A week with @pebble

A week with @pebble
I’m not normally a particularly impulsive person. I like to research new kit thoroughly before committing my two bob. I am also not particularly patient so buying into a 6 month wait would not ordinarily appeal to me. So when Pebble came along, it was uncharacteristic of me to buy into the Kickstarter project. I ...

Is 2012 the year of the health sensor <-> app <-> web tipping point?

There’s never been a shortage of people looking to lose weight, get fit and generally improve their health. And the turn of the year always seems to bring out the best of intentions. 2012 feels a bit different, it seems that suddenly there is a tipping point of fitness / health devices and associated, usually ...

It’s unexpected that Twitter for iPhone still identifies as “by atebits”

It's unexpected that Twitter for iPhone still identifies as
I don’t think there’s anything too meaningful intended, I just would’ve expected them to update the identifiers by now. Accessed via settings –> connections. Tell your worldFacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogleEmailPrintMorePinterestRedditTumblr

I thought I’d found the holy grail – iPhone takeout ordering (UK)… it was not to be 7

I thought I'd found the holy grail - iPhone takeout ordering (UK)... it was not to be
In a previous post I mentioned that I thought a takeout ordering app would be a great idea. Online takeaway aggregator Eatitnow.co.uk seemed to have heeded the call with their iPhone app. This evening, feeling both lazy and hungry, I thought it was time for a test drive. Have I found the holy grail? iPhone ...

iPhone usability appearing on the web

iPhone usability appearing on the web
Designers will often talk about using “common design patterns”. Basically, it’s a jargonny way of saying that we try to use familiar pieces of user interface so that new users don’t feel there is a massive learning curve when getting their heads around a new service. This evening I was using a website, Twilert, and ...

iPhone apps I'd spend a few bob on 5

When I went for the iPhone, one of the key reasons was a sense that the app ecosystem would mean I used the phone more than any other model, even if it meant accepting some of the (widely documented) shortcomings. This remains the case but there are still a few apps which I’d love to ...

The 2 not so obvious things I'd want on my next iPhone 2

The recent iPad hullabaloo has overlooked one significant thing – the iPhone is a magnificent device which is, hopefully, still maturing.On the tube recently I was pondering – what would I like to do to it to make it more magnificent? I decided to ignore all the ideas I’ve heard before (multi-tasking, better camera, mp3 ...

How did Apple leapfrog Nokia in the smartphone market?

I’ve been toying with with the idea of upgrading my phone (currently an N82) with one of the new generation smartphones, either an iPhone 3GS or a┬áNokiaN97. Truth be told, I’ve been lusting after the N97 for some months now as I’ve been committed to Nokia since replacing my Ericcson 337 with a Nokia 6210. ...
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