Thursday, May 10, 2018

If it works, it works

The funny thing about programming is that if it works, it works and the debate is over. It doesn't matter how smart they are when they tell you it won't work. If it works, it works. But then they will ask if it's scaleable. 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Best Advice for Programmers Ever. The Dangerous Truth!

I love this article. It is the best advice for skilled programmers I have read in along time. The article makes a great point. It's worth reading

The fantastic truth is that code has become a Sanskrit like language

Saturday, April 21, 2018

No nonsense Free Audio Playback of any Kindle or IBook

"I recently purchased a Kindle book and noticed that Audible offered a free audio version. But eventually I discovered it was not free and they had me signed up for a subscription. You know, those sneaky little leaks that gradually drain your bank account when you are not watching. Buyer Beware!"

I hijacked this article from here: Free Audio Playback of any Kindle or iBook

Here's a quick guide to enabling free, no subscription playback with page turning.

Open Settings and General->Accessibility->Speech->Speak Screen  then Enable Speak Screen. Below on the same screen, you are able to select from voices.  Then use a two finger swipe down from the top within your Kindle or iBook App.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

IBM Watson Loves Apple to the CoreML

ET vs AI
We would love to review this App on Best Camera. 

Here is a good article for anyone interested in Artificial Intelligence, Aliens from other worlds, and fast Image Recognition. Will they provide the code for this App? I read in the article that they are planning to make the entire project open source on GitHub. That would be a great learning tool. And if they submit to the App Store, a good way to get a bunch of installs.

Here is a link for Part 2 of the Article. It looks like there are three parts.

Part 2 - Coding with Watson SDK and CoreML

There's kind of TOC in each article. I would recommend starting with Part 1, or just jump right to he coding with part 2.

Part 1 — Setting up Image Recognition Models in Watson Studio

What's great about this article is the in depth description of how to use some cool technology created with by an IBM/Apple partnership. This is a good read.

Quoting from the article:
The engineers at IBM and Apple have formed an exciting AI joint venture. This article will explain how these two giants have made your life, as a developer, easier and more productive.
The combo of Watson and CoreML has everything from friendly online model training tools to fast onboard image classification. It’s got the stuff we want.

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Incredible Value and Emotion of Fonts

Fonts increase value of both your website and your Apps 

Netflix unveils Netflix Sans, a new custom typeface developed with Dalton Maag

and more....

       “Through a series of split test experiments, I managed to improve my site’s engagement by 38%.  I did this by changing nothing but the font styling of the site.” – Six Revisions, July 21, 2014

       “For Internet marketers, the most important thing to remember is to use typography to complement and enhance your copy.  When done right, it can trigger the right emotion, mood, and even action required to get a visitor to convert.” – Oberoi, 2014.

       “Effective typography practices can prove to be a pivotal factor in the success of an interface’s effectiveness and ability to support business needs.” – DeFrates, 2013

       “Of course, endless examples can be found of how subtle typographic choices make all the difference…. Effective design begets effective communication, and while major design decisions are obviously important, the little things often make all the difference.” – Knight and Glaser, 2012

       “Even the letterforms you choose could have an impact on how much authority your words carry.” – Anderson, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Space Camera Apps

Space Station Astronauts are testing out new cameras in orbit. Here's a fun video using these this new camera technology.

Monday, April 9, 2018

View Everything Facebook Knows About You in 3 Steps

Just follow these steps to download an archive of everything Facebook Knows about you including all your friends and their phone numbers, ads, messages, photos and videos and much more.

1. Facebook Settings

2. Download a Copy

3. Confirm Download (requires FB password)