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Digg will launch again this week after the six-week “Rethink Digg” project by Betaworks who also builds News.me. This will be v1 even though Digg has been around since 2004.
What we will see is a Digg that is a different experience than it has been in the past, but will be an experience that capture the essence of what we need in reading and sharing news today.
This Digg doesn’t look like or even feel like Reddit. Focus has been drawn away from headlines and more about arranging content that is being read, shared, or viewed the most at that time or what’s popular.
How Betaworks is rethinking Digg it reminds me of what Circa is possibly going after: re-imagining the news.
It’s also worth noting what they found in their survey results prior to starting the “Rethink Digg” project. View the result here.
Before HP discontinued its webOS hardware, rumors surfaced of the Stingray, an all-touch HP smartphone designed to compete with the Evo. Also known as the Windsor Not (in contrast to the Windsor, another codenamed phone), the phone was allegedly killed at the behest of AT&T because it lacked LTE. Now, we have another sign that HP was indeed working on the Stingray late last year.
You have three big tech companies all on the mobile battleground map. Like any war-based strategy game like Starcraft or Command & Conquer you have the ability to see which sides do what. Because of the media, the Internet, and press events we see Apple, Google, and Microsoft in this mobile landscape.
What’s great is they each offer different styles. Apple with skeuomorphic, Google with hybrid, and Microsoft with purely digital. It has yet to be proven if there can be three styles on the same map comfortably playing.
There are three distinct mobile user interfaces that challenge one another all being decided upon by the end user. Any UI adjustments made create even a greater challenge. This is the case for market leader, Apple.
For Google’s money making strategy being advertising they know how to create their own ads and sell what they’re building. This ad, shown above, is remarkable. It displays how the experience works with an added remix composition.
Google Chrome is quickly becoming the standard browser. With 310 million active users there is no question that Google is doing something right.
In late 2008, Google Chrome was released and faced heavy competition from the then leader Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. But, what Chrome lacked was the cross platform usage which includes using the browser on the ever popular iPhone and iPad devices. That’s all changed.
Today, Google announced that you can now have your Chrome browser be on those devices. Many tech reviews and people on Twitter have mentioned their move from Safari to Chrome.
Why Chrome? It’s fast, it’s secure, and it was the first to introduce the all-in-one address bar to make searching easy. It also was the first to eliminate the title bar with focus put on the tab functionality.
On top of all of this they were able to have many developers create extensions and apps to only enhance the Chrome experience. The focus is clearly put on user pleasure. The growth came from a strong push in the advertising both on YouTube, Google’s homepage, and actual television of which Microsoft is seeing as an avenue to promote Internet Explorer 9 (they love dubstep).
Sure many see it Google Chrome as just a browser. But, really this is Google’s operating system that is being built on top of existing OSs. Mind blown? We are.
10 mobile UI designs to get inspired by of their uniqueness and beauty.
Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It’s more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen.
Apple will most likely buy this (maybe) as they have shied away from a touchscreen desktop or laptop. The interaction created is similar to the experience on any iOS device but without the awkward feeling (maybe).
The debate here is motion over touch. While motion is cool and has been successful in games or other purposes where it makes sense there is a great deal of gratification from a touch interface.
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The concept of the Home screen we interact with today is broken because the Home screen wants to be a real, physical, tangible surface while providing access to the gates of the intangible: apps. Apps are data, information, connectivity, presentation, media.