Flappy Bird and the purpose of the company

Flappy Bird, the infuriatingly-difficult mobile game that went from obscurity to the number one free game on iOS, taking $50,000 per day in ad revenue, is no more:   I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore.... [more...]
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The black box of data

I'm on O2 at the moment, but my partner is on EE (Orange) and she just got a bill for 800Mb of data in a month - 300Mb over her normal data allowance, which she never normally exceeds. Being tech-savvy and cost-aware, she checked her cellular data usage counter in... [more...]
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Bitcoin may still succeed, but it shouldn’t

I like Bitcoin - it’s a plucky idea. Decentralised peer-to-peer currency, pseudo-anonymity and an anarchist angle: who needs the banks, right? Its success is testament to the hunger for a non-bank alternative payment system. Bitcoin’s unique masterstroke is also its fundamental flaw - the way that coins are algorithmically-derived means... [more...]
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ProductTank 2013

I'm going to be speaking at ProductTank Birmingham about Droplet, design and 'things that are good'. ProductTank Brum provides an opportunity for Product Managers or anyone who manages products (even if it's not your job title), in Birmingham and the West Midlands to exchange ideas and experiences about Product Design,... [more...]
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iOS 7

After using iOS 7 for a few days, I think I get it now, and how the radical re-design fits with the company's business objectives: There are fewer visual affordances Yes, 'Find my Friends' leather stitching took skeuomorphism too far, but at least buttons used to look obviously 'tappable' across... [more...]
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The band

You get some people together (startup), borrow some old instruments (fork something off GitHub), and start getting some songs together (MVP). Your mum and friends say "you guys sound pretty good!" (initial market validation), so your dad buys you a drum kit (friends and family round) and you record an... [more...]
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Significance

The vision statement of the Wikimedia foundation (who run Wikipedia) is; Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment. The sum of all knowledge, free, for every human. Wikipedia have scale challenges - they're the fifth-most-visited property... [more...]
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