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November 27, 2014

A mere fact that no one can ignore these days is that trends are mostly meant to change over time.

No matter which industry you think of, with the passage of time every trend that is seen in the market tends to be replaced sooner or later.

Similar situations go perfectly well with website designs. As time changes, every new year has something new to offer to sites as well in terms of the overall designs such as layout, style, color combinations, typography and much more.

But for the designers, predicting the layout beforehand is always a great approach as it helps deliver the latest appearance on time.

There are a number of ways a site designer may predict the upcoming trends in terms of the website of which few are provided below.

To be sure, going through different portfolios of different well known website designers gives an insight to what is going to happen in the world of site design for the upcoming year.

The latest ideas being used by the designers for their upcoming projects are based on the latest trends.

Moreover, keeping an eye on a successfully and recently awarded site designer is also something that may offer you some idea in which direction the industry is moving.

You may find a number of people associated with several other fields of design which may include the fashion industry, interior designing and much more.

Keeping in touch with the latest trend changes taking place in those segments is also a way to keep yourself equipped with the predictions.

The colors, various styles and other similar changes in those trends are usually much common and you can have an idea to some extent regarding your point of focus for the site.

Then of course you have social media, and it has always been a concern these days playing an important role in the life of every individual.

No matter which field you belong to, you may have a complete insight to your related industry over social media.

People share their thoughts, ideas and predictions in numerous ways so making the most of it is a great idea.

Keep an eye on what site designers are sharing, what they are posting and what the latest news in terms of trends is so that you may predict something for your new trendy website.

Also, keep an eye on design blogs to stay up to date. Things are changing fast and just reading on the subject of what’s going on can help you be ready to mark the next trend.

You can look for new trends by starting to read tutorials about new techniques. Once a large group of designers learns a new technique, it is certain to start showing up in finished projects.

Author bio-- I started my professional career after completing my Master from University of Westfield in 2010. I have been working with a company which makes Custom CMS Website Design and also helps people to know about the latest trends of technologies.

In other tech news

The European Commission is saying that it will try to impose new rules on virtual currencies such as Bitcoin and Dogecoin after the bloc’s banking regulator ordered lenders to shun them down.

“It’s imperative to move quickly on this issue,” said Chantal Hughes, a spokeswoman for Financial Services Commissioner Michel Barnier.

“The potential for money laundering, illicit drugs, illegal arms sales and terrorist financing activities is too serious to ignore,” she added.

The Commission, the EU’s executive arm, moved after the European Banking Authority said that banks shouldn’t buy, hold or sell virtual currencies such as Bitcoins until regulators develop safeguards to protect their integrity.

The watchdog identified more than seventy risks linked to the digital currencies ranging from identity theft to the strong possibility that hackers could target a trading platform in specific.

Overall, virtual currencies such as Bitcoin and the Dogecoin have come under increased scrutiny from financial regulators and prosecutors around the globe.

Mt. Gox, once the world’s biggest Bitcoin exchange trading platform located in Tokyo, filed for bankruptcy in Japan earlier this year amid claims it lost more than 850,000 Bitcoins valued at close to US $400 million.

China’s central bank barred financial firms from handling virtual currency like Bitcoin transactions last year.

“Regulators have become alert to the potential for fraud and disruption,” said Richard Reid, a research fellow for finance and regulation at the University of Dundee, Scotland.

“Such attention from regulators is bound to curb the growth of markets such as Bitcoin,” he added.

The EBA called on the EU to devise rules for trading platforms and start groups to oversee each internet currency to ensure that no individual can manipulate a currency.

The EU should consider extending the scope of anti-money laundering law to better cover virtual currencies, according to the EBA.

“The EBA is of the view that a regulatory approach to addressing the risks it has identified would require a substantial body of regulation,” the agency warned.

The widespread use of these digital currencies and of Bitcoins could also make it more difficult for central banks to steer the economy by making the effects of monetary policy harder to predict, the EBA warned.

Bitcoins emerged in 2009 out of a paper authored under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. Since then, retailers selling items from Gummi Bears to luxury homes have started accepting Bitcoins, and new companies have begun offering ways to ease its use as a valid payment system.

The currency gained credibility after law enforcement and securities agencies said in U.S. Senate hearings that it could be a legitimate means of exchange.

The price of Bitcoins topped US $1,000 for the first time earlier this year as speculators anticipated broader use of digital money. It is currently trading at around US $632 today, though its price can fluctuate wildly.

It is estimated that it would cost around $8.4 billion to buy all the Bitcoins in existence today, according to some sources.

The EBA’s announcement is “not very helpful” and may only deter individual users of virtual currencies, according to Simon Dixon, a director of the U.K. Digital Currency Association, a group representing the country’s virtual currency industry.

“Banks are not engaging with digital currencies yet as it is a person-to-person network that operates outside of banking regulations and outside governments,” he said.

“The more likely result of the announcement is to scare people from using digital currencies rather than banks,” he added.

In other high tech news

Some probably thought they would never see this, but the city of San Francisco is now cracking down on mobile apps that allow users to illegally buy and sell public parking spaces.

To be sure, city attorney Dennis Herrera said late yesterday that his office has sent a cease-and-desist notice to the developers of Monkey Parking, a mobile app which lets users sell their public parking spaces in crowded urban areas.

The Monkey Parking application, available for iOS and Android, allows users to set a price for their parking spot which is then listed for other drivers who can make offers to buy the parking space.

Upon agreeing to the transaction, users can then chat and confirm the deal for the parking spot.

The app, which currently operates only in Rome and San Francisco, would seek to provide users an easy way to get a spot in cities notorious for being extremely short of parking spaces.

Officials in San Francisco say that the app runs afoul of local city regulations. Herrera also noted that while San Francisco residents are free to sell off the rights to their private parking spaces and garages, the city's police code expressly forbids selling access to city-owned public spaces on streets and sidewalks.

Should the company not drop support for San Francisco parking from its app, Herrera said that Monkey Parking users would face penalties of $300 each time they sell access to a spot, while the company could be held liable $2,500 for each illegal transaction it facilitates.

"It's simply illegal and it puts drivers on the hook for $300 fines, and it also creates a predatory private market for public parking spaces that San Franciscans will simply not tolerate," said Herrera.

"Worst of all, it encourages drivers to use their mobile devices unsafely – to engage in online bidding wars while driving."

Herrera also said that the city would petition Apple to take the Monkey Parking App off of the App Store on the grounds that it violates local laws.

As of early this morning, the Monkey Parking App was still available for download, but it should be removed shortly we are assured.

In other high tech news

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a common and widespread type of anxiety affecting tens of millions of people around the world.

How do you know you have it? You are constantly on edge, worried or stressed and it’s beginning to disrupt your life you are losing your ability to trust in people and more painfully, in yourself.

This general distrust is spreading and the worrisome part is that no one knows it is spreading. This anxiety is being spread by the absence of control over one’s personal data, or perhaps, data that one is supposedly responsible for.

And we do this, by pushing everything into a cloud. Our distrust of letting our confidence on what we can’t see then kicks in, leading to a vague unease – am I doing the right thing by giving away my life’s work to a computer farm managed by faceless people (or robots for all one knows), in a remote location not easily accessible.

Whom do we hold responsible for erasing our existence? I mean, look at what digital cameras have done. They have created megabytes of images all stored on DVDs or hosted on some social networks, with no access to glossy prints in 4 x 6 neatly arranged in a photo album.

This is the closest analogy to cloud storage I could relate to in the real world. So where do you go to pick up that treasured memory of your daughter’s first birthday celebration?

Well, it is somewhere in the cupboard, in one of the DVDs that are sequentially numbered with date ranges and you need the appropriate media to open them and scroll and double click on the one image you wanted to see.

Much like the data you have encrypted and stored on the cloud. And unless you have the data all backed-up and stored in a separate location, you are in danger of losing a lifetime of memories.

On the other hand, I have easy access to my wedding album and I periodically pick it up and leaf through the pages, if only to remind myself that so many years ago, I took a step without an inkling of the consequences of my actions.

Do I regret it? More often than not, I don’t. In fact, I am in a reasonable state of bliss. And perhaps, it is this leap of faith that is really what is required to embrace this business of getting lost in the cloud.

Let it play out the way it will, adjust to the circumstances, and the system admin willing, all will be well...

But what if you don’t adapt? For one thing, technology will make you obsolete. Where have the cameras with film gone? Where are the companies that buried their heads in the sand and pretended that digital was a passing fad?


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