1. Issue #128 | CSS Weekly

“Improving Smashing Magazine’s Performance: A Case Study”

  • Single Div Drawings with CSS
  • Browser Support for Responsive Images
  • Customize Ordered Lists
  • Structure CSS
  • Compass Source Maps
  • Matrix3d Transforms
  • Flexbox composer
  • Sassy-Gridlover
  • Work-Life Inbalance


2. A Look at SVG Light Source Filters | CSS-Tricks

"SVG has its own set of filter effects that, when writing SVG, allow the author to combine several of these effects and apply the filter to the graphic.

Some of the more fantastic features of SVG filtering revolve around the light source. You can apply a lighting effect to SVG and then control the details of that through one of three filter effects: fePointLight, feDistantLight, and feSpotLight."

Smashing Magazine

3. Essential Visual Feedback Tools For Web Designers | Smashing Magazine

"The creative process takes a lot of time, and web designers know it. When you factor in feedback from clients, the process takes even longer: numerous emails, revision notes, chats and meetings — that’s what it normally takes to find out precisely what the client wants.

Fortunately, today’s web provides various solutions to optimize the communication process. The first web services that allow users to report bugs on web pages appeared several years ago. Since then, tools and technologies have emerged to make the process more convenient and user-friendly. Today’s market offers several useful products for visual bug-tracking, each with its pros and cons.

We have selected our top five tools and compared their features, functionality and pricing. We hope that this review will simplify your workflow and speed up communication between your team and clients."

  • InVision LiveCapture
  • TrackDuck
  • BugMuncher
  • BugHerd
  • Notable

Apple Insider

4. Apple to introduce app-specific passwords for iCloud-connected titles

"Come October, Apple’s iCloud will have yet another layer of protection, as the company is scheduled to implement app-specific passwords for third-party programs tying in to the cloud service.

According to a Support Document posted to Apple’s website on Tuesday, the new security feature will be employed to all third-party apps connecting with iCloud even if that program does not support two-step verification. In conjunction with new two-factor authentication protocols activated on iCloud.com on Tuesday, Apple is showing serious advances in cloud security."

Apple Insider

5. Review roundup: Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 8

“As expected, reviews for Apple’s new iPhone lineup hit the Web on Tuesday, with most assessments being largely positive on hardware — especially the 6 Plus’ battery life— but giving the nod to iOS 8 for keeping the handsets ahead of the competition.”

Mac gems

6. One of the best features introduced in Lion (OS X 10.7), and available on every version of OS X since, is OS X Recovery. The OS X installer creates an invisible, bootable, 650MB partition—a portion of a drive that the operating system treats as a separate volume—on your startup drive called Recovery HD that includes a few essential utilities for fixing problems, restoring files, browsing the Web, and even reinstalling OS X.

The Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks installers should automatically create the invisible Recovery HD partition the first time you install one of these operating systems. However, that doesn’t always happen. You can find out if your Mac has the Recovery HD partition—and, thus, OS X Recovery capabilities—by launching the Terminal app (in /Applications/Utilities), and then typing diskutil list and pressing Return. Locate your Mac’s startup drive in the resulting list of volumes; if you have a Recovery HD partition, it will show up as “Recovery HD” (preceded by “Apple_Boot”) just below the name of the startup drive. If you don’t see a Recovery HD partition on your Mac’s startup drive, you can’t use OS X Recovery.

Mac OSX Hints

7. Getting Java client apps to run the way you want – Mac OS X Hints

"I sometimes find the Java setup on my various Apple devices to be a mystery.

Recently, I was trying to get a Java applet to run in the same way on 2 iMacs and my MacBook Air. The applet is a simple vpn client from Juniper that lets me access a Citrix Desktop from any Mac that I can install the Citrix receiver client on so I can work on ‘Company stuff’ from a large screen iMac when I’m sat at home or from my MacBook when I’m on the road (it works fine over 3/4G).

The first thing is that you have to do some configuring of both Java and Safari to get the applet to run at all.

Once that was all done, I could log in from all my Macs, fire up the applet and establish a secure connection."

Java is still not very user-friendly on the Mac.

The changelog

8. A handpicked collection of beautiful color gradients for design and code – The Changelog

uiGradients is a great resource for picking gradients for your next project. With 34 contributors and ~80 color combinations, you’re sure to find a gradient to suit your needs.”

The changelog

9. CloudTunes: your web-based music player for the cloud – The Changelog


"Great idea and execution from Jakub Roztočil:

CloudTunes provides a unified interface for music stored in the cloud (YouTube, Dropbox, etc.) and integrates with Last.fm, Facebook, and Musicbrainz for metadata, discovery, and social experience. It is similar to services like Spotify, except instead of local tracks and the fixed Spotify catalog, CloudTunes uses your files stored in Dropbox and music videos on YouTube."


10. TidBITS: iOS 8 Users: Do Not Upgrade to iCloud Drive

"Prominent among Apple’s WWDC announcements for iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite was iCloud Drive, designed in part to bring iCloud’s previously document- and app-specific storage capabilities back into plain view in the Finder (‘Apple Unveils iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite at WWDC,’ 2 June 2014). With iCloud Drive, Apple is hearkening back to iDisk, a feature of iCloud’s predecessors MobileMe, .Mac, and iTools that provided online storage that looked and worked like a normal (though slow) drive in the Finder.

But there’s a problem. Actually, there are three problems. Apple hasn’t officially released Yosemite yet, iCloud Drive doesn’t work in 10.9 Mavericks, and upgrading your iCloud account to use iCloud Drive in iOS 8 is a one-way street — once you upgrade, you can’t go back to the old document- and app-specific approach that’s compatible with Mavericks. So when iOS 8 asks you to upgrade to iCloud Drive, tap Not Now."