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CNet: Nike Fires FuelBand Engineering Team; Set to Exit Wearable Hardware Market
19 Apr 2014 12:17am GMT Nick Statt, reporting for CNet: Nike is gearing up to shutter its wearable-hardware efforts, and the sportswear company this week fired the majority of the team responsible for the development of its FuelBand fitness tracker, a person familiar with the matter told CNET. […] There’s increasing competition in the market for wrist-worn fitness trackers, and Nike’s digital app ecosystem, Nike+, has grown less reliant on wearables as smartphone sensors have improved. In other...

JetPens
18 Apr 2014 8:32pm GMT My thanks to JetPens, one of my favorite companies in the world, for sponsoring this week’s DF RSS feed. JetPens offers an incredible selection of the best pens, pencils, and office toys from around the world. A few of their latest items: An auto lead rotation mechanical pencil that always stays sharp A gel ink pen with heat-sensitive ink that erases by friction A pencil case that transforms into a pen holder My personal favorite for years now is the Zebra Sarasa 0.4mm retractable...

Typekit Practice
18 Apr 2014 6:55pm GMT Tim Brown, Typekit: Fonts are great, but using them well can be hard. Volumes have been written about typography, yet every good designer will say there are no rules; there is no magic formula for success. Typography simply takes practice. Typography is a practice. So today, we’re launching a new website: Typekit Practice, a place where novices and experts alike can hone their typographic skills. We hope it will help students learn, help teachers teach, and help professionals stay...

Bloomberg: Apple to Bake Shazam Song Recognition Into iOS 8
18 Apr 2014 6:27pm GMT Adam Satariano: The company is planning to unveil a song-discovery feature in an update of its iOS mobile software that will let users identify a song and its artist using an iPhone or iPad, said two people with knowledge of the product, who asked not to be identified because the feature isn’t public. Apple is working with Shazam Entertainment Ltd., whose technology can quickly spot what’s playing by collecting sound from a phone’s microphone and matching it against a song...

iOS 7 Tint Color Misuse
18 Apr 2014 6:25pm GMT Manton Reece: It has been nearly a year since the first iOS 7 beta, and something about tint color still bugs me. In fact it bothered me enough at the time of the early betas that a filed a bug on it with Apple, something I very rarely do. The problem isn’t so much in the concept of tint color, which I like; having a consistent color for buttons and links, especially now that buttons are so understated, makes a lot of sense. The problem is the implementation in apps that use tint...

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