Google's Android new icons

Google's Android icon concept
(Source: Android Police)

F Pattern Layout

F Pattern Layout — “Rather than trying to force the viewer’s visual flow, the F-Layout gives in to the natural behaviors of most web surfers and it uses scientific studies to back it up.”

1Password-ed

There are many on the . It means there are many accounts (if you’re registering to those services) to remember. Some services offers login using popular “connect” feature. For example you can login using Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter for some specific services. This is a good scenario since we only need to remember for those services.
But, I personally likes the “native registration” process. Meaning that I have to register manually and using a specific password each . The consequence is that I have many passwords. I mean many. Of course, it might be easier I use the same password for multiple services. But, it’s not a recommended workflow. Anyway, if a service provides a 2-step authentication process e.g. Google, I will be using it.
1Password 50% OFF
I’m an customer. So, I work most of the time on my MacBook and . There should be an easy way to manage these passwords. There is a popular called 1Password by AgileBits Inc. I’ve heard about the application, but I didn’t buy it until yesterday. 1Password gets 50% discount. I decided to buy for and . I got my Mac version for $24.99 or IDR 289,000.00 (regular price: $49.99), and iOS version for $8.99 or IDR 99,000.00.

Heartbleed Test

Heartbleed test tool — Test your for Heartbleed (CVE-2014-0160)

Heardbleed

The Heartbleed Bug — It is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the . SSL/TLS provides communication and over the Internet for applications such as web, , instant (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).

Let's talk about NOKN: A smart modular bag

I couldn’t remember how many bags I had. I was not so picky about the , colors, or models. I only need some common criteria: it’s functional, and its price should be good. I don’t mind spending more cash on bags (or any other fashion items) as long as it’s good and it fits me.
Last year, I discovered NOKNbag. It’s a business by some cool guys in my hometown, . One of them is my junior high school friend who I haven’t met for years. He  shared about NOKNbag products. I have to admit that it was cool. But, I decided not buying it right away. “Well, may be later…”, I thought. In some occasions, I saw more having this kind of bag. And, I had a chance to experience this bag, to meet this bag in person. And, it only took me seconds to decide: I need to have one.
And, I didn’t buy one. Not two, but also bought  special vouchers (worth around 50% off) for all friends at work. We invaded NOKN’s studio — it’s not far from the my office — to do a live mix-and-match. These are some items we bought back in 2013.
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The collection has only simple name: NOKNbag v2.1. And, it’s only a single product, but each element can be purchased separately. Some color options are also available. This is my configurations (I don’t always have them at once, anyway):

  • One Metal Gun body color
  • 3 flaps (red, blue, and white)
  • 1 shoulder pad (Metal Gun)
  • Inside Partition (Grey)
  • case (Grey). I can bring my 15″ Retina Display!

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Some customers mentioned that they could bring lots of stuff in it. And, they’re right. When I need to do a short trip (2-3 days) to for example, I only bring one bag that contains these following items: 15″ MacBook Pro (with its MagSafe), (with charger), , 3 t-shirts, 2 skirts, 2 shirts, small towel, and some stationaries.
It’s  my primary (and daily) bag. It’s my companion for work, or business trip.

Amazon Dash by AmazonFresh

Amazon Dash
Amazon Dash is a shopping accessory to add groceries and household goods. It makes the shopping experience more pleasant. Just scan the barcodes or using voice. Dash connects to over Wifi so that all orders can be viewed instantly from AmazonFresh. At the moment, AmazonFresh is only available in Southern California, San Francisco and Seattle.

Clients From Hell

Clients From Hell — A collection of anonymously contributed client horror stories from designers.

WWDC 2014

WWDC 2014

New App Store prices increase by round 30% for some countries

Early this month, started to have new pricing for the applications in the . Apple sent out an informing the new pricing for some currencies, and the currency I’m using right now for my is Indonesian Rupiah.

Within the next 24 hours, the following changes will be made to pricing on the App Store.
To account for changes in foreign exchange rates, App Store retail prices will be increased for the following currencies:

  • Australian Dollar
  • Indian Rupee
  • Indonesian Rupiah
  • Turkish Lira
  • South African Rand

Additionally, retail prices for Israeli New Shekels and some price tiers for the New Zealand Dollar will be decreased.
Price adjustments on the App Store are made periodically due to changes in foreign exchange rates. Within 24 hours, you will see the new Pricing Matrix in the Rights and Pricing section of Manage Your Apps on Connect.
Updates to Paid Applications and OS X Paid Applications contracts will be available on the iTunes Connect . To view all current and outstanding contracts, see Contracts, Tax, and Banking on iTunes Connect.

This adjustment is because of the exchange rates for some currencies. Right now (when I write this post), based on XE.com, the currency rate is “1 USD = 11284.6 IDR”. To see the historical of the currency change here’s a figure taken from XE.com (click to enlarge).
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Now, the new price for applications had been published. See these two before-and-after screenshots.
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Now, let’s see the :

  • Old: IDR 9,500. New: IDR 12,000 (Original price: $US 0.99)
  • Old: IDR 19,000. New: IDR 23,000 (Original price: $US 1.99)
  • Old: IDR 39,000. New: IDR 45,000 (Original price: $US 2.99)

The price increases around 30% from the previous.

Goodbye Readmill

Readmill
Readmil has been my favorite ebook reader so far. I have shared my thought on this long time ago. I have a good really good experience. But, it seems that I have to find another alternative in the future since will be closed permanently in next July 2014. Sad.
This Berlin-based team will be joining Dropbox, a hosting company. does not offer ebook reading feature. The reason is more about the talent. For now, I will keep having Readmill on my device ( 5) and . I have it installed in both devices. For ? Well, I don’t have it anymore since I lost it last month. When Readmill is really gone, I think I’ll move back to iBooks on iOS. For Android? I’m still searching the best alternative.
Goodbye Readmill, you’ll be missed.