Wednesday, June 04, 2014

ideas: Giant Chinese City Float In The Ocean

The Next Giant Chinese City Will Float In The Ocean | Co.Exist | ideas + impact
"China is running out of room for its growing urban population. This amazing design--an entire prefab city that floats on water--could magically create more space."
slated to begin development on a pilot scale next year.

currently building a 31-mile long bridge between Hong Kong and Macau using the same type of floating modules that will make up the new city.
Large prefab blocks join together to form the base of the 10-square kilometer island, which will be filled with everything you'd expect on land. In theory, residents could spend all of their time in the new city.

“People won’t need to commute for jobs on land,” says Phan. “Work, apartments, entertainment and parks are all provided in the floating island.”


As sea levels rise because of climate change, the island will rise as well.

#1 selling App from Apple App Store

Getting to the Top of the App Store with Amir Rajan @ .NET Rocks!:
" amazing tale of getting to the number one spot on the Apple App Store! The app in question is called A Dark Room, a simple text-based game with an awesome story and experience. Originally a web game, Amir helped build an iOS version of the game. The conversation then digs into all the subtle things done in the game to help encourage players to promote it - when to ask for a review, when to put the game on sale, the impact of magazine reviews of the game, and more!"

A Dark Room (web game) 

The author is a bit surprised of success of the app.

There is a possible simple explanation: the game gets the user in the "flow": it is not easy, but it can be handled, and it is getting progressively harder, challenging enough to keep interest but not too much to give up.

The author highlighted one crucial element of "viral success" asking for feedback (review) immediately when the user succeeds. That is the best time to get a positive review, and many of them, and that prompts the app ranking in the app store.

He did mention that despite great app success, the income from it is still less that he was making as a consultant.

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web: 64-bit Chrome for Windows

Chrome for Windows enters 64-bit era, with more speed and security | PCWorld:

"Because of improved compilers and the way that the browser handles function parameters, users should notice a speedup of about 25 percent, specifically in running Web-based applications. Security should be increased as well, he wrote. Finally, even through the browser is being released on developer channels, Harris wrote that data has shown that the 64-bit version of Chrome is even more stable than the 32-bit version; “crash rates for the renderer process (i.e. web content process) are almost half that of 32-bit Chrome,”

While the Chrome browser is moving into the 64-bit generation, Google's Chrome OS—which is little more than a browser itself—actually moved into the 64-bit space a while back, as did Chrome for Linux"

D3.js visualization: Bubble Map

Let’s Make a Bubble Map: by D3.js

A nice tutorial by creator of D3.js Mike Bostock

xkcd: Heatmap