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first_imgSoccer fans at a match between Manchester United and South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria. Manchester United won.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

Google Apps Premier Edition Launches – One Small Step Towards Google Office

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#news#web#Web Office The big news tonight is that Google has released a premier edition of its Google Apps package (previously known as Google Apps For Your Domain). I’ve been following the Web Office trend for a long time and, like everyone, have been particularly obsessed with Google’s gradual progression towards a Web Office suite. Tonight is another step towards fully challenging Microsoft Office, but there is still a ways to go. More on that in a minute, but first a quick overview of what’s in Google Apps Premier.The new ‘suite’ includes the existing Google Apps tools – Gmail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, Page Creator and Start Page. New to the package is Google Docs & Spreadsheets, a significant edition considering that word processing and spreadsheets are mainstays of Microsoft Office. A comparison between the free edition and premier is here. Also new of note is APIs “to integrate with your existing infrastructure” and ability to integrate with 3rd party applications and services. ‘Best of breed’ web apps is another theme we obsess over here at Read/WriteWeb – so APIs and 3rd party features will go a long way towards making Google Office an attraction for external developers and startups. Google wants to be the center of the Web Office ecosystem, a very wise strategy.CNET has a good summary of the other changes:“The new Google Apps Premier Edition costs $50 per user account a year. It includes around-the-clock telephone support, and 10GB of storage per user compared with 2GB. The new edition also includes a guarantee of 99.9 percent uptime for Gmail and application programming interfaces that businesses can use to migrate data, enable single sign-on and do other integration. A free version targeted at educational institutions, Google Apps Education Edition, offers the same features as the premier edition except for the storage size. There is also Google Apps Standard Edition, which is free, but lacks the features of the premier edition.”Over at Techcrunch, Marshall Kirkpatrick waxes philosophical (for some reason I had Orson Welles’ voice in my head as I read the following):“Beyond competition and concerns, tonight is a good time to recognize the incredible force of innovation that Google is as well. Its nearly full-service suite of sophisticated, integrated online services is something of historic proportion. Google‚Äôs technological brilliance is only beginning to be recognized. What do I mean by that? I mean that with its powerful algorithms to analyze and contextualize information, combined with its growing catalogue of information to analyze – Google is an epoch defining company. Send the world‚Äôs business communication through Google and the machine gets a whole lot smarter.”For now, I’m a bit more cautious about this news. I see it more as just another step for Google towards a full Office suite. There’s still no presentations app, CRM…. or JotSpot for that matter! Google Apps is still a fairly loose package of web-based office apps, not as integrated as it could be yet. The strength of a Web Office suite is collaboration and other web native functionality – whereas desktop office suites have much more sophisticated functionality. There’s also the small matter of offline functionality (which is starting to appear in web apps, but slowly) and whether businesses want to host their office with an external party like Google.But the gap is definitely closing, no doubt about it, between Google and Microsoft in office software. I’m waiting with interest on Google’s next step – which I’m guessing will involve more integration between their apps, a la something like Basecamp or Central Desktop. I’m also waiting to see some of the new web native features that JotSpot (a Google acquisition last year) had, plus of course missing apps like presentations.Previous R/WW Web Office/Google coverageGoogle Office: Image GalleryHow Google’s Gmail / Docs & Spreadsheets Integration Directly Targets MicrosoftMicrosoft vs Google Heats Uplast_img read more

LNL Systems Receives National Recognition as Motorola’s Number One Two-Way Radio Partner

first_imgLNL Systems recently announced its status as Motorola’s top two-way radio partner for 2016. The Motorola partnership has allowed LNL Systems to expand their product portfolio, reportedly offering customers a set of powerful and innovative communications solutions.Key FactsIn 2016, LNL Systems sold more business class two-way radios than any other Motorola reseller.LNL has been a Motorola partner for over eight years, focused on the retail industry.LNL has developed a retail Internet of Things (IoT) platform that integrates seamlessly with the Motorola business class radios.Mark Barnes, chief executive officer of LNL, is thrilled about the opportunity to integrate two-way radio technology with LNL’s IoT platform, “We are excited about the long-term relationship between LNL Systems and Motorola. Motorola is a leader in the industry and continues to develop innovative products enabling our retail customers to be more productive and efficient. By integrating the two-way radios with our SmartHub platform, store associates can now be alerted when a customer needs assistance, resulting in a better customer experience and increased conversion.”“Recognized around the world for their expertise, Motorola is known for their success in delivering innovative solutions to help their customers make critical decisions, allowing companies to streamline their processes and improve overall results.”- Sponsor – Eric Kriete, director of sales and marketing at MEI (Motorola market development distributor), believes there are several key factors involved when it comes to being recognized in this space, “LNL Systems continues to grow the market for two-way radios based on their knowledge of Motorola products and superb customer service. They have the ability to handle large deployments and service the products after the sale which is critical for large, national accounts.”This recognition spans North America and Canada. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Inspired Design Decisions: Avaunt Magazine

first_imgInspired Design Decisions: Avaunt MagazineYou are here: HomeWeb DesignInspired Design Decisions: Avaunt Magazine Inspired Design Decisions: Avaunt Magazine Inspired Design Decisions: Avaunt Magazine Andrew Clarke 2019-06-13T12:30:16+02:00 2019-06-13T12:35:26+00:00I hate to admit it, but five or six years ago my interest in web design started to wane. Of course, owning a business meant I had to keep working, but staying motivated and offering my best thinking to clients became a daily struggle.Looking at the web didn’t improve my motivation. Web design had stagnated, predictability had replaced creativity, and ideas seemed less important than data.The reasons why I’d enjoyed working on the web no longer seemed relevant. Design had lost its joyfulness. Complex sets of build tools and processors had even supplanted the simple pleasure of writing HTML and CSS.When I began working with the legendary newspaper and magazine designer Mark Porter, I became fascinated by art direction and editorial design. As someone who hadn’t studied either at art school, everything about this area of design was exciting and new. I read all the books about influential art directors I could find and started collecting magazines from the places I visited around the world.The more inspired I became by mag- azine design, the faster my enthusiasm for web design bounced back. I wondered why many web designers think that print design is old-fashioned and irrelevant to their work. I thought about why so little of what makes print design special is being transferred to the web.My goal became to hunt for inspiring examples of editorial design, study what makes them unique, and find ways to adapt what I’d learned to create more compelling, engaging, and imaginative designs for the web.My bookcases are now chock full of magazine design inspiration, but my collection is still growing. I have limited space, so I’m picky about what I pick up. I buy a varied selection, and rarely collect more than one issue of the same title.I look for exciting page layouts, inspiring typography, and innovative ways to combine text with images. When a magazine has plenty of interesting design elements, I buy it. However, if a magazine includes only a few pieces of inspiration, I admit I’m not above photographing them before putting it back on the shelf.I buy new magazines as regularly as I can, and a week before Christmas, a few friends and I met in London. No trip to the “Smoke” is complete without a stop at Magma, and I bought several new magazines. After I explained my inspiration addition, one friend suggested I write about why I find magazine design so inspiring and how magazines influence my work. Avaunt magazine. (Large preview)That conversation sparked the idea for a series on making inspired design decisions. Every month, I’ll choose a publication, discuss what makes its design distinctive, and how we might learn lessons which will help us to do better work for the web.As an enthusiastic user of HTML and CSS, I’ll also explain how to implement new ideas using the latest technologies; CSS Grid, Flexbox, and Shapes.I’m happy to tell you that I’m inspired and motivated again to design for the web and I hope this series can inspire you too.Andy ClarkeApril 2019Avaunt Magazine: Documenting The Extraordinary What struck me most about Avaunt was the way its art director has colour, layout, and type in diverse ways while maintaining a consistent feel throughout the magazine. (Large preview)One look at me is going to tell you I’m not much of an adventurer. I don’t consider myself particularly cultured and my wife jokes regularly about what she says is my lack of style.So what drew me to Avaunt magazine and its coverage of “adventure,” “culture,” and “style” when there are so many competing and varied magazines?It often takes only a few page turns for me to decide if a magazine offers the inspiration I look for. Something needs to stand out in those first few seconds for me to look closer, be it an exciting page layout, an inspiring typographic treatment, or an innovative combination of images with text.Avaunt has all of those, but what struck me most was the way its art director has used colour, layout, and type in diverse ways while maintaining a consistent feel throughout the magazine. There are distinctive design threads which run through Avaunt’s pages. The bold uses of a stencil serif and geometric sans-serif typeface are particularly striking, as is the repetition of black, white, a red which Avaunt’s designers use in a variety of ways. Many of Avaunt’s creative choices are as adventurous as the stories it tells. © Avaunt magazine. (Large preview)Plenty of magazines devote their first few spreads to glossy advertising, and Avaunt does the same. Flipping past those ads finds Avaunt’s contents page and its fascinating four-column modular grid.This layout keeps content ordered within spacial zones but maintains energy by making each zone a different size. This layout could be adapted to many kinds of online content and should be easy to implement using CSS Grid. I’m itching to try that out.For sans-serif headlines, standfirsts, and other type elements which pack a punch, Avaunt uses MFred, designed initially for Elephant magazine by Matt Willey in 2011. Matt went on to art direct the launch of Avaunt and commissioned a stencil serif typeface for the magazine’s bold headlines and distinctive numerals.Avaunt Stencil was designed in 2014 by London based studio A2-TYPE who have since made it available to license. There are many stencil fonts available, but it can be tricky to find one which combines boldness and elegance — looking for a stencil serif hosted on Google Fonts? Stardos would be a good choice for display size type. Need something more unique, try Caslon Stencil from URW.Avaunt’s use of a modular grid doesn’t end with the contents page and is the basis for a spread on Moscow’s Polytechnic Museum of Cold War curiosities which first drew me to the magazine. This spread uses a three-column modular grid and spacial zones of various sizes.What fascinates me about this Cold War spread is how modules in the verso page combine to form a single column for text content. Even with this column, the proportions of the module grid still inform the position and size of the elements inside. © Avaunt magazine. (Large preview)While the design of many of Avaunt’s pages is devoted to a fabulous reading experience, many others push the grid and pull their foundation typography styles in different directions. White text on dark backgrounds, brightly coloured spreads where objects are cut away to blend with the background. Giant initial caps which fill the width of a column, and large stencilled drop caps which dominate the page.Avaunt’s playful designs add interest, and the arrangement of pages creates a rhythm which I very rarely see online. These variations in design are held together by the consistent use of Antwerp — also designed by A2-TYPE — as a typeface for running text, and a black, white, and red colour theme which runs throughout the magazine. © Avaunt magazine. (Large preview)Studying the design of Avaunt magazine can teach and inspire. How a modular grid can help structure content in creative ways without it feeling static. (I’ll teach you more about modular grids later.)How a well-defined set of styles can become the foundation for distinctive and diverse designs, and finally how creating a rhythm throughout a series of pages can help readers stay engaged.Next time you’re passing your nearest magazine store, pop in a pick up a copy of Avaunt Magazine. It’s about adventure, but I bet it can help inspire your designs to be more adventurous too.Say Hello To Skinny ColumnsFor what feels like an eternity, there’s been very little innovation in grid design for the web. I had hoped the challenges of responsive design would result in creative approaches to layout, but sadly the opposite seems to be true. Top: Squeezing an image into one column reduces its visual weight and upsets the balance of my composition. Middle: Making the image fill two standard columns also upsets that delicate balance. Bottom: Splitting the final column, then add- ing half its width to another, creates the perfect space for my image, and a more pleasing overall result. (Large preview)Instead of original grid designs, one, two, three, or four block arrangements of content became the norm. Framework grids, like those included with Bootstrap, remain the starting point for many designers, whether they use those frameworks or not.It’s true that there’s more to why so much of the web looks the same as web designers using the same grid. After all, there have been similar conventions for magazines and newspapers for decades, but somehow magazines haven’t lost their personality in the way many websites have.I’m always searching for layout inspiration and magazines are a rich source. Reading Avaunt reminded me of a technique I came across years ago but hadn’t tried. This technique adds one extra narrow column to an otherwise conventional column grid. In print design, this narrow column is often referred to as a “bastard column or measure” and describes a block of content which doesn’t conform to the rest of a grid. (This being a family friendly publication, I’ll call it a “skinny column.”)In these first examples, squeezing an image into one column reduces its visual weight and upsets the balance of my composition. Making the image fill two standard columns also upsets that delicate balance.Splitting the final column, then adding half its width to another, creates the perfect space for my image, and a more pleasing overall result. (Large preview)I might use a skinny column to inform the width of design elements. This Mini Cooper logo matches the width of my skinny column, and its size feels balanced with the rest of my composition. (Large preview)Sometimes, content won’t fit into a single column comfortably, but by combining the widths of standard and skinny columns, I create more space and a better measure for running text. I can place a skinny column anywhere within a layout to wherever I need my content. (Large preview)An empty skinny column adds whitespace which allows the eye to roam around a design. The asymmetry created by placing a skinny column between two standard columns also makes a structured layout feel more dynamic and energetic. (Large preview)Another empty skinny column carves a wide gutter into this design and confines my running text to a single column, so that its height reflects the image’s vertical format. I can also use a skinny column to turn typographic elements into exciting design elements.Developing With Skinny ColumnsDesigns like these are surprisingly simple to implement using today’s CSS. I need just four structural elements; a logo, header, figure, plus an article to contain my running text:Mini Cooper read more

Roelant Oltmans to be India hockey coach till Olympics

first_imgHigh Performance Director Roelant Oltmans was on Saturday appointed coach of the Indian hockey team, replacing Paul van Ass, who was unceremoniously sacked after a bitter spat with Hockey India president Narinder Batra.The 61-year-old Dutchamn, who has been associated with Indian hockey for close to three years now, will be at the helm of affairs at least till next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.The decision to appoint Oltmans was taken at a meeting between Sports Authority of India’s director general Injeti Srinivas and Batra.”Oltmans has agreed to be the coach till the Rio Olympics and we would want him to continue after that,” Batra told reporters after the meeting.Batra said that Van Ass’ ouster was a disappointing chapter but it was important for Indian hockey to move ahead.”We should move ahead, coaches come and go. We want to look ahead and prepare the team for the Olympics. we will talk to Oltmans about his requirements regarding the support staff and will give all possible assistance,” Batra said.Earlier on Friday, a nine-member committee headed by Olympian Harbinder Singh, formed to decide Van Ass’ future, recommended that the Dutchman should not be continued.Van Ass blamed an “autocratic” Batra for his ouster and said the recommendation to remove him did not come as a “surprise” to him.Oltmans has been associated with Indian hockey for nearly three years and to add to it, the players also gel well with him and some have even aired their views of handing the reins of the team to the Dutchman after Van Ass’ ouster.advertisementVan Ass, who was appointed at the end of January this year, was awarded a three-year contract till 2018. The World League semifinals in Antwerp, earlier this month, was the Dutchman’s second assignment with the Indian team.last_img read more