Posts tagged #Cell Phones

Instagram World: This Is Where I Live

If you're into digital photography, you own and iphone and enjoying social networking you MUST create and account on instagram. This free application allows user to photo, filter, title, tag and upload photos. Additionally, it allows users to comment and discuss the photos. Since its enception it's been a very open community, so it's not suprise when it creators established an open API for developers to create add-ons and functionality for instagram users...

What's In My iPhone -- Part Four: Tools, Search & News

Here's a new (to me) must-have news reader:

App: Pulse News
Rating: ✩✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: This is an awesome visual feed aggregator for all your favorite RSS subscriptions.
Cost: $1.99
Comments: Well worth price. Watch this be the model for future data push. Great interface.

In my "Search" folder:

App: Google
Rating: ✩✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: A Google search tool.
Cost: Free
Comments: The best part of the application hands down is the speech-to-search ability. Look for the tiny microphone on the top right, click it, speak it and wah-lah.

App: Wolfram
Rating: ✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: They call it a "computational knowledge engine." I call it wild as hell.
Cost: $1.99
Comments: It's like search on steriods and if your educationally, or research driven this is MUST HAVE tool. Here try it for free online first and you'll see what I mean.

App: Bing
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: Is the Microsoft version of the Google search tool.
Cost: Free
Comments: BING is making a lot of strategic alliances and they're mapping system is really maturing well.

In my "Tools" folder:

System Default Apps:
• Calculator
• Notes

App: Carpenter
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: It's a carpenters level and several other helpful tools.
Cost: $1.99
Comments: This is a great app but there's something catawampus with my phone so the apps don't work properly. I would assume it's been the few times my daughter as been told she can no longer watch Caillou on YouTube.

App: Wikipanion
Rating: ✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: A search results against wikipedia's site data.
Cost: Free
Comments: Just what you'd think it is, with that said a nice tool to have.

App: Flashlight
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: It makes your screen fill with one of many colors that you can choose.
Cost: Free
Comments: It's what you would expect but it does indeed work. I also like using the red setting so I can feel as though I'm on a secret black op's mission when I'm trying to make my way across the bedroom without having a plastic toy gouge my foot face.

App: Big Words
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: This fun lil' app just make what you type on it REALLY BIG on your screen.
Cost: Free
Comments: I used this app to get Mardi Gras parade floats to see me over people – it worked like a champ.

App: Battery Doctor
Rating: ✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: This app is supposed to work by optimizing settings on your phone to reduce battery drain.
Cost: $.99
Comments: I've seen no measurable results other than the $1.00 I paid for it.

App: Trapster
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: This goofy little app' gives potential location of police speed traps based on user notification.
Cost: Free
Comments: Fun, app but gets annoying after a while as it will notify you of a lot of speed traps.

In my "News" folder:

System Default Apps:
• Stocks

App: CNN
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: Nice, visually robust feed aggregator with links to more detailed articles.
Cost: $1.99
Comments: I like the integration of 'LIVE' and 'iReport' content to this application. "My CNN" is an internal favorites filter and the addition of 'following' thread ability makes this application worth purchase.

App: NY Times
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: News feed aggregator with links to more detailed articles.
Cost: Free
Comments: A solid mobile extension of the printed edition. Admittedly they're not exploiting the ad potential that they could within the application. I know, I'm a whore.

App: Huffington Post
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: News feed aggregator with links to more detailed articles.
Cost: Free
Comments: You would figure that an online newspaper would have an great mobile site, and they do.

App: AP Mobile
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: News feed aggregator with links to more detailed articles.
Cost: Free
Comments: I was really surprised upon startup it sought my location for more geographically topical articles – well done. Great app, well worth your time, in fact I'd even pay for it.

Posted on July 29, 2010 and filed under Interactive, Mobile, Technology.

Drop Dead Creative Resources & Inspiration For The iPhone

First let's go with the inspiration:

Clearly, designing for the smart phone world is yet another mental model. There are a few keys to remember in successfully designing an mobile application:

  1. Create a rock-solid informational architecture (IA). Make sure that the IA never goes more than three layers deep as a rule.
  2. Solidify your thinking with a "Features and Function Martrix."
  3. Keep the design simple and intuitive. Yes, I know this goes without saying but setting up the expectation to the user, no matter what they select, should be third-grade easy.
  4. Make it BIG! Keep in ming that your navigation and call outs should not be subtle, delicate, tiny and fancy. This isn't sushi people, this is steak.
  5. Don't make people sign up for anything. If you want repeat usage, you need to be smart enough to collect information deeper within you application or mobile optimized site.
  6. Remember "sticky" well apps' are the new toilet paper – try em' and chuck em'. The only thing that's going to be compelling is freshness or content, modularity and or customization.
  7. What do you do everyday? The best apps help to solve daily questions. Remember, if it can't help you stop and argument with your spouse it's probable not going to last long.
  8. Prototype, test, focus testing, rinse and repeat. You get one shot in 100k apps to be good.
  9. Don't try to be everything to everyone. There are so many apps out there better to do one thing great, an a lot of things mediocre.
  10. Do to the amount of applications that are out, research your competition, end user, and feature landscape. Then reverse engineer the best attributes of their application and bury them on design, features and customization.

Other resources include:

Blog Roll:

In other iPhone news:

A great presentation on Design & Developing for mobile:

Posted on October 6, 2009 and filed under Business, Design, Mobile.

Thoughts from my first weekend with the new iPhone...

Faster? Oh my yes! While the voice control option still seems buggy at best, it's a great entry into its usability. This video is quite cool and I naturally blasted a few beauties up onto the YouTuberoo. However, while it does not seem intuitive to turn you camera while shooting video, it's the only way to get a standard horizontal ratio. Otherwise you will get 'phone ratio':

But dig it – the mapping soars with the revised compass integration. I must say putting the mapping with "Trapster" is pretty damn tight. Not that I'm advocating breaking the law.

"Voice Memos" (while part of the new OS and not the phone) I can see as being very helpful down the road.

Hit the main menu and flip right to get the iPhone "spotlight" search – very punk rock. It's seems like this should have been a no-brainer starting from gen one, but with as much as we (I) have become more dependant on its usage it is a great tool.

Lastly, some security concerns are being addressed with MobileMe: "The ability to Remote Wipe a lost or stolen phone might also come in handy for users who have suffered a lost phone and are worried about the thief gaining access to their private data. These features work across multiple devices you configure for push messaging."

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Posted on June 22, 2009 and filed under Mobile.