Blog

Design is Everything, Steve Harvey’s Card

Posted by on 12-12-15 in Featured | 0 comments

Design is Everything, Steve Harvey’s Card

A few days ago, I had a presentation for my colleagues in the Insight Centre for Data Analytics about the importance of design, explaining that design is everything for anything around us, you can check the slides here if you’re interested. If you thought about blaming Steve Harvey for his mistake in Miss Universe announcement, you should really rethink about it, because I blame the designer of the card! Everybody saw what happened with Steve Harvey on Miss Universe 2015 announcement, if you didn’t: 30 minutes later, the video went viral on the Internet, and everybody was reacting to that, criticising Steve Harvey to be with clumsy personality for his known comedian background, and that he’s an actor because he can’t read … etc. When I saw the card, I knew it was the problem of design although I don’t know anything about Steve’s ability to read.   As you see, I could clearly see what problems in the card, and I saw an example from the internet about one scenario that might happened on stage that day:   I do actually blame the designer (editor) who printed this card, as it’s way misleading especially if you’re presenting to millions on a stage, within non-regular settings of light. This is one suggestion from me on how the card design SHOULD be:  ...

read more

It’s 2015, Update Your Footer.

Posted by on 1-01-15 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s 2015, Update Your Footer.

JavaScript Snippets This is pure JavaScript, meaning it will refresh the year browser-side, depending on the user’s time settings. Just copy the below snippet and paste it where you want your dynamic text in the footer to appear. JavaScript <script type="text/javascript"> document.write(new Date().getFullYear()); </script> 123 <script type="text/javascript">  document.write(new Date().getFullYear());</script> This will just give you: 2015 1 2015 If you want a bit more information, here’s a snippet you can customize: &copy; 2010<script>new Date().getFullYear()>2010&&document.write("-"+new Date().getFullYear());</script>, Company. 1 &copy; 2010<script>new Date().getFullYear()>2010&&document.write("-"+new Date().getFullYear());</script>, Company. Which will give you: © 2010-2015, Company. 1 © 2010-2015, Company. Because JavaScript works on the client (the user’s browser, that is), it is dependent on the user’s settings. In most cases it will likely be what you’d expect. Here’s more info on the JavaScript Date Object. PHP Snippets Here’s the same in PHP so you can do this server-side. Use WordPress? Find the ‘footer.php’ in your Editor and add this there (here are videos to help you with that). The below snippet will just show the current year: <?php echo date("Y"); ?> 1 <?php echo date("Y"); ?> This will just give you: 2015 1 2015 Or if you want more detail in your footer, use something like this: &copy; <?php $fromYear = 2008; $thisYear = (int)date('Y'); echo $fromYear . (($fromYear != $thisYear) ? '-' . $thisYear : '');?> Company. 1234 &copy; <?php   $fromYear = 2008;   $thisYear = (int)date('Y');   echo $fromYear . (($fromYear != $thisYear) ? '-' . $thisYear : '');?> Company. Or you can go for ($fromYear < $thisYear) in the above to account for any time reversal (or a confused server, more likely). But either will give you: © 2008-2015 Company. 1 © 2008-2015 Company. Since PHP works on the server, it will display the year the server is currently in. Thus, if you look at this from Europe in the wee hours of 2015, you still see 2014...

read more

Google unveils their new phone “Nexus 6”

Posted by on 10-10-14 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Google unveils their new phone “Nexus 6”

Google Inc. unveiled their new phone official “Nexus 6” which runs Android 5.0, the latest Android version, in addition to two new Nexus-branded devices today Wednesday, October 15th, signalling plans to compete with Apple Inc. for high-end consumers. Google’s new Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus Player set-top box are priced slightly below, or in line with, competing devices from Apple. Nexus 6 has very powerful hardware, its 5.92 inches screen with resolution of QHD and intensity of 498 pixels per inch of type “AMOLED”, the phone processor is Snapdragon 805 with frequency of 2.7 GHz, Adreno 420 GPU with 3 GB of RAM and a battery with a capacity of 3200 mAh. The phone holds a rear camera with 13 megapixel resolution and front camera with 2-megapixel resolution, with a metal frame and a plastic rear cover. The device holds two front speakers (stereo) at the top and bottom for high-quality audio experience. The device is available with storage: 32 and 64 GB. Google said that the device has the advantage of fast charging where you can get 6 hours of battery life after charging for only 15 minutes, while it can operate for 24-hour when the battery is fully charged, as Google reported that Android 5.0 battery saving feature can add up to 9 additional hours of battery life. The device will be available for pre-request on 29 October at a price of 649.99 dollars, while it will reach markets in...

read more

Colours Systems Introduction

Posted by on 9-09-14 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Colours Systems Introduction

Among of all colours systems that occur frequently in the world of design, there are two very famous colours systems, the first is called RGB and the other is called CMYK. I like to take the opportunity to talk about them in a simple form to understood them better. As a designer, it is essential to know when to use CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black), and when to use RGB (red, green, blue) colours on your design projects. A good summary to this article is that anything dealing with the web should always be in RGB and printed material should be in CMYK. But very few designers and clients know why this is the standard. RGB System RGB stands for the letters in the following colours: Red – Green – Blue, a group of colours that we see clearly in the form of boxes if we use a magnifying glass in front of the TV screen as an example. When mixing the three colours above, they produce different colours to the sum of 16 million colours, as we gradually use grades of these colours to the maximum of 255 points for each, and when we reach 255 × 255 × 255 that means we got the highest number of colours offered by this system. This colours system is used in the display of light, which means that we always need light to show them, such as on computer monitors, TV screens, large displays and even mobile devices. For this reason, we use this system when working on designs to be presented on screens, such as Web sites and videos … etc. In the following image, you can clearly see separate and mixed forms of these colours. CMYK System The four letters in the name refer to: Cyan (Natural Blue), Magenta (Natural Red), Yellow and Black. As we all know that the primary colours are yellow, red and blue. These are the colours that we see when using a magnifying glass over any printed material, or we can easily notice on old printing techniques such as newspaper. The first three colours (Cyan, Magenta and Yellow) will mix to form all printable colours and with the help of Black shading you will get any printed material as shown in the following pictures: there is a ration for each colour of these colours from 0% to 100%. This system is used in printing to a large degree, either on your home printer or on large printing projects such as brochures. The following imag will show separate colours, and what happens when we mix...

read more

Google Introduces Free Voice Calls From Hangouts

Posted by on 9-09-14 in Blog, Blog, Blog, Blog, Blog, Blog, Blog, Blog, Technology, Technology, Technology, Technology | 0 comments

Google Introduces Free Voice Calls From Hangouts

We know how important it is to keep in touch with friends and family, especially when they’re spread around the world. This was an announcement published on official Google blog, as they wanted to introduce the free voice calls service through Hangouts. Google’s Hangouts app already makes it easy to keep in touch by sending a quick message, or starting a video chat. But sometimes you just want to make a traditional phone call, and now you can with the new version of Hangouts. Starting this September, you can make voice calls from Hangouts on Android, iOS and the web. It’s free to call other Hangouts users, it’s free to call numbers in the U.S. and Canada, and the international rates are really low. So keeping in touch is easier and more affordable than...

read more

PageRank, What is it, and how to use it?

Posted by on 9-09-14 in General, General, General, General, General | 0 comments

PageRank, What is it, and how to use it?

When you check some search results in Google, you will clearly see that some websites have a leading appearance in the first page of the search results, and some other websites will keep showing in late pages of the results. So why does this happen? why some websites have to appear in the first page all the time? The secret lays in a technique called Pagerank (which is a registered trademark of Google, Inc. and is called PR in short), if we want to simplify this technique, we can explain that it is used by Google to give a mark for each page, this mark ranges between 1 and 10 while class 10 is the best, and the higher this class is, the more your website will appear first in the search results. In fact, the original technique gives a value of zero and even almost a million, while Google shows the ranking of 1 to 10 only. This way of weighing websites algorithm was invented by Google founders, and the technical name is taken from the name of one of them, Larry Page. The pagerank algorithm calculates a page’s importance depending on the number of external links to it, when an external link means a link from another different website (domain) that redirects a visitor to the page. As shown in the image above, the site represented by the largest smiley face has the most inbound links to it, while it only has one outbound link to other websites. In normal cases, the greater the number of external links to a page will increase the “Rank” of this page, but in fact, the technology is much more sophisticated and it depends on many other factors than the number of inbound links, from these factors you have: Alexa ranking, powerful content for a website, domain age and many others. Pagerank benefit is shown by showing a website as a search result within the first page, and this makes pagerank to be a focus point for webmasters. How do I increase the PageRank for my site? To increase the pagerank a webmaster must submit the website to sites with high PageRank, for example, is your site pagerank is 3, you must try to submit your website to sites with pagerank of 7 or above. Apparently, your website will not have the higher pagerank on the next day, as this assessment takes a period. When is the next pagerank assessment for my website? Google virtually, will make a pagerank re-distribution eventually, and they have a range in this period so that no one knows precisely when Google accurately re-evaluate the pagerank of websites. Google already assessed pageranks in the beginning of September 2014, and expectations say that the next evaluation will be within three months. How do I know what is my pagerank or other sites pagerank? There are many ways to check on website pagerank, on of the most famous is the installation of web browsers Tool Bar extensions, which in turn shows the pagerank of each page you visit, as there are a lot of sites that offer result pagerank easily, the most famous site is  prchecker . For more info, I advise to check on this technology page on...

read more

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video

Posted by on 8-08-14 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video

The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. It went viral on social media during July-August 2014. In the US, many people participate for the ALS Association, and in the UK, many people participate for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, although some individuals have opted to donate their money from the Ice Bucket Challenge to other organisations. The challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and then nominating others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated participants have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation. Source: Wikipedia with some edit. Here I present to you one video that contains The Best Celebrity ALS Ice Bucket Challenges: Enjoy...

read more

Retro Video Games from Atari Free

Posted by on 8-08-14 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Retro Video Games from Atari Free

Retro video games, the Atari ROMs for free, as all geeks like me really miss the old days of 8-bit graphics and sounds, those were the golden ages of making something entertaining within the limits of can-be-counted-on-fingers bytes 🙂 I believe that most of us had at least one dream about Atari games. You will first need to download an Emulator, which is a small software that emulate the platform of Atari on your computer. For a good emulator that can be operated on all available operating system, I do recommend Stella, which is an open source project that can be easily downloaded free from: http://stella.sourceforge.net/downloads.php After installing the emulator on your device, you need to get the ROMs, which are the files that use to be contained in the old cartridges, you can easily search and find the game you want on this website: http://coolrom.com/roms/atari2600/. An annoying 15 seconds will put you apart from the download link, but still work for me. After the download finishes you need to unzip the file, drag the result and drop it over the emulator, and have a nice playing time.   I hope you have nice memories...

read more

The Tallest Arab Cities

Posted by on 8-08-14 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Tallest Arab Cities

While thanks to some skyscrapers to create a legacy of the most influential cities in the world such as New York, a number of people blame them accusing that they waste traditional identity for a number of countries. Our friends in Lamudi (Saudi) website, prepared a list of the tallest Arab cities and some of the skyscrapers that redefined the Arab street. Here is the list:...

read more

Design The Perfect Logo With These 20 Steps

Posted by on 7-07-14 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Design The Perfect Logo With These 20 Steps

Your company logo is often the first chance you have to make an impression on potential customers. It’s vital that it portrays your business in an effective way, for a lot of people your logo is their first impression of you so make it count!. My guest blog post on In-Tuition.ie, please find more by...

read more