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Internet.org: it's got 99 problems but mobile-friendliness ain't one

Internet.org technical guidelines ensure that its sites are mobile-friendly, but it's got other problems

  • - Posted by pawelpiejko - 28 May 2015
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    The Latest Mobile Traffic Report (Q1 2015)

  • Based on mobile web traffic sourced from thousands of DeviceAtlas partner websites, this report will provide you with hard data on mobile landscape today. Digital marketers and mobile web developers are welcome to use this DeviceAtlas-powered report offering an overview of the mobile landscape in Q1 2015 based on web browsing figures. The report includes browsing market share for all major global device manufacturers. Some of the findings include:
  • - Posted by mclancy - 28 May 2015
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    Google I/O Event

  • Google's I/O event, which kicks off today, has already impressed with its web app. The fully responsive site not only looks great with material design throughout, it also caches to your device so that you can browse it even if you're offline. Plan and manage your offsite visit directly from here. Just make sure you have good connection to cache the site and watch the streams.
  • Best Practices - Posted by ruadhan - 27 May 2015
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    Internet.org: it's got 99 problems but mobile-friendliness ain't one

  • Back in August 2013 Facebook announced its Internet.org plan to bring Internet access to the next billion people in developing countries. Most of the media coverage has focused on whether or not it violates net-neutrality, if it's creating a two-tiered Internet, or if it's just another walled-garden with Facebook as gatekeeper. In this post, we set aside those issues for the time being, and focus instead on the technical guidelines for getting a site included in Internet.org.
  • - Posted by tomwryan - 14 May 2015
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    Nokia at 150

  • Nokia hasn't always been a phone manufacturer. The company dabbled in paper products, footwear and tires before it became involved in the wireless industry. To celebrate their 150th birthday, the Finnish company, which began in 1865 as a rubber manufacturer, released a video detailing its long history.
  • - Posted by thecurmudgeon - 13 May 2015
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    Google Mobile Friendly #Fail

  • Yes. I am a curmudgeonly old web dev. I remember when marquee tags were all the rage, but even back when I had hair, we paid attention to how heavy we made our web pages. Image optimization tools were invented to make sure we could shave as much off our web pages as we didn’t off our chins. The beeps and and pings of the dial up world did not a happy bedfellow make with heavy weight web pages.
  • User Experience - Posted by ronan - 11 May 2015
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    Measuring page weight

  • It used to be so easy. Measuring the weight of a web page in the early days of the web was merely a matter of waiting for the page to finish loading and then counting up the size of its constituent resources.
  • Responsive Design - Posted by ruadhan - 05 May 2015
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    Google's Mobile-Friendly Test: can a Spruce Goose really fly?

  • There has been a lot written recently about Google's mobile-friendly search algorithm update, starting first with SEO expert blogs, and ending up being covered by mainstream media sites. The update promised to penalise sites for not being mobile-friendly.
  • - Posted by pawelpiejko - 27 Apr 2015
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    How to switch User Agents in desktop browsers

  • Looking to test mobile websites in your desktop browser? Or, maybe you need to test page weight and load times in the mobile environment? These tasks are easily done by changing the browser’s default User Agent header. This article describes 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.
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