Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of June 29th…
Canada Day 2015
Access Winnipeg lists some of the activites and festivals that will be happening in Winnipeg this Wednesday.
2240 Bottle Caps
A Fallout fan sent Bethesda over two thousand bottle caps (the currency iof the game's post apocalypse setting) as "payment" for pre-ordering the upcoming sequel. And it looks like Bethesda has agreed to honor it!
El Capitan, in Google Street View
No, not Apple's new operating system, but the mountain in Yosemite National Park in California. Join Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold, and Tommy Caldwell on a 3000 foot interactive journey.
- Hotel Transylvania 2, trailer
DuckDuckGo traffic soars in wake of Snowden revelations
“What consumers don’t really understand is that their data is being leaked for other reasons they don’t even realise.”
Contributed by Julian Moffatt and Wil Alambre over the course of June 25th…
Why empty states deserve more design time
Excellent article about why you need to pay attention to empty states. Design friends have a read.
Cloud Source Repositories
Earlier this year, Google started offering beta access to Cloud Source Repositories, a new service for storing and editing code on the Google Cloud Platform. A new competitor for Github and Atlassian.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of June 23rd…
- Design Space, an open-sourced HTML5-based interface app for Photoshop
- News Lab, by Google
YouTube has partnered up with social news agency Storyful to create YouTube Newswire, a curated feed of newsworthy eyewitness videos of the day, verified by a team of editors.
Test your color vision
A simple game by iGame to test your ability to differentiate subtle variances in colors. With each level passed, the difference in color becomes subtler and it will become more difficult to locate the inconsistent box.
Google Music launches ad-supported streaming music tier
Today the company is launching a free, ad-supported tier that offers curated playlists (a la Songza) designed to accompany every moment of your day.
After six years, Gmail offically adds "undo send" as an option. You can choose between 5, 10, 20 and 30 second windows of unsendability.
Design of the Year 2015
Human Organs-on-Chips, designed by Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute, has won the Design Museum Design of the Year Award for 2015.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of June 17th…
Suck On This
In other words, the Canadian government will not intervene on behalf of the intellectual property lobby’s efforts to curtail critical speech using dot-sucks domains.
Understanding The Emotional Response
When someone barks at you because their business process must change or you’ve presented a concept that doesn’t match their mental framework, it’s easy to take their words personally and get agitated. But people have a right to experience emotions. How do we turn challenging outbursts into productive conversation?
California Says Uber Drivers Are Employees, Not a Contractors
"Defendants hold themselves out as nothing more than a neutral technological platform, designed simply to enable drivers and passengers to transact the business of transportation," the ruling states. "The reality, however, is that defendants are involved in every aspect of the operation."
Serious OS X and iOS flaws let hackers steal keychain, 1Password contents
Researchers have uncovered huge holes in the application sandboxes protecting Apple's OS X and iOS operating systems, a discovery that allows them to create apps that pilfer iCloud, Gmail, and banking passwords and can also siphon data from 1Password, Evernote, and other apps.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Lauren Zacharias over the course of June 16th…
Bing To Encrypt Search Traffic
Its been optional up until now, but Microsoft will encrypt traffic on its search engine by default starting this summer. Google introduced encryption-as-standard in 2011, and Yahoo did the same in 2013.
Privacy Advocates Walk Out In Protest Over US Facial Recognition Code Of Conduct
"This should be a wake-up call to Americans: Industry lobbyists are choking off Washington's ability to protect consumer privacy."
Soylent Comes to Canada
Soylent, the self-purported fully nutritious meal replacement mixture, announces they are now shipping to Canada.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of June 15th…
- Dishonoured 2, E3 trailer
- Doom, E3 trailer
- Mass Effect Andromeda, E3 announcement trailer
- Gears Of War 4, E3 gameplay preview
- Metal Gear Solid V, E3 trailer
- Star Wars Battlefront, multiplayer gameplay, E3
- The Last Guardian, E3 trailer
- Horizon Zero Dawn, E3 trailer
- Firewatch, E3 trailer
After seven months of hibernations, the European Space Agency's Philae lander, stranded and alone somewhere on Comet 67P, has woken up and has "more than 8000 data packets" to relay back to Earth.
Introducing San Francisco
Sign in with your Apple ID associated with your Apple Developer Program membership to download the latest beta versions of the San Francisco fonts.
Adobe Announces 2015 Creative Cloud Updates
Artboards for Photoshop CC, face tracking for After Effects CC, a new intergrated Adobe Stock service, and many more improvements across the entire line. Rolling out today.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of June 12th…
Beset With Failures, Google Tries to Breathe New Life Into Android One
"With little room for innovation, Android One offered at best an opportunity for volume, with narrow profit margins and little way for each company to stand out from one another."
Design Tools Survey Preliminary Findings
Khoi Vinh closed his web survey and posted some of the preliminary findings. We look forward to seeing it all in more detail!
Contributed by Julian Moffatt and Wil Alambre over the course of June 11th…
Ratchet and Clank for PS4 Announced
Ooooh! One of my favourite franchises of all time. Apparently they are making a movie as well. Spring 2016 for both.
- Oculus Rift reveal
- Oculus Rift E3 game trailers, Step Into The Rift
Offically announced for September 10 - 13 in Portland, Oregon. An experimental festival celebrating independently produced art and technology.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt and Wil Alambre over the course of June 10th…
Adventure Time Bacon Pancakes New York remix
Just heard New York by Jay-Z in the office and someone brought up the Adventure Time version. Now I will never not hear bacon pancakes.
Many tech startups are just making up their profit and revenue numbers
"No one is really checking the numbers."
Contributed by Julian Moffatt and Wil Alambre over the course of June 8th…
This looks pretty good.
Apple - Music
Yes. With a paid membership you can save music for offline listening. I will be kicking the tires on the Apple Music service June 30. Even from Canada.
Open Source Swift
Apple announced that Swift 2 - the compiler and standard libraries, the whole codebas - will become available under an open-source license by the end of the year.
A graveyard collection of failed start-ups and linked stories of why they didn't make it. Read, learn, and perhaps avoid their mistakes.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of June 5th…
Contributed by Max Chiriac, Wil Alambre, and Julian Moffatt over the course of June 4th…
How to clear HSTS Settings in Major Browsers
For clearing SSL certificate that implemented HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security) in major browsers.
Steam Hardware Available for Pre-Order
Including the Steam Controller, the Steam Link, and the Steam Machines.
No Good Can Come of Bad Code
Jeffery Zeldman answers a question on good code practices and good code standards. "Your company’s survival is tied to the ability of the products it makes to work in situations you haven’t imagined, and on devices that don’t yet exist."
30 Endangered Species, 30 Pieces.
Amazing CSS site. Take a modern browser and go now.
PayPal gave itself the right to robocall you for any damn reason it pleases
...from phone numbers you may or may not have given it, and apparently, it also gave itself the right to pass along those same rights to its affiliates it likes. "You consent to receive autodialed or prerecorded calls and text messages from PayPal at any telephone number that you have provided us or that we have otherwise obtained . . . . (PayPal) may share your phone numbers with our Affiliates or with our service providers, such as billing or collections companies, who we have contracted with to assist us in pursuing our rights."
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of June 2nd…
- The Good Dinosaur
Firefox Puts You in Control of Your Online Life
Firefox Accounts, Firefox Hello, Pocket, screen sharing, and more, in the latest version of Mozilla's browser. Plus, new performance tools in the Firefox Developer Edition.
Microsoft Buys 6Wunderkinder
MS officials purchases the developer of Wunderlist for an undisclosed price. Microsoft's Eran Megiddo wrote. "It further demonstrates Microsoft’s commitment to delivering market leading mobile apps across the platforms and devices our customers use - for mail, calendaring, messaging, notes and now tasks."
67 out of 70
Transportation Security Administration screeners allowed banned weapons and mock explosives through airport security checkpoints 95 percent of the time, according to the agency's own undercover testing.
New exploit leaves most Macs vulnerable to permanent backdooring
Vilaca's exploit works by attacking the BIOS protections immediately after a Mac restarts from sleep mode.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of June 1st…