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  • pit 5:15 pm on May 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: community, mobilerevamp   

    Mobile development revamped, on MobileRevamp.org 

    A new community for all mobile developers, designers and everything-else gets officially launched today, thanks to the efforts of Giorgio Natili, Leonardo Risuleo, and Alessandro La Rosa (me ;)): http://www.mobilerevamp.org

    With different backgrounds, we all aim at providing useful information about the mobile environment, in all its aspects. From its manifesto:

    The aim of this community is to share as much as possible information related to the mobile development using all the social networks and the new capabilities of the NET to make easier find updated contents and to create a deep feeling of connection between developers.

    The journey is at the beginning, hope you’ll join in! :)

  • pit 10:15 pm on February 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , flash player, ipad,   

    Apple doesn’t want Flash, millions of iPhone users do 

    Did you know that a Flash player download page exists for iPhone? Yes, it does. Of course, you cannot download anything there, and the best you can get is a “Flash Player not available” warning.

    Anyway, as reported by Mark Doherty, this has been the experience that iPhone users had approximately 7 millions times by  December 2009.

    Numbers that should make Apple think about the metaphysic scenario where the users expect to have Flash on their smartphones, mostly because they totally ignore Apple policies and just want to browse the web, stop. Or do you pretend your millions of tech-agnostic users to understand your really ahead vision of Flash, and why it should be banned from the Web?

    The funny thing is that iPad is arriving, promising to be the best Webby-thing in history.

  • pit 1:21 pm on February 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , online, simulator   

    Preview Mobile Joomla! with the online simulator 

    I had some fun putting together an online simulator for MobileJoomla!, that allows to preview and test the MobileJoomla! features directly on your Web browser.

    In this first version, the online simulator allows you to pick one of 4 devices (Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia N95 8GB, Apple iPhone and HTC Dream), and see how the MobileJoomla! website looks on that.

    MobileJoomla! allows you to turn your Joomla web site into a mobile one, compatible with all the existing mobile phones. For more information, you can take a look at MobileJoomla! Wiki.

    • jay 10:25 pm on February 14, 2010 Permalink

      dang! something new for me to play with

    • Marco 10:40 am on February 18, 2010 Permalink

      molto interessante, è eventualmente possibile testare un proprio sito?

  • pit 7:05 pm on January 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , updates, upgrades   

    WordPress update progress and the experience on mobile 

    I’ve just upgraded WordPress to its latest version, and can say without any doubts that its upgrade process is by far the best I’ve seen for any Web-based tools.

    Why I think it’s great? Because you have to perform 2 mouse clicks and wait a couple of seconds, and you can continue working on your WordPress (upgraded) blog without any other hassles.

    Looking at that made me think about the update process of mobile applications.

    In many cases, applications are simply not aware of the availability of updated versions, and so users are supposed to manually check (e.g.: going on the publisher website) for updates. What does this mean? Simple: terrible User Experience (if even we can say that), and in most cases old (and possibly bugged) versions of your applications running everywhere.

    For this reasons, developers started to implement their own “updates-availability-check” systems, letting their applications check for updates and prompt the user about the availability of those. Anyway, this approach has 2 important drawbacks:

    • users must open the application in order to have it check for updates
    • the very same logic (checking for updates, downloading and installing the updated application) is replicated in each application

    Luckily enough, mobile platforms are fast moving toward an integrated approach, based on the concept that updates have to be pushed to the user. Examples of this are iPhone and Maemo, both notifying the user in case of available updates.

    While this is currently the best approach from a UX point of view, the same makes me wonder if a better approach (maybe totally transparent to the user?) could ever be possible, considering all the technology and security concerns of such an approach when talking about mobile devices.

  • pit 1:48 pm on November 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , ugur   

    Let your website go mobile with Mobile Joomla! 

    Kuneri just released a new, powerful tool for all mobile web developers: Mobile Joomla!

    Mobile Joomla allows to turn an existing Joomla website into a mobile website, compatible with all phones in the world!

    Its features include:

    • Advaced User Agent detection (multiple methods i.e WURFL, Compact WURFL, fixed or none)
    • Multi site support
    • Advanced image adaptation
    • Flexible layout settings
    • Sub-domain redirection
    • Advanced device categorization: XHTML, iPhone, iMode and WAP
    • Custom templates per device category
    • Menu exclusion per device category
    • Fully customizable with different modules and templates
    • Compatibility with 3rd party extensions, modules and components

    Mobile Joomla really seems to address all the major hurdles of mobile web development, and I really can’t expect to try it out :)

    Kudos to Ugur and his great team!!

  • pit 5:53 pm on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , byte, friends,   

    New mobile design and development blog from Leonardo Risuleo! 

    Leonardo started a new blog about mobile development!

    My idea is to post less news and announcements but more resources, events, tutorials, articles, examples and experiments about mobile design and development. In a few words more valuable content.

    Check it out, and update your bookmarks! :)

    • Leonardo 7:03 pm on November 6, 2009 Permalink

      ciao Alessandro!

      Thanks for pointing it out :)


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