This Digitized Society

Dec 13

Google Removes Vital Privacy Feature From Android, Claiming Its Release Was Accidental -

Only Google would consider a user’s privacy to be an experiment.

Go Android!

Dec 07

uxcritique:

In this iOS 7 screen “Edit” is a button. But “New List” is a label, and tapping it does not cause a new list to be created.
When content and chrome are rendered the same the program becomes hard to use. What is a button? What is just a label and is therefore not meaningful to press?

Reminders app doesn’t allow a user to create a new reminders list without the user titling the list.  This UX issue is created by actively titling a reminders card “New List”.  This supposed UX issue is the equivalent of creating a playlist called “create playlist” and then complaining that you confused yourself.

uxcritique:

In this iOS 7 screen “Edit” is a button. But “New List” is a label, and tapping it does not cause a new list to be created.

When content and chrome are rendered the same the program becomes hard to use. What is a button? What is just a label and is therefore not meaningful to press?

Reminders app doesn’t allow a user to create a new reminders list without the user titling the list. This UX issue is created by actively titling a reminders card “New List”. This supposed UX issue is the equivalent of creating a playlist called “create playlist” and then complaining that you confused yourself.

Your iPhone's Flash Keeps These Festive Cases Sparkling -

Novel cases that I can’t imagine anyone buying for their iDevice and continuing to use after a week.

Nov 24

What is Instagram’s next big thing? Messaging, perhaps -

Makes sense. If you can’t buy SnapChat move into their market anyway.

Nov 23

Android 4.4+ KitKat ships without browser app -

The decision to ship open source part of Android without a browser is probably another part of Google’s strategy to take back the control of Android. But it may also give an opening for other browser makers such as Firefox.

Unfortunately, no matter how you slice this Google gets what they want, which is more revenues from mobile chrome and Google Search.

This kind of “Open but intentionally handicapped” maneuver is the reason why Tizen exists.

This is not “evil” by any stretch, but Google is starting to turn the screws and solidify the perception that it is not the company that it used to be.

Patent Touch ID Patent Shows How Apple Secures Fingerprint Information -

Brilliant! This sounds pretty well designed.

The patent describes a system that not only siloes data on the Touch ID “enclave” section of the A7 processor, but that also encrypts the fingerprint maps registered on the device to make it that much more difficult for any thieves to even attempt to pull the data off in any kind of usable form. The enclave is a one-way street, too: the system can check new fingerprints against the stored ones, but there’s no way to check or call up the stored fingerprints at all for external examination once they’re registered.

Nov 10

inspirationmobile:

Seek

I really like this UI element for seeking.   Reminds me if the old iPod scroll wheel.

inspirationmobile:

Seek

I really like this UI element for seeking. Reminds me if the old iPod scroll wheel.

Nov 01

Making pictures with a typewriter -

This is insane. A very interesting method of creating some stunning work.

How does one classify her work? Manual ASCII art?

Here is her portfolio site.

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Oct 31

Top Reviewers On Amazon Get Tons Of Free Stuff -


Shady!

Note to self: stop checking out amazon reviews to figure out if a product is worth my time.

Oct 30

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Oct 26

The Galaxy Gear has a 30 percent return rate at Best Buy -

Samsung and BestBuy seem clueless about why customers are returning the GalaxyGear and are asking BestBuy associated to do market research for Samsung.

Maybe Samsung should have done the market research before rushing to market with their, mediocre at best, Swiss army 20-in-1 wearable device.

I bet a lack of interoperability with existing Samsung devices and poor user experience will be among the top reasons for returns.