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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Touch - Posted by DenOdell - 26 Sep 2012
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    Sense and sensor-bility: access mobile device sensors with JavaScript

  • Just as we humans call upon our senses to provide us with data about our environment, so smartphones and tablet devices use their own digital senses – touchscreen, geolocation, orientation, direction and motion – to provide interaction and to tailor applications and games to the user and their real-world surroundings.
  • Android - Posted by weimenglee - 25 Jul 2011
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    Preserving User Preferences in Android Applications

  • Often you need to store personalized information for each user of your application. For example, your application may require users to logon to a secure server for authentication. In this case, the user needs to supply his credentials, such as a login name and a password. The first time the user uses your application this information will be entered by the user, but subsequently it would be useful for your application to “remember” this information somewhere so that it can save the user the trouble of entering the same information every time he uses your application.
  • - Posted by mokil - 25 Feb 2011
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    Responding To Inbound SMS Messages

  • In our last article, we created the basis of a messaging system, allowing us to receive inbound messages using keywords and shortcodes. We’ve also previously seen how we can send SMS messages. It’s time to bring everything together and create a simple messaging system that can process inbound SMS messages and send back responses to those messages. The Current System
  • Windows Phone - Posted by weimenglee - 07 Jan 2011
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    Web Access in Windows Phone 7 Apps

  • In previous articles, I have shown how easy it is to get started in Windows Phone 7 programming using Visual Studio 2010 and the Windows Phone Developer Tools. In this third installment of the series, I will continue the exploration of Windows Phone development. This time I will focus on one key development topic: Web access. Unless you are writing a Hello World application, chances are that your application will need to connect to the outside world.
  • Messaging - Posted by mokil - 01 Nov 2010
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    Receiving SMS Messages via Shortcodes & Keywords

  • Back around 1998, more and more billboards started to display some odd messages, along the lines of "Visit us on the web at www.companyname.com". This was a major shift in advertising and gave marketers another avenue to explore. It was, of course, the beginning of the Internet's move from academia to the mainstream, and the proliferation of Web sites seemed to happen almost overnight.