I’ve added a new webpage here on infophile for resources, tools and discussion/history related to Typography and Type Design. Hope its useful and informative!
Compared to searching for text, searching for images is super hard. But a new way to index and navigate through averaged images—those blurry composites that pull together millions of images into one—could radically change the way that we search for photos or products online.
Recent studies show that practicing gratitude can positively impact your life–and researchers believe it may help us break our bad habits. Read the Full Story: How Being Grateful Can Change Your Life | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.
[T]he Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF and Fight for the Future—offers instructions on how we can all avoid mass surveillance. But it also offers a “Privacy Pack” for the average user. Its simply a bundle of free software to help you encrypt your data and communications. You should download it right now.
Encryption doesnt require coding knowledge or math skills, but it does demand some attention and care. The Privacy Pack is a great starting point, but if you want to cover all of your bases, there are few more things you need to do. Weve put together a little guide that includes details on the software in the Privacy Pack and a little bit extra. In case youre not quite sure what encryption is or how it works, EFFs Surveillance Self-Defense site is a great place to start.
READ MORE How to Encrypt Everything | Gizmodo [Phone, Email, Browser, Everything Else]
Technological breakthroughs have flooded into classrooms, changing the face of K-12 education. From smart boards to smartphones, these digital trends have become useful educational tools in the teaching process. While todays kids are learning the same lessons and concepts, they are absorbing in different ways.
With new apps and interactive sites, science class, in particular, has received a few upgrades. We took a look at how science technology has evolved over time, and what adjustments have been made.
CDs may not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of the Library of Congress, but it houses more than 500,000. The extensive collection includes everything from music to maps and labs where researchers are destroying CDs to learn how to preserve them, CBS News Jim Axelrod reports.
In 1982, Billy Joels album “52nd Street” was the first commercial compact disc to be released. Since then, hundreds of billions of CDs have been sold worldwide. Once the latest music technology, the CD is now a collectors item, replaced by digital downloads. But those who built up music libraries in the 80s and 90s may wonder how long will those discs work? Fenella France, chief of preservation research and testing at the Library of Congress, is hoping to figure that out.
Kobo has a new e-reader out that actually could shake up the market, since it offers waterproofing as a standard factory feature on a $179.99 e-reader, with a high-res, 265 DPI 6.8-inch e-ink display. The Kobo Aura H20 basically takes the already-impressive Aura HD, makes the design thinner and lighter, and adds IP67 environmental resistance, which is a tough package to beat.
SPLOID is my new favourite blog “a new blog about awesome stuff”. Awesome is right. SPLOID recently posted about this stop-motion video of a bookcase being made (originally posted to YouTube March 2014). Out of this world cool and hypnotizing. Watch the whole thing without trying to plug your ears!
The very best ways to learn Ruby, Ruby on Rails, and the art of building dynamic web applications, including free and paid tutorials, instructor-guided courses, community support, reference materials, and the tools you need to get going. Learn Ruby: 29 of The Best Online Educational Resources to Learn to Ruby and Ruby on Rails | SkilledUp.
[A] new app might be able to break through that passivity by meeting the Touchscreen generation where their fingers live. ScratchJr is a new iPad variation of the Scratch programming language, a tool created at MIT to help teach kids to code. The premise for both is the same: instead of text, Scratch uses interlocking colored blocks to mimic the logical structures and functions of a typical grown-up programming language. Scratch scripts allow their creators to direct and interact with “sprites”—cartoonish characters on the screen. By introducing kids to coding without the hurdles of arcane syntax and bug-prevention, the hope is that they’ll become engaged enough with the process that their sensibilities will shift.