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Weekly Web News Round-Up (18-24 Jan)

By 22 January 2016No Comments

It’s Friday and here at the 3mil office we like to celebrate our Friday feeling with an end of week web news round-up. Our round-ups conclude our week nicely and help us reflect on what’s going on in our industry as well as keeping us up to date. It also wipes the weekly slate clean ready for a new week of web design and web development. So, what were our favourites this week?

1. The Twitter Blackout.

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At precisely 09:13 in the 3mil office, I was going about my usual digital marketing duties. It was just a normal morning; checking my emails, viewing analytics on Moz and replying to messages via our company social channels. But little did I know that I would soon be part of a traumatic ordeal of which I could not escape. To my sheer horror, I was greeted by the fatal sight of an error message on Twitter. At first, I was in denial. It can’t be. After frantically refreshing and checking Twitter’s official status page I came to the devasting realisation that Twitter was actually down (insert impending doom music here). Of course, I am just kidding. It wasn’t exactly a horror movie for us. But it was for my fellow tweeters. People were going crazy on message boards, barking out demands on Facebook and Twitter, of course, sent out a tweet about the issue (which nobody could see). Let us know if you survived the Twitter blackout of 2016…

2. Web Development In 2016.

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The internet is full of web news for web design trends. But what about development? As we have said before, web development is just as important as design. That’s why we were thrilled to finally see an accurate and informative article for upcoming web development trends. The trends developers can expect to see in the coming months are perhaps just carry-over trends from last year. However still important. A heavy emphasis will be made on the functionality of the “internet of things” or IoT as well as security features, real-time functionalities and new platforms for responsive designs. To find out what else the future has in store for development head over to the full list of web development trends.

3. Artificial Intelligence Take Over.

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In last week’s news round up we spoke about how artificial intelligence will actually provide more jobs for web designers and developers in 2020. But this week, world-renowned genius Stephen Hawking announced that in the next 100 years computers will overtake humans in all aspects of life and “could spell the end of the human race“. Since Hawkings is a theoretical physicist with more degrees and qualifications than we can count on our hands, we will not be taking his words lightly. However, it’s not all doom and gloom as Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Havard Law School are fighting for a prohibition on the development, production and use of fully autonomous weapons (artificial intelligence robots that can eliminate and pick their own targets).

4. Seven Influential Designers Of 2016.

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We’ve told you about the web design trends to watch out for in 2016 but what about the actual designers? Luckily for us, Inc magazine have spilt the beans on this year’s most influential designers and what projects they are going to be working on.  The list is compiled of an array of designers from engineers and software designers to app and wearable tech geniuses. We think that many of these have cropped up after the many start-up launches at the CES (consumer electronics show) that happened earlier this month. Who’s your favourite? Or is there a designer not on the list who you think deserves some more recognition. Tweet us to let us know!

5. New CSS Rules From Google.

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This week Google released some more rules. This time, the new rule is regarding CSS (cascading style sheets) and how it can affect page speed. It is more of a recommendation than anything but if you don’t comply then  your website or clients’ website may suffer in terms of new visitors dropping off due to slow rendering speeds. How do you combat it? Well, Google has recommended inlining small external CSSs. In regards to larger CSS files, it is recommended that you must inline your above fold CSS first. For more detailed guidelines of the new CSS recommendations, you can view the original post on the Google developers blog.

Well, that’s it for this weeks weekly web news round-up. We hope you enjoyed it!

As always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance with your web design or web development projects. Also, if you have found a story or want one of your stories featured in our future weekly round-ups please tweet us or send us a message on Linkedin. Happy designing!

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