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5 Tips for Staying Safe Online
5 Tips for Staying Safe Online

The Internet is an amazing accomplishment, making the sharing of enormous amounts of information and data as simple as clicking a mouse or tapping a screen. But like all human endeavors, there are criminals waiting to exploit it, people who delight in breaking trusts...

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Is It Time To Redesign Your Website?
Is It Time To Redesign Your Website?

When was the last time you refreshed your company website's design? If the answer is more than a couple years, then it's time to consider a refresh for your headquarters on the web. In today's tech-centric world, your identity on the web is an absolutely essential...

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Wearable Technology 101
Wearable Technology 101

Wearable technology will be a hot commodity for 2015. The rapid rise of Android Wear devices, Google Glass, and the upcoming iWatch, along with Fitbit fitness bands and their copycats, demonstrates that there's surprising power in small packages. For the past several...

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New Year’s Resolutions: Trim the Fat
New Year’s Resolutions: Trim the Fat

A new year is a fresh start, a time that many people use to start thinking about those aspects of their lives that can be improved. Most of us just consider the most immediate things: eating right, working out, and generally trimming the fat. But how long has it been...

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10 Common Mistakes for Young Developers
10 Common Mistakes for Young Developers

As a companion piece to our previous blog post “10 Common Mistakes for Young Designers,” we decided to take a look at the more technical aspect of web development. Through our observations on different websites and our conversation with different developers over the...

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10 Common Mistakes for Young Designers
10 Common Mistakes for Young Designers

A good design is a practical design but with the complexity of platform compatibility, industry requirements, demanding clients to the stress of meeting deadlines; achieving greatness in design isn't as simple as you think. In the interest of young designers...

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Top 4 Marketing Trends of 2015
Top 4 Marketing Trends of 2015

It's true: 2014 is nearly over! Now, it's time to look at the top four marketing trends that we expect to see in 2015. It should be noted that digital marketing dramatically outpaced all other marketing approaches, including phone, television, radio, print, billboards...

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How to Write Effective Content: Titles and Introductions
How to Write Effective Content: Titles and Introductions

When writing content, whether it's for your website, marketing materials, a press release, a lead capture page or another project, there are a few rules that you'll want to follow as you write the title/headline and introduction. The title and intro are (arguably) the...

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5 Ways a Website Can Break (and what to do about it)
5 Ways a Website Can Break (and what to do about it)

Web developers, at least good ones, try not to release the programs they write without having full confidence they'll work under normal (and many abnormal) circumstances. Testing is an absolutely necessary part of every development cycle. Despite a dizzying variety of...

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A Look at Android Training

A Look at Android Training

Did you know Google has a bunch of online tutorials on Android Development? These training courses, collectively called simply "Android Training," can be found at https://developer.android.com/training/index.html. These tutorials focus on a wide array of topics, from...

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How to Simulate HTML5 and CSS3 Support

How to Simulate HTML5 and CSS3 Support

Eventually we'll see the day when we can purely use HTML5 and CSS3 and have no fear that anyone who actively browses the web will have such an ancient client that they can't see what we've intended. Unfortunately that day isn't today, so we still need to have options...

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Ruby on Rails Compared to PHP

Ruby on Rails Compared to PHP

I've been using PHP for years. In some ways it's a messy language, but it gets the job done and is widely adapted in the web community. How about another programming language called, "Ruby on Rails"? Let's have a comparison between the two. For those not familiar with...

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Google Analytics Advanced Segments

Google Analytics Advanced Segments

Do you engage in social media, add SEO-minded keywords to your website, advertise with AdWords, and post or comment on industry blogs or forums, and now you want to know which of your myriad online marketing efforts is producing the most effective results? Enter...

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HTML5 Video Tips

HTML5 Video Tips

HTML5 has a lot of new features. One of the coolest but not often utilized is the newelement. It allows pages to embed video files without requiring the user to download a plugin. By default YouTube videos use HTML5 if the user's browser supports it, and use Flash...

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About HTML Entities

About HTML Entities

If you're using special (non-Latin) characters in your pages or emails, you'll want to convert those characters to HTML Entities. This naturally raises a few questions. What are HTML Entities? Why does it matter? What will happen if I don't? How do I do it? If you...

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Google Maps Adds Helicopter View

Google Maps Adds Helicopter View

Out of all the various online services provided by Google, few have seen as many major updates as Maps. From in-browser Google Earth to public transportation and Walking directions to Live Traffic, and now 3D route preview, also known as Helicopter View. Paul Yang...

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Using iPad as a Light Source for Photography

Using iPad as a Light Source for Photography

I've seen people on websites talking about using iPads as light for photography, and videos of people holding a panel of three iPads to illuminate a face to snap a portrait. Although the result is good, attaching several iPads to a rig can be quite complicated,...

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Creating HTML Email Part 2

Creating HTML Email Part 2

This week I want to get into some more details along the lines of last week's info on creating emails for varied mail clients. For starters, I got some statistics on email client popularity from CampaignMonitor.com. Here are the clients with more than 5% market share....

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Creating HTML Email

Creating HTML Email

When building a web page, one must always keep in mind the differences between the way browsers implement (or don't implement) web standards. When building emails, this is much, much worse. For starters, there are no specific standards regarding what should and...

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PCI Compliance Tips

PCI Compliance Tips

Everyone who accepts credit/debit card payments online needs to be familiar with and implement the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. This is easiest for merchants who don't directly handle any cardholder data. For example, if your store hands the shopping...

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Image Scaling Tips

Image Scaling Tips

Recently Matcha president/creative director Chris Lo and I were hashing out a solution to a problem. We needed to create print-quality images for a client, and use those same images on their website, which we were also building. The problem is that print requires high...

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