Four Award-Winning Websites That Inspire Us

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The Horizon Interactive Awards have announced the 2010 winners and, as usual, it's an impressive array of websites spanning many industries. This is one of the most interesting contests for Web designers and developers, as it showcases the best combinations of design, technology and function. You can see the full list here, and below are a few… [[ This is …

Forrst Opens Doors to More Web Pros

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Forrst has launched a substantial update to the popular online design and development community’s invite system. The invite-only model the community has employed until now has helped to maintain a strong focus on creativity, says founder Kyle Bragger, ensuring that only developers and designers are able to gain access. The model has also… [[ This is a content summary only. …

Appia's PPD Ad Network Arrives

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App marketplace Appia today launched a new performance based advertising network for app developers. The service is launching today at the 2011 AppNation conference in San Francisco as a “pay per download” opportunity. Appia’s new ad network enables developers to promote their apps by targeting ads by country and platform to… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my …

Embed Facebook Posts In Articles With SocialDitto

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SocialDitto is a new tool designed to let content producers, such as journalists and bloggers, embed Facebook posts/status updates into their content. You can think about it like the Twitter BlackBird Pie tool, which lets you embed tweets.  The developers of SocialDitto, part of iEntry (which also publishes WebProNews) thought a Blackbird Pie-like tool would be useful for Facebook posts, …

Amazon Introduces New Email Service for Businesses

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Amazon has announced the launch of a bulk and transactional email-sending service for businesses and developers. As part of Amazon Web Services (AWS), the new Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) is designed to give customers a highly scalable and cost-effective alternative to building in-house email solutions or licensing, installing and… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my …

MySpace Issues User Data Protection Update

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New features, celebrity endorsements, and a redesign can only get a site so far.  More than ever, users want to know their private information is safe.  So this week, MySpace issued a clear statement to the effect that the social network is protecting users’ data. Remember the big third-party-apps-are-leaking-data-to-advertisers scare in October?  MySpace responded to it by making some promises, …

Apple Introduces iAd Producer

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You can now create your own iAd ads. Apple has released its iAd Producer for developers to meddle and learn how to create these rich media ads. These ads, as explained during its launch, possess the emotional aspect of TV and interactivity of web flash ads. iAd Producer is available free to paid developers. Otherwise, you would […] Related posts: …

Google Chrome Web Store Explained [VIDEOS]

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Google Chrome Web Store has just launched. But to some, it may still be a little confusing. The concept is similar to how Android or Apple’s iTunes application marketplace work. Developers submit their applications to the Google Chrome Web Store to be curated. Once approved, these apps will be made available for users to download through […] Related posts: Google …

71% Of Internet Users Utilize Up-To-Date Browsers

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The people who work on Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and maybe even Safari and Internet Explorer can take comfort in the fact that their efforts aren’t going unappreciated.  A new report from Pingdom indicates that a significant majority of Internet users are running the most recent version of their browser of choice. Indeed, according to Pingdom’s analysis (which was based on …

Foursquare Exceeds 40 Million Check-Ins

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Location-based social network Foursquare counted its 40 millionth check-in a “couple days ago”, according to a Tweet from one of its developers. The number shows that Foursquare’s growth rate is accelerating: Five weeks ago, we clocked Foursquare’s total check-ins at 22 million. In short: Foursquare appears to have doubled its check-in rate in just over a month. It’s just over …

HOW TO: Add Facebook “Like” Buttons to Your WordPress Blog

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This series is supported by Rackspace, the better way to do hosting. Learn more about Rackspace’s hosting solutions here. Facebook officially unveiled its new Open Graph API and tools a few weeks ago, making it possible for developers and end users to easily hook their own sites into Facebook’s broader ecosystem. In just the first week, Facebook’s social plugins were …

Twitter Launches Countdown to OAuthcalypse

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In 9 weeks, 3 days and some change, Twitter will turn off basic authentication for apps, making OAuth the only way to connect to Twitter applications. The Twitter API team has even launched a countdown to what it calls “OAuthcalypse.” Currently, there are two ways to connect to apps: basic authentication, where you provide your username and password to a …

Google Chrome Ditches Http://

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When you see some text prefixed by “Http://”, you automatically assume that what follows is a web address, as defined by the Hypertext Transfer Protocol. The question is, since most web addresses are easily recognizable anyway, do you really need it? The developers of Google Chrome don’t think you do, so they simply chose to hide it in a developer …