iOS 5: Can It Replace Your Computer?

Jun 25, 11 iOS 5: Can It Replace Your Computer?

Posted by in iPhone

Apple took the wraps off iOS 5 earlier this month, giving many people the features they’d been requesting for years. Some of these features have already changed the game for some developers— potentially even sinking several companies by snatching their design right out from under them. And, hey, doesn’t the new...

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Exclusive: Clayton Miller on Interface Design

Jun 16, 11 Exclusive: Clayton Miller on Interface Design

Posted by in Futurism, Interviews, News

A while back, many of us in the UI/UX world were blown away by a concept video called “10/GUI”. Predating the iPad and all other large-scale multitouch displays, interface designer Clayton Miller discussed a completely new method of integrating touchscreen on the desktop: a UI designed around gestures that kept some of...

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Evernote: The Best Note Taking App?

Feb 23, 11 Evernote: The Best Note Taking App?

Posted by in Reviews

Someone says “it’s an online, synchronized, digital notebook.” Quick, what do you think of? It’s probably Evernote. (this is part 2 in a series on What’s the Best Note-Taking App of All?) In the domain of note-taking software, Evernote is the 800-pound gorilla. It’s a juggernaut with features upon...

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iPad 3 and the End of Buttons

Jan 13, 11 iPad 3 and the End of Buttons

Posted by in Futurism

Someday, the iPad and iPhone will shed even their Home button. At least, that’s the thought behind some new features discovered in the new iOS beta. Version 4.3, which was released to developers earlier today, has several new gestures in place. They enable navigation without ever touching the Home button, letting you...

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Are “Tactile Touchscreens” In Our Future?

Nov 29, 10 Are “Tactile Touchscreens” In Our Future?

Posted by in Futurism

A new patent filing from Microsoft (of all places) hints at a “textured touchscreen”: a tactile surface that could change shape at will. Is this the beginning of the end of physical keyboards? Here’s how it works. The screen, coated with a “shape-memory polymer”– think memory foam– can...

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The Seven Traits of Highly-Successful Apps

Nov 11, 10 The Seven Traits of Highly-Successful Apps

Posted by in iPhone

Are you an iPhone app developer? Whether you’re new to this game or an old hand, there are some basic interface (UI) and user experience (UX) rules you’ve just got to follow (and I’m not talking about Apple’s). If your app does these things, then you have a solid shot at making it big. But if your app falls...

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Amazon: You Wanna Buy Something. Trust Us.

Nov 05, 10 Amazon: You Wanna Buy Something. Trust Us.

Posted by in Uncategorized

Amazon’s new Windowshop app for iPad fills a need I didn’t know existed: “I have all this disposable income and no idea what i should buy online.” (Part of me wants to say something snarky in response, but, sadly, I think most of us can relate to this– at least in a physical store.) In...

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MUST-SEE: A Radical Vision of the Desktop’s Future

Sep 23, 10 MUST-SEE: A Radical Vision of the Desktop’s Future

Posted by in Futurism

We talk a lot about mobile technology here, but what’s in the cards for desktop computing? After all, a touchscreen desktop makes no sense. Who’d want to stand there all day with their hand in the air? Ouch. Something radically different has to be done to bridge the gap between “app culture”, with all...

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How to Outdo 40 Years of Product Design

Sep 08, 10 How to Outdo 40 Years of Product Design

Posted by in Futurism, News

One day, we’ll probably phase out cash altogether (which I’m terrified of, and pretty much firmly against). Until then, pretty much the only way we receive cash is through the use of one particularly depressing little machine (if Douglas Adams’ robot Marvin were real, he’d definitely be one). I’m...

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Why Twitter Just Rewrote the Rules

Sep 04, 10 Why Twitter Just Rewrote the Rules

Posted by in Online, Reviews

  Twitter just dropped a bomb. After months of waiting, they’ve quietly released their iPad app, featuring the most brilliant and radical new interface design in years. It single-handedly changes the course of information design for a touchscreen– maybe forever. And it may be the most innovative touch-based...

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