Radio Shack is closing over a thousand of their stores, yet their CEO claims it’s still a strong retail brand. I’m sorry, but most view it as the bodega of electronic stores. Low quality. Overpriced. Little selection. That’s the trifecta of shitty positioning.
Deborah Ng, author of Online Community Management For Dummies, joins me to discuss having useful conversations on social networks, why real-time streams entice people to strive to be “first”, how these platforms remove the need to catch up in-person with anyone, and how being accustomed to technology in your life is much different than having effective business experience with it.
I rant about the rationale behind Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp, why the service may actually be undervalued, how mobile messaging has quickly become the most ubiquitous form of human communication, and the race to control that infrastructure is worth fighting tooth-and-nail over regardless of the cost.
iOS developer Jared Sinclair joins me to break down his new app Unread, the advantages of being a one-man team, the difference in designing for a smartphone versus a tablet, why mobile user interfaces must be forgiving, how most folks don’t care about fonts, and how the traditional RSS reading experience is dying.
Andrew J Clark of The Menu Bar joins me to break down his new app Numerical, the problem with most calculators, what makes one more delightful to use, apps as a vehicle of creative expression, how icon design affects purchasing decisions, and ultimately, why anyone has a need for a simple calculating experience.