As a geek, nerd and entrepreneur I've been obsessed with tech. That also means I've also been obsessed with tech news. As a former Network Admin/IT guy I had the benefit of setting up web servers, databases and watching the birth of RSS (Really Simple Syndication). RSS Feeds were once the once lifeline of all blogs and tech news. RSS "news readers" were launched like mobile apps today and while successful at the time struggled to gain enough traction outside of the teach world. While a lot of RSS News Readers, had a slow death such as Google Reader. My Google Reader once categorized over 3100 [...]
Apps rule the mobile world and it’s getting more difficult by the week to discover new apps. As we wrap up 2013, it’s time for tech blogs to publish their top apps articles. I’m sure after Christmas when everyone has unwrapped their new smartphone the big question will be, “What is your favorite app?” or What is the best app for preving docs”, or “editing photos”. Those are common questions online and offline, and it’s not getting easier.
Recently, I was having a conversion with a teacher who was complaining about all the educational mobile apps, and how it would be [...]
Unless you have been living under a tech rock you know that Apple's iOS 7 was made available for iPhone and iPad users to upgrade. I've tested iOS 7 prior to release and I made a decision it was time for me to make the switch to Android. I figured that if I'm going to learn a new OS why not Android. I've been a long time Apple fanboy and have stood in line at least three times for the iPhone including the very first iPhone and the first iPad. With the Android OS matured and me being a primary Google Apps for domain user it just made sense. Plus I was getting more frustrated with mobile [...]
If you see a UI walkthrough, they blew it
Clear, Rise and Solar are three examples of a trend of “gesture driven” apps with a flat UI. These are novelty apps for people lusting for the very latest in app design. Besides using a more flat UI style, which is a topic for a different discussion, all apps contain non-standard interactions. This means users don’t know how to use them beforehand, and all start with a multi-step UI walkthrough before you get to use the app.
These apps have chosen [...]
Among the detailed findings of the study:
- The advent of the new lower-priced tablets in late 2011 brought in a new crop of tablet owners. Now, just over half, 52%, of tablet owners report owning an iPad, compared with 81% a year ago. Nearly half, 48%, now own an Android-based device; about half of them, 21%, Kindle Fires. iPad owners, however, stand out from Android owners: they use their tablet more often in general and more often for news. Android users are more likely to use social networks and follow news that comes from friends and family.
- Rather than replacing old [...]