Pretty data: the cream of infographics

A book of The Best American Infographics 2013 has been published showcasing exactly what it says on the tin - with lots of inspiring examples for use of design to make data sing (thanks to the ever excellent Maria Popova of Brain Pickings for alerting me). This video is a pretty tour of what's in … [Read more...]

Mail Plus checks in with 23,000 subscribers (58-year-olds who like Puccini and sudokus)

Fresh from claiming the title of world's biggest newspaper website, the Daily Mail is advancing on another digital frontier with the first results from its Mail Plus tablet app. I reviewed the app on this blog shortly after its launch in February and concluded that it had raised the bar for news … [Read more...]

The future of 3D interfaces … and the dawn of HTML5 that out-natives native apps

This demonstration video of a Minority Report-esque interface comes from Famo.us, a company building an HTML5 framework that it says will allow developers to make HTML5 apps that perform as well as native apps. As TechCrunch reports: Famo.us pulls off quite a bit of platform-by-platform … [Read more...]

The augmented reality app to get children reading newspapers

For the digital native of a certain age, there are few sights more quaint than their father (or grandfather) disappearing behind a wall of newsprint. So how to break down that paper barrier?A new 'augmented reality' app from a Japanese newspaper has one solution.The app developed by Tokyo Shimbun … [Read more...]

Review of Daily Mail Plus: raising the bar for news apps

The Daily Mail has finally joined the battle for pre-eminence on the iPad with the soft-launch of its first proper native newspaper app, the Daily Mail Plus. I have spent some time with it over the past few weeks, and can report that it has raised the bar significantly for newspaper apps. When I … [Read more...]

‘Okay Glass, read aloud’

A tantalising glimpse of newspaper consumption in a Google Glass world came this week at SXSW where the search company showed off some of its planned app integrations with Glass, including Path and Evernote, but most notably the New York Times. Timothy Jordan, Google's senior developer advocate, … [Read more...]

AppMachine: the £350 off-the-shelf ‘build your own’ mobile app

"Build your own app, no programming knowledge necessary."Eight ordinary words, but what sweet poetry. Well, poetic at least to me as I reel like a drunk man through HTML, CSS, PHP and quell horreur, Ruby (on rails, with skates on, on steroids, whatever), dreaming sweet little dreams of coding my own … [Read more...]

Computers are dissolving in three directions…

"Computers are dissolving in three directions - into the cloud, into the environment, and into our bodies - but as they do so they are reducing or losing altogether what we would traditionally call an “interface.” Thomas Sutton, executive creative director of Frog digital agency in Milan … [Read more...]

The DIY touch-screen iMac for less than £130

Clever clever... Just the solution to my compulsive iMac screen touching after so much iPad using. … [Read more...]

Tumblr tip on how to build community without the trolls

Tumblr's David Karp, as covered in a recent blog post on its phenomenal reach - 80 million blogs and counting - has been hitting the conference circuit hard, most recently at the GigaOm Roadmap yesterday (05/11/12) where he offered an interesting nugget on how Tumblr builds community. A problem … [Read more...]