There’s Now an ‘Underwater Yellowstone’ Off the Coast of Cape Cod

As the election looms, Obama’s plan to save the planet kicks into high gear. Last month, the US president vastly expanded Hawaii’s Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, turning it into the world’s largest marine protected area. Today, speaking at the State Department’s Our Oceans conference, he unveiled the first Marine National Monument in the Atlantic, which has been hailed an “underwater Yellowstone” for its profusion of rare sea creatures and striking geologic landforms. Read More >>

My Name Is Only Real Enough to Work at Facebook, Not to Use on the Site

I always knew this day would come. The day that Facebook decided my name was not real enough and summarily cut me off from my friends, family and peers and left me with the stark choice between using my legal name or using a name people would know me by. With spectacular timing, it happened while I was at trans pride and on the day the United States Supreme Court made same sex marriage legal in America. Read More >>

You are Not Who Your Browser History Says You Are

I'm a 26 year-old from Montreal, a 27 year-old in Vegas, and a retiree with a penchant for photography. Mostly I'm unemployed. I'm a gamer, a fashionista, an occasional beer drinker, and a dog owner. I graduated from a community college, I like to travel, and I wear glasses. Also, I might be Jewish. Read More >>

A Rant Against Ello’s “Simple” Design

Have you heard of Ello? It's a new social network site which is getting loads of buzz for its anti-Facebook Inc. stance. It promises a "Simple, beautiful & ad-free" experience. While it remains ad-free for now, whether it's simple or beautiful is highly debatable. After all, when it comes to user experience and interface design, is there something that's unanimously beautiful? Read More >>

Redesigning One of Google’s Most Useful Tools

Google Images is a great product, but there are a few areas where the user experience and design could be better. So, I spent a few days refining it. Too lazy to read? Jump to the bottom and watch the video for the tl;dr. Read More >>

Why Bikes Make Smart People Say Dumb Things

Scott Simon's bio on the NPR website describes him as "one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters," and it's tough to argue with that. As a Peabody-winning journalist with decades of experience, Simon's credentials are unimpeachable, and as the Saturday host of Weekend Edition, he regularly shows himself to be all the things you want a radio host to be: thoughtful, avuncular, well-informed, and above all, smart. Read More >>

Why Your iPhone Needs a “Good Samaritan” Button

Smartphones have become a necessary appendage in our digital lives. They're our cameras, GPS navigation, alarm clocks, wallets, personal assistants, trainers, and favourite time-killers. But if someone suddenly finds themselves without one, a cloud of worry and confusion overtakes them. "How do I check my email?" "Is it going to rain?" "That would have been a perfect Instagram shot!" "What do I pretend to look at if I want to avoid an awkward situation?" Essentially, when we lose our phones, we are lost. Read More >>

Maybe it’s Time to Build a New Internet

Last month, the US Federal Communications Commission voted to advance a plan that would strike down one of the core tenants of net neutrality, the principle that asserts that all internet traffic be treated equally. This act marked the latest move in a decade-long fight between internet users and large service providers. Read More >>

A Comprehensive Look into the Future of Smartphone Screen Sizes

I analysed data of more than 7000 models of smartphones, PDAs and similar gadgets. I restricted my research then to only 4096 of those, the ones released after the initial announcement of the original iPhone, circa January 2007, to observe the trends in the modern smartphone industry. Read More >>