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Alpha Apps: The Smartphone Future No One Is Talking About. Today, our apps are basically self-contained castles.

Alpha Apps: The Smartphone Future No One Is Talking About

Walled off from every other app, you have to open Google Maps to find restaurants in your area, then you have to open up Yelp to search its reviews, and then you have to load Safari to search what Kow Soy is because everybody on Yelp says you just have to order it. But this method is inefficient. In response, Apple debuted a new feature that will appear in their new iPhone/iPad software, iOS 8.

7 buenas prácticas para administrar Twitter y Facebook. We Hate Ourselves For Spending So Much Time On Facebook. So Why Do We Do It? 20 Incredible Analytics Designs. Inside DuckDuckGo, Google's Tiniest, Fiercest Competitor. When Gabriel Weinberg launched a search engine in 2008, plenty of people thought he was insane.

Inside DuckDuckGo, Google's Tiniest, Fiercest Competitor

How could DuckDuckGo, a tiny, Philadelphia-based startup, go up against Google? 14 Tools To Help You Add Images For Your Social Media Posts. It wasn’t long ago that Twitter added inline image previews to its official apps, including the web view.

14 Tools To Help You Add Images For Your Social Media Posts

Now, Twitter is including more image focus in the latest redesign, as you can see above. On the left-hand side of Twitter’s new web view, your profile and header images are now visible. We’ve done tests on our own Twitter account previously that showed images make a huge difference to engagement: Images aren’t just useful for Twitter, either. Facebook and Google+ posts look great with images in them, and Pinterest and Instagram are all about images. Facebook Develops A Photoshop For Interaction Design, And It's Free For Anyone To Use. We’ve already waxed poetically about Facebook’s new app Paper, which reskins the bloated Facebook experience to feel like a top-tier interactive media product.

Facebook Develops A Photoshop For Interaction Design, And It's Free For Anyone To Use

The Facebook feed is reimagined as a grid of cards that put video and images first, and you can explore them through innovative gestures--like tilting your camera to pan through a panoramic photo. Paper is part of a new initiative announced recently by Mark Zuckerberg, to imagine the mega social network as a series of discrete apps--no doubt to compete with the next wave of social media and news startups without offending the users of Facebook's core service. But what you might not have heard is the story of the tool behind Paper--Origami. The Next Big Thing In Music? Apps That Read Your Mind. If you watched the Super Bowl on Sunday, you might have caught Ellen DeGeneres's Goldilocks-inspired ad for Beats Music.

The Next Big Thing In Music? Apps That Read Your Mind

A new streaming service a la Rdio or Spotify, Beats Music distinguishes itself from the competition with a "Sentence" feature that is effectively a Mad Libs for music: tell Beats where you are, who you're with, how you're feeling and what you're doing, and Beats Music will come up with some tunes to match. This is the next big frontier in music: figuring out not just the kind of music people like, but what kind of music they like in specific settings, situations, and moods. Building services that can do this well will pose a new type of design challenge: "zero UI" music players with interfaces that will adapt themselves for different audiences. OmniFocus - The Omni Group. Microsoft's Windows 8 Is The Perfect OS That Nobody Wants. With Windows 8, Microsoft did the unthinkable: The company designed a groundbreaking interface of boxes called Metro that could scale from laptops, to tablets, to phones, to Xboxes--meaning any Microsoft device in any context would always be equally familiar.

Microsoft's Windows 8 Is The Perfect OS That Nobody Wants

Not even Apple has been bold enough to merge Mac OS and iOS, which is why it seemed that with Windows 8, the nerds at Microsoft had somehow won the design war. But the Metro interface hasn’t brought a new golden age for Microsoft. Adoption of Windows 8 PCs has been slow, while Microsoft's Surface tablets have proven a $900 million-plus flop. And nowhere is consumer response more apparent than in how Microsoft has backpedaled, reinstating the Start button in Windows 8.1. This one button drove the Windows interface for almost 20 years. This Scientist Uses The New York Times Archive To Eerily, Accurately Predict The Future. 7 Powerful Facebook Statistics You Should Know About. One of the things we focus on most at Buffer is the best time to post to Twitter and Facebook.

7 Powerful Facebook Statistics You Should Know About

This is because we want to help you get more engagement with your audience, which is beneficial for everyone. While the best time to post is definitely important, there are some other things to keep in mind. I had a look at what kind of updates work best for Facebook pages to increase interaction and found seven interesting statistics that you’ll probably find useful if you’re trying to make your page more engaging. 1.

The Most Popular Social Network You've Never Heard Of. A Silly Browser Game That Visualizes The Science of Interface Design. Bang With Friends: The Beginning Of A Sexual Revolution On Facebook? Its three creators are anonymous college students.

Bang With Friends: The Beginning Of A Sexual Revolution On Facebook?

They claim to have built the app in just two hours. Yet Bang With Friends is the simplest, most disruptive app Facebook has seen in a long time. UI Animations. How Google Wins Over Users By Giving Them Less. Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity by Alan Siegel and Irene Etzkorn.

How Google Wins Over Users By Giving Them Less

“Focusing is about saying no. You’ve got to say no, no, no. The result of that focus is going to be some really great products where the total is much greater than the sum of the parts.” --Steve Jobs When Google introduced its now famous search engine, it wasn’t the first to offer search capability to consumers. What I've Learned By Leading A Startup. 1. Do the opposite. 3 Product Ideas Marissa Mayer Should Steal From David Karp On Day One. Instagram: el furor por la imagen ubicua. Se puede afirmar que hoy en día las redes sociales son la fuente de información global, más rápida, confiable y democrática que existe.

Si bien la mayoría de los medios de comunicación más importantes tienen su cuenta oficial en las distintas redes, es por todos conocido que tienen su línea editorial, cuando no su sesgo. Nos enteramos de la catástrofe del Tsunami en Japón en 2011 prácticamente en tiempo real, gracias a los propios usuarios de teléfonos celulares que fotografiaron y videograbaron el siniestro en el momento en que este ocurría. Nunca antes los ciudadanos habíamos tenido este acceso a la información tan inmediato y ubicuo. Esto ha promovido la democratización de la información que se recibe y la que se transmite, por los propios usuarios, cada vez más, aún cuando ya sabemos que todavía hay un sector muy grande de la población en el mundo sin acceso a esta tecnología. Sin embargo, como toda innovación, el valor de esta reside en el uso que el ser humano le da.

Mailbox: Ideo And Apple Alums Reinvent Mobile Email. Most apps, save maybe a particular few involving ballistic birds, arrive in the App Stores with little fanfare.

Mailbox: Ideo And Apple Alums Reinvent Mobile Email

4 Design Lessons From Tinder, The White-Hot Dating App. I’m swiping through photos of beautiful women on my phone. This App Will Make You Feel Better, Using No Medicine At All.