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Official 'Star Wars' canon can now include Expanded Universe stories

The <i>Star Wars</i> franchise is changing. Yesterday, Leland Chee, the curator of the <i>Star Wars</i> canon, started tweeting that the existing canon hierarchy would be leveled off, giving the Expanded Universe of novels, video games, comic books, and characters the same standing as the original movies going …

How to Protect WordPress Sites

WordPress is one of the most ubiquitous content management systems in the world. Even better, it’s open source! However, as an open source piece of …

‘Tonight I Strike’: bringing sci-fi to life with a $1,200 laptop

Visit a world-class facility like Industrial Light & Magic, and alongside legions of brilliant artists you’ll find racks upon racks of servers, all devoted to one task: making the impossible come to life. But as computers have become cheaper and more powerful, technological bottlenecks have opened …

Quick Tip

Follow this quick tip and learn how to create a simple grass text effect. We will use the Note Paper effect then with the help of the Live Trace …

My (Simple) Workflow To Design And Develop A Portfolio Website

<i>A look behind the scenes of my design and development workflow</i><p>After receiving a bunch of emails asking me about the design decisions I made during …

The Mystery Of CSS Sprites: Techniques, Tools And Tutorials

• 13 min read<br>• Coding, CSS, Techniques, Essentials<p>Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web …

How to Create a Pop Art Avatar with Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial we are going to learn how to recreate the illustration style used for Pop Art. This type of illustration is taken from a printing …

6 Free Customizable Retro/Vintage Logos & Emblems

Quickly and easily create yourself a retro/vintage style logo with these 6 free customisable insignias. Open up the file, edit the text and you …

Graphic Design

Create a Grungy Web Badge

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to create a grungy web badge in Adobe Illustrator. For starters you will learn how to setup a simple …

33 Tempting E-Commerce Icons [Freebie]

2 min read<p>Share on Twitter or LinkedIn<p>Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. …

Setting Breakpoints in Responsive Design - Web Designer Wall - Design Trends and Tutorials

Lately, I’ve been blogging a lot about Responsive Design. I’ve covered the technical side of media queries, basic implementation, full design …

Powerful Workflow Tips, Tools And Tricks For Web Designers

Tips And Tricks<p>Design Workflow<p>A Secret for Color Schemes<p>Erica Schoonmaker shares her trick for matching up colors and creating a nice color scheme. …

Dell XPS 12 review (2013)

Last fall marked a renaissance in laptop design. With Windows 8 on the horizon, manufacturers built truly exciting notebooks with high-res touch screens, clever back-flipping hinges, superb construction, and even displays on both sides. With touch screens as a focal point, it seemed that laptop …

Listen to a vocals-only track of the classic Beatles 'Abbey Road' medley

To many Beatles fans, <i>Abbey Road</i> represents the crowning achievement of an unrivaled musical repertoire. And if you ever need proof that The Beatles were masters of their craft, look no further than the 16-minute medley that dominates the album's B-side. Even if <i>Abbey Road</i> has a place in your record …

Incredible paintings of sci-fi suburbia will make you wish you were Swedish

Welcome to rural Sweden, sometime in the late '80s. Citizens go about their mundane lives and children explore the countryside. But something isn't quite right. Robots and hovercrafts are commonplace, and decaying science facilities sprout from the harsh Scandinavian landscape. There's even a rumor …

iOS 7 available to the public on September 10th according to developer email (update)

After news leaked of Apple's upcoming iPhone event on September 10th, it was assumed the new iOS 7 would be announced at the same time — but now there's proof. Today, a developer named Owen Williams received an email indicating that iOS 7 would be released to the general public on the 10th, giving …

Your car's engine sound might be fake

Do you know what your car sounds like? Don't be so sure: General Motors has figured out ways to make vehicles sound more pleasant than their mechanical parts actually allow. Tim Maly spoke to GM acoustic noise engineer Kara Gordon, whose job is to design the entire soundscape of a car, and that …

KeyMe iOS app photographs your keys and stores them in the cloud

We've all been there. Staring forlornly at a locked door, keyless, with Gandalf's rumbling voice echoing in our heads, telling us that we would not pass. It's a sorry sight, and the people behind the iOS app KeyMe are determined to make it a thing of the past. The app (available at the link below) …

Famed 'Star Wars' composer John Williams confirmed to score seventh movie

John Williams, the Grammy and Oscar-winning composer who scored all six <i>Star Wars</i> films, will return for the seventh installment in the series. <i>Star Wars: Episode VII</i> has no name yet and is set to come out in 2015. Williams has not been briefed on the storyline, but he's still excited to work on the …

Canary provides always-on, always learning home security in a beautiful, simple box

"It's like Nest for home security," founder and CEO Adam Sager said when describing Canary, his new connected home security device. It's an apt description: like the always-learning thermostat, Canary is designed not only to provide peace of mind and security, but to always be improving at its job. …

Project FJ45

Taming The Email Beast

The Problem Of Email<p>Email has changed our expectations of communication; most of us feel like we need to be constantly available. We are tied to our …

Netflix takes Bluth's banana stand on tour ahead of 'Arrested Development' return

Throughout <i>Arrested Development's</i> three seasons on Fox, Bluth's Original Frozen Banana Stand served as a constant set-piece and quite possibly the family's sole legitimate means of income. As Netflix prepares to revive the beloved series for its subscribers, it's giving fans the chance to visit the …

How Much Has The Web Really Changed?

Screen Sizes<p>In the 1990s, the Web was 640 pixels wide. In the early 2000s, it grew to 800 pixels. A few years later, we decided it should be 1024 …

Intel doubles the speed of next-generation Thunderbolt interface

Intel today announced that the next version of its Thunderbolt interface will support 20Gbps transfers, twice the speed of the current 10Gbps interface. The extra bandwidth allows for the simultaneous displaying of 4K video and sending of 4K video files at the interface's full speed, and its …

Mastering Real-World Constraints (A Case Study)

The Challenge<p>As a Web and mobile app UI design firm, we couldn’t very well ignore the problem for much longer and let prospective clients pinch, …

Your Online Presence, Perfected.

<b>Everything we offer we do for you</b><p>Websites, advertising, content development, search engine optimization, email marketing, social media and more.<br>Our …

Marketing

Windows Blue public preview planned for Build developer conference

Microsoft is gearing up to release its first public preview version of Windows Blue at its Build developer conference in late June. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed that the company started work on a "milestone preview" version of Windows Blue earlier this month. The code, a …

Goodbye, Zen Coding. Hello, Emmet!

HTML Abbreviations<p>Initializers<p>Getting started with a new HTML document takes less than a second now. Just type ! or html:5, hit “Tab,” and you’ll see …

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