The average number of acquaintances separating any two people no matter who they are . . . is not six but 3.9.
What’s more, that 3.9 figure is for people in unusual and largely self-contained professions, such as a Chinese-to-Korean translator. The average degree of separation between Facebook members, they compute, is about 3.2.
The Pacific Standard about a new research from Taiwan suggesting Facebook has shrunk the distance between any two human beings.
If you really care about privacy, you can follow the instructions in this video (linked by Lifehacker) and make a monitor that only you can see through special glasses.
Ok, I know, everybody is thinking about porn but maybe this technique could be applied to other domains, like ATMs.
Google is not Apple, especially if we talk about design. We all know that.
However no one can deny that Google has made great progress on improving the design of its products in the last couple of years: white spaces, cards, clean typography and a consistent interface among all the services.
A great article by Farhad Manjoo (Co.Design) explains how Google’s approach to design has changed over the years. Some points worth thinking about:
What do you think about?
After some weeks of indecision, I decided to buy an ebook reader, precisely the new Kindle Paperwhite.
Why an eBook reader instead of a tablet (my iPad1 really sucks!)? Well, because I realized that I have been using my tablet primarily for reading articles and blog posts via Pocket, Zite or Feedly. The smartphone is enough for all the other needs.
My first feelings after few days with the new “toy”:
In conclusion, I’m really in love with my new Kindle and I think it’ll really improve my reading experience.
Disney Research is about to present at ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology the results of its research on tactile rendering algorithm to simulate rich 3D geometric features (such as bumps, ridges, edges, protrusions, texture etc.) on touchscreen surfaces.
The Washington Post, that firstly reported the news, says:
The process behind it is, predictably, both technical and confusing, but the basic premise is that small, electronic pulses can trick your fingers into perceiving bumps and texture, even if the surface is actually flat.
That’s not a new discovery — scientists have known since 2001 that friction is the predominant force that lets you perceive textures. But Disney’s findings [...] suggests sweeping applications in devices we already use, like smartphones and tablets.
More details available at the project page.
If you like to customize your Android phone, you probably know MyColorScreen: awesome themes, but hard to install on your own device due to the plenty of settings (icon packs, wallpapers, custom launcher, tweaks, …).
Themer by MyColorScreen, currently in private beta, aims at removing all the headaches and making the install process as simple as possible. Just one click and your phone gets a completely new dress. Cool, isn’t it?