☰ What's New in Android 4.2

Seems like a nice update to Android. I know it sounds funny but with every update it gets I can more and more see myself using an Android phone as my everyday smartphone.

☰ Kickstarter: Meet the team

Whoa, that’s amazing. One of the things on my to do list is to get a nice group shot of our team at QUOTE.fm, but I doubt that we manage something as awesome as the team page of Kickstarter. (via)

Edit: Haha, make sure to spend some time with the little scissors above the footer. Click it several times. Awesome.

☰ Letterpress by Loren Brichter

Lorem Brichter:

Find words, steal tiles, color the board! Letterpress is a fresh new word game for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Play with your friends using Game Center! The perfect blend of fun and strategy. Download it for free on the App Store.

The new game of “Tweetie” creator Loren Brichter looks and feels great. It’s free as long as you only have two games at one time, which is a great way of letting people try an app.

☰ The galaxy's most resilient bittorrent site moves to the cloud.

All attempts to attack The Pirate Bay from now on is an attack on everything and nothing. The site that you’re at will still be here, for as long as we want it to. Only in a higher form of being. A reality to us. A ghost to those who wish to harm us.

Picture me cheering. This is so awesome.

☰ Behind the scenes of GoSquared's new login screen

Simon Tabor for GoSquared:

Here at GoSquared, we love to obsess over the little details that make the real difference in your experience of the site and Dashboard. The new login screen was no exception.

First of all: That looks beautiful. Second: I love it when companies offer insights on how they’ve done something or why they done it the way it was done.

☰ QUOTE.fm Blog: Page stitching and new e-mails

Yours truly:

Today we’re happy to announce that we’ve released two new features. Well one of them is a feature, the other is a cosmetic improvement.

Yes, yes, we did. New and improved e-mails and when you save a page for later reading, we’ll check if it is devided into several pages and stitch them together.

☰ Mailchimp on social login buttons

Aarron Walter:

We’re all using tons of apps these days on our mobile devices and desktops, many of which are using these social login buttons. Sometimes you log in with Twitter, sometimes with Facebook, sometimes with a username and password specific to that app. It’s hard enough to remember your username and password, let alone which service you should bloody use to log in. As you add login buttons to a page, you also add decision points for users, while creating visual complexity in your design. The marginal gains in login rate are chipped away by the additional cognitive load you’re adding for your users.

If you’re using Twitter and Facebook for signup too you’ve got a bigger problem. A user’s credentials are then bound to another account on another service that could be canceled at any time, breaking access to your app without the user knowing.

That’s exactly the reason why I am mainly against social login buttons. It’s a double-edged sword. On the one hand you’ve got a new user without him having much work to do, on the other hand — like Aarron says — you depend deeply on the goodwill of Twitter or Facebook (Remember what happened to Grooveshark).

I think there might be a better way: Let your users connect through one of those services, but add a standard registration form right after they granted access to their Twitter or Facebook accounts. You can pre-fill the form with data you get from those social networks and the user registers an account that is not totally bound to any other network. Win-Win. (via)