/topic Each week, the Web Applications Team (WAT) at WillowTree uses Slack to post interesting articles, share development tricks, and discuss technologies used in our world. Here’s a breakdown of what we talked about this week.Continue Reading Article
In their recent press event, Google presented new hardware including:
- Chromecast Ultra
- Daydream View Headset
- Pixel Phone
- Google Home
While these are compelling product options for consumers, they also present some stand out opportunities for content and service providers.Continue Reading Article
React Native Packager ships with some niceties for managing static images and the docs do a decent job of getting things started for small scale applications. However, as projects scale, nested hierarchies develop and refactoring becomes necessary to maintain a clean code base. When that time comes, having local assets required in via relative paths becomes a bit of a chore to keep up with.Continue Reading Article
At Überconf 2016, Neal Ford gave a great presentation titled “Hypothesis-driven Development using Feature Toggles.” In his talk, Ford explained how a simple, yet powerful, technique called feature toggles can be used to achieve true agility in software development. While these ideas are based on enterprise development experiences, we can still use them to implement the mobile app designer’s dream: A/B testing.Continue Reading Article
So a new version of Android is out and your boss says to you, “Make sure our app works on Nougat!” If you have automation frameworks in place those can get you some of the way, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a complete guide to the changes in Nougat and how they affect your existing app? I thought it would be, so I’ve outlined all the changes that have officially occurred in Android with a high likelihood of causing bugs. I’ve also converted them to CSV format for importing into your favorite test-reporting tool. Enjoy!Continue Reading Article
Welcome to the second post in our series on chatbots and emotional intelligence. Last week, in Part One: Shortcuts to Chatbot Emotional Intelligence, we covered why it’s important to have a user-centered design and strategy process in place before you dive into creating conversational flows for your bot. Today, we’ll discuss five user-centered design considerations that can help you breathe life into your chatbot.
Chatbot Design Focus One: Usefulness
Building something that’s going to be useful should be our top concern. We don’t want to go building Skynet, do we? No, we want to build Johnny Five! Because Johnny Five is our friend and wants to help us.Continue Reading Article
Effective September 7th, Apple began enforcing a new character limit on app names. Moving forward, any update or new application must have a name of 50 characters or less in length. Apple’s recommending to stick to 23 character or less to avoid truncated names from appearing in the store. The new limit is a significant decrease from the previous 255 character limit, so when updating your apps, don’t be surprised if this new rule applies to you.Continue Reading Article
This weekend I attended CocoaConf DC. It wasn’t the first CocoaConf I’ve attended, but it was the first I could drive to. And it was the first one I spoke at! It was a great weekend. Here are some highlights that I took away.Continue Reading Article
- The Leading Strand is an initiative to bridge art and science that pairs academic researchers with design professionals to create visual representations of scientific breakthroughs. Here’s what happens when neuroscientists and designers team up to explain science.
- Unfortunately, the language of human-computer interaction falls short for upper-limb amputees. To solve this issue, David Kaltenbach, Lucas Rex, and Maximilian Mahal created Shortcut. It is a wearable designed to translate sensory muscular impulses to the phantom hand into contactless and intuitive computer control.
- When will drug companies create user-centered innovations that improve the lives of patients instead of their bottom line? The Sad State of Product Design and Innovation in Healthcare. What are your thoughts on this issue?
- There are plenty of wearables designed to help you live a healthier and better life. With so many options, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Here is a nice curated list of the top choices when it comes to health wearables and trackers – Top 10 Healthcare Wearables For A Healthy Lifestyle.