mobile Archive

  • SMX Advanced was amazing this year, and when they asked me to write up a session, I immediately asked to cover the mobile-first session. Sure, we’ve been talking about being “mobile-first” for years, but with Google’s impending Mobile-First Index (yes, I capitalized that on purpose), I knew this session would be full of awesome info. Mobile-first audit framework Leslie To kicked off the session with an in-depth walk-through of a mobile site audit. While there are site elements that matter to users regardless of screen size, To covered the important points that are vital to a successful mobile site. From using HTML5 for videos and rich media to proper navigation menus, she shared a “do” and “don’t” list for each individual element. There’s a huge difference between having a responsive site and using your responsive site correctly. To pointed out that designers and developers need to allow content and media to scale to fill the screen size of any device, and that it’s important to cons..

    SMX Advanced session: Mobile-First For The Advanced SEO

    SMX Advanced was amazing this year, and when they asked me to write up a session, I immediately asked to cover the mobile-first session. Sure, we’ve been talking about being “mobile-first” for years, but with Google’s impending Mobile-First Index (yes, I capitalized that on purpose), I knew this session would be full of awesome info. Mobile-first audit framework Leslie To kicked off the session with an in-depth walk-through of a mobile site audit. While there are site elements that matter to users regardless of screen size, To covered the important points that are vital to a successful mobile site. From using HTML5 for videos and rich media to proper navigation menus, she shared a “do” and “don’t” list for each individual element. There’s a huge difference between having a responsive site and using your responsive site correctly. To pointed out that designers and developers need to allow content and media to scale to fill the screen size of any device, and that it’s important to cons..
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  • The effect of JavaScript on mobile web performance is twofold. One, it is the second largest contributor to webpage weight, behind images, thereby increasing download time; and two, once downloaded, the browser then needs to run the script, which can delay the downloading/rendering of other (perhaps more important) assets on the page. JavaScript (aka scripts or JS) is one of the triumvirate of technologies that make web pages (and web apps) work. The HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) controls the structure and content of the webpage; CSS (Cascade Styling Sheets) controls how the site looks on different devices; and JavaScript makes the page more interactive and dynamic. Scripts perform numerous functions on webpages such as loading ads, A/B testing, tag management (personalizing the page) or displaying an inline video player. Over the last five years, the total weight of pages sent to mobile devices has quadrupled to 2.2MB. Size matters because, in general, the more data that is sen..

    How JavaScript impacts page loading speed on mobile

    The effect of JavaScript on mobile web performance is twofold. One, it is the second largest contributor to webpage weight, behind images, thereby increasing download time; and two, once downloaded, the browser then needs to run the script, which can delay the downloading/rendering of other (perhaps more important) assets on the page. JavaScript (aka scripts or JS) is one of the triumvirate of technologies that make web pages (and web apps) work. The HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) controls the structure and content of the webpage; CSS (Cascade Styling Sheets) controls how the site looks on different devices; and JavaScript makes the page more interactive and dynamic. Scripts perform numerous functions on webpages such as loading ads, A/B testing, tag management (personalizing the page) or displaying an inline video player. Over the last five years, the total weight of pages sent to mobile devices has quadrupled to 2.2MB. Size matters because, in general, the more data that is sen..
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  • In a recent post on its official blog, YouTube has outlined all the new announcements it made at this year's VidCon, a conference dedicated to online video. The internet loves to hate on vertical video (and for good reason), yet somehow YouTube's mobile apps haven't exactly supported..

    YouTube announces vertical video improvements to its mobile app, brand new VR format, and more

    In a recent post on its official blog, YouTube has outlined all the new announcements it made at this year's VidCon, a conference dedicated to online video. The internet loves to hate on vertical video (and for good reason), yet somehow YouTube's mobile apps haven't exactly supported..
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  • Reports of problems with the T-Mobile network peaked at 10am EDTT-Mobile customers in as many as 12 states and Washington D.C. had a tough day on Thursday. The nation's third largest carrier saw its network go down in Texas, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, California, New Jersey, Florida, M..

    T-Mobile customers have a tough day as the network goes down in 12 states and D.C.

    Reports of problems with the T-Mobile network peaked at 10am EDTT-Mobile customers in as many as 12 states and Washington D.C. had a tough day on Thursday. The nation's third largest carrier saw its network go down in Texas, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, California, New Jersey, Florida, M..
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  • Imagination Technologies has started a formal sale process and has already engaged in preliminary talks with potential buyers. The British mobile graphics maker was pushed to the decision after Apple, which accounted for around 60% of Imagination's revenue, revealed it will stop using PoverVR graphics and develop its own, sending Imagination shares into a 70% stock slump earlier this year. Over time Imagination Technologies' stock recovered somewhat though not enough and without Apple's orders Imagination simply cannot continue competing with Qualcomm and fellow British ARM. There was speculation that Apple itself could be a potential buyer for Imagination Technologies though the tech giant denied it. Imagination has an ongoing court dispute with Apple stating it infringes on its patents. Hypothetically it would make good sense for Apple to acquire Imagination as it already attributed to its devaluation and reportedly needs their patents. Currently Imagination Techn..

    Mobile graphics maker Imagination Technologies goes on sale

    Imagination Technologies has started a formal sale process and has already engaged in preliminary talks with potential buyers. The British mobile graphics maker was pushed to the decision after Apple, which accounted for around 60% of Imagination's revenue, revealed it will stop using PoverVR graphics and develop its own, sending Imagination shares into a 70% stock slump earlier this year. Over time Imagination Technologies' stock recovered somewhat though not enough and without Apple's orders Imagination simply cannot continue competing with Qualcomm and fellow British ARM. There was speculation that Apple itself could be a potential buyer for Imagination Technologies though the tech giant denied it. Imagination has an ongoing court dispute with Apple stating it infringes on its patents. Hypothetically it would make good sense for Apple to acquire Imagination as it already attributed to its devaluation and reportedly needs their patents. Currently Imagination Techn..
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  • Here's a little reminder: T-Mobile's Father's Day BOGO deals are still going, letting new and existing customers buy a Galaxy S8, S8+, LG G6, or LG V20 this week and get a second phone for free! The catch is you need to fork all the cash upfront (for a single phone, thankfully) and ge..

    T-Mobile still has a Buy One, Get One deal on the Galaxy S8, S8+, LG G6, and LG V20!

    Here's a little reminder: T-Mobile's Father's Day BOGO deals are still going, letting new and existing customers buy a Galaxy S8, S8+, LG G6, or LG V20 this week and get a second phone for free! The catch is you need to fork all the cash upfront (for a single phone, thankfully) and ge..
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  • Sprint-owned prepaid brand Virgin Mobile has decided to shake things up in the US carrier space - somewhat, at least. Virgin is no longer selling any Android smartphones. The only devices on offer from this point on will be iPhones. You can choose between all of the models that Apple still sells, and you'll have to pay the normal retail price for each one except the slightly cheaper iPhone SE with 32 and 128GB of storage. Here's the thing, though. If you buy an iPhone from Virgin and bring your number along to its network, your first year of service will cost $1. That works if you pick the new Inner Circle plan, which normally would set you back $50 per month. But if you switch to Virgin and buy that iPhone and pick that plan before July 31, it's going to be $1 for the first year. The Inner Circle plan is of the "unlimited" variety, so the usual caveats apply here too. You get unlimited calls and texts and unlimited data, but that will be throttled after 23GB used each..

    Virgin Mobile stops selling Android handsets, goes iPhone-only with new Inner Circle plan

    Sprint-owned prepaid brand Virgin Mobile has decided to shake things up in the US carrier space - somewhat, at least. Virgin is no longer selling any Android smartphones. The only devices on offer from this point on will be iPhones. You can choose between all of the models that Apple still sells, and you'll have to pay the normal retail price for each one except the slightly cheaper iPhone SE with 32 and 128GB of storage. Here's the thing, though. If you buy an iPhone from Virgin and bring your number along to its network, your first year of service will cost $1. That works if you pick the new Inner Circle plan, which normally would set you back $50 per month. But if you switch to Virgin and buy that iPhone and pick that plan before July 31, it's going to be $1 for the first year. The Inner Circle plan is of the "unlimited" variety, so the usual caveats apply here too. You get unlimited calls and texts and unlimited data, but that will be throttled after 23GB used each..
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  • Pre-paid carrier Virgin Mobile, owned by Sprint, is making it easier for its subscribers to decide which phone to buy. Starting on June 27th, Virgin Mobile will sell the Apple iPhone only. Prices range from $279 for the 32GB Apple iPhone SE, to $969 for the 256GB Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Virgin will als..

    Virgin Mobile to sell the iPhone only; first year of $50 Inner Circle unlimited plan is $1

    Pre-paid carrier Virgin Mobile, owned by Sprint, is making it easier for its subscribers to decide which phone to buy. Starting on June 27th, Virgin Mobile will sell the Apple iPhone only. Prices range from $279 for the 32GB Apple iPhone SE, to $969 for the 256GB Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Virgin will als..
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  • Earlier this month, there were reports that Bell will start selling the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 in Canada starting June 23. Now, a new report out of the country confirms that other carriers including Rogers and Freedom Mobile will also be carrying the device. While Rogers will offer the device starting June 23, Freedom Mobile will have it in stock June 22 onwards. Contract pricing starts at $0 down on both carriers. However, sans contract, Rogers' variant will carry a CAD 350 ($265) price tag, while Freedom Mobile's variant will set you back CAD 320 ($240). Via

    Rogers and Freedom Mobile will also be carrying Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 in Canada

    Earlier this month, there were reports that Bell will start selling the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 in Canada starting June 23. Now, a new report out of the country confirms that other carriers including Rogers and Freedom Mobile will also be carrying the device. While Rogers will offer the device starting June 23, Freedom Mobile will have it in stock June 22 onwards. Contract pricing starts at $0 down on both carriers. However, sans contract, Rogers' variant will carry a CAD 350 ($265) price tag, while Freedom Mobile's variant will set you back CAD 320 ($240). Via
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  • Image courtesy of Vice.comAbout a week ago, SEGA sent out some weird packages to some journalists, including a casette tape (remember those?) with soundtracks from old SEGA games on them. We know this because some of the 512 game journalists that received the tapes, actually still had a device tha..

    SEGA Forever will bring all your favorite SEGA games on mobile for free, starting tomorrow

    Image courtesy of Vice.comAbout a week ago, SEGA sent out some weird packages to some journalists, including a casette tape (remember those?) with soundtracks from old SEGA games on them. We know this because some of the 512 game journalists that received the tapes, actually still had a device tha..
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