30+ Best Google Slides Themes & Templates 2018

Google Slides is one of the best free tools available for creating a quick slideshow presentation. And we’ve collected some of the best Google Slides themes and templates to help you create a visually stunning slide deck. In this post, we’re featuring some of the best Google Slides templates you can use to create a professional presentation without designing everything from scratch. This collection includes various types of Google Slides themes, including templates for marketing purposes, startup pitch decks, product presentations, and much more. The collection includes both free and premium Google Slides templates. Feel free to browse and pick one that matches your project and presentation! BizPro. Google Slides Presentation Template Easily craft a business proposal presentation with this Google Slides template. This template comes with more than 105 unique slide designs featuring Font Awesome icons and lots of vector graphics such as maps, charts, and graphs. Price: Envato Read the full article…

Building A Pub/Sub Service In-House Using Node.js And Redis

Building A Pub/Sub Service In-House Using Node.js And Redis Building A Pub/Sub Service In-House Using Node.js And Redis Dhimil Gosalia 2018-06-12T15:30:58+02:002018-06-13T11:12:43+00:00 Today’s world operates in real time. Whether it’s trading stock or ordering food, consumers today expect immediate results. Likewise, we all expect to know things immediately — whether it’s in news or sports. Zero, in other words, is the new hero. This applies to software developers as well — arguably some of the most impatient people! Before diving into BrowserStack’s story, it would be remiss of me not to provide some background about Pub/Sub. For those of you who are familiar with the basics, feel free to skip the next two paragraphs. Many applications today rely on real-time data transfer. Let’s look closer at an example: social networks. The likes of Facebook and Twitter generate relevant feeds, and you (via their app) consume it and spy on your friends. Read the full article…

Check out this adorable Bluetooth controller for the Nintendo Switch

8bitdo debuted a bunch of gaming controllers at E3 this week, but honestly, we only care about one. The Zero 2 is an adorable little Bluetooth controller that fits in the palm of your hand. It’s compatible with all sorts of systems, including desktop computers and Android devices, but the size makes it perfect for playing the Nintendo Switch on the go. And as you can see by the “classic” color scheme above, the peripheral maker was clearly interested in evoking some serious Nintendo nostalgia, with a device that looks a lot like a Super Nintendo controller at first glance. The Zero 2 sports four number buttons, select, start and a D-pad on the front, with L and R buttons up top, flanking a microUSB port. All have a solid click to them, though the company didn’t have a full operational unit we could play with (the controller isn’t coming Read the full article…

Valve sets sights on Discord with updates to Steam Chat

Discord has risen among the ranks of gamers as the most common choice for game-related communications. And it’s easy to see why: it works well and the competition is pretty dismal. But Valve is looking to keep users in-house with an overhaul of the chat options on its game platform Steam . It’s a welcome change, one of many that Steam’s users have surely been asking for — the platform, while convenient in many ways, is also incredibly outdated in others. The friend and communications options may as well be ICQ, and let’s not get started on the browser. Today’s news suggests that Valve has not failed to hear gamers’ cries. The revamped chat is very Discord-like, with text and voice channels listed separately, in-game details like map and game type listed next to friends and a useful quick list for your go-to gaming partners. There’s also a robust web Read the full article…

How Nintendo regained its footing with the Switch and smartphones

As recently as a couple of years ago, Nintendo very much felt like a company at a crossroads. The Wii U presented a rare major misfire for the gaming giant, while its executives stubbornly clung to a strategy that actively excluded smartphones. The Nintendo of 2018, however, feels newly invigorated. In January, the company announced that the Switch had blown past the Wii’s record to become the fastest selling U.S. console, with 4.8 million units moved in 10 months. These days, that number is closer to 5.9 million in the States, with 17.79 million units sold globally as of April, by NPD’s count. “We learned from previous launches,” Nintendo executive Doug Bowser (different Bowser) said in an interview with TechCrunch upstairs at the company’s E3 booth. “We made sure we launched with great content. And then we’ve had a steady drumbeat of new titles.” The company addressed that issue with the Read the full article…

TLDR: Seattle repeals ‘Amazon Tax,’ AT&T and Time Warner deal approved, the biggest games at E3

[Editor’s Note: TLDR is GeekWire’s tech news rundown show, hosted by Starla Sampaco. Watch today’s update above, subscribe to GeekWire on YouTube, check back weekday afternoons for more, and sign up for TLDR email updates below.] Today’s featured stories Seattle repeals head tax 7-2 in dramatic reversal that leaves city divided over homeless crisis  Judge approves landmark $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger, paving way for T-Mobile-Sprint deal Master Chief returns: Microsoft reveals ‘Halo Infinite’ for Xbox and PC during E3 keynote  E3 2018: Sony gets out of the way and lets the games do the talking  Fortnite arrives on the Nintendo Switch today; Super Mario Party and Super Smash Bros later this year  Subscribe to GeekWire on YouTube. Read the full article…

E3 2018: Is this Nintendo’s next ‘Smash’ hit?

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate debuts on the Nintendo Switch on Dec. 7. (Photo via Nintendo) LOS ANGELES — At this year’s E3, Nintendo is coming in healthy. The Switch is selling like gangbusters; Nintendo still more or less own the portable console market with the 3DS; amiibos are a license to print money; and, as ever, the company still has a firm headlock on the American nostalgia market. All it really had to do was maintain course and be OK. Well, that and talk more about the new Smash Brothers game — which Nintendo did. A full two-thirds of Tuesday’s pre-E3 briefing, a pre-recorded Nintendo Direct stream, was dedicated to information about the forthcoming Smash on Switch, now called Smash Brothers Ultimate. The Smash Brothers series, a fast-paced, often absurd game of “King of the Hill” that features an all-star crossover cast of video game characters from Nintendo franchises and Read the full article…

Fortnite arrives on the Nintendo Switch today; Super Mario Party and Super Smash Bros later this year

Fortnite has arrived on Nintendo Switch. The mega-popular battle royale game is launching on Nintendo’s newest console today at 10 a.m. PT. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé confirmed the news during Nintendo’s E3 2018 presentation Tuesday morning. Fornite on the Switch had been rumored, but now it’s official. The game is already available on PCs, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and iOS with an Android version on the way. Its arrival on Nintendo Switch unites one of the most popular games in recent memory with Nintendo’s hit console. Nintendo also today announced Super Mario Party for the Switch, arriving October 5. It’s the first Mario Party console game since Mario Party 10 debuted on the Wii U in 2015. The Switch version includes new features, like playing with multiple Switch consoles at the same time. Another big game announcement from Nintendo: Super Smash Bros for the Switch. Called Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Read the full article…

The first Fortnite World Cup with $100 million in prize money is happening in 2019

Epic Games announced more details about its e-sports plans for Fortnite, revealing today during its live celebrity-streamer ProAm tournament in Los Angeles during E3 that the competitions will all be part of what’s called the Fortnite World Cup. The prize pool, first announced earlier this year, will be $100 million. It will be spread out over a number of different “organized events, online events, and major organized competitions all over the world,” reads the developer’s blog post. Crucially, Epic is taking a far different approach than other e-sports leagues, like Blizzard’s Overwatch League. (Though Blizzard does operate an annual Overwatch World Cup as well.) “This is for you, the players. Qualifications for the Fortnite World Cup… Read the full article…

Fortnite now has 125 million players just one year after launch

Developer Epic Games announced today that Fortnite has grown to 125 million registered players in less than a year. The metric, confirmed in a blog post about the game’s $100 million e-sports competition, is the first updated player figures from Epic since the company confirmed the game had been downloaded 45 million times back in January. Just last week, Epic investor Tencent confirmed that 40 million people play the game at once a month. Fortnite came out in July 2017, and its battle royale game mode didn’t launch until September of that same year. It’s no wonder Fortnite has ballooned in popularity given that is both free and accessible on almost every major platform, including the Nintendo Switch as of earlier today. The only player… Read the full article…

Pokémon: Let’s Go’s pokéball controller costs $50, but comes with a free Mew

Pokémon: Let’s Go, the new game that’s out to bridge the gulf between types of Pokémon fans, can be played with just a regular Joy-Con. But based on our actual gameplay experience so far, the real way to play the upcoming adventure for the Switch will be through the new Poké Ball Plus controller. At E3, Nintendo announced pricing information for the controller — along with the news that each Poké Ball Plus will come with a free Mew. And in addition to working as a functional controller for the game, there’s the added fun of being able to transfer a Pokémon to the controller, where it can make noise and vibrate the controller for a truly authentic on-the-go Pokémon experience. Nintendo is also including a bonus for players who spend the… Read the full article…

Best World Cup logos ever

After the Olympics, the FIFA World Cup is the biggest global sporting tournament around – and its official branding has attracted the world’s attention for decades. As well as reflecting the essence of the tournament, the logo design also needs to convey elements of the host country – no mean feat for the branding agency that wins the account. To mark the start of the Russia 2018 World Cup, we’ve taken a look back at eight of the best logos from World Cup tournaments since 1930… 01. Uruguay 1930 World Cup poster This stylised Art Deco poster captures the spirit and drama of the game, as well as the aesthetic of the time We’re starting at the very beginning, with the first ever World Cup – held in Uruguay in 1930, when there were only 13 teams participating. Although the tournament didn’t have a ‘logo’ in the modern sense, its Read the full article…

New speakers announced for Generate London

While nearly four weeks have passed since Generate London 2018 first launched and the early bird tickets have now flown the nest, that doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty of news landing about the web-design conference. Case in point: we’re pleased to announce some of the latest speakers to be confirmed for the event. Hosted at the Royal Institution, the home of the Christmas Lectures, from the 19 – 21 September 2018, Generate London 2018 offers a day of workshops and two days of conference talks from truly world-class web designers. And not only will attendees get to see high-calibre speakers such as Sarah Parmenter, Sara Soueidan, Bruce Lawson and Richard Rutter but Generate London 2018 is also set to host: Alexandra Etienne An AR/VR evangelist working with Lightform, the Californian startup creating the first computer built for projected augmented reality, Alexandra is on a mission to share AR.js with Read the full article…

Why Your Business Needs Email Marketing

You’re reading Why Your Business Needs Email Marketing, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! You already have a business, but it doesn’t “sell” enough? Or you want to increase engagement or keep your audience updated about something fresh? Or you are just thinking to start a business and don’t know what Marketing strategy to … Read the full article…