I was really hoping for something better when I originally heard about the project (and blogged about it) nearly 3 years ago.
I still plan on seeing the movie. I mean, even those that hated it thought the special effects are worth it… Still, I was hoping that this would bring a resurgence into the franchise and allow us to move away from those ridiculous vampire movies.
I have resisted the tablets so far, since I am trying to REDUCE the number of gadgets I have. But if some company is able to create a device that can handle the bulk of my communication, entertainment and computing needs as well as being so, so sexy… well, my resistance shall be futile.
We know the iPad 2 is coming–be it a feeling in your bones, a sign in the wind, or because it’s typical of Apple’s normal hardware update pattern. Now we have enough rumors to give us a shape to the idea, and hints about what it’ll be like.
Providing alternative views of how best to design for mobile. I am researching in printed text and online. The best and the brightest up and coming international talents have started their careers with mobile already being their focus.
Navigation is especially important for mobile interfaces because of the limited space and constrained interactions. People cannot open your app in multiple tabs, use keyboard shortcuts, or create macros, so it’s vital that every part of your app be easy to access.
Sketches (shown here for LePost iPhone app) let you quickly iterate through different ideas.
For Le Monde’s newspaper app, navigation was one of the biggest concerns. How do you keep a newspaper’s linear structure, yet provide fast access to any single page or article? And how do you take advantage of a newspaper’s beautiful layout, while still offering maximum readability on a smaller physical surface?
Tools like Omnigraffle can help you plan the app’s overall architecture.
Some tips to prevent you from getting hacked, attacked by viruses and having someone else steal your phone (and everything on it). Originally posted on BusinessWire.
1. Set a password. One of the most common challenges for smartphone owners is losing the phone and all the personal data on it. Setting a strong password for your phone and enabling the screen auto-lock time to be five minutes is the simplest way to keep your personal information private during this busy season.
2. Download the updates for your phone. Always take the extra time to download software updates. Often, they include patches to security flaws recently found in the software. Just like a desktop or laptop computer, staying up to date is your first line of defense from hackers and viruses. Continue reading →