Contributed by Max Chiriac over the course of December 21st…
MIT discovers a new state of matter, a new kind of magnetism
Researchers at MIT have discovered a new state of matter with a new kind of magnetism. This new state, called a quantum spin liquid (QSL), could lead to significant advances in data storage. QSLs also exhibit a quantum phenomenon called long-range entanglement, which could lead to new types of communications systems, and more.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of December 20th…
- See Businesses Inside and Out
Your Twitter Archive
Fullfilling a promise made by Dick Costolo back in September, Twitter now allows you to download your entire back history of tweets in zipped-up JSON or CSV formats.
Best jQuery Plugins of 2012
Compiled by Henry Jones, a handy list of plugins that scroll portions of pages, arc any amounts of text, provide multi-touch suport, and more.
Cornell University Library installed a ”green sward” which remained there through December 14. Preety cool.
End Of The First Cycle
Warren Ellis wonders if the likes of Twitter and Facebook have peaked for the time being, where social media seemingly now calcifying into Big Media.
Contributed by Lauren Zacharias, Julian Moffatt, and Max Chiriac over the course of December 18th…
The Accidental Beauty of Winnipeg's Street System
An interesting look at how Winnipeg's street system came to be the way it is today.
Batch is 300+ Icons for Web & User Interface Design
Nice little set of icons. Bookmarked for future use.
From Apple Maps to Epic Hacks: The Year's Top Tech Fails
The year in review as far as failures in tech are concerned. I agree with most of them. Although I still have yet to get a wrong address out of Apple maps in iOS 6. I guess I'm just travelling in known routes.
12 Letters That Didn't Make the Alphabet
For typography and language curious individuals.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of December 17th…
HTML5 Definition Complete
W3C published today the complete feature complete definitions of the HTML5 and Canvas 2D specs.
Cisco to sell off Linksys
Originally purchased in 2003 for half a billion dollars, Cisco is offloading Linksys as it exits the consumer space, looking to focus on enterprise equipment.
Map Of The Internet
Internet Exchange Map maintains a map with the infrastructure of the internet, with info on 274 exchanges and 512 buildings.
Next year, Instagram will start sharing all your data with Facebook and Facebook-owned entities. Give it a read over... and remember that Flickr just released an update to its own iOS app.
Contributed by Lauren Zacharias, Julian Moffatt, Wil Alambre, and Max Chiriac over the course of December 14th…
Hobbit Dwarves Cheatsheet
The Hobbit part 1 comes out today. Here's a flowchart to help keep track of who's who.
Following yesterday's link over to Panic, here is a link to Lukas' work porting the underlying functionality to JS/CoffeeScript. Bookmarked to check out as soon as time permits.
One more marked to check out when time permits. This time with HTML 5 and JS.
The Web We Lost
An interesting article by Anil Dash, about modern web-services actually becoming more web-hostile over the last couple years, or as Jason Kottke put it, transforming from "brand to rand".
Apple updates System Status page
Apple has updated System Status page with more services and detaild timeline
The Inconvenient Truth About SEO
"In fact, we shouldnt be optimizing for search engines at all. We should be optimizing for people. After all, that is what Google is trying to do." Yup, pretty much sums up what we advise people when the subject of search engine optimization comes up.
Contributed by Wil Alambre, Julian Moffatt, and Dwayne Kristjanson over the course of December 13th…
- Pacific Rim, official trailer
- Paul McCartney and a Nirvana reunion
Google Maps for iPhone
If you've been having issues with Apple Maps, your long-awaited solution has finally arrived. Turn-by-turn directions, vector art, better esrach results, transit results, street view, and more.
- End Software Patents w/ Alex Tabarrok
1Password 4 for iOS
AgileBits has pushed up a new version for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. 1Password is a particular favourite here in the office, and the new interface is definately appreciated!
The Big Internet Museum
Put together by TBWA\NEBOKO, its an online-only museum featuring the internet, starting all the way back with the Pentagon's ARPAnet.
UChicago College Admissions Gets Indiana Jones Mystery Package In Mail
This is all kinds of awesome! Hope they keep it on display in a room dedicated to other Indiana Jones references over the years.
iTunes 11 and Colors
The folks at Panic take inspiration from iTunes 11 and look into what it takes to automatically select a colour scheme from an image file.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Lauren Zacharias over the course of December 10th…
Should You Hyphenate?
Eric Meyer writes about the recent CSS hyphenation support in several browsers, and asks whether this is a feature we should actually bother with.
Christie Street Improves on the Kickstarter Model
Where products are audited before the campaign is launched, and buyers can insure their pledge.
Retro Custom Action Figures
IN the old 1980s style, complete with blister packs. Lucky these weren't out when I was a kid, as I would have been buying every one of them! :D
- Burrito Bomber
University of Portsmouth researchers have made a database of bombs dropped on London during the WW2 blitz, and organized it onto an online map.
Google and Apple and Kodak
Google and Apple are teaming up to bid US$500 million for some of Eastman Kodak Co's 1,100 imaging patents.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Lauren Zacharias over the course of December 7th…
Pantone, in its annual tradition, has announced its official colour of 2013.
Google has given YouTube a redesign, bringing it closer to Google+ and Google Now in look, and pushing original channels to the forefront.
I... I don't know if I can resist buying these... and turning all our office supplies into adorable cartoon characters! :D
A video trip through coral reef that's lit by it's own fluorescence
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Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of December 5th…
Findings from Cameron's Deep Sea Expedition
During the American Geophysical Union’s annual conference, James Cameron presented initial findings, which include giant crustaceans and a possible alzheimer’s drug.
Foldify coming to the App Store Soon
Um … my house will be FULL of 3D printed characters. I'm not going to tell my girls that I have this app and plan to just start leaving 3D creations about the place!
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Dwayne Kristjanson over the course of December 4th…
The project is simple. A $50 a month budget, access to the Wordnik API, Phantom JS, and some randomly made purchases. Darius Kazemi doesn't know what he's got until the package arrives.
Why The Daily Failed
John Gruber looks at the tablet-only publication and why it didn't work out. Or, looking at it another way, how it taught us what could work.
Lots of new features in the long awaited update, but the biggest one (or, at least the most appreciated) has to be support for retina display.
Teach Kids Regular Expressions
Cory Doctorow makes the case for treating regular expressions as a foundational skill. So, basically reading, writing, arithmatic, and regexps.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Lauren Zacharias over the course of December 3rd…
Difference Engine in Gigapixel
A unique gigapixel image of the Babbage Difference Engine at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Beautiful.
The pope has his own Twitter account. I really want to see @DalaiLama start taking advantage of the #AskPontifex hashtag, to see where that conversation would go :)
Posters Designs By Pinball
Sam van Doorn's design grad project uses a pinball machine as a semi-random plotter to make some pretty awesome posters.
- Landings at San Diego Int Airport
Startups From Hell
An open-source HTML5 game