Archive | September 2012

JellyBean!

As the days keep passing we are coming closer and closer to U.S. launch of Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) on many of the most popular android devices. CNET has been covering the topic and all of the new features Jelly Bean will bring to it’s Google/Android users. A few of these new features include, smoother animations, better voice features, voice dictating w/o an internet connection, upgraded notification bar, better photo gallery/camera, Google Beam, and Google Now. Google Now periodically checks your location and connects it to your calender and sends you notifications based on your upcoming commute such as traffic and how long the commute will take. Jelly Bean is estimated to be released in October this year. Samsung, being one of the primary Android phone developers, will probably see these releases the soonest. Samsung provides some of the most powerful devices in the cell phone market and has released an ad comparing their Galaxy S3 to the new iPhone 5 and even though the device is almost 6 months old it has many advantages over the iPhone 5. Consumers might soon realize how apple is falling behind in there technology and pay less attention to apple’s marketing schemes.

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GOOD VS EVIL

Good Web Design

One example of good web design is Tumblr.com.

The interface is simple and beautiful. It’s easy to sign up for and the mobile app is great too.

Another good example of good web design is YouTube.com

Works fantastic in browser and on mobile browsers. It also has a great mobile app. Best of all it is simple, easy to navigate, and provides endless entertainment.

BAD/Evil web design

MY first example of some horrible/EVIL web design is FACEBOOK

Facebook is one of those sites that makes me wish it never existed. Unfortunately it is also very useful for networking. When it actually is working well. The developers are always changing the website and not for the better. The mobile app is horrible even on the fastest smartphone available. The mobile browser doesn’t even allow the option of desktop view any more and it just as slow and crashes as much as the app. Let’s say you have a bunch “friends” you want to delete down to people you actually want to communicate with and see there posts. You have to delete every person individually and reload the page. It get’s exhausting.

Another example of not so good web design is right her on WordPress. The mobile browser version is rubbish and the app is irritatingly slow and backgrounds and other customizations don’t even show up. Also, lets just face it. The dashboard is way to cluttered and hard to find what you need as well as not being able to adjust the size of the window you are drafting your blog inside of while trying to see . I am still also trying to figure out whether I can actually position pictures in a particular spot among the text.

Websites worth visiting.

BLOGGING SITES

LIVE JOURNAL

Live journal focuses mostly on everyday blogging.

TUMBLR

Tumblr is a very popular photo blogging site.

EDUBLOGS

Edublogs is a free educational blogging website designed for a professor and student way to communicate outside of the class room.

TECH SITES

CNET

Compares all kinds of tech from software to hardware.

PRODUCT-REVIEWS

A great site for looking up reviews for recently released tech items like smartphones, computers, T.V.’s and video games.

PHONESCOOP

Specializes mostly in cellphone reviews and comparisons. Also gives details on phones yet to be released.

NEWS SITES

YAHOO!

Not sure if people really still use yahoo has a search engine anymore but, it does still turn out to be a pretty reliable news source.

MSN

I think most people look past the MSN homepage but it is full of tons of interesting articles

GOOGLE

Every hit the news tab at Google.com without typing in a search? Brings you knew in chronological order.

FUN SITES

Last.FM

Streaming music website that let’s you create a profile and keep track of what you listen to. It is either owned or partnered with Microsoft so you can find it on Xbox’s and Windows phones for free. There are subscription fee’s for other mobile users. Many sites like this don’t require a subscription and just have it as an option. Last.Fm out performs all of those services in my opinion and it also syncs with a media player call Songbird to show even better representation of what you listen to with your profile.

BASH.ORG

One of my favorite websites to read quotes and kill time. Takes a certain kind of humor as well as a good understanding of internet social groups and chats.