Microsoft’s Bill Buxton: Technology is not the bottleneck. Knowledge of our history is

I just wanted to point out to this amazing video interview and project from Microsoft’s Chief Researcher Bill Buxton. If you don’t know who Bill is then I highly suggest you do a Bing / Google search or just hit up his personal website here. The video interview embedded below is simply one of the best things I have seen and heard in a while because it points out one of the main issue around current product design in the industry. As the title says: Technology isn’t the bottleneck…but knowledge of our history is. This applies to most engineers, UX designers working on new products, but also bloggers, and the press who seem to suffer from short term memory loss. If everybody knew about all the amazing products developed or released in the past (even commercial failures) then product development would most probably be a lot more efficient. There’s no need to re-invent the wheel every few years. In a sense, this video really highlights how a company like Apple is so successful even with relatively simple / featureless products compared to competing offerings which pack tons of (often useless ) functionalities. Anyway, I don’t want to spoil everything so please just hit the break and watch the whole thing:

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USA Today application for Windows Phone 7 released: hands on video

The official USA Today app for Windows Phone 7 has just been released for free in the Marketplace. Contrary to some other official news paper applications like AP Mobile… or the recently released LeMonde.fr, this one doesn’t seem to be riddled with bugs. Navigation is fast and relatively snappy and I didn’t experience any crashing issue so far. Scrolling is also extremely smooth in listboxes and when reading news stories (yes this is possible even without Mango… just need to code it right). Once in a while a nicely coded app pops up on Windows Phone 7 and this week USA Today is the one. Check out my video tour after the break:

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Fix for “Walshed” Windows Phone 7 handsets released

The “official” fix for the “Walshed” Windows Phone 7 devices is now out. As I said in the previous post about this issue only a few phone’s seem to be affected by the update problem so this utility is only for those of you who still can’t get the 7392 security update after applying the ChevronUpdater update hack to get 7390 Nodo.

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