04/17
TRENDS TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

Annotated React Examples

Muriel Gonzalez // Front-End Developer

Looking for some React to play with? I have commented a handful of examples taken from React’s documentation. These examples cover the very basics of React: JSX, props, component level state, and life cycle. Setup I’ve embedded a JSFiddle below for you to try out the examples and see them for yourself, without any of […]

03/06
TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

A Better Understanding of Development Through Sports

Mitch Daniels // Back-End Developer

Development is a vast and multifaceted world that many can get lost in when it is an unfamiliar environment to them. As a developer, I find it to be in my best interest to act as a guide to those who feel lost. In this post, I will provide a brief summary of a commonly […]

10/17
TECHNOLOGY MISCELLANEOUS

Ancient Technology

Cooper Crowell // Business Analyst

New Old Stuff Most of us use digital technology every day and don’t know the history of it. Tech history isn’t exactly riveting, so I understand that. There are no great naval battles for the development of the microprocessor, and nobody deposed an emperor to bring us OLED technology. But it isn’t all boring. Or […]

04/19
TECHNOLOGY Productivity

Digital Spring Cleaning

Brenda Talavera // Digital Project Manager

Spring…ahhh, that time of year when the birds are singing, the trees are blooming, and we feel the need to start cleaning up our accumulated clutter. It’s a time when we finally look around and decide what needs to be tossed and what we can’t live without. Just like our physical worlds, our digital worlds […]

04/11
TRENDS TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

The Future of Wearable Technology

Jason Mallott // Front-End Developer

Look around today, and you’ll see a continuous parade of wearable technology. Devices like the Apple Watch, Fitbit, and VR headsets are everywhere. These devices offer a wide range of functionality, from checking your health to keeping in constant communication at the touch of a button. With all the innovations and possibilities that wearable tech […]

03/16
DEVELOPMENT TECHNOLOGY Productivity

Debugging Vagrant Hosted PHP through Sublime

Seth McLean // Back-End Developer

It’s no secret – I’m a fan of Sublime Text. It’s my tool of choice for development. It’s lightweight, fast, good at managing projects, and has a host of utilities that make coding and general text manipulation a breeze. Its user interface is clean and uncluttered. Of course, primarily being a text editor, it’s a […]

01/30
TRENDS TECHNOLOGY STANDARDS

Bluetooth 5 Is Finally Here

Joseph Perkins // Quality Control Analyst

First, we need some backstory on what Bluetooth is. In essence, Bluetooth is a form of wireless technology that allows devices to connect to each other. This form of wireless connection isn’t the same as the normal Wi-Fi that devices use to connect to the Internet. The wireless connection that Bluetooth uses is called a […]

11/21
TRENDS TECHNOLOGY MISCELLANEOUS

Qualia and Strong AI

James Michals // Multimedia Developer

Consciousness. What is it? Does it require a body to exist, a metabolism, neurons, and synapses? Truly, consciousness is the only thing we can be sure of. Everything else is an inference. We are talking about the inner experience; is the red I see the red you see? The process of going from brain to […]

11/07
TECHNOLOGY MISCELLANEOUS DEVELOPMENT Productivity

E-Health: Tracking Your Health With Technology

Meredith Ford // Digital Studio Designer

Do you strive to become the healthiest version of yourself? With everything around us becoming “smarter,” you have more and more chances to track your health on the most minute level. When the e-fitness revolution started, you had to log everything yourself. With new innovations in technology, it has become even easier to track your […]

10/25
TRENDS TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT ADVERTISING

In the Dash of an Eye

Shayna Fung // Digital Project Manager

The concept behind the Amazon Dash Button is to help people get one step closer to living in a world where everything is connected and where users’ needs and wants can be met without the use of a computer. The Amazon Dash Button allows shoppers to order their favorite products from Amazon. That is, if […]

08/29
TECHNOLOGY

How Businesses Can Utilize Slack to Create a Community of Brand-Loyal Customers

Collin Smith // Digital Project Management Intern

It is a goal of every business to connect with its consumers, be it in person, on social media or some other digital tool. After reading an article from Buffer Social on how and why businesses should create a Slack community, I knew that with the right approach this could be a great strategy to […]

08/16
TRENDS TECHNOLOGY SOCIAL MEDIA

The Genius of LIKEtoKNOW.it

Kari Berdelle // Digital Project Manager

Last month was monumental for Instagram. It surpassed 500 million monthly users and gained more than 100 million users in the past nine months alone. And there is no social media platform as essential to a fashion blogger as Instagram. It’s perfect for sharing the classic “outfit of the day” (#OOTD) and other fashion-related posts […]

08/02
TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

Teach Your Kids to Fix Your Wi-Fi Router in the Future

Roberto Gutierrez // Multimedia Developer

A few years back, we, as a civilization, put clocks on our phones so that we don’t have to look at our watches, and with the development of the Apple Watch, we put phones on our watches so that we don’t have to look at our phones anymore. What I’m getting at is technology and […]

07/27
TECHNOLOGY Productivity

My Travel Tool Kit

Kelly O’Neill // Project Manager

If all goes according to plan, I’ll be on a Greek island when this article is published. Yay, me! And as carefree and breezy as that sounds, I don’t travel anymore without the help of some very essential travel tools. I got the travel bug early in life. And while I don’t travel as much […]

07/13
TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

WordPress Is About to Catch Up to the Rest of the Web

Mike Grotton // Front-End Developer

Since its introduction as a branch of trendsetting blogging software b2/cafelog, WordPress has evolved to become much more than just a tool for fledgling writers to easily get their thoughts and opinions onto the web browsers of the world. As any diehard WordPress developer will tell you, the platform has evolved to be a mostly […]

06/20
TRENDS TECHNOLOGY SOCIAL MEDIA

Technology in the 2016 Rio Olympics

Brenda Talavera // Project Manager

The 2016 Rio Olympics are just around the corner and for us sports-crazed fans, it will be a great time to get our geek on! The times have changed since we had to stay up all night waiting for our favorite sport to come on network TV. In addition to the constant streaming of information […]

05/23
TRENDS TECHNOLOGY

Bots Are Back

Eloy Tavera // Quality Control Analyst

Chatbots are nothing new; they have been around since the time of AOL’s Instant Messenger (AIM). But modern chatbots can be interfaced with verbally rather than through text like their predecessors. Siri is an example of a bot that got people used to asking their phones questions in natural language. Phil Libin, co-founder of Evernote, […]

05/09
TRENDS TECHNOLOGY

Internet of Things

Steven Morvay // Digital Developer

In the digital world, “things” come and go. But the “Internet of Things” is here to stay. The Internet of Things is the network of physical objects – devices, vehicles, buildings and other items – embedded with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data. Everything Will Be […]

04/25
TRENDS TECHNOLOGY ADVERTISING

Digital Marketing and E-Commerce

Drake Williams // Motion Graphics

Even though digital marketing and e-commerce are on the rise, some businesses are still finding it difficult to convert website visits into actual sales. There are several things a brand can do to help this, but understanding mobile commerce and how it works is one large step toward perfecting your brand’s mobile marketplace. Here are […]

03/21
TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

Website High Availability and Power Grid Reliability

Peter Stettner // Project Manager

An Ignored Co-Dependence of Our Internet Website hosting availability (high availability) is communicated as a percentage of uptime and defined by how many “nines” are in the percentage. One big factor that is not figured into this equation is the reliability of the country’s power grid to feed power to run the Internet. In information […]

03/03
TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

NPM as a Build Tool

Muriel Gonzalez // Front-End Developer

Some Background “For many years, JavaScript had a single widely accepted module format, which is to say there was none. Everything was a global variable, petulantly hanging off the window object. This invited risky propositions, too sweet to ignore, and some of us began monkey-patching built-in objects. Chaos prevailed. We had run amok. The JavaScript […]

02/18
TRENDS TECHNOLOGY SOCIAL MEDIA Productivity

Texting Your Customers Can Send the Wrong Signal

Ryan Bates // Studio Designer

According to a study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, 73% of U.S. adults text and 83% of U.S. adults are mobile phone owners. So it’s understandable that in this day and age, a large segment of that population prefers to be reached by text message rather than a phone call. […]

01/26
VIDEO TRENDS TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT ADVERTISING

The Force Is Strong With This One

Alan Morkovsky // Project Manager

In mid-November 2015, Google let its geek flag fly as it asked users to “Awaken the Force Within” with their Google Star Wars Experience tool. With the tool, users can transform familiar Google apps with a fresh coat of Imperial or Rebel paint. Along with the “Jakku Spy” Google Cardboard App and in-browser phone-paired “Lightsaber Escape,” Google raised the […]

01/12
TRENDS TECHNOLOGY SOCIAL MEDIA ADVERTISING Productivity

Ad-Driven

David Lacy // Business Analyst

We’ve all been there. Browsing our favorite site on the Internet, when a seizure-inducing, flashing ad pops up on the screen. Most of us simply close the offending ad and continue on our way. Others will exit out of the page completely. And then there are those who are so irritated by the intrusion that […]

12/01
TECHNOLOGY MISCELLANEOUS ADVERTISING WORK

All Access(ibility) Pass

Shawn Ewert // Business Analyst

If you are reading this article right now, chances are somewhere in the neighborhood of 6 to 1 that you are reading it without the use of any kind of assistive technologies. That’s great, but what about the other 15% of Internet users? How does their Internet experience differ, and why should brands be concerned […]