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Recent News

2013-12-24  
Launch of Web Site for Haitian group Lakou Lapè   Arrow_right_black Arrow_up_black

I am pleased to announce the launch of a web site for Lakou Lapè - a Haitian non-profit group working to reduce violence and conflict in the communities of that country.

I am pleased to announce the launch of a web site for Lakou Lapè - a Haitian non-profit group working to reduce violence and conflict in the communities of that country.

I have been working with the group over the past year as it has taken shape to create a web site that describes their approach to reconciliation, dialogue and mutual respect that can help reduce the violence that plagues the impoverished neighborhoods of Haiti.

Working with the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconcilliation in Ireland, Lakou Lapè is using the same approaches that helped bring peace to Northen Ireland. I am proud to have worked with my new friends in Haiti and an old friend from Glencree in building the site and communicating their message to a broader audience.

2013-11-15  
Web Apprentice - Tutorials on Web Technologies   Arrow_right_black Arrow_up_black

Craic has launched Web Apprentice - providing tutorials on web technologies, HTML5 and APIs

Craic has launched Web Apprentice - providing tutorials on web technologies, HTML5, JavaScript libraries and APIs.

The range of web services and libraries that you can include in your web sites is just incredible right now - from maps and charts to translation and speech recognition.

But getting started with a new technology can be a challenge and many online resources are confusing and sometimes out of date.

Web Apprentice is a site that offers clear tutorials on all kinds of web technologies. Eash has a clear description and code walk-through, a self-contained live demo and code that you can use to build your own pages.

The goal of the site is to introduce web designers and developers, at all levels, to the exciting new technologies that are available and to encourage them to experiment with them.

2013-06-28  
Vocabrio - a New Way to Learn a Language - goes live!   Arrow_right_black Arrow_up_black

Craic has launched a new Online Language Learning service called Vocabrio

Craic has launched a new Online Language Learning service called Vocabrio

Vocabrio uses cutting edge Web Technologies to help you improve vocabulary in a target language. Web Audio and Speech Synthesis are used to pronounce any word that you choose. You can test your own pronunciation through the use of advanced Speech Recognition.

Rather than rely on boring textbooks for vocabulary, you can install the Vocabrio bookmark in your browser then go to any web site in your language. When you click on words that you don't understand, Vocabrio will translate them and add them to your custom dictionary.

You can challenge yourself with quizzes based on your dictionary to reinforce the vocabulary that is relevant to you.

Vocabrio is in Beta test and currently it is free to use. After we work any bugs out of the service then it will change into a paid subscription service.

Learn more and sign up for your account at Vocabrio

2013-01-28  
Tutorial on JSON versus JSONP   Arrow_right_black Arrow_up_black

Craic has published a tutorial on remote server calls with JSON and JSONP from JQuery with clear code examples.

Craic has published a tutorial on remote server calls with JSON and JSONP from JQuery with clear code examples.

JSONP is a way to get around the Same Origin Policy restriction when a script in one domain wants to fetch JSON data from a server in a different domain. It can be a very useful approach when connecting multiple remote data services.

The example code is available on our Github Account and a Live Version can be found at http://json-jsonp-tutorial.craic.com

2013-01-18  
Biotech's conservative approach to IT creates a problem for new web technologies   Arrow_right_black Arrow_up_black

Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News has published an article by Robert Jones that shows that many biotech and pharma companies are still using old versions of web browsers that are not compatible with new HTML5 web technologies.

Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News has published an article by Robert Jones that shows that many biotech and pharma companies are still using old versions of web browsers that are not compatible with new HTML5 web technologies.

Examination of server logs for a biotechnology database shows that 45% of all users, from a range of companies, are using browsers that are not able to use all the features of HTML5, which is the current version of the core web technologies. Among users of Internet Explorer, the default browser in Microsoft installations, 85% of users are using browsers that are 2 or more generations old.

IT in Biotech companies tends to be inherently conservative for reasons of security, budget and regulatory compliance. But this approach will result in researchers being unable to use the latest tools, especially in terms of data visualization. As an industry we need to devote both effort and budget to ensure computing resources remain current.

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