Smashing Daily #51: E-Commerce, Phones, Marketing
Many links about mobiles in this edition of The Smashing Daily, as well as different operating systems, the pixel ratio of these devices, and the question as to if we should really keep calling those things phones. But there’s more—there’s an excellent interview, an incredible CSS technique, some good research on checkout flows, and a post about marketing manipulation. Enjoy!
Martin Sutherland won a Nokia N9 on this year’s Mobilism conference, a phone with the Meego operating system on it (definitely not the most well known OS). He used it as his everyday phone and published his findings. A very interesting read, especially for people who think that everybody is using an iPhone or an Android.
Luke Wroblewski did some research on the different e-commerce checkout flows, looked closely at what changed about them over the years, looked at the new trends, and tries to predict some things about them. Some very interesting insights in this long post. The only thing I really miss is the order online, pick-up later in a store near you pattern (which is, I think, a very nice option in a small country like The Netherlands).
What do all different browsers on all different operating systems tell you when you ask them about the
devicePixelRatio? Peter-Paul Koch did some research and publishes his findings in this long post.
What’s the thing you do most on your mobile phone? Probably not making phone calls. So why do we still call them phones, and what else do we do with them?
One Two One Two Microphone Check is a website that publishes interviews with people who make things happen7 in various cultural fields. Here’s an edition with an interview with Christian Heilmann. Yes, of course it’s a good read.
The most interesting thing in the mobile operating system world right now is Mozilla’s development of Boot2Gecko. If you haven’t heard of it before you should definitely read this article about it. Yes, Mozilla is pretty late to the mobile game, but it’s doing great stuff that I actually want to use. Can’t wait to see it take off.
An oldie but a goodie, nine marketing tricks disected and translated into a language understandable for nerds by Jeff Atwood. You should really read this—it will save you lots of money.
Do you need more to read? Here’s an excellent and rather long link dump by Blair Millen.
I remember the day that I saw these blobs14 for the first time, and the explanation of how they work15. It changed me into a Web developer. This article (which describes this demo16) by David Storey might have a similar effect on others, too.
- 1 http://sunpig.com/martin/archives/2012/07/03/notes-from-using-the-nokia-n9.html
- 2 http://www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?1579
- 3 http://www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?1579
- 4 http://www.quirksmode.org/blog/archives/2012/07/more_about_devi.html
- 5 http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/07/maybe-we-should-stop-calling-smartphones-phones/259290/
- 6 http://one-two-one-two-microphone-check.com/christian-heilmann-work/
- 7 http://one-two-one-two-microphone-check.com/manifesto/
- 8 http://www.readwriteweb.com/mobile/2012/06/mozilla-close-to-cracking-html5-mobile-hardware-integration-for-android.php
- 9 http://www.readwriteweb.com/mobile/2012/06/mozilla-close-to-cracking-html5-mobile-hardware-integration-for-android.php
- 10 http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2009/09/9-ways-marketing-weasels-will-try-to-manipulate-you.html
- 11 http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2009/09/9-ways-marketing-weasels-will-try-to-manipulate-you.html
- 12 http://theletter.co.uk/index/6443/link+dump
- 13 http://generatedcontent.org/post/26407228072/split-feature
- 14 http://www.alistapart.com/d/sprites/ala-blobs2.html
- 15 http://www.alistapart.com/articles/sprites/
- 16 https://dl.dropbox.com/u/444684/splitfeature/index.html
- 17 http://generatedcontent.org/post/26407228072/split-feature
- 18 www.smashingmagazine.com/the-smashing-daily-archive/
- 19 www.smashingmagazine.com/the-smashing-daily-archive/