Conversational bots are one of those things that might seem “magical” at first glance, but on a deeper look you can discover that there’s nothing more than a clever new way of doing things.
Matthew Honnibal proposes we call this kind of technology Linguistic User Interface, by analogy with Graphical User Interfaces, explains clearly and simply how language input it’s not that different from a click, and why the opportunity for taking advantage of this kind of interfaces it’s probably much more narrow than people may think.
Read his full article on: A Natural Language User Interface is just a User Interface
The mobile app boom kicked off in July 2008, when Apple introduced the App Store. Now it is over.
Even the very biggest app publishers are seeing their growth slow down or stop altogether. Most people have all the apps they want and/or need. They’re not looking for new ones.
Localization and internationalization of an app or site it’s a challenge that’s not specially hard on the technical side, but that it can ceirtanly become difficult for social and behavioral aspects, such as our own etnocentrism, lack of standardized standards, or even standards that conflict with actual use or user expectations.
The development team at Etsy identified three attributes that affected currency formatting: the currency, user location and user language. Their post on How Etsy Formats Currency shows how to correctly format currency and some of the practical decisions that are involved in the process.
99% invisible tells the story of how Sigmund Freud’s couch came to be the symbol of psychoanalysis… even if it ceased to be as widely used as one might think based on movies and cartoons.
It’s time to dispel the myths about nuclear power lists some of the actual facts on the incidents on Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear plants. Something to really consider if you’re really interested in diminishing the participation of fossil fuels on electric energy production.
There’s a very entertaining and educational thread going on Hacker News about data loss and disaster recovery that came about an actual, ongoing, massive system outage at Gliffy… I’m sure everyone has a similar story to share.
The United Nations Code for Trade and Transport Locations it’s probably the greatest countries, states, regions, cities and localities database you can ever find; or at least the most complete you might hope for. It includes over 100,000 locations in 249 countries with detailed administrative subdivisions info and even geographic coordinates (rough, but still).