Wireless Earbuds Links Concept

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June 25th 2017 apple, Design, ipad, iphone

Pinch to Copy – Touch Screen Gesture Concept

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I really want this!

June 18th 2017 Design, ipad, iphone, Mobile, Technology

Hand for Your Smartphone (Concept)

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I want a smartphone dock with a physical little hand.

It’d be nice if it could work as a real ‘stand’ and even walk!

And here’s a similar concept I thought of some time ago.
http://macfunamizu.com/2011/09/10/koriko/

June 17th 2017 apple, Design, ipad, iphone, Technology

Now Free– Checkie! Image based checklist app

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Items that are often left behind when leaving home, such as a schoolboy’s handkerchief, grocery items, baby wipes, etc. etc… Checkie! helps you remind those items with fun!

Everybody’s busy. So the timer directly starts the app and images are used instead of text so you can see and know what it is at a glance. All you have to do is touch the item when it’s ready. For the events that you don’t know when to happen, such as outing with a baby, an irregular business trip, just prepare lists of them ready at hand! What you can enjoy the most of Checkie! is when preparing a list so that even a little kid gets interested in the process, which helps her/him aware of self management of the belongings.

Users of Checkie! say it helps not only kids, adults and seniors who often leave something behind, but also people with ADD and ADHD.

It’s now available free on iPhone and iPad on App Store.

April 23rd 2017 ipad, iphone

Working on an iPad

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I recently picked up an iPad Pro (9.7″), along with the Apple Pencil and a Logitech keyboard/case. I’m trying the package out as an alternate work configuration, and so far am quite enjoying it. It’s also good to force me to test more of our software from a mobile perspective.

The screen on the iPad Pro is gorgeous, so it’s pretty similar to using a MacBook Pro. Being completely touch-based makes it feel much more interactive and “engaging”, which is weird. I also find myself using the Apple Pencil quite often, just because it’s so precise, and is surprisingly pleasant to use for interacting with even very finger-touch optimized UIs. I’ve been doing some diagraming and “visual” type work lately as well, so it’s refreshing to be able to do that digitally and feel like it’s not a huge compromise over just doing it with paper/pencil/post-its.

Logitech’s keyboard case packs a surprisingly “real” keyboard into a relatively small pacakage, although it still feels pretty hefty and clunky when compared to the Apple Smart Keyboard. The backlighting on the Logitech one is really nice though, and again, makes it feel like you’re using a laptop rather than a tablet. The OCD side of me is really twitchy though, because when you have the Apple Pencil in the case as well, it folds up so that that pencil rests against the screen of the iPad. Literally 1 centimeter to the side and it could have snuggled up against the side edge of the iPad and 1. not rested on the screen, 2. allowed the whole package to close flatter.

Split-screen mode on the iPad is a surprisingly effective approach to multi-tasking/multiple windows, and I find myself using it quite often to bring something up in a side panel, so that I can refer to it while working in a main window. I’ve also discovered that a lot of the expected shortcuts (like cmd-tab, cmd-t, cmd-l, cut, copy, paste) work when you have an external keyboard in operation, again making things feel like a laptop/full experience.

I’ve locked down my notifications on the iPad more aggressively than elsewhere, so I get interrupted less when I’m using it. That makes it a great device to sit in the morning and get some “isolated” work down, without distraction. We’ll see how it goes as I attempt to make this a more permanent part of my workflow.

Of course, this post was written on the iPad. I used the web UI of WordPress.com to post via Jetpack to this self-hosted site.

December 19th 2016 apple, ipad, Mobile, personal

Checkie! – Image-based carrying list app

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Hi. It’s been a long time since I posted last here.
The app I just released has been featured on the top page of App Store as “New App We Love”.

appstore

December 10th 2016 apple, ipad, iphone

Checkie! – Image-based carrying list app

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Hi. It’s been a long time since I posted last here.
The app I just released has been featured on the top page of App Store as “New App We Love”.

appstore

December 9th 2016 apple, ipad, iphone

The Education Technology Revolution is Still on its Way

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AOL founder and internet visionary Steve Case in his new book, “The Third Wave” says that the Education Revolution will be: More personal. More Individualized. More data-driven. Even though there have been many technological solutions that fit the spirit of Steve’s mantra, they have been implemented in a scattered way thus far. In other words we have a long way to go–but we are on a path to get there.

The obstacles are huge, people don’t like change, schools don’t have the necessary software budgets and people have been jaded by past technology investments that have been failures. There are numerous examples, but I’ll give just one big one. L.A. Unified School Districts failed $1.3 billion iPad program.

In 2013 the District decided to give every student an iPad pre-loaded with Pearson instruction material. One of the drivers of this plan was learning equity, so that underprivileged kids could have the same learning opportunities as the middle class and rich kids. By 2015 the money had been spent and it went down as one of the most spectacular failures in public education history. There were problems with the curriculum, a lack of internet access at the homes of students the program was meant to help the most and nobody had a solution to account for thousands of lost or stolen iPads.

This was a software and technology experiment that was badly implemented, but that doesn’t mean that technology in education won’t ultimately be what saves our education system.

Wired summed it up:

But while the the parties involved continue pointing the finger and picking up the pieces, the important question to ask now is what this fiasco means for the future of technology in the classroom. If one of the country’s largest school districts, one of the world’s largest tech companies, and one of the most established brands in education can’t make it work, can anyone?

Technology Focusing on Learning Progress Can Transform Education

Technology can and will transform education by making the learning process, and more importantly the learning progress the centerpiece, instead of everybody learning the same stuff at the same time and pace. Everybody’s different, with unique interests and personalities and with widely varied backgrounds. Of course everybody should know the basics, but our system should ultimately do better at guiding students toward an education goal that they’re meant to reach. That’s what Olympic athletes do. They start their focused training toward their end goals early in life and that’s how they become world-class in their sport.

Technology can help provide that kind of focus in education.

The idea is for cloud based platforms to help teachers and students direct your personal education path. It’s not just about curriculum, it’s about setting learning goals that are individualized so that students can stay in their passion zones, which maximizes learning. We all work harder when we are learning something that interests us. These individualized goals can also be used to help students with learning difficulties or IEP’s, so that we are measuring their progress in a way that allows us to view their progression over time and make adjustments to their goals or learning strategies if progress isn’t happening.

Educators should create goals in a goal attainment scaling framework that enables meaningful measurement across spectrums. In other words, use a data-driven approach to measure a students learning progress. Progress toward a students learning goals are a better indicator of a students success and with proper measurement the progress data can easily be compared to the students other learning goals and the overall learning progress of the classroom as a whole, an entire school, district or state.

Comparison of measurable data allows students, teachers, parents and administrators to intervene and improve the learning process before too much time passes. Software that encourages meaningful measurement of progress encourages productivity in learning. Instead of comparing standardized grades and test scores, we should be comparing measurable progress of students and our education system in general.

This personal, individualized, data-driven approach will revolutionize education.

– By Rich Ord, CEO of iEntry, Inc. and co-founder of StudentGrowthWorks, a software platform to measure the progress of students, especially those with IEPs or RTI plans.

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August 16th 2016 ipad, Technology

iOS 10 beta finally lets you remove all those built-in apps

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I don't think they're dumb exactly but it's dumb that you couldn't remove them for years. Raise your hand if you have a folder on your iPhone or iPad filled with all the built-in apps from Apple that you never use but can’t delete. Oh, all of you? Then you’ll be interested to learn that iOS 10 will finally allow you to remove those pesky apps and reclaim the space they’ve occupied for years. Read More

June 14th 2016 apple, ipad, iphone, Mobile

Google Taking on iPhone with New ‘Find Your Phone’ Tool

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Google is taking on Apple’s iPhone with a new feature called ‘Find Your Phone‘. It is a new feature of Google’s ‘My Account‘ hub, which was launched a year ago today. My Account puts all of your privacy and security tools in one spot and can be accessed on any device. The current tool let you change Ad and Privacy Settings and run Security Checkups. Google says that more than 1 billion people have logged into their own ‘My Account’ hub.

With ‘Find Your Phone’ Google is competing with Apple’s ‘Find My iPhone’ feature that is part of its iCloud service. With ‘Find Your Phone’ you can locate your phone geographically on a map, lock, call it, secure your account and leave a callback number on the screen.

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Best of all, unlike with ‘Find My iPhone’ you can use this new feature with both Android and IOS phones and other devices such as the iPad or Android tablets. And coming soon, you’ll be able to simply search “I lost my phone” in Google to instantly access the features options.

Google also announced the ability to simply use your voice to get to ‘My Account’ features. Just download the latest Google app to your phone and say, “Ok Google, show me my Google account,” and they’ll take you there. This is currently available only in English, with other languages to follow.

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Google added in a blog post: “We’re also making it easier than ever to find My Account by searching Google. Coming soon, you’ll be able to simply search for your own name, and if you’re signed in, you’ll see a shortcut to My Account.”

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All very cool Google!

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