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  • pit 10:15 pm on February 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , flash player, ipad, iphone   

    Apple doesn’t want Flash, millions of iPhone users do 

    Did you know that a Flash player download page exists for iPhone? Yes, it does. Of course, you cannot download anything there, and the best you can get is a “Flash Player not available” warning.

    Anyway, as reported by Mark Doherty, this has been the experience that iPhone users had approximately 7 millions times by  December 2009.

    Numbers that should make Apple think about the metaphysic scenario where the users expect to have Flash on their smartphones, mostly because they totally ignore Apple policies and just want to browse the web, stop. Or do you pretend your millions of tech-agnostic users to understand your really ahead vision of Flash, and why it should be banned from the Web?

    The funny thing is that iPad is arriving, promising to be the best Webby-thing in history.

  • pit 7:05 pm on January 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , iphone, , , updates, upgrades   

    WordPress update progress and the experience on mobile 

    I’ve just upgraded WordPress to its latest version, and can say without any doubts that its upgrade process is by far the best I’ve seen for any Web-based tools.

    Why I think it’s great? Because you have to perform 2 mouse clicks and wait a couple of seconds, and you can continue working on your WordPress (upgraded) blog without any other hassles.

    Looking at that made me think about the update process of mobile applications.

    In many cases, applications are simply not aware of the availability of updated versions, and so users are supposed to manually check (e.g.: going on the publisher website) for updates. What does this mean? Simple: terrible User Experience (if even we can say that), and in most cases old (and possibly bugged) versions of your applications running everywhere.

    For this reasons, developers started to implement their own “updates-availability-check” systems, letting their applications check for updates and prompt the user about the availability of those. Anyway, this approach has 2 important drawbacks:

    • users must open the application in order to have it check for updates
    • the very same logic (checking for updates, downloading and installing the updated application) is replicated in each application

    Luckily enough, mobile platforms are fast moving toward an integrated approach, based on the concept that updates have to be pushed to the user. Examples of this are iPhone and Maemo, both notifying the user in case of available updates.

    While this is currently the best approach from a UX point of view, the same makes me wonder if a better approach (maybe totally transparent to the user?) could ever be possible, considering all the technology and security concerns of such an approach when talking about mobile devices.

  • pit 10:10 am on September 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: iphone, la gazzetta dello sport   

    New iPhone app released: La Gazzetta dello Sport.it 

    A new iPhone application, currently for the Italian market only, has been released: La Gazzetta dello Sport, a mobile client for the website http://www.gazzetta.it

    Its features include:

    • Live sport news for each sport category
    • Photogalleries for all the latest sport events
    • Live weather with geo-localization support
    • Real-time information for Italian Serie A and Serie B soccer competitions
    • Results and infos for all the latest soccer matches worldwide
    • Videonews
    • Ability to save news to read them even when offline

    You can download it from iTunes, and read all the details here: http://www.gazzetta.it/mobile/iphone.shtml

  • pit 6:18 pm on May 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , iphone, puzzle   

    First iPhone game: AnimaLogic is back! 

    Since iPhone’s arrive in Italy seems to be near, here’s a first port of AnimaLogic, one of the first web runtime games!

    Iphone Animalogic puzzle game screenshot

    You can try a first (very beta, as always :)) version here.

    iPhone animalogic game qrcode

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