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17

Feb

2012

Implement Store Finder in 6 simple steps and 10 minutes

This is a guide explaining how to create a mobile web page that contains the nearest 'real world' retail stores to a user's mobile device, based on the current position. There are just 6 simple steps.

A completed project containing the results of these steps is available to download later on in this article. You will need to add a Framework licence key to the bin folder for the project to operate.

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Categories: Development

Tags: ASP.NET, C#

15

Feb

2012

DotNetNuke Corp. to integrate 51Degrees.mobi professional mobile Device Description Repository with DotNetNuke 6

DotNetNuke Corp., the global leader for adaptive web content management software that keeps businesses’ online presence relevant and effective, today announced a licensing agreement with 51Degrees.mobi, the leading provider of automatic mobile device detection, mobile web optimization, and mobile analytics solutions.

Through the agreement, DotNetNuke will integrate the 51Degrees.mobi Device Description Repository (DDR) into all editions of DotNetNuke 6. Access to the DDR is free for DotNetNuke users and further simplifies mobile website development on the platform. The 51Degrees.mobi DDR is used by over 20,000 developers and over 160 million new devices every month. It is one of the most widely used mobile device databases available.

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27

Jan

2012

Decline in Apple's share of mobile internet usage shows the battle to dominate mobile phones and tablets is far from over

51Degrees.mobi, the leading provider of device detection and web optimisation solutions, has today published an analysis of the mobile devices its online partners detected browsing the internet last year.

The 51Degrees.mobi Mobile Web Trends 2011 white paper shows that the proportion of mobile web visitors in the USA with Android devices overtook Apple users by the end of the year. The share of Apple iOS web traffic in December 2011 fell to 34.1% in the US, while Android increased to 36.6%.
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Categories: Analysis

Tags: Apple, Android

16

Jan

2012

What do the new domain name suffixes mean for mobile web sites?

If I see a street sign that says The Close, I’d expect the road to be a cul-de-sac. If it’s called The Crescent, I’d expect it to be curved. The Boulevard may well have a central reservation. And the High Street will probably have shops. Not always but often.

It’s the same with domain names. A co.uk address suggests a UK business, while co.il is most likely to be based in Israel. There’s .gov for government, .edu for education and so on. We’ve chosen 51Degrees for our business because the suffix indicates a mobile-friendly site.

But the web has just been shaken up. No longer do you need to settle for a suffix chosen by ICANN, the overlords of the internet. (Not even those odd ones like .coop, .museum and .aero). Instead, you can make up your own domain.

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Categories: Opinion

Tags: Web

12

Jan

2012

Apple will decline, Windows Phone will shine...

Every year, TheFonecast.com offers its mobile industry predictions for the following twelve months. In December, I joined Iain Graham and Mark Bridge to offer my forecast for 2012.

More recently, I was invited by GoMo News to share further details about some of those thoughts... including the potential decline of Apple’s mobile market share and the growth of Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system.

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Categories: Opinion

Tags: Apple, Mobile, Microsoft

10

Jan

2012

Will the trend at CES for larger screens lead to poorer mobile web sites?

This year's CES event in Las Vegas promises to be the biggest yet. But it's not just the event that's getting bigger.

We've spotted a trend towards larger devices. Sat-nav systems now have wider screens. Smartphones are becoming 'super phones', growing towards the size of tablets. And – despite the occasional rumour – there's no sign of Apple’s market-leading iPad launching a smaller-screen iPad 3 or iPad 4.

But is bigger really better?  Or easier to use?

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Categories: Opinion

Tags: Mobile, Web

9

Jan

2012

Hyperlink to Download Latest Device Data

I was recently talking to a customer who needs a hyperlink to download the latest version of the 51Degrees.mobi Premium data. The following link can be used:

https://51degrees.mobi/Products/Downloads/Premium.aspx?LicenseKeys=[YOUR_PREMIUM_LICENSE_KEY]&Type=Binary&Download=True

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Categories: Device Data

Tags: Download

6

Jan

2012

Upgrade to 51Degrees.mobi Now

If you've not upgraded yet, here are 4 great reasons to upgrade today:

  1. Your web site isn't detecting the latest mobile phones and tablets
  2. We've made significant improvements to speed and accuracy
  3. The APIs and Lite device data are entirely free for commercial use
  4. The Premium product includes automatic weekly updates and many more device properties       
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5

Jan

2012

New version of 51Degrees.mobi data now includes 3D device detection

A new version of 51Degrees.mobi device data is available from today.

Our Premium data set now includes two new properties to identify handsets with a 3D-compatible display and 3D camera. In addition, the regular weekly update for new and amended device specifications has taken place.

 

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27

Dec

2011

It's been a good Christmas for shopping by mobile... especially with a large screen

Christmas 2011 has seem more people than ever using their mobile phones to shop online. That in itself isn’t surprising - but what’s caught our eyes is the scale of the increase.

IBM Coremetrics has released a series of figures that compare 2011’s key shopping days in the USA with last year’s online traffic. First came ‘Black Friday’, which is the day after Thanksgiving Day. It says mobile devices accounted for 14.3% of all US online retail traffic on 25th November, up from 5.6% in 2010. Over two-thirds of that traffic was via Apple iPhones and iPads. Sales on mobile devices reached 9.8% of all online purchases, up from 3.2% year-on-year.

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Categories: Analysis

Tags: Apple, Mobile, Web

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