Cellphones ignite a ‘reading revolution’ in poor countries

From The Verge, “Illiteracy isn’t a major issue for much of the Western world, but it remains endemic in many developing countries, where incomes are low and books are scarce. That may be changing, though, thanks to the spread of mobile technologies that have made books more accessible than ever before—something that UNESCO, in a new report, describes as a veritable “reading revolution.”

Flexbox is almost ready for prime time, learn it!

With support from the latest major browsers, stop procrastinating and learn about Flexbox—the super cool CSS layout tool—with this helpful tutorial.

Use the picture element today

From Filament Group, “We started the Picturefill project over 2 years ago to provide an easy, responsible, and immediately-usable approach to delivering appropriate images to every browser and device – a goal commonly called “responsive images.” Since then, the approach has been used widely, on sites like Microsoft.com, Dribbble.com, and more.”

Project Naptha

As Web Chef Chris Ruppel put it, “This is some mind-boggling s**t. OCR inside any image displayed within your browser.”

This browser extension allows you to edit the text inside any image just as if it were a text editor. The technology “applies state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms” and even allows you perform translations.

A lamp is spying on New Yorkers and tweeting their conversations

From Wired, “Two artists have revealed Conversnitch, a device they built for less than $100 that resembles a lightbulb or lamp and surreptitiously listens in on nearby conversations and posts snippets of transcribed audio to Twitter. Kyle McDonald and Brian House say they hope to raise questions about the nature of public and private spaces in an era when anything can be broadcast by ubiquitous, Internet-connected listening devices.”

Photo credit: Ken Banks