Things about Google+

Some thoughts about Google+. First the simple one. I understand / appreciate Twitter’s simplicity a lot more now. It only does one thing. You don’t need to keep track of notifications and posts and tags and checkins and comments. You just read the timeline till you get bored or catch up. Secondly, on an Android […]

Notification slide-downs

Android The pull-down is a progressive reveal: when it’s half-way out, you see the top half, which is probably where the stuff you care about is. iOS 5 The pull-down slides the view into place: when it’s half-way out, you see the bottom half, which will be blank if you only have a couple of […]

Bits of your iPhone app don’t run on the phone

A while ago I mused, The ‘application’ as a user interaction experience can keep running in the background, do things, and notify you when there’s an incoming call. Where the code is actually running is irrelevant. A further thought on this: It’s a design that benefits the ‘owner’ of a web app over third parties. […]

iPhone multitasking and background updating

Marco on multitasking: The application gives the system an NSURLRequest and an ideal refresh interval, such as every 30 minutes, every few hours, or every day. iOS executes that request, whenever it deems that it should, and saves the response to a local file. This is a classic ‘Apple don’t do it this way because […]

Bits of your iPhone app don’t run on the phone

A while ago I mused, The ‘application’ as a user interaction experience can keep running in the background, do things, and notify you when there’s an incoming call. Where the code is actually running is irrelevant. A further thought on this: It’s a design that benefits the ‘owner’ of a web app over third parties. […]

Links on iPhone and Android

Pages that have caused some sort of emotional response in me. There’s a bias here towards things complaining about App Store policies, because they annoy me, but there’s the odd pro-Apple piece in there as well; they might count as balance. They’re listed in the order I came across them. I may add to the […]