Tag Archives: Android


Google Ngrams: in the beginning was the word search

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Long, long ago, before Android, G+ and self-driving cars, Google had one simple mission: to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and easy to use.

Nowadays, the big-friendly-search-giant sometimes seems more interested in irritating Mark Zuckerberg than promoting universal knowledge. But, just occasionally, Google gets back to basics.

In 2004 Google started digitizing books. …

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VizWiz: what the crowd sees is what you get

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

For most people the phrase “I just couldn’t live without my iPhone/ Android/ Blackberry” is just a figure of speech. We might love (or in the case of Apple fanboys, worship) our gadgets but the majority of us would probably still function without 24-hour access to touch-screens, wifi, and Plants vs. Zombies. For many disabled people however, access to technology can be literally life-changing.

Over the past couple of decades there’s been a quiet revolution …

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Testing Times

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… one interface, one handset, one puritanical CEO. iPhone apps still dominate world sales but now Android, Blackberry, Nokia and Microsoft are all focusing on smartphones. These days apps have to work on multiple phones and carriers, fighting for an edge in an increasingly crowded market.

Mob Rule?

At some point, everyone experiences that “cry-with-frustration” feeling you get from badly designed software: websites with no “Home” button, buggy videogames, apps that seem to be …

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Crowdsourcing: an ancient Finnish tradition?

Posted on by Hannu I. Miettinen

Crowdsourcing is generally considered to be a modern invention. Like many people, I first came across the term in Jeff Howe’s 2006 article The Rise of Crowdsourcing . I was impressed by Jeff’s ideas, but reading the article I began to think: “somehow this concept sounds very familiar”.

Then I realized why. Crowdsourcing is really just a new name for a very old …

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Too fast, too furious? The app that’ll slow you down

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… a little less risky the crowd could do to get motorists to kill their speed? Makers of iPhone and Android app Waze certainly seem to think so. Designed as a navigation and safety aid, Waze draws on a crowd of drivers to create a global map of real-time, constantly updated traffic information.

As you drive, the app’s GPS system tracks where you are and constantly uploads information onto the map: how fast the traffic’s moving, if you’re stuck in a queue. So, without lifting a finger …

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