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New Web trends: immersive interaction design

Aside from the visual appeal, animations more importantly transition users between states of content. Transitions are the glue holding together all animated effects. How does the user get from one state to the next? What does each different state ask or tell the user to do? A smooth transition …

UI Design

Google Now Owns A Good Chunk Of SpaceX

Google’s expected investment in the commercial space-flight venture SpaceX took on substance Tuesday, when the startup announced a fresh $1 billion investment courtesy of the search giant and Fidelity. The two new investors will now own just under 10% of SpaceX.<p>This funding will further research …

'Bigger than Heartbleed': Bash bug could leave IT systems shellshocked

Just months after Heartbleed made waves across the Internet, a new security flaw known as the Bash bug is threatening to compromise everything from major servers to connected cameras.<p>Attackers can potentially take over the operating system, access confidential information, make changes.<p>Tod Beardsley

Information Security

Amazon rolls out Kindle Unlimited subscription service

The new service offers more than 600,000 Kindle e-books and thousands of Audible audiobooks for $9.99 a month.<p>Amazon has unveiled a new subscription service dubbed Kindle Unlimited that offers all-you-can-eat e-books and audiobooks for $9.99 per month.<p>Launched Friday, Kindle Unlimited lets you …

eBooks

Edward Snowden Wants You To Ditch Dropbox For This Service

He thinks Dropbox, the cloud storage firm with over 200 million users, is "hostile to privacy," and urged people to switch to what he calls more-secure storage services like SpiderOak.<p>"Dropbox is a targeted wannabe PRISM partner," Snowden told The Guardian. "They just put Condoleezza Rice on their …

21 of the Best B2B Growth Hacks

<i>David Arnoux is Head of Growth and co-founder of Twoodo, helping teams organize using simple #hashtags. This post originally appeared on the Twoodo blog.</i><p>As you are all probably tired of hearing by now, growth hacking is not simply a series of tricks or tactics, but a mindset to do what it takes to …

Behind the Scenes with LinkedIn's Open Source Chief

On a recent visit to LinkedIn’s Mountain View headquarters, I sat down with three of the company’s engineers to talk through different aspects of its business. For the first article in this behind the scenes series, we’ll hear from VP of Engineering Alex Vauthey, who heads up monetization …

Material world: how Google discovered what software is made of

“It is a sufficiently advanced form of paper as to be indistinguishable from magic.”<p>Matias Duarte, vice president of design at Google, is telling me about the central principle of Material Design. It’s the unifying metaphor behind Google’s new design direction, providing a unified set of physics …

Project Ara: our best look yet at Google's new modular smartphone

This week in Mountain View, Google held its first-ever developer conference for Project Ara. Developed by a small team within the company called ATAP staffed with ex-DARPA engineers and some of the brightest minds at Google, Ara is a mission to make a modular smartphone. It'd be the last phone you …

Future big data analysts will know everything you did today

Debates are raging about whether big data still holds the promise that was expected or whether it was just a big bust. The failure of the much-hyped Google Flu Trends to accurately predict peak flu levels since August 2011 has heightened the concerns.<p>In my mind, there is no doubt that data …

La Belle Assiette Launches Its On-Demand Chef Service In Belgium And The U.K.

French startup La Belle Assiette just opened shop in Belgium. La Belle Assiette is a sort of on-demand chef service. You can browse the site, find your chef and book a meal directly from the service — a chef will then come to your home or office. The startup will also roll out its offering in the …

Quick tip: Improve developer habits by showing time cost of DB queries

<i>This is the first in a series of posts where I share a quick, easy to implement tip that I've found useful in my development career</i><p>Websites can be …

Ask HN: What source code is worth studying?

This is one my favourite questions, asked by idlewords: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=879101 But its been a long time since then, and with a …

Study Skills

The First Emoticon May Have Appeared in ... 1648

The discovery would push back the pre-history of the emoticon by (at least) 200 years.<p>A dedicated poetry reader appears to have discovered a smiley face in a poem from 1648, a find that would extend the pre-history of the emoticon back by about 200 years.<p>Editor Levi Stahl, publicity manager for the …

GitHub now lets you add code comments from your phone

The team over at GitHub just made it easier for coders to collaborate on the go.<p>GitHub developer Jake Boxer announced a new feature that will allow coders to add comments to files via their smartphones.<p>Smartphone users can now simply tap on the line of code that they want to comment on. That will …

Google Glass goes on sale today for 24 hours

Today and today only, regular citizens who are not even a little bit powerful or internet famous can become Glass Explorers as Google opens up sales …

Tails: the operating system that blew open the NSA

When NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden first emailed Glenn Greenwald, he insisted on using email encryption software called PGP for all …

Google's Project Ara wants to revolutionize the smartphone industry within a year

The night before Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division was supposed to show off the one and only functional Project Ara prototype to a room full of eager developers, someone dropped the phone and broke the display. At <i>any</i> other product reveal, this worst-case scenario would be a …

Google, Samsung and others agree to anti-theft remote kill-switch

Most smartphones will have the ability for users to remotely wipe and lock them down in case they’re stolen after July 2015 thanks to a new industry initiative.<p>Google, HTC, Motorola, and Samsung joined the top five U.S. carriers and other companies like Apple, Microsoft, Huawei, and Nokia in …

Android News

How Android 5 Can Lock Manufacturers Tightly In To Google's Ecosystem

The discovery of some reworked icons (posted by Android Police) points towards a refresh of Android’s user interface in the next iteration of Google’s mobile operating system, but Android 5 can do more than change the look and feel of the world’s most popular smartphone OS. It can bind the …

Side Drawer Navigation Could Cost Half Your User Engagement

<i>Anthony Rose is co-founder and CTO of</i> <i>zeebox</i><i>, the social network for TV.</i><p>So, you have a mobile app where there are more pages or sections than can fit on a mobile screen at once. Your first thought might be to create a tabbed design, with a row of tabs along the top or buttons along the bottom.<p>But …

Canonical to Close its Ubuntu One File Services

With ever-increasing competition from the likes of Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft’s OneDrive, Canonical today announced it will exit the “free storage wars” and shut down its Ubuntu One file services.<p>Canonical said that to continue offering Ubuntu One “on a global scale”, the project would …

Amazon announces $99 Fire TV set-top box, available now

Apple and Roku have a new competitor in the living room. Amazon just announced its own video streaming device: the $99 Amazon Fire TV. It starts shipping today. "We need to invent and simplify on behalf of customers," said Amazon's Peter Larsen. During the presentation, Larsen went over three pain …

John Carmack breaks silence on Facebook's Oculus acquisition

After almost a week of silence, legendary game developer and Oculus CTO John Carmack has finally voiced his opinions on Facebook's planned acquisition of the virtual reality headset maker. Replying to a blog post by chiptune musician Peter Berkman, Carmack says he "wasn't expecting Facebook" to …

BeHere app uses iBeacons to automatically take attendance as students enter the classroom

A new app called BeHere aimed at teachers uses Apple’s new Bluetooth LE iBeacon technology to recognize students and automatically take attendance as they enter a classroom.<p>With the BeHere app installed, the teacher’s iPad acts as an iBeacon and students entering the classroom with an iPhone, iPad, …