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Looking at AWS Amplify

October 6th, 2020

AWS Amplify is a collection of tools from AWS to help you build applications. Allow me to set the stage here to try to make that as clear as I know-how. I have a friend (true story) who wants to build an app centered around physical training. His wife is a physical trainer, and they…

Progress on Privacy Sandbox and building a more private web

October 6th, 2020

Last year we announced a new initiative (known as Privacy Sandbox) to develop a set of open standards to fundamentally enhance privacy on the web. With Privacy Sandbox, we’ve been exploring privacy-preserving mechanisms with the web community that protects user data and prevents intrusive cross-site tracking. Our aim is to preserve the vitality of the…

Signal boost: Google Wifi and Nest Wifi just got better

October 6th, 2020

Lately, our homes have become busier than ever–we work, attend classes, enjoy entertainment from movies to video games and even exercise right in our living rooms. This means our Wi-Fi needs to be dependable and strong, and keep us covered in any room of the home. To make sure more people can have the Wi-Fi…

On the Web Share API

October 5th, 2020

I think the Web Share API is very cool. In a nutshell, it taps into the native sharing features on whatever platform you’re on if that platform supports it. I like this: Web Share API activated on iOS A heck of a lot more than these things: This is just an image, don’t try to…

Styling Complex Labels

October 5th, 2020

Danielle Romo covers the HTML pattern you need when you have a wordy <label> with fancy styling for an <input type=”radio”>. The ol’ <span class=”hidden-visually”> that contains the label that you want to be read, and a <span aria-hidden=”true”> with the visual-only content. CodePen Embed Fallback I think it’s interesting how often people are landing…

5 tips to fundraise for Giving Tuesday using Ad Grants

October 5th, 2020

Giving Tuesday was first established in 2012 to encourage people to volunteer, advocate for a cause, donate, and perform other acts of generosity. This day has become a fundraising milestone for nonprofits: in 2019, people donated nearly $2 billion on Giving Tuesday in the U.S. alone. This year, Giving Tuesday is on December 1st. Giving…

The Nest team let us in on their at-home sound setups

October 5th, 2020

No two homes are alike: The things, people, and routines that fill them are totally unique. That’s why the Nest team is so focused on creating flexible, customizable products and tools that can help everyone—and every home—function more smoothly, and more joyfully. Personally, my recipe for Nest-enabled home happiness starts in the kitchen with my…

A Complete Guide to CSS Media Queries

October 2nd, 2020

Media queries are a way to target browser by certain characteristics, features, and user preferences, then apply styles or run other code based on those things. Perhaps the most common media queries in the world are those that target particular viewport ranges and apply custom styles, which birthed the whole idea of responsive design. /*…

The Month in WordPress: September 2020

October 2nd, 2020

This month was characterized by some exciting announcements from the WordPress core team! Read on to catch up with all the WordPress news and updates from September. WordPress 5.5.1 Launch On September 1, the  Core team released WordPress 5.5.1. This maintenance release included several bug fixes for both core and the editor, and many other…

Some Industry Podcasts

October 1st, 2020

Clearleft made a 6-episode Season One It’s called The Clearleft Podcast if you can believe that. It gets into new (at least to me) concepts like Design Ops and Design Sprints, which are loaded terms and need nuanced discussion. It’s really well-edited, pulling in clips from relevant talks and such. A cut above the hit-record-hit-stop…