Thursday, December 24, 2015

How They Put Together Hateful Eight’s 70mm Traveling ‘Roadshow’

How They Put Together Hateful Eight’s 70mm Traveling ‘Roadshow’

For something as old-school as a traveling movie roadshow, the limited engagement of Quentin Tarantino's new movie sure required a lot of tech.

The post How They Put Together Hateful Eight’s 70mm Traveling ‘Roadshow’ appeared first on WIRED.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Martin Shkreli Is Replaced As Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO

One day after he was arrested on fraud charges, controversial drug executive Martin Shkreli has resigned his post as CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals. Shkreli is currently free on bail.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Atlanta Is Setting Its Storied Neighborhood Bar — In High Resolution

It's the kind of place where people sit in the same seat day after day. The iconic Manuel's Tavern is getting renovated, and to preserve the bar's character, locals are trying something novel.

At Paris Climate Talks, Negotiators Agree to Save the World

At Paris Climate Talks, Negotiators Agree to Save the World

Your children are destined to live in a very different world than the one you were born in. With an agreement in Paris, it might be a better one.

The post At Paris Climate Talks, Negotiators Agree to Save the World appeared first on WIRED.

Friday, December 11, 2015

WordPress 4.4 will revolutionize how we publish

WordPress 4.4, named ‘Clifford’ in honor of jazz legend Clifford Brown, has just been released. It’s available to download or can be updated from an existing installation’s dashboard.

The latest version of the Web’s favorite CMS is focused on responsive web design enhancements, connecting content across sites, and could signal a new way forward for WordPress.

As always, WordPress 4.4 ships with a new default theme, named ‘Twenty Sixteen’. The Twenty Sixteen theme is a stripped down version of a blog post. It’s a minimal, type-based approach that is ideal for blogging.

Designed by Takasho Irie, who designed the last two default themes for WordPress, it’s been available for a few months on GitHub. It has five color variations, an optional sidebar, custom features like header styles, and is of course fully responsive.

Twenty Sixteen…delivers a modern blog design right out of the box

Twenty Sixteen is inspired by rival platforms Ghost, and Medium, and delivers a modern blog design right out of the box. Expect to see plenty of WordPress users stick with the default theme in 2016.

As is frequently the case with WordPress updates, many of the new features were previously available as plugins, and have now made it into the WordPress core in a standardized and streamlined format. We have WordPress’ engaged community to thank for the platform’s continued advancement.

A great example of this are the fully responsive images built into WordPress 4.4. Implemented with the srcset attribute WordPress images will now provide alternate sizes for displays such as retina screens, allowing the browser to select the most appropriate file itself.

WordPress 4.4 includes expanded support for oEmbed. Previously WordPress users could embed YouTube and Twitter content. With 4.4 you can embed even more content — specifically content from Cloudup, Reddit Comments, ReverbNation, Speaker Deck, and VideoPress — allowing WordPress users to curate, almost syndicate, content from across the Web.

Interestingly, WordPress posts themselves will, optionally, be embeddable in this way. Meaning that the content of sites that choose to embrace the approach can be embedded in other WordPress sites.

oEmbed support…[heralds] a major change in the way we publish on the platform

It’s a revolutionary idea for WordPress because it opens the way for Medium-style collaborative blogging, with users embedding and then responding to posts on their own sites. Ultimately making WordPress publishing an open conversation.

Developers will also note a couple of big changes. Firstly the REST API has been built-in as a core feature. (API endpoints still require the WP API plugin, but they’re expected to make it into the core in a subsequent release.) Secondly, developers are being encouraged to move over from the wp_title() method to the title tag feature. Originally wp_title() was slated to be deprecated, but will continue to be supported for a short while yet.

WordPress 4.4 Clifford is a major step forward for WordPress. Whilst responsive images will receive the attention, the extended oEmbed support is the real story, heralding a major change in the way we publish on the platform.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

London’s best new extensions revealed in shortlist for Don’t Move, Improve 2016 awards

A floating window seat, a sunken roof terrace and a basement cinema room feature among the 33 projects shortlisted for Don't Move, Improve 2016 – a competition to find London's best home extensions (+ slideshow). (more…)