My iPhone Broke, Glass Shattered

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 | Personal | 1 Comment

It finally happened to me.  My iPhone 4 broke (after only 9 months of throwing it around).

I was walking downstairs, and dropped it on a wooden floor.  It didn’t seem that bad, until I picked it up and it was crazy cracked.

Now I begin my journey of “Do I get the 4S?  Can I do this in the 2 days before vacation?”.

I’ll let you know how it’s resolved, and how much this sets me back.

UPDATE: Apple Replaced it Free of Charge!

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Adobe Giving up on Mobile Flash, going HTML5

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Woke up to read that Adobe said it’s stopping development on mobile Flash, and refocusing on HTML5.

It’s bittersweet for me.

A quote from Adobe:

Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.

I’ve had a long history with Flash, and am sad to see it go, but happy we’re moving in a good direction (even if just for mobile, because we all know this means HTML5 will be the overall direction of Flash).

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Firefox 8.0 Released

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

FirefoxDevelopers over at Mozilla have released Firefox 8.0, Mozilla Firefox Adds Twitter Search and New Features that Make Web Browsing Easier.

Some features in the new release are:

As far as us developers are concerned:

  • input and textarea now support selectionDirection and setSelectionRange()
  • Focus ring on elements using the tabindex
  • insertAdjacentHTML is implemented
  • Nested label event handling is fixed
  • window.postMessage() will pass File and FileList objects between windows
  • .contenteditable areas now back to paragraph entry mode (shift enter is <br>)
  • Fixed text-decoration rendering in quirks mode
  • Console now has a dir() command that will display a list of the properties of an object.

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How to Hide all the WordPress in WordPress

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

WordPressI’ve been working on writing an article on Purpose Built WordPress templates.  This morning I ran across a post by Ben Word, at benword.comHow to Hide The Fact That You’re Using WordPress.

WordPress tends to add a LOT of “stuff” in both the final HTML, and all the layers that build it.  This is done to accommodate the masses.  As a developer you can write <img src=’images/image.gif’ alt=’test’> or you can ping a database, resize an image, pull the proper alt tag, construct the final img tag then output it to the screen.

All the same, WP adds code to your header to account for all the functionality it MIGHT use.  Not necessarily all the functionality it does use.

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Google+: Google Apps users Finally Welcome

Monday, November 7th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Saw a “+You” link in the top left corner of my Google Apps mail, and clicked on it.

Google finally added Google Profiles to Google Apps users.

Please check out my Google+ profile – Sean Walther.

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jQuery 1.7 Released

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 | Business | No Comments

jQuery 1.7 was released today, November 3rd, 2011.

Check out the post on blog.jquery.com for details on the update.

Some highlights:

  • New Event APIs: .on and .off
  • Better performance on delegated events (almost a 50% improvement)
  • Better support for HTML5 in IE (blech, IE)
  • AMD (Asynchronous Module Definition, this guy describes AMD well) support (it will work with AMD compliant loaders)
  • Added jQuery.isNumeric()

I would love to thank the jQuery team for the regular updates to a platform we all love (don’t we?  leave comments yes or no)

You can use the following CDNs to link / get the code:

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iPhone 4S Battery Life Problems?

Friday, October 28th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

A friend of mine just forwarded me an article on iPhone 4S battery life problems.

It’s What’s Really Killing your iPhone 4S Battery? published on Business Insider.

From the article:

Battery performance on the iPhone 4S isn’t quite as good as it was on the iPhone 4.

Some chalk it up to the more power hungry dual-core processor, which makes sense. Kind of.

Read more: http://gizmodo.com/5854193/whats-really-killing-your-iphone-4s-battery#ixzz1c66vAqXB

Some problems brought up were:

  1. Corrupt iCloud contacts
  2. Apps bugging out, not closing properly
  3. Location services (remember, if you have Find my Friends turned on, GPS is always on, location reminders too!)
  4. iTunes wi-fi sync.  Technically this should only happen when the phone is plugged in, but it could suck more battery
  5. Sending Apple some error reports.

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Why do I pick the iPhone over Android?

Thursday, October 27th, 2011 | Business | 2 Comments

Saw an excellent visual representation with the problem on Android devices at theUnderstatement, Android Orphans: Visualizing a Sad History of Support.

As a web developer geek, I have a soft spot in my heart for open source.  It’s how software should be developed, and how things should work.  In reality, it’s not the perfect environment it should be.

End users are lazy (I will leave it at that), developer’s aren’t the most user friendly, and developing software is complicated.

These problems are what cause  web developers to have a hard time (even though we have the W3C, and major support for a single version of HTML).  App developers have an even harder time.  iOS developers are in a much better position because of the stability of their platform.  Android app developers have tough competition in terms of getting their apps to work perfectly on all types of devices.  With open source comes extreme complexity in supporting older APIs, older hardware specs, and various manufacture modifications.

The graphic speaks for itself, the creator (Michael DeGusta) did an excellent job illustrating this problem.

Android & iPhone Update History

All that green next to the iPhone models is why it is a better platform to support as a developer.

How can any startup app developer test every possible device with Android?  I don’t even want to compute the permutations of devices and software versions.

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Google Analytics: Real Time analytics Support

Thursday, October 27th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Google LogoAs of this morning, Google Analytics has been updated to provide FREE real time analytics.  This is the biggest thing that has happened to Google Analytics since it was released.

To access the new feature, you must be using the “New Version”:

  1. Click “New Version” in the top right corner (if it says “Old Version” as a link, you are using the new version)

Then, once you log out, and log back in to the New Version:

  1. Access your profile
  2. Click on “Home” in the top nav
  3. Click “Real-Time (BETA)” in the top left nav
  4. Real time reporting!
If this doesn’t work for you, then you should request access to Real-Time analytics.

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Google Chrome 15

Thursday, October 27th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Google Chrome LogoGoogle released Google Chrome version 15.

The only real change, is the addition of a New Tab page.

At the bottom of your New Tab page you’ll see some “bars” (not sure what the official name is yet).  By default it’s split into two options, “Most Visited” and “Apps”.

You can drag apps / websites to create new tabs.  If you want to rename a new tab you double click on the tab and you can give it a name.

The release coincides with an update to the Google App Store.

Here’s a video showing the new features:

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