The West Coast of Michigan is a haven for industrial designers and is home to the world’s most iconic furniture manufacturers: Steelcase and Herman Miller. That’s because Michigan builds things. Soon there
Facebook today announced that it is open sourcing its React native framework for building native apps at its F8 developer conference in San Francisco today. React Native is Facebook’s version of its React
Facebook has made some breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Today at its F8 conference, its CTO Mike Schroepfer described new systems for identifying the content and context of videos and sentences.The video
Google’s Cloud service just got a little easier to use. Today, it announced Google Cloud Launcher which makes it easy to deploy applications like WordPress or entire stacks like LAMP in a single click. The new launcher features more than
Mobile job discovery service Jobr has updated its iPhone app with a redesigned interface and new features. It’s also launching on Android today. In addition to a new look, the updated iPhone app now adds the ability to sign up
The team at Vooza take a look at some of the tech world’s biggest fails over the past 12 months. Rest in peace. Vooza – a video comic strip about the tech world regularly shares a new video with you lovely
Amazon is today adding a couple of new storage tiers for its Cloud Drive customers with a heck of a lot of files and photos. The Unlimited Photos Plan is… what it sounds like. You can upload an ‘infinite’ amount
August, maker of an Yves Behar-designed, Bluetooth-equipped door lock, has closed a giant round of funding, as it looks to expand into new products. Bessemer Venture Partners, Comcast Ventures and Qualcomm Ventures are leading the $38 million dollar Series B
Tech start-ups don’t talk much about interest rates. New products, customer acquisition and growth growth growth are top of mind. To the extent that today’s emerging companies consider the cost of capital, it’s usually while raising a venture round. Over
On Monday, eBay appointed Tony Bates, president of camera company GoPro, and Gail McGovern, CEO of the American Red Cross, to its board of directors. The duo will eventually replace long-time board directors William C. Ford and Richard T. Schlosberg,
Hear how companies are now transforming into data-driven enterprises using a single open-source platform that combines flexible data storage systems, advanced analytics and agile app-dev PaaS frameworks.
WhatsApp doesn’t want to be a platform. Co-founder Brian Acton, on a panel Wednesday at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, made that very clear. Unlike its sibling service Messenger, which has started courting outside developers and businesses, all that matters to
A wise man once said that reality is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain. Oculus, the virtual reality harbinger now owned by Facebook, agrees. And it wants you to believe it too, so you can accept virtual reality as a
Since it launched to the public at the end of 2005 (the very first video is still online), YouTube has come to dominate online video in a way that few businesses manage to dominate anything on the Web. Today, it
Kyle Ellicott is the cofounder of Wearable World, ReadWrites parent company, and directs Wearable World Labs, a startup incubator.Many of those who have attended South By Southwest Interactive in recent years complain that its lost focus. Perhaps thats fair: Its
Drones and satellites will soar above the earth under Facebooks plan to bring Internet connectivity to remote corners of the globe. At the F8 conference Thursday, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer revealed images of the companys first such product: the Aquila, a
Facebooks Tom Occhino unveils React NativeWeb apps and mobile apps don’t just look different, they have to be coded differently, too. However, a new open source framework from Facebook could make those two sets of code a
South Korean electronics giant LG announced Thursday (via AndroidCentral) that it plans to release its SIM card equipped smartwatch, the Urbane LTE, in a little less than a month in its home country, with a price of 650,000 won. That
HTCs One M9 got rave reviews at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and might be HTCs best offering yet. But this phone, which goes on sale first thing Friday morning, seems doomed to be forgotten—not least because what at first
If you are interested in sharing a video across the Web, you probably start by uploading it to YouTube or Vimeo. Facebook wants in on that action, and as of today allows videos uploaded to the site to be embedded
Amazon is arguing that the Federal Aviation Administration took so long to approve its test drone, the model in question has become obsolete. It said as much during a Tuesday testimony before a Senate subcommittee. While the FAA was considering
At Facebook’s f8 developer conference Wednesday, the company made its play for the so-called Internet of Things by way of its Parse app development platform. The back-end as a service” provider just announced new software development kits geared for smart
Remember when Facebook-app developers were revolutionaries? It wasn’t that long ago—and yet in the fast-moving world of technology, it seems an entire generation ago.And like an aging urbanite looking to rediscover his youth, Facebook has entered its hipster era—self-congratulating, self-parodying,
Jaunt virtual reality cameraOculus might not have a release date for its virtual reality headset yet, but its parent company Facebook is already thinking about how to incorporate virtual reality into its lifeblood: the newsfeed.CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Facebooks Messenger app has some big ambitions. It not only wants to give users new ways to communicate via goofy photos, GIFs, video and eventually virtual-reality recordings, its also making a big play for e-commerce.No wonder Facebook
On Tuesday, Apple acquired FoundationDB, an enterprise software company with a major open source component. On Wednesday, that open source component was no more.See also: Apple Buys FoundationDB In A Decisive Break With The Jobs PlaybookFoundationDB’s GitHub page, which was
Guest author Scott Gerber is founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council.Gaining new customers is always a priority. But that doesnt mean keeping your existing clients happy isnt also high on the to-do list. Keeping your startups churn rate steady—and low—is
Cord-cutters have plenty of streaming-TV options, but Amazon just upped the stakes.The company revealed several new upcoming features for its Fire TV products on Tuesday, including support for external USB storage and the sort of wireless networks found in hotels.
(Updated to note the closure of FoundationDBs GitHub repository.)This really isnt Steve Jobs Apple anymore. According to TechCrunch, Apple just acquired FoundationDB, a relative newcomer to the NoSQL crowd and the first enterprise software company Apple has ever bought. While the acquisition
The Apple Watch in action.The number of fronts where Apple and Google are battling directly seems to grow with each passing month: desktop OSes, mobile OSes, digital assistants, cloud-based office apps, smartwatches, maps, and so on and
Deep links for mobile apps were designed to mimic Web links by letting users click into different parts of an app and not just its home screen. But they’re also changing the way we discover new things. The deep-linking startup
A few weeks ago, via Know Your Company , we asked folks at Basecamp what brand-name items they couldn’t live without. (We have strong feelings about yogurt, and Chicagoans are extremely serious about their skin care regimens.) Here’s what everyone
Some of the folks at our Chicago office drink a lot of coffee and have been known to have strong opinions on the quality. So I decided to see if they actually preferred the taste of really good coffee over
One of the very best things about working at Basecamp is “Everyone on support (EOS)”. That’s our policy where everyone on the team—no matter what their normal job is—spends one day per month as a customer support agent.Each time my
My wonderful coworkers here at Basecamp have discovered a surefire way to make my head explode. All you have to do is post a link in Campfire to a piece of flimsily sourced “data journalism” that’s hard to believe (like
Today we’re excited to announce the latest addition to the Basecamp team: Jay Ohms joins us a our lucky 13th programmer. He’ll be working with our mobile team on Basecamp for Android. Android enthusiasts will know Jay as the one
Nate Otto and I made a new Basecamp homepage illustration based on a vector drawing I made in Adobe Illustrator. Initially I didn’t intend it to be hand drawn. I thought I’d refine the vector drawing. Somewhere in the middle
About five years ago I consciously willed an art career into existence. At that point I had been working a social services job for about five years. I initially took the job because it wasn’t specifically
We write a lot of thoughtful stuff here on Signal v. Noise, but we noticed our headline writing hasn’t kept up with current trends. So, we’ve started revising all our past posts — you won’t believe what happens next!You might
Of the many axioms in the world of software, few rise to the occasion of Thou Shall Not Rewrite Your Application. Spolsky called it the “single worst strategic mistake that any software company can make” in his seminal 2000 essay
Whenever I dive into something new, I try to find at least one “why the hell not?” moment. And when I can, I try to leave evidence of that moment in whatever it is that I’m building.When we launched our
I watched in disbelief as the robot crashed into the mission model. It had run the exact same mission hundreds of times during practice. We never worried about this step; it was always successful. It was “dial-tone” reliable. We had
Yesterday we launched The Distance podcast and our show is now in iTunes. Be sure to subscribe!In honor of The Distance podcast’s debut, I asked Basecampers what podcasts they’re currently enjoying and collected the responses. In some cases, you’ll see
Since The Distance launched in May, we’ve taken you to a leather tannery, a tiki bar, an art warehouse and many other businesses, all of which have been operating for 25 years without taking outside investment. We’ve shared these companies’
A common approach to problem solving is to consider it binary. Either you’ve fixed the issue or you haven’t. Some problems fit that domain well: Either the calculator returns 2 on 1 + 1 or it doesn’t. There really isn’t
Last week I asked a question on Twitter: If you have a personal website, why do you have it?Some people used their site as a hub that collects their online identities. Others liked to fiddle with web tech or writing.
We’re really proud of the small-but-mighty team we’ve built here at Basecamp. Hiring is hard. Likewise, landing a great job is hard. In a sea of resumes, effort rises to the top.Here are a few of the websites and commissioned
Editor’s note: this is an Early Release excerpt from Chapter 7 of Docker Cookbook by Sébastien Goasguen. The recipes in this book will help developers go from zero knowledge to distributed applications packaged and deployed within a couple of chapters.
I sat down with Andrew Hinton, an information architect at The Understanding Group and author of the recently released O’Reilly book Understanding Context. Our conversation included a discussion of information architecture’s
gunrock -- a CUDA library for graph primitives that refactors, integrates, and generalizes best-of-class GPU implementations of breadth-first search, connected components, and betweenness centrality into a unified code base useful for future development of high-performance GPU graph primitives. (via Ben
RadioShacks Customer Data For Sale (Ars Technica) -- trying to sell customer data as part of court-supervised bankruptcy.classp: A Classier Way to Parse (Google Code) -- The abstract syntax tree is what programmers typically want to work with. With class
Tricorder Prototype -- collar+earpiece, base station, diagnostic stick (lab tests for diabetes, pneumonia, tb, etc), and scanning wand (examine lesions, otoscope for ears, even spirometer). (via Slashdot)Souders Joins Speedcurve -- During these engagements, I’ve seen that many of these companies
Swarmfarm Robotics -- His previous weed sprayer weighed 21 tonnes, measured 36 metres across its spray unit, guzzled diesel by the bucketload and needed a paid driver who would only work limited hours. Two robots working together on Bendee effortlessly
Each week our design editors curate the most notable, interesting, and important material they come across. Below you’ll find their recent selections. You can get these and more in our weekly design newsletter.The evolution of UXFrom da Vinci to Dreyfuss
In this weeks Radar Podcast episode, Jon Follett, editor of Designing for Emerging Technologies, chats with Matt Nish-Lapidus, partner and design director at Normative. Their discussion circles around the evolution of
Editor’s note: This is an excerpt by Claire Rowland from our upcoming book Designing Connected Products. This excerpt is included in our curated collection of chapters from the O’Reilly Design library. Download a free copy of the Designing for the
David Recordon Joins US Govt -- This afternoon, President Barack Obama will announce a newly created position for David Recordon, who has worked as one of Facebook’s engineering directors since 2009. Recordon will join the White House as the director
Using Monitoring Dashboards to Change Behaviour -- One day we wrote some brittle Ruby scripts that polled various services. They collated the metrics into a simple database and we automated some email reports and built a dashboard showing key service
Experts from across the software architecture world are coming together in Boston this week for the OReilly Software Architecture Conference 2015. Below weve assembled notable keynotes, interviews, and insights from the event.Software architects: post-post-usefulThe old notion of a software architect
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Google has announced that the company’s malware-blocking software data is now publicly available. Developers can now incorporate additional security measures into web and mobile applications using the Google Safe Browsing API.
Forget coupons and punch cards — these days, customers are expecting something a little more intuitive to get their attention. That’s where Paytronix comes in: a guest loyalty tool that provides reward programs, email
SmartBear announced that it has acquired the Swagger API Open Source Project from Reverb Technologies. The deal puts SmartBear in charge of two of the larger open source projects (Swagger & SoapUI) within the
Unitedprint.com, an online print shop, has released an API that allows business customers to programmatically place orders through its ordering system, the USS Connect API. Prior to the API release, business customers were forced
Tinders private API has been hacked, yet again. Tinderbots, programs that utilize the Tinder API for unauthorized use, have been on the rise lately. The unauthorized use of Tinders private API has led to both
MasterCard has released the new MasterCard Places API, which allows developers to build intelligent location-driven applications using MasterCard Places data. The Places API is powered by what MasterCard calls near-real-time, aggregated, anonymous transaction data.
According to powerful Silicon Valley venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, software is eating the world. And if that’s true, APIs are a big part of the trend.But despite the popularity and importance of APIs to
Microsoft today made Azure App Service, a new service for creating cross-platform apps, available to developers. The toolset covers a wide range of apps, including mobile apps, web apps, logic apps, and API apps.
With March Madness comes the challenge to predict that perfect bracket, but with the odds of achieving this being something like 1 in 135 billion, a little bit of insider knowledge would definitely help
Facebooks acquisition of Parse gives the social giant a big mobile boost by making it easier for developers to create apps for the Facebook platform. In a three-part series, we take a deep dive into Parse.
Facebook’s acquisition of Parse gives the social giant a big mobile boost by making it easier for developers to create apps for the Facebook platform. In a three-part series, we take a deep dive into Parse.