"The Secret Gestural Prehistory of Mobile Devices
is cultural anthropology. It seeks to recover those moments of intuitive prehensile dexterity, when the famous and the ordinary alike felt the unconscious desire to occupy their hands for an as yet unknown purpose. Like Roy Neary's obsession with the image of Devil's Tower in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), this gesture was vague, uncanny and compelling. It is the intimation in images of a gestural second nature to come." [more inside]
posted by taz
on Mar 20, 2012 -
He leaves his cellphone and laptop at home and instead brings "loaner" devices, which he erases before he leaves the US and wipes clean the minute he returns . In China, he disables Bluetooth and Wi-Fi , never lets his phone out of his sight and, in meetings, not only turns off his phone but also removes the battery , for fear his microphone could be turned on remotely. He connects to the Internet only through an encrypted, password-protected channel, and copies and pastes his password from a USB thumb drive. He never types in a password directly, because, he said, "Chinese are very good at installing key-logging software on your laptop."
- Travel precautions in the age of digital espionage.
posted by Artw
on Feb 13, 2012 -
Over the past 30 years, designer, writer and Principal Researcher for Microsoft Research Bill Buxton
has collected input and interactive devices whose designs he found "interesting, useful or important. In the process, he has assembled a good collection of the history of pen computing, pointing devices, touch technologies, as well as an illustration of the nature of how new technologies emerge." This week, he unveiled his collection
at the Computer-Human Interaction conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. An extensive gallery has been posted online with images and notes at The Buxton Collection
. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on May 11, 2011 -
In February of 2008, Microsoft acquired the maker of the Sidekick
, Danger Inc., for $500 million dollars
and rolled the company into its Premium Mobile Experiences division, led by Roz Ho
. The Sidekick retained a dedicated following after the merger despite some hiccups
along the way. Twenty-six months after the acquisition, Microsoft unveiled the KIN One and KIN Two devices
which would launch in May. The devices were backed by a huge and mildly controversial marketing push
aimed at the young, hip social-networking addict niche. Reviews were generally negative
and often cited needless complexity, software that was lacking basic functions and no support for third party applications. The devices ran a fork of Windows Phone 7
, Microsoft's rewrite of their aging mobile operating system that had been rapidly losing ground
to RIM, Apple and Google. Just seven weeks after launch, the KIN is dead
. Engadget has some insight
into the failure and the subsequent shake-up at Microsoft.
posted by cgomez
on Jul 1, 2010 -
than a Ricki Lake Show marathon? I'll take an afternoon with King Phalari, thank you very much.
posted by donkeysuck
on Jul 10, 2001 -