I have only begun to appreciate the intricacies of phone-touch-screen web navigation in the last couple months of carrying one myself, and thus am perhaps a little late to this game. Still, it can be nice to wait long enough that a really elegant solution has time to come along.
That solution is WPTouch, a WordPress them from BraveNewCode that automagically makes my WordPress-powered blog slim, sleek and touch-able when viewed on my iPhone (and yours). So there you go, iPhone visitors – I am one of you now, I feel your pain, I have responded.
Download Squad: WPTouch makes WordPress blogs look better on touch mobile devices.
Where was this when I was packing a bag to London? Unfortunately it’s just a concept right now, but this slick idea folds the bulky UK power adapter into a slim three-prong wonder that packs better, and – with a modified power strip – could potentially reduce under-the-desk clutter. This is the kind of simple invention that you hope will get adopted by every electronics manufacturer post-haste, but which sadly will probably end up an obscure adapter in a few hundred British geeks’ toolboxes.
Courtesy of Engadget, who has a video of it in action: UK Folding Plug concept could flatten that bulky British adapter.
Like I needed another reason to spend money I don’t have on shiny things from that Amazon “recommended for Brian” page, they’ve announced “frustration-free” packaging on select products, with a hopefully-growing list of items sold in simple (and recyclable) cardboard containers. No more tearing open those evil blister packs with my teeth, or risking death and/or amputation by wrestling them apart with a kitchen knife, can opener, or pair of dull scissors. Something I’ve been dreaming of for years has finally arrived – hooray!
Amazon issued a press release today announcing the beginning of this effort, and have created an alternate storefront (at amazon.com/packaging ) to browse items available this way. The list looked pretty short today but I’ll definitely be revisiting it.
As you can expect, this is a popular effort, both with frustrated consumers and the environmentally-aware media. In fact, the only ones who aren’t embracing the change are consumers who had previously invested in their own solution: