1. Mathias Bynens | 3.14 things I didn’t know about CSS | CSS Day on Vimeo

“This talk will showcase a series of obscure CSS fun facts, such as CSS syntax gimmicks and quirks, weird tricks that involve CSS in one way or another, and security vulnerabilities that are enabled by (ab)using CSS in unexpected ways.



About Mathias:”

Mathias Bynens | 3.14 things I didn’t know about CSS | CSS Day from Web Conferences Amsterdam on Vimeo.

2. Also by Mathias:

Dev Opera

3. Dev.Opera — Responsive Images: Use Cases and Documented Code Snippets to Get You Started

"Finally, true responsive images are becoming a reality on the web — in pure HTML, without convoluted hacks. The element and a couple of new attributes for the element are behing a flag in Chromium 37 (so coming soon in Opera), in Firefox Nightly and are being implemented in WebKit (although it remains to be seen if Apple will ship it in the next version of Safari).

The new element can be verbose and confusing, because it solves a range of use cases. To help you match your requirements to the responsive image syntax, we’ve prepared this article full of examples.

Four questions

Before you start using responsive images in your design, you always have to answer the following four questions:

  • Do my image sizes change depending on my responsive design rules?
  • Do I want to optimize for high-dpi screens?
  • Do I want to serve images with different mime types to browsers that support them?
  • Do I want to serve different art depending on certain contextual factors?"

Apple Developer

4. OS X Beta Program

“OS X Yosemite will be available this fall. The OS X Beta Program lets you take part in shaping it by test-driving pre-release versions and letting us know what you think. Your comments will help us make OS X better for all Mac users. Sign up today, and the beta software will be available for you to install soon.”

Use this with caution. Normal functioning may be variable until the Fall, when Yosemite will be available for release.

Macworld Gems

5. BitPerfect review: Improve your iTunes music sound quality | Macworld

“In spite of the criticism levied against it, I tend to give iTunes the benefit of the doubt. It’s there, it does a serviceable job of managing and playing my music, it functions as a device hub and it does a good job of it. Tim Murrison’s BitPerfect 2.0.1 (Mac App Store link) shows what iTunes music is capable of and is an audiophile’s dream. BitPerfect opens a world of clearer, more present sound that you never thought was possible from your Mac’s speakers.”

6. Snapheal review: Make those background objects in your photos go away | Macworld

"The art of retouching photos has come a long way since the Soviet used crude cut-and-paste techniques to remove unwanted people from black and white shots in the Fifties. These days, even the most basic photo editing software is capable of performing sophisticated alterations on all kinds of images.

Snapheal 1.2 is one such tool, but with a twist: it’s designed to allow users to selectively alter parts of an image by tweaking its technical parameters, adjusting exposure settings, and removing unwanted features."

Note that this functionality is possible in good graphics editors, all of which cost more than $10.


7. Apple Has Now Paid $20 Billion to iOS Devs, According to Quarterly Earnings Call | Mac|Life

"Apple held its quarterly earnings call today, and the report from CEO Tim Cook follows the general trend we’ve been seeing for some months now. Device sales are generally up for year-over-year, with the notable exception of the iPad (which has witnesses sales drops of 8 percent in the past 12 months). But there’s an important statistic among all these numbers—since 2008, the Cupertino giant has paid over 20 billion to its iOS developers.

Compare that figure to the $15 billion Apple reported just last January, and you’ll discover that that’s a increase of $5 billion just within the last half-year. TechCrunch, who drew attention to the figure, points out that Google reportedly paid out $5 billion over the entirety of last year. Push those numbers a few months further, and it’s suddenly apparent that Apple has paid out ‘nearly half’ of the total $20 billion within the last 12 months along."

Apple is laughing all the way to the bank.

8. Are you one of those people who likes to organize your life around to-do lists? If so, Mavericks’ Reminders app is here to help. Just as on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, Reminders makes it easy to create to-dos and synchronize them seamlessly with all your devices using iCloud — with any changes made on one appearing on all the others.

You get a default Reminders list to start things off, but it’s easy to add new ones. You can rename a list by right-clicking on its name, choosing Rename from the pop-up menu, typing a new name, and pressing Return. Reminders also lets you set up categories of lists so that you can get a quick overview of specific tasks, such as birthdays and anniversaries. We’ll show you how to add items to your Reminders list, set up and both time- and location-based alerts, and sync them using iCloud. To set iCloud up, open the Apple menu and go to System Preferences > iCloud. If you’re not logged in, type in your Apple ID and click Sign In > Next > Allow. Once that’s done, check that Calendars and Reminders is ticked. Next, sign in with the same Apple ID on any iOS devices you own by going to Settings > iCloud.

One of those nice pieces of free software that doesn’t get much love.

9. Easy Mac Hacks: 4 handy text keyboard shortcuts in Safari | Mac|Life

"Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using built-in OS X utilities such as Terminal, Apple’s command line application. These easy hacks can make life better and simpler, and don’t require any knowledge of coding — all you need is a keyboard to type ’em out!

In the past, we showed you how to use the text shortcuts in Terminal to move the text cursor between the beginning of the text line, the end of the text line, and how to remove characters in between. However, as we recently discovered, this same keyboard technique also works in some other places system-wide. Continue reading and we’ll show you how to use these text shortcuts in Safari and other places.

When entering text into a text field in Safari, you may have wanted to use a similar shortcut to those available in the Terminal when entering text. Here are the shortcuts that work the same in the Terminal and in Safari for moving the text cursor around in a text field:

Control + K
This is a really handy feature that allows you to place the cursor in the middle of text, and remove all of the characters to the right of the text cursor.

Control + A
If you wish to move the cursor for the text entry to the beginning of the text field (similar to pressing the ‘Home’ button on other keyboards).

Control + E
Moves the cursor for the text entry to the end of the line, allowing you to enter text after the last bit of text on the current line that you’re editing.

Shift + Option + Command + V
Sometimes whenever you copy text from Safari and paste it into a document, or vice versa, the text takes on a new format that you perhaps don’t want visible in the document. Using this keyboard shortcut will make the text being pasted match the style of the place where you’re pasting it (be it a document or another location).

Do you have another keyboard shortcut that we didn’t mention that you use a lot with Safari or another text editor on your Mac? Let us and other Mac users know in the discussion below."

There aren’t enough keystrokes on the keyboard for all of the things I like to do. Have a look at Keyboard Maestro. [Yes that is my referral code link and will confer some benefit to me directly. You don’t have to use it but it won’t hurt you.] KM allows you to have floating palettes for your macros and keyboard shortcuts. You can even record multiple keystrokes and play them one after the other. Note to self – need to program Command-A, Command-X, Command-W (discard button) for MarsEdit, to copy and move windows.


10. Apple Mac OS X Software & Apps – Discover & Download : MacUpdate

"New Mac SoftwareUpdated 16 minutes ago

If you have 2–300 applications on your Mac, like I do, you would go crazy if you didn’t have a look at MacUpdate. It looks after all of the Applications I have that are not on the Apple Store.