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Google made an iPhone app that turns Live Photos into amazing GIFs

The app will also try to smooth out your shaky shots<p>My entire picture library is inside Google Photos, which for a long time made Apple's Live Photos feature on my iPhone 6S Plus rather useless. Google didn't support the format until March, so if I wanted to preserve them before then, it required …

How To Instantly Improve Your Payment Usability?

How To Instantly Improve Your Payment Usability?<p>If you run an online business, you definitely know it’s not easy to sell something, especially when …

5 ways to get the most out of mobile UX

The ethos of mobile user experience (UX) has become narrow and indifferent to human needs.<p>Today, designers boast about the “ease of use,” “intuitiveness” and “addictiveness” of their apps, as if these traits were worthy goals in themselves. I’d like to propose a more empathetic goal for mobile UX:</b> …

The 4 Universal Requirements For Great UX

The prestigious UX consultancy Nielsen Norman Group inspires a set of tips for designing butter-smooth user experiences.<p>As the saying goes, build the right thing, then build the thing right.<p>Usability is how well a product serves its purpose, and encompasses a variety of interface aspects: How …

Why conversational design is the future

Conversational UIs are breaking out of messaging apps and into products we use every day.<p>It’s often said design is a dialogue between designer and …

6 Web Design Trends That Are Here To Stay

From artificial intelligence to wearables, here are some of the biggest ideas shaping web design today.<p>Web design thrives on two things: innovation and imitation. Unfortunately, there’s often a lot more of the latter. We all like to seize upon the latest trends, use them until they’re ubiquitous, …

Why NASA's Mars Missions Last Long After Their Expiration Dates

Two words: conservative engineering.<p>NASA's Mars Opportunity rover was supposed to last 90 days on the red planet. That was 11 years ago, and it's still roving. The Mars Odyssey orbiter had a stated two-year mission, starting in 2002. Today it still collects data and acts as a communications hub for …

Elon Musk elaborates on his proposal to nuke Mars

He wants to create two tiny pulsing suns over the Martian poles<p>A few weeks ago, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was likened to a James Bond villain after he announced his idea to nuke Mars on <i>The Late Show with Stephen Colbert</i>. He said it was the most rapid way to induce climate change on the planet. Now the …

Anchors Away And Shiver Me Timbers! Antlos Puts You And And Your Friends On A Boat

Yachting has an image problem. When you think of big old sailboats you mostly imagine rich leathery men in boat shoes who smoke big cigars and try to hit rare pink dolphins in the head with with their keel. Antlos, a new boat and skipper hiring service, aims to change that.<p>The service, based out of …

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Report: EMC considering a buyout by VMware

EMC may be on the verge of a major overhaul to its corporate structure with the company considering selling itself to VMware, the data center …

How the Stagefright bug changed Android security

Google's latest security problem might actually make Android safer<p>It's been 10 days since Zimperium's Joshua Drake revealed a new Android vulnerability called Stagefright — and Android is just starting to recover. The bug allows an attacker to remotely execute code through a phony multimedia text …

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This is what Android looks like in 2015

When you look at OpenSignal's device fragmentation map (above), the state of Android looks terrifying. There are more phones than ever, and the devices come from all over. OpenSignal now counts over 24,000 distinct Android devices, up from closer to 12,000 back in 2013. A separate map, which breaks …