Do you suffer from ADD every time you sit down at your computer? ActionAlly looks to help by helping you focus on your most important tasks.
Every time you get to your computer, ActionAlly will be there, ready to channel you into your most important work.
No more sitting blankly trying to figure out what to work on. No more drifting to Facebook.
Now you have an ally that makes sure your attention is being used effectively. ~ ActionAlly
Check out this preview/tutorial to see how easy it is to build with Aurelia:
If you’re looking to sell and license your own WordPress themes and plugins, this tutorial series from Tuts+ Code will show you how build a license and update manager plugin:
In this first tutorial in the series, we will start by creating a WordPress plugin to turn your website into a license management server. In part two, we will continue building the plugin by adding an API to it. In part three, we will use the API to make a WordPress plugin or theme talk back to the license manager for updates. ~ Tuts+ Code Tutorial
Need to test emails on your localhost during development? MailDev is a Node.js powered solution that features toggling between HTML/plain text emails, responsive size testing, and more.
MailDev is a simple way to test your projects’ emails during development with an easy to use web interface that runs on your machine. ~ MailDev – Create better email during development
17Hats is a nice looking business productivity app for small business owners. It combines project management, CRM, invoicing, bookkeeping, time tracking and more. Check out all of 17hats’ features.
Muut is really hard for me to type. Putting this post together I accidentally typed “mutt” three or four times. But, it looks to be a really slick embeddable forum solution.
Muut is the only embeddable community platform in the market that’s not based on iframes. It becomes a seamless part of your website, brand, and overall experience. Since it’s a collection of HTML elements sitting right on your page, it can be styled normally with CSS. A separate static site is generated for search engines to get the full benefits of SEO. ~ muut – Commenting and forums for your site.
Plug in your data, and infogr.am generates your charts, graphs, and more.
The Mars Levitating Bluetooth Speaker has my vote for coolest speaker I’ve seen in quite some time. The levitating property of this speaker lets it provide 360º sound.
Come on, you know you want to try this: Hipster Logo Generator
Bloomberg Business launched a refresh of their site this week. What’s more, check out their 404 – Not Found and 500 – Internal Server Error pages to see their attention to every detail. The content of each of those pages is definitely not what I expected.
I check in on Vine maybe two or three times a year. I start scrolling through my timeline, and I find I’ve spent fifteen minutes watching hundreds of clips. The medium makes my life feel as ephemeral as a six-second looping video.
This NYTimes piece on Vine sensation, Jerome Jarre, had me checking my timeline once again. He has over eight million followers, but started out by moving to New York with only $400.
Mention “that French Guy” to typical teenagers today, and they will know exactly which French guy you are talking about.
Jerome Jarre, they will tell you, is a 24-year-old from France who has become famous for making comical six-second videos on Vine, where he has eight million followers. The Vines include Mr. Jarre walking up to strangers in the street and hugging them, or hanging out with his best friend, a squirrel — though he pronounces it “sqiw-well” with his French accent.
Clips of his stunts have been viewed more than one billion times on Vine. He is so famous, that when he recently organized a meet-up in São Paulo, Brazil, the riot police were called in to quell the crowd of thousands.
What few teenagers know about Mr. Jarre, however, is that while his stardom took off in 2013, until last summer, he was essentially homeless in New York, surreptitiously sleeping on an office floor and using a promotional onesie from a start-up as a blanket. He showered in a nearby gym, gaining free access only because the young woman behind the counter recognized him from his videos, and scrounged for other people’s leftovers.
~ Jerome Jarre: The Making of a Vine Celebrity – NYTimes.com
HT: Dave Pell
Connected technologies offer so many opportunities for innovation in traditional markets. Consider the Luna mattress cover. It offers dual temperature zones, sleep tracking, a smart alarm, it’s auto learning, and it’s mobile controlled.
Luna’s built-in smart alarm wakes you at the right moment of light sleep, so you can say goodbye to groggy mornings. Luna’s sensing technology identifies the correct moment in your sleep cycle to wake you up at your highest energy level. ~ Luna
Are you familiar with IKEAHacks? These involve taking IKEA products and hacking them into all sorts of new modifications which go above and beyond the instructions that come with the kits. In case you haven’t heard of them, I thought I’d share a link to ikeahackers.net.
IkeaHackers.net is a site about modifications on and repurposing of Ikea products. Hacks, as we call it here, may be as simple as adding an embellishment, some others may require power tools and lots of ingenuity. ~ About – IKEA Hackers
For even more fun, you should check out episode 128 of the 99% Invisible podcast: Hacking IKEA.
Our friends at MailChimp have made their eBook on User eXperience available for free:
At MailChimp, we love to show our work—partly because it makes us better at what we do. This ebook is a collection of the most popular articles from our UX Newsletter, along with some exclusive content. It embodies our quest to reflect, refine, and grow. We hope it’ll help you do the same. ~ MailChimp
Audio Hijack looks to be a versatile audio recording solution for your Mac:
Record any audio, with Audio Hijack! Save audio from applications like iTunes, Skype or Safari, or from hardware devices like microphones and mixers. ~ Rogue Amoeba | Audio Hijack
I started watching the first of The Hobbit trilogy last weekend. Given I was distracted by a couple other things; however, it didn’t hold my interest. Since it would take me over twelve hours to finish the films, I think that by itself is a big turn off at this stage in my life (we have three children five or under). On the other hand, this guy’s 4 hour edit of all three Hobbit films into one movie sounds very manageable, entertaining too.
The prelude with old Bilbo is gone. As with the novel, I find the film works better if the scope starts out small (in a cosy hobbit hole), and then grows organically as Bilbo ventures out into the big, scary world. It is far more elegant to first learn about Smaug from the dwarves’ haunting ballad (rather than a bombastic CGI sequence). The prelude also undermines the real-and-present stakes of the story by framing it as one big flashback. ~ I have recut Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy into a single 4-hour film | The Hobbit: The Tolkien Edit
Is this post link-bait, perhaps? But still I like it, and I like Creative Market. So, if you’re a designer looking for a t-shirt, check out this post about 12 sites that sell cool t-shirts for designers.