Is bigger better?
Previous mockups have shown a longer device — but, of course, that means nothing.
If the device is indeed the same size, awesome. I’m all in favor of a larger screen, I just don’t want a bigger device. For all the iPhone/Android back and forth, I think we can all agree that devices like the Galaxy Note are absolutely ridiculous.
And I love, love love the notion of a 16x9 ratio for iTunes video content. The black bars drive me crazy on a screen that small. And zooming is a lame option.
Google indoor maps ?
“Where am I?” and “What’s around me?” are two questions that cartographers, andGoogle Maps, strive to answer. With Google Maps’ “My Location” feature, which shows your location as a blue dot, you can see where you are on the map to avoid walking the wrong direction on city streets, or to get your bearings if you’re hiking an unfamiliar trail. Google Maps also displays additional details, such as places, landmarks and geographical features, to give you context about what’s nearby. And now, Google Maps for Android enables you to figure out where you are and see where you might want to go when you’re indoors.
There are some undeniably great music apps for the iPhone and iPad, but most of them are pretty involved and not meant for fast music creation on-the-go. Propellerhead, a Swedish music software company and the creators of Reason, saw this gap in the market and are trying to fill it with Figure.
Great fun and it looks good. Transfers nicely to the iPad as well.
Finally, an app that systematically destroys your self-esteem!
This week, she’s launching WotWentWrong, a web app that solves the “mystery of why promising new romances ended unexpectedly or successful first dates vanished.” Rather than let one-time affairs just fade away—which can cause “lasting damage to someone’s self-esteem and future relationships”—Melnik has created a method for receiving customized feedback about what went wrong. “WotWentWrong is the breakup app for couples who never really broke up,” she says. “We’re providing a socially acceptable way to tie up the loose ends, learn from what happened and improve your dating Zen for the next relationship—no stalking required.”
Check out this video of a Scottish man trying to get Siri to understand him. Hint: It doesn’t work out to well.
Unfortunately, it may be a while before Siri (in beta) is able to function well with accents and other languages. However, Apple says the more you use Siri the better it will understand you.
Virtual Projection: Exploring Optical Projection as a Metaphor for Multi-Device Interactions
Dominikus Baur, Sebastian Boring, Steve Feiner
Portable projectors in mobile devices provide a promising way to overcome screen-space limitations on handhelds, navigate information, or augment reality. One of their appeals is the simplicity of interaction: Aiming at an appropriate surface projects the image, and changing posture and direction adjusts the image’s position and orientation. This behavior is purely based on optics, allowing us to intuitively grasp it based on our own experience with the physical world. However, strict adherence to the laws of physics also has its drawbacks: The intensity of light varies with the projector’s distance to the surface, and the projected image is tightly coupled to the projector’s movement.