The End of Google Reader
What is Google Reader and What did it Bring to Google?
Rich Site Summary (RSS) was first released in 1999 but really became popular in the mid 2000s with the rise of the readership of blogs. The idea behind RSS is that content from various sources such as blogs or newspapers can be aggregated and read in one place without having to visit various different websites.
For Google, this represented a challenge to its advertisement business. If different …
There are several trends in television that will concentrate hardware sales in the hands of just a few companies, but will enable consumers to have a much deeper televisual experience.
How Television Will be Consumed
Television series have been traditionally released on a schedule. This made sense in an era of over-the-air broadcasts when distribution was limited by available slots.
However, in an era where television is distributed by broadband internet, people are consuming programmes at their own speed. For some, that might be occasionally, but for many they binge on a series until …
Design is an interesting subjects and to many, design is very much in the eye of the beholder. One things is sure, design on mobile is very difficult due to smaller and more fixed screen sizes. Yet Apple has always placed a priority on striking visual design, making it important throughout the whole sector.
There are very different design philosophies, skeumorphism, minimalism, cartoonism, high-density or other styles.
At Digital Possibilities, we see an increased trend towards minimalist design. More and more applications are being released with such a design and are being warmly welcomed. The poster-child for this movement has been twitterific 5.
Minimalist design entails creating an interface with only the information required on it. Usually it also involves leaving-off a lot of …
John Gruber suggested on daringfireball that Apple should buy DropBox because that is what everyone is using to get documents from their iPads to their computers. What John has caught on to, is that there is a problem with the document transfer process in place, and I will be the first one to agree with him on this point.
However, Apple has taken a decision to abstract away the filesystem in iOS. On the Mac, in OS X, the filesystem is still very much in evidence and is the principle way of accessing files. Yet, I do believe that Apple would eventually like to abstract the filesystem on OS X as well, pretty much in the same way that they …
It’s been a while coming, and here it is, the new iPad mini. It’s an 8inch tablet, smaller than its 10inch big brother but larger than the 4 inch iPhone. Here are a few initial thoughts on the device:
It’s so much smaller and handier than the standard iPad. I certainly think it will be great for a whole lot of uses, especially reading books where the iPad still seems large and the iPhone is small. The smaller size makes it much more portable too, which will lead to a lot of new business applications.
Yes, the new iPad Mini has LTE – this is big for businesses that like the …
When iCloud was released by Apple, one of its great promises was to make development cheaper by enabling developers to sync data between different devices without having to create their own backed syncing systems.
Syncing is a difficult problem to solve, so to have open APIs available to developers can be a big help and can help support different use cases between smartphone, tablet and desktop editions of applications while allowing them to have a consistent view of data.
On the latest version of 5by5.tv‘s Build and Analyze, Marco Arment was describing the developments process of his new product The Magazine. What I particularly picked up on was his description of how much of a no-brainer it was …
Yesterday Starbucks Canada updated their iOS application to enable Apple’s new Passbook feature. I really think that this is the beginning of the realization of the promise of location-based marketing.
How Awesome is Passbook?
It’s awesome. It made it really easy to pay for my coffee this morning. Normally I have to do a search for the Starbucks app and wait while it loads up. Not this time, a quick tap to the home screen, passbook and opened up the Starbucks pass. I even think that the POS system was more easily able to scan the passbook barcode than the one in the Starbucks app.
This was a great first experience in the …
Data from a recent survey show that 40% of teens in the US have an iPhone. The graph below show how that figure has increased since spring 2011.
This shows that Apple’s brand equity is increasing amongst teenagers and they are increasingly desiring the iPhone. Moreover, these figures are higher than the figures for the general public where 32.4% have chosen an Apple device.
This is significant for companies’ mobile strategies. Not only is the youth demographic important, but it also indicates that future consumers will tilt increasingly towards the iPhone. Given the app economy, consumers are generally locked-in to their …
Smartphones are tall and thin. Especially the new iPhone 5 that is taller than previous versions, and therefore relatively thinner.
So therefore, should fonts that are used on smartphones be fat and round? Most fonts used on a screen, and the first computer screens were a square shape, are roughly square. Hence one can ask the question of whether it makes sense for smartphone fonts to be square or tall?
Designers are increasingly opting for tall. This means that you can get not only more text on the screen on a line, but with the white space between characters more visually aligned with the size of the smartphone’s screen. This leads hence to a more comfortable viewing experience.
A great example of how this principal has been applied …