News Around The Mobile Metaverse – August 24-28, 2015

news around the mobile metaverse

Every day the Sourcebits team internally shares links to our favorite mobile industry news and stories. Many are related to mobile app design and development — others are just plain fun. Here’s a roundup of interesting stories we uncovered this week from around the mobile metaverse.

Study: Most Shoppers Researching Via Mobile
By Kristina Knight, Biz Report

The Christmas season is the busiest time of the year at the mall, and on mobile phones, every day is Christmas. That’s because more than half of shoppers report shopping, or at least researching, on mobile phones. Forty-six percent of those have actually made purchases on their mobile phones and an equal number researched on their phone and then bought on a different device. Even those who forgo digital purchases to buy in-store are subject to researching on their phone while shopping. The results are staggering. Whether consumers are in a store or not, they are shopping online, so businesses need their mobile apps to be top notch.

How the Next iPhone Is Taking a Huge Step Forward for Mobile Devices
By John Brandon, Inc.

One week = 7 days = 168 hours = 10,080 minutes = the length of time that the next generation iPhone battery might last. Apparently, a British company called Intelligent Energy is in cahoots with Apple to develop a battery cell for the next iPhone that can last for a week. The science is complicated but the secret is a hydrogen cell that uses a reaction between hydrogen and oxygen (water) to power a phone. The result could be revolutionary for business and mobile apps. How would consumer behavior change without having to charge a battery every day?

Emotional Intelligence in Design
By Beth Dean, Medium

Gone are the days when people primarily interact on a face to face basis. These days, most interactions, for better or worse happen online. Even when people are not interacting online directly, they are interacting virtually with software designed by other human beings. For web designers and mobile app designers, this is a sobering fact to consider. When people use the things that have been designed to help them, they have an innate reaction based on their own histories. Because of this, it has never been more important for web and mobile app developers to have a solid emotional intelligence (EQ). Ms. Dean outlines the five aspects of EQ and how they apply to modern designers.

Microsoft Patents Wearable Technology That Will Give You A Shock When You Have New Email
By Menchie Mendoza, Tech Times

Everyone’s heard of Pavlov’s dogs. In early psychology studies, Mr. Pavlov conditioned dogs to salivate at the sound of a bell. Pretty soon, we can all have a taste of what Pavlov’s dogs were experiencing. Microsoft has patented a technology that will provide electrical shocks to people when they receive a new text or email. No more pop-up notifications and no more annoying vibrations, just a firm pulse to alert you that someone has something to say. The software giant even hopes to ally with clothing companies to produce connected clothing that can relay the shock. What does this mean for mobile app designers? Well, it will make it easier than ever to inform users of updates and sales.

How to Fix a Bad User Interface
By Scott Hurff

“Hello computer,” he says. “101010001100,” computer says. What? Exactly. Computers and humans don’t speak the same language, yet in the modern world it is essential that they cooperate. That’s where software design comes in. All designers; software, web, and mobile app designers included, have to know how their users will interact with their creations in order to develop the best possible experience. Mr. Hurff humorously describes a bad user experience as “Awkward UI.” He goes on to describe how a designer can fix it. The basis of his direction is an understanding of the five states of the “UI Stack.” The states are blank, loading, partial, error and ideal, and they are essential to all interfaces.

Android Marshmallow: Let The Roasting Begin
By Fred Donovan, Fierce Mobile IT

There’s nothing like a fresh s’more off the campfire, and now Google would like to equate their latest Android operating system to the delicious backwoods treat. Google has gone so far as to name the new Android OS “Marshmallow.” They announced Marshmallow to Android developers in May, providing several months to prepare for new features. Among the improvements, Marshmallow will have improved fingerprint API, better permissions UI, and a doze power saving mode. Although the verdict on the new OS is still out, some think it might be a burnt marshmallow.

5 Killer Types Of Wearable Apps For Companies
By Quinton Wall, ReadWrite

What do tablets, phones, and computers have in common? For one, you can’t wear them. But that will change in the near future. Wearables, devices that directly attach to the human body are changing the way people interact with the world, and they are going to become more common. Not only will wearable devices affect consumers, they will have a broad impact over business as well. Developer Quinton Wall offers his ideas for how wearables will improve the security, efficiency, and service of enterprises everywhere.

Is Responsive Design A Ranking Factor?
By Clay Cazier, Search Engine Land

Responsively designed websites and responsive mobile apps adapt to their environment, so to speak, and that is why they have become the expectation for development. Almost as important as being responsive is being discoverable, which is why websites strive to optimize their presence via search engine optimization (SEO). Based on these observations, the natural question arises; does Google, the world’s biggest search engine prefer responsive websites and mobile apps? The research is unclear but the resounding opinion for web and mobile app designers is that responsivity cannot hurt.

Would You Pay $300 For A Smart Shirt?
By Julia Boback, Inventor Spot

Ralph Lauren is a timeless American fashion designer but is his next release timeless or is it strictly time sensitive? Wearable technology is undoubtedly the hot ticket right now and Mr. Polo is entering the fray this month with his PoloTech smart shirt which is basically a skin tight fitness monitor. The shirt will sync with an app on an iPod or iPad and track a wearer’s breathing pattern, heart beat, and calories burned among other physiological stats. At “only” $300, the new shirt could be a steal or it could be a major dud, depending on how durable and effective it proves to be. Regardless, this marks a new frontier in wearable technology and will press mobile app development further than it has gone before.

Intel Unveils Security Bracelet That Unlocks The Wearer’s Computer
By Fred Donovan, Fierce Mobile IT

What’s your favorite password? Wait, don’t tell me, you could compromise your life. That’s because one of the most popular computer hacks is to steal passwords and apply them to other accounts owned by the same person. Intel thinks they have a solution, at least to prevent your computer from being accessed by a stranger. Introducing the Intel security bracelet. The bluetooth-enabled bracelet allows an individual to unlock their computer without typing in a password or providing a fingerprint authentication. It’s the next step in wearables according to Intel,”Wearables can securely solve the password problem and solve potentially a myriad of other problems and create new usage.”

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