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Fusion Radar: June 11, 2014

June 11th, 2014 - by marissa - Salt Lake City, Utah

Keeping up with technology is a lot of work. Luckily, we enjoy wading through the noise just to find the gems of awesomeness sprinkled throughout. Fusion Radar is our gift to you, Current or Potential Client, so that you can enjoy all of the awesome without any of the drudgery. Unwrap it each week, and know that you’re loved by the geeks and pixel-pushers at Agency Fusion.

Landing Gear

Landing Gear is a responsive HTML5 construction set designed specifically for building single-page landing pages. It has a simple drag-and-drop editing interface, automated color-matching between site theme colors and photographs, and even features like animations, parallax, and transitions.

Landing Gear

The CSS Will-change Property

Currently, when you perform certain CSS operations (like transforms and animations) on an element, the element and its contents might seem to flicker as they are drawn onto the screen layer-by-layer. Now, however, the will-change property means that you can tell the browser about the element’s changes ahead of time. This way, the browser has some time to prepare for these changes, so when they do occur, the element’s layer will be ready and the function can be performed smoothly.

Everything You Need to Know About the CSS will-change Property

Lyric

Lyric is a “smart thermostat” similar to Nest. It does boast a few features that Nest is missing, however. For starters, Lyric includes a feature called “geofencing,” which detects whether you’re at home or out based on your smartphone’s location, and regulates the temperature accordingly. It also allows you to control the humidity in your house, sends you alerts and reminders, and has a motion-sensing display.

Lyric

30 Incorrectly Used Words

Jeff Haden’s recent Time article goes over 15 pairs of easily-confused words (e.g. affect and effect) that you don’t want to get wrong in the business world. The list includes some common errors (your vs. you’re) as well as some mistakes that you don’t think about or use as frequently, like discreet vs. discrete, and number vs. amount.

30 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Horrible

Lumo Lift

Lumo Lift is a small wearable device that tracks your daily activity and helps you improve your posture. It measures how many steps you take a day, how many calories you burn, and how much time you spend standing or sitting with good posture. Lumo Lift also vibrates if you do slouch, sending you reminders to keep your posture straight and tall.

Lumo Lift

Forge

Forge is an instant PHP platform on the cloud of your choice (these choices include Linode, DigitalOcean, AWS, and Rackspace). It’s a way to host sites on a consistent, predictable, and flexible environment. Forge is reasonably priced, too: for a flat rate of $10/month, developers get unlimited servers, sites, and deployments via Forge.

Forge

Docker 1.0

Docker is an open platform developers can use to build, ship, and run applications. The very first version came out over a year ago–in March of 2013. Now, after millions of downloads and thousands of beta Docker apps, Docker 1.0 is finally out. It’s a great tool to use for distributing/collaborating on an app with a team, and for managing an infrastructure.

Docker 1.0

Lifetramp

Lifetramp is a site designed to help people find and explore their passions. The site will ask you what your interests are as you set up your profile. Then it matches you with mentors who can spend an hour or two with you, talking about their take on that industry and what you can do to excel.

Lifetramp

AppSignal

AppSignal is an online tool that can provide detailed monitoring services for anyone with a Rails application. It offers features like error and performance issue alerts, deployment tracking, and background job monitoring.

AppSignal

Type Sample

Type Sample is a tool for identifying and sampling webfonts. You simply add the Type Sample bookmarklet to your browser, then click that button anytime you’re on a page where there’s a font you want to identify. Then you hover over any text on the page and Type Sample tells you the name, size, and weight of the font.

Type Sample