Although this article may seem to be a scathing denunciation of the usefulness of parallax scrolling, it’s not all bad news for parallax lovers. If you use parallax in moderation and stay within the bounds of these sophisticated optimization strategies, parallax scrolling actually has the potential to delight users, thus improving a Web site’s user experience.
Whilst not quite as scathing as my own thoughts on the matter, this article does bring up some good examples of the tradeoffs one invariably makes when employing parallax design. Unless there is a strong case to be made for using it, don’t use it.
Shazam has announced a new experience that provides a more immersive music discovery and uninterrupted listening experience for users. The update revamps Shazam’s mobile apps and launches a new Shazam.com, which includes: a new app experience, music player, Spotify integration, Hall of Fame and Shazam Counts.
You can now download your entire tag history over at shazam.com, which is great news for data nerds.
eInk devices are also pleasant in a paradoxical way because they basically suck at everything that isn’t reading. That doesn’t sound like something you’d want, except when you notice you spend every fifth page switching back to Twitter or Facebook or Tinder or Snapchat or whatever. eInk devices let you tune out the world and truly immerse yourself in reading.
I’m still waiting for an affordable, large eInk screen I can use as an information radiator.
A list to commemorate Bloomberg’s 85th anniversary. Includes things like name-brand jeans, smartphones, the bar code, OPEC, DNA sequencing and Air Jordans.
I’m a couple days late in posting this, but this is huge news. Not requiring a dongle or hub for IoT devices is the way it should be.
This new “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA” (try saying that three times fast) judges you instantaneously with a “risk analysis engine” that considers miscellaneous bits like your IP address and the movements of your mouse cursor to see if you’re actually made of flesh and blood. In the event that you don’t pass muster the first time ’round, you’ll have to sit through a more traditional CAPTCHA complete with those all-too-familiar screwy words and numbers.
An interesting approach, but isn’t it a shame that this requires such profound engineering in the first place?
Generation of diagrams and flowcharts from text in a similar manner as markdown.
Ever wanted to simplify documentation and avoid heavy tools like Visio when explaining your code?
Great stuff. (via The Changelog)