This week The Pope visited the USA and told everyone that two men or two women shouldn’t be allowed to marry because of religion and stuff. To hammer the point home he then had a secret meeting with Kim Davis, the county clerk and notorious bigot who famously refused to serve a marriage license to a gay couple because that would be a clear danger to the moral fabric of society, because… erm… religion and stuff?
In the meantime science found water on Mars, predicted the exact specifics of the super moon, and showed the complete physical development of an embryo to a human inside the womb.
Here’s this weeks web roundup…
The Tesla Model X: the future of motoring?
This week the Elon Musk-backed electric car company, Tesla, launched the worlds first luxury, all-electric SUV. So is it the game changer we’ve been expected or something of a flat-battery?
Children of the (streaming) revolution
As we speak the 3 month trials of everyone who signed up on day one of Apple Music’s new streaming service are coming to an end. This is a reminder that we are now on the ascent of yet another new way of listening to music: streaming. This method though doesn’t seem to have the limited shelf life of, say, ‘physical’ music and is here to stay (until we can get tunes beamed direct into our brains of course).
SEO is one of those completely necessary marketing areas that is, well, frankly dull. It’s like visiting your parents; you know you’ve got to to do it but you know you’d rather be doing anything else. SEO can also be something of an information minefield so here’s a great link of resources to walk you through it without getting your mental legs blown off (or some such analogy).
Spotify and the conquest of ‘human curation’
Another music-y article for you. Do you use Spotify for streaming music? It’s pretty damn great from a listeners perspective, but a lot of users are unaware of it’s best feature, ‘Discover Weekly’, a service that compiles new songs and bands for you based on your past listening habits. As well as being a fantastic bit of software, ‘Discover Weekly’ has also inadvertently cracked a hitherto un-cracked part of the modern web:human-led content curation.
How to do 40 hours work in 16.7
Yep it’s completely possible to do this. I’ve tried it this week and it’s worked a treat! It’s called the Pomodoro method and it just maybe the key to de-stressing your work life.
The houses at war with climate change
A new generation of house designers and builders are tackling climate change head on with amazing, super-efficient houses that could be the future of how we live. Here’s a mammoth dissection of how tech is disrupting the construction and architecture worlds.
GGA’s app of the week:
Adobe software like Photoshop and Illustrator have always had the monopoly on being THE tools for computer-based design. In fact there’s only ever been a few genuine alternatives to them. This, and the fact they’re actually pretty awesome at what they do, means we’ve always been ok with paying Adobe’s ever-increasing fees to use them.
Now though (finally!) with the rise of web and app UX design becoming a definitive skill, a new contender has entered the ring and is quickly snaffling up Adobe’s users. Sketch is like Photoshop and Illustrator combined but geared specifically towards web, mobile, software and app design. It’s amazing and only costs a one-off $99 for unlimited use! Try Sketch for free as a serious alternative to Adobe stuff here.
… and finally.
If there’s just one skill you need to master in business it’s obviously ‘the nod’ and it’s many variations. Get through your next business meeting with this handy how-to guide.