Tech News | Top 5 Product Announcements of October!

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What a month for technology! This October has seen huge announcements with tech giants like Google, Apple, and Microsoft all holding events to showcase the exciting projects they’ve been working on. I can’t remember the last time a series of awesome products were unveiled from so many different companies in such a short time frame, so this level of competition is something to celebrate as consumers. I prepared a list of my top 5 products announced recently, which I believe to be the most innovative and impactful going forward.

App Review | Assembly

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Today, I’m reviewing an app called Assembly, a graphic design tool to quickly and easily make icons, emojis, logos, and scenes on your iPhone or iPad. As a visual designer, I use desktop applications like Sketch and Illustrator every day. These tools have a ton of features and require a mouse or drawing pad to have the precision necessary for professional-level graphics. Knowing that, I was really curious to see how an app like Assembly would handle the whole process with a smaller screen and fingers as inputs. So let’s get into the details and see how Assembly stacks up.

App Review | ViewFind – Visual Storytelling

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Here we go, app review #2! I very much enjoyed writing my last post, which was a review of Facet – Video Travel Inspiration (which you can read here), so I decided to keep the ball rolling with a new one. This time, we’re going to look at ViewFind – Visual Storytelling, which is a news feed app that features stories from photojournalists. So how is it different from every other news application out there? Normally, news articles have you read a bunch of text with some photos sprinkled here and there. With ViewFind, the photos take center stage while the text is just an option you can turn on or off. First you select a story, then you swipe through a series of beautifully shot photos that together form an interesting story. By tapping on any image, you can toggle subtitles that give more details on what’s happening in the photo. That’s the brief overview, now let’s dive into the review.

User Experience: B

App Review | Facet – Video Travel Inspiration

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As a designer at SnapMobile, I pretty much live and breath mobile apps. I try to occasionally download random apps to check out their user experience, and every now and then I come across an exceptional one. Facet is an app where you can upload short videos (much like Vine), but instead of being funny, these videos are supposed to try to capture an experience. For example, if I eat a meal at a beachfront restaurant in Hawaii, I can record a bunch of clips and then splice them together to make a 15 second video that captures the whole experience. Users can then view the video, add an emoji reaction, and pin the experience to a board. That’s the overview, now let’s get into the details.

Overall Idea: A-

5 Tips to Improve your Mobile Experience

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Last year, I had the pleasure of meeting Tim Ash, of Site Tuners and digital marketing expert, at a content marketing conference in Chicago. Recently, I asked if he would share his insights on mobile experience with the SnapMobile audience. He provided the below best practices and mobile experience tips. Enjoy, and be sure to check out the original post on the Site Tuners blog.

Mobile experience is on its way to becoming just an aspect of digital experience. It’s still worth discussing separately, for now, but that may not be the case in the next 3-4 years.

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