Google Throws Android Under the Bus with Google Play

After a few years of battling Apple’s mobile platform and taking it on in a really serious way, it was starting to look like Google was achieving some parity with iOS. Sure, Android apps still aren’t downloaded as often and don’t return nearly as much income to mobile developers as iOS apps do (for me,…

Why Kindle Fire Will be Huge

The new Android-based Kindle Fire was announced by Amazon yesterday, and I predict it will be the biggest challenge to iPad in the tablet space yet. Here’s why. Unlike other tablet options, Amazon’s entry is most like Apple’s. Simply put, Apple is in control of iPad hardware, software, and content. It’s this powerful combination that…

Looking Backward for a Vision Forward

Last week I had a great conversation with someone about what I do now as a designer, and what I hope to be doing in the future. One of the questions I was asked was, “How has directing a design conference (MinneWebCon) changed you?” It’s one of those really large questions that need some reflection…

My Pocket Office, Fulfilled.

Synthesis AG, a Swiss iPhone application developer, has released Todo+Cal+Sync for the iPhone. And in doing so, has completed my world. Now my iPhone syncs with our enterprise calendar environment, Oracle Calendar. Which means I now have full connectivity with my calendar over AT&T’s mobile network and via wireless hotspots. So adding that to email,…

Adobe Web Hero?

Today, Jeffrey Zeldman released an interesting tool, Jeffrey Zeldman’s Web Standards Advisor, a $49 extension for Adobe Dreamweaver. It includes two tools, a Web Validator and a Web Standards Advisor. Zeldman notes that the extension began as a “fantasy product that could improve the markup of even the most experienced front-end coder”. Is this a…