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Generate 2013

Generate is the first conference created by .net and Creative Bloq. We’ve always appreciated the conference circuit as a source of inspiration, education and networking opportunities, so we decided to create our own event.

As you will see from the schedule, we’ve been lucky enough to attract an excellent bunch of speakers that includes well-known faces such as Mark Boulton, Oliver Reichenstein, Stephanie Rieger and Stephen Hay, as well as some brilliant rising stars.

We’ve attended dozens of conferences and we know from experience that comfort and atmosphere make a big difference to your day, so we’re holding the event at a fantastic venue: The Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, London. There’ll be good food and drink, and plenty of space to consume it while mingling with fellow attendees.

To save you queuing for your pass on the day, we’ve arranged a pre-event meet up on the evening before where you can grab your pass and meet other attendees over a drink or two.

We also have other plans underway and surprises up our sleeve, so stay tuned!

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Students’ computer skills put to the test

A computer programming challenge has put students’ technology skills to the test.

Newmarket and District Chamber of Commerce set up the event, which saw Newmarket College students Lee Morfey, Luke Robbins and Zak Vatcher invited to “be creative, impressive and inventive”.

The creator of the Raspberry Pi software, inventor Eben Upton, judged the competition.

He said: “The idea is that by half-term in October you’ll have done something fun with the Raspberry Pi. We’ll choose the best one and the creator will win a prize.”

Sponsors Whiting & Partners and Cubiqdesign bought two of the credit-card sized computers for students at Newmarket College and Mildenhall College to use.

Newmarket College Year 13 student Lee Morfey said: “Eben was inspiring and made me want to programme – even creating a simple game would be above what most people my age can do. Unlike Facebook or Twitter, the Raspberry Pi means you’re using your time productively and doing something useful.”

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Sir Henry Cecil: Private funeral to be held in Newmarket

Sir Henry Cecil's funeral will be held in Newmarket on Monday 24 June for family members only, with a service to celebrate his life at a later date.

The 10-time champion trainer died of stomach cancer on Tuesday, aged 70, after a long illness.

His widow, Lady Cecil, has temporarily taken over the training licence at Warren Place stables.

Five runners will be sent out from the yard on Thursday, with several set to run at Royal Ascot next week.

Cecil saddled a record 75 winners at the Royal meeting, and Ascot is discussing the best way of paying tribute to him at the 2013 meeting, which runs from 18 to 22 June.

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Newmarket: Sheikh Mohammed’s fury as 15 horses now involved in doping probe

SHEIKH Mohammed will lock down Godolphin’s Newmarket stables of Mahmood Al Zarooni with immediate effect after saying he was “appalled and angered” in the wake of an anabolic steroid scandal.

The trainer has been charged by the British Horseracing Authority following tests on 11 of his horses showing the presence of anabolic steroids including 1,000 Guineas fancy Certify.

A further four horses were also revealed today to have been given steroids.

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Newmarket: Racecourse owners post record results

THE Jockey Club, owners of racecourses at Newmarket and the National Stud, have announced record financial results despite competition from the Olympics and dismal weather.

The 263-year-old group, which owns 15 racecourses including the Rowley Mile and July Course in Newmarket as well as Cheltenham and Aintree, said successful ‘racing plus music’ nights that saw Madness and Tom Jones perform helped push turnover up 8% through the £150million mark.

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Fire in Fordham workshop

A ‘fierce’ blaze spread through a workshop in Fordham earlier this afternoon. Five fire crews from Newmarket, Soham, Ely and Cambridge were called to Vale Lodge Workshops in Carter Street at 2.25pm.

A Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “This was a fierce fire involving the entire building. “Crews used two hose reels and a jet to extinguish the fire, before returning to their stations by 4.30pm.”

The spokesman added the cause of the fire was accidental.

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Skimming device and camera found on Newmarket ATM

Police are appealing for witnesses after a skimming device and camera were found on an ATM in Newmarket.

The equipment was found at 8.30am on Thursday at an ATM in Fordham Road when a member of the public went to withdraw some cash.

Anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour around the ATM, or has information relating to this crime is asked to contact PC Ian Hawker at Mildenhall Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 FREE.

Suffolk Police advise that members of the public take the following measures to protect against ATM fraud:

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What's Holding Back Responsive Web Design?

Responsive web design -- where "one design fits all devices" -- continues to gain momentum.Dozens of responsive sites have popped up, and a recent post on Idea Lab from Journalism Accelerator outlined how and why media sites should go responsive.

But hold your horses. Despite the mounting hype, responsive websites are still far from becoming ubiquitous, and for good reason.

As much as responsive web design improves user experience and makes it easier for publishers to go cross-platform, the industry's struggle with delivering profitable ads during the first big shift from print to web is still happening. And in this second big shift to a responsive web, that struggle is magnified.

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Newmarket: Open Door charity comes to the rescue of SOS bus

A CHARITY has stepped in to save an SOS bus which provides a place of safety and medical assistance for late-night revellers.

The West Suffolk SOS Bus - which is in Newmarket High Street on Saturday nights - had been managed by the Newmarket Community Partnership, but the partnership is no longer able to continue.

The Newmarket Open Door charity announced yesterday it had rescued the SOS bus, which operates in partnership with St John Ambulance and in association with the Town Pastors, emergency services and venue staff.

John Durrant, general manager of Newmarket Open Door, treasurer of the partnership and lead trustee for the SOS bus, said the service had become “an established and much-valued feature of the night-time economy”.

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Croydon seeks web design and development partner for £2.5m-£4m contract

The London Borough of Croydon is seeking an IT service delivery company to provide its web design, development, delivery and hosting requirement. The four year contract is valued at between £2.5 million and £4 million, and has the possibility of being extended for another four years.

Croydon’s contract with incumbent supplier, Cap Gemini, ends in May 2014, and it is expected that a new supplier will be in place by then. It is suggested that between five and six operators will be invited to tender, with the deadline for submissions being 10am on 7 May.

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Shotguns stolen from Newmarket home

Shotguns have been stolen from a home in Newmarket. Intruders smashed the glass in the rear patio door of a home in Brookfields Close between 6.30pm and 9.15pm on Friday.

A search was made of the property and two shotguns were stolen from a gun cabinet, along with a small amount of jewellery. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Suffolk Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Responsive web design... any SEO benefits?

We are about to complete a project of implementing RWD, responsive web design, to our websites.
We worked quite hard to bring almost the same content for every screen size.

The only differences are in content presentation were with tiny pixel screens (lower than 320px) we have no choice but to remove one of the sidebars.

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Responsive web design: How mobile gadgets changed the web

TORONTO – The recent explosion of smartphones and tablets left web designers in a quandary – how to bring an audience to their content from all of these devices? Every week or month brought a new gadget, with a bigger or smaller screen.

To keep up, content providers had to build custom apps for these devices. One for an iPhone, one for an Android, one for an iPad, one for a Blackberry Playbook, and on and on. It was a costly and time-consuming process that never seemed to end.

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The Great Debate between Responsive HTML and Native Applications

By now, you’ve likely heard scads about responsive web design, one of the more important and trendy technologies currently on the scene. Responsive HTML is programming that simply responds to the user’s device, delivering an experience appropriate for the screen they are using to view the content. For developers, this means the days of painstakingly building sites for specific screens is potentially over, as responsive design lets webmasters create one cohesive site that works on desktops, tablets, smartphones and everything in between.

ResponsiveAds™ Launches New Responsive Web Design Display Banner Advertising Service

Now available in private beta, STRETCH™ offer enables publishers, agencies and brands to effectively run the same ad creative in different configurations across desktop, smartphones and tablets.

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Google, Mobile Search And The Paradox Of Competition

How much does Google figure into the “future of search,” whose advances will largely be determined by mobile and non-traditional devices? That’s a hard question to answer.

On the one hand Google is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) brand in the world, with almost unlimited resources to develop technology or buy companies it sees as threats. (Google Ventures has for example invested in Expect Labs, which is building a next-generation mobile search capability.)

On the other hand its traditional search model and content presentation are not well suited to a range of new search and discovery scenarios that are emerging. No one wants to see a traditional Google SERP on car-dashboard screen, for example.

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IT courses for Cambridge and the UK

At Cambridge IT Courses Limited we specialise in delivering practical hands-on training for individuals and companies. We began in Cambridge over 10 years ago teaching Cambridge University students and staff and have since gone on to expand across the UK.

Our strengths are providing excellent teaching that is affordable, practical and flexible. In addition to office hours we offer evening, weekend or one-to-one courses.

There is also the option of the trainer coming out to your workplace/home office.

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HTML5 and Canvas 2D definitions ready

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published the complete definition of the HTML5 and Canvas 2D specifications.

These aren't yet W3C standards, but are now considered feature-complete and a stable target for implementation and planning. In a press release, the organisation called HTML5 the "cornerstone of the Open Web Platform" and noted its reach across devices and disciplines. CEO Jeff Jaffe remarked that the "broader the reach of web technology, the more our stakeholders demand a stable standard", and said that, as of now, "businesses know what they can rely on for HTML5 in the coming years" and developers "will know what skills to cultivate" to reach a range of platforms.

The W3C also announced the first draft of HTML 5.1 and Canvas 2D, Level 2, which it called "an early view of the next round of standardization". The dual aims are now to continue developing HTML 5.1 while ensuring HTML5 implementation and compatibility is as painless as possible across all platforms. It expects this phase to last into mid-2014, at which point the final HTML5 Recommendation will be published.

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Responsive web design key as tablet adoption continues to rise

Dealers should develop their websites with Responsive Web Design (RWD) which will allow them to automatically reconfigure itself for the best design for any device, according to motor industry technology provider iVendi.

James Tew, director at iVendi, believes approaching web design in this way is essential as there is now a proliferation of many smartphone and tablet browsers and platforms, including iOS and Android.

He said: “We look at a lot of dealer websites and many of them simply don’t work properly on all of the devices that customers are now using to access websites.

“Someone browsing your used car stock might access it on a PC at work during their lunch break but then want to look again on their smartphone on the train home or on their iPad when they get there.

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Growing confidence in Cambridge/Newmarket signalled by survey

Firms in the East of England are growing in confidence, buoyed by a more positive outlook for Europe and are hopeful of a boost to business activity during the first half of 2013 according to the latest “Business in Britain”report from Lloyds TSB Commercial.

The twice yearly report, now in its 21st year, canvasses the views of 1,800 UK businesses, including 345 in the East Midlands and East of England, and shows that optimism is at its strongest level since the economy came out of the initial recession in 2009, driven in particular by stronger profit expectations but also by a better outlook for sales and orders.

The survey’s key Business Confidence Index tracks businesses’ views of likely sales, orders and profits for the coming six months and presents the overall balance of opinion, weighing up the percentage of firms that are positive in outlook against those that are negative.

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Responsive web design

Responsive web design has been around for several years now, but it really came alive in 2012, and we've seen more widespread adoption of this adaptive, fluid approach to designing web layouts.

Since you're on the site, you may have noticed that Mashable recently launched a major website redesign, which takes full advantage of responsive design. Several other popular news media companies, including TIME and USA

Today, are also taking advantage of the feature, which helps to neatly distribute content across a wide variety of devices, from desktop computer to smartphone and everything in beween.
It's not just news outlets that have taken a responsive approach. In the ever-popular WordPressmarket, nearly all newly released themes come fully mobile-optimized, bearing the mark "responsive" on their download pages.

In 2013, it's obvious that we'll continue to see responsive web design flourish. It won't only be about folding down the design from desktop to tablet to handheld. We will also need to plan for how websites will expand upward, adapting to larger and different types of displays.
Whether or not Apple actually releases a TV set in 2013, you can bet large-screen web browsing will become a more popular activity in the living room and corporate boardroom, on the digital menuboard in the local cafe and elsewhere. Websites must be ready when they're called upon in these large-format scenerios.

And don't forget about advancements to web-enabled dashboards in cars. We've heard about the possibility of Siri coming to an automobile near you, as well as Windows 8 embedded in cars. Websites and apps may soon need to be optimized for these formats, too.

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Web design standards

Check out the progress of the CSS Grid Layout Working Draft from W3C

The Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Working Group has published a Working Draft of CSS Grid Layout. The Grid Layout contains features targeted at web application authors and is used to achieve a host of different layouts. Where the layout excels, is at dividing up space for major regions of an application, or defining the relationship in terms of size, position, and layer between parts of a control built from HTML primitives.

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Responsive Web design

This prediction is expected to turn out absolutely true as we all know that new kind of desktop and mobile devices are being introduced in the market every now and then. Our Each device, be it desktop or mobile, will vary in screen size and other proportions. The reason why responsive web designing is expected to be in trends of 2013 is that designers cannot design a new design for individual website. It will not only take a lot of your time but will also cost you a fortune.

Responsive web design will eliminate all of these problems because of its ability to respond to the size of the device being used. Thanks to responsive web designs, designers will not have to make a new layout for different mobile and desktop devices. A single design will work perfectly on all devices. No would avoid this trend because this trend is expected to make things much more convenient for all the designers.

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Responsive Web Design For Financial Institutions: Fad Or Strategy?

November 29, 2012

It’s frustrating for bank and credit union marketers to build three separate websites — one for desktop computers, one for mobile phones and one for tablets. But with a responsive web design, your site will automatically scale and adjust to every device and every screen size.

By Gregor McKelvie, Director at Mapa Research

The debate around mobile app vs. mobile web vs. hybrid app for mobile banking is certainly one that is unlikely to be resolved in the immediate future, as the pros and cons of each approach waffle around with various technology developments. As a consequence of this unresolved conundrum, an ever growing number of discrete applications are being used by customers to access the same sites. Sadly these are not well handled by financial institutions.

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Google Buys Shipping Locker Startup BufferBox

November 30, 2012 04:55pm EST

Google this week acquired package shipping startup BufferBox for an undisclosed sum, the Web giant has confirmed.
Waterloo, Ont.-based BufferBox, founded less than two years ago, offers a parcel and pickup service similar to Amazon Locker. The company provides users with temporary lockers where they can retrieve packages they order online.
"We want to remove as much friction as possible from the shopping experience, while helping consumers save time and money, and we think the BufferBox team has a lot of great ideas around how to do that," a Google spokeswoman said in a statement to PCMag.

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Walking bus Children in Need record by Newmarket schools

Schools joined up to walk around Newmarket College's playing fields
A group of Suffolk schools is claiming to have broken a world record for forming a 'walking bus'.
Seven primary schools, a secondary school and two playgroups in Newmarket formed a procession of 1,904 walkers and raised more than £2,000 for BBC Children in Need.
The previous record was set in 2006 in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire when local schools had 1,346 walkers.
The new record still has to be verified by Guinness World Records.
The Newmarket walk was organised by Olive Millington, the head teacher at Laureate Community Primary School.
"It was a really amazing sight to see all these children walking together and a fantastic achievement which shows the schools of Newmarket can work together," she said.
119,000 record

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Town plans memorial for an unsung codebreaking hero

Plans for a memorial to a wartime codebreaker have been unveiled.
Newmarket-born Bill Tutte was responsible for breaking the Lorenz cipher at the Government’s code- cracking headquarters at Bletchley Park in 1941. The cipher was a key means of communication for high-level German army officers.
Mr Tutte enjoyed little recognition in his lifetime as Cold War considerations meant his work was kept secret until the 1990s.
Town councillors, members of the public and Mr Tutte’s family formed The Bill Tutte Memorial Working Group earlier this year following a campaign to honour one of Newmarket’s greatest sons.
At a meeting of Newmarket Town Council on Monday, the group proposed building a sculpture on Rutland Hill.
Richard Fletcher, the group’s secretary, said: “We wanted it to tell a story and to raise awareness of his achievements so people ask about him when they see it.”

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Web design guru Nielsen slams "misguided" Windows 8 interface

Former Sun Microsystems engineer flags usability issues in Microsoft's new flagship operating system.
Web usability expert Jakob Nielsen has become the latest industry watcher to criticise Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system for being difficult to use.
Nielsen, a former Sun Microsystems engineer who specialised in making the vendor’s enterprise software easier for people to use, enlisted the help of 12 “experienced” PC users to test Windows 8 on a PC and Surface RT tablet.
In a long and detailed post on his Alertbox blog, Nielsen shared the group’s experiences of using the software, shedding light on several areas he claims could cause problems for users.
For instance, he starts the post by taking issue with the software giant’s decision to offer end users a choice between using a tablet-focused Start menu and more traditional desktop screen.

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Police step up patrols to combat burglaries
Published on Friday 30 November 2012 16:58

Police have increased patrols across Mildenhall and neighbouring villages following a spate of burglaries in outbuildings.
Between Monday, November 19, and the following day, police received reports of six thefts from garden sheds and garages at locations including West Row, Red Lodge, Worlington and Lakenheath.
Among the items reported stolen were power tools, bicycles and lawn mowers.
“Police are urging residents to be vigilant and consider taking some crime preventions steps,” said Luke Littleboy, spokesman for Suffolk Police.
“This includes installing affordable shed alarms, mortice locks and security locks.”
Anyone with information about any of the incidents should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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