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    Kids, technology, and nonverbal communication

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Apr 20, 2015 at 7:10 PM
    I’m not usually one to freak out about kids and technology use, but Bruce Feiler makes some interesting points in Hey, Kids, Look at Me When We’re Talking:

    Dr. [Clifford Nass, a communication professor at Stanford University] told me about research he was doing that suggested young people were spending so much time looking into screens that they were losing the ability to read nonverbal communications and learn other skills necessary for one-on-one interactions. As a dorm supervisor,...

    Automation and the balance of power in workplaces

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Apr 20, 2015 at 11:05 AM
    In The Machines Are Coming, Zeynep Tufekci talks about the kind of tasks that are being automated by machines:

    Today, machines can process regular spoken language and not only recognize human faces, but also read their expressions. They can classify personality types, and have started being able to carry out conversations with appropriate emotional tenor.

    Machines are getting better than humans at figuring out who to hire, who’s in a mood to pay a little more for that sweater,...

    Google: The Mobile Friendly Ranking Algorithm Still On For Tomorrow, April 21st

    by rustybrick
    Apr 20, 2015 at 5:56 AM
    Google confirmed this morning that the mobile friendly algorithm that was scheduled to be released tomorrow is still on schedule to go live tomorrow.

    The roll out, as we discussed, can take weeks to fully rollout...

    Open Data Commons Opportunities

    by Bill Slawski
    Apr 19, 2015 at 5:32 PM
    There are a lot of Government Web sites that have made the data that they collect and compile freely available to the public. The licenses that data has been released under are described on the following Pages: ODC Public Domain Dedication and...

    Getting Better, But Google Still Has Work On Piracy: The Game Of Thrones Story

    by dannysullivan
    Apr 18, 2015 at 6:00 AM
    Last October, Google promised that it was stepping up efforts to fight online piracy of TV and movie content. A new ranking algorithm would downrank illegitimate sources. New ad and “Knowledge Graph” units would direct people to legitimate sources. Six months later, the launch of the latest season of HBO’s Game Of Thrones TV series shows that Google is doing well in some respects but still has more work to do in others. The same is true for Microsoft’s Bing search engine.

    Game Of Thrones...

    Product Discovery in the context of Agile development

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Apr 17, 2015 at 10:27 AM
    Back in 2012 I wrote the following about a blind spot I’ve noticed in Agile development:

    Problem solving involves not just iteration, but also lots of variation. This often requires time to get it wrong a few times, which doesn’t fit comfortably with the concept of release dates. See, the problem with integrating Agile and UX is not that designers want to hang on to “slow and heavy documents,” “big upfront design”, or whatever you want to call it. The problem is that each iteration...

    The fallacy of the full-stack employee

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Apr 17, 2015 at 10:07 AM
    Elea Chang takes on the “full-stack employee” idea in a great critique called The Full-Stack Employee and The Glorification of Generalization:

    Hidden inside that “full-stack employee” manifesto is the idea that tech equals work and work equals life. Despite all the talk of learning and growing, the full-stack employee is primarily focused on conquering domains within the tech industry. But there have always been ways to impact the world outside the workplace. Unfortunately, the...

    Uninstalled Android Apps Now Benefit In Google's Mobile Search Results

    by rustybrick
    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:44 AM
    As you know, Google launched the first part of their mobile friendly algorithm in February, which meant Android searchers would see Android apps they installed come up in the mobile search results higher for content within the app that matched their query...

    Google Officially Drops URLs In Mobile Search Results For Site Name & Breadcrumbs

    by rustybrick
    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:21 AM
    Google announced last night that the mobile search results are no longer going to display the site's URL in the search snippet...

    How Google's Evolution is Forcing Marketers to Invest in Loyal Audiences - Whiteboard Friday

    Apr 16, 2015 at 5:15 PM
    Given Google's recent changes to SERPs and their April 21 mobile deadline, does SEO still come first? In today's Whiteboard Friday, Rand walks you through tactics you can use to build a loyal audience before you need to do SEO.

    How Google's Evolution is Forcing Marketers to Invest in Loyal Audiences - Whiteboard Friday

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