Friday 28 October 2016
Payment Request API: an Integration Guide – good Google tutorial
Pointer Lock now W3C Recommendation – API to lock mouse to a single element, and hide cursor (good for games, 3D apps etc)
Using the Web Share API to enhance a static share link WebShare is an experiment, not in wild yet.
CSS Round Display specifications – a look at the new CSS coming that allows for circular displays (eg, like smartwatches). Chromium’s intending to implement the .
shape Media Query
Talking of which:
No One Is Buying Smartwatches Anymore – “shipments are down 51.6 percent year-over-year for the third quarter of 2016”. Apple down 71%, Garmin sales improved 324% Meanwhile,
Smartphone shipments grow despite Apple, Samsung struggles – “Smartphone shipments increased by 6 per cent annually in Q3 2016, representing the industry’s fastest growth in a year”
Samsung targets recovery as mobile slumps – Samsung profits are down because of Galaxy Note 7 recall. Its recovery plan includes new mid-to-low end devices and a “new flagship smartphone”. Networks business profits were up due to LTE growth in emerging markets.
Why does The Washington Post’s Progressive Web App increase engagement on iOS? (when iOS doesn’t support PWAs), by Jason Grigsby
What Does My Site Cost? – “Find out how much it costs for someone to use your site on mobile networks around the world.” by Tim Kadlec
Faster and better browsing – Welcome Opera 41 – Opera 41 has an 80% faster start-up time, less power-hungry WebRTC support, hardware-accelerated Video Popout (30% less CPU use) and improvements to RSS Reader (in ‘Personal News’, on Speed Dial start page). For web developers: What’s new in Chromium 54 and Opera 41.
How the Web Became Unreadable – “I thought my eyesight was beginning to go. It turns out, I’m suffering from design.” by Kevin Marks
From WordPress to Apple News, Instant Articles, and AMP by Chris Coyier. Practical instructions on distributing your content through (or, giving your content to) web behemoths.
Apple just told the world it has no idea who the Mac is for – Interesting take on last night’s event (I didn’t see it)
Gartner’s Top 10 Predictions for 2017 and Beyond – “By 2019, 20% of brands will abandon their mobile apps… They simply haven’t delivered the level of adoption and customer engagement that companies expected… Watch for Apple’s reluctant embrace of the mobile web as a vehicle for customer engagement.
Will the VR revolution be ushered in by Microsoft, of all companies?.
New French Law Makes It Illegal To Email Employees After Work Hours – “studies show that in the digital age it’s become increasingly difficult for people to distance themselves from the workplace during their off hours. This new law allows people to get the full advantage of their time off.”
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