Episode 7: All Mobile All the Time
After a brief hiatus, we’re back with a great mobile-centric episode of the podcast. Featuring a great interview with Josh Clark (@globalmoxie), author of “Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps” that Steve recorded at the IA Summit in Denver. We also have news about Google dropping QR codes, the uselessness of CAPTCHAs, and more!
- Steve & Ron
Episode 7 Show Notes
- Users will no longer find unique QR codes in their Places accounts. We’re exploring new ways to enable customers to quickly and easily find information about local businesses from their mobile phones.
- NFC, which stands for “near field communication,” is a wireless technology that enables data exchanges over short distances.
- How does NFC technology work?
- Near Field Communication is based on inductive-coupling, where loosely coupled inductive circuits share power and data over a distance of a few centimeters. NFC devices share the basic technology with proximity (13.56MHz) RFID tags and contactless smartcards, but have a number of key new features.
- typically requiring a distance of 4 cm or less
- F**k Captchas:
- touch.facebook.com for smartphones
- m.facebook.com for feature phones
- having to maintain multiple mobile websites has stifled its ability to innovate
- build new features for multiple code bases
- 250M people use the mobile version of facebook every month (out of 600M with accounts)
- provide a more consistent user interface across mobile devices easier for Facebook to push out new features
- The fall and rise of user experience – Cennydd Bowles:
- Interview with Josh Clark, author of “Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps”
- Discuss the interview & Luke Wroblewski’s thoughts from AEA Seattle
- For the listeners of Einstein & Sock Monkey, Audible is offering a free audiobook download with a free 14-day trial to give you a chance to check out their service.
- My audible pick this week is: Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku
- talk about the book
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- Again, that’s http://www.audibletrial.com/einstein for your free audiobook!
- they’re now part of Amazon, so you can just use your amazon account to get started
- Ron: Reminder about our next book: Undercover User Experience Design
- Comment on the blog
- We’ll discuss it on episode 8