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What app designers can learn from the 19th century Arts and Crafts movement

The industrialization of the 19th century brought with it an enormous rise in consumer goods. Where before, a specialized craftsman made every broom, cupboard or plate in a house, the factories now mass-produced household goods at cheap prices. Result? People stuffed their houses with low quality items.  As a reaction against this clutter, the Arts and Crafts movement was born. The first exhibition of this art and design movement in America took place in 1897 in Boston. There they launched their credo:  “This Society hopes to bring Designers and Workmen into mutually helpful relations, and to encourage workmen to execute designs [...]
avatarby Tab TimesJuly 30, 20130 comments

U.S. tablet adoption skyrockets to one in three adults

Surveying 2,252 adults by telephone from April to May for a new report, Pew Research Center found that tablet adoption rose from 18% in 2012 to 34% in 2013, a remarkable figure considering the same firm reckons tablet adoption was as low as 8% two years ago and 3% in 2010. There were some other interesting stats when it came to demographic groups most likely to own a tablet. Pew claimed that 35-44 year olds were the most likely to own a tablet and said that tablet ownership was also most likely if users were colleague graduates (49%), parents and in a household earning at least $75,000 per year.
avatarby Tab TimesJune 10, 20130 comments

Tablets on tap to get EPA’s Energy Star ratings

Tablets will be rated based on the Energy Star version 6.1 specification at some point in the future. Energy Star is a joint effort between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) The Energy Star program, which helps shoppers identify the most power-efficient programs, already covers a range of tech and other products including laptops, desktops, monitors, light bulbs, servers, and household appliances. The IDG News service reports that EPA and DOE originally promoted the idea of including tablets as part of Energy Star version 6.0, which goes into effect June 1, for products like laptops, desktops, displays, thin clients and [...]
avatarby Tab TimesJanuary 15, 20130 comments

Tablet adoption in U.S. has more than doubled in past year

Starting with tablets, Forrester says tablet adoption in the U.S. now reaches 19% of the population, more than double what it’s survey found in 2011. Demographic breakouts were also revealing. For example, Gen Yers lead in technology adoption. Forrester says Gen Yers own the most connected devices and more than seven in 10 have a smartphone, and 25% own a tablet. (Gen Y, also sometimes called the Millennial Generation, are hitting their early 30s now. Birth dates range from late 1970s to the 1980s and later by some measures). Meanwhile, Forrester says Gen Xers are among the biggest spenders. The report says over 46 million U.S. consumers in this age [...]
avatarby Tab TimesDecember 21, 20120 comments

PayDragon app simplifies impulse buys via iOS and Android devices

The new mobile service is designed to let you order a range of everyday goods from your mobile device with free nationwide two-day shipping and no minimum purchase. PayDragon’s Checkout feature in its iPhone and Android app, lets smartphone or tablet users scan, search and shop for non-perishable grocery and household items, like chips, cereal, soap, shampoo, and purchase them from wherever you happen to be. You can also search within PayDragon’s pre-scanned catalogue of thousands of items. Free shipping makes ordering a relatively low cost item like toothpaste or peanut butter more reasonable, but there are no product discounts, PayDragon charges the [...]
avatarby Tab TimesSeptember 18, 20120 comments

Charging your iPad for a year costs less than a cup of coffee: researchers

The group measured how much power was needed to charge an iPad with a drained battery, and on the basis of the device needing charging every other day, found that the latest iPad consumes 11.86 kilowatt-hours of electricity over the year, putting the yearly expenditure at a miniscule $1.36. As you would expect, the EPRI found the first and second-generation iPads to consume significantly less power, and went onto reveal just how money-sapping some other household goods can be when it comes to electricity. The EPRI found that it costs $1.61 to power a 60-watt compact fluorescent bulb, $28.21 to run a desktop PC and a considerable $65.72 to keep your refrigerator [...]
avatarby Tab TimesJune 22, 20120 comments

Many iPad shoppers are night owls

The quarterly “Conversation Index” research series by Bazaarvoice reveals a number of trends among mobile users taking particular note of a growing trend among iPad users.  The social technology firm says that over the last three months, on average, 5% of the total traffic to the websites of 67 retail and consumer manufacturers it has as clients, came from iPads during the 8 p.m hour. That’s up from 2.5% at noon.  Another 5% of iPad-related website traffic came later in the evening at 11 p.m.  iPad users also spend more time on sites than other visitors, averaging five minutes overall. This is 3% [...]
avatarby Tab TimesApril 6, 20120 comments
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