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Enjoying Thanksgiving with Social Media

A lot can be said about the value of social media, with arguments for real business value or ways to stay connected with friends and family or even that most of it is just egocentric drivel. As one of the purveyors of egocentric drivel in my Twitter stream, I can…

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Tags: Brightkite, food, Foursquare, social media, Twitter

4 Principles of Mobile UX Design

Boxes and Arrows has an article titled “Four Key Principles of Mobile User Experience Design” written by a former academic mobile UX (User eXperience) researcher. As the author transitioned to private sector he felt that when mobile UX was discussed it was too driven by the gee-whiz factors and not…

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Tags: accessibility, mobile, usability, UX

YouTube Will Automatically Caption Your Video

Three years ago YouTube/Google added the ability for video authors to add captions to videos. Over time support for multiple caption tracks was included, the expansion of search to consider text in captions, and even machine translation support for the captions (see my other post about machine translation risks).Even with…

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Tags: accessibility, Google, usability, video, WAI, WCAG, YouTube

IE9 First Details

Microsoft revealed some first details of Internet Explorer 9 at the Microsoft Professional Developer’s Conference, as reported by Mashable today. Only in development for three weeks, there’s still quite a lot of time before it gets to market. According to Mashable, Microsoft did have the following to say:On HTML 5:…

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Tags: browser, css, html, Internet Explorer, Microsoft, standards

Screen Reader User Survey Results

This article was originally posted on evolt.org, an online resource for web developers, maintained by web developers. I have granted evolt.org the right to use this article on their web site, and they are the only entity with the right to reproduce it. WebAIM is a non-profit organization within the…

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Tags: accessibility, browser, html, standards, usability, UX, W3C, WAI, WCAG, xhtml

Google Dashboard: What Google Knows about You

Google announced a new service/feature today, Google Dashboard. Given all the services Google offers and all the ways you can interact with Google, it’s not surprising many people have privacy concerns and conspiracy theories (do enough people watch The Simpson’s for me to make an MLB joke here?). Google announced…

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Tags: Google, privacy