Steve Cheney has produced a fascinating essay On the Future of Apple and Google. You need to read it, but the gist of his argument is that the iOS and the Android operating systems are now the only games in town and they are pitched in a deep but asymmetric struggle. Google through Android will be powering most of the clever devices that will now be running our lives (fridges, cars, thermostats), but Apple has a deep axis of … Keep Reading
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Apple made a very clever step change when they announced their new iPhones, the 6 and the 6 Plus. Nobody guessed the screen resolution and the pixel count correctly — though nobody was surprised by the 4.7 and 5.5-inch dimensions of the screens. The reason nobody guessed? Apple introduced a level of abstraction: there is no longer a straightforward equivalence between the pixels that the iOS software manipulates in an image and the pixels which the devices display. Apple introduced … Keep Reading
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A few years ago, users of Internet services began to realize that when an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product. But at Apple, we believe a great customer experience shouldn’t come at the expense of your privacy.
“The Audit Bureau of Circulations (UK) or ABC was founded in 1931….. to provide an independent verification of circulation/data figures to facilitate the buying and selling of advertising space within UK national newspapers.” (Wikipedia).
The ABC expanded rapidly to add magazines to its audits and for 70+ years served the publishers and advertisers who supported it with a steady and generally reliable service. Since the emergence of the web and digital publishing it seems to have lost its … Keep Reading
Some Scottish University have logged in for ByPlace access to Prospect and the New Statesman for the period of the Scottish Independence referendum. Good news for the Student Unions of Aberdeen, Stirling, Napier and Dundee in Fresher’s week as new students arrive many of them with the right to vote in the referendum in 3 weeks.
Here is a picture of the access zone now available at Strathclyde:
So what is the user experience for a Strathclyde student (or … Keep Reading