Sunday, 20 July 2014

How to use Foursquare API

What is an API?

API stands for Application Programming Interface. It's simply a way to get information and pass information to trusted partners.

You can view what it is via the video below.

So now that's out of the way, let's look at an API. Do note, that not all APIs are alike but they construct the same. To use an API, one must first understand about URLs.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Easily Build Walkthroughs with WalkHub

WalkHub is pretty interesting. It’s like an online tutorial without the need to go to websites or create accounts.

WalkHub page in Beta

Long Story Short:

The teacher creates a walkthrough of the site or how to do certain actions to using
After creation, a widget of the walkthrough is created.
Teacher shares the widget to the students.
Students open their email and find the widget URL. Student clicks it and interacts with the walkthrough

Short Story Long:

Thanks to +Katalin Nagygy├Ârgy for inviting me to a Google Hangout session and walking me through the whole WalkHub useful features and how to use WalkHub, I understand that by using it (currently this early on has some bugs and glitches but still useable,) can enable me to show the world how to use (some) webapps or websites.

Katalin 1-on-1 session with me

I normally just write up a tutorial with screenshots and then add red arrows and thick red rectangles just to point out to any user that; “this is the field that that they have to key in” or “this is where the “help” button is, use it”, or something like that.

Do note that this is still in Beta and even then I love how it works thus far. I am really looking forward to how well this progresses.

Creating a Collection of Walkthroughs

As far creating or using the webapp is concerned, it’s free to create as many as anyone would like. You’ll just need to create an account at WalkHub to start using. All walkthroughs created are stored at WalkHub linked to your account. These walkthroughs can also be set as private or public, thus allowing other people to use your Walkthroughs and share them publicly or not.

Parameters, Settings, Editing

While making walkthroughs is interesting, unlike coders or programmers, regular users may not understand a few the terms used in WalkHub like “domain” or “parameters” or “using the square brackets to use those parameters and using default values for a personalized walkthrough user experience”, etc. But that just means that they are still working hard in making it user-friendly at their back-office.

But wait, there’s MORE!

If anyone is interested, WalkHub is FREE to use. Just sign up and I hope Katalin can show you how to use it too.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Orkut Shutdown

Called it!
It was bound to happen anyways since Google+ got soooo much better.

Monday, 23 June 2014

An Operating System Movie

Her The Movie - The idea of an OS with personality.

Her The Movie

Saw the trailer (below) and the first few seconds of the film intrigued me that they made a product called OS1 where it adapts and change to a personality suited for the user. It's like Siri but a better concept.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Gamifying Education

Post-Gazette: Teachers encourage use of games as a teaching tool.