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15

Jul

2015

API Version 3.2 Update for Developers

Details of features and release schedule for API updates

We’re always working hard to improve the 51Degrees APIs making them easier to use, consume fewer resources and provide new features. Version 3.2 combines many incremental changes. Highlights included in all API variants are:

  • New version 3.2 data file is 25% smaller than version 3.1. Data file size is no longer proportional to supported Device Combinations and Signatures. As a result V3.2 data files will grow at a slower rate than V3.1.
  • C APIs now join PHP, .NET and Java in supporting multiple HTTP headers, not just User-Agent. The developer no longer needs to consider which headers to use.
  • Cache structures are now all memory limited rather than time limited resulting in a more consistent memory profile.
  • Information relating to false positives such as rank information is returned more quickly.
  • Github is the master repository for all API source code. Mirrors will be maintained on Codeplex, Sourceforge and other locations.
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Categories: Development

Tags: API

8

Jul

2015

Device Detection for Apple iPhone and iPad

Which techniques to use and avoid

Author: Anonym

51Degrees data analysis team stress tested a range of real iPhone and iPad devices, both old and new using all the major web browsers in order to determine if CPU stress testing is a viable additional method to identify iPhone and iPad models alongside User-Agent analysis, screen information and WebGL API

The full results are available for download along with the analysis of the differences between each device and browser.

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18

Jun

2015

List of all Web Enabled Devices and Associated Browsers

Use the 51Degrees .NET API to return meta data about device combinations

Many 51Degrees customers are using the consistent and high quality meta data within 51Degrees to drive related reporting solutions and user interfaces. This blog post contains a short C# code snippet for returning related unique combinations of meta data values. It's intended to show how easy such queries are to produce in .NET with 51Degrees and provide example code for those wishing to access device meta data.

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Categories: Development

Tags: C#, .NET

4

Mar

2015

51 Degrees Java API now also available on Scala

Using 51Degrees device data with Scala and Maven

Author: Anonym

Scala is becoming increasingly popular as it allows concise code with a strong type system. It can also access all Java libraries as it runs in the the Java Virtual Machine (JVM). In this blog we'll use the 51Degrees Maven Java library to perform device detection using Scala code. The blog assumes the reader is familiar with Maven and Scala.

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25

Nov

2014

Calculating Detection Speed

How do we know each detection only takes 0.0016ms?

Learn how we obtained the figure of 0.0016ms average time for a single detection. Verify this figure on your system in 4 easy steps.

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12

Nov

2014

Upgrade Google Analytics

Enable Multi-Screen Tracking

Analytics techniques haven’t kept pace with the rapidly evolving techniques of Responsive Web Design (RWD) and server side adaptive design. Google Analytics will provide information about the device model (i.e. iPhone or Galaxy S4) or whether the device is classified as a mobile, tablet or desktop, but this isn’t often sufficient to make informed design decisions to improve a web page or site. Consider click through rate (CTR) on advertising. How do you know if adverts on a 3 to 4 inch diagonal screen performs better or worse than a 5 to 6 inch diagonal screen? You don’t without some enhancements.

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24

Oct

2014

Redirection in .NET

Not only for mobiles

In this article you will discover that 51Degrees for .NET can be used to redirect any devices, not just the mobile ones.

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17

Oct

2014

Get more from responsive web design with device detection

Overcoming the "all device types should get the same content" problem with RWD

Author: Mike

Responsive Web Design solves many of the layout problems associated with increasingly diverse screen sizes but is constrained by one hard to justify assumption. RWD assumes all devices should receive the same content and support the same business processes. Read on to understand methods to optimise your RWD web site for mobiles, tablets, smartphones, and TVs.

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Categories: Development, Opinion

Tags: RWD, RESS, HTML5, CSS3

10

Oct

2014

How to get Signatures/UserAgents from device model

Using Java

Device detection is usually expected to take a user agent as an input and use it to return a device with the relevant properties. But what if you want to find signatures/user agent strings associated with a particular property? Read this article to find out how to use your 51Degrees data file to retrieve device signatures based on specific strings, contained in selected properties.

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3

Oct

2014

Distributions Update

PHP and .NET

Version 3.1.6.6 will shortly be released as stable for .NET with several important changes. PHP to be updated to correctly work with transparent pixels in .PNG images.

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Categories: Development

Tags: PHP, Update, NET

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