Thursday, November 29, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Pocket for Mac updates with improved sharing, new keyboard shortcuts, and more
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Monday, November 26, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Sony coats Xperia P in 24-carat gold, keeps up tradition of so-so phones in luxury shells
Outside of custom projects, the cardinal rule for draping phones in exotic materials is that they must never, ever be truly high end devices: at best, they should involve mid-tier hardware that could be eclipsed by a garden-variety smartphone at a fraction of the price. Sony's maintaining that all too time-honored tradition by producing a gold-coated, 24-carat version of... the Xperia P. Yes, rather than spruce up a flagship like the James Bond-approved Xperia T, Sony has instead given the luxury treatment to a smartphone with a strictly middling 4-inch display and dual-core 1GHz processor. In fairness, the company sees this as an experiment rather than a Vertu-like business model, with the intent strictly to emphasize the unibody design. A maximum 15 have been built as a result -- and rather than count on impulse purchases from oligarchs, Sony hints that it's offering at least some of its gold Xperia P stock to followers on Facebook. As long as there's no pretenses of living the high life with what's really a very ordinary phone underneath, we're satisfied.
T-Mobile Nexus 4 sells out hours after Google refers to it
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Apple (AAPL) excels when it comes to product design, interface design, marketing and in a number of other areas but when Web services come into play, things go south fast. "Almost anything Apple does which involves the internet is a mess," wrote former Apple engineer Patrick B. Gibson on his personal blog, pointing to a number of examples to support his claim. Among them are the fact that Apple can't update its online store without taking it down, the fact that Notes requires an email address to sync, the fact that iTunes and the company's App Stores are powered by "a mostly dead framework written almost 20 years ago," and the unmitigated disasters that are MobileMe and Ping. Gibson also jokes that "iMessage for Mac lives in an alternate dimension in which time has no ordered sequence."
Gibson does note that Safari is a bright spot — perhaps the only bright spot — on Apple's Internet resume.
"Google, specifically Android, has been steadily improving its entire platform," Gibson wrote. "To me, it still doesn't have the same quality of polish and feel that Apple software does. However, it's getting harder to argue that point, especially since their web services all tend to Just Work. Features like Google Now and near-instant voice commands are starting to give Android a serious leg up on iOS. Design is coming along as well. Android is still ugly, but it's much less ugly than it was a few years ago. Google seems to be actively addressing this, and if Apple isn't worried, they should be."
He goes on to suggest that Apple should acquire Twitter, not just in an effort to take an immediate leadership position in the social networking space, but also for Twitter's talent. Gibson says Twitter uses some of the most advanced Web technologies currently available, and that the engineering team there invented much of it.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Microsoft explains WP 8 Lock, Home screen design decisions
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Many Mac apps are beautiful to look at — while other operating systems have beautiful apps, design is a bigger factor for the platform's developers. And, a lot of the time, these apps are wonderful to use too – their fantastic design being part of a carefully-considered UI that engages users and makes the apps truly useful.
With so many apps being developed for the Mac, by amateurs and professionals alike, it is hard to stand out and innovate. Gathered in this collection are forty examples of apps that have tried to push the boundaries with their designs.
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