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Hubii Personalized

Hubii’s latest additions are welcomed rewamps of the old Hubii site. As we talked about in our Incubating Hubii post, Hubii has undergone groundbreaking changes under the hood. Changes that will become more apparent in near future as well (stay tuned!).

Personalize your news now and signup for a Hubii account!

Personalize Hubii with your own account!

As our early adopters already know you could personalize Hubii by signing up for an account in order to add your own favorite online newspapers, magazines, blogs, and journals. This allowed you to have instant access to your favorite news outlets without the hassle of opening X amount of tabs to cover them all. Though long awaited, this has finally been reworked and made available again, and as before you can sign up, create your own Hubii account, or simply register using your Facebook profile.

To further increase the usability and your experience of Hubii we have made it possible to save articles for later. To do this you simply click the “Add to Read later” iconhubii-add-read-later-iconon your article card’s lower right corner. To remove articles from the Read later list simply click the Remove from Read later icon hubii-remove-read-later-icon.

Similar to the Read later, you can also subscribe to news publishers by clicking the Subcribe iconhubii-subscribe-publishernext to the publisher’s logo, again on the article card. All subscribed publishers will have a green check-markhubii-subscribed-publisheron their article cards. To unsubscribe you simply hover the check-mark and click the appearing iconhubii-unsubscribe-publisherto unsubscribe. Easy! To find your favorite publisher you simply enter your search criteria (e.g. New York Times), select Worldwide and Go!

Now that you know how to get your news organized there is one, but important thing, to note! Always remember to share your findings with your Facebook friends, Twitter followers and Google circles!








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Against the Stream

Europe Finalist Red Herring LogoTo our big surprise, Hubii was nominated for a Red Herring award, competing against thousands of companies across Europe. Being nominated without applying in the first place was one thing, but being shortlisted as one of the top 100 companies to compete for such a renowned price was simply mind-boggling.

Taking the prestigious nomination to heart we realized we had confirmation things were moving in the right direction, not forgetting on the right track. Maybe even on the track of something great, something beautiful, something that has the potential to change how we relate to news.

Even though Hubii did not win the prize, we consider Hubii a winner. We were nominated because we, as most other Red Herring nominees, dare to swim against the stream. We were nominated because we firmly believe there are better, more accessible, and faster ways of keeping news at your fingertips.

To the Red Herring nominations committee, thanks for taking us up for consideration. We thought it was a blast, and we enjoyed every minute of it.

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Incubating Hubii

Hubii had its first official release about a year ago when we released our beta version. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since, and our latest edition of Hubii has been released. It has been a busy year, a year spent revisiting the foundations of Hubii, validating our idea, talking to users and entrepreneurs with one goal in mind … Propelling Hubii from what it was to what we want it to become going through everything, from revisiting our business models and conceptual ideas to cleaning house from top to bottom.

First step in our validation process was to rethink the concepts and our understanding of what Hubii should be and become in a year, five years and so on. We have always stated that our focus is local and hyper-local news. Our idea of geo-positioning news is key to our business model, but more importantly key to our readers that want to know what is happening around them any given time.

Secondly, and probably the most time-consuming part was to rewrite Hubii from scratch. Fortunately this meant we had the opportunity to change technology too. Some of the major things we did were to replace Google maps with MapBox. Using MapBox was a big step for us as it allowed us to customize the map’s look and feel to fit our overall branding strategy, but more importantly have more control of the map and those features we build on top of it. Other notable changes was our decision to replace PHP and JavaScript with node.js and backbone.js which gave us a more future-proof solution, easing deployment of new features. Besides the visual parts of Hubii, we have focused on simplifying the user experience, minimizing the number of clicks it takes to discover news. Overall, we hope the user experience is more fluent and to-the-point than ever before.

Although we spent a lot of time improving the front-end, those changes could not be done without a major overhaul of the back-end. Early on in the phase of rewriting Hubii we made a decision to move from Sphinx to Solr, and quite literally never looked back. With Solr we can now provide a much faster, more diverse and more accurate search. Not only did we replace the search engine, but the database as well, replacing the all-to traditional MySql with MongoDB. Last, but not least, we created a brand new API to make it all work!

While our business model was verified, technology swapped and Hubii rebuilt we were also busy setting up offices to meet our immediate needs as a company. Late last year, as part of our incubator program with Innovation Norway, we setup a virtual office at the Innovation House Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, California. Early this year we also setup an office at Nyskapningsparken in Bergen, Norway.

All-in-all … a major operation was done the past year, all by a small team of entrepreneurs with big ideas and big hearts! Stay tuned … it is truly exciting times ahead!

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HTTP security headers

NNUG BergenTonight I attended a meeting organized by NNUG Bergen where André Klingsen (@klingsen) shared his insights with regards to web security and HTTP headers.

To summarise: a lot of problems in the realm of security issues can be avoided by simply adding (and removing) a few common headers from your web server’s responses.

The headers to add would include:

  • X-Frame-Options for avoiding common click-jacking exploits.
  • Content-Security-Policy for controlling acces to resources and avoid cross-site-scripting (XSS) attacks.
  • X-Content-Type-OptionsX-Download-Options for those that still need/want to support older IE versions and their plethora of issues.
  • Strict-Transport-Security for sites with SSL to avoid middleperson/man-in-the-middle attacks to a certain degree.

Some headers that you should make sure you remove are any that indicate which version of the software, framework, server or operating system your site is running on. I would say this is simply “security by obscurity” since there are other ways (like fingerprinting tools) that can determine alot of this, but why make it easier for an attacker than it have to be, right?

He also touched in on headers for controlling cookie visibility and how to make sure they are only visible to the web-browser (and not scripts) and how to ensure they are only included in requests that are encrypted. Used together with Strict-Transport-Security this provides a fairly good and easy setup for securing user sessions.

Using Fiddler and BeEF he also demonstrated a lot of the exploits possible if your site doesn’t have these headers, and how effectively attacks are prevented with them!

For details and rationale I highly recommend reading his blog-post.

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Install ImageMagick and Imagick in XAMPP – OS X Lion and Mountain Lion

Hi everyone, and welcome to Hubii Tutorial :-)

After 3 days burning my mind i´ll give you all the steps to configure ImageMagick and Imagick.

Forget warning like:

PHP Warning:  PHP Startup: Unable to load dynamic library ‘/usr/local/zend/lib/php_extensions/’ – dlopen(/usr/local/zend/lib/php_extensions/, 9): no suitable image found.  Did find: /usr/local/zend/lib/php_extensions/ mach-o, but wrong architecture in Unknown on line 0
dyld: lazy symbol binding failed: Symbol not found: _MagickWandGenesisReferenced from: /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/lib/php/php-5.3.1/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20090626/ Expected in: flat namespace

Configure ImageMagick and Imagick (WORKS 100%):


1# nano /opt/local/etc/macports/variants.conf
     Add +universal.

# Example: 
# +ipv6 +no_x11 

2# sudo port -v selfupdate
3# sudo port install ImageMagick
4# cd /Applications/xampp/xamppfiles/bin/
5# sudo pecl download imagick
6# tar -xzvf  imagic.3.0.1.tar
7# cd imagick-3.0.1
8# phpize
9# MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET=10.8 CFLAGS=”-arch i386 -arch x86_64 -g -Os -pipe -no-cpp-precomp” CCFLAGS=”-arch i386 -arch x86_64 -g -Os -pipe” CXXFLAGS=”-arch i386 -arch x86_64 -g -Os -pipe” LDFLAGS=”-arch i386 -arch x86_64 -bind_at_load”  ./configure –with-imagick=/opt/local –enable-shared
Note: Change 10.8 to 10.7 if you are on Lion. This step is very important!
10# make
11# sudo make install
12# cp /usr/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20090626/ /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/lib/php/php-5.3.1/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20090626/
13# nano /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/etc/php.ini

Restart XAMPP!

That´s all! Congratulation!
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Are you our next behemoth developer?

Hubii is an up-and-coming company that aims to disrupt the media industry. We are currently a small team of highly skilled and professional developers based in Norway and Spain. Hubii is partly self-funded and funded by Innovation Norway. Innovation Norway is the Norwegian Government’s most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry.


You will be developing our front and back-end solutions used to drive As a new developer you will, from day one, be a decisive factor in changing how people relate to, consume, share and create news.


You should be proficient in JavaScript, Backbone.js and node.js development. In addition you should be experienced in PHP and HTML5 developement.

Personal Qualities

You should be a team player, someone who values probity, knowledge and good communicational skills as your virtues. As a team player you should communicate with a clear voice, someone that stop it nothing to build simple, effective and well documented code, and that takes pride in aquireing the knowledge needed in order to make the right decisions.

We offer

Possibility to be part of a determined, slightly mad, team of professionals that see a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to disrupt the media industry by changing how we all relate to, consume, share and create news!

Want to explore how we define new media? Apply!

Apply for the position

If you truly are our new behemoth developer, send your application, a picture of yourself and CV to

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Keeping a low profile

Since we took Hubii out, the first week of December, we have been keeping a very low profile. The reason being was that we felt that there were some areas that required extra polishing and also we wanted to have completed the social side of Hubii before spreading the word. Hubii being in Beta version and considering most of the work has been funded by us, it was expected for some things to still be a bit rough. That is just natural.

With regards to the social side of Hubii, we felt that the most important step was to complete the first round of work which consisted in creating a product for the news reader where we present an innovative and different way to interact with the news. Once completed this step we have started with the other flip of the coin, that being the social functionality. We believe that, for Hubii to take off it was necessary to have that in place.

Having said that and having maintained a very low profile, it has been unavoidable to be spotted by different blogs and magazines and those writing about Hubii which in some cases has generated a considerable amount of traffic. It is flattering indeed and we very much welcome every single blog post about Hubii.

Now, we would like to let our visitors and users know that we are working 24×7 in improving Hubii and that their feedbacks are always welcome and taken into consideration so, feel free to let us know your thoughts with regards to how can we improve Hubii to turn it into the product you want to use on a daily basis. We are working on a bunch of very interesting features, and enhancements, that we believe will be of your interest, so keep tuned.

Thank you for your time and support.

The Hubii Team.

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Share the News, Share Hubii

A new feature was recently added to Hubii, making it easier for you to connect with your Facebook friends and share Hubii. Simply log on to Hubii, click the Invite Friends button and allow your Hubii account to connect with your Facebook account. From your list you can invite all your friends to read and share news more effectively. Share the News, Share Hubii!

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Simplifying Hubii

Since last update we have taken yet another step towards a simpler, faster and more effective Hubii. All in an effort to make reading news a smooth and enjoyable experience! So, what have we done?

First of all we have removed a menu bar, giving you more space to search for, and most importantly, read news. The menu bar now contains the following items; Home, Mapazine, About, Login and Search. Home takes you to the news browser where you can browse the map for news and subscribe to your favorite publishers. Your profile information with login and language settings are now moved to the far right along with the search.

Mapazine, as before, contains all the publishers you subscribe to, but since we’ve removed the extra menu bar we’ve conveniently moved the news categories to the bottom of the page making it easily accessible for you to quickly filter by your favorite categories. Not only that, but when reading a full article, articles from subscribed publishers are still available on the left-hand side, meaning you no longer have to switch back to the Mapazine view to find another article to read.

Though small, we hope you like the changes we’ve done. If you want to share your thoughts on Hubii you can always reach us by sending your own feedback using the Feedback button on the right-hand side within Hubii. Hope you enjoy the new layout.


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Improving Hubii’s design

We have been rather busy this last month battling on different fronts therefore we haven’t been around our blog too much; too bad, we know.

A couple of days ago we took out a first set of changes concerning the News Browser and the Mapazine. These changes affect how the articles are being presented to the user. Thus, the old horizontal and column-wide article items format has been replaced instead for a two column format where each article item gains visual relevance.

This relevance is mainly seen in two aspects; the news category it belongs to and the image (if the article contains one).

Thus, with the blink of an eye is rather easy to identify and locate the news category the article covers as it is indicated at the very top of the article item as seen on the following image

New Article Format

Furthermore, the image of the article item has now a much higher relevance. Thus, instead of being an small thumbnail located on the top left of the article item as it used to be previously, now it cover the full width of the article item highlighting the image and captivating our attention.

It can also be seen that the new format has enhanced the visual and reading experience of the Mapazine as it can be seen on the following screenshot

We believe these changes shall improve the browsing experience of our users and we feel it gives Hubii a much better and fresh look; we hope you like them.

Please feel free to send us your comments and also let us know if you have any thoughts with regards to how to improve your Hubii experience.


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