before you even finish typing.

While TiddlyWiki’s default feature set is robust, you can tweak things even further with plugins and themes. Plugins can automatically add tables of contents to individual tiddlers (if you like keeping long tiddlers), create collapsible sections within tiddlers, and more. You can find these plugins on community website TiddlyVault, and there’s a showcase of themes on TiddlyThemes.com.

I tested TiddlyWiki using Chrome 17.0.963.56, the latest stable build of Chrome available as of this writing. Animations were snappy, tiddlers opened instantly, and the live-search was very fast. TiddlyWiki’s minimalist nature makes it ideal for use in tightly controlled corporate environments: If you can’t get IT to set up a full-fledged wiki solution, such as the fantastic DokuWiki or Wikipedia’s MediaWiki, you can just grab TiddlyWiki and start using it to document and manage your knowledge, no special permissions needed.

Note: The Download button takes you to the vendor’s site, where you can download the latest version of the software.

–Erez Zukerman

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/251937/create_a_wiki_easilyand_freewith_tiddlywiki.html

ChronoZoom takes you through 14 billion years of space-time via HTML5

Yesterday, Microsoft Research, Russia’s Moscow State University, and UC Berkeley launched ChronoZoom, a dynamic atlas of time. It is not meant to direct travel so much as direct an imaginative exploration of history, writ large.

With the Web-based ChronoZoom, you can move from the “Stelliferous Epoch” to the present day with the flick of a slider. Each major era is pegged down with colored dialogue boxes you can click for multimedia explanations. These include the origins of the Universe and the first stars, the advent of life, agriculture, and the modern world.

When you click one, you can zoom in on that time (hence the name ChronoZoom) and a number of videos appear embedded in the bubble of time you select. For the origin of life, for instance, you can listen to David Christian explain the “Goldilocks conditions” necessary for life and consult a bibliography on the subject. Click on “The Origins of the Modern World” and you are flown through time, passing through graphical structures containing Life, Human Prehistory, and Humanity before coming to rest at the “Threshold” of the modern, 1,000 C.E.

The initial interface is sectioned in two, with the Cosmos occupying four-fifths of the UI and Earth and the Solar System occupying all of the remaining fifth, but for a sliver—and that sliver is us. Some may be daunted to see the data of our insignificance visualized so graphically. Others may be legitimately moved by the amount of time it took to ready the universe for Shakespeare, the DynaTAC, neurosurgery, and flan.

Of course, what if this is just a molecule-thick sheet of time compared to what’s to come?

In addition to video and bibliographies, this project provides users with audio and articles on relevant topics.

The project is described as “an open source community project dedicated to visualizing the history of everything to bridge the gap between the humanities and sciences using the story of Big History to easily understand all this information.”

It started when Roland Saekow took Walter Alvarez’s “Big History” class at Berkeley. The two worked together to make the paper timelines Alvarez used more dynamic, eventually turning to the university’s Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances for funding to create a much more complete, more dynamic, and shareable timeline. IPIRA connected them with Micosoft and a viable early iteration was born. The team rebuilt the timeline on Windows Azure and HTML5. But to really make the timeline dynamic, they needed math. Lots of it. So they enlisted a development team from Moscow State University, who dovetailed Jscript with the site, creating the fluid motions in the time stream.

“With ChronoZoom,” Saekow told Ars, “you can browse history, rather than digging it out piece by piece. Also, today with [fewer and fewer] students visiting the library, the serendipity of browsing for a book and finding another is something we hope ChronoZoom can restore. If you don’t know what to search for, it’s almost like that topic never existed.”

Now comes the time in the project’s development where open source comes into its own.

“We envision a world where scientists, researchers, students, and teachers collaborate through ChronoZoom to share information via data, tours, and insight,” the ChronoZoom team writes. “Imagine a world where the leading academics publish their findings to the world in a manner that can easily be accessed and compared to other data. We will be focusing on community development of features, capabilities, and content.”

The team is asking users to fill out a survey and vote for features they would like to see implemented in future versions of the site.

Among the possibilities for that set are the ability to create a personal timeline or tour, to generate internal bookmarks and to generate a chart and place it into the timeline. Documentation on the project is found on its CodePlex page.

Article source: http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2012/03/chronozoom-takes-you-through-14-billion-years-of-space-time-via-html.ars?clicked=related_right

Smokers should be targeted with these shocking photos: http://andreasmoser …

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JoeMobi helps you design a mobile app for your WordPress site

If you have a site or blog built on WordPress, then you might be interested in giving yourself a mobile presence as well. That’s the thinking behind JoeMobi, a Toronto-based company that allows site administrators to create native apps for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry without any programming knowledge.

While there are many organizations that have specific mobile sites you can access from a smartphone’s Web browser, these are actual apps that would be submitted to Apple’s App Store, Google Play (formerly Android Market) and BlackBerry App World. The iPhone one isn’t quite ready yet, however, but it is in the works, along with a Windows Phone version.

As far back as September 2011, the company counted as many as 54 million WordPress blog owners worldwide, with 284 million people viewing them every month. Pretty staggering numbers for a blogging platform that isn’t all that old, except complementing that with a mobile presence proved challenging. This is the issue JoeMobi is supposed to solve.

Doing this requires installing a JoeMobi plugin into your WordPress site, and then upon a successful install, you design your app using JoeMobi’s App Creator. Again, there’s no technical know-how needed, except for good taste in picking the right colours and uploading the right images.

JoeMobi also adds built-in push notifications, so that users are informed when new content has been added to your site. Users are also able to write comments directly into the app and analytics tools keep tabs on how many people are downloading the app and other usage patterns. In other words, you get some of the same perks you already get on WordPress with a little bit of Google Analytics on top.

The key point in the process is that it’s supposedly automated. So long as you confirm the plugin is working, you don’t need to “flick a switch� or make any configurations to your site or blog to set the wheels in motion. In fact, JoeMobi runs a blog on their site that not only has news and updates, but also detailed information on how to submit a newly created app to the various app stores.

One glaring omission to what JoeMobi does is that it doesn’t support tablets, so Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) and the BlackBerry PlayBook operating system aren’t supported. That could change, of course, but it’s the way it is for the time being.

While you can theoretically create your app for free, you need to pay extra for features that will increase your exposure and monetizing capabilities. On the “Basic� plan that is free to use, users will be subjected to JoeMobi ads on the app, and push notifications would be limited to 10,000 per day.

Paying $19.99 per month or a one-time fee of $199 cuts out the ads, increases the notifications to 100,000 and gives you the chance to monetize your app using AdMob, Google’s mobile advertising platform. The “Bottomless Cup� option offers unlimited push notifications, extended analytics and assisted app store submission. You would need to contact JoeMobi for a quote on how much that will cost though.

Article source: http://www.calgaryherald.com/JoeMobi+helps+design+mobile+your+WordPress+site/6308671/story.html

Real Web designers don’t use browser add-ons

Are add-ons a productivity boon –- or an excuse for lazy practices and uninspired Web site design?

Many Web designers see browser add-ons as a productivity booster for Web site design and development. Diego Mantilla is passionately opposed to them.

Sure, you can rely on ColorZilla and similar add-ons to find the right gradients and color palettes, use Firebug to inspect and debug HTML, or fire up Yslow to figure out why your pages aren’t loading more quickly. But to Mantilla, creative director at Web312 in Chicago, all of these tools are just shortcuts that cheapen the Web design process and kill creativity.

Take the color picker ColorZilla, for example. Or the pixel ruler MeasureIT. “Young people are looking for shortcuts, but there’s no substitute for finding the colors yourself and experimenting in Photoshop — actually doing the work,” he argues. “The more we rely on machines to do this, the less it becomes a creative experience — and that’s what our clients pay for.”

Steve Herz, president of Web design agency Moonstone Interactive, uses extensions sparingly. “We use very few browser add-ons during the development process,” he says. Instead, the firm’s developers rely on the basic tools of design and development — Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and so on.

“Some of the browser-based stuff is really great if you’re doing quick checks, but not for doing the actual work,” Herz argues. For example, he does use Firebug, but when looking for colors professional designers need to dig deeper. “We go right to Photoshop,” he says.

As a general rule, Josh Singer, president of Web312, doesn’t use browser add-ons. But he makes an exception for Firebug, which he says is handy for doing a quick inspection of code to see how it’s working. In addition, he says, “It has a way to change the default agent to see the standard Web site or the mobile Web site. That’s very useful,” he says.

But to Mantilla, the increasing use of browser-based add ons is nothing short of a creeping, nefarious trend. “Cookie cutter is the way things are going,” he says. “I do think that young people today are looking for shortcuts for actually doing the work. But if you use extensions you won’t get the creativeness.”

Web312 only hires designers with degrees in fine arts and graphic design. Good Web design is an art, and it all starts with pencil and paper, Mantilla argues. “If you are a designer and you don’t know how to use a pencil, you don’t know how to design.”

Herz is more pragmatic in his reasoning. “We don’t look at it as ‘we’re not doing our job’ or ‘we’re too good for browser add-ons,’” he says. “It’s just that to fulfill client objectives we’ve got to go deeper.”

Related story: “Essential browser tools for Web developers”

Article source: http://blogs.computerworld.com/19779/real_web_developers_don_t_use_browser_add_ons

Speech synthesizer in 1K of Javascript

Speech synthesizer in 1K of Javascript

Mathieu ‘P01′ Henri, a French Web developer, has produced a functional speech synthesizer in 1k of JavaScript. It’s an entry in the fourth JS1K competition.

JS1K#4 was colliding with our long awaited family vacation. I had very little time to work. Audio was ON this time and I had this tiny speech synthesizer laying around waiting to be ported to JavaScript and optimized to oblivion.

* Based on Tiny Speech Synth by Stepanov Andrey
* Optimized and minified manually, by yours truly
* Compressed down to 1020 bytes using First Crush by @tpdown

To go under 1K, I had to limit the synthesizer to two formant filters using either a sawtooth or noise and discard plosive sounds. In other words I had to sacrifice quality a bit.

Hope you like this entry.

JSK1K Speech Synthesizer

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Article source: http://boingboing.net/2012/03/15/speech-synthesizer-in-1k-of-ja.html

2012 New WordPress Web Hosting Tutorials

Top-Cheap-Web-Hosting.com publishes WordPress web hosting tutorials to help people find a risk-free and worry-free WordPress web host.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 15, 2012

The leading web hosting review site Top-Cheap-Web-Hosting.com announces to launch a new section about WordPress Web Hosting Tutorial with their WordPress Hosting review landing page. The WordPress Tutorials are written to help people find the best WordPress hosting easier by a series of web host comparison from support to WordPress prerequisite, WordPress installation and migration instruction, and WordPress website search engine optimization.

WordPress is the most popular software used to build weblog and large content based websites widely. The typical large sized clients include GM and eBay. WordPress is quite easy to create a website or blog because of the visual and easy-to-use user interface. Meanwhile, there are over thousands free WordPress themes and plugins in the community that webmasters can customize their preferable websites easily.

In fact, finding a reliable web hosting for WordPress is not easy as using it, even for some experienced PHP and WordPress developers. The choice of web hosting based on the over-advertising features of web hosts is not trust-worth. The handy tutorials from Top-Cheap-Web-Hosting.com are all written based on the practical experience from knowledgeable technicians, to help people select a proper domain name, find the best web host, create a WordPress site, customize WordPress site, manage site content, and promote site over the Internet.

TCWH is designed to be a trust-worth website for people to find the best web hosting provider by the direct comparison, expert insights and customer reviews. In the WordPress web hosting ranking and review category, TCWH had come out a sorted list of Top 10 WordPress Hosting based on the following criteria, besides the WordPress tutorials.

#1 – WordPress integration for how easy people can get start their website.

#2 – WordPress themes, widgets and extended modules included with the WordPress web hosting plan.

#3 – WordPress optimization features including GZIP, URL Rewrite, etc.

#4 – affordable WordPress web hosting price.

In the case that people are looking for a new opportunity over the Internet by launching a website, it’s valuable to check out the Best WordPress Hosting from Top-Cheap-Web-Hosting.com.

About Top-Cheap-Web-Hosting.com

Top-Cheap-Web-Hosting.com (TCWH) is a leading web hosting review website. TCWH, reviews web hosts unbiasedly based on the true experience and feedback from real customers. The mission of TCWH is to help people find the best web hosting deals, and save time and money from a bad choice. Visit Top-Cheap-Web-Hosting.com.

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Popular Trends in Website Design For 2012

With the arrival of the 2012, a major shift in the trends in website design took place.

The old and worn website designs from the previous year have now become a thing of the past and new web design trends seem to be showing up now.

Here is a list of the most popular 2012 trends in website design that not only includes some never before seen trends, but always those that many people might be quite familiar with.

  • Oversized Headers/Logos

The trend of using oversized headers and logos as a means of impressing visitors has considerably grown in the current year.

Even though often the whole screen is taken up by these headers or logos, the idea behind them is to make the visitors remember the website.

However, more importantly, these oversized headers and logos seem to be a solution to poor navigation that internet users have experienced a lot in the past.

  • Hand-drawn/Sketch Design

Hand-drawn or sketch website designs are certainly not a new thing; however, it seems that these web designs are become a lot more trendy in 2012. Corporate web designs, in particular, are shifting to the use of this hand-drawn/sketch style for the websites.

  • Slab Typefaces

Slab typefaces might have been used on and off from quite a long time, however, the use of these type faces has become more of trend these days. As using oversized headers and logos has become a new website design trend, they are often accompanied by old school slab typefaces that offer an brave way of expressing what a website is all about.

  • Typography

Tackling typography might not be an easy task, however, that has not stopped it from becoming a fresh 2012 website design trend. The inclusion of typography in the web design allows designers to make use of some very eye catching and unique fonts. Since typography is a latest web design trend, therefore, it will probably continue to gain popularity.

  • Single Page Layouts

Editing away unnecessary elements of a web design has always been challenging for website designers, however, using one page layouts makes it much easier for them. Websites with single page layouts are far more functional and can be easily navigated, so it is apparent why these layouts have become trendy this year.

  • Large Images

It is no surprise that the use of large images in the website design is another rapidly growing web design trend in 2012, considering the fact that the use of oversized headers and logs is already quite popular. Like headers and logos that are oversized, large sized images are not only a great way to invite visitors but greatly impress them as well.

  • Retro

It seems that both web designs and internet users like to get a blast from the past. This is the reason that retro web designs are currently considered quite trendy in these modern times.

There are many more web design trends that have shown up this year and created quite a buzz. The ones mentioned were some of the hottest 2012 trends in website design.

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Article source: http://www.customerthink.com/blog/popular_trends_in_website_design_for_2012

Lampert’s ESL Agrees to Fund Sears Supplier Payment Guarantees

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Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) Chairman
Edward Lampert’s ESL Investments Inc., seeking to reassure the
retailer’s suppliers, agreed to fund guarantees that vendors
would be paid in the event of a bankruptcy.

ESL in January agreed with an undisclosed financial
institution to buy a stake in contracts that pay suppliers for
their accounts receivable with Sears should the company seek
protection from creditors, the Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based
retailer said a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission yesterday.

Lampert is seeking to show suppliers that Sears is safe to
do business with after the retailer reported its largest
quarterly loss in at least nine years last month. Vendors’
confidence in Sears may have been rattled after CIT Group Inc.
in January told the retailer’s suppliers it would no longer
finance their orders.

Sears last month said it would split off about 1,250
smaller-format stores and sell 11 more locations to raise as
much as $770 million. The company had $747 million in cash and
near-cash items at the end of the fourth quarter, about 45
percent less than a year earlier.

Lampert and his funds control about 62 percent of Sears’s
shares.

Sears was little changed at at $79.98 at 9:41 a.m. in New
York
. The shares more than doubled this year before today.

To contact the reporter on this story:
Lauren Coleman-Lochner in New York at
llochner@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story:
Robin Ajello at
rajello@bloomberg.net

Article source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-15/lampert-s-esl-agrees-to-fund-sears-supplier-payment-guarantees.html

New Support Dynamo WordPress Plugin Released to Help Users to Manage Support …

New York, NY - Support Dynamo, one of the most advanced WordPress Support Ticket System Plugins on the market as it relates its built-in Customer Interaction Manager (CIM), has released their newest and most powerfully featured packed Support Dynamo WordPress plugin.

According to the site’s owner, this new plugin helps users to manage support and customers straight from inside their WordPress powered site like never before. “With this Support Dynamo plugin helps your visitors can submit support tickets via Email or through your very own Customer Support Portal (CSP),” said the site’s owner.

“Support Dynamo makes it easy to quickly browse, view, sort and reply to support requests without leaving your site or your WordPress admin area. With your visitor’s information right in front of you, powered by Support Dynamo’s very own Customer Interaction Manager (CIM), you or your support team can provide up to the minute, detailed responses to all of your support tickets,” explains the owner of the site.

Key features of the Support Dynamo plugin include:

  • WordPress Plugin: Built for simplicity and 100% WordPress powered so there is no need for expensive third party scripts or solutions.

  • Ticket Management: Manage all of your tickets (open, answered, closed, draft and trash) all from one screen. Works exactly the same as the familiar posts screen.

  • Reporting Analytics: Get in-depth graphical reporting and detailed analytics on new support tickets received and ticket replies.

  • Customer Interaction Manager: Don’t just support your customers; get to know them with the full power of Support Dynamo’s Customer Interaction Manager.

  • Tickets By Email: Your customers can create new tickets or reply to existing tickets via Email from your published support email address.

  • Private/Open Support Option: Keep your support private for registered members only or open it up to all of your visitors. The choice is yours.

However, the creators of this new plugin helps users’ visitors to give their visitors the capacity to ask the same questions over and over again, quickly turn a ticket into a knowledge base article with a single click of your mouse using Support Dynamo’s Knowledge Management System (KMS).

According to them, anyone can have a high quality, dynamically searchable Knowledge-base for all of the common questions without the need to link visitors and customers to a third party site.  “You can create additional Knowledge-based articles just as you would any other content under the “Knowledge base” post type to create a seamless and searchable Knowledge Base experience for your customers,” the site owner’s said.

It is also said that the new Support Dynamo WordPress support plugin provides a seamless system where one’s customers can open and reply to Support Tickets all through email.  It also helps to auto sorted Non-customers inside the Support Dynamo plugin when integrated with one of the supported eCommerce or Membership Plugins like WishList Member.

For further information about the WordPress support tickets plugin, please see the following website:http://www.SupportDynamo.com.

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Article source: http://www.ibtimes.com/prnews/20120315/new-support-dynamo-wordpress-plugin-released-to-help-users-to-manage-support-customers.htm

Mozilla Browser to Support H.264 Video Codec

Did H.264 just win the web? While already the leader in HTML5 video, the codec gained an important new ally yesterday when Mozilla’s team decided it’s time to build in support for H.264 to the Firefox browser.

As reported by CNET News, Mozilla felt let down by Google, which has promised to drop support for H.264 from its Chrome browser but hasn’t yet delivered. That left Mozilla “pure,” meaning that it only supported the royalty-freer WebM codec, while increasingly failing users who aren’t able to view H.264 video.

While H.264 was already the codec of choice for most content owners offering HTML5 video support, this move drives a major nail in the WebM coffin, making WebM only slightly more relevant than Ogg Theora.

The argument against H.264 is that it’s bound by royalty payments, which are made to MPEG LA by companies that ship products that include H.264 or that stream H.264 video for money. While many wanted to see HTML5 video use only open standards, royalty payment issues weren’t enough to dissuade people from H.264, which enjoys wide industry support and offers slightly better video quality.

“The pressure to promote WebM was needed from a bigger player than Mozilla, and it was needed a year ago…It might not have worked then, even with Google on-side. Now, with just Mozilla going it alone, all we do is kill our mobile initiatives in order to appear pure…That does not serve our mission or users,” CNET quoted Mozilla chief technology officer Brendan Eich saying in a mailing list discussion.

Article source: http://www.streamingmedia.com/Articles/News/Online-Video-News/Mozilla-Browser-to-Support-H.264-Video-Codec-81366.aspx

Cloud Platform Enables Enterprise HTML5

March 15, 2012

Former executives from SAP and Oracle launched a venture-funded startup called AnyPresence to offer businesses what they say will be “a 100-percent cloud-based platform for building HTML5, and native iOS and Android apps without requiring the installation of any development tools or SDKs.”

The platform also will include a secure cloud-based application server for integration, SMS support, data storage and other enterprise-class features, they say.

According to the partners, AnyPresence can help enterprises reduce the time-to-market and cost of developing and maintaining cross-platform mobile apps; users can assemble or modify apps within a browser-based environment, using templates with embedded mobile-user-experience best practices.

In addition, HTML5 apps can be deployed instantly to scalable cloud infrastructure. Native iOS and Android apps are compiled in the cloud using native controls and made available for local testing, over-the-air distribution or submission to app stores.

Other features of the AnyPresence platform:

It can leverage existing enterprise IT systems with pre-built database, application and Web services connectors.
It can support data access and security policies with user roles, application permissions, and data visibility.
It can extend reach to non-smartphone mobile users through text messaging (SMS) and interactive voice response (IVR) capabilities.
It can support custom business logic requirements by building Web-services-based platform “extensions” using any programming language of choice.
It can leverage its platform APIs to assemble and generate mobile apps programmatically from third-party or custom applications.

The AnyPresence mobile-development platform is in the beta-testing stage, and the partners say it will be “generally available” next month. For more information, click here.

Article source: http://www.cable360.net/ct/51149.html

Youth/Young Adult Opportunities

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Diocesan Youth Congress, “Light for the World,” Sunday, April 1, 10:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Holy Family Parish, Sewell, $15/pp. Sponsored by The Office of Lifelong Faith Formation, Youth, Young Adult Campus Ministries. Register by Monday, March 26. For more information contact 856-583-6122 or
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Our Lady of Peace Parish, Williamstown, youth groups: junior, sixth to eighth grades; senior, ninth to 12th grades; young adults ages 18 to 25. Contact Kari A. Janisse, work 856-629-6142, ext. 20, cell 973-534-8960, email
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, website www.YouthGroupInfo.com

Hearts of Fire, 7th and 8th grade youth program at Church of the Holy Family, Sewell (for those confirmed, or preparing for Confirmation). Contact Julie LaRosa, 856-228-2215 or
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Divine Mercy Parish, Vineland, Young Youth Group for children in grades 3 to 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. second Friday of month, church hall. Call Michael and Shirley Velazquez, 856-696-2241.

Youth Ministry Program, Church of the Holy Family: Contact Julie LaRosa, 856-228-2215 or
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(www.churchoftheholyfamily.org/jryouthreg for 5th and 6th grade program; www.churchoftheholyfamily.org/sryouthreg for high school program).

St. Rose Young Adult Ministry (ages 18-40), Haddon Heights, meets for socializing and worship. Contact George
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or http://strose.hurricaneweb.net

Theology on Tap, April 11, “In the Pursuit of Happiness? Reflections on Making Life Choices,” Dubh Linn Square, Cherry Hill, free admission. For more information, call 856-583-6122 or email
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St. Peter Christian Singles Club, Merchantville; affiliate parishes: St. Stephen, Pennsauken; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Maple Shade. Event information, email:
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or call club director, John Edelmayer, 856-663-3759.

Article source: http://www.catholicstarherald.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6519:youthyoung-adult-opportunities&catid=99:opportunities-for-youth

Houston Web Design Company Launches New Website for Local Office Furniture Dealer

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Adhere helped us create a very innovative and impressive website.

Houston, TX (PRWEB) March 15, 2012

J. Tyler Services specializes in office furnishings designed to provide more efficient workspaces. With an emphasis on improving profitability through a well-planned and cost-effective office environment, J. Tyler offers a range of quality products and services including design and installation services, ergonomic training and project management. Their team of certified designers are trained to help businesses make the most of their interior spaces.

Recently, the company has refocused on connecting with larger clients and architecture and design firms that spec office furniture into their projects. Reaching this expanded market required a rebranding in the form of a new website. For assistance with this project, the team at J. Tyler asked Houston web design company Adhere Creative to help develop their new online image.

Recognizing that the old website was static and of limited value to consumers, Adhere made major improvements for greater online visibility and better visitor interaction. The redesigned site has more calls to action that give visitors a meaningful way to engage. A new blog page will offer insight and information about topics of interest to anyone designing and planning out office space. New page layouts and improved graphic elements make the new site design more visually appealing and easier to navigate.

Jennifer Longbotham, President of J. Tyler Services says “It was such a pleasant surprise to work with a company who immediately understood our vision and our needs. Adhere helped us create a very innovative and impressive website. Not only were our needs met, but they provided options and solutions beyond what we knew a website could do. Adhere has such a wonderful understanding of the technologies out there and how to use them bring the maximum benefit to their client’s marketing potential.”

Nathan Yerian, Director of Strategy for Adhere Creative, believes that the new web design will give J. Tyler the ability to connect with customers and convert more leads into sales. He states “We love working with passionate companies, and J.Tyler is definitely one of them. Their energy, expertise, and professionalism made this project an awesome experience for our team. Best of all, we know that we have provided J.Tyler with a marketing tool that can help them reach new heights.”

Partnering with Adhere also allows the team at J.Tyler Services to take advantage of analytical data that will measure the success of their new site. Mrs. Longbotham states, “Our new website includes features which will help drive business to our company. The great part is that we have the ability to track the process and measure our ROI. We are all very excited to see our site up and running and the results of the collaborative efforts of our teams.”

Adhere Creative, a Houston web design, branding, and inbound marketing agency, specializes in results-driven marketing initiatives for the Houston business community.


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