Category Archives: Software

October 19, 2015

Preview links in Safari with a three-finger tap

In OS X Yosemite version 10.10.3, Quick Look’s functionality — and its three-finger tap shortcut — has been extended to Safari. Now, using the three-finger tap on a link will open the page or video in a Quick Look popover, letting you see its contents before committing to a new tab.

Mind blown.

October 16, 2015

R vs Python: head to head data analysis

There have been dozens of articles written comparing Python and R from a subjective standpoint. We’ll add our own views at some point, but this article aims to look at the languages more objectively. We’ll analyze a dataset side by side in Python and R, and show what code is needed in both languages to achieve the same result.

A good, quick overview.

October 14, 2015
July 20, 2015
July 9, 2015

What makes an on-screen keyboard fun?

The default iOS on-screen keyboard needs a lot of screen real estate for things we don’t care about: language settings, microphone input, a space bar and word suggestions. Most modern on-screen keyboards are predictive in that they try to figure out what it is you want to write. This works okay-ish for writing a quick SMS, but quickly becomes obstructive for a typing game. It was clear that if we wanted to bring ZType to mobile devices and make it fun to play, we’d have to come up with a custom keyboard solution.

July 8, 2015

Unicode 8.0

Adds symbol modifiers for implementing skin tone diversity as well as a host of new symbols—my favourite being the Unicorn Emoji.

Major Job Cuts Expected at Microsoft

The layoffs are in addition to the about 18,000 employees that Microsoft said it planned to let go a year ago, according to people briefed on the plans, who asked for anonymity because the details were confidential. The new job cuts are expected to affect people in Microsoft’s hardware group, among other parts of the company, including the struggling smartphone business that it acquired from Nokia last year in a $7.2 billion deal.

July 7, 2015

I wish there was a way to force Chrome’s console to log nested objects using a copy instead of a reference to a live object. If you know of a way, please let me know.

July 4, 2015
July 3, 2015

Trainspotting: Firefox 39

Editing and tweaking CSS Animations is easier than ever – Firefox 39 lets developers pause, restart, slow down, and preview new timings without having to switch applications.

This is just ridiculously useful.