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UPDATE: It appears that I am unable to upload any pictures as I tried to replace an image that appeared as a broken link.
I haven’t written a blog post for a while and I decided to look at ideas for some blog posts. I noticed that a number of images I had uploaded are appearing as broken links 😦
I am hoping the answer is not to re-upload all these.
Note to self visit your own blog although I do expect better from Posterous.
I am a big fan of OneNote and use it on my desktop, iPad and Windows Phone. The iPad version of OneNote is fairly limited and I have been looking forward to the Windows 8 version especially a version that supports touch.
Here is a great short video on OneNote 2013 on a Samsung 7 series slate:
I am hoping that this version on the new Surface device is going to be amazing. One thing that I have attempted & failed on my iPad is to try and take handwritten notes using a stylus. OneNote 2013 allows the use of touch as well as a stylus, it will be interesting to see whether you can actually take notes properly.
The coolest thing I saw was the radial menu – something very unique and designed for proper touch based use – UX is an area Microsoft have in the past struggled with.
The keyboard layout for thumbs is also something new.
I am really looking forward to using OneNote 2013 on Surface – I am hoping it will not disappoint.
More of a “serious” infographic from the CIO Summit tackling Big Data and Cloud.
I had an issue with my HTC Trophy and the SMS messaging. My phone receives an SMS message but I cannot read it even though I see the text in the notification area at the top of the screen. It also did not appear in the thread in the Messaging hub.
Having played with soft resets and deleting (reluctantly) message threads with family members and friends I had to do a hard reset which did resolve the issue although I lost all my messages 😦
Some points of interest:
1) The integration with Windows Live meant that all my contacts were all available having signed in during the welcome screen. I expected this to be pretty straightforward due to the integration of services like Windows Live. This included all the pictures I assigned to contacts too.
2) SkyDrive – I auto-upload all my camera pictures to my SkyDrive account and pulling my pictures back was automatic. I re-added my picture of MS Dhoni (Indian Cricket Captain) to my wallpaper 😛
3) LinkedIn and Twitter integration – With the Mango 7.5 release – LinkedIn integration was added and I saw this on my phone Settings > email+accounts > add an account
I think I may prefer Twitter integration using the People hub for reading tweets than having to go into an app like Birdsong – it is far quicker.
4) Remote install of apps – This is the coolest thing I found by a long way. I logged on to Windows Live and looked at my phone details.
I noticed when clicking on Account – a list of all my installed apps including and whether they were Trial or Purchased.
I then noticed a “Reinstall” option and when selecting this you are able to remotely send a request to your phone to install your chosen app. My Windows Phone then just started to install the app by itself. This is a really neat feature which could be further improved if you could select a batch to be installed.
After my intial displeasure of having to wipe everything (hard reset) from my Windows Phone, the experience to get everything back was much smoother than I expected and although I know about Windows Live and contacts I also learnt about some new features too.
The fact that I lost all my text messages is still not great but I think a feature to back these up in the cloud would distinguish Microsoft from other players.
Roll on Windows Phone 8!
A really great set of QR codes from the US – these are a far sight nicer than the ones I have mentioned recently.
I have not seen any QR codes as creative over here in the UK.
I noticed that on the new FIFA12 Advert instead of the usual
- Search for FIFA12
- Look for us on Facebook
there was the #FIFA12 hashtag displayed on the final screen of the adverts.
EA appear to be promoting the hashtag to help spread the message of the release of the new game on the 30th September. Twitter clearly is a great means to allow gamers to talk about the game and will compliment EA’s marketing strategy.
An interesting negative view on using QR codes. The 5 reasons being
- Not everybody has a smartphone
- The process can be confusing
- They lack cross-media functionality
- They may be too much trouble for the consumer
- A bad experience could be prohibitive
I think the challenge may be a QR code reader that works outside of the iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone platforms (Point 4). This article is specific to the US and UK adoption rates for smartphones are high.
Point 3 has some strength but I have seen some very effective and creative uses of QR codes which I have written blog posts on including First Great Western allowing you to download timetables. This article states the obvious when it says QR codes cannot be used on radio.
QR codes in the UK appear to be still gathering momentum.