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The Edgelist
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By Katy Jeremko
Bi-weekly highlights in product & tech
The 2C Browser Buddy winks at you ;)
This week we're talking about: the Browser.
We do less with passing files from one person to another, because we're all using the internet to store our stuff. I recently found a small bag of flash drives, and a thought bubble appeared over my head. I couldn't remember what I had stored on them.

Not only have we navigated away from device-localized storage, we've also started to expect that we can do our work from any device, anywhere. Higher bandwidth and lower latency is giving real-time collaboration apps a home in the browser.

A more portable way to use applications is in the browser, because you’re not bound to one specific device. You’re accessing tools on the cloud, when they are most convenient to you.

Browsers are reaching the same level of maturity that operating systems did when smartphone apps went mainstream. When smartphones emerged initially, applications didn’t come out yet because the ecosystem wasn’t mature enough. Once the ecosystem matured, there was an explosion and ultimately led to a new technology sector for economic growth.

By and large, browsers have normalized the core technology across mobile phones, tablets, desktops and TVs, creating a ubiquitous platform for designers and developers to build one system that can be ported across many experiences.

Our take: The browser is the new operating system.
Fresh Finds
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As games become more visually powerful, browser-based gaming is just starting to appear on the scene 
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GitHub Skyline: Your GitHub story in 3D made the rounds quite a bit last week
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Data as a document, documents as data. Browser-based "code notebooks" provide powerful tooling for all sorts of use cases.
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We used to use flash drives to send data, then we used airdrop, now we use our browser
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Here's a quick-pick list of some of @tbeseda's favorite browser-based developer tools. From small tasks like generating file structure ASCII to a full-blown dev environment
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You don't ux design if you don't design in the browser
Special shoutout to Taylor Beseda for helping curate this content.
Follow him on twitter @tbeseda.