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Four short links: 28 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 28, 2014

UK Government to Sell Its Students’ Data (Wired UK) — The National Pupil Database (NPD) contains detailed information about pupils in schools and colleges in England, including test and exam results, progression at each key stage, gender, ethnicity, pupil absence …

Four short links: 22 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 22, 2014

How a Math Genius Hacked OkCupid to Find True Love (Wired) — if he doesn’t end up working for OK Cupid, productising this as a new service, something is wrong with the world. Humin: The App That Uses Context to …

Four short links: 5 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 5, 2013

Deducer — An R Graphical User Interface (GUI) for Everyone. Integration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) Roadmap (PDF, FAA) — first pass at regulatory framework for drones. (via Anil Dash) Bitcoin Stats — …

Four short links: 16 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 14, 2013

Scientific Data Has Become So Complex, We Have to Invent New Math to Deal With It (Jennifer Ouellette) — Yale University mathematician Ronald Coifman says that what is really needed is the big data equivalent of a Newtonian revolution, on …

Going Beyond onload: Measuring Performance That Matters

By Mike Petrovich
October 10, 2013

We’re not making web pages anymore; we’re building web applications. Gone are the days of a few script tags in the <head>. Apps today are a complex web of asynchronously-loaded content and functionality. In the past decade, we’ve progressed from …

Four short links: 2 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 2, 2013

Instant Translator Glasses (ZDNet) — character recognition to do instant translating, and a UI that turns any flat surface into a touch-screen via a finger-ring sensor. draw.io — diagramming … In The Cloud! Airmail — Mac gmail client with offline …

Upward Mobility: Android for iOS Developers, Part 2

By James Turner
June 18, 2013

When we last left our application, it was running on the emulator, but didn’t do much.  This week, we’ll add some more controls to our activity and wire up some functionality. As a reminder, activities are roughly equivalent to view …

Four Simple Rules to Avoid DisplayMetrics Antipatterns in Android Code

By Zigurd Mednieks
June 6, 2013

The DisplayMetrics Red Flag A search of GitHub returns more than 42,000 hits for the class name DisplayMetrics. This is a red flag. Although there are safe and valuable uses for this information, a quick look at the code using …

Building Modern Web Apps, Build 2013, TechEd North America, and More

By Jenn Webb
May 27, 2013

Each Monday, we round up upcoming event highlights from the programming and technology spaces. Have an event to share? Send us a note. Modern Web Applications Utilizing HTML5 APIs webcast: Ido Green covers techniques and tools for building great “modern” …

Strata Week: Are customized Google maps a neutrality win or the next “filter bubble”?

By Jenn Webb
May 17, 2013

Google aims for a new level of map customization Google introduced a new version of Google maps at Google I/O this week that learns from each use to customize itself to individual users, adapting based on user clicks and searches. …

Location, Location, Location

By Elisabeth Robson
April 30, 2013

Everyone knows you add JavaScript to your page by putting your <script> element at the top of your HTML page, right? Not so fast. In part two of Head First JavaScript Programming Teasers, Eric explains the nuts and bolts of …

Yet another JavaScript book?

By Elisabeth Robson
April 23, 2013

Eric Freeman and I are writing a new book: Head First JavaScript Programming, and to go along with it, we’re creating a series of teaser videos to give you a taste of what’s coming in the book, and a chance …

HTML5 makes offline web apps possible

By Jenn Webb
April 16, 2013

With advances in HTML5, web apps no longer require an Internet connection — thanks to HTML5′s support of client-side storage, web apps now can run offline in today’s browsers. “An HTML5 offline application is simply a website that has been …

Four short links: 16 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 16, 2013

Triage — iPhone app to quickly triage your email in your downtime. See also the backstory. Awesome UI. Webcam Pulse Detector — I was wondering how long it would take someone to do the Eulerian video magnification in real code. …

Digital publishing and the loss of intimacy

By François Joseph de Kermadec
April 9, 2013

Reading used to be an intimate experience. Even Amazon, the pioneer in digital publishing, branded its Kindle with a child reading alone under a tree. Books were specially designed to disappear into the background as much as possible, helped by …

Mobile native publishing: The rise of dynamic content services

By Mark Sigal
March 25, 2013

One reason that industry disruptions prove so vexing to market leaders is that disruptive waves simultaneously barrel through assumptions about customer needs, industry economics and operational best practices. Consider the case of the motion picture business, an industry that was disrupted …

PlayTales one year later

By Kate Shoaf
March 5, 2013

In March 2012, Joe Wikert posted an interview with a new bookstore app startup called PlayTales. Since then the app market has continued to grow, and PlayTales along with it.  My name is Kate Shoaf, PlayTales’ PR and communications manager, and I’d …

The People’s EBook

By Kat Meyer
March 1, 2013

“What the photocopier was to zines, we hope the People’s E-Book will be to digital books.” – Greg Albers Working for TOC, I meet and talk to people from all over the world who are doing incredible things to transform …

Commerce Weekly: Isis Wallet/NFC payments struggle for a foothold

By Jenn Webb
January 10, 2013

Here are a few stories that caught my attention in the commerce space this week. NFC-enabled Cashwrap case equips iPhone with Isis At the 2013 International CES this week, Incipio and AT&T announced the launch of Cashwrap, an NFC-enabled iPhone …

Four short links: 25 December 2012

By Nat Torkington
December 24, 2012

RebelMouse — aggregates FB, Twitter, Instagram, G+ content w/Pinboard-like aesthetics. It’s like aggregators we’ve had since 2004, but in this Brave New World we have to authenticate to a blogging service to get our own public posts out in a …

Next Issue: Why I recommissioned my old iPad

By Joe Wikert
December 13, 2012

I had to take my first-gen iPad out of mothballs for this one. I’m talking about the Next Issue service and app. Like most of you I’ve let my print magazine subscriptions lapse over the past several years. I spend …

Books as apps deserve serious consideration

By Chris Rechtsteiner
December 6, 2012

While following FutureBook 12 recently (#fbook12) a topic came to mind that I feel needs to gain additional traction: Books as apps play an important role vs. existing ebook platforms. This is a frightening future for many in publishing (and for many …

Four short links: 29 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 28, 2012

Is It The Internet of Things? — we’ve moved from “they ignore you” to “they laugh at you”. Next up, “they fight you”, then finally the earless RFID-enabled location-aware ambient-sensing Network of All wins. (via BERG London) The 2012 We …

San Francisco looks to tap into the open data economy

By Alex Howard
October 19, 2012

As interest in open data continues to grow around the world, cities have become laboratories for participatory democracy. They’re also ground zero for new experiments in spawning civic startups that deliver city services or enable new relationships between the people …

Four short links: 16 October 2012

By Nat Torkington
October 16, 2012

cir.ca — news app for iPhone, which lets you track updates and further news on a given story. (via Andy Baio) DataWrangler (Stanford) — an interactive tool for data cleaning and transformation. Spend less time formatting and more time analyzing …

Commerce Weekly: An early look at who’s who in Passbook

By Jenn Webb
September 27, 2012

Here are the commerce stories that caught my attention this week. Passbook’s early merchants Apple’s iOS 6 launched last week, bringing the Passbook feature to iPhones, and merchants from all walks of industry have started jumping on board. Target was …

Mobile developers, integration, and discovery are what count now

By Chris Vander Mey
September 13, 2012

The iPhone 5 may or may not be the most beautiful handheld device, but it barely matters anymore. Competitors have rendered its beauty and craftsmanship irrelevant. Amazon has received the message and responded with its latest set of tablets, and …

Four short links: 24 August 2012

By Nat Torkington
August 24, 2012

Speak Like a Pro (iTunes) — practice public speaking, and your phone will rate your performance and give you tips to improve. (via Idealog) If Hemingway Wrote Javascript — glorious. I swear I marked Andre Breton’s assignments at university. (via …

Esther Dyson on health data, “preemptive healthcare” and the next big thing

By Alex Howard
July 26, 2012

If we look ahead to the next decade, it’s worth wondering whether the way we think about health and healthcare will have shifted. Will healthcare technology be a panacea? Will it drive even higher costs, creating a broader divide between …

Developing cross-platform mobile apps with C#

By Howard Wen
June 5, 2012

Web developer and author Greg Shackles reveals the advantages of using C# over C++ for writing mobile apps. He also explains why Android and iOS developers should give C# a serious look.

Publishing News: HMTL5 may be winning the war against apps

By Jenn Webb
June 1, 2012

Some are sticking with apps, but many publishers are choosing HTML5-based solutions; students at MIT have solutions for news; and Penguin and Macmillan tell the DOJ they weren't involved in price fixing.

Publishing News: HMTL5 may be winning the war against apps

By Jenn Webb
June 1, 2012

Some are sticking with apps, but many publishers are choosing HTML5-based solutions; students at MIT have solutions for news; and Penguin and Macmillan tell the DOJ they weren't involved in price fixing.

Four short links: 1 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 1, 2012

BeWell App (Google Play) -- continuously tracks user behaviors along three key health dimensions without requiring any user input — the user simply downloads the app and uses the phone as usual. Finally, someone tracking my behaviour for my own good. Met 3D -- the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts its first 3d printing and scanning hackathon. [O]n June...

Why I haven't caught ereader fever

By Jenn Webb
May 18, 2012

Ereaders may have their place now, but shifts toward the web and HTML5 make the iPad a wiser and more enduring choice for digital reading.

Why I haven't caught ereader fever

Why I haven't caught ereader fever
By Jenn Webb
May 18, 2012

Ereaders may have their place now, but shifts toward the web and HTML5 make the iPad a wiser and more enduring choice for digital reading.

Profile of the Data Journalist: The Data News Editor

By Alex Howard
May 15, 2012

John Keefe (@jkeefe) is a senior editor for data news and journalism technology at WNYC public radio, based in New York City, NY. He attracted widespread attention when an online map he built using available data beat the Associated Press with Iowa caucus results earlier this year.

Profile of the Data Journalist: The Data News Editor

By Alex Howard
May 15, 2012

John Keefe (@jkeefe) is a senior editor for data news and journalism technology at WNYC public radio, based in New York City, NY. He attracted widespread attention when an online map he built using available data beat the Associated Press with Iowa caucus results earlier this year.

Publishing News: Another publisher ends its app fling

By Jenn Webb
May 11, 2012

The publisher of MIT's Technology Review talks apps and HTML5, RWW's Antone Gonsalves reviews B&N's chances of survival, and Amazon hires Sara Nelson.

Publishing News: Another publisher ends its app fling

Publishing News: Another publisher ends its app fling
By Jenn Webb
May 11, 2012

The publisher of MIT's Technology Review talks apps and HTML5, RWW's Antone Gonsalves reviews B&N's chances of survival, and Amazon hires Sara Nelson.

Four short links: 8 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 8, 2012

Gmail Vault -- app to backup and restore the contents of your gmail account. (via Hacker News) Leaving Apps for HTML5 (Technology Review) -- We sold 353 subscriptions through the iPad. We never discovered how to avoid the necessity of designing both landscape and portrait versions of the magazine for the app. We wasted $124,000 on outsourced software development....

Mobile web development isn't slowing down

Mobile web development isn't slowing down
By Mac Slocum
April 30, 2012

Over the last two years, mobile web development has continued its rapid evolution. In this interview, Fluent speaker and "Programming the Mobile Web" author Maximiliano Firtman discusses the short-term changes that caught his attention.

What if ebook DRM goes away tomorrow?

By Joe Wikert
April 27, 2012

Abandoning DRM won't change the publishing landscape unless B&N, Kobo and others force the issue through innovative devices and apps. In fact, Joe Wikert says that same innovation can occur with or without DRM — so why wait?

What if ebook DRM goes away tomorrow?

By Joe Wikert
April 27, 2012

Abandoning DRM won't change the publishing landscape unless B&N, Kobo and others force the issue through innovative devices and apps. In fact, Joe Wikert says that same innovation can occur with or without DRM — so why wait?

Visualization of the Week: Clustering your social graph

Visualization of the Week: Clustering your social graph
By Audrey Watters
April 6, 2012

This week's visualization clusters your Facebook friends based on shared education, location, occupation, and interests.

Visualization of the Week: Clustering your social graph

By Audrey Watters
April 6, 2012

This week's visualization clusters your Facebook friends based on shared education, location, occupation, and interests.

The vision behind Yahoo's Cocktails platform and Livestand app

By Joe Wikert
March 26, 2012

In this TOC podcast, Yahoo architect fellow and VP Bruno Fernandez-Ruiz shares Yahoo's vision of the Cocktails platform and Livestand project. He also says Mojito, a component of Cocktails, soon will be open sourced.

The vision behind Yahoo's Cocktails platform and Livestand app

The vision behind Yahoo's Cocktails platform and Livestand app
By Joe Wikert
March 26, 2012

In this TOC podcast, Yahoo architect fellow and VP Bruno Fernandez-Ruiz shares Yahoo's vision of the Cocktails platform and Livestand project. He also says Mojito, a component of Cocktails, soon will be open sourced.

No more book app sifting: PlayTales designed its bookstore within an app

By Joe Wikert
March 21, 2012

In this TOC podcast, Anna Abraham, marketing and PR manager at PlayTales, talks about what makes PlayTales unique and describes how they've embraced the opportunities in children's ebook publishing.

No more book app sifting: PlayTales designed its bookstore within an app

No more book app sifting: PlayTales designed its bookstore within an app
By Joe Wikert
March 21, 2012

In this TOC podcast, Anna Abraham, marketing and PR manager at PlayTales, talks about what makes PlayTales unique and describes how they've embraced the opportunities in children's ebook publishing.

What is Dart?

What is Dart?
By Kathy Walrath
March 21, 2012

Dart is a new structured web programming platform designed to enable complex, high-performance apps for the modern web. Kathy Walrath and Seth Ladd, members of Google's developer relations team, explain Dart's purpose and its applications.


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