Tag Archives: Microsoft


TeleVisions of the future

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… shows together and at the same time as their friends see them. Despite attempts from Apple and Microsoft, most people still watch TV the way they always have.

If it only had a brain

Things are changing though. While only a few years ago the amount of video available on the internet was limited, now there is a huge amount, with most major networks offering free content. Hulu, a website that offers shows from three of America’s four big broadcasters, streamed more than 1 billion …

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When worlds collide

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… Pokemon for Nintendo DS ).

With new advances, such as the recently announced Windows Mobile 7, Microsoft might have found a way to integrate living room (or desktop) games with portable devices. However, even taking for granted the absence of technical barriers, the problem of integrating two very different kind of interaction (desktop and mobile interfaces) in a coherent gameplay experience remains unsolved.

Adam Dust and Eve

This evolution in mobile gaming is occurring at a time …

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Crowdsourcing global development: working theories

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… using Mechanical Turk to earn some much needed extra rupees. But according to a recent study by Microsoft Research India, the vast majority of Indian Turkers are college graduates with above-average household incomes. In other words, mainly middle class kids.

We like to think of paid crowdsourcing as a truly “equal opportunities” phenomena. A global workplace where anyone anywhere can get a job. But is this really true outside developed, computer-literate countries? Has crowdsourcing …

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Microtask: we love the forms you hate

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

Paper forms are the bane of the modern workplace. They clutter-up our wireless, iPad-glass-and-steel offices like ghosts of the pre-digital past. As well as ruining the décor, forms are a terrible way to store data (just try “quick sorting” a full filing cabinet). Humankind has sent robots to Mars, mapped the human genome and even (in just 11 years) tracked down Osama …

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Testing Times

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… 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 cinema-sized screens …

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