Archive for January 2015

Introverts reward systems

the extroverts strongly associated their environment and contexts with reward, whereas the introverts showed little to no association, the researchers wrote in the paper.

… suggests that introverts have a fundamental difference in how strongly they process rewards from their environment, with the brains of introverts weighing internal cues more strongly than external motivational and reward cues, the researchers write in the paper.

Extroverts Link Good Feelings to Their Environment.

AppStore Bigger than Hollywood

It’s also likely that the App industry is healthier. On an individual level, some App developers earn more than Hollywood stars[3] and I would guess that the median income of app developers is higher than the median income of actors.[4] The app economy sustains more jobs (627,000 iOS jobs in the US vs. 374,000 in Hollywood) and is easier to enter and has wider reach. As the graph below shows It’s also growing far more rapidly.

via Bigger than Hollywood | Asymco.

How PAPER Magazine’s web engineers scaled Kim Kardashian’s back-end (SFW)

“I reflexively begin designing the architecture in my head. It’s a nerd impulse. Dogs chase after thrown balls, system administrators design to arbitrary traffic.”

via How PAPER Magazine’s web engineers scaled Kim Kardashian’s back-end (SFW) — The Message — Medium.

The Worst Passwords – The Real Problem

Worst Passwords of 2014:
1. 123456 (Unchanged from 2013)
2. password (Unchanged)
3. 12345 (Up 17)
4. 12345678 (Down 1)
5. qwerty (Down 1)
6. 1234567890 (Unchanged)
7. 1234 (Up 9)

“Passwords based on simple patterns on your keyboard remain popular despite how weak they are,” said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData. “Any password using numbers alone should be avoided, especially sequences. As more websites require stronger passwords or combinations of letters and numbers, longer keyboard patterns are becoming common passwords, and they are still not secure.” 

Here’s the thing, people making those password know they are bad, what they are telling you is they don’t care and come up with something else for security because they are not going to waste their time with your password system… and they are right.

Google No Longer Provides Patches 4.3 or earlier

If the affected version [of WebView] is before 4.4, we generally do not develop the patches ourselves, but welcome patches with the report for consideration. Other than notifying OEMs, we will not be able to take action on any report that is affecting versions before 4.4 that are not accompanied with a patch.


via Metasploit: Google No Longer Provides Patches f… | SecurityStreet.

To beat the iPhone, beat the iPhone’s camera

We can joke about selfies all we want, but this is a generation that is using photography as a primary medium of communication.

via Six Colors: To beat the iPhone, beat the iPhone’s camera.

Responsive Logos

Responsive Design before the Web

Responsive Logos.

The Web is a Native Platform

The problem is treating native as a word that only applies to certain categories of things… Native only has meaning with context: All things, software included, are native to somewhere.

Being native to the internet means prioritizing connections over hardware features, and standards over specific innovation; the web is native to a communication protocol. Consensus is critical to the functioning of the platform, leading to a certain friction for innovation.

Hardware specific software is and has been so common, we often don’t stop to think about how strange it is to have software that doesn’t run on some computers.

Now that we have a web platform that works everywhere, such restrictions must be inserted artificially. If you wanted to sell customers on limited access software, it would be useful to imply that universally accessible software is somehow weird.

When developers complained about the iPhone’s lack of a hardware-specific platform, they were not clamoring for the ability to display UI to end users; the fully-supported Web already did that. What they wanted was access to the full feature set of the hardware, which the Web lacked, but Apple’s built-in software had.

There is a group that has every reason to imply web software is weird and foreign: Hardware manufacturers. Hardware-bound software restricts your ability to shop elsewhere. Nothing has empowered consumer choice in hardware like the prevalence of the web; it is the best friend a new hardware platform ever had, and a bane to the established incumbent.

I write my web app code using hardware-specific apps (though that is changing.) In most cases, I complete tasks using both kinds of software. A pixel is a pixel; a sound is a sound.

The web makes no decisions. It treats censorship as an obstruction.

via The Web is a Native Platform — Medium.

Has Technology Killed the Jewelry Industry?

 The study found that, as a group, these “affluent millennials” enjoyed technology purchases far more than jewelry; 46 percent said technology purchases gave them “great pleasure,” compared to just 25 percent for jewelry.

And these technologies are functional. Millennials spend $170 billion in purchases per year, and, according to an October study, three out of their five favorite brands are tech gadget companies. (Apple, Samsung, and Sony, in case you’re wondering.) Tablets, laptops, gaming systems, televisions, and smartphones all offer a very real purpose to the owner. If a generation favors performance above aesthetics, what does jewelry offer?

Has Technology Killed the Jewelry Industry? – Pacific Standard: The Science of Society.

Mobile Web is retail’s big winner

Mobile accounted for 52.1 percent of traffic to retail Web sites on Thanksgiving day, up 22 percent from last year, according to data from IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark. Going back to 2010, only 6.5 percent of traffic came from mobile.

Mobile sales grew at even faster pace, up 25.4 percent compared to last year, accounting for 32.3 percent of online sales.

The trend continued on Cyber Monday, with mobile accounting for 39.9 percent of all online traffic, up 28.4 percent, according to IBM. Mobile sales accounted for 23 percent of online sales, up 28.7 percent.

When it comes to holiday shopping, consumers have clearly voted for the convenience of the mobile Web over retailers’ applications.

In an analysis of 46 million page views from mobile devices on Skava’s clients’ mobile Web sites and apps, including Gap, Staples, Macy’s and Toys “R” Us, the company found that the mobile Web accounted for 97 percent of retail sales from mobile devices on Black Friday while apps accounted for just 3 percent.

Mobile Web is retail’s big winner and loser for holiday shopping – Mobile Commerce Daily – Web site development.