How speech recognition software brings the conversation to consumers

Automated phone lines have been infuriating customers for decades, the press is littered with horror stories of long wait times and customers trapped in an endless automated maze. For years app developers have been trying to solve this problem by creating a tool for consumers that is inherently simple but can process complex information succinctly.

The logical way of extending the user interface to achieve this goal is to create a tool that facilitates interaction around conversation. The human brain...

By Seb Reeve, 03 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, VR.

Apple’s leading the 64-bit era, even if the iPhone 5S isn’t

Cupertino-based Apple doesn’t usually take a gamble when it comes to new mobile technology – but when they do, they make it work.

It happened with multi-touch; defining a new era where now almost everyone has a touch-based handset from various manufacturers.

Now it may happen again.

At their recent keynote, Apple announced the flagship iPhone 5S which came with the expected yearly speed bump. What many didn’t expect, would be the arrival of the first 64-bit processor in a consumer mobile...

By Ryan Daws, 12 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, Devices, iOS.

Apple acquires Embark – Back to fight for Maps title?

Whilst Embark could simply be another acquisition by Apple which we won’t see anything productive from for a long time – personally, I think this could be one we’ll see sooner rather than later.

Apple’s in-house mapping solution has been improving rapidly since its disastrous start, but even the most diehard fanbois will likely still have Google Maps installed on their devices.

After all, the company has had years of advantage; bolstering a library of not only unbeatable core maps, but also 3D...

By Ryan Daws, 23 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, iOS, Testing.

Shock of the decade: Apple is promoting Windows 8 for professionals

Something weird is happening at Cupertino, according to 9to5Mac, Apple is preparing to train staff on how to use Windows 8 (through Parallels) to entice business users currently stuck on PC’s.

This may seem somewhat logical - but for many - it will further display the gradual move away from catering for professionals, and instead focusing on the much larger market of consumers.

Ken Segall – a Creative Director with plenty of...

By Ryan Daws, 19 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Apple, iOS, Microsoft, Platforms.

Paul Muller on how iOS 7 has changed, and overcoming its new challenges

This week, Paul Muller spoke to me about how Adeven has released a whole host of new features to help interpret the increased complexity of iOS 7.

I’d kicked off with dropping the biggest, but most obvious question - how much has the next version of iOS changed since version 6?

Paul starts by talking about newfound restrictions: “The major thing for us is the kind of restrictions Apple has [now]. After a long time of candidly standing by on the app tracking issue, Apple has now put down the...

By Ryan Daws, 30 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Apple, Development Tools, iOS, Testing.

Apple’s developer outage (just as Play Store grows faster)

Apple’s developer website is experiencing an ongoing outage after a security breach which has caused a complete overhaul to be initiated, arriving just as Google announces hitting the same 50 billion app downloads milestone Apple recently celebrated – only a year quicker.

The outage occurred as of last Thursday according to the Cupertino giant’s maintenance page; although some sources appear to report a day earlier.

It appears – although unconfirmed – customer data...

By Ryan Daws, 22 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, iOS, iPad, Platforms.

Google graces Chrome 29 with WebRTC, releases Maps SDK 1.4 for iOS

Google, will you guys take a day off already?  The web services company has released updates to a couple of its products containing some fairly significant, potentially game-changing additions.

First up is the much-loved Chrome browser, now at version 29.

As of recently, the desktop release of the browser started sharing the same version as its “Chrome Beta” mobile counterpart found on Android.

Whilst still keeping some device-specific features, much of the underlying technology remains the...

By Ryan Daws, 17 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, HTML5, Industry, iOS, iPad, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Smartwa(r)ches, the battle for your wrist

Although the concept of smartwatches is hardly new; only recently it seems every technology manufacturer wants to put their hand – no pun intended – into the mix.

From small start-ups like Kickstarter-success Pebble, to Sony’s SmartWatch 2, and a whole host of upcoming rumours...

Let’s start with the most notable, the Pebble. Funded through raising over a whopping $10m they’ve just announced selling 275,000...

By Ryan Daws, 15 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Apple, Devices, Industry, iOS, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Experience prized over academia for startups - but does the UK offer it?

One of the UK’s leading internet companies, Moonfruit, has published research which shows 81% of startups prefer to look towards experience rather than academic achievements such as degrees.

But the real question is - do the experience and skills exist?

According to the research, 47% of employers take more notice of relevant work experience which displays the necessary skills, rather than formal education which has been criticised as not giving the full-range of required knowledge...

By Ryan Daws, 12 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Design, Development Tools, Enterprise, Industry, iOS, Marketing, Microsoft.

How would iOS 7 beta 4 look with a different font?

Yesterday Apple unleashed iOS 7 Beta 3 - bringing with it a bolder Helvetica Neue font. Whilst still despised by many, it’s at least more readable than the previous iteration.

Someone suggested a change to a non print-orientated font such as ‘Myriad Pro’ which is exactly what I’ve mocked up...

The changes are subtle; this isn’t intended as an entirely new concept. In places you may have to squint to notice the differences, but in everyday use I believe the font would have a much...

By Ryan Daws, 09 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Design, Development Tools, Devices, Industry, iOS, iPad, Marketing, Platforms, Testing.