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Mobile web development, also known as responsive web design, is an approach to web design aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing and interaction experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones). A site designed with RWD adapts the layout to the viewing environment by using fluid, proportion-based grids, flexible images, and CSS3 media queries.

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Typing on mobile: some thoughts

I was thinking the other day about smartphones and how I often don't like to type on them. I'm just so used to typing on full-size keyboards, that typing on mobile is like swimming in molasses. And it's really a shame, because in so many other ways, my iPhone is incredibly convenient.

But then, I thought about how speech to text these days is pretty decent, and perhaps the best approach would be to just use Siri for dictation instead of trying to type. I've held off on such things, because I'm old enough (and had enough bad experiences with flaky computer dictation long ago) that psychologically, it feels really weird to talk to a computer.

But in this case, my computer is a phone.

And that means: I feel weird talking to a phone.

Which is kind of weird, don't you think?

What about you? Do you type on your smartphone a lot? Or do you use Siri/Cortana/Google for dictation? Does talking to your phone feel weird or is it totally normal for you?
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Stacy: I'm curious... Why do you hate talk to text?
Not speaking for Stacy, but I too get frustrated with 'Siri' sometimes, especially so if I'm driving and try to initiate a hands free call to some of my contacts. I tend to drive with my windows fully down almost all year round so I guess the ambient noise probably doesn't help, but it can be incredibly frustrating when two out of three calls tend to work perfectly!

A typical example goes something like this..
1. Hey Siri, call Tom Smith, office..  "Calling, Tom Smith.. office"   Tick! - Successful call
2. Hey Siri, call Bob Jones, mobile.. "Calling Bob Jones.. mobile"  Tick! - Successful call
3. Hey Siri, call Jennifer Clayton, office..  "Calling John Mechanic, office.."  Huh?!?!

Might take two or three attempts before she finally gets it right and I've had to explain myself a few times when not paying much attention to Siri's answers (which most times I'm not) and the call goes through to someone I had no intention of calling.

One amusing time she wrongly called my dental surgery and I ended up making an appointment for a routine checkup during the call. Turned out I needed a filling so that call ended up costing me about $150.00!! lol..

I'm sure others must have also experienced this phenomenon as well? :)
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by:Stacy Richard
One reason of not liking talk to text if you ever been on the end of the message that has not been read over before sending is really confusing and can cause some problems.

Second reason just listening to someone use talk to text is simply annoying to me. I don't want to hear the conversation you are having.

This is just my opinion.
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by:Juana Villa
WOW!!!!
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by:Brian Matis
And to think, it's just now been only 10 years since the iPhone came out and it didn't even support 3rd party apps at that time. Wasn't until the next year that the app store was available, so this market is only 9 years old!
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Do you like graphs and charts? Here's an article with 10 nifty charts showing how the iPhone has changed mobile communications since its initial release 10 years ago.
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by:Lucas Bishop
I'm completely agreeing with the correlation :)

iPhone killed the gum aisle. Video killed the radio star.
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by:Michael Arciniega
"Correlation is not causation but it sure is a hint." - Edward Tufte

:)
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by:11thhour
That all sounds good, especially the article and video part. I am just excited I can leave it landscape and not have to turn it just to read EE.
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by:Gustav Brock
Wonderful. If only it was for Windows Phone - or at least Windows 10/Mobile.

/gustav
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Amazon recently filed a patent for a system wherein while someone is shopping inside of a store, and using that store's wifi connection, the store owner is able to inspect the wifi packets to see if a competitive product is being viewed and then issue a "control" action in response.

Basically if you want to price shop while inside of a retailer, they'll be able to block the action from happening.

http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=9665881.PN.&OS=PN/9665881&RS=PN/9665881
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by:Andrew Leniart
With mobile data plans so affordable these days, combined with the great speeds 4G provides, I don't get why people still auto connect to public wifi hotspots at all? They're fraught with hackers and an easy way of getting yourself infected with something.  

Never use them myself so the expensive patent application is a waste of money on Amazon's part so far as I'm concerned.
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by:Lucas Bishop
In most of the big box stores, I lose my LTE signal and have to use their wi-fi. I use a secure vpn when connecting, but your average consumer just blindly connects.
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          by:Andrew Leniart
          Great app! Typing this using my iPhone now :)
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          by:Brian Matis
          Nice when all the major browser makers get on-board with establishing a new standard!
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          Android and iPhone users,

          Experts Exchange updated its mobile app. =) (Its so much cleaner now, woohoo!)

          Get it here: http://pages.experts-exchange.com/mobileapp.html

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          by:Brian Matis
          Personally, I've loved having the notifications. Even when I mostly do things via the web interface on my laptop, getting the notification on the phone (which will even forward to my watch) has been great! Easily my favorite part. :-)
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          by:Kyle Santos
          Totally agree
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          by:Lucas Bishop
          Uber is really coming out with great ways to leverage their technology. Next thing you know, we'll see them getting into air and water transport...
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          Using a WebRTC data channel it's possible for a mobile device to peer share content similar to torrents. This is an interesting approach for scaling user generated content in mobile apps and on the web.
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          by:Brandon Lyon
          Reflector is another option which I've been using.
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          by:Kyle Santos
          Nice.  I'll be checking that out next time I watch something from my laptop to my tv. :)
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          by:Brian Matis
          Good news! Just saw a report this morning related to this, and it looks like the news about this method was a bit out of date. Apparently Apple has patched for this and did so back in iOS 9.3, released July 2016. :-)

          https://9to5mac.com/2017/04/12/iphone-motion-sensors-detect-passcodes-pins/
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          by:Erin Wooddell
          That's good to know!
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          by:Jaime Lewis
          That's really interesting! Maybe we can use this data to inform the next iteration of social sharing
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          by:Brian Matis
          Really great insights in this, Brandon! Thanks for sharing.
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          Native apps are dead!!??? Progressive apps seems to be the future. It takes a lot user effort to chose and download a native app. Therefore, users will be more likely to use a progressive app. Besides, it is more cost efficient than native apps. Do you think progressive apps are going to be the new trend?

          If you haven't heard about them. Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQLyhcMoZUQ 
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          by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
          Although the video sounds like an ad for Firebase, I 100% agree with the idea that creating and managing native apps for multiple platforms is not worth the effort for most businesses.  

          Whenever I have said it's not worth the time and effort, there is always resistance with the default, "Mobile devices have over taken desktop... .... You have to have a mobile app today... ....yada yada yada"

          There are enough platforms and libraries that can give you a native like experience at a fraction of the development time and cost.  Also, people forget about the increased effort for security of a native app.    I have a friend that built an app for a specific vertical and I tried to talk him into creating a web app first.  More than two years of development vs what would have been several months only to find the other issue I warned about.... users not willing to pay for apps on the Android platform.  A lot of wasted time and energy!
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          Key takeaways:
          * Devs can respond to user reviews
          * Asking the user to review your app is limited to 3 times per year
          * New API for handling review requests
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          I'm writing this post from my iPhone just to check how well it works on mobile. You should try it from your mobile device too! I'd be curious to hear how it goes for you.
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          Mobile web development, also known as responsive web design, is an approach to web design aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing and interaction experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones). A site designed with RWD adapts the layout to the viewing environment by using fluid, proportion-based grids, flexible images, and CSS3 media queries.