My OUYA Review

OUYA

I was one of the original backers of the OUYA – the little Android gaming console that could. Unfortunately, because of shipping delays I only finally got my OUYA last week, which is after it became available for sale at BestBuy (US only so far as I know). In any case I was finally able to test it out. However, due to my current circumstances I wasn’t able to really sit down with the OUYA for long but I did get to play it with friends so here are my impressions so far. Read more »

Mozilla shows off upcoming Firefox UX changes

This is a slide show presentation by Mozilla’s UX lead Madhava Enros about some of the work his team is doing on Firefox UX. I love the unified interface and especially the way they handle the differences between tablet and smartphone interfaces. In particularly I’m really digging what they’re doing for Windows 8 version of the UI (slide 45) – it’s essentially taking the Windows 8 grid and dashboard view and putting it inside the browser. It looks really good and I actually wouldn’t min seeing this kind of approach in desktop UI in general. Anyway, if you’re into UI, UX or just good interface design it’s worth going through the slide to see what might be coming or even just get some inspiration for your own work.

An open letter to the movie industry

I’m sure you’re familiar with the following quote, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” Well, let me ask you something, for how long now have you been trying to fight piracy by coming up with various DRM methods? How’s that going for you?

It boggles my mind that you fail to realize the basic folly of your approach – DRM doesn’t stop pirates, it only temporarily slows them down (if it did piracy would’ve been already gone, wouldn’t it). It does however permanently hurts the movie watching experience of legitimate users. This isn’t a new idea, it’s been said hundreds of times by hundreds of people, many of whom are smarter than you. So let me break it down for you yet again by the way of an example. Read more »

Nexus Prime and Ice Cream Sandwich – Everything We Know

Sumsung's Unpacked event teaser

In the world of technology and gadgets this past week has been eventful to say the least. I have already posted on the sadder side of it, but now I want to talk about the more exciting news surrounding the rumoured Nexus Prime and the next version of Android OS dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich. This is a phone I’ve been waiting for since before it was even rumoured, because when I saw the Nexus S I knew I’ll be waiting for the next Nexus phone. So when first a a photo of the phone was leaked, which was then followed by a video of it in action, then a Samsung’s teaser clip, for their Unpacked event, and finally more leaked screenshots, needless to say I was very excited. Read more »

Steve Jobs left a major mark on the world

I was saddened to hear that Steve Jobs died today, October 5th, 2011.

Steve JobsPassionate Visionary

Whether you agreed or disagreed with him it is clear that Steve Jobs was always passionate about what he was doing. Right from the get go, when he founded Apple with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, Jobs’s approach to personal computer was much different from other companies, including Microsoft. His goal was always to simplify the computer, make it fit the users’ needs, instead of making users fit the computer’s needs. Read more »

Ice Cream Sandwich first screenshots leaked

Ice Cream Sandwich Home screenLooks like some photos of Ice Cream Sandwich have been leaked to a couple of sites. Ice Cream Sandwich is Google’s next iteration of the Android platform, which is suppose to unify Gingerbread, latest smartphone variation of the OS, with Honeycomb, the latest (and so far the first) tablet variation. There are four screenshots in total, two of them are on RootzWiki and two are on Android Police. They show Ice Cream Sandwich running on Nexus S, though there are a lot of black out sections.

Most likely this is an extremely early version of the OS but it’s already showing some neat things like a new look for folders, separate “Widgets” tab in app launcher and that blue theme we first saw on Honeycomb. Read more »

Google+ search shortcuts for Firefox

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you heard of Google Plus. The new social project from Google is exploding like crazy and has already suppressed 10 million users – that’s after 2 weeks with very limited invitations for the first one. So if anything, it’s going to grow even faster once Google fully opens it up. As users are exploring Google+ they’re finding out the ins and outs of the service and figuring out various shortcuts and tricks that can be used, in fact they even started a collaborative project to keep track of everything there is to know about Google+.

One of the tips that caught my eye was for searching Google+ posts and profiles right from Chrome’s url bar. I quickly realized that this is easily doable in Firefox as well. So here’s a quick guide to setting up the Firefox awesome bar to search Google+ posts and profiles. Read more »

My thoughts on Google+

Google+ Project

Google have finally stepped up their social game and released Google+ – a clever mix of Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Google’s own magic sauce – and I gotta say, so far it’s winning me over. Much thanks goes to Jason Hanley for sending me an invite and giving me the opportunity to be one of the early adopters. Below I share my initial thoughts and impressions, and if you’re on Google+ feel free to add me to your circle. Read more »

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