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  • Geolocation - Posted by ronan - 28 Oct 2015
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    Bluetooth beacons beckon bold builders

  • Bluetooth beacons have always been an alluring prospect for developers. Small, cheap and with a long battery life, they brim with potential save for one fatal flaw: they generally require users to have an app installed on their device to be noticed. Without a beacon-aware app, their presence generally goes unnoticed entirely.
  • HTML5 - Posted by ronan - 19 Jun 2015
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    Geofencing, web push and progressive apps are taking webapps to a new place

  • There’s a lot going on these days in the world of webapps. Most recently, the W3C published the Geofencing API first public working draft. This API allows webapps to register for notifications when the user’s device enters defined geographical regions, assuming that the user grants permission. This enables a whole new class of webapps to be built and follows the recent rollout of the web push API to Chrome Mobile on Android.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • Touch - Posted by mclancy - 16 Jun 2014
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    FIFA World Cup Mobile Site

  • As World Cup fever begins to take hold (even for those of us from countries that didn't qualify), I've inevitably found myself drawn into the competition, multi-screen style. Having access to an array of fixtures, groups, stats, team line-ups and so on at my fingertips has definitely added to my experience of the event.
  • Content Adaptation - Posted by ronan - 06 Nov 2013
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    Open discussion with Mozilla on the use cases for UA strings

  • Yesterday, Mike Taylor from Mozilla kicked off a very interesting open discussion on the use cases for user agent (UA) strings on the modern web. The results of this document will ultimately end up on the Mozilla wiki.
  • iPhone - Posted by Sean McGrath - 04 Jul 2013
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    Beyond the bells and whistles: What does iOS7 mean for the development community?

  • The new iOS7 is causing quite a stir in the development and design communities. Some are hailing Apple's newest operating system as a well overdue renovation. Others are saying that Tim Cook and Jony Ives are insulting the clear vision of Steve Jobs, by disregarding function in favour of form. Whichever camp you are in, iOS7 is coming to a screen near you and while the beta still leaves a lot to be desired, any developer with an ounce of self-preservation would do well to get on board this iTrain.
  • Android - Posted by Staff - 27 May 2013
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    Google I/O: Android Studio launched to build and test Android apps

  • This year’s I/O saw Google showcase a series of mobile-related initiatives focused on helping the Android community to grow and prosper. As Android continues to dominate the smartphone market, expectations are high for new Android activations in 2013. Google are forecasting that in 2013, 900 million Android devices will be activated. The Google Play app now sees more than 2.5 billion installs every month with 48 billion apps downloaded since the launch of the Android Market in late 2008.
  • Messaging - Posted by Staff - 17 Apr 2013
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    The most common mistakes in smartphone sites according to Google

  • Google are paying ever more attention to the mobile market and so, developers pay attention when the Big G is making recommendations. Google recently published a document on the main mistakes people make when working on mobile websites for smartphones. If you look through the list you can definitely recognize a cornerstone of Google's approach: focus on the end user. Or put another way, "adopt the approach you want but be aware of your audience".