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Foodmento Is The Foursquare Of Specific Dishes, Not Restaurants

Screenshot 2014-08-20 11.03.59 Food has invaded Instagram in such an overwhelming way that studies actually show that people get physically full or tire of certain foods just from looking at the pictures. But there’s really no effective way to direct your followers to the specific dish you’ve endorsed.
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Off To The Races: Getting Started With Design Sprints


  

Many modern software development best practices draw on influences from the industrial era and concepts like specialization, where individuals with specialized skills worked in an assembly line to mass-produce physical products. These practices from the world of manufacturing have come to influence how things are done when designing and building software products as well.

Off To The Races: Getting Started With Design Sprints

Lean thinking is one of the latest approaches software development companies have adopted to maximize value and reduce wasted effort and resources. It does so by breaking down an objective into a series of experiments. Each experiment starts with a hypothesis that is tested and validated. The output of each experiment informs the future direction. This is similar to the idea of “sprints” in the agile world, where the overall product roadmap is divided into smaller and meaningful bodies of work.

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Michael Halbherr Steps Down As CEO Of Here, Nokia’s Location And Mapping Division

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 07.49.07 Yet more changes for Nokia, the Finnish wireless behemoth that was split apart earlier this year when Microsoft acquired its devices and services business for $7.2 billion. Michael Halbherr, an eight-year veteran of the company, is stepping down as the CEO of Here, Nokia’s unprofitable mapping and location services division. Here is one of the only mobile-device assets that Nokia held on… Read More Continue reading

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The noPhone, Because Smartphone Separation Anxiety Is Real

Screenshot 2014-08-19 11.39.28 The other day, as I sat on the couch with a dead iPhone resting on my belly, I found myself wondering why my phone is constantly out of battery. And I had a revelation: I’d rather have a dead phone within reach than be even a few feet away from it as it charges across the room. It’s pathetic, I know, but absolutely true.
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Tips For Mastering A Programming Language Using Spaced Repetition


  

Since first hearing of spaced repetition a few years back, I’ve used it for a wide range of things, from learning people’s names to memorizing poetry to increasing my retention of books. Today, I’ll share best practices that I’ve discovered from using spaced repetition to learn and master a programming language.

Tips For Mastering A Programming Language Using Spaced Repetition

Some great articles on this topic are already out there, including “Memorizing a Programming Language Using Spaced Repetition Software” by Derek Sivers and “Janki Method” by Jack Kinsella. But because you’re busy, I’ll quickly summarize some of the best practices that I’ve learned along the way.

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Colour Blending 3D Printer Wants To Make Your Print-Outs Less Monotone

3D4C The 3D4C is aiming to be the first four-colour blending 3D printer, which will let you print objects that aren’t monotone or two-tone but rather blend quad-colours to create multicoloured plastic print-outs. Read More Continue reading

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From Westfield Labs Comes An App To Let Your Pre-Order Meals From The Food Court

 One of the most recent applications from Westfield Labs is Dine On Time, an app that lets busy shoppers skip the line at restaurants in its food court and pay for their meal via mobile app. Since many of the diners in its San Francisco location a… Continue reading

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Microsoft Azure’s Cloud Services And Virtual Machines Experience “Service Interruption”

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 12.57.15 PM Update 2: Here’s the latest from Azure, relating to its downtime:

Starting at 18 Aug 2014 17:49 UTC, a small subset of customers are experiencing connectivity issues to some Azure Services which may include Cloud Services, Virtual Machines, Websites, Automation, Service Bus, Backup, Site Recovery, HDInsight, Mobile Services, StorSimple and possible other Azure Services in multiple regions. Read More Continue reading

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This Real-Time Projected CGI Makeup Is Beautiful And Terrifying

Screenshot 2014-08-18 12.53.08 CGI has come a long way – from simulating Jar Jar Binks on the silver screen to replacing green screens with King’s Landing. Today, we should add this video to the progression. Producer and technical director Nobumichi Asai has used a projection technology called Omote to project makeup onto a live model’s face. Read More Continue reading

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The Current State Of E-Commerce Search


  

When e-commerce search works, it’s fast, convenient and efficient. It’s no wonder that so many users prefer searching over clicking categories. Unfortunately, our recent large-scale usability study and top-50 benchmark of e-commerce search finds that search often doesn’t work very well.

The State of E-Commerce Search: 2014

On-site search is a key component of almost any e-commerce website. That’s why we at Baymard Institute have invested months conducting a large-scale usability study, testing the e-commerce search experience of 19 major e-commerce websites with real-world end users.

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