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How to switch User Agents in desktop browsers

Looking to test mobile websites in your desktop browser? Here's an article describing a few simple methods of switching User Agents in desktop browsers.

  • HTML5 - Posted by ronan - 16 Apr 2015
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    Understanding web page weight

  • Page weight is the gravity of the web—a relentless downwards drag, ever present and utterly unavoidable. Understanding it is a critical aspect of a successful web strategy. We’ll be doing a series of articles on page weight covering background, measurement and reduction. In this article, part I of the series, we’ll talk about the importance of page weight.
  • Browsers - Posted by ruadhan - 13 Apr 2015
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    Webviews and User-Agent strings

  • Much is made of the comparative times spent browsing the web vs engaging with native apps in the apps vs web debate. An often overlooked part of the discussion is that when engaged with a native app some portion of this time is spent actually on the web, via a webview. We'll get to what a webview is in a minute, but for now, what this means is that although the user is in an app, he or she is effectively browsing the web.
  • Device Detection - Posted by ruadhan - 01 Apr 2015
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    The mobile-friendly apocalypse is nigh

  • April 21st! Mark the date. Circle it. Set your alarms, and put your crash helmet on. If you're not mobile-friendly that is. Because April 21st is the day that your search engine rankings die. It's been called the mobile-friendly apocalypse, mobile-friendly meltdown,a there's even a hashtag, #mobilegeddon, for it, and indeed the world may end for your business. But bad things will only happen if you're not mobile-friendly.
  • Responsive Design - Posted by thecurmudgeon - 26 Mar 2015
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    Where's the !@££@$£ content? The scourge of the spandex web.

  • How has it come to this? The gentleman in the phone shop told me I was buying the latest and greatest phone, yet every site I visit loads at a glacial pace, speeds that make tectonic plate movements look positively spritely. It all feels like an act of pennance for some terrible act I committed a long time ago. The Guardian website new design is really and truly awful - I have 10 sections hidden and a sore finger from scrolling - where's the news?
  • - Posted by pawelpiejko - 24 Mar 2015
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    Get ready for the mobile-friendly SEO update

  • As many of you may be aware, Google has announced on its Webmaster Central Blog that starting from April 21, websites offering below-par mobile optimization can expect a drop in search rankings. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages, in all countries. Google, as ever, do not give a huge amount of detail on what the change entails. Here’s what we definitely know about the approaching update.
  • HTML5 - Posted by ruadhan - UPDATED 26 Mar 2015
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    Who wants the Pointer Events API? Everyone, nearly

  • The Pointer Events API is an HTML5 API with an interesting history. It's an open API that Microsoft developed as an alternative to the more widely supported Touch Events API. Introduced with IE10 for Windows 8, it defined input events unified across Mouse, Touch and Pen input devices.
  • - Posted by pawelpiejko - 13 Mar 2015
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    Mobile Web Traffic Report Q4 2014

  • Getting hard data on the fast-changing, complex mobile landscape can play a key roles in your mobile strategy, and we have a report that can help you with just that. This paper gives you all the need-to-know information on mobile web traffic today so that you can maximize your results for your target market. Traffic stats help you understand mobile user behaviour
  • - Posted by pawelpiejko - 10 Mar 2015
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    What we discovered at Mobile World Congress 2015

  • Attending industry shows like Mobile World Congress is a great way to follow the latest trends in the mobile technology world. Have a look at what we discovered at Mobile World Congress 2015 held last week in Barcelona. We eagerly anticipated the arrivals of new flagship devices during Mobile World Congress 2015, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9, but of course for the DeviceAtlas team these weren't the only highlights of the event. We also had a closer look at the lesser-known low to mid-range offerings that may shape the mobile market in the future.
  • Transcoding - Posted by ruadhan - 02 Mar 2015
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    AngularJS to Opera Mini: You're just not worth it!

  • Google-backed AngularJS is a popular web application framework providing a client-side MVC architecture. It has been criticised in the past for its performance, particularly on mobile. As observed by Peter-Paul Koch, it's odd that Google was pushing a mobile-challenged framework back in 2012 when it must have been obvious that Android was going to be pretty important to it as a company. Perhaps those who knew weren't those who were pushing AngularJS.
  • Pictograms - Posted by ruadhan - 24 Feb 2015
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    Emoji set to live long and prosper, thanks to Unicode

  • You've probably seen them. Your mom probably uses them to sign off her texts, and your teenage cousin has likely abandoned the Roman alphabet altogether in their favour. Emoji are everywhere, and love them or loathe them, they can't be ignored.
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