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Lifehacker

Lifehacker = Mac & iOS


DeGeo

1. DeGeo Updates With iOS 8 Support to Quickly Strip Location From Photos

"Canadian farmers are making money hand over fist, according to a new report from Agriculture Canada.

Aggregate net cash income for 2014 is projected at $14 billion, 10 percent higher than the previous record.

The preliminary forecast for 2015 is for net cash income to fall to $13 billion, but that would still be 21 percent higher than the five-year average.

Average net operating income at the farm level is forecast at an all-time high of $78,139 for 2014.

“It’s something that we’ve been working for all of our careers is to see numbers like this,” said Norm Hall, president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan.

“But they could have been better (if it wasn’t for) profit taking by the grain companies.”

Hall said the rail transportation problems in early 2014 caused a backlog of grain, which prompted the elevator companies to adopt “extraordinarily wide” basis levels that hurt farm incomes.

“We could have seen not just $14 billion but maybe as high as $17 billion,” he said.

Hall figures producers will lose another $2 to $3 billion in 2015 as basis levels continue wide.

The wheat basis in Saskatchewan has increased $20 per tonne since October.

Agriculture Canada estimates that crop receipts declined by five percent to $29 billion in 2014 because of slumping grain and oilseed prices.

An increase in sales because of large carry-in supplies from the record 2013 harvest helped offset the impact of lower prices, as did the weakening Canadian dollar.

Lynn Jacobson, president of the Alberta Federation of Agriculture, thinks the 2014 crop receipt forecast is too optimistic because of the extent of downgrading in crops such as wheat."


BitTorrentSync

2. How (And Why) to Ditch Dropbox and Sync Files With BitTorrent Sync

"Dropbox (and similar cloud services) are awesome, but they don’t give you that much control, security, or privacy over your files. If you want to take control into your own hands without losing the features of cloud syncing services, BitTorrent Sync is the service for you. Here’s how to use it.

Why Use BitTorrent Sync Over Dropbox

How (and Why) to Ditch Dropbox and Sync Files with BitTorrent Sync

We love Dropbox (and other file syncing services), but they tend to be rather expensive if you need more than a few gigs of space. There’s also an inherent security flaw in storing your files on a third-party server, and while most cloud storage services offer two-factor authentication, there’s always the possibility those servers could get hacked at some point. Conversely, private cloud services like OwnCloud are awesome, but you’ll need your own server to use them.

BitTorrent Sync solves for both of those problems. Your files are never stored on a server. They’re only on your computers, and the data is transferred between them using peer-to-peer file sharing. BitTorrent Sync is also completely free, and you can transfer files of any size you want, which makes it great for projects with large file sizes (like video). The storage capacity is only limited to your own hard drive, not how much space you’re paying for. Let’s take a quick look at the advantages and disadvantages of BitTorrent Sync compared to other file syncing services."


IFTTT Button Appsl

3. IFTTT Launches Camera, Note, Button Apps to Quickly Trigger Recipes

"Android/iOS: Today, IFTTT announced a collection of three new apps that will allow you to make use of your already awesome IFTTT recipes even faster.

Share Your Best IFTTT Recipe
Webapp automating service If This Then That (IFTTT) lets you create recipes that pull information…
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There are three new apps you can download, each with different goals in mind. Do Camera is a camera that allows you to create buttons specifically for quickly triggering photo-related recipes. So, you can automatically add pictures to your calendar, share it to Twitter, or log them away in Evernote. Anything you can do with an IFTTT recipe can be turned into a button in this camera app. Do Note performs a similar task with note taking.

The third app, Do Button, is perhaps the most brilliantly simple of the three. This app does nothing but trigger recipes. You don’t need to take pictures or give it commands. Just press the button and the recipe runs. This can be useful for things like turning connected lights on and off, sending “I’m on my way” texts to a specific person, or—and this is a real, pre-made recipe—making a phone call to yourself to get out of an awkward situation."


4. Short Finds Short Articles From Your Reading List

"iOS: If you you’re using a service like Pocket, Instapaper, or Readability, you probably have a long list of articles that you’ve been meaning to read forever. Short helps you find articles you can read in under five or 10 minutes.

Short’s essentially a counterpart to something like Longform, expect that instead of pulling picks from a bunch of sources, it pulls them directly from the bookmarking services you already use. You can adjust the filters for articles under five minutes or under 10 minutes. The app also comes packed with a handy night reading mode for reading in the dark. Some bookmarking apps have a filter like this integrated already, but Short makes it easy to pull something up quickly when you don’t have a lot of time."


Tally

5. Tally 2 Is a Simple, Eyes-Free Counter for iOS

"iOS: If you you’re using a service like Pocket, Instapaper, or Readability, you probably have a long list of articles that you’ve been meaning to read forever. Short helps you find articles you can read in under five or 10 minutes.

Short’s essentially a counterpart to something like Longform, expect that instead of pulling picks from a bunch of sources, it pulls them directly from the bookmarking services you already use. You can adjust the filters for articles under five minutes or under 10 minutes. The app also comes packed with a handy night reading mode for reading in the dark. Some bookmarking apps have a filter like this integrated already, but Short makes it easy to pull something up quickly when you don’t have a lot of time."


Programming-CSS


CSS TRICKS

PolyLion

1. Polylion

“If you don’t follow me on Twitter then let me fill you in. I’m writing an entire series of articles for Tuts+ focusing on TimelineMax by GreenSock. Essentially it flows from beginner to advanced and provides working examples for readers to put to the test themselves. The study with polygon animations also began as practice with a project I did for Jonno Riekwel at Polyon so it was basically a win-win for everyone.”


NavMouse

2. Dropdown Menus With More Forgiving Mouse Movement Paths

“This is a fairly old UX concept that I haven’t heard talked about in a while, but is still relevant in the case of multi-level dropdown menus. A fine-grained pointer like a mouse sometimes has to travel through pretty narrow corridors to accurately get where it needs to in a dropdown menu. It’s easy to screw up (have the mouse pointer leave the path) and be penalized by having it close up on you. Perhaps we can make that less frustrating.”


Smashing Magazine

Design


1. Design Last

"How does one design and develop for the responsive web? A lot of methodologies out there try to tackle this problem, but all of them rely on the same classic website development process. It boils down to the following: design and then develop. Let’s go nuts and flip this outdated methodology on its head.
Before we start flipping things around, let’s take a quick stroll down memory lane, just so we know where we’ve come from and where we are now.

History

It’s 1989, and Tim Berners-Lee, the man with the plan, conjures up HTML while working at CERN. It’s a language to link content across documents.

After four years, the Web went public, in 1993. It took a couple of years for someone to create the first columned layout using a table — at which point, something changed. I imagine this as being a turning point in web development. It was the moment when design could be moved to the front of the development process. You could now design a web page, slice it up and present it on the Web.

Luckily, we regained our sanity and ditched tables for layout. We proudly moved to semantic HTML, but we held on to our design-first approach. Let’s take a closer look at semantic HTML.

Semantic HTML

Semantic HTML is about picking the right HTML element to describe a given piece of information, rather than using HTML to define the way the information should look. If you’re a front-end developer, you’ve probably been doing this for the past couple of years. Great, keep it up!
In my opinion, writing semantic HTML is one of the key aspects of being a good front-end developer. It’s something I value greatly.

Because of that, it’s been a topic I’ve discussed a lot with colleagues who have valued it less or simply did not understand. To resolve these debates once and for all, I tried to give them a glimpse of the thought process behind my HTML writing.

I searched for a straightforward website online and derived its HTML structure (without looking at the existing HTML, which would have been cheating). Then, I turned my HTML thought process into a step-by-step visualization. For many of my colleagues, this visualization turned out to be a real eye-opener. These couple of visuals created mutual understanding of what a front-end developer does and why semantic HTML is important. Also, interestingly, it revealed that not all front-end developers view semantic HTML in the same light."


BBC iPlayer

2. Accessibility Originates With UX: A BBC iPlayer Case Study

“Not long after I started working at the BBC, I fielded a complaint from a screen reader user who was having trouble finding a favorite show via the BBC iPlayer’s home page. The website had recently undergone an independent accessibility audit which indicated that, other than the odd minor issue here and there, it was reasonably accessible.
I called the customer to establish what exactly the problem was, and together we navigated the home page using a screen reader. It was at that point I realized that, while all of the traditional ingredients of an accessible page were in place — headings, WAI ARIA Landmarks, text alternatives and so on — it wasn’t very usable for a screen reader user.
The old iPlayer homepage
iPlayer’s old home page. (View large version)
The first issue was that the subnavigation was made up of only two links: “TV” and “Radio,” with links to other key areas such as “Categories,” “Channels” and “A to Z” buried further down the content order of the page, making them harder for the user to find.”


Codrops

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