9 Tips for Speeding Up Your Website in 2019

It’s not a trick question: is your website fast enough? Page load times can impact everything from how long users stay on your site (or if they see the content), to search rank and overall conversions. Speed matters on two fronts – for desktop and mobile devices – with mobile speed mattering more than ever. Not only does your website have to load fast; it needs to load fast everywhere. So how do you do it? Start by running a Google PageSpeed test to see where your site ranks (you’ll get a few suggestions for speeding up your site there as well). Then, start making these tweaks to make your website lightning fast this year. 1. Start Caching Now Let’s start with a tip from the experts. Google puts caching at the top of its list of recommendations: “Caching allows a browser to store frequently requested files on the user’s Read the full article…

Adobe Experience Manager vs. WordPress: The Authoring Experience Compared

Adobe Experience Manager vs. WordPress: The Authoring Experience Compared Adobe Experience Manager vs. WordPress: The Authoring Experience Compared Kevin Weber 2019-01-30T13:45:55+01:002019-01-31T10:14:42+00:00 Thanks, WordPress and Gutenberg, for making block-based editing the standard for authoring web pages. In this article, I’m going to compare the new authoring experience in WordPress with the experience from Adobe Experience Manager (AEM), an enterprise content management system that also embraces block-based editing. I’ve implemented both WordPress and AEM for multiple companies (such as Informatica and Twitter) and had to realize that despite the authoring experience is critical for non-technical authors, it is often neglected by developers. Note: With the term “authoring experience” I’m referring to the user experience for those people whose goal it is to create and publish content on a website. I’m not referring to the people that are going to consume the published content. If you haven’t thought about the authoring experience before, Read the full article…

Foxconn pulls back on its $10 billion factory commitment

Well that didn’t last long. In 2017, Foxconn announced the largest investment of a foreign company in the United States when it selected Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin for a new manufacturing facility. Buttressed by huge economic development grants from Wisconsin, an endorsement from President Trump, and Foxconn CEO Terry Gou’s vision of a maker America, the plant was designed to turn a small town and its environs into the futuristic “Wisconn Valley.” Now, those dreams are coming apart faster than you can say “Made in America.” In an interview with Reuters, a special assistant to Gou says that those plans are being remarkably scaled back. Originally designed to be an advanced LCD factory, the new Foxconn facility will instead be a much more modest (but still needed!) research center for engineers. It’s a huge loss for Wisconsin, but the greater shock may be just how obvious all of this was. I Read the full article…

Issue with Xbox Live creates panic amid Xbox One users as consoles show black screen during sign-in

(GeekWire Photo) Microsoft was having major issues with Xbox One on Wednesday that appears to be related to Xbox Live and was causing users to be greeted by a black screen during the startup sequence. The Xbox Support Twitter feed was working overtime with a series of posts about what was identified as “console startup, title update and sign-in errors.” The Xbox Live Status web page — which also seemed to be suffering some sort of glitch — also reported that Microsoft believed it had identified the issue causing some members to have trouble logging in. Update: A new tweet from @XboxSupport just before 12:30 p.m. PT said that the problem had been resolved. And the Xbox Live Status page had everything checked as normal. The issues surrounding Xbox One console startup, sign-in, title update errors, and our status page have now been resolved. Thank you for sticking with us while Read the full article…

Geared Up: FaceTime eavesdropping bug, minimalist phones, and rumored Apple gaming subscription service

Geared Up co-hosts Starla Sampaco and Andru Edwards In this episode of Geared Up, Andru Edwards and I discuss the FaceTime bug that allowed iPhone users to eavesdrop on the person they called, reports of a new gaming subscription service from Apple, the minimalist phone trend, signs of new iPads and a seventh-generation iPod touch, and a foldable phone from Samsung. Plus, if you’re doing some last-minute TV shopping ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, Andru has some recommendations for you. Listen to the latest Geared Up podcast above, and watch the archived livestream below for a behind-the-scenes look at the recording. Subscribe to Geared Up in your favorite podcast app. We stream the recordings live from Seattle on Andru’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/gearlive) and GeekWire’s Facebook page. Tune in to the livestreams on Tuesdays during the noon hour (PT). Jake Greene runs the live stream, and Jim Valley edits the show. Featured in Read the full article…

Nintendo delays Mario Kart mobile game until summer

We’ve heard basically nothing about Mario Kart Tour, the upcoming smartphone entry in the banana-flinging racing game series, since Nintendo announced it exactly a year ago. The game was pegged for a release before the end of March 2019, but it turns out it’s not ready — Nintendo is delaying it til summer. The decision has been made “in order to improve quality of the application and expand the content offerings after launch,” according to a statement contained within Nintendo’s quarterly earnings released today. It’s the second major Nintendo title hit with a delay this month; last week the company announced that the much-anticipated Metroid Prime 4’s development is being completely rebooted. Worried Nintendo fans might want to remind… Read the full article…

Nintendo cuts Switch sales forecast despite strong holiday season

Nintendo had the best quarter ever for Switch sales, with 9.41 million consoles moved between October and December, a 30 percent improvement on a year ago. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokémon: Let’s Go were also both massive hits, at 12.08 million and 10 million units sold respectively. Super Mario Party performed well, too, selling 5.3 million copies. Despite the huge numbers, though, Nintendo almost certainly won’t be able to hit its self-imposed target of 20 million Switch consoles sold this financial year. The current amount sold since April is 14.49 million units, but last year Nintendo sold just under two million. Accordingly, the company has revised its forecast down to 17 million units for the fiscal year. Switch sales… Read the full article…

Fortnite’s next in-game event is a Marshmello concert

The next major event in Fortnite will be an in-game concert. Electronic music DJ Marshmello will perform in Epic’s battle royale game, with a concert set to take place on Saturday at Pleasant Park, a sleepy Fortnite suburb that features a big football field that should be a good fit for a virtual concert. In fact, the stage is being assembled in the game right now. While the concert hasn’t officially been announced by Epic just yet, Marshmello currently lists Pleasant Park on his upcoming tour schedule. The DJ has some history with the game; last year, he teamed up with Twitch star Ninja to win a Fortnite celebrity tournament at E3. This will be the first concert to take place in the world of Fortnite, but these kinds of… Read the full article…

The best 4K monitors for designers and artists

Looking for the best 4K monitor you can afford? You’re in the right place. With the prevalence of 4K video in camera phones, 4K gaming, and a slow trickle of 4K movies onto Netflix and the iTunes Store, this incredibly high resolution is now becoming commonplace. There’s a lot of choice out there, but whether you’re looking for the best curved or ultra wide 4K monitor, a 4K display for gaming or design, or just a stunning 4K display for your home, we’ve got you covered here.  It helps that 4K displays have dropped in price considerably. In high street stores, you can find 4K TVs for around the same price that a standard HD screen cost only a few years ago. And for PCs, 4K displays are cheaper than ever. We’ve found the best cheap 4K monitor deals elsewhere, if you’re looking for a great 4K screen that won’t Read the full article…

Watercolour pencils: the best you can buy

Like drawing and painting, and want the best of both worlds? Well in a sense, that’s what watercolour pencils offer.  With normal coloured pencils, the pigment is contained in a waxy or oil-based binder, but watercolour pencils have a water-soluble binder. That means you can draw normally, but if you add water to the marks you’ve made, it becomes more like a watercolour paint wash, which you can spread around the paper with a brush, sponge or other tools.  This is opens up a range of creative possibilities and painting techniques to try out. Also, because they can be sharpened, watercolour pencils allow you to add fine details that are hard to achieve with a brush. And finally, if you’re travelling, there’s also a big practical advantage to watercolour pencils, in that they’re much easier to transport than paints. How to choose a watercolour pencil There are a number of Read the full article…

Breaking Down Slack’s Logo Redesign

If you have been ignoring your office group chat or simply avoiding Twitter, you may have missed the news: Earlier this month, Slack unveiled their brand new logo redesign, sparking praise, backlash, endless memes, and comparisons to everything from rubber ducks to a ‘sweatier version of the original’. To accompany the revamped logo’s debut, Slack […] The post Breaking Down Slack’s Logo Redesign appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…

19 Free Fonts You’ll Want to Use in 2019, Trends and Examples

You’re reading 19 Free Fonts You’ll Want to Use in 2019, Trends and Examples, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! Every new year comes with lists of new design trends and techniques you’ll be using in the months to come. But what about typography? While type trends are often parts of these lists, there aren’t as many devoted to fonts … Read the full article…

Mario Kart Tour Delayed to Summer 2019

Nintendo’s upcoming Mario Kart mobile game Mario Kart Tour has been delayed until later this year. Financial highlights from Nintendo reveal the game, which was originally slated to release before March 2019, has been pushed back to “summer 2019,” which ranges between June and September in the Northern Hemisphere. According to Nintendo, the delay is “in order to improve quality of the application and expand the content offerings after launch.” “As we endeavor to develop future planned applications, we will also focus on continued service operations for applications that have already been released so that consumers can enjoy playing them for a long time,” Nintendo’s statement adds. Read the full article…