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178 Added | 2 Magazines | 4 Following | 11 Followers | @jagriffin7 | Head of Design and UX at Reuters, passionate about finding new oppurtunities thru mobile engagement. Also love the Mets and finding a good recipe.

Mastering The Mobile Magic Of A Mighty Big Medium

Mobile devices are the magical wand in our hands - bringing smarts to dumb and immobile objects alike. How will the magical bridge between the physical and digital worlds unfold? Interaction designer and author Josh Clark shares his big vision.<p>He may have shared his three words of Russian with …

Telecoms

Mobile is not a neutral platform

For a decade or two, for most people 'the internet' meant a web browser, a mouse and a keyboard. There were a few things around the edges, like IM, …

Google Maps

Fitbit guns for the workplace as it achieves HIPAA compliance | Ars Technica

Target employees get activity trackers as Fitbit expands its corporate program.<p>Fitbit just announced a major milestone in its quest to make …

Wearable Tech

The most crucial item that migrants and refugees carry is a smartphone

More than a billion people around the world rely on smartphones and their ubiquitous messaging and social media apps, but none more so than the hundreds of thousands of people who are fleeing war, hunger, and famine in the Middle East and Africa.<p>The massive crowds of refugees and migrants from …

Refugees

Forget about the mobile internet

For as long as the idea of the 'mobile internet' has been around, we've thought of it as a cut-down subset of the 'real' Internet. I'd suggest it's …

Internet of Things

Nextbit Robin: the design story

Phone fans owe a lot to Scott Croyle. In his time as HTC’s design chief, Croyle presided over the creation of the critically acclaimed One series of Android smartphones as well as earlier standout devices like the Windows Phone 8X. He helped evolve smartphone design beyond mere utilitarianism, and …

How Facebook M Will Hook Us On Shopping At Facebook

A new personal assistant called Facebook M allows you to buy things by chatting with a faceless assistant in Messenger.<p>In March, Facebook quietly revealed a major play. Their Messenger platform, with 700 million users, would be updated to allow you to buy things right in the chat window. Looking …

Facebook

How to Make (and Order) the Perfect Second-Date Cocktail

Showing off is something of a lost art. Too often confused with peacocking or bragging (humble or otherwise), it’s been disdained and discouraged …

Lemon Juice

When One App Rules Them All: The Case of WeChat and Mobile in China - by Connie Chan

While seemingly just a messaging app, WeChat is actually more of a portal, a platform, and even a mobile operating system depending on how you look …

Ben Horowitz

Does too much technology make a car artificial? | Ars Technica

Tech is changing the car, and not everyone is happy with where things are going.<p>Two trends are interacting in the car world right now, and I'm …

Trucks

The past, present, and future of in-car infotainment | Ars Technica

In the beginning, there was radio... then vinyl (?!)... and now apps integration rules.<p>For decades, car infotainment meant just a radio. Then tape …

Vinyl Records

Who Owns Your Steps?

Millions of people are logging fitness workouts with wearables. Now a growing number of them are trying to free their data from their devices.<p>Kendra Albert has painstakingly logged a few million steps on wearable fitness trackers over the last four years. But the only proof of her hard-won progress …

Digital Health

Say Hello to Cold Brew Tonic, the Fizzy Coffee Drink Keeping Us Cool

What's cooler than being cool? <b>Ice-cold coffee with a whole lot of tonic water</b> suddenly popping up all over the U.S., that's what. <b>Cold brew tonic</b> is composed of espresso or cold brew (sometimes cold brew concentrate), tonic water, and ice. Sometimes the drink is garnished with darker fruit flavors, …

Coffee

The award-winning Apple feature you've never seen: VoiceOver

Here’s a test for you. Take out your smartphone, close your eyes and try to perform a few simple tasks: send an email, read and respond to a text, take a decent picture. I’ll do the same.<p>Okay, that was impossible. But now you know just a little bit of what the iPhone and other touch screen devices …

iOS

Time to start thinking of smartwatch mini-editions of your newspaper

“What’s your fascination with this Apple Watch, Mario?,” a long time colleague asked me when I ran into him at the WAN IFRA World Media Congress …

Journalism

What’s Different About User Experience Design for the Internet of Things?

June 11, 2015User experience design and human–computer interaction (HCI) emerged in a world of desktop computers. But our experience of computing has …

UX Design

Africa's Mobile-Sun Revolution

With the arrival of low-cost solar, it's no surprise that the revolution taking place in developing markets these days is rooted in mobile-sun.<p>The transformative potential for mobile communications is upon us in every aspect of life. In the developing world where infrastructure of all types is at a …

Clean Energy
Wi-Fi

Inside Apple’s ResearchKit | Ars Technica

Informed consent and pre-built UIs make gathering medical data a snap.<p>Performing large-scale medical studies has never been easy. Getting people to …

Digital Health

Our brains are being 'continuously reshaped' by smartphone use

Extensive use of smartphone touchscreens is changing the sensory relationship between our brains and our thumbs, a study published in <i>Current Biology</i> …

The Brain

IoT has finally hit the mainstream. Now what?

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock/Pavel Ignatov<p>The internet of things (IoT) was officially anointed the next big thing at this year’s CES. …

Internet of Things

Cars aren’t just connecting to the internet; they’re connecting to everything

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg<p>As in previous years, we’re seeing a lot of car connectivity news at the Consumer …

Internet of Things

Montblanc announces e-Strap watchband to smarten up traditional watches

As smartwatches from Apple and Google threaten to take a bite out of the market for traditional watches, older brands are stuck playing defense. But how do you add features like notifications and health-tracking to a watch that still runs on gears and springs?<p>Today, Montblanc unveiled a surprising …

How The Digital Wallet Will Drive Mobile Commerce in 2015

<i>ReadWritePredict is a look ahead at the technology trends and companies that will shape the coming year.</i><p><i>Guest author Bill Ready is CEO of the PayPal unit Braintree.</i><p>Mobile is on the rise and has helped disrupt many traditional industries, including transportation, accommodations, services and …

eCommerce

The Internet of Things and the Connected Person

• Partner Content<br>• Author: Dr. W. Charlton Adams Jr, IEEE-SA. Dr. W. Charlton Adams Jr, IEEE-SA<p>One of the interesting things about the Internet of Things …

The internet of things needs developers. So what do developers need?

Advertisement<p>11 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr / 2 Much Caffeine<p>When it comes to the enterprise there’s a lot of interest in the internet of things, but also …

Internet of Things

Apple CarPlay Review: Your iPhone And Car Can Finally Be Friends

Apple has been oddly absent from the car audio scene. There are plenty of head units that support Apple devices in numerous ways but given Apple’s fantastic mobile operating system is so suited to touchscreens, it seems strange that it’s taken till now for a proper, official, integrated …

iOS

Inbox, Paper, And Sway: Why Tech Giants Are Suddenly Reinventing Their Core Apps

Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have all launched new takes on old apps this year, and it’s not exactly a coincidence.<p>If you look through the App Store reviews for Facebook Paper, it doesn’t take long to find the recurring theme.<p>“So much better than the main Facebook app,” one user wrote.<p>“It is …

Microsoft

How Apple Pay and Google Wallet actually work | Ars Technica

Many companies are part of your credit card transactions; few know what they do.<p>It's hard to have a meaningful discussion about Apple Pay (iOS' most …

Banking