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Social networking and the English riots: don’t shoot the (Blackberry) messenger

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… by rioters encouraging an “orgy of destruction”. Other commentators criticize the role of Blackberry messenger, referring to the popularity of this “secret” messaging service among young people. (It’s also popular with lawyers and bankers – conspiracy theories anybody?)

The mainstream media has launched non-stop riot coverage. The Guardian is “crowdsourcing” (the term now seems to be used for any activity involving a phone and two or more people) eye-witness reports, …


Testing Times

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… 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 made for …

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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 in …

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