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WhatsApp growth continues with 700m users sending 30bn daily messages

Facebook-owned messaging app added 300m active users in 2014, as it prepares to introduce voice calls in 2015<p>Smartphone messaging app WhatsApp has reached a new milestone: 700 million monthly active users, who are sending 30 billion messages every day.<p>Chief executive Jan Koum published the figures …

Messaging

Presenting the Best of CES 2015 winners!

One week in Vegas, several halls filled with tech, but only one official Best of CES Awards. After a few tortuous nights of shouting at each other, debating the merits of each of our finalists, we eventually decided on our winners. Congratulations to all our finalists and winners, and to anyone …

Shazam is Making its Way to Retailers with Augmented Reality

Most people will know Shazam as that app you use when you hear a song and don’t know who it’s by. In 2014, the company focused on making its app more purposeful by adding a social recommendation aspect and Rdio and Spotify integration, in which users can scroll through a feed of artists related to …

Distributed news: How BuzzFeed curates stories for social platforms

BuzzFeed uses a one to 13 ranking system to prioritise between platforms and decide where a story should be published

Social Media

Everyone loves food videos: Tastemade targets the world

More than 70 percent of Tastemade’s audience is international, without even trying. Now the digital network plans to expand its global footprint even …

Advertising

Understanding the value of UX

If you are at all involved with any type of online business, you have most likely seen the term <i>UX Design</i> used and abused. You’ve probably heard …

UX Design

30% off Amazon Promotional Codes & Promo Codes 2018

UP TO<p>30%<br>Off<p>Staff Pick<p>Click through this link to find your Amazon Promotional Codes for home goods, electronics, beauty, grocery, and more.<p>50%<br>Off<p>Staff …

Shopping

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ISPs

Beautiful Photos of India's Culturally Rich Railroads

World traveling photographer Steve McCurry, who is probably best known for his <i>Afghan Girl</i> photo, shares a stunning set of images offering some insight on the commuting lifestyle of the people in India. The series, simply titled <i>Trains</i>, presents the life of Indian commuters and travelers, many of …

Trains

Photoshop Tutorial – How to get Great Skintones with your Digital Photography

Good skintones. The search for the holy grail of digital photography. I have been banging our heads against the wall for years trying to perfect “THE …

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Hi-Res Images Online to the Public

The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently made public an extensive archive of 400,000 high-resolution images available for download and non-commercial use. Divided into categories ranging from Asian Art to European Paintings to American Decorative Arts to overall Highlights, the collection is a …

Art

Brilliant New Dating App "Settl" Guaranteed to Find You a Husband

"There's nothing wrong with the men on Settl, they're just normal guys with characteristics I'm now willing to overlook."<p>You're tired of dating. Your parents want grandchildren. You just want to meet someone and settle down before your younger sister does. <i>Saturday Night Live</i> understands, which is …

Relationships

A brief history of social media (the stuff you probably didn't already know) and 4 predictions of its future

Whenever I get asked what my favorite book is, I always reply The Pirates Dilemma.<p>The book tells the story of punk, disco, hip-hop, graffiti, and how modern technology has made the ideas and innovations of youth culture increasingly intimate and increasingly global at the same time.<p>It’s truly …

The Brain

Is This the Future of Fashion Week?

How you feel about virtual reality likely depends on a few factors. One, your history as a tech early adopter; two, your desire to spend even more time staring deeply into a screen; and three, whether you’ve been burned before (Google Glass, anyone?). But for the fashion industry, for whom …

Street Photography

7 Tips On Emotional Storytelling, Pixar-Style, From The Writer Of “Inside Out” And “The Good Dinosaur”

Meg LeFauve wrote on both 2015 Pixar movies. Here she talks to Co.Create about developing characters, the power of vulnerability, and more.<p>Earlier this year, Funny or Die put out a video suggesting that Pixar movies are created for maximum tear-extraction in a Sadness Lab. A lot of people who …

Web Design

Dating site matches users based on what they read on Reddit

Dating sites claim to find you your most best matches, but if those sites don’t take into account your Reddit history, are they really doing their …

Internet

Colors And Contrast In User Interface Design

In the design world, the generally accepted rule is that a design is successful to the extent in which people are using it. For instance, if a sofa …

UI Design

Seven Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World Forever

When someone asks me what I do, and I tell them that I’m a futurist, the first thing they ask “what is a futurist?” The short answer that I give is …

Google Glass

User Experience Design Immersive

Jump to:<p>Learn From UX Experts<p>Attend classes designed and taught by some of the industry’s best UX designers.<p>Build Your Portfolio<p>Apply your UX skills …

UX Design

I Asked 10,000 Users to Meet With Me. Here's What Happened.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>During a recent product development meeting, a smart team member posed the question, “What do people actually want?" then suggested the obvious: "We should talk to prospective customers.”<p>A noble idea, right? So, we started brainstorming …

Customer Service
Computer Science

Creating Wireframes That Wow

In this article we’ll examine wireframes; what they are, the different types of wireframes that you can create, and some practical advice about how …

Prototypes

10 Reasons Why NYC Is the Best During the Holidays

Millions of tourists flock to New York each winter to celebrate the most magical time of year in a metropolis that certainly knows how to put on a show. From Washington Square Park to the Chrysler Building, the city’s beloved landmarks get all dressed up for the season. Rooftops sparkle in the …

Google Says Local Search Result That Buried Rivals Yelp, TripAdvisor Is Just a Bug (Updated)

That move that looks like we're killing rivals? A glitch!<p>Over the weekend, executives from public Internet companies Yelp and TripAdvisor noted a disturbing trend: Google searches on smartphones for their businesses had suddenly buried their results beneath Google’s own. It looked like a flagrant …

Local Search

Blogging 101: How to Rapidly Increase Your Traffic (Without Spending a Dime)

<i>This post was originally published on Unsettle.org and written by Sue Ann Dunlevie from SuccessfulBlogging.com</i><p>You love your blog.<p>You enjoy writing weekly posts. You've experimented with doing an occasional podcast episode. You've even tried video.<p>You put your heart and soul into delivering the very …

Storytelling with Infographics: Where to Start

My love for this profession is more of a sickness. Those of us that have this illness, can’t resist the temptation to dig in, play and visualize …

Infographics