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Why businesses are seeking digital transformation

By Brian Geary on Dec 10, 2018 10:05:00 AM

Earlier in this space, we talked about the meaning of digital transformation, both for business in general and for AndPlus in particular. For today’s post, let’s dig a little deeper and explore what motivates businesses to seek such a thing.

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How Creativity Solves Business Problems

By Brian Geary on Dec 5, 2018 9:06:00 AM

In one of the many memorable scenes from Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, heroes Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect find themselves on Earth, circa 2,000,000 BC, in the company of a large population of middle managers, hairdressers, management consultants, marketing people…in short, the “useless” third of their home planet who were sent to colonize Earth. In a committee meeting, they discuss the difficulty they’ve had in inventing the wheel. Ford Prefect, exasperated, exclaims that it’s the “single simplest machine in the Universe,” to which a marketing person replies, “All right Mr. Wiseguy, if you’re so clever, you tell us what color it should be.”

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What is computational photography?

By Brian Geary on Nov 28, 2018 11:05:00 AM

Once upon a time, photography was all about delayed gratification. You couldn’t see the results of your efforts until you had taken the film someplace to be developed and printed—a process that could take a day or more. And if you didn’t take many pictures, the roll of film might stay in your camera for months before you finished the roll and took it in for processing. If the photos were out of focus, too light, too dark, or poorly composed, you were out of luck.

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Modern IoT Frameworks

By Brian Geary on Nov 26, 2018 9:05:00 AM

The era of the Internet of Things (IoT) has arrived, if somewhat fitfully. Lots of observers (including this blog) have sung the praises of IoT and how transformative it will be, with compelling benefits for both businesses and consumers.

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The State of Swift in 2018

By Brian Geary on Nov 19, 2018 9:05:00 AM

As if there weren’t enough programming languages out there, along comes one that has gone from zero to one of the most popular languages in only a couple of years. The language is Swift, designed to succeed Objective-C in the world of app development for iOS devices and their numerous relatives.

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Designing for Dark Mode

By Brian Geary on Nov 12, 2018 9:10:00 AM

The world, it seems, is getting dark.

It’s not for want of sunlight or electricity to power our myriad lighting devices. (Indeed, light pollution is considered by many to be a growing problem with environmental and public health implications.) It’s an aesthetic preference for darker colors in our daily lives. Our kitchen appliances have gone from white to black or unpainted stainless steel. Computer cases, for which “ivory” was once de rigeur, are now almost universally black or some shade of dark grey. Look around on our roads and you’ll mainly see cars that are black (even matte black), grey, or some muted shade of silver.

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