Google’s search engine has long brought useful factoids through its Knowledge Graph sidebars, but the results themselves have usually been skimpy; you’ve seen preview text, and that’s about it. Thankfully, Google has made that sneak peek considerably more useful. The internet giant just introduced Structured Snippets, or handfuls of relevant facts that appear alongside your result links. Search for your next camera, for instance, and you’ll find out some of its capabilities without having to click anything. The info you’ll get depends heavily on the pages themselves, and only some searches seem to bring up this content. However, Google is quick to note that it’s still early days — the company expects the relevance and quality of these tidbits to improve over time.
For many people, buying an iPhone 6 will be a decision to upgrade to a larger screen and a better camera, etc. For those who aren’t buying a new phone, they will be upgrading their devices to iOS 8. Every new version of iOS has had quick and almost immediate adoption. In 2007 when the […]
Many people know that Fireworks is a great tool for web design, prototyping and UI design. But what about icon design? Icon design is a very specific skill that overlaps illustration, screen design and, of course, visual design. An icon designer needs to understand lighting, proportions and, most importantly, the context of the icon itself.
The BBC published an interesting article about icon design and skeuomorphism one year ago, titled "What Is Skeuomorphism?" It’s definitely worth reading because it explains why icons often reflect the real world and the thinking behind it.
More than a decade after it was founded, Invoice2go is announcing that it has raised $35 million in its first round of external funding. The round was led by Accel Partners and Ribbit Capital, with Accel partner Ryan Sweeney joining Invoice2go’s board of directors. In addition, Accel CEO-in-Residence Greg Waldorf has joined Invoice2go as, yes, its new CEO. The company sells invoicing… Read More
We’ve previously looked at how the Raspberry Pi can be used as a retro gaming system, and as a substitute desktop PC for low-level office tasks – but did you also know that you can run several classic operating systems on the tiny computer? If you’ve been involved in computing for twenty plus years, this may prove useful for looking at old data. Alternatively, you might fancy checking out some old games. The RetroPi collection of emulators are primarily from gaming systems, but ROMs for older desktop operating systems can also have their place. After all, it’s quick and easy…
Social audio platform Audioboo has announced that it’s rebranding as AudioBoom, as it lifts the lid on an all-new iOS app too. Launched in March 2009, Audioboo(M) lets you record audio snippets, which they can share with friends or broadcast to the world. They can also add images, titles and tags and upload it to the Web, complete with biographical and geographical information on where and when it was recorded. AudioBoom counts some well-known publishers among its users, including The Guardian, BBC and the Telegraph, while Stephen Fry is a bit of a fan too. Alongside the rebrand, AudioBoom has…
Was it a bird? A plane? A tornado cell? Nope. The huge, slow-moving cloud picked up on radar in Illinois and Missouri last week was nothing anyone expected. The US National Weather Service reports it was actually a swarm of millions of monarch butterflies—which have been disappearing at alarming speeds over the past decade.
As Citylab’s John Metcalfe says, the swarm was actually on its way south to Mexico in search of warmer climes in which to spend the winter. On Facebook, the US National Weather Service explained that "we think these targets are Monarch butterflies. A Monarch in flight would look oblate to the radar, and flapping wings would account for the changing shape!"
Weather radar works by sending out pulses of microwave radiation tilted at different angles above the horizon; the beam bounces back and the speed/intensity/shape of the return tells the radar what it’s looking at. As the radar beam goes out in a straight line, the curvature of the earth causes the beam to go higher into the atmosphere as it moves further away from the radar site.
The journeys of the Monarch is long—stretching over 2,000 miles—and very mysterious, since no one quite knows how the newly-hatched butterflies already know the route either south or north (depending on when and where they’re born). On Facebook, the Weather Service added: "NWS St. Louis wishes good luck and a safe journey to these amazing little creatures on their long journey south!"
Despite the sighting, these distinctive, lovely insects are critically endangered. Some estimates say their numbers have declined by 90 percent over the last two decades, with conservation groups calling for Monarchs to be designated as "threatened," according to Newsweek. Keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks—the remaining Monarchs should be making their ways south en masse through October. [CityLab]