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Chatting with YIX: Cofounder Jenny Diggles on animated gifs, eliminating “dude bros” in tech, and working with Microsoft

Post # 3724 by Beau Buck on July 30th, 2014 ~ 07:18:10 PM
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July 29th, 2014

Chatting with YIX: Cofounder Jenny Diggles on animated gifs, eliminating “dude bros” in tech, and working with Microsoft

Chatting with YIX: Cofounder Jenny Diggles on animated gifs, eliminating “dude bros” in tech, and working with Microsoft

Traditionally, Portland hasn’t been the strongest town for consumer facing apps. But one genre—games—has managed to buck that trend. One of the recent newcomers to the Portland gaming scene is YIX, the first game centered around animated gifs.

Cofounder Jenny Diggles recently sat down with Technology Advice to chat about the project.

Part 1

Part 2

To get in on the fun, visit YIX.

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Galois tech talk: Verifying C programs in Coq using VST

Post # 3723 by Beau Buck on July 30th, 2014 ~ 07:18:07 PM
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abstract: C programs are notoriously difficult to reason about, either for safety or full functional correctness. Even with a program logic powerful enough to prove the necessary properties, the proof has the assumption that the compiler behaves exactly the way it is expected to. Verified Software Toolchain (VST) answers this problem by providing a logic specified at the source level that proves properties about generated assembly code. It is proved sound w.r.t. the operational semantics of C, the same operational semantics compiled by the proved-correct CompCert verified optimizing C compiler. Both of those proofs are machine-checked in Coq, an interactive proof assistant. This talk will present the basics of VST, followed by an example proof of a C program.

bio: Josiah (Joey) Dodds is an intern at Galois for the summer, researching the verification of cryptographic libraries. After the summer he will return to finish his PhD at Princeton, where he has been verifying information-flow properties and C programs in Coq.

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250466729


PyLadies Code & Learn

Post # 3722 by Beau Buck on July 30th, 2014 ~ 07:18:06 PM
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Come code with us! All experience levels welcome. It’s an opportunity to start and work on group projects together, or share something you’ve been working on with others.  If you’re looking for inspiration or an idea to get going, we’re happy to chat you up. General socializing is also encouraged.

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250466734


JavaScript Immersion meet-and-greet!

Post # 3721 by Beau Buck on July 30th, 2014 ~ 07:18:06 PM
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Meet Portland’s FIRST EVER JavaScript Immersion graduates! Meet the students, the instructor, and the PCS staff. See the immersion students’ projects and discover what they’ve been up to for the last 12 weeks. Here’s a list of some of the things they’ve been doing and learning:

Pretty amazing! These students are extremely excited to share with the community what they’ve been up to. Check out the class website, and come in to discover Portland’s FIRST EVER full-stack JavaScript Immersion program!

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250466725


I Love You, Spotify … Now Change:A web app review in the form of a guerrilla usability test

Post # 3720 by Beau Buck on July 30th, 2014 ~ 07:18:04 PM
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I’m a big indie music fan and Spotify provides my daily soundtrack. I use it happily all the time, but, as with any great product, there’s still room for improvement. As a quick usability test revealed, people run into critical issues using some Spotify features.

My Objective

Identify the pain points of finding, organizing, and sharing music within the Spotify web application on the desktop.

Spotify web app

Current Spotify web application landing page user interface (as of May 24th, 2014)

What: Spotify web app

Who: Eight existing Spotify users who listen to music everyday, though not necessarily using Spotify

Where: San Francisco

Participant Selection

I created a persona before I conducted my user tests and used the persona to screen my participants. For example, I posted on Craigslist with the criteria listed below. It helped me filter for the right participants. Meet my persona, Nick!

Spotify persona

Nick is an iOS developer who loves music

Test Tasks

  1. Create a personal playlist
  2. Add song(s) to the playlist
  3. Edit the playlist and share it
  4. Subscribe to (follow) artists

I determined these tasks based on the essential needs of using online music streaming services. I phrased the tasks as open-ended scenarios to avoid leading the participants to complete any task in a predetermined way.

Processing

The eight usability tests were recorded using QuickTime. I reviewed the recordings, took notes, and identified and prioritized usability issues.

Spotify pain points notes

Notes taken at each session with major pain points reflected from users

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Microsoft’s Windows Phone gets ‘Live Folders’ on Start screen

Post # 3719 by Beau Buck on July 30th, 2014 ~ 01:16:53 PM
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live folders windows phone

An example of Live Folders on the Windows Phone 8.1 Start screen. The Photography folder is collapsed at left , and the Productivity folder is expanded at right. (Microsoft image)

Windows Phone users, your folders have arrived.

Microsoft announced the first update to Windows Phone 8.1 this morning, including a feature that will let users organize the Live Tiles on their Start screens into “Live Folders,” as the company is calling them.

It’s the latest example of Microsoft doing its own spin on features previously released for the iPhone and Android, as Windows Phone tries to gain traction against the larger smartphone platforms.

Microsoft says the update will be available through the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers next week, rolling out to existing Windows Phone customers in the next couple of months. Here are more of the features included in the update.

In addition, Microsoft announced that it’s releasing its Cortana virtual assistant for China and the UK as a beta, and Canada, India and Australia as an earlier-stage alpha release. See this Microsoft blog post for more details.

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Can digital storytelling be accelerated? Only if you accelerate your Oregon Story Board application

Post # 3718 by Beau Buck on July 29th, 2014 ~ 07:14:10 PM
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July 28th, 2014

Can digital storytelling be accelerated? Only if you accelerate your Oregon Story Board application

Can digital storytelling be accelerated? Only if you accelerate your Oregon Story Board application

As we’ve been chatting with all the folks about the Oregon Story Board concept—a startup accelerator borrowing some of the concepts we’ve learned at PIE and apply them to the world of digital storytelling—one of the most interesting parts of the conversation has been how these creatives think about their projects and pursuits.

This is an ongoing experiment. And we’ve learned more than a few things. Mostly, we’ve learned that folks are curious, but unsure if they fit the mold. (Spoiler alert: They do.)