Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of September 29th…
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has joined Twitter. And he's only following one other account.
How to make your own bootable El Capitan USB install drive
With OS X 10.11 El Capitan schedule to be released tomorrow (September 30), Ars Technica reminds us of the handy ways to make your own bootable USB drive. And you're in luck, because it's not hard to make one.
Google is back with new flagship Android smartphones: the 5.2-inch Nexus 5X from LG, and the Nexus 6P from Huawei. Both will debut in October and come with the latest Android OS, Marshmallow.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of September 28th…
"Under certain circumstances, liquid water has been found on Mars"
In a new Nature Geoscience paper, published online today, Lujendra Ojha and his colleagues present “smoking gun validation” that liquid water flowing on Mars’ surface formed “recurring slope lineae,” patches of precipitated salt that appear to dribble down Mars’ steep slopes.
How Much Of Your Audience Is Fake?
"It was like we’d been throwing our money to the mob," Amram says. "As an advertiser we were paying for eyeballs and thought that we were buying views. But in the digital world, you’re just paying for the ad to be served, and there’s no guarantee who will see it, or whether a human will see it at all."
$ traceroute bad.horse
Its incredible the amount of effort a fan will go to sometime :)
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of September 25th…
- Daft Punk Unchained, trailer
- Pebble Time Round
Noun Project Unlimited Icons w/ 2 Year Subscription
Currently available for forty bucks US. Thats 83% off the usual $9.99 a month subscription fee.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt, Wil Alambre, and Max Chiriac over the course of September 22nd…
New animation inspector features in Firefox 44
A look at the new animation inspector in Firefox 44. Nice.
VW's Emissions Cheating Found by Curious Clean-Air Group
“I personally am deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our customers and the public,” Volkswagen Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn said in a statement on Sunday. “We will do everything necessary in order to reverse the damage this has caused.”
How a Dancing Baby Struck a Blow for Balanced Copyright Law
The user rights of Canadians are already well-protected. The Canadian Supreme Court has ruled that the Canadian version of fair use – known as fair dealing – is a “user’s right” that should be interpreted in a broad and liberal manner. In other words, the need to balance creator rights and user rights is an integral part of Canadian law.
Lift Top is a portable device that will transform any desk or table into a fully height-adjustable sit-stand workstation.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of September 21st…
Kickstarter Focuses Its Mission on Altruism Over Profit
Yancey Strickler and Perry Chen announced on Sunday that Kickstarter was reincorporating as a “public benefit corporation,” a legal change they said would ensure that money - or the promise of it - would not corrupt their company’s mission of enabling creative projects to be funded.
Seth Godin on Ad Blocking
"And advertisers have had fifteen years to show self restraint. They've had the chance to not secretly track people, set cookies for their own benefit, insert popunders and popovers and poparounds, and mostly, deliver us ads we actually want to see. Alas, it was probably too much to ask."
A list of creative exercises for creative teams
Pretty fun list of creativity exercises the team at FourSquare does during their Friday afternoon creativity meetings.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of September 17th…
"Your attention is a valuable product."
Nilay Patel writes an article describing how iOS 9's support for ad blockers are not actually about "user experience of news" but in fact about "money and power in Silicon Valley", and how media sites like the Verge are just "collateral damage". Right.
List Of iOS 9 Content Blockers
Speaking of iOS 9 and ad blocking, Dave Mark over at the Loop provides a list of currently available content blockers approved and in the App Store, as ell as providing brief instructions on how to install/manage them.
Amazon Announces 7-inch Fire Tablet For $50
Amazon are all but giving away 7-inch tablets for a mere fifty dollars US. In fact, if you buy five of them, they'll give you a sixth for free.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of September 15th…
- Jungle Book, teaser
Nescafe has lost faith in the dotcom and is betting big on Tumblr instead
"The Nestle-owned brand is hoping the move to Tumblr will engage it with a younger demographic and open it up to more user-generated content in a way that the traditional website doesn’t allow for." I can see the logic. Why build a custom website and then fight for shares on social media when you can just build your website on a social media platform to begin with.
US ISPs don't have 1st Amendment right to edit Internet
"ISPs are conduits for the speech of others; they are not delivering their own messages when they connect their customers to the Internet, the FCC argued. Rules against blocking and throttling Internet content thus do not violate the ISPs’ constitutional rights, the FCC said."
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of September 14th…
- StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, opening cinematic
Watch last week's Apple product announcement in full through Youtube.
BC Court Ruling Offers Strong Defence of Internet Keyword Advertising
According to a recent British Columbia court decision, the keyword advertising model is legal and there is little to stop competitors from using the ads to attract users to their websites. The case, which pitted Vancouver Community College against Vancouver Career College, provides advertisers with assurances that an aggressive keyword strategy will not lead to legal liability under Canadian trademark law.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of September 11th…
MacDown is an open source Markdown editor for OS X, released under the MIT License. It is heavily influenced by Chen Luo’s Mou. This is how it looks:
Astropad for iPad
We were just talking about this after the Apple iPad Pro announcement yesterday. You know what, an Apple Pencil, iPad Pro and Astropad might be decent enough that I can stop dreaming about an Cintiq.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of September 10th…
The Node.js team has just put together a final stable release of Node v4.0.0. "New to Node.js, we also have first-class support for ARM processors. Our test suite must be continually passing on ARMv6, ARMv7 and the new 64-bit ARMv8 processors. So Node.js is officially ready for use by hobbyists and ARM server users alike."
National Geographic sold to Rupert Murdoch
After 127 years under the ownership of a non-profit, the magazines, websites and other media assets are being shifted to a new company majority owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox.
NASA releases entire 1970s Graphics Standard Manual online for free
The manual is famous for introducing NASA's "Worm" logo, as well as outlining how the logo should be placed on various NASA materials. No formal announcement or press release accompanied the download, so it's not clear what prompted it.
Results from the Subtraction.com Design Tools Survey
The questions asked about the preferred software that designers are using today for tasks like brainstorming, wireframing, user interface design, prototyping and more.
New species of ancient human discovered in South African cave
Scientists have announced the discovery of 15 partial skeletons belonging to what is thought to be a previously unknown species of ancient human.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Max Chiriac over the course of September 8th…
Mozilla Releases Preview of Firefox Browser for iOS
According to Mozilla, the first round of public testing has started in New Zealand. People with iOS devices can download the public release of Firefox and test it on their iPhone or iPad.
The New Arcades
There seem to be two dominant business models for game arcades in 2015: run it as a museum and/or sell beer. And even then, it's tricky.
Pop economics and the rebirth of the cover song
It's not just because of searches and the artistic equivalent of SEO, but because there is an economic engine to support them.
Tech giants team up to create next-gen video codec
The Alliance for Open Media consists of Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Netflix, and it's working to deliver next-generation tools it says will be royalty-free and open source... likely driven in part by demands for royalties from the industry group HEVC Advance, which is making patent claims on a successor to the popular H.264 codec that is capable of transmitting 4K video at half the current bandwidth.
Google to penalize sites for popup ads
"After November 1, mobile web pages that show an app install interstitial that hides a significant amount of content on the transition from the search result page will no longer be considered mobile-friendly."
A proposal to replace London Trains with Moving Walkways
Contributed by Max Chiriac and Julian Moffatt over the course of September 1st…
Rogers, TELUS, Bell in Tight Race for Top Wireless in Winnipeg: RootMetrics
According to RootMetrics the wireless network in Winnipeg, represented by top three carriers is great. I know some people who would disagree.
Apple Music, Beats 1, and How to Make a Superstar You Can Own
Grantland on how Beats 1 Radio is the new MTV.