Crazy Technology Changing the Internet

Things are moving at a rapid pace online. And each week, or month, there is always something coming up that will astound you and possibly change the way we live, do business or interact with one another.

So this post is dedicated to highlighting some of those things for you. Maybe you are aware of them, or maybe not, but I am sure there will be some surprises in there for you, no matter what.

The new iPhone Encryption

With the NSA reading everything we write, Apple has decided to take the law into their own hands with the new iPhone 6.

They have come up with a unique encryption system where each phone is it’s own key and algorithm in a way where Apple cannot help law enforcement crack a code, even if they wanted.

This of course may stop some agencies from seeing what people have been doing on their phones, but whether it seriously stops the NSA with all their super computing power, it is hard to say.

Whatever the case may be, it seems the manufacturers are paying attention to our security concerns and putting some great new tech in our hands to help allay those fears.

Are you Active on Social Media?

There is always a new social media site coming up and trying to disrupt the current status quo. And with Facebook being of the kind that is almost too big to fail, it was only a matter of time before someone came along to disrupt.

Enter Ello, they are trying to knock Facebook off their perch. But how is Ello different, or different enough to make that kind of claim.

Well, as you might have noticed in the last few months or years, Facebook is starting to monetize. Just like Google did, and is now the biggest advertiser in the world, at least online.

Facebook offer amazing advertising power to the online marketer, but at the expense of your data. You might not be identified personally, but Facebook knows a lot about you and uses that to advertise to you.

So how can Ello help? If you want to hear what BeatBeat has to say:

a grandiose cry for social networking that empowers people, and against social networks that lie, manipulate you and treat you like a product.

And according to it’s creator Mr. Budnitz

Ello doesn’t mine or sell data or have ads, so we invite people to be who they want to be on Ello

So far it is appealing to the tech and artistic communities and it’s design is certainly centered around those kinds of people. But the requests to get on board are skyrocketing, at a time when people are getting a bit fed up with Facebook. Whether it reaches a critical mass and takes on a life of it’s own – only time will tell.

 Google Glass is Fighting Crime

Minority Report is becoming a reality, at least is a small sense. Police in Dubai, an emirate that used to have a lot of money, has been investing a little amount of cash lately.

Previously is was Lamborghinis as pursuit vehicles, now they are adding Google Glass to the mix, to help with facial recognition and fighting their somewhat low crime rate.

Although they are perhaps one of the first, they certainly are the tip of the iceberg. Crime fighters beware.

That is all folks

That is all for this weeks craziness on the interwebs. I hope you learned a thing or two about how tech and the internet are changing at a rapid page and affecting our lives, slowly but surely.

As usual, if you have something to contribute, be sure to let us know in the comments below.

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Amazing E-Commerce Web Designs

Our poor friends with e-commerce websites are often forgotten for the web design and artistic brothers. Their content is a little more dull and their designs are not as crazy, but some of them still deserve to be applauded, don’t you think.

The following are some of the best websites for e-commerce that we have seen lately, and we wanted to bring them to the world’s attention. Or at the very least yours.

ToobyDoo

A very simple website for kid’s clothes, that just gets the job done.

Great use of white space and a very easy to follow navigation that leaves nothing to the imagination. You can and will find what you are looking for on this site, and enjoy the experience.

Their photography is also very crisp and clean and shows their products in the best light.

toobydoo.com

 

UGMonk

Another very clean website, but with a bit more pizazz. They use text overlays in the imagery very well, and show their products in a very hipster fashion.

That is what they do anyway, so it suits the style of their products and design. Their web design is really perfect for what they do.

And their availability charts are also pretty cool and unique and have a way or luring you to make a purchase by showing you your favorite size and color might be running out soon!

ugmonk.com

True Religion

True Religion, being an even more hip brand, have taken it to the next web design level, so to speak.

They have used quite a few modern web design techniques on their site like parallax movement of elements, large imagery with dominating overlays and much more.

They also have a great and easy to use navigation with clearly displayed crucial areas like cart and shipping to help out their customers from the word go.

I challenge you to find an even better design e-commerce website. Amazon is certainly not going to these lengths!

truereligion.com

Create And Barrel

Last but certainly not least is the amazing Crate and Barrel. They are a little more utilitarian with their website design, but given that they sell home furniture and goods, it is not really surprising is it.

But like all of the others above, they certainly know how to win over their customers. Very nice imagery of the products, with clear overlays with descriptions so that everything is as clear as it should be.

They are certainly leaving nothing to chance when it comes to impressing their new and existing customers.

Their contact details, language dropdown and search are all easy to find and use which makes using their website a breeze. Not something that can be said for all sites of this kind.

So great stuff Crate and Barrel. Your web design is outstanding!

Here is a screenshot.

crateandbarrel.com

 

Final Words on E-Commerce

Selling products on a website does not have to be boring and I hope that these websites have showed you that that is the case.

Not only that, but the websites are very easy to use, which is ultimately the main point of such sites, right?

If you know of some other websites, e-commerce or otherwise, that are rocking the web, be sure to let us know in the comments below.

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Web’s Best Blog Posts This Month

This month, like  all months on the internet was action packed. And we at wonderful web want to bring you the best stuff we have found.

So the following are some of the highlights from the last 30 days. and beyond.

Great Websites Where You Could Always Learn More

Learning is moving online at a rapid pace. You might have noticed your local college or school starting to take advantage of the internet, but soon things will change even more rapidly.

This week I noticed a great post about some awesome places on the web where you can learn to learn. Websites that are teaching a range of skills for a range of levels, for everyone!

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2014/09/23/8-websites-for-free-online-learning

This post lists 8 amazing websites online for learning. It offers things ranging from:

  • learning languages
  • learning to code
  • general all round courses
  • very technical with MIT

So if there is something you have been meaning to take on, or brush up on, then these websites will certainly help you out in ways you cannot even imagine.

10 Artistic Web Designs To Amaze

The following post caught my eye this week because it highlighted some outstanding websites that are really pushing the boundaries of web design.

http://pigeonsandplanes.com/2014/09/20-of-the-best-artist-websites-on-the-internet/

Of course, it depends on what you are trying to achieve and the vision you have for your company and website. But these designs are very artistic and entirely suit the people or businesses they are trying to promote.

Gone are the days of text only websites with a few images. Now we are talking about websites with amazing graphics, crazy menus, cool fonts and much much more.

Should you Pay for Movies Online?

The lines are very blurred these days on what is piracy and what you should be paying for. In the age of the web, there is so much available for free, people often come to expect it.

And with this blog post showing great websites where you can watch movies for free, the gates have been opened once again.

http://www.designrazzi.net/free-movie-websites-online/

Of course it’s not all the mainstream movies available for free, now, while they are in the cinemas. but there are a lot of different categories:

  • normal movies
  • documentaries
  • film festivals
  • foreign movies

And much more. So go check out what you could be watching on your next long drive or place trip overseas.

Need a Screenshot?

Another theme that is becoming more and more popular is using free online tools. And this post covers some great tools for capturing screenshots.

http://www.designrazzi.net/web-screenshots-take-a-screen-capture-online/

If you have a Mac, you probably won’t be needing any of this, but a PC user often has to pay quite a bit for this handy features, so perhaps this could be your next life saver online!

Take a look at all the offerings and let us know your favorite in the comments below.

That’s all Folks

There is certainly a tonne of stuff going on out there on the web, and we hope we have brought some great tips and ideas to you this week.

If you have a post or a list of great stuff on the web that you want to share with us, then certainly get in touch or leave a comment below.

We always love hearing from our readers, even you.

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What we are all about

I just wanted to bang out this quick welcome post to let you know that we are live and what will we will be posting on this blog.

The wonderful web has taken on a bit of a broad topic, but it certainly will be amazing.

So here is what we are going to cover:

Amazing Tech

We want to bring you some of the best tech that is influencing the web.

That might be something as simple as the new Google Glass.

Or Crowd Funding as a theme.

Wonderful Blog Posts

We also want to curate some of the best content out there and just bring it to your attention in summary posts.

So every now and again, we will be posting links and summaries to other people’s stuff.

You will love it.

Best Web Tools

Last but not least, we want to show you some of the best web based tools out there.

There are so many and they cover such a varied range of topics, it is hard to say what we will find.

But the gems will shine for sure.

See You Next Time

Thanks for dropping by, and hope to see you back again soon.

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