Jony Ive’s new “icon grid” is a guide meant to ensure that different apps’ icons look harmonious on the home screen. […] But whether we accept the idea of a grid or not, here’s the bigger point: no icon designer I’ve asked thinks Ive’s grid is helpful. In that sense, it’s wrong. The large circle is too big. Many apps in iOS 7 use it: all the Store apps, Safari, Messages, Photos… In all these icons, the big shape in the center is simply too big. Every icon designer I’ve asked would instead draw something like the icon on the right. To our eyes—and we get paid to have good ones, we’re told—this is more correct.
Now, it’s possible that Ive’s grid is simply being misinterpreted by the actual designers who put pixels to screen to make these icons. His grid is a good guide of bounding boxes. That large circle represents the outside edge beyond which your icon’s shape should never extend. The blue, hollow box is the maximum area the icon can fill in this toolbar. If your icon is a “full shape” (one that fills space very efficiently) it would be a mistake to simply make it the size of this bounding box. It would look too big. Instead, it should be inset slightly. That way, “pointy shapes” (with a lot of “inefficient”, protruding parts) can extend to the edge of that bounding box, and the two kinds of shapes will look good next to each other.
Nice analysis of the actual iOS7 icon grid. I “really” hope they overdo their icons in the final release.
jQuery makes programming for new people fun, especially for people who know CSS. The first time you run $(’.foo’).fadeOut() you feel like a god damn wizard. You know what you start with in most programming books? “Lets do math! Here, type 1 + 1 into your console. It says 2! WOW! Wasn’t that fun!?”. No, it really isn’t fun at all and that’s the things those books cover.
"What’s so amazing is that once again, as with the lock screen, these are things that are already solved. We got this. Open your music app for iOS 6, and the icons for repeating and shuffling are as clear as day."
"Apple has always placed a priority on protecting our customers’ personal data, and we don’t collect or maintain a mountain of personal details about our customers in the first place. There are certain categories of information which we do not provide to law enforcement or any other group because we choose not to retain it. For example, conversations which take place over iMessage and FaceTime are protected by end-to-end encryption so no one but the sender and receiver can see or read them. Apple cannot decrypt that data. Similarly, we do not store data related to customers’ location, Map searches or Siri requests in any identifiable form."
Many of us think of the Internet as a global community. But two-thirds of the world’s population does not yet have Internet access. Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters.
This is actually a really cool project. Why does only google come to these kind of ideas? If this works out and we have a good network in a couple of months and everyone is hopping on the loon bandwagon to have internet access, all the data privacy creepers come out and blame Google for locking new markets. Yes they want everyone to use the internet, thats where the google ads are and thats where the money lies, but they try to do new things to keep their market alive and to move forward instead of locking down users with traffic limits like “Deutsche Telekom” and others to get more money out of their customers.
In Germany theres actually a stagnation on service providers for several years now and counting. Can´t wait for Google to fill the gap and kick these old conservative thinking companys out of the game.
"The NSA access system is built into every version of the Windows operating system now in use, except early releases of Windows 95 (and its predecessors). The discovery comes close on the heels of the revelations earlier this year that another US software giant, Lotus, had built an NSA “help information” trapdoor into its Notes system, and that security functions on other software systems had been deliberately crippled."
"It’s the destruction of the web, collateral damage. There is no method that I’m aware of which would allow a search engine to function successfully on the web the way it works today that will not result into damage to the very thing it tries to navigate."