7 Bold Predictions Of What The Mobile Industry Will Do In 2013
Dan Rowinski, readwrite.com
It seems like every year, that darned rodent in Punxsutawney, Pa., predicts six more weeks of winter. Never mind the fact that Groundhog Day is technically six weeks before the official start of spring. We hail Punxsutawney Phil as the se…
Prediction 6 that location awareness apps will be stagnant coupled with the last line “except for maps” misses the key thing about location awareness: most of the apps aren’t useful.
Foursquare was novel, neat, I’m the mayor of my gym! But the fun wears off quickly since that provides no benefit to me. Other “find your buddies” style apps might make sense in fun urban scenes but when commuting solo in a car and needing to get groceries on the way home that whole fun urban (and young) thing isn’t happening. For most people life isn’t a beer commercial.
So what does work? Check out Waze. The utility is there, it’s a map with traffic, speed traps, gas prices and a few more things. It already is useful and has reportedly 20m users. Yelp does well because it helps people find things.
In other words for the location apps to be successful they must be useful. Too many hyped apps are novelties.
It’s the holidays. I have a huge backlog of things to read, I know I need to improve my brain, I can always learn new things. But sometimes you need a bit of cotton candy. And this book landed at $3.79 so I was okay taking a bit of a flyer (on Kindle).
I knew Justin Halpern from his “Shit My Dad Says” tweets but didn’t understand how that could make a book so I never read it. But the sample I downloaded of his second book “I Suck at Girls” was exactly the fluff I needed. Did I laugh? A few times. There were moments that would resonate I think with any male who grew up in the past 30 years. It’s funny. If you liked Dave Barry in his prime then there are flashes of this. But they are flashes and not solid stretches of humor; when Dave Barry was fresh I had to stop reading because my stomach hurt from laughing. In the end this is pretty much a collection of funny things his dad says in reaction to his life and at some point that well runs dry as the foul-mouthed sayings just get in the way.
Summary: unless you need an hour or so of escapist and largely vapid humor then nope, stick to the serious and/or good stuff on your booklist.
Just installed f.lux, trying it out for a month
I’m jumping the gun on my January goals but I decided there was no time like the present. I installed f.lux on my PC. To be honest I don’t use my PC much during dark hours. That time is largely taken with my phone and my tablet. But when I use the PC at night it’s usually for coding which is not particularly color-sensitive. So why not give f.lux a try.
Next up: how can I set my iPhone and Kindle Fire to do something similar? With a lot of recent articles showing that artificial lighting is a negative on sleep it would be nice for both device manufacturers to build in this capability. I’m 100% sure my Android-loving son is about to tell me that this is already there but for those of us living on alternative devices…
I have set my Kindle to dark themes where possible and I notice a difference. When I wake up at 3 am and read for 15 minutes if the screen is bright I struggle to get back to sleep whereas if the screen is black with white font then sleep is easier. Such a simple tip (thanks Mark’s Daily Apple as usual) but it really works. Now if the device would simply adapt throughout the day it would be even nicer.
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I’d be happy if the software in my Mini would work better with
Spotify. And a pony, also need a pony.
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Take a step back into the past. The first time mobile browsing wasn’t 100 percent irritating.
Great device for the time. Good at email and text. Mobile browsing was tolerable.