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The Radar: August 30, 2017

August 30th, 2017 - by Isabel - Salt Lake City, Utah

Learn Design

Learn about kerning, Bezier curves, and other design basics by playing these mini games.

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A preview of alternate reality apps ushering in a wave of possibilities!

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Shark-Detecting Drones

Aerial shark detection using AI powered drones.

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Offline API Access

This app allows you to store your own snippets and docs as well as offline documentation for a ton of different APIs.

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User Onboarding

Need user onboarding ideas for your app? Here’s a list of popular apps and their signup experiences.

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Google Tag Manager

A list of common Google Tag Manager recipes.

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The Radar: August 23, 2017

August 23rd, 2017 - by Isabel - Salt Lake City, Utah

Android 8

Introducing Android 8! It includes a Project Treble feature that enables easier and faster updates to the OS for hardware makers.

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Stronger Design Proposal

Learn about common design mistakes to avoid and pitch a stronger design proposal.

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Lorem Ipsum Downers

The downsides of using Lorem Ipsum text in UI prototypes.

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You Are Not Google

When choosing technology for a project, keep in mind that just because a tool is new or commonly used by larger companies, it may not be the best fit for your project.

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Elixir Learnings

Lessons learned by one developer after spending a year building an Elixir application.

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Typeform is a fun tool for making guided questionnaires.

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The Radar: August 16, 2017

August 16th, 2017 - by Isabel - Salt Lake City, Utah

When Agile isn’t Agile

The Agile development process has become very popular, but it isn’t without its shortcomings. Read why some developers dislike Agile.

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Great UX

A collection of really good UX samples from different apps.

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Introducing Kea

Kea is an abstraction between React and Redux that gets rid of boilerplate and adds conventions for managing your actions, reducers, selectors and sagas.

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The Ruby on Rails Legacy

Not a fan of Ruby on Rails? This author responds to that and offers an interesting history on the web/technology that has evolved since 2001.

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New & Improved Firefox

Mozilla is releasing a revamped version of Firefox this fall that is supposed to be a game changer. Stay tuned.

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The Radar: August 9, 2017

August 9th, 2017 - by Isabel - Salt Lake City, Utah


Manage version control for design files without changing your tools!

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Smart Home Trade Offs

iRobot, the creator of the robotic vacuum cleaner, Roomba, is considering selling customer floor plan data to third party companies. This article discusses a few privacy implications to consider with smart home devices.

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Eulogy for Flash

We all know Flash has been on its way out for a while. Now that Adobe has announced the official end date, here is a Eulogy to Flash.

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A helpful article on the difference between ENTRYPOINT and CMD in docker, and how to use them.

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Team Conflict

How do you know when to solve your team’s problems and when to let them work it out? This article offers a few guiding principles to help you decide on the right approach.

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The most recent trends in ransomware indicate a focus on destroying data rather then hijacking it for financial gain. This could have huge implications for an entire nation.

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The Radar: August 2, 2017

August 2nd, 2017 - by Isabel - Salt Lake City, Utah

Circle 2.0 Live!

Circle 2.0 is no longer in closed beta. It’s available to everyone and now supports docker containers.

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Limitations of AI

With all of the hype about AI taking over the world, this article offers a refreshing perspective on its limitations and the algorithms used to program its behavior.

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Sensory Restoration & More

The research arm of the U.S. military is developing small computers that can be inserted in a person’s brain to restore impaired or lost senses. The military is exploring other applications for this technology.

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Information Security Breakthrough

A scientific breakthrough in the way information can be passed that can’t be “tapped into”.

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Free APIs

A list of free JSON APIs for web development that anyone can use.

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Web Text Editor

A simple and small (5kB) WYSIWYG web text editor with no dependencies.

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