What designers can learn from Candy Crush’s brilliant UX

One of the best ways to improve as a designer is to study the greats. There’s no doubt that Candy Crush is one of the best selling mobile games of all time, but how does its UX hold up? Consistency Consistency is one of the best ways to get your users comfortable with your product. If they know what to expect from screen to screen it will cut down on confusion. Candy Crush is consistent in its style. Sticking with a bright, playful tone that can be seen across the fonts, sound effects, animations, etc. Unfortunately, this playful style can… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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OneWeb files for bankruptcy amid COVID-19 chaos, leaving fate of its broadband satellites up in the air

An artist’s conception shows a OneWeb satellite in space. (OneWeb Satellites Illustration) OneWeb, the London-based venture that launched its latest batch of broadband internet satellites last weekend, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York today. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source who’s familiar with the situation told GeekWire that OneWeb wasn’t able to arrange further financial support from Softbank Group, one of its biggest backers — largely due to the “chaos in the economy” created by the global coronavirus outbreak. The source said substantial numbers of employees were laid off today, but didn’t provide the numbers. OneWeb now has 74 satellites in low Earth orbit, and was… Read More

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Slack wants to let you call Microsoft Teams users (yes, you read that right)

According to a report by CNBC, Slack is working on a method of letting you call people using Microsoft Teams. You know, its biggest competitor. “We’re working on Teams integrations for calling features,” said Slack CEO Stuart Butterfield during a call with RBC analyst Alex Zurkin on Thursday, according to CNBC. There’s no word on when such a feature would arrive, but Slack already integrates plenty of Microsoft services such as Outlook and OneDrive. Things have come a long way from Microsoft Teams‘ launch in 2016, when Slack took out a peculiar full-page ad in the New York Times welcoming… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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Seattle teenagers debut SMS text alert service for COVID-19 stats, set sights on screening tool

Sage Khanuja (left) and Nikolas Ioannou (right) co-founded Spira and debuted an SMS COVID-19 tracker this week. (Photo courtesy of Sage Khanuja) Two University of Washington students just released a SMS COVID-19 tracker and have plans for a coronavirus screening tool. Nikolas Ioannou and Sage Khanuja are the teenagers behind Spira, which debuted the text-based service this week. Users will receive daily coronavirus updates, including information on deaths, cases, recoveries, and even reminders for hand washing and staying home. The data comes from Worldometer, a site that pulls numbers from official government reports and reliable news sources. The young entrepreneurs are also working on a COVID-19 screening tool that encourages… Read More

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Sony is slowing PlayStation downloads in Europe and US

Sony today announced it was making a change to its PlayStation downloads in the US, mirroring a similar change in Europe earlier this week. Namely, it’s going to slow down or delay gameplay downloads in an attempt to help manage traffic during this time of social isolation. Since we’re all spending more time inside, working from home, and perhaps playing video games more than average (all day Doom Eternal binges in my house), we’re putting a strain on our internet. So multiple companies are taking measures to preserve it, and Sony says its contribution will only be noticeable in the download… This story continues at The Next Web Or just… Read More

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