Facebook Launches Rooms, An App for Creating Simple Places for Discussing Various Topics

Facebook Rooms

Facebook has launched Rooms, an app for creating simple places for discussing various topics. The app is meant to provide a “third place” that is distinct and separate from the current Internet climate. Users can select their own handles for each “room” they’re involved in, and can easily invite others using special codes. Rooms is currently available on iOS.

Facebook Rooms

Facebook Rooms

Facebook Rooms

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Google Releases Hundreds of Material Design Icons on GitHub

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Google — specifically Google Design — has released hundreds of Material Design icons on GitHub. The release is part of the updated Material Design guidelines and Google’s ongoing effort to create a “visual language for [their] users” that was first published in June 2014.

Google Design are open-sourcing 750 glyphs as part of the Material Design system icons pack. The system icons contain icons commonly used across different apps, such as icons used for media playback, communication, content editing, connectivity, and so on. They’re equally useful when building for the web, Android or iOS.

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Google Material Design Icons
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Twitter Launches Digits, A Way For People to Sign Into Apps and Websites With Their Phone Number

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Twitter recently launched Digits, a way for people to sign into apps and websites with their phone numbers. The method — launched as part of the social network’s announcement of their mobile platform Fabric at the recent Flight mobile developer conference — sends a confirmation code to the phone number presented to verify it, allowing users to sign in and sign up to websites and apps. Twitter has posted a detailed overview of Fabric for developers, as well as a blog post further explaining Digits.

We built Digits after doing extensive research around the world about how people use their smartphones. What we found was that first-time Internet users in places like Jakarta, Mumbai and São Paulo were primarily using a phone number to identify themselves to their friends. But until Digits, there has been no simple way for app developers to integrate phone-based sign-up and sign-in to your apps.

Mat Honan has also written a lengthy article about both of the releases on Wired.

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Darius Kazemi Discusses the Lottery of Creative Success at the 2014 XOXO Festival in Portland, Oregon

Darius Kazemi discussed the lottery of creative success at the 2014 XOXO festival (previously) in Portland, Oregon back in September. The talk starts off as a parody of talks typically given at these kind of festivals before discussing the inherent luck involved. Kazemi creates, in his own words, “Weird Internet Stuff,” and only a select few of his many projects have achieved measurable success despite the relatively similar amount of work put into each.