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By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How to Make a Smooth Update to iOS 8

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iOS 8, Apple’s most recent mobile operating system upgrade, just hit the streets today and you may find yourself itching to get started.

Whether you’re upgrading your old iPhone or iPad, or getting a new iPhone 6 this week, your update to iOS 8 will go much more smoothly if you take a moment to prepare your current device first.

By Scott Fegette | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Get the 411 on 404s: Website Error Page Templates

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No one likes to run into website errors, but they inevitably occur: Links are changed, pages are moved, a post is taken offline, and your site visitors end up following a link to a virtual dead end and an error page.

It’s easy to accept this as a fact of life—but armed with a little knowledge, technical know-how, and some inspiration, you can transform your website error page templates from vague and embarrassing to helpful and informative.

And maybe even inject a little humor into an otherwise awkward situation.

By Scott Fegette | Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The iPhone 6 and Apple Watch: Tech You Can Use

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In its much-anticipated announcement today, Apple revealed its next chapter in consumer hardware. The one-two mobile punch of the iPhone 6 and the brand spankin’ new Apple Watch should bring a whole new era of functionality and personal productivity—not to mention healthier living—to Apple customers, and spur even more innovation in wearable computing.

The event took place at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, just a stone’s throw from Apple’s Cupertino campus—the same place where Steve Jobs introduced both the original Macintosh and the iMac. Today’s news was indeed monumental, with the Apple Watch heralding Apple’s entry into wearable computing. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus take a step into the mid-sized smartphone market pioneered by Samsung and other Android vendors, introducing the next release of their mobile operating system, iOS 8.

Let’s break down today’s Apple news.

By Scott Fegette | Friday, September 05, 2014

Look What's Familiar, and Simple, About Swift

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Swift, the new programming language by Apple for rapid development of iOS and Mac OSX apps, is gaining popularity as quickly as its name suggests—and we’re pleased to announce that Simon Allardice’s first lynda.com course on the language, Swift Programming First Look, is now available.

If you’ve been itching to dive into this new language, Simon’s got the scoop for you- here’s a peek.

By Scott Fegette | Thursday, August 21, 2014

Songwriters: Make Royalties from Your Shows with ASCAP Plus

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It’s hard to make a living as an independent songwriter in today’s music industry—and even more so if you’re not already established in the field.

When budgets are already tight, it’s tempting not to register with a PRO (performance rights organization) if you aren’t anticipating enough (or any!) radio play that could net you a royalty check.

But here’s a reality check for you: If you’re a serious songwriter, you really do need to register with a PRO if you ever expect to see a dime for your work.

By Scott Fegette | Tuesday, August 12, 2014

An Interview with UX Guru Steve Krug

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When Steve Krug’s first book Don’t Make Me Think hit the shelves, it took the UX world by storm and brought the discipline of usability and building strong user experiences to a much wider audience than ever before.

lynda.com author Jen Kramer recently sat down with Steve for a podcast around his upcoming keynote session at the Northeast PHP and UX conference.

By Scott Fegette | Sunday, July 20, 2014

Deconstructing Game of Thrones' Visual Effects

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It’s often said that visual effects only succeed when you don’t notice them. HBO’s “Game of Thrones” received a staggering 19 Emmy nominations in 2014, including Outstanding Special and Visual Effects. It’s no surprise, given the show’s beautifully integrated visual effects are largely responsible for immersing viewers into its fictional world of Westeros. German VFX house Mackevision recently published a video breakdown of its visual effects work on the show’s fourth season, and as stunning as it is, the FX techniques they employed to create the world of “Game of Thrones” aren’t as out of reach to mere mortals as you may think. First, watch the reel.

By Scott Fegette | Monday, June 30, 2014

GitHub for the Rest of Us

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Designers often work alongside coders on technical projects ranging from traditional web design to interactive documents and books, HTML5 web applications, and more. This not only means that we’re having to learn a little code ourselves these days, but also to integrate with code-centric workflows. And increasingly, the interaction between creative and technical professionals is happening on GitHub.

Although sharing and collaboration are popular reasons to use a GitHub repository to manage project assets, backup and recovery are even more fundamental reasons to “git” with the program and start using version control yourself. GitHub helps manage (and back up) text-based design assets like CSS, HTML, and JavaScript, and it can also help track graphic and binary files as well. Once you get started, you’ll find a lot of reasons to keep GitHub looking over your project assets.

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