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Examples of path dependence and where it might lead for smartphones

50 Things That Made The Modern Economy is a BBC World Service podcast.  In short snippets of 9 minutes, Tim Harford, the FT journalist, discusses innovations that have played a crucial role in shaping the world today.

The Haber-Bosch process, for example, responsible for thousands of deaths in the First World War, is fundamental to sustaining human life and population growth. It is the magic that results in fertilisers, without which there would be insufficient food for the world.

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Defining user experience in the cold light of day

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Defining user experience in the cold light of day

I went into the kitchen to grab something from the fridge. It was late evening and I made my way through the darkness. Then I opened the fridge door and released the light.

I wondered, at that moment, when it was that the light got into the fridge. Which was the very first fridge to provide automatic illumination? So I did a little noodling on the internet, and came up with nothing, except that Frigidaire seemed to be a major innovator in household electrical goods throughout the 1950s…

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Getting straight to the Punkt

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Getting straight to the Punkt

As I slipped the SIM card into the Punkt MP 01, I was fully aware that my other assorted devices still had wifi connectivity. Only if I left them behind would I be truly bereft of the myriad digital services that punctuate my day with information, entertainment and connections.

Punkt is a Swiss company based in the beautiful region of Lugano, and the MP 01 is a mobile phone capable of… well, not a great deal really: calls and SMS, alarms and reminders. It has less functionality, in other w…

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How can UX improvements encourage users to pivot from consuming to creating?

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How can UX improvements encourage users to pivot from consuming to creating?

By Alex Guest and Marek Pawlowski

This essay is the first in a series on the intersection between digital consumption and creativity by Alex Guest and Marek Pawlowski. To follow the forthcoming stream of articles, UI concepts and examples, track #uxintersection on Twitter, bookmark the ‘Intersection‘ category at mobileuserexperience.com or sign-up for the weekly email newsletter. More importantly, this is an invitation for you to get involved in the discussion – we’d love to hear your feed…

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