Did you know there’s a way to measure the readability of your docs? There’s a measure called the Flesch Readability Test which measures both the ease of reading your material as well as estimates the grade level required to understand your material.
Find ways to employ it in customer communications (i.e. emails), UI notices, and even in your own writings!
Want to use it? Unfortunately, Docs itself no longer supports it. But you can either throw it into Microsoft Word or use an online reader which is compatible.
Nymi, a wristband from the company Bionym (retails for $79) measures your distinctive electrocardiogram signal.
This signal could then communicate wirelessly with payment terminals, cars, and other devices without you having to do anything, unlike other biometric technologies (e.g. fingerprinting or retinal scans).
Why is this cool?
If you saw Larry’s OKR video earlier this month, you know solving authentication is one of our big bets for this year.
What do you think of the future of biometric tools?
“Uncertainty is a sign of humility, and humility is just the ability or the willingness to learn.”
Now this is a quote from Charlie Sheen. And yet it’s still relevant.
This is a good time to remind ourselves that with vision comes responsibility – a responsibility to recognize that we don’t always have the vision we need to solve problems for folks who live outside of our tech-savvy circles.
With the company focus on accessibility, we should view our responsibility to folks with disabilities as not only deeply applicable to our mission to make the world’s information “universally accessible”, but as something also pretty damn close to a source of inspiration for us all.
With that in mind, check out this great TED talk by Chris Downey, a blind former architect, who urges the audience to “design with the blind in mind”.
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Ukrainian law enforcement starts using cell phone data to target protesters. Tell us your thoughts on how mobile phone technology will change the balance of power between the citizen and state. Read more.
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