12 expert tips on how to boost web performance

Recently, we published a guide which explained why today web performance is of paramount importance to all website owners. In this article we focus on practical tips which you can apply to make sure that your content loads blazingly fast for all users. Site optimization is for everyone!... Read More

The web is Doom

In July 2015 I suggested that the average web page weight would equal that of the Doom install image in about 7 months time. In about 7 months average web page size will be same as Doom install image. Well done us! Onwards & upwards!... Read More

How important is web performance?

Countless reports published over the years have agreed on a central point: users are extremely sensitive to web performance. Even the smallest change in the website page weight or load time alters traffic noticeably. Today businesses must make sure that their websites work really fast on all devices. These reports (1, 2,3, 4, 5) speak of fractions of... Read More

Are there more types of connected devices than ever?

Today there are no technical limitations in terms of making devices web-enabled. Internet access can be applied anywhere, from cars, to fridges, to rice cookers, and it doesn’t cost a fortune to make it happen. Does that mean we have more connected devices than ever before? Any device can access the internet The world of... Read More

Eddystone beacon technology and the Physical Web

With more players supporting Eddystone bluetooth beacon technology it’s important to look at it from the web developer perspective. This article will reveal how it all works behind the scenes, show how to optimize a website for Physical Web beacons across different implementations, and discuss its caveats... Read More

5 Facts About The Mobile Market In Ireland

Every year on March 17, Ireland is in the spotlight in every corner of the planet. This year at mobiForge we celebrate St. Paddy’s day by sharing some exciting statistics on the mobile market in Ireland based on website visits tracked by our device detection solution. mobiForge is actually based in Dublin, Ireland, so we’re... Read More

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Service worker toolkits and libraries

Overwhelmed by service workers? Here’s a collection of tools and libraries that will help tame this powerful beast!... Read More

Android phones sold better but iOS web traffic grew faster during 2015

If you’re based in the US and viewing this post on a mobile phone, 57% of you will be on an iOS device and 41% of you will use Android. This is one of the many statistics on mobile device usage you can learn from The Mobile Web Report for Q4 2015 put together by the DeviceAtlas... Read More

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MWC 2016: Turning the spotlight on accessories

The world’s largest mobile industry conference has come to an end. The mobiForge editors were present at MWC 2016 having many inspiring conversations about the ever-changing mobile device landscape. Here are some impressions from this year’s new product releases and announcements that everyone was talking about in Barcelona. Fun accessories for your phone Every year new phones... Read More

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Ad blocking: the new Android reality that Google must accept

As we continue into 2016, the ad-blocking saga shows no sign of abating, with a number of recent developments. This latest round of controversy kicked off late last month when Samsung included an ad-blocking feature in the latest version of its Internet for Android browser. It didn’t stop there though. Also included in this update... Read More

Android phones sold better but iOS web traffic grew faster during 2015

If you’re based in the US and viewing this post on a mobile phone, 57% of you will be on an iOS device and 41% of you will use Android. This is one of the many statistics on mobile device usage you can learn from The Mobile Web Report for Q4 2015 put together by the DeviceAtlas... Read More

India says no to Facebook’s Free Basics

Facebook's initiative to connect billions of unconnected users to the internet appears to have foundered on the rocks of net neutrality amidst a backlash from many commentators, not least the Indian Telecoms regulator... Read More

HTML5 for the mobile Web: the Network Information API

The Network Information API is a HTML5 API for acquiring information about a device’s network connection. Despite not being a standard, it enjoys decent support across the main mobile browsers. It’s a pretty simple API to use, particularly in comparison with some of the HTML5 APIs we’ve looked at recently on this site (Service Workers, I’m looking at you!)... Read More

Taking the web offline with service workers

You’re probably already familiar with the idea of offline web apps, web apps that can continue to work in the face of intermittent network connectivity. This concept has been around for a while, and various technologies have been developed along the way to achieve offline web apps, (Google) Gears, and Appcache for example, but none of these addressed the offline challenge quite as well as service workers... Read More

Web push notifications

Web push notifications are the best thing to hit the web since the hyperlink! No kidding, this technology is going to be huge. Until recently web developers could only dream of push enabled web apps. Things have changed however, and web push notifications, the asynchronous delivery of messages to a user's device from a website, even when the website is not open in the browser, are now a reality thanks to a number of HTML5 APIs:... Read More

Touch-friendly Drag and Drop

In this article we explore some touch-friendly drag and drop implementations. In particular we'll be looking at DOM and canvas-based drag and drop approaches. We'll also build on some of the things we learned in previous HTML5 articles on mobiForge... Read More

Mobile Networks Statistics 2015

In this section you will find some of the most interesting statistics regarding the advancement of mobile network technology, along with information regarding mobile subscriptions... Read More

The HTML5 Pointer Events API: Combining touch, mouse, and pen

The Pointer Events API is an HTML5 specification that combines touch, mouse, pen and other inputs into a single unified API. It is less well supported than the Touch Events API, although support is growing, with all the major browsers working on an implementation, except for Apple's Safari. There's a colorful background to how the current state of browser support for this API came to be which we covered previously on mobiForge, but in this article we'll just look at its usage... Read More

The Oxymoron of Mobile Privacy

Introduction There could hardly be a more perfect privacy invasion machine than today's smartphone. It's with you at all times, it knows precisely where you are, it can see and hear you and it knows exactly what you are doing much of the time. If data is the pollution of the digital age then your smartphone is an overweight 1970's V8 gas guzzler with asbestos brake pads, a leaky freon-charged AC system, burning leaded fuel as it barrels down the highway: you are silently spewing out reams of potentially harmful data all day, every day... Read More

HTML5 for the Mobile Web: Touch Events

With the widespread adoption of touchscreen devices, HTML5 brings to the table, among many other things, a set of touch-based interaction events. Mouse-based events such as hover, mouse in, mouse out etc. aren’t able to adequately capture the range of interactions possible via touchscreen, so touch events are a welcome and necessary addition to the web developer's toolbox. Use cases for the touch events API include gesture recognition, multi-touch, drag and drop, and any other touch-based interfaces... Read More

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