Reading Traci’s post on the Kindle, a gadget that I have never even thought about buying, despite being an avid reader and a total tech geek, made me ponder: Why have I never considered the Kindle?
The real answer is much for in the vein of… well… vanity.
Shelf EnvyI have already switched to storing most of [...]
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Top Five Things I Wish Of My Kindle
When I got my first iPod six years ago, it completely changed the way I purchased and listened to music. So, naturally, I had the same hopes for my recently acquired Kindle reader and how I would soon be consuming books. Unfortunately, the Kindle has [...]
So I have gotten a chance to start playing with Google Buzz. It has a nice “low bar, high ceiling” design. Your average American who is used to posting or reading status updates on Twitter or Facebook will find it familiar (very different the entirely weird GoogleWave). On the other end of the spectrum, [...]
A few years ago, my father passed away. Soon after, my mother became chronically ill. As an only child, I was suddenly faced with having to gather information on a variety of health related topics I knew nothing about: the symptoms of a stroke, Medicare, guardianships/conservatorships, traveling with a loved one in a wheelchair, selecting [...]
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Consumers Are Choosing LifeIn advertising, campaigns – series of messages that share a single idea and theme – have for decades been the central concept for forming promotional activities.
The advertising industry has been rooted in the idea of the campaign – that is what agencies, by and large, do. And campaigns come and [...]
I’m not much of a User Interface geek (that is, I enjoy a pointless but entertaining way of getting around a site as much as anyone), but as a web designer I’m always interested on how to convey maximum amounts of information/direction to users as simply and cleanly as possible.
So I thought this was [...]
I stopped by the 2010 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco last week and saw some interesting things from the expo hall. Here are some of the highlights: 3-D GamingThis was being demonstrated by numerous companies including Intel, Sony and Nvidia. I tried it out and it definitely seemed interesting, but I wasn’t blown away yet. [...]
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It’s been a great year for Foursquare, the location-based social network / real world game for your mobile. They are celebrating their first birthday this week, a year after they announced their existence at SXSW, with some fairly impressive stats for a start-up:
Over 500,000 users
Over 1,000,000 badges have been awarded
Over 1.4 million venues [...]
At the end of January, Apple announced another highly anticipated new device, while its rival in Redmond, Microsoft, has come out with a new version of its mobile UI. Named Windows Phone 7 Series, it’s an interesting new take on a mobile UI, and while it’s officially planned for release only at the end of [...]
Life Beyond FacebookCarnegie-Mellon professor and game developer, Jesse Schell, offers an extremely insightful and thoughtful perspective on how Facebook and “reality-based” social platforms are going to affect our lives as consumers and marketers.
His conclusion, everything we do will be part of a game wherein we earn points toward rewards (social, virtual and real). Brush [...]
News of the poor homeless hero who, after helping a woman being attacked, was stabbed and left to die on the streets of New York City have probably reached every corner of the world by now. But it’s not only in New York that passersby sometimes ignore what they see, and keep walking. In the [...]
The stock market underwent a massive cultural shift back in the 1990s and early 2000s as electronic trading swept through the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. The individual now had a chance to buy stocks from home. Heck, now you can manage your millions from an iPhone.
Still, the full-time investment professionals get [...]
Part of the fun of working at a digital agency is that if you are ever interested some new hot technology item, there is bound to be at least one person (or two) who has already bought it and is willing to tell you all about how they like it. I recently sat down with [...]
Publishers who distribute content in digital formats have been conditioned to anticipate the launch of new Apple devices with deferential trepidation. We know that The Financial Times, The WSJ, Wired and doubtless many more publishers are looking for ways to deliver high-fidelity experiences on the iPad or at least to make sure what they’ve [...]
Now that the “oohs” and the “ahhs” from the early adopter crowd has died down. Now that we can all admit that the mentruation-related jokes have stopped being funny (even if that MadTV skit predicted all this). Finally we can bring up the first question we SHOULD have asked about the iPad… How the heck [...]
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There are now two kinds of people in the world. Those who own iPads and those who peer over their shoulders – at least just for a few seconds (Denial? There’s an app for that).
This week, those users and curious over-shoulder readers were stroking the pages of Wired’s first iPad issue. Organics [...]
Much has been said about clause 3.3.1 of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement, but now that the dust has started to settle it’s worth taking a closer look at the implications. It’s been reproduced many times, but let’s take another look at the wording in question:
“Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, [...]
Apple’s iPad, selling over a million units after launching just over a month ago, seems like an easy choice for those brands looking to create immersive experiences for users and expand upon the ways they’re already connecting via social and mobile on other platforms.
Yet, aside from ecommerce retailers and content publishers, there are still only [...]
Last week’s “letter” from Steve Jobs and his thoughts on Flash clearly caused a stir. Not only did it solidify the suspicions that Apple was simply not a fan of the Flash plugin but it also provided a few reasons behind the exclusion.
With the kindling poised for a massive “flamewar”, a few people at Organic [...]
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Officially launched at Austin’s SXSW festival, StickyBits is a new mobile app for the iPhone and for Android that lets you scan any barcode and attach a message or a file to that physical object.
So, why is it different? Just look at their tagline: “A fun way to attach digital content to [...]
Mortal Kombat Rebirth, a short film/trailer/teaser created by Director Kevin Tancharoen, has received over 2 million hits in 48 hrs. It has easily become the most successfully viral video in recent memory and the response to it has been overwhelmingly positive. For a couple of reasons – the high production values and the fact that [...]
The report of my death was an exaggeration.
Mark Twain, New York Journal, June 2, 1897
In April 2010, Steve Jobs published his “Thoughts on Flash” statement ( http://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughts-on-flash/) and thereby codified Apple’s opposition to support of the Flash player on their mobile operating systems. This act culminated a back-and-forth sally of couched taunts and threats between [...]
Given the range of functionality and fidelity represented by different prototyping methods it’s difficult to pinpoint the practices use in digital marketing. But as client goals and user experiences grow more complex it’s nice to have a choice of tools for proposing solutions.
For a recent technology offsite every member of our team was tasked with [...]