Einstein & Sock Monkey

Einstein & Sock Monkey
By Steve & Ron
About this podcast
This podcast covers web design news for the web geeks out there as well as for those who just own or run websites. We discuss a large range of topics with an emphasis on Web Technologies, User Experience, Usability, Content Management Systems, and Social Media. Hosted by Steve Martin (User Experience Designer), and Ron Zasadzinski (web developer and owner of CodeGeek.net)
Latest episodes
Dec. 4, 2011
We’re back after a month and half break with a massive pack of mobile news! We discuss a recent Adobe acquisition, the Kindle Fire, new advances in HTML5 that promise to make mobile development better, and how shopping on the iPad means you’re gonna buy more stuff! Enjoy! - Steve & Ron News Items: PhoneGap acquired by Adobe http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pressreleases/201110/AdobeAcquiresNitobi.html Adobe recently acquired Nitobi, maker of PhoneGap. PhoneGap allows creation of Native iOS and Android apps using HTML and Javascript. Also supports apps for Blackberry, Windows Phone 7, and WebOS. One code base to create apps on multiple platforms. Just prior to the acquisition, Nitobi contributed the PhoneGap code to the Apache Software Foundation. Adobe is supportive of the move and this will allow the Open Source community to contribute to PhoneGap which will now be called Apache Callback Kindle fire released What impact is there for developers, both web and app? HTML5 Advances for Mobile AppMobi PhoneGap XDK A limitation of using PhoneGap has been that developers still had to set up native SDK-based development environments, there are few debugging tools, and you had to develop your own web view containers for each platform you wish to support. The PhoneGap XDK Provides All the Missing Pieces, in an Integrated Tool If you have a favorite IDE, you can use it, or you can use the XDK’s built in editor. Multi-device simulation and debugging are all integrated, even including local and remote on-device testing. appMobi’s cloud-based build system lets you build your project for iOS, Android, and of course, for the open web. MobiUs Accelerates Mobile HTML5 Development http://www.readwriteweb.com/mobile/2011/10/mobius-accelerates-mobile-html.php One of the problems for HTML5 mobile Web developers though is that monetizing apps is more difficult than it is for the platforms that have payment systems tied to them like the Apple App Store, Android Market and other native application stores. AppMobi uses its 1Touch platform to emulate the same type of payment process that users are familiar with between Amazon, Apple and the Android Market. Card data is stored on the users phone, never on a web server like at Amazon or Apple. 1Touch can be used for payments through web apps (including native iOS and Android apps) as well as through regular web sites for app content, subscriptions and merchandise It remains to be seen if users will flock to mobile Web apps as opposed to those from the native platforms. What is the incentive to the user? The advantage to the developer is clear with the ability to cut out the 30% cut that Apple takes. Discoverability of Web Apps is still a big issue. Summary: Now web apps can have same capabilities as native apps – that used to be a huge difference between HTML5 Web Apps and native apps appMobi tools (as well as others like PhoneGap / Apache Callback) allow creation of an HTML5 Web App that can also be published (and sold) through the Apple App Store and Android Marketplace. 1Touch platform for payments through webapps is a step in the right direction, but probably not the final answer. Native Apps still have a huge advantage with respect to “findability” due to dominance of app stores & marketplaces. Need something similar for Web Apps. Study: Shoppers with iPads spend more http://www.macworld.com/article/163537/2011/11/study_shoppers_with_ipads_spend_more.html People who shop for products on an iPad are almost twice as likely as people who shop on other platforms (including Android or PC) to actually buy the item they’re looking for. Record numbers of consumers are already shifting their shopping from PCs to mobile devices, IBM says. In October, nearly 11 percent of online shoppers used a mobile device to visit a retailer’s site, up from 4.2 percent in October 2010 and less than 1 percent in the 2009 holiday shopping season. This month, 15 percent of people in the U.S. who log onto a retailer’s Web site are expected to do so through a mobile device, IBM predicts. Another shopping segment retailers are watching is social networking-driven buyers. These shoppers, who are referred to a site directly from a social network such as Facebook or Twitter, convert at a higher rate (9.2 percent) than the industry average for all online shoppers (5.5 percent). Consumers who click through from a social site represent only about 1 percent of traffic to retail sites today, but they’re very attractive consumers More info… http://gigaom.com/2011/11/25/this-holiday-season-shopping-has-gone-mobile-in-a-big-way/ GSI Commerce, a division of eBay that hosts commerce-related websites for several large retailers says that it saw a 345 percent increase in US mobile sales compared to last year’s Black Friday. Podcast Sponsor For the listeners of Einstein & Sock Monkey, Audible is offering a free audiobook download with a free 14-day trial to give you a chance to check out their service. My audible pick this episode is: The Thank You Economy, by Gary Vaynerchuk To download your free audiobook today go to http://www.audibletrial.com/einstein Blog Picks http://www.uxmatters.com/ Dave Thomas – The Pragmatic Programmer Subject: I’m on vacation, and I’ve deleted your message—really http://pragdave.blogs.pragprog.com/pragdave/2011/04/so-im-trying-an-email-experiment.html 24Ways.org (Coming this week!) Contact Us einsteinandsockmonkey.com @einsteinmonkey We’re now on iTunes! Download us on iTunes Rate or make a comment Ron Zasadzinski @ron_z www.codegeek.net Steve Martin @clevercubed www.clevercubed.com Nick Armstrong @imnickarmstrong www.iamnickarmstrong.com Josh Mulligan @JoshuaMulligan
Sept. 16, 2011
We’re joined this week by Daniel McQuillen, a Air/Flex developer here in Fort Collins who built the Air application called Simple Diagrams http://www.simplediagrams.com/, it’s a tool used by many people including UX designers, education-types, and anyone who wants to get across complex ideas with simple diagrams. We do our normal news stuff, too, but we really loved talking to Daniel about what it takes to build your own app, and the value of making yourself ship it even if everything isn’t perfect. Enjoy! - Steve & Ron Episode 17 Show Notes News Items: Tagstand Wants to Make NFC Technology Simple for Businesses http://mashable.com/2011/09/06/tagstand/ Customers can purchase packs of stickers, and then use the Tagstand Manager to program — and reprogram as often they see fit — how those stickers function on objects in the real world. Metrics available Many uses, short videos for each of these examples at http://www.tagstand.com/ Business Card / transfer contact info URL redirect – e.g. can login on 4square by tapping the tag URL redirect – can take user to purchase page for a product advertised on a poster http://www.bostonglobe.com/ – a beautiful example of responsive web design Microsoft Windows 8 http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/13/windows-8-details-new-features-ui-enhancements-and-everything/ Multi-touch support enabled for Internet Explorer 10 SkyDrive storage support integrated into all cloud-based apps Both Metro-style and conventional Win32 apps will be sold in the Windows Store Windows 8 devices equipped with an NFC chip will be able to use a tap-to-share feature to either send content from one device to another, or simply receive content from something like an NFC-equipped card. Built-in antivirus software will ship in Windows 8 There will not be a different edition of Windows 8 for tablets, and presumably, not for Media Centers either Windows 8 to feature drastically reduced boot time, shown off in video Feature: Daniel McQuillen – SimpleDiagrams.com Podcast sponsor Steve: For the listeners of Einstein & Sock Monkey, Audible is offering a free audiobook download with a free 14-day trial to give you a chance to check out their service. My audible pick this episode is: The Stuff of Thought by Steven Pinker To download your free audiobook today go to http://www.audibletrial.com/einstein Blog Picks Daniel: http://www.softwarebyrob.com/ http://news.ycombinator.com/ Steve: Back to Work podcast with Merlin Mann : http://5by5.tv/b2w Ron: The Business of Software Blog http://blog.businessofsoftware.org/ The conference for people who care about growing long-term, profitable, software businesses Run by: Neil Davidson, Joint CEO of Red Gate Software and Founder of the Business of Software conference. Mark Littlewood, Founder of the Business Leaders Network (TheBLN). Organizer of the Business of Software conference. e.g. Eric Ries: The science of lean startups. Video & transcript of talk at Business of Software 2010. Also: http://wonder-tonic.com/geocitiesizer/ Contact Us einsteinandsockmonkey.com @einsteinmonkey We’re now on iTunes! Download us on iTunes Rate or make a comment Ron Zasadzinski @ron_z www.codegeek.net Steve Martin @clevercubed www.clevercubed.com Nick Armstrong @imnickarmstrong www.iamnickarmstrong.com Josh Mulligan @JoshuaMulligan
Aug. 31, 2011
Now that HP’s WebOS is going away, we all have one less thing to worry about!! (for better or worse) We discussed that, among a bunch of other things, with John Wolters (@jochenwolters) who stopped by for another AWESOME guest appearance before he headed back to Germany. Since we all end up having too much fun and talking for hours, we decided to make it an “all news” show to avoid filling up everyone’s hard drive (mission accomplished!). Give it a listen and leave a comment or two telling us what you think. Enjoy! - Steve & Ron Episode 16 Show Notes News Items: Apple’s Overloaded iPhone Button http://www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?1382 List of more than 13 actions the home button accomplishes on the iPhone Here are two I didn’t even know about: When in Force Quit Apps mode (minus icons visible on active apps list), pressing the home button exits the mode. On any app, hold the power button until the “off” slider shows, let go, then hold home button until App is “killed”. Adaptive Path iPad app available! http://adaptivepath.com/ideas/announcing-the-adaptive-path-ipad-app Google Chrome tip when developing web apps http://thinkvitamin.com/code/quick-tip-preview-public-urls-in-chrome/ Most apps have a logged-in and logged-out state, when developing, annoying switching between these states constantly. When logged into a web app and you need to check what a page looks like to the public (in the logged-out state), simply open a new Chrome window in Incognito mode. This will create a completely fresh browser session with no saved cookies, allowing you to see exactly what is publicly visible. Keyboard shortcuts: Mac OS X: ?-Shift-N Windows: Ctrl-Shift-N Mobile Apps Beat the Mobile Web For Android Users http://gigaom.com/2011/08/18/android-users-only-spend-time-on-top-apps http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/?p=28628 Social Media Minute – Nick Armstrong Podcast sponsor! For the listeners of Einstein & Sock Monkey, Audible is offering a free audiobook download with a free 14-day trial to give you a chance to check out their service. My audible pick this episode is: “The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less” by Barry Schwartz To download your free audiobook today go to http://www.audibletrial.com/einstein Blog Picks Ron:  http://thinkvitamin.com/category/web-apps/ John: http://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/ Steve:   A List Apart: http://www.alistapart.com/ Contact Us einsteinandsockmonkey.com @einsteinmonkey We’re now on iTunes! Download us on iTunes Rate or make a comment Ron Zasadzinski @ron_z www.codegeek.net Steve Martin @clevercubed www.clevercubed.com Jochen Wolters @jochenwolters www.uiobservatory.com Nick Armstrong @imnickarmstrong www.iamnickarmstrong.com Josh Mulligan @JoshuaMulligan
Aug. 12, 2011
Another fun episode of the web design world’s most lovable podcast! We return for our crystal anniversary episode (look it up, nerds) to talk about UX research on the iPad, some important mobile news, the Iconathon, more thoughts in the “native app” vs “web app” for the mobile world, and Ron gives us some really cool insight into the mind of the iPhone addicted person by sharing his story of loss (funnier than it sounds, I promise!!). - Steve & Ron Episode 15 Show Notes News Nokia to Discontinue Symbian http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/report_nokia_to_discontinue_symbian_smartphones_in.php#more Symbian will no longer be sold in North America. This comes on the heels of the news that the MeeGo-based Nokia N9, considered to be its most powerful and user-friendly phone to date, will not be available in the US Chris Weber, the president of Nokia’s U.S. subsidiary is a former Microsoft Executive CEO Stephen Elop was a former Microsoft executive The idea is to start in the U.S. and then make devices available worldwide. The theory is that any type of critical mass in the North American market can carry overseas, much the same way that it has for Apple and Android. Massive marketing campaign planned for WinPhone7, the biggest one every in Nokia’s history Iconathons are underway! (from http://globalmoxie.com/blog/iconathon.shtml ) “The Iconathon is a collaboration between the icon geniuses of The Noun Project (http://thenounproject.com/ )and the civic-minded geeks at Code for America (http://codeforamerica.org/ ) . The gist: gather a slew of designers together in cities around the nation for a full day of brainstorming and designing the icons needed in civic signage. The result will be a set of public-domain symbols that can be used by public and private organizations to communicate visual concepts to urban denizens.” http://iconathon.org/ @Iconathon on Twitter HTML5 Can Get the Job, But Can HTML5 Do the Job? http://www.readwriteweb.com/mobile/2011/08/html5-can-get-the-job-but-can.php#more HTML5 is changing the way that developers create applications for the mobile Web. Yet, it is not the be all, end all of mobile development. If it was, then the whole discussion of “do I create a native app or a Web app for my service?” would be finished – the Web app would win the day. The developers at pinch/zoom, a company that creates mobile apps for some of the biggest brands on the planet, have been studying how to implement HTML5, and they ask an interesting question: “HTML5 can get the job, but can it do the job?” The short answer is yes. But it is not as easy as many developers would like. Brian Fling, pinch/zoom developer and author of a best selling book on mobile app development, attempts to answer that question. In a post on pinch/zoom’s blog Swipe, Fling discusses the “Anatomy of a HTML5 Mobile App” and what developers will need to get started, what the pitfalls are and why HTML5 is so difficult. Javascript skills are part of the critical path So, HTML5 can get the job. But can it do the job? Fling says yes, but with these caveats: Allow for time. Assume it will take far longer than any other project you’ve previously done. Budget appropiately. This is not a website, and it will cost you a lot more. Make sure you have the right talent in-house. If these problems are hard for the most seasoned experts in the world that do it every day, assume they will be hard for your team, too. The “tools” are non-existent. More often than not, you will have to build your own tools. Consider all your options. A dogmatic approach to technology is a surefire way to spend money unnecessarily. There are no right or wrong answers in mobile. Keep an open mind and focus on what your customers need. http://pinchzoom.com/posts/anatomy-of-a-html5-mobile-app/ 15% of all mobile apps launch when they the device is offline. So it is also likely you are going to have deal with the offline data experience as well. Five Lessons From a Year of Tablet UX Research http://uxmag.com/technology/five-lessons-from-a-year-of-tablet-ux-research Trends: Trading (Home) Computer Time for iPad Time 70% of tablet owners use their device while watching TV, and 57% use their device while in bed. Most individuals prefer to use a desktop or laptop computer in these circumstances: tasks that require significant amounts of text entry anything that requires multi-tasking, e.g. browsing with multiple tabs work that requires specialized programs or detailed manipulation, e.g., Excel or Photoshop activities where security is a major concern tasks that require information that is stored only on the computer The Tablet Is a Shared Device and Raises Security Concerns Apps that keep you logged in, lack of ability to have different user accounts, etc. Tablet Users Need an Experience-Based Incentive to Access Apps Over the Web …users want a “streamlined” experience from iPad apps, which means a sleek, intuitive interface and improved loading speed compared to the Web 5 Things to keep in mind: The iPad is viewed as more of a small computer than a big iPhone, so apps should be designed to provide a fast, intuitive, and full-featured experience that is fun to use, and that beats the Web. People use their iPads as extra-portable laptops, but don’t necessarily bring them with them everywhere. This means that in the iPad’s current state, location-specific experiences are secondary to core functionality. However, look for this to change as the proliferation rate of mobile broadband increases in the coming years. When browsing the Web, users expect to access the full version of websites, so ensure that your site is optimized to deliver a great experience on the iPad in addition to on traditional computer platforms. For example, input fields should include the appropriate HTML5 tags to streamline information entry on the iPad by serving up the appropriate iPad keypad. The fact that the iPad serves as a shared device (without iOS support for multiple users) presents unique challenges, so be sure to consider how features and use cases (e.g., one-click purchases) may be affected by multiple users sharing a single device. Security is a major concern for iPad users as many are still unfamiliar with the platform. Plan accordingly and be aware that users may be less likely to log in or enter their personal information when using a tablet device. http://mashable.com/2011/08/09/mobile-workers-infographic/ Social Media Minute – Nick Armstrong Podcast Sponsor For the listeners of Einstein & Sock Monkey, Audible is offering a free audiobook download with a free 14-day trial to give you a chance to check out their service. My audible pick this episode is: Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey To download your free audiobook today go to http://www.audibletrial.com/einstein Blog Picks http://www.uxmatters.com/ http://chartporn.org/ Book Club “Resonate” by Nancy Duarte On amazon: http://amzn.to/k3Z9xP $17.50 Contact Us Please subscribe in iTunes and give us a rating! einsteinandsockmonkey.com @einsteinmonkey Ron Zasadzinski @ron_z www.codegeek.net Steve Martin @clevercubed www.clevercubed.com Nick Armstrong @imnickarmstrong www.iamnickarmstrong.com Josh Mulligan @JoshuaMulligan
July 27, 2011
We brought back Nick Armstrong (@IMNickArmstrong) for another awesome episode! Nick’s our resident social media expert, so we asked him to come give everyone the low-down on Google’s new social network: Google Plus! Nick had a lot of great information and even told us about features we didn’t know about. We also talked about Apple’s strange decision to switch the scrolling direction, some amazing mobile content stats, how to get people to take your design advice, and the trickiness of the HTML5 audio tag. Don’t miss this one! - Steve & Ron Episode 14 Show Notes News Items Mobile Content Usage http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2011/7/comScore_Reports_May_2011_U.S._Mobile_Subscriber_Market_Share In May, 69.5 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers used text messaging on their mobile device. Browsers were used by 39.8 percent of subscribers (up 1.5 percentage points), while downloaded applications were used by 38.6 percent (up 2.0 percentage points). Accessing of social networking sites or blogs increased 1.8 percentage points to 28.6 percent of mobile subscribers. 308M people in US (probably closer to 312M in 2011) 234M aged 13 and over use mobile devices (that sounds like all of them!) 20.35 M Apple mobile subscribers In May 2011 for the first time RIM market share dropped below Apple: Android: 38.1% (+5.1 points) Apple: 26.6% (+1.4) RIM: 24.7% (-4.2) AND iPad has 89% of tablet traffic worldwide, 96.9% in US. http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2011/6/comScore_Introduces_Device_Essentials Apple switched the scroll direction on us!! here’s why it was “backwards” to begin with: http://www.ixda.org/node/30565#comment-82659 HTML5 in the field <audio> tag is in the HTML5 spec. Need multiple formats for desktop browsers to play audio natively: Safari, Chrome: mp3 Firefox: ogg IE – well, it’s f***ed up. Of course! Providing a Flash fallback is best plan for IE7, IE8. IE9 theoretically supports <audio> using mp3, but must use attribute preload=”preload” or it doesn’t work. This is a pain because for mobile sites you’d like to set preload=”none” so you don’t waste people’s bandwidth. For mobile, Android 2.2 (Froyo) and earlier – has an HTML5 bug, won’t play <audio>. Fixed in Android 2.3 Gingerbread. 7 Ways to get a team to implement your recommendations: Great series of articles by Susan Weinschenk http://www.whatmakesthemclick.net/2011/07/26/tips-get-team-implement-your-recommendation/ Feature Google+ with Nick Armstrong Podcast Sponsor For the listeners of Einstein & Sock Monkey, Audible is offering a free audiobook download with a free 14-day trial to give you a chance to check out their service. My audible pick this episode is: “In the Plex” by Steven Levy, “How Google thinks, works, and shapes our lives” To download your free audiobook today go to http://www.audibletrial.com/einstein Blog Picks Steve:  www.uxbooth.com Ron:   http://www.textsfromlastnight.com/ Nick: www.citationneededcomic.com Book Club “Resonate” by Nancy Duarte On amazon: http://amzn.to/k3Z9xP $17.50 Contact Us Please subscribe in iTunes and give us a rating! einsteinandsockmonkey.com @einsteinmonkey Ron Zasadzinski @ron_z www.codegeek.net Steve Martin @clevercubed www.clevercubed.com Nick Armstrong @imnickarmstrong www.iamnickarmstrong.com Josh Mulligan @JoshuaMulligan
July 19, 2011
John Wolters (@jochenwolters) is back for round 2 – or 4 (whichever) either way, he’s awesome!  We decided to shorten the podcast just a bit and skip the “feature” section, only to wind up with the longest podcast to date!! But never fear, dear listener, it’s 1hr 27min of pure AWESOME! We go through the sordid details of our WordPress site getting hacked, briefly turn the show into “Mobile News Weekly” as we discuss the HP TouchPad, talk about some mobile stats Ron came across (mind blowing stuff), and more great news in the web & UX design world. Enjoy! - Steve & Ron (& John) Episode 13 Show Notes News items HP Touch Pad http://h41112.www4.hp.com/promo/webos/us/en/tablet/touchpad.html Google design and UX gets less sucky! http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/evolving-google-design-and-experience.html Google+, Gmail, and everything into the future http://ma.tt/2011/07/fifty-million/ WordPress now powers over 50,000,000 websites, blogs, portfolios, stores, pet projects, and of course cat websites http://en.wordpress.com/stats/ WordPress is reported to power 14% of the world’s websites (http://thenextweb.com/media/2011/07/10/wordpress-now-powering-50-million-blogs/) http://www.marco.org/2011/07/11/own-your-identity now on sale: “Search Analytics for Your Site” http://www.rosenfeldmedia.com/books/searchanalytics/ Mobile Stats Pew Internet Project report released Monday July 11 83% of respondents said that they owned a cellphone of some kind and 35% of the 2,277 U.S. adults questioned in English or Spanish said that they owned a smartphone. about 78% of them use their phone to access the Internet every day. Nearly a third of smartphone owners use their device as their primary Internet connection. http://www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?1361 Data Monday: Mobile Market Snippets, June 27, 2011 The iPad represents 89% of tablet traffic across all markets. In the US the figure is 97%. Apple has sold roughly 25 million iPads to date globally. PayPal is seeing up to $10 million in mobile Total Payments Volume a day (June 2011) – a big increase from the $6 million they reported in March 2011. PayPal currently has eight million customers who are regularly making purchases on their mobile phones, up from a previously reported six million users. Feature Podcast sponsor! For the listeners of Einstein & Sock Monkey, Audible is offering a free audiobook download with a free 14-day trial to give you a chance to check out their service. My audible pick this episode is: Linchpin – by Seth Godin To download your free audiobook today go to http://www.audibletrial.com/einstein Social Media Minute Blog Picks John: UX for the masses: http://www.uxforthemasses.com/ Ron: LukeW.com Steve:  Adaptive Path Blog: http://www.adaptivepath.com/blog Book Club “Resonate” by Nancy Duarte On amazon: http://amzn.to/k3Z9xP $17.50 Contact Us Please subscribe in iTunes and give us a rating! einsteinandsockmonkey.com @einsteinmonkey Ron Zasadzinski @ron_z www.codegeek.net Steve Martin @clevercubed www.clevercubed.com Sarah Jane Griesemer @savvysarahjane Nick Armstrong @imnickarmstrong www.iamnickarmstrong.com Josh Mulligan @JoshuaMulligan
July 12, 2011
John Wolters (@jochenwolters) once again flies all the way from Germany JUST to grace us with his presence. Do we have good friends or WHAT? While he was here, he had great stuff to say about usability, iPhone web app prototyping, a new web image format (say it with me “weppppy”) and even got to critique some websites live before a non-studio audience (which we, naturally, discussed). Oh, and there was some web news thrown in there someplace. Give it a listen – and come back next time for another episode of Einstein, John & Sock Monkey! - Steve & Ron (& John) Episode 12 Show Notes News Items iOS5 news: Twitter will be integrated at the OS level… Why and what does it mean? http://www.staynalive.com/2011/06/twitter-is-just-launch-partner-will.html How Starbucks Is Paving the Way for Mainstream Mobile Payments http://mashable.com/2011/06/28/starbucks-mobile-pay-tech/ While near field communication and QR code marketing campaigns are all the rage, the 2D bar codes pushing mobile payments are a little less sexy. Starbucks Card Mobile is a three-part system that includes 2D bar codes, scanners and mobile phone applications for iPhone, BlackBerry and nowAndroid. Allows Starbucks customers to pay with their phones at roughly 9,000 locations in the U.S. In fact, by March 2011, nine weeks after the nationwide rollout of its mobile payments program, Starbucks had processed more than 3 million payments. Starbucks Card payments now represent 20% of all in-store transactions. Mokk.me – prototyper for mobile web apps Google Swiffy launched!! http://swiffy.googlelabs.com/  - converts flash .swf files to HTML 5!! Woo hoo!! It’s in beta (acts like a beta) Maximum 512kb swf files Why Google+ won’t hurt Facebook, but Skype will hate it (Written by By Om Malik) http://gigaom.com/2011/06/28/why-google-plus-wont-hurt-facebook-but-skype-will-hate-it/ Today, you can get to Google Plus by visiting a website – Google.com/+. But it also travels with you across different Google web properties, thanks to a Google Toolbar. Granular privacy that average folks can understand “Circles” – create groups of friends, colleagues, whatever With these groups or circles you can define who gets to see what kind of updates. “Hangout” – group VIDEO chat done right? Huddle: a mobile group-chat service Google at the same is also making  Google Plus available as an app – for Android and the iPhone platform – ensuring that it is getting the experience right. I personally think Skype Video can easily be brought to its knees by Google Plus’ Hangout. And even if Google+ fails, Google could easily make Hangout part of the Google office offering. New WebP image format by Google: http://code.google.com/speed/webp/index.html Feature Recent website panel review we ran at FCIP Podcast Sponsor: Ron: For the listeners of Einstein & Sock Monkey, Audible is offering a free audiobook download with a free 14-day trial to give you a chance to check out their service. My audible pick this episode is: “Rework”, by Jason Fried & David Hansson of 37 Signals, narrated by Mike Chamberlain, 2 hrs 50 min To download your free audiobook today go to http://www.audibletrial.com/einstein Again, that’s http://www.audibletrial.com/einstein for your free audiobook! Social Media Minute Blog Picks Steve: The Sartorialist – http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/ John: Little Big Details – <http://littlebigdetails.com/> Ron: Damn You AutoCorrect (DYAC) Book Club “Resonate” by Nancy Duarte On amazon: http://amzn.to/k3Z9xP $17.50 Contact Us Please subscribe in iTunes and give us a rating! einsteinandsockmonkey.com @einsteinmonkey Ron Zasadzinski @ron_z www.codegeek.net Steve Martin @clevercubed www.clevercubed.com Sarah Jane Griesemer @savvysarahjane Nick Armstrong @imnickarmstrong www.iamnickarmstrong.com Josh Mulligan @JoshuaMulligan
June 2, 2011
Special guest Sarah Jane Griesemer (@savvysarahjane) joins us to chat about her love of kale (as in, the vegetable) and has a ton of great stuff to say about building communities, dealing with negative comments on your blog, and kale! We also discuss the news of the recently announced Google Wallet, YouTube turning 6, and ways to make your iPad app and web experience better. We had a lot of fun recording this episode, so let us know if you had fun listening! - Steve & Ron Episode 11 Show Notes News items: iPad Apps are better, but still not very intuitive http://www.useit.com/alertbox/ipad.html They tested tested 26 iPad apps and 6 websites. Problems encountered: The logo in the top-left is NOT understood as a “home” link on a touch device, but designers keep making it that. Touchable areas were too small “If your service requires substantial interaction, consider an app instead of a site.” Accidental activation due to unintended touches again caused trouble, particularly in apps lacking a Back button Low discoverability – lots of active areas that didn’t look “touchable” People hate typing on an iPad “Swipe ambiguity” – when can a swipe activate something and when not? People think the app is broken. Too Much Navigation squeezed in to an area Tips if you’re designing an iPad app (from the full report download): Design for repeat users. Your iPad app should have a secret weapon compared to your website. Do not make users work more in your iPad app than on your website. Do not design an iPad app as if it were an iPhone app. “I am not in a rush when I use this device.” Google Wallet announced May 26 http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/google_gives_everyone_a_free_10_dollars_to_try_new_google_wallet.php http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/google_payments_what_it_means_to_you_to_the_paymen.php# http://www.google.com/wallet/ Google Wallet will first be available for Nexus S 4G Android phones via Sprint this summer and expand to other NFC-capable phones over time. The initial rollout will be in New York City and San Francisco. Wallet will first support a Citi MasterCard wherever MasterCard PayPass is accepted as well as a prepaid Google card. Blackberry on board with NFC as of today: http://www.readwriteweb.com/mobile/2011/05/BlackBerry-developers-can-now-write-nfc-apps-with-new-SDK.php RIM has released its BlackBerry Java SDK v7.0 into beta, which allows mobile developers to build applications for the new version of the BlackBerry operating system, BlackBerry 7 OS Includes NFC support The first NFC-enabled BlackBerry phones, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930, are due out later this summer. YouTube turns 6! http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/thanks-youtube-community-for-two-big.html 48 hours of video uploaded every MINUTE! (100% increase over last year) Over 3 billion views per DAY (50% increase over last year) Feature:  Sarah Jane Griesemer! All about Sarah Jane (i.e., what makes her cool enough to talk to us) Podcast sponsor! For the listeners of Einstein & Sock Monkey, Audible is offering a free audiobook download with a free 14-day trial to give you a chance to check out their service. My audible pick this episode is: “The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company” by David A. Price BONUS PICK: “FREE: The Future of a Radical Price” by Chris Anderson To download your free audiobook today go to http://www.audibletrial.com/einstein Again, that’s http://www.audibletrial.com/einstein for your free audiobook! Social Media Minute Blog Picks Ron: http://www.readwriteweb.com/mobile/ Steve: The Brads – www.bradcolbow.com Sarah Jane: http://www.insidefacebook.com/ Contact Us Please subscribe in iTunes and give us a rating! einsteinandsockmonkey.com @einsteinmonkey Ron Zasadzinski @ron_z www.codegeek.net Steve Martin @clevercubed www.clevercubed.com Sarah Jane Griesemer @savvysarahjane Nick Armstrong @imnickarmstrong www.iamnickarmstrong.com Josh Mulligan @JoshuaMulligan  
May 20, 2011
Not only did we get to sit down for a 30 minute interview with the ineffable Cennydd Bowles (UX Designer Extraordinaire) but we have some great discussion on the “cloud” (is it the same as the internet, or not?), some interesting mobile news, what the Google I/O conference means for you, and the return of the Social Media Minute with Nick Armstrong! - Steve & Ron Episode 10 Show Notes News items: WordPress 3.2 Beta 1 available for download http://wordpress.org/news/2011/05/wordpress-3-2-beta-1/ Performance improvements The visual editor’s full-screen composing experience has gotten a major overhaul, and is now available from HTML mode, too Admin UI facelift New default theme: Twenty Eleven: Rotating header images, post format support, If you visit your Dashboard using an outdated web browser, we’ll let you know there’s a newer version available. WordPress has new minimum system requirements: PHP 5.2.4 and MySQL 5.0. Internet Explorer 6 will no longer be supported. Anticipated to be officially released near the end of June Improving Usability with Fitts’ Law If you’re a UX Designer who finds that, because “designer” is in your job title, some people mistakenly think that what you do is purely subjective and ethereal. Not real work, in other words, you need to point them to this article. http://sixrevisions.com/usabilityaccessibility/improving-usability-with-fitts-law/ There’s a lot of science and reasoning that goes into a good user experience on the web or elsewhere. Fitts’ law is centered around a mathematical equation that is used to illustrate the time it takes to reach a target object. A target object, in the context of UIs, can be any interactive element, such as a submit button, a hyperlink, and an input field in a web form. The idea is this: The quicker you can reach a target object, the more convenient and easy it is to use. Ericsson 2011 study on the use of mobile, with a particular focus on apps http://www.ericsson.com/res/docs/2011/silicon_valley_brochure_letter.pdf 35 percent of US Android/iPhone users interact with non-voice applications on their smartphones before getting out of bed. The most common activity here is checking Facebook – 18 percent of social networking users log in while their heads are still on the pillow. [Apps] are perceived as easy to use because they require little or no navigation through file structures, they require no inputting of addresses,  no searching or clicking on links. In other words, apps give users direct access to the content or online service of their choice. App use bridges the experience across devices. If you have an app on your iPhone and iPad, many associate the activity with the app rather than the device. They conclude that “while people are currently on a smartphone honeymoon, the smartphone itself may turn out to be easier to replace than the actual apps. When new devices come along and capture the interest of consumers, they may indeed find themselves with shiny new things in their hands, but the habits that have developed around apps could prove harder to change. Google IO Developers’ conference announcements Android-centric: New version of Android: Ice Cream Sandwich previous versions: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history supposed to combine the phone and tablet versions (link to logo: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/10/google-ice-cream-sandwich-logo_n_860007.html) Movie Rentals for Android phones & tablets same prices and terms as the iTunes rentals In-App Payments for Android store they’re only taking 5% of the transaction, not 30% like Apple can be implemented with only one line of code Web/Chrome centric There are 160 Million users of the Chrome browser up from 70 million last year Google Music Beta cloud-based music storage streams to any computer or android (or kind-of the iPhone) The current beta allows for 20,000 songs to be uploaded for free. Still can’t buy music – you have to upload it all yourself by invite only (you can request an invite at music.google.com ) Chromebooks are going live running the Chrome OS everything on the cloud – hardly any local storage for enterprise and education – a monthly payment model Angry Birds available in the browser through the Chrome app store pretty awesome gameplay – and it’s in a BROWSER!! To top it off, everyone at Google IO got – for FREE! Samsung Galaxy Tab Verizon EVO 4G hotspot Google Chromebook (shipping next month) This is BRILLIANT marketing!! Feature: Interview with Cennydd Bowles author of our current book club book, “Undercover UX Design” You can find Cennydd at www.cennydd.co.uk Twitter: @cennydd Book Club: “Resonate” by Nancy Duarte On amazon: http://amzn.to/k3Z9xP $17.50 Podcast sponsor! For the listeners of Einstein & Sock Monkey, Audible is offering a free audiobook download with a free 14-day trial to give you a chance to check out their service. My audible pick this episode is: iWoz, by Steve Wozniak & Gina Smith To download your free audiobook today go to http://www.audibletrial.com/einstein Again, that’s http://www.audibletrial.com/einstein for your free audiobook! Social Media Minute is back!! Blog Picks Steve: http://www.chromeexperiments.com/ Ron: http://wordpress.org/news/ Contact Us Please subscribe in iTunes and give us a rating! einsteinandsockmonkey.com @einsteinmonkey Ron Zasadzinski @ron_z www.codegeek.net Steve Martin @clevercubed www.clevercubed.com Nick Armstrong @imnickarmstrong www.iamnickarmstrong.com Josh Mulligan @JoshuaMulligan  
May 6, 2011
Getting good fonts on your website is easy for just about anyone – FINALLY! Ron gives a great explanation of the different ways to approach having more than “web safe fonts” on your site, and gives a review of a few of the more popular font services. Also news about Google Apps for Business, the Apple location tracking fiasco, and a great discount on Rosenfeld Media books. All with massively upgraded sound!! - Steve & Ron Episode 9 Show Notes News items: iPhone Tracker This open-source application maps the information that your iPhone is recording about your movements. It doesn’t record anything itself, it only displays files that are already hidden on your computer. http://petewarden.github.com/iPhoneTracker/ UXBooth is offering 30% off all Rosenfeld Media books! www.rosenfeldmedia.com Discount code UXBOOTH30 offer ends May 10th, 9AM EST. http://www.uxbooth.com/blog/booth-deal-30-off-all-rosenfeld-media-products/ Adobe CS 5.5 Released Planning major releases every 24 months Mid-cycle releases every 12 months 5.5 features: Write apps for: Android, RIM, WebOS, IOS Flash Builder 4.5 includes full support for building ActionScript® applications for Apple iOS. Flex support is planned to be available later in 2011. JQuery Mobile support, Quick start for JQuery Mobile Apps, JQuery code hinting, preview capability Content for print – InDesign updates to integrate rich and interactive content within InDesign Video: 64bit media encoder Audio: merged audition and soundbooth, mac & pc, this is now a pro tool Subscription pricing available Web Design Premium $89/$135 per month (Compare with $1799 Full, $649 (CS4), $399 (CS5)) WebPremium includes: Dreamweaver® CS5.5 Flash® Catalyst® CS5.5 Flash Professional CS5.5 Flash Builder® 4.5 Premium Edition Photoshop® CS5 Extended Illustrator® CS5 Acrobat® X Pro Fireworks® CS5 Contribute® CS5 Bridge CS5 Device Central CS5.5 Media Encoder CS5.5 Big changes to “Google Apps For Business” accounts up to 10 users without paying $50 per user per year this only applies to new accounts. existing accounts are grandfathered in at (usually) 50 users per account You can now sign in from any Google sign-in page (a huge help!) allows Google Apps users to access tons more features http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?answer=181865 all accounts will be transitioned. you can do it now, or Google will do it for you automatically http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?answer=181873 more on what’s changing: http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?answer=182075 Feature: Web Font Services http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2011/04/google-sites-brings-you-over-100-new.html Typekit Javascript, creates font events in your CSS to control the FOUT (Flash of Unstyled Text) and apply fallback fonts and styles, and also provides Javascript callbacks that let you do fancy things like fade-in blocks of text after fonts have loaded Podcast sponsor! For the listeners of Einstein & Sock Monkey, Audible is offering a free audiobook download with a free 14-day trial to give you a chance to check out their service. My audible pick this episode is: To download your free audiobook today go to http://www.audibletrial.com/einstein Again, that’s http://www.audibletrial.com/einstein for your free audiobook! Book Club: Reminder about our next book: Undercover User Experience Design www.undercoverux.com We WILL have an interview with Cennydd Bowles on our next episode Blog Pick Information Architects Based in Japan Creators of the awesome “Web Trend Map” (purchase through their website) iPad app: Writer http://www.informationarchitects.jp/ Check them out If We Don’t, Remember Me – http://iwdrm.tumblr.com/ really cool animated gifs of classic movie scenes best one so far: http://iwdrm.tumblr.com/post/3724353766 Contact Us Please subscribe in iTunes and give us a rating! einsteinandsockmonkey.com @einsteinmonkey Ron Zasadzinski @ron_z www.codegeek.net Steve Martin @clevercubed www.clevercubed.com Nick Armstrong @imnickarmstrong www.iamnickarmstrong.com Josh Mulligan @JoshuaMulligan
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