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.
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.
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.
The above image is a picture of what the iPhone 5 body is expected to look like. It looks fantastic, so, there’s no doubt that it will become a huge success for Apple. Rumors that the iPhone 5 will be $800 dollars have taken twitter by storm. The twitter topics “#800dollarsforaniPhone” and “iPhone 5 $800″ have stayed on the trending page for a few days now. Some people tweet funny stuff such as “#800DollarsForAnIphone it better be able to download food!” or “It better turn into a jet when I put it into airplane mode.” Most people find this price outrageous, especially since the iPhone 4S costs $399 (subsidized) and around $600 unlocked. Apparently Tim Cook hinted at a hefty $800 price tag, which probably applies to the unlocked version. Even if the carrier-locked version is subsidized, it’ll probably cost significantly more that the predecessors. Also, the 30-pin connector on the bottom of all the previous iDevice iterations has been replaced by a 15-pin connector to make room for a headphone jack on the bottom of the device instead of the top. That means that all iHomes and third-party accessories (including your iSkin) will be rendered useless unless you use an older iDevice. Apple must have a lot of enhancements in store if they tout a price tag that high. It’s mostly rumors for now, but we’ll have full details once the device releases.
To recap the specs (some confirmed and some rumors):
4-inch screen (made by Sharp). This is only 0.5 inches bigger than before, but 4 inch screens have been in the android ecosystem forever; it’s almost industry standard now.
NFC (Near Fields Communication). This is a little chip embedded into the battery that allows you to pay at a store by holding your phone over a scanner (around 4 inches away) instead of swiping your card. Money is transferred electronically and it’s the same technology used for Google Wallet.
LTE (Long Term Evolution 4G). This is the same 4G system that Verizon has in place for quite a while now. If Apple is going to compete with the competing smartphones, then they have to upgrade the chip from 3G to 4G.When you see ads for android phones that can utilize 4G speeds, this is the technology they’re talking about. It’s coming to iPhone, so you can load up pages with lightning speed (300 mbps). Unfortunately, most carries use HSPA+ instead of LTE, so only Verizon customers will be able to utilize the new chip unless you live in specific areas.
A6 Dual-Core Chipset. This is completely rumored, but probably true. Most android phones are dual-core these days, and multiple phones (Samsung and HTC) are going to be coming out with quad-core chips by the end of the year. This can prove a problem to Apple because Samsung and HTC are their biggest competitors, Samsung has more market share than Apple and Samsung’s profits have skyrocketed due to the SGS III. Apple does a fantastic job at optimizing hardware and software for battery life and performance, which android is not, so they may even out in the end.
The Xbox Media Center for android has finally arrived in beta stage. It should work on almost every device (it works on my Galaxy S II running ICS 4.0.3). I’ve provided a link to download the APK file directly, but you can also download it at the XDA thread. Obviously it is optimized for TV and big screens so it may look a little small. Give it a try and see how you like it. NOTE: This is a beta and there will be bugs. The download link I provided is the newer version. The older version (relatively stable) is at the XDA thread.