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NBC suspends Nightly News anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay

NBC has suspended Nightly News anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay. The punishment comes as NBC News continues to investigate Williams’ false retelling of events that occurred during the Iraq War, a blunder that embroiled America’s top evening news man (and by association NBC’s entire news division) in controversy. Williams, who succeeded Tom Brokaw on Nightly News, had long been seen as one of the network’s most reliable and trusted figures.

But in a January 30th Nightly News report, Williams “misrepresented events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003,” NBC now admits. He told NBC’s millions of viewers that a helicopter he was riding in had been forced down by enemy fire; Williams has recited the…

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France can now block suspected terrorism websites without a court order

A new decree that went into effect today allows the French government to block websites accused of promoting terrorism and publishing child pornography, without seeking a court order. Under the new rules, published last week by France’s Ministry of the Interior, internet service providers (ISPs) must take down offending websites within 24 hours of receiving a government order. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says the decree is critical to combatting terrorism, but civil rights groups say it gives the government dangerously broad powers to suppress free speech.

The regulations have been under consideration since 2011, but gained new momentum following last month’s terrorist attacks at the Paris office of the satirical magazine…

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How to draw faces without reference

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youtube: c-CUy7IbqAs You can’t skip the theory, so I’ll explain how to understand faces. In my examples I use Photoshop for sketching and colouring, together with my Wacom Intuos graphic tablet. But what I want to teach is a way of observing your surroundings and then make notes for yourself visually. Use whatever technique you’re most comfortable with, but don’t use erasers while studying.




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Gone Camping Pop-Up Restaurant, London: The Art of Dining’s newest temporary eatery offers all the fun of meals enjoyed in the wild, without actually trekking the great outdoors

Gone Camping Pop-Up Restaurant, London

There are few times that food tastes as good as it does when eaten outdoors by a campfire—even the most charred hotdog somehow becomes delicious when enjoyed in the wild. With summer still far too many months away, Londoners can at least recapture……

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How to Create WordPress Custom Fields Without Plugins

WordPress has made it easy for developers to customize WordPress in so many ways to meet their custom needs, including letting developers assign new meta-data within a post. That way developer can display additional outcomes within their themes or plugins on top of standard data like the post title, post content, and post author.

There are several methods to create custom meta, you can use a plugin or work on top of a framework, or you can do it from scratch. In this post, we’ll look into how to create custom meta from scratch (it isn’t as hard as you’d think) and use it to display a sponsored post message.

Adding a Custom Meta Data

First of all, go to the post editor. Usually you can find regular input fields like the title, the content, the category, and the tag box there. There are a few hidden fields as well, including a Custom Fields Editor, which we can use to add our custom meta.

To display it, click the Screen Options and tick the Custom Fields option.

The Custom Field box should now appear at the bottom of the post content editor. Now, we can add our custom meta-data.

A single meta-data is handled with key name/value pairs. Hence, as you can see below, the Custom Fields box consist of two input fields: name and value.

In this following example, I will specify a new meta-data for the post that I’m currently editing, with hello_world as the key and Hello World as the value.

Click the Add Custom Field to add them in the post. You can later update or delete this meta-data. Also, as you have entered a key name before, WordPress will store and list the name in a dropdown option, so that you can reuse the key without having to type it all over again.

Retrieving the Meta Data

Having the meta-data set, you can now display your theme single.php file, which is the file to display single post content. You can call out the value from hello_world key using the get_post_meta() function. like so.

 <?php $  meta = get_post_meta( get_the_ID(), 'hello_world' ); echo $  meta; ?> <?php the_content(); ?> 

But keep in mind that this meta-data won’t be available in all post, so we will have to run this function within a conditional statement; in other words, we should call this function only when the meta-data is set in the post, otherwise it will return an error.

 <?php $  meta = get_post_meta( get_the_ID(), 'hello_world' ); if( !empty($  meta) ) { echo $  meta[0]; } ?> 

Given the above code snippet, you should see the Hello World! of the key value displayed above the post content.

Show “Sponsored Post” Box

Now let’s use it in a real world example. Assuming we are going to publish a sponsored post, and we want to show a disclaimer in a box above the post content, we can do this by creating the meta-data named is_sponsored_post and then setting the value field to Yes, like so.

We will display the box when the value of is_sponsored_post is set to Yes through the conditional statement, just like in the previous example.

 <?php $  meta = get_post_meta( get_the_ID(), 'is_sponsored_post' ); if( $  meta[0] == 'Yes' ) { ?> <div class="sponsored-post"> <p>Disclosure: This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links. End of post: I received compensation in exchange for writing this review.</p> </div> <?php } ?> 

And this is what it looks like when the message is displayed.





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Hidden Features in iOS 8: You’ll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

Apple did a magnificent with its latest mobile operating system, iOS 8, integrating a lot of features that users have been suggesting and craving for a long time, as well as some new additions of their own. While some of the features are obvious right from the first second, others are a lot more subtle, and seem to be there to enhance the overall experience without ever stepping into the spotlight.

Hidden Features in iOS 8: You’ll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

Subtle or not, the changes brought by iOS 8 will change the way iPhones are used, making everything smoother and more intuitive than ever. It’s enough to take iOS 8 for a quick test and you’ll soon end up asking yourself how you ever lived without these features.

Here’s a list of the iOS 8’s new features – both the obvious and the less obvious ones.

1. Interactive notifications

Interactive notifications

One of the main focus points of iOS 8 was to make notifications of all kinds less intrusive, and it certainly succeeded. Notifications are now interactive, so if you happen to receive a text message when you are playing a game or watching a movie on your phone you will see a tiny notification bar with the message, which will also allow you to compose a quick reply directly, without minimizing the app you were using and launching the messaging app.

2. Text Predictions

Text Predictions

In order to make interactive notifications even more effective, but also aiming to improve the overall messaging experience, iOS 8 introduced a very powerful text prediction feature that reads your mind and give you exactly the words you are thinking about. Ok, maybe it doesn’t quite read your mind, but it does a very good job at predicting the words you may want as soon as you start typing. What makes this feature even more awesome is that it monitors the way you chat with different people, and adapts the predictions based on the person you’re chatting with, so when you’re chatting with a friend with whom you tend to use slang or shortcuts a lot, the predictions will fit the profile, as opposed to them being all grammatically-correct and formal when chatting with a business partner that you’ve only had formal communications with.

3. Customizable Keyboard

Customizable Keyboard

iPhone fans have been craving for alternatives for the classical keyboard for quite a while, and Apple seems to finally listen to their wishes and make it happen. iOS 8 comes with support for third party apps that offer all sorts of customizable keyboards, so you can now pick the right size, color and features you want for your keyboard.

4. Major Changes in Messages

Major Changes in Messages

The Messages app got some massive improvements over the last version, boasting quite an impressive set of features and tweaks. With the addition of audio, video and location support directly in messages, Apple attempts to make users want to choose their app instead of third party messaging apps such as WhatsApp. You can now add audio and video to your messages with a simple swipe of the finger; Apple also added an option that allows the customization of how long are these in-message videos and audios saved for in order to preserve space on the device.

Location sharing is great for when you’re planning to meet with friends and don’t want to go through the hassle of opening a maps app – simply toggle location on, and they will get the exact location you’re at.

A subtle but very useful addition targets group conversations, where you now have the option of setting the conversation on mute or even leave it altogether, if you don’t want spontaneous chatter to interfere with your concentration at work, or when you simply don’t want to be bothered.

5. Wi-Fi Calling

Wi-Fi Calling

Wi-Fi calling is another feature implemented by Apple in an effort to make users ditch third party apps for calls and texts. Even though it’s currently only available for a limited range of devices (iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C), and a modest choice of service providers, Wi-Fi calling has a great evolving potential, and might pose some serious competition for VoIP service providers. Basically, the feature allows you to use a Wi-Fi network as a communication method when placing a call rather than the cellular network. This can cut down on communication costs if you have a subscription plan that doesn’t offer a lot of minutes, but have a Wi-Fi network at your disposal and friends that use iOS 8.

6. Time-lapse Photography

Time-lapse Photography

Apple introduced a new camera mode: time-lapse photography. This mode captures consecutive shots at dynamic intervals, and when you press “stop” it automatically stiches the pictures together creating a time-lapse video. Getting to master this mode can prove to be quite tricky, but after you do, you can create amazing videos of sunsets, clouds passing by or a flower blossoming – videos that would otherwise require a lot of editing to create.

7. Better Photo Management

Better Photo Management

Another newly introduced feature focuses on privacy, and allows you to hide certain photos. While the hidden photos are still available if you go to the Albums menu, they are hidden from the Moments, Collections and Years modes, allowing you to present a slideshow to family or friends without including any personal photos.

Organizing photos is also made easier with the addition of the “recently added” and “recently deleted” options, which allow you to see your most recent additions to the albums, but also the files you just deleted. The “recently deleted” feature is extremely useful if you happen to accidentally delete something you actually intended to keep. Deleted photos stay in the “recently deleted” folder for a pre-set period of time, during which they can be recover, but are gone forever after the time expires or when you manually hit the remove button.

Better Photo Management

Searching through photos was enhanced by giving you the ability to search by location, which will display all the photos that were taken into a specific location. Finding those awesome holiday snaps just got a whole lot easier.

8. Siri Got Smarter

Siri Got Smarter

Siri was already a very smart virtual assistant, but the iOS 8 update made it even more powerful. For starters, Siri is now integrated with the popular music recognition software Shazam, so instead of having to launch Shazam when an awesome track is playing, you can simply ask Siri and it will attempt to identify the track for you.

When your phone is connected to a power source, such as when charging or while driving, you can launch Siri without even touching it by simply saying “Hey Siri”. While this feature may seem like a tiny rip-off from Android and their “Hey Google”, it does do a good job of allowing you to take control of Siri hands-free.

Under the hood, Siri seems to be packing some more upgrades, as it can now display your voice input as you say it, as opposed to waiting to receive a full command or query. This will help you see if your commands are interpreted correctly in real time, as well as improve the way you dictate text messages or emails to Siri.

Last but not least, Siri can now access the App Store, making it easier and more convenient to look for apps and to install them.

9. Family Sharing

Family Sharing

If there are multiple iPhone users in your family, iOS 8 now allows you to share the apps between devices without having to buy them separately for each device. This means that, if you buy an app, every member of your family will be able to install and use that app with no additional costs. It’s not just apps that get shared between members: music, photos, videos, book – everything can be easily accessible from all the devices in the family. A nice option is to import other family members’ calendars into a single calendar file, thus being able to see when and how much free time everyone has, making it easier to organize family activities together.

10. Customized Sharing Sheet

Sharing is not limited to your family, as sometimes you want to share something on the social media. One of the most annoying things you can run into when trying to do so is being presented with a never-ending list of sharing options, when you only use two or three services. Now you can organize that sharing sheet, and leave only the social networks or sharing options that you really use.

11. Find My Phone Gets Last Location Feature

The “Find My Phone” feature is extremely handy to have, for those situations when you misplace your phone, or worse, lose it. However, there’s not much the feature could do in the case of a dying battery. iOS 8 addresses that by adding a function that allows the app to report the last known location of an iPhone when its battery is dying. This should make it easier for you to find your beloved device even if it runs out of power.

12. Location-aware Apps

Location-aware Apps

An interesting new feature brought by iOS 8 is the introduction of location-aware apps recommendations. For example, when you walk into a Starbucks, you will see the Starbucks app displayed directly on your lockscreen, giving you easy access to the app, if you already have it install, or a quick way of installing it. This feature is perfect for locations that have dedicated apps that you may not be aware of. However, some people are afraid that this feature will act as a privacy intrusion, which brings us to the next feature.

13. Better Control of Apps that Use Your Location

Better Control of Apps that Use Your Location

Since the number of apps and services that use your location is quickly rising, Apple made it simpler to control which apps can use the feature and which can’t. This way, you can grant the apps you trust access to your location, as well as remain untraced by apps you don’t feel comfortable about.

14. Better Control over Battery Usage

Better Control over Battery Usage

A new option called Battery Usage gives you the possibility to view how much battery juice is used by every app, even those running in the background. You get the usage on a 24-hour basis or on a 7-day basis, thus getting a pretty good idea what apps are worth keeping or which ones are merciless on your battery and you’re better without.

15. iOS to Mac Screen Capture

iOS to Mac Screen Capture

Whether or you’re an app developer or just the techie guy in your family, having the ability to easily record what’s happening on the screen of your phone can prove to be quite useful. iOS 8 allows you to do that on the fly by connecting your iPhone to your Mac computer. You can showcase a new game or record the instruction on how to use an app, and then send the video to family or friends that are struggling with the app in question. Easy.

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Here Are 20 Web Development Tools You Shouldn’t Go Without

Web development is one of the topics on everybody’s lips. Whether it’s people talking about the website launched for the latest film, about the online shops they choose to visit or even actual web developers trading ideas, everyone is in on the discussion about websites.

Here Are 20 Web Development Tools You Shouldn’t Go Without

This is one of the main reasons why the industry has to keep evolving and constantly come up with new, entertaining ideas. And let me tell you, it’s not easy.

Luckily, there are a number of tools and services that were created in order to help web developers achieve amazing results easily and quickly. Here’s our selection of the top 20.

1. Gridgum

Gridgum

Whether you’re looking for a niche marketplace where you can sell your responsive themes or if you’re looking to buy premium quality themes and templates, Gridgum is the place for you. Gridgum aims to bring you the best responsive themes and templates available and it’s succeeding in doing this by choosing quality over quantity. You can rest assured that all themes from Gridgum are not only beautiful and appealing to the viewers, but also responsive and stable. The marketplace offers WordPress and Bootstrap themes and also Admin Panels for people who are shopping for their new website. Gridgum accepts themes created with Bootstrap, Gumby and Skeleton frameworks or even your own framework. If you want to sell your responsive theme on Gridgum, you should bear in mind that each theme must have a unique name, that themes must be tested in various browsers and that static HTML templates must use index.html as the filename for the home/default page. You’ll also be glad to hear that all theme authors get fixed commission rates for all their work. Buyers get perks also, Gridgum has a neat purchase points system that allows clients to redeem the point they earned in this purchase in any future one.

2. ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine

The team at EllisLab came up with one of the most flexible content management tools for your website –ExpressionEngine. This tool allows you to break down content into parts that make sense to you instead of trying to conform to a preconceived notion of how it should be stored and accessed. ExpressionEngine is very easy to install and will fit both the website and its content. Therefore, it’s going to work perfectly whether you use it for a university website, a tourism, real estate or eCommerce site and even with a personal blog. You won’t have to try and twist the application to make it fit, because it goes smoothly with anything. Since the content is completely separated from the design, you can display it anyway you want and integrate it with several apps and services. Plus, you can do this without having any programming experience. On the other hand, if you’re a programmer you’ll instantly recognize the maneuverability of this tool and see that it’s one of the most extensible content management systems there is.

3. HTML5 Maker

HTML5 Maker

HTML5Maker is one of the best online services out there that can help you create animated multimedia content. Whether you want something refreshing for your personal blog or you’re planning a whole ad campaign, HTML5Maker is the tool you’re looking for. You don’t even have to be a programmer or have any design skills in order to use the tool. HTML5Maker comes with many great features. The Online Animation Editor and Online Image Editor will help you get creative in no time. Plus, you can create responsive animations that are compatible with Google AdWords and Google Double-Click. There’s a great variety of ready-to-use templates you can choose from and you can also embed your animations from the cloud into your website or share them as a Template with your customers. HTML5Maker also provides Transition Effects and a Photo Editor that will help easily create the most attractive animations, whether they are sliders or banners or any other type of multimedia content.

4. Argento

Argento

If you’re looking for a way to improve your store, Argentotheme.com has the solution for you. Argento is one of the best Magento templates you can find. It was designed to be both highly functional and to answer to all the needs of an eCommerce website. The theme is fully responsive and respects all Magento developer guidelines. It scales to adapt any screen resolution and works smoothly on all operating systems including iOS, Android and BlackBerry, so you don’t have to go through the trouble of creating a mobile application for each of them. Plus, the Argento theme is easy to install and the professional developers from Argentotheme.com can get it installed for free in less than 24 hours. The theme was created with SEO in mind, so it will provide your store with improved HTML structure for better Magento SEO performance including SEO important tags and HTML attributes. Argento also comes with lots of popular extensions that will create a more user-friendly interface for your visitors to enjoy.

5. Tickera

Tickera

Tickera is the perfect tool for those who organize and handle events. It’s also helpful for small parties or gatherings since it’s intuitive and highly efficient. Tickera allows you to design tickets and sell them through your website. This WordPress plugin is 100% free and it will save you a lot of time, especially if you have to deal with several events at the same time. Tickera is so user friendly it even allows you to check in attendees on your iPhone or Android device via barcode scan. All you have to do is enjoy automation and save your money. Ticket builder lets you create ticket templates for each ticket type. This way you can have Premium or VIP tickets for the same event that look different. Play around with font size, color, paper size and orientation until you’re happy with the end result. As a plus, the barcode readers will help you improve the check-in, leave less people waiting outside of your venue and make your attendees happier.

6. Kukook

Kukook

Everyone has gone through the struggle of sending out resumes in order to get a job and failing to have too much or any feedback whatsoever. This generally happens due to the fact that the vast majority of recruiting managers have to go through hundreds of resumes on a daily basis in search for the right one. How can you make sure you end up on the short list? You go over to Kukook Resumes, choose a resume from their gallery, modify it to your particular needs using Word and you’re done. You are now the proud owner of an attractive, professional resume that is surely to get you noticed. Kukook Resumes specializes in creating creative, eye-catching resume templates that make it easier for those in search for a job to stand out. Regardless of the domain in which you are searching for a job, be it publishing, engineering or web development, a good resume will speak volumes about you. Head on over to Kukook Resumes right not and get started with your new resume.

7. Themify

Themify

Themify.me offers a wide range of responsive themes that are beautifully designed and highly customizable with the Drag&Drop Builder, shortcodes and custom widgets. You can customize you own template without having to write a single line of code. Themify.me also offers a new set of tools called Builder Addons. These are the modules that extend to the Themify Builder. Builder Addons can be used with any Themify theme and the Builder Plugin. Here are some of the Addons. The Pointers addon helps you emphasize certain parts of an image by placing different pointers that will draw the attention on your images. The Contact module allows you to create custom designed contact forms by personalizing them to match your website. The Audio feature allows you to upload your audio file and place it in any column within the Builder. With the A/B image module you can place two images side by side and compare the two versions and more.

8. Templates master

Templates master

Templates-Master.com offers a great variety of Magento themes and extensions. They create the best templates based on improved HTML and are always careful about SEO. Besides, they’re constantly coming up with updates in order to make sure that they’re products will work with the most recent Magento releases. If you’re looking for a way to make your Magento store faster and pay less for hosting packages, Magento Page Cache is the right solution for you. This tool was created with the sole purpose of making your store faster. Page Cache is based on core Magento architecture that supports both static and dynamic blocks. It’s very easy to install and works right out of the box. It also has additional extension settings that allow you to set flexible cache rules based on page, block, or any module. They provide installation instructions and manuals as well as 1 year of free support so you can quickly solve any issues you might encounter with the tool.

9. Icon Maker

Icon Maker

FreeIconMaker.com will help you design your own icon sets faster and more efficiently than ever before. Icon Maker is a site that offers over 1000 beautiful icons from which you can choose the one you need. From here, you can customize it and make it suitable for your website. Change the inner shadow, drop shadow or shine if you want more depth. Play around with the colors and size until you’re happy how your icon looks like. You can let your creativity flow free. You don’t need design skills to use Icon Maker. Just have fun by creating unlimited icon sets and uploading your own vector (SVG) icons. When you’re ready, you can share your icon as a template with your fellow users. Icon Maker is free for personal and commercial use and it will enable you to create, personalize and download icon sets in no time. And the best part is you won’t lose quality because all the icons are vector-based files.

10. BugMuncher

BugMuncher

BugMuncher is a helpful tool that will enable you to receive feedback and bug reports on your live site from your users. What is cool about BugMuncher is that it helps you keep your users happy. No more sending and receiving hundreds of emails from your users who can’t describe you what problem they are having. BugMuncher will automatically take a screenshot of your site that will show the problem highlighted by the user. And because BugMuncher knows you need more details, it will also tell you the user’s browser, their installed plugins, their operating system and even the path they took through your website. It couldn’t get any simpler than this. Feedback with screenshots is fast and efficient both for the users and the site owners. BugMuncher is easy to set up, it supports all web browsers and can be integrated with many third party tools like Zendesk, Trello, Activeollab and GitHub.

11. Webflow

Webflow

Tools like Webflow make creating websites easy. In order to use this tool you don’t need any web development prior knowledge or any sort of vast experience with web design. All you need to have a firm grasp on is what your website will look like and what content you want to add to it. From there on, Webflow provides you with an easy to use drag-and-drop interface that will help you define your website and take care to generate all the code for you. The best thing about Webflow is that it provides you with a fully functional website at the end of day, not just a pretty mockup like other similar tools.

12. CoffeeCup

CoffeeCup

Having a responsive layout for your website is no longer a ‘nice to have’, it is a minimum requirement. With the fast spread of hand-held devices with constant access to the Internet, it is vital to both get your business online and make its online presence as pleasant as possible. CoffeeCup is the app to help you achieve all this. CoffeeCup is a tool that will enable you to create your very own custom, content-driven, responsive layout. With access to features that will help you prototype responsive designs and generate custom layouts and also offer you complete insight into your website based on the analysis of over 70 factors that concern usability and SEO, CoffeeCup is the best application to choose.

13. Daily hosting

Daily hosting

Looking for a hosting solution and you don’t know where to start? Finding what’s right for your website is not an easy task, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it on your own. DailyHosting.net is the ideal place to get informed about your choices, browse through hundreds of options and find what suits your needs best. When searching for a hosting solution for your website you have to keep in mind several factors. You should know how much traffic your site brings in every day and also take into consideration if it will increase in the near future. Also, you should bear in mind what your site’s purpose is: personal blog, eCommerce site or an application based website. Last but not least think about your budget and how much time and money you’re likely to invest in your site. Based on these factors at Daily Hosting you’ll find resources on different hosting services whether you’re looking for VPS, cloud or reseller hosting.

14. GoJS JavaScript Library for HTML5 Canvas

GoJS JavaScript Library for HTML5 Canvas

GoJS is a feature-rich JavaScript library that enables you to implement interactive diagrams across modern browsers and platforms. GoJS supports graphical templates and data-binding of graphical object properties to model data. Only the model, consisting of simple JavaScript objects, needs to be saved and restored. GoJS offers many cool tools for user interactivity like transactional state and undo management, palettes, overviews, data bound models and event handlers. With GoJS you can step up your game and construct diagrams of complex Nodes, Links, and Groups much easier. GoJS even has an extensible tool system for custom operations. And since it’s 100% JavaScript, your users will get interactivity without having to use plugins like Flash or Silverlight. If you need a little help at the beginning, you can run over 90 sample apps that illustrate different diagrams, showing their full source code. Also, check out the useful step-by-step explanation on building apps with GoJS diagram and model data which will surely come in handy.

15. XQual

XQual

XStudio is an advanced test management program that lets you control the entire life-cycle of your products. It provides great measuring tools for the coverage of your testing, like the traceability matrix, the execution progress and the quality index of your web site. XStudio is very customer friendly and it is able to assess your QA/testing project from users, specifications, requirements, test plans and more. Your customers will be able to check which requirement has been developed and tested in real-time. For storing data XStudio uses MySQL, Oracle or SQL Server, so it can be used from Windows, Linux or Mac. What is more, XStudio is the only test management tool that can be interfaced with proprietary tests due to its particularly flexible and easy to use Java SDK. Just when you think it couldn’t get any better, XStudio also offers reporting results, progress, quality, coverage and both manual and automated planning, execution, scheduling and archiving of the test campaigns.

16. VirtueMart

VirtueMart

VirtueMart is the complete eCommerce solution you’ve probably been looking for all this time. Just head on over to their homepage and take a look, you’re sure to find that it perfectly supplies all your needs and more. VirtueMart is a one-stop shop due to its cool features that allow you to have as many customers, categories and products on your site as you wish. Forget about having to compromise or create Miscellaneous categories because you were running short.

VirtueMart is used together with the Content Management System Joomla!. Both these products are free to use and download so you can start working with them right away. You can change the look and feel of your website by using the templates for Joomla! sites, which use CSS and XHTML in order to help you customize your design. VirtueMart is extremely easy to use and can be run as a shopping cart, or in catalog mode. It’s suitable both for beginners and experts. What is more, it offers thousands of built in features that will help you create your store in only a few minutes. And if you are looking for a particular feature you can always add plugins, components and templates that will spice up your shop and make it look more professional.

17. MotoCMS

MotoCMS

Searching for a way to create beautiful and mobile friendly website in the blink of an eye? MotoCMS will enable you to do just that. MotoCMS is an advanced content management system that is both user-friendly and efficient. Creating attractive, SEO optimized sites has never been this easy before. The powerful Admin Panel is simple and allows you to customize and manage all your content and layout. Whether you need a search field, a subscribe button or an embedded photo gallery, MotoCMS has got you covered. With just a few clicks you can improve your personal site to make it look like you’ve always wanted. The Image Editor and Media Library are two other cool features that will make your life easier. MotoCMS’s websites are optimized to comply with the Google Webmaster Guidelines, keeping everything up to date at all times. It couldn’t get any easier than this. Still, if you need help, don’t hesitate to reach out to their friendly support team who will gladly assist you on any topic.

18. Opinion Stage

A good tip for increasing user feedback as well as your site’s daily viewer number is to create social polls. Opinion Stage helps you make standard or social polls, enabling you to customize them the way you like. Opinion Stage is a quick and efficient tool that offers lots of features for all its users. You can even monetize your polls by integrating ads or promoting other polls from the network.

Opinion Stage’s rich reporting dashboard keeps you on top of things at all times: you can filter the results by gender, time span, geographical location or social network. If you want to know even more details, with just a glance at your dashboard you’ll be able to find out how your polls are performing. Opinion Stage informs you about how much traffic they are bringing in and on what social networks your polls are trending. And if you usually like to post everything to Facebook you can publish your poll with just one click.

19. Adverts

Adverts

Creating your very one classifieds website has never been as easy as it is with Adverts. This newly launched plugin allows you to have a pro classifieds website up and running in no time. It installs like any other WordPress plugin that you’ve encountered and is suitable for both existing blogs as well as for new ones. What’s more, Adverts allows you full freedom to create your very own shortcodes in order to be assured that your website will always run smoothly. WPAdverts is compatible with any WordPress theme worth its value and it will be ready to use as soon as it’s activated. In addition to this, it’s also integrated with a number of third party plugins like Yoast SEO, Jetpack and more, allowing you to create a unique experience for your users. If you want to take a look at just what Adverts can do, go to its official website and take a look at the demo for this amazing new plugin.

20. Uptime Robot

Uptime Robot

Uptime Robot is the perfect tool to turn to in case the unspeakable happens and, when it comes to web development, the most common unspeakable is having your website or server go down at the absolute worst possible time. Since nobody wants to suffer from this problem and be unaware, Uptime Robot provides a service that notifies you as soon as the crash appears. The way it works is this: the application checks your website or server every 5 minutes and, should an issue arise, it sends you the information via email, SMS, web-hooks and various other methods. Uptime Robot is easy to use and its interface is both intuitive and efficient, offering you the possibility to monitor up to 50 websites or servers completely free. In addition to this, Uptime Robot also offers a response monitoring service that lets you know how fast the monitors it is tracking are responding.

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Minimal Lingerie Without the Lace or Frills: Simple, elegant intimates and undergarments to wear under scratchy sweaters this season

Minimal Lingerie Without the Lace or Frills


While lower temperatures in the north means piling on scratchy wool sweaters, the lingerie underneath doesn’t need to be the same. Thankfully, there are more comfortable, minimalist alternatives to the mass-produced sea of frills, bows and neon colors than ever before—high-quality materials have never looked so sexy. Below are some…

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ListenUp: T-Pain without Auto-Tune, BenZel with Juicy J and Cashmere Cat, Glass Candy’s Halloween and more in the music we Tweeted this week

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The Golden Filter: Kill Me (John Talabot Remix) NYC electronic music duo The Golden Filter’s song “Kill Me” causes shivers with vocals veiled in reverb and eerie, bare synths (with an even more disturbing music video depicting a mother’s overboard obsession with her…

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China’s Xiaomi becomes world’s third biggest smartphone maker without leaving Asia

Over the past three months, more than 327 million new smartphones were shipped out from factories around the world, and young Chinese company Xiaomi has been responsible for more than 5 percent of them. That, according to IDC’s latest figures, is enough to place it in third spot behind established leaders Samsung and Apple, overshadowing global competitors like Lenovo and LG. Xiaomi’s rise has been remarkable both for how quick it has been and for the fact that the company still operates primarily in its home market of China. It has recently broadened its reach to adjacent countries in Southeast Asia like India and Singapore, but its growth remains testament to the incredible explosion in smartphone demand that China is experiencing.

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