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Smashing Magazine

by Vasilis Van Gemert

March 1, 2013

There are several tactics for deciding where to put breakpoints in a responsive design. There is the rusty idea that they should be based on common screen sizes, but this doesn't scale well. There are no "common" screen sizes.

Another popular tactic is to create a breakpoint wherever the layout breaks. This sounds much better. But it still leaves us with the question, How do you determine whether the layout is broken? One logical answer is to look at classic readability theory and to define our breakpoints based on that.

The Wall Street Journal

by Vauhini Vara

November 21, 2007

Some users of the Facebook Inc. Web site have been startled by a new feature that tracks their activity outside of the site and shows it to their friends -- renewing questions about the privacy implications.

The social-networking service earlier this month began posting updates about users' activities on Web sites outside of Facebook and on commercial pages within Facebook -- in some cases, alongside ads from the companies behind those Web sites or pages. Facebook is posting users' photos alongside certain advertisements, another feature that has alarmed some privacy advocates and users.

IT Business (Canada)

by Vawn Himmelsbach

July 16, 2011

Not without some intelligent human assistance, say experts.

A few years ago, most Canadians would have laughed at the idea of terrorism on Canadian soil. But recent events have caused governments around the world to step up security efforts in public places, such as airports and border crossings. In Canada, the federal government has allocated $79 million for new equipment and supporting activities at Canadian airports.

forbes.com

by Venkatesh Rao

February 20, 2012

I rarely do list posts, but occasionally, I stumble upon an interesting topic that I cannot approach any other way. The topic that has been interesting me lately is DIY drones.

Political scientist Francis Fukuyama is building one. Patron of guerrillas worldwide, John Robb, is encouraging everybody to build one before the government bans them. Editor of Wired, Chris Anderson, actually has his own drone company. The New York Times is running op-eds about them. Momentum seems to have been building for the last couple of years. Heck, my wife is now insisting that I help her build one. I am frankly bemused. I don't get it. What exactly do people expect to do with their own private drones? So I've been speculating on applications that go beyond spying on the pretty girl next door or realtors making panoramic movies of expensive homes (the application that the NYT piece focuses on). I am particularly puzzled because I should be getting it.

A List Apart

by Veronica Picciafuoco

December 4, 2012

A design contract is like a business card-it comes from the same desk, and bears the same creative mark.

But it's also the business card you hate handing out: a folder of legal gibberish with terrible formatting that reminds the client of everything that could possibly go wrong before the work has even started. Is this just a necessary evil? Why can't contracts evolve like everything else? Actually, they can-and should. Modernizing your contract will not only make it match your carefully crafted brand, but it can also help you reach an agreement faster, and even strengthen your position when negotiating.

Smashing Magazine

by Veronica Picciafuoco

August 15, 2012

Contracts are a source of anxiety and dismay in creative work, but they exist for a good reason. A good contract ensures that you and your client have the same expectations, and protects you in case things go south.

Ideally, your contract should be a combination of industry standards, legal protection and personal preferences. To help you get started, here's a set of 10 basic agreements for a variety of common business situations that creative professionals face. How much do you expect to be paid in advance? What happens if a payment is late? Who will own the rights to the work, and when?

Official Google Blog

by Vic Gundotra

November 7, 2011

In life we connect with all kinds of people, places and things. There's friends and family, of course, but there's also the sports teams we root for, the coffee shops we're loyal to, and the TV shows we can't stop watching (to name a few).

So far Google+ has focused on connecting people with other people. But we want to make sure you can build relationships with all the things you care about-from local businesses to global brands-so today we're rolling out Google+ Pages worldwide. Google+ has always been a place for real-life sharing, and Google+ Pages is no exception. After all: behind every page (or storefront, or four-door sedan) is a passionate group of individuals, and we think you should able to connect with them too.

eagnews.org

by Victor Skinner

August 19, 2014

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - Officials in western Maryland's Washington County schools will be tracking students' social media activity while at school using new software that scans for keywords like "kill" or "bomb."

The district is using software called Social Sentinel that employs "geofencing" protocol to determine when students are on school grounds and scans their Twitter, Facebook and other social media posts for evidence of violent threats, harassment, drug or alcohol use, or similarly dangerous language, WJLA television station reports.

San Francisco Chronicle (CA)

by Victoria Colliver

April 22, 2006

Dr. David Brailer, the man picked by President Bush to promote electronic health records and the modernization of medical technology, has resigned as national coordinator for health information technology effective next month. No replacement has been name

The San Francisco physician, who has held the position for two years, said he is leaving to spend more time with his family. He submitted his resignation Thursday. Brailer, who lives in Pacific Heights and is the father of a 5-year-old son, has been commuting to Washington, D.C., and traveling around the country for much of his tenure.

dailymail.co.uk

by Victoria Woollaston

July 25, 2013

Engineers from Indiana have managed to hack a Toyota Prius and Ford Escape so that the brakes, steering, speedometer and the car's electronics can be controlled remotely using a laptop.

Forget hacking accounts, computers or mobile devices - security engineers from Indiana have managed to hack the software inside the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape. Using a laptop wirelessly connected to the car's electronics, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek were able to remotely control the brakes, the accelerate, change the speedometer, switch the headlights on and off, tighten the seatbelts and even blast the horn. The project was funded by a grant from the U.S Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to highlight the security risks affecting modern-day cars.

      
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