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By Mauro Toselli | Things I need to have at hand or I find interesting or simply "read laters"

Microsoft Whiteboard is a dead-simple way to brainstorm with your team

Microsoft has finally launched its Whiteboard app for Windows 10 devices. It’s a free tool for collaborating on ideas with as many people as you like, and it’s not half bad.<p>Whiteboard (which has been available in preview since last December) is designed for use with a stylus, so it’ll automatically …

Apps

How to build a roadmap in 3½ steps

<i>When done right, the product roadmap reduces uncertainty about the future and keeps product teams focused on the highest priority product</i> …

Product Management

Order Out of Chaos: Patterns of Organization for Writing on the Job

A few years ago, a former boss of mine emailed me out of the blue and asked for a resource that would help him and his colleagues organize …

Web Design

Wikipedia Italy Blocks All Articles in Protest of EU's Ruinous Copyright Proposals

Last month, members of European Parliament voted to move forward with a sweeping overhaul of the European Union’s copyright laws that critics say …

European Parliament

Storytelling With Data: How To Communicate Visually And Effectively

While we all know that data is key to telling an impactful story, few understand how to use these points to spin meaningful tales that will resonate …

Data Visualization

Is Joplin a Serious Open Source Evernote Alternative?

Many people probably know Evernote or OneNote — two sophisticated note management applications with many great features. One advantage — especially …

Software

Six Brain Hacks To Learn Anything Faster

Research proves there are ways to learn new skills and concepts with speed and ease.<p>Whether it’s a new technology, a foreign language, or an advanced skill, staying competitive often means learning new things. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. workers have taken a course or sought additional training to …

The Brain

These To-Do List Methods Will Help You Finally Get Organized

Everyone works differently, so we’ve gathered nine different approaches to organizing your daily tasks.<p>For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been on a mission to create the perfect to-do list. I’ve tested multiple apps from Evernote, Any.do, to Wunderlist. I’ve used physical and digital …

Productivity

The legendary Apple research group that shaped our world

Before Steve Jobs gave it the ax in 1997, the Advanced Technology Group developed some of the most influential technology of the century.<p>At this year’s WWDC, Apple delighted some users with a new feature in macOS Mojave. Called “Stacks,” the new functionality automatically sorts your desktop …

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An Intro to Web Scraping with lxml and Python

Why should you even bother learning how to web scrape? If your job doesn't require you to learn it, then let me give you some motivation. What if you …

Watch this cool one-take "animation" of a student daydreaming

Shin Shinrashinge created a meticulous setup of his two-dimensional drawings, then guided his phone through his 3D creation to create this one-take …

Animation

The ultimate guide to defining, writing, and implementing OKRs

How to Use Objectives & Key Results for Planning (and Achieving) Your Company Goals<p>How did Google grow from 40 to 88,000 employees and $100+ billion …

RIP, minimalism. Retro logos are back!

The pendulum is swinging away from clean, modern aesthetics toward curvy, retro designs.<p><i>This post originally appeared on Logo Lounge.</i><p>Any time we look at trends, we tend to see a pendulum swinging. For instance, it’s not uncommon to see an evolution from a flat logo to something dimensional or vice …

Graphic Design

Email Marketing Under GDPR: What You Need To Know

Frankly, speaking this action was a warranted one.Aggressive and abusive email marketing tactics had become quite rampant and even I, from a …

Marketing

How to Use Google Analytics for Social Media: A Beginner’s Guide

Did you know that social media spend will increase by 71% in the next five years? And did you know that 42.3% of marketers believe that social media …

PICA Protocol: A Visualization Prescription for Impactful Data Storytelling - Whiteboard Friday

If you find your presentations are often met with a lukewarm reception, it's a sure sign it's time for you to invest in your data storytelling. By …

The Hidden Costs of Losing Your City's Newspaper

Without watchdogs, government costs go up, according to new research.<p>When local newspapers shut their doors, communities lose out. People and their stories can’t find coverage. Politicos take liberties when it’s nobody’s job to hold them accountable. What the public doesn’t know winds up hurting …

Just a Line 2.0 adds real-time collaboration mode, iOS app for cross-platform AR drawing

Following ARCore’s launch in February, Google at I/O 2018 announced version 1.2 of its mobile augmented reality platform. One feature of the new release allows users to share and have collaborative experiences across devices. Google is today releasing a demo app that lets two users, regardless of …

Four days into GDPR, US publishers are starting to feel the effects

<b>For something that has been in the works</b> for more than two years, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation seemed to take at least some people by …

Introducing Progressive Web Apps: The No-Store App Solution

For developers, the Web has been in a constant state of change. Starting with static Web pages, developers quickly started building dynamic websites …

Using Prioritization Matrices to Inform UX Decisions

<b>Summary:</b> Visuals such as charts and matrices can help practitioners base important decisions on objective, relevant criteria instead of subjective …

How everything on the internet became clickbait

The “Laurel or Yanny?” phenomenon was the logical endpoint of 300 years of American media.<p>Remember Yanny vs. Laurel? It was some science thing that …

Journalism

How The Economic Machine Works by Ray Dalio

Herman Miller | The Design Genome Project by InVision

The Complete Project Manager’s Guide to Project Deliverables

A project deliverable is any output created as the result of work done during a project. Defining, tracking, and managing project deliverables is one …

Duda Versus Weebly: Which Platform Should You Specialize In?

For modern web design agencies, a polished and fully functional website is often just one platform away.<p>Content management systems, blog-publishing …

These free apps will help you type faster

Type faster from home row all the way up that tricky "Q."<p>With so much of our time spent tapping away at a keyboard, a boost in typing speed can make you more productive in almost any line of work—whether it's powering through our inboxes, writing up reports, or staying in touch with team members on …

The Epistemology of Visual Thinking in Mathematics (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Visual thinking is a feature of mathematical practice across many subject areas and at many levels. It is so pervasive that the question naturally …

Mathematics

11 new Gmail features, how they work, and when you'll get them

Google on Wednesday announced a brand new Gmail. Well, not brand new, but the company took the Gmail we all know and (maybe) love, added a ton of new features and overhauled the design.<p>By my count there are 11 new features in Gmail, some of which you can get today. Others you'll have to wait a few …

Google