The Best New Windows 8.1 Features in 8 GIFs

Windows 8.1 just got an update. The changes are mostly tiny but also great. In fact there so small you might even miss a few when they start rolling out next week, so we've wrangled our favourites into this series of handy GIFs. Read More >>

Who Designed the Hamburger Icon?

The hamburger icon is a classic. Even if you don't know it by that name, its three black bars are as familiar as your mouse's cursor—they've been there, a constant companion on your cyber journey since the day you got your first computer. But who designed this icon? Read More >>

What Is Flat Design, And Why Does Skeuomorphism Suck?

With the release of iOS7 just around the corner, clamour over the changes Jony Ive will institute is growing. The general consensus—on this site and elsewhere—is that Apple is about to get a flat makeover. But for the uninitiated, “flat design” can be a confusing term. So let’s talk it out, shall we? Read More >>

Why Do We Keep Making Ebooks Like Paper Books?

Comparing books to ebooks is like comparing mechanical watches to digital watches, or manual cars to automatic cars. No one doubts the convenience, reach, and flexibility of the ebook format, but it will never convincingly replicate the experience of a paper book—nor does it need to. Ebooks are a fundamentally new medium, stuck in an awkward growing stage. Read More >>

Facebook's Most Overlooked Design Change

When you log into Facebook, your eyes shoot up and to the left. That's where Facebook has kept the module with Friend Requests, Messages, and Notifications since 2009, and it's shaped the way you look at the Facebook page. Always the same. Up, and to the left—like a social-media Zapruder film. It's so central to Facebook that it's turned that top left portion of the page into some of the primest real estate on the web. Now it's on the far right. Read More >>

Bringing iPhone Safari Up to Speed

Safari is technically a platform on its own, separate from the App Store. Until the day that Gatekeeper comes to iOS, it will continue to be the most open way for users to access information on Apple's mobile devices. But besides iCloud Tabs and Reading List, Mobile Safari has remained basically unchanged since its unveiling, in 2007. Read More >>

What Turn-by-Turn Navigation Should Look Like

The new Google Maps app was finally released, and I'm loving it so far, but it's missing a feature I've been hoping to see map apps implement for some time. I have this problem where as soon as I pull up directions on my phone, whether right after entering my destination or getting out of the subway station, I get into this confused spinning dance. What I'm trying to do is find out which direction I should be heading in. I twist the phone, I turn my body, all in the hopes that my little blue-dotted self will finally turn in line with the path I've been told to take. Read More >>


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