Have you felt your desktop’s been a little bland lately? I know I have. I have a black desk, and a black keyboard, with a black monitor, and a black mouse. Everything is black and plain…or it’s bright and gaudy, with shiny metal, bright LEDs, and logos so large opposite ends are in different post codes.
This fantastic new keyboard from Logitech, designed by the Red Dot Design Award winning Feiz Design studio, is such a breath of fresh air. Its composite wedge shape consists of a marbled white rubber base and a simple black keyboard with round chuckles keys, keeping things delightfully simple but pleasing to the eye. The two work together for one of the tricks up the K780’s sleeve: the ridge between the keyboard and the rubber base is designed to hold phones and tablets up to 12.9” in size.
Three Easy-Switch toggles embedded in the number row let you switch instantly between three different devices, regardless of type or OS. I could be writing this article on my Windows laptop right now, switch to my Android phone to answer Whatsapp messages, then fire off some iMessages on my iPad.
I’ll be personally purchasing one of these in the coming days for sure, so expect a review soon! And in the meantime you can check out the links below to buy one for yourself, or click through the gallery for more photos of the Logitech K780.
You can buy the Logitech K780 keyboard now from Amazon UK (£) or Logitech’s store.
Naturally with the release of Apple Watch upon us, you’d expect Android to ramp up their marketing. And they did just that in their latest cheeky commercial which was debuted at SXSW Interactive. Quick sidenote, before I start rambling. This ad was directed by Alexei Tylevich and produced by the gifted creatives over at Droga5.
Choreography was the dish of the day, as a host of talented artists danced away to the beat of Shamri’s On The Regular. Other than the dance moves, which I’ll never be able to do in my lifetime, the other important part was the diversity of the products. Not one watch was the same in terms of form factor or design amongst the host of aspects involved. …
The IT industry is, at the moment, one of the fast growing economic sectors our country has ever seen and while most companies have focused their efforts on enterprise services a few have given the consumer markets a try. Vioside is one such developer and I proudly present Newsbook, the first app of its kind developed for the Maltese Islands by Maltese developers.
The premise is simple: aggregate news from Newsbook, a Maltese news outlet, and present that content in an appealing and easy to read format that works on every phone I’ve got in the house. There are 4 categories present so far, these being “Lokali”, “Internazzjonali”, “Madwar Il-Hajja”, and “Teknologija”. Translated, these are Local, International, Lifestyle, and Technology.
Selecting a category brings up the most recent article that you can scroll through vertically then swipe from the right to get to the next post. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a way to view all articles in that category or to mark articles as read, but that’s a minor inconvenience. At the bottom of every article are buttons to view the video attached to the article, share it to any Android application, listen to the article’s sound, or view the original article in your phone’s browser on www.newsbook.com.mt.
All in all it’s a great application with great potential to grow and I can’t wait to see more developers put their content out there. Click through the gallery below! Also get it on Google play from here.
Allow me to present to you your new Facebook News Feed: bigger pictures, bigger stories. With competitors moving towards “a more beautiful web*” Facebook’s design decisions make sense and the company’s borrowed heavily from it’s mobile apps to create a unified experience across all platforms.
Photos and albums are brought up front with posts displaying bigger, higher resolution images while articles have grown to include a greater summary of the content as well as including the publication’s logo. If more than one of your friends has shared the same article or link their profile icons will appear besides the post and hovering over these will show you what each friend said about the content posted.
The News Feed’s also been split into different feeds to keep you from drowning in a deluge of spam, annoying links, cat photos, and sloths. Categories are as follows:
I’m curious to see how all this will filter down to Facebook’s mobile apps. While the design may be the same, the UX is not, and the need for a cleaner and categorised news feed is far greater on the phone.
So the last question remaining is, when will I get it? From Facebook’s blog post on the matter:
We’ll be rolling out the new design slowly over the coming weeks on web and mobile. If you’d like to get it early, visit www.facebook.com/newsfeed and add yourself to the waiting list. These design updates will be available on your iPhone and iPad in the coming weeks and to Android soon after.
The official post on Facebook’s blog can be found here.
* Quoting Microsoft in an Internet Explorer commercial.
LULZ: Back of the Line – Steve Jobs announces the iPad Mini
A great little short from Mondo that builds on the success of their “Resurrection” parody (essentially, Steve Jobs coming back from the dead to announced the iPhone 5). Caution, NSFW, but it’s bloody hilarious. Here, Steve Jobs decimates MC Cook to announced the iPad Mini.
Some brave fellow has uploaded images of an assembled iPhone 5 next to an iPhone 4S. This latest leak seems to confirm previous rumours of a larger screen and a metal casing, as while the iPhone 5 retains the edge-to-edge glass of the 4S it seems to have a metal back, possible covered in a black soft touch coating.
As with almost all iPhone leaks, take this with a pinch of salt. Here’s to hoping we will never see a glass back again!
What I’ve got available for you to download today is the apk for Google Currents, Google’s take on RSS readers and their competitor to Flipboard. Be sure to check out my preview of Google Currents here.