Ubuntu for tablets

From the article at Engadget: "... why would someone bother with such a latecomer to the mobile OS game? There are actually a few good reasons. Most importantly, Ubuntu is so lightweight that -- by the time Ubuntu 14.04 rolls around -- it'll be able to use the same code across all four form factors, with the same security features, user profiles and UI fundamentals."

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Cole Stryker - Why identity is the web's next battleground.

What is privacy? What is identity? What is anonymity? These are questions in the background of Cole Stryker’s new book, Hacking the Future: Privacy, Identity, and Anonymity on the Web.  

"The hacker mindset, ultimately, is the one which Stryker sides with; the one which weeds out its own troublemakers (or helps the authorities find the worst offenders, like child phornographers), and respects the important borders that anonymity provides to citizens of the internet. Stryker told me that the internet, he believes, will "continue to be a place for people to speak truth to power," and his book is strongest when he argues that anonymity is something which should be embraced, regardless of the mostly low-impact tradeoffs. "

Laura June interviews Stryker at The Verge.

Big data doesn't inherently lead to better results.

"the overwhelming majority of enterprise IT systems can't quite make up their digital minds. Is big data there to feed the algorithms or inform the humans? Is big data being used to run a business process or create situational awareness for top management? Is big data there to provide a more innovative signal or a comfortable redundancy? "All of the above" is exactly the wrong answer."

From Michael Shrage's insightful commentary on "big data" at the Harvard Business Review. Read it here.

Brand, IP and Interaction Design

Many people are talking today about brand experience, as a framework for marketing communications or even the embodiment of a firm's value proposition. With real-time and social communications joining traditional storytelling and channel messaging in a more holistic view of marketing, product and interaction design are new disciplines agencies are learning to embrace. As Dave Malouf points out in this article about the olympian patent struggle between Apple and Samsung:

"A truly great design element adds to the total experience a customer enjoys. That experience, if designed correctly, is as core to the brand of that product or service as the brand mark is itself. This isn't limited to Interaction Design, but the Interaction Designer needs to take on this role as much as the graphic designer and industrial designer have already traditionally done."

Read the rest at Core77.

Article: Anatomy of an Experience Map

Noting a lack of good resources for those responsible for experience mapping, customer journeys etc, Adpative Path's Chris Risdon published an interesting article of the subject that was recently picked up at User Interface Engineering: http://www.uie.com/articles/experience_map.

App.net passes $500,000 funding goal.

https://join.app.net/Many thought it wouldn't make it and it still feels quixotic. I joined ;)

Here's an article at The Verge: http://vrge.co/NslBMB

And a quote from Tristan Louis on his blog entry "Internet balancing act": "Cald­well, how­ever, is tap­ping into an inter­est­ing trend. There is, among the digerati, a grow­ing resent­ment of adver­tis­ing as the only model for online. The tra­di­tional ad model of dis­play or text-based adver­tis­ing may be run­ning its course as peo­ple look to engage with brands in more sig­nif­i­cant ways. But in order to cre­ate that engage­ment, the brands need to know more about the users, cre­at­ing that chal­lenge of pro­tect­ing a users’s pri­vacy vs. pro­vid­ing greater flexibility."

"Your apps will stay awesome if you get them from some other place..." than the Apple AppStore?

This from a comment at Ars technica: Apple pushes back sandboxing deadline as devs struggle with tradeoffs.

"Apple has given developers a few more months to either come to grips with its new app sandboxing requirements or say goodbye to the Mac App Store. Apple originally set a November deadline for apps sold through the Mac App Store to use Lion's new sandboxing framework for increased security, but the company told developers on Wednesday that the deadline had been pushed back to March 1, 2012.

Still, while some developers were already prepared for the November deadline, others are struggling with what they see as imposing limitations or reduced functionality in the sandboxing APIs. Ars spoke to a few experts in order to understand the tradeoffs Apple's sandboxing implementation will cause both developers and end users."

And here's Ars Technica's full review of Apple's new OS 10.7 Mountain Lion.

Huge Labs creates "Togather" to Bring Book Tours Back

"Togather.com, an online start-up incubated within the New York-based digital development and design agency Huge, is a platform designed for authors, publicists, librarians, bookstore owners and regular readers to create, manage and find successful live and virtual book events."


"Unlike some other start-ups spearheaded by book industry veterans — Open Road Media or Zola, for instance — Togather was born out of a digital agency and someone only recently associated with the industry: a first-time author."

Read the rest of the article at Digital Book World

TBWA's Launches the Digital Arts Network

"TBWA is launching Digital Arts Network, a new umbrella organization to unify the digital specialists currently working within TBWA -- a number the agency claims is around 700 people. TBWA will also use the new structure, which the agency says can offer a range of digital capabilities including creative technology, e-commerce, social media, user experience, content, mobile, analytics and search, to help recruit more digital talent." Read the rest of the article by Rupal Parekh at AdAge Creatvity-Online