This July, Gravity Works hired three more team members, and launched websites for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association as well as the Lansing Housing Commission. During all this excitement, we've also found a few web design and mobile development resources:
Add a bit of polish, and help any web presence stand out with these CSS techniques (without using images). Resources include a how-to on the zoomable navigation used by Beercamp 2011, and a Flipboard-inspired interface.
The article also includes fantastic CSS geekery for transitions and animations, typography and text techniques, as well as other practical tips.
Earlier this month, Apple was granted multiple, powerful patents, encompassing the user interfaces for blogging, e-mail, telephone, camera, video player, calendar, browser, widgets, search, notes, maps and most importantly, a multi-touch interface. The patents cover, "portable electronic device, method, and graphical user interface for displaying electronic lists and documents" (No. 8,223,134).
Apple says that they cannot use time and money on research and development, and have another organization "put their name on it."
Feature phones run on proprietary firmware, as opposed to smartphones, can run third-party applications integrated with the operating system. The Simon Personal Digital Communicator (prototyped by IBM) was the first commercially-available smartphone, which was a telephone with PDA features in the same device; Simon was released in 1994, a full 13 years before the sale of the first iPhone.
Paul Irish discusses the sizable audience left behind by using old versions of Internet Explorer, and the newly-announced policy from Microsoft on autoupdates. IE upgrades are shipping as "Important" (and this class of updates are defaulted to install automatically). If it works like it has in Brazil and Australia, web developers will be able to use the powerful, emerging features they've been avoiding (to reach IE audiences).