With the introduction of iPadOS, the iPad is now a viable productivity machine. But, its approach to multitasking and gesture controls are starkly different from the Mac. In this article I examine two things. iPadOS has been characterized as considerably more complicated than previous iPad versions of iOS. I compared iOS 12 and iPadOS to see how much gesture complexity has been added to the iPad platform. I also broadly compare the iPad and Mac’s multitasking gestures, number of keyboard shortcuts, and overall approach to app windowing to answer the following question. Is the iPad (and iPadOS) a capable productivity platform when compared to traditional desktop operating systems (OS), or is it simply a different take on how work should be done?Read More
Devices labeled with the term “pro” come with a lot of expectations. The idea of a pro user is well defined in the desktop and laptop computing space. But, pro mobile devices (such as phones and tablets) are less well defined. This is problematic because devices that support the pro moniker cannot separate themselves from consumer grade options except in price - making the term a meaningless standard. Unlike their PC counterparts, they mobile devices are held back by the limitations of their respective app software and operating systems.
Kellen, from Droid Life, writes the following about the state of Google’s Wear OS smartwatch platform.
Wear OS is one of those initiatives from Google that has never failed to disappoint, yet it continues to stay alive through minor updates and name changes.
Sadly, Kellen’s summary of Wear OS’ state is accurate. The platform had so much promise when it was initially released, and some publications - such as Ars Technica - applauded the platform’s notification management system. Like many Google products, users are probably waiting for the company to pull the plug on this project anytime.Read More
Jason Snell (and his co-hosts on the Accidental Tech Podcast) suggests prioritizing a hierarchy of needs when wishing for features in the next generation Mac laptops. How does modularity negatively affect the laptop industry and favor tablets/phones?Read More
Watching tech companies mismanage their customers’ data and violating their privacy has been a horrifying experience. The debacle between Apple, Facebook, and Google is just the most recent example of data mismanagement. This year, I decided to secure (most) of my privacy online, and I thought I’d share what I did.Read More
The debate among technology pundits about the tablet’s ability to serve as a productivity device is fierce. Apple’s iPad marketing “What is a computer?” has further fanned the flames, as the company is intentionally positioning the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement.
To me there is a more interesting question. Should the iPad forging a new road for what computing could be, or is it following a well-trodden road that will recreate what we already have?Read More
We are rapidly moving toward a future where users will no longer have any control over the software they purchase. No physical copies and no digital backups. This article is about the shift from physical / Internet distribution to App Store-only distribution and the implications this has for users.Read More
For years we’ve relied on buttons and tactile interfaces to control our devices. With the emergence of gesture-based controls, computing might be leaving behind its legacy roots.Read More
Progressive web apps have the potential to be the ultimate cross-platform app solution.Read More
The number of different user interfaces we need to know has exploded, and it might lead to problems.Read More
Technology companies are slowly making it more difficult to move between platforms and this is bad for usersRead More
Phones are getting so expensive that users are going to have to prioritize which devices they buy in the future.Read More
There is also another counter-culture emerging - a nostalgia for analog devices.Read More
Technology has been a steady stream of incremental improvements for decades, but there are big changes coming in the near future.Read More
When I first started to travel internationally in the early 2000s, it was probably easy for locals to identify me as a tourist. With the introduction of the smartphone, I can now breath easy knowing that I blend in with the locals.Read More
We’re in the middle of perhaps the greatest transition the mobile technology industry has ever seen, and it’s all to move us toward greater standardization… mostly.Read More
In order to understand out how digital assistants will be useful, we need to understand the "jobs" that they help us complete.Read More
Nintendo's Switch console is it's latest attempt to evolve its mobile gaming vision.Read More
Today, the tablet is a niche device, caught between being your laptop replacement and a casual computing device. But, despite its fall from prominence, there is still plenty of innovation left in this category.Read More
The Raspberry Pi was the first credit card sized computer board to take the world by storm, and the third iteration is the most important release yet.
According to Aaron Tilley, writing for Forbes, the Raspberry Pi has historically had one major drawback. It lacked WiFi and Bluetooth.
The Raspberry Pi is more out-of-the-box ready for the Internet of Things,” said Claire Doyle, global head of Raspberry Pi at Element14, an authorized maker and seller of the computers. “Users no longer need to add on a WiFi dongle or accessory. It’s ready to go.
In earlier versions of the device, users had to use the Pi’s scarce USB ports for third-part wireless attachments if they didn’t want to be tied to a router (or string a long Ethernet cable through their home). The inclusion of wireless makes the Pi 3 ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) out of the box.
The first Pi was popular among education institutions and electronics tinkerers. The Pi 2 was the first to be marketed for the IoT. Even Microsoft made its Windows 10 Core IoT platform available for the micro computer. But, while the Pi 2 only dipped its toe in the IoT pool, the Pi 3 is jumping right in. The best part? It’s just $35, which reduces the barrier to entry for IoT developers.
The Pi 3 also get’s a nice processor upgrade and moves into the realm of 64 bit computing, making it a more serious competitor to mainstream computer manufactures. Jacob Kastrenakes, from The Verge, interviewed Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi Trading.
There is a weird thing," Upton says, where people view the Pi 2 as slightly too slow to be a real PC. "I'm really quite hopeful that this time we might come across that line that we've been trying to cross for a long time," he says. "That we've made a thing where you can really say, 'Yes, this is a PC.'"
The Raspberry Pi 3 is both incremental and ground-breaking. This seemingly minor upgrade could mark a major shift for the advancement of IoT by bringing in hobbyists and companies