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The Best of the Week (Mar. 14): Mobile Zone

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Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Mobile Zone (Mar. 14 to Mar. 20). Here they are, in order of popularity:

1. Visual Design is Nothing Without UX Design

This is a break from the author's usual, more technical posts, indulge me for a moment. So, he was looking at Etsy on one of his Android tablets as he'd remembered it being highlighted as an example of an extremely well designed app. What follows is his experience as a first time user.

2. Book Review: Learning Android Intents

Sometimes I need a quick reference, or in this case, I needed to start from the ground up. Intent as a framework seems pretty straight forward...

3. Why MessageBox.Show() = Fail!

In a recent post, the author stated that: "[h]aving "MessageBox.Show()" in your code is almost always an indicator of a poorly designed interaction or notification and contributes to a poor user experience." There was some debate in the comments about why or how he could claim this.

4. iOS 7.1: New Minimal UI Mode and Old Bugs on Safari

As you might know, iOS 7.0 included one of the buggiest browsers of all time for iPhones and iPads. After 5 months we have now the 7.1 update that wants to give some fresh air to web developers. Let’s see if Apple succeeded on the task.

5. The Beacon Experiments: Low-Energy Bluetooth Devices in Action

The author was recently lucky enough to get a hold of a couple of sets of Bluetooth low-energy beacons; three Estimote beacons and a set of five Kontakt beacons. Whilst the Estimote beacons sure looked a lot fancier, he was keen to see if it was all just for show, or if they truly were a superior product.

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