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
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
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
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
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?
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
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.
Very excited to be in the planning stages for Over the Air 2013! #ota13
And yet more news on BBC about the future of the #InterplanetaryInternet ! There's definitely a thing going on about this. /cc +Hadley Beeman +Douglas Schepers +Ariel Waldman