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Mobile

A 73 post collection


Never too old to computer

 •  Filed under Computers, Progamming, Mobile, Ios, App Development

What an inspiring story from Yi Shu Ng on Mashable about an 81 year old woman making an iOS app.

Masako Wakamiya is making the news for an app she created to show people the correct way to place their traditional doll displays ahead of Hinamatsuri, or Girl's Day, in Japan.

Wakamiya is a former banker who clocked 43 years of service at a major Japanese bank, and only learned how to use computers when she was 60.

I love the sense of tradition meeting the digital in both her life and the app. And also the obvious thought that you're never too old to computer.

Daring Fireball: Design as Branding

 •  Filed under Mobile, Apple, Design, Iphone

Daring Fireball: Design as Branding

I love Gruber’s take here, as he rebuts Manjoo’s belief that Apple design has gone stale. It’s actually shocking to me how many people mistake design as aesthetics only, rather than a combination of look, feel, and function. This is, perhaps, a good indicator for why so much much tech – software and hardware combined – is so often ridiculously clunky and unfriendly to everyday users.

And for reals, how can you not look at that jet black iPhone 7 and see a strikingly beautiful phone?

Mozilla Will Stop Developing And Selling Firefox OS Smartphones | TechCrunch

 •  Filed under Mobile, Operating System, Firefox, Open Source

Mozilla Will Stop Developing And Selling Firefox OS Smartphones | TechCrunch

I’m sure there are people who were working on this that really believed in it, and I’m sorry the product has shutdown. But really, I’m surprised anyone saw this as a good idea from the go.

All business is risk, I get that, and I appreciate Mozilla betting on itself, but if you’re going to make a mobile OS, you really need a extremely compelling reason for someone to switch.

Daring Fireball: Why There's No Sketch for the iPad

 •  Filed under Mobile, Apple, App, Ipad, Ipad Pro, App Development

Daring Fireball: Why There's No Sketch for the iPad

Fantastic insight here from Gruber on one key blocker to iPad adoption.

I would like to point out that it's developer freedom that's the real issue here. On iPad you have to go through the App Store to get apps, which is not true for the Mac. Sketch is only offered for trial via direct download. I wonder if this is something Apple will ever relent on as they try to make iPad a more computer-like device?

Wired on Apple's new Pencil

 •  Filed under Mobile, Apple, Pencil

Wired on Apple's new Pencil

I’m a stylus junkie. I love FiftyThree’s pencil, but I’m anxious to try this new Apple version.

The fidelity of touch on IOS devices really is something special compared to Android or Microsoft products, which is largely why I prefer iOS. I suspect the experience with this stylus will be similar.

12 things you should know about the Apple Watch. -- Medium

 •  Filed under Mobile, Apple Watch, Apple, Technology

12 things you should know about the Apple Watch. — Medium

There's a lot that I agree with in this review, but I'm not as down on the Apple Watch as he is. I wouldn't want to give up mine now, but I certainly think it's not for everyone. Not yet anyway. This is mostly due to lack of native apps and developers building apps without having used the watch much, all of which are in the process of changing.