Category Archives: mobile

Delivering web to mobile

Last week I gave a quick overview of the new TechWatch report from the JISC Observatory entitled Delivering Web to Mobile for a JISC webinar. As described in the introduction: This report is intended to help staff of UK education institutions, involved in … Continue reading

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Enyo: a component-oriented JS framework

Enyo first made an appearance on the HP TouchPad and was the framework used for WebOS applications.  However, after HP killed the TouchPad and put WebOS development on hold, HP has spun off Enyo into a standalone open-source JS app … Continue reading

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Digital wallets and mobile payments

I’m now spending part of my time working on the JISC Observatory, so I’ll be writing occasional tech trends posts here.  While it could be argued that for most people money went virtual a long time ago with the emergence of … Continue reading

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The Future of Offline Web Applications

W3C has received 27 position papers for a workshop on November 5th on the Future of Offline Web Applications, which are all worth a read if you’re interested in Widgets, AppCache, and Web Apps in general. They are all quite … Continue reading

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PhoneGap and Widgets

Its been a busy month for PhoneGap, what with being acquired by Adobe and submitting their code to the Apache Incubator. For those who don’t know already, PhoneGap provides a way for developers of mobile web applications to convert their … Continue reading

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Mozilla Web API: Friend or foe?

Mozilla recently announced a new WebAPI for enabling mobile web applications to talk to device features. If that sounds familiar, then it should, as W3C and WAC have been developing similar APIs for a few years now. The scope of … Continue reading

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Widgets and Mashups for Personal and Institutional Technologies

Yesterday I gave a lecture at KMI at the Open University on “widgets and mashups for personal and institutional technologies”. There was a broadcast of this, and in a short while this will be viewable from the KMI Podium website. … Continue reading

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Adventures in progressive enhancement (pt 2)

I’ve had some more time to play with progressive enhancement (see my earlier post) and I’ve learned a little more about the kind of techniques needed. One of the interesting statements that Bryan made in his slides is “the absence … Continue reading

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Adventures in progressive enhancement

Like many people I was very impressed last year with Bryan Rieger’s slide deck Rethinking the mobile web in which he set out the case for designing websites with mobile users as the first concern, and then progressively layering enhancements … Continue reading

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W3C Standards for Web Applications on Mobile

Dominique Hazaël-Massieux has put together a really nice overview of the various W3C specifications that relate to all aspects of mobile web applications – from presentation and media handling to device APIs and app packaging. There are specs here I’d never … Continue reading

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