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Messaging: mobile's killer app >> stratēchery
This is mind-boggling and frightening, and good

Ben Thompson points to the evolution of messaging (and the intervention of the desktop, and then examines LINE - which many in the west won't have heard of or used:
This [illustration] is a sticker set from Häagen-Dazs; they have paid LINE tens of thousands of dollars (varies by market) to make this set available for free. To get the stickers, users must follow the official Häagen-Dazs account.<p>
Voilà, Häagen-Dazs now has a direct communications channel to millions of users.<p>
Perhaps this summer, when it’s particularly hot, Häagen-Dazs will send out a coupon to all those users for a discounted cup of ice cream. Many of those users will be out-and-about, likely in the vicinity of a Häagen-Dazs retail shop (they’re all over the place in Asia). And just like that customers have been moved to action.

He also has an excellent explanation for why companies love to store credit card details, despite all the hacks.
line  messaging  mobile  via:guardiantech 
february 2014 by tattlemuss
www.nytimes.com
Utterly terrific piece of investigation and storytelling by Fred Vogelstein of how the iPhone came to be - and how the demonstration by Jobs was a white-knuckle ride for the inventors. An extract:

“I understood how it could be done,” [Tony] Fadell says. “But it’s one thing to think that,
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october 2013 by dkoder
And then Steve said, ‘let there be an iPhone’ >> NYTimes.com
Utterly terrific piece of investigation and storytelling by Fred Vogelstein of how the iPhone came to be - and how the demonstration by Jobs was a white-knuckle ride for the inventors. An extract:
“I understood how it could be done,” [Tony] Fadell says. “But it’s one thing to think that, and another to take a room full of special, one-off gear and make a million phone-size versions of that in a cost-effective, reliable manner.” The to-do list was exhausting just to think about. “You had to go to LCD vendors who knew how to embed technology like this in glass; you had to find time on their line; and then you had to come up with compensation and calibrating algorithms to keep the pixel electronics from generating all kinds of noise in the touch-screen” — which sat on top of the LCD. “It was a whole project just to make the touch-screen device. We tried two or three ways of actually making the touch-screen until we could make one in enough volume that would work.”<p>

Shrinking OS X and building a multitouch screen, while innovative and difficult, were at least within the skills Apple had already mastered as a corporation. No one was better equipped to rethink OS X’s design. Apple knew LCD manufacturers because it put an LCD in every laptop and iPod. Mobile-phone physics was an entirely new field, however, and it took those working on the iPhone into 2006 to realize how little they knew.

Save some time and read it all.
apple  iphone  article  technology  via:guardiantech 
october 2013 by dkoder
A Brief History of Apple's iWatch
A brief timeline of Apple iWatch's entrance to the market.<p>

September 10, 2013: As key members of the tech industry and trade press gather on a clear Tuesday morning, Tim Cook leads much of Apple's senior management in the introduction of a simple, wearable touchscreen device. Priced around $300, it immediately attracts complaints that it's too expensive, since wearable fitness devices are less than half the price; Supporters claim its support for a tightly-defined app platform differentiates it enough to justify the higher price.

Get some coffee. Enjoy.
apple  iwatch  funny  AnilDash  via:guardiantech 
september 2013 by HamishMacEwan
Harvard - Click on a few dots and our program will guess your age!
The human motor system changes as we age. Our program will guess your age by analyzing how you click.
Bemerkenswert! Allerdings hab ich schon oft vom Ergebnis 29/30 gelesen
computers  mouse  via:guardiantech 
april 2013 by stoddnet
The Economist explains: How might your choice of browser affect your job prospects? >> The Economist
Among other things, its analysis <a href="http://www.economist.com/news/business/21575820-how-software-helps-firms-hire-workers-more-efficiently-robot-recruiters">found that</a> those applicants who have bothered to install new web browsers on their computers (such as Mozilla's Firefox or Google's Chrome) perform better and stay in their posts for 15% longer, on average, than those who use the default pre-installed browser that came with their machine (ie, Internet Explorer on a Windows PC and Safari on an Apple Mac). This may simply be a coincidence, but Evolv's analysts reckon that applicants' willingness to go to the trouble of installing a new browser shows decisiveness, a valuable trait in a potential employee.

Presents a problem for Chromebook users wanting to impress. (Thanks @vassal for the link.)
browser  job  via:guardiantech 
april 2013 by cpoetter
Apple's 'Coach' Campbell sees Google Glass starting era of intimate objects >> Businessweek
Noting that he was not at liberty to give away specific details on future Apple gizmos, [Apple board member Bill] Campbell did tell the audience to expect to see “a lot of things going on with the application of technology to really intimate things.” He pointed to Google Glass as one such intimate object. “It’s a phenomenal breakthrough,” he said. “When you start to think about glasses or watches, they become as intimate as the cell phone was."

A short while later, Campbell celebrated Nest, the company started by former Apple executive Tony Fadell that makes a fancy thermostat. “You would think that people would yawn at something as boring as a thermostat,” Campbell said. “So, I’ve been surprised at how it has done and is doing. It will be the first of many products that come out of that company, which has a brilliant CEO and engineering team.”
apple  iwatch  via:guardiantech  google:glass 
april 2013 by cpoetter
Photos of children from around the world with their most prized possessions >> Feature Shoot
Shot over a period of 18 months, Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s project Toy Stories compiles photos of children from around the world with their prized possesions—their toys.

teilweise verstörend.
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march 2013 by bufflon
High-definition TV: ne plus ultra
Having seen interest in 3D television fizzle, consumer-electronics firms are desperate to find some other blockbuster product that will get customers back into big-box stores. The development most are hoping will do the trick is a display technology known as Ultra High-Definition that offers four times the resolution of today’s 1,080p HDTV sets.
via:guardiantech  fernsehen  4k_tv  2013  the_economist  wirtschaft  consumer_electronics_show 
january 2013 by paukner
It now only costs $100 to know everything about your DNA >> Gizmodo
Mapping out your genome is the 21st Century equivalent of staring deep inside your soul; it's tempting to look, but terrifying what you might find. The DNA divers at 23andMe are hoping that slashing the price of their home-testing service—from $300 down to $100—will be enough to tilt the scales towards discovery. Are they right?

Well, it's not <em>everything</em>. But it's a lot.
DNA  mapping  via:guardiantech 
december 2012 by hugoroy
Firefox killing 64-bit version on Windows >> Firefox Google Groups
* Amazingly, there is still the perception by some Windows Nightly users that the 64-bit MSVC builds are faster than their 32-bit counterparts [8], whereas even before the recent regressions that was not the case <a href="http://graphs-new.mozilla.org/graph.html#tests=[[76,1,19],[76,1,12]]&sel=1328150633518.812,1330185701601.2605&displayrange=90&datatype=running">[5]</a> <a href="http://graphs-new.mozilla.org/graph.html#tests=[[75,1,19],[75,1,12]]&sel=1328278981105.6865,1330209574209.1348&displayrange=90&datatype=running">[6]</a>.<p>

* Users of 64-bit versions of Windows may be under the impression that 64-bit builds of Nightly are somehow "more correct" for their platform, especially since http://nightly.mozilla.org displays 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Nightly builds with equal prominence and no indication that the 64-bit builds are experimental/effectively untested. <p>

* Whilst there was a thorough discussion of the Win64 pros/cons <a href="https://groups.google.com/d/topic/mozilla.dev.planning/Mrba6hvl5-w/discussion">[9]</a>, a follow-up summary of facts <a href="https://groups.google.com/d/topic/mozilla.dev.planning/aeTXSZ_WFAs/discussion">[10]</a>, and internally most of us know that Win64 builds aren't something that we'll be focusing on near-term - there doesn't appear to have been any public newsgroup/blog postings communicating the final decision. So it's not surprising that the average Nightly user is not aware that Win64 builds are pretty much unsuited for public consumption.

Upshot: Mozilla is killing 64-bit Firefox on Windows. But the people who've been using it in nightly builds are horrified and outraged.
firefox  mozilla  opensource  MicrosoftWindows  via:guardiantech 
november 2012 by chaos
Apple’s design problems aren’t skeuomorphic
In the end, what’s wrong with iOS isn’t the dark linen behind the app icons at the bottom of the screen, but the fact that iOS ought to have much better inter-application management and navigation than users fiddling with tiny icons. I’m fairly sure most Apple users would gladly continue to use what are supposed to be skeuomorphically challenged Calendar or Notebook apps for another thousand years if Apple could only solve the far more vexing software problems of AppleID unification when using iTunes and App Store, or the performance and reliability of the same. And yet these are the twin sides of the same systems design problem: the display layer surfacing or hiding the power within or, increasingly, lack thereof.
apple  design  ios  skeumorphismus  via:guardiantech  2012 
november 2012 by paukner
Surmounting the Insurmountable: Wikipedia Is nearing completion, in a sense >> The Atlantic
Interesting question from Rebecca Rosen:
what if the decline in engagement has little to do with culture or the design of the site? What if, instead, it's that there's just less for new Wikipedians to do?
wikipedia  editing  via:guardiantech 
october 2012 by justincharles
There are no "regular results" on Google anymore.>> DuckDuckGo
Clever video advert from rival search engine DuckDuckGo. The principle of the filter bubble does matter.
google  search  duckduckgo  sh  via:guardiantech 
october 2012 by bufflon
Pressing issues: Pink Floyd's "soundtrack" to first moon walk >> YouTube
Here's another: It seems that Pink Floyd was in a BBC studio in London "jamming" live to the first moon walk. This "soundtrack" was missing for years, then bootlegged, before finally ending up, where else, on YouTube. Here it is:

Goodbye, Neil Armstrong.
music  moon  charlesarthur  via:guardiantech 
august 2012 by igorette
Features Update >> Delicious Blog
"We introduced stacks last year as a visually rich way to think about your links and we’ve been blown away by the amazing content you’ve created. But given the upcoming launch of new products from Delicious’ parent company, AVOS, and our focus on simplifying the Delicious site, we realized the value of stacks is limited for our users moving forward." NO DUH, SHERLOCK. Twits.
delicious  tags  stacks  api  via:guardiantech 
july 2012 by ursamajor
Face blurring: when footage requires anonymity >> YouTube Blog
"Today, [YouTube is] launching face blurring - a new tool that allows you to obscure faces within videos with the click of a button." Intriguing. I know it's still a first-round go, but it'll be really interesting to see how this plays out.
youtube  google  anonymity  activism  video  via:guardiantech 
july 2012 by ursamajor
Want to disable Facebook facial recognition? Read this >> Naked Security
"Many people feel distinctly uncomfortable about a site like Facebook learning what they look like, and using that information without their explicit permission.

Although Facebook's motivation may currently be to interconnect more of its users, and make photo tagging a more seamless process, the idea of there being a database built of 900 million people's faces, with knowledge of who and what they like, and their personal relationships and conversations, puts a chill down the spine of privacy advocates."

So so glad I'm off FB.
facebook  privacy  via:guardiantech 
june 2012 by trailofmonkeys

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