The 8th edition of the Wherecamp took place in Berlin again. It's my first time at this conference focused on mapping and location. Many interesting talks give an overview on current trends and topics. Here are my notes and highlights.
Sarah Jeong writes on The Verge that she got a Tamagotchi recently and realized that all the meaningless beeping and button pushing reminds her of our smartphone usage today. We got trained into responding and taking care of each notification.
Cryptocurrencies are a real hype right now. Everyone jumps on board, hoping to make some money. I tested it out, too, to understand it a bit more. But it doesn’t feel right — so I sold my few coins and quit. Here are my doubts and reasons for feeling uncomfortable with those currencies.
The last two days I spend in Berlin at the fantastic Beyond Tellerrand conference. The talks and people there are great, you should definitely go to one of those events. I took some notes during the talks on my phone. Autosuggest errors may be included. Check out the recorded talks in case you want the full experience.
The Fucking Open Web is a post by Eran Hammer about the complexity and unpredictability of the web in contrast to native applications. And as much as I love the web for it’s openness, I totally have to agree.
In the early days of the internet it was pretty simple — publish a site and it was done. With social media user generated content became the norm and the amount of data exploded. In the opinion of the big social networks it apparently is too much for the majority of users to handle.
Graphs and charts can be build using SVG or the DOM. But doing this by hand is quite annoying and repetitive. Luckily, there is a library to help: D3.js makes manipulating the DOM based on data easy.
We often use the word mobile device when talking about limitations while designing and building a new application or website. But what do we mean with that? What is a mobile device and what makes it so special that we have to care about? Are the problems we refer to limited to smartphones?
For a project which is currently in development, I’d liked to record a video from the webcam data that is available through getUserMedia. That’s how I got to know the MediaRecorder API.