Google new Hangouts messaging service is quite impressive — it takes Google’s old and neglected Talk service and upgrades it with always-on communication, support for images, video calling, and much more.
But for all of the improved service that Hangouts offers, if you upgrade the Google Talk service within Gmail to Hangouts (by selecting the “Try the new Hangouts” option in Talk’s menu), you lose some significant features — namely the ability to set your availability status and, more importantly, the ability to place or receive Google Voice calls from within Gmail.
Essentially, the new Hangouts removes the option to host a Google Voice call on your computer, something that many users find convenient and necessary in their day to day workflow.
Dan Seifert ☞ The Verge
Perspective is a platform for exploring, creating, and sharing audiovisual stories. Today’s storytelling involves a mishmash of apps, websites, blog tools, and technologies. Perspective simplifies all this by combining the essential elements of storytelling into a single iPad App.
Some days ago I found this app for our beloved iOS devices which, at least from the screenshots, seems to be a real nice and effective alternative to Apple’s own Keynote.app. It’s called Perspective.
At the moment I do not have presentation to make in near future, so I’m writing this down as a self note reference. Do you have any real, hands-on experience with this software (or something similar)?
Let me know in the comments!
Tuesday I found this article, which made the double think on how fortunate I am to deal (mostly) with OS X or GNU/Linux software distributions…
The quarterly report shows that 74 different programs from 24 different vendors are installed on the average UK PC and 28 of them, just over a third, are from Microsoft.
That third, and the operating systems, are mostly kept up to date with Microsoft’s Windows Update system. But beyond that, there’s another 23 different autoupdate mechanisms for the remaining programs which need to be monitored or managed.
While some programs have auto-update mechanisms with silent updates, other programs which need regular updates require the user to visit the vendor’s web site to check whether an update was needed.
The report notes that around 8.9% of users have unpatched operating systems and estimates that, on average, 6.5% of programs on a PC aren’t up to date. Around 3.4% of programs on the average PC are also end-of-lifed and no longer have security patches available for them.
the H-security ☞ The update jungle: PC owners have to watch 24 sources for fixes
Great article found on UXmatters early on this morning.
In this long post Steven Hoober faces the argument of the touch interfaces and some of it’s misconceptions in fact, he sais:
Touchscreens have been with us for decades—and they’ve been the mobile input method of choice for many of us for about 5 years. In fact, many junior designers and developers—or at least those who were late to the mobile party—have never owned a mobile phone for which buttons were the primary input method.
But there are still very few designers who seem to know how touchscreens actually work or how people really interact with them. In my work as a UX design consultant, working for many different organizations, I’ve encountered lots of myths and half-truths about designing for touchscreens.
If you’re into mobile, or touch, UX design I think this is a very interesting and enriching reading to do in this (hopefully) lazy sunday, ready to inspire you for tomorrow’s work…
Google has announced it’s intention to kill Google Reader. For me it’ a bad, bad move since the usage I do of the instrument. Look at my stats:
From your 639 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 13,801 items, clicked 0 items, starred 13 items, and emailed 0 items.
Since October 9, 2006 you have read a total of 229,370 items.
What are your stats number??? Le me know in the comments!