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App Review: Felix for App.net

It seems doubtful that Felix, a new client for App.net developed by¬†@billkunz, was named after the famous cartoon cat. The word felix means “happy” or “lucky” and, based on the positive response to the app evinced across App.net since its 1.0 launch yesterday, I think it’s more likely that Felix was so named because it aims to please. I’ve been testing the app like a two year old tests the resolve of her parents, all …

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Testing with Plunk

Every once in a while I find myself engaged in heated (yet consummately professional) arguments over the design and functionality of app screens with interested parties. These arguments, while occasionally contentious, almost never involve the involuntary stomping of a frustrated foot, the unfettered deployment of the f-bomb, or the weaponization of a shoe. Oh, and just so we’re clear: I win ALL the arguments. Many of these “friendly discussions” stem from uncertainty about how users …

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The Reviews are In

Imagine this scenario: you are part of a small group of focused, perhaps even talented people. Your group somehow gathers together the wherewithal to build an app for a specific purpose that is directed at a specific audience. You are constrained by time, budget, brand guidelines, client demands, the need to sleep or eat, and gravity. Despite setbacks, miscommunication, user-testing mishaps, and changes of direction, you persevere. One day, after a few months of solid …

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Experiments with Samsung TecTiles

On one corner of my desk, a small white sticker not much bigger than a quarter clings like a limpet. Square in shape with rounded corners, this sticker is not your typical Lisa Frank decoration emblazoned with glitter, rainbows and unicorns (although that would be cool). This sticker is all business. It’s rare that I actually affix a sticker to any type of surface. Peeling off the backing and placing a sticker somewhere usually means …

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