Mobile devices

Responsive Web Design {9}

by Edward J
Making software easy to use has been a major focal point for developers since the dawn of the microchip.  Whether or not an application or website is successful often depends on how quickly users come to familiarize themselves with an interface.  Applications that inundate users with too many buttons or options often struggle to find a wide user base. Similarly, websites that are ‘clunky’ or difficult to navigate are often left in the dust.  Even sites with solid accessibility but that are visually unappealing will find themselves with a timid following. These two issues have historically been major pains for programmers and developers who are trying to add mobile functionality to their software.  Now with the advent of CSS 3 modules, it is easier than ever for developers to provide media rich content that is customized for any type of mobile device; tablet smart phone or otherwise. read more...

Java Script and Mobile Devices {3}

by Jorge R
The topic of my article this week talks about how desktops have a desktop manager that runs an operating system and can, “…install, delete and execute application programs”. The issue arises that mobile devices such as IPhones and android devices also have a desktop manager with an operating system, but they differ from the desktop platforms. Depending on the manufacturer and model each one can differ greatly from one another. A way to make these applications run on these mobile devices is to port the source code into their operating system. This causes issues because it is hard to reuse the source code made for desktop applications and apply it to mobile devices. One of the solutions brought up in the article is to use Java Script to combat the issue. This is a good alternative because most mobile devices come preinstalled with web browsers which are able to run Java Script. There is one problem by using Java Script as an alternative and that is that the user needs to install Java Virtual Machine in order to run the web applications. Some users may opt out from installing JVM for various reasons. What makes these issues hard to solve is the fact that there is no standard operating systems for mobile web devices. This makes it close to impossible to reuse the source code without manipulating it. For the time being these are the best options to cater to both desktop user and mobile device users. read more...

Database for Stolen Mobile Devices {2}

by Edwin T
The FCC has teamed up with the top wireless carriers to develop a database of stolen devices. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint are supporting the FCC in this effort. The project is called PROTECTS Initiative. The way it works is if any customer loses their device, they can call their provider and report it lost or stolen. The carrier will lock it down to prevent further use. These devices are then added to a common database. This effort is working in other parts of the world, “While at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year, Genachowski said he learned that database options were working in the U.K. and elsewhere to cut down on cell phone-related crime.”. Members of congress are prepping legislation that makes it a federal crime to evade the database. read more...