Information Society Series Book: Interfaces on Trial 2.0

I'm pleased to announce that the first book in the MIT Press "Information Society Series" I am co-editing with Laura DeNardis has been released: Interfaces on Trial 2.0 By Jonathan Band and Masanobu Katoh March 2011 ISBN-10: 0-262-01500-5 ISBN-13: 978-0-262-01500-4…

Yahoo! Mindset: Intent Driven Search

Yahoo! Research Labs released a beta version of a new search tool called Yahoo! Mindset allowing users to filter results on an axis of "shopping" (i.e., commercial) vs "researching" (i.e., non-commercial) sources. From their site: Find the results you like.Sort…

Eliminating Folders: Progress or Hindrance?

Insdie Google points to Lee Gomes's article "Folders That Now Seem So Yesterday May Be Very Handy Tomorrow" in today's The Wall Street Journal arguing that Google and others, revolutionizing individual computing by eliminating folders, are actually making things less…

Ellen Ullman on “Attentional User Interfaces”

(via Question Technology)Ellen Ullman has a great op-ed in the New York Times today about computers and attention:There are unused icons on your desktop": this message sometimes appears in a balloon on the lower right-hand corner of my computer screen.…