Design

Google’s Stadia Gaming “is so unreliable its cost seems outrageous”

Just last week in Google Stadia Streaming Gaming is Having Troubles: Bigger Problem – Usage Caps I pointed out that the problem with streaming gaming is its dependency on Internet infrastructure and its architecture. Gizmodo’s bottom line is… well, not great. YouTubers too.

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WordPress – My Real World Experience: Astra Pro Theme

Astra is a very powerful WordPress theme created by Brainstorm Force. But it does have its issues. In this article I’ll discuss my real world experience trying to use Astra Pro, the paid for version, on my personal web site KennethAdams.com and this blog.

As the basis for this effort to see if this theme, and others, can get the job done, I’ve documented my theme requirements.

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WordPress – My Real World Experience: Theme Requirements

This article discusses the requirements I have for a WordPress theme. I’ll be using this list to compare WordPress themes to determine which one I will use for my WordPress sites, including this blog and my personal web site KennethAdams.com.

Because I was migrating this blog from Blogger, I had a set of basic requirements based on the comparatively small feature set of Blogger. Plus a list of new requirements that I wanted, in order to take advantage of WordPress, it’s much more advanced technology, and to take my blog and personal web site a big leap forward in design and functionality.

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Google Stadia Streaming Gaming is Having Troubles: Bigger Problem – Usage Caps

Color me surprised !!! Google’s Stadia streaming gaming platform is running into some troubles.

Wouldn’t be the first time that Google has stumbled with products old and new. They kinda have a history of shipping half baked products. Basically their product strategy seems to be to throw stuff on the wall and see if it sticks. Google’s Stadia will be in some good, and some bad company. Can anyone say Motorola acquisition ?

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Mobile Commerce & iBeacon Developments

I’ve been writing a lot about iBeacon and it’s impact on Mobile Commerce and it’s other applications, because I think it has tremendous potential to combine the virtual online world with the physical world in amazing new ways. And when you add in the giant technology advance that Apple Watch will bring, the mind boggles at …

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Design Inspiration: The Ultimate Internet TV Product & UX Design

To follow up my last article Design Inspiration: Smart TV, Internet TV & Gaming, where I discussed the current state of the market, the convergence that is occurring and opportunities that are emerging.   In this article I dive into: What would a great TV User eXperience (UX) look like …

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Processor Leaps to Drive Tech Innovations in 2015

Apple’s A7 Circuit Image Processors, both mobile and desktop, typically evolve in regular cycles with bumps in performance, power management = battery life, integrated components, like a GPU, that reduce the number of chips required and more.  But they rarely leap.  Some of those leaps are coming soon though, and have …

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Design Inspiration: Smart TV, Internet TV & Gaming

In my Feb article Design Inspiration: Second Screen Designs I wrote about some TV applications.  In this article in the Design Inspiration series, I’ll talk about some of the many cool opportunities that I think are in the TV and gaming tech market, but no one is taking full advantage …

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Mobile App Design Part 2: Lessons Learned

If your organization has not been developing mobile apps for several years, you’re going to make some major strategic mistakes as you plan your mobile development.  And if you’re using waterfall or some other non-agile methods, then transitioning to Agile principles and the Scrum process is a significant paradigm shift. …

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Design Inspiration: Second Screen Developments

A few of the very cool design ideas that I discussed in my blog article Design Inspiration: Second Screen Designs are starting to appear.  Since I wrote that article, Apple’s CarPlay has been launched and now Avatron has released Air Stylus an app that lets you use your iPad as …

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Big iBeacon Developments in Q1 2014

A lot continues to development with iBeacon local positioning tech since my iBeacon articles in November and January.  Here are the highlights: Apple may be considering iBeacon for use in mobile payments. More retailers rolling out iBeacon trials. More rumors of Apple developing mobile payment tech. Starwood Hotels pilots using …

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Design Inspiration: Apple announces CarPlay

Apple CarPlay As I anticipated in my article Design Inspiration: Second Screen Designs, Apple has announced CarPlay to offer even more integration of iOS with in car systems.  This is a breakthrough in mobile second screen designs, and represents an important milestone towards extensive local interconnectivity of our devices. Initial …

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Design Inspiration: Second Screen Designs

Second screen designs have the potential to revolutionize many types of applications.  And to date, app developers have barely scratched the surface of that enormous potential.  In this, my first article in a series of articles on design that I’m calling Design Inspiration, I begin to explore some of the …

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iBeacon developments coming fast and furious

There have been lots of new developments in the area of Apple’s iBeacon tech over the last few weeks since I published my last post on iBeacon tech news. Some highlights: iBeacon publishing – Cool idea !!! Apple deploys iBeacon in stores.  That’s HUGE !!! Qualcomm launches an iBeacon like …

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Mobile App Design Part 1: Management Principles with Scrum

The biggest mistake one can make when approaching mobile apps is to assume that the same rules you used to design other apps like native desktop or web apps, will be successful in mobile apps.  They won’t.  It’s a dramatically different paradigm. If you’re not already convinced, think about this… …

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iBeacon test at Macy’s with shopkick app

iBeacon transmitter from shopkick Macy’s began testing Apple iBeacon technology using iBeacon transmitters and a third party shopping app called shopkick.   Apple introduced iBeacon with iOS 7.  The iBeacon tech uses small transmitters that send data over short ranges using Bluetooth low energy (BLE) which is part of Bluetooth 4.0.  This tech can enable …

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