How to Make Progress Bars Feel Faster to Users by anthony on 05/29/12 at 1:52 pm In today’s age of instant gratification, making users wait too long for your application to load is a user experience issue. If users get the feeling that your application loads too slow, they’ll grow impatient, and spend their time elsewhere. While there are technical things you can do to speed up load times, some feature-rich applications have no choice but to make users wait a while in order for the application to work properly.
The Calculus of Collaboration: What We Didn’t Tell You This article originally appeared on the SnapGoods blog. Our math was wrong. As I once talked about in front of a crowd of smart New York tech and design folks, humans keep reproducing. There are more people every day (What up, 7 Billi??) and those people (that’d be you and me and us) produce more waste, manufacture and consume more durables, and more rapidly diminish our dwindling resources.
Academy for Global Citizenship The Academy for Global Citizenship is a unique Chicago Public Charter School, located on the underserved Southwest side of Chicago. Our innovative and holistic approach to education aims to foster systemic change and inspire the way society educates our future generations. We are producing a replicable model for learning in the 21st century, including the construction of a net-positive energy campus. U.N. global survey: Education top priority despite wealth Education is a top priority among developed and third-world nations alike, beating political freedoms and gender equality, according to a new global poll. Of the more than 2 million people who responded to the “My World” survey, a United Nations project, two out of three identified education as their top priority. Topping the list of other priorities was better healthcare and an honest and responsive government. Bottoming the list are political freedoms, phone and Internet access, reliable energy at home, and action on climate change. “Education has consistently been a top issue for people around the world, no matter their country, sex, age or socioeconomic status. This data backs up what the UN and experts have seen through related research and experience – that education is a key driver for development issues,” said Corinne Woods, director of the UN Millennium Campaign.
Sweep the Sleaze by Oliver Reichenstein Promising to make you look wired and magically promote your content in social networks, the Like, Retweet, and +1 buttons occupy a good spot on pretty much every page of the World Wide Web. Because of this, almost every major site and world brand is providing free advertising for Twitter and Facebook. But do these buttons work?
Collaborative Consumption Leader And Unlikely VC Rachel Botsman Will Convince Us All To Share How do you score a job at a buzz-worthy new venture fund if you don't have a background in finance, you're not an engineer, and never ran a venture-backed company? Be a muse, an authority, and maintain a serious network--that was the answer for Rachel Botsman, now a partner at Collaborative Fund. Truly, Botsman admits, she wasn’t even trying to become a venture capitalist--a job coveted by many in an industry still dominated by men. Classroom design can improve performance by 25%, research reveals Different school cultures approach the design of the classroom in different ways. Innova Design Solutions have chosen this time of education reforms to conduct research into the advantages of creating bespoke classrooms to fit the class’ needs. Intelligent interiors experts Innova Design Solutions have revealed the science behind designing and implementing a classroom that will engage the children and benefit their school performance. Detailing how an ergonomic classroom can help improve a child’s attitude towards and aptitude for learning in a helpful infographic, Innova stress the importance of shaping the classroom for the children’s needs rather than adapting the learning process to the environment. As 300 new British schools are set to open from September this year, tens of thousands of schoolchildren could soon be the lucky recipients of an education shaped by intelligently-designed classrooms.
How High-Tech Carpooling Saves Gas, Money and Time As gas prices continue to climb along with car maintenance costs and environmental concerns, the concept of carpooling to work and around town has never been more appealing. But there's a lot of hassle and research that goes into finding a reliable person to share a ride with — not to mention the safety concerns. Urban carpooling is becoming more popular not only in the U.S. but also worldwide, thanks to companies that offer commuters safe and affordable ways to share rides on the way to work, to shopping malls and for road trips. Without needing to rely on finding drivers and passengers via classified ads, more high-tech platforms are pairing commuters with like-minded people traveling to similar destinations on the same schedule. Take a look at the concepts below, and let us know if you've been involved in urban carpools.
Amazon Introduces Kindle Lending Library Amazon has introduced a new lending library for Kindle owners that lets them borrow one ebook a month for free, if they have an Amazon Prime membership. Amazon is offering more than 5,000 titles, including New York Times bestsellers, that Prime members can borrow. The offer, however, requires you own a Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Keyboard or Kindle Fire — you can't borrow books if you use a Kindle app on another mobile device.
Sliding Login Panel with jQuery 1.3.2 Sliding login panel with jQuery - Demo This script is based on my previous script "Show/Hide Login Panel with Mootools 1.2" but now works with jQuery 1.3.2 instead of Mootools 1.2. Click "Log In | Register" on top to open the demo. Mike Bostock December 27, 2014Mapping Every Path to the N.F.L. Playoffs December 20, 2014How Each Team Can Make the N.F.L. Playoffs Visualizing the customer experience using customer experience journey maps Too often when we think of a customer, our view is filtered through the lens of our job, profession, department, or specialty. Think of how patients are treated in most hospitals. They are viewed as a disease, an illness, a collection of parts – each with its own specialist. The hospital system is designed for the convenience of the specialists, not for the needs of the patient.
Amazon's Kindle lending library is contract breach, say US authors A Kindle e-reader and conventional paper books. Photograph: AP American authors are up in arms about Amazon's new Kindle lending library, accusing the online retailer of "boldly breaching its contracts" with publishers as it exercises its "brute economic power". Amazon.com launched its Kindle owners' lending library earlier this month, giving customers with an Amazon Prime membership (which costs $79 a year) the option to borrow one book a month for free, with no due dates. With more than 5,000 titles available, including Michael Lewis's Liars' Poker, Suzanne Collins's bestselling young adult series The Hunger Games trilogy and Howard Jacobson's Booker-winning novel The Finkler Question, the books, said Amazon in its announcement, come from a range of publishers under a "variety" of terms.