Nokia's Steel HR hybrid watch (compatible with Android and iOS) is now available in the US


Nokia today started selling the Steel HR, a hybrid wearable device
that combines the elegance of an analog watch with (some of) the features of a
smartwatch. Available to pre-order since November, the Nokia Steel HR isn’t
exactly a new product, being a rebranded Withings Steel HR – a watch that was
first announced last year, shortly after Nokia acquired Withings.  

 

Unlike regular smartwatches, which usually have full digital
displays, the Steel HR only has a small digital screen, the rest of its front
being analog. The watch comes with a heart rate sensor and activity tracking
features, …


Pokemon GO now fully compatible with iPhone X, but drops support for iOS 8 devices

Many developers must update their apps and games to support Apple’s new iPhone X due to the unusual display of the smartphone. Niantic announced recently it has issued such an update for the ever popular Pokemon GO game.

In fact, Niantic released two updates for each of the game’s platform version: Android and iOS. The iOS update brings support for the iPhone X screen resolution and some optimizations for this specific device. However, along with the addition of iPhone X compatibility, the developers removed support for devices running iOS 8.

Other changes …

Want to fast-charge your iPhone 8 on the cheap? Here are 5 compatible USB-PD adapters

While Apple’s new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X have fast charging circuitry built in, they ship with regular chargers that take more than two hours to top up an iPhone 8, for example. Apple does offer a fast 29W USB-C Power Adapter that will load your iPhone 50% in 30 minutes flat, but that one will cost you $49 extra.

Still, Apple does give you other options, as it lists on its official support pages that the fast-charging functionality of the new iPhones is certainly accessible by plugging in certain third-party USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) adapters, …

Here's what iPhones and iPads are compatible with Apple's augmented reality ARKit framework

iOS 11-bundled ARKit is out and neat augmented reality apps are already available for users to download and freely use on their iOS 11-powered devices.

A virtual ruler? Check! An interactive furniture designer? Sure thing! An augmented car showroom? You bet!

An AR-powered human atlas that allows you to explore livers, digestive organs, and lungs from the inside? Ugh… yeah, sure….
The potential benefits and uses of AR are huge and quite possibly the next big mobile software trend that’s …

Reckless arcade classic 'Crazy Taxi' goes free & 64-bit compatible on Apple devices

Crazy Taxy is a classic arcade driving game originating from the Sega Dreamcast console. It’s revered for its fast, reckless driving and cult punk rock soundtrack. A feel good game Crazy Taxi was, and it still is, surviving in remastered form on Apple and Android devices.

Sega has made some changes to the game now. With the latest update, Crazy Taxy is now free and 64-bit compatible. So it’s ready to delight another generation of gamers for some time to come. Alas, the game becomes ad-supported now, which might drive those who already paid for it literally crazy. Then again, the advertisements …

Hong Kong version of Samsung Galaxy S8+ with 6GB RAM will be compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile networks

You might be ecstatic over your new Samsung Galaxy S8+. But if you live in the U.S., you brain might be nudging you about the version of the phone that features 6GB of RAM and 128GB of native storage. Yes, that is a 50% hike from the 4GB of RAM on your Galaxy S8+, not to mention the doubling of native storage. Your brain keeps repeating over and over how nice it would be to have that extra multi-tasking capability and all of that extra storage. Despite the heavy demand seen for the higher spec’d model, Samsung doesn’t plan on selling it in the states at this time.

But there is some promising …

Google launches a new home for web-based VR experiments (compatible with Daydream and Cardboard)

“Become a donut and try to wrap your fashionable scarf around hungry enemies.”

We’ll just let that sink in…
Okay, so this is the wacky tone that Google is going for in its latest mobile VR experiments, and frankly, we’re not complaining!
Google launched a new page for mobile VR experiments that run on the now-WebVR-enabled Chrome. There are not that many available right now, and the page is more of a showcase of what’s to come, but what’s lacking in numbers at this point is more than made up for in delightful …

The Cross-Browser Website – How Compatible Should It Be in the Mobile Web?

Cross-browser compatibility is among the key requirements to modern websites. But there are 50+ browsers out there now. Many of them treat HTML and CSS standards differently. Therefore, cross-browser compatibility may lead to the increase of costs on design to HTML/CSS conversion (so-called PSD to HTML), as well as to the growth of loading time and complexity of the resulting markup. The new Web standards and trends such as HTML5, CSS3, the mobile Web, and responsive web design add new facets to the problem of cross-browser compatibility.

The article presents information on some browser market tendencies and provides tips for website owners on how to wisely concentrate their efforts when converting designs into cross-browser HTML/CSS code or ordering PSD to HTML services.

Which Browsers to Take into Account When Converting Your Website Design into HTML CSS Code

The main tip is simple: you should deeply understand and feel your website audience, their needs, requirements, as well as geographical, professional and demographic profiles.An important source of information about the website visitors’ behavior and preferences may be the analytical data for the previous website versions or other websites in your niche. You can get valuable info about demographics (countries, cities, languages), browsers, as well as screen resolutions, devices, and operating systems.Local preferences can be essential. For example, the desktop version of Opera might not be taken into account in the USA but it should not be neglected for the Eastern Europe because Opera is very popular in those countries. Also, being not very popular in the USA, Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) has 35% of users in China (October 2011).IE6 may be a must if the website is to be used mainly by companies utilizing legacy software or some government or scientific organizations. People usually visitting your website from their offices may use IE more often than those browsing your website from home or in the evenings, weekends and holidays.Is your target audience the Internet active people (for example, web designers)? Then you may neglect IE6 and old versions of other browsers as this target group prefers the newest software product versions.Once your website is intended to work in a corporate Intranet and all users there have one and the same browser then there may be no need to order support of other browsers.Whether a great part of your site visitors is people with special needs who use corresponding browsers and assistive technologies (screen readers, etc.) then you should take that into account too. If mobile users are important, mind that the mobile browser market is quite different comparing to the desktop one. For example, Opera is one of the leaders here and therefore cannot be omitted. BlackBerry and Windows Mobile based devices are typical for business people. If your audience is geeks or youth then you may concentrate on iPhones and Android-based mobile devices and corresponding screen resolutions. No special restrictions or requirements? Then try a standard set of the most popular browsers and their versions (desktop): Chrome 10+, FireFox 5+, Internet Explorer 7+, Safari 5+, and Opera 10+.Overall

Summarizing, before converting the website design into HTML/CSS code, a WordPress or Joomla!/Drupal themeStudy your website target market and audience Consider whether it is necessary to use HTML5, e.g., audio or video features, geolocation identification, etc.Define whether responsive web design is germane to your website. If yes, specify main devices and screen resolutionsBearing this information in mind, check the latest browser market statistics and trendsFinally, select browsers and their versions to take into account in PSD to HTML conversionUse the latest data in your research because statistics is becoming stale quickly now. Moreover it is very important to preserve common sense considering the latest buzz about new tendencies in order to make a sound decision based on a ground research.

Hope these recommendations would be of help and give an insight into the exiting browser market when planning your website development or ordering the cross browser PSD to HTML conversion the next time.

The Cross-Browser Website – How Compatible Should It Be in the Mobile Web?