Lean-forward vs. lean-back media

Back in the late 90s, usability expert Jakob Nielsen came out with a series of articles about how people consume media on the Web. These articles were profound in that Nielsen realized fairly early that people consume content differently on the Web. In order to communicate effectively over the Internet we need to format the […]

How will the new “Google phone” affect the news industry?

So news in the consumer electronics world went crazy yesterday after the announcement of a new smartphone that runs Android, Google’s new mobile operating system. Google wrote the software, and a company called HTC actually built the device. It’s being sold initially only for the T-Mobile network. The device, called the T-Mobile G1, will sell […]

Programming for the iPhone; what app do YOU want?

OK, here is a little tidbit a few people might not know about me. Back in my first year of college, I was a computer science major. Then, journalism stepped in the way. I was taking photos for the campus newspaper part-time, which seemed like a whole lot more fun than programming classes. So, one […]

Diet.com brings calorie info to your mobile phone

Apparently a new feature from diet.com is making the rounds and becoming quite popular. The latest is that you can text message the name of a popular restaurant followed by a menu item to “D-I-E-T-1″ or 34381, and it will return all of the nutritional facts of that item. News of this feature has gone […]

NY Times has got the right idea

The New York Times Research and Development Lab have come out with a really cool idea for getting the newspaper right on your mobile phone. They developed a product using hacked Radio Frequency Identification chips (RFID) whereby you can transfer data to your cell phone seamlessly. The idea, once it’s fully developed, would work like […]