Friday 5 — 4.21.2017

Friday 5 — 4.21.2017

No one needs the embarrassment of a notification popping up at the wrong time — or on the wrong device. Wired explains how to find out where you’re signed into iMessage, set up two-factor, and turn off messaging where needed. Bloomberg’s new Lens app provides a handy overlay of contextual information about people and companies. You can try it as a Chrome extension or an iOS […]

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Friday 5 — 11.11.2016

Friday 5 — 11.11.2016

Gmail just got way faster (and prettier) on your iPhone with their new app release. Download for features like the critical undo send, a better swiping experience, and spell-corrected search. A great push notification is three things: timely, personal, and actionable. Apps are competing for our attention, and push notifications are a means to a touchpoint even outside time in-app. Read these best practices for savvy push notifications, […]

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Friday 5 — 9.23.2016

Friday 5 — 9.23.2016

As we perform more of our work collaboratively online — suddenly, nothing seems as antiquated as a corporate “shared drive” — there’s a lot of value in knowing the range of features available. These 18 Google docs tips, like the ability to search images by color, can help you keep up with recent improvements. Is a data scientist essential for a modern design team? This article argues […]

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Friday 5 — 7.15.2016

Friday 5 — 7.15.2016

Pokémon fever struck this week with the release of Pokémon Go, an augmented reality app that allows players to catch virtual characters populating physical spaces. Here’s how it works. Om Malik points out that the app has heightened expectations for how we can access information, acting as a kind of gateway drug for broader applications of AR. Deane Barker points out the need for rationality when planning a content […]

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Friday 5 — 5.6.2016

Friday 5 — 5.6.2016

  Visual content is everywhere, and measurement and optimization are starting to catch up. Netflix already knows which pictures you’ll click on and why, and blogged some lessons learned — including the value of regional nuance, and of recognizable, polarizing characters. As a travel geek, I loved this compilation of 16 apps that will help you travel the world. Some tools, like Airbnb Live There, are geared toward a full-on […]

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Friday 5 — 3.18.2016

Friday 5 — 3.18.2016

Instagram tells us that we see only 30% of our feeds, and that their imminent algorithmic intervention will make that 30% the best it can be. Rendering posts out of temporal order clearly passes muster with Pope Francis, who is making his Instagram debut tomorrow, March 19th. You may have heard that a Google AI program, AlphaGo, beat a human Go champion in a best of five series. And […]

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Friday 5 — 1.15.2016

Friday 5 — 1.15.2016

Mobile apps versus native web is a false dichotomy, per Luke Wroblewski. Brands need both: the former offers rich experiences, while the latter provides greater reach (including in-app browser views). We have a longstanding, love-hate relationship with email, where gratifying immediacy for the sender often means notification hell for the recipient. The Atlantic explains how we got here, why email is a cornerstone of the open web, and what may […]

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Friday 5 — 12.4.2015

Friday 5 — 12.4.2015

Nike shoes, Star Wars droids, and hoverboards were among the popular products shopped for on Black Friday. If you were shopping from the comfort of your couch, you were in good company: Smartphone sales nearly doubled year over year, from 9.1% to 15.2 %. Read the full report [PDF], and ignore Wired’s snark that Cyber Monday is over. In recent years LinkedIn has evolved from […]

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Friday 5 — 11.27.2015

Friday 5 — 11.27.2015

It’s been an odd, three-day work week on the interwebs. We had the #SlackDown maelstrom with an impressive social media save, fake Don DeLillo joined Twitter to announce a fake death, and then a real Jeff Bezos joined Twitter to announce a real disposable rocket launch. Go figure. In more substantive news: WordPress has disrupted itself, according to founder Matt Mullenweg. The WordPress.com product has been revamped to be faster, slicker, […]

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Friday 5 — 11.20.2015

Friday 5 — 11.20.2015

Google just made a big improvement to finding in-app content on mobile. On Android devices, Google will now launch the app if you have it installed, or stream the content to you if you don’t. This is an important step forward in a world where 50% of all online time — not just mobile time — is spent in-app. After the  Paris attacks, Facebook launched “tragedy features” Safety Check […]

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