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UI Design Tools: Future Directions Now

There is a big battle brewing between WordPress’s fast evolving  Gutenberg SiteBuilder and the  top WordPress Pagebuilders. But the battle extends to 3rd party WebBuilder tools like SquareSpace, Wix, Weebly. And just for good measure, add in the JavaScript IDEs like free Mobirise and premium Bootstrap Studio. UI Tool Glossary PageBuilder – Frontend Page/Post only IDEs …

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Makes Big Waves

Remember the adage about Redmond – 3rd time charm. Well  Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 appears to garner that lucky state big time. This machine announced today is already pulling in strong reactions all over the tech and business press: Motley Fool declares “Microsoft Corporation Launches Thermonuclear War On Its Own Partners With Surface Pro 3” Seeking …

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Adobe Spurs Open Source

 Recently Adobe was in a disastrous,  market threatening  position – a major consumer software vendor that had to defend itself from the tyranny of Apple, Microsoft, and Google’s OS + App Store monopolies. These OS market share pinnacles allow arbitrary exclusion [Apple’s infamous Flash ban on iOS], OS API update dependencies or vulnerabilities [again, used in …

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The Fate of Bill Gates

Reuters started the ball rolling earlier this week saying the 3 of the top 20 Microsoft shareholders raised the question of whether Bill Gates should be replaced as Chairman of Microsoft. Now Bill’s 5% holding of Microsoft stock is the largest but the 3 dissident  shareholders have a combined holding that is slightly larger. And …

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Will the PC Not Just Revive But Prevail over Mobile Devices?

The world of computing has been turned topsy turvy by mobile devices – light, mobile, long-battery life and most important – touch screen operable. Smartphones and tablets  from Apple have lead the way; but now the Wintel Empire Strikes Back with ultrabooks , convertibles and 2-in-one PCs. But what may shape this latest twist in …

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Whose Muckier – Windows 8 RT, Apple iOS, Google Android?

Google Plus is a great place for discussing technology trends. Here is an example: ZDNet’s Steven Vaughn-Nichols picks up a Wayne Rash post who in turn is commenting on how eMail support may be one of the reasons behind Windows 8 Surface RT [the ARM version of Windows hardware ] flagging sales and relatively high return   …

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Windows 8’s Three Android Advantages

Windows 8 will have 3 advantages derived from Google’s Android and two homegrown ones. The first is below: Lenovo’s 360 pivot convertible – use as a tablet or a laptop. Google’s Android leads the smartphone market [53%US market share to Apple’s 34% according to Comscore] because it has  many hardware suppliers and Google has periodically released …

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Computing’s Big 3 and the Continuing Dissatisfaction with Microsoft

When proposing that Windows 8 would be a smash hit, the highly negative reaction to Windows 8  I discovered on commentary sites like Reddit  and Digg was a bit surprising. Many of the reactions to Windows 8  were pure scorn. It appears that Microsoft  has a lot of make-up still to do for such sore points as …

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On the Verge of Greatness – LeapMotion’s 3D Touch Tool

TheVerge gadget website finally caught onto to what theOpenSourcery readers have known about 3 weeks ago. The next dynamite NUI-Natural User Interface that is going to sweep the Consumer Computing scene is LeapMotion’s SuperKinect, 3D pointer tool which will hopefully do away with  both the mouse and  all variety’s of trackpads in the near future.. …

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Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface : Linux Last PC Opportunity?

The DOJ-Department of Justice when it won its Antitrust case against Microsoft  also lost it at that moment because the officials involved had not agreed on a remedy for controling Microsoft.  In the end it was $3 billion in fines and kid glove  supervision by the Bush DOJ for 5 years. However, one remedy which …

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Google Blockly – A Visual Programming Language

In a week when Apple continued to go thermonuclear against anything Google and Microsoft continued to steer Windows 8 astray, Google announces Blockly a visual programming language and  computer programming learning tool. Here is a screenshot of Blockly in action: The Blockly demo of a Maze solver is a wickedly tough programming task because users …

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The Next Wave of NUI – Natural User Interfaces

New Devices+UI Software that change the UI game decisively are starting to come to market. They are referred to as Natural User Interfaces or PostWIMP – succeeding GUI interfaces that use WIMP- Windows Icons Menus and Pointers. There is a whole community of different Natural User Interface designs from Tangible UI that have inspired the Microsoft …

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Goofle Gmail Fixes

Goofle is the name ye Editor has given to Google when it makes a big, stupid error in it software offerings. Google has made a big deal of its recent interface updates to Gmail. But they have have been legion with goofs very large and unnecessary and raise the question where is interface guru MM …

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Mozilla and Opera: Signs of Open Source Problems

ZDNet is running a series of much too early obituary articles  for Firefox and Mozilla – and by implication, Opera. Ed Bott sees the money supply running out because  a search sharing deal with Google [80%+ of Mozilla’s revenues] has run out and the negotiations have not produced a new accord. Steven Vaughn-Nichols picks up …

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Adobe AIR Baby Flies Out with the Flash Bath Water?

If you had any doubts, Adobe is clearly abandoning Flash with the annoucments of the discontinuance of Flash development on Mobile OS plus  the new declaration of the outsourcing of Flex, the Flash Enterprise Development tool, to  the Apache Foundation. These actions should dispel any misconceptions. True,  Apache is a major enterprise Open Source provider …

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Adobe Abandons Flash!

Okay Adobe only abandons Flash on Mobile OS – iOS, Android and Playbook. Adobe  will continue to develop Flash on Linux, Mac, and Windows. Here is the crux of the announcement: Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all …

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Preview: Appsbar for creating Apple iOS and Google Android Mobile Apps for FREE

Appsbar.com has a nifty capability – Appsbar  allows users to create iPhone iOS apps and Google Android apps on the Web for free.Sound incredible –  but as the screen shot shows below Appsbar provide a workspace, design templates and a wizard to guide users through all the step required to build a mobile app. Lets …

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With the Help of Apple, Windows Gets Another Reprieve

Apple has been very clever in the release of its new Macs. They are creating a PR perfect storm:1)release of astoundingly good quarterly results with annual sales rates now dwarfing Microsofts and many of the other IT pindustry players like Dell, IBM, and HP,  2)annoucment of the new Mac laptops and MacMini with first hints of …

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