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Weekly Web News Round-Up (03-09 Oct)

It’s officially the first full weekly web news round-up of October. September was a pretty good month for some fun web goings-on but we’re sure that October is going to be just as good if not better. This week we’ve got stories about Facebook copycats, new apps, up and coming design trends and a few fun ideas for you to try out this Halloween? So are you ready to get your October on?

Facebook releases messenger lite.

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This week Facebook released a new version of their messenger app called Facebook messenger lite. Basically, it’s a stripped-down version of the original messenger app that is perfect for those of you with a slower or intermittent internet connection. It’s also optimized for more basic Android devices. Facebook released the app in the hopes of making it easier for people in developing countries to communicate with another. Users will be able to do all the basic  stuff within the messenger lite app like send messages, stickers, photos and links. The only thing they can’t do download and share the content sent within the app. To see the full specifications of the Facebook messenger lite app head over to the TNW article all about it.

Yahoo are rebranding to look more like Facebook?!

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So we all know that it hasn’t been a great year for Yahoo. They’ve been changing CEOs, losing out on money, closing down departments and who can forget coming in second to Google constantly. But now they have decided that enough is enough and they really need to up their game. That’s why they’ve decided on a complete re-brand of their main app Newsroom. One of the biggest changes is the fact that you can now post your own article or story to certain “Vibes”. “Vibes” being their own communities where you can read, discuss and talk to people with the same interests as you.  However, a few people have started to notice that Newsroom now works and looks suspiciously a lot like Facebook’s news feed rather than the standard news aggregator it once was. What do you think? Is Yahoo ripping off Facebook or is it just capitalizing on the changing digital world? Tweet us to carry on the debate!

Technicolour web design trends.

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It’s no secret that the web design industry is obsessed with the minimalist trend at the moment. To be honest we’re quite crazy about it too. However, we can’t help but think that sometimes we need a little bit more; we need colour; we need patterns; we need eye-catching graphics. That’s why when we saw this article about technicolour web design trends we couldn’t help but include it in this web news round-up. Designers everywhere have been itching to fill that white space and these fun illustrative patterns could be just what we need. When used correctly these patterns could really breathe a bit more life back into your web design while also adding a playful, memorable touch. We approve!

Top tips for presenting web projects.

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No matter what your job in the web industry is you’ll probably have to present your ideas to clients, colleagues or stakeholders eventually. That’s why knowing how to present your ideas is so important. Our account manager wrote an article a while ago on how to nail the perfect pitch and how to present your ideas effectively. That’s one of the problems in the web industry everyone is great at designing and developing but when it comes to the sales pitch, everyone falls flat. It’s undeniable that majority of people hate pitching and presenting themselves and their business but it’s actually a lot easier than you think to get better at it. One of our favourite tips that isn’t in this story is practice, practice practice!

Halloween costume ideas for designers and developer.

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It’s almost Halloween which means costume time! But hold up- we know you don’t want to reach fro that tired old vampire or witch costume stuffed in the back of your wardrobe. Let’s be a bit more original. Halloween is the perfect excuse to get your nerd on and try out some of these web design and development inspired costumes. Instead of a fortune teller why not try being a FUTURA teller? Or kick the normal ninja costume to the curb and be an AGILE one instead? We know, we know too many puns. But seriously, which one of these design and development costume ideas are you going to try out this year?

That’s it for this week’s web news round-up. We’ll see you back here at the same time next week for more important web news.

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