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1. Inverse trigonometric functions with Sass

You might think that math doesn’t have a lot to do with writing stylesheets, but you can actually do some amazing things with a little math in CSS. Math (particularly trigonometry) can help you model the real world. You’ll need it if you want to do something complicated with 3D transforms. And it can be a lot of fun if you just want to impress your friends.


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2. CSS: Should we change the default for overflow? – Bocoup

For the CSS overflow property, should auto or hidden be the default instead of visible?

If you write a lot of CSS, there is a good chance your immediate response would be “no way!” But hear me out! There are several awesome benefits to one of these being the default, and in my opinion, many or all of the drawbacks are based around the fact that it’s just not what we’re used to, rather than being real a problem once you adjust. Let’s look at the pros in cons in detail.


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3. Introduction To Developing Fireworks Extensions

One of the most powerful features of Adobe Fireworks is that you can extend its functionality. Almost anything you can do through Fireworks’ interface — and even some things that you can’t — can also be achieved by writing a simple JavaScript extension.

Fireworks extensions are of two main types: commands and command panels. If you find yourself repeatedly performing a tedious task, you could write a command to automate the process and save yourself a lot of time. Alternatively, if you are missing a particular feature that would improve your workflow, you could write a more complex extension — a command panel — to implement it.


4. Are You Prepared Against A Hack? | Smashing Magazine

“Danger: malware ahead!” and “This website may harm your computer” are the two sentences that I hate most and that I don’t want any of my clients to see when they open their website. If you have seen any of them on your own website, then I’ll bet you still remember your panic attack and how you struggled to get your website up and running ASAP.


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5. iOS 8 for Developers – Apple Developer

iOS 8 includes over 4,000 new APIs that let you add amazing new features and capabilities to your apps. Deeper integration with iOS means you can extend the reach of your app content and functionality. And with bold new technologies for game development, you can create even more incredible, responsive, and immersive gaming experiences.


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6. Apple posts WWDC 2014 keynote to YouTube

After making the two-hour keynote to this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference available on its own website, Apple on Tuesday uploaded a high resolution version of the video to YouTube.


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7. Apple just took another step towards obscuring the way the web works – Quartz

At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference today the company rolled out a new look for its web browser, Safari. Apple executives didn’t point it out, but sharp-eyed observers have noticed one significant change to the interface. The address bar truncates URLs to the domain-name level.


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8. How to share iTunes content with your family right now | Macworld

Reader Frank Stillman has a question related to a feature recently announced by Apple. He writes:

I’m interested in Apple’s announcement of the Family Sharing plan, where you can share iTunes media with other people in your family. Is there any way my family and I can do something like that now?

[Insert sounds of hesitation here] Well, sort of. A common misconception is that you can use a single iCloud account per device for everything that device does. For example, once you configure an iCloud account within Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars, that account will be tied to not only your email account but also purchases from the iTunes and iBooks stores. This isn’t the case. Your iCloud account and iTunes/App Store/iBookstore account can be different (though, for many people, they’re often the same thing).


9. How to identify VPN protocols in OS X | Macworld

A reader who wishes to remain anonymous requires more information about a VPN connection than OS X is willing to provide. The reader writes:

I’m helping out at my spouse’s small office and want to help configure her colleagues’ Macs with the same VPN configuration I somehow successfully set up for her many months ago. The problem is that I can’t remember which protocol I originally used—L2TP, PPTP, or IPSec—and nothing in System Preference’s Network preference tells me. How can I tell the difference?

When you first set up a VPN connection by opening the Network preference, clicking the plus (+) button near the bottom-left corner of the window, choosing VPN from the Interface pop-up menu, and selecting the kind of protocol you’ll use from the VPN Type menu, the Service Name field will display the protocol in parentheses—VPN (L2TP), for example. Of course, if you change that service name (as most people would) you lose the broad hint OS X provides. Fortunately, there’s another way.


10. How to Capture Movies of Your iOS Device’s Screen | Macworld

A reader who wishes to remain anonymous has a question about capturing an iOS screen for broadcast. This person writes:

I’m creating a website of Mac and iOS tutorials and tips and I’m wondering if there’s a way to make a screen recording in iOS like there is through QuickTime in OS X.
Regrettably, unless you jailbreak your device, there isn’t a way to capture its screen directly on the device. However, with the help of your Mac, it can be easily done.

Here at Macworld (and in plenty of other places I’ve seen) we use a tool such as App Dynamic’s $15 AirSever or Squirrels’ $13 Reflector. These are apps that you run on your Mac that allow you to wirelessly mirror your iOS device’s screen to your computer as well as capture whatever the device’s screen displays.