Category Archives: Software

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.

June 28, 2015

Paul Ford: What is Code?

This issue comprises a single story devoted to ­demystifying code and the culture of the people who make it. There’s some technical language along with a few pretty basic mathematical concepts. There are also lots of solid jokes and lasting insights. It may take a few hours to read, but that’s a small price to pay for adding decades to your career.

Seriously, do yourself a favour and read this. A really exceptional piece on computing, computers and the curmudgeonly subset of people known as programmers.

June 25, 2015

Web Inspector Console Improvements

We recently improved both the Console and Object views in Web Inspector to make it more powerful and fun to use. Our main focus was getting quicker access to useful data and modernizing it to work better with the new changes in JavaScript.

June 23, 2015
June 22, 2015


I have seen so many tweets of late with people getting their heads frazzled with nth-child and nth-of-type. So I decided to knock this together so people can play around and test their nth’s out!