Writing about News

Samsung Phone Bug

There’s a bug in Samsung Galaxy S111  phones that allows a rogue app access to all memory.  A hacker could copy all of your data, erase all of your data, and basically brick your phone.  There’s no official Samsung response yet, but there is a quick fix.

UX Sketching And Wireframing Templates For Mobile Projects

A really useful free resource from those wonderful people at Smashing.
 Outline is a set of 28 printable sketching and wireframing papers (in PDF) for seven mobile platforms: Android, BlackBerry, iOS (iPad and iPhone), Meego, Symbian, webOS, Windows Phone 7. The set consists of a few combinations, such as actual size, 10 devices fit to a page, and landscape layout. Download it here.


LESS and simpLESS

LESS is a  dynamic style-sheet language.

It extends CSS with dynamic behavior such as  variables, mixins,  operations  and  functions. LESS runs on both the client-side (Chrome, Safari, Firefox) and server-side. I prefer to compile it using the  simpLESS compiler for Windows 7. This takes my LESS code and generates the CSS files on the fly.

Find out more about LESS or SimpLESS . What’s even better is that they are both free!

JetBrains: PhpStorm

I’ve been using Adobe Dreamweaver for years but I really only use it as a glorified editor.

Now that I use PHP5, HTML5 and CSS3 I have found that the syntax checker in my version of Dreamweaver doesn’t cater for the the new syntax. An upgrade to the latest version was eye wateringly expensive! So I hunted around for a replacement tool. I trialled JetBrains PhpStorm for  a month and have now actually paid a full license fee for it. More …

Electric Mobile Studio 2012

I need to be able to test responsive web sites on Apple iPhones and iPads.
As I’m an Android user I don’t want to to have to buy these products just to test sites. Electric Mobile Studio 2012 is a first class set of simulation tools that allow me to test Apple iPhones and iPads site rendering on my Windows 7 PC. A fantastic product – I recommend it! For more information go to Electric Plum

HP rumoured to be re-entering the tablet market

HP’s initial foray into the tablet market with it’s TouchPad was less than successful.

However HP are rumoured to be about to make a second attempt to gain a foothold in the lucrative tablet market and they are setting up a new Mobility Division to manage it’s re-entry. It will be interesting to see if HP  will try and breathe new life into it’s own WebOS or if they will target the Android and/or Windows 8 markets.

Black Samsung Galaxy III available soon

A black version of the Galaxy S III should be available in the UK in about four to six weeks.

It should also be  coming with 64GB of storage, so you can expect to pay a premium on the price for this model. Otherwise specs are the same as the standard model – a quad-core Exynos processor, 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 720p display, 1GB of RAM, and eight megapixel camera with 1080p video recording. By the time it is available it may also be shipping with Android Jelly Bean.