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Four short links: 9 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 9, 2014

Jasper Project — an open source platform for developing always-on, voice-controlled applications. Shouting is the new swiping—I eagerly await Gartner touting the Internet-of-things-that-misunderstand-you. DeepBeliefSDK — deep neural network library for iOS. (via Pete Warden) Microsoft Spectrum Observatory — crowdsourcing spectrum …

Four short links: 1 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 1, 2014

Connected for a Purpose (Jim Stogdill) — At a recent conference, an executive at a major auto manufacturer described his company’s efforts to digitize their line-up like this: “We’re basically wrapping a two-ton car around an iPad. Eloquent critique of …

Four short links: 5 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 5, 2014

$1 Gesture-Recognizing Device (GigaOm) — the AllSee is the size of a quarter, harvests RF for power, and detects the variations in signal strength caused by gestures. A Conversation with Sydney Brenner — The thing is to have no discipline …

Four short links: 14 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 14, 2014

Bitcoin: Understanding and Assessing Potential Opportunities (Slideshare) — VC deck on Bitcoin market and opportunities, long-term and short-term. Interesting lens on the development and gaps. Queensland Police Map Crime Scenes with 3D Scanner (ComputerWorld) — can’t wait for the 3D …

Four short links: 13 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 13, 2014

The Common Crawl WWW Ranking — open data, open methodology, behind an open ranking of the top sites on the web. Preprint paper available. (via Slashdot) Felton’s Sensors (Quartz) — inside the gadgets Nicholas Felton uses to quantify himself. Myo …

Four short links: 4 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 4, 2014

UX Fundamentals, Crash Course — 31 posts introducing the fundamental practices and mindsets of UX. Why We Love Persona And You Should Too — Mozilla’s identity system is an interesting offering. Fancy that, you might have single-sign on without Single …

Transcending UIAlertView on iOS 7

By Matt Neuburg
January 30, 2014

Of all the new features and APIs that iOS 7 provides to developers, none, in my opinion, is as important from a user interface perspective as custom view controller transitions, the ability to insert your own animation when a view …

Four short links: 23 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 23, 2014

Microsoft Research Adopts Open Access Policy for Publications — +1 Light Table is Open Source — this matters because these experiments in semantic interactivity inform technical UIs of the future, and the more ubiquitous this code is then the more …

Four short links: 13 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 13, 2014

s3mper (Github) — Netflix’s library to add consistency checking to S3. (via Netflix tech blog) Powerup Smartphone-Controlled Paper Airplane — boggle. You know the future is here when you realise you’re on the Internet of Trivial Things. clmtrackr (Github) — …

Four short links: 10 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 10, 2014

Software in 2014 (Tim Bray) — a good state of the world, much of which I agree with. Client-side: Things are bad. You have to build everything three times: Web, iOS, Android. We’re talent-starved, this is egregious waste, and it’s …

Four short links: 7 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 7, 2014

Pebble Gets App Store (ReadWrite Web) — as both Pebble and MetaWatch go after the high-end watch market. Wearables becoming more than a nerd novelty. Thinking About the Network as Filter (JP Rangaswami) — Constant re-openings of the same debate …

Four short links: Jan 1 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 1, 2014

Witrack — tracks the 3D motion of a user from the radio signals reflected off her body. It works even if the person is occluded from the WiTrack device or in a different room. WiTrack does not require the user …

Four short links: 27 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 27, 2013

Intel XDK — If you can write code in HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript*, you can use the Intel® XDK to build an HTML5 web app or a hybrid app for all of the major app stores. It’s a .exe. What …

Four short links: 13 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 13, 2013

Bunnie Huang Live (YouTube) — talk given at the Make:Live Stage at Maker Faire NYC, covering his experiences and advice for getting hardware made. (via Makezine) Bill Gates’s Best Books of 2013 — interesting list! The Robots are Here (Tyler …

Four short links: 12 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 12, 2013

iBeacons — Bluetooth LE enabling tighter coupling of physical world with digital. I’m enamoured with the interaction possibilities: The latest Apple TV software brought a fantastically clever workaround. You just tap your iPhone to the Apple TV itself, and it …

Four short links: 26 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 26, 2013

The Death and Life of Great Internet Cities — “The sense that you were given some space on the Internet, and allowed to do anything you wanted to in that space, it’s completely gone from these new social sites,” said …

Four short links: 19 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 19, 2013

Why The Banner Ad is Heroic — enough to make Dave Eggers cry. Advertising triumphalism rampant. Udacity/Thrun Profile — A student taking college algebra in person was 52% more likely to pass than one taking a Udacity class, making the …

Four short links: 14 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 14, 2013

TPPA Trades Away Internet Freedoms (EFF) — commentary on the wikileaked text of the trade agreement. Deep Learning 101 — introduction to the machine learning trend of choice. Large Scale Rapid Prototyping Robots — an informal list of large rapid …

Accessibility: Why I hate checklists

By Katie Cunningham
November 13, 2013

Every time I give a talk about making accessible websites, I get the following question: “What checklist do you use to make sure a site is accessible?” My response always surprises them: “I don’t use a list.” Why not? There …

Four short links: 4 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 4, 2013

A Game Designer’s Guide to Google Glass (Gamasutra) — nice insight that Glass is shovelware-resistant because input is so different and output so limited. (via Beta Knowledge) Be Polite, Pertinent, and Pretty (Slideshare) — design principles from Dopplr. (via Matt …

Knowing and Understanding Your Audience

By Laurie Petrycki
October 18, 2013

I had the opportunity to sit down with Laura Klein (@lauraklein) and talk about the importance of creating effective user experiences. Laura is a UX expert and consultant. She stresses the need to figure out what works by talking to …

Four short links: 17 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 14, 2013

Pencil — An open-source GUI prototyping tool that’s available for ALL platforms. lmctfy — open source version of Google’s container stack, which provides Linux application containers. ASCII WWDC — searchable full-text transcriptions of WWDC sessions. Cryptogeddon — an online infosec …

Four short links: 14 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 14, 2013

An Interactive Machine Learning System for Recognizing Hand Gestures (Greg Borenstein) — a mixed-initiative interactive machine learning system for recognizing hand gestures. It attempts to give the user visibility into the classifier’s prediction confidence and control of the conditions under …

Four short links: 7 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 7, 2013

The Thing System — connects to Things in your home, whether those things are media players such as the Sonos or the Apple TV, your Nest thermostat, your INSTEON home control system, or your Philips Hue lightbulbs — whether your …

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 …

Making the Leap to iOS 7

By Matt Neuburg
September 18, 2013

As a bewildered Dorothy says in the movie The Wizard of Oz, “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.” When you open your iOS 6 project in Xcode 5 and run it in the iOS 7 simulator, you’ll know instantly …

Four short links: 4 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 4, 2013

MegaPWN (GitHub) — Your MEGA master key is supposed to be a secret, but MEGA or anyone else with access to your computer can easily find it without you noticing. Browser crypto is only as secure as the browser and …

Four short links: 3 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 2, 2013

Achieving Rapid Response Times in Large Online Services (PDF) — slides from a talk by Jeff Dean on fanout architectures. (via Alex Dong) JS MESS — porting the stunning MESS ultimate emulator to Javascript. Interesting challenges like Chrome currently has …

Four short links: 2 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 2, 2013

sifter.js — library for textually searching arrays and hashes of objects by property (or multiple properties). Designed specifically for autocomplete. (via Javascript Weekly) Tor Users Get Routed (PDF) — research into the security of Tor, with some of its creators …

Four short links: 22 August 2013

By Nat Torkington
August 20, 2013

bletchley (Google Code) — Bletchley is currently in the early stages of development and consists of tools which provide: Automated token encoding detection (36 encoding variants); Passive ciphertext block length and repetition analysis; Script generator for efficient automation of HTTP …

Purposeful Design Principles for Behavior Change

By Laurie Petrycki
August 15, 2013

Steve Wendel (@sawendel) is the Principal Scientist at HelloWallet where he develops applications that help users take control of their finances. He’s also currently writing Designing for Behavior Change. I recently sat down to talk with Steve about the importance …

Investigating the state of UX and UI design in tech

By Jenn Webb
August 8, 2013

The last major shift in design arguably occurred in the 90s as print design gave way to web design, and designers suddenly had to deal with web safe colors, alias fonts, and the information design challenges of a non-sequential medium. …

Four short links: 26 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 26, 2013

Good UI — easily digested tips for improving UIs. (via BERG London) Mapping Millions of Dots — tips like The other thing that goes along with this brightness scaling is to draw fewer dots at lower zoom levels. By the …

Four short links: 22 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 22, 2013

The Anti-Virus Age is Over — for every analyst that an AV company hires, the bad guys can hire 10 developers. 3D Printing’s 2014 Renaissance (Quartz) — patents on sintering about to expire which will open up hi-res production. Happened …

Rotating a UIView in 3D

By Rachel Roumeliotis
July 22, 2013

Jon Manning (@desplesda) and Paris Buttfield-Addison (@parisba) are co-founders of Secret Lab and authors of the forthcoming Learning Cocoa with Objective-C, 3rd Edition. They’ll be speaking at OSCON this week in Portland, OR. Here they explain how to rotate a …

Four short links: 12 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 12, 2013

How Well Does Name Analysis Work? (Pete Warden) — explanation of how those “turn a name into gender/ethnicity/etc” routines work, and how accurate they are. Age has the weakest correlation with names. There are actually some strong patterns by time …

Four short links: 11 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 11, 2013

Sifted — 7 minute animation set in a point cloud world, using photogrammetry in film-making. My brilliant cousin Ben wrote the software behind it. See this newspaper article and tv report for more. Vehicle Tech Out of Sync with Drivers’ …

Four short links: 4 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 4, 2013

ansible — Model-driven configuration management, multi-node deployment/orchestration, and remote task execution system. Uses SSH by default, so no special software has to be installed on the nodes you manage. Ansible can be extended in any language. The Golden Age of …

Four Qualities of Successful In-House Innovation Teams

By Jeff Gothelf
July 2, 2013

One of the most common questions I get about applying lean ideas to product design and development is, “How can I make this happen in my organization?” Between entrenched corporate silos and existing team management structures, it can seem impossible …

Human-Centered Design May Be What Makes Your App Stand Out

By Rachel Roumeliotis
June 27, 2013

Tony Santos, (@tsmuse) is a User Experience Lead at Mozilla and OSCON 2013 Speaker. We talk about Human-Centered Design and how it can make all the difference. NOTE: If you are interested in attending OSCON to check out Tony’s talk …

Mobile First? Not So Fast!

By Laura Klein
June 19, 2013

Are we done with the Mobile First meme, yet? Can we be? Please? Look, don’t get me wrong. I fundamentally agree with a lot of the thoughts behind the annoying catchphrase “mobile first.” For example, I agree that mobile devices …

Four short links: 20 June 2013

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2013

Wormhole — Facebook’s pub/sub system. Wormhole propagates changes issued in one system to all systems that need to reflect those changes – within and across data centers. Nanocubes — Fast Visualization of Large Spatiotemporal Datasets. Sean Gourley on Relevance (YouTube) …

Getting to Signature Moments with Microinteractions

By Dan Saffer
June 17, 2013

Microinteractions are the small pieces of functionality that are inside or around features. They are brief, single use-case moments. Turning off the ringer on your phone is one example. While no one buys a phone for the ability to turn …

Four short links: 17 June 2013

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2013

Weekend Reads on Deep Learning (Alex Dong) — an article and two videos unpacking “deep learning” such as multilayer neural networks. The Internet of Actual Things — “I have 10 reliable activations remaining,” your bulb will report via some ridiculous …

The Power of a Private HTTP Archive Instance: Finding a Representative Performance Baseline

By Barbara Bermes
June 13, 2013

Be honest, have you ever wanted to play Steve Souders for a day and pull some revealing stats or trends about some web sites of your choice? Or maybe dig around the HTTP archive? You can do that and more …

Four short links: 10 June 2013

By Nat Torkington
June 10, 2013

Anatomy of Two Memes — comparing the spread of Gangnam Style to Harlem Shake. Memes are like currencies: you need to balance accessibility (or ‘money supply’) and inflation. Gangnam Style became globally accessible through top-down mainstream sources (High Popularity), but …

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 …

Four short links: 5 June 2013

By Nat Torkington
June 5, 2013

OATV Fund III Pitch Deck (Slideshare) — contains a list of what they were investing in, and what they want to invest in with the new round. Then: Quantified self; Internet subsystems; Smart networks of things; Manipulation and visualization of …

Laura Klein’s Six Reasons Founders Should Learn UX Design Now

By Laura Klein
May 28, 2013

I know, I know. Founders and entrepreneurs are already being told that they need to learn how to code, hire, raise money, and get customers. Screw that. What founders and entrepreneurs should really do is learn how to build a …

Four short links: 22 May 2013

By Nat Torkington
May 22, 2013

XBox One Kinect Controller (Guardian) — the new Kinect controller can detect gaze, heartbeat, and the buttons on your shirt. Surveillance and the Internet of Things (Bruce Schneier) — Lots has been written about the “Internet of Things” and how …


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