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Short News

Just finished reading the article Microsoft takes email design back 5 years over at campaign monitor. Looks like Microsoft is literally taking back all that we knew about HTML email design… And I thought Lotus Notes sucked!

Read more from Microsoft: Word 2007 HTML and CSS Rendering Capabilities in Outlook 2007

The FWA announced their long awaited 2006 award winners. The FWA Site of the year is none other than the hilarious Philips Body groom followed by the FWA People’s choice which was awarded to the engaging Audi R8 site. Congratulations!

Nifty little design feed aggregator. Worth a look for those that like their news all pulled together.

Steve Jobs has just announced the availability in February of it’s “under the TV” media player (formerly iTV) for $299. I think they won’t be able to keep these on the shelves.

Biggest announcement however is the iPhone — a touch-wide-screen device which incorporate an iPod, phone and PDA functions. A interface that does away with keypad or stylus and let’s you handle most controls via touching and sliding your fingers across a seriously high-resolution screen (160 pixels per inch). It’s gorgeous, of course, and quad-band. Just when I was looking for a new gadget to buy myself.

While it still needs to be properly field-tested it still baffles me how Apple can consistently one-up everyone. Other companies have been doing phones for years and yet we were yet to see a decent mobile interface. Similarly, companies where doing MP3 players long before the iPod came out and we all know what happened there. This looks like it will blow other devices out of the water. It could be a bit premature to judge this from a keynote but Apple’s track-record pretty much guarantees that this will be executed properly. Here’s me sounding like a fanboy again. Sigh.

Job’s MacWorld 2007 keynote is about to start. You can follow it semi-live here. They’ve taken the store down which should mean at least one new product.

Apple’s got a new year’s message on their homepage which looks suspiciously like a teaser for something. Some are saying that the nearly precise 16:9 ratio of the large banner hints as to what Mr. Jobs will be pulling out of his pocket come January 9th. Could it be the imminent announcement of the crunchy one’s foray into your living room, the iTV? Could it be the new touch-wide-screen iPod? For someone that uses a Lenovo laptop I’m really starting to sound like an Apple fanboy. Oh, and happy new year everyone.

Good experience sells. Nintendo has sold over 3 million Wiis — quite possibly the most approachable piece of technology since the iPod.

Digg.com updates and unleashes new features. From “new sections” (incl. videos and podcasting) to “Top 10 Stories” and “Video Playback” enhancements… Although the new design is definitely an enhancement over the previous layout (horizontal navigation / flexible width), I kinda liked the old style better… but that’s only me. Get the full scoop at the Digg blog where Kevin Rose explains all the changes.

Microsoft.com relaunches with a 100% CSS layout and multi-browser support. Not much time to play around with it but we (kinda) like it. What do you think?

Long time UX Mag friend Aleksandar Vacić has released version 4 of his super elegant XHTML menu script. Neat, skinable and clean, clean, clean. Love it.

We’ve just added Snap Preview Anywhere so you can now see previews of external links before you click them. We looked into integrating our own solution for a while but this is an elegant solution and, for the moment, seems very reliable. What do you think?

Firebug 1.0 Beta is now available to the general public and is without a doubt the most important web development tool released this year.

Short News

Just finished reading the article Microsoft takes email design back 5 years over at campaign monitor. Looks like Microsoft is literally taking back all that we knew about HTML email design… And I thought Lotus Notes sucked!

Read more from Microsoft: Word 2007 HTML and CSS Rendering Capabilities in Outlook 2007

The FWA announced their long awaited 2006 award winners. The FWA Site of the year is none other than the hilarious Philips Body groom followed by the FWA People’s choice which was awarded to the engaging Audi R8 site. Congratulations!

Nifty little design feed aggregator. Worth a look for those that like their news all pulled together.

Steve Jobs has just announced the availability in February of it’s “under the TV” media player (formerly iTV) for $299. I think they won’t be able to keep these on the shelves.

Biggest announcement however is the iPhone — a touch-wide-screen device which incorporate an iPod, phone and PDA functions. A interface that does away with keypad or stylus and let’s you handle most controls via touching and sliding your fingers across a seriously high-resolution screen (160 pixels per inch). It’s gorgeous, of course, and quad-band. Just when I was looking for a new gadget to buy myself.

While it still needs to be properly field-tested it still baffles me how Apple can consistently one-up everyone. Other companies have been doing phones for years and yet we were yet to see a decent mobile interface. Similarly, companies where doing MP3 players long before the iPod came out and we all know what happened there. This looks like it will blow other devices out of the water. It could be a bit premature to judge this from a keynote but Apple’s track-record pretty much guarantees that this will be executed properly. Here’s me sounding like a fanboy again. Sigh.

Job’s MacWorld 2007 keynote is about to start. You can follow it semi-live here. They’ve taken the store down which should mean at least one new product.

Apple’s got a new year’s message on their homepage which looks suspiciously like a teaser for something. Some are saying that the nearly precise 16:9 ratio of the large banner hints as to what Mr. Jobs will be pulling out of his pocket come January 9th. Could it be the imminent announcement of the crunchy one’s foray into your living room, the iTV? Could it be the new touch-wide-screen iPod? For someone that uses a Lenovo laptop I’m really starting to sound like an Apple fanboy. Oh, and happy new year everyone.

Good experience sells. Nintendo has sold over 3 million Wiis — quite possibly the most approachable piece of technology since the iPod.

Digg.com updates and unleashes new features. From “new sections” (incl. videos and podcasting) to “Top 10 Stories” and “Video Playback” enhancements… Although the new design is definitely an enhancement over the previous layout (horizontal navigation / flexible width), I kinda liked the old style better… but that’s only me. Get the full scoop at the Digg blog where Kevin Rose explains all the changes.

Microsoft.com relaunches with a 100% CSS layout and multi-browser support. Not much time to play around with it but we (kinda) like it. What do you think?

Long time UX Mag friend Aleksandar Vacić has released version 4 of his super elegant XHTML menu script. Neat, skinable and clean, clean, clean. Love it.

We’ve just added Snap Preview Anywhere so you can now see previews of external links before you click them. We looked into integrating our own solution for a while but this is an elegant solution and, for the moment, seems very reliable. What do you think?

Firebug 1.0 Beta is now available to the general public and is without a doubt the most important web development tool released this year.

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