News about new websites you might want to check out, changes to the websites you visit every day and more. In addition to just sharing about websites you might want to check out because they can add something to your day or life we will also have a section dedicated to websites changing how the internet works. These sites may offer little in terms of content but their design or function is groundbreaking. Or, vice-versa. These sites may have horrible design but offer and idea that can be life changing to many.
What you will not find here: 1) Paid content, 2) Content that is part of someone’s SEO or link plan nor 3) Fluff advertorial pieces of writing.
Every paid user of any device, app, service or creative suite worries about the information that they put online. We thrive on knowing that a site is run through “https://” instead of “http://”. Knowing that what we are doing is secure is a big part of feeling comfortable and happy online. Unfortunately for 3 million Adobe users, there worst fears were met last night when their accounts were hacked, compromised and eventually stolen. Now, this sounds as though that all they lost was access to their account, but this is not the case. For these 3 million Adobe users, however, their secure and encrypted credit and debit card information, expiration dates, names, etc. were stolen. Well known for the Adobe Creative Suite; which includes Photoshop, InDesign and Dreamweaver, to name a few, the popular design suite is one that many designers, freelancers and agencies purchase in order to have the most up-to-date and best software available. Adobe has always been one of the leaders in this market and has built a large following along the way. With this most recent hack of personal information, Adobe could be in hot water not only with current users, but with potential new customers as well. If you didn’t know already, the Adobe Creative Suite does not run cheap. Programs such as Photoshop can set you back about $600 for just that one program. If you were to purchase the entire Creative suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) can cost over $1,000. This comes into play with the fact that people who are spending this much on Adobe programs want to know that their money is not only safe, but secure on the back end of their servers. With this hack, many are bound to either consider jumping ship, or actually do so by moving towards either Apple made products or just something else in general. Other companies have come back from security breaches like this, and some have even been bigger than Adobe, but for many this could be more than just a red flag. Hopefully, this is the last of the security breaches for big companies. If not, there could be a large scale exodus from expensive programs downloaded...read more
What’s exactly does a logo do? Does it bring customers to your website? Does it create a sense of happiness in you? Does it separate you from the others out there? To answer all of these very simply: yes. A logo is a defining marker of a company and brand. It is the only way to keep your self different from other people and to make sure that when people talk about you, they talk about you alone. Customers become more at ease the longer you have a single look, and when it gets changed, things start to fall apart. Fortunately or unfortunately, Yahoo! is beginning to run into this “problem”. For 30 days, Yahoo!’s CEO Marissa Mayer put together 30 different variations of the famous Yahoo! logo, all in anticipation of one being chosen. It seemed that when the whole 30 days of changing logos began, fans of the popular news and search engine site were OK with what was going on. There had been grumblings of a new logo to come, but nothing more. It was just going to be 30 days of Mayer playing around with the logo all to just drive traffic to the site, right? We were all, very, very wrong. Response for the logo has come back to Yahoo! and it hasn’t been as promising as Mayer, and the company as a whole, was hoping for. In this Mashable story, they show a graph that portrays how people felt when shown the new and old logos. Of all participants, only 21% liked the updated logo with an almost horrifying 79% opposing it. For Mayer, who was brought in last year to rejuvenate the company, this will be seen as her first “misstep”, at least in the eyes of those outside the company. Mayer knows that the only way for Yahoo! to survive is by adapting to changing times, and by coming from Google, she knows that better than anyone. This could very easily be just another “Facebook Newsfeed” redesign. NO ONE, especially consumers, like large scale changes to websites that they have been going to since the Internet started. For Yahoo!, the first major change to their logo in almost 18 years is bound to come with a little bit of hesitation. That’s not to say that things won’t get better, though. Especially with all of the buyouts that Mayer has completed in her first year at the helm of Yahoo!. This is only the next step. Here’s a look at the video Yahoo! put out on how they put together the new logo....read more
We all know about the NSAs monitoring of our phone calls, texts, emails, Facebook’s and Twitter’s through their aggregation device known as Prism, but why not find a place that can hold everything, all in one spot. That’s exactly what PRSM, the “new” social network is doing for you. Well, in a way. If you have a backbone and a sense of humor, you will understand that this website is a complete and utter joke. The site contains images of Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and countless other sharing sites depicting all that you can “connect” with your PRSM page. There’s even a button to sign up for the site. But alas, when you click “sign up”, this is what you get: As you can see, your “account” with PRSM is where you can find the joke in all of this. Of course you’re already signed up, you’re a living and breathing human being who happens to live in the United States. As soon as you signed on to the Internet or made a phone call, you started to manage and grow your profile, adding friends and posting comments to a site you didn’t know existed. The website Datacoup brought the idea of PRSM to life and even told us about their new adventure back in June, right around the time of Prism being outed as an actual thing by Edward Snowden. So, go take a look and find out exactly what you have added to your PRSM profile and tell your friends, too. Hopefully, you all get a good chuckle out of this. We certainly did. Site found from this story on The...read more
Buying glasses is hard, at least that is what I have noticed with friends, family and co-workers. It’s a rash decision based on a limited amount of options and you feel pressed for time right after you have had your eyes checked. It seems that nine times out of 10, the wearer is unhappy with the glasses they bought and is left wondering if there may have been a better option, for less money. Well, glasses wearers, you now have the chance to figure out exactly which glasses you want without feeling like you made a wrong choice thanks to Warby Parker. The popular Internet eyewear site has begun to gain traction this year thanks to the need for more affordable eyewear. Normally, glasses can cost as much as $600 dollars when bought through the conventional means, such as at the eye doctor’s office or through a retail store. With Warby Parker though, each pair of glasses is set at the same price, $95 (titanium frames are $145). Warby Parker has prided itself on offering the low cost alternative while also giving it’s customers the chance to “test run” the pairs they like. What they do is they allow you to pick your five favorite frames. Then, Warby Parker will send you those five frames with plastic lenses for you to spend time with (up to five days), figure out your favorite and then send them back with your choice. There are no hidden fees for this, no shipping, no handling. Warby Parker wants their customers to have the easiest way of doing things, and it’s working. A second advantage to Warby Parker’s unconventional way of doing things is there “get one, give one” model. For every pair that you, the consumer, buys, a second pair goes to someone in need. This model has proven to be done in a similar way with TOMS shoes, so you can rest assured knowing that it does work. So, if you’re in the market for a new pair of glasses and you’re tired of getting the same thing over and over again, check out Warby Parker online or in-store and get a new pair of glasses today. BONUS VIDEO: (Warby Parker’s new TV commercial) Photo via screenshot of warbyparker.com...read more
It’s been a long day at work and all you want to do when you get home is open up your computer and watch your favorite show on Netflix. You expect it to be your “recently watched” choice or at least in your Top 10, but no, somehow it is buried so deep in the caverns of Netflix that you end up just using the search bar after five minutes of mindlessly scrolling. All because you gave your account to a couple friends. We’ve all experienced this before and we’ve all been a little upset with this happening. Well, stress no more Netflix lovers, because the popular streaming service is about to help you breathe easy during the day. Today, Netflix is releasing the long awaited user profile update, allowing users to with multiple people on their account, to put people into their own category where they can have their own queue, their own recommendations and their own “recently watched” section. When you create individual profiles, all old recommendations will be thrown out. Now, this may seem like a horrible thing because after this long, we’ve all built up a pretty good list of movies and shows. This isn’t terrible though. Netflix says that recommendations are created through watching shows and movies, so it won’t take Netflix long to populate that list from nothing. What that means for your boyfriend or girlfriend? You finally won’t have to see “New Girl” or “The West Wing” in your recommendations, when you have no intention of ever watching either. This update will get people better recommendations, improving the chances of people watching what is actually recommended to them. With the individual profile, there won’t be as much sifting through content as before. What you see is what you are wanting to see. More sport movies, more TV shows and most likely, more recommendations to watch Netflix original programming, if you’ve gotten into it that is. It is just something that will make Netflix viewing more entertaining. Friends and family alike will have a better chance at being “told” to watch what they really want to watch. Instead of being told to watch what you’re boyfriend/girlfriends best friend wants to watch. The update is only for new users as of today but will begin rolling out to current users over the next couple of weeks. Whenever you get the chance to set up the profiles though, do not hesitate. Take back your Netflix account and watch what you want to watch. Some of the information used from this article on TechCrunch.com Photo via...read more
Over the last few months, Facebook has been overhauling the way that their site looks both on mobile and desktop. They have fully released their new Graph Search while also completing a wide release of their new look for insights on Facebook Pages. All of these changes have been met with open arms, unlike many changes that have been made in the past (e.g. Facebook Timeline). Now, Facebook is going to begin allowing the embedding of posts on third party sites. Much like the way you can embed tweets, like this: Today, we are beginning to roll out Embedded Posts. https://t.co/dM2LuZCw0k — Facebook (@facebook) July 31, 2013 As you can see, this makes referencing a post, a story or just an opinion much easier and a lot nicer to look at. What this means for sites such as this or any other news site is that getting an athlete’s reaction or a tech genius’ posting into a story will become an expedited process. This could either be a really good thing or a really bad thing, depending on how you are looking at what is going on. As a good thing, embedding posts just makes life simpler. Instead of giving your readers multiple links to a site such as Twitter or Google+, instead, you can just put a specific post directly into your story, and not have to worry about broken or missing links. In terms of this being a bad thing down the road is that Facebook still has the umbrella of being a “private” site hanging over its head. People, no matter how hard Facebook may try, still look at the social media site as a place where they can go to communicate with friends and family in what they still see as a secure or private forum. It is obvious that Facebook is trying to get away from this stigma, but it is proving harder than it looks. Twitter started as a place where people would go and let everyone, and we mean EVERYONE, know their opinion. It has only been in the past few years that Facebook has begun to open up as a “public” forum. This isn’t to say that people won’t get used to being able to embed either their own postings or someone else’s. Embedding is just another step in the right direction for Facebook. Whatever that direction may...read more
In an online world that is seemingly dominated by social media giants Facebook and Twitter, not many people thought that Google’s hope for a bite of the social media pie with Google+ would amount to much. They were coming into the market during a time of bigger expansion to mobile and tablet devices and weren’t very well tested on a wide scale. The original release of the new social media site came with a lot of fanfare, but one could only join if invited by someone else who was already apart of the site. Once you did get onto the site, you were supposed to do things like “+1” articles and join “hangouts”. It all seemed too new and too different from what we were used to, so it wouldn’t grow, right? Wrong. VentureBeat released an article on July 8th of this year explaining that “you may not be using Google+, but your friends probably are.” It took the first sentence of the article to explain that the emergence of Google’s direct competitor to Facebook and Twitter has arrived, and in a big way. Since its first global “opening” of sorts back in the early summer of 2011, Google+ has quietly been gaining more and more members. Many of them coming from the tech industry. This isn’t because Facebook and Twitter aren’t good enough, it’s nothing like that. It seems as though change is good and embraced by many. Many, if not most, of the stats given in the article revolve around the immediate and rapid growth of the site. In the two years since its release, it has steadily moved past Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube 500 million and 343 million registered and active users, respectively. There is also more interaction on Google’s site in comparison to what Facebook has been doing in the past year. Users have shared, or +1, content more frequently through Google than they have been doing on Facebook. This seems to have a lot to do with the ease to which your content can be seen and shared in comparison to Facebook. Content may get muddled with other users’ content on Google+, but won’t get pushed to the bottom of the feed as is the case with Facebook. Google seems to have a good thing going with Google+, and with the recent update to its layout back in early May, they might even be looking to move past Facebook in the coming years. Well, maybe more than “might...read more