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Simple animation tricks that are part of CSS3 can really dress up your website. Making a button appear to extend out of the screen when hovered over gives depth to a website. Also changing the text in the button makes the website feel interactive.

 

Another fun trick is to use rotation. An item that spins on hover using purely CSS is a nice addition to any website.

 

Find the CodePen for both of these tricks here

 



Be Extra Careful What You Download to Your Android.
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Android Apps.

According to this article from CNET.com, the security firm Check Point has found a Trojan horse named Gooligan that is attacking 13,000 Google accounts every day. CNET.com says that over a million accounts have already been hit.

The attacks aren’t meant to necessarily steal information, but they are rather an elaborate scheme to make big bucks off of in-app ads. Gooligan, which is part of a group of malware known as Ghost Push, pretends to be legitimate apps which once downloaded to an Android phone are then used to install other apps. Some of the known “bad-apps” are StopWatch, Perfect Cleaner, and WiFi Enhancer.

Adrian Ludwig who works for Google in Android Security authored a blog post on November 29th about the issue, stating that they have “revoked affected users’ Google Account tokens and provided simple instructions so they can sign back in securely. We have already contacted all users that we know are affected.” You can read the blog post in its entirety here.

As always, only download apps you are confident are safe. A quick Google search can usually turn up any known issues with questionable apps. Always better to do research first!

 



Small Business Websites, Dead and Gone?
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If you had asked me a couple of years ago whether or not small business websites were “dead”, I probably would have answered, “Not quite dead, but definitely dying.” Back then, the rapid rise of social media seemed to be leading towards the elimination of the need for a small business to have a website. Many small business owners had abandoned their websites and instead focused on free social media presences.

Small Business Website.

In 2016 though, my answer as to whether or not small business websites are “dead” is different than it was back then. Now I would say that small business websites are more alive than ever before. I often hear from clients that prospective customers frequently ask them, “What is your website?” If they answer that they don’t have one and direct the prospective customer to Facebook, for example, they are met with a reaction of suspicion from the prospective customer, a suspicion of the legitimacy of the business. It seems as if, to your prospective customer, your business is not a “real business” if it doesn’t have a website.

The ease at which social media presences can be developed by anyone seems to have created a generation of hesitant consumers who are now looking for proof online that a business is a legitimate business. Anyone can “create a business” in five minutes by slapping together a Facebook page and a Twitter profile, but it takes a bit more time and effort time to register a domain name, acquire hosting, and create a website. The very presence of a website reassures that prospective customer that you are indeed, a legitimate, fully-functioning business.

Now, there is a lot more to forming a business than just creating a website and just because you have a website doesn’t necessarily mean you are a legitimate business, but in the eyes of a prospective customer, a website validates your legitimacy. So, use a free online web-builder, hire a professional web designer, or learn to code a website yourself, but don’t do your business a disservice by not having a website.