Sunday, May 15, 2011

Find: Android Features iPhone Doesn't Have

Nice list of stuff that differentiates Android from iOS.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Find: Sony S1 and dual-screen S2 Honeycomb tablets with PlayStation Suite coming this fall

Sony finally in the game. 

Find: Sony, it’s time to act like Sony again

Find: Carriers: act swiftly if you want to save the low-end smartphone

In subsidized us markets, feature phones are gone, and smartphones are beginning to disappear. Changes in pricing (eg paying people to use phones) could change that. 

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Carriers: act swiftly if you want to save the low-end smartphone

Find: The New Features of Android 3.1 and Ice Cream Sandwich

New tablet os version soon, integration with mobile version later.

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The New Features of Android 3.1 and Ice Cream Sandwich [Android]

The New Features of Android 3.1 and Ice Cream Sandwich

Find: Google and Hardware Manufacturers Promise Android Software Upgrades For 18 Months ((finds: google, android))

Goog addresses fragmentation. Better, but not iOS uniformity (which has it's own probs). 

Find: First Look at Google Music

Gmusic seems cool. A major iOS weak point is cloud like this. Another is notifications. The fall announcement?

Monday, May 9, 2011

Find: Llama Automates Nearly Any Setting on Your Android Phone

Find: Ahem! Are You Talking to Me? (Or Texting?)

On the socialization of mobile tech. Some insights here have design implications.

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Ahem! Are You Talking to Me? (Or Texting?) - NYTimes.com

In the digital revolution, it’s become fashionable to be rude.
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Find: The Story of the Ribbon - Office Labs

Nice window into ms office design process. 

The Story of the Ribbon - Office Labs

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Find: The ‘Facebook Class’ Built Apps, and Fortunes

Several lessons here. Just put it out there. Choose a new platform. Code bare bones first.

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The ‘Facebook Class’ Built Apps, and Fortunes - NYTimes.com

In 2007, the “Facebook Class” at Stanford created free apps for millions of users. But it also fired up the careers of many students and pioneered a new model of entrepreneurship.
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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Find: Rogers announces 150Mbps LTE launch in four Canadian cities

Wow, even 10% of max would be 5x better than wimax max. Oh, Canada...

Rogers announces 150Mbps LTE launch in four Canadian cities this year


Find: RIM to launch 6.1 update as BlackBerry 7 OS

Find: Stephen Elop: Nokia won't build just another tablet

Sounds smart. Bodes well for win 8. Maybe we will get it sooner.

Stephen Elop: Nokia won't build just another tablet


iPhone turntable concept brings dropped calls to your record collection

Fond: Motorola promises more Atrix-like laptop docks for future phones

Mobitops r a good idea, worth a second go. Goodonya, Sanjay.

Motorola promises more Atrix-like laptop docks for future phones


Find: NPD credits Verizon iPhone with stemming the Android tide in Q1 smartphone sales

Growth of android quarterly share finally ends. Smartphones finally make up more than half of all us sales.

NPD credits Verizon iPhone with stemming the Android tide in Q1 smartphone sales


Xoom Camera Connection Kit makes us lust for Photoshop on Honeycomb

Find: Microsoft launches API Mapping tool to help devs point iPhone apps at WP7 libs

API for turning your iOS app into a wp7 one.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Job: with Chris Paul @ IBM

Hey folks,

Chris Paul, who visited our class, is hiring. Here is a bit of the email he sent me:

"I have a college hire slot for a fulltime position on my team. I am looking for a front-end UI developer...skilled in web standards markup, PHP, javascript, etc. Ideal person has an understanding of design refinement. "

He says he is most likely looking for a undergraduate, but I would imagine that a qualified Masters student would be seriously considered too.

If you are interested, please contact him at cpaul@us.ibm.com

Best,

Ben

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Studio: a bit of user research (homework!)

Folks,

Because we don't have time for a full round of crits this Thursday, I'm asking you to do a bit of user research with your apps for Thursday.

Find a friend, a relative, or grab someone in the hallway, explain the basic idea of your app, then have them start using your prototype (software or paper). Video the result using one of your phones.

Put the result somewhere online (e.g. DropBox), then play it for the class on Thursday. We'll spend about 10 minutes for each group.

Best,

Ben

Find: Nokia's Photorealistic 3D models of cities

From our student Abhijit, one of things that Nokia is bringing to WP7.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Read: The Future of Microprocessors: moores law scaling over, programming challenge begins


The Future of Microprocessors

Energy efficiency is the new fundamental limiter of processor performance, way beyond numbers of processors.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Find: ARM predicts dual-core Cortex-A15 devices in late 2012, quad-core variants 'later on'

Still exponential. Wow. 
Smartphones and tablets, the two hottest categories of consumer devices right now, are dominated by ARM processor designs, so when the company speaks up about its product roadmap, we're inclined to listen in close. The next generation of ARM system-on-chip has been dubbed Cortex-A15 and was expected to ship in 2013, but that's now been accelerated slightly to late 2012, which is when we're told to expect actual devices on sale with A15 silicon on board. Single- and dual-core variants will get us started, before quad-core options start filtering through in 2013. ARM promises a stunning fivefold improvement in performance over current Cortex-A9 SOCs and already has NVIDIA, Samsung, ST-Ericsson, and Texas Instruments signed up as licensees for that new hotness. So now even Samsung's "desktop-class" 2GHz dual-core chip that's slated for 2012 has a reason to look over its shoulder. Happy times!
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Find: iPhoneTracker Maps Everywhere You've Been with Your iPhone

Alarming and intriguing. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Find: HP, here’s how you can win in mobile

Good points, cloud is a frontier for mobile, apple is behind there, hp and others would do well to differentiate that way. 

But as I always say: cloud but localfy.  Syncing is a pain, but so is connectivity. 

Other frontiers: developing markets, integration into new categories, pull entertainment, web apps, prosumer mobiles, pay as you go, VoIP only, semantic web, social first. 

Hp could be good in many of these, as could Microsoft. Not optimistic about rim. 

Find: ASUS Eee Pad Transformer

This hcomb tab has a keyboard dock, and reviews well. 


ASUS Eee Pad Transformer (UK edition) review


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Lecture: menus

Folks,

We will be talking about menus on Thursday. Here are my notes, and corresponding images.

In preparation, please read the following papers:
Best,

Ben