It’s been a while between drinks. Luckily, we’re back. There’s been a lot going on across the intarwebs lately — check it out:
- $1.2m paid for the letter ‘s’ in a domain
A British travel company has paid $US1.1 million ($A1.2m) for the domain name cruises.co.uk, a price that is effectively $1 million just for the letter “S” since it already owns the address cruise.co.uk.
(tags: domain valuation)
- uTest – Software Testing Community
A software testing tool based on the “crowdsourcing” business model.
(tags: testing crowdsourcing development software qa)
- Yahoo Offers All-You-Can-Eat Storage and Bandwidth
Yahoo! launches surprisingly reasonably priced web hosting for small and medium sized businesses. Unlimited storage and bandwidth for $11.95 per month!
(tags: hosting yahoo!)
- Safari is about to get crazy fast
Holy cow is this thing fast! I am currently testing Webkit build r30090 (DMG download link) against standard Leopard Safari 3.04. This unoptimized WebKit build version is running circles around the standard Safari browser. It isn’t even close.
(tags: apple safari browser firefox)
- W3C Gets Excessive DTD Traffic
The W3C is suffering from its own success. If only developers could get a handle on XML catalogs, or popular XML validating parsers began bundling common DTDs like these, the W3C might be able to put these resources to better use.
(tags: w3c standards xml)
- PayPal funds freeze plan draws fire
Plan to hold payments sent through its PayPal payment service for up to 21 days in certain circumstances. The freeze will apply to transactions eBay (EBAY, Fortune 500) considers high-risk, and is intended to protect buyers from the hazards of a bad tran
(tags: ebay paypal)
- Court Finds That Trolls Can Remain Anonymous
New judgement from the California courts, affecting anyone who owns a blog or forum where people can comment.
(tags: blog comment troll forum privacy)
- Apple’s Safari 3.1 to support downloadable web fonts, more
The ability to download and immediately render non-standard web fonts is just one of several advancements Apple Inc. has planned for Safari 3.1, a small but significant update to its share-gaining web browser for both the Mac and Windows PCs.
(tags: apple safari design fonts)
- OpenID Welcomes Microsoft, Google, Verisign and IBM
OpenID is welcoming some big new partners to the club – Microsoft, Google, Verisign and IBM
(tags: openid microsoft google verisign ibm)
- Heroku Lifts Ruby on Rails Development into the Cloud
A completely in-browser development environment where RoR programmers can build their apps instead of doing so with software on their own computers. Allows you to deploy your application to Amazon EC2 automatically when you’re done.
(tags: rails ruby amazonwebservices ec2)
- Exposing device capabilities to web applications
“There is huge potential for mobile web applications that can access device capabilities from client-side scripts.” The W3C’s Mobile Web Initiative takes on mobile phone API access from web applications.
- Web Site Grader
This reporting tool produces some pretty useful statistics from an SEO point of view.
(tags: seo tools analytics marketing )
- Performance Research, Part 5: iPhone Cacheability – Making it Stick
The YUI blog investigates how to optimize web performance for the iPhone. The iPhone’s cache clears at each power cycle, and it will not cache files 25KB or larger. These facts call for special considerations when optimizing for performance.
(tags: yahoo! apple iphone mobile)
- The Times (UK) Spamming Social Media Sites
Yesterday, I discovered that The Times (UK), a well-respected newspaper owned by News Corp., is involved in an extensive campaign to spam social media websites with links to their articles.
(tags: SEO black.hat bad.publicity)
- Opera Mobile 9.5 with Flash Lite 3.0
Opera brings Flash Lite 3.0 to millions of new devices with the release of Opera Mobile 9.5. The new version also adds support for Opera Widgets, SVG 1.2, and more.
(tags: opera mobile software flash)
- Amazon Payments Account Management
Do you want to accept Amazon Payments on your website? Integrate within few minutes and accept payments on your website with “Pay Now” button. Give your customers a familiar Amazon payments experience and fraud protection.
(tags: web amazon ecommerce payment api development)
- Aviary Invites Readers To Try Their Online Design Suite
Aviary has released the first of its massive suite of online design apps to private beta testing: image editor Phoenix and pattern maker Peacock. An impressive YouTube video shows Phoenix in use.
(tags: design ria aviary phoenix peacock)
- Bobby and WebXact No Longer Free Tools
As of February 1, 2008 the Watchfire WebXact and Bobby Online products will no longer be publicly available.
(tags: accessibility tools testing usability 508 bobby)
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Matthew Magain is a UX designer with over 15 years of experience creating exceptional digital experiences for companies such as IBM, Australia Post, and sitepoint.com. He is the co-founder of UX Mastery, and recently co-authored Everyday UX, an inspiring collection of interviews with some of the best UX Designers in the world.