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The difference between Apple and Samsung industrial design

Galaxy S9<p>Three years later and Samsung either doesn't care about building aligned products from the ground (or board) up, or doesn't know how. The …

Android taxonomies

For reference, and, perhaps, discussion: 'Android' means lots of different things, and there's a lot of confusion about forks, Xiaomi, China and …

How Apple Will Make the Wearable Market

Last fall, Apple CEO Tim Cook described the Apple Watch as the “next chapter” in Apple’s history, placing it at the same level as the Mac, iPhone and …

Smartwatches

The Shape of Things to Come

How an industrial designer became Apple’s greatest product.<p>I. Launch Day<p>In recent months, Sir Jonathan Ive, the forty-seven-year-old senior vice-president of design at Apple—who used to play rugby in secondary school, and still has a bench-pressing bulk that he carries a little sheepishly, as if it …

User Interface Designer

About these guidelines<p>These guidelines describe how to design apps that follow the official HIG for iOS by Apple, not what you can do with custom …

Visual Design

J2ObjC: Google's Shared Logic for iOS and Android Apps

J2ObjC is a “Java to iOS Objective-C translation tool and runtime”. Google uses it to maintain a cross-platform shared codebase for its mobile apps; …

The Story Behind Apple's 'Think Different' Campaign

Somehow this slipped my attention back in 2011, when former TBWA/Chiat/Day creative director Rob Siltanen wrote it. Great story:<p>Jobs was quiet during …

For Samsung, Stealing, Cheating and Lying Are Business As Usual

The smartphone industry is dominated by two companies: Apple and Samsung. Absurdly, Canaccord Genuity recently reported that Apple and Samsung earn 109% of mobile industry profits.<p>(That impossible percentage results when the losses of competitors are factored in.)<p>Specifically, the research firm …

How BlackBerry blew it: The inside story

<i>This investigative report reveals that:</i><p><i>Shortly after the release of the first iPhone, Verizon asked BlackBerry to create a touchscreen “iPhone killer.” But the result was a flop, so Verizon turned to Motorola and Google instead.</i>• <i><br>In 2012, one-time co-CEO Jim Balsillie quit the board and cut all ties</i> …

How Zynga went from social gaming powerhouse to has-been

Gaming giant has been on a wild ride in just 5 short years—while losing $600M.<p>In Zynga's July 2011 prospectus to future shareholders, company founder …

iOS 7, Windows 8, and flat design: In defense of skeuomorphism

<i>By Yair Grinberg, CEO, EveryThink</i><p>Skeuomorphism, at a basic level, means borrowing design concepts inherent to an old technology or approach while implementing new design.<p>Examples include a “yellow pad” background representing notes section on a phone, a wooden bookshelf for the user interface of an …

The Truth About Marissa Mayer: An Unauthorized Biography

On the morning of Thursday, July 12, 2012, Yahoo's interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn, still believed he was going to be named permanent CEO of the company.<p>He had just one meeting to go.<p>That meeting was a board meeting, to be held that day in a room on the second floor of Yahoo's Sunnyvale, Calif., …

Move fast, break things: The sad story of Platform, Facebook’s gigantic missed opportunity

It was May 24, 2007 at Facebook’s inaugural developers conference f8, held at the San Francisco Design Center. Mark Zuckerberg, just 10 days past his …

Why mobile web apps are slow

I’ve had an unusual number of interesting conversations spin out of my previous article documenting that mobile web apps are slow. This has sparked …

15 TED Talks That Will Change Your Life

Feel like getting inspired, motivated or just looking for a feel-good cry? Then look no further. There's no better way to start your day than with a …

Surprise! Mozilla can produce near-native performance on the Web

We put Mozilla's JavaScript subset—asm.js—to the test.<p>In a bid to make JavaScript run ever faster, Mozilla has developed asm.js. It's a limited, …

Web Apps vs. Native Apps Is Still a Thing

Michael Copeland, two weeks ago writing for Wired:<p>Marc Andreessen has a thought exercise for you.<p>Let’s say we all grew up in tech world where we only …

Space Monkey: Easy Cloud Storage in Your Very Own Home

I have a confession: I've never properly backed up my computer. Ever. Whether it was a cloud-based solution or a local NAS, the upload speeds were …