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Steroids.js Bridges The Performance Gap Between PhoneGap And Native Apps By Using Native UI Components And Animations

Adobe’s PhoneGap mobile app development framework for bringing HTML5 hybrid apps to mobile devices is incredibly popular, but even though developers love the fact that they can write cross-platform re-usable code with it, it’s not exactly known for being very fast. Steroids.js, a new project from …

Apple Publishes iOS 7 Transition Guide To Help Developers Adopt Flat Design

As expected, Apple is introducing a completely new design language for iOS 7. For developers, this means they will have to adapt their apps to match the rest of the operating system if they don’t want them to look antiquated. Thankfully, Apple today also published a pretty extensive guide to …

This Is How You Get a Kleiner Perkins Design Fellowship | WIRED

Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers is launching a fellowship program for design students, announcing today the assignments awarded that will connect …

Hey, Hardware Hackers! There’s A WiFi-Enabled Arduino Now

Lets say you’ve come up with a brilliant idea for some shiny new piece of hardware. You brush up your coding chops, scratch out a design, and set out to build a prototype.<p>First, you’ll need a programmable chip to act as the brain. Because of the relatively gentle learning curve and friendly …

Robot helps house-bound boy attend school

When Lyndon Baty was born six weeks premature with a life-threatening condition, polycystic kidney disease (PKD), doctors gave him two years to live. Now aged 17, Lyndon requires constant medical attention. PKD has prevented his body from developing at a normal rate, and he's unable to attend …

How I Work: IDEO's Duane Bray On Creating Great Digital Experiences

<i>Duane Bray at IDEO’s New York City office.</i><p>Like all IDEOers you meet, Duane Bray is unfailingly nice, with a soft, well-spoken voice. He reminds you …

Playing with paper: with Pixel Press, design your own game by drawing it

Are you the next Shigeru Miyamoto?<p>What if you could design a video game simply by drawing it on a piece of paper? That's the goal behind Pixel Press, an upcoming app that aims to make game design a much more approachable task. It's still in the prototype phase, but Pixel Press could potentially be …

Google Partners With Monotype To Bring Its Web Fonts To The Desktop

Google’s Web Fonts collection of open source fonts is now available on the desktop (Mac and Windows). At first glance, that doesn’t make all that much sense, given that the whole idea of Web Fonts is that they bring new typography options to the Web that were previously only available on the …

Rap Genius Reveals Its Business Model Will Be ‘Enterprise Genius’ Collaborative Annotation Tool

How could a site for explaining rap lyrics make good on its $15 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz? Because it’s also a collaborative text-annotation platform that enterprises are asking for. Today at TechCrunch Disrupt, the Rap Genius founders told me they plan to monetize by building …

Watch 35 minutes of Ellen Page in 'Beyond: Two Souls'

If you just can't wait until October to see Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe star in the PS3 game <i>Beyond: Two Souls</i>, there's some good news, as 35 minutes of game video has been released. The footage was revealed as part of a two hour-long panel at the Tribeca Film Festival, which featured both Page and …

Facebook Buys Parse To Offer Mobile Development Tools As Its First Paid B2B Service

Facebook has just acquired Parse, marking its entry into a whole new business category: paid tools and services for developing mobile apps.<p>The company is buying the mobile-backend-as-a-service startup (yes, the industry acronym is mBaaS) in a deal that we’ve heard is worth $85 million. [Update: And …

‘Crabitron’ is a ‘reverse Kickstarter’ that lets you fund a game by actually buying it

Live out your dream of being a giant space crab<p>Crowdfunding has become an increasingly popular tool to finance games made by smaller developers, from the surreal <i>Kentucky Route Zero</i> to the politically-charged <i>Riot</i>. But the process does come with tradeoffs. "I see crowdfunding as a double-edged …

Creative Market Previews Its API For A Digital Asset Marketplace With Photoshop Extension

Creative Market, the online store for creative digital assets, including graphics, themes, templates and fonts, this week introduced a new Photoshop extension that’s designed to preview the power of its upcoming API. Creative Market already offers a central web-based store that acts almost like an …

Iris Skateboards Turns Damaged Decks Into Radiant Rides

Author: Mike Senese. Mike Senese Design<p>Date of Publication: 04.10.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>George Rocha turned his life-long …

The Software Revolution Behind LinkedIn's Gushing Profits

LinkedIn is a Wall Street darling, its stock up more than threefold in two years on soaring revenue, spiking profits, and seven straight quarters …

Side-Enhanced Responsive Design

The Starting Point<p>Our client in this project is a large global news provider. Mobile is obviously crucial to it, because a large proportion of its …

YC-Backed Kippt, An “Evernote For The Web”, Lures Developers With New API, App Gallery

Kippt, which lets you collect and share content from across the web, is looking to attract developers with a brand-new API and gallery of apps.<p>The two-person startup has relied on outside developers to have a mobile presence on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Kippt just returned to San Francisco …

Big-Name VCs Form “Glass Collective” to Back Google Glass App Makers

Google Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins have joined together to form what they’re calling “the Glass Collective” to invest in …

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Apple and Yahoo reportedly in talks to build a deeper iOS partnership

Apple is in talks with Yahoo to bring more of the search company's data to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, reports <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. Yahoo has long been one of the data providers for iOS devices — the default stocks and weather apps pull data from Yahoo, and Siri uses the company for things …

The ZenDock Kickstarter Project Offers an Elegant MacBook Pro Dock

Cobbling together a docking setup from a hodgepodge of cables, dongles and connectors for our carefully-designed laptops is a minor tragedy. Zenboxx wants to change your MacBook Pro’s fate with a dock that matches its unibody aluminum casing.<p>The startup has just launched a Kickstarter project for …

First Look: How The Google Glass UI Really Works

What is Google Glass actually like to use? Finally, we know. And there’s no augmented reality to speak of.<p>Google Glass has arrived like a piece of sci-fi memorabilia sent from the future. But with all the talk about wearing the Internet on your face and whether or not these glasses can ever be …

Car Tech Isn't Failing. Owners and Infotainment Interfaces Are

Kris Reynier recently bought a 2012 Porsche Cayenne S that she "ordered with an incredible list of options." But even though the Hood River, Oregon …

Apple to introduce refreshed Mac Pros this month according to source

The folks over at <i>Mac Daily News</i> have received a tip from a source they say has provided them with tips in the past that have proven true: Apple will …

Mosaic Prepares To Launch Another $100M Of Projects On Its Solar Crowdfunding Platform

Mosaic, a startup allowing people to invest in solar projects, announced today that it has received regulatory approval for its next wave of crowdfunding efforts in California, worth a total of $100 million in investment.<p>The site opened to the public back in January with three projects that were …

4 Surprising App-Design Principles, From The Instagram Of Quick Quizzes

Designer Luke Wroblewski describes the sometimes counterintuitive tactics he used to make Polar stand out from the crowd.<p>When we first wrote about Polar, an addictive app that invites you to make and take “this or that”-style quizzes, we called it “an object lesson in mobile design done very, very …

Iwaki Museum of Picture Books for Children, designed by Tadao Ando, Fukushima, Japan (o

Facebook Home: The Winners And Losers

If Facebook Home flies — and that’s a pretty big if — Zuckerberg’s freshly announced landgrab for Android owners’ eyeballs, is going to create a lot of losers. The big winner of course will be <b>Facebook</b> itself, as users who chose to install this alternative Facebook reality on their phone are …

Mark Zuckerberg Talks Home, the Future of Sharing and Life Outside Facebook

On the day Facebook launched its new software for Android, Home, WIRED scored an interview with Mark Zuckerberg in order to chat about the product …

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Google Glass SXSW video demonstration now available in its entirety

Last month, Google showed off Glass with a demonstration of its user interface at SXSW, giving attendees an in-depth look at the device and how it …

Disney shuts down LucasArts, will license 'Star Wars' brand to other developers

After purchasing Lucasfilm last October, Disney has decided to shut down the company's video game development arm, LucasArts. In a statement released to <i>GameInformer</i>, Disney says that it's "decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk …