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Among Big Properties, Apple and Amazon Have Greatest Portions of Mobile-Only Users

Thirty-five percent of U.S. visitors to Apple properties in February were mobile-only, compared to 22 percent for Amazon and Wikipedia, 17 percent …

The Trainspotting generation

MARK RENTON, the heroin-addicted Scottish anti-hero of Irvine Welsh’s novel “Trainspotting”, avoids prison by joining a government methadone …

Drug Addiction

A Matter of Character: Knowing your users and their stories

I’m fascinated with the concept of applying storytelling principles to the processes of product development to create great user experiences. Of …

Apple's broken promise: why doesn't iCloud 'just work'?

Frustrations mount as developers deal with Apple's inability to manage another cloud service<p>iCloud, perhaps more than any Apple software product, is meant to "just work." When Apple introduced iCloud, it made clear its hopes to eradicate settings menus and file systems in favor of automation. Steve …

The Touch-Screen Generation

Young children—even toddlers—are spending more and more time with digital technology. What will it mean for their development?<p>On a chilly day last spring, a few dozen developers of children’s apps for phones and tablets gathered at an old beach resort in Monterey, California, to show off their …

40 years of icons: the evolution of the modern computer interface

Fifty years ago, the word “computer” had a very different meaning. Prior to World War II, the word referred not to machines, but to people (mostly women in order to save costs) hired as human calculators. During the war, military research spawned mechanical calculators, “computers” such as Colossus …