Browsers that respect your privacy

The debate around security online shows no signs of slowing. If you're having a think about how secure your browsing environment is, this browser security check list looks at what you can do and what's available to stay secure and private online...

Google search

Mobile-first index: How will it affect you?

Google’s mobile-first index is rolling out. If you’ve signed up to Google’s Search Console / Webmaster Tools you might already have received a notification “Mobile-first indexing enabled” for http://your-site.com. If you haven’t received the notification, you probably will soon. So, what does it mean? What is the mobile-first index? It’s a mobile-centric re-organisation of Google’s...

Momemtum for PWAs builds relentlessly

With two major developer conferences just behind us it’s worth reviewing where we are with PWAs. Microsoft added further momentum to PWAs at Build 2018 by detailing just how rich the support for PWAs will be. They aren’t doing this in half measures: A dedicated installation shortcurt from the Edge address bar Optional chromeless mode...

Surveillance capitalism is killing the web

As GDPR rolled into town, we spotted some odd examples of how companies and news websites are dealing with their newly enforced responsibilities. Instead of submitting to the spirit of the whole exercise, many high-value sites chose to segment their traffic into EU v Non-EU, and provide the former with a stripped down, minimal version...

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PWA Minimus: A minimal PWA checklist

Now that Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are supported on all major browsers, and are becoming first-class installable citizens on mobile and desktop platforms alike, and with the launch of Google’s PWA .app domain, we thought it would be useful to outline a PWA checklist to meet the minimum requirements of a PWA. The result is...

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Latest DeviceAtlas report shows feature phone use still widespread

The latest DeviceAtlas Mobile Web Intelligence Report explores statistics for smartphone usage around the globe. Feature phones The data showed that 13% of all traffic from feature phones came from devices released in 2011. Of the rest, those released in 2005, when Nokia was king of the hill, were responsible for a disproportionately high volume...

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Sharing buttons and the Web Share API

We’ve written a bit in the past about the negative impact of sharing buttons on performance. What if there was a better way? Let’s talk about the Web Share API. What is the Web Share API? The Web Share API offers something of an alternative. It’s an API developed by Google to expose the native...

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ZTE market share – how much “suspect tech” is out there?

Updated: On the back of ZTE’s announcement that “the major operating activities of the company have ceased”, many are wondering just how much of the market ZTE commands. We looked the data for the answers...

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Amazon Internet Browser: What is it?

The latest web browser to hit your phone comes from Amazon, and it’s called Internet. It follows the recent trend of “lite” versions of products aimed at emerging markets and patchy networks—India in this case—and joins other “lite” products like Google Maps Go, and Facebook Lite, that offer slimmed down versions for these markets. With...

A standards-based AMP is fulfilling its goals

Significant steps are being taken by the AMP team to address the main criticisms that are repeatedly cast at the project. Plans are in place, or at least forming, to allow non-AMP technologies to enjoy the same search results page benefits as AMP pages. Is it too good to be true? Let’s take a look...

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