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[Scrapped] A Civil Action By Jonathan Harr

A Civil Action By Jonathan Harr

Jonathan Harr lives and works in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he has taught nonfiction writing at Smith College.  He is a former staff writer at New England Monthly and has written for The NewYorker and The New York Times Magazine. A Civil Action was awarded the 1995 National Book Critics Circle Award.

Build Your Own YouTube TV Schedule

       Cue up your favorite YouTube videos to make your own TV channel

 Although it is one of the most obvious uses of a Chromecast, the dongle really comes into its own when used with YouTube. The ease with which you can cast a video to your TV screen means that it very quickly becomes second nature to do. It is infinitely preferable to watching on your phone’s screen, especially when watching long form video rather than short clips. It is also built for the addictive nature of YouTube where you see one video after another that you want to watch. You don’t need to skip ahead with your Chromecast, you can simply add all your videos to the TV Queue, and before you know it you’ll have a whole evening’s viewing sorted. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to connect your Chromecast to YouTube, how to add videos and also how to manage your queue while you’re watching it.

1. Two ways to cast

 There are two ways to cast a YouTube video to your TV. The first is by tapping on the Cast icon that will appear on the Action bar at the top of the screen. The app will then prompt you to connect to your device.

2. Connect to cast

With your phone, the YouTube app and the Chromecast dongle all connected, pick a video and a new screen will open. Hit Play and it will instantly begin casting to your TV screen. You can scroll through the video here too.

 3. Pick and play

Alternatively you can open a video that you want to cast then tap the Chromecast icon on the Action bar. From here tap Play to begin casting. This is best used for ad hoc viewing, where you want to send a single video to your TV screen.

4. Add to the queue

When your chosen video is casting you can add more to the queue by minimizing the video (tap the back button or swipe down) then searching for more. When you find a new video hit the three dots icon and choose Add to TV Queue.

5. Rearrange your queue

Switch back to your playing video and scroll down to see more information about it. Just below the video screen is the TV Queue option. Tap this to open the queue and you can now rearrange or remove clips that are lined up to play.

Run iOS apps on Android

Run iOS apps on Android 

Run iOS apps on Android
Cider is a new program that enables users to run iOS apps on any android device and have access to -all their apple content.
A day where Android users can have full access to Apple’s App Store may be with us sooner rather than later. Six students at Columbia University have developed Cider, a piece of software that enables users to access a wide library of iOS apps across their Android devices. As well as bridging the gap between both operating systems, Cider has also been created for users to have a single device for their app content, instead of needing multiple devices. The project isn’t currently without its limitations however, with members of the research team pointing out that Apple apps tend to run slightly slower on Android devices and there are performance issues with Bluetooth and GPS systems not working properly. The research team has said that Cider is currently just a prototype, and as of yet, there are no plans to turn it into a widely available product that everyday users will have access to whenever they might need it.

What Makes a Good Animation?

Avoid a user experience that underwhelms by ensuring that your animation inform, entertain and delight your user.

Everyone has seen sites that look like the inside of someone’s brain in the middle of a migraine. It’s tempting to make everything on your site move just because you can, but animation is a secret sauce and it makes the most impact when it’s been used thoughtfully.

First of all, don’t overdo the attention grabbers. You know those sites that put up a model survey or subscription dialog just when you’re about to get to the information you want? Don’t do that. Users hate anything that makes them feel like they’re not in control of the browsing experience it’s the same story with attention grabbing animation. Use them to hint to users that they can do something they might have missed, not to distract them from what they’re already doing.

You should also make use of animation to highlight context and hint at navigation features. For example, if your site use a map, you can use animated sidebar to display useful location information. The sidebar content change all the time, and the animation can be helpful in reminding users to see on each page, while keeping other navigation option visible. Features that resize automatically are a good way to pack a lot of detail into a limited space, without sacrificing relevance.

Consider telling a story. You can do this literally by animating a cartoon – but that’s more work than most sites need. A story is a way to control how information is revealed and good stories keep users interested they became curious about what happen next. A popular styling at the moment is the full-page scroll. The ‘story’ suggests that there’s more to read. This kind of scroller is better at keeping user interest than a menu tree, because with the menu system there are no surprises and users are more likely to decide to skip some of the content.

Make it physical. You can bounce object, squash them, shake them and vibrate them the math isn’t complicated and simple physics modelling helps make animation looks convincing by imitating mass and inertia. If your standard animation aren’t physically believable, users are going to find them more distracting than rewarding. As an occasional special effect you can also make an object do something believable but surprising, for example, making an image that bobs and float upwards like a balloon.

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