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Study: 69% of Responsive Design Mobile Sites Have An ‘Unacceptable’ Load Time

Picture it: you’re doing some shopping for your apartment, and you want to check what the next store has to offer on your mobile phone before walking inside, as you are unsure if they have the product you need. You …

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Millennials find inspiration for shopping through social networks

Friends’ posts influence millennial social media users to make purchases, states a recent report from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Marketing Research. Nearly 70% of millennial social media users seem to be influenced by what their friends’ post on social networks. …

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How big is the tablet market in the US?

How many people own tablets in the US? A new study by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) sheds some light on tablet ownership in the US. About 44% of US online consumers owned tablets as of December 2013. The Pew Research Center’s …

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Google gains on Facebook for web app logins

The marketshare of social login APIs. What is Google’s API marketshare? What is Facebook’s API marketshare? Both Google+ and Facebook offer API login functionality, which essentially acts as a passport system to allow third-party web developers to build authentication systems.

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Study Indicates Only 11% of Top Companies Use Responsive Design

A new report for the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) indicates that very few company’s websites are designed and coded to be Responsive. Responsive Design, which has emerged as the most effective technique to build a modern website, controls how a …

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Google Launches Web Designer, a WYSIWYG Application for Creating HTML5 Ads.

Google recently launched Web Designer, a “professional-quality design tool,” now officially in public beta for Mac and Windows. Google created Web Designer to allow advertisers to easily create HTML5 ads for mobile and desktop. Web Designer aims to be the …

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Yahoo Maps was re-designed and upgraded (even though they are not competing with Google)

Yahoo surprisingly decided to redesign their Yahoo Maps and add some nifty features.  The reason it is a surprise is because Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer stated, when she took office, that she did not plan to compete for maps with Google. …

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Bing upgrades their user-experience for eCommerce search

Bing announced that it will be closing Bing Shopping, the product destination that runs on merchant product feeds from the Bing Merchant Center. The company instead is launching Bing Product Search in it’s place. New features like the new image carousel …

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WordPress 3.6 Rolls Out a Slew of New, Exciting Features

This week, WordPress.org announced the release of WordPress 3.6. The Open-Source CMS, which claims to power almost one-fifth of the web, has grad plans for developing as a significant publishing platform, The release of version 3.6 brings the content management …

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Install from web, Firefox OS apps level the playing field

Apps for for the new FirefoxOS are going to be loved by web designers. FirefoxOS apps are simply HTML5 apps–basically a mobile-optimised website that includes a manifest file. Firefox OS is will differentiate itself from other mobile platforms in a couple …

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Social networks keep buyers in the know

We often see brands and eCommerce businesses so narrowly focused on the direct correlation between advertising and purchase that they miss the customer relationship, which is the longer term value a business builds as it affects the market. This is …

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New SDK makes life easier for Android app developers by providing native UI controls

In mid Dec. of 2012, Facebook took their SDK 3.0 for Android out of beta, which means it  began to be fully supported, giving greater access and tools for Android and Native Login. The new Facebook SDK helps developers and app designers …

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Bing wants to recommend content based on social activity

Bing released a social content sidebar about six months ago.  The huge influence and excitement that social networks generate has enormous interest for both users and business. The social sidebar focused on four key elements: Ask Friends Friends Who Might …

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Apple acquires Chomp and designs new app market

The new iOS app market place has been updated and search has been re-designed to look like a recent Apple acquisition. Apple recently purchased Chomp, and post-purchase, Apple has re-tooled their iOS market place search results to become a more …

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Google Maps gets design refresh on mobile

Google has updated the design and format of how Adwords displays on mobile devices. The goal of the redesign was to make Adwords more effective for smartphone users and web advertisers. The advertising experience became available to Android users yesterday. The …

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Hiding the button

Google has decided to hide their +1 button within the search results. Originally, the +1 button was shown next to a search result listing, clear and opaque. It seems that Google is in the process of reducing clutter on their …

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WebP to help reduce the size of the web

Web designers have had to rely on heavily optimized JPGs to cut down on load time. The JPEG has been the predominant image format for web designers for the last ten years or so. Google is trying to introduce a …

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Adobe to kill Flash for mobile

Adobe decided to cease the development of Flash Player for the browser for new mobile device configurations. This will take effect following the release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook. Adobe will continue to support developers using Flash …

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A new OS for mobile platforms takes shape

Mozilla is building an OS for mobile devices called the Boot 2 Gecko(B2G) project. Firefox B2G is similar–an open source project which aiming to clean up mobile fragmentation. Understanding that building a platform from the ground up is quite a challenge, Mozilla …

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Android designers rejoice, Android now makes-up 45% of US smartphone users

Android designers have an expanding market share for their skill-sets. Comscore reported that more US smartphone users turned to Android in Q3 2011–some 44.8% of some 87 million users. Android’s market share climbed 10%, rising from 40.2 % in Q2 to 44.8% in …

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