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Google's self-driving cars kick off this episode of The Dirt. How will they work, how will they affect or be defeated by U.S. car culture, who will they affect the most? We also take a look at the battle between Amazon and Hachette as they work out who deserves the lion's share of margins in the e-book business.

Direct download: 103-news.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 10:44am EDT

Today Steve makes his triumphant return from the land of hobbits and amazing breakfast food. We discuss the experience of communication and how some recent technology from Skype and a Google acquisition are breaking down barriers. We also take a look at a startup trying to remove some friction around communication during foreign travel.

Direct download: 102-translate.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 10:40am EDT

This week on the show, we sit down with Designer, O'Reilly Author, and Founder of ARTIFACT conference Jennifer Robbins.

Jennifer tells us all about the trials, tribulations and successes of putting together a great conference. We chat about the recent ARTIFACT in Austin, and the upcoming show in Providence, the great lineup of speakers and plans for the future! Tune in for braverygreatness, and conversation!

Direct download: 101-robbins.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 8:21am EDT


For our 100th episode(!!!) our esteemed guest this week is Marc Edwards of Bjango, purveyor of indispensable design tools and utilities for OS X and iOS. We explore the past, present, and future of Bjango, from a humble beginning in the world of Dashboard widgets to Skala, their upcoming vector design tool set to launch later this year. It’s a great discussion about the indie software market, developing for professionals, and the risks and rewards of playing in Adobe’s backyard.

Direct download: 100-bjango.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 10:14am EDT


Another day, another Dirt! In today’s episode, we cover our favorite stories from the week’s experience design and technology news. Learn about Google’s plans to elevate Uber whilst burying URLs, and hear all about a handheld device that promises to redefine your avocado experience. What in the world does a new avocado experience mean, and why do you need it? Find out on The Dirt!

Direct download: 99-news.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 10:13am EDT

What’s happening on mobile these days? Why is my phone suddenly littered with two Dropbox apps, a couple Foursquare apps, and goodness knows how many Facebook apps? On today’s episode of the Dirt, your favorite UX superheroes tackle the recent wave of tech companies splitting their apps apart. What’s causing this trend, and what are the implications for the businesses and their users?


Of course, this week’s show won’t answer all of your burning UX questions. If you want to interrogate Tim and Steve in person, why not attend Future Insights Live in Vegas this June? Listen to this week’s show for a chance to save over $500 on a FIL ticket.

Direct download: 98-focused-experiences.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 9:16am EDT

Snapchat, Facebook App Links, and Apple Speculation

In today’s show, Tim, Mark, and Steve discuss all the news that’s fit to transmit – not to mention a few baseless rumors. Snapchat has released a major update, Facebook is trying to make iOS, Android, and Windows Phone play nice, and despite the fact that Apple didn’t do anything, we couldn’t help but wildly speculate about their future! Laugh, cry, and maybe learn something on this week’s episode of The Dirt.


PS – Want to see Tim, Steve, and a boatload of significantly more respectful speakers at Future Insights Live in Vegas? We’re giving away a $500+ off the ticket price to one lucky listener. Tune in to this episode for a chance to win!

Direct download: 97-news.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 9:13am EDT

Designing and Developing from the Middle

In today’s episode of The Dirt, we tackle how real world constraints affect the design and development process. Clients often hire us to update existing work, to jump into the middle, as opposed to starting truly fresh. We explore how to navigate aging infrastructure, brand baggage, and personal politics.


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Direct download: 96-middle.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 9:09am EDT