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New <video> Policies for iOS | WebKit
But with the goal of returning more control over media playback to web developers, we relaxed this restriction in iOS 8: Safari began honoring the preload="metadata" attribute, allowing <video> and <audio> elements to load enough media data to determine that media’s size, duration, and available tracks. For Safari in iOS 10, we are further relaxing this user gesture requirement for silent <video> elements.
safari  video  webkit  ios  mobile  gifs  html 
6 weeks ago by beep
The long-run poverty and gender impacts of mobile money | Science
Mobile money, a service that allows monetary value to be stored on a mobile phone and sent to other users via text messages, has been adopted by the vast majority of Kenyan households. We estimate that access to the Kenyan mobile money system M-PESA increased per capita consumption levels and lifted 194,000 households, or 2% of Kenyan households, out of poverty. The impacts, which are more pronounced for female-headed households, appear to be driven by changes in financial behavior—in particular, increased financial resilience and saving—and labor market outcomes, such as occupational choice, especially for women, who moved out of agriculture and into business. Mobile money has therefore increased the efficiency of the allocation of consumption over time while allowing a more efficient allocation of labor, resulting in a meaningful reduction of poverty in Kenya.
mobile  economics  equality  feminism  inequality  kenya  africa 
november 2017 by beep
Understanding the WebView Viewport in iOS 11 - Ayogo Health Inc.
iOS 11 brings some new, perhaps unintuitive, behaviour around the status bar area which will be particularly important for developers using tools like Apache Cordova or Ionic. In particular, this change in behaviour affects any web-based apps that use fixed position header bars when they are built for iOS 11. This post helps you understand the Webview Viewport in iOS 11.
css  webdesign  safari  iphone  fml  iphonex  responsivedesign  mobile  mobiledesign 
october 2017 by beep
Samsung’s “Desktop Experience,” or “DeX”, a phone-powered desktop OS
> The hardware for DeX is a dock which you mount your phone in, it has all the sockets you would typically find on a laptop…. This allows you to plug in your phone and immediately start using it for your day-to-day activities like a normal Desktop computer.
mobile  desktop  devicedetection  lolmobilecontext  medivm 
august 2017 by beep
GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index
> The GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index is an analytical tool that measures the performance of 150 countries, representing 98% of the World's population, against the four key enablers of mobile internet adoption – infrastructure, affordability, consumer readiness and content.
mobile  mobiledata  mobilestatistics  telcos  infrastructure  affordability 
july 2017 by beep
A gallery of iOS UI animations.
design  inspiration  animation  mobile 
october 2016 by beep
The Facebook-Loving Farmers of Myanmar - The Atlantic
> The farmer’s phone is several years old. He purchased it used. The screen is scratched and small but everything works. I realize then that smartphone tech crossed the Good Enough threshold years ago. Everything else is icing on the cake.

Craig Mod conducts some design ethnography interviews in rural Myanmar, and shares some mobile insights.
facebook  mobile  emergingmarkets  research 
july 2016 by beep
Digital revolution | The Economist
A somewhat dated (2011!) article on the mobile explosion in sub-Saharan Africa.

> The arrival of three submarine cables to Africa in the past year has quadrupled data speeds and cut prices by 90%. Since mobile-phone coverage is far better than fixed-line availability, the result has been that the cellphone is swiftly becoming Africa's computer of choice. By some counts there are already 84m mobiles in Africa with at least rudimentary internet connectivity. A $90 smartphone made by China's Huawei and running Google's Android operating system sold out in several African countries in less than a month.
africa  statistics  mobile  research  emergingmarkets 
july 2016 by beep
The Internet is Like Water — Global, with Extreme Differences in Access — Medium
> In other words, data flow, data spurt and data can be gathered. This metaphor matters because, just like with water access, the way people access the internet is highly stratified. Understanding this should inform how we think about policies and development strategies, especially as the web extends into the global south.
emergingmarkets  mobile  internet  connectivity 
january 2016 by beep
Future Perfect » Connectivity is not binary, the network is never neutral.
> I’ve been tracking life at the edge of the grid for more than a decade and although the challenges of connecting people sound the same, every trip offers up a new angle on what connectivity means to the locals: its impact on gender roles in India; the rise of love-marriages in Afghanistan; a more level playing field for favela dwellers in Brazil; a stable point of contact in Nigeria; the list goes on.

On, the network, and the lie of “global connectivity”.
connectivity  internet  emergingmarkets  mobile 
january 2016 by beep
“Searching for Signals” -- National Geographic Photo of the Day
> Impoverished African migrants crowd the night shore of Djibouti city, trying to capture inexpensive cell signals from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. For more than 60,000 years our species has been relying on such intimate social connections to spread across the Earth.

By John Stanmeyer for National Geographic.
photo  emergingmarkets  africa  mobile  photography 
january 2016 by beep
Cheap smartphones rule in Africa
“According to data from International Data Corporation (IDC), smartphones in the $100 to $200 (roughly R1 250 to R2 500) price category showed the most robust growth in the region and are expected to see expansion of 66% in 2015.

“Phones priced at $100 or lower made up nearly half (45.1%) of all shipments in the region in the first three months of this year, while phones under $200 accounted for 75%.”
mobile  africa  emergingmarkets  responsivedesign 
july 2015 by beep
Stephen Fry has a blog.
Stephen Fry. Has a blog. Stephen <em>Fry</em> has a blog. <em>Stephen Goddamn Fry</em> has a goddamned blog.
stephenfry  iphone  mobile  phones  apple  review  smartphones 
september 2007 by beep
<cite>Mobile Web Design</cite>
A <em>most</em> excellent book by The Internet's <a href="">Cameron Moll</a>. I was lucky enough to read a pre-release draft of the book, and it's a damned steal at nineteen dollars.
mobilewebdesign  mobile  web  cameronmoll  want 
august 2007 by beep
Apple iPhone: more secrets revealed
Hopefully it'll be open to third-party applications. Hell, I'd love to design my own widgets.
iphone  apple  mobile 
may 2007 by beep

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