Learn how to develop apps online

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The expansive nature of the Internet makes it easy for all of us to become experts in what we love to do or develop new skills. This holds true for app development as well. Seeing as apps are intertwined with the Internet, there is no shortage of free and detailed resources out there to help develop your skills. If you’re looking to learn something new or potentially make a career out of developing apps, take a look at some of the (mostly free) developer resources … Continue reading

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Fastest-growing jobs in technology

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Demand for jobs in the technology industry is growing fast and this is no surprise since tech touches all of our lives in both personal and professional capacities. What are the technology jobs currently trending upwards and have the ability to grow even more in the future?* Web Developer What do they do? Web developers are programmers who specialize in the development of World Wide Web applications or any application that runs from a web server to a web browser. They focus on the design … Continue reading

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How Google Maps put the world on the right track

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Finding directions to that job interview, event or hotel before the advent of Google Maps consisted of using an outdated map book (who remembers those?) and a lot of trial and error. These days most of us cannot imagine life without this revolutionary piece of technology guiding our travels. In fact, many of us get lost without an artificial voice telling us where to turn left. No company has yet to come close to Google’s directional wizardry so it’s no wonder that there is a … Continue reading

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Anyone can code

Anyone can code

As will.i.am, member of the hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas and coding beginner, puts it, “Great coders are today’s rock stars…” A video by the name of “What Most Schools Don’t Teach”, which was created just over a year ago, made waves online and became the number one video on YouTube within only one day. The video featured many tech giants like Bill Gates (creator of Microsoft), Jack Dorsey (creator of Twitter), Mark Zuckerberg (creator of Facebook) and Drew Houston (creator of Dropbox). … Continue reading

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Which Azure datacentre should you use for your South African sites and apps?

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Recently the team at Maxxor had to decide which Azure datacentre to use for a new mobile app project. This was a very important decision as the choice would determine the speed at which the app would work. There are two important things that one needs to look at concerning the choice of an appropriate datacentre. One of these is latency. To explain it simply, it is the time that elapses between when a network request is made and when that request elicits a response. … Continue reading

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Why do we need CAPTCHAs?

Why do we need CAPTCHAs?

There is no doubt that if you’re a regular user of the Internet that you have seen what is called a CAPTCHA box, usually when you are leaving a comment, creating an account or logging in somewhere. What are these mysterious puzzles and why are they so necessary to decode when trawling the Internet? What is a CAPTCHA? CAPTCHA is an acronym that stands for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”. Quite a mouthful. It was coined in 2000 by … Continue reading

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Best Firefox add-ons for developers and designers

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Add-ons can be useful as well as time-saving for developers and designers alike. Take a look at some of the great add-ons you can attach to your Mozilla Firefox browser to make your life easier. MeasureIt Adds a ruler across any web page of your choice in order to check the width, height and alignment of page elements. This will help you to see if elements are what you intended them to be when creating the CSS. Colorzilla This tool allows you to choose a … Continue reading

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Creating user interface design that drives conversion

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When designing a marketing website, microsite or landing page there are many factors that you need to consider in order for the end result to work for you. One of the biggest factors in driving conversion is good user interface (UI) design. Whether you are designing something by yourself or sourcing a company such as Maxxor to design the site on your behalf, you need to take into account some UI features that will make users want to convert to using your product or service. … Continue reading

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