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Month: January 2017

Microsoft’s next design cue

Late last year we reported on Project NEON – the upcoming UI upgrade for Windows 10. Recently we managed a closer look at Microsoft’s internal plans for Project NEON and the future of Windows 10’s UI (user-interface). Right of the bat I don’t want readers to be fooled by those who suggest this is a […] Source: Exclusive: This is Project NEON, the upcoming incremental upgrade for Windows 10’s design – MSPoweruser Now this, this I like. It seems Microsoft is taking some design cues from Apple (most notably Apple Music on iOS, in terms of whitespace and typographic consistency)…

Ramen is now my personal staple food

During my travels in London (of all places), me and my best friend stumbled upon Wagamama and their tonkotsu ramen. While it wasn’t the best I’ve had, it was all I could get at that moment. It also kickstarted this primal need for more ramen. London gave way to Shoryu, but in the Netherlands anything that has to do with the dish seems to translate to “noodles” and “wok”. I like yakisoba, but you can’t really compare it to a great tonkotsu. Luckily, as of late there have been some options available in the Netherlands. Especially in Amsterdam: Hakata Senpachi – currently…

The good and bad side of games

For these researchers, incredibly, enjoyment is not the primary reason why we play video games. Enjoyment is not the primary motivation—“it is rather,” they wrote, “the result of satisfaction of basic needs.” Video game worlds provide us with places where we can act with impunity within the game’s reality. And yet, freed of meaningful consequence, law abiders continue to abide the law. The competitive continue to compete. The lonely seek community. Wherever we go, there we will be. Source: How Video Games Satisfy Basic Human Needs – Facts So Romantic – Nautilus Yup, games help you to define yourself and…

Apple is the new Nintendo

You may get the impression that everything about Apple is negative, but that’s not true. This is not Apple with the engine on fire, this is Apple where they need to recalibrate a few things to get the engine operating smoothly and effectively again. They’re still doing a lot of things right. Source: Apple’s 2016 in review The above quote from Chuq Von Rospach made me realise that Apple is getting close to the business nature of Nintendo. It might not be consciously throwing underpowered hardware at its target audience in the hope of dazzling with innovations and gimmicks, but it’s…

France introduces opt-out policy on organ donation

Change in law means consent for organs to be removed is presumed unless person joins official ‘refusal register’ Source: France introduces opt-out policy on organ donation While the Netherlands continues to stumble over this form of organ donation, multiple countries are adopting an opt-out approach. Considering we are looking into the possibility for ending a “fulfilled lifetime”, I find it slightly crazy that we’re negating the opposite side of this aspect of health. The current wave of Dutch nationalistic conservatism might make an adoption of opt-out an impossibility.

Long-term stress erodes memory

Sustained stress erodes memory, and the immune system plays a key role in the cognitive impairment, according to a new study from researchers at The Ohio State University.The work in mice could one day lead to treatment for repeated, long-term mental assault such as that sustained by bullyin Source: Long-term stress erodes memory – Science Bulletin It sounds logical when you think about it, but it could also potentially explain why children from low-income households may have more difficulty in escaping from their “roots”, so to speak. If your cognitive functions are impaired by stress generated by a not so…