“How do you create an experience that neither frustrates users with its complex possibilities nor bores them with repetitive dullness? That goal was made even more complicated because I didn’t want the app to use any words to explain what users should do. [...] Simplicity is not about making something without ornament, but rather about [...]
‘Hundreds‘ is a new iOS puzzle game from the makers of Canabalt. It’s $2.99 in the app store. Seems simple enough to play but with infinite possibilities to keep one from being bored.
Now that Google has released a Maps app for iOS we can officially put an end to the great maps debacle of 2012. You now have your pick of the liter from Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia and probably like 30 others I’m not even aware of. The general reviews of the app seem to be [...]
Apple’s maps debacle, which CEO Tim Cook is now apologizing for, could have been avoided if the company set appropriate expectations. Even a small mention that the mapping data isn’t on the same level as Google’s (but would get there eventually) could have offset the ill will Apple has incurred since the iOS 6 update. “While we’re [...]
After a week away in San Francisco covering the Citrix Synergy show for TechTarget, there’s nothing more depressing than getting to the office and seeing a very moldy coffee cup. Anyway, here are some links that caught my eye while I was away, but didn’t have time to write them up. 1. TechCrunch takes a [...]
Amazingly, these stories are also for four different mobile phone companies. 1. RIM, beleaguered makers of the BlackBerry, has hired a law firm for restructuring purposes. 2. In the last quarter, the iPhone accounted for 78% of all smartphone sales at AT&T and at Verizon, the iPhone accounted for slightly more than half of all [...]
Last week, a mini-shitstorm erupted after it was revealed that Path (a mobile social networking app) was uploading iPhone-users’ address books to their data center without permission. As it turns out, they aren’t the only app that does this. The Verge dug deep into the data to determine which other apps are doing the same thing. [...]
Why is Apple’s Siri a female? The Toronto Star asked Clifford Nass, a Stanford University professor and expert on human and artificial intelligence interaction, and he says that Siri is a female because many years of research has shown that people often associate females with stereotypical assistant and clerical duties. “First, it is stereotyping,” Nass says, “Second, [...]
My only thought is how much will the original iPad come down in price once the iPad 2 is released? I want one so badly.
The WSJ has an interactive feature on IOS and Android mobile apps that steal and giveaway your data. From Geekosystem: “Angry Birds, the widely-popular game about throwing birds at pigs, mines a significant amount of user data, including user location, contacts and phone i.d., and sends it off to Google, Chillingo and Flurry. The Weather Channel [...]