Contributed by Dan Steele over the course of May 26th…
ActivityPub: a standard for the federated social web
The ActivityPub protocol is a decentralized social networking protocol. It provides a client to server API for creating, updating and deleting content, as well as a federated server to server API for delivering notifications and content.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of May 19th…
Twitter abandons Do-No-Track privacy protection
With the advertisers and privacy advocates unable to agree on basic principles, DNT increasingly offered users no privacy protection worth the name.
Dutch king reveals double life as an airline pilot for KLM
For 21 years, King Willem-Alexander has taken to the skies twice a month to ferry passengers around on short-haul services for the Dutch airline KLM.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of May 18th…
- Star Trek Discovery, first look trailer
Manton Reece and Brent Simmons have developed JSON Feed, a format similar to RSS and Atom but in JSON. The spec is at version 1, and it reflects the lessons learned from their years of work reading and publishing feeds.
Android O beta
Google has announced the second Android O device preview. This version is officially a "beta," which means it will automatically go out to anyone enrolled in the Android Beta Program.
Google Assistant for iOS
Users will be able to open up the Google Assistant app, press the voice button, and speak to the Assistant. At launch, it is only available in the US.
Kotlin on Android
Kotlin is a new programming language built by JetBrains. Like Java, Kotlin is a language that runs on the JVM (Java Virtual Machine), and it's already possible to use it and many other JVM languages for Android development. Official Google support will be a huge boost for the nascent language and will presumably make working with Kotlin on Android a lot more natural.
Facebook Adjusts Algorithm to Bury Clickbait
Facebook on Tuesday rolled out new changes to its algorithms that determine what posts users of the social network see in their feeds. The new changes increase the scrutiny of posts linking outside Facebook and reduce the visibility of posts with "clickbait" headlines by pushing them further down users' news feed page.
Today Cultured Code launched the long-anticipated next version of its task management app, Things, for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Things has been one of the go-to task managers on Apple platforms since its initial release in 2008, and for good reason; the team at Cultured Code is known for the thought and care they put into their apps. For much of its life, Things has been a shining example of quality iOS and macOS development.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt over the course of May 11th…
I Got Rejected by Apple Music... So I Redesigned It
So design student Jason Yuan decided to redesign Apple Music as a pet project. Excellent write up and nice work.
Tesla is taking orders for their solar roofing tiles. Hmmm…
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of May 10th…
Microsoft Build 2017, Livestream
Today and tomorrow morning, Microsoft will be offering a video livestream from its Build developer conference taking place in Seattle. On Wednesday, May 10, the keynote begins at 8 am Pacific (11 am Eastern). On Thursday, May 11, the keynote will start at 8:30 am Pacific. During the keynotes, we can expect a flurry of announcements around Windows, Cortana, HoloLens and mixed reality, cloud-computing, and Microsoft’s education-related initiatives.
Opera is Reborn
Opera Reborn has received a rather attractive new lick of paint, with refined tabs and a slightly more lively sidebar. So, instead of tabbing to another browser window to respond to a friend or colleague, the chat window is right there in front of you.
The Thunderbird Council will be managing all operations and infrastructure required to serve over 25 million users and the community surrounding it. The Mozilla Foundation will work with the Council to ensure that operational decisions can be made without substantial barriers.
Visual Studio for Mac
This version of Microsoft’s flagship development tool is based on the cross-platform IDE from Xamarin, which it acquired last March.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of May 5th…
Contributed by Julian Moffatt over the course of May 4th…
Someone Hit the Internet with a Massive Google Doc Phishing Attack
PSA: Don’t open any emails with links to google docs right now. Someone is on a phishing trip looking for all the credentials they can get their hands on.
Contributed by Wil Alambre, Julian Moffatt, and Lauren Zacharias over the course of May 3rd…
- The Dark Tower, trailer
- The Defenders, trailer
You're not going to believe what I'm about to tell you
The Oatmeal with a very easy to understand piece on the backfire effect and why our brains are hard-wired to defend our beliefs rather than look at new information. The drawings are funny too!
Fork for Git
Fork is a new (still in beta) Git client for MacOS. With its clean, intuitive UI it looks like a promising tool.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt over the course of May 2nd…
Doritos Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Soundtrack
Doritos has come out with a bag, that contains an MP3 player, audio jack and the sound track to Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2.
Marketplace.org has a nifty little page setup to show you what jobs will belong to robots, most likely before anyone reading this dies of old age.