Here is a suggestion I just sent the Android Gmail team:
If an email sender has been previously approved to display images, the images should be loaded when the email is downloaded to my phone.
Right now the images are loaded when the email is viewed for the first time. This means I have to wait for the images to download and depending on my internet connection that could be a while. If I’m checking my email where there is no service (on subways, elevators, about 1/2 of Berkeley CA) the experience totally sucks.
If images are pre-downloaded, it will break “web bug” functionality built into email images. But web bugs have never been a web standard, just a clever, if unreliable hack at gaining metrics. If you’re totally excited about it, you could build a new web standard for when web bugs get viewed. Also, nowadays, if a user cares enough to have emails go to their inbox (and not unsubscribing, or marking it as spam), they are probably interested in reading the email, so web bugs aren’t that important any more.
Thanks for your consideration!
Groupme is a group-texting app for smartphones and dumbphones. I use it all the time to chat with Megan because it’s faster and more reliable than texting with my Virgin Mobile phone (ugh, I know).
I just sent a message to Groupme support with my biggest gripe:
Since the promise of Groupme is (from the homepage) “the best way to chat with everyone you know”… “works on every device”… It would be great if the emoji were similar on the 3 main platforms me and my friends use it on: iphone, android, website. It is frustrating when the emoji I send isn’t the emoji they receive.
This video comes from a student of mine that was in my Flame Effects class last year. I’d say that was a win :-)
Firefly Dragon Bike by Justin Lebrun Works
I’m not directly involved with this but it looks very cool. https://workshopweekend.net/video/catalog July 20 & 21 in Oakland, they’ve got a gazillion experts gathered to teach video production. Pre-production, camera work, lighting, interviewing skills, post-production… the list is a freaking mile long. All jammed into your brain in one weekend!
I’ve long cursed Ticketmaster for gouging customers with their service fees. They have exclusive contracts with almost every large performance venue in the US. Here is a good article that explains how this came to be.
This article written by Steve Knopper was in Rolling Stone Magazine July 2009 and was found on the author’s website. I’d summarize it by saying the business is complicated by it’s long history and it’s convoluted evolution.