After my last interview with the excellent Josh Ginter featuring his iOS screen, I'm back with a new Android screen for you Google fans out there.
Apple released iOS 7 on the world in September 2013. While initially jarring to many, most agreed it was a much needed refresh. It was a big change for the OS, particularly ‘under the hood’, so bugs and issues should always be expected. And bugs there were.
I’m very excited to be writing up this latest edition of my Screened series. The people I have approached to share their screens with me, and there have been quite a few so far, are not necessarily celebrities, or people you have heard from before, but they are people I’ve met during my years of being on the internet. I am personal fans of either the people, or the content they share online. This week, however, I not only like the individual, I am a massive fan of the content he produces. With this in mind, it’s a real treat to get a bit of time with him to learn a little more about his setup. This individual was always on my ‘hit list’ of people I’d love to to get involved in my series, sitting alongside Federico Viticci, who I’m still working on.
This edition of Screened features Josh Ginter, a writer who’s articles always take pride of place in my Unread feed. I will leave you to Josh to tell you more.
This story, from The Verge, while of course terrible, also highlights a problem with Glass that Google is going to have to find a solution for if their wearable tech is to succeed. A lot of people are going to find it intrusive and jarring to see, especially if they don't really get the product. I'm sure there are going to be a lot of people that fall into this category, at least for the first year or so of public release.
The citizens of San Francisco, above most places on Earth, are probably more used to seeing new tech of all descriptions, so for this to happen there is even more telling of the situation Google has to consider before decided whether or not to release their product to a wider audience. Glass has received a lot of attention, so I'd be surprised if it didn't see the light of day, at some point, but I think it really could do with a design revision to make it a bit subtler, but it's a catch 22 situation for Google. In its current form, Glass is quite clearly a big 'ol camera strapped to the users face. While this is clearly something some people will struggle with seeing, and using, a sleeker and less obvious design will give people the impression you're now not only recording their every move, but you're trying to do it stealthily. I'm really not sure Google can win this one, either way, but it'll be interesting to see how it turns out. I'm still keen to get a Glass, for the right price, but it would be used very sparingly for private family moments that a traditional camera would not suit, like when I'm playing with my (soon to be born) daughter. I would not wear one at all times, or as an attachment for my daily wear glasses.
Welcome back to my Homescreen discovery and insight series I'm calling, for want of a better name, Screened. Hopefully you caught the first post but, don't worry if not, you won't have missed much! For those of you that did read the last post, and didn't think much of my iOS homescreen, I have an Android one to show you this week.
We humans are, by our very nature, a nosey bunch. Being a human myself, I'm no different. One of the big things I enjoy having a look at are mobile homescreens. Yes, that's right. Not the most exciting of things you'd think, but an individuals homescreen is a very personal thing, and can tell you a lot about them …
I've long been a Google+ advocate, having used my profile since the beta launched mid-2011. A major focus of the site has been the sharing, editing and viewing of photos. Being a keen, yet extremely amateurish, photographer, the services appeal has been growing for me. Over the last few years there have been massive improvements coming to the service, such as the integration of Nik Software's excellent Snapseed as a built in photo editor.
Being such a fan of the service, it was great when I received an invitation to visit Google's beautiful London HQ for a tour and chat with some of the Google+ photos team. The evening was hosted by Tobias Rausher from the Marketing team. We were joined by Cristian Cussen, the Google+ Head of Marketing for EMEA and a lovely engineer called Paul Matthews.
In 1984, Apple introduced the world to Macintosh.
It was designed to be so easy to use that people could actually use it.
And it came with a promise – that the power of technology taken from a few and put in the hands of everyone, could change the world.
That promise has been kept.
Today, we create, connect, share, and learn in the ways that were unimaginable 30 years ago.
Imagine what we can accomplish in the next 30 years.
With these words Apple opened their special ’30 years of the Mac’ tribute site, and what a great site it is. Taking inspiration from Apple’s retroactive look back at the Mac, many bloggers have already shared stories about their first Mac, such as this great post from Macstories Federicco Vittici.
The excellent Launch Center Pro just received a sizeable update. One of the new features added was the option to include lists within your actions so you, for example, create an action with multiple options. While this doesn’t sound hugely big, or exciting, it does open the app up quite a bit.
I had a bit of a play around with the app, and thought I’d share a simple new action I created. This action allows me to choose an image from my iPhone camera roll, pick a location in Dropbox (from a pre-defined list), upload the image to this location, copy the URL and then finally open the iOS share sheet. All of this in a single action. That’s pretty great stuff. The action can be downloaded here, should you be interested in giving it a try. The action is very straightforward, so simple enough to edit to your own needs, should you want to.