Facebook betting on virtual reality, Microsoft supporting Apple’s tablet, and more. Fasten your seat belt! The following represents the best of the world of design, technology, and communications in the week of March 24.
(Virtual) Reality by Zuck
Zuckerberg is buying the leader in virtual reality technology for around $2 billion. With Oculus VR, will Facebook become an immersive experience? Read more about Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR and a A Brief History Of Oculus itself.
FB is not the only one taking big steps off the computer/mobile screen business – Silicon Valley Is Buying Up The Future.
Odds and ends
- Microsoft unveiled Office for Apple’s iPad. MS Office finally available for iPad – free for reading, paid for editing – with Office 360.
- With the drop of the prices by Google Drive, we see the consumer cloud war beginning. The same starts in the cloud for enterprise – Google’s Bigger, Cheaper Cloud.
- It is hard to now know or hear about the Internet of Things. Nice explanation how it actually works can be found it this informative infographic – Understanding the Internet of Things: Towards a Smart Planet.
- Poland to support the new Ukrainian industry – Polish Government Announces $100M Fund To Support Ukrainian Startups.
- 7 Habits Of Remarkably Likeable Bosses – In fact, it’s not just about being liked, it’s also about productivity.
Top five Design News of the week
- Charles i Ray Eames – A must watch movie about Charles and Ray Eames. Very inspiring, like an ‘Objectified’.
- 99% Invisible – A tiny radio show about design – It‘s both amazing and inspiring. You can listen it also via Soundcloud.
- What Testing Won’t Tell You – If you think that user test shows everything, read this one.
- Usability Tip: One Main Call-to-Action Item Per Task – Basic, Basic, Basic. This tip “One Main Call-to-Action” is so obvious, but still missing on a lot of websites and apps.
- Tools: Mojo Motors’ Responsive Redesign With Fireworks: Visual Design Stage – A very good written Fireworks tutorial.
The World of Development
- A practical comparison of Map-Reduce in MongoDB and RavenDB – An interesting series of posts about differences in the implementation of map/reduce feature between MongoDB and RavenDB, started by Ben Foster with further comments from Ayende: Differences in Map/Reduce between RavenDB & MongoDB and “Incremental” map/reduce in MongoDB isn’t.
- Nicholas C. Zakas announcing new book “Understanding ECMAScript 6”.
- Eclipse Orion version 5 released – developing for the web, in the web.
And finally, If Google was a Guy – Everything you ask Google sounds a lot more stupid when you actually ask Google.