Googles No Captcha reCaptcha

December 4, 2014

Google announced on their blog this morning that they’ve developed a new way to detect bots without using those annoying captcha images that are hard to read and ruin the sign up experience for the website.

Whenever I develop a project that needs users to register an account I’ll setup reCaptcha by Google. It’s easy enough to install and stops a lot of abuse / bot signups. I believe that some still get through, but not many. I’m interested to try out the new No Captcha reCaptcha system by Google. Instead of having to enter the text in the captcha box, you just have to tick a checkbox to confirm you’re not a bot and Google will perform a risk assessment and let the user through or present them with a traditional reCaptcha image.

Watch the video below or visit Googles Official Blog to find out more information.


Smart Phone – Smart Cover

April 7, 2014

HTC have a new model, the HTC One M8. It’s an improvement on the original HTC One, but the most exciting thing for me is the smart cover that you can get for the handset.

I assume that the cover communicates to the handset via bluetooth or NFC and shows a summary of handset information, such as missed call or SMS notifications, as well as weather conditions.

It’s an interesting concept, I would think that people might try and tweak the covers so they can run similar functionality to smart watches like the pebble.

HTC One M8 Case


CSS Diner – Learn CSS

March 25, 2014

I stumbled upon this great little CSS learning system today. It teaches you the basics of writing CSS selectors, it gives you a snippet of HTML and CSS and you need to try and select the correct element.

I thought it would be a breeze to get through the levels, but for some reason I’m stuck on Level 6.

I’ve tried;

.table plate .small

plate .small

plate apple.small


Nothing seems to go through, good little site none-the-less.


I misread the instructions, we’re meant to select more than one apple, so .small is what we’re after. Thanks Rick.

CSS Diner

Ice skating meets Mario Cart

February 25, 2014

Just something to bring a smile to your face. Fun clip that shows us what ice-skating would look like if it was mixed with Mario Cart.