Category: Industry

Why Android Phones Are Doing Much Better Than Android Tablets

Interesting points on why Android’s traction in the mobile space is much greater than with tablets — carriers are happy to push phones to customers, not so much on tablets.

Really Microsoft? – Windows 7 Launch Party Video

Many of you may have seen that Microsoft have been attempting to encourage people to host there own Windows 7 launch party, which alone is a pretty crazy idea, but this video really takes it to the next level. I mean, really Microsoft?

I have been using the release candidate of Windows 7 on my main desktop PC and it’s a real improvement over Vista, but unfortunately it’s not enough to warrant a full blown painfully geeky forced party.

Social Media – The Facts & Figures

Social Media is no fad, and this video proves that with a ;
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Future Of Web Design 2009 – My Thoughts

Having been back from London for over a week now I thought it best to blog about my time in the capital. For those of you who don’t know I was in London in order to attend Carsonified’s ‘Future Of Web Design’ conference, which I blogged about back in February.

The conference itself provided several highly interesting talks, and although not all of them focused specifically on where the web was heading (the future), the twelve talks overall provided enough engaging content to muse over. One particular talk delivered by accessibility expert Robin Christopherson proved extremely captivating (listen to his talk). During his presentation Robin demonstrated how a visually impaired individual browsed the web. The shear effort it required was truly staggering and really made me think about accessibility issues on the web, along with highlighting the many things wrong with the web today were accessibility is concerned.

Mike Kus from Carsonified supplied the audience with some beautiful slides to gaze over as he presented thoughts on graphic design with the web space, including one tip I that stuck with me: Imagine a web site design as a printed product, ask yourself, would this work in print? Molly Holzschlag, the last talk of the day, gave a great talk about dealing with clients, why open web standards are important and what’s wrong with Internet Explorer. Mark Boulton’s discussion on the importance of typography online was also superb, and got a few laughs due to the appearance of ‘good old’ comic sans. 

In addition to the talks on offer, Microsoft were also present at the event showcasing there Surface technology. I had a brief hands-on experience with the Surface table, and it is an impresssive device, although at £8000 I doubt I will be getting one to replace my coffee table any time soon. WooThemes, a premium WordPress theme thing I regularly blog about, were also present at the event, and I even managed to grab a free t-shirt from the WooThemes gang, so thanks once again to Adii and co. All in all the event proved valuable and insightful, although unfortunately my business cards did not turn up in time. 

Beyond the food for thought gained it was nice to just escape Lincoln (and University) for a few days and enjoy some time away with my partner Beth, along with meeting some friends while there.

Don’t forget to move your Feedburner feeds

Google aqquired Feedburner back in July of 2007 and since then the search engine giant have slowly being making changes to the web feed management service. The most recent highly discussed of these changes being the migration of feeds from Feedburner to Google’s own feedburner.google.com.

Google posted an update on their ‘AdSense for Feeds‘ blog on Monday detailing more reasons as to why moving over to Google was important, and why doing it sooner is better. For example, the post details:

“February 28th, if you have not moved your feeds to a Google Account, the traffic to your feeds will not be cut off or terminated, but you will not be able to view or manage your feeds until you have moved to a Google Account”

Some people are having difficulties in completing the migration, although personally I had very few troubles. One major problem for many seems to be subscriber counts altering upon moving to Google. Have you transfered your feeds, if not be sure to, and if so, has your subscriber count suffered?

Future Of Web Design London 2009

I haven’t posted in a while so I figured I ought to make an update just to let you all know I’m still on this planet!

Carsonified are a UK based company who design and create websites, apps and also host industry events for like minded individuals, like you and me! There next event is the ‘Future of Web Apps’ and it is going down in Miami, Florida next week (23rd-24th), but for those of you here in the UK, Carsonified will be hosting the ‘Future of Web Design‘ in London on the 30th of April. The event brings together web designers, developers, marketing types and more all to learn, share and discuss. This year the speaker list includes: 

  • Ryan Carson
  • Elliot Jay Stocks
  • Meagan Fisher
  • Mike Kus
The full list of speakers can be seen here. But what’s most important is that yours truly, me, shall be attending. In addition to talks many workshops will also be on offer. Be sure to drop me a comment if your going, or get the conversation going on Twitter. Tickets can be bought here.

Gmail gets themes

Gmail, the popular email service from Google which launched back in 2004 and is still in some form of beta, yesterday announced that a choice of themes are now available, this news comes only days after the Gmail team added loads of new ‘labs’ options along with video chat right within Gmail. The themes are being introduced to allow users to spice up the look of there inbox, if they so desire.

All you have to do if you want to change the look of your favorite email service is head on over to the settings page, and hit the theme tab, once there you will be presented with a healthy selection of new themes to choose from, ranging from simple colour tweaks to radical background changes. I think I will probably just go for a simple colour change as I like the simplicity of my ever busy inbox.

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If you can’t see the option to choose a theme yet, fear not, as Google are rolling out the update to all users over the next few days. Be sure to let me know what theme you choose by leaving a comment.