Interface: 08. Transparent and Frictionless

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It’s easy for a usability designer to get beaten down and depressed by all the bad interactions in the world. Doors with terrible affordances, unclear signs, and software that gets in the way more than it helps you. Today, Ian and Andrew talk about all the good things out there — interactions where a designer took the time to sit down, examine the problem, and create a solution that actually helps people out. There’s a lot of good out there!

Mazda CX-5 Keyless Entry

Kevo Bluetooth Door Lock

Gyroscope Running

UsTwo: Designing for Movement

Ten Principles for Good Design

Misa Kitara

iON All-Star iPad Guitar

Olympus Micro 4/3 Camera

PowerPoint Auto-Spacing

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Interface: 07. Push Button, Receive TV

Andrew just got back from four weeks of traveling and a move and all he wants to do is sit down and watch some TV. But where can he find the first season of Veronica Mars? This week — we try to figure out how to fix TV (if it’s even broken at all).

SlingTV

R.I.P Aereo

TV

An interesting (French) proposal for a unified TV interface

Planet Money episode on cable TV channels

Cable Subscriptions Fall

Why advertising is going to implode

81.5 million Netflix subscribers

YouTube Red

Kids these days! (Just aren’t watching TV like their parents)

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Macnificent Podcast: 32. Probably a Controversial Opinion

This week, Chris and Ian recount their history with Apple, the products and experiences that shaped their love of the company, and some of Apple’s more memorable moments.

The Topics

iPod Classic

iPod Nano

Macintosh 2

Spectre Game for Macintosh

Original iPhone

1st Generation iPad

Apple LISA

Apple Bandai Pippin

Macintosh TV

iPod Shuffle, 3rd Gen

3rd Generation iPad

Apple 1984 Superbowl Commercial

Mac vs PC

Will Ferrel iPhone Commercial

The Original Switch Commercial

Original iPhone Commercial Campaign

iPad Air Your Verse Commercial

Apple 2013 Christmas Commercial

Apple 2014 Christmas Commercial

Something of the Week:

Ian: Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty

Chris: popSlate 2

@MacnificentFM

@IanFuchs

@CLHauk

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A Quick Q-and-A about Google Glass

I always enjoy sharing my opinions on technology with friends and family.  Even more so, when someone in public asks me about a device, accessory, app, etc. I always enjoy answering their questions and helping them understand or find something to fit their life.  In the last month, the device that’s sparked lots of questions from friends, family, and strangers alike is my Google Glass (check out my initial impressions of the device).

Google Glass

In the times I’ve taken Glass out in public, I’ve also received a handful of questions about how it works, what it does, and the like. Since Google Glass is extremely new, and relatively rare to see out and about, it seemed only fair to address some of the more common questions that I’ve been asked.

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First Impressions: Hands-On With Google Glass – The (Possible) Future of Mobile Computing

We all know (and if you don’t, SHAME!) of Sonny Dickson.  He’s the guy that leaked several dozen photos of the new iPhones and iPads this past fall (with near perfect accuracy, I might add).  Not only is Sonny a super sleuth when it comes to connections in Apple’s production line, he’s also been kind enough to get us, at MacTrast, into the Google Glass Explorer program.

Glass-artsy

After getting invited to join the program, we thought it would be fair to share with all of you, what Google Glass is all about.  Today, we’ll take a look at what comes in the box, and I’ll give a few of my initial impressions.

Before I get to that, though, I will remind all of you that Google Glass is currently in a sort of quasi-open beta program.  Those allowed early access to the product are selected on a invitation basis, and have only seven (7) days from receiving their invite to order their Glass.  I would venture to guess that there are between 10,000 and 20,000 explorers out there right now, but I could be way off (Google didn’t seem to have any real solid numbers publicly available), and that number is growing as Google is in the midst of opening their second string of invites.

Enough about the technicalities though – head over to MacTrast.com for all the juicy details!