August 2014 Entries

12 HTML5 tricks for mobile

12 HTML5 tricks for mobile could just have easily been called 12 HTML5 hacks for mobile, and indeed the author switches between tricks/hacks a couple of times in the text. Some of these look useful, others questionable (although I’m sure there’s going to be scenarios where they’re applicable). I think that mobile sites need to own the fact that they’re a site and not a native app, and stop trying so hard to look like they are. Personally, I’ve never added a site to my home screen – I can see that it might be handy, but it’s just...

A Better Netflix Queue

My usage of Netflix so far has seemed to follow a pattern that’s well known amongst Netflix users – that is, that I spend more time browsing and trying to decide on what to watch on Netflix than actually watching anything. I did get some help from the handy flowchart which was doing the rounds a while ago: However it’s pretty clear that the flowchart isn’t something that’s going to be easy to keep up to date. Enter abetterqueue.com. The site gives you a few simply options for filtering by genre/age/rating to help you find...

Facebook Bans Like-Gating

From the “I hate Facebook” Desk comes the news that they’ve banned like-gating (the process of exchanging a “Like” for some free content – often seen with music artists). It’s probably about time, as it really is a sign of subverting the intent of a “Like”. So in theory I support this. However thinking about it, I really like action-gating (the suggested replacement) even less. With a “Like” it was easy to simply click the button and get what you want (and then undo the like later if you cared – I suspect most people don’t bother...