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  • Accessibility - Posted by brysonmeunier - 12 Sep 2013
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    Eleven questions to better mobile SEO

  • Earlier this year I resolved to share more actionable information on mobile SEO in my Search Engine Land column, so it was nice to be invited to do that here on mobiForge. Mobile SEO best practices are so 2008. These days mobile search matters more than ever, and it’s important not only to have general guidelines, but to have a process for optimizing your site for mobile searchers. Today I’m going to go through an actual site example and optimize it.
  • HTML5 - Posted by ruadhan - 15 Aug 2013
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    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.
  • Android - Posted by weimenglee - 07 Aug 2013
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    Developing with Google Maps v2 for Android

  • In one of my previous articles, I talked about embedding Google Maps in Android applications. Much has changed as Google went about revamping a lot of existing APIs in Android. In version 1 of Google Maps for Android, Google used the MapView to display map data. In version 2, the MapView is deprecated; instead, you have to use a MapFragment.
  • Content Adaptation - Posted by ruadhan - 26 Jul 2013
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    Tablet and mobile device detection in PHP

  • Previously on mobiForge Ronan posted about a lightweight approach to device detection using regular expressions in PHP. Since this is still an approach widely adopted by many web developers today, we feel that it's about time we revisited the original article.
  • HTML5 - Posted by ruadhan - 10 Jul 2013
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    HTML5 for the Mobile Web: Device Orientation Events

  • In this third article in our series on HTML5 for the mobile web, we take a look at the Device Orientation API. This API provides information about the orientation and movement of a device. Information comes from the positional sensors such as compasses, gyroscopes and accelerometers. Via this API, a web app can access and make use of information about how a device is physically oriented in space. Use cases include game control based on device tilting, and mapping where a map is correctly aligned with the world based on the device orientation data.
  • Touch - Posted by mclancy - 19 Jun 2013
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    Designing for Touch: Thumb and Finger Sized Design

  • IDC recently published research showing that more than 50% of the 418.6 million mobile phones shipped during the first quarter of the 2013 were smartphones. Back in December 2012, Forrester reported that in the USA, 19% of adults (34 million people) now own a tablet and that by 2016 that will rise to 113 million tablet owners.
  • HTML5 - Posted by ruadhan - 30 May 2013
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    HTML5 for the Mobile Web - a guide to the Geolocation API

  • In this second article in our series on HTML5 for mobile web (first part here), we cover the Geolocation API. For mobile users, location-based services are hugely compelling. Long the holy grail of mobile applications, and something of a missed opportunity for service providers, the addition of location-awareness to mobile apps has made for some very exciting use cases.
  • HTML5 - Posted by ruadhan - 16 May 2013
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    HTML5 for the Mobile Web - Part I: Introduction

  • There has been much interest lately around HTML5 and its readiness for production environments and whether HTML5 apps should be used over native apps. This has been due, in large part, to the high-profile defections of tech behemoths such as Facebook and LinkedIn away from HTML5 to native apps for their core mobile services.
  • Android - Posted by weimenglee - 19 Dec 2012
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    Consuming JSON services in Android apps

  • Unless you are writing a Hello World Android application, chances are your application would need to connect to the outside world to fetch some data, such as live currency exchange rates, weather information, records from databases, etc. One of the easiest ways for your application to connect to the outside world is to use web services. For the past few years, XML web services have dominated the arena for web services, as XML was touted as the ubiquitous medium for data exchange. However, using XML as the medium for your data payload suffers from the following problems:
  • Design Patterns - Posted by mdagruma - 06 Dec 2012
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    Lightweight accordions & sliders with jQuery Mobile

  • Mobile developers are commonly confronted with clients who want everything – all the content and features – on their PC site crammed into the mobile site, rather than going for a streamlined mobile site. That might sound like a recipe for bloated code and a poor user experience – neither of which is acceptable on a mobile device – but it needn’t be, as long as mobile developers emphasize ingenuity over excess functionality. That’s where jQuery accordion menus and sliders come in very useful and, if used cleverly, they can help keep the mobile experience lean and mean.