Facebook Brings Android an All-New App

Praise the lord and pass the Android! Facebook’s once features-bereft mobile application for the #2 mobile operating system has just been updated, and it’s worlds better than the original.

When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg downloaded the Facebook for Android app for his personal use last week, we speculated that a few changes might be in the works for what we dubbed the “redheaded stepchild” of Facebook’s (Facebook) mobile offerings. We couldn’t have imagined such a quick turnaround, however; clearly, this update has been quite some time in development.

If the update isn’t showing up in your notifications bar, just search for “Facebook” in the Android Gallery and reinstall the official app.

The home screen now shows messages, notifications and friend requests separately. On the bottom of the home screen, you can see a swipe-to-scroll slideshow of your friends’ recent picture uploads.

Notifications, which comprised the greatest pain point for users we polled last week, now appear in a slide-up bar along the bottom of the screen, similar to the Android OS’s slide-down bar for notifications at the top of the screen. While the Notifications bar doesn’t seem to be working quite smoothly with the rest of the app yet (it keeps launching Facebook’s mobile touch site), we hope an upcoming software update will address this issue soon.


Praise the lord and pass the Android! Facebook’s once features-bereft mobile application for the #2 mobile operating system has just been updated, and it’s worlds better than the original.

When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg downloaded the Facebook for Android app for his personal use last week, we speculated that a few changes might be in the works for what we dubbed the “redheaded stepchild” of Facebook’s (Facebook) mobile offerings. We couldn’t have imagined such a quick turnaround, however; clearly, this update has been quite some time in development.

If the update isn’t showing up in your notifications bar, just search for “Facebook” in the Android Gallery and reinstall the official app.

The home screen now shows messages, notifications and friend requests separately. On the bottom of the home screen, you can see a swipe-to-scroll slideshow of your friends’ recent picture uploads.

Notifications, which comprised the greatest pain point for users we polled last week, now appear in a slide-up bar along the bottom of the screen, similar to the Android OS’s slide-down bar for notifications at the top of the screen. While the Notifications bar doesn’t seem to be working quite smoothly with the rest of the app yet (it keeps launching Facebook’s mobile touch site), we hope an upcoming software update will address this issue soon. Leer más “Facebook Brings Android an All-New App”

Put All Your Club Cards on a Digital Key Ring

Quick Pitch: Never carry plastic loyalty cards again. Download “Key Ring Reward Cards” for free on your iPhone or Android device.

Genius Idea: Key Ring, a mobile loyalty card application for iPhone and Andriod made by Mobestream Media, serves the same purpose as other apps such as CardStar — mitigating loyalty card buildup.

Consumers tend to carry around cards for retailers or venues they frequent on a regular basis, including gyms, boutiques, drug stores and grocery stores. The Key Ring Rewards Card application makes a digital copy of those cards so that you can leave the physical cards at home.

You can download the free app and use it to scan the barcodes on your loyalty and club cards. To get started, select “Add Card” and click yes or no to specify whether or not the card in question has a barcode. If it does, the app will then let you scan the barcode, identify the retailer and create a digital copy. If the card doesn’t have a barcode, you can manually input the membership ID in lieu of the barcode scan.



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Key Ring

Quick Pitch: Never carry plastic loyalty cards again. Download “Key Ring Reward Cards” for free on your iPhone or Android device.

Genius Idea: Key Ring, a mobile loyalty card application for iPhone and Andriod made by Mobestream Media, serves the same purpose as other apps such as CardStar — mitigating loyalty card buildup.

Consumers tend to carry around cards for retailers or venues they frequent on a regular basis, including gyms, boutiques, drug stores and grocery stores. The Key Ring Rewards Card application makes a digital copy of those cards so that you can leave the physical cards at home.

You can download the free app and use it to scan the barcodes on your loyalty and club cards. To get started, select “Add Card” and click yes or no to specify whether or not the card in question has a barcode. If it does, the app will then let you scan the barcode, identify the retailer and create a digital copy. If the card doesn’t have a barcode, you can manually input the membership ID in lieu of the barcode scan. Leer más “Put All Your Club Cards on a Digital Key Ring”

Does Anyone Want Normal Websites?

I’ve noticed an interesting trend in the past few months – simply put, the number of normal website requests I’ve been receiving have plummeted.

Now, I’m a front-end and WordPress developer, so normal sites for me are simple 5 page brochure sites, with or without a blog, a few pieces of jQuery and possibly a few pieces of custom functionality.

It’s been almost a year since I’ve done a static HTML/CSS based website. Everything I’ve done since then has been based on some framework, whether in WordPress or CoreCommerce. Everyone seemed to want some kind of platform and CMS behind their website, which is why I became a WordPress developer.

Now it seems the market is shifting again. Instead of requests for normal breakouts to WordPress, I’m getting the weirdest quote requests:

* Requests for custom forms to the DB to a display on the site
* Custom plugins
* Custom animated jQuery timelines and progress bars
* iPhone apps
* Custom eCommerce functions

While these might seem normal enough for a backend programmer, they’re strange requests to me, especially since they require services not listed on my site.


(Photo Credit: Daquella Manera)

I’ve noticed an interesting trend in the past few months – simply put, the number of normal website requests I’ve been receiving have plummeted.

Now, I’m a front-end and WordPress developer, so normal sites for me are simple 5 page brochure sites, with or without a blog, a few pieces of jQuery and possibly a few pieces of custom functionality.

It’s been almost a year since I’ve done a static HTML/CSS based website. Everything I’ve done since then has been based on some framework, whether in WordPress or CoreCommerce. Everyone seemed to want some kind of platform and CMS behind their website, which is why I became a WordPress developer.

Now it seems the market is shifting again. Instead of requests for normal breakouts to WordPress, I’m getting the weirdest quote requests:

  • Requests for custom forms to the DB to a display on the site
  • Custom plugins
  • Custom animated jQuery timelines and progress bars
  • iPhone apps
  • Custom eCommerce functions

While these might seem normal enough for a backend programmer, they’re strange requests to me, especially since they require services not listed on my site. Leer más “Does Anyone Want Normal Websites?”

Apple Patents Travel, Hotel and Fashion Applications

Three new patent applications which just became public on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website reveal that Apple is now patenting ideas for mobile applications. Specifically, these patents applications describe iPhone apps that would aid in making travel arrangements, booking hotels and shopping.

The patent applications were uncovered this morning by wireless news site Unwired, which called the development “scary” and equated Apple to a patent troll. If granted, these apps would allow Apple to patent ways in which mobile applications function, including everything from mobile boarding passes to store locator functions.

Here’s what each app would do:
Travel

The travel application would help users make reservations, create an itinerary, view airport guides and information, use mobile boarding passes, check-in to flights remotely, access in-flight services, send and receive automatic arrival notifications and browse and send travel guides and promotions. The app would also have built-in social networking to aid in finding nearby friends or others in the vicinity interested in socializing.


Written by Sarah Perez

Three new patent applications which just became public on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website reveal that Apple is now patenting ideas for mobile applications. Specifically, these patents applications describe iPhone apps that would aid in making travel arrangements, booking hotels and shopping.

The patent applications were uncovered this morning by wireless news site Unwired, which called the development “scary” and equated Apple to a patent troll. If granted, these apps would allow Apple to patent ways in which mobile applications function, including everything from mobile boarding passes to store locator functions.

Here’s what each app would do:

Travel

The travel application would help users make reservations, create an itinerary, view airport guides and information, use mobile boarding passes, check-in to flights remotely, access in-flight services, send and receive automatic arrival notifications and browse and send travel guides and promotions. The app would also have built-in social networking to aid in finding nearby friends or others in the vicinity interested in socializing.

Leer más “Apple Patents Travel, Hotel and Fashion Applications”

10 Android Apps Every Web Designer Should Know About

With the dominance of Apple’s iPhone in the recent years, Google’s Android OS seems to have been left in its shadows. However, this is only because the iPhone was released long before any Android device. Nevertheless, as the popularity of Android grows (and its growth is staggering) so does its range of apps.

In this article are the top 10 Android apps for people who make websites, enabling them to be productive whilst on the go…


Rob Thomas  

10 Android Apps Every Web Designer Should Know About

With the dominance of Apple’s iPhone in the recent years, Google’s Android OS seems to have been left in its shadows. However, this is only because the iPhone was released long before any Android device. Nevertheless, as the popularity of Android grows (and its growth is staggering) so does its range of apps.

In this article are the top 10 Android apps for people who make websites, enabling them to be productive whilst on the go… Leer más “10 Android Apps Every Web Designer Should Know About”

BlackBerry 6 Preview Features Social Feeds and New Browser

Written by Klint Finley

This post is part of our ReadWriteEnterprise channel, which is a resource and guide for IT managers and technologists in the Enterprise. The channel is sponsored by Intel. As you’re exploring solutions for your enterprise, check out this helpful resource from our sponsors: All New 2010 Intel Core vPro Processors and Microsoft Office 2010: Your Best Choice for Business PCs

RIM has released a video preview of the company’s forth coming BlackBerry 6 OS. The preview showcases a touch based interface, new social features likely powered by technology RIM acquired from Viigo and, of course, a new WebKit based browser. The video, and more information, is after the jump.

Here’s some of what’s new in BlackBerry 6:


Written by Klint Finley

This post is part of our ReadWriteEnterprise channel, which is a resource and guide for IT managers and technologists in the Enterprise. The channel is sponsored by Intel. As you’re exploring solutions for your enterprise, check out this helpful resource from our sponsors: All New 2010 Intel Core vPro Processors and Microsoft Office 2010: Your Best Choice for Business PCs

RIM has released a video preview of the company’s forth coming BlackBerry 6 OS. The preview showcases a touch based interface, new social features likely powered by technology RIM acquired from Viigo and, of course, a new WebKit based browser. The video, and more information, is after the jump.

Here’s some of what’s new in BlackBerry 6: Leer más “BlackBerry 6 Preview Features Social Feeds and New Browser”

50 Inspirational Photos Taken with the iPhone

iPhone is definitely not one of the best camera phones that you can take good quality pictures with. However its easy-to-use photo uploading and sharing functions have made many feeling comfortable using it. iPhone is an excellent machine in overall, with a sub-par camera of course, but that does not stop people from creating some fine artwork with it. Let us enjoy the followings.


iPhone is definitely not one of the best camera phones that you can take good quality pictures with. However its easy-to-use photo uploading and sharing functions have made many feeling comfortable using it. iPhone is an excellent machine in overall, with a sub-par camera of course, but that does not stop people from creating some fine artwork with it. Let us enjoy the followings.

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Build This Listening Post Please

We have done a lot of work around listening to consumer generated media in multiple markets around the world. We use a lot of different technologies and fit them all into our 3-part approach to Listening Posts.

* Conversation Criteria – determine the topics and keywords that you will “listen” for. This requires strong brand and product knowledge as well as a strategic eye to what conversations might intersect with the brand in some way.

* Listening Technology – there are hundreds of choices across all of the language markets in the world. Many have particular strengths and we select them based on those strengths and our need

* Action Reports – in this day and age, a voluminous report with no action recommendations is next to useless. Those recommendations can only come from an experienced strategist who knows the brand (yes, of course that is us)


We have done a lot of work around listening to consumer generated media in multiple markets around the world. We use a lot of different technologies and fit them all into our 3-part approach to Listening Posts.

*  Conversation Criteria – determine the topics and keywords that you will “listen” for. This requires strong brand and product knowledge as well as a strategic eye to what conversations might intersect with the brand in some way.

* Listening Technology – there are hundreds of choices across all of the language markets in the world. Many have particular strengths and we select them based on those strengths and our need

*  Action Reports – in this day and age, a voluminous report with no action recommendations is next to useless. Those recommendations can only come from an experienced strategist who knows the brand (yes, of course that is us) Leer más “Build This Listening Post Please”

The State of HTML5 Apps

Recently, Apple announced its HTML5 expose (however failed). Respected web design consultant and author, Eric Meyer, has started talking about the concept of Web Stacks — and we’re in a situation not unlike the beginnings of Ajax: A few people are already doing it, but we haven’t fully put it out in the open yet, and we certainly don’t know what to call what we’re doing.

My own HTML5 projects have been presenting their own questions, and I felt like I needed to take a step back and set a stage so that I could make sure that I understand where all these disparate pieces fit.


by Alex Kessinger

The State of HTML5 Apps

We’re at the brink of shifts in the way we do things. The monks who have been toiling away on these new pieces of machinery are coming out of the monolith and starting to spread the word to the people. You might have seen my tutorial on creating an HTML5 iPhone app, highlighting the possibilities of open standards, client-side applications that leverage technologies we’ve traditionally used for websites and web apps.

Recently, Apple announced its HTML5 expose (however failed). Respected web design consultant and author, Eric Meyer, has started talking about the concept of Web Stacks — and we’re in a situation not unlike the beginnings of Ajax: A few people are already doing it, but we haven’t fully put it out in the open yet, and we certainly don’t know what to call what we’re doing.

My own HTML5 projects have been presenting their own questions, and I felt like I needed to take a step back and set a stage so that I could make sure that I understand where all these disparate pieces fit. Leer más “The State of HTML5 Apps”

Mark Hadfield, planning director at Nexus/H explains why digital applications need to be more natural

Digital applications have never been so analog.

There’s an app on the iPhone called Hipstamatic. It’s a digital app on a smartphone using a digital camera. It’s not an old analog machine with bits that click and touch and move and interact, it’s a bunch of code designed to emulate something much older.

The resultant images are as you’d expect from an old camera. The colours are a bit washed out, there’s a bit of fade and blur thrown in there and when you take enough of them you notice that it is just a bunch of code. For example, there’s a horizontal banding effect in the same place on the images. That’s the algorithm for that particular ‘lens’ and ‘film.’

Why should those algorithms manufacture those effects when nature can deliver them in a more authentic way?


27 May 2010

Technology has always been focussed on making things faster and easier for the user.

Technology has allowed people to do complicated things simply and has allowed the user minimum opportunity to make mistakes. Rely on the technology and you’ll get first class results quickly and easily.

But easy isn’t always the best way.
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web design 10 Great iPhone Apps For Daily Life Usage

Even if you have countless apps already on your iPhone, you are still looking for the next best application out there. That is exactly what makes the iPhone so enjoyable – endless great applications waiting to be discovered. Below you will find a list of 10 great free iPhone applications that I have gathered. All of them are must-have apps to realize your phone’s true potential. Give each one a try.

If you want to share more useful apps for daily life usage so please comment about them below. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at smashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter. Click on the images to go from where the images has been taken and learn more about their creators and to appreciate them.


Even if you have countless apps already on your iPhone, you are still looking for the next best application out there. That is exactly what makes the iPhone so enjoyable – endless great applications waiting to be discovered. Below you will find a list of 10 great free iPhone applications that I have gathered. All of them are must-have apps to realize your phone’s true potential. Give each one a try.

If you want to share more useful apps for daily life usage so please comment about them below. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at  smashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter. Click on the images to go from where the images has been taken and learn more about their creators and to appreciate them.

Skype for iPhone

skype


Skype is the most popular VoIP client. It lets you make free Skype-to-Skype phone calls. After installing this application on your iPhone you will be able to talk for hours with friends on Skype. The rates to make international calls and send international text messages are also quite economical.

Hey Where Are You

Location


TechCrunch named this application one of the best iPhone apps of 2009. Hey Where Are You serves the important purpose of finding your geographical location. You can also find the location of any other friend or family member who owns an iPhone. This app is a great tool to help you out when you are lost or to find out where your friends are. Leer más “web design 10 Great iPhone Apps For Daily Life Usage”

Reflexiones sobre Internet Mobile

Tras asistir el pasado día 5 de mayo a la presentación del primer estudio trimestral sobre el uso de Internet móvil por parte de Nielsen Online y TapTap Networks, el dato más destacable arrojado por el citado estudio, es, sin duda, el incremento durante el pasado año en un 47% del acceso a Internet vía móvil.

El dato citado anteriormente nos indica una tendencia más que interesante en el acceso a Internet y al consumo de contenidos por parte de los usuarios, tendencia que a juzgar por la opinión de los expertos en la materia y por la información recogida en diferentes estudios tales como ‘Móviles y publicidad: percepción, usos y tendencias‘ de Zed Digital presentado el pasado año, parece imparable.

Este nuevo canal que ya empieza a no ser tan nuevo, está teniendo un desarrollo e implantación que se asemeja bastante al que tuvo Internet en su momento, siguiendo el camino marcado por éste y evitando muchos de los errores cometidos.

En esta línea de paralelismo con el desarrollo de Internet, apuntar que diferentes agencias de publicidad y/o empresas del sector, en Genetsis por ejemplo estamos siguiendo esta línea, se están empezando a crear pequeñas áreas dentro de sus estructuras, enfocadas a los dispositivos móviles, tanto al nivel de marketing como a nivel de desarrollo. Este hecho recuerda a lo que hicieron en su día las agencias tradicionales cuando empezó a asomar la cabeza la publicidad online, creando pequeños departamentos que en algunos casos, y a día de hoy, han ‘colonizado’ la empresa por completo.


Tras asistir el pasado día 5 de mayo a la presentación del primer estudio trimestral sobre el uso de Internet móvil por parte de Nielsen Online y TapTap Networks, el dato más destacable arrojado por el citado estudio, es, sin duda, el incremento durante el pasado año en un 47% del acceso a Internet vía móvil.

El dato citado anteriormente nos indica una tendencia más que interesante en el acceso a Internet y al consumo de contenidos por parte de los usuarios, tendencia que a juzgar por la opinión de los expertos en la materia y por la información recogida en diferentes estudios tales como ‘Móviles y publicidad: percepción, usos y tendencias‘ de Zed Digital presentado el pasado año, parece imparable.

Este nuevo canal que ya empieza a no ser tan nuevo, está teniendo un desarrollo e implantación que se asemeja bastante al que tuvo Internet en su momento, siguiendo el camino marcado por éste y evitando muchos de los errores cometidos.

En esta línea de paralelismo con el desarrollo de Internet, apuntar que diferentes agencias de publicidad y/o empresas del sector, en Genetsis por ejemplo estamos siguiendo esta línea, se están empezando a crear pequeñas áreas dentro de sus estructuras, enfocadas a los dispositivos móviles, tanto al nivel de marketing como a nivel de desarrollo. Este hecho recuerda a lo que hicieron en su día las agencias tradicionales cuando empezó a asomar la cabeza la publicidad online, creando pequeños departamentos que en algunos casos, y  a día de hoy, han ‘colonizado’ la empresa por completo. Leer más “Reflexiones sobre Internet Mobile”

Wise Words from Freelancer to Freelancer – 8 Tips to Help You

I’ve taken a bold step into the industry on my own. Since going solo, I’ve been thrust into the deep end and I’ve followed a somewhat steep learning curve. Although the lessons I share with you in this article today is not specifically design related, they have played a part in my graphic design journey.

Wise Words from Freelancer to Freelancer

8 Tips to Help You to Become a Better Freelancer

I hope through sharing my experiences with you, you will be able to benefit from it as your embark on your own journey as a freelance graphic designer.


I’ve taken a bold step into the industry on my own. Since going solo, I’ve been thrust into the deep end and I’ve followed a somewhat steep learning curve. Although the lessons I share with you in this article today is not specifically design related, they have played a part in my graphic design journey.

Wise Words from Freelancer to Freelancer
Image credit: Leonie

8 Tips to Help You to Become a Better Freelancer

I hope through sharing my experiences with you, you will be able to benefit from it as your embark on your own journey as a freelance graphic designer. Leer más “Wise Words from Freelancer to Freelancer – 8 Tips to Help You”

The One-Hour Block Technique


Being a designer is great. You get to spend all day being creative—that is, of course, if you have all day to spend and are feeling inspired.

Unfortunately, sometimes you’re completely devoid of ideas, which can be demoralizing, especially when it affects your profit and stress levels.

Many designers I’ve met suffer from this problem occasionally. In such circumstances, some creatives choose to push on and just create something.

This is a poor use of your time, though, because it won’t lead to your best work. Others decide to take the day off, but this isn’t always viable. I, on the other hand, use a clever technique, one that I find so effective that I use it all the time now: working in a one-hour time frame.