“Another Apple Watch review?” you ask… Yes. That’s right – me too. I’ve spent the last week working with the latest device in the Apple family, and yep – it’s lived up to my expectations! Although if you know me well – you’ll know I’m a pretty big fanboy, so I’m undoubtably biased.
The Apple Watch has been surrounded in fanfare since it’s announcement at WWDC in June last year, and aside from a few rumoured manufacturing issues, the launch of the watch has been a resounding success for Apple, with significant developer interest and sales exceeding 2 million units in the first 24 hours, enough to certainly turn the heads of the Motorola execs, manufacturers of the competing Android Wear device.
Certainly there is a lot of hype around this device, more than I have seen of any other wearable. It is instantly recognisable with it’s bright sporty bands, and a face that “is very Apple”. So much so, that my morning coffee was served with the question “is that the Apple Watch?” on the first day of wearing it, a question repeated many times throughout the first week.
Apple have again nailed the customer experience, starting with the contents of the box. Included inside are two straps – to suit a larger and smaller wrist. Whilst the sports band that came with my watch is not as initially comfortable as I had hoped (I have worn a leather strap for the last 4-5 years), I quickly grew fond of it, although, I did find it a little uncomfortable after several hours of use. Additionally Apple has included the new magnetic charger with a 2m cable which is a welcome change from the shorter iPhone cable. The magnetic charger is simple to use and snaps locked to the underneath of the watch without too much hassle – removing the need to fumble around in the dark looking for the charger port. Hopefully we will see this sort of technology incorporated into the iPhone 7 next month at WWDC.
Remember that resolution you made four months ago? Go to the gym more, learn a new language, read more books… How are you going with that? I made resolutions for 2015 and like many have failed – that’s ok – I’ve been busy.
But here’s the thing about resolutions, often, they get pushed to the bottom of our priorities and are lost in the noise of life, with family, work, and procrastinating…Netflix is certainly getting in the way of my goals these days!
One of my resolutions for 2015 was to write more… fast forward 4 months to April and here we are – my first blog for the year.
It’s wise to hire people whose values are similar to the company’s. Candidates who have values similar to the hiring company’s are more likely to meet the company’s needs, and they tend to adapt faster to a new role.
Apple recently released an iOS 7 Design Resource to assist developers and UX teams around the world design beautiful applications which make the most of iOS7’s features and create rich interfaces which are a delight to use.
I particularly like the Do’s & Don’ts page which reads as a UI design 101 class for developers.
It got me thinking that I haven’t done any design work for a little while, so I decided tonight to play around with an app idea I have been working on – to create a super clean countdown utility to the biggest sporting event this year – the World Cup!
Recently I’ve been playing around with network graphing and social media. It’s been a fun experiment!
I first saw network graphing at E2 Conference in Boston during one of the key notes in 2012. The presenter did a realtime experiment asking us to tweet using a hashtag during his presentation, and then using NodeXL he was able to analyse the tweets and graph the interaction between participants of the conversation. Needless to say it got a pretty big reaction and it’s something that stuck with me since that day.
The use of network graphing (especially in real time!) has some amazing possibilities. Being able to see the interactions of your customers and then replay them after a marketing campaign finishes is just one of the many uses. The obvious benefit from this is having the ability to highlight the key individuals and environment that boosted your marketing push and gave it the fuel that made it go viral. The future for social analytics is huge due to the massive big data sets available to us, and super “fast data” software that is able to analyse this data at near real-time speeds.
Whilst the food of Brazil is not as well known as close by Mexico, Brazilian cuisine is full of flavour and influence from it’s rich history of immigration.
I’ve been lucky enough to visit Brazil 3 times in the last 4 years. Marrying a paulista (the local slang for someone originating from the state of São Paulo) has allowed me to discover some of the must try foods and drinks that the average traveller may miss when visiting Brazil.