Saturday, April 30, 2016

Studioninedots carves out an atrium inside overhauled 1970s office building

Dutch firm Studioninedots has renovated a 1970s office building in the Dutch city of Hilversum, removing sections of the existing walls and floors to create a four-storey void crisscrossed by steel staircases (+ slideshow). (more…)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Finally, We Might Be on the Verge of Email Privacy Reform

Finally, We Might Be on the Verge of Email Privacy Reform
After years of trying to update an outdated privacy law, a unanimous vote this week signals change may be on the horizon. The post Finally, We Might Be on the Verge of Email Privacy Reform appeared first on WIRED.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Florida Gov. Scott Tries To Attract Businesses To The Sunshine State

Gov. Rick Scott heads to California next week for a second trade mission to try to encourage businesses there to relocate. Other states he's visited: New York, Connecticut, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.

Monday, April 25, 2016


Lingo is an app from the Noun Project team that groups images, icons, SVGs, and illustrations into a single place. It lets you browse them quickly, and then you can drop them into another application without any hassle.

I work a ton with SVGs and icons, so I'm always trying to find ways to reduce friction between different software and editing processes. One might think that the answer to this couldn't be more software, but I'm really enjoying Lingo. In fact, there was a funny quote from someone a few years ago on Twitter, (my memory is too spotty to remember who said it) "Fun Fact! The average designer spends 10% of their life looking for the right icon."

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Plesk secures web app development

Ten years ago, building a web site was a marketable skill; today, there are a myriad of site builders that can do the job, and increasingly web designers are finding themselves moving into the more advanced web application arena.

Web apps are increasingly popular, offering almost the same functionality as native apps, but with the added benefit of being cross-platform and powered by a single code-base.

However, for all the benefits of web apps, they're not without their problems; especially when it comes to day-to-day maintenance, and more importantly, security.

WebOps and Plesk

WebOps is a general term for any server job that is part of the process of deploying and maintaining a web application-that might mean repairing a database, or securing the system.

WebOps are fundamental to the longterm success of any application, but can be prohibitively complex for web designers making the step up to web application development.

Solving the problem is Plesk, a hosting and WebOps platform that runs directly on your server. If you've ever been responsible for setting up shared hosting space, you've probably been given the choice of a couple of control panels, one of the choices was almost certainly Plesk-it's currently deployed on more than 300,000 servers, runs more than 10,000,000 websites and handles 15,000,000 emails every single day.

Partnered with 50 of the top 100 hosting providers, if you're using a quality service provider, then there's a good chance Plesk is an option available to you.

What Plesk brings to the table

Once installed on your server, Plesk allows you to manage your server-even a virtual server-via a simple to use dashboard, creating a “ready-to-code” environment. You'll find a fully featured online code editor, that allows you to navigate to files, and edit them, without ever leaving your server. There's also one-click installs for WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. You'll find web app preview tools, full app isolation, and an added option for optimized VPS hosting.

Plesk even enables role-based access to your server setup so stakeholders can access the parts of the application that you want them to, without worrying about letting them loose on your proprietary code.

Plesk provides you with all the tools you need to deploy and maintain your web app, so that you can focus on developing features, refining UX, and designing your UI.

And of course, all this comes with rock solid security built in…

Plesk and security

According to research conducted by Plesk, only 1 in 10 web developers knew to properly secure their application before something went wrong, the other 90% left themselves vulnerable. Plesk combats this problem by securing websites and web apps automatically.

Server to site security is automatically in place to stop hackers, spammers, and botnets.

Take advantage of multi-factor authentication, single-sign-on, and minimum password strength. If you need or want even more security there are 3rd party authentication mechanisms such as social authentication, Google, LDAP, or Active Directory available.

Plesk secures WordPress

Plesk has recently introduced what it refers to as the WordPress Toolkit 2.0 which is a powerful WordPress management panel built into the Plesk dashboard.

Introduced to make managing WordPress installations as easy as possible, Plesk's WordPress Toolkit 2.0 allows you to mass-manage WordPress installations, themes, and plugins; all while adding an extra layer of automated security.

In addition to WordPress management, you'll find a whole heap of 3rd party extensions, many free, and a few premium options.

Plesk has just integrated Let's Encrypt's free SSL certificate as an extension, which allows you to validate, install, and renew your SSL certificates with a few clicks. What's more, Plesk allows you to employ the latest security option, by moving all your domains to HTTP/2.

On top of this, Plesk is actively engaged with both the WordPress and Joomla communities, collaborating with them to build further extensions for Plesk, based on their own SDK, CLI, and API; and all open-sourced through Github.

The value of Plesk

Managing a server is a huge stumbling block for most web designers looking to create web apps. Plesk takes the labor out of the process, so that you can quickly and safely deploy your own web apps in no time.

Partnered with some of the biggest names in hosting, including Media Temple, 1&1, 123-reg, GoDaddy, Telefonica, and Amazon Web Services, Plesk is readily available on both Windows and Linux, providing full feature parity across operating systems.

If you're ready to make the jump to web app development, and plan to handle your own WebOps, then you should check out Plesk.



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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

Cornelia Parker installs Hitchcock-influenced PsychoBarn on Met museum rooftop

British artist Cornelia Parker has created an installation based on the mansion from Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho for this year's Roof Garden commission at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (+ slideshow). (more…)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016

Seratones: Tiny Desk Concert

The Louisiana band takes gospel into the garage, and what comes out is fiery rock 'n' roll. Watch Seratones perform three songs in the NPR Music offices.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Friday, April 8, 2016

4 Fed Chairs Talk Publically For The First Time About The Job

One of the most powerful and controversial jobs is head of the Federal Reserve. What the Fed chair does has an impact not just in the United States but around the world.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Improve User Experience With Real-Time Features


Real-time technology delivers information to your users as it happens. But how does it help improve your product and align with your customers' expectations?

Improve Your User Experience with Real-Time

Only a few years ago words like WebSockets, low latency and real-time functionality were at the forefront of bleeding-edge development. Fast-forward a couple of years and this technology has become an integral part of many of our favourite apps: e.g. Facebook with its in-app notifications, or Uber with its real-time location tracking effect.

The post Improve User Experience With Real-Time Features appeared first on Smashing Magazine.

Gawker Challenges Verdict in Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Trial

Gawker Challenges Verdict in Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Trial
Round two in the rumble between Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media has just begun. The post Gawker Challenges Verdict in Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Trial appeared first on WIRED.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Malware Attacks On Hospitals Put Patients At Risk

A computer virus that may be an inconvenience for another business leaves hospitals unable to effectively care for patients. Cyberattacks have left 14 U.S. hospitals without access to critical data.

Malware Attacks On Hospitals Put Patients At Risk

A computer virus that may be an inconvenience for another business leaves hospitals unable to effectively care for patients. Cyberattacks have left 14 U.S. hospitals without access to critical data.