nngroup: Long-Term Exposure to Flat Design - How the Trend Slowly Makes Users Less Efficient.
“Users are forced to explore pages to determine what’s clickable. They frequently pause in their activities to hover over elements hoping for dynamic clickability signifiers, or click experimentally to discover potential links. This behavior is analogous to the behavior of laboratory rats in operant-conditioning experiments: if a rat gets a food pellet at random intervals after performing a specific action, the rat will keep doing that action in the hope of getting fed again.” My italic emphasis. Great point, well explained.
Macworld: Firefox keeps your browsing truly private with new Tracking Protection feature.
Slate: SXSW canceled panels - Here is what happened.
At some point, event organizers are going to have to embrace the controversy and bite the security bullet. Better to get this stuff out in the open, than leave it to fester in the dark holes of the ‘net. SXSW could have gotten out in front of this, been a shining example. Unfortunately, it’s not what it used to be. Grown beyond relevance.
Macworld: The case of the case-sensitive formatted drive and Adobe Creative Cloud.
Webdesigner Depot: Adobe releases award-winning Slate app for the web.
Git2Go. iPhone app.
Macworld: Make Apple Photos for OS X more powerful with an editing extension.
For Photos faithful. I was astonished to see Pixelmator doesn’t have a quick white-balance tool; so I rate most of these as nice for smartphone image tweaking, but if you’re serious, head over to Adobe. Imagine wanting to re-edit something in a couple of years - will this stuff even still exist? Too much Rube Goldberg here.
10,000 unread items in Reeder.
I so hate to do it, but I think a “Mark all as Read” is in order. Hey, here’s a thought. I wish they’d enable a “Mark all previous to today as Read” as a feature.
Later: Reeder has “Mark Below as Read” ... that’ll do. Manual.
Bit Later: Thanks to the previous, 10,000 turns into a more manageable 900.
Mattermost ... open source, Slack alternative.
MS: Upgrade to IE11, or be left in the cold.
Die, IE, die. Why won’t it die?
AppleInsider: Adobe makes Lightroom iOS apps completely free, drops license & Creative Cloud.
Interesting move. I wonder what it foreshadows?
They alter things so often, I’m not sure I’ve got the latest layout. When I do, I’ll comment further.
LR Solutions: Rolling back from 6.2. How hard can it be?
LR 6.2/2015.2 CC is apparently provoking problems in El Capitan. Info for rolling back - may be time-sensitive. I upgraded in Yosemite, and so far everything’s OK (knocks wood).
DN: Dreamweaver: why not?
At least noone mentioned GoLive or FrontPage.
Boston Globe: A revolution rattling the world of organ music.
DP Review: Adobe launches Photoshop Fix, desktop and mobile app updates.
Bunches of apps to dupe what desktop software does. Workflow’ll be ... interesting.
Macintouch: El Capitan issues.
Many sound like the usual suspects ... the Adobe issues concern me, obviously. I’ll be watching to see the fixes before upgrading.
Register.UK: Flaky Flickr’s pic upload faulty for weeks, fume fed-up photographers.
The site’s getting less and less usable, IMHO. The mobile emphasis in the new designs, the ‘smart’ features ... are all adding needless complexity to doing a simple function: publishing photos. Now it seems they can’t even do what the site was designed for.
Register.UK: North America is COMPLETELY OUT of new IPv4 addresses
“In the past few minutes, ARIN – which oversees the allocation of IP addresses in North America – has confirmed the region is completely dry of new IPv4 address. No new addresses are available for web hosting companies, cloud providers, individuals, organizations: the last batch was issued this week.”
Register.UK: Why Amazon, Netflix, Tinder, Airbnb and co plunged offline.
“It got so bad AWS engineers were unable to send administrative commands to the metadata systems. At about 0500 PT, the team paused the service so that it could get in and make changes to handle the overwhelming workload. By 0700 PT, DynamoDB was staggering back to its feet. Other services were hit by the outage: EC2 Auto Scaling, the Simple Queue Service, CloudWatch, and the AWS Console feature, suffered problems.”
AI: Modified versions of Xcode used to sneak malware into App Store, Apple confirms.
An unexpected vector, it seems.
Autoweek: VW accused of using software in 482,000 diesels to skirt US clean-air rules.
“EPA officials called the software a ‘defeat device’ that allowed VW and Audi vehicles to fulfill emissions standards in lab testing, but emit nitrogen oxides at up to 40 times allowable levels in real-world driving.” Computerized vehicles are getting entertaining.
iA Writer 3.0
Swiping, even on Mac, is the big change.
App store updates: “Fixes bugs from the future.”
DP Review: Red Dot Camera wants to bring the Leica experience to your iPhone.
$2.99 for a faux-Leica. Worth the pittance.