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Virginia Postrel on the iPad: Why We Prize That Magical Mystery Box | Commerce & Culture - WSJ
A closed box offends geeks' tinkering impulse, which demands swappable components and visible source code. But most of us aren't looking to hack our own computers. In fact, the very characteristics that empower enthusiasts tend to frustrate and infantilize ordinary users, making them dependent on the occult knowledge of experts.
postrel  apple  computing_history  digitalliteracy  hacking  userfriendliness  nerds  ipad 
may 2016 by rachaelsullivan
These iPad Screens Reveal Something About the Human Condition | Raw File | WIRED
Where the digital meets the human: MT @4Hum: Photos of fingerprints on iPads by #MegganGould #forensicmateriality
touch  ipad  digital-material  hands  body  from delicious
july 2014 by rachaelsullivan
Tackling the Limits of Touch Screens - NYTimes.com (5/2014)
Such tactile features can help build muscle memory and improve accuracy — skills lost in the rush to touch screens, said Scott MacKenzie, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at York University in Toronto who specializes in human-computer interaction. Many people who type on flat glass screens must keep their eyes focused on the surface to hit the correct key, he said. “It’s not just that visual attention is needed,” he added, “but a lot of visual attention.”
touch  screens  ipad  attention  reading  from delicious
may 2014 by rachaelsullivan
On Tablets
The advantages of doing things in software on a single device are so great that everything that can get turned into software will. So for the next couple years, a good recipe for startups will be to look around you for things that people haven't realized yet can be made unnecessary by a tablet app. In 1938 Buckminster Fuller coined the term ephemeralization to describe the increasing tendency of physical machinery to be replaced by what we would now call software. The reason tablets are going to take over the world is not (just) that Steve Jobs and Co are industrial design wizards, but because they have this force behind them. The iPhone and the iPad have effectively drilled a hole that will allow ephemeralization to flow into a lot of new areas. No one who has studied the history of technology would want to underestimate the power of that force.
software  ipad  softwarestudies  ephemerality  materiality  mobile  from delicious
august 2013 by rachaelsullivan

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