What’s New with You?

Published on March 26th, 2014 6 Comments

It’s been a busy month around these parts. Noel (@noelportugal) and I went to the Netherlands, specifically Amsterdam, Utrect, and Nieuwegein, to visit AMIS and show some of the cool stuff Applications UX has been doing. By all accounts the event was a massive success with something like 450 people visiting AMIS during the day to visit. […]

Enjoy the Android Apps of AppsLab

Published on March 7th, 2014 2 Comments

After years of hounding from me, Noel (@noelportugal) made the jump to Android usage and development about a year ago. He started with a Nexus 7, the first generation one, but it wasn’t until he got a phone, the Moto X, that the transformation was complete. So now, Noel is mixed ecosystem guy. We’ve had […]

Take a Mobile Strategy Survey

Published on March 6th, 2014 Leave a Comment

Editor’s note: Another cross-post from VoX, this one from Julian Orr. User experience works best when you understand your users. So, help us understand you and your mobile strategy by completing this painless and fun questionnaire. What is your perspective on enterprise mobility? Tell us! By Julian Orr, Oracle Applications User Experience Is there a […]

The Catch-22 of Emergency Alerts

Published on March 4th, 2014 7 Comments

About a month ago, I walked off a plane into the terminal at SJC. As I hiked that long walk to the exit, I heard a familiar and annoying sound, the Emergency Alert System sound. The sound was muffled, and it took me a few more steps to realize it was my own phone bleating […]

A Raspberry Pi Hackday

Published on February 21st, 2014 3 Comments

Editor’s note: Here’s a cross-post from VoX by Friend of the ‘Lab, Kathy Miedema, about a Raspberry Pi Hackday Noel (@noelportugal) organized and ran a couple weeks ago. The basic idea was to get developers up and running on the Pi quickly and have some fun. Enjoy. New Oracle developers get a taste of Raspberry […]

New Robot Arm Hotness

Published on February 19th, 2014 Leave a Comment

Last year in the Fall, Anthony (@anthonyslai) and Noel (@noelportugal) wanted to get some experience with their new Leap Motion gestural controllers. So, naturally, they decided to use the Leap to control the OWI 535 robot arm via its USB interface. Shortly after they finished that, they began to complain that the OWI 535 wasn’t good enough. They conspired […]

Good Idea: Walking Meetings

Published on February 18th, 2014 5 Comments

So, it’s all David (@dhaimes) all week, or something, because here comes another post about him. This time, it’s his walking meetings that caught my eye, quite literally. I was sitting in the lobby of the Oracle Convention Center in January during the IOUC Summit, looking out the window at the 70-degree day, and David […]

A Man, A Plan, A Collaborative Period Close

Published on February 17th, 2014 4 Comments

Sometimes, I get to share something awesome. A post about how Oracle Social Network can be used by Oracle ERP Cloud users happens to be something awesome. Let me explain. Despite assumptions to the contrary, accounting is a very collaborative exercise in many enterprises. Ultan (@ultan) does a great job explaining why in his post […]

A Roadtrip to Amsterdam

Published on February 4th, 2014 1 Comment

Noel (@noelportugal) and I will be heading to the Netherlands in March for a special event at AMIS. On March 18, AMIS will be hosting an OAUX (or Oracle Applications User Experience if you’re not into the whole brevity thing) Expo. The purpose of an expo, the brainchild of Misha (@mishavaughan), is to provide a […]

Noel Has a Lot of Toys

Published on January 15th, 2014 2 Comments

For some reason, Noel (@noelportugal) posted a picture of his IoT gadget inventory. Click to embiggen.

Home Automation for Christmas

Published on January 15th, 2014 4 Comments

So, I got some home automation for Christmas, a Nest Thermostat and a Roomba. How about you? Nest Thermostat I’ve been eagerly following the Nest since its inception, and I finally pulled the trigger, right before Google bought them. I’m not entirely sure why I liked the hockey puck so much. It’s a beautiful little […]

Hot Oracle Applications User Experience News

Published on December 11th, 2013 2 Comments

Lots of news coming out of Applications UX lately, so thought I’d share it here. Over at Misha’s (@mishavaughan) Voice of User Experience blog, you can read about Simplified UI for Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud and Simplified UI for Oracle Sales Cloud. Both versions went live in September when Oracle Cloud Applications, Release 7 was […]

Some Random Links

Published on December 6th, 2013 4 Comments

I’m cleaning up all the open tabs for the holidays, so here are some nuggets I found that may or may not be interesting. Enjoy. Turkey Tweeter Hinkmond Wong of the Java Embedded Technology team did a fun Thanksgiving project, a Turkey that tweets as it cooks. It’s time for the Internet of Things (ioT) […]

Four Months with Chromecast

Published on December 6th, 2013 2 Comments

Since Google announced the Chromecast earlier this year, I’ve been stoked to see how it developed. The little device has a ton of potential, and even though Google has been a little slow to push its adoption, even slowing down the efforts of some curious developers, they do seem committed to the device. I preordered […]

Wearables and UX

Published on November 29th, 2013 7 Comments

The holiday season is in full swing now, and I’ll bet a lot of people out there will be getting some form of wearable device as a gift. Wearables is a pretty broad category, that seems to be right at the cusp of mainstream adoption. For now, it includes smartwatches, augmented reality on your face, […]

A Few New Concept Demos

Published on November 25th, 2013 5 Comments

Our new team members, Raymond and Tony, have been busy in their short time with us, and they’re embracing the AppsLab way. What way is that you ask? Since the beginning, we’ve always started with an idea and moved quickly to build something conceptual to see how and if the idea works. Connect began life […]

The Google Now TV Card

Published on November 25th, 2013 Leave a Comment

A while back, I promised some details on the Google Now TV Card I found accidentally. I was watching TV via an HDTV antenna and happened to pop open Google Now for some reason or another. Now showed me this card: Freaky, right? I dismissed it, but my curiosity was peaked. So, I did some […]

Watch Paul on Shark Tank

Published on November 25th, 2013 Leave a Comment

Did you know that Paul (@ppedrazzi) and his lovely wife and children were on Shark Tank? If you hurry, you can watch their episode on Hulu. If you decide to wait, they appear in Season 5 Episode 10. Paul and family are the very first segment, so you won’t have to watch the entire episode, […]

We’ve Grown

Published on November 20th, 2013 2 Comments

Busy times lately here at the ‘Lab. We’ve grown from a small band of three to six in the past six weeks. Joining our happy little crew are Osvaldo, whom we were lucky to find on our adventure to Mexico, Raymond, a friend of Anthony’s from Taleo, and Tony, whom I’ve known for many years. […]

Hot Sriracha News

Published on October 29th, 2013 5 Comments

I love a good pun. This way off-topic, even for me, but I can’t pass up not one, but two Sriracha stories. As background, this is Sriracha, beloved by The Oatmeal and multitudes of others, including yours truly. Dare I call it “the Cadillac of hot sauces.” First, there’s a profile of David Tran, h/t […]

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