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Material design workshop at Google

Google signage seen at the company's offices in New York

By Natalia Paraeva, Lead Mobile User Experience, Thomson Reuters

Last November, I had the great privilege of attending the material design workshop run by Google at their New York office. It ran over two days and involved great conversations, an opportunity to talk to a dozen of Google designers and get all questions answered. If you’ve never heard of material design, you might find this video interesting.

Google themselves put it this way: “Material design is a cross-platform design system grounded in tactile reality, inspired by our study of paper and ink, yet open to imagination and magic.” In that video, design leads across Google discuss the key principles of material design, and set the stage for the other sessions that focused on interaction, motion and visual design.

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Samsung earnings – Graphic of the day

Yesterday, Samsung reported its first annual earnings decline in three years, as strong chip earnings failed to make up for weaknesses. Earnings from smartphones and other mobile gadgets dropped to 1.96 trillion won, but its semiconductor division reached its highest profit in more than four years. Today features a double dose of graphics summarizing Samsung earnings, showing operating profit/loss by segment, and share price performance.

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Patently Inventive: Profiles in thought leadership

At Thomson Reuters, our customers find value in innovative products and solutions. Every year, we file patents for inventions our employees create to enhance the experience in how our content is consumed. Meet Scott Daup, architect, Mobile Technology & Advanced Product Innovation; Dan Bennett, vice president, Enterprise Data Services, Platform group; and Jose Hernandez, lead iOS engineer, Mobile Mobile Technology & Advanced Product Innovation. These inventors submitted a patent for an invention that makes it easier for customers to find their way across the deep and complex content via the table of contents in the ProView eReader.

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The tremendous impact of mobile

2015 Gates Annual Letter

One of the things I love reading is the annual letter from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It coincides nicely with what seems to be lots of stories on where our planet will be in 2030 (ed note: Like our series on the World in 2025!). This one does exactly the same, placing a huge emphasis on the impact of mobile technology over the next 15 years.

The report looks at four core areas: health, farming, banking, and education. Every one of these areas will be touched by mobile technology, and the Gates report specifically highlights the impact on the latter three. Simply take a look at the pictures the report uses for farming and banking: (more…)

Peeking Into The Future

Happy New Year to everyone and welcome to 2015! I hope everyone had the chance to enjoy the holidays with friends and family!

This week, the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is in full swing, giving us a preview of exciting new technologies that will impact our personal and professional lives. We have a couple people from the Advanced Product Innovation team in attendance, and I’m looking forward hearing about their experiences next week. Ultra high definition television, the Internet of Things, wearable technology, and in-car solutions are already being showcased at the start. USA Today covers CES quite nicely, and they already have up some great pictures of cool tech on display. One great thing I picked up already was an announcement from the Volkswagen group that it plans to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in its cars beginning this year. It is noteworthy, because to my knowledge, this is the first car manufacturer to publicly declare implementation of both protocols.

2015 promises to be another exciting year for personal technology. Just before the end of the year, I was in New York for a couple days and had my first chance to use my iPhone 6 to open my hotel room door. The Element Hotel near Times Square is one of the properties that the Starwood Hotels Group is using to rollout this feature. It’s really a cool feature. I’ve previously registered my iPhone for their keyless entry program, and you can see how it looks in the first picture when active. The second picture shows you how the door is then unlocked. A full list of the hotels supporting this along with instructions on using the app are provided here. (more…)

Reuters TV: It’s time the news caught up with you

Reuters TV

Reuters unveiled its groundbreaking mobile TV news service this week on the top floor of our office in Times Square. As the trends change for the delivery of and demand for TV news, we are introducing a forward-thinking service that’s on-demand, up-to-date, relevant and mobile – putting users in control of what they watch and when they watch it. Watch the reveal video here: (more…)

Mini tablets compared – Graphic of the day

Apple posted better-than-expected revenue yesterday on the back of a record iPhone launch that saw 39 million of the smartphones sold in the September quarter. Last week, the company introduced its new iPads. We already took at look at how the iPad Air matches up against its competition. Today we scale it down a bit to see how the iPad mini compares to its major competitors on the market.

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Tablets compared – Graphic of the day

Yesterday Apple introduced the iPad Air 2, a faster, slimmer version of its predecessor with other modest improvements. Today’s graphic compares the new iPad to four of its major competitors on the market.

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Windows wanes with PCs – Graphic of the day

Microsoft’s Windows operating system still runs about 90% of PCs around the world, but widespread adoption of powerful phones and tablets means it now features on only 14% of computing devices. Today’s graphic shows the current market share by operating system, with projections for this year and next.

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iPhone sales – graphic of the day

First-day pre-orders for the new iPhones, which went on sale in 10 countries, far surpassed the 2 million recorded for the iPhone 5 model two years ago. Today’s graphic takes a look at how different iPhone models have performed in the market.

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