Amazon Plans to Use Drones for New Prime Air Service

John Ribeiro on TechHive:

Amazon.com plans to deliver packages to customers using unmanned aerial vehicles in 30 minutes or less.

“It looks like science fiction, but it’s real,” Amazon said on its website. Its Prime Air service, powered by drones, will be ready from a technology point of view to enter commercial operations as soon as the necessary regulations are in place, it said. The company’s research and development team is already working on the new delivery method.

I don’t know whether I should be enthused or panicked by this story. I think the answer is both.

Organize that Sass!

One of the many beauties of working with Sass is how easy it is to get organized. In the past, importing different CSS files wasn’t good practice and in fact made for more HTTP requests. With Sass, you can have many different partials which allow you to isolate styles in a logical way.

I’m so excited about my first post for the A List Apart blog! It’s a quick post on using partials to get organized with Sass.

Magneto Blamed for JFK Murder

Kwame Opam on The Verge:

To promote the upcoming X-men: Days of Future Past, a new viral site takes the 50th anniversary of JFK’s murder and spins a new conspiracy theory out of the historic tragedy.

Some will say this is wrong, but it’s quite an interesting twist on actual history, and an intriguing way to promote a movie.

Kobe Bryant Signs 2-Year Extension with Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant signed a two-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday.

The Lakers did not announce financial terms, but a source told ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Ramona Shelburne that the deal is worth $48.5 million.

Even as a huge Laker fan, I don’t see the logic behind this decision. Kobe Bryant has been one of the best players of the current era, but I certainly thought this would be his last year. As great as he is, age eventually catches up with you.

But I could be terribly wrong. They don’t call him the Black Mamba for nothing.

Geri Coady on Design Trends

Should we really be dropping buttons, even if it negatively affects intuitive interaction patterns or confuses people with cognitive disabilities? Should we really be using thin type to look “modern” at the risk of decreasing legibility? And tell me, should we really be dropping textures and reducing contrast because it’s the “stylish” thing to do this week?

Geri makes some amazing points, and then drops the mic. Such a great read.

Twitter Tests Cleaner Web Design

Darrell Etherington on TechCrunch:

Twitter is testing a new website design, which opts for a lighter, flat design that seems at least partly inspired by its shift to similar design trends on mobile.

This looks terrible. It lacks the polish it should have. The type continues to feel tight, and the fact that they’re going “flat”, is disappointing.

Why You Should Use Sass

Dan Cederholm on A List Apart:

…the reality is that Sass (and other CSS preprocessors) can be a powerful ally—a tool that any style-crafter can easily insert into their daily work. It took me a while to come around, but I’m sure glad that I did.

We published a great excerpt from Dan’s new book Sass for Web Designers. Dan has been long regarded as one of the best when it comes to CSS, and I can’t wait to finish reading this new book. If you’re on the fence about whether to buy the book, this great excerpt might be just the thing to whet your appetite.

Marvel Creating Superhero Shows for Netflix

Jacob Kastrenakes reporting for The Verge:

Marvel is creating four live-action superhero series and an Avengers-style special event that will all air exclusively on Netflix, beginning in 2015. The first of the TV series will focus on Daredevil, while the following series will star Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage.

Netflix does it again. Can’t wait to see this.

BlackBerry Secures $1 Billion in Funding

Vlad Savov reporting for The Verge:

Today was always going to be a momentous day for BlackBerry, with a looming deadline for its proposed takeover deal with Fairfax Financial Holdings. As it turns out, the full takeover isn’t taking place, but the company is going to receive an investment of $1 billion from Fairfax and a group of other institutional investors as it seeks to steer a new course.

What? I mean, it’s tough to feel bad for a company that just received a billion dollars, but what are they doing? BlackBerry is holding on for dear life, and I have to wonder whether this can turn things around for them. I hope for the best.