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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.

  • 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.
  • Device Detection - 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.
  • Geolocation - Posted by ruadhan - 18 Feb 2015
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    Using the Google Maps API to display mobile-friendly maps on all devices

  • In this article we show how to embed a Google Map in a web page so that it will be mobile-friendly and work on all devices, including low-end devices without JavaScript support. To do this, we'll use the Google Maps API for high-end devices that can handle JavaScript, and for low-end we make use of the simpler Google Static Maps API.
  • HTML5 - Posted by ronan - 11 Nov 2014
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    HTML5 support in mobile devices

  • Now that the HTML5 set of standards has reached Recommendation status (the W3C's way of saying it's now a published standard) we thought we'd take a look at how support for HTML5 has grown in shipping mobile devices over the past few years.
  • iPhone - Posted by weimenglee - 30 Oct 2014
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    Why Swift Flies for iOS Developers

  • Now that the dust has settled somewhat on Swift, the new language on the block for developing iOS and OSX applications, we take a look at its impact and improvements over its predecessor, Objective-C. Apple claims Swift to be a modern, safe, and powerful language for developing for iOS and OSX. Just how powerful is Swift compared to the venerable Objective-C? And how does it make developing applications easier and safer?
  • Browsers - Posted by mclancy - 22 Oct 2014
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    Detecting Language Preference from the Browser with Accept Header

  • Some time ago I was on a trip to Germany for the Smashing Mag event. Several websites I visited (including the world’s largest search engine) asked me to confirm my language preferences based on my current physical location. This struck me as a rather inefficient approach to setting language preferences. Especially given the language of the browser is readily available to web publishers as part of the HTTP request.
  • Browsers - Posted by ruadhan - 12 Aug 2014
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    Mobile-friendliness 101: Adding click-to-call links to a website

  • Creating a site that works well across all devices can be a daunting task. However, there are some simple things that you can do that can have a big impact on a site's usability. Click-to-call is one such feature: it's simple, effective, and very easy to implement.
  • Geolocation - Posted by ruadhan - 22 Jul 2014
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    Geo-sorting: Using Device Geolocation to Sort by Distance

  • In this article we take a look at how location information can be used to sort a list of items on a webpage. This might be useful for local search results; for example 'Restaurants near me' type searches, or for sorting a predefined list of locations such as a company's office locations in order of distance from the user.
  • Wearables - Posted by weimenglee - 02 Jul 2014
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    Getting Started with Pebble Development

  • Pebble is a smartwatch developed by Pebble Technology Corporation. It is one of the most successful Kickstarter projects to-date and has received significant successes with consumers. The Pebble watch itself comes with a black-and-white e-paper display, and includes several sensors such as magnetometer, ambient light sensor, and an accelerometer.
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