6 May 2010

How are social networks making money?

Is Social Media making money off you? Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Flicker and so on are useful tools. We use them for many reasons, such as keeping in touch and sharing information. But they are also ultimately businesses, and they need to make money.  As a social media user, you are availing yourself of a service. One …

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5 May 2010

HTML 5 and accessibility

I’ve written previously about HTML 5 and the new possibilities that it offers. But how will HTML 5 affect web accessibility? HTML 5 has so far received limited support from the most commonly used browsers, with the most HTML 5 support being offered by Safari (Webkit based browsers) and Opera (Presto based browsers), followed by Firefox (Gecko based browsers). A well-built web …

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5 May 2010

Trust principles to alert users to fake websites

As specialists in Conversion Design we are continually developing techniques on how to engage with users, encourage trust and increase our clients conversion rates. So with the alarming rise in websites selling fake designer goods, such as Ugg Boots or very poor customer service, we are well placed to advise consumers on what they should be looking for when trying …

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4 May 2010

Why I’m waiting till June: Possible features of the iPhone 4G

I’m sure that you have been unable to avoid the speculation, enthusiasm and scepticism aroused by the discovery of what’s believed to be a prototype iPhone 4G. As a developer, Apple lover and all round geek my lack of an iPhone has been a growing source of consternation, so I’ve been looking into the various tariffs offered now, trying to …

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4 May 2010

Microsoft clarifies its stand on IE9 Flash

Microsoft got some bad publicity last week due to its stand on IE9 and Flash support. On Thursday last week, Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager of Internet Explorer, published a blog post noting that “the future of the web is HTML5”, citing its performance and hardware support. This caused a stir of comments and news stories with people stating that Microsoft …

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4 May 2010

Easy, Peasy ‘Embeddable’ Tweets

Bloggers and website editors, rejoice! Starting today, you’ll no longer have to fire up Photoshop to fix up that screen grab of the funny/informative/insightful tweet you want to share with the world. Twitter is rolling out the red carpet for ’embeddable tweets’. Twitter described it to Mashable as, ‘a super simple piece of code to help people generate nice HTML …

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29 April 2010

Usability best practice, Part 3 – Embedded text links

In this third installment of usability tips I am focusing on embedded links or hyperlinks. The purpose is to show how to use them with usability best practice techniques. Hyperlink styling This section suggests ways to style the visual appearance of links. Distinguish from non-link text use underline and/or colour Avoid using coloured text unless it’s a link or use …

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28 April 2010

Windows Phone 7 available at the end of the year

After attending UK Techdays earlier this month, I had a sneak preview of what the latest Windows Mobile phone will look like. I also got some insight as to what can be expected. The release date for the Windows Phone 7 was initially intended to be during 2009, but several delays prompted Microsoft to develop Windows Mobile 6.5 in the …

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28 April 2010

Should you use CSS3 now?

CSS3 is the next generation of stylesheet due to be rolled out across the web when it is finalised. It has been ongoing since 2002 and is still not completed so when it will be finalised is anyone’s guess. Most browsers (except IE) support at least some of the CSS3 properties that allow web design to become a much better …

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28 April 2010

Google offers ‘similar’ pages

There is no doubt that one of the best things about the internet is having a choice. I’m pretty certain there’s a website out there dedicated to absolutely anything you can think of (or at the very least a Facebook page). There are also many websites discussing, selling and promoting the exact same thing. So how does one find all …

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