Archive for August, 2011

W3C Validator: A Spell & Grammar Checker for Website Code

August 19th, 2011 No comments

W3C Validator: A Spell & Grammar Checker for Website Code

To make a good customer impression on the web, businesses owners need to ensure a clean and clear website. One way is by using a W3C validator. Think of it this way; if you were writing an important report or a letter to a customer, you would want to use a spell and grammar checker to catch unintended errors. Website markup also has a syntax and grammar that needs to be checked. Business owners need to be sure that they have not overlooked potential flaws in the markup code. Similar to word processing applications, web browsers do not distinguish invalid from valid statements. As a result, your web sites may look fine at first glance but have compromised functionality. For example, people may not be able to find information about a product because the link is missing or there is some invalid text. Using a W3C validator helps reduce this risk.

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HTML5 apps vs. native apps: Amazon, choose both

August 14th, 2011 No comments

HTML5 or native apps? This can be a tough question for mobile developers.

Does a developer build applications for HTML 5 or Apple’s iOS? Google Android, BlackBerry (and its different mobile operating systems), Microsoft Windows Phone or HP WebOS? Or for all of these different platforms?

The debate between native apps and Web apps is one we’ve covered on the Technology blog, and even a bit on our sister blog Company Town. And as of now, there is no definite winner.

Amazon’s release of Kindle Cloud Reader, an HTML5 app that looks and works a lot like Amazon’s Kindle app for the iPad, is an example of a Web app done right. Cloud Reader offers one difference that justifies Amazon building it; users can buy books from within the app, something they can’t do in the iOS app. released a new HTML5 app this week, as well as an update to its Android app and a new BlackBerry app for its cloud hosting service aimed at business users. Here too the reason cited for building an HTML5 Web app was control –- control over how the app looked and worked across all mobile platforms.

In both cases, and many more, HTML5 apps offer companies more control over the look, feel and money making abilities of their app.

There are downsides, too. HTML5 doesn’t work with every browser out there — Cloud Reader is confined to Apple Safari and Google Chrome for now, while’s Web app is available only on mobile devices. And app stores for Web apps don’t match the ability to boost an app’s success the way Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Market do, yet.

But what do you think? As a user, do you prefer native apps or Web apps? If you’re a developer, which do you choose to build?

Sound off in the comments below and check out the video below where we show off a few Kindle Cloud Reader and a few other HTML5 apps.

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German court bans sale of Galaxy Tab 10.1, says Apple

August 12th, 2011 No comments

A German court has issued a temporary ban on the sale of a Samsung digital product in every single EU member state with the exception of the Netherlands, according to media reports.

Apple was successfully granted the injunction against the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the UK and every other EU member state apart from the Netherlands, the reports said. The tablet computer product is a rival to Apple’s iPad.

Apple alleges that Samsung has violated its Community design rights over the way the Galaxy Tab 10.1 looks, according to a report.

A registered Community design is a monopoly right for the appearance of the whole or part of a product resulting from the features of, in particular, the lines, contours, colours, shape, texture and materials of the product or its ornamentation.

Applications are filed at the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market. Approved Community designs cover all 25 member states of the European Union.

In order to qualify for Community design rights, designs must be new and have individual character. To be new, the design is required to differ from known designs by more than “immaterial details”. To have individual character a design must create a different overall impression on an informed user. Although a design application can be filed up to one year after the design has been made public, it is preferable that a design application is filed as soon as the design is created.

Community design rights can last up to 25 years, although the designs must be renewed every five years within that period.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban is in place with immediate effect, an Apple spokesman has said, according to the report.

“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging,” an Apple statement said.

“This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas,” Apple said.

Samsung said it was “disappointed” with the decision of the Dűssledorf district court, according to Reuters.

“The request for injunction was filed with no notice to Samsung, and the order was issued without any hearing or presentation of evidence from Samsung,” Samsung said, according to the Reuters report.

“We will take all necessary measures to ensure Samsung’s innovative mobile communications devices are available to customers in Europe and around the world,” the statement said.
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August 3rd, 2011 No comments

Research in Motion will launch five new BlackBerry smartphones starting later this month in an attempt to rebound in the wireless market.

Two of the phones are part of the company’s BlackBerry Bold line, as well as three revamped versions of the BlackBerry Torch.

The Bold 9900 and 9930 will feature a touchscreen display, traditional BlackBerry keyboard and built-in support for Near Field Communications (NFC), which could open the door for options such as mobile payments.

The BlackBerry Torch 9810 will feature a larger touch display and slide-out keyboard, while the 9850 and 9860 models sport slightly bigger screens powered by Liquid Graphics technology.

All five devices will run RIM’s new BlackBerry 7 operating system, which will offer an improved browser, voice-activated searches and a host of personal and productivity apps.

Wireless carrier AT&T will launch the Torch 9860 in August, while the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Torch 9810 will debut later this year. All three smartphones will run on AT&T’s 4G network.

The next wave of BlackBerrys represents RIM’s latest attempt to reverse its downward turn in the smartphone market. Once the dominant device, the BlackBerry has quickly been overshadowed by Apple and its iPhone as well as the rising army of Google Android smartphones.

Last week, RIM announced it was cutting 2,000 jobs and shuffling senior executives.
by: Brett Molina, USA TODAY

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