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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Device Detection - Posted by mclancy - 10 Dec 2014
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    Free service to identify device type, browser and OS

  • If you are looking for an easy and reliable way to identify device type (mobile, tablet, desktop, TV etc), OS and browser in your web applications, then you may want to check out a new free tool for that express purpose released by DeviceAtlas.
  • WebPerf - Posted by ruadhan - 26 Nov 2015
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    Google AMP: Coming to your search results early next year

  • It’s been just a month and a half since the world got its first taste of Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), a technology from Google that aims to speed up the web. By embracing AMP, and following its rules, you can enjoy a performance boost to your web pages that will download in a fraction of the time than without. The demos and case studies are pretty impressive.
  • 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.
  • Community - 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 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.