TV election debates create ‘plausible tarts’, warns historian

Peter Hennessy said that he had “grave reservations” about the broadcasting of the leadership debates, which took place in Britain for the first time before the 2010 ­general election. Warning that they meant future leaders would be selected for being “plausible tarts” rather than simply “decent”, he said a culture of “celebritocracy” could blight politics. […]

UXBrighton

Cennydd and James discuss the experience of writing a UX book, from the proposal and the money to the workflow and personal sacrifice involved. They talk about what publishers are looking for from potential authors, how to make a strong business case for your title, and how to come to terms with the alien practices […]

HTML5 Video Available on the Web – October Update

54% of web video is now available for playback in HTML5. Double in 5 months. Flash remains the dominant player within desktop environments. Mobile is driving HTML5 video adoption. HTML5 compatible (H.264 mostly) video is the most common format for mobiles (inc. iPhone, iPad and Android). Publishers & platforms now offer iframe embeds, allowing them […]

The Complete WordPress-as-a-CMS Guide: Benefits, Tips, Common Questions and Inspiration

The WordPress platform offers a simple user interface when it comes to other content management systems. After logging into WP you’ll arrive at the dashboard. The WordPress dashboard allows you to change many elements of your website without having to know a line of code. You can change/edit images, pages, posts, content and a variety […]

Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS)

Amazon RDS automatically patches the database software and backs up your database, storing the backups for a user-defined retention period. You benefit from the flexibility of being able to scale the compute resources or storage capacity associated with your relational database instance via a single API call. In addition, Amazon RDS allows you to easily […]

Jonathan Ive on the design of the iPhone 4

“Those three black splits are co-molded in, and then the band goes through more processes,” Ive points out. “So it's assembled first, the band, and then the final machining and grinding are performed, so the tolerances are extraordinary…. Whatever people's feelings are about the actual design of the product is of course subjective. But objectively […]