Technology to help save a shoreline…

-From C.Juma

Nigerian and Chadian officials are seeking $50 billion for a major water diversion project to replenish Lake Chad. This is nearly twice the annual GDP of Uganda. But it’s understandable, the lake has shrunk by nearly 90% between 1963 and today. The plan involves diverting water from the Oubangi River in Central Africa to replenish…

via As Africa’s largest lakes shrink rapidly, space technology and drones are needed to fight drought — Quartz

Too Abstract?

I absolutely loved this description of creativity in design by Anne Quinto for Quartz “A designer’s creativity is always directed—the quest is to materialize elegant ideas to beautiful forms.” An interesting read.

There’s drama behind every designed object. Design is the animating force behind brands, buildings and interfaces, and so an engrossing series that explains to a general audience what actually goes on behind the scenes was long overdue. Many designers hoped that Netflix’s Abstract: The Art of Design (released Feb. 10) would do for design what…

via Netflix’s new design series spreads the wrong idea about design — Quartz

City Bus: A Delight to See

City Bus on Vancouver Street (about mid-1950s) Distinctive industrial design reveals itself in many ways and, when done well, can be a genuine pleasure to take in. While the specialness of such design is often difficult to see in our contemporary surroundings, its otherwise subtle impact jumps out when looking back at vintage images. A […]

via Vintage / Mod Design: The City Bus — O’ Canada

[Legal] Finding made easy :)

Finding free and legal images to accompany your web content has never been difficult, thanks to Creative Commons. The nonprofit organization offers copyright licenses that creators can use to share their work more broadly, while putting them in control of where and how their work can be used, how it should be attributed and more.…

via Creative Commons unveils a new photo search engine with filters, lists & social sharing — TechCrunch

Supreme Court sides with Samsung in the Apple case— from The Crusader Journal

Such an interesting case – have a look back at the arguments and articles published before the verdict…

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that said the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs. The justices in their 8-0 ruling sent the […]

via Supreme Court rules for Samsung in smartphone fight with Apple — The Crusader Journal

It’s dangerous for all of us when food companies are also tech startups — Quartz

Silicon Valley has developed a special affinity for all things food: meal kits, plant-based burgers, newfangled food delivery services. But the growth demands on the typical tech startup don’t necessarily square with the needs of food-based companies. Catering to venture capitalists (paywall) often drives startup founders to prioritize fast growth to capture new markets. That…

via It’s dangerous for all of us when food companies are also tech startups — Quartz

So interesting…

Google Scholar is an easy way to scour scientific papers, conference proceedings, and books—but it’s not always accurate. The most cited scientist of all time is “et al.,” according to Google Scholar. That’s the Latin abbreviation used in research to indicate that a group of other scientists contributed to the paper. The phrase is shortened from “et […]

via The most cited scientist on Google Scholar isn’t a person — Quartz

Google Can Name Your Pictures (via TechCrunch)

Pretty much 100 percent of my generation is obsessed with Instagram. Unfortunately, I left the platform (sorry all) back in 2015. Simple reason, I am way too indecisive about which photos to post and what pithy caption to give them. Fortunately, with ample spare time, those who share my problem can now use an image captioning model…

via Google open sources image captioning model in TensorFlow — TechCrunch

Trying out Apple’s fully wireless AirPods — TechCrunch

*I’m not sure how long it would take for me to lose one, but I admit it is a beautifully simple design.

The AirPods were as close as we got to an honest-to-goodness hardware surprise at today’s big Apple event in San Francisco — though anyone who heard tell of the untimely demise of the headphone jack probably could have seen this coming. Pre-Beats, at least, headphones have traditionally been something of an afterthought for the company,…

via Trying out Apple’s fully wireless AirPods — TechCrunch

What UX designers can learn from 1990s Japanese video games — TechCrunch

I’m writing this from a slightly saddened perspective, revisiting my favorite SNES RPGs and realizing something: I’ve been spoiled by modern UX design. The sentiment is pretty universal. Read More

via What UX designers can learn from 1990s Japanese video games — TechCrunch