Using a clickbait headline, TechCrunch reveals that Austin, Texas is doing just fine without the predatory companies Uber and Lyft.
The only time there has been an issue is when the servers running behind the scenes for the Austin-specific rideshare apps were overloaded.
The lesson isn’t that Uber amd Lyft do technology better and have the best uptime, the lesson is that rideshare apps should band together and share their tech and techniques. It benefits no one when all servers for rideshare are overloaded.
One of the best blogging tools, WordPress, can now import blogs and posts from rival Medium. Medium recently has laid off several workers and is searching for a new vision of what their company’s mission will be.
WordPress has been around for a long time and it just keeps getting better. The best feature, in my opinion, is that WordPress is free/open source.
Importing Medium posts and switching to WordPress is a good idea because who knows how long Medium will last in its current form, and besides you get more power and customizability with WordPress.
I’ve personally used it to create web application product prototypes and also website designs. For me, the biggest advantage is how easy it is use and the built-in set of templates and stencils are great. It felt like I could prototype a whole app within a few days.
Creating a wireframe with Pencil is quicker and easier than trying to create a pixel-perfect prototype. What’s cool about Pencil is that it’s very easy to use and it can export each page as a PNG file which you can upload and share with others.
An interesting feature is the ability to export the whole set of wireframe pages as a set of web pages, making it easy for others to view. Combined with the inter-linking between pages that is possible, you can use Pencil to create a prototype that walks users through the different use cases and flows within your app.
Pencil provides stencils for Android and iOS so you can create wireframes for mobile and smart phone applications. Not only can you use it for wireframes and prototypes, you can also draw diagrams like flowcharts which are useful for documenting the various states and transitions within your app.
This is why I advocate for more software to be free/open source, because in some cases you have no idea what it’s actually doing. When the code is freely available under a free software or open source license, it becomes possible for third parties to do an audit of the code and to see what it actually does.
Shazam’s Mac app is misleading users by defining “off” as “well your mic is still on and we will only listen to what you say when the app is active, we promise”.