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Introducing the new STC Member Affinity Program
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STC has revamped and improved our Member Affinity Program in order to offer even more value to our members. Through the STC Member Affinity Program, members can take advantage of a variety of services and products, which are offered at special member discounts. Participation in these programs can result in achieving a true return on your investment in membership. Current participants include Hewlitt-Packard, MadCap Software, Hyatt, Lenovo, Doc-To-Help, Staples, Hertz, ThirtySix Software, and Mass Marketing Insurance Consultants, with more to be added soon. More

Oracle brings cross-platform Java dev to mobile devices
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Oracle is augmenting its Oracle Application Development Framework to allow developers to create mobile applications for Apple and Android devices. The advantage the newly released ADF Mobile will offer is that a developer can write an application once and have it run with no modification on either the Apple iOS on Android. More

STC now selling recorded webinars
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Has an STC live Web seminar caught your eye recently, but you weren't able to join in when it was offered? Perhaps you couldn't log in at work, had a deadline that day, or live in a timezone where you were sleeping during the webinar. STC is now offering recordings of our live Web seminars for sale, only $19 for members and $59 for nonmembers. The current library includes most webinars presented during 2012, and new webinars will be added a few months after the live presentation. See the current library of offerings and purchase the recordings at any time on any computer. More

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3 Web design trends to think twice about
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While Web design trends aren't necessarily bad, it's important to remember that the goal of your site is to generate new customers for your business. Since some trends can actually work against that goal, it's important to think carefully before jumping on any design bandwagons. Here are three trends that can be especially problematic. More

Why pay? Get a free STC membership with Member Get a Member
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With STC's 2013 membership season now open, Member Get a Member is in full swing. STC increased the incentive amounts this year for Member Get a Member. Now you can get $25 for each member you recruit for STC. Even better, the $50 cap has been raised, and you can now earn up to the entire cost of a Classic membership if you recruit enough people! That's right, you can pay for your entire membership just by telling others about STC. When you're recruiting new members, don't forget to tell them that they can join now and get the rest of 2012 for free. And all new and renewing members can get a discounted rate of $195 if they renew by 31 December. Click the link for more information about Member Get a Member, or visit to renew your membership today. More

Millions of PHP developers can now build mobile apps for iOS and Android — in PHP
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Zend chief executive Andi Gutmans announced that Zend Studio 10 will let PHP developers prototype and build native mobile apps right from the language they know best: PHP. The new capability includes a WYSIWYG drag-and-drop mobile interface builder, integration with the Apache project's Cordova to access native mobile APIs such as those for cameras and accelerometers, and built-in PhoneGap integration so developers can publish native app packages to the various app stores. More

Start your tech comm career or take the next step with STC certificate courses
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STC offers two multi-week certificate courses in November designed to help you start your career in technical communication or take the next step. TechComm 101, presented by Leah Guren and starting 28 November, is the fastest, most efficient way to jump-start your career in technical communication. It covers key theory that you can immediately apply to your work, as well as giving you the skills you need to continue to learn and grow. TechComm 201, also presented by Leah and starting 13 November, is a more advanced course, with a focus on soft skills, such as estimating and managing technical communication projects and working with SMEs; and technical skills, such as advanced editing, professional tool concepts, and Help Authoring concepts. More

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Study advocates mobile-first and analytics
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ThoughtWorks, a maker of custom software, has announced the availability of its Technology Radar for October 2012. According to a press release, the material within was created out of "lively debates held among ThoughtWorks' Technology Advisory Board, comprised of senior technology leaders from across the globe," and intends to report on and highlight emerging trends that should form the core of Web and app development strategy over the coming months. More

Website design: Are you making bad choices?
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Website design is subjective. It's a matter of taste and can go in lots of different directions. Your CEO and stakeholders could have a variety of different opinions on how a website should look. Website design also has a lot of "rules." The problem with rules and the Internet is that the rules of today might be completely meaningless in tomorrow's Web. While there is no shortage of different design ideas, it's important to remember that your website is for your target audience. More

Getting your feet wet with responsive design
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By now you have heard of responsive design, an approach that enables a Web experience to optimize itself based on the screen size, platform, and orientation of the user's device. While it all sounds good on paper, how do you approach responsive design if you don't have a major site makeover on the horizon? And how do you get some insight and experience in this area? The good news is that there are plenty of ways to dip you toes into the water without making a major investment. More

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16 of the most common WordPress mistakes
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We all make mistakes. And while there isn't a lot we can do to prevent them, we can learn from our mistakes. Even better, we can learn from other people's mistakes. Here are 16 of the most common mistakes that WordPress users and developers make. Brush up on what other people are doing wrong so you can prevent these same blunders on your own site. More

6 tips for creating mind-blowing infographics
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Part of what makes infographics so popular — and powerful — is that they leverage two things that the Web does especially well. Infographics are incredibly visual, which is great because the Web is an increasingly graphic-heavy visual medium. But infographics also play to — and off of — our love for big data. Infographics are probably the best way to turn that data into a meaningful message or story. But building a great infographic isn't as simple as data + picture. There's an art to creating great infographics. More

50 iPad apps budding designers should download now
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Unlike the iPhone, Apple's tablet has enough screen space to enable more complex interactions. It's therefore no surprise many within the design industry are using iPads for research; organisational tasks; finding inspiration, and even creating work. But how do you find apps to help you in your day-to-day design work out of the hundreds of thousands of available free and paid-for apps? More

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