Communication Design, Design, Digital Media

Snap inc. Introduces Spectacles!

Snapchat does what it does best and alleviates their users use of the platform. They are introducing sunglasses that takes snaps, called spectacles!

Spectacles are sunglasses with an integrated video camera that makes it easy to create Memories.

We’ve created one of the smallest wireless video cameras in the world, capable of taking a day’s worth of Snaps on a single charge, and we integrated it seamlessly into a fun pair of sunglasses – available in 3 different colors!

Spectacles are K.I.S.S!

Sunglasses with camera, storage and battery. Brilliant. I appreciate how simple & single-purpose the product is. You don’t have to use your phone but you can still snap.

Can’t wait to find out how this will turnout for the platform.

Curious about K.I.S.S. ? follow through here.

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Digital Media

Dark Sky’s hyperlocal weather app is now available on the web

Four-year-old mobile weather app Dark Sky is mostly known for two things: its beautifully rendered radar maps and startlingly accurate hyperlocal weather predictions. The latter was Dark Sky’s killer feature by far, and used your smartphone’s GPS to let you know exactly when and how long you’d get rained on. With notifications like “Heavy rain starting in 12 min.” it can be a lifesaver in rainy regions or places prone to sudden thunderstorms. Now those same features, along with a suite of new maps and visualizations, are available on your desktop via DarkSky.net.

Source: Dark Sky’s hyperlocal weather app is now available on the web

You can embed these maps too! Below is London’s hyperlocal wind map. Neato!

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Communication Design, Digital Media

Responsive emails!

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Hurray for the responsive emails, now we can set-up device-aware campaigns to Gmail accounts.

When you send emails, your recipients might read them on a computer, tablet, or phone—or more likely, all three. However your message might look different on all these devices. Later this month, you’ll be able to use CSS media queries with Gmail and Inbox by Gmail to ensure that your message is formatted the way you intended, whether it’s viewed on a computer, a phone in portrait mode, or a tablet in landscape mode. You’ll be able to change styles based on width, rotation, and resolution, allowing for more responsive formatting to optimize your email for every device.

Source: Google Apps Developer Blog: Your emails, optimized for every screen with responsive design

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Stream of consciousness

Write like nobody is watching

e54444Amongst of all the beautiful things in life, it’s incredible that whats between those quotation marks got me to start typing again*. I am leaving behind all my intention of long perfect content pieces, and focus on greasing my writing process.

This is the only way for me to produce the better of my writing going forward.

Ps. I am picking up an old device called “morning pages**” to start tapping, typing and seeing on a regular basis. It will be interesting to see what I will find-out about myself.


Notes:

*   Thanks to John for the motivation.

** Morning pages explained.

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Digital Media

Twitter’s New Stategy Statement is Irrelevant

Twitter:

Reach the largest daily audience in the world by connecting everyone to their world via our information sharing and distribution platform products and be one of the top revenue generating Internet companies in the world.

John Gruber

That’s 220 characters. If any company should be able to fit its strategy into a single tweet, it’s Twitter. So clunky. Worrisome that they can’t express themselves clearly.
I can just see the argument. “Let’s call them platforms.” “No, products.” “Platforms!” “Products!” “Wait, I’ve got it: platform products.”

I agree to every word of it. Also by forcefully inserting the “revenue generating” part to attract investors, they appeare desperate. If you are a business that generates revenue you will be out there.

It is sad to see that a platform I relied on for relevancy is alienating itself to their founding principles.

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