Louie Herr

Louie Herr

Former Digital Trends Contributor
Articles
Apple

Function over form: Why Microsoft peripherals still trump Apple’s

Apple may rule the touchscreen, but when you need a good keyboard and mouse, Microsoft still knows how to craft a winner.
Apple

Turn a new page: Why digital designs shouldn’t mimic physical designs

Apple’s so-called “skeuomorph” designs, which ape the look and feel of real-life objects, violate the design principles of one of the world’s best industrial designers: Dieter Rams.
Apple

It’s not always sunny in Cupertino: How one botched app predicts a cloudy future

Opinion: Is Apple’s awful new Podcasts app the first of many post-Jobs blunders to come, or just a stutter step?
Opinion

I wanna be like Kev: Unpacking Digg’s complicated legacy

His crowning achievement may have cratered, but Kevin Rose’s tale – and Digg’s – remains a fascinating look at the madcap world of Silicon Valley.
Apple

WWSJD? Why even Steve Jobs would support a 7-inch iPad today

The iPad Mini rumors cannot be stopped, even though the device's originator infamously declared war on 7-inch tablets. But the times they are a-changin', and it's safe to argue that Steve Jobs would be in favor of shrinking the iPad.
Opinion

Opinion: Do we really want a Facebook Want button?

Facebook’s rumored “Want” button has the potential to radically reshape digital advertising, but do we really want to telegraph our every desire to marketers?
Opinion

Option overload: How filters can help you focus

Technology presents us with more choices to make than ever before, but no extra time to make them. Here’s how filters and limiting choices can save time and keep you sane in a digital age.
Opinion

Scratching the Surface: The uncertain future of Microsoft’s tablet

The fate of Microsoft’s Surface tablet lies in a number of unknowns, including how well the company can deliver on what it has promised so far.
Opinion

Opinion: Dear Skype: It’s over between us

Years of bad choices and Skype’s most recent decision to introduce “Conversation Ads” leave one loyal user with no choice but to split.
Opinion

Halfway to nowhere: How hybrid gadgets make two rights a wrong

Trying to provide the best of both worlds often ends up bringing out the worst instead.
How-To

Minting music: How to setup a DIY recording studio on your computer

From choosing microphones to distributing your polished songs, learn how to setup a DIY recording studio on your computer and start getting your music out there.
Opinion

Fun with funding: What it’s like to run a Kickstarter project

Kickstarter has spawned some incredible projects, but what’s it like to actually run one? Here’s what it takes.