I use this one very often. Very good, fast and compreensive tests, spanning various platforms and browsers: WebPagetest – Website Performance and Optimization Test.
A small, but effective, guide on how to quickly setup the Android Emulator using the x86 images (not the painfully slow ARM emulation) and GPU.
Check it out at http://detectmobilebrowsers.com/
This step-by-step guide is designed to help app developers and entrepreneurs: understand the variety of ways to monetize apps and develop a pricing strategy that is flexible.
The guide, by Jen Gordon of Smashing Magazine, is freely available at http://www.designboost.net/app-monetization-guide/
Small step-by-step guide on how to install and run Windows 8 Developer Preview under VirtualBox.
Chris Chabot announced the new Google+ APIs:
I’m super excited about how the Google+ project brings the richness and nuance of real life sharing to software, and today we’re announcing our first step towards bringing this to your apps as well by launching the Google+ public data APIs.
Appcelerator’s approach to the Android platform has made another victim, a significant one: 6Wunderkinder’s popular Wunderlist ditched Titanium Mobile (TM) for Android, and is now a native app.
“(…) Wunderlist is now native – smaller, faster and more stable.”
Matthew Bostock, 6Wunderkinder’s blog
Translated, Wunderlist got rid of TM’s biggest problems:
- Size: even the smallest “Hello World” app weights at least 1.5MB (this is still huge in the mobile world – do the same thing using native Java and the app will only weight a few KB);
Appcelerator reacted two days after 6Wunderkinder’s announcement, stating that Titanium Mobile for Android will use, somewhere in the future, google’s V8 engine. This comes, however, with a still significant drawback: only devices running Android 2.2 or newer support android’s NDK, and therefore the natively compiled V8 Engine. According to Appcelerator’s own benchmarks, this will at least double the performance. Remains to be seen if the “Size” problem will be solved: V8′s binaries will still be inside the app’s package…
An Apple employee lost a working prototype of the upcoming iPhone 5 in a bar, and someone took it home. Here is the TV Ad Apple made* on this subject.