Lately, the mobile engineers at Facebook have really been trail blazing new patterns. Below is a great behind-the-curtain video from the iOS team at Facebook on the efforts that went into building Paper. It’s really fascinating to see just how out of the box they went to make a lot of the “magic” possible. Also worth note is that they will be releasing their Pop animation framework shortly. This framework integrates directly with the Origami framework they built for Quartz - providing an amazing tool for devs and designers to use when iteratively prototyping animations.
Great post from the folks at 15Five. If you want to find out how to empower knowledge workers to do what they do best, this blog post and Dr. Daniel Pink's book contain the recipe.
Running a company can often feel like caring for a newborn child. There is a natural and healthy fear that arises that if you are not eternally vigilant then something bad will happen. With a baby, this is called good parenting. With a company, this is called micromanagement and it is universally resented by all employees.
In physics, the observer effect states that observing a phenomenon has an impact on what is being observed. For example, when using an electron microscope to view subatomic particles, the light from the microscope impacts the movement of those particles. Since scientific methods require objectivity, the influence of observation can call the entire experiment into question.
By micromanaging, people are only driven to perform in the hope that you will one day leave them alone.
The US patent system may not be perfect, but this article is an excellent reminder about why we still need it.
I asked myself how this device called the “smartphone” – which didn’t even exist as a product category five years ago – could have become such an integral part of my morning routine.
The wireless-technology pioneers who invented the technologies that enable these connections were bold enough to do costly research and development in extremely risky and unproven areas, at a time when cell phones were the size of brief cases and only carried by doctors and heads of state. They were able to take those risks and do that R&D because there was a chance, albeit a small one, that they might solve problems previously considered unsolvable and then sell products or license that technology to others for a fee. Some of those successful inventors then took some of that money and reinvested it in even more R&D that produced even more advanced, licensable technologies and generated even faster connections.
So tomorrow morning, when you wake up and reach for your smartphone, think about what the smartphone would look like without the technologies encouraged and enabled by patents. I think it might look a little like this: two tin cans connected by string.
We've "known" this for a long time, but here are the numbers to back it up (and some cool visuals).
This is presenting a difficult challenge for independent devs and small shops. Do I build for the larger user base or do I build for the users who are actually going to pay? Right now, both platforms appear to be a race to the bottom (all the things are a free), so it will be interesting to see how/if that plays into Android's favor.
The flotsam and jetsam of a techie mind...