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Mobile app design for beginners

Are there any basic online tips for how to approach mobile app design (for print designers who have a formal training)? Resources for how to design for different screen sizes (there are so many of them), latest trends in UI/UX, and most helpful critique/help forums for beginners would be a great help.
posted by omar.a on Aug 25, 2015 - 6 answers

what smartphone OSs exist besides android & iphone? Customising?

Anybody got experiences using OSs besides iphone, android? Customising them? Dual config eg of sailfish, ubuntu? Best phones to try this on? Tips? Avoid? [more inside]
posted by maiamaia on Aug 24, 2015 - 10 answers

Please recommend a device for father-in-law (Windows OS & data plan)

My contractor father-in-law is looking for a tablet or 2-in-1 device that he can use at home or in his truck on job sites. The main uses will be email, internet surfing, maps and tracking employee time. The other must have is the being able to use an ATT data plan directly with the device. He's familiar with Windows so that takes Apple, Chrome and Android OS out of the running. [more inside]
posted by briar0rose on Aug 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Wanted: Dependable cross platform (Mac/iOS/Android) text note syncing.

I'm a huge fan Notational Velocity (Actually NValt), and store bunches of stuff in it, as plain .txt files. I'd like to be able to access them on iOS and Android devices, without losing or duplicating data, but have trouble keeping up with the ongoing saga of sync backends. [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke on Jul 28, 2015 - 11 answers

Gamifying an interactive book

Suppose your favourite childhood book is being brought to the iPad (tablet), how would you gamify it? I'm setting this as a challenge for my game design students but I thought it was such an interesting question, I'd love to hear all your thoughts.
posted by SRMorris on Jul 23, 2015 - 8 answers

Mobile app research

I am researching mobile apps similar to Airbnb and Trip Advisor--essentially popular apps that allow you to (a) search and (b) book. Any resource that critiques or breaks down how these apps work is extremely important as well. [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Jul 6, 2015 - 7 answers

Best prepaid data SIM plan for Australia/NZ visit

What are my SIM options for a two week visit to Australia (Sydney) followed by a 1 week visit to NZ (Wellington then drive down west coast of south island to Queenstown)? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jun 25, 2015 - 6 answers

Microtransaction-free mobile games on Android

Good microtransaction-free games for Android phones with endless modes or just large numbers of levels. Don't need to be free so long as they're not moneypits. [more inside]
posted by Lorc on Jun 12, 2015 - 22 answers

How can I avoid paying $200 for a dumbphone?

My husband recently irreparably damaged his cheap Verizon phone and wants to get a new dumbphone to use on a Verizon contract. We don't have any upgrades available. Verizon is asking for ~$200(!!!), even though prepaid phones of the same type only cost $25. Is there any way we can avoid paying this extortionate amount? [more inside]
posted by peacheater on Jun 11, 2015 - 15 answers

Help us upgrade our iPhones?

It's time to upgrade our iPhones and I feel that I lack a PhD in rocket science or whatever is required to decipher AT&T's policies and get the best deal. Help? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on May 17, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me buy a good mobile phone

I'm trying to buy a mobile phone that is unlocked. I want to avoid getting it from the big stores in Toronto, and I am looking online for a good option. I am really not that tech-savvy, and if I had to choose between Android and iPhone, I'd go with whichever has a better deal. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on May 8, 2015 - 9 answers

Is it possible to pause an ATT account and transfer the phone number?

My company offers to cover our phone bill, however I'm currently on my family's plan. I've been grandfathered into unlimited data and I don't want to lose that. Is it possible to put my individual ATT account on hold, while leaving the rest of the family plan active, and still keep the same number either on an ATT individual account or another service provider?
posted by jsmith78 on May 6, 2015 - 7 answers

why is mobile call quality so terrible?

When calling landline to landline, I have no trouble hearing every word that's said. Meanwhile, my friend just called someone to give an ETA and ended up shouting NATO phonetic alphabet into a smart phone that can stream 1080p video. After he hung up, he admitted that he hated talking on telephones because one party or the other always needed something repeated. Why is mobile call quality so terrible? Why do people not demand this (in the economic sense)? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on May 3, 2015 - 18 answers

Social mobile games recommendation

Please recommend to me mobile games for Android AND iOS that I can play with other people in the same room. The games should be fairly easy to learn and a session should take 5-30 minutes.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Apr 6, 2015 - 6 answers

What are the most innovative things retailers are doing with mobile?

I'm trying to find the best, most interesting, perhaps most unusual things retailers are doing with reaching out to mobile phone users. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Mar 31, 2015 - 7 answers

What do you listen to on your amateur radio or scanner?

Having just earned my amateur radio license, I've purchased a handheld transceiver with decent wide-band coverage and I'm trying to figure out what I should program into it. I've added the nearest repeaters on my licensed bands, but what's worthwhile to add next? What else do people program on their mobiles, HTs, and scanners? I'd like to find active and interesting channels to monitor when I'm not conversing with someone myself. [more inside]
posted by Songdog on Mar 27, 2015 - 6 answers

Switching from expensive AT&T iPhone plan to bare-bones phone/plan

Right now I pay AT&T $120 each month for iPhone talk/text/data service. For the past several months, all I have really used is maybe 1-2 hours of talk per month and perhaps 100 texts. I don't use the data at all. I miss ye olde $40/month Cingular plan on my indestructible Nokia brick of yore. How do I get back to that place (and keep my current phone number)? [more inside]
posted by Munching Langolier on Mar 16, 2015 - 18 answers

Conveneint cart

Looking for a light, compact, and mobile utility cart that can be carried up a couple of flights of stairs. [more inside]
posted by mefitem on Mar 8, 2015 - 3 answers

Trailer/RV living in Ventura?

I am trying to help my brother, who currently lives in the back of his truck, find a new "home". I am thinking that if I were to purchase him a very modest camper (like less than $2000) he could maybe find a cheap spot to park it and live? [more inside]
posted by hippychick on Feb 17, 2015 - 12 answers

How to turn off Google Photos

I don't think there's any way to uninstall the Google Photo bloatware on my unrooted Android phone, which is super-annoying. I've turned off "upload to Google+" but am angsty that one day, after an update or whatever, it might re-default to upload. I don't want Google saving copies of my stuff, and I am not reassured by their help materials, which talk about me "not seeing" the images anymore if I delete them. That's not the same as Google not having them, which is what I'm trying to avoid. Without rooting my phone, is there a way I can delete the app, or stop it from storing my stuff? [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Feb 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Is there a way to link to someone's calendar from the web?

I volunteer at an organization that puts on a lot of events. Is there a way to post a link on the web that will automatically link to a user's desktop or mobile calendar so they have the option of just hitting save to add the event to their calendar? Is this doable or even safe from a web security point of view? To be clear, we have no wish to harvest the user's info or anything similar. We just want to make it super easy for them to add our events to their personal calendar.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jan 23, 2015 - 6 answers

% Calls by cell/mobile compared to landline

i am finding it very hard to get good statistics on the percentage of calls made by cell/mobile compared to percentage made on landlines. Anyone have a source? I can get plenty on percentage of homes with or without landlines but no stats on by percentage of calls (number or duration). Stats from all countries welcome. I thought these stat would be easy to find but i am stumped, apart from Vietnam where i found it is s 97% mobile.
posted by priorpark17 on Jan 9, 2015 - 2 answers

Help Us Light the World with Tiny Glowing Screens for Christmas

What would be the best (lowest cost / least hassle) way to get my immediate family (wife, son, daughter, myself) up and running on iPhone 6s for Christmas this year? [more inside]
posted by doctor tough love on Dec 16, 2014 - 10 answers

Selling MP3 downloads via mobile.

What options make the most sense for selling audio drama MP3s for mobile users? [more inside]
posted by davebush on Dec 9, 2014 - 0 answers

Child-safe messaging device

I'd like to give my 2 nieces and 1 nephew a shared device this Christmas, with which they can send and receive SMS and MMS messages (or similar) to and from an explicit whitelist of contacts. Apple iMessage is not an option. Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Nov 25, 2014 - 15 answers

Need options for short-term US cell phone for travel.

I'm traveling from the UK to the US in 2 days, and need a cell phone with a US number for roughly a week. I have an unlocked GSM smartphone with dual SIM slots. Any options to get a short-term US SIM card quickly (and, ideally, cheaply!)? [more inside]
posted by still bill on Nov 16, 2014 - 8 answers

What are the best, high-quality sites about Android?

What are the best news/opinions about Android in terms of quality of writing and analysis? I'm after sites that post relatively infrequently, but tend to produce high quality stuff when they do post: the Android equivalent of sites like MacStories, Daring Fireball, and Six Colors. (I know far more about iOS than I do Android, but should really know about both.)
posted by Richard Holden on Oct 28, 2014 - 4 answers

What makes the optimal wall charger for the Motorola Moto G (2nd Gen.)?

I have recently obtained a Moto G (2nd Gen.) and it comes without a wall charger, while Motorola’s support gleefully mentions (archive.today) it ‘is best to use the Motorola charger that came with your phone.’ What output does a USB power adapter need to give to charge the phone quickest and cleanest? [more inside]
posted by Martijn on Oct 20, 2014 - 8 answers

Best Format for Mobile Emergency Phone List

I'd like to distribute an emergency phone list with numbers that are clickable on a smartphone. [more inside]
posted by beyond_pink on Oct 15, 2014 - 6 answers

iPad/iPhone printing to HP Officejet 100 via Airport...

MobilePrintingFilter - I needed a diminutive printer, and only the HP Officejet 100 fit the bill. I've got it working fine from my Macbook via direct USB, via Bluetooth, and, having USB-connected it to the same Airport Extreme base station that delivers my internet connection, via Bonjour. Now all I'm missing is... printig to it from my iPad. [more inside]
posted by progosk on Oct 12, 2014 - 13 answers

Recommendations for a mobile phone for Mom?

My Mom is 78, has and can use a laptop and Google Voice but is not particularly tech adventurous. She walks about 5 - 7 miles a day and is really self-sufficient, but we'd like to procure and use a mobile phone for her at the very least for coordinating emergencies about other people, and maybe so she can coordinate her own, if needed. I am having trouble formulating the problem and finding solutions with Google, and could really use your help and advice! [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Oct 9, 2014 - 12 answers

Looking for a specific advert from around 2009 in the UK...

Hi there I am trying to find an advert from around 2009 that, as I remember it was... 1) For a mobile phone network (although not a major one); 2) Depicted a purple cartoon-like character holding a spray can or a marker; and 3) Had a "graffiti" style typeface or logo. This advert ran on the London Underground, however, due to LU's advertising policy, it was the logo and character were edited so they bore no reference to graffiti. Please help!
posted by FuckingAwesome on Oct 7, 2014 - 1 answer

Android design specifically, and mobile design generally.

I have done a lot of research and I can’t make sense of this. I am a newbie mobile android visual designer. There’s no one else I can ask. I'm trying to understand resolution in terms of the android world for a native app design. [more inside]
posted by happytaco on Sep 16, 2014 - 2 answers

Switching to T-Mobile in NYC

I have been impressed by T-Mobile's innovative new plans (offering things like unlimited data, international data included, no lock-in, wifi calling, etc) and am tempted to switch from AT&T. I live in NYC and don't travel much within the USA. If I do, it is generally to other big cities. I am wondering if any other Mefites have experience switching from AT&T to T-Mobile or if they can shed light on the general T-Mobile experience. I am grandfathered into an old AT&T plan that no longer exists, so I am somewhat hesitant to switch. That being said, it seems that I would save something like $20/month with T-Mobile. Thanks.
posted by beisny on Sep 12, 2014 - 38 answers

Attachment issues

I hate my new android cellphone. Please help me work out how not to hate it so much. I am coming off a multi-year iPhone habit and everything just feels like the biggest pain in the ass. Teach me how to stop worrying and learn to love the 'droid. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Sep 9, 2014 - 18 answers

What does it take to launch a social media app?

I'm talking about a start-up app that is like Instagram when it first started (in terms of server needs as well as the kind of professionals that are needed to make it happen). Are there any online resources that can help a layman with a budget explore the depths of such an ominous endeavor? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Sep 4, 2014 - 3 answers

How do I make a custom offline map?

I will be going to a convention in about a month and a half. Last year (at the same convention) I had trouble getting my hands on a map and figured it would be handy to have all the information on my phone which I'll be having with me anyway. I need help figuring out if I can do this. [more inside]
posted by bjrn on Aug 31, 2014 - 3 answers

This Is Not My Forte - website building edition.

About 7 years ago, I created a website for my small business using Current Webhosting Company's WYSIWYG editor. Current Company has not really kept up with advances in website technology (i.e., no responsive design options, difficult to create a mobile site, clumsy blogging, etc). But I've worked hard on my site and I'm generally proud of it. Should I cut my losses and start all over again? Or can this website be saved... and how??? [more inside]
posted by JubileeRubaloo on Aug 29, 2014 - 5 answers

How did this ad get served to me?

Surprising coincidence or are adblock/ghostery/etc not actualy effective? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Aug 23, 2014 - 15 answers

How do I get a copy of the MP3 that was included on the W850?

I once briefly owned a Sony Ericsson W850 mobile phone. There was this really cool music MP3 pre-loaded on the phone that I found to by hypnotic. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Aug 15, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me find beautiful games for my Android phone

I love Monument Valley, and would like to find more games like it. I'm seeking ones that are beautiful, minimalist, simple, atmospheric and tranquil -- the less time pressure and freneticism, the better. Puzzle-like aspects are great, arty/indie is great, good use of sound would be great. I'd especially love recommendations for games featuring female protagonists and ones rooted in a non-competitive worldview --- but those aspects aren't critical, just nice-to-have. Help me waste my time with beauty and joy :)
posted by Susan PG on Aug 13, 2014 - 10 answers

Can you lower this amount slightly?

I accidentally ran up my phone bill to $1100. I want to know what I can say, if anything, to try to lower my bill. [more inside]
posted by ostranenie on Jul 29, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me get my kid a phone

Parents, what do you wish you knew when you got your kid their first phone? I need practical advice, but I'm also interested in the less tangible parent/child relations-type advice, too. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jul 23, 2014 - 23 answers

Best SIM card for EU roaming data?

I will be traveling for 10 days in Germany (2 days), Denmark (2 days), and Sweden (6 days) at the end of this month. Voice and texting is relatively unimportant, but I do need data for maps, keeping in touch with my traveling companions, etc. What's the best way to do this, given that I'm in Greece at the moment and need the SIM card by Friday? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars on Jul 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Note 3 owners - do you use the stylus?

I am looking at getting a new phone with a big-ass screen, primarily for browsing. I've narrowed it down to an LG Pro 2, Sony T2 Ultra, or Galaxy Note 3 - but I need to know if anyone actually uses the space-age stylus. [more inside]
posted by smoke on Jul 19, 2014 - 15 answers

Apps That Help Combine Photos to Fix When People Don't Smile or Blinking

I used to use and love an iOS app called GroupShot that helped you magically combine the good parts of multiple photos into one to help fix issues like when people don't smile or accidentally blink or when they aren't all looking at the camera at the same time. The app no longer works right and I can't find any others like it! Anyone know of any other apps out there that do that? [more inside]
posted by purefusion on Jul 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Traveling to Vancouver. Pre-paid mobile data plans?

I'll be in Vancouver and the surrounding area next week. What's the best way for me to get data on my cellphone? Something like a prepaid mobile SIM card tied to a data plan. Just relying on wifi isn't an option as half of the time I won't be in the city. [more inside]
posted by destrius on Jul 15, 2014 - 10 answers

iPhone game like A Dark Room, but...not A Dark Room?

I’m looking for a game, playable on my iPhone, with probably crazy specific requirements. I fell in love with and completed (twice, once with huts and once without) A Dark Room. If I could erase my memory of playing that game and do it again, that’s basically what I’m after. [more inside]
posted by DulcineaX on Jul 10, 2014 - 11 answers

Is there a 3G/4G wireless router that takes multiple SIM cards/dongles?

I'm based in the UK and will be spending a week somewhere that has no broadband. The reception on most networks seems to be changeable though it's strongest on Vodafone. Is there a 3G/4G wireless router that can take multiple SIM cards or dongles so that I can connect together more than one network and thus maximise my chances of getting connectivity?
posted by skylar on Jul 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Androidfilter: can I use my Android's GPS despite not buying a 3G plan?

I own an old Samsung Galaxy SII Android phone. I've recently cancelled its 3G plan, so now it accesses the Internet exclusively through Wifi. This has apparently caused its GPS function to stop working when it's out of range of a Wifi network, which I hadn't expected. I'd like to resume using it as a mobile GPS device without re-purchasing a 3G plan. Do you know whether this can be done? [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Jun 27, 2014 - 19 answers

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