Userstack: Detect Browsers and Devices in Real-Time

Behind every good website is a set of powerful data and tools that ensure that you are connecting with users in a way that creates targeted experiences and conversions. One of the best ways that you can ensure these user experiences are the best they can be is to tailor content to the users’ device type. You probably know that already, but do you know how to get that information and use it well? Userstack is an instant, secure user-agent string lookup JSON API that detects any browser, device and operating system in real-time so you can deliver optimum content to users. Here’s a look at this tool and how it works. What Is userstack? Userstack is the single largest user-agent API lookup service available. It’s been around since 2014, although under a different name, and is trusted by companies such as Apple and Intuit as well as freelancers and Read the full article…

30+ Best Isometric Mockup Templates

Are you looking for a unique way to present your designs to your clients? Then these isometric mockup templates can give your designs a 3D-like view and stand out from the crowd. Mockups created with an isometric perspective allow you to showcase your website designs, apps, logos, business cards, and more while giving them a 3D visual representation. This is an effective way to avoid showing the same old flat front-and-back views of your design. We’ve picked some of the best isometric mockups you can use for showcasing different types of designs. Stationery Branding – Isometric Mockup Template This is a creative stationery branding mockup scene creator you can use to make your own unique mockup scenes to showcase your designs. It comes with 62 different stationery items you can rearrange and customize to make creative mockup scenes. It also includes 6 pre-made scenes as well. Price: Envato Elements Subscription Read the full article…

Understanding API-Based Platforms: A Guide For Product Managers

Understanding API-Based Platforms: A Guide For Product Managers Understanding API-Based Platforms: A Guide For Product Managers Micha? S?dzielewski 2019-01-29T13:00:57+01:002019-01-30T11:10:08+00:00 To build a digital product today is to integrate the myriad of various back-office systems with customer touchpoints and devices. The cost of engaging a software team to connect them in a single working solution might sky-rocket. This is why modern product managers, when choosing vendors, often put integration capabilities in the first place which may come down to choosing systems exposing API. What’s the API and how to test it without engaging your tech team? Read on. Embrace The Data: Why We Need APIs At All Customer data change how the business operates. If properly collected and shifted around, they can help companies shoot up customer acquisition and retention rates, leading eventually to a burst in income. But data crunching is a tedious job. That’s why business tapped into computer Read the full article…

State Farm sponsors popular Fortnite streamer DrLupo

DrLupo, one of the biggest names and most recognizable voices in Fortnite streaming, has closed a sponsorship deal with State Farm. Bejanmin “DrLupo” Lupo has nearly 3 million Twitch followers and often plays with the world’s most popular streamer, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. Beloved for his talent and his personality alike, Lupo has also worked as a caster for various Fortnite tournaments and events. Last year, DrLupo held a charity stream for St. Jude’s Research Hospital and raised $1.3 million. State Farm Marketing Director Ed Gold had this to say: DrLupo is one of the world’s most followed Fortnite streamers. His philanthropic efforts and massive fanbase make him an ideal partner as we continue to amplify our esports programming and efforts with the gaming community. This marks State Farm’s first sponsorship of an esports athlete. The sponsorship will include support of the stream through branded replays, live in-stream stunts and product Read the full article…

FanAI buys Waypoint Media to better track fan engagement for streaming monetization

FanAI, an audience analysis platform for esports and streaming, is buying New York-based Waypoint Media to improve its analytics tools for esports players and streamers. The deal means that Waypoint’s Twitch Middleware API and the “Raven” tracking and URL shortener will be added to FanAI’s product portfolio. The middleware tech has the ability to track every unique registered Twitch viewer so streamers can monitor average watch time, median watch time and channel engagement. Financial terms were not disclosed, but a person with knowledge of the deal called the acquisition a significant all-cash transaction. That likely means a nice outcome for Waypoint’s backers, the New York-based investment firm Grand Central Tech. FanAI founder and CEO Johannes Waldstein said of the acquisition, “The way they are able to turn billions of data points into workable information is like nothing else available on the market. We will be able to provide a deeper look Read the full article…

Unity acquires Vivox, which powers voice chat in Fortnite and League of Legends

Game engine maker Unity believes voice communications are going to grow to become a critical part of gaming across platforms, and it’s buying one of the top companies in the space to bolster what its customers can build on its platform. Unity has acquired Vivox, a company that powers voice and text chat for the world’s most massive gaming titles, from Fortnite to PUBG to League of Legends. The company’s positional voice chat enables gamers to hear other players chatting around them directionally in 3D space. The company also provides text-based chat. No details on deal terms. “We thought, I thought, that voice is just one of those things that we should offer our customers,” Unity CEO John Riccitiello tells TechCrunch. “There are just a lot of places to innovate there and I was excited by the roadmap of Vivox .” Unity plans to use its cross-platform support expertise to Read the full article…

No Olympics for you! German sports official equates esports to knitting

The International esports world championship at KeyArena in Seattle in 2016. (GeekWire Photo) If esports ever becomes an Olympic event, don’t look for Germany to enthusiastically send along an elite team of video gamers. Despite worldwide popularity that has propelled video game competition into the mainstream, the German Olympic Sports Confederation is holding fast to its ban on esports at Olympic events, according to a report in Unikrn. “Esports does not exist. And it will not be included in the Olympic program,” said Alfons Hörmann, president of the German Olympic Sports Confederation. If it does exist, Hörmann’s counterpart, Hesse Interior and Sports Minister Peter Beuth, did him one better in belittling esports. “Esports are as little sport as knitting and recorder play,” Beuth said. “We must not allow the e-gaming industry to collect these sports assets. The idea that the e-gaming industry is vying for funding, I think is absurd.” Read the full article…

Skrillex says composing Kingdom Hearts III’s theme ‘was like a dream’

Today, Kingdom Hearts III — the 11th game in the long-running Square Enix and Disney franchise — is out worldwide. Music has always been integral to the series, and composer Yoko Shimomura has worked on every release. But more recognizable than the compositions are the main games’ theme songs, which, for the last two installments, have been written and recorded by the Japanese pop singer Utada Hikaru. (If you’re a Kingdom Hearts fan, hearing the opening notes to Utada Hikaru’s song “Simple and Clean,” the theme from the first game, will shove you directly into your feelings.) Tetsuya Nomura, the game’s director, brought Hikaru back to create a third theme song for the series, and she brought along Skrillex, the legendary electronic… Read the full article…

All Xbox One bundles are $50 off at the Microsoft Store, Best Buy, and other retailers

All Xbox One bundles are $50 off at the Microsoft Store, Best Buy, Walmart, B&H Photo, and elsewhere. This includes the new Xbox One X bundle that bundles the upcoming title Metro: Exodus and its prequels, Metro: Last Light and Metro 2033. Most of the bundles, whether you’re shopping for an Xbox One X or Xbox One S, come with a different game, ranging from Fallout 76, Battlefield V, Forza Horizon 4, and others. Depending on the bundle, there might be some other inclusions. All of the available options (excluding the Metro bundle) at the Microsoft Store include a digital copy of Gears of War 4, though one of the Xbox One S offerings comes with a three-month trial of both Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold in lieu of another game. The… Read the full article…

The god box: an oral history of Avatara

When Avatara launched in 2010, it looked like a dozen other low-budget games. The world was a cartoonish expanse of pink trees and purple rocks, stirred by the occasional alien sprite. Its edges were covered by too many icons, and its interface was a little too eager to spam your Facebook friends with invitations. But to its designers, Avatara was more than just a game. It was a tiny utopia run by a loving digital god — a god that protected its domain with ruthless devotion, exploiting the vast trust that its users placed in social networks. Avatara’s servers shut down in 2011. The office of its publisher, Summoner Studios, was demolished in 2013. Its developers moved on to other companies and industries — or, in one case,… Read the full article…

The ultimate guide to user experience

If you’ve not heard of the term user experience (UX), the clue’s in the title. It’s about creating a great experience for the users of your website. And that’s less about making it look aesthetically pleasing and more about making it easy and intuitive to use. The secret to a good UX is not to make users have to think about what they’re doing: it should come naturally to them to find what they’re looking for and interact with your site. In a web design agency, user experience may be the responsibility of the team as a whole or a specific UX designer. There are even entire firms that specialise in user experience consultancy. UX is not a last-minute consideration – it’s something that you should be implementing from when you start planning and creating website mockups. And if this is all sounding a bit wishy-washy, you’ll be pleased to Read the full article…

19 great places to download fonts for free

There are plenty of places to download typefaces on the web. But if your budget is tight, you can’t always stretch to a pricey typeface. So where should you look for free fonts? In this article, we’ve rounded up all the best places to download fonts that won’t cost you a penny.  It’s easy to end up falling down the rabbit hole and spending hours trawling through poorly structured sites and low quality fonts. All of the sites listed here offer a good user experience and a selection of reliable fonts, so no matter what you’re looking for, you should find something to suit your needs.  Besides the obvious places to download fonts for free (and don’t forget to check our regularly updated list of the best free fonts), we’ve also unearthed some lesser known sources – including individual design portfolios and agency sites. So next time you want to download Read the full article…