Jan 29 2013

International Download-Giant: An Interview with Softonic’s CEO Emilio Moreno

Softonic is one of the world’s largest internet portals. It currently achieves an Alexa rank 148 of the most popular websites. We’ve recently been able to speak with Emilio Moreno, who’s one of the two directors of the company. He’s been working in the telecommunications industry for almost 10 years, before he changed to the Barcelona-based company. Our interview could only cover some aspects as time was limited. So we asked Moreno about his views on the advantages and disadvantages of open source software, Windows 8, the side effects of the European economic crisis and last, but not least, the widespread software piracy in Spain. Moreno gave an impressive example of at least one of the possible reasons why Softonic has been voted “Best Place To Work” in Spain for the last five consecutive years. He’s just as friendly as can be and stays cool no matter what…

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Jan 28 2013

Habari – Minimal CMS For More Than Light-Weight Blogging

Here at Noupe, we evaluate content management systems frequently. Having covered MODX, Concrete5 and Joomla! just recently, we will now share a deeper look into Habari. Unlike previous CMSs covered at Noupe, Habari is a bloggers’ CMS — in the purest sense of the term. While it is true that you can use any CMS to create various types of websites, there should be no argument that Habari is, at least foremost, a tool meant for blogs. Considering the fact that I have mentioned the term ‘blogs’, there are good chances that you might be thinking of WordPress already. Yes, since Habari is a blogging CMS, its comparison with WP is inevitable. We will cover that aspect and lots of others in the following article. So, read on…

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Jan 27 2013

Tear Down This Wall: HTML_CodeSniffer Checks Websites For Accessibility

Accessibility is a major societal task that is constantly gaining in importance. Websites are no exception here. Even more so, online services for some people are their sole possibility of taking part in social life. Thus accessibility is a vital precondition to allow handicapped people to claim their share of the information age. HTML_CodeSniffer is a tool to check any given website for compliance to given standards. The tool generally works as a bookmarklet and can be invoked while surfing around any given website easily.

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Jan 25 2013

Pixelglyph: 200 free PNG Icons for Developers of Mobile Websites and Apps (+ Giveaway)

If you are into the development of mobile websites or apps for iOS, Android or – phew – Windows Phone even, you will not be able to do without icons. That’s why icon sets are experiencing high demand. As with other areas in life the separation of the wheat from the chaff is what makes choices time-consuming. There are of course decent commercial offerings but they also tend to come with luxurious pricing. A brand-new set by the name of Pixelglyph relies on a freemium price tag. Reason enough to take a closer look at it…

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Jan 25 2013

Heyoffline.js Notifies Your Users When They Go Offline

The new features of HTML5 offer online and offline events that can be queried to check for an existing internet connection. Especially web apps need to be able to rely on the proper transmission of the state of the web connection to avoid losing data. The JavaScript library Heyoffline.js provides functionality to achieve just that.

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Jan 24 2013

WordPress vs. Concrete5 — A Comparative Review

Some time ago we published a review of Concrete5, wherein we evaluated the usability prospects of the CMS as a stand-alone software to power your website. Carrying on from the review, in this article, we will compare Concrete5 to the world’s most popular CMS, WordPress. Wanna know how the two CMSs fare in comparison to each other? Read on!

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Jan 23 2013

In Finland, Street Art Is Catalyzing a Change in Law

Street art is a cultural phenomenon and has been around long-since. Actually I cannot think of times in my life where street art had not been present. What changed is the way it is done, techniques have been refined and today, street art is a valid form of art in itself. In the past we have shown how street art always occurs in relation to the circumstances people live in. Our last piece on street art, done by our Asian outpost Simon Arms, may prove as an example. Street art has its say on religious, political, cultural and just about any other topic that relates to the everyday lives of the people. In Finland, these days street art is actually catalyzing a change in law. Read the official press release of the “Repeal Lex Karpela Campaign” that sheds some light on what is happening there and what they intend to do against it:

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Jan 23 2013

WordPress vs. Joomla: The Essence

Mark Atkinson had a deep and thorough look into the ups and downs of both WordPress and Joomla during the course of last year. He published six lengthy articles over at Sitepoint. You should definitely head on over there to read all of them. But first, stick with us. As Atkinson was aware of the lazy nature of most online readers he and his team thought about a way to transport the essential messages of the above mentioned articles in a fast and comfortably consumable manner. Guess what he did? Yepp, he turned to the newest fashion these days and created a – woohoo – infographic.

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Jan 22 2013

My2Cents: The Impact Of Brands On Twitter [Infographic]

Don’t tell me, I know. I know that the following infographic is titled “The Impact Of Twitter On Brands”. But I cannot see this point. What promoted tweets, promoted trends and what else might be coming in future days really do, is leave their marks on Twitter. And I’m not sure whether this is for the better or for the worse. I tend to the latter. Anyway, let’s have a look…

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Jan 21 2013

AI -> Canvas: Export Fully Functional HTML5 Canvas From Within Adobe Illustrator

Mike Swanson, though having been aboard Microsoft for more than 11 years, has created a plugin for Adobe Ilustrator that resembles a good wine. The older it gets, the better it grows to be. More than two years ago, still employed at the Redmond company, Swanson pushed out the first version of AI -> Canvas. At that time HTML5 canvas was already of some prominence, but who would have dared to use the element in production environments? Today things look different, entirely different…

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