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I thought I would summarize some of the cool software and hardware Apple previewed today.1. iPhone X- Released 10 years after the first iPhone. Face ID, using your face to unlock, authenticate and pay. Apple says it's much more secure than Touch ID- Face ID, using your face to unlock, authenticate and pay. Apple says it's much more secure than Touch ID.-
What is a dark pattern?A dark pattern is a user interface carefully crafted to trick users into doing things they might not otherwise do, such as buying insurance with their purchase or signing up for recurring bills. Normally when you think of “bad design,” you think of the creator as being sloppy or lazy — but without ill intent. Dark patterns, on the other hand, are not mistakes. They're carefully crafted with a solid understanding of human psychology, and they do not have the user’s interests in mind.Harry Brignull is credited with coining the phrase 'dark p...
3 months ago
I encountered Comment Bubble today which is a tool for "react to videos". Very familiar UI similar to Vialogues: video on left, discussions on right, and even a comment density bar below the video we used to have in the previous version of Vialogues. What do you think?
3 months ago
Tomorrow, Sept 7th from 6-8pm we will be celebrating the completion of 'Keepsake', the interactive light display in Offit Gallery on the 3rd floor. Many of you have seen it in it's evolution and we're so pleased that it's complete!Please join us for a brief talk and wine and cheese!
3 months ago
I participated in Kevin Murphy’s talk at Data Science Institute (DSI) - http://datascience.columbia.edu/events/calendar on September 5th. Kevin Murphy is a renowned machine learning researcher and currently serves as a Research Scientist at Google.In his talk, he introduced some recent work related to image and text analysis. As the title of his seminar, “Towards Machines that Perceive and Communicate”, implies, h...
Today’s huge front page NY Times article from the “Education Disrupted” series may be of interest to those eagerly anticipating the Sept 18th EdLab seminar from the team developing a special issue of TCR on teachers' use of social media as professional development. "Teachers Promote Their Brands, Drawing Fans and Controversy" (online title Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues) spotlights Kayla Delzer, a third grade educator in North Dakota. ...
In my last blog post and presentation I referenced a study, Understanding user behavior in large-scale video-on-demand systems,  by Yu et al. I thought this study had some interesting analyses which could be applied to data from Vialogues. In particular I wanted to look at the relationship between the popularity of a Vialogue measured by the number of page visits and the session lengths or how long people spend on the Vialogue page.Below is the distribution of Vialogue video lengths.
Here are the slides for our presentation!This past month the research team has been working on analyzing the usage and behavior on some of our EdLab Platforms. This work will be presented during this Tuesday’s (8/29) Development and Research Meeting. We will be considering the pur...
As part of the Library website redesign project, we are exploring the possibility of having a mobile app that can complement or enhance patron experience with our library. At the same time, we also see reports (see below) of how difficult it is to get users to download and use new apps. What are your thoughts on having an app for the library? Will you use one? What should it do at minimum for you to want to download and use it?Media analytics firm comScore recently
3 months ago
Have you wondered how to become more creative? Or simply, to capture the creative insights that you have but that seem to subside in your thinking before you can develop them and act on them? David Kadavy provides a use useful discussion of ways to manage time and activities to take advantage of the stages of the...