Nov 15, 2012

Check out FreshPaint ! a NEW Windows 8 App

Oct 16, 2012

Why you should never skip the prototyping stage!

I'm a huge fan of prototyping!
Prototyping is an important part of building a digital product, be it a web or mobile application. And prototyping with Axure is a fast, professional, and powerful way to build complex prototypes.

The TOP 4 benefits of an Axure prototype are:

1- visualizing & agreeing on key project features

2- allowing all the details to make an accurate estimation on development costs

3- bringing team members together by providing a clear reference

4- avoiding expensive re-work later on, during the development stage

Sep 26, 2012

According to Google: NO Mobile Site = LOST Customers
According to Sterling Research and SmithGeiger's survey of about 1,100 U.S. adult smartphone users (not tablets, in this study):

* Two-thirds of smartphone users say a mobile-friendly site makes them more likely to buy a company’s product or service, and 74% say they’re more likely to return to the site later. “Mobile is creating massive opportunity,” says Jason Spero, head of Google’s global mobile sales and strategy.

* 61% says that if they don’t find what they’re looking for (probably within about five seconds), they’ll click away to another site. Half say that even if they like a business, they’ll use its site less often if it doesn’t work well on their smartphone. “This is a wakeup call,” says Spero. “You will lose customers at the moments that matter” without a site specifically made for mobile devices.

* 72% of users say a mobile-friendly site is important to them, but a nearly unanimous 96% have visited sites that aren’t. “When you offer users a desktop experience on mobile,” Spero notes, “it’s kind of crap.”
Google’s advice: Create a fast mobile site with big buttons and text, keep steps to complete tasks to a minimum, and–you knew this was coming–promote the site with Google mobile ads for the two-thirds of people who use search to find a site.


Aug 30, 2012

Goodbye Flash Player: Android will not be supporting it anymore, either

Since last August 15th, visualizing Flash content in the Internet will become even more difficult than before.  According to sources, Flash has officially disappeared from Google Play Store, Google's virtual store for Android smartphones and tablets.

A few months ago, Adobe, owner of Flash,  confirmed in its blog post that "there will be no certified implementations of Flash Player for Android 4.1."

This news shouldn't be too much of a shock.Last November, Adobe confirmed that it would no longer develop Flash for mobile devices. Several weeks later, Adobe said it would release one more version of Flash Player for the mobile Web to accommodate Android 4.0, but that would be the final update.

Adobe warned on June 29th that "the current version of Flash Player may exhibit unpredictable behavior" on devices upgraded from Android 4.0 to 4.1. "We recommend uninstalling Flash Player on devices which have been upgraded to Android 4.1."

The plug-in is only available via Google Play UK and would be removed again "soon", said Adobe.
"Flash Player continues to be available on Google Play for users in the UK for a short while due to requests from strategic partners," said a spokesperson for Adobe.

BBC News 
Corriere de la Sera

Aug 24, 2012

Notification: Holidays

Microsoft's new logo unveiled

After  25 years, Microsoft renews it's brand image for the very first time.  And what a perfect time they have picked for this! 
The new look, comes to reflect a great year for Microsoft.  2012, has been the year in which Microsoft decided to release new versions of nearly all of their products: from Windows 8 to Windows Phone 8 to Xbox services to the next version of Office.
As part of this "rebirth",  you will see a common look and feel across all these products providing a familiar and seamless experience on PCs, phones, tablets and TVs. This wave of new releases is not only a reimagining of their most popular products, but also makes a clear statement that a new era for Microsoft has begun.  This logo is another step towards visually accentuate this new beginning for the big giant.

Aug 23, 2012

Shift happens !

Speed, Change, Globalization & The Information Age

The New 2012 HD version on the very popular video which shows the progression of information technology, based on the research of Karl Fisch & Scott McLeod.  It lists a number of outstanding facts about Globalization and the information age, framed by the question: "Did you know?".

Even if you did know, this video will help to, once again, bring awareness of the important shifts we are experiencing. 

So now the question is... what does it all mean to YOU?