Dieter Rams (born May 20, 1932 in Wiesbaden, Hesse) is a German industrial designer closely associated with the consumer products company Braun and the Functionalist school of industrial design. (Wikipedia)
One of Rams greatest quote is: Less is better.
It is those time again--the graduation time. Commencement speeches are catching everybody's attention. My personal favorite commencement speech is the speech from Steve Jobs at Stanford University, 2005.
The Royal Dutch Mint have produced a limited edition of QR Coded coins to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Mint in Utrecht. The silver 5€ (image below) and the gold 10€ will be issued on June 22, 2011 when the Mint promises that if you scan the code “…you will be surprised at what you’ll see”. The code scans as http://www.q5g.nl and at the time of writing resolves to the Royal Dutch Mint’s non-mobile site. It will be interesting to see just how scannable the code really is in practice, given that the larger of the two coins is only 33 mm in diameter.
Do you know in some countries, there are more mobile phones than the total population in the country? According to wikipedia, at least in 28 countries/regions, there are more active cellphones than the total population, including Russia, Brazil, Germany, Italy, UK, Ukraine, Spaine, Argentina, Poland, Taiwan, Romain, etc.
According to CTIA (Cellular Telecommunication Internet Association, the trade association of mobile phone companies in the US), by the end of Dec 2010, there are 302.9 million mobile subscribers (users).
Nielsen released a report in May 31, 2011 saying that 37% mobile users now own smartphones: 74% of Android smartphone owners and 79% of iPhone owners report having downloaded apps in the past 30 days;43% of Android owners and 46% of iPhone owners say they streamed online music or mobile radio in the past 30 days; 35% of Android smartphone consumers and 37% of iPhone owners report having watched video or mobile TV in the past 30 days.