Europol meldet schweren Schlag gegen IS-Onlinepropaganda – Zweifel an Erfolg

heise online Newsticker - 2. Mai 2018 - 11:00
Europäischen und nordamerikanischen Strafverfolgern ist angeblich ein schwerer Schlag gegen die Onlinepropaganda des IS gelungen. Eine erste Analyse legt aber nahe, dass es den Terroristen weiterhin gelingt, Materialien zu verbreiten.

Studie: Neue Techniken könnten mobiles Bezahlen bald ablösen

heise online Newsticker - 2. Mai 2018 - 11:00
Per Smartphone von unterwegs bezahlen nur wenige Bundesbürger – etwa beim Kauf von Bahntickets. Berater glauben nun, dass sich die Technik erst gar nicht flächendeckend durchsetzt. Denn es nahen schon neue Verfahren.

Konflikt mit US-Regierung: Huawei entwickelt Android-Alternative

heise online Newsticker - 2. Mai 2018 - 10:30
Die USA gehen immer massiver gegen die chinesischen Unternehmen Huawei und ZTE vor. Erste Sanktionen gibt es, weitere könnten folgen. Sollte Huawei den Zugang zu Android verlieren, gibt es aber angeblich eine Alternative.

Lichter und Farben wie gemalt – die Bilder der Woche (KW17)

heise online Newsticker - 2. Mai 2018 - 10:30
Ob mensch- oder naturgemacht, vom aufwendigen Lightpainting bis zur spontanen Momentaufnahme – Farben spielen in unseren Bildern des Tages aus der vergangenen Kalenderwoche eine entscheidende Rolle.

Missing Link: Die Kybernetik schlägt zurück

heise online Newsticker - 2. Mai 2018 - 10:30
Was haben eine Heizungsregelung, der kindliche Spracherwerb, die Preisentwickung für Kakaobohnen und ein Botnetz gemeinsam? Sie können Gegenstand kybernetischer Forschung sein.

Was war. Was wird. Komm lieber Mai und mache (irgendwas).

heise online Newsticker - 2. Mai 2018 - 10:00
"Komm, lieber Mai, und mache die Bäume wieder grün" - ach ja, seufzt Hal Faber, reißt sich zusammen, lässt all die Mai-Feierlichkeiten und Anti-Fake-News-Kampagnen links liegen und berauscht sich lieber an, tja,vorsichtshalber an etwas aktueller Musik.

Künstliche Intelligenz: Google-Gründer fordert Demut

heise online Newsticker - 2. Mai 2018 - 10:00
Google Mitbegründer Sergey Brin ist sich sicher, dass Künstliche Intelligenz den Menschen viele Vorteile bringen wird. Man müsse aber auch die Gefahren im Blick behalten und Ängste der Menschen bedenken und berücksichtigen.

RoboCup Junior: "Wer einmal Wettbewerbsluft geschnuppert hat, bleibt dabei"

heise online Newsticker - 2. Mai 2018 - 9:00
Auch wenn es beim Schülerwettbewerb des RoboCup nicht um die Entwicklung neuer Technologien geht, lassen sich Entwicklungsschritte beobachten. Im Interview erzählt der Koordinator, wieso man jetzt weniger Lego und mehr Arduinos sieht.

Studie: Hälfte des deutschen Onlinehandels entfällt auf Amazon

heise online Newsticker - 2. Mai 2018 - 9:00
Amazon beherrscht einer Studie des Handelsverbands Deutschland (HDE) zufolge fast die Hälfte des deutschen Onlinehandels. Stärkster Wachstumstreiber ist dabei inzwischen der Marketplace.

OSTraining: How to Create a Search Box with a Sliding Effect in Drupal 8

Planet Drupal - 2. Mai 2018 - 8:36

One of OSTrainings members asked how to create a search box with a sliding out effect. Their goal was to arrive at the search box similar to the one you can find at the top of Drupal's own website.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a search box that expands once you clicked on its icon. Also, while it stays expanded until you close it, it will keep blurring out your main menu.

Sorgenkind: Technische Erprobung von Militär-Airbus A400M geht voran

heise online Newsticker - 2. Mai 2018 - 7:30
Der A400M geriet wegen zahlreicher Pannen immer wieder in die Schlagzeilen. Der Luftwaffen-Standort Wunstorf hat bereits knapp die Hälfte seiner Militärtransporter A400M im Dienst. Die technische Erprobung geht dort jetzt zügig voran.

Nach Einstweiliger Verfügung: Uber in Wien wieder verfügbar

heise online Newsticker - 2. Mai 2018 - 7:30
Mitte der Woche war es Uber untersagt worden, seine Dienstleistung in der Hauptstadt Österreichs anzubieten. Nun wurde die Bedienung der App angepasst und der Dienst ist zurück.

MTech, LLC: Guide to Estimating an Upgrade to Drupal 8 (from Drupal 6 or 7)

Planet Drupal - 2. Mai 2018 - 0:01
Guide to Estimating an Upgrade to Drupal 8 (from Drupal 6 or 7)

If you are weighing whether to upgrade to Drupal 8 but aren’t sure what kind of budget to expect, we’re going to breakdown the upgrade (migration) process. Along the way, we'll highlight the factors that will add hours to your project. This guide is especially for non-technical folks (and written by one). However, all audiences should gain something. We’ll detail the questions you should go to your developer with before quoting your upgrade. We'll also discuss some best practices and common "gotchas".

Luke Pekrul Tue, 05/01/2018 - 16:01

Telekom-Tochter T-Mobile nun wohl vor Milliarden-Fusion mit Sprint

heise online Newsticker - 1. Mai 2018 - 23:30
Ein Zusammenschluss der Telekommunikationsunternehmen T-Mobile US mit dem US-Rivalen Sprint könnte kurzfristig zustande kommen, sofern diesmal keine kartellrechtlichen Bedenken bestehen und der Zusammenschluss genehmigt wird.

DSGVO: Max Schrems will gegen Schufa klagen

heise online Newsticker - 1. Mai 2018 - 18:30
In wenigen Wochen tritt die neue Datenschutzgrundverordnung in Europa in Kraft und das will der Jurist Max Schrems ausnutzen. Vor Gericht will er besonders klare Verstöße angehen – losgehen könnte es mit der Schufa.

Spiele-Anwalt: "Deutschland exportiert seinen Jugendschutz in die Welt"

heise online Newsticker - 1. Mai 2018 - 17:30
Gewalt, Hakenkreuze, Sex mit Minderjährigen: Die Prüfer der USK achten darauf, dass Kinder und Jugendliche in Spielen keine verrohenden Inhalte zu sehen bekommen. Damit beeinflussen sie zunehmend auch internationale Publisher.

Nach Datenskandal: Facebook erwartet weitere Fälle von Datenmissbrauch

heise online Newsticker - 1. Mai 2018 - 17:30
Angesichts der Untersuchung des Datenskandals um Cambridge Analytica geht man bei Facebook davon aus, weitere Fälle von Datenmissbrauch und anderem Fehlverhalten zu entdecken. Davor wurden die Investoren gewarnt.

Drupal Association blog: Drupal Association Board Elections 2018

Planet Drupal - 1. Mai 2018 - 17:30

Now that Drupal 8 is maturing, it is an exciting time to be on the Drupal Association Board. With Drupal always evolving, the Association must evolve with it so we can continue providing the right kind of support. And, it is the Drupal Association Board who develops the Association’s strategic direction by engaging in discussions around a number of strategic topics throughout their term. As a community member, you can be part of this important process by becoming an At-large Board Member.

We have two At-large positions on the Association Board of Directors. These positions are self-nominated and then elected by the community. Simply put, the At-large Director position is designed to ensure there is community representation on the Drupal Association Board. If you are interested in helping shape the future of the Drupal Association, we encourage you to read this post and nominate yourself between 1-11 June, 2018.

What are the Important Dates

Self nominations: 1-11 June, 2018

Meet the candidates: 12-29 June 2018

Voting: 2-13 July, 2018

Votes ratified, Winner announced: 25 July, 2018

How do nominations and elections work?

Specifics of the election mechanics were decided through a community-based process in 2012 with participation by dozens of Drupal community members. More details can be found in the proposal that was approved by the Drupal Association Board in 2012 and adapted for use this year.

What does the Drupal Association Board do?

The Board of Directors of the Drupal Association are responsible for financial oversight and setting the strategic direction for serving the Drupal Association’s mission, which we achieve through Drupal.org and DrupalCon. Our mission is: Drupal powers the best of the Web.  The Drupal Association unites a global open source community to build and promote Drupal.

New board members will contribute to the strategic direction of the Drupal Association. Board members are advised of, but not responsible for matters related to the day-to-day operations of the Drupal Association, including program execution, staffing, etc.

Directors are expected to contribute around five hours per month and attend three in-person meetings per year (financial assistance is available if required).

Association board members, like all board members for US-based organizations, have three legal obligations: duty of care, duty of loyalty, and duty of obedience. In addition to these legal obligations, there is a lot of practical work that the board undertakes. These generally fall under the fiduciary responsibilities and include:

  • Overseeing Financial Performance

  • Setting Strategy

  • Setting and Reviewing Legal Policies

  • Fundraising

  • Managing the Executive Director

To accomplish all this, the board comes together three times a year during two-day retreats. These usually coincide with the North American and major European Drupal Conferences as well as one February meeting. As a board member, you should expect to spend a minimum of five hours a month on board activities.

Some of the topics that will be discussed over the next year or two are:

  • Strengthen sustainability

  • Grow Drupal adoption through our channels and partner channels

  • Evolve drupal.org and DrupalCon goals and strategies.

Please watch this video to learn more.

Who can run?

There are no restrictions on who can run, and only self-nominations are accepted.

Before self-nominating, we want candidates to understand what is expected of board members and what types of topics they will discuss during their term. That is why we now require candidates to:

What will I need to do during the elections?

During the elections, members of the Drupal community will ask questions of candidates. You can post comments on candidate profiles here on assoc.drupal.org.

In the past, we held group “meet the candidate” interviews. With many candidates the last few years, group videos didn’t allow each candidate to properly express themselves. We replaced the group interview and allow candidates to create their own 3 minute video and add it to their candidate profile page. These videos must be posted by 11 June, the Association will promote the videos to the community from 12 -29 June. Hint - Great candidates would be those that exemplify the Drupal Values & Principles. That might provide structure for a candidate video?

How do I run?

From 1-11 June, go here to nominate yourself.  If you are considering running, please read the entirety of this post, and then be prepared to complete the self-nomination form. This form will be open on 1 June, 2018 through 11 June, 2018 at midnight UTC. You'll be asked for some information about yourself and your interest in the Drupal Association Board. When the nominations close, your candidate profile will be published and available for Drupal community members to browse. Comments will be enabled, so please monitor your candidate profile so you can respond to questions from community members. We will announce the new board member at the 25 July, 2018 public board meeting and via our blog and social channels.

Reminder, you must review the following materials before completing your candidate profile:

Who can vote?

Voting is open to all individuals who have a Drupal.org account by the time nominations open and who have logged in at least once in the past year. If you meet this criteria, your account will be added to the voters list on association.drupal.org and you will have access to the voting.

To vote, you will rank candidates in order of your preference (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.). The results will be calculated using an "instant runoff" method. For an accessible explanation of how instant runoff vote tabulation works, see videos linked in this discussion.

Elections process

Voting will be held from 2-13 July, 2018. During this period, you can review and comment on candidate profiles on assoc.drupal.org.

Finally, the Drupal Association Board will ratify the election and announce the winner on 25 July.

Have questions? Please contact Drupal Association Community Liaison, Rachel Lawson.

Many thanks to nedjo for pioneering this process and documenting it so well!

Evolving Web: Mobile-First Content Strategy for Drupal

Planet Drupal - 1. Mai 2018 - 17:26

By now, we all know the importance of building responsive websites that dynamically adjust to any screen size. According to Statista, 52 percent of all global web pages served in 2018 were viewed on smartphones. And now that Google’s index is mobile first, it’s essential for websites to be designed (or redesigned) mobile first — with a smartphone screen size as the starting point, and resizing up from there.

Building a site to be fully responsive starts with organizing your content so it can be browsed and read on even the smallest smartphone. Whether you’re creating content for a new site, or restructuring a legacy site, begin with a responsive content strategy that defines how you will optimize and structure content for mobile users.

Here are the key components of responsive (and mobile first) content strategy:

1. Be mobile first

When you begin planning content, start with the smallest screen size and work your way up. This will allow you to tackle the most challenging task first, and it will help you make the most of the smallest interface. This process is also very effective for eliminating unnecessary content elements that you may be tempted to include if you’re designing desktop first. An effective and efficient mobile-first design will more easily translate to a clean desktop design (rather than trying to scale down your desktop design).

2. Structure your content first, design later

Begin by stripping all the design elements from your text content. Develop and structure your content, add it to your Drupal 8 CMS and then apply styling and design.

3. Optimize and structure your content for mobile

Responsive content needs to be modular so it will easily break into mobile-friendly pieces. And it needs to be skimmable, so mobile readers can easily consume it.

Create less content (if that’s an option) and keep it short. Organize website copy into small, granular paragraphs or chunks, no longer than three paragraphs. Add subtitles that define each piece, so mobile users can easily browse and scan content.

Working in your Drupal CMS, define separate fields for different pieces of content. The more fields you create for your content, the more flexibility you will have. In other words, you’ll have a field for a title, subtitle, pull-quote, body text, instructions, etc. Each field can be uniquely styled according to its content type. Then prioritize fields based on their importance so they stack in a logical way on a user’s screen — the most important content up top, less useful content can be condensed, stacked below, or even hidden.

4. Simplify navigation

Nobody wants to browse a mega menu that consumes their entire smartphone screen. The ubiquity of mobile means menus need to be reduced and simplified. Put a lot of thought into how you will make your most important content accessible via your menu. How many menu items can you remove or de-prioritize? Flatten your navigation — stop nesting menus inside menus inside menus and instead create fewer layers and way less navigation points. If you’ve decided to take links out of the menu, you can add them elsewhere as links or call to action.

5. Be strategic with your calls to action

Take the time to prioritize your calls to action. On mobile, it’s even more important to define your most important CTAs — the ones that directly impact your business objectives. List your objectives in order of importance, and align a call to action with each one. Then choose objective that’s most critical to your bottom line. This is the only CTA that should live above the fold on your mobile screen.

6. Optimize media

Make sure your sound, video and image files are optimized for devices large and small. Always use image thumbnails so users don’t have to load a video player. And never, never use autoplay on your video and audio content.

For images, start with image sizes and proportions that can be adapted. And don’t resize or add image treatments before adding images to your CMS — let Drupal do the heavy lifting (just like you did with your text content). Images should not be larger than you need them to be (even on large screens). Rely on Drupal 8’s Responsive Image module to resize images to the screen-appropriate size.

7. Begin the long, hard task of cleaning up legacy content

Of course, there’s always the large, old-school website that needs to have its content converted to mobile first. In addition to all the content tips we’ve outlined above, you want to dive into that static HTML and clean it up. Remove fixed-width tables, inline media and floats with content (ouch). And on the content level, start to structure long content into browsable chunks that can be organized into content fields.

Mobile first: it’s universal

Many of us been applying similar content guidelines and strategies for quite some time; but the need for a mobile-first approach was not universal. It was dependent on the project, technology used, the target user, etc. In today’s digital ecosystem, mobile-first has become a given. Now it’s time to explore the creative potential for creating sharp, sparse, targeted content that fits in the palm of a user’s hand.

+ more awesome articles by Evolving Web

Evolving Web: Mobile First Content Strategy: Once an Option, Now a Necessity

Planet Drupal - 1. Mai 2018 - 17:26

By now, we all know the importance of building responsive websites that dynamically adjust to any screen size. According to Statista, 52 percent of all global web pages served in 2018 were viewed on smartphones. And now that Google’s index is mobile first, it’s essential for websites to be designed (or redesigned) mobile first — with a smartphone screen size as the starting point, and resizing up from there.

Building a site to be fully responsive starts with organizing your content so it can be browsed and read on even the smallest smartphone. Whether you’re creating content for a new site, or restructuring a legacy site, begin with a responsive content strategy that defines how you will optimize and structure content for mobile users.

Here are the key components of responsive (and mobile first) content strategy:

1. Be mobile first

When you begin planning content, start with the smallest screen size and work your way up. This will allow you to tackle the most challenging task first, and it will help you make the most of the smallest interface. This process is also very effective for eliminating unnecessary content elements that you may be tempted to include if you’re designing desktop first. An effective and efficient mobile-first design will more easily translate to a clean desktop design (rather than trying to scale down your desktop design).

2. Structure your content first, design later

Begin by stripping all the design elements from your text content. Develop and structure your content, add it to your Drupal 8 CMS and then apply styling and design.

3. Optimize and structure your content for mobile

Responsive content needs to be modular so it will easily break into mobile-friendly pieces. And it needs to be skimmable, so mobile readers can easily consume it.

Create less content (if that’s an option) and keep it short. Organize website copy into small, granular paragraphs or chunks, no longer than three paragraphs. Add subtitles that define each piece, so mobile users can easily browse and scan content.

Working in your Drupal CMS, define separate fields for different pieces of content. The more fields you create for your content, the more flexibility you will have. In other words, you’ll have a field for a title, subtitle, pull-quote, body text, instructions, etc. Each field can be uniquely styled according to its content type. Then prioritize fields based on their importance so they stack in a logical way on a user’s screen — the most important content up top, less useful content can be condensed, stacked below, or even hidden.

4. Simplify navigation

Nobody wants to browse a mega menu that consumes their entire smartphone screen. The ubiquity of mobile means menus need to be reduced and simplified. Put a lot of thought into how you will make your most important content accessible via your menu. How many menu items can you remove or de-prioritize? Flatten your navigation — stop nesting menus inside menus inside menus and instead create fewer layers and way less navigation points. If you’ve decided to take links out of the menu, you can add them elsewhere as links or call to action.

5. Be strategic with your calls to action

Take the time to prioritize your calls to action. On mobile, it’s even more important to define your most important CTAs — the ones that directly impact your business objectives. List your objectives in order of importance, and align a call to action with each one. Then choose objective that’s most critical to your bottom line. This is the only CTA that should live above the fold on your mobile screen.

6. Optimize media

Make sure your sound, video and image files are optimized for devices large and small. Always use image thumbnails so users don’t have to load a video player. And never, never use autoplay on your video and audio content.

For images, start with image sizes and proportions that can be adapted. And don’t resize or add image treatments before adding images to your CMS — let Drupal do the heavy lifting (just like you did with your text content). Images should not be larger than you need them to be (even on large screens). Rely on Drupal 8’s Responsive Image module to resize images to the screen-appropriate size.

7. Begin the long, hard task of cleaning up legacy content

Of course, there’s always the large, old-school website that needs to have its content converted to mobile first. In addition to all the content tips we’ve outlined above, you want to dive into that static HTML and clean it up. Remove fixed-width tables, inline media and floats with content (ouch). And on the content level, start to structure long content into browsable chunks that can be organized into content fields.

Mobile first: it’s universal

Many of us been applying similar content guidelines and strategies for quite some time; but the need for a mobile-first approach was not universal. It was dependent on the project, technology used, the target user, etc. In today’s digital ecosystem, mobile-first has become a given. Now it’s time to explore the creative potential for creating sharp, sparse, targeted content that fits in the palm of a user’s hand.

+ more awesome articles by Evolving Web