Category Archives: Elsewhere

Spark: A Typeface for Creating Sparklines in Text Without Code

Spark is a typeface for creating sparklines in text. It uses OpenType’s contextual alternates and requires no Javascript, though it does require a modern-ish browser that can make use of OpenType features in text. Spark data needs to be formatted … Continue reading

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Detox: E2E Testing in React Native

High velocity native mobile development requires us to adopt continuous integration workflows, which means our reliance on manual QA has to drop significantly. Detox tests your mobile app while it’s running in a real device/simulator, interacting with it just like … Continue reading

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Upgrades for Google Maps Street View

Google is rolling out upgraded cars with upgraded camera rigs to capture Street View imagery. The new camera rig will help capture photos that are clearer, higher in resolution, and more vivid in color. Like the old design, the rig … Continue reading

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DolphinAttack: Hacking Voice Assistants with Inaudible Voice Commands

About a year ago it came to my attention that voice assistants such as Siri can lead to easily exploitable security issues. As voice assistants are not aware who is talking to them, it doesn’t matter if it’s you or … Continue reading

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The (fictitious) adventure of learning the next big framework

Installing all the things! On learning a new framework, and having to install a gazillion things for starters, and then eventually seeing it not work at all: I just want to write a bit of code and make a simple … Continue reading

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Monitoring for the encrypted web with “Oh Dear!”

Because there’s more to HTTPs than just monitoring for certificate expiration dates. Next to SSL Certificate Expirations, Oh Dear! also scans for Mixed Content, Revoked (Intermediate) Certificates, the use of bad or insecure ciphers, etc. Knowing that this service is … Continue reading

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Visual vs. Layout Viewport Demo

With the Visual Viewport API landing in Chrome 61, this demo demonstrating the differences between both, and also the differences on how each browser vendor implements ‘m comes in handy: Visual vs. Layout Viewport Demo →

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Game of Thrones Season 7: VFX Breakdown

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Silex Routing vs Trailing Slashes

In Silex-based projects I always define my routes with a trailing /. When defining a route with a trailing slash, the router will respond to both the route without and with slash: $app->get(‘/hello’, …); will respond to http://localhost/hello but not … Continue reading

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gitmoji – An emoji guide for your commit messages

Gitmoji is an initiative to standardize and explain the use of emojis on GitHub commit messages. Using emojis on commit messages provides an easy way of identifying the purpose or intention of a commit with only looking at the emojis … Continue reading

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