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Of Maps and Men: is Apple relying on us to fix the iPhone 5?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… have been wondering if Apple can continue to delight the world with groundbreaking products. The iPhone 5 was a crucial test for the new leaders of the world’s most valuable company. So far the results have been less than brilliant.

Is Apple as lost as we are?

The main criticism levelled at the new phone is that the changes are only incremental. Bigger, lighter, faster, but where’s the wow-factor?

Just as damning, perhaps, is the substitution of one of the most useful apps – …

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Michael S Hart: a man of many words

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… As people everywhere continue to mourn the loss of Steve Jobs (mainly by buying yet another iPhone ), spare a thought for another recently departed tech visionary: Michael S Hart.

Like Jobs, Hart was a pioneer amongst geeks. Way back in 1971 (when “the Internet” had a grand total of 100 users) Hart founded Project Gutenberg, a non-profit enterprise to “encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks”. As a commenter on our recent Google Ngrams blog pointed out, not …

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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 …

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Microtask: we love the forms you hate

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… any long term commitment – we just want to digitize your data (but in a good way, not a creepy-iPhone-tracking way). Like we did with Digitalkoot, we’ve built a platform using crowdsourcing to get repetitive and dull work done better and faster. Why not form your own opinion and give it a try?

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Crowdsourcing vs privacy: do we know too much?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… shots like “Angelina Jolie buys milk” and “Justin Bieber checks his watch”). Now, a new iPhone app for gossip lovers promises to make celebrities’ lives even more over-exposed. Says the press release: “All you have to do is take a picture of a celebrity on your phone using this app and your image will be instantly submitted from anywhere around the globe to Big Pictures so that you can make LOADS of INSTANT CASH!”. If I was a famous soccer player, I’d start worrying about …

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