UI/UX Articles and Interesting Tidbits of the Week

Pedro Canhenha
4 min readJan 6, 2024

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January//5//2024

Here are some interesting finds on UI/UX of the week!

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Technologies Driving Medtech Innovation in 2024. Very interesting article from The Next Web on technology advancements that are poised to disrupt the Medical field. The article by Ioanna Lykiardopoulou includes observations and insights into AI (of course), but also Quantum Computing, Virtual Care and VR. All these advancements will enable for large data sets to be processed faster and paint these in manners that enable physicians to understand patients problems and issues more efficiently and with pertinent solutions/pathways to healing in mind. Worth reading through. Highlight of the article includes:

“One of them is quantum simulation, the ability of high-quality qubits in quantum computers to model molecules and simulate chemistry. According to Wisby, quantum simulation could have a “potentially profound impact” on drug discovery and currently incurable diseases. “Theoretically, quantum computers can simulate the complete problem in drug development because they can simulate chemistry and molecules with an unprecedented precision,” she explains. “This will enable pharma companies to simulate larger, more complex molecules as they develop new drugs — how they act and react — in a way classical computers can’t, resulting in billions of R&D savings and reduced time to get these new drugs out into the market.””

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Spam Protection Requirements. Very informative and thorough article from Unspam Email’s blog on the topic of both Gmail and Yahoo spam protection requirements that are taking place in 2024. Typically issues with emails appear in three main buckets, namely deliverability, display issues and engagement, but what this article also sheds light on, is of course issues with Phishing, Scams and Fraud detection. The article includes tidbits on Unsubscribing aspects that need to exist in emails, Proactive measures to decrease Spam, Authentication Protocols, to name but a few. Worth reading through. Highlight of the article includes:

SPF (Sender Policy Framework): This email authentication method allows senders to define which IP addresses are authorized to send mail on behalf of their domain. When an email is received, the recipient’s server checks the SPF record to verify that the email comes from an approved server, reducing the likelihood of email spoofing. With 91% of all cyber attacks beginning with a phishing email, SPF’s role in mitigating email spoofing is more crucial than ever. DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail): DKIM adds an encrypted signature to the header of all outgoing messages. This signature is then used by receiving email servers to validate that the email was indeed sent from the stated domain and that its content has not been tampered with during transit. Given that 30% of phishing emails bypass default security checks, DKIM’s importance in maintaining email integrity is evident. DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance): DMARC builds upon SPF and DKIM.This feature lets domain owners decide how unauthenticated emails from their domain are handled, enhancing protection against email fraud and impersonation. It also offers feedback on emails failing SPF or DKIM checks. Considering that 83% of organizations have experienced a direct business impact from email fraud (as stated by Proofpoint), DMARC’s role in email security strategy is indispensable.”

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Mentors. Interesting article from Nate Swanner for the Dice Blog on the topic of Mentors and how they can play a role in career acceleration. The article essentially focuses on 4 aspects pertaining to the Mentor Universe: what they are, what they do, their benefits and how to find one. Personally, I’ve been fortunate to have had Mentors in my career at times that were crucial for its development, and these individuals turned out to provide both vision, encouragement and perspective on tackling difficult decisions and choices one has to make in life. Since then I’ve also been able to mentor people, and hopefully this type of behavior and positive/reflective stance is something I’ve been able to impart. Worth reading through and reflecting upon. Highlight of the article includes:

“Jain adds: “A truly great mentor is someone who hears you and your worries, imparts relevant experiences and knowledge for reflection and gives balanced feedback on where your deficiencies lie so that they can be corrected. They aren’t there to force your hand, but rather, they point you in a direction so that you can find the right path for yourself. They are there to help and inspire your development, opening up doors for new life.” Mentors are there to provide insight from afar. Often, we get caught up in the minutiae of our work and need a more holistic vision; mentors can be beneficial in that regard. A great mentor also keeps up with trends affecting your business or career and helps you understand what can or should be next for you. Your mentor should act differently from your boss or conflate their guidance with orders. The role of a mentor is to provide insight; what you do with the information is essential, but the mentor shouldn’t get so invested that a poor decision on your part affects them personally.”

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