The global news cycle can be overwhelming. So many cultures, regions, and conflicts around the world intersect to form a new mass of headlines each day, that it can be nearly impossible to keep up. Even for those of us who track current events religiously, contextualizing the pieces at play--really understanding the sociopolitical nuances of the conflict in Gaza, say--can be a struggle.
Fold, a news platform being developed by MIT Media Lab’s Alexis Hope and Kevin Hu, has been designed to provide context at its very core. Whereas most news sites (including Fast Company) use links to provide background on who is doing what where and why, Fold is a news site that incorporates background information directly into the articles, including definitions, maps, and other assets.
Niels Biersteker's insight:
FOLD is built by Alexis Hope and Kevin Hu at the MIT Media Lab and will launch for open beta by February 2015.
Op donderdag 5 juni is de nieuwe huisstijl van de gemeente Den Haag geïntroduceerd. Burgemeester Jozias van Aartsen en wethouder Rabin Baldewsingh presenteerden de huisstijl én bijbehorend logo met de onthulling van een nieuw gevelbord voor het stadhuis.
Niels Biersteker's insight:
Prachtig idee om de wijken te gebruiken in de huisstijl (facetten). Ook fijn dat er goede (haagse) letters zijn gekozen. Alleen het logo (stadswapen) is naar mijn smaak wel 'erg' modern ontworpen.
Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams has an ambitious new plan: to shift our daily reading habits away from consuming incremental news bites and towards engaging with enlightened ideas curated by an intelligent algorithm. Ordinarily, such a goal would seem utopian, were it not for the fact that Williams is among a handful of Internet pioneers who have disrupted the media industry multiple times.
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Carers UK today makes a pioneering move into the app market with the launch of Jointly – a tool to help families manage care for loved ones alongside increasingly complex lives
A rapidly ageing population coupled with rising life expectancies for those with illness or disability mean care is a huge and growing issue for society.
Across the UK there are 6.5 million carers – half juggling care with work, a third caring for older relatives alongside raising children.
Jointly – available for mobile phones, tablets and computers – offers a simple, practical way to share information and co-ordinate tasks amongst an invited circle who are helping look after a loved one.
Users. Developers. Everybody. The design of Apples new Extensions will change the way we all use apps.
Today, our apps are basically self-contained castles. Walled off from every other app, you have to open Google Maps to find restaurants in your area, then you have to open up Yelp to search its reviews, and then you have to load Safari to search what Kow Soy is because everybody on Yelp says you just have to order it.
But this method is inefficient. In response, Apple debuted a new feature that will appear in their new iPhone/iPad software, iOS 8. They’re called Extensions. And what they do is allow you to use apps within apps, without having to multitask your way back and forth.
Anyone who’s spent $100 to register as an iOS app developer has already had access to Apple’s iOS Human Interface Guidelines. Now, the 245-page design tome is free for anyone to download in the iBooks store.
Kimono is a web app that lets you slurp data from any website and turn it instantly into an API.
For the last five months, Rowe and Ranade have been building out Kimono, a web app that lets you slurp data from any website and turn it instantly into an API. Using a bookmarklet, you highlight the parts of a site you want to scrape and Kimono does the rest. Those with programming chops can take the code Kimono spits out bake it into their own apps; for the code illiterate, Kimono will automatically rework scraped data into a dynamic chart, list, or a simple web app. In essence, it’s a point and click toolkit for taking apart the web, with the aim of letting people build new things with it.
At Mashable, we're excited to launch our new YouTube channel, Ask a Developer, where you can pose questions to mobile experts via Twitter (using the #AskaDev hashtag) or in the YouTube comments of the videos. Professional developers will respond to your questions each week.
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