Daniel Zhao

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Appcelerator Titanium

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Creating A Website Data Report: Three Degrees Of Separation

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WordPress Performance Improvements That Can Go Wrong

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Opera Max App Review

Opera Max is being released in open beta to users around the world. It’s from the makers of the popular Opera Browser and they’re known for coming out with some pretty good applications. Is this app worth your time? In this review, we’ll find out. As usual, you can read it below or watch it …

Apps

Instead Of Giving Google Your Data For Free, Now You Can Donate It For Good

The GoodData is a co-op that aims to allow people to take control of their data and harness what it’s worth–for a good cause.<p>The Internet knows everything about you: where you shop, what you like, your age, race, the sex stuff. The Internet also knows how to make money from what it knows. Every …

How To Run Live User Testing, Part 3: The Debrief

<b>Editor’s Note</b>: <i>Brenden Mulligan is a co-founder and designer at Cluster, and previously created Onesheet, MorningPics, ArtistData, and others. This is the final part of a three-part series on how live user testing is run at Cluster in preparation for the next release of their iOS and Android …

Chris Burch & Others Put $1 Million Into Split, An App For Avoiding Your Exes And Others You Don’t Want To See

Split, a newly launched “anti-social” application and competitor to the recently buzzed about app Cloak, is offering yet another way for users to tap into their social networks in order to avoid other people, instead of connecting with them. The app is backed by $1 million in seed funding, which …

Video discovery app ShowYou adds Chromecast support, gets smarter about finding you great content

ShowYou is now one step closer to becoming the ideal personalized TV service.<p>Remixation, the company behind ShowYou, is today adding support for Google’s Chromecast stick on its iOS and Android apps, which gives ShowYou yet another way to pipe content to your television. (It already supports …

The slow death of the iPod

The iPod is in terminal decline. Apple’s first new blockbuster product of the 2000s helped reinvigorate the Cupertino tech giant from its 90s era slumber and set it on the path to greatness. But sales of the device that transformed the MP3 player industry have been falling at a rapid pace. They hit …

Artificial Intelligence startup Vicarious grabs $40M from Zuckerberg, Musk, Kutcher, & others

Vicarious, a company that produces artificial-intelligence technology, has closed a fresh $40 million round of funding today that includes a handful of notable investors like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Tesla founder Elon Musk, and actor/investor Ashton Kutcher.<p>Vicarious’ tech focuses on …

The Credit Card Industry Is Huge and Bloated, Creating Opportunities For Payments Startups To Prosper

That's why the whole electronic payments system is such an attractive target for mobile- and cloud-based payments startups. If they could channel even a sliver of that volume, that translates to millions or hundreds of millions in revenue. But the credit card payments system has evolved into a …

FinTech

Report: Apple may build an iTunes Android app, launch Spotify rival

Apple (S AAPL) executives are looking for ways to deal with declining digital music sales, and options discussed with record label executives …

WhatsApp Rival WeChat Passes 355M Monthly Active Users

With 450 million active users each month and 1 million new sign-ups per day, WhatsApp is indeed the world’s most popular messaging app.<p>However, figures revealed today show that WeChat is catching up. WeChat’s parent company, Tencent, released its earnings report today revealing that the combined …

Steve Jobs's 7 Rules for Working the Media

The late co-founder of Apple had a masterful way of handling reporters and editors. Here are some of the techniques he used so well.<p>Steve Jobs, the late Apple co-founder and CEO was a master businessman and showman. His way of combining apparent simplicity with an unrelenting demand for quality …

This is Healthbook, Apple’s major first step into health & fitness tracking

Seven years out from the original iPhone’s introduction, and four years past the iPad’s launch, Apple has found its next market ripe for reinvention: the mobile healthcare and fitness-tracking industry. Apple’s interest in healthcare and fitness tracking will be displayed in an iOS application …

How Google’s Redesigned Search Results Augur A More Beautiful Web

Google’s revamped search results page ditches underlined links. It’s a small tweak that means a lot to the web.<p>If you’ve searched anything on Google in the last day–and chances are you have–you might have noticed something different. The company’s newly designed search results page has ditched the …

The rise of mobile-first infrastructure

In a recent “Silly Things in IT” blog, I cheekily proposed the mission statement for IT Infrastructure:<p>I exist to run applications. I shall run them …

The generation dependent on the phone charger

<b>The European Parliament is voting on whether to have a single charger for all phones. Shorter battery lives mean many are prisoners to their chargers, notes Harry Low.</b><p>It's a common sight. We see people plugging in at airports, on trains and in the office. Charging hubs have been springing up at …

European Parliament

Google rolls out a new option to curb in-app purchases in Android games

Following a recent lawsuit, and inquiry by the European Commission about protections for in-app purchases, Google's begun offering new controls for shoppers on its Play Store to restrict how those transactions are made. A new version of the Play Store adds the option to require a password each and …

A New Survey Reveals Which Social Media Brands People Are Most Attached To

And we’re not talking about “liking,” apparently. To clarify, attachment, which is at the core of Brand Dependence research methodology, refers to …

Social Media

Motorola adds new colors and accents to Moto X for March Madness

The newest additions to Moto Maker are basketball inspired: in time for March Madness, Motorola has released nine new back colors and three new accent colors for the Moto X that match popular college basketball teams. The company is offering a $60 discount to anyone with an .edu email address who …

Instagram reportedly signs $100M ad deal with big agency Omnicom

Instagram (s FB) only started showing ads in users’ streams last fall, but now it’s ramping up the program quite a bit: The company has signed a big …

Building Clickthrough Prototypes To Support Participatory Design

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Rethinking Responsive SVG

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BlackBerry Changes Approval Date for BlackBerry 10 App Incentives

BlackBerry has been caught changing the end date on its BlackBerry 10 app program from March 4, 2014 to March 4, 2013. As a result, developers who built apps with the expectation of receiving bonus payouts for their efforts are being left out in the cold.<p>A few developers started to notice the …

T-Mobile Discovers No One Wants A BlackBerry Anymore

T-Mobile ran a promo last month calling for BlackBerry owners to trade in their device for an iPhone 5s. Zero down. It was legitimately a good deal. But BlackBerry fanboys took the offensive and attacked. BlackBerry’s CEO followed suit and went on to call T-Mobile’s promotion “inappropriate” and an …

Yahoo Is Putting A Stop to Facebook And Google Log-Ins

Yahoo started allowing users to log in to its services with their Facebook and Google IDs in 2011, but now it is putting an end to that, starting with the sign-in process for Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick’Em.<p>A Yahoo spokeswoman tells TNW: “This new process, which now asks users to sign in with a Yahoo …

The Secrets of Social Media in China

The huge Chinese audience offers nearly limitless opportunities for social media businesses, but there's a lot to learn about the market before you can cash in.<p>Last month, social media giant Facebook acquired messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion, reportedly to help the social media company …