xkcd: ISO 8601

XKCD has hit the nail on the head with this one. Listen people: if you use a numeric date notation, it can be ambiguous because different countries use different order of information: eg day/month/year or month/day/year. The only non-ambiguous numeric notation of date is YYYY-MM-DD. I find it stupefying that in this modern age, this age of a global Web, people are still using these ambiguous date formats on their Web sites. Maybe as an American living in the UK, and having launched a UK version of a US dot-com, I'm especially sensitized to this issue? The most recent example I've come across is the TechCrunch events listings side bar – and TechCrunch is (supposed to be) a global brand? Anyway – great to see someone else is as irked by this as I am. #petpeeve #blogthis #iso8601

Public Service Announcement: Our different ways of writing dates as numbers can lead to online confusion. That’s why in 1988 ISO set a global standard numeric date format. This is *the* correct way to…

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Mobile Monday Demo night

My brief notes from last night's MobileMonday London demo night have been posted up on the +BlueVia blog today. #blogthis

MobileMonday London (still going strong after seven years!) organised another great demo night last night. Eleven companies had 5 minutes each to talk up and demonstrate their applications live on sta…

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10 Web design trends you can expect to see in 2013

Some predictions from The Next Web on what Web design trends we will see in 2013. I agree with all except no. 9 (which is actually at odds with no. 1). I agree people will be spending more money on responsive (Web) design in 2013 precisely because they realize it is more versatile than replacing web sites with apps. That's not to say that apps won't also flourish in 2013, but they play a different role than mobile web sites. For a concrete example, when I viewed this article off a link shared off of Facebook, on my iPad, it came through in a web view that was not very well suited to my device (buttons too small, not very well suited to touch, etc…) The answer to this would be a responsive design, not a fancy Next Web app or iMagazine which would a content silo therefore not well integrated into sharing off of social networks, etc…

By the way, some of these predictions (e.g. more social sharing) have already come true. #blogthis

Well, it is that time of year where we start to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new year. In 2012 we have seen several new trends appear in web design, one of the …

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USPTO Preliminarily Rejects Apple’s ‘Pinch-to-Zoom’ Patent

I blogged about this in 2008 (http://www.torgo.com/blog/2008/04/beyond-point-and-click.html) and opined that patenting gestures was not a good idea. Glad to see the USPTO agrees with me. #blogthis

Another Apple patent is in the spotlight tonight, after the United States Patent and Trademark Office has preliminarily rejected all 20 claims of…

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Effort to Clarify Mobile App Data Rights Hits Snags

Digital  #privacy , and especially mobile privacy, always seem to be in the popular headlines these days. Does this mean that people are becoming more aware of digital privacy issues? My anecdotal view is that they are, but I'm wondering if there is any survey out there that backs up or refutes this notion? /cc +Nick Doty #blogthis

A panel, devising a way to tell consumers what data is being collected about them by mobile apps, has had a hard time getting along, let alone reaching an agreement.

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Disruptions: How My Smartphone Emptied My Pockets

This article seems describe a trend that I think will define the #mobilewallet : use of multiple applications and services that are brought together on a mobile phone (rather than a single mobile wallet application or experience that will unify all of this). #blogthis  

People’s wallets used to expand with each passing year. Now, the opposite is happening: many of the wallet’s contents have been siphoned out by the smartphone.

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UK condemned on net address shift

UK Government Called Out on Non-Support of IPv6

The problem with #ipv6  is that it's like Y2K with no (or at any rate an extremely amorphous) deadline. We all know that limping along with IPv4 will basically continue to work for the time being, and that an enormous amount of work will be required to move everyone over to v6. The reward is similarly amorphous – things will "work better" in the "long term."

So what do we need to do to kick-start this? We've already had a "World IPv6 Day" and that seemed to come and go with little fanfare.

What is the end user experience or service that IPv6 enables which will result in a groundswell of popular support for moving to IPv6? Or is this one of those things that just won't happen without a public mandate?

#blogthis

The UK government has come in for sharp criticism for failing to do more to make Britain convert to the net’s new addressing scheme.

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BitTorrent’s Plan for 2013? Go Legit

BitTottent Plans to "Go Legit" in 2013?

Er – I don't mean to burst their bubble, but from my PoV the main users of BitTorrent are people who probably can't get access to the content they are torrenting via legitimate means. See this episode of "The Oatmeal" for a quick primer: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/game_of_thrones. This issue is exacerbated even further when you consider all the international usage – e.g. Hulu doesn't stream outside the U.S. not because of technical reasons but because the rights holders have only licensed Hulu for North American distribution. European and other distribution rights are licensed to other provers. As long as this byzantine web of content distribution rights continues to exist, peer-to-peer file sharing will never be able to "go legit" and if they didn't exist then BitTorrent wouldn't need to exist anyway… #woolythinking  

BitTorrent, the start-up behind the popular peer-to-peer file-sharing system of the same name, has a resolution for 2013: to align itself with the entertainment industry and legally distribute movies,…

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Keep calm and trust HTML5 – the video is out: http://vimeo.com/54188798 – notes, slides and screencast…

Keep calm and trust HTML5 – the video is out: http://vimeo.com/54188798 – notes, slides and screencast are on the blog: http://christianheilmann.com/2012/11/23/keep-calm-and-trust-html5-chris-heilmann-hackernews-meetup/

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GM extends EV drivability with apps

Very cool example of m2m that incorporates a smartphone experience to do something useful – give EV drivers information that helps them get the most out of their vehicles. Would like to see an API on top of this though to enable this to plug in to existing navigation or mapping apps.

Ahead of its first new electric-vehicle launch, GM’s OnStar division announces apps to help drivers plan trips and charge their vehicles. Read this article by Wayne Cunningham on CNET.

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Who is Daniel K. Appelquist?

I'm an American Ex-Pat living in London. I'm a father of two and husband of one. I am the Open Web Advocate for Telefónica Digital, focusing on the Open Web Device. I founded Mobile Monday London, Over the Air and the Mobile 2.0 conference series.

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