Apple’s iBeacon & Proximity Location

News from Apple about iBeacon  – a new technology that extends Location Services in iOS. Your iOS device can alert apps when you approach or leave a location with an iBeacon. In addition to monitoring location, an app can estimate your proximity to an iBeacon (for example, a display or checkout counter in a retail store). Instead of using latitude and longitude to define the location, iBeacon uses a Bluetooth low energy signal, which iOS devices detect. To learn more about Bluetooth technology, see the official Bluetooth website. More news about iBeacon here

LESS is Lean CSS

Here at Factotum we’ve been using LESS for a couple of years to create websites on the for fly for eziCONEX.com. LESS stands for Leaner CSS. It is a dynamic stylesheet language designed by Alexis Sellier that is influenced by Sass and has influenced the newer “SCSS” syntax of Sass, which adapted its CSS-like block formatting syntax.

LESS is open-source and its first version was written in Ruby, however in the later versions, use of Ruby has been deprecated and replaced by JavaScript. The indented syntax of LESS is a nested meta-language as valid CSS is valid LESS code with the same semantics.

LESS provides the following mechanisms: variables, nesting, mixins, operators and functions; the main difference between LESS and other CSS pre-compilers being that LESS allows real-time compilation via LESS.js by the browser. LESS can run on the client-side and server-side or can be compiled into plain CSS.

I think we’ll be seeing more of LESS in the future.

Hot Trend – Ghost Buttons

A noteworthy and perhaps one of the biggest trends of 2014 has been the Ghost Buttons (they are the transparent and clickable elements in a UI that are this big simple buttons). You’ll see these buttons on splash pages featuring those big epic images… and if you hadn’t noticed they are taking the UI design world by storm.

So the basic elements of a ghost button are: they are basic, flat shaped and often geometric – a square, rectangle, or circle.  Importantly they have no fill and feature just a a simple stroked outline. They are  transparent, (or perhaps have a faint opacity)  asides from the outline and text – and that’s where the term  ghost is derived from.

They are popping up all over the web and seem to be popular in creative and cultural sectors like fashion, photography and interior design.

These buttons suit a minimal theme and layout, often featuring large format images. They tend to be somewhat larger than traditional clickable buttons on websites and are often situated in the center of the screen.

 

No More Passwords!

Clef is a Start-Up in the Bay Area that has developed a very secure access, payment and encryption technology. Clef’s mobile app replaces usernames and passwords using your smartphone. When you use Clef, you create a digital key that never leaves your phone. The technology is based on secure passwordless 2-factor authentication that can be set-up in less than 10 minutes. CLEF is easy to implement using WordPress, hosted sites and with third parties. Its new payment system makes paying online, using your mobile phone, easy and secure.

Factotum, working with MUCHO, in San Francisco, organised an innovation bootcamp for CLEF that lead to huge impacts on their business. We closed worked closely with the CLEF team and invited luminaries and Angel Investors to create an innovation road-map that could be used to allocate design and development resources as CLEF brought its products to market, created its services and built developed its brand.

Get CLEF’s App andvVisit their site here https://getclef.com