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This app makes encrypting calls and messages easy for everyone

If you tell someone their messages and phone calls should be encrypted, you’ll probably get a glazed-over look before they tell you it’s too hard. Signal 2.0 aims to bring powerful, easy-to-use encryption to the masses.

The app, which doesn’t require a login, uses your existing phone number and …


Twitter introduces video embeds for sites

Looks like today is all about Twitter video. First Meerkat got an unexpected user boost and now Twitter is offering a new embed widget for sites.

Now Twitter hosted videos can be embedded into sites as easily as a Tweet. Under the same options menu (•••) that you would use to embed a Tweet is the …


The 20 best wireframing tools | Wireframes

Wireframing tools make the process of creating an app or website fundamentally easier, by visually stripping the product down and allowing all …


Why is live video app Meerkat suddenly popular, and can it last?

Meerkat, the mobile live video-streaming service that we first wrote about three days ago, had something of a viral growth bump yesterday. Seriously, my iPhone lock screen was busy with notifications all day as new people signed up to the service and tried it for the first time.

Let’s take a look at …


Google+ split into Photos and Streams, Bradley Horowitz takes over as product head

Google+ will soon be split into Photos and Streams. The social network and photo management offerings are now being headed by Google product vice-president Bradley Horowitz, who’s taken over from David Besbris.

The announcement comes just a couple of days after Google’s senior VP of products Sundar …


Microsoft Wants To Buy Social News Reader Prismatic

Microsoft has been busy snatching up startups to fill out its mobile apps portfolio, and it looks like it could be buying one more. According to multiple sources, Prismatic — an app that recommends news articles to users based on what their connections are reading and liking — is on the block, and …

Social News

A Brief History Of Yik Yak | TechCrunch

Fall, 2009

Brooks Buffington and Tyler Droll attend Furman University in South Carolina, where they immediately become friends.

May, 2013

Buffington and Droll graduate and Droll is accepted to USC-Greenville’s School of Medicine, where he could carry out his original plan of being a doctor.

July, …

Florida State University

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Can I Click This?

Everyone wants more clicks. More taps. More users saying ‘yes, I’m into whatever it is that you’re giving me.’ We wanted to look at a few ways that …


Inline SVG vs Icon Fonts [CAGEMATCH]

If you're building an icon system for a site, you have some options. If you know the icons need to be raster images, then you'll likely be using CSS …


My Approach to UI Design


First of all, this is somewhat of a rebound of what Marc Edwards from Bjango has written up for his app design workflow. This article …

UI Design

The Power of Minimalism: A Story of Redesigning Yelp

Design by committee is death by a thousand cuts.

It kills slowly, as more and more people weigh in with their opinions, until the “revised” design …


The End Of Apps As We Know Them

The experience of our primary mobile screen being a bank of app icons that lead to independent destinations is dying. And that changes what we need …

UI Design

Tworlds for iPhone lets anonymous people across the globe share a soulful moment in time

I must confess to not being especially riveted by the prospect of knowing what people like myself are thinking about or doing clear across the globe right this very second — especially if I do not now, nor ever will, get to know them.

So, initially I was a little reluctant towaste my time withtry …


The Ultravisual Team Acqui-Hired By Flipboard Leave To Found Apple Watch-Focused Messaging Startup

Just six months after being acqui-hired, the original team behind ‘visual storytelling’ app Ultravisual are leaving Flipboard to venture out on their own once again.

The group’s yet-unnamed startup aims to make messaging — either one-to-one or one-to-many, Twitter-style — more context-aware, so that …


accessible web color combinations

We built this tool to help designers select color combinations that allow users to read their content regardless of different visual capabilities and …


UX Tools Series Part 1: 24 Fantastic Free Wireframing Tools!

Note: This is the first post in the UX Tools Series. This series would provide you with all tools you need to be an efficient UX …



Introduction to Origami

This video will tell you all you need to know to get started building Origami prototypes. By the end of this tutorial we’ll …



Origami is a free tool for designing modern user interfaces. Quickly put together a prototype, run it on your iPhone or iPad, iterate on it, and …

Yo Tries To Make Itself Useful With Photo And Link Alerts From 150 Sources

“It was just a way to annoy your friends” Yo co-founder Or Arbel tells me. His minimalist messenger hit 3.5 million users at its peak thanks to the mainstream press’ sudden fascination with an app that only let you send people the word “Yo”. Most of those users quickly evaporated because Yo wasn’t …


Polling Site Polar Not Dead (Or Acquired By Google) After All

A few months ago, TechCrunch, the Wall Street Journal and a number of other publications reported that Google had acquired the social polling startup Polar and that its founders were going to join the Google+ team.

Turns out, that story was only half true. Google only hired the Polar team, including …


Personas require Imagination

I recently taught a workshop on UX Design, describing the fundamentals of wireframes and their significance in the creative process. Wireframes have …


Twitter is testing analytics on the Web for individual tweets

It looks like Twitter is experimenting with a new analytics feature on the Web; some users can now see statistics for individual tweets on their timeline.

I’m able to access the analytics by clicking on a small bar graph button to the right of the favorites button. My colleagues, on the other hand, …


Medium pushes for shorter posts and a wider audience with new functionality

Medium, the minimalist blogging platform, is implementing significant changes to its model in a bid to both appeal to widen its pool of authors and readers and make its content more discoverable.

First up, there’s a new inline editor that takes a page from Twitter; it lives at the top of your …


Why don’t designers take Android seriously?

If you’ve talked to me in the past few months, you’ll have heard me explain that I think Android is the dominant platform of the next decade. There …


Designing Search for Rooms

This is one of many stories we could tell about designing Rooms. While search is a seemingly straight-forward piece of UI with tons of examples to


In major shift, Reddit cracks down on stolen nudes and revenge porn

After years of taking a hands-off approach to nude photos posted without their subjects' permission, Reddit today put new restrictions on explicit content. Beginning March 10th, Reddit users can no longer post nude photos or pictures of sex acts without subjects' consent. The move comes in the face …

I'm Too Old for Snapchat, Which Is Exactly Why It Should Be Worth $19B

As I get older, I’m starting to think the best way to predict a tech trend’s success is by how little I understand it. Right now, the app at the top …


LinkedIn premium users to get $1 each in password-leak settlement

To settle a class-action lawsuit, LinkedIn has agreed to pay about $1 each to the roughly 800,000 people who were premium users between March 2006 …