Non-Functional Requirements in Mobile Applications

Abhishek Kathuria:

Fantastic piece on Non-Functional Requirements in Mobile Apps; a key question in our #HKUiSAD discussions!

Originally posted on Sachin S Date:

Imagine if your bank’s website were to display the following disclaimer on its homepage: “We do not guarantee the security of your personal data or your account information while transacting on our net-banking portal”. Will you still use it? Almost certainly not!

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JVWR Special Issue Update

A special ‘Lantern’ issue on 3D3C Virtual Worlds of the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, which I have co-edited, is now available. The special issue is being published in two parts – Part 1 has been published in Q1 / 2014 and is available here. Part 2 will be published in Q2 / 2014.

JVWR Special Issue

Part 1 of JVWR Special Issue

David vs Goliath in the Facebook Era – Again

A small town brewery was sent a cease and desist letter by Starbucks. Their hilarious response posted on their Facebook page went viral. ‘Nuf said!

See original article here.

Google Acquires Nest

Google has announced its acquisition of Nest for $3.2 billion. This is Google’s biggest and most newsworthy acquisition in the Internet of Things / SmartHome space. Perhaps it forebears its intent to integrate data captured from smart sensors into its search results? More likely is the creation of multiple Google Smart Devices that are deeply integrated together through the Android operating system. An exciting possibility indeed!


Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to buy Nest Labs, Inc. for $3.2 billion in cash.

Nest’s mission is to reinvent unloved but important devices in the home such as thermostats and smoke alarms. Since its launch in 2011, the Nest Learning Thermostat has been a consistent best seller–and the recently launched Protect (Smoke + CO Alarm) has had rave reviews.

See the original press release here.

Apple’s plastic iPhone experiment looks like it’s failing

Abhishek Kathuria:

iPhone 5C. Becoming more C.

Originally posted on Quartz:

Well that didn’t take long. Just 30 days after rolling out a cheaper, plastic-cased version of its flagship smartphone, Apple is reportedly backtracking.

Apple is cutting production of its new iPhone 5C in half, according to a report released by Chinese tech site C Technology (link in Chinese). The report says the company will slash its current 300,000 unit-a-day pace to 150,000.

There’s been no official word on why Apple would scale back so quickly on the manufacturing of the 5C, but if the report proves accurate, chances are it’s due to massively disappointing demand for the cheap phone. Two weeks after its release, 5C sales were already pacing far behind Apple’s other new phone, the pricier 5S. In China, the world’s largest smartphone market, the discrepancy in demand for Apple’s two new phones has been even more pronounced. That has forced Chinese retailers to sell the 5C at even…

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