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With a blockbuster app that lets users share secrets with strangers, Whisper CEO Michael Heyward is building a new kind of community—the anonymous kind. 
"With Whisper, Heyward’s aim was to go after the unshared “whitespace” — say, the emotions you might feel when you don’t have a sweet Instagram photo or tweet to share.
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With a blockbuster app that lets users share secrets with strangers, Whisper CEO Michael Heyward is building a new kind of community—the anonymous kind. 

"With Whisper, Heyward’s aim was to go after the unshared “whitespace” — say, the emotions you might feel when you don’t have a sweet Instagram photo or tweet to share.

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How researchers are using computer games to treat pain, aging, ADHD, and other ailments.
Feeling anxious, depressed, fearful, or unable to focus? Is your memory getting fuzzy? Medication might help. Therapy might help. And someday soon—according to neuroscientists, game designers, and drug makers—you might be prescribed a videogame that helps as much as (or more than) either. Here are a few of the innovative companies that are fusing game mechanics with principles of cognitive psychology to create a new paradigm for digital healing.
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How researchers are using computer games to treat pain, aging, ADHD, and other ailments.

Feeling anxious, depressed, fearful, or unable to focus? Is your memory getting fuzzy? Medication might help. Therapy might help. And someday soon—according to neuroscientists, game designers, and drug makers—you might be prescribed a videogame that helps as much as (or more than) either. Here are a few of the innovative companies that are fusing game mechanics with principles of cognitive psychology to create a new paradigm for digital healing.

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In places where only cell-phone footage can tell the story of a crisis, video experts are stepping in to make sure the footage is real.
This month developers at Amnesty International are rolling out a website that can train anyone to be a forensic expert to help analyze citizen videos.
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In places where only cell-phone footage can tell the story of a crisis, video experts are stepping in to make sure the footage is real.

This month developers at Amnesty International are rolling out a website that can train anyone to be a forensic expert to help analyze citizen videos.

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Plus: How Apple, Facebook, Google, and more tech-world heavyweights describe their design jobs.
Design is a rather broad and vague term. When someone says “I’m a designer,” it is not immediately clear what they actually do day to day. There are a number of different responsibilities encompassed by the umbrella term designer.

Design-related roles exist in a range of areas from industrial design (cars, furniture) to print (magazines, other publications) to tech (websites, mobile apps). With the relatively recent influx of tech companies focused on creating interfaces for screens, many new design roles have emerged. Job titles like UX or UI designer are confusing to the uninitiated and unfamiliar even to designers who come from other industries.
Let’s attempt to distill what each of these titles really mean within the context of the tech industry.
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fastcodesign:

Plus: How Apple, Facebook, Google, and more tech-world heavyweights describe their design jobs.

Design is a rather broad and vague term. When someone says “I’m a designer,” it is not immediately clear what they actually do day to day. There are a number of different responsibilities encompassed by the umbrella term designer.

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Design-related roles exist in a range of areas from industrial design (cars, furniture) to print (magazines, other publications) to tech (websites, mobile apps). With the relatively recent influx of tech companies focused on creating interfaces for screens, many new design roles have emerged. Job titles like UX or UI designer are confusing to the uninitiated and unfamiliar even to designers who come from other industries.

Let’s attempt to distill what each of these titles really mean within the context of the tech industry.

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