The decadence and corruption associated with [Rightel’s] use outweighs its benefits. It will cause new deviances in our society, which is unfortunately already plagued with deviances.
Grand Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi in a fatwa against Rightel, a 3G mobile operator that’s bringing video calls to Iran. AL Monitor, Fatwa Issued Against 3G Internet Operator in Iran.
FJP: A second Ayatollah says the video calls “jeopardize the public chastity”.
A petition signed by some residents in the city of Qom says that services like Rightel are a part of “enemy culture” and “facilitate access to sin and decadence”.
STUDY: More people than ever use apps!
STUDY: Smartphone users rely on GPS and map functions so they won’t get lost.
STUDY: Small but growing number of people use their tablets as coasters for cold drinks.
STUDY: Men consume a whole lot of porn.
STUDY: More people than ever use emoticons in text messages.
STUDY: Consumers compare prices online while shopping at big box retail stores.
STUDY: Majority of Americans can’t find Mali on a map.
STUDY: Tech blogs and newspapers always happy to publish results of inane studies.
The children and teenagers huddled over their devices at McDonald’s Corp. restaurants and Starbucks Corp. coffee shops across the country underscore the persistence of the Internet gap in education. McDonald’s has 12,000 Wi-Fi-equipped locations in the U.S., and Starbucks has another 7,000. Together, that is more than the roughly 15,000 Wi-Fi-enabled public libraries in the country.
Anton Troianovsky, Wall Street Journal. The Web-Deprived Study at McDonald’s.
Besides being interesting for its numbers, the article above is another good one on the digital divide — the term for the inequality between groups based on their access to the internet and technology.
In the US, Alabama and other nearby states are regularly noted for their low broadband access.
But some are not as concerned as others. See this article from Salon, which postulates that mobile phones may help fix the problem in America’s rural areas:
As far as the “digital divide” is concerned, the smartphone is something of a unique product in the history of personal technology. It simultaneously represents the cutting edge of the technology business — the most computing power packed in the smallest box — and it is the obvious choice for members of any economic class to adopt as the most ounce-for-ounce efficient and economic answer to how to get connected in an era where connectivity is — after food, water and shelter — an almost universal top priority.
Designers, especially those transitioning from print to web, yearn for [a consistent canvas size]. We’re lucky to have it on phones, but the varying sizes of desktop browsers throw us in a loop. Despite that, I was bullish on keeping the width of the desktop text at a comfortable 65-70 characters per line no matter how long your browser becomes. I was steadfast in keeping the content on top—not hugged by filters, settings, search bars and ads. More space in your window doesn’t mean you have to fill it.
Mig Reyes, designer, 37signals, on redesigning the Signal vs Noise blog (but don’t call it a blog). 37signals, The Typography and Layout behind the new Signal vs. Noise redesign.
Let’s repeat: More space in your window doesn’t mean you have to fill it.