Over time, as I’ve gotten more interested in Graphic Design, I’ve discovered that there’s a massive difference between UI Designers, UX Designers, and Application Developers.
UX Designers: UX Developers are the people that ask the general public what they want and why it should be so, but they will not be able to create a finished product. The UX Designers will most likely major in fields such as Psychology to give the user the best experience possible. UX Designers work closely with UI Developers because the UX Designers will typically tell UI Developers what to do. For companies like Apple, UX Developers will see what issues people are having and try to think of a workaround.
UI Developers: UI Developers are people that want to fill the gap between having something that looks good and having something that looks functional, so the end product is something that looks good and is functional at the same time. These guys will take information taken from the general public and anonymous polls and turn the ideas into a reality. UI Developers have to be able to make original artwork in programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator, then turn them into CSS/HTML code so they work as websites. Extremely talented UI Developers were the ones that provided all the images and backgrounds on the iPhone, Mac, PCs, and phones everywhere.
Application Developers: Application Developers are the guys who can write in HTML/CSS/other programming languages, but will focus heavily on the functionality of the finished product rather than the aesthetic appeal. The old saying “I’ll make it work, but it won’t look pretty” is what they do in a nutshell. These guys typed the code so you would be able to have auto-prediction and mobile browsers and gaming.
I just wanted to clear this up for some people because many don’t know about UX Designers despite their importance in how we interact with technology.
CES 2013 is finally here guys! This is one of the few tech expos where OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) can show off their latest and greatest creations. Last year, at CES 2012, Sony showcased the Xperia S and Xperia Ion, Lenovo touted a windows phone they were working on, the Samsung Galaxy Note was unveiled, Corning showed off the strength of Gorilla Glass 2, Qualcomm showcased their lightning fast S4 chip (which is now in the HTC Droid DNA), Nvidia touted the processing power of their Tegra 3 processor, a number of manufacturers showed off Ultrabooks, and Samsung released Super OLED televisions. Almost all of those devices had revolutionary technological advancements that are now features we take for granted. No doubt the devices this year will be bigger, faster, and stronger than ever before.
Apple just won their dispute with Samsung over multiple violated patents and Samsung is being forced to give over a billion dollars to Apple. This is the end of a LONG fight that has been going on between the two companies, but the jury finally decided on favoring Apple. Some people are scared for what may happen to Samsung now that they are losing massive amounts of money. If Google wins their fight with Apple, the actions Google will take won’t be good for Apple.
Apple has sued almost every electronic manufacturer within the past 3 years. Google finally got annoyed with all these patent disputes and they’re now fighting back. If the court is in favor of Google, then Google will have the ability to ban all imports of Apple products in the US. They probably won’t do this, but they will force Apple to stop suing manufacturers. We’ll have to see how this plays out because Google may not be as benevolent as some may think.
Today, Facebook released an update for their iOS app. The end user won’t see any aesthetic changes, but they will see faster loading times and faster performance due to the switch from HTML 5 to native iOS code. Anybody that’s ever used the android Facebook app knows that it’s just as clunky as the iOS version used to be. Zuckerberg is taking charge and he’s now forcing all employees to use android phones instead of iPhones, so they can suffer the same issues android users do. He thinks this will help the developers find out what needs to be changed and actually have a need to fix it.
Paulo Lozano, the associate professor of Aeronautics at MIT just designed small penny-sized ion thrusters that shoot out ions when charged with electricity. Each blaster has around 500 microthrusters. Each microthruster will shoot out it’s own ion beam to help move the satellites. These thrusters provide a very little push (but you don’t need that much because there is no air resistance). Paulo Lozano believes they can be used for cubeseats – which are just rubix cube sized satellites that have no thrusters of their own. The thrusters haven’t been tested in space yet, but they have been tested in a vacuum with good results.
Google Play finally rolled out the ability for apps to have delta updates. This is actually really cool because it saves massive amounts of data. The play store analyzes the newer version and the previous version, figures out what part of the code has changed and applies that small amount of code as a patch instead of having to re-download the whole app over again. This is especially awesome for graphic intensive games such as SHADOWGUN (which is 100 mb by the way), because you don’t have to download 100 mb for a patch that is only 5 mb. Video is embedded below.