Windows 8 is the tip of the iceberg. The start of a shift that will eventually see the “tablet” UI and the “desktop” UI merge into one comprehensive user experience. Apple is taking a different approach; as we’re seeing in OS X Mountain Lion, Apple is slowly readying its desktop user interface for a touch environment by taking some of the elements from its gorgeous mobile UI and adapting them for desktop computers. This varies dramatically from the path Microsoft is taking with Windows 8, but the endgame is the same: one experience that is as capable as it is versatile, and as user-friendly as it is beautiful.
Wenn man das Buch in die Nähe eines Computers oder Smartphones bewegt, erscheint der elektronische Text auf dem Bildschirm. Dort kann man ihn dann mit Computermitteln durchsuchen und seinen „Book Stream“ sehen: ein wachsendes Narrativ, ein zeitlich geordneter Strom von Kommentaren, vom Autor und anderen Lesern. Speziell für den Autor wäre das ein guter Ort, Extrawörter und Bilder zu posten, die es nicht in das gedruckte Buch geschafft haben. Für die Leser wäre der Ort gut, um über das Buch zu diskutieren – woran der Autor sich beteiligen kann. Oder man gelangt, indem man ein paar Zeilen markiert, zu Erklärungen und Kommentaren, die sich auf die betreffende Passage beziehen.
Der Cyberpuls unserer Kultur wird sich weiter beschleunigen. Aber wir können die Folgen dieses steigenden Pulses mit Hilfe von Software kontrollieren, so wie wir Sonnenbrillen an einem sonnigen Tag benutzen können. Etwa mit Tools, die das Tempo der Informationsrate zu Stoßzeiten verlangsamen und wieder beschleunigen, wenn man weniger zu tun hat.
“Dropbox has the opportunity to build a platform that sits outside all the platforms we’ve come to know. Their challenge is to get users to care whether they can connect their Dropbox data to the devices they use. So far, they’ve done better than anyone else. And they won’t have to deal with the second-guessing and turf wars that happen inside big companies. I don’t think it’s a slam dunk that Dropbox will grow to be a huge tech company, but I also don’t think their product is just a feature. permalink
Steve Jobs didn’t say these things about other people’s products, btw, because he had given it a lot of thought. He did it because he had a nasty streak, and he was trying to demoralize a competitor who didn’t want to sell to him. I’m pretty sure they do this in other industries too. I’ve seen it done many times in tech.”—http://scripting.com/stories/2012/02/27/dropboxRevisit.html
“The telecom industry has reached its peak. This is it. Look around you. Whatever you are doing in telecom, however you are making money in the field, it isn’t going to get better than this. This industry has acquired its maximum share of the economy. We are the digital railroad business at the height of the railroad barons. The only way now is down. We’ll see maybe one or two more mini-booms, a few more troughs, but the long-term trend has just gone into reverse.”—http://dlvr.it/1FLYt7
“For a company that prides itself on simplicity and elegance, it only makes sense that Apple would offer a consistent UX across all its devices, a GUUX, a Grand Unified User Experience. Apple customers should be able to move easily and naturally from one device to another, selecting the best tool for the task at hand. Add another unification, iCloud storage services, and Apple can offer more reasons to buy more of its products.”—http://dlvr.it/1DVqJY
“However, with the rise of tablets, office workers have suddenly noticed that they don’t need Office anymore. All they need is an email app, a notepad, and something like Dropbox. You can open Office docs on any device, you can edit text on nearly any tablet, and $9.99 gets you a capable word processor on the iPad. In short, Office is becoming irrelevant.”—http://bit.ly/AjtHsK