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Recap of Week of November 30 (Sorry forgot to post this!)

Around the Blogosphere

Another nail in the coffin for Internet Explorer.

Late last week, Microsoft has announced the ending of support for all versions of Internet Explorer (IE) with the exception of IE 11 (announcement here, https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/WindowsForBusiness/End-of-IE-support). This decision ends years of heartache and suffering of our talented Front End Development team as earlier versions used unique rendering engines, causing excess hours, tears and sweat. But this move is not to push IE 11, but it’s more powerful and well-planned heir, Microsoft Edge.  If you are not aware, Microsoft Edge is the new browser that was released with Windows 10 earlier this year. Unlike Internet Explorer’s rocky history with excess bloat, Edge is very light, and extremely fast (beating out the likes of Firefox and Chrome!). As mentioned, this is a well-planned browser by Microsoft, with that said, Edge currently does not provide all the same features and capabilities that you would find in Chrome and Firefox, one of the biggest missing features is Extensions, but just like Windows 10 OS, Microsoft is continually enhancing it, and we should see Extensions introduced by mid next year with Windows 10 “Redstone” release. To learn more about MS Edge, check out this video – http://www.winbeta.org/news/windows-10-depth-microsoft-edge-video

Adobe admits death of flash by reinventing Adobe Flash Professional

We are a step closer to complete and utter destruction of Adobe Flash with the announcement that Adobe will be launching a rebuild Adobe Flash Professional to become Adobe Animate CC. http://techcrunch.com/2015/12/01/adobe-puts-another-nail-in-flashs-coffin/

Rumor: iPhone 7 ditches headphone jack… Really?

Although I agree the headphone jack is one of the largest ports left on the iPhone, but do we really need a thinner iPhone? Doesn’t that just mean the camera sticks out even more? Chinese paper thinks Apple’s next goal is to kill off the headphone jack like they successfully did with the CD-ROM (yes, I really did write that!)

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/30/9820416/apple-rumors-headphone-jack-lightning-port-iphone

Great Site for Deal Tracking

Lifehacker has an awesome deal tracking site called Kinja Deals, highly recommend following them.


Best Interview Questions, Provided by the CEO’s of the world

I have to say, my most favorite one is Jeff Zwelling:

“A hammer and a nail cost $1.10, and the hammer costs one dollar more than the nail. How much does the nail cost?”


UX Development Tool for iOS and Android

Interesting new platform called Fuse that helps with UX development by providing real-time streaming to your devices.


Apple has Swiftly moved their Swift Programming Language to Open Source

Like how I played on words there 😉 Read more here – https://swift.org/

Everything about Nothing Recap

How to Kill (Hide) Status Bar in Firefox (without Add-Ons)

See past articles here.

Hybris Blank

No new articles published this week, but see past articles here.


Sharing the sweet secrets of Google Chrome for iOS

Oh Google Chrome on iOS, how I love thee, let me count the ways… in a latest release from Google, Chrome now includes some pretty quaint but also features, I’d like to share…

Pull to Refresh/Create/Close

Arguably one of the coolest new feature (on iPhone, iPad appears to not have) is ability to pull to display a new series of options at top of window… Give it a try! (just do not slide right please :-)).

When you are at the top of the screen then proceed to pull down (using touch gesture of course ;-)) you will notice 3 icons appear, with the middle icon have a blue bubble around it:

Pullto refresh

If you let go at this state, it will refresh the current tab. If you were to instead drag your finger to the left (after dragging down of course) a new tab will be created and displayed. Likewise, if you drag your finger to the right, it will immediately close the tab. Awesome right!


Continuing on the topic of single handed features in Google Chrome, if you swipe your finger from left to right on the left side of the screen or right to left from the right side of the screen, you can quickly jump from tab to tab.

Search and activate copied links from Notification Center

Not to the level of coolness as the pull to close feature (I prefer the more simpler things to get me really excited), Google Chrome now has a feature in Notification Center. You can now:

  • Create new Tabs
  • Perform searches with voice dictation
  • and even activate links that are currently in your clipboard!


NOTE: if you are not familiar with Notification Center, to see this feature, you need to tap Edit in the same window and then tap the green add icon next to “Chrome” to activate the feature.

Integration with 1Password

Not as obvious but still very useful is ability to access 1Password password locker to retrieve passwords directly from Chrome. This though is not straightforward at all. Here is the visual to access 1Password:


  1. Open the web site in Google Chrome
  2. Tap the action menu icon in top right
  3. Tap the icon in top left of the action menu that looks like “export”
  4. Tap 1Password in the new dialog box
  5. Login to 1Password and it should automatically display the password for the site you are on (if the web site is properly listed in your 1Password locker).

There are other cool features recently released like weather in Suggested Search Results menu, but not as cool as features I mentioned above 🙂