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."
If you loved Polaroids but now mostly use an iPhone for pictures a new Kickstarter project that has raised almost 500K has got just the product for you!
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. "
"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."
New Yorkers heading out to Santa Monica for CreateTech might also be interested in a cool data science conference happening on September 13th and 14th. Lots of folks we admire!
"DataGotham is a celebration of New York City's data community that will bring together professionals from finance to fashion and from startups to the Fortune 500."
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.
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.
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."
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."
"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."
Check out Matt Walsh's blog on extending brand building and marketing into experience design: http://www.nodeadends.biz/. Ha calls it a "Aspiration for integration" and we think it expresses very well where things are headed for agencies. Watch this space!
"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
From the blog: "The 2012 Cannes Lions Daily Infographic Project: Monday 18 June
To start: the basics — but they’re anything but boring. Who’s here, what they’re talking about, how far the Lions have come. Also check out some social stats and of course the Award shortlists."