With January almost over now and conferences like Mobile World Congress and
CTIA upon us, here is a thought: In the age of Mobile applications, will 2011
be the year of the Mobile Web apps In this article, we outline the reasons
why it will be and welcome your comments.
Some initial terminology,
We refer to apps on specific technologies like iPhone, Android, Blackberry as
native apps and we call apps using web technologies as ‘Web apps’ (more
on this below) By Mobile Web, we also include widgets – not just browsing.
By Web technologies, we mean w3c technologies but more importantly for our
discussion, there are a set of emerging web technologies on the horizon such
as – CSS2.1, CSS3, SVG Filters, Ogg Vorbis, Ogg Theora, Native JSON,
MathML, Animated Portable Network Graphics (APNG), Cross-Site XMLHttpRequest,
Microformats, Web Worker Threads (source Mozilla)
Native ... (more)
Digital convergence is a much-maligned concept. Mention Digital convergence,
and it conjures up images of the intelligent fridge : a concept most people
think they have no need for!
But Digital convergence is an idea whose dawn is near.
There is a lot of confusion about what exactly is meant by digital
convergence. When people talk of Digital convergence, they could actually
mean different things:
a) Co-mingled bits : The original definition of Digital convergence as
outlined in Nicholas Negroponte’s 1995 book Being Digital
b) Device convergence: One device to rule them all! ... (more)
I see Web 2.0 as the Intelligent web or ‘Harnessing Collective
Intelligence.' Mobile Web 2.0 extends the principle of 'Harnessing Collective
Intelligence' to restricted devices. The seemingly simple idea of extending
Web 2.0 to mobile Web 2.0 has many facets, for instance:
a) What is a restricted device?
b) What are the implications of extending the web to restricted devices?
c) As devices become creators and not mere consumers of information –
what categories of intelligence can be captured/harnessed from restricted
d) What is the impact for services as devices... (more)
This content is reprinted from Real-World AJAX: Secrets of the Masters
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Let's talk about the disruptive potential of AJAX in the mobile environment.
Globally, at end of 2005, there were 2.1 billion mobile phones versus a
billion Internet users. Am... (more)
The first Rich FAQ we are presenting is the long overdue Mobile Ajax FAQ and
was created by Ajit Jaokar, Rocco Georgi and Bryan Rieger. We welcome
comments and feedback.
Q: What is Mobile AJAX?
A. AJAX is a browser technology that involves the use of existing Web
XMLHttpRequest) to create more responsive Web applications that reduce
bandwidth usage by avoiding full page refreshes and providing a more "desktop
application-like" user experience. The term AJAX was coined by Jesse James
Garrett in his seminal documen... (more)