Spotify is a music, podcast, and video streaming service that was officially launched on 7 October 2008. Its basic features are free with advertisements or limitations, while additional features, such as music downloads, are offered via paid subscriptions. Spotify is available in most of Europe, most of the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Asia.… Continue Reading »
Uniqlo is a popular casual apparel brand, they recently developed an APP to support their online retailing market. As most functions of the app directly linked to their responsive web so that it can complete their basic goals–purchase items online, generate guests’ own digital barcode of their member accounts, get coupons and alerts, etc.
However, the APP still needs some improvements regarding the user experience.… Continue Reading »
Figure (a). General screenshot
Rhizome, the New Museum-affiliated born-digital art organization behind Net Art Anthology, describes this dedicated microsite as a “two-year online exhibition presenting 100 works of restored and re-performed net art” . Since its launch in October 2016, Net Art Anthology aims to restage and contextualize one project each week by uploading original or emulation-based artwork, essays, and primary source documents to the site.… Continue Reading »
Simple Habit is a meditation application that allows busy people to fit meditation around their schedule. Users can choose from over 1,000 different meditations, create playlists, comment on posts and share meditations. The app is free, but in order to have the full experience, users must pay a subscription to unlock and download all meditations.… Continue Reading »
Designed by a team of language teachers, LingoDeer is a free mobile app that offers to teach three Asian languages (Korean, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese) by way of reading, listening, speaking, and writing lessons. Although the app offers the same structure and layout of lessons for all three languages, I will focus on the Chinese language.… Continue Reading »
iOS’s keyboard, as one of the most commonly used keyboard, is a very well, fully developed keyboard system. It supports numerous of languages (including more than 2,500 emojis) and variety of layouts, and can smartly auto-correct the text in most cases.
iPhone Keyboard in different settings.
( Left to right: English, QWERTY; Chinese (Simplified), 10 keys; Chinese (Traditional), QWERTY; Emoji )
Note: This critique focuses on iOS’s keyboard, and the research is based on iOS 11.2.5 that runs on an iPhone 6s.… Continue Reading »
Founded in 1998, OpenTable is a web service that allows users to book restaurant reservations online. Through their website and mobile app, users can view restaurant menus, reviews, photos and earn reward points through using the platform to make reservations. Based in San Francisco, this free service has expanded to include restaurants throughout the United States and now offers its services globally in countries such as Canada, Mexico, Japan and the United Kingdom.… Continue Reading »
Launched in the summer of 2016, MTA eTix is a free mobile app that allows users to purchase tickets for the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North directly through their own mobile device. This app aims at eliminating unfortunate events that commuters struggle with on a normal basis, such as losing tickets or missing trains due to long lines at the ticket machines.… Continue Reading »
Crunchyroll is an American licensing company and online community that serves as an online streaming service for Japanese Anime and Asian media. Originally founded by a group of University of California, Berkeley graduates in 2006, Crunchyroll’s distribution channel serves over 23 million online community members worldwide. While the full website offers greater scope of content, the mobile application grants users the ability to execute the company’s core function of online streaming.… Continue Reading »
Square Cash, known simply as Cash on iPhone iOS, is a service that allows US debit card users to send and receive payments in US dollars. Users do not necessarily create an account with a username. Instead, new users are prompted to enter their existing debit card information and email address. Cash will pull debits from and push credits to the bank account tied to the debit card.… Continue Reading »