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I’ve just finished designing a website, and I used a ton of CSS: everything from laying out my content, to styling elements like the headings. Then, Twitter released Bootstrap, and I’m pretty disappointed I didn’t delay starting to design it.
Say you’re a web designer new to the scene and don’t know all the ropes. Bootstrap from Twitter is aimed at providing a bunch of really useful CSS classes and IDs in a single library that’s simple to use, removing a lot of the load of designing a website from scratch. Bootstrap is a package, and includes a ton of user interface elements styled to be usable in any web app, or site.
Amazon blazed the trail for eBooks with their Kindle platform, starting with the original Kindle device and the Kindle store. Since then, they’ve broaden their scope, and released native reader apps for almost every platform available: Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7, and more. Even still, that didn’t cut it. If there wasn’t a native app for your platform, you simply couldn’t read your Kindle books. Linux and Chromebooks, among others, were out of luck.
That’s all over now. Amazon just released their new Kindle Cloud Reader, a full-featured Kindle web app so you can read your Kindle books right in your browser. It’s got all the features you’d expect, lets you save your books for offline reading, and even works great on the iPad. After the break, we’ve got screenshots and more info about the newest Kindle app, the app that just might be the main future of the Kindle platform.
Websites of all types and sizes require us to create an account and use that login credential to sign into their service everytime. This was all fine and dandy ten years ago when we were using just couple of websites often. But today, a lot of us learn and earn online, resulting in creating a truckload of user accounts.
This is true even for an average Internet user who is accustomed to casual browsing. Sure, you can use a password manager to remember and manage all your accounts, but given the number of devices we use everyday (at home and office) it isn’t the ideal solution. To solve this painful problem, Mozilla has proposed an experimental new way of signing into websites. Is BrowserID the silver bullet we are looking for?
The Web is an ever-changing place. What’s hip this week is forgotten by the next. The half life of an Internet meme feels like it’s less than five minutes. But we love the Web because of that, don’t we? It’s not just the content of the Web that ebbs and flows, the technologies that underpin it change just as quickly. While the fights for the victor may last longer, and wide-sweeping changes don’t exactly happen overnight, they do eventually happen.
We’re at another turning point in the history of the Web. Like the Browser Wars and the Web Standards Movements before them, mobile devices have taken the world by storm, and completely changed the landscape of the Web. There’s a responsive movement in the web design community to make sure the Web works its best everywhere the Web is available. And yet there’s been a rather large elephant in the room: Flash. Flash isn’t available on iOS. It’s barely available on Android. It’s a divisive influence on the Web.
But it’s Adobe’s Golden Boy, isn’t it? Their cash cow, the key piece of their secret plot for world domination. Well, it might’ve been. But then they announced their latest labs project, an HTML5 animation tool. This is called Edge. And it’s different.
Apple just recently opened the floodgates to their new iCloud web apps, and in short, they’re easily some of the most impressive web apps online today. There was initially some speculation as to whether Apple was going to continue the tradition of MobileMe’s web apps and let you use iCloud online, or if they were going to only make iCloud work with OS X Lion and iOS 5 apps. The good thing is, there are iCloud web apps for sure, and they’re great. Unfortunately, they’re not quite ready for public consumption.
Dying to see what the new apps are going to look like, assuming nothing changed between now and when they’re fully released? If you’ve got an iCloud developer account, head over to iCloud.com, login, and check them out for yourself. We’ll wait. For everyone else, here’s a quick preview of what you can expect when
Back at Google I/O earlier this year, Google announced it was bringing in-app purchases to web applications through its somewhat popular Google Checkout product. A few days back, Google finally launched their Google Checkout-powered system, allowing web app developers to open to door to their virtual shelves.
The service gives web app developers a way to let people make micro-purchases inside their apps, much like Apple’s IAP service to allow in-app transactions in iOS apps. This is a great way for developers to monetize apps without having to resort to subscriptions. Surprisingly, though, the service is not limited to just web apps that are hosted on Google’s own Chrome Webstore; any web app can utilise this new source of revenue.
Hot on the heels of a major design revamp across the board, Google is all set to launch a major new visual refresh for YouTube. YouTube is one of the hottest online destinations in the world, and even after years of it’s acquisition, people are still swarming the site not only to consume content but also to contribute.
Redesigning YouTube is no mean feat. Unlike Gmail and Google calendar which are often used from other applications, YouTube’s website has high user engagement, and any misstep would anger tens of millions of users. So has Google got it all right with the visual reboot of YouTube dubbed Cosmic Panda?
Last week when Google+ launched, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook was going to make a very exciting announcement this week. They recently held their conference and the announcement was indeed big news! On top of some really nice improvements to Facebook Chat, they announced a partnership with another online giant: Skype.
Keep reading to see a quick overview of the new Facebook features, and what they mean for the future of Facebook, Skype, and Skype’s new owner, Microsoft.
If you have a blog or write for an online publication, chances are you’ve used WordPress. From the free hosted WordPress.com blogs to customized WordPress.org installs like the ones that power AppStorm and other Envato blogs, WordPress is one web app you see all the time without realizing. In fact, aside from browsers like Chrome and Firefox, it’s one of the few opensource programs that average users love and know about.
WordPress has in many ways democratized web publishing. The newest version, WordPress 3.2, was recently released, and it aims to make it even easier for anyone from novices to pros to publish their thoughts online. From a speedier dashboard to a new UI overhaul to a distraction-free writing mode, there’s something in the new WordPress for everyone.