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Help Haverzine raise Breast Cancer awareness this October




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Today marks the start of an important time of the year; all October, every October, is Breast Cancer Awareness month. One of the finest privileges of having a voice on the internet is to use that voice to spread goodwill and better the world, and on that note, Haverzine has once again shed its green hue and been draped in pink to show solidarity and support.

If you hadn’t already noticed, to help raise awareness we’ve replaced our signature neon greens with pink, the color that symbolizes the fight against Breast Cancer. A truly frightening stat, it is estimated that, by the end of 2014, over 232,340 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed affecting both men and women. Over 39,620 people may die from breast cancer.

That said, we have once again began collecting donations for the Haverzine Breast Cancer Awareness Fund through the amazing Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The goal is simple – raise as much money as we can to help this amazing organization change the lives of men and women who have and could be affected by this awful disease.

If you’re interested in donating to the Haverzine Breast Cancer Awareness Fund, you can do so online by visiting this link, or by clicking the pink banner above. All money is processed by and goes to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation – we don’t see or touch a cent of it. And to prove just how serious we are about that, I’ve decided to remove all advertising from the site for the entire month.

I sincerely thank everybody for taking the time to read this and for supporting this tremendous cause, and for letting Haverzine be part of your day. We’ll continue to do what we do all month long, so be sure to check back soon and get the word out!


We're not dead

Where have we been?




newsstory-haverzineYou may have noticed that we haven’t ran a story since last week and if you’ve submitted an application to join our team, you may also have noticed that we haven’t gotten back to you. Allow me to give an explanation as to why this is.

Putting it simply, Brian Hough and I both have been quite busy this past week. For Brian, he’s been busy with college undergrad hours, thesis work and a paying job. For me, I’ve been working volunteer hours at a shop in my area, not to mention I also have upcoming school things to plan around. The fact is, we’ve both been busy with real life things.

But hopefully soon, things will quiet down a bit and we’ll be able to get back to our regular schedule and go through the applications that you guys have been sending in.

We’ll be back…!


Join our team

Haverzine is looking for volunteers!




newsstory-haverzineHaverzine is an extraordinarily small team of just two people – myself, and the excellent Sean Ellis, who has written some of our top stories of both 2013 and 2014 including the really, really great Microsoft & Mobile three part series back in December and January. Our small team has allowed us to remain nimble, and quick, and it’s something that we hope to continue with for as long as I see Haverzine existing. An effective team is a nimble team, and a nimble team is, as a general rule of thumb, a small team.

That said, it has become clear as Haverzine has grown in the recent months, that journalism – no matter what the style, the focus, or the implied importance of that journalism – is hard work. You need to be quick on your feet, you need to be ready for the unexpected, and perhaps most importantly, you need to be available. It’s become apparent to me that a two man team can’t even remotely begin to hope to cover everything I’d believe we have a duty to covering here at Haverzine.

That’s why I’m writing today to say that, for the first time, I’m looking for help with Haverzine. If you’re a writer with a passion for technology and culture, who believes in quality over quantity and that the state of technology journalism can still be changed for the better, consider getting in touch with us and join our team. At the moment we’re looking for a couple of volunteers who share with us this vision. No prior journalism experience is required – I started off the site without even a hint of experience in the field – but it would help, of course. Our volunteers will be tasked with writing about the latest going ons in the world of technology on a day to day basis.

If interested, just hit up our contact page. Please send us your name, a little about yourself, a blurb about what you love most about our field, and a short (1-2 page), but sweet, writing sample. The writing sample doesn’t have to be related to technology – if you want to send us a short story about an alien invasion or what it’s like to be a dog, that’s totally cool.

From the bottom of my heart I thank you guys for sticking around and seeing what’s happening in the world of technology with us at Haverzine. This is a special time in technology journalism, and I believe that we have a part to play in that. Until next time.


January 7th - 10th

Haverzine covering CES 2014 – starting Tuesday, January 7th!




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The weather might be frightful here in Boston, but next week will be oh so delightful – that’s because starting Tuesday, January 7th, Haverzine will be transforming into your top one stop for all things CES 2014! Join us as we deliver you the top stories of CES 2014, give you our predictions for the tech industry going into the new year, and more!

CES, also known as the Consumer Electronics Show, is the biggest event of the year in this industry and we’re excited to deliver to you only the highest quality coverage. Haverzine is dedicated to reporting on only the most meaty, impressive stories of the day, and that’s exactly what you can expect next week.

We’ll be adding a dedicated CES 2014 section on the site to make it easy to see only the stories relevant to the show if you’d like, but we’ll also be sure to keep an eye on any other stories that develop throughout the week as well, as per usual. It’s going to be a big week, and we can’t wait to see you!


Introducing the Haverzine Breast Cancer Awareness Fund

Help Haverzine raise Breast Cancer Awareness this October




haverzine-breast-cancer-bannerOctober is an important month for a lot of reasons, but none so much as how we as a people come together to help raise awareness of one of the world’s most deadly words – cancer. Every October, people around the world dress in pink and proudly wear pink ribbons, and as has become somewhat of a tradition at Haverzine, we have proudly decided to join the cause once again this Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

If you hadn’t already noticed, to help raise awareness we’ve replaced our signature neon greens with pink, the color that symbolizes the fight against Breast Cancer. A truly frightening stat, it is estimated that, by the end of 2013, over 232,340 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in this one year alone, affecting both men and women. Over 39,620 people may die from breast cancer.

It is for this reason that we have decided that, starting today and lasting until October 31st, we will be running the Haverzine Breast Cancer Awareness Fund through the amazing Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The goal is simple – raise as much money as we can to help this amazing organization change the lives of men and women who have and will be affected by Breast Cancer.

If you’re interested in donating to the Haverzine Breast Cancer Awareness Fund, you can do so online by visiting this link. All money is processed by and goes to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation – we don’t see or touch a cent of it.

I sincerely thank everybody for taking the time to read this and for supporting this tremendous cause, and for letting Haverzine be part of your day. We’ll continue to run our regularly scheduled tech, so be sure to check back soon and get the word out!


It's been a busy summer

Status Report: August 2013 Edition




newsstory-haverzineIf you believe in the age old mantra of “no news is good news”, in our case you would be right. The last time I posted a “status report” in March we had just launched Haverzine 1.3, a significant redesign to the site that has served us extraordinarily well. But it’s been a busy summer, and I figured it was time to let you guys in on the happenings of Haverzine behind the scenes over the past five months, and a sneak peak at what’s next.

Read more after the break to get the latest on Haverzine.


Our little site turns one year old

Happy Birthday, Haverzine!




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One year ago today, Haverzine opened its doors to the wild west of tech news. We had no rules, we had no expectations, and we had no clear destination. While every day our little site continues to operate is another step in a journey, it can not be understated how much this site has grown, developed, and matured over the course of just 364 days – and a huge part of that is thanks to you.

From the bottom of my heart, I’d like to thank our readers for making our humble site worth updating and developing, day after day. I’ve talked to many readers personally over the year, have taken each and every one of your suggestions to heart, and took solace in both the positive and the negative. We’re not done yet – there’s so, so much left to be done. This first year hasn’t even been the first step in that amazing journey, but the first inch. We continue to work on some important upcoming projects, such as the previously announced Haverzine Mobile and our upcoming opinion section. On top of those, work has also begun for Haverzine 1.4, which I’ve taken to calling our “Newsworthy” update. (Have fun deciphering the meaning behind that!)

Finally, I would just like to pay my respects to the city of Boston. I’ve lived not half an hour away from that amazing city all my life, and was truly saddened to hear of the horrible events that took place yesterday. Please join us at Haverzine in keeping those affected by this senseless act of violence in your thoughts. I know first hand that Boston is an amazing city that will come through this stronger then ever.

Thank you all again so much for your support,
Brian


We're bringing the goods

Haverzine, March 2013 edition




A bit of fun trivia to start off the morning – Haverzine first opened its doors to the general public after months in development on April 16th, 2012 – which means that, yes, Haverzine is under one month away from celebrating its very first birthday. While deciding how we would celebrate this momentous occasion (and whether we should get chocolate cake, or vanilla), it became clear to me that this was as perfect an opportunity as any to bring some big, important changes to the site – some which have been a long time coming, others which I’ll be the first to call “experiments”. I can’t even begin to admit to you how incredibly excited I am to begin this process – which is why I’ve decided not to wait, and to begin the celebrations today, right now, with the launch of the next “version” of our site, which I’ve taken to calling Haverzine 1.3.

You might have noticed that some things look a little different around here this morning. I can’t even begin to express to you the sheer amount of love and care we put into this redesign. Everything that was changed was changed for one reason – to create a better, more modern, rich experience for our readers. We know that the landscape around us has evolved in the last year, and we are more than ready to continue to revolve around it.

So what’s new exactly? We’ve gone to the drawing board on a few key concepts. As you can see, we’ve redesigned large portions of the layout – some changes, like the consolidation of the navigation bar and the logo bar were made to make the most out of the spacial limitations we have in a blog style layout. We’ve also increased contrast throughout the site using a better blend of dark and light colors. And of course we couldn’t help but through in a few visual niceties here and there – and because we’ve worked tirelessly over the last year to minimize site load times, you’ll barely see any decrease in performance. We will of course continue to work tirelessly to bring that number down even further in the weeks and months ahead.

We’ve also added a bunch of other improvements that are meant to delight – featured posts will now have their own unique post layout, individual categories have their own banners to give individual categories more importance, many images have been re-mastered for better visual quality, and more images across the site now support high DPI displays such as those found in the Nexus 10 or the Retina MacBook Pro – meaning Haverzine will look even better on more screens then ever. We’ve worked incredibly hard on bringing the best possible reading experience we can to our readers, and we hope that you love it as much as we do.

Now, the celebrations don’t stop with the launch of our updated layout – far from it. We’ve got plenty more tricks left in our bag which we’ll be launching in the coming weeks. One of the most important announcements we’re making tonight is that we will soon be launching a brand new section of the site where anyone will be able to write and submit their own opinion pieces. From there, we’ll review the submissions and pick the best or most interesting of them to be posted under a special section of the site. We don’t have a launch date (or even a formal name) for this just yet, but I definitely wanted to give any interested party a heads up now. Once you’ve completed your piece, you can email your submission to me at contact@haverzine.com starting now.

Finally, development is picking up on the long awaited Haverzine Mobile, which I’m pretty sure I’ve teased at numerous points in time for close to a century now. We hope to be able to give you a sneak peak at the new Mobile site soon, and hope to launch it before the end of Spring – so definitely stay tuned for that.

We’ll be making more announcements throughout the next couple of weeks as we cement the details, but we really do have a lot of great things planned that I’m truly excited about. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have such excellent readers, the number of which are growing every month. From the bottom of my heart thank you, and keep on rocking.

 


Gobble Gobble

Happy Thanksgiving!




Just a quick post wishing all of our readers a very Happy Thanksgiving! We’ll update periodically throughout the rest of the day if anything major breaks, and resume in a more full capacity tomorrow.

Thanks as always for visiting and being a part of our family, now go and celebrate with yours!


Welcome to Haverzine "1.2"

Haverzine, November 2012 edition




In a short couple of weeks, Haverzine will turn seven months old – just five months away from a full year. It’s actually insane for me to think about the site in those terms – this journey started much, much earlier for me. As I’ve recounted before, I began work on Haverzine in early February of this year and worked almost constantly day in and day out (around other obligations, of course) to plan and create a site and design that I knew that not only I, but all of us, could be proud of.

It’s insane to think that, as the calendar now reads November, I’ve now launched the second big update to the site – and almost certainly the largest since I first launched the site in April. I’ve taken to calling things by version names, so keeping with that tradition I’d like to welcome you all to Haverzine 1.2. There’s a lot new here.

You’ll notice that we’ve added a new widget in the sidebar to the right that gives you an up-front look at our five most recent featured articles without needing to scroll through the large image banner at the top, something I’ve been fiddling with the idea for some time now. Speaking of featured articles, I’ve also gotten rid of the border to the left and the right of the pager and increased the image that accompanies a both to take advantage of all the room the layout has to offer.

We’ve also added subtitles, which are in green on top of every article header, a way to give readers more information about articles at a glance. These are little snippets of information that don’t really belong in an article’s title, but still relevant to the overall of the story.

A lot of work has been put into decreasing the overall size and load times for the site over the months, and that’s really paid off here. All of these new features and site redesigns add next to nothing to load times, and are way under our original load times. Our intense focus on optimizing the site to be as fast as possible for those with slower connections remains as strong as ever, and we will continue to bring load times down in future updates.

Again, I’d like to thank every single one of you reading this right now for supporting the site in whatever capacity you have. Haverzine is around because we believe that the tech space needs a news site that focuses on quality, not quantity. We believe that when you create something truly special, it makes every second spent doing that thing all the more special. We’ll have more to announce on some exciting additions and changes before long, but until then, keep on rocking.


Join the cause this Breast Cancer Awareness Month




As many of our readers may be aware, all throughout the month of October people around the world band together to help put an end to one of the largest killers in the United States today, Breast Cancer. At Haverzine we’re keenly aware of the tragedy and devastation that Breast Cancer can and does bring to families all around the world.

It is estimated that, by the end of 2012, over 226,800 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in this one year alone, affecting both men and women. Over 39,500 people may die from breast cancer.

In order to help put an end to this, we’ve given Haverzine a fresh coat of brilliant pink paint to help to help raise awareness for the cause. For anybody interested, you can help this valiant cause by donating to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc today. Any donation, no matter how little or how much, helps.

I sincerely thank everybody for taking the time to read this and for supporting this tremendous cause, and for letting Haverzine be part of your day. Back to the tech!

 


Status Report: Haverzine, four months in




Hey everyone, just figured I’d put a quick post out there giving everybody a quick status report on the site. First – we’ve had an increasingly steady amount of growth since around May, with mid June being a peak as we launched our first foray into Facebook advertising, which resulted in a large amount of daily readers.

Some fun statistics for you – 39.37% of you are Google Chrome users, 19.06% of you are Apple Safari users, 18.67% of you are Firefox users, and 13.88% of you are Internet Explorer users, with the rest being various other smaller browsers. Most of you – 66.59% as a matter of fact – are Windows users, while almost all of the rest are Mac users.

Now for a big update – today we officially rolled out an updated version of our site and site design, Haverzine 1.1. I’ve focused on a couple of key points with Haverzine 1.1, including the following:

  • Improved site load times. We’ve optimized the layout to finish loading more quickly than before by making images smaller, reducing un-needed code, and replacing images with HTML/CSS wherever possible. This should result in a noticeable improvement.
  • Changed the site colors to have much, much better contrast for certain displays. While things tended to “blend” together on some displays and color profiles, things should be crisp, clear, and distinct now.
  • Changed individual post designs to have more attractive meta-data, and a better handling of tags.
  • Totally redesigned author pages, providing more information about the author of any given specific post including a short biography, the users’ avatar, existing posts, with more to come.
  • Updated most of the images on the site to be totally Retina Display display ready, making Haverzine one of the first sites on the netto make this a primary focus.
  • Removed the “social” badges in the header and replaced them with a drop down menu that’s cleaner looking and easier to update.
  • Added “Add to Homescreen” support on iOS devices, complete with a web app icon.

There’s plenty more little things here and there that you’ll notice while browsing the site, but these are a few I figured would be worth pointing out. We’ve also updated Haverzine to run on the newest version of WordPress, and updated all of the third party plugins we use. If you run into any issue, please let me know in the comments!

So what’s next for Haverzine? Well, now that the desktop site has been updated, I’m going to continue work on the new Haverzine Mobile that I’ve been teasing to those with good eyes, and work on improving the site for our iOS, Android, and Windows Phone users.

Finally, I’d like to thank everybody who has supported me and the site thus far – we’ve come a long way, but there’s still an even longer way to go with some additional announcements coming soon. Keep an eye out!