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Prototyping in the Browser: Tips and Tools for Designers

The task of prototyping a website is an extensive process of creating a basic wireframe with interactive features. While a wireframe may be static images or sketches, a prototype is often interactive with functionality for all the major pages. Graphic editing programs have always been the most popular choice for prototyping. But in recent years more developers are switching to in-browser prototyping. It’s much faster, cleaner, and simpler when constructing a brand new project. But how do yo...

With SkinTrack, Your Arm is the Touchpad

When smartwatches started appearing on store shelves, there was one nagging question about the devices: “How can anyone play Angry Birds on this?” A solution is imminent. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Group have made the process of flinging colorful birds at evil pigs as simple as stroking your forearm. The SkinTrack system has two primary components: a signal-emitting ring that’s worn the index finger and a sensing band. The ring sends high...

Github now supports Blade syntax highlighting

Thanks to James Brooks Github has just added support for Blade syntax highlighting on both your repos and Gists. This was added in from a pull request by James and then merged and deployed today. Here is an example of a sample Gist showing it in use: @extends('layouts.master') @section('content') <h1>Testing</h1> @if ($results->count() > 0) @foreach ($results as $item) <p>{{ $item->title }}</p> @endforeach @endif @endsection The highlighting should all happen a...

Back to the future of programming: Usborne revives 1980s coding books for children

A generation of children in the 1980s learned about programming from a series of computing books by Usborne Publishing. Now the company has rereleased them in free digital versions. Originally aimed at children learning to program their ZX Spectrum, BBC Micro and Commodore 64 computers, the series included books like Practical Things To Do With a Microcomputer, Machine Code for Beginners, and Write Your Own Adventure Programs. Fifteen of the books have been digitised and made available for...

Google and Microsoft beefing up HTML5 bet for browsers

Some might say it has been a long time coming – but recent pronouncements from Google and Microsoft have shown a clear indication towards bolstering HTML5 on their browser experiences. Writing on the official Chrome blog earlier this month, Google announced that version 53 of its Chrome browser will automatically block certain elements of Flash – such as loading behind the scenes for analytics – in favour of HTML5. The move represents a step up from June last year where some Flash conte...