The Best of the #UX Web this Tuesday – The UX Daily Round Up

2014 is running out of steam but the field of UX remains as exciting and overwhelming as usual. We’ve found some really interesting material to share with you today. So relax, and enjoy the best of today’s UX web:

Clever Computers



Have you ever considered the possibilities and the threats of computers that teach themselves? Jeremy Howard certainly has and it led him to create a fascinating TedTalk on the subject. This one is highly recommended watching:

“What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos, or to help think through a medical diagnosis. (One deep learning tool, after watching hours of YouTube, taught itself the concept of “cats.”) Get caught up on a field that will change the way the computers around you behave … sooner than you probably think.”

See the whole talk at TED here.

Time to Reduce the JPEG?



Loz Blain at Gizmag’s been investigating the new graphic compression tool – the BPG (Better Portable Graphics) and seeing that you can deliver the same quality as a JPEG but using much smaller files:

“French programmer FabriceBellard has come up with a graphics file format he believes can "replace the JPEG image format." Bellard’s BPG (Better Portable Graphics) format boasts a compelling quality advantage over JPG, particularly when images are heavily compressed. Take a look through the gallery to see a few comparison shots – the left hand side of each image shows the JPEG compressed format, the right side shows BPG at a similar file size.”

See if you can believe your eyes at Gizmag.

UI with Drag and Drop Functionality?



It’s always good to see if we can come up with the perfect UI but perhaps it could be easier if we could just drag and drop stuff into place? That’s the idea that they explore on Tympanus:

“Sometimes we wonder how to pack all those possible actions into a UI. From buttons to drop-downs to menus—there are certainly many possibilities. Another idea is to employ some kind of drag and drop interaction. Today we want to share some explorations in these kind of interactions with you. The idea is to allow to drag an item and then show some droppable area that stands for certain actions. This saves a lot of UI space and gives an interesting dynamic to interactions. There are many applicable scenarios; think of categorizing and organizing content (i.e. like the Pinterest boards) or performing any type of actions (like in mail apps or in content management systems).”

Read the whole article at Tympanus here.

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