Visually-Driven Information-Rich Explainers

It’s an opportunity for visual storytelling that you won’t find anywhere else on the web. Vox’s email announcing their arrival on Snapchat included this: We’re using it to create a new form of deep, visually-driven information-rich explainers that we’re really proud of, and we think you’ll really like. What’s more, they’ll only exist on Snapchat, … Continue reading Visually-Driven Information-Rich Explainers

The Web Strikes Back

Google has actually been indexing the content of mobile applications for two years now, as a move against the search giant’s potential obsolescence as the world of computing increasingly shifted off the desktop and to take place inside native applications running on consumers’ phones. Since its launch, Google has expanded its ability to surface “deep links” (links that point to pages … Continue reading The Web Strikes Back

Amazon Finally Gets 2 Factor Authentication (Please Go Turn This On For Your Account Now)

Here’s how to enable Amazon’s Two-Step Verification, a feature that adds an extra layer of security by asking you to enter a unique security code in addition to your password on computers and devices that you haven’t designated as trusted. Source: Amazon.com Help: Turning On Two-Step Verification Amazon finally has 2 Step Authentication. By all … Continue reading Amazon Finally Gets 2 Factor Authentication (Please Go Turn This On For Your Account Now)

Don’t Sell Out.

At some point in the past ten years, selling out lost its stigma. I come from the Kurt Cobain/“corporate rock still sucks” school where selling out was the worst thing you could ever do. We should return to that. Don’t sell out your values, don’t sell out your community, don’t sell out the long term … Continue reading Don’t Sell Out.

It’s about the ads

“The goal of Facebook Instant Articles is to keep you on Facebook. No need to explore the larger Web when it’s all right there in Facebook, especially when it loads so much faster in the Facebook app than it does in a browser. Google seems to have recognized what a threat Facebook Instant Articles could … Continue reading It’s about the ads

NYT VR

Saving this for when we look back in 10 years on the first mainstream uses of VR in much the same way we fondly look back at web pages from the 90’s today… “Today, The New York Times takes a step into virtual reality. NYT VR is a mobile app that can be used — … Continue reading NYT VR

Amazon’s Retail Store, Uber Surge Pricing, and The Ever Changing Price of Things

“It’s all about the data. Under the hood, the Amazon store has a few unusual features. Every book has a shelf tag that includes a capsule review from the website, a star rating, and a barcode. There are no prices listed. To get the price, you scan the code with the camera of your smartphone … Continue reading Amazon’s Retail Store, Uber Surge Pricing, and The Ever Changing Price of Things