My top three takeaways from the Women in Product conference

Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend the second annual Women in Product conference that took place in San Jose. Around 1,500 product managers, all women, all working at some tech-related product, at many, many different stages of their career. I was inspired not only by the women on stage but also by the women … Continue reading My top three takeaways from the Women in Product conference

Gartner’s emerging technology hype cycle – 2017 edition

For the past few years I’ve taken a look at Gartner's Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle as a way of following what products and technologies make it out of the Silicon Valley bubble and into the real world. It’s an interesting yet in some way humbling exercise to see what products that we think are the … Continue reading Gartner’s emerging technology hype cycle – 2017 edition

A few musings on notifications in iOS by a long time Android user

This week, after my Android phone died again, I decided to venture into the world of Apple and borrowed an old iPhone 6 from a friend. I’ve spent the last few days fighting with my muscle memory (where do I swipe?) and Googling “how do I…” when I can’t find an essential setting. Since my … Continue reading A few musings on notifications in iOS by a long time Android user

Citymapper integrated bike-sharing and it looks great

Going on vacation is my way to see what Citymapper has been up to. It’s pretty much the only app that continues to surprise me every time I update with some new, useful feature. Last time it was the journey companion (hitting Go on a chosen route provides cards throughout the trip and reminders when … Continue reading Citymapper integrated bike-sharing and it looks great

Tech, climate change, big data, and making a difference

A while ago I wrote about the challenges of writing a tech blog about apps and gadgets when world-altering events are going on. This came into focus this week after the president’s withdrawal from the Paris Accord and the ensuing conversation. Then, surprisingly, commitment to support the Accord poured in from cities, states, universities and … Continue reading Tech, climate change, big data, and making a difference

Apple enters the smart speaker fray – a bit late and a bit short

Apple is hosting its developer's conference this week and kicked things off yesterday with keynote with all their product announcements. Presented last, but predicted by many Apple followers, was their new smart speaker, called HomePod. Despite the precedence set by Google and Amazon, Apple’s focus is different and starts with music. Apple’s Phil Schiller said … Continue reading Apple enters the smart speaker fray – a bit late and a bit short

Notifications in Android O: what to expect

Notifications are tricky but are essential when building a mobile app. Nir Eyal, who wrote the book on building habit-forming products says “[notifications] are the Pavlovian bell of the 21st century and they get us to check our tech incessantly.” They are the triggers to bring a user back into an app, and they do … Continue reading Notifications in Android O: what to expect

Straight from I/O – new sharing features in Google Photos that you really need

Last week I had the opportunity to attend Google I/O for three days. It’s the conference where Google announces new products and features while providing new guidelines for developers to support those products. A week after the keynote, the themes I remember are that machine learning is for everything and Assistant is your friend, whether … Continue reading Straight from I/O – new sharing features in Google Photos that you really need

What’s next for Citymapper? A bus?!

Loyal readers know by now that Citymapper is one of my all time favorite apps. It offers the best public transport route planning I’ve seen with delightful features such as a recommended car to be best situated at the end station and what exit to use from the station that’s closest to the final destination. … Continue reading What’s next for Citymapper? A bus?!

AR for the rest of us

Augmented reality (AR) touted at Facebook’s F8 with a place of honor on Facebook’s 10 year roadmap as one of three technology areas Facebook is going to focus on. Mark Zuckerberg stated in his short keynote that Facebook is “making the camera the first augmented reality platform” which, with their strengths in machine learning and … Continue reading AR for the rest of us