Irina Papuc

Don’t Try to Change the World, Design a Toy Instead
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Don’t Try to Change the World, Design a Toy Instead

It’s natural for designers to want to create apps that will disrupt the world order. Everyone wants to come up with the next big thing. But starting a project with the singular goal of disrupting the market is quite a weight to carry. So instead, why not start specifically on the low end of the […]

Virtual Reality in the Automotive Industry
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Virtual Reality in the Automotive Industry

Despite some rough years, the automotive industry is still one of the most important economic sectors. Car manufacturers are continuously trying to put the current technologies to use in order to deliver the best vehicles. Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technology is advancing rapidly as computers are becoming more powerful. The market of […]

Eight Rules for Effective Software Production
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Eight Rules for Effective Software Production

During the course of my career, I’ve participated in multiple real life software projects and observed how things are done on all levels: decision making, practices adoption, team building, recruiting, skill distribution, etc. Obviously, different approaches yielded different results. Being an improvement-oriented type of person, I noticed and collected the most effective practices and best […]

How to Design Delightful Experiences for the Internet of Things
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How to Design Delightful Experiences for the Internet of Things

One of the next technological revolutions on the horizon is the emerging platform of the Internet of Things (IoT). The core of its promise is a world where household appliances, cars, trucks, trains, clothes, medical devices and, much more would be connected to the internet via smart sensors capable of sensing and sharing information. As […]

What Does Force Touch Mean For UI And UX?
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What Does Force Touch Mean For UI And UX?

BY NERMIN HAJDARBEGOVIC – TECHNICAL EDITOR @ TOPTAL #3DTouch #Android #Apple #ForceTouch #iOS9 Apple’s latest iPhone launch event managed to draw a big crowd (as usual), but was it worth the pilgrimage? The company did not make any earth-shattering announcements, and the event centred on refreshed 6-series iPhones, an oversized tablet, and a $99 stylus. […]

Slow Android Wear Adoption Is Stifling Development
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Slow Android Wear Adoption Is Stifling Development

BY NERMIN HAJDARBEGOVIC – TECHNICAL EDITOR @ TOPTAL #Android #AndroidWear #Google #Wearable There is no diplomatic and professional way to put it: Android Wear is flopping; and it’s flopping quite badly. The smartwatch platform has been around for 18 months, yet the fact that it was introduced a few quarters before Apple rolled out its […]

A Tutorial for Aspiring Google Glass Developers: Building Your First Glass App
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A Tutorial for Aspiring Google Glass Developers: Building Your First Glass App

BY DEMIR SELMANOVIC – SOFTWARE ENGINEER @ TOPTAL #Android #GoogleGlass #Java #OKGlass #Tutorial #WearableTech Google Glass is a futuristic technology that promises to revolutionize how we use our devices to interact with the world. But from a developer’s standpoint, what is so special about developing for the glass? The answer is “Nothing!” In fact, from […]

Are We Creating An Insecure Internet of Things (IoT)? Security Challenges and Concerns
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Are We Creating An Insecure Internet of Things (IoT)? Security Challenges and Concerns

BY NERMIN HAJDARBEGOVIC – TECHNICAL EDITOR @ TOPTAL #InternetOfThings #IoT #IoTSecurity The Internet of Things (IoT) has been an industry buzzword for years, but sluggish development and limited commercialization have led some industry watchers to start calling it the “Internet of NoThings”. Double puns aside, IoT development is in trouble. Aside from spawning geeky jokes […]

Home Smart Home: Domesticating the Internet of Things
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Home Smart Home: Domesticating the Internet of Things

BY KENT MUNDLE – DESIGNER @ TOPTAL #interface #InternetOfThings #smarthome The smart home technology boom is upon us. Despite lucrative projections for the market, and ever increasing numbers of connected devices, we have yet to witness much social impact from consumer adoption into the home. As a potential tipping point looms, there are several debates […]

Smartwatch Development: Are Smartwatches Worth The Trouble?
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Smartwatch Development: Are Smartwatches Worth The Trouble?

The Apple Watch went on sale earlier this month and the jury is still out on what it means for the industry. One thing is certain – it’s outselling Android Wear devices by a wide margin, so well done Apple, everything is going according to plan, right? Not so fast. While the Apple Watch is […]

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