Digital Presidents, Skeuomorphism, and Commerce With a Side of Content – Episode 7

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This week, Melanie and Emily offer their opinions and insight on a variety of topics, including the ousting of Apple iOS miracle worker and polarizing executive Scott Forstall, the design debate over skeuomorphism, presidential campaigns and voting in the digital age, and commerce as content.

Topics:
I. Adventures in Mobile Payments Part 3: SUCCESS
Melanie and Emily offer a happy update on their ongoing pursuit of mobile-friendly vendors. Square and Level-Up

II. Apple Kicks Scott Forstall to the Curb; Skeuomorphism

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Skeuomorphic design

After refusing to sign a formal apology for Apple Maps, among other things, iOS chief Scott Forstall was ousted from Apple. Em and Mel discuss one of his Jobs-like signatures, skeuomorphic style (replicating the shape of necessary parts of old forms in a new medium where those elements are no longer required). Forstall was a mobile software leader and prolific inventor but also a divisive figure. “Forstall’s name is second on the patent that lays out exactly how the iPhone and iPad work. The first name on that patent is Steve Jobs.”

III. Commerce as Content (and vice versa)
Pinterest, Fab, and Shopkick

IV. Digital Media and the Presidential Election
Electronic voting, ballots, and recounts. Security and hacking at the polls. The future of voting.

Show Notes:

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Xbox Music, Microsoft Surface, and Avoiding Death-by-Cubicle – Episode 6

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This week we dive into Pinterest’s new privacy features, Xbox Music and Windows 8, Microsoft Surface, and LinkedIn Endorsements.

I. Mobile Payments– After another Atlanta festival, we follow up on Murder Kroger and Mobile Payments (Ep. 3)– Adventures in trying to pay with mobile while ducking under a funnel cake vendor’s oil vat to reach a power strip

II. Pinterest ups their privacy settings; stalkers wince

III. Microsoft launches Xbox Music, Windows 8, and announces the Microsoft Surface tablet: game changer or another “me too gadget”?

IV. M is crushing on Spotify–but will an upgrade to a Premium account put an end to the honeymoon? (stay tuned)

V. LinkedIn Endorsements – How it works (and why we don’t like it)

 

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1. Dolphin browser for mobile: A fun alternative to your smartphone or tablet’s native browser. Based heavily on gestures. An excellent free app for iOS and Android.

2. Standing desks, dimming your monitor, and other ways to not slowly kill yourself in an office environment. Ergonomics.

3. Emily tells you how to literally clear the air with your Mother-In-Law’s-Tongue…yes you read that correctly. (The best low maintenance, worker-friendly office plant that removes pollutants.)

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Show Notes – Links

1. Pinterest Blog – Announcing Blocking & More Controls 10/17/12

2. Microsoft launches Xbox Music: What you need to know – PC World, 10/14/12

3. More Time Spent Sitting Linked to Higher Risk of Death; Risk Found to Be Independent of Physical Activity Level. Science Daily, 7/23/10

The Microsoft Logo Infographic mentioned in Ep. 6:


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Ask Forgiveness, Not Permission: iOS 6, Futuristic Hiring, App Privacy Pitfalls – Episode 4

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iOS 6 update: Apple Maps, user data privacy in apps; future hiring and Big Data- talent management; LinkedIn iPhone app security, Facebook iPhone integration.
Topics:

iOS 6 update

  • Do Not Disturb feature
  • Improved Calendar and Contacts privacy settings
  • Facebook integration, now native:
  • How to turn off syncing your Facebook friends contact info and birthdays into your iPhone
  • The shift toward native iOS control over user data sent to apps
  • Apple Maps vs. Google Maps
  • Passbook and mobile payments
  • iPhone 5
  • Lightning dock connector

Big Data and Future Hiring Practices:

  • Talent based hiring allows employee screening, questionable?*
  • Psychographic profiling

Ask forgiveness, not permission app developer culture

  • LinkedIn iPhone app privacy issues

Random: Emily’s continued “In the Future” theories: inter-vehicle communication

The Sass: Who would seriously put their mobile phone number on Facebook?

Tips on Tap:

1. Windows: How to rename a batch of IMG_xxxx photos with a category name such as Beach_Day_043

2. Employee online monitoring at work: packet sniffers and how to hide your activity using a VPN. (Or just don’t do anything you know you shouldn’t do.)

3. iconfinder.com is a free graphics website with royalty free .png images useful for infographics, chiclets, and blog images*

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*Show Notes – Links

1. Your iPhone calendar isn’t private—at least if you use the LinkedIn app | The app scrapes subject lines, meeting times, participants, notes, and more. 6/6/12 (Note: the app has since been updated, but for context see article)

2. Meet the New Boss: Big Data | Companies Trade In Hunch-Based Hiring for Computer Modeling. 9/20/12

3. iconfinder.com


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Murder Kroger and Mobile Payments- Episode 3

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In Episode 3 of The Digital Dive PodcastTM Emily and Melanie complain about current mobile payment technology holding them back in the slow lane of life, forcing young women to stand at cashless ATMs on Ponce near Murder Kroger. Apologies for any sound quality issues on this episode – it was our third. Enjoy the wonky first edition donut as well.

Topics:

  • Apple and Samsung patent lawsuit
  • 05:10-07:33  Effects on Pandora stock after announcement that Apple is in talks about an ad-supported radio network to be native on iOS
  • 07:34 – Mobile payments and banking apps, NFC, QR code and barcode scanners, Paypal, LevelUp new NFC dock
  • Future of FinTech (financial technology)
  • McDonald’s French Paypal payment experiment
  • 16:10  Walmart, Target, and Best Buy retailers joining to create mobile payment app Merchant Customer Exchange
  • 20:45 – Tips on Tap:
    • Google Maps enhanced directions with Pegman to duplex screen
    • Digital Color Meter app on Mac OS – graphic design or web dev useful app
    • Uber taxi service – mobile app

    Note 9/16/12: Clarification — Bump does not use NFC. iPhones do not have NFC.

Fun stuff we mentioned:

Ping (fail)
Bump (what ever happened to it?)
public libraries
Emily’s suggestions for GA PeachPass to be more friendly to car rental companies (20:05)


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