Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Obama learns to code, an addictive digital spirograph, Behance's year in review and more in our weekly look at the web

1. Obama Learns to Code Last year when President Barack Obama delivered a YouTube speech encouraging young kids to learn to code, he hadn’t actually had any coding experience himself. To kick off this year’s Computer Science Education Week, Obama took on the task. While he didn’t complete the entire tutorial, Obama did build a modest program that drew a square on the screen, making …

Smartphone Licenses

Iowa may not be the first place to pop into mind when you think high-tech, but the Midwestern state is getting serious with smartphones as they become the first to allow digital driver licenses. Instead of completely replacing physical IDs, Iowa will offer a supplemental “identity vault app” that will allow smartphone users to store their license information directly on their device. The app will …

Nathan Friend’s Digital Spirograph

With musician and programmer Nathan Friend’s digital spirograph, it takes zero artistic ability to create mesmerizing geometric designs. Friend’s digital version of the elementary school art toy adds infinite color possibilities, and the simple click of the erase button allows you to undo mistakes. An online gallery lets you upload your masterpiece or view designs created by others. Make sure to set an alarm if …