UpdraftPlus Working on a Clef Alternative Called Keyy

Clef Alternative
UpdraftPlus released their Clef Alternative: Keyy. You can read my full review here.

The people over at UpdraftPlus have been hard at work making a Clef alternative. For those of you who don’t know what Clef is, it was one of the best, coolest and most innovative two-factor authentication apps that I have ever seen in my life.

With its blue signature bar-code, Clef managed to become the favorite two-factor authentication app amongst many people in the WordPress community because of the following reasons:

  1. Easy to pair your WordPress site with your Clef account using your phone’s camera.
  2. Easy to log in using your camera by scanning their uniquely designed barcode.
  3. Ability to hide login form, disable passwords and make Clef the only way to log in.
  4. Set up timed sessions.
  5. Sign out of your WordPress site from the app.

Now that it’s gone, people are looking for an alternative. There’s one company out there that dared to make a Clef alternative and that company is called UpdraftPlus.

So let’s take a look, who are they? What do they do? And how are they going to make a Clef alternative that is worth using?

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CNN Introduce Their New Typeface CNN Sans

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As always, I was browsing some sites, scrolling up and down on them. Suddenly, I decided visit CNN, not for the news, but to see the site’s footer because I don’t remember seeing what it looked like for a while.

So I did, and I’m glad I did because I noticed that their footer said this:

© 2016 Cable News Network. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
CNN Sans ™ & © 2016 Cable News Network.

Apparently, on April 21st, CNN rolled out their proprietary, “brand new” typeface called CNN Sans.

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Chris Ziegler Was Leading a Double Life at the Verge and Apple

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It’s not every day that I write something about another news site, but this time, it’s different and the news is shocking and strange at the same time.

Chris Ziegler aka @zpower one of the founding members of The Verge accepted a job at Apple without letting anyone know for the past two months according to a note from Nilay Patel, EIC of The Verge.

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Encrypted email provider GhostMail shutting down

GhostMail shutting down

In an email sent to its users, GhostMail, An encrypted email provider announced that it will shut down the service on 1st of September 2016.

The Switzerland-based company started in 2015, and offered both free 10 GB email and paid service for $59.
It included many features like:

  1. Self Destructing Email & Chat
  2. Two-Factor Login
  3. GhostBox Cloud Storage
  4. Swiss Data Citizenship

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Introducing a brand new /news47ell

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I‘ve been working on re-designing/optimizing this website for a while now, almost two months. During this time, I learned a lot about HTML, CSS, SVG, Adobe AI, Fonts, Chrome’s DevTools and many many other things that allowed me bring this new look to the site and improve its performance.

I had a lot of fun while trying to make the site as fast as possible, and I think I did a pretty damn good job considering these high scores I got in GTMetrix, Pingdom and WebPageTest.

I challenged myself to achieve the highest score possible, which at one point meant deleting a big chunk of the CSS codes that I wrote because honestly, things went out of control at one point.

I also went as far as inserting the site logo manually just so I can get rid of the ‘Serve scaled images’ in GTMetrix, all thanks to Tom Usborne, the developer behind the GeneratePress framework which is what the site is running on at the moment.

Let’s take a deeper look at what’s new in /news47ell

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Pocket Adds Text to speech feature on iOS

Most of the time when i’m out of the house, I don’t have an internet connection with me, so I have two ways of entertaining my self:

  1. Spotify Premium: this is my #1 option for entertainment when i’m out of the house, I open my Starred playlist and let the Metal begin flooding inside my brain.
  2. Pocket Cast: When I get so busy and I feel like I’m missing out on a lot of technology news, I fireup this bad boy, and listen only to the titles that seems intriguing.

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Firefox Adds Pocket as a Built-In Extension

Mozilla announced that the new version of their web browser Firefox will be shipped with Pocket Extension built right in.
Pocket has been for a long time a great place for me to collect articles photos and any kind of links in general that I want to look at later.

With this move, Pocket is guaranteed to be seen by more than half a billion users world wide.

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