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Stories Are the Best, Plus News on Nest!

Friend of the ‘Lab, Kathy (@usableapps), has been using Storify for a while now to compile easy-to-consume, erm, stories about the exploits of Oracle Applications User Experience.
You might remember Storify from past stories such as the In the U….

BusinessTown

Maybe you remember Busytown, Richard Scarry’s famous town, from your childhood or from reading it to your kids.
Tony Ruth has created the Silicon Valley equivalent, BusinessTown, (h/t The Verge) populated by the archetypes we all know and sometim…

Here Are Your First Links of 2015

Our team has been busy since the New Year, competing in the AT&T Developer Summit hackathon, which is Noel’s (@noelportugal) Everest, i.e. he tries to climb it every year, see 2013 and 2014.
If you follow our Twitter (@theappslab) or Facebook…

Another Echo Hack from Noel

Noel (@noelportugal) spent a lot of time during his holidays geeking out with his latest toy, Amazon Echo. Check out his initial review and his lights hack.
For a guy whose name means Christmas, seems it was a logical leap to use Alexa to control his …

Chromecast Guest Mode Rules

If you read here regularly, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of the Google Chromecast.
It’s helped me cut the cable, I gave it as a Christmas gift two years in a row (to different people), I have several in my home, and I carry one in my la…

Noel’s Amazon Echo Hack

Noel (@noelportugal) is one of a handful of early adopters to get his hands on the Amazon Echo, Amazon’s in-home personal assistant, and being the curious, hacker that he is, of course he used an unpublished API to bend Alexa, that’s the …