Artemis IT Design Blog

Google+ growth

Google continues their growth of their social media platform, Google+. Google owns so many products that we use everyday and they are now starting to roll all of these into one application. Google recently announced that their would discontinue their feature called Latitude. A lot of people are not familiar with Google Latitude, but it is a great feature for tracking phones. This feature will go dark on August 9th, however, it is being replaced by Google+’s location sharing feature. The Google+ feature allows for sharing with assigned circles, which is key features for those that are geographically challenged. The usability for this feature is easily accessible inside of the multiple Google+ applications and the activation process is in fact easier than previously designed by Latitude.

One thing that we would like to see incorporated into Google+ is through their recent retirement of Google Reader. Their great blog reading RSS feed reader could easily be rolled into social media features. We haven’t heard of any feature as of yet, but I’m sure that it’s not far behind.

UX a major focus for Apple

Coming out of this year’s WWDC, Apple has indicated their strong focus on the User Experience. Apple has clearly done a lot of research with its iOS 7 roll-out. Sticking to their reputation of innovative design, iOS 7 truly does target the user.

Some of the updates that we see from this overhaul are:

  • Depth
  • White Space
  • Life without Borders

Android FROYO 2.2.1 Review

I’ve been surfing on my Droid X since its launch this summer. There has been two updates that I can remember, most recently rolling out 2.2.1. The newest update has greatly increase the phone’s performance and has helped with battery issues…all though I still found myself asking for five different chargers on this years Christmas list

While working towards my retirement, (aka….working at the only company that’s giving a matching 401k [comcast]) I spent a decent amount of time this Fall inside of a satellite uplink facility watching college football. The building is known for having some of the best coordinates in the world, however, I found the prison that I work in to greatly hinder the performance of my phone. Verizon is still the strongest competitor inside of the building, but I kept finding myself looking for the closest outlet to charge up. With the 2.2.1 update, I spent about 20 hours inside of this building last week and I can honestly tell a difference. When the phone has previously just been sitting searching for a better signal while I’m sitting there texting and securing my other retirement plan (aka, facebooking), I found myself being able to sit during downtime and not worry about missing important e-mails for hopes of a future.

Being an avid picture taker, I have also found that the update has helped with the response of the camera application’s loading. I can have the program launched and imaged captured within five minutes or less.

One of the major issues that has still not been corrected is the ability to fully manage my contacts. I love having a phone that automatically links to all of my social networks, but this is also a downfall. When I have other a thousand friends on facebook, their contact profile on the phone is locked and defaults to that number and this forces me to have to unlink contacts, creating multiple cards and confuse my voice search when I’m driving down the road. Once this error is fixed, I think the system should be ready to roll out honeycomb at CES, as this will be a big issue on the quick roll-out of tablets.

Verizon’s Samsung Omnia GPS & Google Latitude

I became a fan of Google Latitude when it first launched, but just recently became eager to use it. Downloading the program and such directly to my phone was easy, as was finding some co-workers, friends, & most importantly family; however, I wasn’t able to update my location. I noticed that many users who seem to use it connect via a Data call, but with it being exactly one month since Verizon unlocked the GPS capability, I wanted to go in and check. This is pretty simple to fix, but you may also need to install the ‘CF03 Samsung Update‘ if you don’t already have a flashed phone or aren’t a computer geek.

In order to get your Omnia working working with the GPS service you need to make sure that these things are fixed/set:

Go into the Settings of the phone, either by the Windows logo at the top left of the screen, or inside of the Phone’s Menu. Making sure that you’re in the ‘Personal’ tab at the bottom, select the Blue Icon labeled ‘Phone.’ Minimize the on-screen keyboard and at the bottom it should load to the default tab ‘Phone,’ but you want to click on ‘Services.’ Inside of this menu there should be an Option titled ‘GPS’ Select ‘GPS’ (it will highlight in blue) and click ‘Change Setting’ The Radio Buttom should be on ’911 Only’ and you want to select ‘Location On’ If this doesn’t work for you, then you have some other things on your phone that I don’t.

Opening Google Latitude (Called Google Maps on the Omnia) You want your Privacy Settings set to ‘Detect your location’ With the list closed and just viewing the map, you need to click on the ‘Menu’ at the bottom right and go to ‘Options’ > ‘GPS Settings’ > and the radio button should be on ‘Managed by Windows’ I use COM0 and 4800, but if this doesn’t work then you can try other Communication Ports. After that is set, select ‘Use GPS’ from the Menu (it’ll put a “check” there to confirm). The phone should then Automatically start looking for Satellites. I live in a House in Denver and just set it next to the window. If you think you’ll have better luck, go outside, but that may not make much of a difference.

**If it doesn’t automatically start detecting your settings and you have that feature to manually detect then click the ‘Blue Box with a Dot in the middle’ Icon and it should then work. Manually detecting may help with Battery life, but Smart Phones it all comes down to personal preference and today’s hot topic of Privacy.

This blog was first written on 8/17/09

2013 WWDC Review

Last week’s World Wide Developers Conference announced some of the largest changes to Apple since the passing of Steve Jobs. Apple seemed to have taken well over a year to mourn Jobs. 2013 has now been a step in the right direction.

Apple continues to be at the forefront of Mobile. Not just the small devices that we carry in our pockets, but the fact that we take and want to take our computers with us everywhere. It has been said for several years that desktop computers will not last. The fact of that is however, that desktop computers still out perform laptops and mobile devices. At this year’s WWDC, Apple announced their release in the Fall of 2013 their updated Desktop Tower, the Mac Pro.


The majority of people state that it looks like a miniature trash can that you might have sitting next to your desk, the fact of the matter is that it still will perform extremely well over other devices.  We here at Artemis IT Design work daily with broadcast professionals.  We ourselves design for broadcast and other various screens.  The render performance of a tower over a laptop is by far faster.  Occasionally, our friends travel to professional sporting events to provide support and they will pack and ship their giant towers to have the performance that is required in a fast-paced working environment.  You never really know what a deadline is until you work in broadcasting and have multiple daily newscasts.   We’re not going to list all of the specs for the next Mac Pro as you can check them out yourselves via Apple’s Website, but we are excited to see a tower that still performs and brings a powerful punch and is much easier to travel with.

icon-ios7     Our Mobile developers & designers here at Artemis IT Design have given a short breakdown of the next OS that will also launch this Fall, iOS 7.  Many of the reviews out there complain about the new O.S., but we are really excited about this.  It is about time that Apple takes advantage of the full screen.  The phone itself has had physical borders, so there has been no real need for them on the digital scale.

We have certainly seen some similarities between this roll-out and Androids existing O.S.  Apple continues to design clean and innovative products.  People spend no more than two minutes checking out a new app, so by continuing to evaluate the User Experience and how to make a better experience for everyone, Apple has done plenty of research in this complete overhaul.  We talk more about the UX Design aspects in our next blog post – UX a major factor for Apple.
iOS 7 Human Interface Guidelines – Click Here

Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich Review

26 Aug, 2012 in Tech by admin
I am a grandfathered Verizon user. Making the transition to the company in 2007 allowed me to purchase my unlimited data plan and continue to upgrade with this benefit to different models. My most recent upgrade the day before Verizon made the decision to do away with their reward for being loyal program, I chose the newest Motorola Razr Maxx. In this upgrade, I now benefit from this device. These devices were one of the first to receive the Android 4.0 update push. There are certainly some great advantages to this upgrade that take away some annoyances that I had on my Motorola Droid X.

One major change that I love is not regretting hitting the “home” key too much to where it popped out and allowed me to reorganize screens.
Another change that I’m not exactly fond on is the fact that I now need to scroll between screens horizontally inside of my applications menu. Although I can see the usability design aspect when first getting used to this menu, once I learn where all of my apps are located inside of my menu, I want to get to them more quickly. I enjoyed previously being able to scroll by performing one long stroke to get to the end of the menu. In the next build, I think that this setting should be adjustable to allow the user to scroll at their own speed.

Another aspect of 4.0 that I don’t like is that my widgets don’t function as easy. For instance, I like to toggle my wifi. While at work, I like to use the company’s signal and use data at home. In adding a widget to a home screen, it no longer allows you to simply click on that widget to turn the feature on or off. Instead, it makes you launch the widget, acting more like a shortcut and forcing you to toggle the power through that way. I may just be missing something, but this so far is frustrating.

All-in-all, the design and a lot of the aspects of ICS 4.0 have made upgrading certainly worth it. The camera both on the razr maxx and 4.0 have made it my main device for point and shoot. Panoramic ability recording is amazing.

Now to focus also a little on the Razr Maxx, a major feature of this device happens to be the first sign of NFC (Near Field Communication) is “Smart Actions.” NFC is and will change how we communicate wirelessly. The Smart Actions allow you to setup different actions for your phone to perform when you enter a certain GPS Radius. I had to admit, this is completely amazing! I can tell that the Motorola GPS in my current device has been upgraded to be more accurate. My main use of Smart Actions is to detect when I get to my work parking lot. I have an action set to instantly text my wife that I made it safely and to launch foursquare to that I can successfully maintain my mayorship at my competitive sports network.