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This is the monthly archive for September 2011.

Linkbait 26

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This week’s. Nothing about Amazon Silk (I already talked about that), and nothing about Tizen (I’m still studying it).

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Quick Amazon Silk thoughts

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So Amazon has announced its Kindle Fire tablet, and it will not be an iPad killer. It runs Android, but not the standard Android, but rather a special Amazon port that does not include any standard Google apps. Notably, Amazon will have its own app store.

Update: I've asked a few questions of the Silk team. Now let's hope we get an answer.

The Kindle Fire will also sport its own browser: Silk. Kudos to Amazon for actually giving their browser a name. That helps a lot.

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Mobilism Call for Papers

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Mobilism 2012 will take place on 10th and 11th of May in Amsterdam. The Main Track, for which we are inviting thought leaders from both the web development and the mobilist community, is filling up nicely (announcements pending). Watch Bryan Rieger's video from last year to get an idea what the Main Track will look like.

However, next year we'll also feature a Fast Track for which we've issued a Call for Papers. If you're interested in a 30-minute session to entertain and enlighten our audience about one aspect of the mobile web, submit a paper. The Call for Papers closes on 16th of December, so you still have time.

We don't yet have a specific number of Fast Track presentations in mind; that depends on the quality of the proposals. If we get only two good proposals, there will be only two Fast Track presentations; if we get many more we could accomodate up to ten or so.

Anyway, let us know what you'd like to speak about, send us a link to a video, and we'll see what we can do.

And remember: if you just want a free ticket, track us on Lanyrd.

Confusion in the post-Android market

Permalink | in Mobile

So. Samsung will open-source bada next year so that developers can improve it and other device vendors use it. The Register does not believe the news, while GigaOM correctly points out that Samsung won’t gain anything by open-sourcing bada.

Meanwhile, the HP board dumps CEO Apotheker and instates Whitman, who vows to retain Apotheker’s strategies, even though it was exactly those strategies that got Apotheker fired. The spin-off of the PC unit may be cancelled, even though it constitutes about 90% of the current strategy. The webOS team is rumoured to be downsized, which does not make sense at all if HP wants to do something useful with it.

Oh my.

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Mobilism free tickets

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Yesterday we received the fourth correct answer to the Mobilism contest that allows you to win a ticket for Mobilism, 10th and 11th of May in Amsterdam.

Strictly speaking that would mean the end of the contest, but we’ve decided to make one more ticket available. So if you can identify these ten phones and are fast about it, you can win a free ticket.

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Linkbait 25

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This week’s.

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Android in trouble

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Samsung will not buy MeeGo but instead focuses on bada. Meanwhile HTC confirms it is considering buying its own OS, but “won’t be rushed” — unlike certain other large Android vendors we could mention.

Time to update last week’s overview. #15 is the first new one.

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I’m in the Carnival of the Mobilists

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It is with great pleasure that I saw that I was included in the latest Carnival of the Mobilists with my Twelve steps for saving webOS.

If you don’t know it, Carnival of the Mobilists is a linklist of the best mobile writing of the past month. It appears on a different blog every month, and this time it’s Dennis Bournique of WAP Review who plays host. I discovered the Carnival about a year ago and have been hooked ever since.

The beauty of the format is that very different articles end up on one page; a bit like Linkbait, but with much more variety. There are articles about the mobile city, a new ad network that might replace AdMob, recommendations for encouraging India's mobile services ecosystem, the reason why Martha’s Vineyard’s inhabitants love Obama’s visits, and more.

One of the rules of the Carnival is that you do not link to any of the individual posts, but only to the Carnival itself. So if you’d like to read one of the articles, go there!

Responsive design and JavaScript

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So here’s the thing with responsive design and JavaScript:

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Samsung makes my head hurt

Permalink | in Google, Samsung, webOS

So Samsung won’t buy webOS after all. Instead, it is said to be interested in MeeGo, which Intel may want to sell. And HP will not sell the webOS team, which has been transferred from the PC division, which will be sold, to a strategy division, which will stay. Good, HP can use some strategy. As can Samsung.

That thud you heard? I fell because my head is spinning.

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Event compatibility tables updated

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Back in June I requested donations to pay for the time I needed to update the desktop browser compatibility tables. The community responded overwhelmingly. Today I present the first installment of my side of the promise: the event compatibility tables have been updated.

Donations are still very welcome, and now you know that this is the sort of thing your money is going to be used for.

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Mobile browser stats for August

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It’s time for the mobile browser stats for August, as always from StatCounter. Although only two points have changed hands since July, they are important ones: Android jumps to second position after Opera, but before Safari.

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Linkbait 24

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This week’s. Not much is happening; everybody’s still recovering from the latest bombshells.

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