Adobe Makes Designing for Mobile a Bit Easier with ThemeRoller for jQuery Mobile


The jQuery JavaScript library is one of those tools that most regular users never notice, but that has made creating mobile websites significantly easier for developer over the last few years. For a while now, there has been a design tool called the jQuery ThemeRoller that made it easier for developers to create a consistent design for their apps. Today, Adobe – together with the Filament Group – is launching the first public beta of the mobile version of ThemeRoller for jQuery Mobile. With this WYSIWYG tool, users can easily build a mobile theme, download it and share it with others without ever having to touch the code itself.


The design options include tools for creating CSS gradients (to make your buttons look better, for example) and the ability to create up to 26 unique “color swatches” within a single theme. The jQuery blog features a full run-down of the apps’ features.

Another nifty features of ThemeRoller is that it integrates with Adobe’s Kuler App Service. This provides even those developers with very little design sense with libraries of interesting color sets developed by the user community there.

Once finished, developers can then download their creations for use in their own project. You can also collaborate on designs by sharing a URL to your theme with your friends and coworkers.

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Easy Hack Allowed Anybody to Remove Domains From Google’s Index


Google’s Webmaster Tools are a collection of handy utilities for website owners to check how Google sees their sites, report moved sites and check on search engines stats for their domains. Today, however, UK-based developers James Breckenridge also found a way to use this tool to remove any domain from Google’s index with just a simple copy and paste hack. Google is already blocking this attack, so while you may be able to think of a few sites you don’t want Google to ever find again (either yours or others), it’s now too late to use this exploit.

Here is how Breckenridge explained the hack:

The process was actually very simple and just required some minor modifications to a URL, followed by a form submission.

Edit the following URL:{YOUR_URL}/&urlt={URL_TO_BLOCK}

Replace in the URL above: [list]

  • {YOUR_URL} = A URL you control within Webmaster Tools
  • {URL_TO_BLOCK} = The URL of the site you want to block:
    • You can request removal of the following:
      • Site – Provide top level domain (E.g.
      • Section – Provide URL of the folder (E.g.
      • Page – Provide URL of the page (E.g. [/list]

Given the importance of having your site listed in Google’s index, it is surprising that a massive issue like this went undetected for a potentially very long time. It’s not clear if anybody else had already found and exploited this issue before Breckenridge reported it, but given how easy this hack was, I wouldn’t be surprised.

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New ICANN Rules Will Soon Spawn Plethora of New Web Suffixes, But Will Users Care?


For the small application fee of $185,000 and $25,000 per year, you will soon be able to buy your own generic top-level domain. Top-level domains (TLDs) are the .com’s, .net’s, edu’s and others that we’ve become so accustomed to. Until now, if you were Microsoft or CNN, you couldn’t register .cnn or .msft, even if you were willing to pay a lot for it, as the organization in charge of administering these domains did not allow for these kinds of vanity domains. Now, however, in what could turn out to be a history decision (at least in Internet terms), ICANN’s board has given the green light for these new generic TLDs. (more…)

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