For 30 years, the dominant metaphor in computing has been the desktop: files, folders, and documents. But with apps like Apple’s Siri and Google Now, developers should be looking to a far more futuristic paradigm: the natural-language, contextually aware human-computer "conversation."
"Fragmentation" is much talked about in mobile. Numerous operating systems, devices, ARM and x86 system architectures. All this diversity creates a very real challenge for application developers and a daunting puzzle for any company in the tech space. Is anything to be done about fragmentation?
Team Obama is gearing up for a big reelection battle this year, and to bolster its chances against its future Republican rival, the campaign is streamlining its fundraising efforts by adopting Square, the mobile credit card reader for iPhones and Android devices.
The technology will roll out nationwide to staffers of all stripes—field organizers, volunteers, higher-ups—in order to give Obama's grassroots efforts a boost, Politico reports.
Apple recently tightened control of its app store by enforcing a hard-nosed rule preventing application developers from selling products within their own apps without paying 30% of the proceeds. All e-book publishers, for instance, must, in effect, hand over 30% of their earnings, or be banished to the world of Web applications. There have been grumblings by publishers about developing Web-only experiences, but I’m hoping Apple’s latest move will motivate them to do just that.
Ironically, most solar power users are somewhat in the dark. Many don't know if their systems are optimized—or even, sometimes, if they're working. SunReports aims to change that, and is working on a Facebook application to enable their users to share their data with others.