Bitcoin Prices Stabilize, Wall Street Poised For December Futures Influx


CME Group will launch its pioneering Bitcoin futures trading by mid-December, its CEO confirmed to the media Monday.

Speaking to CNBC as part of its Power Lunch segment, Terry Duffy hinted that the planned launch date was now “sometime in the second week” of next month.

The remarks appear to have taken the shakiness out of Bitcoin markets, which tumbled and rebounded over the past few days following significant challenges from rival chain Bitcoin Cash.

Bitcoin is currently trading above $6,500 as volatility recedes and futures trading is set to start within the next four weeks.

Having significantly crashed an rebounded as investment and miner support focused on Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin appears to have found its feet once more, still $1,200 below last week’s all-time highs.

CME’s original announcement at the end of October brought about a surge in BTC which many assumed had a continued effect into as late as last week. Since then, market manipulation theories have surfaced involving both Bitcoin Cash and altcoin Tether.

Echoing the FX trader’s Chairman Emeritus Leo Melamed earlier this month, Duffy said he planned to offer a risk assessment arena for Wall Street institutional traders.

“I’m not trying to rein in the volatility of Bitcoin,” he told CNBC.

“But what I want to do is give it a place for other people to lay out that risk. Today you cannot short Bitcoin. So there’s only one way it can go.”

Melamed himself had said he planned to “regulate… make Bitcoin not wild, not wilder.”

BTC is currently circling around $6,500 as of press time Tuesday, having recovered from recent lows of $5,600 Nov. 12.





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Juno Temple out and about in New York


Juno Temple out and about in New YorkJuno Temple out and about in New York




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El Ministerio de Defensa ruso publica fotos originales del convoy del Estado Islámico en Siria


Anteriormente, varios medios de comunicación señalaron que las imágenes, difundidas por el organismo junto con una declaración sobre la interacción de EE.UU. con los yihadistas, eran gráficos informatizados.

El Ministerio de Defensa de Rusia ha difundido las imágenes originales del convoy de los militantes del Estado Islámico dirigiéndose hacia la frontera sirio-iraquí, en lugar de las distribuidas erróneamente este martes.

El organismo ha explicado que un empleado de una de las unidades adjuntó erróneamente los materiales fotográficos a la declaración del Ministerio sobre la interacción de la coalición internacional liderada por EE. UU. y los yihadistas del EI en cercanías de la ciudad siria de Abu Kamal.

En esta declaración, el Ministerio de Defensa ha destacado que la negativa por parte del Mando Central de los Estados Unidos de bombardear el 9 de noviembre a los convoyes de los terroristas retirados de Abu Kamal es “un hecho objetivo registrado en las transcripciones de las negociaciones, y por lo tanto bien conocido por la parte estadounidense”.

Imágenes erróneas

Varios medios de comunicación señalaron  que los materiales fotográficos, que acompañaron la declaración oficial del Ministerio de Defensa ruso, representaban, en realidad, gráficos informatizados. Una de las imágenes publicadas, según apuntaron múltiples internautas, fue una captura de pantalla de un juego para dispositivos móviles, lo que provocó que Internet explotara con memes.

Los militares rusos, por su parte, afirman que ya han lanzado una investigación sobre las imágenes adjuntas a su declaración. “El Ministerio de Defensa ruso está investigando al empleado civil que adjuntó erróneamente fotos a una declaración sobre la interacción de la coalición encabezada por Estados Unidos con los militantes del Estado Islámico en el área de Abu Kamal”, reza el comunicado oficial del Ejército ruso.





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How do you know when a design fails a usability test?


A handy technique I learned from the wrong job…

Originally published at WebdesignerDepot.com.

Years ago, I spent an awkward patch of my career as an instructional designer, creating courses for online learning. It was a bad fit and I moved on happily, but one part of that job has made me a better UX designer: learning objectives.

Learning objectives are simply what you want the student to learn by the end of the training. If there’s a test, the test questions should be based on those objectives — otherwise, what’s the point of the test?

The same approach comes in handy for figuring out whether a design has passed or failed a usability test. Just remember: it’s the design that’s being tested, not the participants.

What does the test participant need to do or say for you to feel confident that the design has succeeded? Do they need to track three hours of time for a particular project? Generate an invoice to a client based on that tracked time? Send the invoice? That’s your test criteria (which my FreshBooks colleague Melina Stathopoulos named “success criteria”).

Of course usability testing is about observing how users complete tasks, but what will you get them to do, exactly? The beauty of these criteria is that they steer you away from vague testing goals like, “understand how time tracking works.” How will you know they’ve understood it? You get them to describe it. And once they’ve described it accurately, you can say that aspect of the design was successful.

Success criteria help you twice over: they clarify whether your design is really successful, and they make it easier to share those results.

Verbs are magical

The book that taught me about learning objectives, George Piskurich’s Rapid Instructional Design, offers a handy list of behaviours to start your success criteria.

For example, the objectives for comprehension might be “describe” or “demonstrate”. Again, “understand” is no good — you need them to say (that is, describe) or do (that is, demonstrate) something that proves to you that they’ve understood.

And then, at a higher degree of difficulty, a participant might “explain” or “organize”; at a higher level still, they might “create” or “evaluate”.

Whatever verb you choose to start your success criteria, the point is that you can observe whether or not a user has actually said or done whatever constitutes task success.

“By the end of this session…”

So, when you’re planning your next usability test, and you’re working on tasks, start by asking, “What should a user be able to do with (or say about) this design?”

Then, you might write something like this:

By the end of the session, the participant should be able to:

– Track three hours of time for a particular project

– Generate an invoice to a client based on that tracked time

– Describe the difference between tracking time and logging time

Now you have three success criteria and, based on those, you’ve also got a pretty clear sense of what tasks you’ll need to give the participants.

One caveat: success criteria aren’t quite the same as tasks. Tasks have more context; they’re written to be read to the participant, and might include some context about the task, particularly if you’re steering them to find something in your prototype. For example:

Success criteria: Generate an invoice to a client based on that tracked time
Task: “Now that you’ve tracked three hours on the Atlas project, show me how you would invoice Acme Products for your time.”

Pretty similar, obviously, but success criteria are for you and your team; the task is for the participant in the context of the usability session.

And you’ll notice that one of the success criteria above is about describing something, rather than completing a task. It might be a follow-up question to a task. These are handy for validating whether your design’s mental model is clear to users. I’ve seen users find their way through a task, but then describe to me a mental model of the app which is at odds with how it was designed. That’s task success for one participant, but more importantly there’s an underlying problem with matching that participant’s mental model.

So, start with your success criteria, then write your tasks and follow-up questions based on your criteria.

Stakeholders love success criteria

Stakeholders don’t necessarily care about your process, but they really care about the results. And if your presentation of the results is vague, they will be rightfully irritated.

“The user managed to track a few hours, but we weren’t sure whether she understood that tracking time isn’t the same as logging it against a client…” Well, why aren’t you sure? Isn’t it your job to figure this out? You’re wasting their time, and not giving them clear direction on how to fix the UX problems — which is also your job, right?

Success criteria help you twice over: they clarify whether your design is really successful, and they make it easier to share those results.

We’ve had some success tracking success criteria in a simple table, and colour-coding the results. Like so:

We whip up a colour-coded table of results (green = success, red = failure) on our wiki. In the top row, we list participants; in the left column, we list our success criteria. It’s ugly, but quick and useful.

This is easy to scan, shows pretty clearly where the problems are, and grounds the results in the experiences of actual participants. We also list a bullet-point summary of results and a list of usability problems and recommendations just beneath it. At FreshBooks, we’ll zero in on those problems and iterate until we believe they’re solved. Your process might be a little different — maybe you’re a consultant handing over a report to a client, for example — but the benefits are the same.

We love to hear how our peers are practicing design. Do you use something like success criteria? If you try it, is it useful to you? Are you using some other method to track the usability of your designs? Let us know in the comments!



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UK plans $80M in tech initiatives, doubles tech visas to 2,000 to shore up support amid Brexit anxiety


 While the UK continues to try to find solid ground to begin its contentious Brexit negotiations, the government has launched several initiatives to try to shore up support to (and from) the country’s technology industry. Prime Minister Theresa May and Chancellor Philip Hammond today announced that the UK would double the number of visas issued to “the brightest and best”… Read More

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14 November 2017

Thank you for this informative yet sad post.


Thank you for this informative yet sad post.

It really shows how much companies still don’t understand what User Experience is. It’s not just a wireframe. You need accessibility and personas for a successful wireframe and prototype.

I’ve actually faced this when i was looking to get hired last year. My hope is that SOME manager will understand what UX Design entails.





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Elon Musk Türkiye'yi 'Sevdi': Tesla'dan 3. Havalimanına Enerji Depolama Tesisi Teklifi


Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan‘ın davetlisi olarak Türkiye’ye gelen ve sosyal medya paylaşımları ile Türkiye’nin gündeminden düşmeyen Elon Musk’ın CEO‘su olduğu Tesla, 3. havalimanı için enerji depolama tesisi projesi sundu.  

Türkiye İçin Elon Musk Vakti: Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan, Teknoloji Dehasıyla Bir Araya Geldi – onedio.com

Türkiye İçin Elon Musk Vakti: Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan, Teknoloji Dehasıyla Bir Araya Geldi – onedio.com

Yeni havalimanında Tesla’nın ürettiği Powerwall kullanılacak.

Dünya gazetesinin haberine göre Tesla‘nın İş Geliştirmeden Sorumlu Başkan Yardımcısı Diarmuid O’Connel tarafından İGA Havalimanı İşletmesi İcra Kurulu Üyesi Mehmet Kalyoncu’ya yeni havalimanının enerji ihtiyaçlarının karşılanması için elektrik depolama ünitesi teklifi yapıldı. Teklife göre 3. havalimanında Tesla’nın ürettiği Powerwall kullanılacak.

Teklif, Tesla’nın genel merkezinde yapıldı.

İstanbul Yeni Havalimanı (İYH), iklim değişikliği konusunda dünyanın en önemli etkinlikleri arasında yer alan Birleşmiş Milletler İklim Değişikliği Taraflar Konferansı’na katıldı. 

Almanya‘nın Bonn şehrinde düzenlenen konferansın ardından açıklamalarda bulunan Mehmet Kalyoncu, Hassan Kalyoncu Üniversitesi Kuluçka Merkezi ile Tesla‘nın merkezini ziyaret ettiklerini, teklifi ise orada aldıklarını belirtti.

‘Yerli batarya teknolojisi gündeme alınmalı.’

Her şeyin yerli olduğu havalimanında batarya teknolojisinin de yerli olması gerektiğini belirten Kalyoncu, ‘Yerli batarya teknolojisi de gündeme alınmalı. Bu konuda aksiyon alınması faydalı olacaktır. Biz de TESLA’dan gelen bu teklifi değerlendireceğiz’ dedi.

İGA, Tesla’nın teklifini değerlendirecek.

Tesla‘nın yapmış olduğu teklifi İGA’nın değerlendireceğini söyleyen Kalyoncu, havalimanı hakkında da bilgiler verdi. Havalimanında buggy yerine sürücüsüz araçların kullanacağını söyleyen Kalyoncu havalimanında yer olacak tüm ticari işletmelerin yeşil kuruluş sertifikasına sahip olacağını belirtti.

‘Bir gece ansızın inebiliriz.’

Havalimanının yüzde 70’inin tamamlandığını söyleyen Kalyoncu, açılışın 29 Ekim 2018’de yapılacağını söyledi. Kalyoncu Gayrettepe yeni havalimanı metro hattının açılaşa yetişemeyeceğini ancak D-20 karayolu bağlantısının yıl sonunda tamamlanarak ilk etapta ihtiyacı karşılayacağını belirtti. 

Gazetecilerin açılışın Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan‘ın doğum gününe yetişip yetişmeyeceği sorusuna ise ‘Bizim pilotlara sordum, inebileceklerini söylediler. Pistlerimiz hazır. Cumhurbaşkanımızın tabiriyle bir gece ansızın inebiliriz’ yanıtını verdi.





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ScanMyPhoto’s Mitch Goldstone talks about the ephemerality of media


In this episode of Technotopia I talk with Mitch Goldstone, the founder of ScanMyPhotos. Mitch started his company with a mission to scan the millions of photos that clog our dresser drawers and closets and he is now scanning hundreds of thousands of photos a day. During the recent California wild fires Goldstone and his team worked tirelessly to help homeowners who lost their photos and needed access to their old backups.

In this podcast I talk to Mitch about the future of photography, the miracle of digitization, and how many weird photos he’s seen flow by during the scanning process. He’s offering you all a discount if you used the checkout code TECHCRUNCH which should get you a few dollars off your next scan.

Technotopia is a podcast about a better future by John Biggs. You can subscribe in Stitcher, RSS, or iTunes and listen the MP3 here.

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