Category Archives: Software

February 21, 2016

Google To Stop Showing Ads On Right Side Of Desktop Search Results Worldwide

All of this represents the conclusion of a test that began all the way back in 2010, and has been tweaked over the years since then. Search Engine Land readers — particularly some outside the U.S. — notified us late last year that they were seeing the top-only ads more frequently.

Data-driven design. I love stuff like this.

January 18, 2016
December 10, 2015

Everything You Need to Know About the New Apple TV App Store

Let’s take a closer look at the category make up. A common question is which category is the largest? If you’re thinking games you’re not wrong! The Games category is the single largest category on the Apple TV App Store with 1,002 apps. This means Games make up roughly 38% of all Apple TV apps.

Read as: there are already approximately 900 crappy games for the Apple TV.

December 4, 2015

Announcing The Direct Link WordPress Plugin

I’ve made a new, ridiculously simple WordPress plugin called Direct link. Ever wished you could make your post titles link to external sites instead of being simple permalinks? Now you can! Download the plugin at (usage instructions can be found here).

Feedback is always welcome. If you want some additional feature or find a bug (this is version 1.0, after all), let me know via the WP forums.

November 23, 2015

Dance to Calypso

An insightful piece by Matt Mullenweg on the balance between maintaining a popular piece of software and adapting to advancements in technology.

Oh, and there’s this, too:

So we asked ourselves a big question. What would we build if we were starting from scratch today, knowing all we’ve learned over the past 13 years of building WordPress? At the beginning of last year, we decided to start experimenting and see.

Today we’re announcing something brand new, a new approach to WordPress, and open sourcing the code behind it. The project, codenamed Calypso, is the culmination of more than 20 months of work by dozens of the most talented engineers and designers I’ve had the pleasure of working with (127 contributors with over 26,000 commits!).

This is precisely the direction I had hoped WordPress would take: a JavaScript frontend (or frontends), communicating with the solid WP core over well-defined APIs.

November 11, 2015

The Google Brain Team's TensorFlow library has been open sourced

TensorFlow™ is an open source software library for numerical computation using data flow graphs. Nodes in the graph represent mathematical operations, while the graph edges represent the multidimensional data arrays (tensors) communicated between them. The flexible architecture allows you to deploy computation to one or more CPUs or GPUs in a desktop, server, or mobile device with a single API. TensorFlow was originally developed by researchers and engineers working on the Google Brain Team within Google’s Machine Intelligence research organization for the purposes of conducting machine learning and deep neural networks research, but the system is general enough to be applicable in a wide variety of other domains as well.