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How often do you sit down together for a meal as a family without distractions?

Based on a survey is of working moms, part-time or full ltime, 89% do so at least once a week. Assuming the "once a week" group are those who do so only on weekends, that's still 80% of families that do so at least a few times a week.

Huh. The numbers are higher than what I expected actually, especially after Pass The Salt (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_-xTxP1hD4 ) went viral last year.

Survey: http://www.edisonresearch.com/dinner-without-distraction/
A really comical television commercial caught my eye recently and it was so intriguing I had to watch to the very end. Aside from just the well done commercial, the idea behind it is brilliant and engaging.  #DarkforDinner  is a campaign by Dixie asking consumers to put down the electronics during dinner and connect with …
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quite often. almost every evening.
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Google User Experience Research Studies

We're looking for participants for ongoing Google UX research studies. We're keen to have everyone sign up, including business owners, website owners, SEOs, and anyone really.

Details and how to join here: http://goo.gl/QQQ8yV 

Thanks!
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Thanks +Pierre Far! Will give it a try once more.
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Evidence packs quite a punch.

H/T +Colin McMillen 
 
THRASHED BY A LADY CYCLIST who is noted for her athletic powers.

_"She immediately alighted, caught hold of the astonished youth, and gave him a sound thrashing, _using her fists in a scientific fashion..."

#ScientificFists
#ForScience
#UsingHerFistsInAScientificFashion

H/T +Charles Moore
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Seeing a blue portal, a quickly alighted my car and gave it a sound thrashing in a scientific fashion! 
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What's the emoji code for perplexed on the quality of this study?
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I think it's time to call it quits on user-agent sniffing. 

http://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2015/06/17/building-a-more-interoperable-web-with-microsoft-edge/

Was never a good idea, and will only become worse as an idea going forward. Test for features on the client, don't guess on the server.

Why? Let's look at what Microsoft needed to do to get the new rendering engine to work on most sites. This is the new UA string:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/42.0.2311.135 Safari/537.36 Edge/12.10136

See how many different rendering engines you can count.
Over the past year the Microsoft Edge team has been hard at work on a new browser engine that will be better than ever at correctly, quickly, and reliably rendering the Web. As a user, your favorite web sites will just work, and as a web developer, you will find that Microsoft Edge should just... <a href="http://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2015/06/17/building-a-more-interoperable-web-with-microsoft-edge/" class="read-more">Read more</a>
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+Martin Oxby , +Igor Puschner: read up on IE Edge :)

+John Mueller  Client-side capability detection is still the way to go!
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Give your self a 2-minute break and watch this.
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And it's sunny outside.
 
The top 10 verified sites (1) in Search Console are now all HTTPS!

1 - by search impressions
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Well if you put it that way.
Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight uses statistical analysis — hard numbers — to tell compelling stories about politics, sports, science, economics and lifestyle.
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The tinfoil hat is assumed automatically for old people but I'm glad to know I am still able to think a little bit like Eric wu. :)
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Support for ActiveX has been discontinued in Microsoft Edge, and that includes removing support for Silverlight.

http://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2015/07/02/moving-to-html5-premium-media/
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You mean you connect to a computer you know nothing about, download arbitrary code, over an untrusted network, and then run this code on your machine?

I keep thinking how in the future we'd explain how the internet worked back in 2015. Every time I get stuck because the only sensible response a future audience will have is what I wrote above. Yet this is exactly how the internet works today over HTTP. The only solution really is transport layer security, aka TLS, which is what HTTPS does.

I wrote about this last year [1], and many sites big and small are moving to HTTPS. Some big ones if you want more convincing are the New York Times [2], Reddit [3], and yesterday the Washington Post [4].

[1] https://www.pierrefar.com/blog/https-website-owners

[2] http://open.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/13/embracing-https/  
[3] http://www.redditblog.com/2014/09/hell-its-about-time-reddit-now-supports.html

[4] https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/06/30/washington-post-starts-to-automatically-encrypt-part-of-web-site-for-visitors/
Visits to homepage, National security section, and the Switch to use https starting Tuesday.
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+Ammon Johns What HTTPS does is ensure that the website is who it claims to be, and that the data cannot be tampered with in transit.

Whether you trust the site or not is another matter. Also, the browser sandbox is the major reason why the web is secure when downloading and executing code.
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A Lego professor could soon be in post at Cambridge University after funding of £2.5m was provided to further research children's development through play.
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Dear world

About half of emails are read on a smartphone. Please make your emails mobile-friendly and please make the links in these emails reach a mobile-friendly site. 

KTHXBAI.

If you want data:
1. http://www.adestra.com/resources/top-10-email-clients/
2. http://www.emailmonday.com/mobile-email-usage-statistics
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My kid's schools send emails in pdf and doc format. So annoying.

Now, an app that automatically converts doc and pdf in emails into readable email text would be nice, especially if there was an option to do this only for specific problem mailers!
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