Preparing your Website for IE 9


IE 9

IE9

Websites designed to take advantage of the unique features in Internet Explorer 9 provide an immersive user experience that can increase customer loyalty and drive traffic. To obtain these benefits, though, you’ll need to optimize your site to capitalize on IE 9.

The latest flagship browser from Microsoft is more than just an incremental update. It offers unprecedented integration between Windows and the Web, essentially extending the desktop experience to include the Web itself.

As our use of the Web has evolved, more people are embracing cloud-based applications such as GmailBox.net, and Mint.com. The experience of using sites like these is more like using a traditional desktop application, though the application lives out on the Web. IE 9 can provide a similar type of interactive experience for any Website. To start, any user can get this integration simply by dragging a Website icon to the Windows 7 task bar, just as you might with any software application.

Pinning a site to the task bar makes it more visible and directly accessible for the user. But to give users a reason to want to pin your site to the task bar–and more importantly, to give them the means to interact with your site as if it were an application installed on their local PC–you need to take advantage of Jump Lists, a Windows 7 feature that displays menu options for jumping directly to specific functions, or for accessing frequently or recently used features.

CREATING WEBSITES TARGETED AT IE 9 USERS

Pinning Facebook to the Windows 7 task bar provides little more than a simple shortcut to the site, but LinkedIn and Windows Live deliver a more integrated experience resembling a locally installed software application like Outlook. Adding Jump List tasks to your site is relatively simple, so why not give your visitors a reason to pin your site to their task bar?

Here’s a code snippet on how to do it

<META name=”msapplication-task”

content=”name=Task 1;action-uri=http://host/Page1.html;icon-uri=http://host/icon1.ico”/>

<META name=”msapplication-task”

content=”name=Task 2;action-uri=http://microsoft.com/Page2.html;icon-uri=http://host/icon2.ico”/>

Smple Jump List

Sample


MOVING FORWARD

Your Website can also add Jump List categories that extend its functionality beyond the five Jump List tasks. The Jump List categories allow you to go directly to such destinations as files, documents, or URLs. You can use SiteMode APIs to create a custom Jump List category with links that are unique to each specific user, such as a personal profile page.

The Jump List categories enable your site to deliver dynamic information to users even when they’re not actively engaged on the site. You can use this capability to provide access to user-specific history such as sites visited or files opened, or you can use it for alerts and notifications about activity related to the site–for example, new messages received or upcoming events.

To create a custom Jump List category, you must go through the following stages, as explained in Hilerio’s document:

Category Creation

First call the method for creating a custom category label. The example code shown below creates a custom category named ‘List1’. You have to call this method at least once before using any of the other methods associated with creating custom Jump List category actions. The category label won’t appear until the Jump List category is populated with at least one item.

window.external.msSiteModeCreateJumplist(‘List1’);

Item Creation

The example code below illustrates how to create three Jump List category list items named ‘Item1’, ‘Item2’, and ‘Item3’. The name parameter is followed first by a parameter defining the URL that the item will navigate to, and then by a parameter specifying the icon to display for the given item.

window.external.msSiteModeAddJumpListItem(‘Item 1’, ‘http://host/Item1.html&#8217;, ‘http://host/images/item1.ico&#8217;);
window.external.msSiteModeAddJumpListItem(‘Item 2’, ‘http://host/Item2.html&#8217;, ‘http://host/images/item2.ico&#8217;);
window.external.msSiteModeAddJumpListItem(‘Item 3’, ‘Item3.html’, ‘images/item3.ico’);

List Display

The preceding code creates the items for the list, but it does not display them. Use the following sample code to display the in-memory list of items on the actual Jump List:

window.external.msSiteModeShowJumplist();

Clear List

If the Jump List category is populated with site history or recent activities, those actions may expire. You can use the following code to clear the items from the custom Jump List category:

window.external.msSiteModeClearJumplist();

You can also add alerts to the Jump List for your Website.You can use the methods shown here to create and populate a custom Jump List category for your site. You can arrange to display a maximum of 12 items at one time in a custom category. Duplicate items are ignored; items that exceed the maximum or that don’t fit on the display due to resolution or font-size variations are not displayed.

Display Overlay Icons

One of the best features of IE 9 on Windows 7 is its ability to display an overlay icon on the pinned-site taskbar button. Why is the display overlay icon so important? Because a pinned site may be sitting idle, hidden by other sites or applications. The overlay icon gives you a way to display dynamic content or updates of things that are going on behind the scenes that may catch users’ attention and drive them to action.

You could display a small bell indicating an event or appointment, or an envelope icon to let the user know that a new message has arrived. The overlay icon appears in the lower-right corner of the pinned-site task bar button. The overlay icons are not visible if the site is not opened, however, or if the site is not actually pinned to the task bar.

The following code sample adds overlay1.ico on top of the associated task bar button for the pinned site, and includes a hover-over tool tip identifying the overlay icon with the string ‘Overlay 1’:

window.external.msSiteModeSetIconOverlay(‘http://host/images/overlay1.ico&#8217;, ‘Overlay 1’);

To clear the overlay icon, use the following code:

window.external.msSiteModeClearIconOverlay();

This series of examples is just a drop in the bucket. Check out Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 Guide for Developers for comprehensive coverage of the unique features of IE 9 and explanations of how to customize your Website to take advantage of them.

Bear in mind, though, that IE 9 is compatible only with Windows 7 and Windows Vista, meaning that your IE 9 customizations will be worthless for two out of three PCs. Keep things in perspective, and don’t go overboard investing time and effort to cater to this one browser.

Because businesses are slow to upgrade, consumers are leading the charge toward adopting Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9. Consequently, these changes will have a direct impact with how the general public interacts with your site.

If your site targets average consumers, you should explore and take advantage of the unique features of IE 9. You don’t have to be an expert programmer, and you don’t have to redesign your entire Website to give your visitors a reason to pin your site to their task bar–and from there to deliver a more immersive, application-like experience.

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Firefox 4 Beats IE 9 [K.O.]


IE 9 Vs Firefox 4

IE 9 Vs Firefox 4

Users downloaded nearly 7 million copies of the new Firefox 4 in the 24 hours since its launch yesterday, Mozilla’s running tally claimed.

That number was almost triple the 2.4 million copies of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) that Microsoft claimed were downloaded in its browser’s first day of availability last week. (Also see “Browser Feature War: IE9 vs Firefox 4 vs Chrome 9.”)

Mozilla officially launched Firefox 4 Tuesday at around 10:00 a.m. EDT, bagging an even million in the first three hours. According to Mozilla’s real-time calculator , about 6.5 million copies of Firefox 4 had been downloaded by 10:00 a.m. Wednesday.

But while Firefox 4’s first-day count trounced IE9’s, it fell short of the record established by Firefox 3.0 in mid-2008 when that browser was downloaded more than 8 million times. Then, Mozilla had pushed for a Guinness World Record with a “Download Day” campaign that urged users to flood its servers with requests. Firefox’s Guinness record still stands.

Mozilla

Not surprisingly, Firefox 4 is doing best in Europe, long a Mozilla stronghold.

Of the 7.6 million downloads counted by 11:30 a.m. ET, 44 percent went to users in Europe, while North America accounted for 26 percent. Asia came in third, with 20%, with South America, Africa and Oceania all in single digits.

Read all about it here

 

My Tech Predictions for 2011


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As a tech enthusiast, i have watched the tech industry keenly in 2010 and i found some impressive innovations, inventions which range from innovative web experiences from facebook, twitter, youtube, hulu e.t.c to a slew of gadgets released by companies all around the world (worthy of note though is Apple’s iPad, Google’s Android devices, Cloud services), and also to the several law suits filed by top-shot companies against each other over who owns what patent or not (Google Vs Oracle over Java, Apple Vs Android, Microsoft Vs Motorola, Paul Allen Vs Facebook, Google).
Amidst all that though 2010 was a great year that brought to mankind what it thought to be the far-fetched future, example is the giant leap towards the creation of a flying car, the power pack that will enable a human being to soar into the skies (any kids fantasy) .

Ok enough said about 2010, this post is actually about my tech predictions for 2011, which i have divided into different sections for easier readability.

N.B. This is not an exhaustive list, just some of the major shots I think is worthy of note.

Web Experience (including social networking, email services)

Facebook

Facebook

Facebook the social networking giant brought about ground breaking advancement in the way we communicate with family and friends through social media in 2010 by adding a slew of applications/add-ons, also improving the usage experience both for PC and mobile phone user’s. Facebook’s user base increased incredibly from about 350 million in January 2010 to over 500 million at the end of the year.

My Prediction: Facebook’s user base growth might increase in 2011, but its usage which is already on the decline will most likely continue. However, if facebook creates a totally new experience then it might just see it through the year, and save it from an inevitable death (eventually!!).

Twitter

Twitter


Twitter also an arguably rising giant social networking platform enjoyed an explosive growth in its user base, but not much  was recorded in terms of user experience, this in part is due to its philosophy of simplicity (based on 140 characters).

My Prediction: Twitter will definately experience a spike in its user base from all around the world, which will be due in part to its usage by businesses in resolving customer issues, which is now becoming common place. And of course its popularity nugget machine in news, sports, tech, music, movies and so on, will also be worthy of note.

Youtube

 

Youtube

Youtube

Youtube has created a niche for itself that makes it hard for any competitor to rear its head, with it’s impressive database of over 50 million videos and counting. Its integration with social networking elements also adds to the rich experience you get from this great website, plus the new HD has also joined the fray of what makes this tool so sleek.

My prediction: It is a known fact that pictures speak louder than words, based on this singular fact that Youtube will remain relevant and will still be with us for some time. However this year we expect that we should be able to stream videos live from the camera on our mobile phones through youtube and share with the world LIVE!!

Latest Technology (What’s not so New, but New)

Cloud Computing

The Cloud

Cloud computing is a relatively new concept which is already becoming common-place (at least for the techy guys), but it is still an evolving technology which is still very abstract to the non-techy guys. The concecpt of cloud computing has various uses, i’ll mention 2 here:
1. File storage: It allows for ubiquity, in the sense that once you put your files in the cloud you can retrieve them anywhere, anytime without the barrier of carrying around a storage device (which can get missen, or forgotten), all you need is an internet connection, so next time you have a presentation consider putting your files in the cloud.
2. Website Hosting: The cloud is great for website hosting, because unlike the convetional way of buying a large monstrous server that is usually under-utilized, in cloud you pay for only what you use (Storage space and Computing cycle), also has your traffic grows you can increase your storage space and bandwidth accordingly, which makes it good for business right?

My Prediction: Cloud computing is becoming useful to more human beings (i.e. reduced learning curve), therefore there will be a massive migration (which had already begun) from the classic file storage/website hosting into the cloud. Also this year will mark the beginning of direct file printing from the cloud, which will allow you to print from any printer that is connected to the internet (N.B Google is getting close to getting this done).

Gadgets

Mobile Hologram Devices: I think there will be a major step towards the development of the much awaited gadget (a geeks fantasy). which is a mobile device that will project text, images and videos into the air without a screen: watch this presentation by IBM for a demonstration

 

USB 3.0

USB 3.0

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 will deliver a tenfold improvement in data transfer rates while retaining backward compatibility with previous versions and adding new features that will make this communication standard all the more essential to the average consumer.  Some of the features are 5Gbit/s transfer rate as opposed to 12Mbit/s in USB 2.0, 9 connector wires as opposed to 4 in USB 2.0, cool isn’t it, you don’t have to sleep off anymore when transferring your videos, music and so on!!

My Prediction: Definately wide spread use of USB 3.0 …………. What do you expect, this is awesome stuff!!

Okay there you have it my predictions for 2011, like i said this is not an exhaustive list, so there are some things that I didn’t talk about. So what are your tech predictions for 2011? Leave a comment in the box below and share it with the world 🙂

Website Creation Made Easy!!!


The Q-Office

A good-value-for-your-money, and cheap website builder called The Q-Office was launched recently by a startup company in Nigeria that goes by the name Ephase (for short), according to the creators of the website it will help small businesses have a good representation of themselves and what they do online, thereby creating a good marketing campaign. And moreover, the websites that you create using this platform come with a couple of impressive features that are rare or non-existent on the web (I think!!), here are some of them they claimed to have:

— Free Mobile website apart from the main website

— 5 free email accounts (e.g. info@yourbusiness.com, akin@yourbusiness.com)

— Galleries (News Gallery, Picture Gallery, Project Gallery)

— Social Network Integration (facebook, twitter)

Pheww!! it’s a long list, you can view more here yourself.

Another thing that amazed me was also the simplicity, i mean any dummy can use this (i think!!), see y’all later.

Google’s Top Searches of 2010


Google

Another year is coming to a close and with it the endless parade of year-in-review articles rehashing the triumphs and tragedies of 2010. We’ve already seen Yahoo’s top searches of 2010 showing that Yahoos this year were most concerned with the BP Oil Spill, World Cup in South Africa, Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga. Now it’s Google’s turn with a look at what its millions of users have been interested in this past year.

World cup

You can find the complete list at Google’s Zeitgeist page that includes an HTML 5-based interactive visualization of Google’s yearly search data. The search giant has also included its typical wide ranging categories for newscelebritiesentertainmenthomemakingsportsscience and technology,humanitycitiesYouTube videos and even a quirky section that highlights the weirdest searches of 2010.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights from Google’s Zeitgeist 2010.

Top 5 Global Events

1. World Cup

2. Vancouver Olympics

3. Haiti Earthquake

4. BP Oil Spill

5. Ash Cloud

Vuvuzelas and Maple Leaves topped the world’s most-searched events this year thanks to the World Cup in South Africa and the Olympics in Vancouver. Two tragedies–the earthquake in Haiti and the BP oil spill–took the third and fourth spots. And rounding out the top 5 global events on Google was the Icelandic ash cloud that halted air travel across Europe for several days and stranded over five million travelers in airports across the continent. Notable events missing from the top 5 included the Pakistan floods, earthquake in China and the Chilean miner rescue.

Fastest Rising (Global)

1. Chatroulette

2. iPad

3. Justin Bieber

4. Nicki Minaj

5. Friv

6. Myxer

7. Katy Perry

8. Twitter

9. Gamezer

10. Facebook

iPad

It turns out 2010 wasn’t the year of the tablet, but the year of Chatroulette. The Webcam-powered random chat service that connected users with strangers–and frequently led to X-rated encounters–topped the iPad as the fastest rising Google search worldwide. Apple’s iPad was next, followed by the Canadian teen sensation Justin Bieber, Trinidadian hip hop artist Nicki Minaj, gaming site Friv, mobile phone ringtone and wallpaper provider Myxer, Katy Perry, Twitter, Gamezer and Facebook.

Read more here

IP finishing = No More WebSites


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Vint Cerf, who helped create the web while working as a researcher at Stanford University in the U.S., said the bulk of the remaining IPv4 web addresses will be allocated next spring, which potentially means they will be used up by “sometime in 2012”.

Cerf was speaking at the launch of 6UK, a campaign group to promote the uptake of the new address system, known as IPv6. According to Cerf, IPv6 can host “340 trillion trillion trillion” addresses compared to the 4.3 billion hosted by IPv4.

“So the theory is we won’t run out — at least, not until after I’m dead,” Cerf told The Guardian.

“You need to be able to talk to everyone in the world [who] is on the internet. If Europe doesn’t implement IPv6, it won’t be able to talk to the rest of the world that does implement IPv6 — that’s stupid, and we don’t want people here to be stupid.”

He also said it would be “particularly embarrassing for the U.K.” as it played a key role in developing the web.

IP might finish by 2012, so companies have to start developing for IPv6 fast!!!

Apple Patents Anti-Sexting Device


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Today the US Patent and Trademark Office approved a patent Apple filed in 2008, which, get this, prevents users from sending or receiving “objectionable” text messages.  The patent’s official title? “Text-based communication control for personal communication device” which actually doesn’t use the pretty ridiculous noun/verb“Sexting,” but come on, we all know what they mean.

The “Sexting” patent background info states that the problem it solves is that there is currently “No way to monitor and control text communications to make them user appropriate. For example, users such as children may send or receive messages (intentionally or not) with parentally objectionable language.”

And the patent itself:

In one embodiment, the control application includes a parental control application. The parental control application evaluates whether or not the communication contains approved text based on, for example, objective ratings criteria or a user’s age or grade level, and, if unauthorized, prevents such text from being included in the text-based communication.

If the control contains unauthorized text, the control application may alert the user, the administrator or other designated individuals of the presence of such text. The control application may require the user to replace the unauthorized text or may automatically delete the text or the entire communication.

Ladies and gentlemen this means that Jobs and company have just sealed the deal on a solution to the number one fear of parents across America, kids sending “unauthorized texts.” As it looks like whatever algorithm or control the system is comprised of will basically censor the transmission of R-rated content on iPhones, is this the first sign of the end of “Sexting” as we know it?

Yes and no, as those interesting in “Sexting” will probably find some clever workaround to express how much they want to bang, screw, hit it or a myriad of other words that don’t immediately set off the censorship sensors.

On a positive note, it looks like whatever it is preventing kids from sending salacious texts will also help them learn languages, just not the perverted words.

By Alexia Tsotsis of techCrunch

And courtesy of e-Sacarsm “What Steve Jobs must have been like as a Kid!”

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