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A Hackathon Where 2G-Era Tech Is King | WIRED
"It’s a different perspective from the typical Silicon Valley mindset, which is all about speed and specs. But if you want to make smartphone applications that work for most people (not just most Americans), you have to think slow. Smartphones and the Internet are booming in the developing world. By the third quarter of last year, smartphones overtook feature phones. The world is going online — wireless Internet service grew by 83 percent in China last year, 84 percent in India, and 68 percent in Nigeria, according to Ericsson, which operates some 40 percent of global cellular traffic. But the mobile Internet in the developing world is a fundamentally different beast than the one we typically talk about. That includes everything from the devices people use to to the plans they purchase, and the networks they run them on."
2014  mathonan  slow  mobile  webdev  nandwidth  2g  internet  web  smartphones  smartphoneonly  via:markllobrera  webdesign 
november 2014 by robertogreco
Ethan Marcotte - The Map Is Not The Territory on Vimeo
"When we create for the web, we participate in a kind of public art. We code, we design, we build for an audience, and our work feels successful when—if—it’s met with their delight. We shape digital experiences that provide a service, or that create joy, or that simply connect readers with words written half a world away. But in this session we?ll instead look at some ways in which our audience reshapes the way we think about our medium, and see where they might be leading us—and the web—next."

[See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressive_enhancement ]
ethanmarcotte  cartography  history  design  responsivedesign  2012  technology  progressivenenhancement  smartphoneonly  accessibility  webdesign  webdev  web  internet  online  audience  maps  mapping  responsivewebdesign 
august 2014 by robertogreco

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